If you ever need someone to cause a stir, just go to Steve Wozniak. In a recent interview with the BBC, the Apple co-founder made a bold statement by saying “I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future” because “it would be pretty likely” if he was still there. Can you imagine a world where Apple and Google teamed up for something? Google, with Android being completely open, and Apple, so independent on much of their work, being in cahoots with each other. And that is a concern that Wozniak brings up. Hit the break for an interesting piece from Wozniak on sharing technology. Read more
Today Verizon announced that they will be holding a press conference on November 19th in Minnesota at the Mall of America. Don’t expect devices at this event, but rather news on possible new contract plans as Verizon claims it’ll be a “reinvention of the wireless customer experience.”
No further details so far, but once we have more information we’ll be sure to relay it back ASAP. The event will start at 1PM CST.
If you’re in the market for a an Android phone with a great camera, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may just be for you. This device is slated to be released from AT&T this November 8th with an on-contract price of $199. While the Zoom has the “S4″ name, the specs are more like the S4 mini with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB’s of RAM, and a 4.3” 960 x 540 display.
Obviously, if you’re in the market for this device, it’s more about the camera rather then the specs. With the Zoom, you get a 16MP camera and 10x optical zoom with an F-Stop range of F3.1-6.3, and ISO goes from 100 up to 3200. The phone also has a true xenon flash rather than the standard LED ones that other phones have.
If you decide to pick one up through AT&T, you may also be eligible to receive a Galaxy Tab 3 for free, so make sure you inquire if you qualify. For more info on this device, check out the YouTube video right below after the break!
Samsung has dominated the smartphone market, and there aren’t too many people left that would even try to dispute that. However, the one market that Samsung desperately wants but hasn’t managed to claim is the tablet market. Although tablet shipments have been rising very quickly and even outnumber Apple, no one manufacturer has been able to make a line of tablets that truly compete with the success of Apple’s iPad line. In a few months, though, that may change. Read more
You generally don’t need a reason to slash prices, but the recent FAA ruling allowing the use of personal electronics during takeoff and landing has inspired Amazon to drop the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX by 15% for today only.
The Kindle Fire HD is normally $139, but it’s $118 after the discount. If you would rather grab the HDX, it’s priced at $195, a $34 savings. You can even grab the basic Kindle for $59. I still say the Nexus 7 is the best all around tablet in regards to price, but these Kindles are perfect for Grandma and Grandpa. Again, this is only good for today, and be sure to enter promo code ThnksFAA at checkout.
Order: Kindle / Kindle Fire HD / Kindle Fire HDX
If you are a gamer, you are going to want to check out the new line of MOGA gaming controllers. These new controllers for Android are available now and step it up a notch with MOGA Boost Technology. Not only are both controllers rechargeable, but they will also charge your phone while you play. There’s nothing worse then getting hooked into a game and watching your battery drain to 0%. Now you can game till your heart’s content.
The MOGA Hero Power for $59.99 (pictured below) is the more portable offering while the MOGA Pro Power for $79.99 (pictured above) is for the more serious gamer. Both work on Android 2.3+ and are at MOGA’s website and Amazon right now. They will also be available at Best Buy, GameStop, Sprint, Target, and Verizon soon. Hit the break for full specs for each controller.
The Galaxy Round isn’t exciting too many people because we are still in the very early stages of this technology. Eventually we will have foldable phones and tablets, but we will probably have to wait till 2016 or even as late as 2020. Samsung put together a document with concepts that could very well come to fruition in the coming years.
We will eventually have foldable phones, tablets, and even a transparent notepad. You just might be able to insert your folded phone in your wallet. So for now, you might not be coveting that Galaxy Round, but I have a feeling you might be desiring the Galaxy Round 3, or whatever they will be calling it. Hit the break for more images.
Late last night, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), but now it’s official. Since this is a jump from Android 4.1.2, there are quite a few changes. Unfortunately Samsung didn’t offer a changelog, but SamMobile put together an extensive list. One thing to note is the absence of Samsung Knox, but that is expected with a future update. Also, the core UI has changed, but you will still find the old GSIII launcher and widgets.
As of now, the update is available to those of you in Ireland, but other countries will follow soon. You will be able to get the update via KIES or over-the-air. Only unlocked non-carrier versions are getting the update for now. Carrier branded versions will have to wait, hopefully not longer than a couple of months.
Hit the break for the changelog.
This morning, Motorola sent us a “Save the Date” for November 13 with the hashtag #MotoG. I think it’s safe to assume we will see the Moto G at this event. Back when the Moto X was announced, Motorola did say they will offer a more economical version. The Moto X is only available in the U.S., but it’s expected the Moto G will be available internationally as well as in North America. We are hearing prices as little as free on contract or as little as $250 off contract. This is the same phone that we used to refer to as the DVX.
The Moto G will have a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, dual-SIM capability, and Android 4.3. The back is probably going to be removable, which will allow users to easily change the color of their phone.
The Moto G won’t be the phone of the year, but it could be a nice option for those on a very tight budget.
While the Moto X initially had a way to be rooted with PwnMyMoto, that method was quickly thwarted with an update that was pushed out to the X that also offered camera fixes. There’s finally another rooting solution, thanks to RockMyMoto. The new method uses Saurik’s Cydia Impactor, and a decent amount of ADB commands, which makes the process quite complicated, but it’s still a solution, and developer jcase has provided a video and detailed instructions on the steps required.
If you haven’t yet updated your Moto X, it’s suggested you use the PwnMyMoto method, considering it’s simplicity. If you aren’t sure if you’ve updated yet, try PwnMyMoto first before moving on to RockMyMoto. Details can be found via the source link.
Source: XDA Forum