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Dec 27, 2013 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like the Moto G from Motorola might be coming to Boost Mobile. A leaked pic just showed up of the device which is supposedly heading to Boost Mobile. The date on the pic shows February 5th, which could be a thinly-veiled hint at the release date, but it's just as possible it could arrive sooner than that. Additional intel suggests that the phone will be coming to both Verizon and Sprint fairly soon too. The Verizon option is a bit surprising, but the Sprint option is not, especially considering that Sprint owns Boost Mobile.
In case you needed a refresh on the value of this device, it comes with some very decent mid-range specs, yet only costs $179 OFF contract. Here's a quick recap of specs:
- Android 4.4 KitKat (in the US)
- 4.5 inch 720p IPS display
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
- 2,070 mAh battery
At this price-point it's definitely an intriguing device regardless of the carrier.
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
Oppo themselves just confirmed the display specs for their upcoming flagship the Find 7. According to their teaser on Facebook, it will include a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 (538ppi) resolution. That's the only official word from the company, but that doesn't mean we don't have more to go on. According to the latest rumor-mill, the high-end display will not be the only cutting edge tech on the phone. Newer rumors are suggesting the following specs:
- Qualcomm 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 with updated Krait 450 cores and Adreno 450 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 13MP rear shooter
- 4000mAh cell
As you can see, some of these specs line up with previous rumors, yet some of them are even more advanced than what we heard previously. If this phone gets released soon, it will likely be the most powerful smartphone in the world for some time. We can't wait to see some performance numbers for this beast! We area also crossing our fingers that it will come to the U.S. and Europe!
Source: Facebook - Oppo
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Samsung usually kicks out some pretty decent commercials that make their products interesting, but their latest featuring the Galaxy Gear is just downright.....well, weird and creepy. If the acting is going to be bad you at least need to make the commercial somewhat appealing and not have your audience in their heads thinking; "what the heck is going on here?" In this commercial you'll meet Jack, the attractive Aimee, and some other poor guy on a ski lift ready to hit the mountain on their snowboards. Simple enough right? Well, it all goes down hill as soon as Jack picks up a call with his Galaxy Gear watch. Not only does this commercial make Jack look a stalker, he comes across as weirdly obsessive over his Galaxy Gear. We get that it's cool and all, but for the love of everything sacred Samsung you need to scrap this horrendous commercial, make sure it never hits the airwaves and go back to the drawing board.
I'd love to hear everyones comments on this one, because this one had me doing a double face palm. Share your thoughts.......
Dec 19, 2013 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
Not too long ago the Google Play Edition of the HTC One received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. Now we have new information suggesting the U.S. Carrier versions of the HTC One may get this update as early as next month. A tweet from HTC's Director of Product Management, Mo Versi, suggests the U.S. update will actually be coming in January and will bring the HTC One up to 4.4.2. This will of course include the newly enhanced Sense 5.5 as well.
That's not all we have though. It seems that the European carrier version of the HTC One will likely get the update around the same time or shortly after that. We will keep you posted when the updates start rolling out, so stay tuned next year!
Dec 18, 2013 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
Folks in Great Britain have a shiny new Christmas toy to put under the tree. The gold version of the HTC One is now available in the UK. To be clear, this isn't the actual 24-carat gold version from the Boutique dealer. This is simply the gold-colored version straight from HTC, but for HTC fans looking for a little bling in their smartphone, it fits the bill at a reasonable price.
The gold version of the HTC One can be found at the UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. It is available on contract and not SIM-free, so you will need to sign a new contract with a carrier to get it. Sound off if this is something you've been hoping for.
Dec 18, 2013 - 10:44 AM - by dgstorm
Although the merits of having a 2K resolution on a smartphone could easily be argued, that isn't going to stop manufacturers from making them. There's nowhere else that display tech can go but to higher resolution and increased PPI. It may not really enhance the user experience on such small displays, but it definitely will enhance the marketing chops for the OEMs. The first manufacturer to grab a feather in their had by introducing a consumer level smartphone with a 2K (2560 x 1440) resolution smartphone is the Chinese manufacturer Vivo.
Just this morning the company announced the Vivo Xplay 3S, which will be launching in Chinese markets in early 2014. The hi-res display isn't the only thing that makes this superphone standout though. Here's a breakdown of its high-end specs:
- 6-inch 2K (2560 x 1440) resolution 490 PPI display
- Snapdragon 800 (8974AB) 2.3 GHz processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 3,200mAh battery
- DTS sound
- Fingerprint sensor on the back of the device
It is highly unlikely this device will ever come to the United States or even Europe, but we will be one of the first to let you know if that changes. Is this a phone which would intrigue you if it came to your part of the world?
Source: Vivo via DroidForums.net
Dec 17, 2013 - 10:41 AM - by dgstorm
For folks on AT&T who were hoping to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, your wish has been granted. An Android 4.3 OTA update has started rolling out that not only offers the newer features of Jelly Bean, it also includes support for the Galaxy Gear. Here's a quick changelog with the details,
Sound off when you start getting your rollout.
Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
Additional Premium Suite Features:
- Group Play 2.5
- Multi-Window (Note 3 Version)
- Camera – Shot & Sound
- Group Messaging
- Samsung Link (Preload)
- New Easy Mode
- Samsung Apps
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
For several months we have heard reports that Google's X Labs division is working on some very high-tech stuff in the robotics field. They have made it clear they plan to push forward with the development of robots designed to help eliminate some of the menial, repetitive and physically dangerous tasks within the industrial world. It now appears they have doubled-down on this agenda. Google has just acquired Boston Dynamics. This is a company famous for its impressive DARPA level robots, like BigDog and Atlas. Google snapped up the company along with all of the geniuses working there.
This renewed focus on robots has a fitting leader at Google as well. The new head of this division is none other than Android's former boss, Andy Rubin himself. Google's acquisition of this juggernaut in the robotics field proves they are serious about making Androids of the future more than just smartphones. Here's a quote with a few more details,
My favorite robot comes at the 8:21 mark. It approximates a humanoid structure in almost unbelievable ways.
Although the videos frequently inspire comments that the robots will evolve into scary killing machines straight out of the “Terminator” movies, Dr. Raibert has said in the past that he does not consider his company to be a military contractor — it is merely trying to advance robotics technology. Google executives said the company would honor existing military contracts, but that it did not plan to move toward becoming a military contractor on its own.
Under a $10.8 million contract, Boston Dynamics is currently supplying Darpa with a set of humanoid robots named Atlas to participate in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, a two-year contest with a $2 million prize. The contest’s goal is creating a class of robots that can operate in natural disasters and catastrophes like the nuclear power plant meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.
“Competitions like the Darpa Robotics Challenge stretch participants to try to solve problems that matter and we hope to learn from the teams’ insights around disaster relief,” Mr. Rubin said in a statement released by Google.
Boston Dynamics has also designed robots that can climb walls and trees as well as other two- and four-legged walking robots, a neat match to Mr. Rubin’s notion that “computers are starting to sprout legs and move around in the environment.”
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:08 AM - by dgstorm
CES is coming, and it appears that Asus will use the event to spring some new technology on us. They will be hosting their own press event on January 6th, entitled, "In Search of Incredible." While that is rather vague, it does draw interest. Currently there are very few theories as to what they will be announcing. If we had to guess, it's a safe bet it will be a new Transformer and/or MeMoPad product.
tuned on that day when we pass on their big reveal to you guys!
In case you missed the big "rumor" framed in brackets, we are chalking this up as -- yes -- rumor, but a good one it is. According to blogger Eldar Murtazin, who has a pretty good hit to miss ratio, Microsoft might be trying to woo Samsung into getting serious with its Windows Phone product portfolio. How serious? Pretty darn serious. The Redmond company has allegedly put as much as $1 billion, yes billion, on the table in the hopes that Samsung will bite and expand its Windows Phone product portfolio.
Microsoft has plenty of cash laying around, and what better way to spend it than get the Android handset manufacturing giant on board and helping to push the Windows Phone platform. We've all seen how Sammy loves to throw marketing dollars at their product(s), and with MSFT's financial support this could prove to be a pretty potent alliance.
Samsung certainly doesn't need the money, but with $1bn dollars on the table and no licensing fee's (another rumor), it sure looks like a very tempting proposition. A billion dollars can go a long way when you already have a couple of toes in the Windows Phone space. Readers? Should they take the bait or fuggetaboutit?
Dec 12, 2013 - 10:48 AM - by dgstorm
At first, Motorola announced that the launch of the Moto G across the United States was ahead of schedule and might ship around the 4th of December. Unfortunately some delays occurred after that which caused Moto to backtrack. In fact, a more recent delay was caused by the recent Winter storm across the U.S. and will now push the shipments of the device deeper into December. According to the latest launch forecast from Motorola, the Moto G will likely be delayed until December 17th or even later.
There is a silver lining to this story. Apparently, not all of the orders were delayed and some folks have already received or will be receiving their Moto G pretty soon. The Moto G should sell pretty well considering its amazing off contract price of just $179.99. Of course, the lack of LTE could be off-putting to some. Sound off if you are thinking of picking this up for yourself or a family member.
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