As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.
2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.
Earlier today Sony announced several new devices during their IFA press conference, including the new Xperia Tablet S. The powerful new tablet is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU, preloaded with Android 4.0, and has plethora of available accessories. It will be available September 7th but Sony is accepting pre-orders starting today. We now have a quick hands on video of the Xperia Tablet S from the floor of the IFA event.
The folks over at iFixit have given the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 one of their usual tear downs. Overall they give the new tablet a repairability score of 8 out of 10. Some of the highlights of the teardown are as follows:
- 16 connectors – a boon for repairability!
- The front glass and LCD can be separated and replaced individually (take that iPhone!)
- Easily replaceable battery, even compared to the Nexus 7
- Unscrewable EMI shield – first time seen by iFixit
One downside to note is that the battery capacity has been downgraded to 25.9 watt-hours, which was expected due to the device’s slimness. Is an easily repairable device a priority on your list? Hit up the comments and let us know what you think!
The guys from HTC Source have posted a video of the HTC One X’s Official Commercial. You remember that phone right? Check out the unboxing and come back to us. The commercial is showing off the power of the phones Camera as well as the speed of the phone. They have also posted a stress video, and I would have to agree with the man (sorry I couldn’t make out your name all the way) talking in the video of the stress test, it is not something you would want to try at home. However I do expect to see amateur video of people doing it anyways. In that case I also ask the same guys to reproduce the commercial as well. Not really, I was only being sarcastic, don’t go and get yourselfs killed. They had professionals helping them shoot it. There isn’t much more I can say, so I will just let you guys watch the videos and see for yourselves.
HTC One Commercial
HTC One Stress Test
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It looks as if Samsung may already be in the process of making another Galaxy Note. A device with the model number GT-N8010 has just recived Wi-Fi certification. A little deducing on our part can lead us all to believe that this may in fact be the next Note. The original Galaxy Note bares the model number GT-N700, and Samsung has no other device with N as a model number. So logical reasoning would lead us to believe that this is the next generation Note. Granted this is all speculation for the time being. We aren’t certain of anything at this point and we can only wait and see what Samsung has in store for us. Stay with us, as I am sure we will learn more about this device in the coming months. What do you think? Is it the next Note or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Many of you have expressed concern with the fact that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy Nexus with an alternative fortified glass as opposed to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Just because the the popular glass maker wasn’t chosen to outfit the GN’s display doesn’t mean that Sammy cut any corners.
A video recently surfaced on the interweb showing somebody putting the screen to the test by trying to scratch the crap out of it with a key. Although I definitely cringed a bit and felt a shiver down my spine, I was pleased to see the outcome. Here, just check it out for yourself and tell us what you think. Will you be issuing such a test once you get your mitts on one?
We know what you were thinking when the 7.1 mm thin Motorola Droid Razr was first unveiled, “how the heck did they fit everything in there?” We were thinking the same thing, especially when they announced that there would be LTE radios on board. Well, the good folks over at the Engadget Mobile team put together a little “under the hood” look with their go to guy, Francois Simond, who handles everything in the hardware hack dept. Check out his findings below when he cracked that baby open.
Who’s ready for a sneak peak of Verizon’s latest and greatest flagship device a little in advance? I am, I am! Check out the video below of the pre-production unboxing of the HTC Rezound aka the Vigor in all of its glory before Thursday’s event in New York. Johnboy over at Droid Forums got his sticky little fingers on the device and did us all a proper courtesy by providing a nifty unboxing and quick hands-on. We’ll take it, thanks Johnboy. The device is decked out in Vz’s cool red and black and comes with a pretty cool backing as well. With a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 8 meg camera, 2 meg front facer, 1 Gig of RAM, Sense UI 3.5 over Android 2.3.4 and a few other goodies, the device is sure to be a hit. To further add to the pot, Snoop Dog’s Doctor finished the device off with its popular Beats Audio technology. So now you can jam out to that Gaga Lady or whatever it is you young whippersnappers like to listen to these days. The only question is… do you nab this up or wait for the Galaxy Nexus?
As a little appetizer to the unveiling of the Droid RAZR announcement, Motorola also showed off their new fitness centered device, the MOTOACTV. Motorola broke out the Ultramarathon Man winner himself, Dean Karnazes to present the device.
Scorch more calories, shatter personal records and train even harder with MOTOACTV™, the new fitness device from Motorola Mobility, Inc.
With just a 46mm x 46mm display the MOTOACTV allows you to take a personal trainer and DJ with you along for the workout. The device continuously keep stats on your entire routine; time, speed, distance and can even track you via GPS. Motorola also includes two different models of Bluetooth sports headphones, the SF700 and SF500. The display is outdoor friendly allowing for easy viewing in the sunlight. It’s sweat proof, rain resistant and scratch proof for those intense workouts. The device can hold up to 4000 songs and offers a Web portal interface for syncing and storing data for performance statistics. One of its more smarter features allows you to create a playlist based on how intense your workouts are. Meaning, if you workout harder during a certain song the device recognizes that and will bump those titles up to the top of your playlist for maximum workout results. The device will be available on November 6th at Verizon stores only and comes in an 8GB model for $249 and a 16GB model for $299. Think there’s room for a device like this in your life? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Meanwhile, hit the break for the full list of specs and to catch our hands-on video.
We’ve been expecting a 7-inch Amazon tablet to hit this fall with a 10-inch version in the works as well. Being called simply the Amazon Kindle it will display content in color from a 7inch capacitive touch screen. What I found most disappointing about this news from the source article is that the new Kindle will not be the Android tablet your used to. It will be strictly more of a Kindle interface instead of just your normal Android OS. Siegler over at Techcrunch reports to have gotten his hands on one for about an hour. There are no pictures to share here, so we’ll just have to take his word for it. Hit the break for the full story.