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May 04, 2015 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
So, the above video is a new commercial meant to show off the design process of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While watching it, here at HQ we were struck by how much it seems to mimic some of Apple's "Jony Ivy" design process videos of various Apple products.
It struck us as a bit of a "turn the corner moment" considering that Samsung has basically been copying Apple's products for years, but were frequently ahead of the game when it came to creative advertising. It's interesting how both companies have circled around each other:
- First, we recently see Apple finally release devices that look like copies of Samsung products. The iPhone 6 uses a plastic looking design that seems like a throw back to an older Galaxy S model, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the first time Apple created a phablet-sized device, which Samsung basically pioneered.
- Then, Samsung releases the Galaxy S6 which looks very similar to the iPhone 5S, and even includes "premium materials," like the previous iPhones.
- Now we see Samsung creating commercials which have a very similar feel and tone to some of Apple's video commercials.
What's next? Will we see Apple release video commercials poking fun at Samsung people standing in line? That's obviously a facetious question, but get's the point across. It almost seems that Apple and Samsung are two sides of the same coin...
May 04, 2015 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm
The Edge version of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the next device to get the Android 5.x Lollipop treatment. Last week, the Galaxy Note 4 started getting the update, so it was obvious it wouldn't take too long for the Galaxy Note Edge to get it, (since they are very similar devices and built on the same core hardware).
The version is Android 5.0.1 and weighs in at a portly 1.84GB. Of course, this has most of the usual Lollipop goodies, although Touchwiz does obscure some of the Material Design UI. Still, it also adds: Smart Lock, priority notifications, an improved lockscreen, as well as several other tweaks.
As usual, if you don't want to wait for the OTA update wave to hit your device, the manual option is Samsung Kies. Sound off if you are a proud owner of this device and let us know when you get the update!
Don't forget to check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy Edge section for further discussion: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
May 01, 2015 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
The latest version of Lollipop (Android 5.1.1) is finally starting to rollout to devices. To go along with that, Factory images for 5.1.1 (build number LMY47V) on WiFi versions of the original Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10 tablets are available on Google’s factory images page.
This will let you manually update your device immediately before it starts rolling out OTA. Here's the link: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images
May 01, 2015 - 10:07 AM - by dgstorm
Google's top end tablet, the Nexus 10 has started receiving an OTA rollout of the latest version of Lollipop. That would be Android 5.1.1, build# LMY47V. We don't have the full changelog just yet, but this update basically just squashes a few more bugs and improves performance and stability.
Sound off if you own this device and have received the update yet.
Apr 29, 2015 - 10:53 AM - by dgstorm
If this latest intel from Bloomberg is true, then we don't know what sort of sorcery the Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer has up their sleeve, but we can't wait to see it. Just as reported previously, the famous premium luxury watch-maker is developing an Android Wear smartwatch. Bloomberg's latest report shares a few interesting details about the device.
According to their sources, the TAG Heuer Android Wear smartwatch watch will include a battery that is good for a 40 hour charge. That would be considerably longer than the usual Android Wear devices we have seen so far.
That isn't the only detail revealed in their report. We also now have word that the TAG Heuer smartwatch will likely retail for a truly premium $1,400.00 USD, and will be available for purchase in October or November. How many of our members would be tempted to grab a TAG Heuer Android Wear smartwatch?
Apr 28, 2015 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm
Image credit: CNET
The new flagship from LG has been officially announced. The event to showcase the LG G4 kicked off without a hitch today, and LG's latest superphone made a powerful impression. With an already revealed leather backing and list of internal specs, we basically already knew all of the details, but here they are listed in full for your perusal:
- 5.5-inch IPS Quantum LCD quad-HD Display (2,560x1,440-pixel resolution) and 534 pixels per inch (ppi) - 25 percent brighter (500 nits), 20 percent wider color range than LG's previous QHD mobile screens - contrast improved by 50 percent the G3, (up to 1,500:1)
- Three different material choices for the back cover: One is a stitched leather over plastic back (includes light blue, black and tannish brown vegetable-dyed stitched leather) The other two are plastic backs. One has a ceramic paint, while the other has metallic elements and is similar to the G3.
- Six-core Snapdragon 808 processor - Optimized to work more efficiently than the Snapdragon 810 in the G Flex 2
- 3GB of RAM
- 16-megapixel camera with an impressive f/1.8 aperture - improves photos in low-light conditions by letting in up to 80% more light - 40 percent larger sensor - improved optical image stabilization (OIS), stabilized along two axes - laser-guided autofocus - with added color sensor underneath the flash for better color representation
- 8-megapixel Front Camera - with a gesture-triggered selfie timer
- 3,000mAh removable battery
- A microSD card slot
- 32GB of onboard storage
- Android Lollipop with LG's UX 4.0
- 100GB of Google Drive storage for a year, bundled with the phone for free
The phone is expected to launch at $600 off-contract. We will update this thread with more details on launch time-frame as soon as we spot them.
It sounds like LG really nailed all of the hot-button issues for hardcore users, like a microSD slot and removable battery. Sound off if you can foresee owning this device in the near future.
Apr 28, 2015 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
That head-line only covers a couple of details for Android Watch news today. There are a couple of sales of Android Smartwatches on the Google Play Store, but we also have a new entry and one leaving. First, let's lead with the "deal alerts."
- The LG G Watch R has dropped to only $249 on the Play Store. Here's a link: LG G Watch R
- The Motorola 360 also had a price drop, down to $179 on the Play Store. The discount will be applied at checkout: Moto 360
- The LG Watch Urbane is now in the Play Store. It can be had for $349: LG G Watch Urbane
- Finally, the vanilla, square-faced LG G Watch is no longer available on the Play Store: LG G Watch
Apr 24, 2015 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
Earlier this week we shared a rumor that Nokia was jumping back in the smartphone game. Today's new info confirms that rumor, and takes it a step further. It is now confirmed that Nokia is diving back into the smartphone waters, and this time they will be hitting the ocean with an Android phone! Here's a quote with the details,
While this is exciting news, we wonder if Nokia will do it right or make a half-hearted attempt like their last Android device. We are crossing our fingers they announce a flagship level Android smartphone. Just imagine the legendary Nokia quality and design with high-end specs and the latest version of Android! Just Awesome!
The good news is that the rumors in question have now been confirmed by Nokia China’s president, Mike Wang, who revealed that the company will be using the factories in Sichuan to build new Android-powered smartphones next year. The president also confirmed that Nokia’s global R&D center will also be relocated in Sichuan, China.
Apr 23, 2015 - 10:53 AM - by dgstorm
Here's something fun and interesting you might get a kick out of... it turns out that what you are doing right this moment (engaging with the community of this internet forum) is actually quite good for you. At least, that's what a recent study concluded which was published in the Computers In Human Behavior.
Specifically, the study concluded that "Internet forums have a positive impact on life satisfaction and lead to increased involvement in communities outside the confines of the online world." Here's a quote with more of the details,
Well then... you can now rest easy knowing that you are doing a good thing for yourself just by being a part of this amazing forum! But of course, our amazing members already knew that!!! :D
The study approached users on a range of interest, lifestyle and hobby forums. The study split users into two groups: stigmatized subjects (like mental health discussion), and non-stigma related forums (sports, cooking and the rest). They were then polled about their reasons for joining the forum, how they felt about it, their life satisfaction and offline engagement with "issues raised in the forum". Author lead Dr. Louise Pendry of the University of Exeter said that: "As well as finding answers, our study showed users often discover that forums are a source of great support, especially those seeking information about more stigmatizing conditions."
"Moreover, we found that users of both forum types who engaged more with other forum users showed a greater willingness to get involved in offline activities related to the forum, such as volunteering, donating or campaigning." Unlike social networks, that have arguably substituted in for forums for a lot of people, The study highlights that forums still often maintain a degree of anonymity, which adds the effect when discussing issues with a stigma -- something that real names and face pics typically demolish. ~ Engadget
Apr 20, 2015 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Google has taken their Google Wallet service to a new level of credibility and safety. This morning a new report from Yahoo! News indicated we now have full support from the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) for Google Wallet. This means any money you put in your Google Wallet account is now insured by the Federal Government for up $250,000 US dollars in the unlikely event Google ever goes bankrupt. The story has yet to be confirmed officially from Google, but we expect that to happen sometime soon.
This story got us to wondering... how many of our members actually use Google Wallet? Sound off in this thread and let us know if you use Google Wallet, and, if so, do you use it a little or a lot?
Apr 17, 2015 - 10:03 AM - by dgstorm
The internet is awash in trolls who lurk in comment sections of blogs ready to jump down each other's throats to "debate" (and debase each other) over Android vs. iPhone. This latest news report coming out of Tulsa, Oklahoma may have just found the two "Idiot Kings" of this behavior.
Two roommates in the Evergreen Apartments were taken to the hospital after stabbing each other over an argument as to which mobile platform was better than the other. The altercation occurred at 1am on Friday morning and devolved into smashing beer bottles on each other and then stabbing each other repeatedly.
Both of the boneheads survived and were treated for their wounds. Police have not yet decided whether they will charge either mobile gladiator. Perhaps they were lucky there wasn't a third roommate who was a Windows Phone user... all three might have ended up with posthumous Darwin awards.
Let this be a lesson folks... it's fine to have a favorite technology, but there's room enough in this world to like multiple platforms, and arguments can obviously be taken way too far. Just remember, if we didn't have the competition between Apple, Google, Microsoft & others, then smartphones likely wouldn't have evolved so quickly and given us such amazing capabilities!
Apr 16, 2015 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
For those who haven't heard of it, Hearthstone from Blizzard is a virtual collectible card game set in the World of Warcraft universe. It uses turn-based mechanics and is similar to the real-world collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. The game has been available on Android tablets for some time now, but the latest news is that Blizzard was able to create a version for Android smartphones (and the iPhone) now too.
Here's a quick quote from Blizzard regarding the more mobile version of the game:
Source: Hearthstone® Now Available on Mobile - News - Hearthstone
Never played Hearthstone? No problem! Just download the app and run through a few lighthearted tutorial missions to get a handle on the basics of this quick and fun collectible card game. Before you know it, you’ll be slinging cards as your favorite hero in Play Mode against friends and other players alike. Soon, you’ll be on your way to earning card packs, in-game gold, and arcane dust as you command a colorful cast of characters into the fray.
Already playing Hearthstone? Your card collection and progress are shared across any device that you use to play the game. That means all the cards you’ve collected will be waiting for you whenever you enjoy Hearthstone on your mobile phone.
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