In 2015, the latest round of flagship devices will feature Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. The two Snapdragon processors, developed by Qualcomm, have 32- and 64-bit support. The company has sent them out to hardware manufacturers with the first half of next year being the scheduled arrival for consumer devices.
During an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit last night, two members of the OnePlus team confirmed that the Chinese company is already working on a scaled-down successor to its flagship smartphone, the OnePlus One.
Google turned sixteen a couple of days ago and to celebrate its birthday the company’s social media team took to Twitter to share a GIF of a gigantic birthday cake aptly decorated with a selection of colorful lollipops.
Waze has rolled out an update to their application adding some new features. Extending their user-submitted data model, Waze now lets users submit information on local places. Users can add or edit information related to businesses or residential locations. This could include information about parking options or whether a location has drive-thru services available. Users can also submit photos to help other Waze users recognize a location when they arrive.
As Chromebooks become more popular, demand for access to programs that users are familiar with on other platforms is going to continue to grow. Today it was announced that Adobe has decided to jump on board with Chrome OS by making their Creative Cloud, including a streaming version of Photoshop, available on Chromebooks. Although many of Adobe’s applications may be familiar to users as software that has to be downloaded and installed on a computer, the company has been pushing more features and services into the cloud. One of the benefits it appears is making the tools more platform-agnostic as seen with this latest move by Adobe.
We have seen several leaks surfacing regarding Verizon’s upcoming Motorola DROID Turbo, this year’s addition to the carrier’s DROID line of devices. Most recently we saw an image of the Kevlar clad back of the device. A new entry on the GFXBench web site reveals some detailed information, much of it confirming what was suspected, about the hardware that will be used to run the DROID Turbo.
Huawei has today taken the wraps off its Honor Tablet — an 8-inch slate with a ‘twist’. According to the Chinese manufacturer, the device has been designed to supersede your smartphone, therefore, you’re able to make and receive phone calls, send SMS text messages and browse the internet with this unit.
For those in the UK who are waiting on the Galaxy Note Edge to become available for pre-order, Clove has you covered. The online retailer currently has the curved hybrid on its web site available for pre-order. The device, as expected, costs a fair amount with Clove asking for £650 (roughly $1,055) with VAT included and £541.67 (roughly $849) without. This makes the concept device a bit more expensive than the Note 4 as it goes for £575 (roughly $933) with VAT. This is expected as the device is considered to be a niche device.
On the plus side, with the device going up for pre-order in the UK, it’s only short matter of time before it does in the US as well. We’ll let you know when and where it does. Stay tuned!
Meizu is already planning to launch the MX4 Pro by the end of October, but it looks like they’ve got a “mini” version of the device planned out, too. The MX4 Mini, shown above, sports dual SIM slots and a pretty heavily tweaked version of Android.
It looks like the phone will ship with YunOS, which is a forked version of Android developed by the Chinese company Alibaba. It’s similar to Amazon’s Fire OS in that it’s completely lacking any Google services and instead uses Alibaba’s own services. Meizu has invested in Alibaba, so it makes sense that they would want to support the company by using their software, but it’s really tough to compete against Google’s built-in services and the Play Store’s offerings.
Along with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement, Samsung announced the Gear VR. The virtual reality device will only be compatible with Note 4 for the time being and cost somewhere between $100 to $200. So in order to experience the new world that is VR, you’ll be paying a pretty penny to do so. Even so, your wallet will be happy to know that when you first get the device, you won’t have to pay for games. According to a report Oculus won’t be allowing developers to charge for their games for the first few months and while that may be good for the consumer, it may cause developers to lose interest in the new tech.