The last time the Sony Xperia Z Ultra passed through the FCC it was on the same day as Sony’s official announcement about the new device. That was back in June and at the time, there was no information in the FCC filings about LTE bands. That has changed as the device resurfaced yesterday at the FCC, this time with documentation showing the presence of HSPA+ and LTE bands that would be compatible with T-Mobile, AT&T or carriers in the Canadian market. Whether those carriers actually add it to their portfolio of available devices remains to be seen, but it does look promising for the device to be available somewhere in the North American markets.
Task management app Todoist received what is described as a major update today for the Android app, taking it up to version 2.0. According to developer Doist, the new version was “rethought, redesigned and recreated!” There are some new designs incorporated into the app, bringing it even more inline with the Holo design guidelines. This is especially true for the slide-out menu from the left, but even the main screen sees some refinement. One thing regular users will notice is the menu of actions when tapping on a task now shows up at the bottom of the screen inside of just below the task. Clicking on the menu option provides a new choice – “Add sub-task” which will be a welcome addition for those building a hierarchy of to-do items.
Google+ users can expect to see a new feature gradually hitting the web interface of Google’s social media site that will allow you to translate posts and comments in different languages. It will supposedly work similarly to how Google automatically translates web pages for you in Chrome, which is a nice addition especially if you frequent pages that have many international users. If you haven’t seen the option to translate text yet, Google is using staged rollouts for this like all of their other new features, so it could be a few days before it shows up for you.
source: 9to5 Google
After buying up Waze, Google announced they would use the acquisition to improve Google Maps. It hasn’t taken long and we’re already seeing some new features popping up in Maps to make the navigation experience much better. Starting today, Google Maps users will be able to see real-time reported traffic incidents from Waze users, which includes traffic accidents, construction, and a handful of other nuisances. Waze users aren’t being left out of the fun, either, as they’ll get access to Google Search within the Waze app to give users even more results when searching for something, and a new Google Street View feature added to the Waze map editor.
Hopefully this will be the first of many improvements we’ll see across both apps. Anybody going to get a chance to use these apps while travelling today?
source: Google Blog
Both Samsung and LG have shown off flexible displays for mobile phones, and we’ve been
patiently waiting to see them in actual devices for some time. Good news as they are now both finally capable of mass producing flexible screens and will reportedly begin to manufacture them this November. It’s new technology, though, so the actual yield from production isn’t going to be extremely high. Estimates have Samsung being able to product 1.5 to 1.6 million displays per month with an actual yield of about 1 million. LG’s production is rumored to be a bit lower.
Because of the lower production quantities of these screens, I wouldn’t expect them to be used in the Galaxy Note 3 or any flagship LG has planned. I could be wrong, but I bet we’ll start to see them hit consumer devices sometime early next year.
The “Exploded Andy” t-shirt will always be a fan favorite, but it’s time for the next installment. Earlier, we revealed “Andy Inside” as the sequel, and it’s a dandy. You can order yours today for $17, but you can also enter our contest for a chance to win one. Deon Briggs was gracious enough to provide five shirts for our awesome readers.
To enter, all you have to do is head over to our forum post and tell us what phone you’re currently using. You must be a U.S. resident and you have until Thursday, August 22 at 11:59PM EST time to enter. On Friday, we will pick five random winners. Be sure to use a real email address because that is how we will contact you. Good luck!!
And the winners are……
The folks who brought you the “Exploded Andy” t-shirt a few years ago just unveiled the sequel, “Andy Inside”. It reveals the insides of our favorite bugdroid, and yes. he does have a working heart. You can order yours starting today for $17 plus $6 shipping in the U.S. or $13 shipping internationally. Girls sizes and Hoodies ($40) are also available via special order.
All shirts will be shipped on August 28. Hit the source link to get your order in, and be sure to check out Deon Briggs’ previous shirts if you haven’t already.
Last month we heard about the HTC Zara, which will be another mid-range device. Taking cues from the HTC One, it looks gorgeous.We already reported the rumored specs last month, but things are a little different today.
It was previously thought to have a 4.7-inch (960 x 540) display, but it’s now rumored to be 4.5-inches with the same resolution. A Snapdragon 400 is still a go, but instead of 1.4GHz, we now have a slower 1.2GHz clock speed. As far as the camera goes, last month’s report had a 1.6MP Ultra Pixel, but today we are getting a different story with 8MP. That seems rather high for an UltraPixel or maybe it won’t be an UltraPixel?
Yesterday we found out that Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the “Honami”, could be called the Xperia Z1, and today we get a press render. We have already seen a number of images of the said device, so what’s one more? Unfortunately it doesn’t tell us anything new other than there will be at least three colors available.
Sony is one of those underrated companies because they don’t get a lot of exposure, at least here in the U.S. If they can get the Xperia Z1 on a few U.S. carriers at the time of the launch, they could make a lot of noise. What do you guys think?
It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid August, and we don’t seem to have any concrete evidence on which OEM is going to make the Nexus 5. Early rumors indicated Motorola and then quickly switched to LG. Now we have @evleaks chiming in saying it will be Motorola. Yesterday, a supposed first image (backside) of the Nexus 5 surfaced. The phone in the image was made by LG, but it didn’t convince anyone. It didn’t even have a Nexus logo on the device.
@evleaks tweeted an image of a very similar phone and claims it is the upcoming LG Optimus L9 II. They went on to suggest that the “Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 v2) looks to be a Motorola handset.” LG has stated in the past that they weren’t working on Google Edition or Nexus devices, so this sounds logical. However, this kind of flip flopping is really unusual this late in the year. Any predictions? I already predicted there wouldn’t be a Nexus 5 this year, and so far, I’m not looking to good on that one.