Verizon puts devices through physical hell before releasing them


To make it as a device that Verizon offers to millions of customers, you have to be tough. Really, Verizon only accepts durable devices. In New Jersey, Verizon has laboratories where it recreates the most common scenarios in which a device receives bumps and bruises. One machine tumbles the device around in a chamber, similar to it falling down a flight of stairs. Another machine simply drops it from one meter high at multiple angles. Fortunately for phones with large displays, Engadget notes, Verizon only drops from half of a meter. If the device does not receive a passing grade from Big Red, it goes back to the hardware manufacturer with a note reading the areas of weakness.

Hit the break to see one of the test machines in action.

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Xiaomi releases teaser image for event on December 9


On December 9, Xiaomi will be hosting an event to launch a shiny new device. The teaser image above is attached with the title “Up In The Wind Together.” It is a tad vague especially due to the pinwheel included, but the wait to find out what Xiaomi has coming will end on Tuesday.

There is speculation going in so many ways that no one knows exactly what to expect. It could be the successor to the Redmi 1S or it can be the Mi5’s successor. And Xiaomi could also be working on a new tablet with mid-range specifications. The tablet is said to have a 720p display measuring 9.2 inches and a Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM. Xiaomi’s pricing for the tablet would be close to $100.

Source: Weibo
Via: Android Headlines

Apple and Samsung face off in Appeals Court


Samsung and Apple are back in court again as Samsung looks to appeal the $930 million jurors awarded to Apple for intellectual property infringement. During the oral argument hearing yesterday, discussions were technical in nature, and discussed whether or not portions of the iPhone’s design was functional or ornamental. But that wasn’t the only aspect that the three-judge panel discussed.

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[Deal] Amazon has the Nexus 9 Folio case for $42 off


For those that have been looking at picking up the new folio case for the Nexus 9, Amazon is running a deal where the device comes in for $42 less than the $130 you’ll normally pay for it. That’s right, for about $88 you’ll be able to pick up the official keyboard/case combo made specifically for the Nexus 9. However, those interested in the accessory may have to wait a bit.

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Sony Opens Underwater Xperia Aquatech Store


Not to be outdone by the myriad of other underwater stores out there, Sony has opened its underwater Xperia Aquatech store in the waters off Dubai. (Could it be anywhere else?) As its name suggests, this is a concept store located four meters underwater. It’s also only open to media, VIPs, and contest winners. On top of that, it will only be open for three days before giving up the ghost. There are popup restaurants with longer lifespans.

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Nanoport: A Magnetic Technology That Can Change Smartphones Into A Tablet


In the tech world, like physics, there seems to be a quest for unification. One, ultimate, idea that encompasses all other ideas. This hunt manifests itself in the constant debate about the size of smart devices. Whether consumers would be happy with something the size of a phablet and only own one device or would people rather have something that fits better in the hand and also own a tablet?  (This generalization assumes that many would not see the utility in owning both a phablet and a tablet.)

Nano Magnetics Ltd has now begun working on the development of a device that straddles the middle-ground of this discussion.  It’s introducing the concept of possessing multiple small devices that can turn into a larger, connected device.

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How to manually install the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update on your HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPe device [Updated with 5.1 info]


Update – Android 5.1 is now pushing to the HTC One (M7) GP3 device as of 5/12/15. We added the download link below at Step 1.

The HTC One (M7) and (M8) Google Play Edition devices are receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, but it will take at least a week or two to land on all devices. Good news!! The actual over-the-air (OTA) update is available for you to download and manually install right now. It’s really easy to do, so hit the break to get started.

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OnePlus issues formal response to refurbishgate


Last week we reported that some OnePlus One owners claimed they received refurbished One units instead of news devices. At the time, OnePlus had made a simple statement saying they didn’t ship such units out and were looking into it. They have now made a formal post detailing each situation they know of.

There are 7 cases in all and OnePlus has found that none of them were refurbished. The first case is the most interesting of them all because the owner claims a photo was on his device so it had to be used. Upon further investigation, the photo was taken from someone in France and wasn’t even a OnePlus customer, nor was it taken with the phone. There really is no explanation to this other than the fact that the owner could be fibbing. The other point is that the device was manufactured on July 14, 2014 and shipped to the customer on July 20, 2014, making it nearly impossible to be refurbished.

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Lenovo introduces K3 “Music Lemon” to compete with Xiaomi’s low cost devices


Lenovo has released a new smartphone called the Lenovo K3 “Music Lemon” at a very low price point, 599 CNY ($97 USD). The device appears to be Lenovo’s attempt to compete with Xiaomi in the Chinese market for buyers looking for a low-cost device.

The K3 is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and Android KitKat. The device has a 5-inch 720p IPS display and is 4G LTE capable. For audio and video needs, the K3 comes with an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and Waves MaxxAudio sound. The device comes with a 2,300 mAh battery. All of this is encased in a bright yellow package.

Sources indicate the device is only available online through JD, a large retailer serving the Chinese market. It is unclear whether Lenovo will ever make the device available in other markets.

source: JD
via: phoneArena