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Jun 24, 2014 - 2:55 PM - by dgstorm
Android chief Sundar Pichai just confirmed today that Google plans to reveal the next version of Android at the Google I/O 2014 developer's conference starting June 25th. Pichai made it clear that the reason why Google is deviating from the norm is because developers and OEMs have been wanting more time with the OS, and he wanted to make that happen.
He elaborated that it's meant to be a big shift toward greater transparency, adding “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”
Pichai didn't go into any further details and gave no mention of which "L" name the next Android version will have.
Beyond that, according to the report at Business Week, Pichai also made it clear that Android Wear will be another primary topic of discussion during the conference. Here's a quote with a few more details,
This same report suggested we could also get a glimpse of Android TV. We will keep you apprised all day Thursday and Friday of any interesting developments from the conference.
He’ll also talk about Android Wear, a version of the operating system for fitness trackers and wearable computers, and he’ll announce new manufacturing partners and devices. Google is racing against Apple, which will introduce its iWatch in the fall. Pichai says it’s “crazy” that people visit their doctors, at most, once a year to have their heart rate and blood pressure measured. “You obviously need to be able to measure these things so many more times and then apply more intelligence to it,” he says.
Jun 24, 2014 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm
We just missed this news yesterday due to illness, but it's better late than never! LG announced the official global launch date of the G3! Their new flagship will start hitting retail shelves on June 27th. On that date it will first come to Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Following soon after that the G3 will begin arriving in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
There was no mention of...
Continue Reading @: LG G3 Global Rollout Begins June 27th; Still Coming in July for U.S.
Jun 23, 2014 - 2:18 PM - by dgstorm
New rumors suggest that Android Wear will be the big focus at Google I/O 2014. In fact, there are some insider industry rumblings that several manufacturers will be showing off their first Android Wear smartwatches at the event later this week. This includes products from LG, Motorola and even Samsung.
There's even talk that Samsung will be giving away their new smartwatch to attendees just as LG has been rumored to do. This seems like a potentially awkward situation so we will take this rumor with a grain of salt, but it's still possible we could be surprised. What do you think? Is this a tactic Google is likely to try?
Jun 23, 2014 - 1:04 PM - by dgstorm
Here's a quick rundown of what we might expect out of Google I/O 2014 later this week:
Android 5.0 Lollipop - It's probably a given that the next version of Android will be revealed at I/O this year. This next version is the "L" release. Most of the smart money is betting on Lollipop for the latest name, but it could just as easily be something else. Google even changed their name on the fly before (see Key Lime Pie switching to KitKat). We've also heard rumors of a new Android redesign called "Quantum Paper"; however, we suspect that is for a future version of Android and won't necessarily show up in Android 5.0. Of course, we would love to be proven wrong!
Google Fit - This will be Android's new focus on fitness. It will be an app hub designed around health and fitness, and is meant to compete with Apple's version which debuted at WWDC. We expect Google to announce several partnerships with other companies to promote this new product/service. We also expect it to be integrated into Android Wear.
Android Wear & Smartwatches - Speaking of... we decided to lump Android Wear and smartwatches together since they are obviously symbiotic. Google's current vision of smartwatches is as a companion device to your smartphone. The Android Wear OS will be designed with that in mind and will likely include the Google Fit software as part of the deal. We might see the LG G Watch and/or Moto 360 revealed at this event. In fact, current intel suggests Google will be giving I/O attendees a free LG G Watch, so we should expect that one at the very least.
Google Auto Link - this is Google's competitor product to Apple's CarPlay OS for automobiles. We've heard rumblings about Google's in-car OS for sometime, and it's a good bet we will see it at I/O this year.
Those are the main things we expect to see at the event this year. It's possible we might get a few more tidbits about the next Nexus product, Google Glass, and Project Ara, but we don't expect it. Project Ara is still a work in progress in Google's development labs, while Google Glass is already available in limited quantities. It's possible we might see some updates and new apps for Google Glass, but there probably won't be a big focus on this product. As far as the next Nexus is concerned, it would be unusual for Google to reveal it at I/O, because that's not really what the event is geared toward. It is highly probable the next Nexus device, whether phone, tablet or both will get its own event.
Stay tuned on June 25th and June 26th as we bring you all of the news which filters out of the event.
Jun 23, 2014 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like we have some solid new intel on Google's Nexus 9 tablet. According to a report from AndroidPolice, the previous rumors of an HTC made Nexus tablet are true. Their intel again reveals a tablet called the HTC Volantis (or internally called Flounder). Not only do we have a spec list for the upcoming device, but we also have a couple of marketing images and a Q4 release timeframe.
Check out the pics above, and continue reading here: [Rumor] HTC Volantis Tablet aka Nexus 9; Tegra K1 Chip, 8.9-Inch Display & Coming Q4
Jun 18, 2014 - 11:05 AM - by dgstorm
The rumor we shared on Monday has been officially confirmed by Samsung. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A Edition was officially unveiled from the company. There's no reason for most of the folks on the planet to have buyer's remorse just yet though. Just as we surmised in our previous report, the beefed up flagship is exclusive to South Korea.
On top of the Advanced LTE modem in the phone (made obvious by the LTE-A in the name), we have a host of advanced features which are enhanced over the "vanilla" Galaxy S5. Here's a breakdown:
- WQHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED 5.1-Inch Display with astounding 577ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor - features four 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU cores and the Adreno 420 GPU (is the only chip to support higher than 150 Mbps network speeds)
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD slot for cards up to 128GB.
The rest of the phone is the same as the regular SGS5, including the IP67 certification. Here's a quote with the color and availability details,
What do you guys want to bet that Samsung will do a Galaxy S5 refresh internationally sometime toward the end of this year or early next year and offer this device outside of Korea? Verizon and Sprint are slowly rolling out variations of LTE-A in some areas...
The phone will launch this summer in Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, and Glam Red color options.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be available later this week (supposedly June 19th) from carrier SK Telecom for 940,500 won (US$919), and will later launch on carriers KT and LG U+.
Jun 18, 2014 - 10:32 AM - by dgstorm
Wow! This news is rather anti-climactic, but is also a relief. Samsung and Apple have finally tired of the "Thermonuclear" patent war. Apparently, the two companies want to drop the fight because they still want access to each other's business. Here's a quote with more of the details,
It's about time reason prevailed...
Tired of spending money on legal disputes, both tech giants are looking for ways to end their years of legal wrangling. In addition, Apple apparently wants to continue to have access to Samsung as a component supplier.
Both Apple and Samsung are said to have dropped all cross-appeals filed with the ITC last year. The agency ruled in 2013 that Samsung had infringed on a pair of Apple's patents relating to a touchscreen interface and headset plug detection. Since Sammy's devices banned by the ITC are older models that are no longer manufactured, and newer devices are shipped with a workaround, the ITC suits are not as important to Apple as they once seemed to be.
Jun 18, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
Jun 18, 2014 - 9:47 AM - by dgstorm
LG's Communications Director Ken Hong recently had some intriguing comments regarding the Google Nexus 6. Supposedly, the company will not be making the device for Google this year. Here's a quote with what he shared when asked about whether LG would make the device this year...
Continue Reading @: LG Exec Claims the Company Won't Make the Nexus 6 this Year
Jun 17, 2014 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Sprint is getting creative in working out how to expand their 4G LTE coverage across the United States. While they continue to upgrade their own infrastructure to add LTE service to their existing network, it looks like they will also be working with other regional carriers in a cooperative partnership which will expand their own network and allow the regional carriers to offer 4G LTE too.
According to a new press release, Sprint just inked a deal with several regional carriers across the nation which will allow these carriers to offer 4G LTE service while roaming on other networks. This will also allow Sprint to expand its 4G LTE coverage by roaming on the regional networks, as they will share the cost of upgrading. It's called the Rural Roaming Preferred Program and includes 23 different states as well as the following list of carriers:
- SouthernLINC Wireless
- C Spire Wireless
- Nex-Tech Wireless
- Flat Wireless
- SI Wireless dba MobileNation
- Inland Cellular
- Carolina West Wireless
- James Valley Telecommunications
- VTel Wireless
- Phoenix Wireless
This is a clever way for Sprint to improve their 4G LTE coverage area. What do you think?
Here's a link to the press release for more info: Sprint to Expand 4G LTE Roaming Through 12 New Agreements with Carriers Covering a Population of Over 34 Million | Sprint Newsroom
Jun 17, 2014 - 10:36 AM - by dgstorm
According to a new report from PhoneArena, even though the new LG G3 flagship is a very capable and amazing device, it is not without its flaws. They took it upon themselves to share a brief list of items which could use improvement.
Here is their list of 5 annoying flaws on the G3...
Continue Reading @: Despite Greatness, the LG G3 Has 5 Annoying Minor Flaws
Jun 17, 2014 - 10:21 AM - by dgstorm
If you are a fan of games which give your intellect a challenge rather than your thumb reflexes, then you might be pleased by this news. Lumosity is a popular brain straining/training app which has been exclusive to iOS devices... until now.
The game/app just came to Android, and...
Continue Reading @: Lumosity, the Popular Brain Straining/Training App Comes to Android
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