Sundar Pichai took to the stage at Google I/O earlier today and shared quite a few factoids regarding Android TV. One of the juiciest morsels he shared was that HBO Now's Apple exclusivity will be ending "this summer." Pichai mentioned that HBO Now will be coming to both Android TV, the Google Play Store and to the Chromecast, and will be available in time for the upcoming True Detective season, premiering June 21st.
Separately, HBO VP Bernadette Aulestia had this to say, "We have seen through social media that there is great demand for the service among Android and Chromecast users and we're excited to deliver HBO Now to them." That's awesome news for folks looking to take advantage of HBO Now services on something other than an Apple device.
We have an intriguing press release to share with you guys today. This announcement was made at Google I/O earlier today, and comes from the folks at NVIDIA. They are officially launching their NVIDIA Shield TV device, and it comes with a huge array of features and functions. Here's a big chunk of the press release and a video above:
Considering the LG G4 isn't even fully released yet, it's probably too soon to be looking at LG G5 rumors, but when they are this intriguing we can't help but share them. Supposedly, the fifth generation LG G Series device will include some high tech security that sounds too good to be true. Instead of the "potentially soon to be retro" fingerprint scanner, LG is planning to equip the G5 with a biometric iris scanner for security.
The intel revealed indicated that LG has been working directly with a company called Irience in order to push this technology quickly to market. The source also revealed that LG has already completed the hardware module for the device, and is simply polishing the algorithms which will increase the recognition range from 12in (30cm) to a solid 20in (50cm).
This seems like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but would be incredible if true. Of course, we will have to wait and see how accurate the technology is before passing judgment. What do you folks think? Would this be useful cool tech or just PR fodder?
Here at DF HQ, we can't help but notice the trend toward larger and larger smartphones is slowly becoming the norm for many of our users. We thought it would be a fun fact gathering mission to have a quick little poll regarding one of the main features of the most popular phablet-style phones. The feature is the S-Pen Stylus, and the phone is the Samsung Galaxy Note series.
Our question is this:
How often do you use your S-Pen Stylus for your Galaxy Note series device?
Feel free to add any personal thoughts on the usability of the S-Pen Stylus so users who have never used one can understand your point of view.
According to the latest rumors from China, Xiaomi is planning to reveal their latest flagship device, the Mi5, in November of this year. The intel revealed that the device will include some of the highest end specs yet seen on a smartphone.
Here's a breakdown:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
5.5-inch Quad-HD resolution display
4GB of LPDDR4 RAM
16 or 20MP main camera
A fingerprint reader with Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint identification system
Just 5.1mm thick
Additionally, the source of this info indicated that the device will have no need of a capacitive sensor or a button present anywhere on the device in order to function. Here's a quote with a few additional details,
Here at HQ, we are crossing out fingers that this...
It looks like Lenovo wasn't done coming up with innovative ideas for mobile devices. Another concept device they are working on is the "Magic View" smartwatch. The main claim to fame for this device is a second display on the watch band of the device.
Lenovo calls the second display a “Virtual Interactive Display” and claims it is designed to let users view images up to 20 times size of the regular watch face. The VID can also display private information that users would rather not show on the main watch face.
Lenovo couldn't share a timeframe for making this device an actual retail product, but they did reiterate that their Yoga tablet line was just a concept not too long ago before it became one of their hottest selling products.
It looks like Lenovo is hitting it out of the park with new ideas lately. It will be exciting to see what their team-up with Motorola eventually brings to the table.
It looks like innovation in the mobile world isn't completely catatonic after-all. Lenovo showed off one of the coolest smartphone concepts today. It's called the "Smart Cast" and it doubles as a laser projector! Not only can you set the phone up to do board room presentations with its projector, you can also watch movies with it.
That's not all the laser projector is "projected" to do when the device eventually becomes a reality. As you can see in the video above, the Smart Cast is also meant to be able to project a keyboard onto nearly any surface for you to type. Furthermore, Lenovo even demonstrates a piano keyboard projected from the device.
Lenovo is billing their Smart Cast as the world’s first laser projector in a smartphone, and the world’s smallest pico projector. While not everyone would have the need to use the projector for presentations or movies, the laser keyboard functionality could be useful for virtually anyone. What do you guys think of Lenovo's concept?
Lenovo will launch its own media sharing device in August. But the Lenovo Cast differs from Google's device, and not just because it looks like a puck instead of a stick. Plug it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor ( supports HDMI 1.3) and sync up with your WiFi network, like similar products. It now taps into your DNLA or Miracast-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop, to output up to 1080P video to your big screen. That's unlike the Chromecast, which uses its proprietary Chrome browser environment.
The Lenovocast will retail at $49. That's $14. more than Chromecast but offers a more robust experience.
Check this out Verizon customers! You will be able to pre-order the LG G4 starting on May 28th! Not only that, but if you are in the market for a new Android tablet, the LG G Pad X8.3 will be available for purchase that day as well!
Sound off if you are looking forward to snagging the LG G4 on Big Red!
Just this morning we shared some slick news regarding what could be the new Motorola Droid device. A Moto device with the XT1585 model number and internal codename 'Kinzie' was rumored. We now have some breaking intel regarding that device.
According to anonymous insider sources from the supply chain, the Motorola Kinzie will have a unique 5.43" QHD YOUM display. Supposedly, it will be the first phone to utilize the full version of the plastic/glasstic lens, and will be marketed as the first unbreakable screen. Considering that Motorola was the first OEM to market a Kevlar case design, we can see them making a move like this.
If true, this poses some interesting questions regarding Samsung. Obviously the first instance of the YOUM display was in the Galaxy Note Edge and the new Galaxy S6 Edge. Does this mean that the version used in the Motorola device is a more advanced design? Will it be truly flexible? Is it just a marketing ploy by Motorola?
Even though this "rumint" brings up more questions than it answers, we can't wait to see of it is accurate. Stay tune for more intel in the coming weeks.