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Amazon spends $205 on every Fire Phone built

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Unlike the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon’s Fire Phone retails for a fairly high price. It currently runs $199 with a two-year contract and $649 without a contract, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, Apple’s iPhone 5S, the HTC One, etc. For a company that thrives on getting customers into its ecosystem, the Fire Phone has a pretty high barrier for entry, unlike the other hardware Amazon sells. As it turns out, though, Amazon has to sell the phone for a higher price because the device itself costs quite a bit to make.

According to a recent teardown and analysis of the device, Amazon spends about $205 on materials to make a Fire Phone. It features pretty standard components, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and several other pieces, and a 720p screen that costs about $27 to make. (compare that to $43 for the iPhone 5S screen and $63 for the GS5 screen)

The biggest standout components are four sensors that allow the user to control the phone by tilting their head. It’s one of Amazon’s biggest selling points of the device, and it turns out it’s likely some of the most expensive pieces of the phone, too.

With the device selling for its current price, the margins on the phone are pretty heavily in Amazon’s favor. That doesn’t factor in the cost of research and development, or giving away years of Prime service to buyers, but it does show Amazon wasn’t willing to eat a loss just to force customers onto the Fire Phone. Whether that’s a winning strategy or not remains to be seen.

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source: re/code

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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

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LG G Watch charging contacts wearing away for some users

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Across the internet, there are reports that the LG G Watch is experiencing some wear and tear breakdown at an accelerated rate. The charging contacts on the underside of the co-inaugural Android Wear device are apparently corroding and thus the charging cradle is rendered useless. Users have scraped away some corrosion in order to get the charging cradle to work once again. Some users have even experienced skin irritation, but LG is claiming that no allergy-causing materials are used with the G Watch.

Are you experiencing this issue with your G Watch?

Source: Reddit
Via: 9to5Google

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Motorola Nexus likely as Android Silver plans come into question

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here.

Three separate sources confirmed that a Motorola Nexus with a massive display will be available. Google and Motorola reportedly had great interest in doing so for quite some time; however, the pending sale with Lenovo halted any sort of deal. With that seemingly being closed soon, a Nexus from Motorola has gotten the green light to move forward. A Nexus device would likely be the last Google-Motorola move before Lenovo takes over.

The departure of a Google executive is what has Android Silver’s launch under question. Nikesh Arora, the company’s former chief business officer, and his team were the backers of Android Silver taking over for the Nexus program. With Arora gone and the Nexus program sticking around a bit longer, Android Silver may be on hold indefinitely. The program was originally slated for a February 2015 launch.

What do you think? Are you happy another Nexus device is on the way?

Source: The Information

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Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Star 2 Plus

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Samsung has officially added two new budget devices to its online store in India, including the Galaxy Ace NXT and the Galaxy Star 2 Plus. The Ace NXT has actually been on sale for a few weeks, but now Samsung has added it to their online store.

Since the Ace has already been available for a while, the Star 2 Plus is the bigger news story of the two devices. This device features some upgrades over its predecessor, including a 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 4.3 inch 480 x 800 resolution screen. On the software side, you’ll get Android KitKat and some of Samsung’s usual TouchWiz enhancements. Interestingly, it doesn’t look like it has a front facing camera. Definitely not a high-end device, but for a budget phone, it’s not bad.

Samsung has the device priced at about $121, but it isn’t available for purchase just yet. When it does finally start shipping, you’ll only be able to order it from their Indian store front.

The budget market for Android phones is getting increasingly competitive, with Motorola taking a big stab at more cost-conscious consumers and Nokia throwing their hat into the ring. Samsung takes a different approach by releasing tons of devices at every single price point in any given market, which has worked well for them up until fairly recently. It’ll be interesting to see if they change their strategy going forward to better compete with other manufacturers.

Source: Samsung (Galaxy Ace NXT)

Samsung (Galaxy Star 2 Plus)

Via: GSM Arena

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts commercial showers people with happiness

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

galaxy_tab_s_commercial_galaxy_giftsDoes bloatware make people happy? Probably not. Galaxy Gifts, though, really make people happy. So happy that they cannot contain themselves. Galaxy Gifts just has that kind of effect. In a new commercial promoting the Galaxy Tab S, people are showered with joy due to the freebies and promotions that Samsung includes with its latest tablet.

Some of the people in the commercial are savoring the enjoyment for themselves or with a friend, but one man loses control and giggles outside of an office with others nearby. Folks, that is the power of nearly thirty promotional items at work. The lesson here is that if you are going to purchase Samsung’s stunning tablet, be prepared to endure the joy that happiness that comes with it.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha display resolution confirmed to be 720p

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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As is the case with many devices, leaks and rumors leave little left to be desired when the time comes for a company to make an announcement. The Galaxy Alpha is no different and we have even seen images of the device. Today, we know what display resolution will be present on the upcoming Samsung device — 720p.

The company is finally listening to everyone giving the Galaxy Alpha a metal body (albeit just on the sides), but a 720p display is a rather mid-range specification. No matter what anyone thinks, this is what Samsung is moving forward with. The Galaxy Alpha will keep the dimpled, rubbery material on the back panel and include a fingerprint scanner. The 32GB of storage is all that is available, so owners of this handset will need to watch their space. So Samsung is giving people what they asked for while also making decisions on features that people both like and dislike.

Source: SamMobile

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LG’s G Vista coming to AT&T, according to leaked manual

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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According to a leaked AT&T manual, LG’s G Vista phone will be headed to the carrier, alongside Verizon.

In the picture above, which was taken from the manual, you can clearly see AT&T’s logo right on the back of the device.

AT&T’s variant (model number D631) will have a 5.7-inch display with 720p resolution, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 1.3MP front camera.

As far as internals go, it’s pretty much standard mid-range: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a microSD card slot. It’ll run on 4G LTE with a 3200 mAh battery, and will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Source: MyLGPhones.com

 

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Team Win Recovery Project adds support for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.

Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.

Some solid custom ROMs should be on the way soon, so just be patient…

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Source: XDA Developers

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LG G Watch gets toolkit for rooting, unlocking, flashing and restoring capabilities

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.

Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.

Created by XDA developer Tomsgt, the LG G Watch Tool prepares your watch for aftermarket development and modification. You’ll be able to do the following with the toolkit:

  • Unlock/relock the bootloader
  • Flashing stock recovery
  • Flashing stock boot image
  • Restoring the device if bricked
  • Rooting the G Watch
  • Installing and testing necessary drivers

The XDA Developers forum says you can run the toolkit on Windows, Linux and iOS (although we’re pretty sure they meant OS X).

You can check out the tutorial video below provided by Tomsgt if you’re trying this out for the first time. Since he also included a restore feature in the toolkit, it would pretty tough to brick your device beyond repair — especially since most of these processes are nearly 100% automated by a script.

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Source: XDA Developers

 

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