Every year we look forward to what Google will reveal via their I/O conference. There is a possibility we could see Android M at I/O as well as more android wear devices.
Milkshake, M&M, Moon pie, whatever M will become I hope it fixes the issues that have plagued lollipop devices.
If you had Google's ear what would you want to see in Android M?
With a swath of new flagship devices ignoring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in favor of something else, it's no wonder that there is speculation across the web that it proves the rumors that the chipset has an overheating problem. This is obviously a source of consternation at Qualcomm, as its VP of marketing Tim McDonough, had some choice words to say about the rumors. Here's what McDonough shared,
He added, "Why was someone spreading false information about the 810? Our point of view is that those rumours happened with the LG G Flex 2 and Qualcomm 810 being first to market with the premium-tier application processor. Then somebody decided to put out some false rumours about that, which is unfortunate but sometimes that’s how business is done. That has forced us to spend a lot of time addressing the false rumours.”
McDonough also pointed out,
McDonough also posed the simple question “who stands to gain from the rumour?”...
Here at HQ we are pretty excited about the new Powerwall from Tesla Energy that was just announced last week, but that doesn't mean there aren't some negatives to the new tech. Some new details have come to light suggesting the initial version will not be quite as disruptive as originally thought.
First, Tesla's solar energy company, Solar City isn't ready to endorse the Powerwall for use with their systems yet. Apparently, this first iteration wasn't designed to offer anything useful to Solar City customers because existing regulations allow users to sell unused energy back to the power companies. This means that the economics of the Powerwall simply do not yet make sense when used with the Solar City solar energy technology.
The second detail which throws a bit of shade on the Powerwall is that only the smaller 7kWh is designed for everyday use. According to reports, the 10kWh version isn't designed to go through more than about 50 charging cycles a year. The only advantage of this version of the Powerwall for folks with the Solar City tech would be as a battery backup device.
Of course, for the average homeowner who does not have a solar panel setup for their home, the 7kWr Powerwall is still an affordable way to lower energy costs, it's simply ironic that Elon Musk's own Solar City solar power tech company isn't ready to use the...
The Goat Simulator is an awesome success story because it combines comedic creativity in a package that was easy to make. In fact, many of the "bugs" in the game where intentionally left because they added to the hilarity offered by the crazy things you can do with your goat.
Of course, because of the runaway success of the game, you had to know the developers would come out with an add-on to the "soon-to-be-franchise." This expansion takes the goat to a new low quite literally... It's called GoatZ and your beloved Goat is now a zombie who must consumer people to live! Imagine the horror and the comedic gold!
GoatZ will hit Steam tomorrow, May 7th, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It will also come to Android and iOS as a standalone game for $4.99 (the same price as the original Goat Simulator).
Folks who signed up to be notified when Project Fi becomes available may have just received positive news in their email inboxes today. Google sent out the first batch of invites. While this will be welcome news for many, there is one caveat that could be a deal-breaker for many. There are a number of limitations on the new service which only kick in if you are porting your current Google Voice number. Here's the skinny on the list of features that are not supported if you port your Google Voice number,
Making and receiving calls using Google Talk, Google Voice apps, or Obihai devices
You won’t be able to use Google Voice for texting or visual voicemail
Text, voicemail and call history is no longer saved in Google Voice
If you already turned on Google Voice text messages and voicemails in Hangouts, they will continue to be available only in Hangouts
Certain Google Voice settings aren’t available: spam filtering, call recording, call switch, conference calling on the fly, caller ID (incoming), and outgoing caller ID (anonymous Caller ID).
As part of signing up for Project Fi, Google Voice apps and the website won’t be available.
To be clear, many of these features are already built-in to the Project Fi service, so you aren't necessarily losing all of this. Still, it's a head scratcher why Google is having this issue. We will keep you posted with more details as they arrive.
Even though many of the big name manufacturers have opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 over the 810 because of its heat issues, there are still some OEMs brave enough to use the bigger 810 chip. In fact, Xiaomi just announced their latest flagship and it will include the Snapdragon 810. The device is the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, and it will launch May 12th to China only.
Here are the full specs for the device:
64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB eMMC 5.0 flash storage
5.7″ 2K (2560 x 1440) display from Sharp/JDI (515 PPI)
Sunlight Display technology for unparalleled outdoor visibility
13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
4G Dual SIM
Supports LTE CAT 9 for up to 450Mbps download speeds
Hardware-optimized Hi-Fi audio for improved sound quality
High-capacity 3090mAh battery, supports Quick Charge 2.0 (charges up to 70% in 1 hour)
Aluminum frame and curved 2.5D and 3D glass on the front and back
The device will be an incredible value at only RMB2999 (about US$483) unlocked. It's a shame these devices don't hit the US more frequently. At this price, they would likely sell like hotcakes!
There is a new program started by LG which is meant to help a few (limited) users try out the new LG G4 before it even hits US retail shelves officially. On top of that, the units will be offered at no cost to the lucky folks chosen.
Of course, there's a catch... (you knew there would be). Folks who are chosen will be required to jump through some social media hoops. Here's a quote with the description followed by the LG sign up page link.
Take notice Motorola fans! Some new intel on the 3rd generation of the Moto X may have just been revealed. The source is completely uncorroborated, so it may be nothing. Still, you know how this goes... it's better to share it even if it's wrong then to ignore it and it turns out to be right.
Here's the scoop on the Moto X (2015):
5.2-inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
4GB of RAM
32/64GB of memory
16-megapixel Clear Pixel camera
5-megapixel front-facing camera
3,280 mAh battery
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
If this spec-list is accurate, then it seems to be further evidence that smartphone OEMs have mostly abandoned the Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm. It seems that even the potential for heat related issues is enough to ward off manufacturers (probably for good reason).
Current intel pegs the launch of the Moto X (2015 Edition) sometime between August and September. We will keep an eye out for more info until then.
The great thing about Android is the freedom to change pretty much anything you want with the OS. You can change your launcher, you can change your keyboard, and you really have the freedom and liberty to make your device suite your style and needs exactly. Theme developer "Pecco" has released a clean theme for the Galaxy S6 dialer. ExDialer Green Theme adds a touch of green to the dialer, and is pretty simple to install. Just install the app. Then go to menu, preferences, theme to apply it. Grab this theme from the play store link below.
Themes are becoming all the rage in the mobile handset world. OEMs have even adopted themeing in their latest skin overlays. The M9, S6 and even the upcoming G4 come with Theme choosers. Samsung is even incentivizing theme development for their theme chooser. This has always been an option for those running custom roms like CyanogenMod 12. Themes give your device a whole new look, and are one of the most appealing custom options.
The all new Florid theme brings a monochromatic overlay with material blue action bars, and pink accents. The whole theme was built with Google's specific material design guidelines in mind so you won't lose that stock feel you get from Android Lollipop. Themed elements include Settings, SystemUI, Framework, Messaging, Gallery, Calculator, Browser, Dialer, Contacts, PowerMenu, WhatsApp, Instagram, Eleven Music Player, Hangouts, Google Play Music, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, Youtube, and more! Grab this theme from the link below.