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[RUMOR] Android 4.4 KitKat Details Leaked; Plus Nexus 5 Might be Coming October 14th

Sep 13, 2013 - 9:52 AM - by dgstorm

We have some juicy news hot off the press! First, there is "rumint" that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled on October 14th. This intel is mostly speculative at this point, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility. Last year the Nexus 4 was launched in October, so it's not a huge logical leap to think they Google might do it again around the same time.

The other info we have to share outlines a few details about the new Android 4.4 KitKat. Here's a breakdown below of what was leaked:
  • Firmware availability to older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • New APIs regarding animations
  • Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
  • New notification widgets

We can't imagine that this list above is exhaustive, but it makes for a good start. What else are you guys hoping to see in the next iteration of Android?

On a sidenote... doesn't Andy look yummy? Now I want a snack...

Source: TalkAndroid
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[RUMOR] Android 4.4 KitKat Details Leaked; Plus Nexus 5 Might be Coming October 14th

Sep 13, 2013 - 9:29 AM - by dgstorm

We have some juicy news hot off the press! First, there is "rumint" that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled on October 14th. This intel is mostly speculative at this point, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility. Last year the Nexus 4 was launched in October, so it's not a huge logical leap to think they Google might do it again around the same time.

The other info we have to share outlines a few details about the new Android 4.4 KitKat. Here's a breakdown below of what was leaked:
  • Firmware availability to older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • New APIs regarding animations
  • Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
  • New notification widgets

We can't imagine that this list above is exhaustive, but it makes for a good start. What else are you guys hoping to see in the next iteration of Android?

On a sidenote... doesn't Andy look yummy? Now I want a snack...

Source: TalkAndroid
  0 Replies | 645 Views


Microsoft Working on New Siri Competitor Inspired by Halo's Cortana AI Character

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:55 PM - by dgstorm

Halo fans will already be intimately familiar with Microsoft's newest software tech innovation which will be released next year. Microsoft plans to launch their own Siri-like voice activated virtual assistant, and it will be called "Cortana." For those uninitiated with Halo, Cortana was the AI personality which helped Master Chief on his adventures fighting hordes of alien invaders. Microsoft wants to model their new voice activated search app on this personality.

It will certainly be tough for Microsoft to compete in this arena. Both Apple and Google have a big jump on Microsoft with Siri and Google Now respectively. Still, Microsoft plans to differentiate their product by building it around an adaptable machine-learning technology they are developing. In essence, they are attempting to actually build Cortana in some form. Here's a quote from ZDNet with more of the details,

Cortana, Microsoft's assistant technology, likewise will be able to learn and adapt, relying on machine-learning technology and the "Satori" knowledge repository powering Bing.

Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire "shell" -- the core services and experience -- of the future versions of Windows Phone, Windows and the Xbox One operating systems, from what I've heard from my contacts.

In Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's strategy memo from July about Microsoft's reorg, there were hints about Cortana. Ballmer mentioned that Microsoft will be working, going forward, on "a family of devices powered by a service-enabled shell."

That "shell" is more than just the Metro/Modern/tiled interface. Ballmer continued:

"Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it."

The coming shell won't simply surface information stored on users' phones, PCs and consoles like a search engine can do today. It also will "broker information among our services to bring them together on our devices in ways that will enable richer and deeper app experiences," Ballmer said in his memo. (That "brokering" is handled by Bing's Satori, which intelligently interconnects entities, i.e., information about people, places and things.)
It's interesting to see how things are evolving in the tech world. I can almost imagine a day in the future when Google Now, Siri and Cortana each evolve into a real Artificial Intelligence. This leaves the question, "Will they decide to eradicate humanity, or will they simply decide to go shopping together?"

Source: ZDNet
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FCC Reveals the Pics for the LG D820 (Possibly the Nexus 5)

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm

Earlier we shared that the general consensus regarding the LG D820 being the Nexus 5 has flip-flopped back to an affirmative. Now we found a cool pic straight from the FCC of this new LG D820 device! Here's a quote with more of the details,

Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site provide the clearest look yet at what could be a new Google Nexus phone made by LG. LG submitted a "class 2 permissive change" for a variant of Verizon's LG G2 for "some hardware changes (antenna/PCB adjustments)" to the device. Such changes are typical close to the release of new phones. However, the photos that accompany the class 2 permissive change show what appears to be an entirely different device. The new device resembles the shape and design language of the Nexus 4, but has a larger camera design that is plainly visible on the back surface.
There were actually several pics, but most of them aren't too spectacular so we only included the one above. Check out the source link below for more.

Source: Phonescoop
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Asus Transformer T100 2 in 1 hybrid with Quad Core Bay Trail; Also TF701 in October

Sep 12, 2013 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm

We have a couple of interesting news bites from Asus for you today. The first one isn't Android related, but it is tablet related and worth a gander. According to the video above (which is a bit painful to watch because of the heavy accent from the speaker), Asus will soon introduce a product called the Transformer Model T100, which is a 2 in 1 hybrid. This Windows 8 based device will supposedly come with the new Quad-Core Bay Trail processor from Intel. Furthermore, this new Asus-made tablet will likely sport an 11 hours run time with the dock. It could come later this month or in October.

It will be interesting to see just how much power the Quad-Core Bay Trail from Intel can dish out. (Incidentally, there is also word that Toshiba's Encore 8" Bay Trail tablet will come out by either end of October or early November and Dell is also coming out with a 8" Venue Bay Trail tablet in October).

The other bit of news from Asus today is that the new TF701 Transformer Pad Infinity they recently announced could also be coming in October. Nothing has been officially confirmed regarding this, but we will keep you updated if/when we find out more.

Thanks for the tip, zeo!

Source: TransformerForums
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New Version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with Snapdragon 800 May Be Launching Soon

Sep 12, 2013 - 11:07 AM - by dgstorm

According to the latest "rumint," Samsung may be launching a new version of the Galaxy S4 Active phone sometime next month. This newer version will supposedly come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor instead of the 600 which currently resides in its chest. The intel didn't reveal much more than that, suggesting that the rest of the specs haven't changed much.

Other than the different processor, here's a refresh of the specs on this device:
  • Waterproof (IP67 certified)
  • 5 inch Full HD display
  • LTE
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal memory (expandable via MicroSD)
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery

These specs are pretty impressive, especially considering the waterproof part. If this phone got a Snapdragon 800, it would be almost toe-to-toe with the new waterproff Sony Xperia Z1. How many of you guys could use/would need a phone with waterproof characteristics?

Source: UnWiredView via GalaxyS4Forums.net
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LG G Pad 8.3 Supposedly Launching End of Month with 'competitive' Pricing

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm

Not too long ago we shared some details of the upcoming LG G Pad 8.3. It will likely boast a pretty decent spec-sheet along with its unique 8.3-inch display size. Could this tab be a serious competitor to the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini? If the newest intel is correct, we will soon find out.

According to the latest reports, the LG G Pad 8.3 will be launching sometime toward the end of this month. Additionally, unnamed sources have indicated it will be priced "competitively." This could mean almost anything, but the current speculation pegs the device around the $300 range. This obviously puts it more expensive than the Nexus 7, but a little bit less than the iPad Mini. If it gets down around the $250 range, then it might be a competitive value, but at $300 it will be a tough fight for LG to stand out from the crowd. Of course, it's 8.3-inch display is pretty unique and LG is betting that this is the "sweet spot" when it comes to tablet use. That remains to be seen, but most folks who have had a chance to play with the device have come away impressed. Above is a video preview of the device.

We will keep an eye on things if anything concrete comes before the end of the month launch. What price-point would convince you to consider this device?

Source: AndroidAuthority
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LG G2 Now Available at Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:13 AM - by dgstorm

LG's next flagship device just hit the streets. You can now get the LG G2 at Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile for varying price points and agreements. Here's a breakdown of release info per carrier:
  • Verizon– $199.99 with a two-year contract, or buy it outright for $600, or $25 per month for 24 months with no down payment through Verizon Edge.
  • AT&T — $199.99 with a two-year contract, $450 with a one-year contract, $575 without a contract, or $27 per month for 20 months under AT&T Next.
  • T-Mobile — Can be purchased with a down payment of $100 and $21 per month for 24 months, or buy it for full price at $603.
  • Sprint- TBD (announcements may be coming soon - can be pre-ordered now)

This new super-device has some seriously competitive specs. Here's a refresh for those who missed/forgot:
  • 4G LTE & 4G LTE-A (where available)
  • 5.2-inch Display 1080p Display
  • 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • Sapphire Crystal Lens 13MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 16GB or 32GB Storage Options
  • Touchless Controls
  • NFC

Sound off if this will be your "go-to" smartphone of choice for your next purchase.
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[Double Follow-Up] LG D820 is NOT the CDMA LG G2 & Still Might be Nexus 5 After-all

Sep 12, 2013 - 9:44 AM - by dgstorm

Somedays you just feel like a ping-pong ball, and that's just fine! We have a potentially exciting follow-up to a follow-up. On September 6th we shared the story that a mysterious LG device with high-end specs passed through it's FCC testing phase. The industry speculation suggested that this device was none other than the Nexus 5. This was because it had virtually the identical specs to the LG G2, yet had a unique new model number, LG D820, and included a CDMA radio. Additionally, the configuration of components seemed to line up just right with the pics/video we previously viewed of a mysterious Nexus phone at the Google KitKat statue unveiling. LG Nexus fans (and fans of the LG G2 tech) suddenly had reason to rejoice!

Sadly, not too long after that, (September 9th to be precise), professional news leaker @evleaks seemingly burst that bubble by posting his "confirmation" that the LG D820 in the FCC filing was simply a CDMA version of the LG G2 and was not the Nexus 5. One of the reasons he came to this conclusion was that he had information that the D821 was an LG G2. He erroneously associated the D820 with the D821. This obviously left us wondering about what we might see in the future for the Nexus 5.


As it turns out, @evleaks was actually wrong, and even happily tweeted it (which you can see right above)! Yes, this shows that on occasion you might find a strange anomaly in the Matrix. At any rate, the reasoning for this reversal is two-fold. One, the actual dimensions of the FCC filing are quite a bit different than the dimensions of the LG G2. Two, the D821 just got its own filing, and lo-and-behold, it is a GSM version of the LG G2 with LTE support for Band 5. This new device's dimensions line up closely to the LG G2, but do not match the dimensions of the D820 device at all. This leads us back around to the beginning, in which everyone is now speculating the the D820 might still be the Nexus 5 after-all.

Of course, it could still be nothing of the sort, and might just be some completely different device, but the signs are still good that it is the Nexus. Is your head spinning yet? Welcome to the party!

Source: AndroidAuthority
  1 Reply | 440 Views


Motorola May Be Working on a New Moto X-style Customizable Android Tablet & a Phablet

Sep 11, 2013 - 2:46 PM - by dgstorm

Motorola may be taking this new Moto X customization schtick to a whole new product line. According to some recent statements by Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside, Motorola is actually working on a new Android tablet. Furthermore, this new tablet from Motorola could utilize the same Moto Maker customization options which we see on the Moto X. It has certainly been a while since Motorola played in the tablet waters. Not since the Xoom and the Xyboard have we seen a Motorola Android tablet.

Additionally, there is intel Motorola might also be working on a larger phablet style version of the Moto X, which would be Moto Maker customizable as well.

What do you guys think of this news? Would you like to see a Moto X Android tablet or phablet that is customizable from the Motorola Texas factory?

Source: Engadget
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Google Now's Best Features Shown Off in Ten Minute Video

Sep 11, 2013 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm

Google Now is easily one of Google's most significant software innovations, yet is frequently an "unsung hero." From its hyper-intelligent search characteristics to its voice command, Google Now is currently the benchmark of such technology. One of the things that makes it stand out is the fact that Google continues to improve and refine it, constantly adding new features and functions to make it even more useful. In fact, to make sure we haven't forgotten everything Google Now is capable of, an enterprising user named Jean-Louis Nguyen, just released a new video which shows off the most distinctive new features added to it over the past year.

The ten minute length of the video alone is a testament to how polished Google Now has become. Google Now's ability to answer a massive variety of questions with excellent accuracy is almost spooky at times. Perhaps a decade from now Google Now might just evolve into some form of Artificial Intelligence. In the mean-time, check out the video so that in 2023 we can look back and laugh at its old baby videos!

Source: PhoneArena
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Samsung Shares More Technical Videos Explaining the Exynos 5 Octa-Core Advancements

Sep 11, 2013 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm

Just yesterday, Samsung shared a cute and mostly tech-jargon free video designed to help showcase some of the advantages of their Exynos 5 Oct-core processor's multi-tasking capabilities. It was entertaining, but was mostly fluffy like a marshmallow rather than actually being very informative. Of course, Samsung knows that there are a ton of tech-geeks out in the world of the internets which would appreciate a more "detailed" approach. In that spirit, Samsung released these three videos to show off several different technical aspects of the technology.

Above is just one of these videos, but here's a link to the all three: Three Videos of Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa-Core Technology
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