A new Google ad promoting the upcoming Nexus 6 with Android L has made it to the Internet a bit earlier than expected. The leaked ad is short, but sweet and depicts a small boy answering his enormous Nexus 6.
The humor here is apparent, as the Motorola-made Nexus 6 (Shamu) is expected to sport a 5.9″ QHD display. The video also links to the campaign’s web page, which is unavailable. It should go live with the launch of the phone and Android L, though. Read more »
The AI-powered Anki Drive racing game is now available for a number of Android devices. The dedicated app for controlling the toy racecars is now available to download in the Google Play Store.
Anki Drive requires Bluetooth LE connection to control the cars. Read more »
Tear-downs offer a curious peek into what components go into a smartphone and now thanks to WidnowsMania.pl we have a detailed map of the Nokia Lumia 730.
Aside from the usual photo of the internals, there’s also a helpful disassembly schematic, which shows the components layer by layer with tooltips explaining what each component does. Read more »
The Sony Xperia Z3 has an IP68 rating – dust tight and waterproof. But what if you find yourself standing in front of a lake of Coca Cola? Or get stuck in quicksand-like Nutella?
Such sugary questions have arisen in the mind of at least one person because they actually went and tried what would happen. Read more »
Microsoft has added a new ability to Windows Phone’s virtual assistant skill set. Cortana is now capable of looking for song lyrics for you so you can sing along with your favorite artists.
It’s very easy – just ask “lyrics for song name by artist name“. You’ll get the lyrics momentarily. Read more »
Wi-Fi 802.11ac is just starting to gain traction, but Samsung is already looking ahead. The company has announced that it has managed to complete the development of the Wi-Fi 802.11ad standard and is ready to commercialize it.
The new standard operates at a 60GHz frequency and enables high transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, which is 575MB/s. That’s an increase of five times compared to the 802.11ac standard, which is capable of 866Mbps, or 108MB/s. Read more »
A city in China had to open a special lane for people who have their head buried in their smartphone, but car maker VW has a more high-tech solution to this 21st century problem. Introducing Bump Alert – the smartphone app that automatically flashes a warning when you are about to run into something.
Okay, okay, Bump Alert is not an actual feature… of your phone. But it is a new feature called City Emergency Brake on the new VW up!, Volkswagen’s city car. Read more »
OnePlus has announced a partnership with audio company JBL resulting in one of the first official earphones for the One the JBL E1+. The earphones sports a premium 9mm JBL drivers as well as the company’s PureBass technology.
The result is a dynamic sound with high frequency response and “massive bass”. The cable of the JBL E1+ earphones is flat and tangle-resistant. Done in OnePlus Red, the company says the look of the earphones perfectly compliments the Sandstone Black cover of the One. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new app for the Surface 3 tablet. Called Surface Hub, the app lets you customize the settings for the stylus that comes bundled with the tablet.
The app lets you adjust two aspects of the stylus. The first is the pressure sensitivity, and now you can increase or decrease the pressure required to activate the stylus. Read more »
Google is working on a new service that is integrated within the Google Search app of your phone. Whenever you search for an illness the app will suggest you to talk to a doctor, which will then initiate a Helpout-style video chat where you can ask the doctor about the problem you are having.
According to Google, “When you’re searching for basic health information — from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning — our goal is provide you with the most helpful information available. We’re trying this new feature to see if it’s useful to people.” Read more »
Google Play Store is not the only content marketplace to get a refresh these days. Apple began rolling out redesigned iTunes Store app to users as well.
The new iTunes Store features design cues from OS X Yosemite and Apple iOS. Read more »
Electronic Super Joy: Groove City, and its predecessor Electronic Super Joy, are two popular 2D side-scrolling platforming games. The games fall under the ‘masocore’ category, where the gameplay is extremely difficult and requires far too much patience and precision to play. Other than that the games are also known for their 8-bit graphics, epic EDM soundtrack, and tongue in cheek humor.
Although the original game never arrived on mobile, the developers have released the second version on iOS. I did enjoy both the games on PC, so I was looking forward to how the mobile version was going to be. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that great. Read more »
Renowned optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss is making its own alternative to Samsung’s Gear VR headset that uses an inserted smartphone to generate a 3D world.
Unlike Samsung’s offering, the Carl Zeiss VR One will be compatible with a wide range of smartphones between 4.7″ and 5.2″, although you will have to purchase a special tray for each new device. Read more »
Microsoft is working on a keyboard for Android Wear devices (yes, you read that right). The company has now released a prototype version of the keyboard, which can be downloaded from the company’s website.
The Microsoft keyboard is a bit different than the ones we have seen so far, wherein it doesn’t have actual keys but uses the screen to let you draw characters on the screen, which are then converted into actual characters. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 just passed our review gauntlet with flying colors and now its time we shed a little more light on its battery performance.
The latest Samsung flagship has a 3,220mAh battery that’s a mere 20mAh larger than the one inside its predecessor so we didn’t really expect the Galaxy Note 4 to blow it out of the water. But we were in for a surprise – what was already an excellent 75 hours of endurance turned to be a superb 87 hours on the latest phablet by Samsung. Read more »