Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.
Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.
In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device.
Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup.
A new report from SRLabs indicates the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner is similar to other devices on the market in being open to attacks using molds of fingerprints. Similar to the iPhone 5S and other commercial grade fingerprint scanners, malicious individuals can make a mold of a fingerprint that is sufficient to unlock a Galaxy S 5. In the case of the latest Samsung smartphone to hit the market, Samsung does not require any additional password or PIN to be used in conjunction with the fingerprint to unlock the device or to take advantage of PayPal’s integration with the fingerprint scanner.
This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.
Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus.
There have been reports that LG is looking to release the upcoming G3 a little early this year. Back in March, the indication was for June, but the latest report pins July as the new target date. Last year, they unveiled the G2 in August, followed by a fall release. It’s very likely that LG will unveil the G3 in late June to prep for the July release.
From everything we are hearing about the G3, it does appear to be an absolute beast. It’s expected to sport a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, a Snapdragon 801 or 805, along with 3GB of RAM. It will mostly likely have a pretty good camera as well.
source: ZDNet Korea
We posted a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last week, which was for repair purposes, but teardowns can also give us an indication on how much the device costs the manufacturer to produce. IHS, a marketing research firm, conducted their own teardown and concluded that the Galaxy S 5 costs about $256 to build. That is $12 over last year’s Galaxy S 4 ($244).
Other than upgraded hardware, the main additions this year’s GS5 offers over last year’s GS4 is a fingerprint scanner, a biosensor, and the ability to survive a heavy dose of water. IHS concluded the fingerprint scanner costs about $4 and the biosensor runs about $1.45. There was no word on the cost of the waterproofing, but Andrew Rassweiler, and analyst at IHS did say, “Inside we see mostly a lot of recycled components that we’ve seen before. There’s really nothing special inside where Samsung is pushing the envelope. There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”
Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.
“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”
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Dailymotion’s Chromecast support exits beta and is open for all
Dailymotion, host of more than thirty million videos on the internet, has taken its Chromecast support out of beta and opened it for everyone. Simply put, you can now push videos from your smartphone or tablet straight to a television with the Cast button. In addition to adding Chromecast support, Dailymotion threw in bug fixes. And if you would like to join the beta, you can do so by clicking here.
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Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.
You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.
Source: Patent Bolt
ZTE has had a couple of big launches over the last month, but that isn’t going to stop the company from having another one! Today they began teasing their upcoming smartphone, the ZTE Star 1.
The retail box of the device was leaked a few days ago, and now we have the first pictures of the device, showing quite a sleek looking design! Despite the classy design, it seems to have taken some cues from Huawei with their Ascend P6. The source that brought the photos also mentions that the design of the device will be heavily marketed during the marketing campaign, but that doesn’t mean that the internal specs of the device aren’t good. In fact, the device boasts a 1080p display and support for 4G. More details should come soon, so keep an eye out for them!
On the camera side of things, the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a are exactly the same. So the video put together by YouTube user Danny Winget is representative of both devices. While the cameras have 13MP, video recording can be done in Ultra High Definition (UHD) thanks to some Sony components.
The results of UHD video recording are quite stunning and you can watch Winget’s video after the break.
Microsoft is showing love to all platforms in 2014. And now the company has released the PowerPoint, Excel, and Word web applications into the Chrome Web Store. Now Microsoft’s Office suite is fully accessible from a Chromebook, a thought that would have been laughed at just months ago when the company was running ‘Scroogled’ advertisements. After installing the applications, the Office suite is just a click away.
Source: Office Online Blog
The next version of the HTC One (M8) was just released, but jealous owners of the previous version (M7) have something to be excited about. The company announced today that will push out an update to the original HTC One (M7) that’ll include Sense 6, the same user interface that’s running on HTC’s newer One (M8). HTC executive Jason Mackenzie confirmed that the update will make its way to devices by the end of May.
There are a lot of new features in Sense 6.0, but its unclear which ones will be compatible for last year’s device. Surely the UI will receive a pretty big improvement, and apps like BlinkFeed and the camera will be updated, but all of the gestures are probably unlikely to make its way to the One (M7).