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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most inconsistent things I’ve noticed on my Note 4 is that some web sites are hard to read. With varying formatting, it can sometimes be a process having to zoom in and out, moving the page back and forth, etc. Well Chrome for Android has your back as it now has a hidden reader mode. Reader mode will strip away that annoying formatting. Here’s how to enable it.
A new rumor has been spreading through some Asian news sources and has started to spread around the globe accusing Samsung of using recycled AMOLED displays in the manufacture of new smartphones. However, Samsung flat out denies this is the case and questions whether the original source was ever an employee and whether the “proof” – videos and images – were even taken in a Samsung facility. Read more
Samsung has already begun the rollout of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5 in Europe starting yesterday, while the American units are expected to get it sometime in the coming weeks. A source has now spilled the beans on the rollout schedule for other devices such as the Galaxy Note 4 as well as the Galaxy Note 3. Read more
HTC was expected to roll out the Android 5.0 update for the GPe One M7 and the One M8 a couple of weeks ago. But unfortunately, the update was delayed for reasons unknown to us at the time. The manufacturer has now started rolling out the update, but it’s not Android 5.0 as many expected. The manufacturer is sending out the Android 5.0.1 update instead, which was only recently made available for the Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10.
This explains the delay in rolling out the update for the two GPe devices. HTC’s Mo Versi claims that the roll out will officially commence at noon today (12/5), so most users should have it by the end of the day. The standard One M8 and One M7 are expected to receive the Android 5.0 update within a month from now.
Have you seen the update on your GPe One M7 or One M8? Let us know below.
It’s common knowledge by this point that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be launching by the first quarter of 2015. And just as we head into 2015, we’re starting to get a rough idea regarding the hardware of this Samsung flagship (SM-G925F). The latest revelation comes from AnTuTu, which is renowned for leaking out hardware details of smartphones and tablets ahead of schedule. Read more