With everyone a buzz about the Galaxy S 6 moving toward a less Touchwiz filled direction, the rumors of Samsung making an “edge” variant of the Galaxy flagship have somewhat died down. That said, it looks to be all but confirmed as in the works as a new report from SamMobile suggests the S6 Edge is definitely a go. Just like the Note Edge, the S6 Edge will feature less prominently curved edges on both sides of the display. However, the S6 Edge isn’t the official name of the device.
According to a report from The Information, Google is considering a large investment in SpaceX. For those that don’t know, it’s a privately funded company led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that’s set on making advancements in space travel. However instead of investing in the space travel portion of the SpaceX project, Google is apparently looking at helping to “support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globel to billions who don’t have it.” As the report says:
A Xiaomi phone with model number 2014910 made its way through TENNA today with a 2,000mAh battery in tow. This could very well suggest that the next phone coming from the company will be a thinner device. The device appears to be in testing so specs are unknown but the device is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 615, and 2GB of RAM.
That said, there’s not much to go on. It could possibly be a new mid-range device, or a sub-series of a current line. We’ll update you when we know more, so keep it locked here.
Toshiba announced an SDHC memory card today that comes with a built-in NFC chip. Starting in February, consumers will be able to purchase said memory card in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Toshiba used CES to show off these new cards. The cards use NFC to exchange data with just a touch. With help from the Memory Card Preview app, the memory cards give you a heads up as to the amount of storage the card has available plus up to 16 thumbnails of photos stored on the card. This way, you don’t have to pop the card into your computer in order to figure out whats on it.
Other than that it’s a pretty standard SD card with all the functionality that encompasses said card. As far as pricing is concerned, it’s unknown but we’ll update you when we know more. We have the presser after the break and be sure to check out our full coverage of CES.
For those who may have received or purchased an HTC RE Camera over the holidays, your new GoPro-esque camera is about to get even more functionality. Starting tomorrow (Jan. 9) an update for the RE app will hit the Play Store allowing users to live stream video from the RE to YouTube. Those of you with iOS will have to wait a bit longer as an update won’t hit the App Store until later in the first quarter. The live stream option will give users the ability to share moments such as piano recitals or plays with family and friends that can’t be at these events in person.
All you have to do is invite people to watch your broadcast via SMS or through social media. Should they not be able to watch the live stream, the video will be there after the end of broadcast so they can watch it at their earlier convenience. So those of you with a RE Camera should be on the look out for an update for the RE app starting tomorrow. We have the full presser for you after the break.
When Motorola rebooted itself a few years back, it brought customization to the forefront of its smartphones. From colored backplates on the Moto G to customizing almost everything on the Moto X in terms of design via MotoMaker, having your smartphone reflect your tastes is a big selling point for Motorola and it appears that the Lenovo company is looking to add that functionality to wearables.
HTC is promising a stellar 2015 for consumers and with renewed growth from its mid-range devices and expansion in 2014, the company is looking to expand even further by diving into other areas of technology. At CES this week, HTC announced that it will be expanding into entertainment and connected devices (smart appliances, etc) while renewing its commitments in both wearables and digital imaging.
It’s no secret that Samsung has been toying with the idea of offering the ability for users of its smartphones the ability to theme their devices. Much like that of third party launchers, users would be able to set a general scheme complete with themed icons for TouchWiz. It looks like the company will be making theming a priority in future devices with Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship, the S6 leading the charge.
If 2014 did anything, it paved the way for 64-bit processing in mobile phones in 2015. With Lollipop introducing native 64-bit support and processor makers pushing 64-bit processors, it’s a somewhat clear indicator what 2015 will bring in mobile phones. That said, you can’t talk about 64-bit mobile processors without mentioning Qualcomm or its Snapdragon 810.
The processor will most likely be found in most of 2015′s flagship devices (most currently the G Flex 2) and features an octa-core CPU (four pairs of aligned Cortex A53s and A57 cores) with the Adreno 430GPU onboard. Qualcomm is using CES this year to show off a series of videos showcasing the processor in action.
With some OEMs getting rid of microSD card slots in favor of fixed storage size options and cloud storage, some worry that they may eventually run out of room on their phone or tablet. Those of you who worry, SanDisk has your back. The company just announced at CES a brand new — and improved —USB flash drive for android devices.