Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

It’s been a busy few hours at the IFA trade show in Berlin, and following Samsung’s three-pronged assault on the mobile industry, Sony has since taken to the stage to unleash a couple of new releases of its own. The Xperia Z3, a follow up to the Xperia Z2 announced in February at IFA, is accompanied in its entrance by the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Z3 Tablet Compact, and if you’re interested to see what the Japanese outfit has come up with next, then join us after the leap.

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Alongside today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also showcased the Galaxy Note Edge, which, aside from being quite similar in terms of tech. specs, features a neat, curved display. Allied to this intriguing new addition, Samsung has added a bunch of tailored software to take full advantage of the new feature, and below, we run through all of the details of the Note Edge.

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At the IFA trade show in Berlin, Samsung just took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 4, and as predicted, it’s a beast of a device. For the most part, it’s very much as we expected, with a stunning-looking quad-HD display and equally-impressive camera, and below, we go through each and every aspect of this all-new addition to the market-leading phablet series.

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What with Sony being a major smartphone and camera vendor, the Japanese outfit has recently sought to combine its specialties and create something of a middle-ground. Back at IFA last year, smart lenses were introduced – high-end attachments for smartphones that would offer a premier shooting experience on-the-fly. Like most first-time efforts, it was a concept that didn’t quite hit the mark, but never one to give in so quickly, the PlayStation maker appears to be back with a revised approach in the form of the QX1. With rumors suggesting that it’ll separate the image sensor and lens components, it could, in turn, allow device owners to hook up their E-mount lenses, and if you’re in the market for a superior point-and-shoot experience, the QX1 may be your perfect purchase.

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Among the myriad of smartphones set to hit the scene over the next few days, we’re pretty eager to see what Motorola comes up with. The Moto X+1 – a step up form the Moto X – is hotly-anticipated after the success of the original, and now, we’ve an almost 5-minute video leak offering hands-on coverage of said device.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will be announced next week at Berlin’s IFA, and although we’ve already seen what the device looks like thanks to a number of reports and sightings, we’ve a new leak of the device in what appears to be some form of disguise. The Korean manufacturer often places its unannounced devices in strange housing prior to the big reveal, but although the boxy nature of the Note 4′s casing is clearly designed to throw the on-looking tech world off the scent, you can still make out the form factor of the impending phablet.

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While fragmentation is one of the biggest issues plaguing the Android ecosystem, it has also been one of the most beneficial aspects of the operating system, since it has allowed a number of OEMs to have their own builds of Android onto numerous smartphones, resulting in Google’s mobile OS becoming the largest market share holder in terms of usage. While OEM builds are the more popular ones out there, there are branches like CyanogenMod as well that have, over the years, built up a devoted fan base and massive developer community that continues to contribute to Cyanogen’s growth and development. And now, things might be headed in an even better direction for CM, as the team behind Cyanogen Inc. has met with Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella.

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Samsung has a humongous marketing budget. Time and again, we see the Korean company spend lavishly on strange, interesting, and simply grandiose PR campaigns, but when it isn’t renaming terminals at London’s Heathrow Airport, the Galaxy maker does occasionally keep things nice and simple. Given that the Apple iPad Air is a direct competitor to the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung thought it would be a good idea to take both to the streets of NYC and record the reactions of consumers asked to compare the two.

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A large, captive audience made up of technology enthusiasts, critics, analysts and media professionals will descend on the German capital next week to meet and greet the newest tech from around the world, but it seems like next week is too far away for LG, resulting in the company jumping the gun and revealing the scoop on one of the best kept secrets we’ve seen for a while, the LG G Watch R.

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If you’re carrying around an iOS device and have even a passing interest in video or the phenomenon that is Instagram then you’ll probably want to check out its latest app if you haven’t already. Called Hyperlapse, the iOS-only app can record time-lapse video that’s ridiculously stable and looks, in all honesty, absolutely terrific.

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The importance and popularity of music is at an all-time high, thanks to companies like Apple and Google who have pioneered the use of digital infrastructure to deliver content directly to a range of devices. In an effort to promote music downloads and give back, Google is offering Prism by Katy Perry as a free-of-charge download.

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Google makes a habit of coinciding major new versions of Android with a new smartphone release, and with Android L having already been unleashed at I/O earlier on this year, we’re now waiting on the successor to the Nexus 5. Although widely presumed to be called the Nexus 6, for rather obvious reasons, it now looks as though the next-gen handset will be called the Nexus X as Google tries to avoid any copyright issues, but despite the name-change, the actual device still looks set to impress us with some beastly specs. Today, we’ve gotten wind of some new details, as well as some more leaked info pertaining to Android L, and below, you can get up to speed.

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Motorola, which Google is currently in the process of selling on to Lenovo, has continued to churn out cheap, high-quality smartphones over the past few years, and joining the roster shortly will be the Moto G2. We’ve already heard a great deal about this handset during the past couple of weeks and months, and along with some new sightings of the device today, we now also have confirmation on the tech specs.

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Berlin’s annual IFA consumer electronics fair is all geared up to be a great event in this year’s technology calendar. When the trade show descends on Germany’s capital city it will play home to more than 1,200 exhibitors from 32 different countries, each one eager to show off its advancements in its own particular field. Samsung regularly introduces something new and shiny during IFA, with this year being no different as the company prepares to unveil the latest edition to its family of “phablets”, the Galaxy Note 4.

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Although it mightn’t get as much attention as its compatriot, LG continues to churn out high-quality, feature rich smartphones that more than stand up against those of Samsung. The LG G3, for example, is every bit as beastly as the Galaxy S5, and with Sammy preparing to unleash the Galaxy Note 4 at a special Unpacked event in Berlin, LG has just taken the wraps off the G3 Stylus.

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Theft of personal, digital devices is fairly rampant, but thanks to the introduction of kill-switches, those snatching the gadgets of others are now often left with a bricked product that cannot be used or sold at will. It’s not much consolation to the victim, but it has made a noticeable difference to smartphone theft in that the numbers have dropped off significantly. Now, a new law has been passed in California that means by 2015, any handset sold in the state will need to be kitted up with its very own kill-switch, and although most top-end devices now ship with such measures right out of the box, this new move will ensure that all new smartphones include something similar.

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Although the blogosphere is abuzz with iPhone 6-related reports, Samsung will argue that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 is the smartphone to grab this fall, and with the Korean outfit having already confirmed the September 3rd Unpacked event in Berlin, we’re now playing the waiting game. Given what we’ve heard so far, we’re not expecting too many surprises, and one feature that will remain without a shadow of doubt is the S Pen. The company’s stylus is one of the discernible differences between the Galaxy Note range and the Galaxy S line-up, and in a new ad focused mainly on consumers with children, Sammy reminds us how important handwriting remains in this Digital Age.

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Dong Nguyen, of Flappy Bird fame, returned to prominence last week with the release of Swing Copters, and having infuriated mobile users far and wide the first time around, the follow-up is even more challenging on whole new level. So much so, in fact, that the lone developer has released a swift update of iOS and Android which, thankfully, makes it a bit less cumbersome to play. More details and download link can be found right after the jump.

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Every year, Google comes through a new Nexus smartphone, and although LG is ordinarily tasked with building side of things, it’s reckoned that Motorola will be at the helm for this year’s edition. Given that we had the Nexus 4, then the current flagship Nexus 5, it was naturally presumed that the Big G would take the wraps off the Nexus 6 later on this year, but as per a new report, it may well be given the ‘Nexus X’ moniker.

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LG is set to announce a new smartwatch at IFA next week, just a handful of months after it brought the LG G Watch to market amidst Google’s own Android Wear fanfare.

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