Google IO 2017 Coverage

Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

Floating Touch allows users to access settings anywhere with literally a simple touch

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Floating apps are nothing new to the Android world— but more and more crafty individuals out there are working tirelessly to not only bring cool and innovative features, but also make them more seamless and simple to use, such as what is seen in the new Floating Touch app. Based off of the popular StandOut libraries, XDA user dasi1241 and Boat Browser Design developed Floating Touch to allow users to access the most frequent settings toggles. Like other floating apps, Floating Touch basically acts as a large widget/button over a running application and shows a pie grid, complete with various settings toggles and quick actions— all at the press of a button. While the app is simple to use, it’s completely open to customization and includes the ability to set navigation buttons— though you’ll need root access in order to achieve that feature.

The app is available for all Android 2.3+ users, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t grab it today. Go on… you know you want to.

 

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Rovio gives a tease of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear, tells us to look out for July 15th date in the process

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Well would you look at that? Rovio went ahead and started teasing all of you Angry Birds stans out there with a clear, yet simple image of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear. So if we deduce correctly– then Rovio clearly has an Angry Birds Star Wars follow-up in the making. Unfortunately, there’s no additional detail about what to expect from this new game, except that it will have a July 15th unveil date (peep the #July15 hashtag)— meaning we’re just days away from seeing this new game. Hopefully you folks can try to contain your excitement in the meantime.

source: Droid Gamers

Google Glass video shows Motorola’s Rick Osterloh having way too much fun with the Motorola X smartphone

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Man— these Google execs sure are making it difficult to hide the Motorola X smartphone, aren’t they? After seeing at least one Google head honcho rocking the device in plain view, another executive using shows up ecstatically using the device in plain view— this time at an exclusive event hosted by Motorola. While the event was private and only open to a select group of journalists, guest and avid Google Glass user Robert Scoble went ahead and made a recording of what was supposed to be a music performance… except the video clearly shows a unique toy that is used by none other than Senior VP for Product Management at Motorola Rick Osterloh. The unique toy seems to match up with other leaks we’ve seen in the last few weeks, especially with the placement of the camera, as well as the quality and finish of the device. Oh and get this for the icing on the cake: guests “weren’t supposed to share anything about what [they] were doing there“. It’s looking like it’s pretty safe to say that this private event was meant to show some important folks an advanced look of what should be the next big gamechanger in the smartphone industry.

So yeah— at least a few people out there know the true identity of the Motorola X. Hopefully we’ll see the new toy in all its glory sooner than later.

source: Robert Scoble+
via: Android Authority

Google quietly brings back open-view option for offline maps in the new Google Maps update

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Although the new Google Maps update has been nothing short of a Godsend, many some of you have complained about not being able to make your maps offline… despite Google actually leaving an indirect method to save maps and stuff. Fortunately, the Google Maps team (through its Google+ page) went ahead and listened to you all and implemented a simple “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access. Oh and Google quietly implemented a “Where’s Latitude?” as well for those of you who still want an explanation for why Google decided to chuck deuces to its Latitude service.

So yes friends, Google does listen and care about its minions. Huzzah!

 

T-Mobile launches #hate2wait promotion

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We already know T-Mobile hates the idea of having contracts for its subscribers, but its newest #hate2wait promotion is giving wireless users out there 730 reasons to share why they hate contracts too. In this awesome promotion, the #hate2wait campaign asks customers to showcase why they “hate to wait” 730 days (2 years) for upgrades. Customers will then have the chance to use the hashtag and share their story via Facebook or Twitter, where they are given the chance to win one of 730 free Galaxy S 4 smartphone units. Oh and that’s not all— T-Mo will also give one lucky participant a chance to win a full year of paid wireless services and have their story shared in various advertisements as well.

We know there’s at least a few of you out there who are interested, so head on down to the source link below and check it out.

source: T-Mobile Facebook

LG supposedly to launch G2 smartphone in Korea on August 20th… oh and probably plans on bringing the Nexus 5 along later in the year too

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Yes friends, it’s looking like the second half of 2013 is going to be a busy period for LG. In making no effort to hide its excitement for its upcoming G2 smartphone, reports out of Korea confirm that not only will LG will indeed launch the new flagship on August 7th (see— we told you so), but LG plans on following up with an August 20th launch of the smartphone in Korea. The new device will probably launch just ahead of Apple’s (iPhone 5S) and Samsung’s (Galaxy Note III) upcoming offerings.

Oh and that’s not all either— a special variant of the G2 will likely be on the way as well. If you recall, we casually mentioned something about a mysterious Megalodon smartphone earlier in the year which featured roughly the same specs as the G2 which includes, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), a larger display (likely at 5.2-inches this time around), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM among other things. Well the same report out of Korea confirms that LG is working on what looks to be the Nexus 5 smartphone— roughly based off the Megalodon smartphone. Oh and the wait wouldn’t be too bad either as it’s due for an October arrival.

So yes friends, feel free to go ahead and start salivating at LG plans on showcasing its newest flagships to the world.

source: Ruliweb
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series of tablets now available nationwide

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In case you’ve forgotten— the latest additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab family are officially here with the arrival of the full Galaxy Tab 3 series of tablets. While each tablet model bears an uncanny resemblance to the Galaxy S 4 per se, the new tablets come in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch varieties— allowing for topnotch flexibility for a wide range of customers by including items such as a built-in IR blaster and expandable memory up to 64GB for each model. Oh and Sammy went ahead and tossed in some nice goodies for added measure:

“In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 family comes with added value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks. Specifically, hundreds of dollars’ worth of content, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of apps, books, movies and music in Google Play; one year of free access to the Boingo Wi-Fi network in North America, including more than 35,000 hotspots in the United States, Canada and Mexico; three months free Hulu Plus service; and two years free Dropbox Service with 50GB storage space.”

Don’t think all of the cool content will cost you a pretty penny either. Samsung is offering some pretty competitive pricing too as the tablets are priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, so the Korean giant is placing a bet that all that nice content and freebies will be enough to woo in customers by the masses.

More deets can be found once you hit the break and check out the full press release.

Rumor: Motorola set to launch European variant of the X Smartphone in Q4, will give it Nexus-esque pricing in the process

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So you think Google’s Nexus line of smartphones are impressive in setting the bar for quality phones at affordable prices eh? Well you’re about to even more impressed at this tidbit of news from ADSL Zone: Google’s Motorola unit is rumored to bring a variation of its imminent X smartphone that will arrive in Europe for an astounding 250 Euros (roughly $250 here in the States). Moreover, Europe’s version of the X smartphone will have a different name than the U.S. version and will be completely subsidized— meaning European customers will be able to take advantage of the low price point without having to be locked under contract for a period of time.

Of course this is all hearsay for now and there’s no word on when exactly the new version will arrive (all indications are pointing to a “Q4 release”), but if this is true— then Google is certainly positioning itself to take over the smartphone world… one country at a time.

source: ADSL Zone
via: Phone Arena

Latest CyanogenMod nightlies allow Google Voice users to send texts through any messaging app

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With each forthcoming CyanogenMod update, we see more and more welcome additions to the popular ROM— further solidifying it as perhaps the most complete ROM out there. To that end, CM’s Koushik Dutta recently confirmed that he and his team have figured out a way to actually send Google Voice messages with a more traditional SMS app:

“The app will sync your existing Google Voice messages into your messaging store. New Google SMS will be received as if it were a normal SMS. When you send a message out from your messaging app, it goes out via Google Voice.”

So there you have it folks— one of the long awaited Google Voice features is finally here for CM users. You folks getting giddy yet?

source: Koushik Dutta+

 

LG confirms August 7th G2 launch with new teaser vid

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As we get closer and closer…. and closer to the LG G2’s upcoming release, we are finally starting to get an idea of when the masses can finally expect the device to hit store shelves. In its latest teaser video, a fine gentleman is seen roaming through the various New York City boroughs, seeing various “To me, you are perfect. From G.” hints. As if that isn’t enough– the end of the teaser sees LG going ahead and confirming it will have an event in New York City on August 7th, indicating it would be “Great 2 Have You” and pretty much confirming what we already knew. It looks like it’s a pretty safe bet that LG has pretty much given up trying to keep its new toy a secret and is as giddy as we are about the new smartphone.

So there you have it friends, go ahead and mark your calendars for the August 7th unveiling of the G2 smartphone.

HTC One in Glamour Red surfaces in hands-on video

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We already had an idea of its imminent arrival, but we’re finally getting our first live glance of the HTC One smartphone in its Glamour Red color, thanks to the gang at BestBoyz. While the Glamour Red edition of the One is pretty much identical to the original, it showcases an awesome finish– while giving off a sort of bold character in the process. Unfortunately for those of us out here in the States, we probably won’t see this edition anytime soon, though UK residents will be able to order the phone through online retailer Phone4U sometime in a few weeks at least.

You can check out the full hands-on video below.

 

 

source: BestBoyz
via: Android Authority