Jan 22, 2015 - 4:25 PM - by dgstorm
There is something we missed in our reporting yesterday of Microsoft's Windows 10 briefing. The product wasn't actually directly related to Windows 10, so please forgive us for our oversight. Once you see this tech, (if you haven't already) you may have reason to be irritated with us for missing it.
After discussing Windows 10, Microsoft also announced an experimental new product which they have been working on for over 5 years. It's called HoloLens, and it's basically everything Google Glass wants to be and much, much more. In fact, HoloLens may just be the next "disruptive" tech device that shakes up the entire electronics industry. While those are obviously bold claims, if Microsoft can pull off what they have demonstrated in the videos we included with this story, then they could potentially change the way we use computers forever.
HoloLens basically merges several different computing interface concepts into one. It mixes elements from Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Gesture-Based Controls, and Voice Based Commands into one cohesive computing device that will let us create, share, work, play and collaborate in ways never possible before.
The gist of it is that the HoloLens goggles overlays holograms into our field of vision, floating amidst our everyday world, and able to be interacted with and manipulated with our voice and gestures. The goggles create the holograms in our field of vision, and the built-in Kinect-like sensors allow us to manipulate them in real-time. It's basically like what we see in the Iron Man movies when Tony Stark is building or tweaking his Iron Man suits. The only difference is that the real thing will require these cool looking goggles.
What's really amazing is how far along they are with this technology. While we are unlikely to see a consumer retail version of HoloLens available by Christmas time this year, Microsoft is planning on sharing the tech with NASA as early as this summer. The HoloLens will allow scientists who are separated by distance to collaborate with projects in new and exciting ways based upon images and data sent from the Mars Rover. This is due to the built-in Skype functionality.
The video above may be your typical PR "pie-in-the-sky" representation of the HoloLens concept, but according to folks who have demoed it, the device is not too far from this is exact functionality. In fact, a writer from Wired magazine was given a personal demo of the HoloLens, and she came away very impressed.
Here's her writeup: Project HoloLens Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft s Holographic Goggles WIRED
Here's Microsoft's landing page for more info: Microsoft HoloLens Official Site
It's awesome to see the Sci-Fi concept of holograms finally coming to fruition. Perhaps the folks in the office at Microsoft are walking around singing, "The future's so bright, I gotta wear HoloLens!" What do you think of Microsoft's vision of the future?
Jan 16, 2015 - 11:43 AM - by dgstorm
It's that time of the year again... rumors regarding the specs and features of high-end devices are flying across the web. This latest intel seeks to shed light on LG's upcoming flagship, the LG G4. Its specs were supposedly leaked, and they are exactly as you would expect them to be.
Here's the breakdown from the leak:
- 5.3-inch display with Quad HD (2K) resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 16-megapixel rear camera
- Android 5.0
While this internal hardware is undoubtedly very powerful, we can't help but make a frustrating observation. A pattern has emerged in the flagship Android smartphone market that is even more pronounced this year than ever before. All of the top new phones of this year will be virtually identical to each other on the inside. There will basically be almost nothing that distinguishes them from each other besides their outer aesthetics and a few software gimmicks here and there.
Obviously, this has been occurring for the last couple of years, but this year in particular we see the hardware reach a parity across the board that is completely flat. Basically all of the top flagship phones will have the same CPU, GPU, RAM, Display and Camera. Very little will be left to distinguish them from one another. Have we already hit that saturation point for Android devices? What will it take for these OEMs to create something truly different and innovative? Sound off with your ideas!
Jan 16, 2015 - 11:43 AM - by dgstorm
Galaxy Note Edge pictured.
We have a couple of awesome rumors to share with you guys regarding the Samsung Galaxy S6 this morning. First, it looks like Sammy is going back to the drawing board for their fingerprint sensor (if this newest intel is accurate). Supposedly, Samsung was not happy with the performance (or lack thereof) provided by their current fingerprint sensor tech. Because of this, they may be considering replacing it with something more like the fingerprint sensor on the Apple iPhone 6. Basically, this new fingerprint sensor will be touch-based instead of swipe based.
The second big rumor is a list of specs which were hidden in a user agent profile found on Samsung's website for a device. The model number of the device was SM-G920A. We will supposedly see a Quad HD display (2560 x 1440 resolution) and a 64-bit processor on the Galaxy S6. Not much else was gleaned from the UAP, but it seems to jive with what we have heard previously.
Don't forget to check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy S6 section for more topics: Samsung Galaxy S6 General Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Jan 16, 2015 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Here's some official news to get excited about this morning folks! HTC just outed their official press event for the next HTC flagship. Although they didn't specify anything, more than likely we will see the HTC Hima, aka the HTC One M9 launched. The date and place to set on your calendar is March 1st in Barcelona, Spain (just before Mobile World Congress 2015).
This is HTC's usual modus operandi for flagship smartphone launches. The press event's marketing "tag0line" is "utopia in progress," whatever that means. Previous rumors have already pegged many of the specs of HTC's latest superphone.
Here's a recap:
- 2560 x1440 QHD display
- 3GB of RAM
- Octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU with Adreno 430 GPU
- 20.7MP rear-facing camera
- 13MP front-facing camera
- 2840mAh battery
- Android 5.0 with Sense 7.0
Of course, we still don't know what size the display will be. Rumors have ranged from 5-inch, to 5-2-inch, to 5.5-inch. At least now we know when we will know.
Don't forget to check out our HTC One M9 section for more discussions: HTC One M9 Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Jan 15, 2015 - 12:47 PM - by dgstorm
Xiaomi is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the mobile world. Their growth has been astonishing. They were recently valued at a substantial $45 billion and have invested hundreds of millions in dozens of new tech companies from TVs to air conditioners. On top of that, they shipped 61.1 million units of low-cost smartphones last year. By selling inexpensive devices in their native country of China, they have quickly risen to be one of the top mobile players.
However, selling low-end devices isn't their only goal, and they just announced two impressive new devices to prove it. These are the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. Take a look at these insane specs:
Xiaomi Mi Note - 16GB (CN₯2,299 or about $370) or 64GB (CN₯2,799 or about US$450)
- 5.7-inch Sharp / JDI 1080p (386 ppi) NEGA LCD - with a 95 percent NTSC color gamut, improved outdoor performance and lower power requirements
- 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip
- Adreno 330 graphics processor
- 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 13-megapixel f/2.0 module - Sony (IMX214), with a 6-lens f 2.0 aperture, OIS, - dual-color LED flash by Philips
- 4MP "large-pixel" front-facing camera (similar to HTC's Ultra-Pixel design)
- HiFi feature: Includes a Sabre ES9018K2M high-end DAC, along with Analog Devices' ADA4896 and TI's OPA1612 amplifiers - this is for headphones of both high and low impedance - native playback support for lossless formats like APE, FLAC, DSD and WAV
- Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front ("2.5D" curved) and back ("3D" curved)
- 3,000mAh battery plus internal storage of either 16GB or 64GB
- LTE Dual-SIM
- Black or white color options
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro - CN₯3,299 or about $530
- 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440; 515 ppi) Display (with same enhanced design as the Mi Note)
- 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810
- Adreno 430 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 64GB of internal storage
- LTE Cat 9 (450Mbps) radio
- 3,090mAh battery
- Gold Color
- *Includes all of the other features shown in the Mi Note above, like the camera, audio, glass and more
Sadly, there's no indication that this will be coming to the US, but we will keep you informed as to when and where it finally does launch to retail. Wouldn't you guys like to see these come to the US?
Jan 15, 2015 - 11:41 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Samsung is hard at work on an all new tablet lineup for 2015. Their newest plan was recently leaked and we have the details. Here's a quick breakdown on the four tablets Sammy is working on, followed by a quick quote with more of the details below,
- Galaxy Tab AS SM-T351
- Galaxy Tab AL SM-T551
- Galaxy Tab AS SM-T350
- Galaxy Tab AL SM-T550
- Galaxy Tab AL Plus SM-P551
- Galaxy Tab AL Plus SM-P550
- Galaxy Tab AS Plus SM-P351
- Galaxy Tab AS Plus SM-P350
Here's what the source of this story had to say,
Sound off if you are the owner of a Samsung tablet and will be considering any of these new devices.
The Galaxy Tab AS (Small) (SM-T350/351) and the Galaxy Tab AL (Large) (SM-T550/T551) might be successors to the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 respectively. As the current Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note Pro series of tablets bear model numbers SM-P600 and SM-P900 respectively, we believe that the SM-P350/351 (Wi-Fi/Cellular) and SM-P550/551 (Wi-Fi/Cellular) tablets will be mid-range devices under the Galaxy Note series.
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