It was only time before the specs for Samsung’s impending two devices in the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active were to become available. Here’s what you can expect with the S4 Zoom:
- 4.3” 540x960px Super AMOLED display
- 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
- 1.9mpx fron facing camera
- 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
- Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
- 1900 mAh battery
With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.
During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.
What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?
Regina Dugan of Motorola/Google showed off some pretty neat things today at the D11 conference in California. Apparently the company is working on an electronic tattoo that can be used for authentication purposes. It is being made by a company called MC10, which Motorola is partnering with. Another similar product she talked about was vitamin authentication. Dugan showed off a pill that can be swallowed, battery-powered by stomach acid, and can produce an 18-bit internal signal essentially making the swallower’s body a living, breathing password.
A couple of days ago an HTC device, or shall I say phablet, going under the codename T6 leaked. The full specs have leaked and it doesn’t appear HTC is leaving anything on the table. For starters, the display size is going to be 5.9-inches of 1080p beauty. We are assuming it’s LCD 3, but it’s unknown at this time. Expect the latest and greatest from Qualcomm in the Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) with a clock speed of 2.3GHz. Surprisingly RAM is going to be 2GB as opposed to 3GB, but we will take it. An UltraPixel rear camera will be onboard, but the megapixels weren’t mentioned. We can only assume it will be the same 4MP lens found on the One, but who knows, maybe HTC is able to bump that up a bit. The front lens will come in a 2.1MP. Considering the size of this phone, it isn’t a shocker that the battery is 3,300mAh.
Another interesting tidbit is that it will come with a fingerprint scanner, but not like what the Atrix had. This one will be on the back of the phone and it will unlock the device when you “grip it naturally’.
Lastly, it is rumored to come with Key Lime Pie, which I am doubting will be the case. As to when we will see this bad boy, I wouldn’t expect it until the 4th quarter of this year, especially if it is indeed going to have Key Lime Pie. The next question is what will they call this thing?
Google is still a search engine, which is easy to forget underneath the wave of other services they’ve gotten into recently. So today, Google’s unveiled a new feature in its core search engine; nutrition information. According to Google, you’ll be able to search for nutrition information such as “how much protein is in this apple?” or something more complex, like “how many calories are in a burrito?” Google will serve up the information you need and even give you the option to adjust serving sizes or see similar foods. Despite Google Health failing, Google is apparently still interested in keeping you informed about your health decisions. With the inevitable wave of big OEM smartwatches and pedometers, this is probably a smart step to stay ahead of the market for Google.
Despite being told that LG is not working on a Nexus 5, we naturally didn’t believe them, and according to a Korean site, Daum.net, LG has already produced their first prototype of the upcoming Nexus 5. The device has apparently been kept under very strict security, but Google’s Larry Page has seen the device. Exciting stuff, right? Unfortunately, there’s no details about specs, or if it’s going to have that fantastic camera or a less-than-1080p screen, or LTE or a microSD card slot. (Tip: Don’t hold your breath for the SD card) Google tends to release new hardware with the new major iterations of Android, so whenever they decide to show off that elusive Key Lime Pie, a new handset is bound to come with it.
Also, according to Daum, LG has shipped 3 million Nexus devices. It’s not competitive with what the big dogs like Samsung and HTC have moved recently, but the Nexus 4 was never supposed to compete with those kinds of phones. Hopefully, if LG is secretly making the next Nexus, they’ll be able to avoid those early shipping
disasters headaches this time around.
via: Unwired View
Artflow Studio just released Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw for Android tablets, which will bring out your creative side. Of course if you’re already a creative person, you will love it too. Artflow is easy enough for the novice, but offers features for the pro as well. It has all the standard stuff like 50 different brushes/tools and color selections, but it also offers layers and advanced controls like smudging and brush flow. It even supports pressure sensitive pens like Samsung’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Note 8.0.
What I like most about Artflow is that the Holo-inspired layout and controls are very simple. Drawing and sketching apps can be a little intimidating for the casual user, but not with Artflow. Upon opening the app, you are given a completely white slate for your next sketch. You will find two menus, one at the right edge and the other at the left edge. Just tap on the “less than sign” at the middle right edge or the “greater than sign” at the middle left edge to open the respective menus.
Starting June 26, the HTC One “Nexus Edition” will be up for sale on the U.S. Google Play Store for $599. This price is lower than the Samsung Galaxy S 4 “Nexus Edition,” which will be on sale for $649. Interesting, especially when considering how many people prefer the HTC One’s hardware to that of the Galaxy S 4. One main reason that consumers purchase the Galaxy S 4 is for the unique user experiences provided by the software, which will obviously be entirely absent in the “Nexus Edition.” Good move by HTC here regarding pricing.
The phone will ship with Android 4.2.2, is expected to upgrade to Android 4.3 when it is available, and will be supported on GSM networks. More info to come.
Source: HTC Blog
Privacy is a major buzzword these days and sometimes you want to be able to keep and/or do things on your phone that you don’t want others to know about. You will find plenty of apps that help you in this regard, but most of them only do one thing. What makes a great app is one that is not only simple to use, but also offers a lot of features, and Privacy Manager offers both. Privacy manager will do some of the simple stuff like keep certain pictures, apps, and contacts private, but it offers so much more. Privacy manager will also block certain numbers from calling you, disguise calls or SMS messages when you don’t want others to know exactly who is calling you, Ring your phone with a fake call when you need to be “interrupted” in a meeting. It even offers a password manager and let’s not forget the ability to record from your phone’s handsfree microphone. Privacy Manager has pretty much everything you could ever want, and then some.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini has appeared again and again, (and again) and now it appears as though Samsung has officially announced to the public that the device actually exists, and is coming soon. The device is essentially a smaller, more compact version of the manufacturer’s current flagship, with slightly trimmed down specs.
Check out the presser after the break.
More evidence of the hotly anticipated Galaxy S 4 Active has found its way to the internet today in the form of an AT&T-ready variant that went through the FCC’s approval process. While this doesn’t guarantee that it will be on AT&T’s network, it includes the same four LTE bandwidths found in the majority of AT&T smartphones. Unfortunately this doesn’t reveal any details about whats under the hood, but we do know that the device will have a downgraded processor and judging by photos and a brief video, a sleek and obviously water and dust-proof body. No word on a release date but judging by the information we have and various rumors we shouldn’t be waiting much longer.
Google hasn’t quite announced its next Android version just yet, but that isn’t stopping big-name manufacturers from working behind the scenes to ensure which of its devices will likely make the cut and get the next coveted update. Thanks to the leaked preliminary list you see above, it’s looking like HTC already has an idea of which of its devices will see which of its devices will see Android 4.3 and others that well… won’t see Android 4.3. For the most part, it looks like owners many of the flagship devices released in the last 15 or so months should expect to see the next version of Android. This means that all of you HTC One X, One X+, HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) and of course HTC One owners can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief.
On the flipside, HTC One S and Verizon Desire owners are probably going to be out of luck— though there’s a chance that HTC will possibly update its guidance and figure that the those devices can handle Android 4.3 after all.
source: Technos Amigos
via: Phone Arena
Those of you Sammy stans out there will be excited at the fact that the newest additions to the Galaxy Tab family have been outed for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to the studs at Moveplayer, we now know what the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will look like, as well as some additional details regarding the specs of each device. According to the site, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will come with an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT-LCD display and dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 on-board; the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on the other hand, will likely feature a similar spec sheet— while also addition the expectation of coming in no less than 3 variants and will measure in at 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm.
Samsung hasn’t come out and addressed the latest leak just yet, but all indications point to for formal unveiling and launch of the tablets at a June 20th event.
According to the Korea Herald, high-level management at Samsung recently held a strategy meeting to talk design for their upcoming products. The members of the meeting discussed the trends in the electronics market lately, and they all agreed that Samsung devices need to remain easily recognizable by consumers. They’re reportedly working on “Design 3.0” for their products, which is set to help keep Samsung devices ahead of the curve by focusing on “external beauty” as well as “technical practicality.”
While these details are extremely vague, it’s pretty clear that Samsung knows they can’t keep releasing the same device over and over and expect to stay at the top. Even with the Galaxy S4’s blistering sales and laundry list of features, the top complaint was how little it changed from the S3. Hopefully we’ll see Samsung shake the industry up by the end of the year. You never know, we may actually see an aluminum Galaxy device.
source: Korea Herald
After launching a new Gmail interface and updated Play Store and Play Music apps, Google still wasn’t done for the day. They have also updated their Calendar app, which now features a new UI and custom event colors. The design is totally Holo-riffic now, with snazzy redesigned date and time pickers. Customizing event colors, a feature missing until now, is very to accomplish. In addition, the update also makes it easier to schedule repeating events and schedule events in different time zones.
While the update is technically live, it will be rolling out gradually. When it’s your turn, you can grab it from the link after the break.