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Sep 17, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
Although Sony already cut its forecast for smartphone sales in July, they have had to readjust their predictions for the financial year and the outlook is bleak. Sony is now expecting quadruple the losses and it's due to poor sales of their Xperia smartphones.
Sony now expects a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) "impairment" after an internal review of its mobile division. Sony shared that they have changed their focus from "achieving significant sales growth" to reducing risk, volatility and "more stable profits." Apparently the mid-range devices were the worst offenders so Sony is likely to return their focus to premium devices.
Sep 17, 2014 - 10:49 AM - by dgstorm
The insanity has come to Android now! Goat Simulator is now available on Android. If you haven't tried out Goat Simulator, it is a rare treat in utter astonishment. We won't call it a great game, but it is one of the wackiest ways to have a good time and laugh until your stomach hurts.
There's no way to describe the ridiculous situations you can create while attempting the perfect combo with your acrobatic little goat. It's a bit pricey at $4.99 on the Google Play Store, but that might be worth it for the sheer shock value alone.
Let the mayhem ensue!
Here's a full description from the Google Play Store:
Source: Google Play Store - Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true!
Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.
Disclaimer: Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.
* You can be a goat
* Get points for wrecking stuff - brag to your friends that you're the alpha goat
* MILLIONS OF BUGS! We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it
* In-game physics that spazz out all the time
* Seriously look at that goat's neck
* You can be a goat
Sep 17, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
After the folks at Anandtech dug deeper into the source code of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4's Exynos 5433 chipset, they discovered that it uses the new A57/A53 configuration instead of the previous generation Cortex-A15/A7 mashup. ARM themselves have confirmed this to be a 64-bit architecture.
It's odd that Samsung hasn't been touting that fact too loudly and basically only describe the chip as a 1.9 GHz octa-core processor. It is likely that Samsung simply wants to wait until Android L is released because the 64-bit functionality of the chip is mostly useless without a compatible OS to take advantage of it.
Of course, the primary exception to that is that this chipset will support more than 3GB of RAM in a device, but since the Note 4 only comes with 3GB of RAM, there's really no pressure to announce it yet.
Sep 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
Just as Google promised, they are on the march to bring Android to the "next 5 billion" people. They just launched the ultra-affordable Android One smartphone in India. They also shared that the $100 device will be launched in several other nations by the end of the year. This includes Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
The phone will continue its global march and head to other countries early next year as well. The phone is ultra-affordable because it eschews several of the typical features of most smartphones, like a camera for example. A large number of manufacturers will be building the Android One including: Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. The first phones will be made by Micromax.
Check out the Google Blog for more details: Official Google Blog: For the next five billion: Android One
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
Image courtesy of older AndroidPolice rumor.
According to the latest intel, the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet is likely to be announced on October 8th. Since it is 99% likely that Google will announce all of the new Nexus devices together, then by extension, we can surmise that Android L and the Nexus devices will arrive on that date. Of course, that is assuming that this intel is correct, of course.
If this leak turns out to be correct, then here are some other juicy details to go along with it worth mentioning...
Continue Reading @: Google's Nexus Unveiling (including the Nexus 9) Might be on October 8th | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm
Motorola just announced on their blog that several of their newest devices will be up for pre-order tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th). Two versions of the new Moto X will be available tomorrow. One is the AT&T version of the phone, while the other is the unlocked Pure Edition version.
The other devices up for pre-grabs will be the Moto Hint (ear bud) for $149.99 USD, and the Motorola Turbo Charger for $34.99 USD. Motorola also shared that their hot new smartwatch, the Moto 360, will be back in stock starting tomorrow. They even reminded us that they have a trade-in program to help make that new device even more affordable.
Sep 15, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by dgstorm
Back in June at Google I/O, Android TV was first teased. Ever since then, Google has had a "Coming Soon" landing page up so you can sign up for more info. At that time, Google said that Android TV would launch in the Fall.
It's September now, which means Fall is right around the corner, and the first trickle of intel has been captured. According to Liliputing.com, It appears that Asus is working on a "Nexus Player" which could be the first Android TV device. Supposedly, the device will launch along-side Android L, which actually makes perfect sense. It was always expected that Android TV would officially launch when Google announces Android L and the other new Nexus devices coming. That is currently scheduled for October.
Getting back to this mysterious Asus Nexus Player, we find some things to like about the device. The device will be optimized to let users stream a variety of internet video from sites like YouTube and Netflix. It will also handle music from iHeart Radio, TuneIn and others.
The device recently showed up in a benchmark online and here are the specs listed:
- 1.8 GHz Intel Quad-core processor with PowerVR G6430 graphics
- 1GB of RAM
- 6GB of storage
- Android L
Supposedly, quite a few other OEMs are planning on introducing Android TV devices, including Razer, Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision. Most of these devices will simply be Smart TVs using Android TV as the OS of choice.
Sound off and let us know what you think of this revamped version of Google TV.
Sep 12, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
Now you've seen everything...
Yes, that crazy picture above is a real product, despite the fact that it looks like something you would see on SNL. Acer teamed up with fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis to create this hideous and hideously vain product. We felt it was worth sharing for the shock and humor value alone.
This giant, shiny Pepto-Bismol colored monstrosity actually spins 360 degrees and has an Acer Iconia A-1 840 tablet built-in, all designed to help you capture that perfect selfie angle. Apparently it will be a very exclusive product and you have to make an appointment to even try it on.
You can feel comfortable shaking your head now... Hey Acer marketing exec... Weird Al just called and he wants his prop back!
Sep 11, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
The pie chart above pretty much says it all. It looks like KitKat didn't get adopted as quickly as Jelly Bean, although it installed on almost 25% of Android devices now. While we still see a few groups of people who are still on Ice Cream Sandwich and even Gingerbread, what's really shocking is that a tiny .7% sliver of users are still sporting their crusty old Froyo. With Android L on the horizon, we expect to see Jelly Bean numbers diminish, while KitKat will probably still grow for a little while longer.
Check out the source link below for more details.
Source: Android Developers
Sep 09, 2014 - 9:13 AM - by dgstorm
We have great news for Android users who are also fans of the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon just made an Amazon Prime Instant Video app available for Android! You can grab the app at the Amazon App Store. Now it's easier than ever to watch your Amazon Prime free movies, TV content and more.
On top of this, the Amazon app itself got an update to version 5. This update allows you to browse Amazon’s catalog of digital and physical products and services. It's great to see changes like this take place.
To get started you need to do a couple of things. One, you will need to download and/or update your Amazon app from the Play Store. After that you will need to install the new Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore.
Here's a link to grab the app for free: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N28818A
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by dgstorm
HTC had their IFA press announcement late last night/early this morning, and they unveiled the Desire 820. Because of the active rumor-mill, we pretty much knew most of the details regarding the device. Here's the full breakdown of specs and features,
- Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 64-bit support
- 13MP Rear Camera
- Unique 8MP camera on the front of the device
- 5.5-inch HD display
- 2GB of RAM
- 2600mAh battery
- Front facing stereo speakers
As you can see, besides the cool new 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon processor, the other defining characteristic of the Desire 820 is a much beefier front facing camera designed to boost your selfie and wefie pictures. It also appears that HTC is continuing with their traditional front facing stereo speakers, which is a welcome thing to see.
For a larger mid-range device, this is not too shabby, and it even has an intriguing case design. The phone will hit retail shelves sometime in September.
We included the full press release in the thread below.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:22 AM - by dgstorm
Sony wasn't done after announcing their new Xperia line of smartphones. They also revealed the Xperia Z3 Tablet, the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk.
Not too many hardware details were revealed about the tablet, but here is an interesting quote detailing something unique about these devices, especially for Sony fans,
Here are details of the wearable devices in a quote,
Gamers in Sony's crowd will also have a field day with the new PS4 Remote Play feature This basically allows users lucky enough to own both a PlayStation 4 and Xperia Z3 device to play their games right on their smartphone or tablet. Yes, this remote access feature is available to all three of the Xperia Z3 family. In addition, the new GM10 Game Control Mount will let you hook up your mobile device with a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller so that you can play your PS4 games right then there, wherever you are as long as you are in the same home network as the console.
Check out the thread below for pics of the wearables.
The SmartBand Talk's display has been the subject of a very recent leak and this formal announcement from Sony confirms that feature but also adds a ton more. While the absence of touch controls might seem a bit limiting to those who are now more attuned to how smartwatches function, this SmartBand is by no means untalented. The wearable's built-in microphone and speaker not only makes it possible to receive calls from your wrist, it also gives users the ability to control some aspects of their paired smartphone using their voice alone. Plus, the 1.4-inch e-ink display gives the SmartBand Talk a longer battery life, without making users miss out on important notifications and data.
The SmartWatch 3 is more like your traditional smartwatch and, when it comes to the specs, it shares much in common with other Android Wear devices, like the 1.63-inch 320x320 screen, 4 GB of storage, and, of course, Google's wearable platform. This extends the SmartWatch 3's use beyond that of an activity monitor into a notification hub and quick action center. Like the SmartBand Talk, this smartwatch is rated IP68, making it the perfect accessory for an active lifestyle. ~ Engadget
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