One of the things we’ve come to accept in the smartphone era is that after a full day’s use, our devices usually need to be charged daily. Being human, we often forget to attach said phones to the charger and then we are stuck having to disable most of the fancy smartphone functions to try and get eek it through the day, having reduced our smartphone to dumbphone status. Larger batteries just mean it takes longer to fully charge. Thankfully, Qualcomm has come to our rescue with its Quick Charge 2.0 technology and has prepared a video demonstration on the topic featuring three Nexus 6 handsets and 3 very different chargers. Read more
It seems that every day we are posting stories confirming that this or that handset will be receiving the Android 5.0 (or even 5.1) update, and now it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, the budget version of the Note 3. The confirmation comes courtesy of Samsung France who confirmed the update via Twitter. Read more
Doesn’t it make sense that when sharing your location with someone, you actually share the name of the place that you’re at rather than the latitude and longitude? In other words, if I am at Joe’s Bar and Grill, it’s easier to understand that I am Joe’s Bar and Grill vs 26.78545419, -75.15212959.
Google’s Places API will solve this issue by bringing Google’s global database of 100 million places into your app. The Places API is not only released on Android, but Google also released a beta version for iOS.
Remember when Modern Combat 5: Blackout was released last year July, Gameloft promised there would be no In-App-Purchases (IAP’s) because it would be a one-off payment upfront? Then they hedged a little by introducing optional IAP’s a few months later. Well, that promise has been well and truly shattered by the news that the First-Person-Shooter (FPS)is turning into a Freemium game thanks to the update that is due to go live any minute. And we all know what that means tight? More details after the break. Read more
It’s great being able to stream the latest episode of House of Cards on your TV via your Chromecast isn’t it? Although it can be really frustrating having to grab your smartphone when you want to pause the program in a hurry, sometimes it’s just quicker pressing a physical button on the TV remote. Thankfully, Google has updated the Chromecast to allow you to pause and unpause videos with the infra-red remote that came with your TV. Read more
So, Google Now is a pretty handy app, isn’t it? With its ability to turn our search and location data into useful facts, bringing us the latest scores from our favourite sports teams (or not), reminding us of appointments and even showing us gas stations on the route you are driving, it’s getting more difficult to imagine life before Google Now. With that, we have news that Google Now is set to become even more useful thanks to the planned release of an open API that any app developer will be able to bake into their apps. More details after the break. Read more
When you have an Android smartphone, receiving a notification saying that there is an OS update available is a great feeling, even more so when it means your handset will soon be running Android 5.0 Lollipop. That feeling quickly turns sour though when the much-anticipated update ends up breaking things, as Galaxy S4 and S5 owners have experienced in Norway to such an extent that the Norwegian arm of Samsung has decided to halt the Lollipop rollout. Samsung Norway halts buggy Lollipop update for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5
Here we have a new application from Google called Interactive Events that has appeared in the Play Store and appears to be for conference goers. All it says in the app description is “The Google Interactive Events App provides agenda details and speaker bios for managed events.” Images and download links are after the break. Read more
You may think the graphics of the games on your mobile device are great, but in reality it could actually be a lot better than it currently is. Vulkan, which is a project that’s being worked on by the alliance behind the OpenGL video standard, lets app writers take direct control of graphics chips and wring out extra performance on many devices. In theory, this should allow you to experience richer graphical visuals along with smoother framerates.
Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:
“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”
The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality. BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user: