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Oct 15, 2013 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm
Sony just launched three new flagship devices in the United States. They are bringing the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z Ultra and a new Smartwatch 2 across the ocean. A couple of these devices, The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, have been out for a short while overseas, but are only now making their way to US shores. The Smartwatch 2 is Sony's second generation smartwatch designed to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Gear.
Here's the scoop on each of these devices:
The Xperia Z1- available in Sony stores, at Sony’s online storefront, and at other select online retailers for $670 unlocked (HSPA+ only)
- 5-inch 1080p HD
- 20 megapixel camera
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- Water and dust resistant - IP55/IP58 certification
The Xperia Z Ultra - $650 with HSPA+ radios, or $680 for the model with LTE and HSPA+
- 6.4-inch full HD display
- Snapdragon 800 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel camera
Sony SmartWatch 2 - $200
- 1.6-inch 220 x 176 display
- IP57 certification for waterproof qualities
- Aluminum build
All three of these devices are available on Sony's website which you can check out here: Smartphones: Compare and review unlocked and Android Xperia smartphone mobile phone technology - Sony US
It's no secret that Verizon's line-up of DROID branded smartphones from Motorola are arguably the best built Android handsets on the market. If there ever was a video that could validate the the argument that they are in fact the best built Android smartphones on the market, this would be it. We here at DroidForums headquarters have always praised Motorola's Droid Line up as some of the best phones ever built and this video pretty much proves it. Enjoy.....
Oct 11, 2013 - 3:10 PM - by dgstorm
If you have been holding out hope that a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be coming out, then you have a reason to rejoice today. Thanks to our tipster, tgyberg, we can see on Samsung's own website a hint that a Dev Edition of the GNote3 is on its way. As you can barely see in the screenshot above, a few places down in a search for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 reveals this,
So, not only do we know it is coming, we also now know what model number to watch out for! Kudos tgyberg! Although "Coming Soon!" is obviously a little vague, we will keep an eye out for this and share any fresh details.
Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW
Source: Samsung Support
Oct 11, 2013 - 1:59 PM - by dgstorm
Sprint owners who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the LG G2 on the Now Network, can breathe a bit easier. Sprint just opened up pre-orders for the device ahead of the November 8th official retail launch. You can nab this stellar device for just $99.99 on a new contract with Sprint. As an extra incentive, if you pre-order now, you will get a free LG-Made "QuickWindow Lazy Notification" case specifically designed for the LG G2.
No matter how you slice it, that's a phenomenal deal for folks looking for this device on Sprint. Here's a link below to check out this offer.
Oct 11, 2013 - 11:35 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a strange rumor which we don't necessarily believe, but might be worth sharing. Supposedly, sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4 were weaker than Samsung expected/wanted. Because of this they are considering moving up the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to January of 2014. Along with this rumor comes some additional intel. Here's a quote with more of the details,
As you can see, if the source of this info can be trusted it confirms earlier rumors of a metal case design, but also shares that the SGS5 will come with a far more robust camera and a 64-bit Samsung processor. For the most part we remain highly skeptical of most of this info, but we will continue to report any further evidence which might corroborate any of it.
It has now been 100 days, since they bragged about the first 20 million units shipped. If the 10 million units a month sales rate kept up, we should have passed a total of 50 million Galaxy S4s shipped mark sometime in late September, early October. And yet, we haven’t heard about Samsung passing the milestone of either 50 million, or 40 or 30 million SGS4s. And we most certainly would have, if they’ve had anything to be proud about.
Now Korean site joseilbo.com reports that Samsung’s management is taking steps to accelerate things again, by pushing S4’s successor – Galaxy S5 launch date to January, with availability in February, from the scheduled March/April.
Earlier rumors suggested that Samsung Galaxy S5 will have Exynos 5430 64-bit CPU, 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, new design and fully metallic chassis.
Oct 11, 2013 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm
We just missed this one yesterday, but we didn't want to miss it entirely. The newest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet just launched officially in the United States. You can now get the WiFi only version of the device. The 16Gb version os $549.99 and the 32GB retails for $599.99. It is possible to get the 32GB version in either white or black, but most online retailers only have the 16GB model in white.
The specs for the WiFi only model are pretty spectacular, including a display with a resolution of 2560x1600. They also come with Exynos 5 Octa CPU, 3GB of RAM, the "S Pen" Stylus and more. Here's a list of U.S. retail launch partners:
- Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile
- PC Richard's
- Tiger Direct
Oct 11, 2013 - 10:49 AM - by dgstorm
For months (maybe longer), Amazon's number one selling electronics product has been some variation of a Kindle product. That has recently changed though. The hottest selling piece of electronics on Amazon is now the Google Chromecast. The "little $35 dollar tech innovation that could" has been chugging along rapidly and eventually climbed that hill to the number one spot on Amazon's list. That's actually a remarkable achievement, considering how much Amazon pushes their own Kindle lineup.
As we shared earlier, this may be the real reason Google might actually be considering transforming GoogleTV into AndroidTV. This massive consumer interest shows that a newly transformed TV market is out there waiting to pop into existence. It just needs the right combination of products and ecosystem to make it happen. The Chromecast may have just opened the door. It's now up to Google to walk through it and do it in the right way.
Share your experiences with the Chromecast, and also share your ideas on what Google can do with it and AndroidTV to really capture this potentially huge transformational market.
Oct 11, 2013 - 10:33 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a double tap of Nexus 5 news this morning. First up, the new Nexus 5 just passed through its Bluetooth SIG certification process according to the folks at TechCrunch. This seems to suggest the October 15th reveal date of the device may actually be accurate (or at least it is likely coming next week). We have heard rumors for weeks of a mid-October launch, and the Bluetooth SIG is usually one of the final pieces of the puzzle just before a device is announced.
That's not all we have for you. As you can see in the pics above, we have what are supposedly screenshots of Android 4.4 KitKat running on the Nexus 5. This newest version of Android is more than likely going to launch at the same time as the LG-made Nexus 5 Google phone. These pics include some intriguing new details about the next iteration of Android. One new feature is called "Tap & Pay." It's pretty obvious that this will be some type of built-in automatic payment system for Android. Perhaps we will see the Google Wallet get transformed into an Android Wallet instead, just as Google plans to do with GoogleTV.
That's not the only change the pics reveal for the next version of Android. It appears that the Location Services Settings will be revamped. In the current Android versions we have only two options in “Location sources.” These are, GPS Satellites and Wi-Fi & mobile network location; however, these are now gone and replaced with something new: High accuracy – GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network, Battery saving – Wi-Fi and mobile networks, and Device sensors only – GPS. It appears there is also another new feature in this area. It is an option for Recent Location Requests. It's probable this is a new security feature which will share what apps are requesting locations. Nifty!
Oct 11, 2013 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
According to a new report from late last night, sources from an undisclosed electronics manufacturer shared that Google is planning to close down GoogleTV. However, they aren't killing it, rather, they plan to merge it with Android and rebrand it as AndroidTV. The intel even points out the process has already begun. Several of Google's channel partners on GoogleTV have recently released devices which are technically GoogleTV devices, but they are not calling them GoogleTV.
One example is Sony's newest BraviaTV device. Jamie Marsh, TV marketing manager for Sony Electronics, said the BraviaTV “brings the full power of Google services to your TV.” That's not all. Here's a quote with more of the details,
What's really exciting about this change isn't just in the branding. According to the intel, Google plans to actually merge the GoogleTV team with the Android team to not only solidify the branding, but also to help evolve GoogleTV up to the newest standards of Android. Right now, GoogleTV users have basically been stuck with Honeycomb, which is several generations and several years behind all the other Android devices in the world. There is further confirmation of this from LG who have indicated they will soon be upgrading their current GoogleTV devices to Android 4.3/Jelly Bean very soon. Additionally, Google themselves recently shared they plan to make it much easier for GoogleTV developers to upgrade their products to the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat once it becomes available.
Sony isn’t alone with this kind of wording. Geneva, Switzerland-based chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics announced support for Google TV products last month, but also refrained from using the brand in its announcement, instead saying that its new SDK “allows the development of Android-compliant devices and supports the latest Google services for TV.” And LG recently showed off some new devices at the IBC in Amsterdam that were described as Android devices with access to “the latest Google services for TV.”
Even members of the original Google TV team have started to drop that name when talking about their work. A recently-scheduled developer event in Seoul was officially called “Android TV Developer Day,” and some developers have started to change affiliations in their online biographies from “Google TV” to “Android TV.”
Finally, as an interesting bit of trivia. Supposedly, the primary reason Google renewed its focus on improving GoogleTV instead of letting it languish was because of the amazing and surprising success of the Google Chromecast. It helped them realize there is still a huge untapped market out there for the right product. Overall, if this info turns out to be accurate, this is welcome news indeed!
Oct 10, 2013 - 1:37 PM - by dgstorm
Thanks to a tip from dpham00 and Sydman, we have an awesome deal alert to share with you guys for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You can grab this new device for just $210 on contract with free shipping through Verizon. You just need to enter the promo coupon code, VERIZON30, to get 30% off. This was spotted on Slickdeals and is for a limited time only, so you may want to jump on this quickly if you were planning to get the GNote3 on Verizon.
Here's a link to the Verizon store: http://slickdeals.net/?pno=103964&ln...rizon+Wireless
Oct 10, 2013 - 1:28 PM - by dgstorm
The above pic reveals the HTC One Max in all of its enormous glory! As you can see, the phablet is definitely a monster, and seems closer to being a tablet than a phone. Regardless, the market seems to have taken a liking to these things, so we are glad to share it. Along with the pic, we have a spec-list which seems to be a reconfirmation of previous intel,
- 5.9” Full HD 1920×1080 display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz Quad-core CPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- Android 4.3, Sense 5.5
- Ultra-pixel camera, 2mpx front camera
- 3.300 mAh battery
- 16-64GB of built-in storage, micro-SD slot
- Dimensions: 164.5×82.5×10.29mm
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Weight: 217 gr
As you can see, not only is it huge, it's a heavy beast too, coming in at 217 grams! What do you guys think? Will some of the other advanced features outweigh the lack of a Snapdragon 800 in your eyes? After-all, it wasn't too long ago the Snapdragon 600 equipped HTC One was considered the best Android on the planet. Sound off if you are interested in this device.
Oct 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
So far, most of the rumored launch dates for the LG-made Google Nexus 5 have centered around October 14th. However, we have solid intel that the actual launch date of both Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 will actually be a day later than that on October 15th. Developers who attended the Google Launchpad are saying they were told the October 15th date for Google's big announcement. Just in case you didn't know, Google Launchpad is a ”two-week boot camp for early stage start-ups helping with subjects including user interface, product strategy & technology, marketing, business development and more,” and is sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.
One thing worth noting is that even though we have seen numerous rumors suggesting an October 14 (and now 15th) launch date, there are some in the industry who do not believe it will come that soon. In fact, we have seen a good argument against that soon of a date, and that it will likely be later on in the month, if it does come in October. The main argument against such a soon launch date is that typically Google sends out press event announcements and invites 10 days ahead of time so journalists can prepare. The 15th is next Tuesday, and no press invites have been sent. If the Nexus 5 and KitKat are coming on the 15th, then either Google plans to have a surprise event, or they are doing a soft launch without an event. The later scenario seems unlikely.
What do you guys think? Will we have a surprise event on the 15th, or will Google actually hold the event later on in the month? Share your speculation.
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