Looks like Samsung won the curved phone race. The recently leaked Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung, and it’s an odd piece of technology, to say the least. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, but hey, at least they’re trying.
The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. There’s nothing concrete, bu I imagine this is that rumored limited edition curved Note 3 that we’ve been hearing about. It’ll go on sale tomorrow exclusively in Korea for a little over one million won, which equates to about $1,000. That’s pricey, and very limited. It’s pretty clear that this is essentially a test run device for Samsung. Still, depending on how well the device is received, it’s always possible this could start to become the norm in the next few years. I personally don’t think it will, but crazier things have happened. More pics, a roll effect video, and full presser after the break.
Google Shopping is going through a few changes, most dealing with the implementation of local results. When a user searches for an item on Google, either desktop or smartphone, local store results will show up in addition to online results. Clicking on a local result will take the user to a local storefront page, where they can see the store’s inventory, managed through Google Merchant Center.
These new features for local businesses are currently only available for a limited number of retailers, but local merchants interested can fill out a form on Google’s website.
Source: Google Commerce Blog
Hot off the heels of its announcement this morning, the HP Chromebook 11 is already taking part in a giveaway. On Chrome’s Google+ page, they announced the “#giveachromebook“ contest. The goal is to reward someone that makes “your web amazing” so that a “Chromebook can help them do their thing even better.“ At the time of this writing, there are just 992 Chromebooks left so you better start nominating people! Read more
Rumors continue to swirl around the upcoming release of Android 4.4 KitKat and tonight’s latest involves the Downloads app. According to a leaked screenshot, the new version transitions the app to use the Holo Light color scheme, which should probably not be surprising given all the Google apps moving away from the dark theme. The screenshot also shows the new version of the app incorporates a proper action bar, with the sort button located on it instead of as a separate button at the bottom of the app.
It is not clear from the screen shots whether it will be possible to quickly Select All files with one button tap or whether users will still have to individually check each item. The screenshot does seem to suggest the possibility of arranging file icons in a grid instead of as a list. We also do not know whether any new sort options may be available.
source: Android Police
If you have been worried that the continual gains in computing horsepower in smartphones was reaching the point of uselessness, you can breathe easier as Disney Research has discovered a new technology for touchscreens that will surely chew up computing cycles. The team in Pittsburgh has created a way to communicate tactile information creating a sensory illusion of 3D objects or textures when a user is touching a screen. Read more
Google is always enhancing their search results, and starting today, when you search for a TV show, you will get some useful additional info. Searching for a TV show will now show episode information in the results, including episode numbers, names, and air dates. If you click on the episode name, you will get relevant results on that specific episode. It’s a very useful new feature in Google’s goal to have everything accessible to you through their Knowledge Graph.
Last week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.
Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.
Stay tuned for more info.
Source: Unwired Review
Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents. Read more
Samsung is so very close to unveiling their first ever curved smartphone, and if you’re wondering what it will look like, wonder no more. It’s supposed to be a limited edition Galaxy Note 3, and it could be called the Galaxy Round. The curve seems a little more dramatic than I pictured in my mind, but it could also be an optical illusion. It will be interesting to see how it feels in the hand and especially when using it as a phone.
A second picture was leaked that shows the backside, which looks very similar to the Galaxy Note 3. You can also see that it’s LTE-Advanced, which means this is going to the South Korean market. The big question is if it will be released in other areas?
Koushik Dutta, one of the top developers at Cyanogen Inc., has been working for quite a while now on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android through its ROM.
In the video after the break, Koush was able to mirror the HTC One to a Nexus 10. He still has some work to do, but he’s definitely making progress. Check it out for yourself!