When Nokia announced their new Android-based smartphones yesterday at MWC 2014, they revealed that they had in fact forked Android for their devices. Immediately the company started fielding questions about how users could get existing apps onto their new devices if they decided to go the Nokia route. While sideloading apks is a possibility, Nokia is hoping developers will submit their apps to Nokia’s proprietary app store. To help move that process along, they are encouraging developers to submit their apps for inclusion and they are indicating that 75% of apps should be compatible with no modifications. » Read the rest
When spy shots of the MTC M8 surfaced, one item that really stood out was the existence of two cameras on the back of the device. The companies that helped develop the new two camera system, Qualcomm and Corephotonics, were on hand to demonstrate the new system and talk about what it will mean for the new HTC smartphone. According to Corephotonics, the new system will provide better zoom capabilities for users, it will produce superior images, and enable adjustable depth of field effects even after an image is captured. » Read the rest
Google announced Project Tango last week leaving us salivating for a closer look. Today is your lucky day because The Verge was able to get their hands on one of the devices along with an interview with Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of Movidius, which is the company that developed the technology for Tango. Although Google said they have been working on Project Tango for the past year, Movidius has been working on this technology for the past seven years.
The Project Tango smartphone features cameras and sensors that are able to map your surroundings in 3D. In fact, El-Ouazzane says that the technology is very similar to NASA’a Exploration Rover when it mapped the surface of Mars. Now they are able to drop the 400 pound vehicle and put it in our hands.
Remember that story about how Google was supposedly on Samsung’s you know what to get rid of the bloatware on their devices? Well either it was too late to change the Galaxy S 5, or the report was completely unfounded, because the usable space on the Galaxy S 5 is going to make a few people angry. GottaBeMobile did a quick check on one of the demo units and found it to have only 8.65GB out of a possible 16GB that is usable. I don’t have to do the math do I? That is roughly 50% according to my calculations, and is a little below last year’s Galaxy S 4.
This isn’t surprising, but I am also wondering why the rumor that Samsung was going ditch the 16GB version didn’t hold? It seems to me that if Samsung wants to continue to throw bloatware on their phones, they should at least make the entry model 32GB.
If you watched Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, you might have noticed there was no mention of what processor the Galaxy S 5 will feature. Well last night, we posted an infographic highlighting the specs of all Galaxy S devices, and one thing that we did notice was that for the processor of the GS5, there were two listings. A 2.5GHz quad-core and a 2.1GHz octa-core.
Now the fact that there will be two versions isn’t surprising since that is exactly what happened last year. As to the octa-core, we can confirm that it is indeed an Exynos, but we don’t know which model yet. As to the quad-core, Samsung revealed that it will be the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The 801 is essentially an 800, but it has a higher clock speed and supports a faster GPU (578MHz vs. 550MHz). We expect that, just like last year, the majority of the world will get the Snapdragon, while Korea will get the Exynos version.
After announcing them more than a week ago, LG has introduced the L Series III to everyone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This time around, LG focused solely on the F90 and F70.
Hit the break for a specification rundown and an official press release. » Read the rest
Last year when Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, HTC took the opportunity to take some potshots at Samsung. Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S 5 today at MWC 2014 gave HTC another opportunity to dig at Samsung via Twitter. The results were mixed with one tweet implying Samsung buyers would regret their decision when March 25th rolls around. That attempt fell short of the mark since Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 won’t be going on sale until April, so there will be nothing to feel remorse over. » Read the rest
In case you couldn’t watch it live, Samsung has posted their press conference about the Galaxy S 5 on YouTube for anyone to watch or rewatch. It’s about an hour and a half long, and definitely not as quirky as last year, but if you’re interested, you can find the video below. You can find the rest of our MWC 2014 coverage here, too.
If you watched it earlier, what’d you think about the S 5? Exciting successor or another mediocre follow-up? » Read the rest
With today’s official release of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, you may be curious to know how it stacks up against previous versions of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices. To help give fans an easier look at how the line has developed over the years, Samsung put together an infographic showing some key specs. You can check it out after the break. Don’t forget to check back for more coverage of MWC 2014 » Read the rest
Thinking about picking up a Galaxy S 5 from a Samsung experience shop this summer? You may get a complementary app bundle whenever you buy your device, according to some recent rumors about Samsung’s mid-year plans.
Samsung will be taking into account a customer’s interests and jobs and loading a bundle of third-party applications on their devices at the point of activation. A student may get some studying apps or word processing software, while a businessman might get some finance calculators and banking apps. The process by which employees decide which bundle to preload is said to be fairly simple, so it’ll likely just be a few questions, not a full psychology test. » Read the rest