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Note 4 To Have A Flexible Display And A Metal Body!?

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flexible-displaySince the iPhone is the only phone outside Android that is being talked about, it’s time we take a look at what OEMs are doing on this side of the line.

Samsung is apparently working on it’s Note 4 which is rumored to come with a flexible display measuring anywhere between 5.7-6 inches and would be sporting a 2K resolution. We still do not have bendable glass out commercially so that is odd. The source also claims that Samsung may not carry the usual faux leather design to the Note 4 and would instead make a metallic body. Again metallic and flexible at the same time – seems odd.

The camera on the Note 4 would be bumped up with a new sensor and a 16 MP resolution with Optical Image Stabilization. Samsung may eventually bring only a handful of these features or two but still then the Note 4 would be a hot device.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 22nd, 2014 at 4:49 pm

LG G3 Gets A Price Drop To $100 In The US!

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bigThe LG G3 has recently just reached the US shores and we are coming across a $100 price drop in it’s off-contract price. The phone is available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the three of which offer it at $200.

Amazon and Best Buy have dropped the priced by $100 and hence the phone is now available for $100 on-contract. This version is the 32GB one with 3 GB of RAM. So if you are in the market for a new hot phone with an industry leading display, here is your chance to get one for a discounted price!

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July 20th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

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Here Is The iPhone 6 Display Taking An Arrow!

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The iPhone 6 on it’s own is a hot topic of discussion at the moment but what has gained popularity recently is the Sapphire crystal display of the iPhone 6.

A bunch of tech people did a crazy gig in which they shot a carbon fiber arrow using a  Carbon Spyder Turbo compound bow at 340 feet per second at an unsuspecting sapphire panel. 

There are no surprises here, the iPhone 6 Sapphire display is  not withstand to take such damage but, hey! who doesn’t like some hot glass breaking action over the weekend?!

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July 19th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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Here Are Some New Features Of The Note 4!

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Galaxy-note-4The Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a benchmarking device when it launches at IFA this year, if you cannot wait to know what’s going to be there on the device – then here are some leaks courtesy of @evleaks.

gsmarena_001The list of leaked .APKS give us a fair idea of what is going to there onboard the Note 4. “VoiceNote4t” and “SamsungMusic_20″ are pretty self explanatory themselves. What we are interested in is the “SStudio_WQHD” APK suggests that the Galaxy Note 4 will be packing a QHD display.

Samsung will continue to push it’s S Health service with a new version which is made evident with the “SHealth3_5″. There will be a suite of apps dedicated to photography as well, apps like “OutOfFocusViewer”, “PhotoStudio”, and “SmartSelfShot” are the apps that indicate this.

There is also one like the “VRSVC” APK which could very well be the app responsible to connect to Samsung’s new VR headset which is rumored to be in works. Just like the Oculus, Samsung is said to be making it’s own version which would have the technology to talk to mobile devices.

We do not have a date for the release of the Note 4 yet but it will be pretty soon and it will be this year.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 19th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

First Look At HTC’s Android Wear Device!

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htc-watchMay was when we first heard something that made us believe that HTC is onto something when it comes to Android Wear. Now we have a leak by the infamous @evleaks.

It was earlier that the HTC one would comes with a round watch face just like the Moto 360. Now though, it seems it’s getting a square screen. The watch looks very similar to the Sony smartwatch which was one of the first square faced smartwatch to kick off this trend. It however seems that this is not a final press render but an artists representation of the final design dimensions.

The UI too is just a placeholder instead of actual Android Wear that will be a standard looking card layout and not anything running sense. Do you find this watch hot? Would you rather have a round watch face?

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July 18th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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Battle Of The Minis : LG G3 Beat V/s Galaxy S5 Mini!

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LG_G3_Vs_Samsung_Galaxy_S5-400x242LG recently announced the LG G3 Beat – a mini version of the popular LG G3. Now that we have a league of mini phones in the market, it would be fair to draw a few comparison points from each other.

Well on paper the Galaxy S5 Mini takes the cake but things do boil down to other subjective things like overall user experience and functionality.

Processor :

Quad-Core 1.2GHz Vs Quad-Core 1.4GHz

The G3 Beat has a Snapdragon 400 but the one on the S5 Mini is an undisclosed processor, hopefully not an Exynos.

RAM :

1 GB Vs 1.5 GB

There is hardly any difference between the both with 512MB of more RAM on the S5 mini.

Storage :

8 GB Vs 16 GB

The S5 mini wins here with the base model offering 16 GB instead of 8 on the G3 Beat. Both have microSD card slots.

Camera:

8 MP Laser Focus Vs 8 MP AF

1.3 MP FF Vs 2.1 MP

The laser focusing system on the G3 is much better so we trust the beat to have faster focus.

Battery :

2540mAh Vs 2100mAh

The G3 Beat is the winner with a noticeable high capacity battery.

Waterproof :

No Vs IP67

We have nothing other than specs to lay side by side and both look like worthy opponents. Let’s wait for a month or so till both are available on retail shelves.

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July 17th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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Microsoft Kills The Nokia X Android Phones!

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Nokia-X2_featTwo pieces of shocking news come to us from Microsoft today, the first one is kind of huge that matters – the company would be cutting 18,000 jobs the next year.

The second one is well, Microsoft is also planning to scrape the existing Nokia Android phones – the X series and instead make new low cost Windows Phone devices. Stephen Elop explains this in an email he sent to his employees saying “We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”

Maybe the Nokia X badge won’t be ditched after all but none of those X handsets will be associated with Android anymore. It will all be Windows Phone from here. What do you think about this news, is this a distress call? Would you rather have an Android Lumia?

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July 17th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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Your Smartwatch Can Help You Track Your Lost Phone!

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Find-My-Phone-featuredSmartwatches are totally the thing to have if you are tech savvy or want to flaunt a watch that cares less about fashion and more about functionality.

Find My Phone is a fairly popular Android app that helps you track your phone down. The Find My Phone smartwatch app extends the same functionality on your wrist. Since your smartwatch is constantly communicating with your phone, it makes use of that channel and keeps a track of your phone.

The interface is fairly simple and the color scheme as you can see is very flashy. This is a good app to have if you have invested in a smartwatch that runs on Android wear.

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July 15th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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Droid Ultra, Maxx And Mini Getting Android 4.4.4!

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gsmarena_001A few test builds started seeding to Verizon testers a few days back which included the new version of Android – KitKat 4.4.4. This obviously meant final builds were about the corner.

Well the official updates will be hitting over the air and if you haven’t gotten a notification on your Droid, we advice you to check for one manually.

In addition to the system specific improvements, the firmware update includes the following :

 

  • Camera: Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • Camera: Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Updated Verizon applications: VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail application (VVM3.)
  • Added Isis mobile wallet application for contactless payment for Droid Ultra users on Verizon.
  • Fixed Bluetooth connectivity issue
  • Enables Motorola Alert Application download

If you have a Verizon Moto X then even that update is in it’s final rounds, it should start rolling out soon!

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July 15th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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Woah, Sand Can Triple The Battery Life Of Your Smartphone!

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Over the last couple of years, our smartphones have become faster and smarter and even weather proof to an extent, but what we haven’t figured out yet is great battery life.

A new study has found out the sand, instead of graphite in anodes is a great long lasting natural source for batteries in our phones. Zachary Favors of UC Riverside gathered a sample of sand from Cedar Creek Reservoir in Texas where it’s very high in quartz (silicon dioxide). After grounding it up and purifying he mixed it with magnesium and salt.

They have already developed a prototype battery and quote that it has the capacity to charge a mobile device three times as much compared to current batteries. Time will tell if the likes of Apple and Samsung will adopt it. Afterall, we all want our phones to have great batteries!

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July 14th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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