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OFFICIAL: LG comes out with own proc, F490 is the LG G3 Screen

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

No sooner than we had written about all the buzz LG is creating with its upcoming smartphone the LG F490 – they come out with a release confirming what we have been assuming to this point. LG is indeed coming out with a new octa-core processor – the NUCLUN (pronounced “noo-klun”) – which will be featured in the new LG G3 Screen, the official name for the F490.

LG has made public what should be their first competitive attempt at a processor. The NUCLUN is indeed designed with ARM big.LITTLE architecture – employing four Cortex A15 cores running at 1.5Ghz, and four energy-saving Cortex A7 cores running at a lower 1.2Ghz speed. LG confirms that the NUCLUN will support current and next-gen 4G standards, which include LTE-A Cat.6 and current LTE bandwidths as well.


The LG G3 Screen is confirmed to have the design language of the current flagship, the LG G3 – although we have seen pictures up close before this confirmation. It seems redundant to list off the specs here, but to confirm – it will have that gigantic 5.9-inch screen (hence the name), the NUCLUN octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP/2.1MP camera combo, and a 3,000mAh battery to power it all up.

So there you have it, LG confirms what has been fodder for the rumor mill these past few days. Expect the G3 Screen to launch in Korea first before anywhere else. We should have pricing information on this device soon.


LG’s F490 shows up in Vietnam, up close images available

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

LG is creating quite a buzz with its supposed upcoming device, the LG F490 “Liger” (which is a lion and a tiger, geddit?). It might just be the first competitive device that will sport an LG-made processor – an octa-core processor at that – similar to what Samsung is doing with its Exynos cores. The F490 is not yet officially available, but it has shown up in Vietnam for a nice photo session.

As you can see from the pics, the device’s screen is huge at 5.9 inches. It is said that the F490 is slated to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus in the category of “smartphones with ginormous screens”. And as with LG’s usual way of doing things, the F490 will probably launch in the Korean market first – but most of us should expect an international version of this by mid to end of November.


What is interesting about it is that LG is trying its best to do a Samsung and produce its own processors. For the F490, it is rumored to be the Odin/NUCLUN octa-core processor, complete with big.LITTLE architecture at quad Cortex A15 1.5Ghz and quad Cortex A7 1.2Ghz cores. Nothing bad with that, but nothing bad with Qualcomm cores either, which has octa-core solutions if needed. Does LG need to prove itself that it can put out its own procs? In my book, they don’t need to – but this looks like it.


The F490 will reportedly have 2GB of RAM, and on a screen this big – 5.9-inch Full HD 1776×1080 – your performance might take a hit, even with 8 cores. That kinda shows with a middling AnTuTu benchmark result – which probably points to a lack of RAM (3GB would be better) or a GPU that is not up to spec. The benchmark result at 25460 is great, but to compete with the Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the F490 has got to do better.



République: a stealth-action game to feed surveillance paranoia

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Thanks to WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden and all the hacking and leaks from our favorite apps, we’ve become quite paranoid and suspicious when it comes to our privacy and what the government and corporations are doing to invade it. A brand new game on Android will feed on this a bit with its storyline, but serious mobile gamers will still play it since it has been developed by people who have brought such popular games as Metal Gear Solid, Halo and FEAR. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the République.

The game starts with you receiving a call from a woman named Hope, and she needs your help to escape from a totalitarian state that is monitoring its citizens’ every move. You need to outmaneuver the government’s “elaborate surveillance network” in order to help the woman escape from a tricky and elaborate conspiracy. You get to make strategic choices and solve puzzles along the way. The dialogue in the game is actually fullly translated in several languages, specifically French, German, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

This one-touch stealth action was in development for five years and was initially funded through Kickstarter. Another unique feature of the game is that it has an interactive developer commentary (although you have to purchase that in-app) that will give you a deeper insight into the game. Given the prestigious people who developed the game, serious gamers (and fellow developers as well) would probably want to have a listen on that feature.

There will be five episodes in République altogether, with the first three episodes now available. You can purchase the first one for $2.99 from the Google Play Store and then buy the subsequent episodes in-app. Early reviews from industry insiders have been very strong, so we guess the cost will not be an issue for those who’d like to play this game.


Droid Turbo spied in the flesh

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Not too long ago some images of the coming Motorola Droid Turbo turned up showing what the device will look like. Those images were renderings rather than shots of a real phone in the flesh. This week some leaked photos of an actual device have turned up on the web.

The photos show a rounded device with what looks to be a faux carbon fiber back in a satin black color. When the rendered images turned up, the specs for the device also leaked. We know it will have a 5.2-inch screen.


The resolution of that big screen will be 2560 x 1440 and the smartphone will pack 3GB of RAM. Those specifications are confirmed in the leaked images. Under the hood will live a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Power will come from a 3900 mAh internal battery and the camera on the rear will be a 21MP unit. The leaked images also show that the device will run Android 4.4.4 and will be coming to Verizon. The official announcement is slated for October 28.

SOURCE: Android Spin

Sony intros LinkedIn for Info-eye camera

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sony’s Info-eye Xperia camera app has been revolutionary. When it was first introduced, Sony had little to show. We knew it’s a smart social camera that could do more than just take photos. It’s a smartphone camera being reimagined to make “socializing” faster and easier.

Sony collaborated with LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network, to turn the smartphone camera into something that will make business networking a cinch. With the updated Info-eye app, a user can take a picture of a business card. The app then scans the card and automatically searches LinkedIn for matches. This way, the user can quickly connect with the contact. Even if you lose the card, at least, you already found the person and connected with him on LinkedIn.

The app seems like an easy project to do but it was not. Sato Takasi, a member of the Info-eye developers, said that they had a hard time matching up fonts. He said: “The inherent difficulties in matching up different fonts, different fields and then integrating all that into a reliable LinkedIn search posed a huge challenge but we’re really happy with the result.”

Takasi also noted that ‘immediacy of the contact’ is very important in business networking. Snapping a photo of the business card and connecting to LinkedIn is a great solution to socialize with another professionals while it is fresh.

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The Info-eye is considered as the “smart eye” of the phone. This may be the first app but we can expect more similar programs to be developed. After LinkedIn, maybe Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram integration? All these are possible with face recognition.

Actually, the Info-eye team earlier mentioned something about food recognition. That seems useless but you know, taking photos before every meal is the norm these days. Maybe food recognition will make it easier for people on Instagram to tag a certain restaurant or meal….or not. What do you think?

SOURCE: Sony Mobile

Humble MoBOOile Bundle offers spooky games for Halloween

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

It’s time again for a new version of the Humble Mobile Bundle, and this time out it’s a special version for Halloween. The bundle for October is called the Humble MoBOOile Bundle and the six games that are available have more of a spooky twist to them.

The games that you get no matter how much you spend include Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow, and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. If you spend more than the average payment, you get three additional games.

Right now dropping $2.98 or more will also get you Five Nights at Freddy’s, Dead Effect, and The Walking Dead: Assault. There is also another free game you get with the bundle called The Spookening.

The folks behind the Humble Bundle say that more free games will be added later in the week. So far, the spooky bundle has raised over $52,000 with 17,736 purchases.

SOURCE: HumbleBundle

Chainfire unleashes Sideload Launcher for Android TV

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Android TV platform is yet to have a formal launch but already we’re seeing surging interest and activity around it, which is always good for a nascent platform. First there is that unofficial port that will let you install Android TV on an OUYA. Now even SuperSU creator Chainfire is jumping in with Sideload Launcher for Android TV, a handy little utility that will unhide regular Android apps that you might have indirectly installed on Google’s fancy new entertainment platform.

Android TV is technically a full Android system but its use case dictates a different form of user interface. The launcher for Android TV itself, nicknamed “Lean Back”, has been revamped to accommodate that, but it has also imposed a somewhat superficial requirement on apps. While you can definitely sideload and run regular Android apps on Android TV, they will not appear on the Lean Back interface unless the apps have been updated and advertise themselves as compatible.

Chainfire’s utility solves that with a very simple fix. Sideload Launcher practically exposes those sideloaded apps’ icons on Android TV, which means you will be able to launch them normally. Of course, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should as apps that aren’t designed or optimized yet for Android TV might not look or even work well on a large screen. Users who insist on doing so should be aware that problems arising from it should not immediately be blamed on the Android TV platform itself.

Sideload Launcher is available on Google Play Store but unless you have the ADT-1 dev kit, a Nexus Player, or perhaps an OUYA, you won’t be able to install it, much less use it. Chainfire claims he doesn’t foresee this app to be popular, but we’ll have to confirm that once Android TV finally lands. Sometimes, it is the little, seemingly inconsequential tools like these that make a platform worth using.

SOURCE: +Chainfire

Google Earth major update: 3D rendering, access to KML files

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

When was the last time you opened Google Earth on your Android device? Last week, two months ago, maybe never? Google is now giving you several reasons to open and use this often-neglected app as they are introducing 3D rendering technology and giving map-making users easier access to their KML files. While Google Maps is constantly updated with new features, it’s been 10 years since there has been a major overhaul for their less-loved but supposedly more awesome-looking sibling.

“Faster, smoother, crisper”. That’s the promise that Google is giving us when it comes to transitions and browsing through the Google Earth app. The new 3D rendering makes you feel like you are actually skydiving into the places you’re looking at, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or the Swiss Alps or New York City downtown. They’ve also given a visual refresh for the roads and labels on the app so that it’s easier to look at the places you want to explore through Google Earth. The real-time basemap updates that Google Maps receives will also now be received by Earth.

For those who create their own maps on Google Earth, whether it’s for professional, academic or personal (if you enjoy doing that kind of thing for kicks), they’re making it easier for you to store and access your KML files as you can directly open them on the app from your Google Drive. You don’t need to open your desktop and laptop just to be able to view the maps.

If you don’t have it yet or you uninstalled the built-in app on your device, you can download Google Earth for free (of course) from the Google Play Store. Google promised more 3D updates in the next few months so we can expect a bunch of updates over the next few weeks.

SOURCE: Google

Sky+ app update tosses mobile pics onto the big screen

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sky+ users who have a Sky+HD box in their home may have used the Sky+ application before. The app originally allowed Android users to manage recordings when not at home and use mobile devices as remotes for the set top box if needed.

A new update for the Sky+ app has been pushed out and it adds a new feature that makes it easy to view images stored on your mobile device on a larger screen. The update brings with it the ability to sling images you have taken on your mobile to the big screen for viewing in a larger format.

To work, the smartphone or tablet running the app and the Sky+HD box have to be on the same wireless network. If they are on the same network, users only need to tap the camera icon on the apps nav bar and they can see the images stored on their device.

Those images can be viewed individually on the big screen or users can set up a slideshow to show off a bunch of images. The updated app looks like the Sky+ home page and has a new category called “New & Recommended.”

SOURCE: Engadget

Galaxy Note 4 Duos unveiled in China in three flavors

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung has rolled out a new device in China called the Galaxy Note 4 Duos that is offered in three versions. Two of those versions correspond with different carriers and the third is a SIM-free version of the device.

All three flavors have dual-SIM capability. The China Telecom version is SM-N9109W, the China Unicom version is SM-N9106W, and the SIM-free version is SM-N9108V. One of the card slots on all three versions of the smartphone support 4G TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE.

The second of the SIM card slots on all three versions support 2G networks. The SIM free version is compatible with most carriers 4G networks and will sell for CNY5400, or about $880 in the US.

Pricing on the other two versions of the smartphone is unavailable at this time. Specifications for the Duos versions of the Note 4 include a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 16GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery.

SOURCE: Sammobile