According to supply chain rumors, Huawei is "courting" Google to become the manufacturer for a next-gen Google Nexus 7 that is set to arrive in 2016. Considering that Google and Huawei now have history together with the Nexus 6P, and that it is a relatively successful partnership, we wouldn't be too surprised if this materializes. On top of this, Huawei has grown to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world (at least by shipment volume). They are also the largest smartphone maker in their home country of China.
What's most surprising about this intel is that Google is mulling a new Nexus 7 at all. It was easy to assume they were letting the device die out, since they didn't create a new one this year. What new surprises could Google and Huawei bring to a next generation Nexus 7? Here at HQ, we certainly wouldn't mind finding out. What do you folks think?
The latest update to Chrome for Android improves Chrome’s Data Saver mode. It can now reduce data consumption by up to 70% under some conditions. The way it handles this is that the Data Saver mode utilizes up to 50 percent data compression on pages by passing them through Google’s servers. The newest update is even more efficient at culling the largest data hogging parts of web pages.
It does this by removing most of the images on a page after Chrome detects that your connection might be too slow. After the page is loaded, you can still tap on backgrounds to pop up the images you want to see, or you can click on a single pop-up that will load all the images.
This update with the Data Saver Mode improvements hasn't rolled out yet. It will push out to India and Indonesia first, and in the coming months will rollout to all other regions. In the mean-time, you can still benefit from the feature. To enable it, just go to Settings->Advanced->Data Saver.
To see what it looks like before enabling it, check out the animated gif in the thread below.
Prepare to have your mind blown on two different levels. The first is that Verizon actually created something really cool which doesn't offer them profit of any kind!
The other level is what they created is pretty amazing! Creative Verizon engineers (with too much time?) made a virtual cell network inside of the game/crafting tool Minecraft that can actually communicate with the real world!
It's hard to wrap your head around that until you watch the video in the thread below, so hop right to it.
Samsung just ousted their mobile CEO, JK Shin and replaced him with DJ Koh, who ran Samsung's Tizen Mobile OS and Samsung Pay projects. Shin is not being fired, but is basically being demoted. He will still hold the title of co-CEO of Samsung Electronics.
It was probably inevitable considering how poorly Shin executed the Galaxy S6 rollout. Shin was already on thin ice for the poor results of the Galaxy S5. This year, Shin misread demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge and conversely overinflated the manufacturing of the Galaxy S6 "vanilla." This caused the Electronics arm to take enough of a profit hit for it to announce an earnings loss for the entire year.
Interestingly, Shin wasn't the only Samsung CEO to get bumped down. Samsung's head of TVs and home appliances, BK Yoon, is also being moved to the "co-CEO of Samsung Electronics" position so the company can focus on "long-term strategy".
It seems like CEOs are expected to be able to tell the future in South Korea. A least these guys aren't getting kicked to the curb.
LG is offering up a pretty juicy value proposition to push the LG V10. If customers purchase a new LG V10 64GB handset from a carrier store, authorized retailer, authorized national retailer or an authorized online dealer, they can get three freebies along with it (as long as they jump through a few hoops).
Free 64GB SanDisk microSD card
A spare battery for the phone
A charging cradle to store it in
Supposedly, the value of these items totals $129.97. Here is a listing of those "hoops" you need to jump through to get this deal:
"Method #1: Online Submission: Visit www.lgv10promoradio.com orwww.lgv10decemberpromo.com and enter the information requested including: your name, address, city, state, ZIP code, phone number, email address, carrier where the purchase was made, and upload a legible copy of your receipt of purchase, and picture of V10 box with IMEI number. Online Submissions must be received by Thursday, December 31, 2015.
The big news back in October was that Verizon was planning to increase the price of Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans by $20 per month (which they did as of November 15th). Although many of our members are on Verizon, we still have quite a few who are on AT&T. Sadly yet unsurprisingly, it looks like AT&T is following Verizon's lead.
AT&T just announced last night they plan to raise the rates of users on their Grandfathered Unlimited Plans by $5, (from $30 to $35 per month). This price increase will take effect starting in February of 2016. Folks on a Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan for AT&T will still have their data throttled if they exceed 22GB per month (which was raised from a 5GB per month throttle not to long ago).
For more of the details, here is AT&T's full press release: AT&T
For folks thinking about grabbing the Nexus 5X, the Google Play store has it on sale for today only. It could be your last chance for a while to get it this cheap. Both versions of the Nexus 5X are $80 off on the Play Store. That makes the 16GB version only $299.99 and the 32GB version is only $349.99.
The days of Minority Report and Iron Man style interactive holograms may not be that far off. Japanese engineers have recently developed a working prototype for "touchable" holograms. Their tech fires high-frequency laser pulses which last 1 millionth of 1 billionth of a second in order to create the illusion of physical contact with the holographic projection.
While the scientists are specifically developing the tech with a forward focus on architecture and medicine, it's obvious that a number of other amazing applications are possible... video games!
Seriously though... this is some amazing stuff, and we are lucky to be able to follow this kind of news as it develops!
You can check out a video demonstration of the tech in the thread below.
If you are the satisfied owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on T-Mobile, then you might be pleasantly surprised within the next few days. T-Mo is sending out an update to the device which will include Advanced Messaging and Video Calling.
This update also applies to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge on T-Mobile. Here are the update versions:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 = N910TUVU2DOK2 (677MB) or N910T3UVU1DOK2 (223MB)
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge = N915TUVU2COK2 (150MB)
For more info, you can hit up T-Mobile's landing pages below:
Prepare to cringe at the world's worst tablet. It's not at all surprising that the company which manufactured this horrible piece of trash went bankrupt. What is surprising is that it ever got this far into production at all.
You can watch a video in the thread below that is a teardown of this craptacular turd called the Esinomed Infoview Medical Tablet Computer. (It's extra scary that it was meant for medical use.) The tablet was based on off the shelf PC parts and its OS of choice was Windows XP. Feel free to digest that for a moment...
Not only does this pile of poo use double-sided adhesive tape to hold the motherboard to the bottom, it also uses a pack of rechargeable AA batteries as power. The batteries don't even have sockets between, but instead are soldered to each other with loose wires.
If this thing were some retro-fitted virtual device found in the post-apocalyptic Fallout 4 game, it might be kinda cool. Considering this was a real life device, it makes you wonder what its creators were smoking when they attempted to market this monstrosity. It's also a wonder they ever got it functioning in the first place.