Sonos app updated, feature added allowing for music playback from Android devices

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The Sonos Hi-Fi wireless music system has been gaining a lot of respect from both the audiophile and music-newbie communities alike— its sheer power and easy syncing abilities make it one of the best sound system products on the market.

Now, they’re adding even more functionality to their Sonos app for Android, as you can now play music and podcasts straight from your library on your device. The previous version required users to download all of their music to their computers and media servers— streaming all the music stored on your phone or tablet is now possible.

If you’ve got a Sonos player, go grab the update now— it’s live in the Google Play Store. And if you don’t have Sonos, then what are you waiting for? Go get it!

Check out more information below, a link to download the update, and a link to get your own Sonos player.

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The new DROIDs feature a Clear Pixel camera, What is it?

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The new Motorola DROIDs feature a Clear Pixel camera that promises faster processing and better low light performance. How does it work? A traditional camera sensor needs a filter on top of the pixel array to register the actual color. Typically you will find a Bayer RGBG filter, which means each 4X4 pixel area of the sensor is covered with red, green (2), and blue light filters. The new DROIDs use a RGBC filter, which is similar, but the “C” stands for clear. This means that one of the four pixels recieves a full unfiltered amount of light while sacrificing one green pixel. This equates to 50% more light. Obviously this will help in low light conditions, but it will also make the camera a lot faster.

My chief complaint with Motorola over the years has been the camera. I am totally excited to see what the Clear Pixel can do.

source: PhoneArena

 

New DROIDs feature Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, What is it?

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If there was on thing we were surprised about with today’s Motorola DROID announcement, it was that the phones are powered by Motorola’s own ARM-based processor. It’s called the X8 Mobile Computing System. What exactly is it? The “8” is for the amount of cores, but it’s not an octa-core. It’s just the total amount of cores dedicated for certain functions. It includes a 1.7GHz dual-core processor for your apps, a 400MHz quad-core graphics processor, a single-core contextual processor, and a single-core natural language processor.

The new DROIDs are always “listening” to your commands or feeding you information via the Active Display notifications. One would expect that an “always on” feature like this would take its toll on the battery, but the contextual processor and the natural language processor prevent that from happening.

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Motorola releases four videos obscurely showing off features of new Droid line

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Curious about some of the details Motorola and Verizon are going to be pushing with their newly unveiled Droid lineup? Motorola has released four short videos detailing important features about their Droid devices that they believe are important for a solid device; endurance, strength, detail, and intelligence. Having instant Google Now access, that snazzy new Motorola processor, and kevlar backing play into those traits, and you can bet we’ll see these four details pop up in marketing material for the rest of the year.

If you’re interested, you can check out the videos below. In typical Verizon-Droid fashion, the videos are pretty obscure and weird at parts, but they’re worth a look if you’re considering picking any of the three new devices up. Read more

Oppo Find 7 details emerge, sports extremely high end specs and 4,000 mAh battery

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We have a few more details on the rumored Oppo Find 7 device that confirm a few things we’d heard about the device before, and some more details that make it much more enticing. The Find 7 is the successor the Find 5 and is aiming to be an extremely high end device for Chinese consumers. The device will sport a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of RAM, both of which are becoming the de facto standard of flagship phones recently, as well as a 1080p 5-inch screen. The biggest feature of the device, though, is a gigantic 4,000 mAh battery stuffed in it. That type of battery combined with Qualcomm’s excellent, efficient processors means this device should be able to keep itself powered for way longer than what we’re used to in phones.

The device is slated for a Chinese release at $699.

source: Phone Arena

Hands on with the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX [Video]

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We finally got our hands on the new DROID line from Motorola and Verizon. The “RAZR” name is officially gone so they are simply called the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX. It looks like these phones are going to be very similar to the Moto X in that it’s all about the features and ease of use rather than the specs. As to specs, we are looking at a display of 4.3-inches for the Mini at 720p (1280 x 720) and 5.0-inches for both the Ultra and MAXX, also at 720p (1280 x 720). All models feature the Motorola x8 mobile computing system that features 8 cores, but it’s not an octa-core. It has 2 app cores, 4 graphics cores, 1 contextual core, and 1 natural language core. Basically it’s a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. All models include 2GB of RAM and the Mini and Ultra get 16GB of storage, while the MAXX gets 32GB. You won’t find a microSD slot on any of the models. All three models will also feature a 10MP front camera and a 2MP front camera. The camera features clear pixel technology for faster processing and better low light performance. As to battery, the Mini has 2,000mAh, the Ultra has 2,130mAh, and the MAXX has 3,500mAh. You can expect 24 hours from both the Mini and the Ultra, while the MAXX will give you 48 hours.

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Motorola DROID MAXX, DROID ULTRA, and DROID MINI officially announced by Verizon, preorders begin today

droidThis will come as no surprise at all if you’ve been following the site, but today, as expected, Verizon made their new line of DROIDs official. The DROID MAXX, DROID ULTRA, and DROID MINI were officially launched at an event today in New York City.

The MAXX and ULTRA both come with great specs, including  a new in-house SoC, the “X8″ 8-core processor with a dual core CPU and quad-core GPU that was announced by Motorola today. The MAXX comes with a whopping 48 hours of battery life and wireless charging, however it’s about a millimeter thicker than the ULTRA, which Motorola hails as the “thinnest 4G LTE smartphone available.” The MINI comes with a compact 4.3 HD display, as well as wireless charging capabilities.

The ULTRA will run for $200 in your choice of red or black, the MAXX for $300, and the MINI will cost you $100, each with a 2-year contract, of course.The new phones will be available immediately to preorder from Verizon’s website. The Ultra and MAXX will go for sale on August 20, while the MINI will follow on August 29.

You can see the press release in full after the break for more information. Read more

Gameloft shows off trailer for Thor: The Dark World

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Like all Marvel superhero movies, we can expect to get some kind of tie-in game, and as usual, it’s from Gameloft. Thor: The Dark World is no exception, as Gameloft has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming Thor game that’s slated for release to the Play Store sometime in the fall.

The game itself looks like a traditional top-down dungeon crawler, Diablo style, but that’s not a bad thing. Everything in the trailer looks like it’ll make a fun time-waster, and Gameloft hinted at having a few other playable characters alongside Thor. There will also supposedly be over 100 missions and will include enemies from the movie, so this might even be a game some of us are still playing even after Thor’s made his exit from the theater spotlight. I guess we’ll find out later this year. Hit the break below for the trailer (it’s really short, only about 40 seconds) and the press release from Gamestop. Read more

HTC Desire 500 entry level Android smartphone released

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HTC made available a new entry level smartphone today, the HTC Desire 500, exclusivly through Taiwan Mobile. The 4.3-inch screen device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD. The Desire 500 comes with an 8MP camera capable of capturing 720p video. HTC has their HTC Sense overlay installed on the phone along with BlinkFeed, HTC’s take on a constantly updating homescreen.

It appears the Desire 500 will only be available in the Taiwanese market, but it could expand to some other Asian countries. Reportedly the price point for the device is somewhere around $400 USD, which seems to be on the high side for such a low-powered device.

source: HTC