At the 2014 annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced copious amounts of software upgrades and improvements to their operating systems, mobile and desktop alike. On the OS X side of things, we saw the announcement and Developer Preview release of OS X Yosemite, the successor to OS X Mavericks. Whilst on the mobile device side, we got our first look at all of the new features to be coming within iOS 8.
The team here loves a good concept video. Some of the best concept videos of all time are the ones with the most outlandish features, and things that are just never going to become reality, at least not in the years to come. Whilst these type of concept videos are good fun - they tend to not pose much value as opposed to just entertainment. Occasionally it's the most simple, most realistic concept videos that make the biggest impact.
Over a month ago at Mobile World Congress, Samsung took to the stage to make the highly anticipated announcement of their newest flagship for 2014. No surprises were presented when they officially revealed the Galaxy S5, successor to the popular Galaxy S4 and king of the most successful Android flagship series, the Galaxy S line. With the release of the new HTC One M8 - which has continued to boost HTC's reputation amongst the tech community - Samsung has got a lot to accomplish with this phone.
Just under a week ago, HTC took to stages in London and New York to announce their newest flagship smartphone, and upgrade to one of the most widely renown phones of 2013, the HTC One. After using the phone for roughly 7 days or so, it's fair to say that HTC has done a stellar job with the new M8. It feels like a similar phone to the HTC One M7, which is a very positive thing in this case. More aluminum has been used in the construction, creating a more premium feel. The edges of the phone have been rounded off, resulting in a better experience when holding the phone. If I happened to be suggesting improvements to the original HTC One, these are a few of the things I would have given.
Only two days ago, Google officially released one of their most not-so-secret products in recent months, a red Nexus 5. Unlike most releases from Google, this one didn't come as much of a surprise. The red Nexus 5 had been leaked so much that it almost felt like Google were purely putting us out of our misery by officially announcing it. But announce it they did, and order it I did. I've personally held off from purchasing the Nexus 5 up until this point because it just wasn't popping enough for me. The introduction of this color certainly fixes that.
When 0bscure 7 came onto my radar, I immediately gave it the once over due to its simple but very impactive visuals. The entire theme consist of black and white icons, which when paired with the right background, creates a gorgeous look for your iOS device’s home screen.
In the video below, we pit Moto G vs Samsung Galaxy S4 in a comparison test to see which of the two smartphones offer best value-for-money.
Earlier on in the year, Google made a move which some people deemed clever, some foolish. With the expertise that comes with being one of the world's largest software companies, Google doesn’t have the best credentials when it comes to hardware production. The answer? Purchase an already existing, well thought of, manufacturer. In this case, Google purchased the then-struggling Motorola Mobility to head their mobile device production.
Retina Display iPad mini 2, iPad mini 1 and iPad Air's complete size, weight, browser speed and gaming performance test demonstrated in the video embedded below.
In what can only be considered one of the most bizarre Apple product launches of this year, the Cupertino company has officially released their newest miniature tablet: the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display for everyone to consume. If you're unaware, the new iPad was announced alongside it's bigger brother, the iPad Air. This is where the launch similarities end though, as Apple were particularly coy about when, or where, it was going to be available. In a sudden frenzy - as opposed to their standard organized launches - Apple let loose that the iPad mini with Retina Display could be reserved for pickup in store, or purchased directly though Apple's online store.