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Google Announces SoCs for Project Ara

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

project-ara-theverge-2_1020 (1)Google sent out a Google+ post today rife with details about the upcoming Project Ara devices. One of the big pieces of news is the announcement of two chipsets that will be used with some of the current designs. The chipsets are the Marvell PXA1928 and NVIDIA Tegra K1, the SoC inside the Nexus 9.

Other information was in the post as well, like an ETA for the Spiral 3 prototype (spring,) and soon-to-be-coming new switch and bridge frames for the devices from Toshiba.

The developer conference is quickly approaching, but there are still slots open if you decide to go. Register here.

Source: Google+

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Screenshots showing Android 5.0.1 on the HTC One (M8) surface

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.

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While HTC’s Sense 6.0 software overlay is front and center, Lollipop is still noticeable. The home screen, widgets, and BlinkFeed remain untouched. The notification shade, though, is all about Material Design. Individual notifications are separated into their own card-like sections. The Quick Settings panel is flat with icons laying on top of it.

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Above is what the multitasking experience will be like once the One (M8) gets Lollipop. Clearly, it mirrors the way Google intends multitasking to be on Android. Apps get their own unique tabs just like a web browser. While sliding between cards, the Google Search field appears at the top with an option for voice commands.

Another minor, yet important, item that HTC is including is a search bar that can return results for anything on the handset. This includes directions for using certain features or labeled photos lost in the mix.

Source: LlabTooFeR

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Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API.

According to a posting in the Google Code Issue tracker, the Nexus 4 will not be able to access full manual controls or full RAW output in DNG format. Along with the limitations placed on the Nexus 4, the Nexus 9 will also be limited a bit in not getting support for DNG output.

Google says adding support for these newer features to older hardware will be up to device manufacturers, but they warn it is not an easy process. The retrofit usually requires a complete rewrite of the camera HAL module, which is basically the driver for the camera. Even if that is done, some hardware may not be capable of supporting some features.

source: Google Issue Tracker
via: Ausdroid

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Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a 2104 Moto X and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Motorola Moto X (2014) heading to India on December 22

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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We have good news for prospective buyers of the Moto X (2014) in India. Online retailer Flipkart, the self-proclaimed “Online Megastore,” announced that the 32GB version of the Motorola handset will be available on December 22. It will be available only in black.

Flipkart did not attach a price for now, but it is expected to cost somewhere around INR 34,999 (or about $552) when it arrives on Monday.

Source: Flipkart
Via: AndroidOS.in

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Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Want to really get people thinking? Then release a video that encompasses very random scenes that ends with a warming “Welcome to the New World” message. That is exactly what Sony has done with its new teaser. Some of the more random scenes include a staring person with ample face paint, a woman smiling with a tear sliding down her face, and a small child next a pregnant woman’s stomach. A less bizarre, but more indicative, has a young woman enjoying a lollipop. The next piece of hardware to come out of Sony should have Android 5.0 Lollipop running out of the box.

We expect to hear more at CES 2015 next month in Las Vegas.

Hit the break to watch the video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Zauba listing includes Samsung SM-G920F believed to be Samsung Galaxy S 6

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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One of the leading indicators for new devices that are in the pipeline and on their way to market is the import data listing for India via the Zauba web site. Manufacturers ship devices there for testing which results in an entry in the database. The latest example of this is an entry dated December 17, 2014 for a sample Samsung device with model number SM-G920F. That model number is believed to be for the next flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy S 6 smartphone.

The final digit “F” included in the model number is an indicator that the particular device is intended for European markets. The Zauba database entry lists the device that was shipped as being for “R&D Purpose” and for evaluation. As part of the shipping manifest, Samsung indicates the value of the device is 18,938 Indian Rupees (about $300 USD).

Anyone out there waiting to see what Samsung releases next in their Galaxy line of smartphones in hopes of buying one when available?

source: Zauba
via: SamMobile

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Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.

  • Enhanced audio volume in notifications and ringtones
  • New Xperia™ camera app: Portrait retouch
  • Improved Exchange ActiveSync performance
  • Fine-tuned audio for speakerphone
  • Stability and performance improvements

So it’s mostly bug fixes, but we’re not complaining. In our eyes, any update, big or small, is a step in the right direction as it shows that manufacturers are committed to making their devices the best they can possibly be.

If you haven’t downloaded the upgrade yet, head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually install it.

Source: Sony

 

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Xiaomi faces difficulties expanding overseas

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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According to a report published by DigitTimes this morning, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is facing major difficulties selling its devices outside of China despite its belligerent marketing techniques.

There are many possible reasons for Xiaomi’s current failure to expand its reach out of China.

The first is that India recently banned Xiaomi from selling any of its smartphones in its country due to an infringement of Ericsson’s patents. Although the court has temporarily lifted the injunction until the next trial on January 8, 2015, the company has decided not to ship any devices to the region until a final decision has been made.

Second, Xiaomi has been criticised for plagiarism, so if it were to launch smartphones in any other country, it’s more than likely that other key smartphone manufacturers would start taking legal action to have the devices prohibited.

Third, most of Xiaomi’s handsets aren’t patented, and without spending large sums of money to resolve the potential lawsuits that major OEMs would initiate, they would most probably loose, preventing them from manufacturing any more of the devices highlighted during the trial.

So, overall, Xiaomi isn’t in a good enough position to start shipping its smartphones Internationally. If it were to start expanding overseas, it would face a lot of negative press and competitors would definitely try to challenge the company in an effort to have its devices banned.

If you wish to read the full report — hit the source link below.

Source: DigiTimes

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Unannounced Sony Xperia E4 pictured alongside Z1 Compact

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.

Following its comparison with the Xperia Z1 Compact (pictured below), we learn that the E4 features a significantly thinner, shorter and more curved bezel than anything we’ve seen on any of the Japanese company’s devices before. The handset is rumored to retail for around $200 when it goes on sale in March, 2015, making this one of the most anticipated budget-friendly smartphones to launch next year.

With regards to specifications, the Xperia E4 is expected to feature a 5-inch qHD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via microSD), 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Straight out of the box, the E4 will run the latest build of Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sony’s Xperia user interface plastered over the top. The device is, however, expected to receive the Lollipop update shortly after release.

Be sure to check out the gallery of leaked images below.

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Source: Teleguru

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