Mar 03, 2014 - 11:05 AM - by dgstorm
Despite HTC potentially clamping down on young and overly enthusiastic kids who leak videos, they are still quite interested in hyping their "All New HTC One" which will be officially unveiled on March 25th. They have released a couple of teaser videos for the new device. The first one (pictured above) teases that the BoomSound functionality of the new device will be improved/enhanced over the older version.
The second video features the same scene and actors and showcases the Metal Unibody. In both videos HTC does a clever thing by offering up details about the device, but then "bleeping" them out. This does a clever job of building anticipation. Kudos to HTC!
Mar 03, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
Be forewarned, the above video is awful, but that's not why it's interesting or relevant. The content of the video is what is important. On Sunday, a young kid named Roshan Jamkatel uploaded this video which compares the older HTC One directly to the new M8 (All New HTC One). Who knows how this kid got hold of it... Regardless, he decided to video his own review comparison.
There are two things interesting about this video. One is that we actually do get to see the two devices side-by-side and get to see a few features of HTC's new flagship. These include: more KitKat transparency with the on-screen buttons, a colorful status bar, dual rear cameras, and an SD card slot. (Nice surprise!) Despite the poor quality of the "review" and the general lack of knowledge regarding the device, we actually get to see quite a bit which HTC probably didn't want to et leaked before they launch the phone.
That's exactly where the second most interesting thing about this video comes in. The kid in the video wasn't too bright and actually left tell-tale signs on the video of who he was (like his own IMEI info). Because of this, HTC's Senior Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, contacted him personally in a Twitter exchange and warned the kid that what he was doing would likely get him in to real trouble. In fact, HTC is supposedly planning on taking legal action against the kid. He already took the video off of his YouTube channel, but you know how the internet is... someone already copied it and that's what we are seeing above.
Here's a quote with more of the details,
Change his shorts, indeed... At any rate, it seems obvious by Gordon's response that the phone in the video is definitely the next-gen HTC One. It also seems obvious that the kid should have been far more careful than he was, or simply not bothered to... [Read More]
In a Twitter exchange between Jamkatel and HTC *Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon, the latter makes it clear that HTC is planing on taking some type of action against him.
In the exchange, which accompanies this article, you can see that after Gordon tells Jamkatel that it is not going to be a good week for him, the kid back pedals and tries to say that the phone was a fake. But the HTC executive was not biting. He tells the would-be phone reviewer that he has the unit's unique IMEI number and other information. He closes out the chat with an ominous "We'll be in touch," said in a way that probably required the kid to change his shorts.
Mar 03, 2014 - 9:58 AM - by pc747
What would be better than owning an Android or Windows phone?
How about owning them both as one os. Karbornn is working on a phone that will run a dual os Android/Windows 8 hybrid. The phone itself is not what interest me as much as the concept. If they are able to release a somewhat stable device that sparks interest we could see manufacturers like samsung, htc, or motorola adopt the os on a more powerful hardware. Devices that could benefit from a dual os would be the tablet line of devices (ie note phablet, note tablet, nexus 10, Asus Transformer etc) as people depend more and more on tablets for work.
Karbonn planning to launch an Android and Windows Phone 8 hybrid | Android Central
Mar 02, 2014 - 6:28 PM - by pc747
Friday we got a glimpse of what Google is trying to do with the future of the smart phone industry. Android was first released to the public in 2008 and had a wide spread release in November 2009 with the Motorola Droid. From there it took 3-4 years before OEMS and Google matched both software and hardware to take full advantage of each others full capabilities. What Android managed to do was spark interest in software development. People from all over and all ages got into some form of software development whether it be in the form of customized roms or app development. Clearly the software innovation of rom developers has had a major input on the direction that Android devices have gone. Google with project Ara is looking to capture that same lightning in the bottle and build the same kind of excitement and innovation in the hardware area.
This brings me to my first question. Will Google be able to create the same kind of underground grass roots effort in the hardware aspect as they have on the software side?
How long will it take for us to fully see the benefit or before manufacturers take full advantage of project ara and become the "Samsung" of the Ara industry?
How long will we get from before the concept reaches maturity (ie we can argue that we did not begin to see android become a software that was on par with ios,the top phone os at the time, until Jelly Bean which took 4 years)?
What manufacturers would you like to see embrace the phone block idea?
How long until phone blocks become a device that is practical, functionally, and aesthetically pleasing?
Mar 01, 2014 - 5:05 PM - by da2zoe
Samsung not only gives us some great phones and other electronic devices, they serve in helping in humanitarian efforts as well. This academic year, they been providing awards of tablets, laptops, and video cameras and other technology to schools around the nation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.
I became aware of this competition after seeing the story on our local news station. One of our local Idaho middle schools has qualified in the final 15 schools across the nation for competing for the grand prize with their Earthquake Protection project. To see all entries and schools chosen for this honor see this link.
Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities. We do this by creating products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers experiences they never dreamed were possible. With these practices in mind, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of more than $2 million* in technology products.
Check out the link and place your vote for the school of your choosing to help these talented students! The winner will be announced March 14, 2014 so get your votes in now. VOTE here.
A couple of students from each school will present its project before a panel of judges in Austin, Texas, where only 15 remaining classes will compete. Five of them will earn $140,000 in technology from Samsung, while the remaining 10 classes automatically earn $35,000 for making it.
One class will will win the $140,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for winning the Community Choice Award. The award is won by receiving the most online votes.
Solve for Tomorrow Competition
Sandcreek Middle School class cashes in
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Feb 28, 2014 - 5:15 PM - by pc747
Starts at around 5:20 ends at about 29:00
Very innovative and hope it grows into something game changing.
Feb 28, 2014 - 4:44 PM - by dgstorm
If you are on T-Mobile and own the LG G2, you might be pleased to learn that KitKat is in the process of coming to that device. It isn't being pushed out OTA just yet, but you can use LG’s Mobile Support Tool after downloading the update to manually get your G2 up to version 4.4. You will have to head over to LG's website to grab it. Here's a direct download link: LG
In case you missed it, AT&T's LG G2 started getting its KitKat update over the weekend. It looks like LG is trying harder to get their flagship devices updated more quickly.
Feb 28, 2014 - 2:50 PM - by dgstorm
While the 2013 Edition of the Google Nexus 7 is undoubtedly one of the best values in Android tablets, that doesn't mean there aren't great alternatives. A new sale on the LG G Pad 8.3 creates a great example. The tablets regular price is around $279.99, but a sale over at Newegg.com brings it down just $224.99. This is a tad bit cheaper than the smaller Nexus 7. This might be the perfect time to nab one of these if you were thinking a 7-inch tab is too small, but a 10-inch tab is too big.
Here's a spec recap for the G Pad 8.3:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (Quad-core 1.70GHz)
- 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash Storage
- 8.3" Full HD IPS (1920x1200) Display
- Wi-Fi, BT, MicroSD Slot, Dual Camera
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Black Color
- MicroSD Slot
- Premium Finish
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
As you can see, there is one downside to this offer. The G Pad is running an older version of Android than you will find on the Nexus device. If this is not as important to you, check out the source link below and use the use the promo code EMCPHHC28 at checkout.
Feb 28, 2014 - 1:08 PM - by dgstorm
Sometimes you look at an emerging new technology and you just say, "Wow!" I have a perfect example of this to share with you guys today thanks to CJM! There's a new prototype tech being developed by University of Washington computer scientists called "AllSee." AllSee's claim to fame is an almost magical method of gesture-recognition.
Rather than using the usual camera-style setup which requires a "visual" line of sight to use the gestures, the AllSee uses something quite invisible. The AllSee can register changes in wireless signals and translate them into commands useable by electronic devices. The sensors in the AllSee concept can see the changes caused by hand gestures (or other human movements) which disrupt the amplitude of these signals when passing through them. Check out the video above to truly understand, as it demonstrates this use of gesture-based controls while the user's smartphone is actually in his pocket. Several other applications of the tech are also shown off in the video.
The early technology is a little rough around the edges, but it's remarkable what they can do already. Furthermore, the researchers claim the materials needed to build this technology will not be expensive at all. We are looking forward to seeing this come to market in future devices.
It's easy to imagine a multitude of applications for this tech. It could show up in almost everything and allow us unprecedented control of remote devices. What sorts of applications can you envision for this tech?
Feb 28, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm
For some, the new specs and features of the Galaxy S5 did not "Wow!" them. Of course, it's hard to be impressed by new smartphones today because the technology has quickly matured. Still, there are always a few things which each of us hope for in the next generation of smartphone. One of the most sought after features which nearly everyone can agree on is improved battery life. Intriguingly, vastly improved battery life happens to be one of the defining features of the new Galaxy S5, yet Samsung didn't choose to focus much on it.
Here's what we know about three new technological advancements, included with the Galaxy S5, which will supposedly give it insanely good battery life:
- NavExtend - This aspect focuses on improving the battery life by up to 25% while using GPS and navigation. This feature determines the needed graphics processor overload compared to what the GPS requires. Basically, not everything needs to be refreshed at a high pace, and frames are removed. This will help in keeping the smartphone cooler too.
- WebExtend - This aspect will boost the battery life by another 25% when using the web browser. Like NavExtend, it also determines the graphics processor overload needed versus that required by the browser. It too reduces heat build up, and works with current Android browsers.
- GameExtend - This has already been implemented in the Galaxy Note 3. It manages power usage of graphically intensive applications and games and is supposed to increase battery life by up to 50% more than conventional standards.
On top of these new battery saving functions, the Galaxy S5 also includes an improved battery saving mode which changes your display to black and white when you are at 10% or less power. Samsung claims that in this mode the phone will still last 24 hours on only 10% power! It seems that Samsung is working hard to wring every bit of juice possible out of that 2,800 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S5.
Feb 28, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
This news would appear to be additional corroboration that HTC will be following Apple's example and simply calling their next HTC One (codenamed M8) by the same retail name as the first "one." A new rumor again suggests that HTC's slogan for their next flagship device is simply, "The All New HTC One."
This shouldn't comes as much of a surprise and makes perfect sense. Not only does Apple simply keep calling their successful iPhone by the same name every year, even Google got in on the act with successive generations of the Nexus 7. Regardless of what they eventually call it, hopes are high for this device. Here at HQ, we can't wait to see what the new "dual-camera" sensor is capable of.
We are also holding out hope for this device because we would like to see HTC rise to competitiveness again. It would be great to see another successful Android competitor start putting pressure on Samsung. We suspect that HTC's hopes are riding on the M8.
Feb 28, 2014 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm
Qualcomm recently demonstrated some of their more advanced technologies, and they did so with a specially equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Using this "upgraded" Galaxy Note 3, Qualcomm showed off their Gobi 9x35 modem with included 300 Mbps LTE-A technology. The phablet was also equipped with one of their most advanced unreleased processors, the Snapdragon 805.
The demo happened at Mobile World Congress. Here's a quote with the press release,
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Qualcomm Shows First Smartphone Demo of LTE Advanced Category 6
— Download speeds of up to 300Mbps demonstrated on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 modem —
BARCELONA – February 25, 2014 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., in cooperation with Samsung, SK Telecom and KT, has conducted the world’s first live demonstrations of LTE Advanced Category 6 connectivity with download speeds of up to 300Mbps on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at Mobile World Congress. The demo was conducted using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for demo purposes, with the latest industry-leading technology from Qualcomm Technologies, including the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor and Qualcomm® Gobi™ 9x35 modem.
“We’re excited to be working with Samsung across products and technologies to break new ground in enabling customers with the fastest mobile broadband connections worldwide,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “From enabling the world’s first LTE Advanced Category 6 demo in a leading commercial smartphone form factor, to driving LTE in high-volume smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to lead the industry’s transition to next-generation network mobile connectivity.”
The LTE Advanced Category 6 connection demo is enabled by Qualcomm Technologies’ highest performing processor to date, the Snapdragon 805 processor, as well as the Gobi 9x35, Qualcomm Technologies’ fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode solution, and the first commercially announced cellular modem based on 20 nm technology. Additionally, it supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA. Through continued innovation in power efficiency the Gobi 9x35 enables manufacturers to design increasingly sleeker devices without compromising performance.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was specially developed and modified for the LTE Cat 6
Feb 28, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
Can a new competitor to music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify actually thrive in the world market? If that competitor is Amazon, the answer is likely yes. According to latest intel, Amazon is preparing to launch their own "Prime" streaming music service sometime in the near future. Supposedly, Amazon will include the music streaming service as part of their Prime service which many folks already pay a yearly subscription fee for.
Could this be one of the reasons why we have also been hearing rumors that Amazon might raise the price of their Prime service from $79.99 per year to as much as $120 per year? This seems possible. The source of this report also indicated that Amazon is trying to work out better deals with record labels than is currently seen with other online streaming services.
Overall, it is not too surprising if Amazon does move into streaming music. It definitely fits their business model of offering nearly every type of content imaginable. In fact, it's probably a matter of "when" not "if."
Feb 28, 2014 - 10:54 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Sammy is turning around their "mobile wearables" image. Despite the fact that the first Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch from last year wasn't very well received, their new Galaxy Fit has garnered the highest praise possible from Mobile World Congress this year. The Gear Fit won the MWC 2014 "Best Mobile Device" of the event.
The Fit had a great deal of company from Samsung devices in that category before it won. The Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo were also nominated. The GSMA, which is the governing body of the trade show, handed out the award. Here's a spec and feature recap:
- Smartwatch functionality
- Personal fitness tracking
- 1.85-inch curved Super AMOLED display
- A variety of fitness sensors: heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracker
- Tizen-based OS
- Battery life of 3-4 days
The Gear Fit is a pretty amazing device, so it's victory is not too surprising.
If you are looking to record some super high quality videos with your Android phone's 1080p or 4k camera you may be looking for a way to improve on your audio quality since the mics on phones are no where near as high quality as the cameras. Adam Outler loves to tear down electronics and rebuild them and pretty much tinker. He has found a few methods for getting some super high quality condenser mics connected to your Android device for recording audio while recording video! You can check out the video above for the mic check. The link below will take you to his guide.
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