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Dec 31, 2014 - 11:30 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who live in China, there is a new iPad Air 2 clone which may be worth forking over your hard earned dollars for. It's called the Onda V919 3G Air, and it comes surprisingly well equipped for a device that costs only $193 USD equivalent. Besides the great price and solid specs (detailed below) the tablet also dual-boots between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat (no word on Lollipop availability).
Here's the breakdown of specs:
9.7-inch 4:3 display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels
64-bit Intel Bay Trail-T Z3736F quad-core (2.16GHz) CPU
2GB of RAM,
64GB of internal storage
Optional microSD slot for up to 128GB
3G connectivity supports WCDMA bands, (can also place calls while browsing the web)
5-megapixel rear camera
2-megapixel front camera
That's a very juicy bit of tech for such a small amount of money. It's too bad it is unlikely to come to the US or Europe. We will give you guys a head's up if that changes.
Dec 29, 2014 - 1:31 PM - by dgstorm
The newest rumors regarding the HTC "Hima", aka the One M9, suggest the device will be unveiled at CES 2015. The image above was leaked along with this intel. No other details were shared, but previous leaks suggest the following specs:
- QHD display (2560 x 1440 resolution) - possibly between 5 and 5.5 inches
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 13-megapixel front-facing camera
- 2840 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI
The leaked image will supposedly be the CES teaser for the new device. We will keep you updated on all the info that filters out of the CES floor next week.
Source: Twitter - @STAGUEVE
Dec 29, 2014 - 1:30 PM - by dgstorm
The European rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) just started in Spain today. The update had previously rolled out to the device in Poland. Since then, Samsung has tweaked the firmware a bit and they are now poised for the full European launch of the OS.
Here's a quote with a few more details,
As a refresher, Lollipop brings a slew of enhancements to the table, including improved performance, a refreshed visual design in Samsung apps and the general user interface, lockscreen notifications, better battery life, multi user and guest mode support on phones, support for 64-bit CPUs, and more. Interested users can download the full firmware from our firmware section
, or just wait it out until the update’s notification makes an appearance on their Galaxy S5.
Dec 29, 2014 - 1:29 PM - by dgstorm
Google is promoting some of their own favorite apps. They highlighted 127 of them and are calling them "Must-Have Apps." While this does describe many of these on the list, especially some of the big ones like Netflix and Hulu, some of them are pretty subjective.
Based solely on their 4+ star ratings, these are definitely among the top apps available in their respective categories. Have a look at the list and let us know what you think of Google's choices.
Source: Google - "Must-Have Apps"
Dec 22, 2014 - 1:07 PM - by dgstorm
What's this? Apparently, Google sneakily rocked out a new and previously unknown Android 5.0.2 update for the original Nexus 7 2012 WiFi tablet. This is obviously meant to address some of the bugs which Android 5.0 brought to the party for the venerable tablet.
This version is LRX22G and specifically addresses "issues with MountService which should now start before performBootDexOpt [and] changes related to NAND have also been pushed. Fstrim, introduced in Android 4.3, caused some serious issues on Lollipop… devices with slow NAND should now have a noticeable performance boost.” ~ XDA Developers
Here's a link to grab it for a manual update: Google
Dec 22, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by dgstorm
We have three cool video leaks we found to share with you guys. It seems that Samsung has been working overtime to crank out Android 5.0.1 for their most recent flagship devices. The above video, and the two additional videos in the thread below demo the newest version of Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge.
Of course, Sammy added their won twist with TouchWiz. Some people love it, and some people hate it, but it's there for you to check out either way. Let us know what you think!
Dec 18, 2014 - 12:34 PM - by dgstorm
There's a new rumor in Android-land. This one comes from the Samsung camp. Supposedly Sammy's next flagship, the Galaxy S6 will not only come with a slide-sloping YOUM designed display similar to the Galaxy Edge, it will also include a unibody aluminum chassis.
Further details revealed in the leak suggest that the "curves" of the display will show up on both sides. Additionally, they will supposedly be less pronounced than the curves seen on the Edge. The reason for this is to avoid the dual-edged panel causing a negative effect on the grip ergonomics of the device.
The final intel that came along with this report indicates that the Galaxy S6 will not come in two versions like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Instead the S6 will simply include the slightly curved display as its primary design. Additionally, this rumor corroborated earlier reports suggesting that Samsung will do the usual, North American version with a Snapdragon (810 in this instance) and International version with an Exynos (7 Octa in this instance).
The above image is just an artist's fan render, but it could be a close approximation of the final look, if these rumors prove true.
Dec 18, 2014 - 11:39 AM - by dgstorm
Even though Google just cranked out the 5.0.1 version of Android Lollipop within a week or two of the operating system's first launch, that doesn't mean they are resting on their laurels. According to the latest leaked intel, the next big update for Android is not only planned, it's already in the works and will likely launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. In fact, reports indicate that the plan is to launch it by the end of February.
Here's the full changelog according to the leaked intel:
- Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
- General improvements in system stability
- Improved RAM management
- Fixes for sudden app closures
- Improved battery management
- Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
- Issues with wireless connections fixed
- Problems with Okay Google function solved
- Notifications problems solved
- Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
- Other improvements and changes
- Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)
As you can see, this is more than just a "maintenance" update with a few bug fixes. Not only does it eliminate several flaws which have cropped up, it also adds a few new features as well. We'll keep you posted if anything more corroborative comes forward.
Dec 16, 2014 - 6:01 AM - by wicked
Android fans rejoice! Blizzard's super-addictive digital card game, Hearthstone, rolls out on Android tablets! Hearthstone's been out on PC and iOS for a while, but it's a newcomer amongst the Android ranks. The game is really designed for the touchscreen experience, so that's definitely a huge plus for Android owners.
Hearthstone is currently only available in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but there are plans for a worldwide rollout in the coming days and will be available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Unfortunately, not all Android tablets will be supported: you'll need a tablet with at least a 6" screen and 1GB of RAM that runs Android 4.0 or higher.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Dec 16, 2014 - 5:59 AM - by wicked
Video streaming giant, Netflix is showing Android users some love with a social focused update released today.
This update allows Android users to privately share and receive recommendations from friends right from your phone. The service also supports notifications for Android Wear users.
A statement from Netflix Dircetor of Product Innovation, Cameron Johnson:
In September, we announced our new Social Recommendation feature for the Netflix website, iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox, and many set-top boxes and smart TVs. Today, we're announcing the same feature has been added to the Netflix app for Android phones. Now you can easily, and privately, recommend the shows you love to the people you care about, right from your Android phone.
We've also added a couple of new exciting features specifically for Android users. First, we're taking full advantage of the rich Android push notification capabilities to add images and action buttons that let you to watch, get more info, or thank your friend for a recommendation. Second, for Android smartwatch users, we've created an Android Wear integration that alerts you when you've received a recommendation, and lets you watch, thank, play, or get more details on the show.
What Netflix movie or TV shows do you recommend? Tell us by leaving a comment in this thread!
Dec 15, 2014 - 12:46 PM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of Sammy's most impressive and successful devices, especially in the phablet category, but that doesn't mean it can't get better. In fact, Android 5.0 lollipop will be a nice upgrade to the Note 3. Luckily, it may have just started rolling out.
A user in Vietnam is reporting he received the update, but we haven't seen reports of it hitting any other device yet. Perhaps this was just a fluke, or perhaps it is the beginning of an initial rollout. We will keep an eye out for more intel, but if it is the beginning of the rollout, we expect it to push out to more regions across the globe sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
Dec 15, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by dgstorm
Here's an interesting deal for anyone who was considering getting a Nexus 9 LTE Edition on AT&T. They are offering a $100 bill credit if you purchase the LTE version of the Google Nexus 9. The complicated part is that AT&T isn't selling the device through their own retail store.
The way you get the credit is to buy the LTE version on the Google Play Store and then simply activate it with a signed two year contract on AT&T's network. After that you will get a $100 credit added to your account. Here's the statement from AT&T:
Here's a link to the Google Play Store if you want to take advantage of this offer: Nexus 9 32GB LTE Indigo Black - Devices on Google Play
Customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate their Nexus 9 with a two-year agreement at an AT&T company-owned store. The Nexus 9 is certified to work on the network with the nation's strongest LTE signal, making this a perfect pairing.
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