It’s an amazing feeling when you open up that great looking box, break out your new device, install your favorite apps and get going. The performance is just as snappy as you expected, the graphics move smoothly, and there are absolutely no problems in sight.
However, a few months down the road, all traces of your brand new device are lost forever, as a sluggish, laggy and bug-filled one replace it.
Android 4.3 has an answer for that, with TRIM support— “garbage collection.” Supposedly, it had been included in Android 4.2, but was not yet enabled. While everyone looks forward to all the great new features in upcoming versions of Android, all of this “under the hood” work is especially awesome to hear as well.
Yesterday, @evleaks revealed a press render of Sprint’s HTC One in red— this news comes at a time where carriers are trying to distance their own variants of some devices from other carriers’, in hopes of picking up an increase of sales.
On his Google+ page, Taylor Wimberly posted some unverified information indicating Moto X smartphones will be shipping out to U.S. carriers on Monday, July 29th. Motorola has a press event scheduled for Thursday in New York to officially unveil the device. Putting two and two together, some people are wondering whether the device may be available for purchase later this week.
We have already seen information leak indicating US Cellular will start selling the device on August 26th while Verizon is scheduled to release the Moto X on August 23rd. Considering that same roadmap for Verizon indicated the HTC One will go on sale on the network on August 1st, it seems unlikely they would have a second buzz-generating device launch at the same time. There is some conjecture that AT&T may have struck an exclusivity deal and will be ready to start offering the Moto X shortly after the announcement ala Google’s release of the Chromecast.
Be sure to check back for further developments as we close in on the official announcement of the Moto X.
source: +Taylor Wimberly
Samsung may have heard some of the rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 being just an incremental step from the Galaxy S III based on news leaking out about some new devices in the pipeline. The one item that seems to be closest to reality is a new Samsung item with model number SM-V700, otherwise known as the Galaxy Watch, which is scheduled to be revealed at IFA 2013. Unfortunately, few details are available about the device, including whether it will be a standalone Android device or whether it has to be mated to another Android device.
The Nexus 7 was only announced a couple of days ago, but that isn’t stopping the speculation for next year’s edition. So what could the speculation possibly be now? Apparently Google might be dropping ASUS for the next edition in favor of LG according to Analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo. According to Kuo, Google wants to advance the display design.
Lately LG has been making serious strides in the display department for both mobile and TVs, and in many cases sticking it to Samsung. It’s also not like Google and LG are strangers because they worked together on the Nexus 4. Folks, we have a while to go until the next Nexus 7 gets unveiled (if it ever does), but let the rumors start now.
Yesterday we heard that it was confirmed that the Galaxy Note III was confirmed to have a display of 5.7-inches, but the rumors won’t stop as the the speculation is that 5.7-inches might be just one of three offerings from Samsung. A document in the wild suggests that there will be 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch, and 5.99-inch versions. A few months ago, it was first rumored that it would be 5.99-inches, but then 5.7-inches surfaced. Yesterday, we reported that it was originally going to be 5.99-inches, but they scrapped that idea in favor of 5.6-inches after market reaction from the Galaxy Mega sizes.
You will notice different model number of these devices, which generally refer to the destination or carrier. For example, SM-N900V refers to Verizon. The bottomline is that I am sure Samsung has prototypes for many screen sizes, but that doesn’t mean they will be final products. I am sure there were a few prototypes of the Galaxy S 4 as well. It doesn’t make any sense for Samsung to offer three different sizes all about .20 inches apart. But that is just my opinion, we will see what happens at the big announcement in a little under a month.
source: Zuaba (1) / Zauba (2)
Motorola’s new camera software is setting itself up to be one of the major selling points of the device, and with good reason. It’s clean, minimalist, and will hopefully give users plenty of options to get excellent photos. If you don’t want to wait until the official device to test drive it, though, you don’t have to anymore thanks to the latest ripped camera apk from newer Motorola devices thanks to Android Police.
The interface is just as clean as we’ve seen it, and most of the features work, including video recording and taking pictures, both single shots and burst shots. Unfortunately, the wrist flicking gestures don’t work, panoramic mode causes a crash, and the slow-motion and HDR modes both don’t function, so it’s not 100% ready for prime time. Still, though, if you don’t absolutely have to have those features and just want a new toy to play with on your phone, it’s 90% functional. Hit the break below to grab the apk to install on your phone.
source: Android Police
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