Corning has just unveiled a tougher, thinner, clearer version of its incredibly popular Gorilla Glass panel. According to the American company, Gorilla Glass 4 is more durable on impact than its predecessor and can now survive a massive 80% of all tumbles and falls from up to 1m (3.3ft) onto a rough surface.
There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.
The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!
Via: Xperia Blog
One of the benefits that many people find in Nexus devices is the “pure” Android experience they give users. Another benefit is the freedom one gets to modify and customize the devices. That comes with some risks though and on occasion users will want to restore their device to a stock configuration. For those who are getting new Nexus 6 devices and want to see what they can do with their devices, they can do so knowing that Google has now released factory images for the device.
The version of Android Lollipop that has been posted is LRX21O, which appears to be a slightly newer version of the operating system than what shipped on some of the earliest units.
source: Android Developers
We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.
Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.
Many people criticized the Note 4’s display for not changing size and assumed it to be a minor upgrade from its predecessor, but nothing could be further from the truth. Today, video diagnostic company DisplayMate issued the results for its “Display Color Accuracy Shoot-Out” study and awarded Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note the “best of the best” title.
Android One smartphones might be off to a slow start in terms of sales, but it also appears they are also off to a slow start in terms of updates. According to one of the manufacturers, Spice Mobility, the Dream Uno will receive the Lollipop update by the end of January 2015. More than likely, the Micromax A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V will also get the update around the same time.
Since all Android One phones sport hardware specified by Google and updates come directly from them, you would think the update would be a little quicker. According to sources within Google, the update is ready, so it’s possible that it could start rolling in December. I guess only time will tell.
source: India Today
The Meizu MX4 Pro was finally unveiled this morning after months of speculation. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1536) display at 546 ppi, an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, a 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and 4K video recording, 5 MP front facing camera, and 3,350mAh battery. It’s running their own UI skin called Flyme OS on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
People are starting to receive the Nexus 6 in the mail and in-store through select carriers. Among the first things to do with a new device is purchasing accessories. And the go-to accessory for almost everyone is a case. Directly from Google, the Naked Tough Case is ready for ordering. It is a clear case that offers protection and functionality. On the back is an integrated stand that pops out for landscape viewing.
The Naked Tough Case for Nexus 6 costs $35 and will ship in 1-2 business days.
Source: Google Play
Times are getting a little tough over at Samsung. Profit is declining and executives are seeing their pay slashed. The company relies heavily on its mobile division and that is where changes are going to be made. Next year, Samsung confirmed it will be reducing its smartphone lineup by 25% to 35%. Samsung would like to streamline everything in an effort to be cost efficient.
Android One, Google’s answer to get low cost smartphones into the hands of the next billion, seems to be off to a slow start. Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice offered Android One handsets in India from mid September. According to IDC, 8 million smartphones were shipped into India, and only about 2.5% of them were Android One devices.