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OnePlus One Contest Will Put 10 Smartphones in Some Lucky Hands

Apr 01, 2014 - 3:03 PM - by cereal killer

CyanogenMod and the folks at OnePlus are having a contest to giveaway 10 of their OnePlus One smartphones. Ten lucky winners will get their hands on the device a little ahead of the launch which is coming April 23rd. The contest will go through April 1 to April 10 in Europe and North America, and is called the “Case Chase.” It's meant to be reminiscent of the Mission Impossible TV show and movies. They announced the contest before today so it isn't an April Fool's Joke.

Here's a quote with the full details of the contest,

Mission Brief

Ten days. Ten locations. Ten chances to be one of the first to own a OnePlus One.

We’ve positioned Agents across the world to secure high value targets. Your mission is to find and extract the packages. The Agency will provide live surveillance and intelligence via the following channels: @CyanogenMod, @CyanogenInc, @OnePlus - tune your communicators in accordingly. Satellites align April 1st, 2014 1100 PST.

This is no April fools.

To recover the package: decipher the surveillance, introduce yourself (handshake) to the Agent on the ground and state the code word. The first Recruit to complete the tasks will be heavily rewarded by the Agency. Consolations are available for the runners-up.

As always, should you be caught or questioned, CyanogenMod, Cyanogen Inc. & OnePlus will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

Legal

The pencil pushers in legal require us to provide a disclaimer.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. We hereby release Twitter of any liability. On the date of entry in the “Cyanogen & OnePlus Case Chase” participant must be eighteen years of age or older.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN GIVEAWAYS. A PURCHASE WON’T IMPROVE AN INDIVIDUAL’S CHANCE OF WINNING.

originally written by dgstorm

Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after receipt of Release documentation. Winner must sign release or forfeit the prize. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email - contest@cyngn.com!
~ CyanogenMod
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Moto G is Most Successful Motorola Phone Ever; Boosts Moto's UK Market Up to 6%

Mar 31, 2014 - 10:24 AM - by dgstorm

Here are some interesting Motorola statistics to share with you guys today. This is actually a combination story, including stats from the end of last week that we didn't get a chance to post and some new stats posted today. Apparently, the Moto G has been a monster success for Motorola. In fact, sales of the Moto G have been the largest in the history of the company.

This was primarily fueled by excellent market penetration in India, but not limited to that market. Motorola Vice President Magnus Ahlqvist had this to say...

Continue Reading @: Moto G is Most Successful Motorola Phone Ever; Boosts Moto's UK Market Up to 6%
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AT&T Reveals Full Specs of the Asus PadFone X

Mar 28, 2014 - 3:36 PM - by dgstorm

Even though Asus officially announce the new PadFone X in January, they didn't reveal the specs of the device. Asus doesn't have to worry about providing those details anymore. Their "good buddy" AT&T revealed the full specs of the device recently. We still don't know when or at what price the device will arrive, but we at least know it is coming to AT&T.

Here's that spec-breakdown:

The Asus PadFone X phone section -
  • 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • A microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dimensions are 143.93×72.46×9.98 mm, and it weighs 150 grams

The Asus PadFone X Tablet Dock -
  • 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen
  • 1 MP front camera
  • 4,990 mAh battery
  • Dimensions will be 250.4×172.25×11.63 mm, and it will weigh 514 grams

With each successive generation of this innovative device it keeps getting better and better. Asus has done a great job at refining and perfecting their technology. Let us know if you plan on picking up one of these.

Source: UnWiredView via DroidForums.net
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Google Now Pressuring Android OEMs to Include 'Powered by Android' Branding

Mar 28, 2014 - 12:02 PM - by cereal killer

It looks like Google wants to improve the brand cache of their mobile OS. Ninety-nine point nine percent of the folks on this and all of our other tech sites know that they are using a device with an Android operating system. Apparently though, there are still a great number of average consumers out there who have no idea what type of OS is on their smartphone or tablet device.

Google wants to tweak that perspective a bit, and have been pushing Android OEMs to include the "Powered by Android" branding on all new devices. The first clue of this is seen in the new Samsung and HTC phones, where the slogan shows up on the boot screen. According to the report, this will show up on all new devices going forward, including tablets and smartphones which use Android. At this point there is no proof or official statement given on whether this is a requirement, or is just the result of some marketing pressure.

There's also no indication that manufacturer's who use heavily forked versions of Android, like Amazon, will be following suit. They might not take too kindly to this pressure. This could just spur them to make their own OS. Of course, that's not necessarily an easy thing to do without stepping on a few patents from multiple companies.

originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Dell and Microsoft Sign Cross-Licensing Android Agreement

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:16 PM - by dgstorm

It's gettin' kinda hectic in here... We have known for several years that Microsoft makes more money from its Android licensing agreements than it actually does from its own Windows Phone. As if that weren't ironic and complicated enough, things just kicked up a notch. Normally, when Microsoft signs an Android licensing agreement with an OEM, it is remarkably lop-sided in Microsoft's favor. The manufacturer who wishes to make an Android product pays Microsoft a royalty fee for the licensed patents, in exchange Microsoft agrees not to grind them into the dirt in court. In today's case, things are quite a bit more balanced as Microsoft and Dell have worked out a different arrangement.

According to the new cross-licensing deal...

Continue Reading @: Dell and Microsoft Sign Cross-Licensing Android Agreement
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[RUMOR] Motorola Working on New Droid to Launch in Q4, 2014

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:29 AM - by cereal killer

It's been quite some time since Motorola brought forth any new tech. They definitely have avoided their previous history of spamming out devices, but the Moto G and Moto X were launched in the middle of last year. According to this latest rumor, it might be even longer before we see anything new from Moto, but when we do, it could be something worth taking notice of again.

Supposedly, Motorola is developing a new Droid model which will launch in the fourth quarter of this year. Here's a quote with more of the details,

Now, according to a tipster with a history of providing accurate information about Motorola, the Lenovo-owned company is working on a new DROID model for a fourth quarter release. The phone will use the next generation of Kevlar material, and will feature a larger screen ratio. That means that the glass on the handset will cover a larger portion of the front of the device.
We aren't sure just how accurate this intel is, but it wouldn't be too surprising if it came true. Motorola needs to build a new device to avoid getting too far behind in the game. Whether that is a new Moto X or a new Droid (or both) remains to be seen.

originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Sprint Plans to Make HD Voice Calls Available in July

Mar 26, 2014 - 11:55 AM - by cereal killer

Sprint's HD Voice technology is a project they have been working on for a while. It looks like it will soon come to fruition. According to a quote directly from Dan Hesse, Sprint's CEO, Sprint plans to launch their HD Voice capabilities in several areas around the country, "around the first of July." Of course, to utilize this functionality, users will need a device capable of HD Voice. That already includes over two dozen different devices, including the HTC One/One Max, iPhone 5s/5c, Samsung Galaxy S4/Note 3, Nexus 5 and many more.

The technology for HD Voice basically helps devices on Sprint's network make "crystal clear calls" by delivering more natural-sounding voices and canceling background noise. You can check out the concept in the video above.

originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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HTC Officially Launches the All New HTC One (M8 - 2014)

Mar 25, 2014 - 12:47 PM - by cereal killer

The all new HTC One (M8) launch just kicked off and we will be updating this story on the fly! HTC's own CEO Peter Chou handled the reveal himself, and Jonah Becker, avp of design demoed the device.

The HTC One M8 will be available before the end of April, you'll be able to get it in Australia, Taiwan, UK, Germany, France, China, and here in the US. Most will be available in store before April 10th. However, today at 1PM Eastern you can go online and order the HTC One at all the U.S. carriers!

On top of that, Verizon Stores have them in stock at 1PM today!

Here are the specs and features:

  • Gunmetal Grey Hairline Finish (Over 70% real metal - with a brushed metal aesthetic finish - ultra-premium materials and design)
  • Duo Camera
  • Dual Front-Facing Speakers
  • Motion Launch
  • Extreme Power Saving Mode
  • Sense 6
  • Zoe
  • Sense TV
  • 5-inch Full HD Display 440 PPI - Super LCD 3 display with full HD 1080p resolution and a Gorilla Glass 3 cover
  • Snapdragon 801 Processor - 2.3GHz quad-core
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
  • 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Micro SD Slot
  • All 2G, 3G and 4G network radios
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Improved BlinkFeed - Create Custom Feeds - 1000+ Content Partners, including Foursquare, Fitbit and more
  • TV Remote App - Sense TV
  • BoomSound - 25% louder and has more depth - three-finger swipe that works across the phone to stream your music to a wireless speaker system
  • 2,600 mAh battery that has 40% Longer Battery life than the M7 2013 HTC One - Includes a new Power Saver Mode that can last two weeks in Standby Mode
  • Gesture Commands - launch the camera with the volume button when you hold it sideways - double-tap the phone to wake it - gesture to go into different modes - hold a ringing phone up to your ear to answer it
  • Dot Matrix Case Accessory
  • Camera - bigger pixels instead of more pixels - 300 milliseconds focus time - tons of new features and capabilities - camera switcher for different modes - slow-motion mode - redesigned gallery app that does facial recognition and tagging
  • Camera part 2 - second camera of duo camera helps improve detailed depth info - UFocus = can softly blur and sharply focus different parts of the picture - Foregrounder tool - Camera API will be open to Developers - Highlight video experience
  • Camera Part 3 - automatic videos when you hold the camera shutter button down - Zoe Mode - Zoe for the cloud coming later to upload and share pics and videos
  • Camera Part 4 - 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera
  • Can update HTC One apps through Google Play
  • “glacial silver, “amber gold,” “gunmetal gray”

The older HTC One will be able to download Sense Six later this Spring. HTC plans to repair your device if you drop and damage it within the first 6 months of ownership.

originally written by dgstorm

Be sure to check out our dedicated HTC One M8 section at our sister site: HTC One (M8)
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OnePlus One's Processor Upgraded from Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to the 801 Version

Mar 24, 2014 - 11:45 AM - by cereal killer

In keeping with their commitment to make sure the OnePlus One smartphone is a "premium device" the folks at OnePlus have decided that when it launches it will come withe Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 instead of the older 800 model CPU. It's great to see that the company is willing to switch gears with their phone while it is still in development.

The Snapdragon 801 isn't dramatically different than the 800, but it definitely has some notable features: quad-core 2.5GHz SoC using a 28nm process, Adreno 330 GPU, QuickCharge for 75% faster battery charging, integrated LTE, support for Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi ac, 4K video recording & more. It's a shame other OEMs can't take this example to heart, but it's probably understandable because they have much larger production pipelines. It's much easier for a new company to make shifts on their first smartphone before it launches.

Sound off if you are looking forward to seeing this new entry into the Android arena.

originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Researchers Working on 'deep learning' for Smartphones to Make them Even Smarter

Mar 21, 2014 - 12:32 PM - by cereal killer

Researchers at Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Psychological Science are working on the next big AI advancement for smartphones. It's called "deep learning" and it aims to make searching even more intuitive than ever before. It takes the "facial recognition" concept to it's ultimate extreme to create an "everything recognition." Here's a quote with the details,

Imagine this example, you took a picture years ago of you and your friends at a concert. You want to pull up that picture again, but do not want to scroll through the thousands of pictures on your phone. What if you could initiate a search based on the surroundings in the picture, like “concert” or “stage” and pull it up that way?

Researchers are building what it calls a “deep learning” AI function that makes the machine process information in the same manner humans do. It learns to recognize things like “trees” or a “car” and create layers of information that can then be indexed and searched. Naturally the processing power has not been optimal for such development to be feasible in mobile devices, but as you might expect, the forward march of technology advancement is tearing down that obstacle.
Associate Professor Eugenio Culurciello explained, “It analyzes the scene and puts tags on everything. When you give vision to machines, the sky’s the limit.”

Apparently, this new tech won't take too long to develop either. Research into this is being funded by the Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, and DARPA. Furthermore, Professor Culurciello started a company, called TeraDeep, which is currently developing commercial applications.

What do you guys think? Are these tech advances starting to get a little scary or are they simply too cool to worry about?

originally posted by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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New Android KitKat Version Likely Coming Soon to Squash Some Bugs

Mar 20, 2014 - 10:24 AM - by cereal killer

There is convincing intel that Google is currently working on build KTU65 of a new Android KitKat update. The evidence, (in the screenshot above) appeared in a Google Code bug report for Chromium. It was uploaded by a Googler who was apparently testing the build on a Nexus 5. The KT designator definitely makes it a KitKat update, while the number at the end is a date identifier.

It is suspected that this update is meant to curtail some bugs, especially the camera-battery drain issue that is plaguing a few users. We will keep you updated when more info emerges.

originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Oppo Find 7 Flagship Unveiled with Insane Specs: 2K Display, 50MP Pictures & More

Mar 19, 2014 - 11:27 AM - by cereal killer

The Chinese smartphone developer Oppo just upped the ante in the smartphone world. They officially unveiled their new Find 7 flagship device. Most of its internal specs are phenomenal, especially the camera. Here's a breakdown:

  • 5.5-inch 2,560×1,440 touchscreen with 538ppi density (can be operated with wet hands and includes Gorilla Glass 3)
  • 13MP Camera - IMX214 Sony Sensor with dual LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0 - includes a Super Zoom Mode which can merge 10 rapid shots into a single 50MP image - record 4K video, as well as 720p HD slow-motion clips at 100 fps
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AC)
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage space
  • A microSD card slot
  • MaxxAudio speakers (with enhanced bass)
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Weighs 173 grams
  • Color OS 1.2, (Custom Oppo UI based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)



Intriguingly, the Find 7 wasn't just one device. Oppo actually outed two smartphones. The second is a "less premium" version called the Find 7a. Here are it's specs:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen
  • The same camera technology found in the Find 7
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Weighs 170 grams
  • Color OS 1.2, (Custom Oppo UI based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)

Both devices will be available in China starting tomorrow. The Find 7a will launch internationally in mid-April for $499 USD. The "Premium" Find 7 will go on sale in May or June for $599 USD. Many of us here at HQ are crossing our fingers that this device comes to the US.

originally written by dgstorm
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