Samsung spent a serious amount of money during last night’s Academy Awards promoting everything from phones to TVs. It wasn’t even commercials because the host, Ellen DeGeneres, promoted them as well. She even took a selfie of herself and a few audience members using a Galaxy Note 3 that ended up being the most retweeted tweet in history. Some declared Samsung the victor, but something behind the scenes could give Apple a lot of ammunition.
Apparently Ellen uses an iPhone as her daily driver. She used the Note 3 out in the open, but she tweeted with her iPhone backstage. Now it’s far from shocking that a celebrity doesn’t always use everything they promote since it’s all about the money, but in this case, it has to be a slap in the face for Samsung. You would think that Samsung would have at least not allowed her to use the iPhone for the show itself, but hopefully it won’t get too much publicity.
Well this is certainly surprising. Usually when a phone leaks on video this early before it’s release, it’s in a terrible non-HD type quality with no sound. Today we have a 12 minute video showcasing the new HTC One (M8) by a kid who somehow got his hands on the device.
Keep in mind that this may not be the best review you’ve ever seen, but the kid has still provided us with a clear and long video of the HTC M8 giving us all a first look at the much anticipated device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think!
The Nokia X might not be the most advanced device in the world, but Nokia fans have to be excited they finally came out with an Android smartphone. The only problem is that it doesn’t support Google services, and instead, supports Microsoft products. Well if you’re a tinkerer, you will be happy to know that the Nokia X is already rooted, which means that you can load Google Apps, the Play Store, and even the Google Now Launcher.
XDA senior member Kashamalaga was lucky enough to walk away with a Nokia X from Mobile World Congress and was shocked at how easy it was too root. The bootloader remains locked, but by using Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot, you can gain root access. From there, you install a root explorer app, then copy over the specific Nokia X Gapps package he created to /system/app folder. Just give it the appropriate permissions, reboot, and install a few more apks, and you will be good to go.
I seems pretty straight forward. If it’s something you want to try, then I encourage you to hit the source link to get more information and join the discussion. Check out the video after the break.
Shortly after leaking the AT&T model of HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone, @evleaks posted Verizon’s. And this time around, the device is in gray. Verizon opted to put its logo on the back of the device like AT&T; however, Big Red also threw in its 4G LTE logo. Also, Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present in the status bar. Nothing else has changed between this device and the one from the AT&T leak from before. Just stay tuned because there is a very good chance that we see the Sprint or T-Mobile models leak in gold.
The all new HTC One will be announced on March 25 in New York City. Read more
As we get closer to its March 25 announcement in New York City, new information continues to surface about The all new HTC One. This time around, @evleaks gives us a look at the AT&T model of HTC’s 2014 flagship. It looks like the only truly noticeable branding is on the backside where AT&T has opted to stamp their logo. Also, the carrier has its 4G LTE icon in the status bar; however, that is a common change among all carriers.
Now if only we knew what Verizon’s carrier branding will be… Read more
At MWC 2014 earlier this week, Sony unveiled their latest flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet. For those not counting the days, this comes only about five and a half months after Sony unveiled the “flagship” Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013. According to Sony Mobile Creative Director Kurozumi Yoshiro, this quick turnaround is a reflection on how fast the industry is moving. According to Kurozumi, “In order to maintain a flagship, you must update at this frequency.” Thus, the Xperia Z2 is the flagship device for the first half of 2014 and buyers can expect a new flagship device to appear before the end of the year to serve in that role for the second half of 2014.
Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.
Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.
Google Play Download Link
As smartphones continue to push higher density and higher resolutions, bigger and faster processors, and better cameras; the need for better and longer lasting battery life is becoming drastically more important. Even though attempts have been made in this department, OEM’s still struggle to achieve the all day usage dream. Samsung looks to be giving it a go as it implements some new and interesting techniques to squeeze some extra battery out of the new Galaxy S 5.
On top of an improved battery saver mode that turns the display black and white to save battery Samsung has implemented the following enhancements:
Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S 5 flagship at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. The device comes with some new features such as heart sensor and fingerprint sensor and has got a slightly similar look to its predecessor.
Samsung hasn’t yet announced the price tag for the Galaxy S 5 however, if you’re living in the UK, you’ll be glad to find out that a UK-based retailer, Clove, has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5 and has priced the 16GB model at £499.99 (£599.99 after taxes) which will cost $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no information how much the 32GB will cost.
Xiaomi announced back in September last year that it sold over 10 million Mi-2 smartphones since its launch. To add more to its success, the company officially announced yesterday that it has sold over 15 million Mi-2 smartphones, up from the 10 million units it had sold until September 2013.
To celebrate this milestone, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 16GB 8-megapixel MI2s in China from CN¥1,699 ($280) to just CN¥1,299 ($210). However, the 32GB model with a 13-megapixel camera remains at the same price of CN¥1,799 ($290).