A picture of a Sony Xperia Z3 from a training event appears to have revealed the specs for the device. The Xperia Z3 that was being used for training purposes had a sheet with specs affixed to the back of it. Although the image could be a fake, the specs seem to line up with previously leaked information. Assuming the image is real, there are a couple bits of new information we learn from the pic. Read more
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will finally get revealed tomorrow at IFA, but for an appetizer, we have some pictures and what could be the final specifications of the device.
As you can see in the images, Sony will be offering the phone in white, black, mint and orange. As for specs, you can expect a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera with the capability for 4K video, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust / water resistance, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will measure 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5 x 2.55 x 0.33 in) and weigh 129 g (4.55 oz).
In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones. Read more
Back in December, Google showcased several apps that really stuck to Android’s design guidelines and had great interfaces. Today they’ve updated the Play Store with the best designed summer apps as a follow-up to the winter selection, and this time they’re bragging about apps that are already using the Material Design guidelines.
Android L isn’t out yet, but Google is already recommending that developers take advantage of the newer design elements to create some consistency across Android apps. Many of the apps listed, including Yahoo News, Lumosity, and Duolingo, jumped at the chance to update their apps to stay in line with Google’s design standards, and that’s paying off for them. Read more
Meizu has made the Meizu MX4 official by launching the pre-order page on their web site. Consumers can “book” their device with shipment expected to occur on September 20th. The MX4 comes with a 5.36-inch IPS display running at 1152 x 1920 resolution. The odd display resolution accounts for a row of controls that will be part of Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 interface, leaving a full 1080p HD space available for apps. Meizu also claims they are first to market with an 1100:1 contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness and 85% of the NTSC color gamut. Read more
Samsung’s love affair with bling continues with the recently announced Gear S. The Gear S in itself isn’t affected, it’s the strap. The strap will be made completely with Crystal Fine Mesh, which is being introduced this month. Samsung feels these Swarovski cut crystals “perfectly complement the chic, curved design of the Gear S.”
I think it makes the most sense for the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection to include the Gear S since watches are more of a fashion statement than smartphones. No word on price, but I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap though. If you find it’s your thing, you will be able to find the new strap at the Samsung online store and at experience stores starting in October.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Ahead of IFA, the Gionee Elfie S5.1 has been announced, and it’s easily one of the most incredibly thin Android devices we’ve ever seen. The phone measures just 5.1 mm in thickness, excluding some bulge around some of the phone’s ports. Still, that’s an impressive feat.
Most importantly, the device still features a 2100 mAh battery, so it’s not going to die in two hours like some other razor thin devices. The S5.1 will be available in a handful of different colors, and China will be the initial launch market for the device. Read more
A new application has been released onto the Play Store that adds in some much needed functionality for managing Android Wear applications. The app is appropriately called Wear App Manager, and it offers an interface for quickly viewing the apps you have installed on your Android Wear device. Plus, you can uninstall the apps very quickly from WAM’s list function. Read more
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Google hosting event on September 15, probably to launch Android One
The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines up perfectly with a previous report that Android One’s launch was coming at some point in September.