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Oct 23, 2013 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
Although Samsung beat LG to market with the first flex-tech curved display smartphone, LG is working hard to make up for lost ground. According to the latest reports, LG is already kicking up full production runs of their new G Flex flexible-tech curved display device. In fact, the report claims that LG can actually already churn out several hundred thousand mobile displays per month. This means that when the phone debuts next month, it will be widely available instead of just a boutique prototype like the Samsung Galaxy Round.
That's not the only exciting news we have regarding this new device. As you can see above, we also have some leaked pics of the device in the wild. The shots above are just a couple of them, but you can see the rest of them here: LG G Flex Shows Up in Pics
We still aren't done yet. We also found a video of the device. Unfortunately we weren't able to import it, but here's a link to check it out: El futuro llegó: así son los teléfonos con pantallas curvas*-*Telefe Noticias para vos
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:38 AM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has been out for a while now internationally, but has yet to come to the United States. That will change in November though. Samsung just announced the US availability of the device starting next month. Here's a quick recap of specs and a full press release below,
- 4.3-inch qHD
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 1.9 megapixel front camera
- 1,900mAh battery
- WiFi N
- aGPS with GLONASS
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.2.2 and more
How many of you guys would prefer this slightly smaller version of the SGS4?
Here's the full presser,
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini Coming to the U.S. Next Month
Smartphone offers sleek and compact design with the exceptional Galaxy experience
Dallas, TX — October 23, 2013 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S 4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November. The Galaxy S 4 mini is just 4.9in x 2.4in and is packed with Samsung flagship experiences like WatchOn™, S Beam™ and advanced camera features.
“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”
Outstanding Galaxy Features:
The Galaxy S 4 mini has some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in a compact form factor to enrich the user experience.
-Intuitive Camera Interface: The Galaxy S 4 mini’s 8-megapixel camera has zero shutter lag allowing users to document special moments without delay. The Galaxy S 4 mini is equipped with the familiar and easy-to-navigate user interface found on the Galaxy S 4 and supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer.
-WatchON: Control your television using the Galaxy S 4 mini as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with a Smart Remote that is functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy S 4 mini to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
-Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the phone easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4 mini, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
-Simple Sharing: Quickly and easily transfer large files, such as videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam. Touch the back of the Galaxy S 4 mini to any S Beam enabled phone and share without needing a
Oct 22, 2013 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who were thinking about the Google Nexus 10 tablet, but were just not sure about spending the money on it, you might want to jump on this Daily Deal at eBay. The high-end Nexus 10 tablet is just $349.99 for a limited time. It even includes free shipping! This is a phenomenal $150 off the base price of this tablet. This is even cheaper than most of the deals on the 16GB version. Here's a refresh of specs:
- Dual-core Exynos 5 ARM chip
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- Amazing 2560x1600 10-inch LCD Display
- WiFi Version
Here's a link to snap up this deal: Google Nexus 10 Wi Fi Only 32 GB GT P8110HAVXAR 813774015190 | eBay
Oct 22, 2013 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
Yesterday was a busy day at HQ in the afternoon, so we didn't quite get to one last story of the day. HTC is planning to launch their own smartwatch competitor to the Galaxy Gear. They are also apparently coming out with a new tablet which they claim will be "disruptive." Today, more details were released by Bloomberg on HTC's plans. We are taking this as an opportunity to share the news for those who might be interested.
As business has continued to deteriorate for HTC, they are grasping at straws for any opportunity to get a product to gain headway in the market. Their newest efforts will be this smartwatch device and tablet. While we won't comment on the tablet, because that is simply too bold of a statement to be credible, we can share Bloomberg's news on the smartwatch. Here's a quote with a bit more,
Here's another quote from CEO Peter Chou in a BGR article,
Dwindling market share for HTC smartphones led to the company’s first quarterly loss and a 54 percent slump in its share price this year as it loses ground to Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world’s biggest producer. The smartwatch will join a growing segment of wearable technology that already includes devices from Samsung and Sony Corp.
What do you guys think? One, can HTC really make a tablet that is truly "disruptive?" Also, will a smartwatch from HTC get your attention?
“It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us,” Chou said of smartwatches. “People laughed at us when we came out with the first smartphone… Now everyone has a smartphone. I’m pretty sure wearables will be the same, but don’t judge from what is in the market [now].”
Oct 22, 2013 - 10:55 AM - by dgstorm
It's a very light news day today in Android-land. This is primarily because Apple is having their big iPad press event today, so most of the press is glued to that. Oh yeah... we can't forget that Microsoft is launching their Surface 2 today, so that might take some of the attention as well. Because of this, the most intriguing news we could find this morning is a new Google acquisition. Google reportedly just bought the company called FlexyCore for $23 Million. In case you don't know, FlexyCore is the French company behind AndroidBooster, which is designed to help improve the performance of the UI in Android. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Obviously this means that we will likely see these performance optimizations in future Android versions; however, the current speculation suggests it might come as early as Android 4.4 KitKat. This is because Google has actually been in talks with FlexyCore for about a year now. We should know something concrete at Google's big announcement at the end of the month.
FlexyCore specializes in Android kernel optimizations that make the mobile OS much faster and more fluid, so Google had their own work cut out for them. In fact, the statement is exactly along those lines: “the FlexyCore team has strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance, and we think they’d be a great fit with our team”.
Ladies and gentlemen Motorola has released the full changelog for the most recent update to Verizon's Moto X and the camera improvements are the big news. There is of course some other improvements so lets take a look at them shall we? Here's what's new in version 139.15.1:
- Camera – Improved Focus Faster touch to focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light conditions and scenes with continuous motion
- Camera – Improved Photo Quality Improved capture of natural light (auto-white balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
- Camera – Faster Switching Shortened the time it takes to switch between rear and front-facing cameras, as well as transition between the viewfinder and the Gallery app
- Moto Care – Lost Device Finder Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent a lost phone from reporting its location to the Moto Care Lost Device Finder service
- Improved Motorola Migrate Experience — Improved transfer of content from an old Android phone to a new Motorola phone
- Google Drive – 50GB Promotion — Added a promotion expiration date - customers have 30 days from phone activation or installation of this update to redeem the 50GB offer
- Calling – Improved Voice Quality Fixed an issue that could sometimes result in choppy audio being heard by the person you’re talking with on your Moto X
- Motorola Assist – Driving Detection Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the phone to read out text messages and announce calls when not in Drive mode
- Enhanced Touchless Control — Increased accuracy and responsiveness when using Touchless Control, and added easier training of the “OK Google Now” trigger
VZW customers post your feedback on the update. Like? dislike? Love it? Meh? Let us know!
Source: Moto X Forums
Oct 21, 2013 - 4:35 PM - by dgstorm
While it will be a little while before they catch up with smartphones, it certainly appears that tablets are making their way into consumers' hands at an every increasing pace. A new study performed by Pew Internet indicates that more than one third of all Americans now own a tablet of some kind; 34% to be precise. If you loosely count eReaders as a form of tablet, then that figure jumps up to 43%. Additionally, this is a 10% increase over the same study last year. This was the largest year-over-year increase in tablet and eReader ownership.
At this rate of growth, Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and a smattering of other companies are going to have a great market to fight over for at least a few more years. I wonder how long it will be before tablets become as commonplace as smartphones and toasters?
Oct 21, 2013 - 12:05 PM - by dgstorm
Another device, another rollout out of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This time we have the T-Mobile version of the HTC One getting the new version 4.3 version of Android. The rollout started this morning and will be rolling out in waves to consumers. We also have word that the European version of the HTC One should see the Android 4.3 rollout sometime within the next 3-5 weeks. While that is certainly a broad window, at least it's some official confirmation it is coming.
This info was shared in a Tweet by HTC America’s President Jason Mackenzie. For folks on T-Mobile who get a bit antsy, you can check for the update manually by tapping About Phone> Software Update on your HTC One.
Oct 21, 2013 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
Qualcomm and HTC recently showcased the excellent video capabilities of the HTC One and the Snapdragon processor inside, by creating a Matrix-style bullet-time video of street performers and more. They cook 130 HTC One cameras and mounted them in a spiral to create the effects. They call it the "Snapdragon Ultimate Photo Booth," which is an apt description.
While the bullet time concept is used frequently in movies nowadays, it's unique to see it handled in public with inexpensive and readily available products. The video includes fire breathers, break dancers, a Frisbee catching dog and more! Enjoy!
Oct 21, 2013 - 11:48 AM - by dgstorm
Amazon has been very smart lately to cover their bases when it comes to potential future patent litigation. Based upon their large array of new patents over the past few years, their R&D department has been working overtime to come up with new innovations. Their latest patent seems to confirm earlier rumors they will be launching a smartphone with a real world 3D imaging and object recognition engine/sensor built in.
The idea behind this is that you can use your phone to take a picture of an object and it will recognize it to help you search for and purchase it on Amazon. It's called the “User guided object identification” patent, and the pics you can see in this post help showcase the concept.
For now, it is just a patent, so this isn't really proof that Amazon can already implement this in their oft-rumored smartphone. Of course, this is a brilliant idea for the retailer, so it's entirely possible it could show up in their first smartphone. If not, you can be it is technology they are working on to implement in some future Amazon device.
Oct 21, 2013 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm
Although so far, only Sprint and Verizon have confirmed they will be carrying the HTC One Max, we have some leaked press shots of the AT&T (and Verizon) version. Above is the new AT&T version directly from @evleaks, and below is the VZW version from them as well.
It is likely the devices will be announced very soon for all three of these vendors, and their on contract pricing is expected to range between $200 and $300 depending on the carrier and the specific deals they offer. Sound off if you are excited to check out this enormous HTC One variant.
Source: @evleaks: (1) & (2)
Oct 21, 2013 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
We have a couple of Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors to share with you guys this morning. One is disappointing news, and the other is exciting news. First the bad news: new insider sources are suggesting the SGS5 will not come with a metal casing as was previously rumored. Instead, it appears that Samsung will be using the faux-leather plastic casing they have made popular with their new Galaxy Note 3 device. Apparently, the metal casing will be saved for their new premium product, the Galaxy F. This new report basically refutes and confirms parts of a previous rumor we reported, here.
The other new tidbit to share on the SGS5 front is that it is likely to be coming with a 16MP camera sensor. This new camera module could be manufactured by Sony or by Samsung’s own System LSI division. Lately Samsung has made great strides in their camera R&D, so they may be looking to leverage some of their own new technology.
What do you guys think if the next Galaxy S device comes with the leather-style wrapped casing this time around?
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