It’s no secret that Samsung takes pride in its in-house Exynos ARM processors, but outside of Samsung’s own devices, the Exynos division hasn’t seen much market growth. In fact, last year Exynos chips saw pretty slow growth, mostly due to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPUs being the de facto standard in Android devices, including many of Samsung’s own models.
However, last month Samsung’s Exynos processors saw a 10% sales increase compared to last year, which is likely because many of Samsung’s newer phone models this year will debut with Exynos processors over Snapdragon processors, including the Galaxy Note Neo. On top of that, Samsung is reportedly working on several new tablets that will also use Exynos processors, which is something we’ve seen in the Note Pro line of tablets. The LTE models use Qualcomm processors, but all of the other tablets in the family exclusively use Samsung’s own CPUs. Further down the line, Samsung of course has a 64-bit version of their Exynos chip planned. Read more
T-Mobile has approved the latest KitKat update for their version of the Moto X, bringing the device up to Android 4.4.2. It’s an incremental update from 4.4, but it brings a few extra features including better wireless printing options, improved battery life, and a fix for delayed emails.
It makes sense that this model of the Moto X was the first to see this update, as T-Mobile’s variant of the Moto X is just an unlocked Moto X, so it doesn’t have to go through the carrier for any approval. Motorola handles pushing the updates directly to the device. You should begin seeing the update notification on your device soon, but you can manually go into settings and check for the update to speed the process along. Read more
A few weeks ago, Google met with Samsung suggesting that they relax with the software overlay used. This was in part due to Samsung’s new Magazine UX going overboard. It is Google’s way of getting a better handle on their open ecosystem. Today, a leaked document obtained by Android Police shows Google’s next step. They would like all OEMs to launch new devices with the latest version of Android. To gain access to Google Mobile Services, which includes Google Apps and Google Play services, the manufacturer must comply with that ultimatum. Read more
People are very sensitive when it comes to their privacy. Anything that jeopardizes it is always faced with a ton of backlash. But that doesn’t seem to stop Samsung from creating Context. It is a service that will share your data with app developers, according to The Information. Context would take what users type, apps used, and data collected by sensors to share with app developers; therefore, developers know how they can tailor an experience for a specific user. One example named would be launching sports highlights for someone who typically searches topics relating to sports. At this time, it is unknown if Context will see daylight as Samsung has not decided if it is valuable.
The Information was also able to confirm that Google met with Samsung just one day before Lenovo purchased Motorola. Re/code previously reported that this meeting was about toning down Samsung’s software overlay, something Google was very unhappy about. The new user interface really disatisfied
Source: The Information
Via: The Verge
If you were a bit uneasy regarding the HTC M8 being available on your carrier, this may allow you to take a breath. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified an HTC device with the design model number “0P6BXXX, HTC6525LVW.” It is not confirmed that this is the HTC M8; however, it is very likely so. Under the software version number, Verizon is joined by AT&T and T-Mobile as the carriers. Unfortunately, Sprint is nowhere to be found. But, you may recall that @evleaks was tipped that all four of the United States’ big carriers would be getting the HTC M8 by the end of Q1 2014. So if this is indeed the real deal, it looks like everyone will be getting HTC’s upcoming flagship device.
Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: Phone Arena
Bolt is another VoIP app that allows smartphone users to call other Bolt users free of charge. Bolt also hopes to eventually bring full number porting, messaging, and possibly a monthly subscription fee that would give unlimited calling and texting to any number. Links after the break!
Ever wondered how difficult it would be to install Google Glass onto your own prescription frames yourself? Truth be told, it’s actually not as difficult as we would first imagine. Thanks to Matt Coddington, we are shown a step by step process in achieving this feat. Check out the video after the break and take a look!
Thanks to the device passing through Bluetooth SIG, we can now assume that an LG G2 Mini is getting close to launching. While the LG G2 was one of 2013’s pleasant surprises in the mobile tech world, the G2 Mini will leave you disappointed. While most specs have yet to be speculated, we do see that it’ll come with a qHD (540 x 960) display. Also noteworthy is that LG plans on shipping the device with Android 4.4+ KitKat pre-installed, certainly a nice touch even though it’s deemed as a low-to-mid range device.
What do you guys think about these “mini” brothers flagships? Sick of them yet or do you think they end up finding a spot in the market?
via: Blog of Mobile
source: Bluetooth SIG
If you’ve taken a quick gander over in CM11’s Privacy settings, you’ll see that a new feature has been added. Over in the advanced AppOps view, a new panel has been added showing apps that start up upon your device booting up. This allows you to pick and choose which apps you would like to disable upon booting up.
Certainly a cool feature if you ask me. Out of curiosity, any of you guys use CM as your daily ROM?
source: CM’s Google+