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Mar 17, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
If this rumor is true, it's probable that Samsung's newest flagship the Galaxy S5 will experience some production hiccups when it launches in April. According to the latest intel, the new camera in the Galaxy S5 includes improved 6-lens optics. These optics are supposedly giving the assemblers problems. Here's a quote with a few more details,
It's hard to say just how much production will be affected by this. Of course, Samsung has a few weeks to nail things down, so it's possible there won't be too much of an issue. It seems as if every new launch of the Galaxy S series is met with some issue which causes production delays/shortages.
This new 6-element lens requires fitting into the same camera lens as before. The issue here is the molding of the optics to be precisely centered. As an industry insider put it:
“On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mold technology is necessary.”
The mold is made internally and then sent to the lens suppliers who then apply the injection tech. However, while they’re more skilled at doing so, they’re struggling with the level of precision required. Samsung was expected to reach full capacity next month, but current numbers of the lens production have it pegged at 20 to 30 percent.
Mar 17, 2014 - 9:56 AM - by dgstorm
The Game Developers Conference is coming to San Francisco this week. Google has already been turning up their hype machine a bit. They just announced a few new treats for gamers. One, they are planning on launching a "game gifts" service. It is designed for gamers to be able to send their in-game loot/prizes/swag to other players. They are also planning to up the number of game categories in the Play store to 18. Their desire is that gamers will be able to find interesting titles more easily.
The most intriguing new enhancements they are planning have to do with the Google Play games services. Developers will be able to use Google's new backend tool for managing achievements, leaderboards and more, and the best part is that it will work in Android, iOS and web-based games. On top of that, Google has added multiplayer support for iOS games, and they are updating their Unity plug-in to enable cross-platform multiplayer gaming between Android and iOS devices. This is great news for folks who want to game with their iOS toting buddies.
Mar 17, 2014 - 9:15 AM - by dgstorm
"Curiouser and curiouser... " It appears that we have a new wrinkle in the building story of the upcoming G3 from LG, one that Alice would be intrigued by. A screenshot of a benchmark showed up online that is supposedly of the upcoming LG D-850. As we have reported previously, the D-850 is suspected to be the G3. What is unusual about this benchmark isn't that the rumored QHD display is on-hand. We won't be surprised if that turns out to be true. The surprising thing found in this benchmark is that it sports an octa-core MediaTek processor.
Up until now, most of the industry speculated that the G 3 would come with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU or it's faster cousin, the Snapdragon 805. If this pic is not fake, then this would be a strong departure from the norm for LG. It might not be too surprising when we take a look at the chip though. Reports indicate that it is a serious advancement for MediaTek and is supposedly a serious competitor to the Snapdragon 805, at a cheaper price. Here's a quote with some details on this chip,
What do you guys think? Would you care what manufacturer made the chip in a flagship device as long as it was powerful and battery efficient?
A leaked graphics benchmark screenshot puts all this guesswork on the backburner, though, as the handset's Android build board is listed as MT6595, which is the tag of MediaTek's most powerful processor to date. The octa-core monster is claimed to be in the same league as Snapdragon 805. MT6595 has four powerful 2.2-2.5 GHz Cortex-A17 cores, and four 1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 ones for the everyday tasks, all paired with a fast Rogue PowerVR Series6 GPU.
Mar 17, 2014 - 8:53 AM - by dgstorm
HTC just released the next video in their "Tech Translation" commercial series for their HTC One and their all new HTC One. This 4th video focuses on the Sense UI's Zoe mode. Just as before, they tease new features of the next HTC One, but do it without actually revealing anything. Luckily we only have about 9 days left before the final unveiling.
Mar 17, 2014 - 8:44 AM - by dgstorm
The Google Play Store just received an update. This was one of their biggest updates yet. It included a slew of new features, the most significant of which is default password protection for in-app purchases. This neatly solves the problem that Google faced last week when a California mother sued the company because her son racked up $66 bucks in in-app purchases playing a game on her Android device. Of course, they will probably still need to settle the lawsuit, but I can't imagine that would be too hard.
There are a number of other new changes to the Play Store included with this update. Here's a quote with more of the details,
- Bulk Install allows users to multi-select apps in the My Apps section to install together, while the existing Bulk Delete feature, which allows users to delete apps from their list that they never intend to use again, has fixed an annoying bug that previously made the list jump back to the top after an action.
- Bulk Install is particularly useful for the first time using a new device or after a factory reset or, if you're a modder, after you've flashed a new ROM.
- Elsewhere, the Settings and Help menus have been moved to the pullout side bar alongside My Apps, and the Add Auto-widget option has been renamed to a more helpful Add Icon To Homescreen.
- Perhaps the biggest change, however, is the introduction of password protection for in-app purchases. This option has been available to users of the Amazon Appstore from the outset, but with the recent outcry over children running up huge bills on games like Candy Crush Saga and Simpsons Tapped Out, this change will be a welcome one for parents everywhere. This week Google was slapped with a lawsuit in the US for failure to protect children from in-app purchases, and Apple also released a similar feature in its iOS 7.1 release.
- Elsewhere the are some almost unnoticeable user interface tweaks. Frustratingly, there's still no sign of the Not Installed list that was available in early versions of the app and allowed you to see previous purchases. Perhaps Google wants us to forget.
- Finally, there is the option tucked away in the settings to check whether you have the most recent version of the Play store, so you no longer have to guess whether Google's servers have forgotten you or not.
Mar 16, 2014 - 6:27 PM - by pc747
(inspired by an earlier article:http://www.droidforums.net/forum/and...y-edition.html)
I have been a fan of your note devices particularly since owning my note 2. At first I felt the stylus was a step in the wrong direction but after seeing how your company designed it around a software that was responsive and innovative I have come to rely on my note 2 so much that even if I do not upgrade to the note 4 my note 2 will continue to be a tool that I will continue to rely on for future business needs.
Over the past few years there have been a desire to see a device that combined the convenience of an android tablet with the full functionality of a windows 8 laptop. And as we continue to move away from the standard laptop toward the tablet we still find areas where we need the function of a laptop running an os (like Windows) that will provide the offline functions we need to do our jobs, especially for those of us who travel. We know that Google and Microsoft have been been putting pressure on companies not not make an Android/Windows hybrid of devices but I feel we should allow the free market to decide what the public wants. What the market want is to be able to do more while carrying less and that is truly helpful especially when you are having to go through the security lines at the airports. The combination of rush with trying to put every thing in the bins, while going through the scanner adds to the stress of travel especially for those needing our devices for business. So having a device that combined the functionality of a windows 8 laptop with a note tablet device will make it easier for the public to carry less devices without losing functionality.
So despite the pressures from Microsoft and Google we are asking that you give us a device that combines the note pro line tablet with your Windows 8 laptop line. We know you care for your customers as they provide the money to keep pushing innovation and I believe a device like this will bring in money for your company while giving us the full device we need. Despite my preference against Touchwiz I am willing to tolerate it if packaged together in a device that is responsive, innovative, and capable of being a device that can last for years to come (and that includes software updates). We know this task will not be easy but based on the devices you given us thus far we know you have chosen innovation over the status quo of simplicity. In fact I want this device so much that even if you lock it down where I can not root it I will still buy it despite me avoiding past purchases of devices if companies made it hard to root.
So if anyone in the r&d and most importantly the decision making department can hear my plea and choose innovation over competition there will be a market of people who will support that decision. I will even volunteer to be a tester for the device and I promise you that you will not have to worry about me leaking a thing to any one like what is happening to HTC right now.
Thank you for your time.
Mar 16, 2014 - 5:28 PM - by pc747
It is that time of year again when we all fill out our brackets and enter office contests only to see the person, who cares nothing about basketball and picked teams based on color of their uniforms or based on their mascots who win while those of us who are in it are trying to predict the next big Cinderella team.
So post your brackets from accredited sites (cbs, espn, official NCAA site).
2) ASUS Duet: I have been interested in an Android/Windows hybrid ever since I saw Asus release the Asus Transformer a few years back. I always felt like when I was using the device as a tablet Android was my choice of os but once I put it in the keyboard dock I preferred Windows because of the various office programs and the whatnots (the ability to put programs like android sdk on it). So when I saw that Asus was basically going to combine their Asus Transformer android tablet with their Asus Transformer Windows 8 tablet I was already in line waiting to give them my money. Unfortunately the competition between Google and Microsoft was too heavy for them to allow a device that dual booted both. After pressure from Microsoft and Android (http://www.droidforums.net/forum/and...g-devices.html) the Transformer Duet we saw at CES will not see the light of day and that is unfortunate because the public loses out on a market that would have really been a benefit to them. In fact there were rumors that Samsung was looking at doing the same thing with their notebook line of devices and even with touchwiz on it I would have loved to see a Note tablet that when docked can be used as a full Windows 8 laptop. So my question is given that Android is open source should the manufacturers make and sell the device, especially since there is a demand, despite the protests of Microsoft and/or Google?
Question 3: From all the leaks and leaked reviews have you seen enough to make you choose the "New One" as your device of choice if not what do you need (or want) to see in order to make you purchase the device?
As a side note HTC has an issue and sadly as a result of so many leaks we can expect their testing programs to be less open. We ask manufacturers to be open and "let us in" and we have people who look to gather their 5 mins of Youtube fame violating NDAs in order to be "first". Other than @evleaks do any one remember the people who were "first" to reveal a device? For me I do not remember a channel because they were first but based on the quality of the video and the content they present.
Mar 14, 2014 - 12:58 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest from @evleaks, we now know the specs for the upcoming LG-Made Google smartwatch. Supposedly, this new wearable from Google will include 512 MB of RAM, a 1.65-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with 280×280 resolution, and 4 GB of storage space. No other details were presented, and a vague "TBD" was in place for the CPU.
There's also no mention of when we might see this device, although the smart money would put it sometime later this year or early next year.
This story got us curious... what would it take to get you interested in a smartwatch? Great battery? Affordable price? Video-conferencing?
Mar 14, 2014 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm
Speaking of Android-powered gaming consoles, if this latest rumor turns out to be true, then Amazon (along with OUYA, NVIDIA and others) won't be the only ones with an Android-powered gaming console. Supposedly, Asus is working on one they call "The Asus Game Box." While the name isn't very exciting, the prospect of an Asus developed Android-gaming console seems intriguing. Here's a quote with more of the details,
When you add this to the rumors of a Google built Android gaming/multimedia console, this would mean there could soon be a plethora of options beyond just Xbox One and PS4. Sound off and share what you think of these possibilities.
A listing for a device called Asus Game Box was spotted in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s database. The BSIG is the body that certifies all devices that use the Bluetooth standard, and its publicly available docs often contain clues of upcoming Android devices. According to the leaked information, the Game Box controller (pictured above) features a 430mAH battery that should be good for up to 12 hours of gameplay. The listing describes the device as an Android gaming console, living little room for interpretation.
The listing does not reveal any info about the actual console, the box that will connect to your TV, probably similarly to the Ouya. However, as Liliputing notes, specs of the Game Box surfaced in a benchmark listing from the beginning of the year, and include a Tegra 4 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.
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