Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of shooting 3D pictures as well as 4k video, and the dedicated camera button makes a return on the side of the device. Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially launched last Friday, but not everyone is able to get the device just yet. Ting Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, won’t be able to offer the device until after Sprint has, but today they started taking pre-orders for the device. These orders are set to ship in May.
The Galaxy S5 is being sold by Ting for $597, which is lower than the full retail price being offered by AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Ting offers low monthly rates to its customers, but because of this they cannot offer subsidized phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon was found to be missing the Download Booster feature, which combines the use of WiFi and LTE connections to download large files, and which Samsung has been showing off ever since their latest flagship was released.
Users of the Verizon and AT&T variants of the device will be happy to know that there is a work-around to the feature being hidden – all they have to do is install a third party launcher (such as NOVA) and create a shortcut to it. Despite this, we still don’t know if the Download Booster actually works using this workaround. A line of code could be inserted enable the feature to work natively, but this code cannot be added because of the fact that there is currently no root exploit for either device.
Source: XDA Developers
Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. Read more
People always wonder what projects Google’s secret division dubbed as “Google X” considers each year. Thankfully, a couple members of this secret Google division came out and discussed some of the projects that were talked about. Hoverboards, teleportation and space elevators were all talked about and while it seems very far-fetched and a far reach, you have to reach for the stars in order to achieve something great, right?
While it’s not practical for the technology we currently have, I like the idea that Google at least talks about these ideas. Lets face it, ever since we all saw “Back to the Future 2,” I think it’s safe to say we all have wished for hoverboards to be invented someday. While the projects of teleportation and space elevators have been shelved due to the high cost of money and the need to break certain laws of physics, who knows, maybe we’ll see these projects being revisited in the decades to come?
source: Fast Company
Humble Bundle today launched their 5th mobile bundle, feature 6 great games – Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bag It!, Carcassonne, The Cave, The Room Two, and R-Type II. You can get three of the games for whatever you want to pay, but if you purchase all 6 you’ll still be paying more than what you pay for the bundle.
The bundle comes in at $20, which averages out to less than $4 per game. In fact, the bundle includes 3 games that cost $4.99 each. Not only that, but a portion of the money made will go to charity. Hit the source link to buy the bundle for yourself!
Source: Humble Bundle
Project Ara keeps making a ton of progress. A finished prototype is expected to be ready by the end of this month. In case you were unaware, Project Ara is a device that uses modules to function properly. Simply input different modules for different purposes. The folks at The Verge were able to get an inside look at what Google and the Project Ara team have been up to. The end goal for Google to have a brand new industry in its hands. Read more
Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon smartphone isn’t an urban legend. We have been hearing for years of an Amazon phone, but this time it looks as though it’s for real. Not only that, there might actually be two phones in the works.
The photos above and below represent a prototype so expect the finished product to look very different. As you can see, a protective shell is around it to hide certain features. This unnamed device is expected to include a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear main camera, front facing camera, and of course a fully forked version of Android.
Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.
Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.
In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device. Read more