Similar to the Z3 Compact receiving photography treatment, the supposed Z3 is receiving similar treatment. A user of the Chinese web site Baidu has posted some photos of the alleged Z3 despite the fact that the design differs just a bit than previous design leaks. Of course design elements can change over time but it could be that we’re looking at a different phone entirely.
According to Samsung supply chain sources, Samsung’s three-sided display has entered the trial production phase. The three-sided display was reported on last November, and features an interactive side panel. It’s not completely known what kind of features the side panel would offer, but it will most likely be used to quickly unlock the device and/or offer a quick menu of most used apps or bookmarks.
Buying books has gone digital, but many buyers still prefer the real thing. Google and Barnes & Noble just announced a new partnership that will offer same-day delivery of physical books in West Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Manhattan. Books will be purchased through Google Shopping Express and will be delivered the same day from local B&N stores.
Google released multi-user features on tablets through its 4.2 Jelly Bean update back in 2012 and refined the feature in the 4.3 update. However, if you own an Android smartphone, you’ve probably noticed that the feature is lacking. That issue may soon be resolved, thanks to a request made on Google’s website. According to a response on the thread by a member of the staff, “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build.” This response leads us to believe that different user profiles, restrictions, and settings will be available with the next big software release: Android L.
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Apple vs Samsung
Apple and Samsung agree to stop all current litigation outside the U.S.
Facebook Messenger adds Android Wear support
Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
Much emphasis gets put on the contract side of T-Mobile’s business and how it competes with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, but the prepaid section of the market has been a point of focus for the Un-carrier too. According to John Legere, that focus has paid off, as T-Mobile has officially passed the other three carriers to become the top prepaid carrier in the US.
There are not many complaints when it comes to the HTC One (M8). It flaunts an aluminum unibody, sharp display, and BoomSound speakers. With that last one, though, comes some disadvantages. The speakers take up a decent amount of space and then HTC’s own logo-stamped bezel gets stacked on top of that. So the biggest issue people have had with the device is its bezels. It seems like HTC has a response by working with an audio expert.
For their next flagship, presumably called the HTC One (M9) for now, the company will work with Bose Corporation in order to make a more efficient set of stereo speakers. In return, the bezels of the device can be reduced and achieve the near edge-to-edge display that so many other hardware manufacturers are working towards. Bose has solely focused on the audio equipment industry, so HTC is outsourcing the work to a company that very well knows what potential solutions are.
Via: Phone Arena
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
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Google latest acquisition is the instant messaging company, Emu, that left beta status earlier this year. Emu set itself apart from other messaging services by allowing users to use voice controls to do things like set calendar appointments and other tasks, not unlike a Google Now or Siri. Not only that, but Emu used contextual information from the conversations you were having to make recommendations on things like restaurants or places of interest that you might enjoy.