Teardowns usually serve two purposes. The first is to satisfy our inner-geek and the second is to assist us if we ever need to repair a device. The folks over at iFixtit satisfy the former, but when it comes to repairing the Chromecast, they didn’t even score it. They simply said, “There’s just nothing in it to repair. The Chromecast is essentially a luxury item with a limited use.” At $35, would it really be worth it to repair anyways? So if you really enjoy watching devices get torn apart, it the source link. You can hit the break for more images.
We have some more pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’, this time alongside the Xperia Z. You can clearly see the ‘Honami’ is a little longer, but it has a similar design. We also get a another glimpse of the new camera interface.
The ‘Honami’ is looking like a beast, but you know all the competitors will have an answer. Can Sony finally make a dent in the U.S. market? More images after the break.
There has been a lot of speculation about the Galaxy Note III specs, mostly regarding the display size. We have heard everything from 5.7-inches to 6.3-inches. Apparently the plan was for 5.99-inches, but they scrapped those plans to go with 5.7-inches after market response from the Galaxy Mega series.
The rest of the specs indicate a Snapdragon 800, but I would suspect that is more region oriented. I fully expect an Exynos version to be available internationally. We can also expect 3GB of RAM, which we already reported on. Last but not least, it will come with Android 4.3 out of the box. This isn’t surprising because last year’s Galaxy Note II had the newly announced Android 4.1 out of the box. As far as design, it will most likely be just like the Galaxy S 4.
We heard reports that Google was working on a new set-top box, but when the Chromecast was announced, the early assumption was that this was the device. Apparently there is another device in the pipeline, but unfortunately we don’t know if it will ever come out. It was actually referred to as an “over-the-top” set-top box a couple of months ago. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Google actually showed the prototype in private back at CES 2013.
It was powered by Android and demoed by Andy Rubin. It even had a video camera and motion sensor for Hangouts. The original plan was to launch this device at Google I/O, but obviously that didn’t happen. Did Google scrap plans for the device in favor of the Chromecast or is there room for the two devices. As expected Google didn’t make a comment on this topic, but one thing they did say was that Google TV isn’t dead. In fact, the plan is to bring the Chromecast feature to Google TVs soon.
The Chromecast seems like an amazing device, but to me it’s not the holy grail. It doesn’t have local media streaming and it doesn’t have HDMI pass through like Google TV boxes. However, at $35 it is a very compelling product for most people. I still think Google is going to come out with yet another product that has more features to satisfy the power hungry users.
source: Wall Street Journal
It appears Google threw a little Easter Egg into Google Play Games. If you played Konami’s classic Contra game, then you have to be familiar with the famous code that gave you 30 lives. The next time you go into the Google Play Games app, swipe Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right. A pop will appear with buttons for A, B, and Start. Now all you have to do is tap B, A, and Start. It’s not the greatest Easter Egg in the world, but it will give you an achievement.
Like I said the other day, there probably won’t be much to learn about the Moto X when it’s finally unveiled. The leaks keep coming. Today’s leak comes from Tyler Wimberly, who has a pretty good track record. First up is that the Moto X will feature standalone dual-LTE MIMO antennas as well as a separate antenna for 2G/3G This should give amazing reception based on the fact that most phones only have one antenna for all bands.
Next up is Moto Magic Glass. What is that? Apparently the Moto X will feature Gorilla glass molded to polymer. In other words, you won’t find a gap between the glass and the back.
With Latitude going away, I know a lot of you are looking for alternatives. You might want to try Share Where Location Sharing from Ola Bjuremo. It’s probably the quickest way to share your location with friends and family. Texting or emailing your location isn’t anything new, but Share Where has a lot of extra features that make it a must have tool for your location sharing needs.
If you want to share your location with someone, you can quickly do it from within the app. Just select someone from your contacts or manually type a phone number (for SMS) or an email address. You can send your location to multiple people at the same time as well. You can even add text such as “I am here”, “Meet me here”, or “I need help.” Then simply tap the “Send” button and your chosen contacts will receive a message via SMS or email with your message (if you included one) and a Google Maps link showing your current location.
As I mentioned there are a few apps that do similar things in the Play Store, but Share Where takes things a step further. Lets say you are traveling and you want to give regular updates on your location. You can simply choose a repeated time interval (ie 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc) and your contacts will get a message at each specified interval. Furthermore, if you have Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can see the status and amount of time left until the next message is sent in your notification area. You can even cancel any future sharing through the expanded notification.
So you ordered the Chromecast and eagerly waiting for its arrival. Be sure to grab the Chromecast app now and be ready when it arrives. You will need this app to set up your Chromecast to work on your WiFi network. The app also allows you to change your settings such as WiFi passwords and such. Check out the gallery of screen shots and download links after the break.