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Official Amazon Cloud Drive app launched, read-only and no editing allowed

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Finally, Amazon has launched a dedicated app for its Amazon Cloud Drive program. We don’t know why it took the company a while to release this one but we’re grateful that it’s already here. Regular Amazon Cloud Drive users can now access their files right on their Android phones. This is just like any other of its cloud storage competitors as it provides easy access to documents, photos, videos, songs, and other important files with a few taps on the small mobile screen.

With the app, you can preview files and share them with family, friends, and colleagues. View files and folders and preview just about any file in any format whether it’s a document, presentation, image, or spreadsheet from the Amazon Cloud Drive app. You can also play your favorite music and videos saved on your drive straight from the Android app.

There are numerous cloud storage apps available but if you’ve been using Amazon Cloud Drive and are only waiting for the mobile app, this is good news for you. Amazon is a trusted company so you know files are always safe and secure. App is free to download but a subscription fee is required after a free 3-month trial.

App has been available since June but not so fortunately, it’s underwhelming for most users. Why, the Amazon Cloud Drive is read-only. Others are even saying it’s a terrible app because you can’t do any editing at all. Basically, this app just allows access so you can read, view, and share a file. Sorry, no editing for your documents, excel files, or presentations.

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Download Amazon Cloud Drive from the Google Play Store

Microsoft Garage outs Tossup, helps you plan events and gather opinions

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Here’s another similar app that simplifies gathering opinions and planning for events: Tossup. It’s a new app from Microsoft Garage Project that allows you to easily survey and ask simple questions from friends. Ask where or when to meet and they can send in their answers. This app makes deciding for a schedule or venue more convenient because you can get an initial consensus.

If you need to search for or decide on a restaurant or a new food joint, you can use Tossup to ask your contacts. If you have to agree on a schedule for an important meeting or event, you can just use Tossup to ask and then friends and colleagues can give their simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Should you need an opinion that can be helpful in any decision-making, you can use this app and ask friends for it.

Tossup sends invitation to friends either by sending an SMS or an email. It’s up to you which one you will use as long as you know they can see your invite and quickly respond. This is just one Microsoft Garage project that has successfully turned into a useful app that runs exclusively on Android. The software giant seems to be determined in coming up with more apps for Android and this one is another proof. Expect more to be introduced by the Microsoft Garage Project team.

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Download Tossup from the Google Play Store

Sony Mobile CEO Totoki reiterates commitment to smartphone business

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Some people have said that 2015 seems to be a low year for Sony Mobile, especially with the generic reviews the Sony Xperia Z4 has received – and this coming from a year of loss in 2014, despite the success of the Sony Xperia Z3. There were rumors that Sony was contemplating selling its mobile business, but Sony Mobile CEO Hitori Totoki has promised that Sony will “never ever” sell or move away from the smartphone arena.

In an interview published in Arabian Business, Totoki says that 2015 has been a trasition year for Sony Mobile – that may explain the weird decision to make the Xperia Z4 a “Japan only” product, whilst marketing it as the Xperia Z3+ in other markets. “I’m confident that things will continue to get better,” Totoki said. “We are trying to decrease our costs by 30 percent to the end of 2016, and reduce our headcount by 20 percent. We are trying to streamline the organization as well as our product portfolio to maximize our profitability and improve our ROI.”

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On the rumors that Sony will sell its mobile business, Totoki said that these were merely speculation because they accepted that 2014 was going to be a year of financial loss for Sony Mobile. “We bought back Ericsson’s share in 2012, we bought back 100 percent of it. And obviously that price was high. We had to write it down and it made a substantial loss for the company,” Totoki said. Nonetheless, he believes that the Sony’s smartphone business – moving into the IoT (internet of things) era – will only grow, and that Sony will never move out of this market space.

Totoki accepts that the competition in the smartphone industry is much fiercer than before. “Now we see a lot of emerging players, including Chinese manufacturers trying to make good quality smartphones, so the competition has become severe. We’re trying to introduce new technology in the future and diversify our product even more.” For Sony, the elegant design of the product and the robust specs will always be a marker for their products, even if that means they stay at the premium end of the market.

VIA: Xperia Blog

New Galaxy Note 5 renders leaked, Write on PDF feature spotted

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is coming. Oh yes, there will be a new Note model and we might see the device this September at the IFA in Berlin but it could also arrive earlier. We’ve heard rumors and have seen a lot of leaked images already. The latest of which is a premium but rugged looking phone and case. Here’s another one from @OnLeaks, giving us an idea that the Note 5 looks like any other Galaxy device in the market today.

This is only a CAD file and not a real leaked photo. It’s not a blurry photo either but there’s a high probability that this is the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy Note 5. The smartphone’s case is still made of metal and it’s believed to have the following dimensions: 152.22mm x 153.44mm and 76.11mm to 77.31mm wide.

A few months ago when early Note 5 details were leaked, we thought it would have a dual-edge curved display like the Galaxy S6 edge. However, these renders show otherwise and that the Note 5 looks a lot like the Galaxy S6 but a bit larger with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. Pixel resolution could be 2560 x 1440. And as we already mentioned, this phone could use a USB Type-C port, 3GB or 4GB RAM, and Exynos 7422 chipset, and a larger 4100mAh battery.

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There’s also another rumor that it will come with a new ejectable pen as we featured last month. According to a recent patent filing at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Samsung has registered for the term “Write on PDF”. This could mean another way to save and make notes on a PDF. Not that this isn’t already possible but this seems to be a new and different feature. New S Pen functionality for easier PDF editing? There could be a new way to save PDFs and write annotations as a new feature of the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 but we’ll never know until Samsung makes an official announcement. We’ll see.

VIA: NWE, Galaxy Club

SOURCE: USPTO

‘This War Of Mine’ available now for Android pre-order, get free PC copy

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Most war games on Android will feature you either as a commander of an army who moves troops and vehicles around the battlefield, or a soldier right there in the thick of the battle. But the indie produced game “This War of Mine” hits you right in the grim reality feels – that in war there are civilians who are affected. This is the premise of the game produced by 11 Bit Studios initially for PC but is now available for pre-order on Android.

This serious game (oxymoron?) puts you in the place not as a shooter in the war, but in a group of civilians trying to survive the carnage going on around them. As a player, you need to find food and shelter, all the while making sure that you are in a safe place. The game is mostly introspective and presents you with difficult choices. Do you steal food from the elderly? Do you fight soldiers who take advantage of innocent people?

The game is graphics heavy, and your device should be able to at least match these requirements – an Adreno 320, Tegra 3, or PowerVR SGX 544 graphics chip, on a device running Android 4.0 or higher. If you are on a device with a Mali GPU, the game might run, but the developers are not guaranteeing great performance.

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The nice thing about this game is that when you purchase it for USD$9.99, you automatically get a free PC version for gaming on that platform as well. Not only that, the developers have pledged to donate 15% of the profits to “War Child”, a UK-based charitable organization that provides support for youth in areas where there is armed conflict. The game will be available by the end of July, so you can go ahead an pre-order at the source link below.

SOURCE: This War of Mine

Oppo officially announces new crystal-backed Mirror 5s

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo continues to try and make its mark outside of its native country by launching more new products, and unveiling it elsewhere as well. They have officially announced their newest device, the Mirror 5s, a 4G LTE smartphone whose looks can rival those of its higher end competitors. The specs itself cannot match them probably, but if you’re in the market for a dual-sim, mid-range device, then you might consider this one, if you’ve had it with the other more popular brands.

The crystal-like backing of the Mirror 5s might make you think that it seems easily breakable, but it is supported by a metal frame and so it is sturdier than it looks (at least on paper). The smartphone has a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display and measures 143.4 x 71.2 x 7.65 mm and weighs just 160 grams. It runs on a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor that has a speed of 1.2 GHz.

When it comes to storage and memory, it has a 2GB RAM and a storage of 16GB, but can be expanded through a microSD card of up to 128GB. The camera boasts of an 8MP rear camera with f/22 aperture and LED flash. The front-facing one has 5 megapixels and both cameras have the usual special features like scene detection, panorama mode, geo-tagging, double exposure, HDR options, etc. The dual-sim card has one that’s for micro-SIM and the other a nano-SIM.

There are no price details yet for the Oppo Mirror 5s, but based on the specs and look, expect it to be mid-tier. While it has been launched in Taiwan, there is no word yet if they will be launching it globally as well.

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VIA: Phone Arena

Remix OS 1.5 now ready for Jide, Nexus 10 tablets

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We know Remix OS to run on Jide Remix tablets but last April, the company decided to bring the custom mobile OS to Nexus 10 and Nexus 9 tablets as well. The newly announced Remix Mini will also run Remix OS when the Android PC is ready later this year. If you’re not yet familiar with the custom version, Remix OS shows off a customized home screen, notification ares, and a taskbar. It also features multiple app support so more apps can run in windows among others.

Remix OS features a customized home screen, a taskbar, and smarter notification areas.  This version here is already based on Android 5.0 Lollipop because the older version was first based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

The Remix OS is different from the standard Android platform in many ways. This one can run any app from the Play Store but the difference is you can choose to run it in full-screen or phone mode. That’s something you can’t do in a basic Android version running on your tablet. Obviously in phone mode, you can view the app in portrait orientation or in smaller screens. The idea is to run several apps and showing them in your homescreen simultaneously to allow a more efficient multi-tasking. Apps are not just running in the background but you can actually see and use them on the screen.

As expected, the Remix OS 1.5 also include some enhancements like upport for copy/paste/search in email and browser apps, viewing notification by swiping down, closing apps on the taskbar by dragging them while running. Instead of heavy Material Design, the Remix OS looks Windows Metro-inspired.

VIA: Lilliputing

Classic devices get Android 5.1, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy S II

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

Two old warhorses are getting a taste of Lollipop these days – the Motorola Xoom, one of Motorola (and Verizon’s) first premium tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S II, the smartphone that started global smartphone domination for Samsung. These devices are ancient by current standards and have no right to be running the latest and greatest Android version, but it is a testament to their robust hardware design and the commitment of aftermarket software developers that this is even possible.

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The Motorola Xoom is given a taste of Lollipop through OmniROM, one of the top custom ROMs out there today. The Xoom, if you remember it, featured a 10.1-inch 720p HD display powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chip, and 1GB RAM – very powerful for its time. It was the first device to come out with Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet optimized interface. If you want Omni ROM 5.1.1 for your Xoom, check out the official thread at XDA.

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The Samsung Galaxy S II has a very lofty history as well. It was the handset that started Samsung on a global domination path, as people took to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered phone very well indeed. The Galaxy S II had a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 screen and was powered by an Exynos 4210 dual core processor, supported by 1GB RAM. The last Android upgrade for this phone was Android 4.1 Jellybean, but it is still running strong as Cyanogenmod has put out nightly builds for the device using the Android 5.1.1-based CM 12.1. Check out the downloads at the official CM 12.1 download page.

Again, we will remind you that flashing a custom ROM on your device takes a bit of work, and should only be done if you’re familiar with it. Nonetheless, if you want to breathe some life into these old devices, you’re always welcome to research on how it’s done. A cursory search of the XDA forums should give you some instructions.

VIA: XDA, Cyanogenmod

Umi shows off Yotaphone 2-like Dual-screen phone with E Ink display

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

We may not be familiar with Umi but this Chinese phone maker has something special in store for the Android market: a smartphone with two screens. Not that the concept is alien to us but the image shows us a clearer idea of the e-ink display screen which can be found on the other side of the phone. In front, you’ll see a normal, color screen display while at the back is an e-ink display screen that can show basic apps like clock, weather, alarm, calls, or messages.

Also known as the Umi Zero 2, this smartphone reminds us a lot of the Yotaphone 2. Remember that smartphone with e-ink display we featured last March from Russia? Yup. Looks very similar. We’re not sure if Yota and Umi are working together or are actually the same company or from the same mother brand but there’s no doubt about the similarities of the two.

No official announcement has been made by Umi yet but the dual screen idea is still relatively new. Yota may have introduced one ahead of Umi but it only shows there is a market. The Yotaphone is expensive though at $600 (which by the way is still raising funds on Indiegogo) while this Umi Zero 2 could be less expensive. Who knows, bigger phone manufacturers may soon follow.

So far, we know the Umi phone will feature the following: MediaTek MT6592T processor, ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot for expansion, 5-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, 13MP main camera, 8MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a non-removable 2780 mAh battery.

Unlike the Yotaphone 2, there’s is no 4G/LTE connectivity so it could really be more affordable. We’ll see about that.

VIA: Lilliputing

LG G Pro 3 rumored specs leaked, possibly out by Q4

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

There were hints that Korean manufacturer LG was calling time on its LG G Pro phablet line – the product series targets those LG fans who want bigger screens on their mobile devices – because they didn’t put out a successor to the LG G Pro 2 last year. Industry pundits attribute that to the concentration the company put in launching the LG G4 flagship. Now rumors are starting to surface that LG might be putting out the LG G Pro 3 before the year ends.

The rumors are pointing to a 6-inch QuadHD display (2560 x 1440), probably an IPS LCD screen as is usual for LG. This will be powered by the next gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and will pack a whopping 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The phablet is also rumored to have a 20.7MP main camera.

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Of course, the fingerprint scanner is becoming a fixture in flagship devices these days, so LG is reportedly having the feature in the LG G Pro 3. The device will most likely run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

How much will this cost you? A pretty penny, we suppose. Prices of USD$790 are being bandied about. That’s pretty much up there with the flagship prices. Hopefully the price comes down a bit by Q4. What do you guys and gals think?

VIA: Mobipicker