Sony highlights how efficient you will be with the Xperia Z Ultra in latest video


Who wants to be more efficient and who wants a large, and I mean a very large, phone? Well assuming the answer is yes to both questions, then Sony thinks the Xperia Z Ultra is the phone for you. They just posted a highlight video showcasing how efficient you will be at creating a new note with any pencil, multitasking, using the calculator that features handwriting recognition, using the one-handed keyboard, and answering calls with the Bluetooth handset. With all this efficiency, the battery could be an issue, so you might want to utilize STAMINA mode. Hit the break for the 78-second clip.

Samsung planning to build five new Research & Development centers in South Korea


According to The Korea Times, Samsung is planning a very big expansion to their Research and Development division, building five new centers in South Korea. Each center will focus on different aspects of R&D including one for maximizing creativity, one for study and one for development of materials and components.

The Samsung official that spoke to The Korea Times went on to say that heated competition in the market influences decisions like these. One of the buildings is the R5 building, a playground for developing smart devices. Another one, on track to open about a year from now, is said to be “cutting-edge” and will employ 10,000 designers, developers and strategists. Two other buildings will focus on flat-screen and chipset research.

A researcher for Samsung went on the record to say, “R&D may not generate tangible results in the short term. But the key point is that Samsung can’t survive, if it fails to develop products that can give value to customers. Much of the remarkable progress in fields such as mobile computing and medicine has been possible thanks to the advancement of information technology backed increased spending on research.” Samsung clearly shares that belief as a company, increasing their research spending from 10.3 trillion won to 11.9 trillion won in 2012.

Source: Slashgear

Clove lists Sony’s SmartWatch 2 for £120 ($180) with a July 15 release date


When Sony announced the SmartWatch 2 last week, they said it would be available in September and they didn’t offer any pricing. Now Clove in the UK already has it listed with a July 15 release date. I am not sure that date will actually hold, but it’s the first time have a price associated with the watch. The first Sony SmartWatch was priced at $150, so one has to assume that the second version will be priced similarly, considering the fact that sales weren’t all that spectacular the first go around. Clove has it listed for £120 (with VAT), which translates to about $180. If you take the VAT out of the equation, it comes to £100, which brings us back to the $150 price point.

Study by European analyst group shows that the iPhone 5 is “the most hated” phone on the market


The analysts at We Are Social scanned data from Twitter, blogs, forums and other nooks and crannies of the internet following the launch of the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S4, the BlackBerry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 920, and what they found is very interesting. According to their study, Apple’s iPhone 5 is “the most hated handset” on the market, being criticized in one out of every five posts. To make things a little more awesome, the Galaxy S 4 is the “most loved”  receiving only 11% of the complaints.

Reported issues with the iPhone 5 included common complaints like the new Lightning connector forcing users of old iPhones to buy an adapter to use their accessories, and the uselessness of Apple Maps. Some users also complained about photos from the iPhone 5 having a “purple discoloration”.

Interestingly, 56% of discussions about the S 4 were about its new eye-tracking features, earning it the “most ‘wow’ factor” title. Even with Apple’s new spot as “most hated”, they still boast the best brand appeal.

Via: Cult of Android
Source: Daily Mail

Security flaw makes 99% of Android devices vulnerable, should you be worried?


If the title is correct than nearly 900 million Android devices are vulnerable to hackers who are looking to read your data, grab your passwords, or even control certain aspects of your phone. We have heard these kinds of things before and these articles seem to create more buzz about the “issue” rather than reporting about actual real life examples. Apparently this vulnerability is due to “discrepancies” on how Android apps are approved and verified. All a developer needs to do is create a trojan application and they will have access to the things I mentioned. This is according to Jeff Forristal, CTO of Bluebox, a startup mobile security company.

Could this be just a young company looking to make some press? Well I don’t doubt there is an issue here, one thing we do know is that Google is aware of the problem. There were told about it back February, but when Venture Beat asked about the situation, they didn’t comment. Of course that doesn’t mean that Google is ignoring it. I am sure they are doing everything they can to ensure apps with trojans such as these don’t make it to the Play Store, however they can’t control other third party app stores. There is also the issue with the manufacturers and trying to get the latest updates on all phones, which we know isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Ferrari-branded Motorola phone makes its rounds on the internet, possibly highly customized Moto X Phone?


The second half of 2013 is big for the Google-owned Motorola, who’ve already announced the super-customizable Moto X phone and have a couple other phones making their rounds on the internet in the form of FCC leaks and rumors. And on the subject of photos, the newest Motorola teaser has arrived in the form of an image of what appears to be a Ferrari edition Moto X, with a very cool Kevlar back.

Engraved on the back above the Ferrari logo are the words, “Elite Partners, New Orleans 2013” which presumably has something to do with the 2nd edition of the CCR/Ferrari French Quarter Classic taking place in New Orleans later this year. Whether or not it will be made available to the public is unknown, as is any information on what new features this edition may have.

If this is the Moto X, then the photo above is not only a testament to its customizability, but hopefully a sign of things to come. Personally, I’d love to see more phones designed under these partnerships. Let us know in the comments what you think!

Source: G For Games

Two Motorola phones headed to Verizon show up at the FCC, what are they?


The FCC is one of the best places to find clues before phones launch. They can’t be unveiled here in the U.S. unless they are approved by Big Brother right? The Motorola XT1030 and XT1080 just cleared the FCC, and based on the radios, they are headed to Verizon Wireless. The biggest question is what phones are they. Could they be DROID RAZR Ultras or could one of them be the Moto X? Since there is a size difference between the two phones and the model numbers are similar, I suspect the XT1030 is the DROID RAZR Ultra M and the XT1080 is the DROID RAZR Ultra. It’s not clear if the Moto X will ever be on Verizon, but we do know they are testing it.

source: FCC (XT1030) / FCC (XT1080)
via: Engadget

Celebrate July 4th with City Fireworks Live Wallpaper


If you’re looking for a cool fireworks live wallpaper, you will find a number of them in the Play Store, but you don’t need to look any further than City Fireworks. This one will give you an array of fireworks over various skylines such as New York, Washington DC, London, Berlin, Moscow, and more. As far as settings go, there are a slew of them. You can set the time of day to be in real time or fixed. If you want to add stars and or make the moon bigger, no problem. The paid version costs $1.04 and will give you the most options. Full list of customizations is as follows:

  • change city between New York (Manhattan), London, Moscow, Kiev, Paris, Berlin, Seattle, Toronto, Prague and Stockholm
  • additional selection of non-city scene Seoraksan National Park, South Korea (설악산국립공원, 雪嶽山國立公園)
  • number of rockets
  • turn on / off sounds
  • particle count of explosions
  • length of trails (from zero to infinite)
  • explosion flash intensity (or no flash)
  • moon size and position
  • snowflake count and color
  • any time of day or dynamic time (real time)
  • speed of clouds
  • turn on/off high and low clouds
  • true color (24 bit) option

If you’re really into customizing, you can use your own image as a backdrop. Just make sure it is a PNG file of any city/landscape with the sky cut out as a transparent alpha. Hit the break for a video and download links.

Evernote and Glympse team up to track your location for note trails


Glympse is a popular geolocation application for sharing your location with anyone in the world, without the need for extra accounts or social networks. Today, they’re taking their location services a bit further by announcing a partnership with Evernote that will allow users to export “trails” of their locations to an Evernote folder to track things like road trips or vacations. The notes will contain the duration of a shared location, date, time, and several other bits of information to keep an extremely detailed record of where you’ve been. It’s a pretty cool new feature that’s live in the update today for current users of Glympse, but if you want to test it out, both Glympse and Evernote are free. Check out the press release below.

Samsung buys Boxee for $30 million


According to a report from Israeli business site The Marker, Samsung has completed a deal to purchase Boxee for $30 million. Boxee, the company that has created streaming solutions via set-top boxes and home theatre PC software to your PC and TV, had been looking for a buyer and more funding for the past few months before they found Samsung. Samsung will continue to employ Boxee’s 40 workers.

Of course, initial thoughts are that Samsung will use Boxee to enhance their smart TVs. Could they also use the software to start a video streaming service, something like Google TV?

Source: 9 to 5 Google

Corning to create phone displays with highly anti-reflective and antimicrobial coating


Corning is best known for their highly resistant Gorilla Glass displays that are used in many, many smartphones around the world, but there’s a lot that goes into those displays aside from just being tough to break.  Their latest development is coming in the form of screens that are extremely anti-reflective and extremely resistant to germs, which is a first for the display industry. The glass that Corning is investing is can theoretically tolerate the weight of 10,000 elephants and barely 1% less transparent than air on a clear day, so it’s some pretty impressive stuff.

The bigger points are that anti-reflection tech and anti-germ tech, though. Everyone knows smartphones can be kinda tough to see in direct sunlight, which makes outdoor use difficult on phones. Corning’s latest anti-reflection coating makes a glass panel almost completely transparent, so all of that nasty glare disappears and it’s much easier to see what’s being displayed below the screen, which is in this case your smartphone. Not only will that improve outdoor visibility, but the coating also helps to destroy invisible germs that your phone naturally picks up while being used. After two hours, Corning’s antimicrobial coating destroys nearly every germ on the screen. Fancy, right?

There’s a lot of really technical stuff behind the tech, so if you want to see the full video, check it out after the break.

source: Technology Review

via: Phone Arena

Motorola X Phone will be very customizable, according to report


If the rumors are right, then customization is going to be taken to a whole new level with the Motorola X Phone. According to sources speaking to ABC News, customers will be able to select the color of their device, and engrave a message on the back before shipment. The phone will be sold standard at carrier stores, and customized version will be sold through a website. Customers will also be able to upload a photo and personalized wallpaper to include.

However, despite earlier reports, besides a few storage options, the inner hardware will not be customizable. Sensors will be included though, and they sound awesome. For example, a flick on the phone will activate the camera, and the phone will automatically switch to speakerphone once it detects the phone is in the car.

The X Phone is supposed to launch by October of this year. Right now, it looks like it will be US-only, but we will see soon enough.

Source: Tech Radar

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 3, 2013


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


Facebook Home receives mysterious update

Falcon Pro update brings new “hidden” feature to version 2.0.4

Redbox Instant now working on rooted devices

Snapchat receives new UI, SnapKidz in latest update


AT&T is planning on selling customers’ anonymous location information, web browsing, and app usage data

Google Glass

Google posts FAQ page for Glass focusing on security issues and goals for future

More LG Optimus G2 details reported


Earlier today word came out that the LG Optimus G2 may be one of the first phones to hit the market with 3GB of RAM. More details about the device have surfaced, though the new information may just muddy the waters a bit. Previously it was believed the Optimus G2 would have a 5.5-inch screen. New information indicates the smartphone will only have a 5.2-inch screen, though it will run at 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution.

Besides the large HD screen, a new photo appears to confirm earlier reports that LG has moved various buttons, like the volume rockers, to the back of the device. This means the bezel and overall device size can be minimized despite the large screen. Reports also indicate LG is incorporating optical image stabilization into the 13MP camera so better video will result.

LG has an event scheduled for August 7th in New York City. We anticipate there will be more leaks about the Optimus G2 and other LG devices between now and then, when the official specifications should be revealed.

source: Techblog
via: AndroidGuys