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Jul 07, 2014 - 9:56 AM - by dgstorm
AT&T has revealed their launch date for the LG G3. On July 11th you can pick up their version of the device for $199 on a new two year contract. Alternatively, you can get it for $24.17 a month with zero down payment on the AT&T Next 18 program, or $29 a month on the AT&T Next 12 program.
On July 8th is when you can actually start ordering the device. AT&T also shared these same dates apply to their version of the LG G Watch. Here's the full press release below:
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DALLAS, July 7, 2014 – Starting July 8, you can order the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-order the LG G3 smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T2 for zero down and no annual contract. You can purchase both the LG G3 and LG G Watch in AT&T retail locations starting July 11.
For a limited time, save 50 percent on select LG premium accessories including the G Watch, popular Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset or G3 Quick Circle Folio Case with wireless charging capability when you pre-order or purchase the LG G3 or LG G Flex with AT&T Next or a two-year commitment.4 (Visit att.com or an AT&T retail store for more details. One discounted accessory purchase per smartphone activation.)
Check out these videos for a closer look at the LG G3 or LG G Watch. For details about the LG G3 design story, check out this video.
“We’ve been working diligently to be the first U.S. carrier to offer the brand new LG G Watch and among the first to offer the LG G3 smartphone on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “AT&T offers one of the largest and best selections of LG devices and these products take our device portfolio to the next level. The LG G3 is a cutting-edge device and our first in a next-gen Quad HD display.”
The LG G3 with 4G LTE features advancements such as:
5.5-inch Quad HD Display.
13MP Optical Image Stabilization Plus Camera with Laser Auto Focus.
Smart Notice predictive technology provides personalized suggestions for added convenience and greater productivity.
Along with the LG G3, customers can purchase the LG G Watch, AT&T’s first wearable powered by Android Wear that enables you to connect to your world through the power of Google Now. Android Wear gives you the information you need, when you need it and offers helpful suggestions before you even ask – such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport. With Google Now™, you can ask questions, send text messages and set reminders without touching your smartphone. Additionally, the LG G Watch is compatible with smartphones running Android OS version 4.3 and higher.
Additional LG G Watch features include:
1.65-inch always-on display that allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance.
400mAh battery will keep your watch going throughout the day.
Can be personalized with any standard 22mm watch strap.
Certified water and dust resistant.5
“Because the LG G Watch works with so many of our Android smartphones, it should be a wearable device that appeals to a wide array of consumers,” said Bradley. “Its ability to anticipate your schedule and traveling needs will help you plan your schedule
Jul 07, 2014 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm
When Nokia released its first (and second) Android handset(s), the device turned out to be a mediocre budget friendly offering and Android fans uttered a collective, "meh." Many of us where hoping Nokia would have the courage to launch an actual flagship Android device to at least add some spice to the sometimes stale Android market.
That obviously didn't happen with the Nokia X and the Nokia X2, but...
Continue Reading @: [Rumor] Microsoft Making a Lumia Edition Flagship Level Nokia Android | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Jul 03, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by dgstorm
It's great to finally see some good news for HTC. Apparently, their boast that the HTC One M8 would help them climb out of the hole and turn a profit was not an over-confident boast. According to the latest financial info out of the Taiwanese company, they scored NT$2.8 billion profit ($92 million) on NT$65 billion ($2.2 billion) in revenue.
This is a solid turn-around for the oft-struggling company, as it finally breaks their long string of losses. These numbers reflect info before the launch of the plastic-bodied One M8 Ace and a paired-down One Mini. It's possible these budget-friendly devices will help erase even more red ink from HTC's ledger.
Source: HTC Financial Report July 3, 2014.pdf
Jul 02, 2014 - 2:25 PM - by dgstorm
There is evidence that NVIDIA's Shield tablet is coming soon. The Global Certification Forum, which is a group that tests devices for mobile network interoperability, recently listed an entry for a NVIDIA made Shield Tablet with 3G and LTE. On top of the certification they also shared a Tweet in which they referred to it as a “notebook/tablet.” This suggests it might be a hybrid device, like the Asus Transformer series.
Previous leaks regarding this device shared a few details including a Tegra K1 chip, a 2048 x 1536 screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 7MP rear camera. The GCF certification was given out on June 26. It will interesting to see this new product from NVIDIA as they continue to push harder to create a hardcore gaming market for Android.
Jul 02, 2014 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm
Folks who own the Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 or the HTC One M7 will soon be happy to find a new update on their device. The Android 4.4.4 version of KitKat is now pushing out to those devices.
The primary thing this update addresses is a few security vulnerabilities, including HeartBleed. You will probably want to turn on WiFi in order to insure the smooth delivery of your update. If you want to manually check for it you can do the usual: Settings > About phone > System.
Sound off here and let us know when you have the update.
Jul 01, 2014 - 2:34 PM - by dgstorm
Some exciting details regarding the next generation Motorola flagship, the X+1 have supposedly surfaced. The leak purportedly reveals the specs of the upcoming device. Up until now, Motorola has done a great job in keeping a lid on any leaks regarding the device. The specs which were leaked are pretty impressive, especially compared to the previous generation. We have previously heard that the back could include a leather material option as well as the other current options, but until now, we haven't heard any details regarding the internals.
Here are those leaked details:
- 5.2-inch 1920x1080 Display
- 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- 2GB Ram
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
- WiFi, 4G/3G/2G, Bluetooth, NFC
- 32GB Storage with a micro SD slot for up to 128GB extra
- 2,900mAh Battery
The only other info regarding this device that we have to reiterate comes from one of our previous reports suggesting this device will launch at the end of July alongside the Moto 360 smartwatch. We will keep an eye out for that, but for now all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that these rumors are true.
Jul 01, 2014 - 11:28 AM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was just officially unveiled. The device obviously has a smaller footprint than its larger sibling. It also has middle of the road specs compared to that flagship.
Here's the breakdown:
- 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p (1280 x 720) display with Gorilla Glass 3
- 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- A microSD for up to an additional 64 GB of storage
- 8 MP rear camera
- 2.1 MP front-facing camera
- 2,100 mAh battery
- Android 4.4
- IP67 certification
It's nice to see it still includes the IP67 certs. This device is obviously targeted at the budget-friendly crowd who still want a Samsung Galaxy phone. For the most part, it's specs are still pretty decent for the average consumer.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Jun 30, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
The first image of the Android TV game controller has appeared online. It's possible this image is simply of an early prototype, but it looks like a final press render, so it's possible it will be the final shipping product. It was found by a Reddit user who was digging around in Android L. Here's a quote with a few more useful tidbits,
What do you think? It reminds us a bit of an Xbox controller and the OUYA controller...
“The directory they were found in is: ‘sdk\samples\android-L\androidtv\visual-game-controller\res\drawable-xxhdpi,’” Reddit user bedofgoatturds wrote. “Reverse image search tells me that this is completely new, just thought I’d get it out there.”
The available images show the full controller (image above) but also different parts of the controller can be found in Android L files.
Jun 30, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by dgstorm
Sometimes it's both enlightening and entertaining to revisit older articles from the past. In this case, a Reuters article from November 2007 shows how foolishly arrogant both Nokia and Microsoft were after hearing that Google would be entering the mobile market with a new operating system. The executives at both Nokia and Microsoft vastly underestimated the impact that Google could have in the market.
Here we are almost seven years later and Android is the dominant mobile OS on the planet by a large margin. Android devices make up 80% of the world market with a total of 1 Billion activated devices. Now Nokia has fallen so far that Microsoft had to buy them out, and Microsoft is still struggling to get mobile marketshare percentages in the double digits.
Here's what Nokia said back then,
And here is Microsoft's comment,
"We don't see this as a threat."
This seems like perfect proof that you should never underestimate your competition, especially one as capable and powerful as Google. As an interesting sidenote, at that time Apple didn't have any comments about whether they felt Google entering the market would be a threat, but here's what they had to say,
"It really sounds that they are getting a whole bunch of people together to build a phone and that's something we've been doing for five years. I don't understand the impact that they are going to have."
That didn't turn out the way they thought it would either, did it?
"We have a great relationship with Google and this doesn't change anything. They are certainly an important partner for iPhone."
Source: Reuters Article from 2007
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
The latest intel out of the Samsung camp suggests the Galaxy Note 4 will go into production soon, and is headed for a September release date. According to the report, the device will be announced at IFA in Berlin, (running from the 5th to the 10th of September), and will become available shortly after its announcement. Supposedly, the source of this intel suggests a Galaxy Gear 3 smartwatch will be announced at that time as well.
So far, the only other intel we have on this device is that it will likely come with a QHD display, and will have either a Snapdragon 805 processor, or a new version of the Exynos SoC, depending on which region it launches in.
Jun 25, 2014 - 9:30 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest last minute rumors, Google's next version of Android will be called Lollipop and will be iteration 5.0.
To help refresh your memory, and/or rekindle some lost nostalgia, here's a quick list of the versions of Android:
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.0-2.1 Eclair
- Android 1.6 Doughnut
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.1 (no dessert name)
- Android 1.0 (no dessert name)
Obviously there's no way to confirm this news, except for the event which will start in about two hours...
Stay tuned as we bring you all the best intel from the event as fast as it hits the web.
Jun 25, 2014 - 9:08 AM - by dgstorm
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