Friday, August 16, 2013

Sony “Lens G” QX10 and QX100 user manual leak brings more detail

Sony has been a hot topic for rumors lately and many of these seem to be camera related. There are the 20MP Honami rumors and then there are the more recent such as the Sony Xperia “Lens G” setup. This is basically a clip-on lens for mobile devices. An earlier leaked image (sitting below) has it shown attached a smartphone, however it could just as easily be attached to a tablet.

We had already seen details about how this Lens G setup would be available in at least two models. Those model numbers are DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 and while Sony has yet to make an official announcement, it looks like a few additional details have since been revealed by way of leaked user manual. Or more specifically, by way of portions of a leaked user manual.

Verizon HTC One to launch with Android 4.2.2, no cherry red version

After months and months of waiting the folks from Verizon Wireless finally announced a release date for the HTC One. We thought it would never come, reports and rumors of August 1st came and went, but today we can officially confirm the day. The HTC One will be available on August 22nd, and now we’re learning a few additional details.

We have no way of knowing just exactly why Verizon took so long, although we have our guesses. One possible reason is to launch with Android 4.2.2 on board, rather than 4.1 like the other carriers. Now that HTC’s updated the international One to nearly the latest version, Verizon will launch with it as well. Sadly there’s no Android 4.3 here, even if the Google Play edition already has it.

Ubuntu Edge breaks crowdfunding record, still sits far shy of ultimate goal

Canonical has recently shared some news in regards to the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign. It seems they have crossed the $10 million milestone, which means they now have the “world’s biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign.” Or for those curious, this means the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has now raised more than the $10,266,845 that was raised by Pebble. Android apps

The interesting thing here, while raising that amount brought success for the folks at Pebble, it probably doesn’t mean quite as much for the folks at Canonical. Simply put, despite breaking this record the Ubuntu Edge campaign is still sitting way short of the ultimate goal of $32 million. This Indiegogo is showing a total raised of $10,448,195 with 6 days remaining.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Samsung said to unveil Galaxy Gear smart watch at September 4th Note 3 event

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might not be the only device being unveiled at Samsung’s September 4th event in Berlin, Germany at IFA. (Find out more about what we should be seeing out of the Note 3 here.)

Get a refurbished Galaxy S4 for AT&T for just $30

If you’re an  AT&T user and you’ve been in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ll want to check out the deal Ma Bell is putting up. If you can stand to deal with a refurbished phone, AT&T is letting the Samsung Galaxy S4 go away for just a mere $30 (that’s following a new two-year contract agreement, of course). While some may be taken aback by the word “refurbished,” it’s not always as bad as it may sound.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New rumored specs for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include 5.68-inch screen, 3GB of RAM and more

It seems like the rumored spec sheet for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 changes by the week. Another rumor has made its way through the mill. This time, the folks at SamMobile have it on good authority that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 won’t be a 6-inch device. Instead, it’ll come with a full HD 5.68-inch Super AMOLED display. That’s not a huge distance away from 6 inches, but it’s closer to the 5.5 that Note 2 users are used to.

The device is also said to be coming with 3GB of RAM, which would be unheard of for a smartphone. The device will also be outfitted with the same 13 megapixel camera we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4 this year.

The leakster actually notes that there is a second device, though the final spec list for it isn’t yet known. The SM-N900, the base model without LTE, will house a 1.8GHz Samsung Exynos Octa-core processor, though word on a processor for the LTE model is not yet known. We should also note that the 3GB of RAM mentioned above is only confirmed for the LTE version of the device. There’s no good reason to believe the base model won’t have 3GB of RAM, but no one can be certain either way. budget android phones

Finally, the Galaxy Note 3 is said to be coming in storage variants of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, though some of these may only be available in certain markets. The 32GB is said to be coming to “most of the market,” which hopefully means it’s the one most carriers and retailers will carry. Oh, and there’s a 3,200 mAh battery inside, which is just a smidgen bigger than the original’s. We have just about three weeks and some change until the unveiling, so it won’t be long until we know exactly what’s up with this thing.

Google Glass XE8 update rolling out now – brings video player and volume controls, additional Google Now cards, and more

Arriving a few days later than we expected, I suppose it’s better late than never. Rolling out right to Google Glasses across the country is another one of Google Glass’ software updates, a series of monthly updates that will continue churning out until the headsets consumer release. These are typically exciting as they aren’t just common bug fixing maintenance updates, but usually come packed with fun new features,

For this month’s update to XE8, Google has added the ability for Glass to pull up more Google Now cards, something we knew was coming. Now Glass will pull up cards with dinner reservation info, hotel bookings, and even concerts — anything that’s sent you an email confirmation to your Gmail account. Movie and showtime cards have also made the cut, along with emergency alerts for flash floods or thunderstorms, traffic updates, weather, and live sports scores.

As useful as Google Now cards may be, it’s the latest OS additions that I’m most excited about. Voice commands from other Glassware apps can now be added to the main menu, allowing users to speak commands like, “Ok Glass, take a note,” or “Ok Glass, post an update.” Unfortunately, it looks like this functionality will be limited to only officially supported Glassware, with Path and Evernote being the first of many to come in the near future. Developers can actually get started now and learn how to enable voice commands for their apps here. Cheap android phone.

Another feature I’ve been asking for awhile now, but wasn’t sure exactly how well it’d be implemented was a video player. Technically it’s always been there, but In XE8, Glass users now have access to a video player with navigation controls (play, pause, skip) for use with either user recorded videos, or those from apps like CNN. Also, volume controls have also been added allowing Glass users to mute all sound in Glass or crank the volume up when necessary.

Glass is getting better every month, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Google’s little headset. If you want to talk Google Glass with other Android fans like yourself, head on over to our Google Glass forums and join in on the discussion.

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