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Jun 04, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
Whodathunkit? The tablet version of Microsoft Office which recently released for iOS will be coming to other tablets very soon. The big shocker is that it will actually hit Android tablets before it comes to Windows 8 tablets. Don't worry... we scratched our heads over this one too. According to the new Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, the main reason it will come to Android first is marketshare. As you can see from his Tweet above, under his leadership, Microsoft has renewed its focus on making its Office software as widely available across multiple devices as possible.
Currently, the plan is...
Continue Reading @: Tablet Version of Microsoft Office Coming to Android Before Windows 8 Tablets
Jun 04, 2014 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
A leaked system dump of the LG G Watch found its way onto the web. This system dump included some juicy details about the watch and a great many images from its UI as well. The primary details revealed by the system dump were a Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8226) and Android 4.4W, which is likely the Android Wear version of KitKat. Also, apparently the folks at LG are fans of the Disney flick Finding Nemo, as the internal codename for the G Watch is ‘Dory.’
Along with these details, a massive array of images for the device were included in the system dump. We couldn't include them in our story because of how many there were, but you can peruse them at the source link below. The pics are Google Now images, clock face weather backgrounds, calendar even images and more.
Thanks to the guys at Phandroid for culling them all: LG G Watch System Dump reveals Snapdragon 400 and Google Now images
Jun 04, 2014 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm
Since the launch of the LG G3 there has been a slight controversy surrounding the device. The back cover has a brushed metal appearance, but it is actually plastic with a faux metal appearance. On the surface, this seemingly makes the case that the phone is much less "premium" than consumers were lead to believe. However, LG recently clarified the build structure of the back cover casing. They indicated that while the outer surface is indeed a polycarbonate plastic material, internally, the case has a thin sheet of metal to give the case extra rigidity and stability.
To be clear, this metal is not on the outer surface, so we aren't handling metal when we touch the device, but there is a thin film of metal inside the design. LG indicated that in their testing, the polycarbonate was simply a better material for multiple reasons. Obviously one of those reasons is reduced cost for them, but several other reasons make it a good choice for consumers as well.
First, the faux brushed metal plastic is less slippery than a real metal would be. Second, there is less likely to be radio interference by wrapping the phone in this hybrid material. Third, the plastic they used can actually stand up better to scratches and dings from accidents. Finally, the plastic material also attracts fewer fingerprints than an all metal case design would.
What do you think? Does this make you think less of the LG G3 than you did before?
Jun 03, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
Previously we reported a rumor on a device called the HTC One M8 Advance, which was supposedly going to be a cheaper plastic shelled version of the HTC One M8. It turns out the rumor was partially accurate. A less expensive plastic version of the HTC One has been officially outed, but it has a slightly different name. Instead of the HTC One M8 Advance, it is called the HTC One E8. It is first hitting the China markets for a price of 2,799 yuan (about $447 or €328).
Functionally, it is nearly identical to the HTC One M8, although there are some differences. The big change is the camera, and of course the plastic body instead of the metal one on the M8. Here's a breakdown,
- 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen
- 13 MP rear camera with single LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording - (this obviously differs from the UltraPixel camera with Duo Camera and dual-tone dual-LED flash on the M8)
- 5 MP front camera
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (which is clocked slightly higher than the 2.3GHz in other regions for some reason)
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage (around 10.6 GB of which is user-accessible)
- A microSD card support
- 4G LTE
- Dual-SIM (some models)
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6 UI
- Dimensions are 146.42×70.67×9.85 mm
- Weighs 145 grams
There's no word on whether or not this device will be hitting any other markets besides China. Of course, with this price, it is quite a bit less expensive than the Galaxy S5 or the new LG G3, so it could be a strong competitor even if it is only released in China.
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
The folks over at Phandroid put together a handy list of all the most useful voice commands for Android users with Google Now enabled smartphones. Here's the full breakdown below!
- “Go to [Phandroid.com].” [*Of course we recommend DroidForums.net instead. ]
- “Search for [Samsung Galaxy S5].”
- “Open [Gmail].”
- “Take a picture.”
- “Record a video.”
- “Remind me to [call John at 6PM].”
- “Remind me to [buy toilet paper at Target].”
- “Set an alarm for [6PM].”
- “Create a calendar event: [Happy Hour at Union on Friday at 5:00PM].”
- “Where’s my package?”
- “Note to self: [remember to buy milk].”
- “What’s the tip for [$42]?”
- “Call [George Smith].”
- “Call [Mom mobile].”
- “Text [Lee that I'm running 5 minutes late].”
- “Send email to [Rob Jackson, subject, Google Now, message, Check out these Voice Commands].”
- “Listen to voicemail.”
- “Find [Bruce’s] number.”
- “When is [Mary’s] birthday?”
- “Post to [Google+]: [Google Now is awesome].”
- “Listen to: [TheDirty Projectors].”
- “Play: [The Beatles].”
- “What’s this song?”
- “Play some music.”
- “Watch [Toy Story 3].”
- “What movies are playing tonight?”
- “Where is [X-Men] playing?”
- “Show me pictures of the [Chesapeake Bay Bridge].”
Navigation and Travel
- “Navigate to [Ocean City, MD].”
- “[Biking] directions to [The Brewer’s Art].”
- “Find [the Eiffel Tower].”
- “Where is [the Empire State Building]?”
- “Where’s the nearest [ice cream shop]?”
- “Show me the menu for [Holy Frijoles].”
- “Call [Ledo's Pizza].”
- “Show me my flights.”
- “Where is my hotel?”
- “What are some attractions in [Baltimore]?”
- “What time is it in [London]?”
- “Do I need an umbrella today?”
- “What’s the weather in [Cape Cod] for [the weekend]?”
- “Where was [Albert Einstein] born?”
- “How old is [Brad Pitt]?”
- “How do you say [‘hello'] in [Spanish]?”
- “What does [onomatopoeia] mean?”
- “What’s [Google’s] stock price?”
- “What is [Twitter] trading at?”
- “What’s [16 ounces] in [pounds]?”
- “What is the square root of 2209?”
- “When is sunset?”
- “Did the [Orioles] win today?”
- “How did [the San Francisco Giants] do?”
Thanks for the handy list!
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
The Android 4.4.3 update is finally baked. Google made the Factory Image available for download. This one is designed for the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. These images are 440MB to 465MB in size and will require fastboot set up to install. This update includes a few new tweaks and enhancements: the dialer app has new color accents and a card-based process for speed dialing, there is a bug fix related to CPU usage and the Nexus 5 camera. These factory images are obviously perfect for those who don't want to wait for the OTA.
Here's the link to the factory images: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images
Speaking of OTA's, the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi-Only version is already receiving the update push at the time of this story. Users can expect to get it anytime with the next few days. For some reason, the LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 is not yet supported by this update.
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
Sony just officially unveiled a new mid-range smartphone for the masses. It's called the Xperia T3 and it includes a decent array of specs along with a stylish design (like most of their devices). Here's the scoop:
- 5.3-inch HD smartphone
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- 8 megapixel camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB)
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Sony’s latest software features such as Battery STAMINA, Sony Music and Video Unlimited, and camera-centric features like Timeshift Burst, Social Live and Portrait Retouch
The phone will be hitting markets across the globe sometime in July. We will share more details as they are revealed.
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest mobile smartphone sales reports out of South Korea, the brand new LG G3 smartphone flagship is selling 25,000-30,000 units per day since its launch May 28th. This is outpacing sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 by a 3-to-1 margin. Supposedly, the Galaxy S5 only sold at a rate of 7,000 to 8,000 per day in right after its launch. If this report is accurate, it could be a sign that the luster for Samsung is finally wearing off for consumers.
At first blush it's hard to believe, but if you factor in the big marketing push from LG in South Korea and pair that with the phone's premium looking materials and the world's first QHD display (amongst other high-end hardware), the picture becomes plausible. To be clear, LG has a long way to go before they will catch up with sales of the SGS5 globally. Regardless, this is nothing but good for LG's reputation and could be a sign of a future in which the smartphone industry is not dominated by an Apple/Samsung duopoly.
It will be interesting to see if LG can make any strong headway in the other 100 countries in which they launched the G3.
Jun 02, 2014 - 11:24 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest intel, Google is working to bring Google Now voice search functionality to all of of our devices, and they plan on making it completely hands-free. The source of this intel further shared that Google has an internal codename for the functionality. They are calling it KITT after the talking car in the 1980's TV series.
On top of keeping it completely hands-free, they are supposedly even making it eye-free as well. The ultimate goal is to give users access to Google Now functionality without ever even needing to physically look at or interact with the device. The KITT capabilities will be completely voice driven.Of course, limited versions of this can already be seen in use right now with the Moto X and the Nexus 5. This report indicates Google wants to make it an Android feature for any brand or model device in the future. This could even lead to a convergence of Google's driverless cars with Android products.
Despite the limited versions of this functionality already showing up in current devices, Google is supposedly a long way from making it viable. There are tow main hurdles they must overcome. One is figuring out a logistical way for users to be able to discern between voice search results without physically looking. The other is that it currently requires the device to be plugged in and charging because of the tremendous drain on battery.
It will be very exciting to see if/when they can pull it off.
Jun 02, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Today seems to be a big day for Asus launching new or updated hardware devices. On top of the big announcement earlier of the Transformer Book V, Asus also unveiled the Fonepad 8 and a new MeMo Pad 7 & 8. Here are the details,
MeMo Pad 7 -
- 7-inch Display
- 64-bit Android device - Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3745 chipset (clocked up to 1.86GHz)
- 5 megapixel rear camera
- 2 megapixel front camera - also includes a “high definition” resolution — 1280 x 800
MeMo Pad 8 -
- 8-Inch Display - "Full HD” resolution
- Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset clocked up to 2.3GHz
- Billed as the world’s lightest 8-inch Android tablet at just 299 grams
- Also only 7.45mm thin
- 802.11ac WiFi and an LTE modem
Fonepad 8 -
Really a phablet/giant phone
- 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution
- Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3560 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz
- Dual front-facing speakers
- Android-based ZenUI is on-board with a new flat design and over “1,000″ software improvements
Here's a link to the full press release: ASUS Press Room
Be sure to check out the videos in the thread below.
Jun 02, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Asus is truly trying to create a device that is nearly all things to all people. Frequently, that type of strategy fails, but it's possible Asus may have hit on that magical winning combination. They just announced the Transformer Book V, which is a tablet/phone/laptop hybrid device. Along with the all-in-one combination of these physical devices, it even includes the ability to dual-boot between Windows and Android on the tablet and laptop portions of the device.
Here's what the Transformer Book V consists of:
- It has a 12.5-inch tablet screen dock
- Combining the phone with the tablet dock makes it a tablet
- Combining the phone & tablet with the keyboard dock transforms it into a laptop
- While in tablet or laptop mode it can switch between Windows and Android (although the phone is Android only)
- The phone section contains an Intel Moorefield chip
- The keyboard dock section contains an Intel Core CPU
- It contains 2GB of RAM in the phone/tablet
- While the laptop section has 4GB of RAM
- The phone and tablet use 64GB of storage and the laptop has 128GB of storage
The only other specs/hardware revealed was the following:
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K at 60Hz) / MHL 3.0 (4K at 30Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 1.4 (4K at 30Hz)
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
Asus is really taking things to a whole new level with the "Transformer" series. The name is more fitting than ever!
Source: Asus Transformer Book V
May 30, 2014 - 4:17 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest insider gossip, Android TV will headline at Google I/O this June. While we have actually heard rumblings of this previously, the big news for today is the extra intel of what Google plans to bring to the tablet to differentiate Android TV from other products (including their own Google TV).
From what the source of this report indicated, Google's secret weapons for Android TV will be an additional focus on gaming as well as something called project Pano. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Supposedly, along with Pano, Android TV's UI will emphasize gaming, similar to what Amazon's Fire TV has done. What do you guys think? Could Android TV crack the code and do a better job of enticing consumers than Google TV and Apple TV? If this report is accurate, then Google is betting on that possibility.
Android TV’s secret weapon: Pano
Android TV’s key focus will be on simplicity, which will be reflected in the user interface. Key to that is something the company has internally been calling Pano. The idea behind Pano is that apps can surface individual pieces of content right on the home screen in a card-like fashion so that users can browse movies, TV shows and other types of media as soon as they turn on an Android TV.
Content will be presented in a series of cards that can be browsed horizontally, and each movie or TV show episode has deep links into publisher’s apps, giving users the option to start playback right away. That’s different from the traditional smart TV experience, where users generally first have to launch an app from a publisher, and then browse that apps catalog before they can play a title.
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