KGI Research just released its predictions for the next generation Galaxy S phone. From what it looks like there will be two models, as current rumors suggest. The prime model will have a 5.2 inch 2560×1440 display and the standard model will feature a 5.2 inch 1920×1080 display. That means that the prime model will have a whopping 565 pixels per inch and the standard model will have a display with 423 pixels per inch. Those aren’t the only differences however.
Shortly after the Galaxy Gear was introduced, the speculation was that Samsung would release a Galaxy Gear 2 sooner rather than later since the reviews we so bad. The latest rumor out of Korea is that the Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled in a London event in March or April. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read between the lines to figure out that they are implying that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S 5. It’s also expected to be a lot more fashionable and will likely feature a flexible display.
Last year when Google introduced the first Google Play Edition (GPE) devices, many wondered if the Nexus line would be dead. Even yours truly made the prediction that we wouldn’t see a Nexus 5 phone, and of course, I was dead wrong. Well Eldar Murtazin sent out an interesting Tweet a few hours ago that stated that the Nexus line will end by 2015. He even went on to say that we can expect 2 or 3 devices this year, and that would be it.
Assuming this is true, why would Google wait that long to end the program? Why did they even bother releasing a Nexus 5? We all know that phones aren’t produced in 6 months. Between the design process, engineering, prototypes, and so on, it can take a couple of years. Google probably wanted to give those phones (and tablets) a chance rather than scrap them.
An official announcement from LG tonight let us all know that the LG G Pro’s successor, the G Pro 2, will be released in February. It’ll feature a pretty large and high-quality screen, just as its predecessor, but information on exact specs, pricing, and availability is not yet available. Expect the unveiling to come at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb. 24-27.
Via: Android Central
We already knew Google had quite a bit of interest in artificial intelligence and robotics, but it seems they have over $400 million of interest. Google is reportedly in the process of acquiring DeepMind Technologies for $400 million. DeepMind’s Web site describes the London-based company as “cutting edge,” specializing in combing “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”
This is definitely something to keep an eye on as Google grows into more and more areas of technology. Could Google be trying to rival Amazon’s futuristic delivery drones” We’ll have to wait and see.
Source: 9to5 Google
Samsung and Google have announced a new, long-term partnership to cross-license patents “covering a broad range of technologies and business areas.” The agreement covers both existing patents as well as any new patents filed during the next 10 years. Although Samsung and Google in general are not antagonistic toward each other, outside of the occasional small spat, they did take the opportunity to dig at other companies using litigation-based strategies with regard to their competition.
Samsung’s intellectual property lead, Dr. Seungho Ahn, stated the agreement shows “the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.” Meanwhile, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents with Google noted that, “by working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”
source: Samsung Tomorrow Blog
Although we see Google branching out into many new areas and products over time, that doesn’t mean they ignore the base of the company, search. Over the years Google has continued to expand the ability of their search engine to respond to queries from users. They have now reached a point where the Google Search engine is able to handle some “complicated” questions. Read more
Smartphone, tablet and other touch device users are in a constant battle to keep their screens clean. This usually involves wiping off the buildup of fingerprints and oils from our fingers, along with assorted liquids that may have splashed on the screen. Corning has been working on some technology to help keep screens clean at a more basic level with the introduction of antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Read more
Google Autocomplete has been used on multiple occasions to show how ridiculous some internet users can be. Inspired by Tumblr user Gaysquib, Twitter user Gabe Rivera created a map of autocompleted responses to “Why is [state] so…”
Most of the responses are pretty predictable, but some will still probably get a chuckle out of you. Check it out above.
Source: 9to5 Google
Planning on watching the 56th Annual Grammy Awards tonight? Then you might want to download the official Grammys app from the Play Store (or iOS App Store). It will give you the perfect second screen experience during the show, but it will also give you access to the Red Carpet before the actual event. During the event, you will get behind the scenes interviews and live performances. You can even follow all the hot Twitter feeds from both artists and fans. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.