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Oct 13, 2014 - 1:32 PM - by dgstorm
The Sony Xperia Z3 is coming to T-Mobile on October 15th. So says their Z3 landing page. You can head to the link below to sign up for more info on the device. This means T-Mo will get it about a week before Verizon, who gets it on the 23rd.
Several folks are considering jumping ship from Verizon to get this device on T-Mobile. Sound off and let us know if you think that's a wise move or not.
Oct 09, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Even though LG's G Watch was obviously hit with a very cold reception when it first debuted, LG learns from the market and announced the G Watch R, which is modeled after the round-faced design of the Moto 360. LG recently revealed that the will come to South Korean retail channels on October 14th for 352,000 won (about $325 USD).
While this obviously makes the G Watch R the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch on the planet, it's still cheaper than the Apple Watch, and isn't that far off from the Moto 360. Can LG make a watch which will compete that well against the Moto 360? If the rumored 3G radio in the watch is true, then it might just be worth that price. What do you think?
Oct 08, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
Anyone with a Nexus 5 has probably experienced the strange battery drain problem caused by the camera. It's mostly random, and that's one of the reasons it is so frustrating. We were hoping Android 4.4.3 and/or 4.4.4 would alleviate the issue, but it didn't quite get the problem fixed for everyone. Supposedly, all will be well soon.
The latest report indicates that Android L will fix the problem once and for all. This means we only have to wait a few weeks for Google to release Android L to our Nexus 5 devices. Here's a quote with some of the details,
It's almost frustrating that it has taken so long to knock out this problem. I guess it's better late than never...
One Google project manager blamed the Skype app, saying that an update to the Android version of the app caused it to screw up the mm-qcamera-daemon process, allowing it to get stuck, consuming the CPU cycles that ate away at the battery life of the stock Android phone. While there have been a few bug fixes for the handset, the problem still exists for some. Android 4.4.3 included changes to the camera that did take away the problem for many. For some though, the rapid draining of the battery continues.
Oct 07, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by dgstorm
One of the defining characteristics of the new internal hardware found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is that it is easily capable of filming 4K resolution video. The 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and 8x digital zoom really shows off its skills in the above video.
To get full value out of watching the above video, be sure to switch the video mode to the highest setting, which is 2160p 4K, and then set it to full screen. While the subject matter may seem droll, the video quality is utterly stunning! This is especially true when you stop to register that this is a camera on a phone!
October 17th is the big day the Galaxy Note 4 will hit North American shores. Sound off if this is a phone on your short-list.
Oct 07, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by dgstorm
At IFA in Germany, one of the more intriguing devices revealed was the Asus ZenWatch Android Wear device. Unfortunately, it looks like its initial release will be in very limited quantities and very limited markets. In fact, according to the latest report, we will only see 300 ZenWatches sold and only in Taiwan at first.
The most interesting thing about this particular Android Wear device is that it seems to have some fairly beefy specs, at least compared to other smartwatches. Here's a breakdown:
- 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400
- 512 MB of RAM
- 4 GB of storage
- 1.63" screen with a 320x320 resolution (278 PPI)
- Gorilla Glass 3
We'll keep you posted if the device comes to any other markets.
Oct 02, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
For those few who may have missed it, there was a big scandal across the web last month that had a couple of names like "nudegate" and "the fappening." Basically, Apple's iCloud was hacked and a large number of private nude pics of various female celebrities leaked on Reddit. These pics included various celebrities like Kate Upton, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.
This was obviously a black eye on Apple's security. Although Apple claimed that the breach wasn't their fault, it turns out the reason the pics were hacked was because iCloud security doesn't have a limit to the number of incorrect password attempts you can make to log into an account. This left it susceptible to a "brute force" attack where thousands of passwords could be randomly generated until one matched.
You would think that the celebrities would be up in arms and attack Apple for this major security breach, and although that might be partially true, it seems that Google is actually the biggest target of their ire. A Hollywood lawyer named Marty Singer now represents more than a dozen of the celebrities whose pics were stolen and leaked, but he isn't suing Apple, he's suing Google.
The lawsuit claims that Google has not responded to several take down requests to remove the pics and videos. Supposedly there are still many images on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube which have not been removed. He is asking for $100 Million in damages and claims that Google has done nothing but sit back and profit from the advertising revenue generated from the leaked nude pics.
Singer sent a letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as executive Eric Schmidt and Google lawyers. Here is a quote with more of the details,
It will be interesting to see how Google responds to this, and to find out all of the facts. It's entirely possible that Google has attempted to comply with the takedown requests but has simply been overwhelmed finding them all.
The letter, exclusively seen by Page Six, claims Google has failed “to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct. Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women.”
Singer writes that Lavely & Singer sent a notice to remove images four weeks ago, and a dozen more since, but many of the images are still on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube.
Singer adds, “Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights … Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations.”
The letter continues, “Because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights you do nothing — nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue … as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”
Regardless, it seems ridiculous to go... [Read More]
Oct 01, 2014 - 9:51 AM - by dgstorm
According to a report from PhoneArena, a new Android L build was recently spotted on Google's Chromium tracker. It supposedly shows off some UI tweaks which include altered Navigation Keys and Status Bar Icons.
In case you haven't heard of it, Chromium tracker is a bug submission tool for Google products. This latest submission was the LMP LRW87D build running on a Nexus 5 and at first glance didn't appear too different than current Android. However, after closer inspection, you can definitely make out some slightly tweaked elements, especially in the he software navigation keys and the status bar icons.
Above is a combined image to compare the differences between current Android KitKat and these Android L changes.
Sep 29, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by dgstorm
The big talk in the mobile world has been the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Apple iPhone 6 (and some rumors of the Motorola Shamu thrown in as well). It's easy to forget that HTC makes a super-sized phone as well though.
Last year's HTC One Max M7 wasn't as hyped of a device as the HTC One was, but HTC still makes solid hardware. Their HTC One M8 is one of the best reviewed Android devices in history, and it looks like they are developing a phablet version of it as well. The specs for the HTC One Max M8 may have just been leaked:
- 5.5-inch 2K display
- Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7MHz processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 3,000mAh battery
- 18-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
- Android L
That seems to tick off a great deal of "must have" check boxes. What do you guys think?
Sep 26, 2014 - 9:48 AM - by dgstorm
We recently showed off what is supposedly a leaked image of the Motorola made Shamu phone, which is likely to be either the Nexus 6 or the Nexus X. While that was our first good look at the device, it was still only a rendered press shot, and it wasn't even finalized either.
Of course, it's a brand new day, and frequently that means a brand new leak, which is the case today. The above image is a real device instead of a press render. It is definitely a Motorola phone that looks very similar to the leak we saw previously. Also, it now includes the Motorola logo, and someone has taped the name "Shamu" to the back., which suggests it is quite likely a final version of the actual Motorola Nexus smartphone.
Overall, it's a pretty good looking device, although quite massive. It is even sitting next to an LG G3 which gives it excellent scale. This phone will probably please the phablet crowd immensely. What are your thoughts?
Sep 25, 2014 - 9:16 AM - by dgstorm
The above image is supposedly our first glimpse of the upcoming Motorola Shamu, aka the Nexus 6, aka the Nexus X. We haven't been able to nail down the final name of this device, but at least this new pic gives us some eye-candy to whet our appetite. As we can see, it looks like an enlarged Moto X with a very "Nexus-esque" back cover.
On top of this, there is some intel which arrived with the pic. Supposedly...
Continue Reading @: Motorola's Nexus 6/X Shows Up in First Leaked Pic | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Sep 24, 2014 - 10:16 AM - by dgstorm
For weeks we have reported several rumors which claimed that Google would announce the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 and Android L on October 8th or 9th. Today's rumor contradicts that by indicating a middle October launch of the 15th or 16th. This is a bit disappointing considering it means we have to wait a bit longer now. Of course, it's possible the original rumors could prove more accurate, so keep your fingers crossed.
Whichever date is the final reveal, what's most intriguing will be the content. Will the Nexus 6 be a Motorola device as has been rumored? Will the Nexus 9 be an HTC-made tablet? Will there still be an LG-made Nexus 5? Tell us what you are hoping to see when Google finally launches their next Nexus lineup.
Sep 19, 2014 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
Something is amiss in Google-land. Google just announced a new policy which has independent developers enraged, and for good reason. As of September 30th, 2014, Google will now require all developers to publish a physical address on the Google Play Store. This is for anyone who wants to host their app on the Google Play Store, and applies to paid apps or apps with in-app purchases. You can see the details in the screen grab below.
Keep in mind that this must be a "physical address," so a Post Office Box won't work. This is wrong on so many levels, it's baffling to fathom that...
Continue Reading @: http://www.droidforums.net/threads/i...-store.274227/
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