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Feb 24, 2014 - 4:07 PM - by dgstorm
Update: We forgot to mention, Samsung said the device would launch in multiple countries in April.
Update 2: After a tip from combatmedic870, we did some digging. Apparently, the new processor in the Galaxy S5 is the Snapdragon 801. We updated our story specs below to reflect the correct info. Although Samsung has yet to officially release the info, we found evidence of this from a couple of different sites.
Our quick presser shares all of the relevant official features and functions of the Galaxy S5, but many of us are hardware junkies and want to see the list of the innards. Here's the hardware spec breakdown for the Samsung Galaxy S5:
- 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution)
- 2.5GHz MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core Processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16/32GB of memory
- microSD support up to 64GB
- 16-megapixel camera with UHD 4K video recording at 30fps and various software features
- 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
- LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps) support
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80 MIMO (2×2) Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT_
- USB 3.0
- IR Remote
- 2800mAh battery
- IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
- Fingerprint scanner
- Heart rate sensor
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat with various software features on top including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Kids Mode
- Size: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1
- Weight: 145g
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The time has come folks the Samsung Galaxy S5 is here! Available to U.S. consumers this spring across various channels. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S the Galaxy S5 will not disappoint. For all the details on the newest Galaxy S5 check out the full press release:
Galaxy S 5 Enhances Everyday Experiences Through New, Meaningful Innovations
DALLAS, February 24, 2014 – Expanding on its best-selling smartphone line, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) is introducing the Galaxy S® 5 with new experiences, industry leading technology and meaningful innovations that consumers care about most. Samsung has also refined its wearables line with three new Gear designs that will change the way consumers connect while making it more personalized than ever before.
The Galaxy S 5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be available to U.S. consumers this spring across various channels. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular will carry the Galaxy S 5. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 5. Gear 2, Gear Neo 2 and Gear Fit will be available through carrier and retail channels, including the Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy.
The Galaxy S 5 delivers unrivaled experiences on a brilliant 5.1-inch display, powered by technology that enables amazing new camera experiences, lightning fast data connections, and health and wellness monitoring. Building on the innovation of Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s first wearable device, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo each bring new and refined features based on consumer feedback. Gear Fit was designed with health and wellness in mind, so users can stay connected while maintaining their active lifestyle†.
“Samsung continues to lead and define the direction of mobile technology with unmatched innovation,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We listened to consumers and the Galaxy S 5 and new Gears bring enhancements that give consumers meaningful and inspiring experiences they can use every day.”
The Galaxy S 5 Makes Everyday Better
The Galaxy S 5 introduces new features, designed with the consumer in mind, to deliver experiences that improve everyday life. The Galaxy S 5 delivers a viewing experience with an adaptive Full HD Super AMOLED® display with rich colors, darker blacks and faster response times for clearer high speed content. Wide viewing angles and crisp HD video on the bright bold display that adapts to bright outdoor sunlight or indoor ambient lighting means the best seat in the house anytime, anywhere.
The new camera features and simplified controls, paired with the 16 megapixel rear facing camera elevate the photo-taking experience.
New Galaxy S 5 camera features are intuitive and responsive for high-quality photos:
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- Phase Detection Auto Focus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly - first smartphone with phase detection auto focus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
- Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture
After what seems like years, Nokia has finally unveiled a line-up of their own Android Powered handsets. First up is the Nokia X. If your looking for a top tier Android handset with the latest and greatest specs running 'pure' Android you may want to look elsewhere. The Nokia X is running a forked version of Android and is absent of a lot of Google services. Nokia took AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and built a new 'skin' on top of it with Nokia and Microsoft experiences taking front and center stage. You'll find like a tile-based interface, Skype and OneDrive integration. There will be no Google Play, Google maps, GMail, Chrome, Drive and the rest of Google's services. Nokia HERE maps and Microsoft services will replace Google's.
For those wondering about apps with the lack of Google Play. The handset will come with the Nokia Store installed and Nokia expects to curate hundreds of thousands of apps shortly after release. The handset will also support the third-party web based Yandex Store, which is popular in Russia.
The device comes in six colors, and all of them are what you'd expect from Nokia. Black, Cyan, Red, White, Yellow, and Green are what you can expect.
Nokia also unveiled the Nokia X+ which features slightly more RAM at 768MB. Both devices support dual SIM connectivity. The third and final member is the Nokia XL that sports, you guessed it, a larger screen coming in at a nice and comfortable 5".
Let's take a quick look at the specs in one place:
- Nokia X, X + and XL all pack a Qualcomm dual-core processor that can reach a maximum of 1GHz.
- Nokia X+ and XL sport 768MB of RAM.
- Nokia X comes in at an enemic 512MB of RAM.
- All 3 handsets are equipped with microSD support
- Nokia X/X+ have 2GB of onboard storage while the XL comes in a little higher at 4GB
The Nokia X is launching in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and in other emerging markets starting today. No word on a US launch. The Nokia X is priced at 89 euro ($122) and the Nokia X+ will be priced at 99 euro ($136) before taxes and subsidies.
Feb 20, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
Google officially unveiled the details on their next Google I/O Developer's Conference. It's only a two-day event this time, and they will be holding it on June 25th - June 26th. We aren't sure what big news Google will have for us this summer, but as usual we are enthusiastic to find out what it is. Here's a quote from Sundar Pichai's Google+ page announcing the event:
Let us know if you plan on attending the event this year.
Only 126 days until the 7th annual Google I/O, when we come together with amazing developers like you to talk about what's next. On June 25-26, 2014, we’ll be broadcasting live from Moscone West. You can join us in person in San Francisco or remotely, via a live stream and through I/O Extended community events around the world.
More details to come next month, including registration info. In the meantime, you can check out highlights from last year at https://developers.google.com/events/io/
Also, quick note for those who want to join in person: this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We'll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter. We’ll be following up with more details from +GoogleDevelopers, so stay tuned.
Feb 20, 2014 - 11:07 AM - by dgstorm
This has to be one of those instances when you wonder why they hadn't done it already, but apparently Google does things in their own time. They just created a dedicated forum for their Chromecast. It's obviously designed to give folks a place to get tech support, info and other help regarding the streaming super-device. There are already FAQ videos and tutorials up and ready for your perusal.
Here's a link for you to check it out: https://productforums.google.com/for...rum/chromecast
Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:46 PM - by dgstorm
Some smartphone manufacturers race each other to get the most powerful specs, while some race each other to offer the most innovative software features. Still others race each other to make a more aesthetically attractive device, since for many people their smartphone is as much a personal or fashion statement as it is a device.
A few manufacturers apparently believe that when you are vying to win an award for "best looking device" you must necessarily make it much thinner than the average bulky phone. Such is probably the case with the Elife S5.5 from Gionee. Don't worry... we hadn't heard of them either and had to Google them too. Feel free to do so now, we'll wait... Alternatively, here's a link to their global website: Gionee Mobile Global
Now that you have had a brief glimpse...
Continue Reading @: Gionee Elife S5.5: New World's Thinnest Smartphone at 5.5mm Thick
Feb 18, 2014 - 4:12 PM - by dgstorm
A couple of days ago we didn't quite get to the leaked press render of HTC's new mid-range device the Desire 8. It's a quite attractive little mid-range/budget-friendly device, but we had higher priorities that day. We now also have the leaked specs and a couple of probably carriers for the device, so we thought it was more pertinent to share now. Here's the full skinny:
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch 720p display
- 13MP rear cam
- 5MP front cam
- 8GB storage
- A microSD
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
- On-screen buttons
- Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0
As you can see, some of the specs are pretty impressive, while some are not. Of course, this is meant to appeal to a different crowd than the usual Android enthusiasts, so it could hit a sweet spot if priced appropriately. There's one other morsel of intel to share. We have word that this device is likely to be coming to Sprint and AT&T. There's no word on the other two major U.S. carriers, or any of the the second-string carriers, but we will keep you updated as more info emerges.
More than likely all will be revealed regarding this device at Mobile World Congress next week. Stay tuned!
Apparently the folks running the Google Play Store are in a very romantic mood. They are having a huge Valentine's Day promotion over at the Play Store and are giving away a ton of free stuff from, Apps, Music, Games & more. It's not exactly chocolate, but for some folks, these gifts might be just the ticket to up your "romance quotient." Some of these options might just put your significant other in a very good mood... Or, at the very least, you can take advantage of these offers for yourself too!
Here's a list of links straight to Google Play Store sections where they are offering these Valentine's Day specials:
There's even a free Disney Animated Movie made especially for Valentine's Day. You can find that here: Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story
originally written by dgstorm
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
LG just dumped a beastly new gladiator into the phablet arena last night. It appears they just couldn't wait to reveal it any longer, and officially announced their LG G Pro 2. This 5.9-inch behemoth includes gorgeous aesthetics and amazing hardware.
Here's a quote from their press release with the full breakdown of features and specs:
Some of the other advanced image capturing features built into the G Pro 2 are:
● 120FPS HD Video Recording and Slow-Motion Editing: Records in 120fps HD and allows editing of video in three different speeds — one-half slow motion, one-fourth slow motion and original
● 4K ULTRA HD Recording: Records video footage in ultra-high definition mode for playback on 4K TV sets
● Magic Focus: After the shot is taken, the user has the option to select the preferred depth of focus before saving. Users could also press the ‘All in Focus’ icon to set focus on all spots of the picture.
● Natural Flash: Offers a much more balanced color temperature and exposure compared to the normal flash, which results in a most natural image just as it is in real life.
● Flash for Selfie: Reduces the size of the preview screen and adds a bright white background for more “soft” lighting in self-portrait mode
● Burst Shot: Takes up to 20 continuous shots and automatically edits them to create a video of the captured images
● Gallery Collage: Allows users to select photos from their gallery to create a collage for easy uploading to favorite social network sites
In addition to the latest components, the G Pro 2 also boasts a collection of upgraded features that complements today’s mobile lifestyle where much of the information we need is in the palm of our hands or in our back pockets. Some of these new UX features include:
● Content Lock: Provides users more security with the ability to lock files, photos, videos and memos with a unique password
● Mini View: Enables users to comfortably use the G Pro 2 with one hand by shrinking the display to a size ranging from 3.4 inches to 4.7 inches, depending on the user’s preference
● Dual Browser: Divides the expansive screen into two separate browser windows for more convenient surfing
Availability of G Pro 2 in markets outside of Korea has not yet been determined but attendees to the 2014 Mobile World Congress can experience the G Pro 2 and its features first-hand at LG’s Booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via.
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 (2.26 GHz Quad-Core)
- GPU: Qualcomm Technologies’ Adreno™ 330
- Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080), Slim Bezel
- Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM / 16GB/32GB eMMC ROM / microSD slot
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP
- Battery: 3,200mAh (removable)
- Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
- Size: 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 172g
- Network: LTE / HSPA+
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart Ready (BT 4.0) / USB / WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC / SlimPort
- Colors: Titan, White, Silver
- Other: Knock Code™, 1W Hi-Fi Sound, Content Lock
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:17 PM - by dgstorm
It almost sounds like the plot of some Hollywood thriller, but a new report indicates the FCC is trying to stay one step ahead of the dark forces threatening Net Neutrality. They are already working on a plan to circumvent the recent results which damaged the heart of a free an open internet.
In case you missed it, a few weeks ago we reported that Net Neutrality was dealt a potentially "lethal" blow by the combined forces of Verizon, AT&T and several other cable companies, telecoms and ISPs. On January 14th, 2014 a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC, and basically gave ISPs the power to oversee and control any internet content across their service. This would mean the ISPs could block/restrict/data cap/charge more for any content they wanted to, and for any reason.
This was a major blow to the FCC's power to insure a free and open internet. Luckily, the FCC was prepared for this possibility and a new report indicates they are already putting a plan in motion to bypass this ruling. Here's their idea...
Continue Reading @: FCC Already Working on Plan to Fix Net Neutrality and Save The Internet
Here's an interesting little phone that I'd like to get my hands on called the Revolution. The Revolution runs, yes you guessed it, Firefox OS and Android. Specs? Dunno...yet, but it'd sure be nice to take this phone on a test spin and see what Firefox OS is all about. I'd also like to see how it handles the transition from Android to Firefox OS. Is is slow as molasses or a nice smooth transition. I guess I'll find out soon enough.
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The latest reasoning put forth by Flappy Birds creator, Dong Nguyen, for the quick pull down of his popular app is fascinating to say the least. Apparently, he felt the need to save users from their own compulsive behavior. In other words, he thought the game was too addictive. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Supposedly, the app's creator is now much happier and sleeps better. He said he looks forward to creating new games in the future. Now that he has been "touched" by the specter of fame, isn't it possible that any new game he creates will have the possibility to spiral out of control again? Share your thoughts...
Talking to Forbes, Nguyen said he didn’t really expected users to develop an obsession for his game. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.” Dealing with this global craze affected Nguyen’s life: “my life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn’t sleep,” he said.
Nguyen didn’t confirm or deny the $50,000 in daily revenue that The Verge reported he was making off Flappy Bird. “I don’t know the exact figure, but I do know it’s a lot.” All that money probably got the 29-year old indie developer more attention than he ever wanted. Indeed, according to Forbes, the developer had met with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister just before he gave the interview. The attention was probably the main reason to quit for the secretive developer, who refused to be photographed and whose own parents hadn’t even known about Flappy Bird until media coverage “spun of out of control.”
Original story written by dgstorm
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