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Apr 24, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm
Tom Lantzsch, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy, recently had some intriguing predictions to share. He believes we will see 64-bit Android smartphones coming to market by Christmas of this year. Lantzsch points out that even if Google doesn't provide a 64-bit version of Android by that time, existing 32-bit code will still run more efficiently on the 64-bit architecture.
In reference to the heightened pace of bringing 64-bit to the mobile market, he added,
"The architecture itself allows for more efficiency in the code. So, that means better battery life, quicker responsiveness, better features. There will be early adopters. The applications with the most need will certainly go first. And then the rest will come over time."
It seems that when Apple dropped the bomb-shell of a 64-bit processor coming in the iPhone 5S, it spurred the industry to leap forward. It's amazing how quickly mobile technology has evolved compared to PC technology. While mobile tech is still a few years behind current PC tech, the pace at which mobile tech has progressed easily exceeds how long it took for PCs to advance. This is especially true when you compare how quickly the two industries moved to 64-bit computing.
"Certainly, we've had big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products. We've seen this with our [Cortex] A53, a high-performance 64-bit mobile processor...we've been surprised at the pace that [64-bit] is now becoming mobile centric. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Marvell are examples of public 64-bit disclosures."
Of course, you can't have one without the other, so it's only because of PCs that mobile even exists, so you could easily argue that mobile devices are just the natural evolution of PCs. Share your perspective.
Apr 23, 2014 - 9:58 AM - by dgstorm
True to their word, the folks at OnePlus have unveiled their first creation, the OnePlus One smartphone. It's an impressive feat of affordable engineering. We have the full skinny of specs, pricing and availability for you right here after you are done gazing at the images.
First let's take a gander at the specs:
- 5.5-inch JDI display with 1080p HD resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz chipset
- 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM clocked at 1866MHz
- Between 16GB and 64GB of internal storage
- 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX 214 f/2.0 aperture sensor with 4K video recording and dual LED flash, 5 megapixel front sensor
- 3,100mAh lithium polymer battery
- dual-band WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS w/ GLONASS, NFC
- microUSB 2.0, multi-colored LED notification light and a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11S
- 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 162 g
Next, let's show off the pricing and availability dates. Here's the scoop on that,
$299/€269 for 16GB Silk White version
$349/€299 for 64GB Sandstone Black version
- Available in the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- United States
The details for getting your hands on the phone are a bit complicated. Since the company will only have a limited amount of them to sell, they are offering them on an invite only system. They are also offering a promo that can get you a One for just $1, if you are willing to smash your current smartphone. Here's a quote with some of the details,
There are some positives and negatives to consider here. Let's jump into the positive stuff first... look at that insanely good pricing! With these specs, that OFF CONTRACT price of $300 for the White and $350 for the black is just phenomenal. Also, it's a very good looking device with a powerful processor and a juicy 3GB of RAM. There's a lot to like about this phone and it could... [Read More]
The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available starting April 25 through the company’s Smash promotion: users can apply to smash their existing phones in exchange for a One handset, which will cost just $1. Additionally, they’ll also receive OnePlus One purchase invitations for their friends. Interested buyers who will receive invites to buy the handset will be able to purchase it in mid to late May. Initially, the phone will come in two options, including Silk White and Sandstone Black, with additional StyleSwap covers to be launched later this year. Pricing details for the StyleSwap covers aren’t available at this time. ~BGR
Apr 22, 2014 - 10:41 AM - by dgstorm
Another User Agent Profile was spotted for the Sprint LG G3 (LG-LS990). This one is updated, yet most of the specs remain the same. The only differences are in the RAM and camera features. The new listing for RAM shows a downgrade from the previously stated 3GB to 2GB. On the plus side, the camera modules have both been upgraded. The rear camera has been bumped from...
Continue Reading @: Sprint's LG G3 Spotted Again in Updated UAP; Still Sports 2K Display & Snapdragon 800
Apr 21, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
So far, other than the specs and pricing which they revealed themselves, the folks at OnePlus have done a remarkable job at keeping the design of their new OnePlus One smartphone secret. Unfortunately for them, but happily for us, it didn't last. A slew of pics have leaked online showcasing the physical design, custom backplates, accessories, and CyanogenMod 11S OS for the phone.
The basic physical dimensions look...
Continue Reading@: Pics are Leaked for the OnePlus One Phone, Custom Backplates, & New CyanogenMod 11S
Apr 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM - by dgstorm
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Google may be planning to bring forth a sub-$100 Nexus smartphone sometime this year. The device will be designed for a mid-range category, yet will be extra affordable, sporting a MediaTek processor. So far, there has been no indication as to which manufacturer Google plans to have build this ultra-affordable smartphone.
The intel also doesn't specify any feature details regarding the device. It is highly likely that Google will offer a new Nexus 5 or perhaps a Nexus 6 smartphone. Which numeric moniker Google might give this rumored cheap Nexus phone remains a mystery. Perhaps we will know more at the yearly developers conference in late June, but we wouldn't bet on that.
We will keep you posted with more details if anything comes up.
Apr 18, 2014 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
Do you ever miss the days of classic RPGs on the PC? Do you have fond memories of the Baldur's Gate series from Black Isle Studios and wish you could relive some of that gaming magic? Even if you haven't played the Baldur's Gate D&D games on the PC, if you are a fan of that style of fantasy gaming, then you owe it to yourself to check out the newest thing to come to Android. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is now available for Android and can be found on the Google Play Store for $9.99. The price is a bit steep compared to the typical app/game for Android, but that price is really a bargain for the 100+ hours (including sidequests) of fun you will get from this immense and enjoyable game.
This isn't just a straight port of the game either. The "Enhanced Edition" moniker serves it well. Free-roam zooming, high-resolution fonts, and other UI tweaks breathe fresh life into the 16 year old game. On top of that, the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition includes the two expansion packs (Tales of the Sword Coast and The Black Pits) built-in, and there is new content (some of which requires in-app purchase). Even if you never try out any of this extra paid content, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable RPG experience on Android.
Here's a quote from the Google Play Store with a full game description,
... [Read More]
The dawn is especially cruel this morning...
For as long as you can remember, your view of the world has been limited to the heavily fortified walls of Candlekeep. Your foster father, Gorion, has done everything in his power to protect you and keep you out of harm’s way.
All of that is about to change. Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. An iron shortage of unknown origin threatens to plunge the city of Baldur’s Gate into conflict with Amn. Meanwhile, there is something else at work, far more sinister than you can even begin to fathom...
Since its release in 1998, this classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons™ computer roleplaying games. Customize your hero’s traits and abilities, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the far corners of the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit… and the truth.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition contains the original 60-hour epic, as well as the following expansions:
* Tales of the Sword Coast: Explore the fabled Durlag’s Tower and more locations from the original Baldur’s Gate expansion.
* The Black Pits: You have been captured and forced to fight in Baeloth’s marvelous arena. A myriad of monsters await, as well as countless other adventurers who face the same fate. Maim, murder, and maul your way to freedom… if you can!
* Discover countless improvements we’ve made to the original game, including high-resolution fonts, an improved interface, dynamic zooming, and more!
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition also offers the following premium content available for purchase:
* Brothers Lost: Lend your aid to Rasaad yn
Apr 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
It's hard to disseminate all the info running rampant across the internet regarding the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability which has been the big media talk over the past week and a half. We mostly stayed away from the story to avoid spreading any "fear-mongering."
Still, that doesn't mean we don't want to offer some useful intel for you guys. We've been holding out so we could wait until much of the initial hype died down and something useful came along. The above infographic is precisely that. The cybersecurity experts at LWG Consulting have put together a handy infographic which gives details on which major websites/web-services we should change our passwords on ASAP. It also shows some websites that we can breathe easier about.
It's possible that this infographic isn't 100% exhaustive, but it should be a great starting reference. Many of the companies who own these websites are currently scrambling to fix the vulnerability. Some of them have already fixed the vulnerability, but the problem has been there for years, so it is best to change your password regardless.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm
Those wacky, "always outside the box" engineers at Google have just moved even closer toward cool future tech. Two Google patent applications have recently popped up which push the envelope just a tad. One is very cool in a very practical sense, while the other is cool because it's basically the manifestation of something found in a popular anime.
The first patent app of note today is a micro camera embedded in smart contact lenses. The idea of a micro-camera hidden in contact lenses can seem scary, but the point isn't to create a super-spy gadget, it's to help the visually impaired see better. Here's a quote with a brief description,
The first thing that comes to mind here is the ability to take photos using just your eyes. If the thought of people wearing Glass in large numbers freaks you out, this would be even worse, as there wouldn't be an unsightly piece of hardware attached to frames that at least provide somewhat of a heads up.
Naturally, that possibility isn't the point. This micro camera could potentially benefit people's lives. A blind person wearing these contacts could receive an alert if there are obstacles in the way. It could prompt them when it's safe to cross a street or recognize faces and inform them, through an audio cue generated by a smartphone or some other device, who's there.
This camera would apparently have the power to replace binoculars, giving people the ability to see farther by focusing in on distant objects more clearly. In this way they could theoretically improve eyesight, not unlike traditional contact lenses. ~ AndroidPolice
The other Google patent app of interest today is an compact Bluetooth headset and earphone version of Google Glass. It bears a striking resemblance to the Scouter in the anime series DragonBall Z. At first blush, we aren't sure what specific reason there would be to have a variant of the Google Glass like this, but it's intriguing in a "Sci-Fi" way regardless.
Sound off and let us know what you think of Google's potential future-tech!
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:52 AM - by dgstorm
Although static benchmarks are not a reliable source of information to truly gauge your experience with a smartphone, it can still be entertaining to see how well new devices perform in them. We found some benchmarks which supposedly confirm OnePlus' plans to build a premium and powerful device to take on the competition. Their new OnePlus One, which is set to be released very soon scored an impressive 38,179 AnTuTu benchmark.
By way of comparison...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Beats The Competition in AnTuTu Benchmarks; Including Galaxy S5
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by dgstorm
If you are one of the few out there who like the idea of the Google Glass wearable eyewear, and are looking forward to dropping $1,500 bucks to try them out, then today is your lucky day. For today only Google will be allowing anyone in the United States the opportunity to join the current Google Glass Explorer program and purchase the test product for $1,500 USD.
For your money you will receive...
Continue Reading @: For Today Only Anyone in the US Can Purchase a Google Glass
image represents the Lenovo K900
Here's a little bit of news about Lenovo and the launch of a new smartphone coming from the Chinese company. According to Android Headlines, Lenovo will announce at some point soon the Golden Warrior S8 Smartphone.
The device will reportedly come with a gold finish, 5.3-inch screen sitting at a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core, 13-megapixel shooter, front-facing 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on board storage with microSD support in tow. The smartphone will run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)--yes you read that right, no 4.4 KitKat. The handset will be pitched as a mid-tier handset and will be priced at a paltry $130.00 US Dollars or 'thereabouts'. Despite running Jellybean and the not so dazzling screen resolution, if the phone is priced sub $200.00 US it will be a steal.
It's not clear what Lenovo's launch plans might be for the Golden Warrior S8 since it hasn't yet been announced. Too see pics of the Golden Warrior S8 please visit AndroidHeadlines
Apr 10, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by dgstorm
Leave it up to the folks at Google to take Android to the next level for reliability and security. Google just announced their plans to extend their security services beyond Google Play and create a system for real-time continuous malware monitoring for Android. They will be evolving their "verify apps" service to take on the worthy task of finding and eliminating malware before you ever have to worry about it. Here's a quote from the Google blog with more of the details,
Source: Android Official Blog
Think about the ways your home is kept secure. You rely on structural security features—secure locks, a rock-hard foundation, strong windows and doors. You might also have an alarm or video camera to give you an extra layer of security, with a support team behind those tools making them more powerful, all but invisible until the moment you need them.
We have a similar approach to how we deliver security improvements in Android. As part of Android’s foundation, we built safeguards like application sandboxing, which confines apps, minimizing their ability to damage other parts of your phone. But just like your home, Google offers a built-in “service layer” (kind of like the phone equivalent of that alarm service for your home) to most every Android phone and tablet that’s constantly being strengthened, and it’s included for free. We’re adding to that service layer, further fortifying your Android phone or tablet.
Verify apps: now protecting you continually
Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they’re installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we’re rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation. In the last year, the foundation of this service—Verify apps—has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android’s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.
Because potentially harmful applications are very rare, most people will never see a warning or any other indication that they have this additional layer of protection. But we do expect a small number of people to see warnings (which look similar to the existing Verify apps warnings) as a result of this new capability. The good news is that very few people have ever encountered this; in fact, we’ve found that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.
Even though the risk is miniscule, we’re committed to making sure that the best available security protections are available to all Android users. This includes service-based protections such as Verify apps, as well as security features within the platform itself.
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