It has been rumored for months now that LG is planning on producing its very own mobile processing chip dubbed as “Odin.” Today LG has finally came forth to end those rumors and confirmed that those reports are indeed true and that they are working with TSMC to make it happen. The SoC will feature LG’s very own ARM-based design with rumors having it at four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with the GPU being a PowerVR Series 6.
AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.
If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.
Source: AT&T Blog
HTC has released their SDK for the duo-cameras on the HTC One (M8) for developers to take advantage of. The SDK contains plenty of APIs, libraries, and samples for reference, so it shouldn’t take long for a developer to work that into an app.
To download the SDK, you’ll have to create an HTC Dev account, but after that, it’s free to use. Now that it’s available for everyone, we just have to wait and see how many apps take advantage of the unique features that HTC’s camera offers over the competition.
source: HTC Dev
The OnePlus team has been very transparent with the generous amount of information they share about their upcoming One smartphone. Today, just one week before the device gets full unveiled, we have information regarding the pricing of the OnePlus One across the globe. And it looks like OnePlus is pricing the One very aggressively.
In the United Kingdom, the OnePlus One will cost less than £290 while other European retailers will sell it for under €350. And in Hong Kong, it will be under $3,000 HKD. What about the United States? OnePlus will be fighting the Nexus 5 by selling the One for less than $400.
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If you want a Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, or Gear Fit, you might not need to upgrade your smartphone for it. Samsung has clarified 20 devices that are compatible with their new Gear line, and although the list is mostly newer phones and tablets, a few older models made the cut, like the Galaxy S III and Note 2. » Read the rest
If you’re waiting to get your hands on a Project Ara device, you’ll only have to wait until January of next year. Google has announced that the customizable devices will be available to purchase in January 2015 through a configuration tool similar to Moto Maker for the Moto X. Project Ara plans to go beyond the simple color tweaking that you could get through Moto Maker, though, and it will allow you to change the components and design of the phone, in addition to different colors and materials. » Read the rest
Whether intentional or not, LG is ending up with a lot of rumors and leaks floating around on the Internet about their next flagship device, the LG G3. Yesterday we learned that an announcement may come as early as July or even late June as the company tries to keep pace with other manufacturers releasing new flagship devices this year. Today some AnTuTu benchmark data has surfaced for a couple LG devices, at least one of which comes with the LG G3 model name.
Going in a new direction, Samsung has released a video that combines five spots they have started to run in a few markets around the world for their new Galaxy devices. The ads are a definite departure from some of their previous efforts like their “Next Big Thing” series, relying on animations that pop with color. Two of the ads center on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit and how they work together to both help users get through their daily activities and stay connected. The other three ads focus on the Galaxy S 5 and some of the new features Samsung brought to market with their latest flagship device, like the fingerprint scanner, water resistance, and the fast focus camera app.
Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think about this new marketing direction for Samsung. » Read the rest
With Project Tango prototypes now in the hands of developers, the folks at iFixit were able to get their hands on one to investigate the guts. Although a prototype, they did offer a repairability score of 9 out of 10. The battery can be replaced quite easily, and only seven screws hold the device together. Many of the components are modular so they can also easily be replaced. These include the speakers, all three cameras, IR projector, and display assembly.
It failed to get a 10 out of 10 since a few components, suchs as the USB ports and vibrator, are soldered onto the motherboard, which won’t be as easy to replace.
Samsung is not setting low expectations for the brand new Galaxy S 5. When the device was announced, the general reaction was that it did not offer any exceeding advantages over last year’s Galaxy S 4; however, the Galaxy S 5 experienced a very good global launch.
Now a report out of South Korea has Samsung’s target for the device’s sales at 35 million for this quarter. Quite an ambitious number, but is anyone really surprised? Regardless of what people say, Samsung has a magic touch when it comes to sales. They sell a massive amount of devices each quarter and the company expects the GS5 to do the same this quarter.