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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
Jun 24, 2014 - 3:14 PM - by dgstorm
Microsoft just unveiled their newest Nokia Android device, the Nokia X2. Just as before, the new Nokia Android phone won't win any awards for high-end hardware, but that isn't its intended market anyway. It's definitely geared toward a mid-range/budget-friendly crowd.
Here's a breakdown of specs:
- 4.3 inch LCD display
- 1GB of RAM
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
- 5MP rear camera complete with LED flas
- 4 GB internal storage
- MicroSD expansion slo
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 1,800 mAh battery
- Dual-SIM support
The device is only for international markets and carries a price of just €99, and it is already available. There have also been some updates to the software and the forked version of Android on the phone. Here's a quote with more of the details,
One of the biggest complains about the old handset was that some users were finding it difficult to navigate around the interface. This time around, Microsoft has included a home key, to take the user back to their home screen, and the familiar back button. Holding the home button down also now brings up the multi-tasking screen, just like a regular Android handset.
Speaking of software, the forked Android OS remains with the Nokia X2, offering up a Windows Phone inspired user interface with the benefit of having the complete collection of Android apps at your fingertips. Multiple Microsoft apps and services come pre-installed, including Outlook, OneDrive, Skype and some Xbox games. Customers will also receive 15GB of OneDrive storage for free. ~ Android Authority
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.
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