Aug 22, 2013 - 4:18 PM - by dgstorm
The folks at Canonical have a bitter-sweet pill to swallow. Their Kickstarter crowd-funding goal for the cool new Ubuntu Edge smartphone missed its target by a long-shot. They will now have to issue a refund to all those who pledged money to their cause.
Despite that, they still raised more in a crowd-fund than any other company has before them. This means they have an exciting product, but that their initial goals were a bit lofty. They were shooting for a whopping $32 Million dollars, and although they missed it, they scored a total of $13 million, which is still phenomenal. Here's a quick quote with more of the details,
Perhaps this was simply an experiment to see how close they could come. It's probably an easy wager they will come back with a similar and more feasible project in the future. Sound off what you thought of the Ubuntu Edge phone, and whether it will be resurrected from the ashes like a Phoenix?
The campaign ended up raising just over $12.8 million, which is still the most money that any crowdsourced project has ever raised, beating the Pebble smartwatch by a couple million dollars. Of course, the price of the phone had a lot to do with the quick funds raised. Each backer had to kick in almost $700 if they wanted a Ubuntu Edge smartphone.
Because of that, the campaign skyrocketed to a crazy $3.4 million within 24 hours of the start, but contributions remained stagnant after that point, forcing Canonical to lower the cost of the phone in order to raise more money in a timely fashion.
Almost 20,000 people backed the campaign, which is pretty impressive. The company even noted that other businesses chipped in just to help out a promising project, including Bloomberg LP, which donated $80,000, as well as several smaller businesses chipping in a few grand here and there.
Aug 22, 2013 - 1:32 PM - by dgstorm
The above pic is a Taiwan region exclusive pink Galaxy Note 2.
The latest intel from SamMobile suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely to get a color splash just a short while after its initial launch. According to the new rumor, the GNote3 will show up in pink sometime in October. This is on top of the traditional white and black of the initial launch in September.
Please take this one with a grain of salt. Even if it turns out to be true, it could be a regional choice and may not end up in every market globally. For some this may not seem like a great color choice, but for a select few, this is likely welcome news if true. Here's a quick recap of rumored specs for the Galaxy Note 3:
- 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display
- Quad-core Snapdragon 800 / octa-core Exynos processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of minimum built-in storage and a microSD slot
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 3,200mAh battery
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
How many of you folks out there would welcome a pink GNote3 to your region?
Aug 22, 2013 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm
A new update is rolling out starting today for the newest Nexus 7 tablet. This update is primarily being pushed to deal with the multi-touch issues which have been cropping up for some users. This update brings the next-gen Nexus 7 to software version JSS15Q of Android 4.3/Jelly Bean. We haven't yet heard if this update also addresses the known GPS issues with the device.
We will keep an eye out for more info on this subject. Sound off in the thread if you have received the update and whether it fixes any of your issues.
Here's a link to the Google Group handling the tech support on these issues: Google Groups
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who want to try out the concept of the Active Display Lock Screen on the Moto X before the phone is released, there is a great new app on the Google Play Store called DynamicNotifications. It makes for a remarkable simulacrum of the Active Display Lock Screen functionality seen in the upcoming Moto X smartphone. It's from the deveopler Great Bytes Software, and just like the version on the Moto X version, the DynamicNotifications app displays your most recent notifications on your lock screen. You can also easily jump to the corresponding app when you swipe over the notification icon. It will even work with your existing lock screen patterns to keep the integrity of your security.
The app can do a bit more than just these functions. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Sound off if you have tried out this app and let us know what you think of it. The source link below will take you to the Google Play Store to try it out.
* Notifications don't light up when your phone is in your pocket, purse, or face down to avoid accidental unlocks
* Select which app-notifications you'd like to receive via DynamicNotifications
* "Custom timeout": Select for how long DynamicNotifications should be shown (Premium feature)
* "Sleep at night": Don't show notifications at night (Premium feature)
* "More privacy": Hide additional notification details (e.g. SMS text, sender) (Premium feature)
* "Adjust screen brightness": Select how bright the DynamicNotifications screen should be (Premium feature)
* Automatically switch off screen when dismissing notifications(Premium feature)
Source: Google Play Store
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:11 AM - by dgstorm
The Verizon HTC One is now available. You can get the HTC superphone through Verizon online or in their retail stores for $199.99 on a two-year contract with Big Red. We could find neither "hide nor hair" of the blue version previously rumored coming to Verizon, but we suspect it will be along shortly.
How many of you guys were patient enough to wait it out for this stellar device?
Here's a link to Verizon if you would like to order yours now: VZW
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
Here's something quite cool that our very own FoxKat shared with us this morning. It's a website called Appsurfer.com, and it aims to help developers test out their apps in a virtual environment on the PC. The website let's developers upload their apps to the site, then users who are interested can easily use the emulator mode to try out the app in an emulator right on their PC. The site allows up to 200 free "runs" per month. If the demand goes higher, the developer only pays fees at a pre-determined tier pricing schedule.
It's basically a cloud-based Android app service for previewing and embedding apps. Very slick!
Here's a link to the home page of the site for you to check it out: https://www.appsurfer.com/
Here's a link directly to the apps portion of the site for you to try out some apps: https://www.appsurfer.com/apps
We also included a video above for you to check out the concept.
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
We have some sad news to report to you guys. It looks like Motorola has decided to drop the Xoom brand name. Apparently, it isn't entirely because they didn't want to keep it either. In case you missed it, Motorola was actually sued in 2011 for using the Xoom name by a payment company called Xoom Corp. Here's a quote with the details,
Obviously this means there will never be another Xoom tablet, but it doesn't necessarily mean we will never see another Motorola tablet. Of course, we will still be here in the forums so you still have a place to come chat and find tech advice for owners of the Xoom tablet.
Motorola has inked a deal with payment company Xoom Corp. that will see the handset and tablet maker put an end to its use of the "Xoom" name, American Lawyer reported on Tuesday, citing people who had knowledge of the deal. The agreement was reportedly signed on Monday, and the settlement between the firms has been kept confidential.
Xoom Corp. sued Motorola in 2011, alleging that the mobile firm violated its trademark by using the Xoom name for its tablets. Motorola decided to fight the lawsuit, but according to American Lawyer, it has called a ceasefire.
It's not clear exactly when the Xoom name needs to be nixed, but the report claims that the Google-owned company must "eventually phase out its Xoom tablet brand."
Source: XoomForums.com via CNET
Samsung isn't the only company pushing the envelope on mobile display technology. LG just unveiled their newest creation for smartphones and it's pretty ridiculous. It's a Quad-HD AH-IPS LCD for smartphones and it can display a whopping 2566 x 1440 resolution on a 5.5-inch panel. This translates to a gargantuan 538ppi! According to LG, this new display also provides a wider range of more delicate and more vivid colors.
This new screen tech isn't just about gorgeous looks though. Apparently it is also thinner than current tech. The panel is 1.21mm thick, and has a 1.2mm bezel in LCM making it 12% thinner than their previous displays. LG's Vice President and Head of Display’s IT and Mobile Development Group Dr. Byeong-koo Kim said,
Of course, as beautiful as this display likely is, it does make you wonder how much battery life this thing would drain... Do you think it's worth it to have phenomenal displays even if you have to constantly charge your device?
LG Display, which pioneered the high resolution mobile market with introduction of the world’s first Full HD smartphone panel in 2012, again opens new possibilities with the successful application of QHD technology. With this breakthrough, LG Display will continue to raise new standards for mobile resolution and lead the mobile display market.
Aug 21, 2013 - 4:08 PM - by dgstorm
Previously we reported that the Verizon Motorola Droid Mini would be coming on August 29th, and indeed that is what Verizon originally indicated. However, we are happy to report that we ended up wrong on this one, because Verizon decided to move up the ship date on the device. The new date for the Droid Mini is now August 22nd.
This just happens to be tomorrow, just in case you are lounging on a beach in Bora Bora and don't know what day it is.
If your juxtaposition is a little more tech-connected than that, you may want to know that the device will be $99.99 on a new Big Red contract.
Here's a link to VZW's website to check out the offer: VZW
Aug 21, 2013 - 3:33 PM - by dgstorm
According to insider sources, the new LG G2 will launch in the United States in the middle of September. Specifically, the intel suggests that Verizon will get the LG flagship on September 12th, and that this will be one day ahead of AT&T for the device. If that part is true, then it could signal the beginning of the Apocalypse...
Since when does Big Red ever get a phone before anyone else, especially a phone that doesn't have Motorola to thank for building it?
All sarcasm aside, it will be a welcome change to see VZW launch a new flagship on their network, and we have quite a few members excited to get their hands on this phone. Right now we aren't sure when the other U.S. carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, will get the LG G2, but it should be around the same timeframe. It is possible they will release it before Verizon, which could perhaps save us all from Doomsday.
Incidentally, the European launch of the handset is set for around the same time as well. Sound off if you are okay with Verizon ushering in Armageddon to bring us the new LG G2 first!
Aug 21, 2013 - 1:42 PM - by dgstorm
Apparently Samsung didn't get the memo that smartphones killed flip-phones. In fact, not only do they have the new Samsung Galaxy Folder which debuted a few weeks ago, they just announced a second folding Android-powered flip phone. This new one is called the Galaxy Golden. Here are the specs,
- Dual 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screens (on display on the outside and one on the inside of the flip)
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 8MP camera
- "Easy mode" that can optimize the home screen
- A pedometer that works with S Health
- A business card recognition function
- FM radio
What do you guys think? Is this just retro enough to be cool, or simply a dud?
Aug 21, 2013 - 1:17 PM - by dgstorm
Bulgarian LG communications executive Dimitar Vulev, recently confirmed in an interview that LG is working on several new Android devices, some of which will be out by the end of the year. He confirmed the existence of the LG G Pad Android tablet, and indicated the company is working on an LG phablet alongside a smartwatch. He also confirmed that LG's flexible display technology might be used on the smartwatch, although the smartwatch won't come out until 2014.
What do you guys think of LG's push to add more Android products to their lineup?
Aug 21, 2013 - 1:05 PM - by dgstorm
We would love to sound the horns that slide-out QWERTY keyboard fans can now rejoice; however, the device that just leaked isn't likely to excite anyone with its mediocre specs. A new pic was leaked for a device called the LG Enact. Supposedly this device is just days away from an official launch on Verizon.
Here's the rumored specs,
- 4-inch phone uses a resolution of 800x480
- 1.2Ghz dual-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU
- Android 4.1.2
- 5MP rear camera
As you can see it's not exactly inspiring. Still, for those folks who pine for the days of a QWERTY keyboard and don't mind the lower-end specs, we will keep you apprised when something official comes out regarding this device.
Aug 21, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like AT&T is rapidly catching up with Verizon when it comes to LTE markets covering their network. The company formerly known as "Ma Bell" will make a huge push and bring LTE to 50 new markets before the end of the year. This will bring their total up to 420 LTE markets covered. Here's a quote with some more of the details,
That will easily meet AT&T’s 2013 goal of 270 million people covered — it’s at 225 million today — putting it just 30 million people shy of completing its nationwide network. Verizon Wireless wrapped up its 4G rollout in June with 298 million people covered. AT&T expects to put the finishing touches on its LTE footprint by next summer. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have some catching up to do.
On Wednesday, AT&T’s new network will go live in Ruston, La.; New Bern, N.C.; State College, Pa.; Georgetown, S.C. and Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Here’s the full list of the 50 newly announced markets for the remainder of the year:
Fairbanks, Ark.; Dothan and Selma, Ala.; Redding, Calif.; Durango and Pueblo, Col.; Tifton and Waycross, Ga.; Kauai and The Big Island, Hawaii; Des Moines, Iowa; Twin Falls, Idaho; Lewiston, Idaho; Decatur, Kankakee-Bradley and Peoria, Ill., Paducah, Ken.; Alexandria and Lake Charles, La.; Lewiston-Auburn, Maine; Battle Creek and Jackson, Mich.; Joplin, Poplar Bluff and Rolla, Mo.; Brookhaven, McComb and Natchez, Miss.; Kalispell, Mon.; Greenville and Jacksonville, N.C.; Fargo, N.D.; Elmira and Utica-Rome, N.Y.; Portsmouth and Sandusky, Ohio; East Stroudsburg and Pottsville, Pa.; Abilene, Amarillo, Longview, Marshall, San Angelo and Tyler, Texas; Port Angeles, Wash.; Appleton, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.; Gillette and Sheridan, Wyo.
Aug 21, 2013 - 10:12 AM - by dgstorm
The mobile data industry seems poised to shift toward a potential new product, the wearable smart device. We've had rumors about such devices from a number of different manufacturers for quite some time. We've even had actual devices hit the streets to limited success due to their limited functionality. If the latest rumor is accurate, Samsung will be making a big new push into this potentially emerging market in a very short time. Could the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung be the first solid step forward for this technology?
Here are the rumored leaked specs of the device for you guys to determine if you think it will be a success or a flop:
- 2.5-inch 320 x 320 OLED display, one capable of showing a full range of colors
- Dual-core processor, specifically from the Exynos 4 family (previously rumored to be a Samsung dual-core Exynos 4212 processor clocked at 1.5GHz - including the Mali-400 GPU inside)
- A camera built into the wrist strap
- Speakers tiny enough that they can fit into the strap’s clasp
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Probably Android 4.2 at first
- Tightly integrated with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones - examples: notifications on your smart watch can instantly transfer to the phone, the same can be done with email
According to the source of this intel, the Galaxy Gear will use its own third-party app store from Samsung and skip Google Play entirely. It obviously remains to be seen if the device will actually do enough to be worth owning. The device is likely to be officially announced at Samsung's September 4th pre-IFA press event. What do you think of this burgeoning new trend?
Update: We have a new report from this morning that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be coming in five different colors: white, orange, grey, black, and “white gold”. The source of this intel also reiterated that the reveal date will be September 4th.
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