Ubuntu started off with big promises for phones – a true phone and desktop hybrid OS. Those lofty goals didn’t pan out and the first Ubuntu phone launched with a more traditional phone OS. The firmware for the BQ Aquaris E4.5 is now available for download.
After several materials were tried out, vinyl proved to be the best stuff to use in records. Sony would have you believe that microSD cards can produce better sound if they are made from the right materials and tuned just right to minimize electric noise coming from the card while it’s working.
So, for the best sound on the go you need a 64GB microSD card with the “for Premium Sound” label. Read more »
Samsung has created the first memory chip based on the new eMMC 5.1 standard and is getting ready to ship it to smartphone and tablet manufacturers. The new chips come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and offer better speed and other enhancements over the older standard.
The eMMC 5.1 chips support “Secure Write Protection,” which allows only select users to access secure areas of the storage. Another extra is the command queue that promises to improve multitasking and UHD video playback. Read more »
In a roundabout way Samsung has suggested that its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6, will support wireless charging. Actually, the company has been working on wireless charging since 2000, making things smaller and more efficient.
“With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before,” says Samsung. Read more »
Project Ara is an odd beast – it’s the IBM PC of the smartphone world, a common platform for which different manufacturers can build components. Toshiba unveiled several camera modules for the customizable smartphone platform and this is just Phase 1, Phase 2 includes a wider selection of modules and finally Phase 3 will bring “unique modules” (that’s still under planning).
Anyway, there are three camera modules – one selfie camera and two main cameras for the back. Read more »
HTC One (M9) is yet to be officially presented to the world, so all we have to look at are hurried photos and leaked images promoting phone cases. Luckily, Martin Hajek is a wiz at making 3D models and he used all info available on the One (M9) to create a virtual phone and put it up against the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6.
Previously we explored how the jump from Android 4.4 KitKat to 5.0 Lollipop had affected several flagships in terms of performance, now it’s time to have a look at what it does to battery life. For this test we’ll be using the Samsung Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801 version), LG G3 (2GB RAM, 16GB storage), HTC One (M8) and the Nexus 5.
All four were recently updated to Lollipop and the new major version of the mobile OS promises additional battery savings through clever optimizations. Read more »
One of the earliest virtual reality headsets – the View-Master – is getting a 21st century makeover. Mattel has partnered with Google to create the new View-Master, which is based on Google Cardboard and will offer a kid-friendly, immersive experiences.
The new product comes with a modernized version the fairly recognizable shape and has even kept reels. Read more »
Less than a week ago Google announced that its Helpouts platform will enable live-chatting with salespersons at the Play Store. Now in Malaysia Samsung announced that its Galaxy Live app will offer 24/7 live chats with customer care.
The app has been available for a while in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and New Zealand and has over 3 million downloads. Read more »
Google’s #TogetherNotTheSame moved from cute animals to emulating Freddie Mercury – 300 smartphones and tablets were put together, each displaying a different Androidify character singing the same song through the devices speakers.
Amazon is giving out paid apps for free again, this time the bundle costs $140 in total. Not that you’ll pay a dime of it, if you download the apps from the Amazon App Store. As usual it’s a varied bundle ranging from Office apps to health apps plus a lot of games
The big ticket items are the Longman Dictionary (Audio Edition), which normally goes for $30 and OfficeSuite Professional 8, usually $20. Read more »
There’s plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S6 camera, now let’s hear a teasing-but-vague word from the horse’s mouth. Samsung is celebrating 15 years since it put a 0.3MP camera on the SCH-V200 with a post that traces the trajectory of the Galaxy S cameras, both front and back, over the years.
Samsung has taken on the challenge of making a camera module that produces good photos, but still fits in phones that become increasingly thinner. Read more »
HTC has been promising a smart wearable since late 2013 and it finally seems ready to unveil it at this year’s MWC. It will allegedly be called Petra and will not be an Android Wear device. Instead it will run a simple custom OS that supports Android 4.4+ and iOS 7+.
The HTC Petra sounds like a sporty smart band with IP57 and MIL-STD-810G certifications and an included footpad for more accurate step counting. Read more »
Sony quietly unveiled the Xperia E4 and E4 Dual – entry-level smartphones with a 5″ qHD screen, quad-core processor and a surprisingly good 5MP/1080p camera. The phones will launch with at least Android 4.4.4 KitKat though Sony’s web site claims 5.0 Lollipop.
I’ll leave the two promo videos to introduce the Xperia E4 couple in more detail. Read more »