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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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[Rumor] Nexus 6 Smartphone Might be Made by Motorola

Jul 29, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm

[Editor's Note: Oops. I forgot to post this here yesterday! Here it is and its follow up story will come soon.]

Definitely take this story with a heaping helping of salt, but the Holy Grail of Android smartphones might be upon us. The newest rumor is that Motorola is working on a 5.9-inch smartphone code-named Shamu, and that device will be the Google Nexus 6 smartphone.

According to this intel, Google felt it would never be viable for them to launch a Motorola Nexus device as long as they owned Motorola. This isn't meant to suggest that was the primary (or even secondary) reason they sold Motorola to Lenovo, it simply means that now they can entertain the possibility, and supposedly Motorola is high up on their list for the next Nexus phone.

On top of this information, we also have word that the phone will come with a fingerprint sensor and will likely launch in November.

We should remain skeptical for now, but feel free to do a secret happy dance when nobody is looking.

Source: AndroidPolice
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Moto 360 to be the First Android Wear Smartwatch with an Ambient Light Sensor

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm

There's another cool innovation that the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch will be known for. According to a Tech Crunch hands-off video (shown above) at Google I/O 2014, the new Moto 360 will be the first Android Wear smartwatch to include an ambient light sensor.

Of course the primary purpose of this is so you won't have to constantly fiddle with the brightness settings in different environments to be able to see your watch-face. The watch will automatically adjust that for you on the fly.

That's just one more way that Motorola is upping the ante and delivering a more premium smartwatch device than anything that has come before. It appears that Motorola isn't even bothering to compete with the current Android smartwatches. Instead they are going straight for the jugular of the as yet un-released, rumored Apple iWatch.

Smart move Moto! Enjoy the video above!
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LG's Record Quarter with Triple Profits on 14.5 Million Smartphones Sold

Jul 24, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by dgstorm

While Samsung's sales have been in a slump, LG seems to be one of the main benefactors as they have a few records of their own this quarter. LG sold 14.5 million handsets this last quarter. This was 20% more than last year and was their highest total ever. (More than one-third of those were LTE models.)

This put an end to three straight quarters of losses and effectively almost tripled their profits. This amounted to an operating profit of KRW 412 billion ($599 million).

According to LG, much of their success was due to the new LG G3 flagship. Kudos LG!

Source: LG
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Amazon is Launching New Games to Take Advantage of Fire Phone's Unique Features

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:17 PM - by dgstorm

Amazon released their new Fire Phone, and most of the hard-core Android community voiced a collective "meh." Despite the "mediocre-ness" of the device, it does have some truly outstanding features. The main draw is the 3D movement afforded by the phone's six cameras.

The Fire Phone will hit store shelves on July 25th, and Amazon wanted to make sure we were aware that there will be some games available immediately at launch which will take advantage of these unique features. We aren't sure how the new movement capabilities of the device will play out in these games, but here's what Amazon revealed.

To-Fu Fury is a platform-style game whose main character is a ninja tofu. (Who comes up with this stuff?) Here's a video for that game:

The second game is called Saber’s Edge and involves more strategic play in a pirate themed setting. Here's a trailer for it:

Both games are already available for $1.99 on the Amazon Game Store: Amazon Games
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LG Officially Reveals Their G3 LTE-A (with Snapdragon 805) in Korea

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like our previous leak regarding the LG G3 LTE-A in South Korea is both confirmed and refuted. LG officially unveiled the device and everything is as we shared in our previous story here. The only difference is that they revealed the device 3 days earlier than our intel suggested. The date we shared was partially correct though. July 25th is when the phone will launch for retail availability.

Here's a refresh of the specs the new "premium" version of the phone will include, a Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. It will also come with a Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem for 225 Mbps downlink capabilities.

LG seems to only be launching this device in South Korea, just as predicted, but we will keep you updated if that changes.

Source: LG
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NVIDIA Officially Unveils The Tegra-K1 Equipped Shield Tablet for $299

Jul 22, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like all of our NVIDIA intel was true in one way or another. The company just officially took the wraps off their brand new Tegra-K1 equipped Shield tablet. The new gaming tablet/portable console device will ship in North America July 29th. It will hit Europe August 4, and other regions of the globe later this fall.

Before we jump into the nitty gritty of its specs and features, we also have pricing details. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.

Now for the juicy parts... here's the primary spec-list:
  • 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
  • Tegra K1 SoC - 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
  • Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space

That's not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some "world's first" features for this super-gaming tablet. Here's a quote from their presser with the details,

String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.
It looks like this puppy is crammed full of awesome gaming features. For some folks, this might just be... [Read More]
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Woman Refuses To Give Up Smartphone to Robber and Gets Shot

Jul 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by dgstorm

Although this woman lived to tell the tale of being shot by a robber trying to take her smartphone (and she even kept the phone), this is still something she shouldn't brag about. An anonymous resident in Houston, TX was robbed at gun-point for her Samsung Galaxy phone, but refused to give it up. The attacker told her he would shoot her if she didn't give it to him, and that's exactly what he did.

Somehow, fate was on her side in that moment. She crouched down, preparing to be shot, and the bullet only grazed the top-back of her head, which ultimately required a staple. Her friend heard the shot and let her in the door, where they were able to get the door shut before the robber could gain entry. Here's a quote with the details and her statements,

She said: "He was like, hey, let me get that phone. I was like, I'm not giving you my phone sir. He's like, I'm going to shoot you, so I put my hands up."

She says she crouched down and prepared to be shot. Could a phone really be worth this risk?

She explained: "I looked down the barrel and was like no please don't shoot me." He shot her. Luckily, the bullet grazed her head, rather than doing more serious damage.

Her friend heard the shot and opened the door. Courtney managed to get inside before the robber could follow her.

She was taken to hospital, where doctors stapled her wound.

"I almost lost my life on a $700 phone," she said. "I don't get it."
That last thing she said is a great example of "no truer words were ever spoken." She really, really doesn't get it. "Stuff" is not worth your life. What do you think? Would you have done the same thing in her shoes, or been a bit more sensible?

Source: CNET
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OnePlus Could be On Last Legs as PayPal Funds are Being Frozen

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm

OnePlus is a great example of a company with fantastic marketing but poor final execution. From the get-go, they did a magnificent job at getting the Android community excited about their product. Despite this, when it finally came down to shipping an acceptable product which would live up to those expectations, they have failed on several fronts.

First, they couldn't ship nearly enough devices to meet demand. Then...

Continue Reading @: OnePlus Could be On Last Legs as PayPal Funds are Being Frozen | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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Motorola Battery Cover with Kevlar Styling Pops Up - Maybe the Moto X+1?

Jul 18, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm

What do you think? Could this be the back cover for the Moto X+1? It just leaked online on the HellomotoHK Facebook page. The above image was color-corrected and reposted by the folks at Phandroid.

We can definitely see that Kevlar material (or styling) woven into the design, and this is obviously reminiscent of the Motorola devices of yore. What's odd about this back cover is the extra hole in the design? Could this be a new feature of the device this will be paired with, or simply a placeholder spot for a logo emblem?

Ultimately, this mysterious leak leaves us with more questions than answers. Share your opinion.
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LG Unveils the G3 Beat; 5-Inch Mid-Range Alternative to Its Big Brother

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by dgstorm

International markets will soon get a new LG G3 alternative called the G3 Beat. It's a mid-range device with a 5-inch display and more affordable price (although the exact details of that price have yet to be revealed). Here's the full press release below with its features and internal specs. The pic above compares the G3 Beats (on the left) to its G3 flagship brother (on the right).

SEOUL, July 17, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announced the official launch of LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience, sophisticated Floating Arc metallic design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3 but in a more compact package dominated by a 5.0-inch thin-bezel display, setting it a class above other similarly priced mid-tier devices.

The LG G3 Beat was developed to address the growing low- to mid-tier segment of smartphone customers who want a great device that’s more compact but still powerful enough to run the most popular apps. With the fast pace of technology in the wireless industry, it’s now more possible than ever to offer a smartphone that does all this but at a lower price point than was previously possible. LG G3 Beat retains the best features and functions of the G3, delivering its values without compromising usability.

Proving that less can be more, the LG G3 Beat comes with a largest-in-class 5.0-inch HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment. The LG G3 Beat offers impressively thin bezels and a robust 2,540mAh battery. The LG G3 Beat features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges for the ultimate comfort in grip and feel.

“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”

Highlights of the LG G3 Beat include:

  • Laser Auto Focus enables the G3 Beat to focus precious moments faster than ever before by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.

  • Touch & Shoot lets users simply touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot, reducing a two-step process to just one.

  • Gesture Shot allows you to simply clench your hand in front of the screen to automatically begin a three-second countdown before the picture is snapped.

  • Smart Keyboard learns how you type for faster input with fewer mistakes, reducing errors by up to 75 percent.

  • QuickMemo+ lets you jot, sketch, take notes and be as creative and inspired as you want to be.

The LG G3 Beat will make its debut on July 18 in South Korea and begin its global rollout from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in the weeks that
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Could Come with an Ultraviolet Sensor

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:29 PM - by dgstorm

How would you feel if your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 let you know you should put on sunscreen because of the volume of ultraviolet rays that are out that day? It's a bit of a gimmick, but Samsung is the king of throwing those into their devices, and the latest rumint suggests that might just happen.

Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor as part of its S Health line of services. This sensor will allow the phone to warn you when your skin might need some extra protection because the Sun's rays are a bit too caustic at that moment. The phone will actually be able to measure and inform of you of the UV Index level at that time, simply by holding the device at a 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun.

Here's a quote below discussing some of the facts and myths about ultraviolet radiation.

The truths:
  • A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation.
  • A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4.
  • Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
  • Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflection from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
  • UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but sun's rays are unexpectedly strong.
  • Sunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application.
  • UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day.
  • Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun's infrared radiation and not by UV radiation

The statements below are false:
  • A suntan is healthy.
  • A tan protects you from the sun.
  • You can't get sunburnt on a cloudy day.
  • You can't get sunburnt while in the water.
  • UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous.
  • Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer.
  • If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won't get sunburnt.
  • If you don't fell the hot rays of the sun you won't get sunburnt.
What would you think of this feature if the Galaxy Note 4 actually included it? At first blush it seems silly because we should know and be careful about the sun, but sometimes it's easy to forget. Maybe a gentle reminder from our device might not be too bad...

Source: SamMobile
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