Alcatel will join One Plus with putting out a Cyanogenmod phone to the market. The Alcatel Here 2+ phablet will pack a 2.0 octa-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, 1080P full HD 6 inch screen, 2 gigs of Ram, and come in both 16 and 32 g Gb versions. This will cost you $299 and be available in Qtr 2 of this year via Amazon for North American market. Be interesting to see if Alcatel handle things differently than what One Plus did.
Last week @dgstorm posted an article on net neutrality that got strong arguments from both sides of the board. Even better was we had a staff member (@grenefroggie ) who works in the industry who provided some great insight against net neutrality. I can't help but feel like this battle for Net Neutrality was a battle between Comcast and the cable companies vs Netflix. After reading an article from the Verge where Netflix just pulled a 180 it made me wonder if Netflix was not the face of this argument would people still feel as passionate? So I ask this to those who were in favor of net neutrality and Title II, how much did Netflix influence your decision?
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, it turns out the dual-edges on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are more than just a sleek and beautiful new design hook. Apparently, Samsung found several handy features to make them useful as well. Here's a breakdown:
Color-coded glowing caller ID notification - The edges of the Galaxy S6 Edge can actually be set to glow in various colors that you can customize for the person calling. You simply have to turn the edge light feature on and then assign colors using the People edge setting.
Night Clock - The sidebar includes a Night Clock feature. With one glance at the side, you will know exactly how much more time you have left to sleep.
Pin your contacts - here's something very handy for the social butterflies, and/or active team players. You can pin your contacts to the sidebar and color-code them too. This could be handy if there are some folks who you contact often.
Customize which notifications will display on the side screens - Yes. With the edges of the S6 Edge, you can allow specific and customized notifications, (like email, texts, calls, etc.) to show up on the side edges. You can even color-code those as well. You can also pull on those tabs to activate them if you need to see more details or act on them.
Information & News stream - you can set up an information and news stream to show up along the edge of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
We have a couple of new Android tablets to share with you guys today from Mobile World Congress 2015. These were actually revealed a couple of days ago at the event in Barcelona, Spain, but we didn't get a chance to get to them until today. Lenovo revealed two products for us. Here are some press renders above and below, as well as their spec-lists along with release dates and pricing info.
Lenovo Tab 2 A8 shown above.
Lenovo Tab 2 A10 - available in April - Wifi models will start at $199 and LTE models at $279.
10.1-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with 1920×1200 resolution
For a few weeks we have heard rumors and even quotes from Sony executives that Sony is considering merging or selling off their mobile division. These rumors came from reputable sources, and Sony's own CEO even hinted at it by saying, “Without drastic reforms such as joint ventures or alliances, [Sony’s mobile and TV businesses] will be in the red three years from now.”
Apparently, his statements were blown out of proportion or there are some dissenting opinions from within the company. Sony's Mobile Division president, Hiroki Totoki, recently flatly refuted that Sony intends to sell their mobile division. He said,
Totoki added that the mobile divisions product portfolio was simply too diverse and needs to be refocused. What do you guys think? Could Sony turn things around? HTC seems to have done a good job of climbing out of the pit they were in in 2012 and 2013.
NetherRealm, the developers of the next Mortal Kombat game recently announced a new mobile version of Mortal Kombat X. The game will be coming to Android in April (around the same time the non-mobile version will release). We have a teaser video and a full press release below,
Some of the first shots using the new Samsung Galaxy S6 camera have been shared online, and they are truly amazing to behold. The image quality is stunning to say the least. With vibrant, yet realistic color, and silky smooth texturing, you would be forgiven for thinking these shots came from a professional camera.
We included one above, but there are several more (full resolution images) in the thread below. The source of these images also shared a 1080p video sample taken with the Galaxy S6 camera. They even included several images taken using the 5MP front-facing camera. We included the video and these "selfies" as well.
We've had a drought of Android tablet news for the past several months. Today we have a slight trickle that probably won't prove to be more than that, but is a welcome respite despite. Sony announced their Xperia Z4 Android tablet at Mobile World Congress 2015. The device is slim and sexy and holds a surprising amount of power and features. Here's a breakdown:
Many continue to question why Google keep the Nexus program around even to the point of making zero profit to even taking a slight loss. Simple, if people are willing to pay money and beg to be a guinea pig why deny them. Companies need real world testing for their software and most of the time they have to hire people to do that. Since lollipop hit the nexus 6 one of the first things people changed about the software was forced encryption because, for some, it was not worth the performance hit. Google obviously keep enough tabs on the nexus community to separate the goods from the bad with their software and there was obviously enough bad buzz with forced encryption that they are willing to budge on allowing OEMS not to encrypt their devices. Out of the box I can see manufacturers encrypting phones but allowing users to remove encryption with out having to flash a custom boot. Be interesting to see if companies like Samsung will use this out to just build their own encryption on top of lollipop.
For those running lollipop is your device force encrypted or did you remove encryption?
[Editor's Note: @DrumsOfGrohl posted something pretty cool in the Galaxy S6 section, so I am promoting it to the front page to share with you guys.]
Because we all love comparison videos, how about we let the Samsung Galaxy S6 take on Apple's über popular iPhone 6.
I have to say these two smart devices almost look identical. Unless you were familiar with either of them, I would bet you wouldn't easily be able to guess which one was which on first glance. It appears that the biggest difference is with the cameras, but even the UI seems surprisingly similar.
This video does a great job of showing the similarities between the phones while highlighting their differences as well.
Take a look at Pocketnow's video from MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, and form your own opinions: