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Oct 24, 2013 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
Here's an exciting pseudo-follow-up to our Android OS in a Tesla Model S article: It looks like Kia and Hyundai are going to beat Elon Musk to the punch in getting Android into their automobiles. According to the latest report, not only are the two South Korean auto-makers planning on using an Android based UVN in their cars, they are already deep into development and plan to introduce it early next year!
Supposedly, Kia and Hyundai will have their Android-based UVO 2.0 UVN system ready for prime-time and plan to bring it to all of their cars in 2014. It even has its own app store and can connect to Android or iOS devices for multimedia playback. Can you imagine having Google Maps up for your in-dash GPS mapping system? Just awesome!
They are even working on some advanced functionality. It was described as a, "telematics function that can remotely control the car through the WiFi and modem connection." No details where revealed about what that can do, but it sounds very James Bond-esque. We approve!
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm
For fans of evolving technology in general regardless of the industry, it's easy to be impressed with the Tesla Model S. The company and their cars push the technology envelope in many new directions. The latest potential advancement which might show up in the Tesla S is actually Android. For those who don't know it, the Tesla Model S comes equipped with a 17-inch touchscreen for several different car functions and features. It can also serve as an always on rear camera. According to some recent statements by Elon Musk, the innovative founder of Tesla Motors, he is considering bringing an emulated version of Android to this touch screen for even more functionality than ever before. He is even talking about replacing the on board browser in the car with Google Chrome.
At first, they are working on ways to port Android apps to the car on Linux using the Qt application framework, but future development could lead to a full version of Android in the car. Sadly, you probably shouldn't rush out and buy one of these $80k-100k cars just for that reason yet. The development is in an ongoing process and won't lead to fruitful results until late 2014. Still, it's amazing to see someone finally see that Android could be a great OS for a car. Share your perspective.
Ever find yourself on vacation and realize you forgot your wall charger for your smartphone? Yeah, it happens to everyone at some point in their smartphone owning lives. Luckily it's not even a problem. You just go out to the nearest store, fork out $5-$8 for a generic one and your on your way. Crisis averted! What if we told you that if your a Samsung fan that scenario may just become a whole lot more complicated in the future? Yes, running out and picking up a charger just to 'get you by' may be a thing of the past if your a Samsung fan.
According to ETNews Samsung Electronics recently distributed an authenticity recognition chip to its accessory business division and suppliers, and made it mandatory to install the chip on all their accessories. What exactly does this mean? It means that Samsung assigns a unique ID to the chip in the case, wireless charging pad, wall charger etc. This chip detects the authenticity of the smartphone accessory, and if it is not authentic, the accessory cannot be used. So getting your hands on an accessory when you left your authorized one at home will now become a very big issue.
According to Samsung they established this authenticity policy apparently for the sake of reliability--cough *BS* cough--. Here at DroidForums HQ we tend to think ETNews hit the nail on the head when they said:
If this report turns out to be accurate Sammy may face some serious backlash. If you are saying to yourself "Gee this sounds like what Apple did", well pat yourself on the back. This is exactly what Apple did.
the real intention is to capitalize on its control over the smartphone market to take the initiative in the high-value-added accessory business. It is an attempt to support the accessory business division Samsung created earlier this year, and reinforce its closedness and induce loyal customers to buy more Samsung products.
Sound off in the comments below. We want to hear your rants and/or praises.
Oct 23, 2013 - 1:02 PM - by dgstorm
According to a new report out of Taiwan, Asus might just get benched for the next Nexus tablet device. Supposedly, Google is considering both LG and HTC for the gig, and HTC may be the front-runner. Previously, HTC came forward suggesting they would be announcing a new Android tablet which they claimed was "nice and disruptive." Could a new HTC-made Google Nexus tablet be what they were referring to?
When the manufacturer was asked for commented they were less than forthcoming, with the usual HTC "does not comment on rumors or speculation." We have also seen several reports suggesting HTC will be making up to three new smartphone devices for Amazon. If they do get the contract, could we be witnessing the start of a huge turnaround for HTC?
Oct 23, 2013 - 12:49 PM - by dgstorm
Do you guys & gals remember that Galaxy S4 variant with the Snapdragon 800 & 150Mbps LTE-A that was exclusive to South Korea? It won't be exclusive to that region anymore. The phone( version GT-I9506) was just spotted on a German Samsung site and should be coming fairly soon. Sadly, there's still nowhere in Europe that can take advantage of the LTE-A speeds, but a few countries are working on that. Basically you get a slightly upgrades and slightly more "future-proof" device for your money.
If you already have an SGS4, that's probably not a good enough reason to get this one, but if you were wanting to get one sometime soon, then this is worth checking out. Sound off if you will be in the market to grab one of these when come to your country.
Source: Engadget via GalaxyS4Forums.net
Oct 23, 2013 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm
If you are an Olympic Athlete headed to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and also happen to be a fan of Samsung products, then you might be pleased to find out you will soon receive a new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For the rest of us mortals, we can at least appreciate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now the official phone for next year's Winter Olympics. As a reminder, the Winter Olympics will likely go from February 7th to February 23rd.
This sponsorship is called, "Samsung Smart Olympic Games" and is obviously a great way for the competing to continue their advertising onslaught tactics which have proved so successful in the past. From what we could see in the pics, it appears that each GNote3 has been decorated with a custom paint job depicting the athlete's country of origin. Nice job Samsung! Here's the full presser below,
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Samsung Smart Olympic Games” Initiative Seeks to Make Sochi 2014 the Most Wireless, Seamless and Paperless Olympic Games Ever
Moscow - October 22, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, today introduced a collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the “Samsung Smart Olympic Games” initiative to make the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games the most wireless, seamless and paperless Olympic Games ever.
Samsung and the IOC aim to make Sochi 2014 a seamless part of today’s wireless, paperless digital lifestyle. The “Samsung Smart Olympic Games” initiative will create a digital doorway into the Olympic spirit for the athletes, officials, and staff in Sochi, and for fans worldwide, through Samsung’s latest smartphones and technologies, its custom Wireless Olympic Works (WOW) mobile application and interactive demos featuring Olympic Winter sports.
In order to help bring that vision to life, the new Samsung GALAXY Note 3 has been named the official Olympic Games phone for Sochi 2014. GALAXY Note 3 is Samsung’s latest update to the Note product line, which delivers a larger and better screen for the best viewing experience and more powerful multitasking, and introduces significant S Pen improvements that make everyday life easier and faster.
The IOC will provide Samsung GALAXY Note 3, the official Olympic phone, to all Sochi 2014 athletes to enjoy, capture and share their Olympic Games experience in a smarter way through innovative technology. This marks the first time all athletes will receive a Samsung device in the company’s 15-year history as Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games.
For smarter communications and smoother, wireless operations of the Games, Samsung has enhanced its WOW app used by the Olympic staff. WOW will provide essential, up-to-date Games Time data and connectivity that are crucial to the Olympic Games operation. As the Wireless Communications Equipment category sponsor, Samsung specifically created the WOW application for the Olympic Family, including executives, staff and officials from the IOC, National Olympic Committees and organizing committees, starting with the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
For consumers worldwide, the Public WOW app will turn Android devices into mobile sports stations with instant access to Sochi 2014. This is only the second time the
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:59 AM - by dgstorm
Although Samsung beat LG to market with the first flex-tech curved display smartphone, LG is working hard to make up for lost ground. According to the latest reports, LG is already kicking up full production runs of their new G Flex flexible-tech curved display device. In fact, the report claims that LG can actually already churn out several hundred thousand mobile displays per month. This means that when the phone debuts next month, it will be widely available instead of just a boutique prototype like the Samsung Galaxy Round.
That's not the only exciting news we have regarding this new device. As you can see above, we also have some leaked pics of the device in the wild. The shots above are just a couple of them, but you can see the rest of them here: LG G Flex Shows Up in Pics
We still aren't done yet. We also found a video of the device. Unfortunately we weren't able to import it, but here's a link to check it out: El futuro llegó: así son los teléfonos con pantallas curvas*-*Telefe Noticias para vos
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:38 AM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has been out for a while now internationally, but has yet to come to the United States. That will change in November though. Samsung just announced the US availability of the device starting next month. Here's a quick recap of specs and a full press release below,
- 4.3-inch qHD
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 1.9 megapixel front camera
- 1,900mAh battery
- WiFi N
- aGPS with GLONASS
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.2.2 and more
How many of you guys would prefer this slightly smaller version of the SGS4?
Here's the full presser,
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini Coming to the U.S. Next Month
Smartphone offers sleek and compact design with the exceptional Galaxy experience
Dallas, TX — October 23, 2013 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S 4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November. The Galaxy S 4 mini is just 4.9in x 2.4in and is packed with Samsung flagship experiences like WatchOn™, S Beam™ and advanced camera features.
“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”
Outstanding Galaxy Features:
The Galaxy S 4 mini has some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in a compact form factor to enrich the user experience.
-Intuitive Camera Interface: The Galaxy S 4 mini’s 8-megapixel camera has zero shutter lag allowing users to document special moments without delay. The Galaxy S 4 mini is equipped with the familiar and easy-to-navigate user interface found on the Galaxy S 4 and supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer.
-WatchON: Control your television using the Galaxy S 4 mini as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with a Smart Remote that is functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy S 4 mini to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
-Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the phone easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4 mini, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
-Simple Sharing: Quickly and easily transfer large files, such as videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam. Touch the back of the Galaxy S 4 mini to any S Beam enabled phone and share without needing a
Oct 22, 2013 - 12:54 PM - by dgstorm
For folks who were thinking about the Google Nexus 10 tablet, but were just not sure about spending the money on it, you might want to jump on this Daily Deal at eBay. The high-end Nexus 10 tablet is just $349.99 for a limited time. It even includes free shipping! This is a phenomenal $150 off the base price of this tablet. This is even cheaper than most of the deals on the 16GB version. Here's a refresh of specs:
- Dual-core Exynos 5 ARM chip
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- Amazing 2560x1600 10-inch LCD Display
- WiFi Version
Here's a link to snap up this deal: Google Nexus 10 Wi Fi Only 32 GB GT P8110HAVXAR 813774015190 | eBay
Oct 22, 2013 - 12:23 PM - by dgstorm
Yesterday was a busy day at HQ in the afternoon, so we didn't quite get to one last story of the day. HTC is planning to launch their own smartwatch competitor to the Galaxy Gear. They are also apparently coming out with a new tablet which they claim will be "disruptive." Today, more details were released by Bloomberg on HTC's plans. We are taking this as an opportunity to share the news for those who might be interested.
As business has continued to deteriorate for HTC, they are grasping at straws for any opportunity to get a product to gain headway in the market. Their newest efforts will be this smartwatch device and tablet. While we won't comment on the tablet, because that is simply too bold of a statement to be credible, we can share Bloomberg's news on the smartwatch. Here's a quote with a bit more,
Here's another quote from CEO Peter Chou in a BGR article,
Dwindling market share for HTC smartphones led to the company’s first quarterly loss and a 54 percent slump in its share price this year as it loses ground to Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world’s biggest producer. The smartwatch will join a growing segment of wearable technology that already includes devices from Samsung and Sony Corp.
What do you guys think? One, can HTC really make a tablet that is truly "disruptive?" Also, will a smartwatch from HTC get your attention?
“It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us,” Chou said of smartwatches. “People laughed at us when we came out with the first smartphone… Now everyone has a smartphone. I’m pretty sure wearables will be the same, but don’t judge from what is in the market [now].”
Oct 22, 2013 - 11:55 AM - by dgstorm
It's a very light news day today in Android-land. This is primarily because Apple is having their big iPad press event today, so most of the press is glued to that. Oh yeah... we can't forget that Microsoft is launching their Surface 2 today, so that might take some of the attention as well. Because of this, the most intriguing news we could find this morning is a new Google acquisition. Google reportedly just bought the company called FlexyCore for $23 Million. In case you don't know, FlexyCore is the French company behind AndroidBooster, which is designed to help improve the performance of the UI in Android. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Obviously this means that we will likely see these performance optimizations in future Android versions; however, the current speculation suggests it might come as early as Android 4.4 KitKat. This is because Google has actually been in talks with FlexyCore for about a year now. We should know something concrete at Google's big announcement at the end of the month.
FlexyCore specializes in Android kernel optimizations that make the mobile OS much faster and more fluid, so Google had their own work cut out for them. In fact, the statement is exactly along those lines: “the FlexyCore team has strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance, and we think they’d be a great fit with our team”.
Ladies and gentlemen Motorola has released the full changelog for the most recent update to Verizon's Moto X and the camera improvements are the big news. There is of course some other improvements so lets take a look at them shall we? Here's what's new in version 139.15.1:
- Camera – Improved Focus Faster touch to focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light conditions and scenes with continuous motion
- Camera – Improved Photo Quality Improved capture of natural light (auto-white balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
- Camera – Faster Switching Shortened the time it takes to switch between rear and front-facing cameras, as well as transition between the viewfinder and the Gallery app
- Moto Care – Lost Device Finder Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent a lost phone from reporting its location to the Moto Care Lost Device Finder service
- Improved Motorola Migrate Experience — Improved transfer of content from an old Android phone to a new Motorola phone
- Google Drive – 50GB Promotion — Added a promotion expiration date - customers have 30 days from phone activation or installation of this update to redeem the 50GB offer
- Calling – Improved Voice Quality Fixed an issue that could sometimes result in choppy audio being heard by the person you’re talking with on your Moto X
- Motorola Assist – Driving Detection Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the phone to read out text messages and announce calls when not in Drive mode
- Enhanced Touchless Control — Increased accuracy and responsiveness when using Touchless Control, and added easier training of the “OK Google Now” trigger
VZW customers post your feedback on the update. Like? dislike? Love it? Meh? Let us know!
Source: Moto X Forums
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