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Oct 15, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm
Google just made the big announcement... Android 5.0 will be Lollipop and Google will have three new Nexus devices in the Nexus family. The first is the Nexus 6 smartphone which is made by Motorola. The second is the Nexus 9 tablet which is made by HTC, and the third is something called the Nexus Player, which is a brand new media-player/TV device.
The excitement here at HQ is palpable, and we can't wait to dive right into these products. We are going to do a separate story for each one, so stand by for those. Before that we do want to share some important details regarding release dates and carriers. The biggest surprise is that Verizon will actually be getting the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9! Here's a quote from Google's blog with those details,
"Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17 and in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November—with options for an unlocked version though Play store, or a monthly contract or installment plan through carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Specific carrier rollout will be subject to certification completion and will vary. Check out google.com/nexus for more details on availability.
Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes on Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, will also be available on Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks."
Here's a series of links to our series of articles on each specific new Google product:
Source: Google Blog
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:24 AM - by dgstorm
Google just released the above teaser video for Android 5.0. Two things are immediately obvious from the humorous video. One, Android 5.0 is the actual version number (which we already knew). Two, they still haven't revealed the dessert name. In fact, the whole video was a teaser to boost anticipation for the final tasty name.
What do you think it will be? Licorice? Lemon Meringue Pie? Lava Cake?
*As an interesting side-note... a number of different desserts are "auditioning" in the video, but lollipop is conspicuously absent... coincidence?
Oct 14, 2014 - 3:44 PM - by dgstorm
Today is one of the hottest news days of the year apparently. Not only have we had a slew of awesome Droid Turbo news, we also have had several pieces of Nexus device news. This latest rumint suggests that we won't have to wait any longer than tomorrow to find out all the juicy details of the Nexus 9, Nexus 6 and Android L!
According to an article in Forbes, Google will simply announce the new Nexus products on their Android blog sometime tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15th). Forbes claims to have insider info revealing that the HTC-made Nexus 9 Android tablet will be available for pre-order on October 17th, and will ship to retail stores on November 3rd. They also claim pricing info has been revealed: the 16GB version will cost $399 and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $499.
Furthermore, the intel revealed by Forbes suggests that the previous rumored specs are mostly accurate, including the tidbit that it will have HTC’s boomsound and dual front facing speakers. They didn't reveal any further Nexus 6 details, except that the Motorola-made product will also be unveiled tomorrow. Forbes made it clear that both devices will debut the new Android L operating system from Google, which is not really unexpected...
The great news about all of this great news is that at least it's all happening quickly so we shouldn't have to spend too much time deciding between all of these awesome devices!
Oct 14, 2014 - 11:30 AM - by dgstorm
What a thrilling Tuesday of new device news! Here is a third tease of a different new device in a row. First we had the Droid Turbo landing page from Verizon, then we had reports of an early arrival of preorders for the Galaxy Note 4, and now we have a supposedly leaked press render of the Motorola Nexus 6 (aka Shamu, aka Nexus X). Not only that, but it's actually a comparison shot to the newest Moto X device.
As you can see in the pic above, we have the new Moto X on the right, and on the left, the image is supposedly the Nexus 6. The devices are remarkably similar, which actually lines up pretty well with the rumors we have reported numerous times previously.
The leaked image comes directly from "retired" leaker @evleaks, and the comparison pic comes from PhoneArena. If you are like us here at HQ, you are probably having a hard time deciding which of these devices you most want to pick up once they hit retail shelves.
For further discussion, here's our dedicated Nexus 6 section: Motorola Nexus 6 Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Oct 13, 2014 - 1:32 PM - by dgstorm
The Sony Xperia Z3 is coming to T-Mobile on October 15th. So says their Z3 landing page. You can head to the link below to sign up for more info on the device. This means T-Mo will get it about a week before Verizon, who gets it on the 23rd.
Several folks are considering jumping ship from Verizon to get this device on T-Mobile. Sound off and let us know if you think that's a wise move or not.
Oct 09, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Even though LG's G Watch was obviously hit with a very cold reception when it first debuted, LG learns from the market and announced the G Watch R, which is modeled after the round-faced design of the Moto 360. LG recently revealed that the will come to South Korean retail channels on October 14th for 352,000 won (about $325 USD).
While this obviously makes the G Watch R the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch on the planet, it's still cheaper than the Apple Watch, and isn't that far off from the Moto 360. Can LG make a watch which will compete that well against the Moto 360? If the rumored 3G radio in the watch is true, then it might just be worth that price. What do you think?
Oct 08, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
Anyone with a Nexus 5 has probably experienced the strange battery drain problem caused by the camera. It's mostly random, and that's one of the reasons it is so frustrating. We were hoping Android 4.4.3 and/or 4.4.4 would alleviate the issue, but it didn't quite get the problem fixed for everyone. Supposedly, all will be well soon.
The latest report indicates that Android L will fix the problem once and for all. This means we only have to wait a few weeks for Google to release Android L to our Nexus 5 devices. Here's a quote with some of the details,
It's almost frustrating that it has taken so long to knock out this problem. I guess it's better late than never...
One Google project manager blamed the Skype app, saying that an update to the Android version of the app caused it to screw up the mm-qcamera-daemon process, allowing it to get stuck, consuming the CPU cycles that ate away at the battery life of the stock Android phone. While there have been a few bug fixes for the handset, the problem still exists for some. Android 4.4.3 included changes to the camera that did take away the problem for many. For some though, the rapid draining of the battery continues.
Oct 07, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by dgstorm
One of the defining characteristics of the new internal hardware found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is that it is easily capable of filming 4K resolution video. The 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and 8x digital zoom really shows off its skills in the above video.
To get full value out of watching the above video, be sure to switch the video mode to the highest setting, which is 2160p 4K, and then set it to full screen. While the subject matter may seem droll, the video quality is utterly stunning! This is especially true when you stop to register that this is a camera on a phone!
October 17th is the big day the Galaxy Note 4 will hit North American shores. Sound off if this is a phone on your short-list.
Oct 07, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by dgstorm
At IFA in Germany, one of the more intriguing devices revealed was the Asus ZenWatch Android Wear device. Unfortunately, it looks like its initial release will be in very limited quantities and very limited markets. In fact, according to the latest report, we will only see 300 ZenWatches sold and only in Taiwan at first.
The most interesting thing about this particular Android Wear device is that it seems to have some fairly beefy specs, at least compared to other smartwatches. Here's a breakdown:
- 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400
- 512 MB of RAM
- 4 GB of storage
- 1.63" screen with a 320x320 resolution (278 PPI)
- Gorilla Glass 3
We'll keep you posted if the device comes to any other markets.
Oct 02, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
For those few who may have missed it, there was a big scandal across the web last month that had a couple of names like "nudegate" and "the fappening." Basically, Apple's iCloud was hacked and a large number of private nude pics of various female celebrities leaked on Reddit. These pics included various celebrities like Kate Upton, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.
This was obviously a black eye on Apple's security. Although Apple claimed that the breach wasn't their fault, it turns out the reason the pics were hacked was because iCloud security doesn't have a limit to the number of incorrect password attempts you can make to log into an account. This left it susceptible to a "brute force" attack where thousands of passwords could be randomly generated until one matched.
You would think that the celebrities would be up in arms and attack Apple for this major security breach, and although that might be partially true, it seems that Google is actually the biggest target of their ire. A Hollywood lawyer named Marty Singer now represents more than a dozen of the celebrities whose pics were stolen and leaked, but he isn't suing Apple, he's suing Google.
The lawsuit claims that Google has not responded to several take down requests to remove the pics and videos. Supposedly there are still many images on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube which have not been removed. He is asking for $100 Million in damages and claims that Google has done nothing but sit back and profit from the advertising revenue generated from the leaked nude pics.
Singer sent a letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as executive Eric Schmidt and Google lawyers. Here is a quote with more of the details,
It will be interesting to see how Google responds to this, and to find out all of the facts. It's entirely possible that Google has attempted to comply with the takedown requests but has simply been overwhelmed finding them all.
The letter, exclusively seen by Page Six, claims Google has failed “to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct. Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women.”
Singer writes that Lavely & Singer sent a notice to remove images four weeks ago, and a dozen more since, but many of the images are still on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube.
Singer adds, “Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights … Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations.”
The letter continues, “Because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights you do nothing — nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue … as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”
Regardless, it seems ridiculous to go... [Read More]
Oct 01, 2014 - 9:51 AM - by dgstorm
According to a report from PhoneArena, a new Android L build was recently spotted on Google's Chromium tracker. It supposedly shows off some UI tweaks which include altered Navigation Keys and Status Bar Icons.
In case you haven't heard of it, Chromium tracker is a bug submission tool for Google products. This latest submission was the LMP LRW87D build running on a Nexus 5 and at first glance didn't appear too different than current Android. However, after closer inspection, you can definitely make out some slightly tweaked elements, especially in the he software navigation keys and the status bar icons.
Above is a combined image to compare the differences between current Android KitKat and these Android L changes.
Sep 29, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by dgstorm
The big talk in the mobile world has been the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Apple iPhone 6 (and some rumors of the Motorola Shamu thrown in as well). It's easy to forget that HTC makes a super-sized phone as well though.
Last year's HTC One Max M7 wasn't as hyped of a device as the HTC One was, but HTC still makes solid hardware. Their HTC One M8 is one of the best reviewed Android devices in history, and it looks like they are developing a phablet version of it as well. The specs for the HTC One Max M8 may have just been leaked:
- 5.5-inch 2K display
- Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7MHz processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 3,000mAh battery
- 18-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
- Android L
That seems to tick off a great deal of "must have" check boxes. What do you guys think?
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