Jul 24, 2014 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm
While Samsung's sales have been in a slump, LG seems to be one of the main benefactors as they have a few records of their own this quarter. LG sold 14.5 million handsets this last quarter. This was 20% more than last year and was their highest total ever. (More than one-third of those were LTE models.)
This put an end to three straight quarters of losses and effectively almost tripled their profits. This amounted to an operating profit of KRW 412 billion ($599 million).
According to LG, much of their success was due to the new LG G3 flagship. Kudos LG!
Jul 22, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm
Amazon released their new Fire Phone, and most of the hard-core Android community voiced a collective "meh." Despite the "mediocre-ness" of the device, it does have some truly outstanding features. The main draw is the 3D movement afforded by the phone's six cameras.
The Fire Phone will hit store shelves on July 25th, and Amazon wanted to make sure we were aware that there will be some games available immediately at launch which will take advantage of these unique features. We aren't sure how the new movement capabilities of the device will play out in these games, but here's what Amazon revealed.
To-Fu Fury is a platform-style game whose main character is a ninja tofu. (Who comes up with this stuff?) Here's a video for that game:
The second game is called Saber’s Edge and involves more strategic play in a pirate themed setting. Here's a trailer for it:
Both games are already available for $1.99 on the Amazon Game Store: Amazon Games
Jul 22, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like our previous leak regarding the LG G3 LTE-A in South Korea is both confirmed and refuted. LG officially unveiled the device and everything is as we shared in our previous story here. The only difference is that they revealed the device 3 days earlier than our intel suggested. The date we shared was partially correct though. July 25th is when the phone will launch for retail availability.
Here's a refresh of the specs the new "premium" version of the phone will include, a Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. It will also come with a Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem for 225 Mbps downlink capabilities.
LG seems to only be launching this device in South Korea, just as predicted, but we will keep you updated if that changes.
Jul 22, 2014 - 10:03 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like all of our NVIDIA intel was true in one way or another. The company just officially took the wraps off their brand new Tegra-K1 equipped Shield tablet. The new gaming tablet/portable console device will ship in North America July 29th. It will hit Europe August 4, and other regions of the globe later this fall.
Before we jump into the nitty gritty of its specs and features, we also have pricing details. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.
Now for the juicy parts... here's the primary spec-list:
- 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
- Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
- Tegra K1 SoC - 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
- Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
- 2GB of RAM
- Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
- Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space
That's not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some "world's first" features for this super-gaming tablet. Here's a quote from their presser with the details,
It looks like this puppy is crammed full of awesome gaming features. For some folks, this might just be the an amazing step forward in portable gaming technology. Share your thoughts!
String of World Firsts
The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:
- PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
- Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
- Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
- Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.
Jul 21, 2014 - 2:10 PM - by dgstorm
Although this woman lived to tell the tale of being shot by a robber trying to take her smartphone (and she even kept the phone), this is still something she shouldn't brag about. An anonymous resident in Houston, TX was robbed at gun-point for her Samsung Galaxy phone, but refused to give it up. The attacker told her he would shoot her if she didn't give it to him, and that's exactly what he did.
Somehow, fate was on her side in that moment. She crouched down, preparing to be shot, and the bullet only grazed the top-back of her head, which ultimately required a staple. Her friend heard the shot and let her in the door, where they were able to get the door shut before the robber could gain entry. Here's a quote with the details and her statements,
That last thing she said is a great example of "no truer words were ever spoken." She really, really doesn't get it. "Stuff" is not worth your life. What do you think? Would you have done the same thing in her shoes, or been a bit more sensible?
She said: "He was like, hey, let me get that phone. I was like, I'm not giving you my phone sir. He's like, I'm going to shoot you, so I put my hands up."
She says she crouched down and prepared to be shot. Could a phone really be worth this risk?
She explained: "I looked down the barrel and was like no please don't shoot me." He shot her. Luckily, the bullet grazed her head, rather than doing more serious damage.
Her friend heard the shot and opened the door. Courtney managed to get inside before the robber could follow her.
She was taken to hospital, where doctors stapled her wound.
"I almost lost my life on a $700 phone," she said. "I don't get it."
Jul 21, 2014 - 10:02 AM - by dgstorm
OnePlus is a great example of a company with fantastic marketing but poor final execution. From the get-go, they did a magnificent job at getting the Android community excited about their product. Despite this, when it finally came down to shipping an acceptable product which would live up to those expectations, they have failed on several fronts.
First, they couldn't ship nearly enough devices to meet demand. Then...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus Could be On Last Legs as PayPal Funds are Being Frozen | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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