Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.
I guess Samsung is expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to sell like gangbusters. They just announced that it will be available in the U.S. starting October 17th, but pre-orders are already starting tomorrow. Samsung is also guaranteeing a trade-in value of $200 for any working smartphone for all people who pre-order between September 19th and October 16th.
The Galaxy Note 4 could wind up being the phone of the year with its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED quad HD (2560 x 1540) display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 MP camera with OIS.
The upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will most likely be released in October, but if you’re looking for a precise date, October 16th just might be it. Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, tweeted this info earlier today. The only problem is that this leak comes from an anonymous tipster.
Like I said, in all likelihood, we will see the Nexus 9 in October, so anyone can throw out dates. This anonymous tipster could be right on, but we really don’t know for sure until Google announces it. Last year, Google didn’t host a special event for the Nexus 5, and we are expecting the same this year. The Nexus 6, or whatever they are going to call it, will probably be announced alongside the Nexus 9 in a simple press release. Stay tuned.
We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the Samsung SM-A500 as of late. Usually mid-range phones don’t get so much attention, but since this one is rumored to sport an all metal design, people are interested to see what Samsung has in store.
These images come courtesy of China’s regulatory body TENAA, and unfortunately don’t show off the all metal design we are expecting. However, you can see the metal frame on the sides.
When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet a few years ago, they redefined the price. It looks like they have done it again. They just unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 with super cheap pricing.
They each have 1280 x 800 displays in either the 6-inch or 7-inch variety. They also sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with front and rear facing cameras, and all day battery life.
Amazon just introduced the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It looks a lot like last year’s model, but they have included a few new features. The biggest change is it’s now powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805. It also gets a new Dolby Atmos sound engine, which should be noticeable when wearing headphones.
As far as the display, there really isn’t anything to upgrade. It sports the same 2560 x 1600 resolution that Amazon claims has 30% more pixels than the iPad Air. However, they have added Dynamic Light Control, which will automatically adjust the brightness and white balance of the display when reading books through the Kindle app. It should more closely represent an actual printed page. Unfortunately this feature won’t be available out of the box, but a software update later this year will enable it.
With the first batch of Android One devices on the way, MediaTek has released the kernel source code for the devices for developers to take advantage of. The source is available on Google’s Android repository.
Other OEMs that use MediaTek processors typically aren’t compliant with releasing source code for their hardware, so it’s nice to see the company bypassing the company and releasing this on their own. Hopefully we’ll see other companies follow suit.
source: Google Source
Users of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Butterfly 2 may want to hit the Play Store and update their HTC Gallery app to take advantage of some new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder. The update includes four new Seasons effects including: Bubbles, Light Points, Confetti, and Roses. Seasons also received new typography options in the form of Title Slide, Magazine, Album, Calendar and Movie. Six new Foregrounder effects also make an appearance including: Watercolor, Ink, Draft, Retro, Pastel, and Color Beads. According to HTC, the update also includes improvements all around. Hit the break to update your Gallery today.
Most people have at least one Sony-branded item in their homes as they have been one of the biggest electronics companies in the world for quite some time now. So, it may come as a surprise that after an internal review, Sony is expecting losses in the ballpark of $1.7 billion dollars. The Japanese tech giant attributes these losses to their mobile division and will be forced to restructure their strategy to reduce risk and volatility and to guarantee “more stable profits”. According to their report, this will be achieved by releasing less mid-range devices and focusing on premium, top-tier handsets. It should be interesting to see what the future holds for Sony’s mobile division.
One of the faces of Motorola has been Punit Soni, the vice president of product management. Since Google took over the company, Soni has remained active in letting everyone know what great things Motorola has developed. He has been behind the company’s rebirth with the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, and all of their unique software enhancements. Today, Punit Soni announced that he is leaving Motorola.