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Jul 01, 2014 - 12:28 PM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was just officially unveiled. The device obviously has a smaller footprint than its larger sibling. It also has middle of the road specs compared to that flagship.
Here's the breakdown:
- 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p (1280 x 720) display with Gorilla Glass 3
- 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- A microSD for up to an additional 64 GB of storage
- 8 MP rear camera
- 2.1 MP front-facing camera
- 2,100 mAh battery
- Android 4.4
- IP67 certification
It's nice to see it still includes the IP67 certs. This device is obviously targeted at the budget-friendly crowd who still want a Samsung Galaxy phone. For the most part, it's specs are still pretty decent for the average consumer.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Jun 30, 2014 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
The first image of the Android TV game controller has appeared online. It's possible this image is simply of an early prototype, but it looks like a final press render, so it's possible it will be the final shipping product. It was found by a Reddit user who was digging around in Android L. Here's a quote with a few more useful tidbits,
What do you think? It reminds us a bit of an Xbox controller and the OUYA controller...
“The directory they were found in is: ‘sdk\samples\android-L\androidtv\visual-game-controller\res\drawable-xxhdpi,’” Reddit user bedofgoatturds wrote. “Reverse image search tells me that this is completely new, just thought I’d get it out there.”
The available images show the full controller (image above) but also different parts of the controller can be found in Android L files.
Jun 30, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
Sometimes it's both enlightening and entertaining to revisit older articles from the past. In this case, a Reuters article from November 2007 shows how foolishly arrogant both Nokia and Microsoft were after hearing that Google would be entering the mobile market with a new operating system. The executives at both Nokia and Microsoft vastly underestimated the impact that Google could have in the market.
Here we are almost seven years later and Android is the dominant mobile OS on the planet by a large margin. Android devices make up 80% of the world market with a total of 1 Billion activated devices. Now Nokia has fallen so far that Microsoft had to buy them out, and Microsoft is still struggling to get mobile marketshare percentages in the double digits.
Here's what Nokia said back then,
And here is Microsoft's comment,
"We don't see this as a threat."
This seems like perfect proof that you should never underestimate your competition, especially one as capable and powerful as Google. As an interesting sidenote, at that time Apple didn't have any comments about whether they felt Google entering the market would be a threat, but here's what they had to say,
"It really sounds that they are getting a whole bunch of people together to build a phone and that's something we've been doing for five years. I don't understand the impact that they are going to have."
That didn't turn out the way they thought it would either, did it?
"We have a great relationship with Google and this doesn't change anything. They are certainly an important partner for iPhone."
Source: Reuters Article from 2007
Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
The latest intel out of the Samsung camp suggests the Galaxy Note 4 will go into production soon, and is headed for a September release date. According to the report, the device will be announced at IFA in Berlin, (running from the 5th to the 10th of September), and will become available shortly after its announcement. Supposedly, the source of this intel suggests a Galaxy Gear 3 smartwatch will be announced at that time as well.
So far, the only other intel we have on this device is that it will likely come with a QHD display, and will have either a Snapdragon 805 processor, or a new version of the Exynos SoC, depending on which region it launches in.
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest last minute rumors, Google's next version of Android will be called Lollipop and will be iteration 5.0.
To help refresh your memory, and/or rekindle some lost nostalgia, here's a quick list of the versions of Android:
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.0-2.1 Eclair
- Android 1.6 Doughnut
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.1 (no dessert name)
- Android 1.0 (no dessert name)
Obviously there's no way to confirm this news, except for the event which will start in about two hours...
Stay tuned as we bring you all the best intel from the event as fast as it hits the web.
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:08 AM - by dgstorm
Jun 24, 2014 - 4:14 PM - by dgstorm
Microsoft just unveiled their newest Nokia Android device, the Nokia X2. Just as before, the new Nokia Android phone won't win any awards for high-end hardware, but that isn't its intended market anyway. It's definitely geared toward a mid-range/budget-friendly crowd.
Here's a breakdown of specs:
- 4.3 inch LCD display
- 1GB of RAM
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
- 5MP rear camera complete with LED flas
- 4 GB internal storage
- MicroSD expansion slo
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 1,800 mAh battery
- Dual-SIM support
The device is only for international markets and carries a price of just €99, and it is already available. There have also been some updates to the software and the forked version of Android on the phone. Here's a quote with more of the details,
One of the biggest complains about the old handset was that some users were finding it difficult to navigate around the interface. This time around, Microsoft has included a home key, to take the user back to their home screen, and the familiar back button. Holding the home button down also now brings up the multi-tasking screen, just like a regular Android handset.
Speaking of software, the forked Android OS remains with the Nokia X2, offering up a Windows Phone inspired user interface with the benefit of having the complete collection of Android apps at your fingertips. Multiple Microsoft apps and services come pre-installed, including Outlook, OneDrive, Skype and some Xbox games. Customers will also receive 15GB of OneDrive storage for free. ~ Android Authority
Jun 24, 2014 - 3:55 PM - by dgstorm
Android chief Sundar Pichai just confirmed today that Google plans to reveal the next version of Android at the Google I/O 2014 developer's conference starting June 25th. Pichai made it clear that the reason why Google is deviating from the norm is because developers and OEMs have been wanting more time with the OS, and he wanted to make that happen.
He elaborated that it's meant to be a big shift toward greater transparency, adding “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”
Pichai didn't go into any further details and gave no mention of which "L" name the next Android version will have.
Beyond that, according to the report at Business Week, Pichai also made it clear that Android Wear will be another primary topic of discussion during the conference. Here's a quote with a few more details,
This same report suggested we could also get a glimpse of Android TV. We will keep you apprised all day Thursday and Friday of any interesting developments from the conference.
He’ll also talk about Android Wear, a version of the operating system for fitness trackers and wearable computers, and he’ll announce new manufacturing partners and devices. Google is racing against Apple, which will introduce its iWatch in the fall. Pichai says it’s “crazy” that people visit their doctors, at most, once a year to have their heart rate and blood pressure measured. “You obviously need to be able to measure these things so many more times and then apply more intelligence to it,” he says.
Jun 24, 2014 - 3:13 PM - by dgstorm
We just missed this news yesterday due to illness, but it's better late than never! LG announced the official global launch date of the G3! Their new flagship will start hitting retail shelves on June 27th. On that date it will first come to Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Following soon after that the G3 will begin arriving in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
There was no mention of...
Continue Reading @: LG G3 Global Rollout Begins June 27th; Still Coming in July for U.S.
Jun 23, 2014 - 3:18 PM - by dgstorm
New rumors suggest that Android Wear will be the big focus at Google I/O 2014. In fact, there are some insider industry rumblings that several manufacturers will be showing off their first Android Wear smartwatches at the event later this week. This includes products from LG, Motorola and even Samsung.
There's even talk that Samsung will be giving away their new smartwatch to attendees just as LG has been rumored to do. This seems like a potentially awkward situation so we will take this rumor with a grain of salt, but it's still possible we could be surprised. What do you think? Is this a tactic Google is likely to try?
Jun 23, 2014 - 2:04 PM - by dgstorm
Here's a quick rundown of what we might expect out of Google I/O 2014 later this week:
Android 5.0 Lollipop - It's probably a given that the next version of Android will be revealed at I/O this year. This next version is the "L" release. Most of the smart money is betting on Lollipop for the latest name, but it could just as easily be something else. Google even changed their name on the fly before (see Key Lime Pie switching to KitKat). We've also heard rumors of a new Android redesign called "Quantum Paper"; however, we suspect that is for a future version of Android and won't necessarily show up in Android 5.0. Of course, we would love to be proven wrong!
Google Fit - This will be Android's new focus on fitness. It will be an app hub designed around health and fitness, and is meant to compete with Apple's version which debuted at WWDC. We expect Google to announce several partnerships with other companies to promote this new product/service. We also expect it to be integrated into Android Wear.
Android Wear & Smartwatches - Speaking of... we decided to lump Android Wear and smartwatches together since they are obviously symbiotic. Google's current vision of smartwatches is as a companion device to your smartphone. The Android Wear OS will be designed with that in mind and will likely include the Google Fit software as part of the deal. We might see the LG G Watch and/or Moto 360 revealed at this event. In fact, current intel suggests Google will be giving I/O attendees a free LG G Watch, so we should expect that one at the very least.
Google Auto Link - this is Google's competitor product to Apple's CarPlay OS for automobiles. We've heard rumblings about Google's in-car OS for sometime, and it's a good bet we will see it at I/O this year.
Those are the main things we expect to see at the event this year. It's possible we might get a few more tidbits about the next Nexus product, Google Glass, and Project Ara, but we don't expect it. Project Ara is still a work in progress in Google's development labs, while Google Glass is already available in limited quantities. It's possible we might see some updates and new apps for Google Glass, but there probably won't be a big focus on this product. As far as the next Nexus is concerned, it would be unusual for Google to reveal it at I/O, because that's not really what the event is geared toward. It is highly probable the next Nexus device, whether phone, tablet or both will get its own event.
Stay tuned on June 25th and June 26th as we bring you all of the news which filters out of the event.
Jun 23, 2014 - 11:22 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like we have some solid new intel on Google's Nexus 9 tablet. According to a report from AndroidPolice, the previous rumors of an HTC made Nexus tablet are true. Their intel again reveals a tablet called the HTC Volantis (or internally called Flounder). Not only do we have a spec list for the upcoming device, but we also have a couple of marketing images and a Q4 release timeframe.
Check out the pics above, and continue reading here: [Rumor] HTC Volantis Tablet aka Nexus 9; Tegra K1 Chip, 8.9-Inch Display & Coming Q4
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