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Acer teases surprise mystery Android Predator gaming tablet

Posted by Tom April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Acer has made its first move in its attempt to get a slice of the dedicated gaming tablet market.

A mysterious new Predator Android tablet is an angular 8-inch tablet that features four front-facing speakers.

So far that’s all we know. With no announcement on specs, the NVIDIA Shield needn’t be quaking in its boots just yet.

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Via tablet-news

Oppo R7 may get fingerprint sensor, metal body according to new renders

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Some new images of the Oppo R7 have surfaced and if legitimate, show the device may come equipped with a fingerprint sensor and be built using a metal chassis and frame. The bad news for those who like minimal bezels is that the new renders do not show the bezel-less screen that surfaced in a previously leaked image of the Oppo R7.

According to the source that released the images on Chinese site Weibo, the fingerprint scanner is built into the Samsung-esque home button on the front of the device. The images also give a sense a how thin the Oppo R7 will be, reportedly a mere 4.85 mm thick. The device in the renders also comes with matching colors, in a couple with a unique shade of green, for both the front and back covers.

Sources have noted that the images do not seem to be actual pictures of the device, but are renders, so it is difficult to assess whether they are accurate. If this is the design, is the Oppo R7 a device you would be interested in?

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source: Weibo
via: G for Games

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Dual-sim version of LG G4 surfaces in Iran

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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It seems there may not be much left for LG to share with the world when they hold their LG G4 launch event next week in New York City. Just in the last day we have seen a leak about pricing for the smartphone and more information about the user interface to join all the previous information that has surfaced. Another tidbit of information that turned up thanks to a site in Iran is that a dual-sim version of the LG G4 exists. Coming from Iran, we think this variant will be available in that country and we would guess it will find its way to other markets where dual-sim devices are commonplace.

The dual-sim nature of the LG G4 pictured in the image is revealed by the icon on the bottom of the screen. Along with that image, the source of the leak also grabbed a couple images showing some views of both the leather back cover as well as one of the plastic versions.

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source: Zoomit
via: phoneArena

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More OPPO R7 leaked pictures, bezel-less display is gorgeous

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Somehow we just can’t get enough of the OPPO R7’s bezel-less display, and so we appreciate more leaks like this where we are given a better view of that beautiful screen. We’ve seen this edge-to-edge screen before, and we’ve also seen a new brand in LeTV try to steal OPPO’s thunder, but man, this phone looks really nice.

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The sad thing, though, is that this specific leak continues to let us stay in the dark about the phone’s specs. We know that a screen like that would have to need something upscale underneath it to make sure there are no lags on the device, but we would feel better knowing what kind of specs we can expect, right?

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Based on earlier reports, there are some meager information, like the inclusion of a 20.7-megapixel main camera, possibly a Sony camera module. There is also talk of an octa-core MediaTek processor, but this is really in the realm of speculation. From what the pictures show, there seems to be three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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There is no word on the launch as of yet. If we want to go by OPPO’s history, they usually launch an R-model device every six months or so – this would mean that the R7 may just be a few weeks away. Here’s hoping somebody leaks a benchmark test for the R7 soon.

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SOURCE: Weibo

Leaked renders allegedly showcase the design of the Xperia Z3 Neo

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Some leaked internal press renders have surfaced today, allegedly showcasing the design of the long-awaited Xperia Z3 Neo. However, we can’t actually be certain that handset in these shots is the device the leaker specified as one of the images is annotated with the text “Xperia Z The Fourth Generation” — so it could, in fact, be a variant of the recently-announced Xperia Z4.

Hit the break to see the smartphone in all its glory.

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Recent rumors suggest that the Xperia Z3 Neo will pack a 4.8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,100 mAh battery.

Source: Gizmobolt

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Leaked pictures reveal that the Honor 7 will pack a fingerprint scanner

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Earlier today, a tetrad of leaked images appeared online, revealing the design of Huawei’s upcoming flagship smartphone of 2015, the Honor 7.

After scrutinising the aforementioned photos, we presume that the Honor 7 will sport a larger screen than its predecessor as its backplate is significantly bigger.

There are also two new cutouts on the plate, which we suspect are for a fingerprint scanner and/or heart rate monitor; both largely-rumored features for the forthcoming handset.

Check out the images below:

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Source: Android HD Blog

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Alleged LG Stylus, model number LS770, press render surfaces

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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This afternoon, an alleged press render of the LG Stylus (seen above) surfaced online. The image, obtained by TechnoBuffalo, shows the handset believed to be LG’s competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Not too much is given away by this leak, though. The biggest takeaway is that LG will continue with its rear button setup, but we already had a feeling that was the case.

The model number for the Stylus is apparently LS770.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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MyFitnessPal Secret Admin Menu Leaks Premium Features

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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XDA’s own Randy Westergren has been known to find all sorts of neat little things buried inside the core of some of the most popular apps, and this time he provided us with a modified APK of MyFitnessPal, arguably the most comprehensive fitness app out there. This app has been tweaked to reveal a “Secret Admin Menu” (yes, really) that is just what the name says it is, and it contains some neat information about what’s to come.

 

 

MyFitnessPal boasts 80 million members largely due to its food database of over 5 million items, but despite the massive userbase and work put behind the app, there isn’t a direct monetization model as seen with “premium” offerings. To this day the app is free to use, but it does have advertising that can get in the way of the UX. Some of the more hardcore users wish they could get rid of them by paying a premium fee, but until Under Armour bought the app for $475 million things didn’t look like they’d change.

The modified APK given to us seemingly solves that. The Secret Admin menu can be found in the side-menu of the app, hidden at plain sight at the very bottom. Accessing it reveals a lot of administrator and developer tools as well as debugging options. There’s also a lot of menus for API management, but what’s most alluring is a sub menu labelled “Premium” with two options: Premium Debug and Payment Debug/Diagnostic. The second option crashes the app upon clicking, but the name revealed that the premium features would be under a typical periodic payment model (detailed below).

The Premium Debug option takes you to an entirely new menu, where you have Diagnostics at the top, with some information about the current status relevant to the debugging. The Premium ‘available to user’ bit can be toggled with the Overrides to enable the actual premium features in the application, meaning that we got to check some of them out. That being said, the toggles below spill almost all the beans as to what the features are as well. After unlocking the premium features, a new menu appears showing the payment options as well as a break down of each addition.

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The optional subscription model might change upon release, but so far the prices detailed in the app are $5.99 for 1 month and $39.99 to $49.99 for one year. We are not sure why there are two one-year options, and tapping on the buttons leads to a very roughly made menu that prompts server error messages. The features detailed in both the promotional section and the debug menu are as follows:

  • Priority Customer Support
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  • Quick Add Macronutrients
  • Nutrient Dashboard
  • Verified Food Filter
  • Macronutrients by Gram
  • Exercise Calorie Settings
  • Food Analysis
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Note that the toggles do not completely correspond to the listed features, and we believe that some of the them are not present in the tested application. We dug around and found many, which we tested to see how they worked, and they seemed almost finished in terms of design and functionality:

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 10.49.04 AMThe Quick Add function in the default application allows you to quickly input the amount of calories for the entry, and skipping the tedious process of selecting foods to meet the calorie count. The new Quick Add is a replacement that retains the calorie addition, but also allows for a more thorough entry by detailing the amount of carbohydrates, fat and protein. This allows knowledgeable users to save time while still retaining a detailed log.

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There are also more detailed graphic displays of calories and macronutrients, with simple pie charts and some information about the total calories, net calories and your goal. The macros also have a pie chart detailing carbohydrates, fat and protein grams and total percentages, as well as your goal percentages. The nutrients menu has progress bars on your nutrition goals, including calories, total fat (broken down as well), sugars, vitamins and proteins, etc. Each section can be tapped to enter another pie chart breaking down the percentages for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well as the total grams and goal for any day you chose.

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 11.07.30 AMWe also found the “Custom Goals”, which allow you to have further control over your daily goals by letting to input the desired macronutrient quantities for each day, as well as your calorie intake. By doing this, the application can adjust to your diet better, and not the other way around. We haven’t had enough time to fully test this feature, but everything we’ve seen is functional. One thing to note is that it seemingly doesn’t adjust to the suggested routine that the application gives you, so this feature is probably aimed at knowledgeable users.

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 11.14.15 AMFinally, we found the feature that gives you the option to increase your daily calorie goal on the days that you work out. For those that want to have further control over the service (and see other gains on top of just burning fat), this could be a very useful addition. You can input a custom percentage as well, if you are knowledgeable, to have better control over your macronutrient intake.

So there you have it. We found no details about when the Premium features would release, and the listed prices might not be final. There might also be additional premium features on the way, and we didn’t get to try all of them. The ones we saw worked rather well, and they have good value for those who want to have a more personal routine. The biggest selling point for many, though, will probably be the removal of all ads (which also worked in the tested application). Considering how big My Fitness Pal is, this could become a rather successful operation.

Do you use MyFitnessPal or other fitness applications? Would these features benefit you? Let us know below!

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Pictures of almost bezel-less Nubia Z9 leaked

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like a lot of smartphones now, specifically those from Chinese brands, are aiming to go as bezel-less as possible. While those devices may not be the sturdiest, they do look the shiniest and the prettiest. A new smartphone from ZTE called the Nubia Z9 is laying claim to the least bezel-y phone in the market and based on the device’s leaked images ahead of its launch, it does seem to look that way.

Bezels are there for a reason, and that is mainly to protect our smartphones’ screens and body as well, from damage. But it does take away space from the screen and devices with thin bezels are generally easier on the eyes. OEMs have been noticing that the public is partial to them, and so they are trying to reduce the space they occupy on the screen. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has practically removed it on the sides and extended the device’s functions on to the edge. The Meizu MX4 has also caught people’s attention with its thin bezels and may have set the standards for other smartphones aiming to reach this too.

If the leaked images are to be believed, it looks like ZTE may have achieved this zero bezel model with the Nubia Z9 and its zero border footprint. It also looks like it may have rounded edges, similar to that of the Galaxy S6 edge. The back panel seems to be made of glass, with the camera and dual tone dual LED’s. The home button at the front may be a fingerprint scanner and the whole device has a metal frame.

ZTE has actually announced some members of the ZTE Nubla family: the Nubia Z9 Max and Mini. But the main Nubia Z9 itself remains unconfirmed, if you base it on the official statements of the OEM. Let’s hope there is some truth to those pictures, because it looks like the Nubia Z9 will be a thing of beauty.

VIA: GizmoChina

More details about the Google Carrier Project leaked

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Everything is considered a rumor until the company makes an official announcement. In Google’s case, the search giant has already confirmed the MVNO network and Android Pay network last month. We’re no longer in the dark about the carrier project but we’re still clueless about it until some secrets were spilled out recently.

A special unknown app was recently sighted in an unofficial Nexus 6 firmware image. The app can be considered as a good source because it offers a wealth of information related to the MVNO including the official name, billing details, and service plans. The service is believed to be called as the “Project Fi” based on the source.

We’re still considering this issue as a rumor but it can be exciting to take a peek on what could be Google’s next big project. Since it was from a Nexus 6 firmware image, we’re somehow confident it’s a legitimate one coming from Google. The post from motofirmware.center has since been deleted though. It’s believed to be an internal build distributed to testers through an Over-The-Air update.

Inside the said firmware, there’s an app called Tycho.apk which was signed with a release key. This somehow proves that apk is authentic. This Tycho is said to be the Android phone interface to the new MVNO by Google. There’s also a reference to “nova”, something we learned in the past as the MVNO service. The “Project Fi” name is actually the title of the application which was even accompanied by a logo.project fi logo

It’s the first time we heard of “Project Fi” which could be a shortcut for Fiber or Wi-Fi. The name doesn’t sound too appealing but we don’t know if it’s final yet. With this leaked image and information, we learned that Google will definitely introduce something new and different. Fiber network? How fast will it be? So far, we know Google is planning to charge customers for what they use. Unused data allotment will be credited without overage fees. If you exceed that amount, there will be a flat rate for each additional GB.

Other possible features include multiple lines and shared data in a single account, and easy switching of phones with a single button press. There’s also information that Google is partnering with T-Mobile and another mobile carrier and will be available on a payment plan. Google Voice is also expected to be a part of this service.

VIA: Android Police