We already were 99.999999% sure the upcoming Xperia Z1 camera was going to feature a G Lens since most of the leaked images showed the letter “G” along with “1/2.3″ and “20.7 MP” next to the camera lens on the rear of the device. In case you missed it, Sony has been Tweeting teaser images of the Z1 leading up to their September 4th unveiling, and today’s image is all about the letter “G”. No, this has nothing to do with LG, it has to do with the fact that the Xperia Z1 will in fact sport a G Lens.
Interestingly enough, this image only has the letter “G” next to the lens, so it’s slightly different than previous leaks. The megapixel count isn’t revealed, but we are pretty certain it will be 20MP with the ability to capture 4K video. So, tell us, has Sony “Captured your attention yet?”
I included one of the previously leaked images after the break.
Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WUXGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!”
So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?
source: Xperia Blog
Last Thursday, Robert Scoble suggested that Google would be renting out a whopping 6,000 feet in various Best Buy stores for Google Glass sales and promotion. While the rumor really didn’t carry much weight in terms of factual information everyone seemed to believe that this would be a plausible move. However according to Chris Dale, the man running communications for Project Glass, Glass isn’t coming to Best Buy.
Interested in getting Android 4.3 on your HTC One? Thanks to developer LlabTooFeR on XDA, you won’t have to wait until that late September release from HTC. Instead, you can now grab a custom ROM from LlabTooFeR that’s based on an unofficial, pre-release build of HTC’s Android 4.3 update, which has a handful of minor tweaks for speed and stability. He also said he’ll be releasing the untouched build in a few days, so if you’re not a fan of the tweaks in custom ROMs, you can stick to a completely stock option.
The Chromecast was announced with a heavy amount of fanfare. Obviously the price played a major role in that, but it was also because many of us envisioned unlimited possibilities. However, it might not be the device we were all hoping for. As of right now, all Chromecast development is at a standstill since the Google Cast SDK is only for whitelisted devices. But Koushik Dutta was able to break that and release his own app called AllCast, which
can play video from your Gallery, Dropbox, and Drive. Unfortunately, Google’s latest update to the Chromcast disabled the ‘video_playback’ support from his application so it won’t work.
I’m sure all of you have downloaded an app at some point that did something annoying with advertisements. Whether that was forcing you to place a shortcut to some weird website on your home screen or annoying you with ads in your notification bar every day, there’s a handful of sneaky tricks developers have tried to get you to look at ads. Technically, you can’t really fault those developers because Google never said it wasn’t okay to make apps that did that, but it’s pretty clear that Google didn’t like the practice, as they’ve updated their developer policies for the Play Store to explicitly block that type of behavior, among other things.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Rumors surrounding the Nexus 5 started heating up last week. Both Motorola and LG were rumored OEMs, but it seemed like the door was closed on Motorola. However, this week the door reopened. So at this point, we really don’t have a definitive clue as to who is going to make the Nexus 5, or even if there is really going to be one. The Moto X officially launched with AT&T, but no official word from any of the other carriers. Motorola says it’s only a matter of days, and if your heart desires a developer edition, you might be able to purchase one this week. We also had major updates to a few key apps such as Google Keep, YouTube, and SwiftKey. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
How to change your Google Now home and work locations
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 quick review
Apps – New
Minuum Keyboard now available in the Play Store
Motorola Skip Setup app for Moto X now available in the Play Store
Asphalt 8: Airborne now available in the Play Store
Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?
The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.
source: Chrome Blog
With Google’s addition of Quick Settings in the notifications bar in stock Android, CyanogenMod’s power widgets became relatively useless and redundant. Therefore, the CM team has developed new and improved code which “will say goodbye to the notification power widgets, discarding their 3000+ lines of code for a sleeker (only 370 new lines), newer, and more efficient method of toggling your settings.” In a Google+ post, CM has cited the reasons for the change, and the replacement of the power widgets with a Quick Access Ribbon. The ribbon will be located at the top of the notifications bar and will also be horizontally scrollable. The code is not yet merged, but will be soon. Check out the full details at their original post in the source link.