Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing.
In about a month, we will get the newest version of Android, Android L (or whatever they will call it) featuring Material Design. The big question is what, if any, changes will manufacturers make to their interfaces? Samsung is by far the most popular brand when it comes to Android phones, but their TouchWiz interface has never excited anyone. Will they finally change that dated Gingerbread look?
The folks over at Sam Mobile got their hands on an early build of the next version of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S 5. Although very buggy and slow, it reveals where Samsung is headed with Material Design.
Honda’s latest Civic has received an OS upgrade.
I am still have a hard time believing that Motorola will release a Moto S so close to their big event in Chicago, but rumors continue to swirl. This one comes from TKTechNews, which has an interesting history, so take all of this with a grain of salt.
According to him, the Moto S will be exactly what the next Nexus is rumored to be as in a 5.9-inch Quad HD display and a Snapdragon 805. It will supposedly be a Verizon Wireless exclusive for the first 2 months. AT&T would then get the device towards the end of the year. I am not sure why Verizon would want to market this device as an exclusive with the new DROID Turbo coming, but that is the rumor.
We know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.
Thanks to an FCC filing, we can confirm that it’ll definitely be able to connect to a smartphone (although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it can be used on its own). The filing shows that the device features WiFi radios as well as Bluetooth LE, both of which are extremely common ways to connect peripherals to smartphones. The filing didn’t reveal anything about the rest of the hardware, so we’re still not sure what kind of megapixel count or anything HTC will go with.
Today, an image of the Nexus 6 was captured showing the handset roaming (or riding a bike) out in the wild. It shows the massive display, lowered power/volume buttons, and Moto X-like design that we heard about a few days ago. A case of some sort of protecting the alleged Nexus 6, but we see the aluminum frame that is said to be found on the body’s design. The headphone jack is centered at the top. Due to the inclusion of on-screen buttons and the positioning of the power buttons, the display does not actually seem to be as massive as 5.9 inches sounds.
Source: Android Police
LG has filed several new trademark applications with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The three applications all include the term “Frame” in them and seem to correspond with existing device lines produced by the company. The trademarks include “G Flex Frame”, “F Frame”, and “G Frame”. Sources seem to think these may be names for a new generation of smartphones. It should be noted though that the descriptions cover a wide variety of goods and services, including several types of wearable technology.
New rumors and information are starting to surface about a new device from Sony, initially identified as the Sony Xperia Z3X. Although it appears from the name that the device may represent an expansion of the current Xperia Z3 lineup, there is the possibility this is the Z3′s successor that should come out in early 2015. Besides an impressive list of hardware, the device appears to include a new curved camera sensor that Sony has been working on.
The Galaxy Note 4 has already launched in Korea, but when will you be able to get your hands on one? Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t like to keep things simple by launching it at the same time everywhere, but they posted an image on Facebook revealing when consumers in each particular area can begin purchasing the phone.
It looks like North America and most of Europe will be able to grab the phone on October 17. Is the Galaxy Note 4 in your future?
Teardowns are nothing new. For most it can be boring, but for those that need to repair their phone, they are a godsend. The Xperia Z3 is a little different since it’s fully waterproof with a rating of IP65/IP68. You may not ever own the phone or ever need to repair it, but you might find this teardown interesting since it reveals the care and workmanship from Sony in designing this beautiful hardware. The fact that they could keep the phone so thin yet make it waterproof is mind boggling.