Last week, the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) showed up in its first video, and another one was just released showing off more details. This video emphasizes the camera and main interface. The Z2 is going to be a beast in terms of the camera as it can shoot 4K video, will include Timeshift effects such as slo-mo and high-speed, shoot cinemagraphs, duplicate moving objects, simulate bokeh, and scan documents to JPG/PDF.
You will also see a lot of the new features from the user interface, which include a new “simple” homscreen that shows bigger icons and larger text. You will also see some motion gestures, custom sound settings, and so much more.
Hit the break for the full 12 minute video.
Yup, not all teaser videos are supposed to make sense. Take Huawei’s latest offering, which uses a phone that resembles an iPhone along with a Siri clone. The narrator asks her, “What’s new at this year’s Mobile World Congress?” Then of course, you get the usual visuals that you find in any teaser along with certain bits of information. However, the visuals take place in the “iPhone” and is narrated by “Siri.” She talks about a tablet, a smartphone, and a new multimedia tablet.
Does the “iPhone” and “Siri” software have anything to do with the new announcements? Probably not, but Huawei sure got our attention this morning didn’t they? Hit the break for the video.
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new Sony tablet that showed up at the FCC. Now the specs leaked for what could be the same tablet, the Xperia Z2. According to @evleaks, it will have a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) Triluminos display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (most likely a Snapdragon), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 6,000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s also supposed to be only 6.4mm thick and waterproof.
Now the tablet we saw at the FCC has a different model number, TM-0043-BV vs SD800 for this leak. Sony might have different model numbers for different regions so they still could very well be the same tablet. I doubt Sony is readying a second tablet.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is using Google Glass to create a very unique exhibit for President’s Day. Titled “Portrait of America,” the exhibit is made up of tons of eye glass lenses across an American Flag, and they’ve integrated Glass into the exhibit in a pretty amazing way.
Behind each lens is an icon of a famous America from history, ranging from JFK to Lady Gaga, which visitors can see when wearing Google Glass. Not only are the images of the icons revealed, but you can also watch short clips and videos about the person you’re looking at. It’s a pretty complex and interesting take on combining art and technology. Read more
As many of us know, Android originally started as a project by Andy Rubin as a company completely separate from Google. It wasn’t until 2005 that Google scooped up the mobile operating system, and a few more years until we actually saw it make an impact on the mobile market. However, it turns out that Google wasn’t Rubin’s first choice to find funding for Android. The Android team originally tried to get one of the biggest manufacturers to take up the project.
In 2004, Andy Rubin and the Android team flew to South Korea to talk with Samsung about securing funding for Android, but instead of any enthusiasm, Samsung reportedly laughed the team out of the board room, considering their small development team size. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but Samsung still laughed at the group of guys that would eventually go on to completely flip the smartphone industry on its head. Fast forward a few years, and Android is arguably one of Samsung’s most valuable assets. Read more
Last week Koushick Dutta mentioned on his Google+ page that he was working on mirroring Android devices to Chromecast. He is back at it, this time with a video showing the mirroring in action. He still has not indicated whether this capability will be added to his AllCast app or if he is developing this as a separate, standalone project. You can check out his work thus far after the break. Read more
Qualcomm Technologies announced the Snapdragon 802 chip targeted at Smart TVs last month during CES 2014. Just over a month later, citing weak demand, the company has announced it is killing off the chip. When announced, Qualcomm noted that the processor was uniquely designed to power Smart TVs running Ultra HD resolutions as well as smart set top boxes. Read more
SlickLogin, which announced a new sound-based security system a few months ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt event, has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. The goal of the SlickLogin team is to make logging in “easy instead of frustrating” and that it should not get in the way of a user even when two-factor authentication is used. According to their announcement, SlickLogin says Google agrees. Read more
Although the original Flappy Bird app is no longer available through Google Play or Apple’s app store, players hoping to give the title a try have plenty of alternatives to choose from as developers rush in with spin-offs and mock-ups. As some developers have discovered, although the game is history the name lives on as Google and Apple allegedly are trying to police potential copyright issues for games with the word “Flappy” in the title. Read more
Things continue to heat up regarding the Galaxy S 5 and the HTC One successor. We are only one week away from the GS5’s unveiling, and we already have a good idea of what the hardware and software will look like, but will there be a version with a 2,560 x 1440 display? LG decided to make a little noise before MWC with the unveiling of the G Pro 2. Will one week really give them any kind of a boost? Flappy Bird is gone for good, but the clones will live on forever. Is Dennis Woodside’s departure from Motorola a good or bad thing? And is Nokia readying a higher-end Android phone? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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