The Nvidia Shield TV is quickly becoming one of my families favorite content consumption devices. We use it more than we use our cable box at this point, and it just keeps getting better and better. We have already been able to experience 4K content with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even Youtube. Now the Nvidia Shield TV can stream 4K content from Google Play which means you can finally see first run movies in 4K right on your living room TV! The Nvidia Shield TV is among the first in smart tv boxes to be able to stream 4K content from the Google Play Store and remain the top dog when it comes to 4K streaming! It doesn't hurt my feelings one bit that it is also includes an excellent gaming experience. Are any of you guys enjoying your Nvidia Shield TV as much as I am?
Another day Another reportedly widespread Galaxy S8 issue. We have seen over the past few days that users are reporting all sorts of issues with their new Galaxy S8 devices. Some have experienced a red tint in the display due to Samsung not taking time to properly configure display color, others have reported buggy wifi, still others are reporting issues with Qi Wireless charging. Now some users are reporting that their Bixby button is broken.
Personally I already have my Bixby button remapped to Google Now. This is a practice that Samsung frowns upon and have been doing their best to eliminate server side. Some users are actually fond of the new Bixby feature and are taking to the internet to complain that their dedicated Bixby button has become very temperamental. Pushing the button does nothing at times for some users. This seems to be more of a problem for those who have implemented the work around to remap the button. This could be due to the fact that Samsung continues to push out updates attempting to disable the ability to remap which is likely interfering with these workaround methods. The easiest way to get your Bixby button back if you have lost it would be to factory reset your device.
Last year Hugo Barra made a promise that Xiaomi phone's would be making their way to the United States soon. His recent departure to Facebook may mean that his promise has gone with him unfortunately. We were all hoping to possibly see the Xiaomi Mi6 hit the US, but all signs point to we won't see any Xiaomi devices in the US for a while. There just isn't a strong and loyal following for the company in the US so far. The company is still one of the larger OEM companies and they have become popular in the 30 markets they serve by providing top of the line innovative phones at a much lower price then their competitors. The brand was the 2nd largest in India during Q4 of 2016 and 3rd in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Ukraine. They are still a large company my most standards however they are struggling to bring phones in quantity to the small markets they serve.
Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, said in a recent interview with Engadget,
He gave no time frame for a Mi6 release in the US. I for one am a bit disappointed that we won't be seeing these phones in the US, but you can still pay a bit extra...
As we reported a few days back Verizon is lo sing subscribers in record numbers even after releasing their new unlimited data plans. I think it is more about the way they have treated customers over the years like they are entitled to your business and have to do nothing to earn your business simply because they have had the better network. For the past 10 years they have had the worst customer service in my experiences. Instead of fixing a problem they pretty much tell you to leave if you like. Now that Verizon is no longer subsidizing phones and consumers are mostly no longer under a 2 year contract they can't just tell you to pay the ETF and leave. People have nothing to tie them down. Ad campaigns like the one Sprint is running with the old "can you hear me now guy" are showing Americans that Verizon doesn't have the crazily superior network it once had. With this realization consumers are leaving big red in droves.
Verizon has been trying to slow the hemorrhaging a bit with the new plans, and yesterday they announced a new unlimited plan for prepaid customers. This plan seems to sink in the fangs a bit though and doesn't seem like a very good deal when you consider the postpaid unlimited plan. The new plan will limit streaming video to 480p, and the data can not be used for unlimited hotspot as it can with postpaid plans. Of course the...
Just a few days after the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ we have some major issues to contend with. However none of them are as reputation killing as what we saw with the Note 7 last year which is a plus. We reported last week that many users especially in Korean markets were noticing a Red tint in their display. This was due to the rush to get phones to market at the very end. Samsung did not have time to properly configure the displays.
Samsung will be releasing an update to hopefully help fix the displays. The update will give users more control over the display color settings. Hopefully users will actually be able to configure the Red tint out of the displays, but it is quite annoying that consumers are having to take this step to hopefully be able to configure the display to optimal colors and settings. Is this a good enough fix for Samsung? Should Samsung replace misconfigured units with units that are preconfigured?
For most Roms have become a fond memory. For others Roms are still very much a part of life. We have not seen much from some of the most popular Rom teams since the first half of last year. Paranoid Android was for a while one of the more popular Roms out there thanks to some innovative features like Halo which was a notification feature that ended up being used by Facebook Messenger for chatheads and also a Pie Navigation control.
The last time we saw an update for Paranoid Android was to Marshmallow back in June. A few days ago the Paranoid Android Google+ account posted an image of an "O" with the text paranoid android and the hashtag #stayparanoid. The lead developer Arz Bhatia explained in the comments of that post that Paranoid Android only releases roms when they are stable enough for daily use, and only update when there are critical bugs. They only have 3-5 contributors at this point. There was no clarification on what exactly they are currently working on or how long it will take to see a finished release. As we all know if you ask for an ETA on a Rom build Rom developers go all Emo and are liable to quit working on the Rom altogether. It seems like the team is working on something maybe we will see it soon.
We have only had the Galaxy S8 now for a few days officially yet Samsung and Qualcomm are already moving forward on chip development for the Galaxy S9. Reportedly the new chip will be called the Snapdragon 845 and will be manufactured by Samsung or TSMC using a 7-nanometer process. This should bring an improvement in both performance and efficiency. It looks like Samsung was so happy with being the first to market with the Snapdragon 835 that they are looking to do the same thing with the Snapdragon 845. Hopefully Samsung beginning work on the device so early is a sign of quality control being of the utmost importance.
It looks like we have another issue with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ already. Some units are having trouble with Qi wireless charging. It seems as long as you use Samsung's all new convertible wireless charging stand there are no issues. Some users are reporting issues with other chargers including Samsung's older wireless chargers. The issue that is coming up is that if you place your S8 or S8+ on one of these chargers you get a repeated "Wireless Charging Paused" later you get a message "Irregular charging detected." Other brands and models of Qi chargers seem to be affected by this as well. I have seen those messages on my S7 edge as well, and had chalked it up to my charger going bad since I have had my charger for about a year. Maybe there is something more to this as the problem seems pretty wide spread at this point.
If you thought VR was a gimmick and Google was moving on.....not so fast my friend (in the Lee Corso voice).
Google just introduced the next generation in VR, Jump (as it is called) will provide producers with a 360 camera that will record in 4K, powered by the YI HALO 360 Camera. Content creators will have the tools to film some high quality content for VR. Created by YI, the YI HALO camera will be put in more content producers hands with the Jump Start program.
This partnership with YI and Google will hopefully bring more quality content to VR headsets.
Content producers will be able to sign up for the device through Google's Jump Start program (Google Jump Start).