Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Charge your smartphone in just 30 seconds

Charging your mobile is a recurring daily and lengthy process that nobody likes, especially during daytime. The solution comes from Israel where a startup called StoreDot comes to our help.

What they did is to make a device that can charge your mobile's battery in just 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated their charger by placing it on a nearly-dead Samsung Galaxy S3 and letting it work its magic. As claimed, the battery went from 27% to 100% in just 26 seconds.

The company is part of the nanotechnology department of the University of Tel Aviv and was introduced at the conference Think Next (Microsoft). The battery is derived entirely from bio-organic materials including nanocrystals made from peptides and chains of amino acids. Bio-organic materials have the potential to be much safer than today's batteries, which are primarily composed of heavy metals like cadmium or lithium. The technology is based on "nanodots" (tiny magnets) that despite their small size, can store a larger load.  As shown in the video, plugging the prototype with a mobile Samsung, it fully charges in 26 seconds.

Despite the fact that this charger would be the ideal solution for everyone, it is not expected to enter mass production until 2016. However, StoreDot has gathered 6.25 million in funding so far.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here

At the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was presented.

Its design remains very close to that of previous models like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, with poly-carbonate material and significantly changing the back cover of the device, from a glossy plastic battery cover to a dimpled soft-touch finish. 

The screen is super Amoled, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and has grown by one inch compared to the previous model, reaching 5.1 inches. The Home Button, has been added with a detection sensor fingerprint lock / unlock.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a quad-core processor, clocked at 2,5 GHz with 2 GB internal memory and a choice between 16 and 32 GB of storage. Memory can be expanded up to 64 GB, using a microSD.

Camera's resolution is 16 megapixels and records 4K video at 30 frames per second. According to Samsung, the new device has the fastest autofocus in the world with a time of focusing only 0.3 seconds. In addition, the front camera has a 2,1 megapixels resolution.

The device runs the latest version of the OS by Google, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is waterproof and offers protection against dust.

Powered by a 2800 mAh battery which allows up to 390 hours standby time and 21 hours of talk time.

In terms of connectivity, it has all the modern protocols such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, NFC and infrared, and can be connected to a wide number of 4G LTE frequencies.

Finally, S5 has speedometer , gyro , compass , barometer sensor motion detection and heartbeats detector.
It comes in 4 different colors (black, white, blue and gold).

Comparing to Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 has full HD 1080p display instead of UHD, 3GB RAM instead of 2GB RAM, and 4MP more of camera resolution.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, press photos leaked

Soon to be announced is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (or Lite). The device is now available for pre-ordering in Belgium with a starting price of 599 euros ($812). Sammobile has official photos of Note 3 Neo as well as some valid information about its technical characteristics.

According to Sammobile, Note 3 Neo will have a 5.55 "Super AMOLED display  with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 2GB memory RAM, Camera 8 Megapixel, 3100 mAh battery and some of the pen-enabled functions of Note 3 such as the Command Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip and Direct Pen Input.

The official announcement of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo might happen any time soon. Worst case scenario, it will be officially revealed at the Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on February 24 in Barcelona.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition with Android 4.4 KitKat available now for $649

Sony announced the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, which is based on the latest version of the operating system of Google, Android 4.4 KitKat and is available through the Google Play store in the United States for $ 649. Sony, since 2012, provides the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, to use and contribute to the technical community of open source. Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is according to the company, another chapter of its work to support the Android open source community.

The smartphone is based on the original Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so there are no changes to technical features. Therefore, it comes with a 1,900x1,080 full HD display; a 2.2 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor; 2GB of RAM; a rear 8MP camera featuring Sony's Exmor RS sensor; a 2MP front camera; 16GB of storage; a 3,000mAh battery and weights 212gr

Google says the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition ships within one to two business days. The same day with the release of Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, LG joined Google's online store with LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition 

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition with Android 4.4, or KitKat

A few months ago rumors said a "Nexus" tablet with an 8 inch screen display would be released. Recently we were informed that this is a device with the name LG-V510. Finally, the tablet is manufactured by LG and sold by the Google Play store and is called LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. Thus, there will be no Nexus 8. Not yet.

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is exactly the same with LG G Pad 8.3, except for the software, that is Android 4.4, or KitKat. Therefore, it comes with a 1,900x1,200 full HD IPS display 273 ppi; a 1.7 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor; ; 2GB of RAM; a rear 5MP camera and a 1.3MP front  camera;16GB of storage and a 4,600mAh battery.

The price of the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is $349. Note that it is the only "Google Play Edition" tablet at the online store of Google, and for now solely sold in the United States. Yesterday, Google also announced the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition for $649.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Motorola Moto G. Available in the UK, Brasil and Germany.

Two days after its announcement, the Motorola Moto G is available in the UK. Moto G has a 4.5inch  720p hd screen, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3MP front one, runs the latest version of the Android operating system (Android Jellybean), and does not support 4G. Motorola has used Gorilla Glass 3 as the screen covering, which means the phone is less prone to flexing under pressure and scratching than most low-cost phones. A UK retailer offers it with a white back cover free, although this particular offer is valid for orders online. The back cover can be replaced by choosing one of 19 different colors. Still there is no information on when this accessory will be available.

Several stores in the UK have Moto G 8GB Sim Free Smartphone - Black in stock at a cost of  £135 (contract-free) . That makes it slightly cheaper than the Galaxy S3 Mini, HTC Desire X and Sony Xperia M.

The same day of the release, Moto G was available in Brazil, and two days later in the UK and Germany. It will be released in the U.S. in January, while in a few days it will be sold in Canada.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ZTE Grand S Flex, with quad-core processor S4 Plus and 5 inch HD display

Chinese manufacturer ZTE announced the Grand S Flex soon to be released in six European countries, Germany , Finland , Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain. The Grand S Flex features the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC (MSM8930) with dual-core Krait processor clocked at 1,2 GHz, 1GB RAM LPDDR2 and Adreno 305 graphics. It has 16GB of memory that cannot be expanded via microSD memory card.

Grand S Flex's battery has a capacity of 2300mAh and  runs on Android 4.1.2. The European version of the device supported 4G LTE networks. It is also equipped with WiFi 802.11n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM Radio. The front features a 1 Megapixel camera while the rear camera has an 8.0 Megapixels resolution, LED flash and video resolution 1080p. It will cost 300 euros approximately.

ZTE Grand S Flex Specs
Operating System : Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 1.2GHz dual core
GPU: Adreno 305
Memory RAM: 1GB
Display: 5 inch , LCD IPS, 1280 × 720 pixels
Rear Camera : 8.0 Megapixel, LED flash, 1080p video
Front camera : 1.0 Megapixel
Built-in memory : 16GB
Memory Card : No
WiFi 802.11n, WiFi Direct, FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB2.0, DLNA
Battery : 2300 mAh
Dimensions : 143x70x8.9 mm .
Weight : 130 g.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

LG G Flex, the first 'real' curved smartphone

LG has officially revealed the new G Flex the first "real" curved smartphone. According to preliminary information it will be released  in Korea next month and the three major local mobile operators. Unfortunately, the company does not know whether it will be released in other countries any time soon. However, LG mentioned that this model will be released as an experimental model in order to determine whether it will appeal to the public.

The LG G Flex incorporates a 6 inch display with HD 1280 × 720 pixels resolution, and OLED technology. Inside we find the well-known Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset (2,2 GHz) and a 2GB RAM, while the camera has a sensor with a resolution of 13 MP. Technologies such as DLNA, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac are supported. The battery's capacity is 3500mAh.

On the back and the bottom of the camera there are volume controls and among them the on / off power key, an arrangement similar to that of the LG G2. However LG G Flex has two LEDs, with different colors.

Like the LG G2, G Flex can record and reproduce high quality sound, has the Knock-On feature (double-tap to wake) and there are special animations depending on how you unlock the smartphone. According to the press release of the Korean company, G Flex features a special coating of a material self-healing, which "cures" within a few minutes.