LG has been releasing devices for a while now that have generated a decent amount of buzz, and it looks like the LS720 Optimus F3 is going to be added to that list. This phone will be a budget-friendly LTE handset, with a 4-inch WVGA screen and a dual-core processor. It will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and a strong 2,460mAh battery. Expect the phone to hit the shelves within the next few weeks, priced aggressively on contract.
Naturally, something that impressive was bound to catch some attention, and Google has apparently contacted Khare about the technology. She hasn’t disclosed any specifics about what Google has talked to her about, but she has said that she didn’t want to sell her work just yet. The technology she’s working on right now is already built to hold 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, which is 10 times more than the standard battery in our phones today. Needless to say, it’s easy to see why Google would want to figure out how to implement that type of technology in their own devices. Hopefully this won’t be the last of Khare we see in the near future.
It’s no surprise that as the processors for our Android devices get faster, other areas such as the device’s memory get faster as well. That’s why Sandisk has been working behind the scenes on its flash memory technology and recently announced it has begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on its 1Ynm process technology. For those of you not familiar with this technology, Sandisk is able to develop smaller-scale memory cell sizes, allowing for multi-level data storage management schemes which help bring multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips— chips that don’t even come close to compromising performance or reliability when used on our devices out there. So the hope is that this brand-new technology will ultimately bring smaller and less circuitry, while simultaneously bringing high capacity memory units at a lower cost. And hey— who wouldn’t want a more efficient and faster microSD card or other flash memory unit?
No word yet on when this technology will hit the general public yet, but hopefully we’ll see it on our devices sooner than later. Hit the break for the full presser from Sandisk.
A new variation of one of the world’s most popular web browsers is now ready for the limelight as Opera’s Webkit-based Opera 14 has officially hit the Play Store. The new build will not only bring a speedier version of the browser— it brings the ability to wrap text while zooming and the ability to view active tabs in full screen. The great thing is while there are some significant additions to the browser, the web browser still brings the simplicity and familiarity that we’ve all grown accustomed to loving. Of course there are a couple of other goodies that users may like, but you’ll have to hit the Play Store and check it out for yourself.
If you thought Google’s 15GB of combined free storage for Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos was a good deal, check out Flickr. They not only released a new app, but to entice you to start using the service, they are offering 1-terabyte of free space for both photos and videos. They certainly aren’t fooling around since 1-terabyte is more than enough for a small city of people, let alone an individual person. Of course videos can eat that up pretty quickly, and thankfully they are included.
To give you a perspective, you could take one photo every hour for 40 years and still not fill it up. That’s over 350,000 photos. To further compare things, it would cost you $50 per month for the same 1-terabyte of storage with Google.
As to the app, it’s now at version 2.0 which is on par with the iOS version. Hit the break for the list of features and download links.
As if seeing yesterday’s leaked photo wasn’t enough, we now have video of the Galaxy S 4 Active for your viewing pleasure. The video was captured by an unidentified individual and clearly highlights what we have come to know about the device. As previously described, you can see the device’s red/black sporty profile complimented by the appealing 1080p display and an 8MP camera. Something to note is the fact that the video describes the inclusion of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip inside, though previous indications showed that the device would get a quad-core Snapdragon chip instead— so we’ll need to wait and see what exact chip will be included in the device… which shouldn’t be too much longer now.
We knew that Google I/O was going to be concentrated on development, but we were still surprised that the updated Nexus 7 was missing in action. Turns out the new tab might have made an appearance, but we just didn’t know it at the time. The image above is a slide that was shown during a session on high performance audio. You can clearly see the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, and right smack in the middle is what appears to be a Nexus 7, but it doesn’t look like the current model. The bezel looks smaller and the top and bottom edges are curved.
The first assumption is that it could be a placeholder, but why would they bother with a placeholder? They could just insert the current Nexus 7 in that spot. Just in case you think the image could be fake, we provided the video of the presentation after the break. The slide shows up at the 38:27 mark. Let us know what you think.
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Since Google Hangouts was released last week, users haven’t been too happy with the lack of SMS and Google Voice integration. Google has already told us that SMS messaging will be included in the near future, and today a Google member is assuring us that Voice will also be a part of future versions. Nikhyl Singhal, product manager for real time communications at Google, went so far to say on his Google+ profile that Hangouts is “designed to be the future of Google Voice” and that future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly.
In addition, the recent Gmail update that added Hangouts disabled Google Voice outbound calling. On his Google+ account, Singhal added that “outbound/inbound calls will soon be available.” It’s great to see that Google will continue working to add and restore features to their new client that users want, but with Google, it’s hard to expect anything less.
The Google+ Photos enhancements that were announced last week were already available on the web, and they have now been added to the Android app as well.
Auto-backup is added in the update to automatically backup user’s photos taken on their phone to the cloud, of course with permission. Snapseed features are also included. Users can use tweaks like cropping, rotating, and exposure adjustments, as well as the popular filters Snapseed offers. Google’s own “Auto-awesome” feature which was demonstrated at the I/O is also available in the app after the update. Searching for the best photos is also improved in the update, using the new “highlights” feature which allows Google to pick and display the best photos from an album on the main page of that album.
Among the other features the update offers are improved location sharing and automatic related hashtags. You can download the updated app through the link after the break.
Sometimes, an app annoyingly doesn’t allow you to disable its notifications in the app’s settings. Sometimes, an app even gives advertisements through the notifications, which is even more annoying. If you have Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can fortunately disable almost any app’s notifications straight from the device settings. After the break are instructions on how you can get rid of the pesky alerts.
In an effort to keep its devices up-to-date and current, it appears that T-Mobile has a few new bad boys the way for its customers. First off the bat, the gang at TmoNews got some information on the imminent Galaxy S III LTE variant that is on the way. According to the leak, T-Mo plans on updating its Galaxy S III supplies with the LTE variant and plans on unveiling the device to its customers on June 5th. Of course we new that this special version of the device was in the works for some time now, but hey— the release is better late than never, right?
For some time now, rumors have been going around that Samsung will release different versions of the Galaxy S 4, including the S4 Mini and a rugged version, reportedly called the S4 Active (previously the Activ). A recent update to the Samsung WatchON app further supports the rumors.
The recent 5.4 update to Samsung WatchON includes the following text in the changelog: “Added support for upcoming S4 Mega, S4 mini and S4 Active.” We hadn’t heard about the Galaxy S4 Mega yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to suggest that it will be what its name suggests — a bigger version of the S4. Another possibility is that Samsung made a typo and they instead meant the Galaxy Mega, which is in fact supposed to come with WatchOn.
Considering this is an app developed and released by Samsung, I think this provides enough evidence to think that these phones will be arriving in the near future. Just when? Here are the release dates that were leaked earlier this month.
Although Samsung has not announced official pricing for the upcoming line of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 devices, one retailer has already listed the 7-inch version on their web site for $199.99. Adorama added an 8GB version of the Galaxy Tab 3 in white to their shopping cart system, indicating buyers won’t be charged until the item is shipped. However, they do not give any indication as to an expected shipping date. Considering the low price point, this is most likely the WiFi only version which Samsung indicated would be available starting in May. A 3G capable version is expected in June.
Some people are expecting Samsung to set price points for the Galaxy Tab 3 devices at increments of $100 as you move up in size from 7-inch to 8-inch to 10-inch. If true, that would put the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 at $399 for a base model.
The rumored successor to the HTC Butterfly, the HTC Butterfly S, has been spotted in a User Agent Profile XML file. The document revealed its screen resolution, 1080 by 1920 pixels, the same exact resolution as on the HTC Butterfly.
There’s plenty of room for speculation on other specs as further details have not yet been revealed, but it has been rumored that the phone will come with many features found on the HTC One, such as BlinkFeed, an Ultrapixel camera sensor, and Boom Sound audio with stereo speakers.
We don’t have any information on when the phone may be released, but a Q3 launch wouldn’t be a total surprise.