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Google launches its first Android One smartphone in Pakistan

Posted by wicked July - 6 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 10.39.53Earlier today, Google launched its latest Android One smartphone in Pakistan. The QMobile A1 is available to purchase right now from the Play Store in either black or white for 11,500 PKR ($110).

With regards to internals, the handset packs a 4.5-inch IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1,700mAh battery.

Straight out of the box, the QMobile A1 runs the latest version of Android (Lollipop 5.1.1), so users have access to the new Material Design user interface, smarter notifications and quick access to data controls.

If you’re based in Pakistan, like the sound of the QMobile A1 and would like to pick one up — hit the source link below.

Source: Google

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Yotaphone devices to drop Android for Sailfish OS

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Yota, a Russian manufacturer that produces the dual screen Yotaphone, has announced that it will start using the Sailfish OS on its devices instead of Android. Sailfish is an alternative operating system produced by former Nokia engineers at Jolla and based on the old MeeGo OS. Sailfish was selected after Yota also considered Samsung’s Tizen OS as a replacement for Android on their devices.

Currently Yota is selling their Yotaphone 2 smartphone and it is not clear whether the Sailfish OS will be an option on new Yotaphone 2 devices or whether Yota will make the switch with the next iteration of a dual screen smartphone. When they do make the switch, Sailfish should provide Yota will more flexibility to customize the operating system than what they are able to do with Android. The downside is that the app landscape is much smaller for Sailfish, although most Android apps should work if sideloaded.

The Yotaphone and Yotaphone 2 are unique in the smartphone market in having dual screens. The “front” screen is a typical display with the current Yotaphone 2 getting a 5-inch AMOLED full HD screen. The “back” screen is a 4.7-inch E-Paper Display, similar to Kindle devices, supporting 16 levels of gray. The back display can be configured to show information like clocks, stocks, weather and social media updates or it could display an Android app. By using the back display, battery life can be extended to up to 100 hours.

Using Sailfish will put the Yota devices into a category that comprises only 4% of the market according to IDC – smartphones not using Android or iOS.

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source: Yahoo! News
via: Android Authority

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The LG Nexus 5 (2015) will not be based on the G4

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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We’ve known for a while now that Google is set to launch not one, but two Nexus smartphones later this year. One will be manufactured by LG and the other by Huawei. However, if a new report out is anything to go by, it would appear that the LG-built Nexus will not be based on its flagship G4 as previously thought. Instead, the South Korean company has teamed up with Google to design the upcoming device from scratch.

It’s a pretty well-known fact that up until the Nexus 6, all former Nexus-branded devices were adapted versions of popular Android flagships. However, Google wanted a more unique smartphone to flagship its lineup, so when the collaboration began with Motorola for the Nexus 6, the search engine giant broke the mould and asked the company to start from the ground up — which is exactly what it’s rumored to have done with LG.

The report claims that the smartphone is currently being referred to as the Nexus 5 (2015) internally, although the name could change at a later date and also suggests that LG could be working on a more pocket-sized device, whilst Huawei may be developing a phablet for Google, possibly codenamed the Nexus 6 (2015).

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too much longer before we find out more about these handsets, all Nexus smartphones are launched alongside new Android versions, and Android M is expected to appear on our handsets some point this fall. We do have to commend Google, though. It’s done an amazing job at keeping the leaks under wraps and preventing any potential hardware specifications from seeping out. Well, for now, anyway.

Source: AndroidPIT

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Upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 appears in South Korean brochure

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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We’ve heard an awful lot about Samsung’s upcoming high-end smartphone, the Galaxy A8, over the course of the past few months, but we haven’t had any indication of when it’s supposed to launch. Up until now that is. Earlier today, a picture emerged online promoting the unofficial phone in an independent retailer’s brochure, thus suggesting that its release is imminent.

The image below confirms everything we already know about the device. It will sport a 5.6-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal expandable storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,050mAh non-removable battery.

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Unfortunately, we still don’t have any information with regards to pricing or availability, but judging by the strength and credibility of this leak, we think that Samsung will take the wraps off this handset within the next couple of weeks — so be sure to check back for more information.

Will you be picking up the Galaxy A8? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Source: GSM Arena

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Infographic: How to use Samsung’s S Health app to achieve your fitness goals

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you’ve ever let yourself get out of shape and then attempted to reverse the process, you’ll know that it’s hard work. Results take time, and sometimes you can lose heart when you don’t see solid evidence that your effort is rewarded with sculpted muscles. Of course, if you have a Samsung smartphone, you can make use of the Korean tech company’s S Health fitness app to both track your progress and to measure just how much exercise you are actually doing, as shown in the infographic below.

The infographic shows how sleep, exercise and your diet impact on your health and how you can use the app to set goals to achieve. The S Health app offers stats such as your Most Active Day and your daily/weekly/monthly goals to help keep you motivated. Whether you are walking, running, cycling or hiking, the S Health app will track your progress. Have you used the S Health fitness app before or do you use a different app to track your progress with your fitness regime? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: SamsungTomorrow

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OnePlus has sold out of Google Cardboard VR headsets

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Earlier this week, OnePlus made its modified version of Google’s Cardboard virtual reality headset available to order free-of-charge apart from the $5 delivery fee. With OnePlus gearing up to announce its next handset(s) via a virtual reality event on July 27th, a Cardboard headset be useful to view any potential easter eggs. Sadly, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to order your OnePlus Cardboard unit, you’re set to be disappointed.

If you go to the OnePlus Cardboard product page, it’s showing up a being ‘Sold Out’, which is hardly surprising considering that customers only had to pay the $5 delivery fee and that OnePlus will have had limited stock in the first place. Will OnePlus get more units? It’s hard to say, but one would hope so because there’s still just over 3 weeks to go until the OnePlus 2 launch on July 27th. If you are disappointed not to get your hands on a free OnePlus Cardboard, will you be sourcing a similar device from another outlet? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Source: OnePlus
Via: PhoneArena

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Sony has a new facial expressions selfie technology

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

sony-selfie-patentSony has just filed a patent for a new selfie technology that can take contentious selfies and pick out the best one for you.

The new technology patent seems pretty weird as it will allow a phone, camera, or Google Glass type device to take many photos throughout the day and night. The pictures are then sent over a secure network to a server that will then process them. The software will detect emotional states being displayed in each photo and apply the appropriate tags.

Users can search for all the happy times during the day or sad ones, etc. All the blank expressions can be deleted. You could also create a timeline of different emotions.

It will even take photos of you during your sleep which could be used to track sleep patterns for better sleep quality, but is also super weird. I really hope sleeping selfies don’t become a thing.

Obviously privacy concerns could be a problem, especially with every photo being sent over the internet to a private server. What do you think of this patent, are you excited or creeped out?

Source: Venturebeat

 

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Samsung to release J1 Pop as the J1 Ace

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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According to Dutch retailer NieuweMobiel.NL Samsung is changing the name on the planned J1 Pop Android phone to the J1 Ace. The original Samsung J1 was a low end android smartphone that started the “J” line of phones. So expect to be seeing similar lower end phones under that line.

We all know that flagship devices set the bar as far as expectations go so this should be no exception. This new variant seems to simply be an upgraded version of the J1. Although specs were not listed, it is priced higher than the J1 so that could be a big indicator as to how better it is over its predecessor; how ever incremental the improvements may be.

Currently it’s listed on the site for €114.95, ($127.59 USD with current exchange rates).

J1 Original Specs:

  • Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • 4.3 inch screen (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 4 GB Storage w/ 512 MB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP FFC
  • 1850 mAh battery

If you were a fan of the J1, then keep a look out for any more info on the J1 Ace.

Source: NieuweMobiel.NL
Via: GSMArena

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Possible Google Glass successor spotted in FCC database

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A new FCC filing for a device from Google that includes “GG1″ in its identifier has many thinking this may be version 2, or the consumer version, of Google Glass. There are not many details available, but a couple clues point to the device being some type of wearable.

The device will come with support for WiFi and Bluetooth LE, but at least for this filing, no wireless support. This seems to rule out a smartphone of any sort. The device will also have a non-removable battery.

According to the filing, the device’s FCC label will not be physically printed on the device. Although the filing does not reveal why that may be, a lack of space would be one explanation. Google indicates the FCC label will be provided as an “e-label” and a sample is provided. Appearing as white text on a black background, it is not a stretch to envision this e-label appearing on the Google Glass screen assuming the consumer version takes a similar form factor as the original Google Glass.

Earlier this year Google shut down its Glass Explorer Beta program and stopped making the original version available to interested consumers. The entire project was also moved out of Google X over to the Google Nest unit headed up by Tony Fadell in preparation for the next version. However, Google has been mostly silent regarding plans for Glass.

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source: FCC
via: Phandroid

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Samsung testing Samsung Pay with local companies to address difficulties

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung is believed to be targeting the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in September as the official launch of their new Samsung Pay platform. Samsung Pay was already delayed from a joint launch with the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier this year. However, Samsung reportedly is struggling with technical issues prompting the company to test with local companies to get more “real world” feedback. Sources indicate Samsung is having trouble getting the system to work as smoothly as desired, especially with older equipment still used by retailers.

Samsung Pay, which incorporates technology from Samsung’s acquisition of Loop Pay, is unique in that will create a magnetic field that replicates the magnetic strip found on the back of credit and debit cards. This means Samsung Pay could be used at existing pay terminals that retailers already have installed rather than requiring an investment in NFC capable readers.

Samsung is apparently dealing with two different issues in getting the system to run in a manner that will encourage its use by consumers. First, the process of authenticating using a fingerprint sensor built into a smartphone that then triggers the magnetic field for a given card is still experiencing a high number of errors. Second, the huge number of different pay terminals – over 100 with more than half over 10 years old – is presenting problems in getting the pseudo-magnetic strips to be recognized.

Samsung really needs the platform to work as smoothly as possible in order to see it become widely adopted. Existing pay systems from other vendors continue to struggle in the marketplace for acceptance. The inclusion of the magnetic field technology is believed to be a key to Samsung’s success as it eliminates the “will it work or not” question consumers may have when trying to use Samsung Pay at a retailer.

source: BusinessKorea

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