Sony no longer including permanent screen protectors for Xperia Z2 devices

xperia-tablet-z2There’s good news for you prospective Xperia Z2 buyers. At a meeting today at the Mobile World Congress, Sony confirmed that their “fixed screen protectors,” also known as “anti-shatter film,” will not be used on the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet. Instead, the devices exteriors will just contain bare glass and metal.

The previously used film had many problems, including their tendency to scratch and pick up fingerprints more easily than reinforced glass, which makes this news very welcome as Sony introduces their next generation of devices.

Source: Android Central

 

Samsung’s Knox 2.0 provides better app data security and brings a new cloud-based store

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Samsung has announced today the next step for its Knox security suite. With Knox 2.0, apps no longer have to be run within Knox. Instead, many apps from the Google Play Store can now operate with Knox to secure app data. Samsung has also launched the Knox Marketplace — a cloud-based store that allows managers to remotely install apps on employee devices. So far, Box and GoToMeeting have joined the Knox Marketplace and Samsung says more companies are actively working on adding their apps. While the Galaxy S 5 ships with Knox 2.0, other Knox-ready devices will be upgraded when they receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

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2014 GSMA Global Mobile Awards are in, phone of the year goes to…..

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Every year at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA holds the Global Mobile Awards, and this year was no exception. They have a slew of categories for devices, services, and apps.

For best phone, it went to the HTC One unsurprisingly. Unfortunately winning in this category doesn’t always translate into sales or profits. Did an Android tablet get best tablet? Unfortunately not, as the Apple iPad Air grabbed that one. Again, unsurprisingly.

What about innovation? The most innovative device manufacturer went to LG. AT&T also took best consumer mobile service.

If you want to see all the awards, hit the break for the full presser.

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Motorola to launch a smartwatch later this year, Moto X followup coming this summer

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Motorola held an event at Mobile World Congress, but it wasn’t like most of the manufacturer events we have seen. Normally companies who hold press events during MWC, usually have some products to introduce, but that wasn’t the case for Motorola. That wasn’t a surprised since they did announce their intentions when they scheduled the event.

There was a Q&A session and the panel of Rich Osterloh, Steve Horowitz, and Mark Randall confirmed that a smartwatch will be unveiled by the end of the year. They also confirmed, and not surprisingly, that a Moto X followup should be ready for late summer.

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Nokia tries to attract developers with claim that 75% of Android apps already compatible

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When Nokia announced their new Android-based smartphones yesterday at MWC 2014, they revealed that they had in fact forked Android for their devices. Immediately the company started fielding questions about how users could get existing apps onto their new devices if they decided to go the Nokia route. While sideloading apks is a possibility, Nokia is hoping developers will submit their apps to Nokia’s proprietary app store. To help move that process along, they are encouraging developers to submit their apps for inclusion and they are indicating that 75% of apps should be compatible with no modifications. Read more

New two camera system for HTC M8 shown at MWC 2014

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When spy shots of the MTC M8 surfaced, one item that really stood out was the existence of two cameras on the back of the device. The companies that helped develop the new two camera system, Qualcomm and Corephotonics, were on hand to demonstrate the new system and talk about what it will mean for the new HTC smartphone. According to Corephotonics, the new system will provide better zoom capabilities for users, it will produce superior images, and enable adjustable depth of field effects even after an image is captured. Read more

Here’s a much closer look at Google’s Project Tango

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Google announced Project Tango last week leaving us salivating for a closer look. Today is your lucky day because The Verge was able to get their hands on one of the devices along with an interview with Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of Movidius, which is the company that developed the technology for Tango. Although Google said they have been working on Project Tango for the past year, Movidius has been working on this technology for the past seven years.

The Project Tango smartphone features cameras and sensors that are able to map your surroundings in 3D. In fact, El-Ouazzane says that the technology is very similar to NASA’a Exploration Rover when it mapped the surface of Mars. Now they are able to drop the 400 pound vehicle and put it in our hands.

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Usable storage on the Galaxy S 5 is unsurprisingly low again

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Remember that story about how Google was supposedly on Samsung’s you know what to get rid of the bloatware on their devices? Well either it was too late to change the Galaxy S 5, or the report was completely unfounded, because the usable space on the Galaxy S 5 is going to make a few people angry. GottaBeMobile did a quick check on one of the demo units and found it to have only 8.65GB out of a possible 16GB that is usable. I don’t have to do the math do I? That is roughly 50% according to my calculations, and is a little below last year’s Galaxy S 4.

This isn’t surprising, but I am also wondering why the rumor that Samsung was going ditch the 16GB version didn’t hold? It seems to me that if Samsung wants to continue to throw bloatware on their phones, they should at least make the entry model 32GB.

source: GottaBeMobile

Galaxy S 5 will be powered by either a Snapdragon 801 or an Exynos octa-core

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If you watched Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, you might have noticed there was no mention of what processor the Galaxy S 5 will feature. Well last night, we posted an infographic highlighting the specs of all Galaxy S devices, and one thing that we did notice was that for the processor of the GS5, there were two listings. A 2.5GHz quad-core and a 2.1GHz octa-core.

Now the fact that there will be two versions isn’t surprising since that is exactly what happened last year. As to the octa-core, we can confirm that it is indeed an Exynos, but we don’t know which model yet. As to the quad-core, Samsung revealed that it will be the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The 801 is essentially an 800, but it has a higher clock speed and supports a faster GPU (578MHz vs. 550MHz). We expect that, just like last year, the majority of the world will get the Snapdragon, while Korea will get the Exynos version.

 

While everyone is making announcements at MWC, Motorola is working on the Quark X

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And so it begins. Twitter’s @evleaks has tweeted that Motorola is working on something while other companies are getting the spotlight Mobile World Congress. What is it? Something called the Quark X. While we have no idea what exactly this is — phone, tablet, or maybe even a wearable — odds are it is the successor to Motorola’s Moto X. And when can we expect to see this device? My guess would be June; however, Google is holding their I/O conference and Apple is rumored to be holding an event that month as well. If Motorola wants to be the center of attention, waiting until August may be the best bet. Read more