When Google introduced Chromecast, one of the biggest selling points was that it was device-independent. It didn’t matter what version of Android you were on, as long as you had the Chromecast and updated your apps to support it, you were good to go. For the most part, that holds true, just not for Verizon Droid RAZR owners.
Apparently, there is some kind of bug with the RAZR that prevents it from casting anything from Google Play Music or Google Play Movies & TV. The icon for casting simply doesn’t appear. The bug doesn’t affect YouTube and Netflix apps, and other Verizon and Motorola devices are seemingly unaffected, so this is specific to just the RAZR, and likely the RAZR MAXX. It’s tough to tell if this bug is because of Motorola software on the device or simply a quirk in the updated versions of Google’s Play apps. I guess we’ll find out soon.
source: Droid Life
Not to say that Samsung’s Exynos Octa Processor was marketed as an eight-core processor, but it certainly came off that way, and was probably part of the marketing strategy for the tech-giant. (Only four cores of the processor can be active at once, meaning that it truly isn’t an eight-core processor.) However, the company seems to be working on a true octa-core processor which is scheduled for mass production later this year, and is expected to compete with MediaTek’s new octa-core CPU.
Samsung’s new CPU is also rumored to feature custom ARM cores, which could make this processor an absolute beast. Although we don’t have any other information on it at this time, we can expect to find it in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 next year. (Yes, we are already talking about it.) It’ll be cool to see what Samsung can do this time, as their past processors haven’t really panned out to what they could have been.
Chinese phone manufacturer BBK is plotting to dethrone Huawei as the king of slim smartphones. Their newest offering, the Vivo X3, is the first smartphone thinner than 6mm (0.236 inches) making it slimmer than an iPod Touch 5th Gen and Huewai’s record-holder, the Ascend P6, which measures at 6.18mm.
BBK, while not a wildly popular brand, release extremely solid, cutting-edge phones with an emphasis on high-fidelity sound. Expected to launch in China sometime in August, we still know very little about BBK’s ultra-thin device, although we can assume that it will have a low-capacity battery and will be more expensive than your average Chinese smartphone. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more pictures of the Vivo X3 next to other smartphones.
When ASUS first unveiled the PadFone a couple of year’s ago, I thought it was one of the coolest devices. At the same time, I didn’t think anyone would ever buy into it. I just didn’t think we would be still talking about it in 2013. Earlier this year, they followed up with the PadFone Infinity A80, which most agree was a huge improvement over the original. It appears ASUS isn’t done yet. According to AnTuTu benchmarks a new one is in the works and could be announced later this year. It’s going under the name of ASUS PadFone Infinity A86 and includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 1080p display, and Android 4.2.2.
If you want further evidence of the said device, it also cleared the National Communication Commission (NCC) in China under the codename T004. It showed compatibility for LTE/W-CDMA and GSM (GSM 900/1800MHz and W-CDMA 2100MHz).
Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.
Last week we got word that the Moto X will feature Magic Glass as in you won’t find a gap between the Gorilla glass and the back. Now we have some really nice images of the front plate of the phone to feast our eyes on. We actually got to see very similar images earlier in the month, but these are much better quality.
Rumors have the phone at $299, but I have a feeling Google and Motorola will shock us with a $199 to $250 price point. I know the specs aren’t wowing the hardcores, but if you think about it, they are more than enough for the average Joe. What matters most is the performance and user experience. 1080p and/or quad-core means nothing to most people walking into their local carrier store. Hit the break for more images.
What’s that? You’re tired of the content from YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play on your Chromecast already? While I don’t think that’s possible, especially in a week’s time, have no fear! Vimeo and Redbox Instant have been confirmed to be working on adding support for Chromecast.
This move will surely cause Chromecast to be unavailable online for even more time, as the demand for the device has skyrocketed since its initial announcement last week.
Other media sources, such as Vimeo, Plex, HBO Go, Pandora, AOL, Revision3 are all rumored to be working on supporting Chromecast, or are at least “actively investigating and optimistic.”
If you weren’t planning on getting Chromecast before, are you now?
With the HTC One being currently dubbed as the best Android phone in terms of quality by many, Android’s own Hugo Barra wonders why that has yet to translate into the tablet world. It certainly does beg the question as to why an Android manufacturer has yet to make an Android tablet with great build quality like the HTC One or even like Sony’s Xperia Z. According to Barra:
If you look at the execution that HTC did on the One smartphone, it’s pristine, Why hasn’t someone done that on the tablet? Or on like ten tablets?
Obviously it begs the question of why Google has yet to take it upon themselves in creating such a tablet, but then we remember that Google wants to provide affordable but yet high end devices to their consumers (ala the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7). Barra:
Yesterday, an Oppo representative confirmed rumors that they are planning on challenging Samsung’s Galaxy Camera series with a series of their own: N-Lens. With the camera likely powered by Android just like the Galaxy Camera, Oppo views this as a very important project and one that they will put a lot of attention into.
Sadly, no other information was given, but we can speculate a high resolution camera that will take great pictures in low light situations. Are you excited for other companies to challenge Samsung considering their dominance in Android?
If you’re one of the lucky few wealthy enough to live in the Silicon Valley area it has been announced that select Starbucks will have charging tables with Duracell Powermat technology readily available for you to use. They already tested a few select stores in Boston, MA. With plenty of people owning smartphones and tablets these days, I’m sure it will be only a matter of time until more Starbucks will follow suit. Check out the source link below for more details!
source: Duracell Powermat