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Project Tango Tablet Teardown at iFixit Reveals NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm

We've shared a few stories regarding Google's unique 3D-mapping idea called Project Tango. (For those who missed it, the technology is a smartphone and a tablet that can create a highly detailed 3D model of the surrounding environment. It does this using several on-board cameras.) Not too long ago, Google released 200 units of the smartphone portion to developers, and they released 4,000 units of the Project Tango tablet to developers.

Luckily, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and decided to practice their surgical skills on it. The results were quite revealing as it turns out the specs are very beefy, including a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and much more. Here's the full lusty list,
  • 7" HD 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) touchscreen display
  • 120 degree front-facing camera + 4 MP RGB-IR rear-facing camera along with a 170 degree motion tracking camera
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB flash memory, expandable via microSD

Obviously it makes sense that a device designed to create realistic 3D maps of the surrounding environment will need to have some high-tech specs, but this easily qualifies as the top of the curve.

In the end, the folks at iFixit gave the Project Tango tablet a repairability of score of 4 out of 10, which is obviously below average (but comes as no surprise). Here's a quote with their final assessment,

  • Rear case is super easy to open with no screws or adhesives—only plastic clips.
  • Several cables cover the battery and make it a pain to remove—but at least you don't need to melt adhesive.
  • Low modularity—several components soldered to the same components makes replacement parts more expensive.
  • Complex internal construction—this thing is full of cables and not at all fun to disassemble or reassemble.
Source: iFixit
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Sprint Officially Unveils the Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

Aug 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm

Just as we indicated yesterday, Sprint officially unveiled the new Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone today. The device will be available on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile in the United States. They have yet to announce exact availability dates, but we do know that you will be able to get the device for $0 down and 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint. It will cost $149.99 on Boost and Virgin Mobile.

[Update: We have word that pre-orders start today for an August 29 availability for this phone.]

We must reiterate that the internal specs of this device are mediocre, yet it still has the potential for decent success based upon its unique aesthetics alone. When you factor in the affordable price, this could be a decent seller in the budget-friendly markets. It turns out the specs for the Japanese and the American version are the same. Here's a recap,
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

This isn't a big feather for Sprint to stick in their hats, but when mixed with their new aggressive pricing plans, it might catch the attention of some folks.

Source: Sprint
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Stunning New Sharp Aquos Crystal Phone Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Aug 18, 2014 - 12:41 PM - by cereal killer

Sprint is getting ready to make a big announcement tomorrow. It turns out they are announcing a brand new phone from Sharp. What this phone lacks in substance (internal hardware), it makes up for in style. It's called the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and it is easily one of the best looking smartphones ever designed.

It's main claim to fame is a “frame-less structure and crystal display.” It supposedly also has enhanced sound. Here is a breakdown of its internal specs:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

Obviously, this device's tech specs aren't going to win it any awards, but in the consumer world, that doesn't really matter as much. Of course, it hasn't been officially announced, so it's possible these specs will be different for Sprint than the Japanese model of the phone. We will keep you updated.

Originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Moto X+1 Reaches Beast Mode

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:57 PM - by cereal killer

For those folks who weren't too happy with the Moto X and its specs when it rolled out, you should stop and take a look at what the X+1 is going to be sporting under the hood. She's going to be a real powerhouse. According to the GFXBenchmark test it looks like Motorola will launch the Moto X+1 with Android 4.4.4, and its safe to say there will be plans for an update to Android L. Under the hood, there's the screaming fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, and the Adreno 330 GPU.

Internal memory should sit at 16GB despite the 10GB pictured (partition space left over ). We're counting on Moto also having a 32GB version available at launch as well. The display is Motorola's largest yet at 5.2" and it sits at full HD resolution. Moving around to the back, the X+1 houses a 13MP shooter that is capable of recording 4K video, while moving to the front reveals a 2MP camera recording 1080p video. No selfie videos please.

The Motorola Moto X+1 will be announced alongside the Moto 360, Second Gen Moto G and a new Bluetooth headset on September 4 in Chicago.

If you were already a fan of the Moto X the X+1 should really light your fire. Beast Mode!!

Via: DroidForums
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Sprint is Going to 'Disrupt' The Wireless Industry?

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:36 AM - by cereal killer

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure is hitting the ground at a full sprint (pun intended). At a company-wide town hall meeting on Thursday, Marcelo told attendees that the company will be implementing "very disruptive" prices next week.

We’re going to change our plans to make sure they are simple and attractive, and make sure every customer in America thinks twice about signing up to a competitor.
With a comment like that its a pretty sure bet Big Red, T-Mobile and AT&T are going to be 'tuning' in to the announcement.
We've heard some mixed reviews about Sprints coverage. Some swear by it while others say its abysmal with dropped calls and spotty coverage. With that said we're left to wonder if a super aggressive pricing plan will be enough to get happy customers (Verizon, T-Mo, AT&T) to jump ship.

Let us know if Sprints pricing plan is "too good to pass up" will you be jumping ship? Sprint customers we want to hear from you as well. How would you rate Sprints coverage? Good? Bad? Meh?

Via: DroidForums
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Galaxy Alpha Announced

Aug 13, 2014 - 3:01 PM - by cereal killer

Samsung went into stealth mode this morning and quietly released their newest handset called, you guessed it, the Galaxy Alpha. While the release comes as no surprise, the lack of a launch event and all the 'fireworks' that goes along with them is certainly a big departure for Samsung. They love to rent out huge convention centers and invite the world to their releases. With that said, is the Galaxy Alpha a top tier handset that was mysteriously left out of the usual fanfare? Lets take a look.

First off, we tip our hat to Sammy for finally putting together a handset with a premium look and feel. With its chamfered, polished and beveled metal frame edges to its sleek design it has all the looks of a premium device. Unfortunately, thats where it all ends. The Alphas specs include:

  • Display: 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
  • Processor: Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera: 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
  • RAM : 2GB
  • Internal Memory : 32GB
  • Battery: 1860 mAh
  • Finger Print Scanner

*No micro SD Slot*

With it's smaller display, less resolution, scaled down camera pixels, zero water resistance, and no micro-SD support the Galaxy Alpha falls quite short of it's older brother known as the Galaxy S5.

Price and carriers have not been announced just yet and we let everyone know when we have those details.

I'm not really sure how the Alpha fits in with Samsung's portfolio. Other than it's dazzling looks its really nothing to write home about. Mid-tier specs and the usual features don't scream "I must get this handset", so I'm left scratching my head. In their already crowded line-up, did they really need to release the Alpha? I guess we'll find out that answer when pricing and carrier details are announced. A premium price tag along with an exclusive launch surely won't help sales.

Via: DroidForums
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Augmented Reality App Shows Off Amazing New Polaris Slingshot in 3D

Aug 08, 2014 - 1:16 PM - by dgstorm

Sometimes two completely different technologies converge in a way that perfectly shows off the amazing capabilities of both. Today we have a great example of this which is also a perfect opportunity to share one of our new cousin-sites, SlingshotForums.com!

Polaris (the famous makers of the RZR off-road vehicle: RZRForums.net), just unleashed their newest amazing creation on the world. It's called the Slingshot, and it is basically a three wheeled super-beast designed to offer maximum fun ON the road. (It's technically classified as a motor-cycle, even though it has three wheels.)

The main reason we wanted to share this Off-Topic product here today is because Polaris created an amazing Augmented Reality App to show off their new Slingshot. This app is useable on the iPad, the iPhone and on Android devices as well. This creates an opportunity to see one of the best implementations of Augmented Reality we have been lucky enough to witness.

The video above shows off this amazing technology. Not only do we get a great example of Augmented Reality on a tablet device, we also get to see the best features of the Slingshot! We were so excited about this, we couldn't help but share it with you guys. [Editor's Note: the video was shot on an iPad Mini, but NickJ's video was so well done, and the experience is basically the same on either iOS or Android, so we decided to just use his.]

For anyone interested in the Slingshot and its Augmented Reality App, please check out NickJ's Augmented Reality article here: SlingshotForums News, and/or for further discussions on the Slingshot, here's the main landing page for Slingshotforums.com.

You can pick up the Polaris Slingshot Augmented Reality App on iTunes, or at the Google Play Store.
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Google Shares More About Android L Material Deisgn with Another Design Bytes Video

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:43 PM - by dgstorm

So far, the general public have not had a very good taste of what Android L will be brining to the table, especially the often touted "Material Design" aesthetic. Google aims to change that though. They recently shared another one of their "Design Bytes" video series, and this time they give us a great visual summation of what we can expect out of their new concept. Enjoy!
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Sprint Drops Bid for T-Mobile, Dan Hesse Booted & Softbank Tries to Steal John Legere

Aug 06, 2014 - 12:00 PM - by dgstorm

There has been a huge shakeup in the U.S. Mobile carrier world. First, Sprint has dropped its bid to buy T-Mobile. A Wall Street Journal report indicated that Sprint was so daunted by the backlash amongst U.S. regulators that it didn't seem worthwhile to fight for the merger.

Second, even though most of Sprint's mistakes all occurred before they ever hired him, Sprint has decided to boot CEO Dan Hesse from his position. They are replacing him with Marcelo Claure. He founded Brightstar, which is a Florida-based telecom company acquired by Softbank (the new owners of Sprint) in October of last year.

In fact, the report suggests Claure has been groomed for months to fill this role while he was closely working with Sprint's management. Claure had this to say about his plans for Sprint, “While consolidating makes sense in the long-term, for now, we will focus on growing and repositioning Sprint.”

You can check out Sprint's press release and Claure's full statement here: Sprint.

On top of this, there are insider rumblings that Softbank is trying to create an even more massive power shift in the industry. Supposedly, they are trying to steal T-Mobile's now famous CEO, John Legere.

Insider sources at Sprint indicated that Softbank has made an outrageous offer to acquire him, and they are willing to over-pay to make it happen. The unnamed Sprint investor who shared this intel had this to say,
"They are definitely willing to overpay, This guy is Jack Welch of our time."

What do you think? Will this be a good move for Sprint? Should Softbank be willing to overpay to grab Legere? Will he take their offer?

Source: TKNewsblog
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Verizon Galaxy S5 Getting OTA

Jul 31, 2014 - 3:14 PM - by cereal killer

T-Mobiles Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't the only S5 getting some update love, it looks like VZW is bumping their SGS5 up with a pretty nice update as well. As you can see they squashed some bugs, updated some apps and added some support in this update. Let us know if you were able to pull down the update and your thoughts. Good luck!

Source: Verizon
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John Woo Makes Games Now Too! 'BloodStroke' in the Google Play Store

Jul 29, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm

There's a stylish new action game for Android available on the Google Play Store, and it is supposedly a game from famed movie director John Woo. It's called BloodStroke and sells for only $0.99 at this moment. Your character's name is Lotus, and she is a private security and combat specialist who has been betrayed by her employer. Here's a quote with a description,

Legendary filmmaker John Woo presents his action-packed mobile debut, Bloodstroke.
Gun in one hand, a blade in the other, Private Security Agent, Mai Lee – codenamed Lotus, shoots and slices through the street of Hong Kong and Beijing to ensure the safety of her first assignment.

This app offers in-app purchases. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings.

"Bloodstroke is a terrific action game." – Touch Arcade, 4/5

"Compelling, fast-paced, and action-packed, Bloodstroke is the perfect time-killer" – 148 Apps, 4.5/5

"Bloodstroke is a bloody and beautiful good time." – Gamezebo, 4/5

Protect Dr. Koorse at all costs! Draw enemy fire and use a selection of lethal melee weapons and guns to keep gangsters, snipers and katana-wielding bikers from assassinating your client.

Equip Lotus with an arsenal of deadly blades and firearms. Cut down your foes using dual chackrams and blow them away with grenade launchers and shotguns to decorate the streets of China with red ink.

Blending traditional brushstroke visuals with John Woo's signature balletic violence, Bloodstroke is authentically presented with distinct graphics and sleek comic book panel cut-scenes that unravel into a compelling tale of betrayal.

Important Consumer Information. This app: Requires acceptance of EA's Privacy & Cookie Policy, TOS and EULA. Collects data through third party ad serving and analytics technology (see Privacy & Cookie Policy for details). Contains direct links to social networking sites intended for an audience over 13. Allows players to communicate via Facebook notifications and gifting. To disable see the settings in-game.Contains direct links to the internet.

Terms of Service : http://www.ea.com/terms-of-service
Privacy & Cookie Policy : http://www.ea.com/privacy-policy
EULA : http://tos.ea.com/legalapp/mobileeula/US/en/GM/
... [Read More]
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[Rumor] Google May Scrap Android Silver for Nexus 6; Plus Nexus 5 May Live On

Jul 29, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a great follow-up story to the one we posted yesterday regarding the rumored Motorola Nexus 6. First, there is supposedly insider intel which supports the idea that Google considered this Motorola Nexus 6 as soon as they sold Motorola to Lenovo.

In fact, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" selling Moto to Lenovo was a huge boon for Google, especially to create a Motorola Nexus device. Google reportedly relishes the idea of pairing some of the core technologies found in Android L with the Active Display and Touchless control tech found in the Moto X.

Additionally, it appears that Google may have ditched their Android Silver plans altogether in favor of this newly refreshed Nexus program. Apparently, the fact that Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora (the man who spear-headed Android Silver) has left the company was also a big determining factor in this decision.

Supposedly, Arora and several of the folks on his team had envisioned Android Silver as a replacement for the Nexus and GPe program. Now that he is gone and Motorola is no longer owned by Google, there's nothing stopping a resurgence in the Nexus line instead of shifting gears to the Android Silver program.

Along with this report comes industry speculation that might excite you. Several pundits have pointed out that it is entirely likely Google plans to keep the Nexus 5 along with this new Nexus 6. There's no reason they can't simply do a refresh each year with slightly improved specs to keep up with the advances in technology. This would go against Google's previous procedure of having only one new Nexus smartphone at a time, but the 5.9-inch size of the Moto Nexus 6 could drop it into its own "phablet" category altogether.

This basically means that Shamu probably does not herald the end of the 5-inch form factor. If all of this proves to be true, then we will have the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 and maybe the Nexus 10 if they continue that tablet too.

In many ways this makes much more sense than creating an entirely new branding called Android Silver. The Nexus name is already a well established Google brand. Why fix it if it aint broke?

Finally, there's one other exciting thing about all of this speculation. If Shamu turns out to be true, and Google starts working with Motorola/Lenovo on Nexus products, it could position the new Motorola as the leading global challenger to Samsung and LG in the Android arena.

Source: TheInformation
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