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Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Shows Up!

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vzw-gs5-devSamsung has started selling their Galaxy S5 in retain stores now and if you have kept yourself even a bit updated then you might’ve come across the news that people have lined up in record breaking numbers to buy the phone.

Right now, Samsung’s site is listing a charcoal black GS5 developer handset for Verizon. The manufacturer has the phone marked as “coming soon” and there’s no pricing available just yet. Considering what the regular Galaxy S5 goes for, the guess goes f0r a price around $600 – $675.

Are you eyeing for an unlocked one, carrier one or a GPe?!

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April 13th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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Google Is On It’s Way To Re-design Android Once Again!

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ap-project-heraSo last week it all started with a small leak showing a possible redesign coming to Gmail with a flat style UI with solid colors and a different approach to handling emails in terms of the overall flow, a more detailed leak from Android Police shows us that things might be changing for real, sooner than later.

AP’s sources not only confirm that an app redesign is on its way, but Google is also getting ready to dramatically change up the way their mobile OS works with what is being internally referred to as Project Hera. he above screenshot shows a newer approach to multitasking that is being internally tested by Google - Not only would you be able to reply to messages without opening full apps, you’d also be able to get a quick view of your navigation app and respond to the information presented!

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The basic idea is to bring Chrome, Google Search and Android as close as possible, so much so that they are seamlessly integrated with the help of HTML5 applets. T

ap-project-hera-2What do you guys think about this radically new approach to Android? It is probably a new build that Google will roll out, probably 4.4.3 or 5.0? Guesses can be numerous, the fact remains that things are changing and so far they seem to be for good!

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April 12th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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Google Glass Would Be Available For Everyone For A Single Day?!

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glass-bikeEver since Google has announced the Google Glass it has been terribly difficult for the general public to get a hands on it, the Explorer program enabled the media some access to the hardware but apart from that there hasn’t been a gateway for this piece of wearable.

A leaked memo reveals Google’s intent to announce a limited offer whereby anybody interested can place a Glass order without any waitlist or application process – just submit your order and thats it! The memo source hasn’t specified a time frame but it does suggest that Google plans to have it for just a day with an announcement around April 15th.

That said, prices haven’t gone down, Google did promise a lower commercial price point but that definitely isn’t the case. Nevertheless, you do get a free shade or frame which otherwise would cost an additional $225. Will you be ordering a pair for yourself?

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April 12th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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LG G3 Will Come With A New Flat UI , 2K Display?!

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g3-screenshotThe LG G2 was one of the most innovative pieces of hardware in the Android space last year and this year, it’s about time for LG to announce it’s new flagship, now since Samsung and Sony have both revealed their cards for this year.

While rumors point towards a launch in this quarter itself, June to be precise, we are still itching to see a glimpse of the hardware itself. Looking at the leaked screenshot above, we can pretty much confirm that LG is pretty much confirm it’s going to follow the Flat style UI. And once again, a supposed G3 screenshot seems to confirm the phone’s extended resolution. While we don’t see the full 2560 x 1440 that those last pics were in, the 2048 x 1232 here is clearly beyond 1080.

Maybe thats because of the virtual on-screen buttons being cut off. We’ll have to wait for some more information.

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April 11th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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iPhone 6 May Have A 1080p Display Finally?!

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iphone-6-allApple is rumored to make more than one new iPhone this year with the later being 5.5″ inches tall. Obviously with the added real estate, if the pixel density is to stay the same then the resolution has to increase.

KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will sport a 1334×750 Retina display at 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5″ will see a 1920×1080 screen at 401 PPI. While this means that at 326 PPI display of the 4.7-inch model retains the current resolution that we find in the iPhone 5s, the latter one will have a different resolution altogether.

On the specs side the predictions are that it will be housing the same awesome Touch ID technology with a latest A8 processor with 1 GB of RAM and a 10 to 20 percent narrower bezel but still the same 8 Megapixel camera.

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April 11th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Samsung Prototypes 2K Screen On A Galaxy, Your Guesses Please!

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2k-samsungOppo recently had a breakthrough of display technologies with their Oppo find 7 which features a 2560*1440p display, officially dubbed as a 2K screen.

Well truthfully many of us expected the next Galaxy(the Galaxy S5) to carry one too, which did not happen, nor do we see the rumors of an earlier tipped F series from Samsung that was to pack premium materials. Looking at the photo it really looks like a prototype or a hard case being used to protect the original design of the phone. Hints of the long rumored Galaxy F also see themselves coming back with this news, but another source quotes it maybe a previous prototype which wasn’t taken ahead for manufacturing.

To sum it up we can say that this story is extremely open-ended and 2K dispalys do exist, it’s just a matter of time that companies like Samsung commercialize it!

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April 9th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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This Is LG’s Android Wear Based Smartwatch!

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lg-g-watch-1Last month Google pretty much cleared the air about it’s stand when it comes to Android wearable tech, they made it clear that just like the nexus line of devices, there will be OEMs that would make use of it’s Android Wear platform designed for smartwatches.

The first set of OEMs included Motorola with it’s more compelling Moto 360 and LG with its smartwatch that was aimed for the masses. The watch showcased in the photos is said to be a non-functional prototype, so that one cannot yet make out how the software is exactly laid out, hardware however is said to be the having the final dimensions.

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It’s also noteworthy that the G Watch will not feature any accessible physical buttons – we can see one on the bottom next to those contacts, but there’s nothing on the edges, nor the watch’s face. Are you excited about this one or the higher-end offering from Motorola?

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April 9th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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What Is The HTC M8 “Ace” That Has Leaked In Photos?!

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m8-aceJust post the release of the HTC M8, rumors of HTC working on an HTC One M8 Mini were seen suggesting that the company had plans to extend the title. ‘M8′ to more than a single phone.

A glance at the photo would not make it seem that it is any different than the current M8, but then on closer observation you see that the texture is like a woven material in which the phone is wrapped, maybe a 3D printed case like material. What is also different is the fact the front facing speakers have less number of micro-drilled holes to expose them.

m8-ace-comp2While we still don’t have much information to really see how different the M8 “Ace” is, for now we do know that there is something being cooked which looks more like a normal HTC One M8 but in a different flavor.

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April 8th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

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iWatch Rumors Suggest A UV Light Sensor, September Launch Expected?!

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The more we read about iOS 8 and learn how Apple is targeting fitness with deeper integration in the system, the more we get confident about the fact that  the iWatch is not far away from seeing the light of day.

While the wearable tech. scenario is not new anymore considering that the competition is already catching up, with the latest announcement of Android Wear and partners like Motorola and LG, things are more heated up then ever. So how is Apple planning to differentiate themselves? The latest rumor suggests and interesting addition of a UV sensor which shall help users from getting excessive exposure to sun and avoid unnecessary sunburn.

According to the source, the device will include a special chip to measure this:

These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple’s upcoming iWatch (late 2H14 or early 2015).

The last line does sort of give you an idea about when we should be expecting the iWatch!

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April 8th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

64 Bit Snapdragon Chips Announced, Android – You Ready?!

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snapdragon-chipsThe Apple iPhone 5s taught the masses a new term – 64 bit processing on mobile, while Apple themselves claims that it is of little use since not all applications are designed to leverage the power, but then that means it left Android phones behind, atleast on paper that none of the supported this technology.

So obviously it was time for hardware giants like Intel and Qualcomm to step into the game and today’s news comes from the kitchen of the later. Qualcomm announced two of it’s brand new Socs – the Snapdragon 808 and 810. The higher end 810 supports an eight-core architecture with four A57 cores and four A53 cores; no more A9 and A15 here, also the ram is now 64-bit compatible with high speed LPDDR4 standards. The chip houses an advanced Adreno 430 GPU with 4K support throughout.

They are fabricated using a 20nm process unlike the 28nm on the Snapdragon 800 and 801. Their radio supports Cat 6 LTE with data transfer rates upto 300Mbps. On the image processing side, support has extended to sensors of upto 55MP in size or HDR video.

Smartphones using these chips should be seen around late 2014 or early 205. Excited enough?!

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April 7th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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