Monday, July 20, 2015

Rumors on iPhone 7 Specs and Release Date

Rumors say that "iPhone 7" or "iPhone 6s" will be released this October. It is believed that it will  host a 4.7 inch display with up to 2K resolution. Users will be able to watch full-HD movies on their device and even more clearly items on the display.  iPhone 7 will have stronger design to resist bending. 

Additionally, the Apple Watch feature that was recently introduced to the latest version of Macbook will likely be on the forthcoming iPhone

It is believed that iPhone 7 will host the e-SIM feature.The SIM card will support the use of multiple carriers, allowing the users to switch networks as they will, not by replacing the SIM card, but via the device's user interface. This will make it easier to switch between carriers such as Verizon and AT&T.
We could also see iOS 9 introduced into the iPhone 7. Below you may see the new iPhone's casing and screw hole placement.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Google Nexus Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update Confirmed

After three weeks since the release of Android Lollipop 5.0, Google has now confirmed the Android Lollipop 5.0.1 update for Nexus 9, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The change it brings is an increase to the memory allocation for video playback on Nexus 7 which had several problem on YouTube .

The first users who received the update said the problem is solved. Also, on Android Lollipop 5.0 there was the risk of erasing all the device's data after several failed attempts to enter the correct password. Since every tap is an "attempt," a few taps can delete everything on the device. 5.0.1 fixes this by only recognizing unlock attempts that reach the minimum length of a pattern, which is four dots.

At the moment, Lollipop is not widely installed on devices. The latest statistics provided by Google which are related to what versions of software come to Google Store, Lollipop had failed to have a significant percentage and fluctuated within the category of below 0.1%.

Google gave the official figures of Android for November as it usually does, so we have a fairly clear picture of the versions of the operating system. The numbers show that Android 4.4 KitKat is at 33.9% of devices visited Google Play Store from 24 November to December 1.

Last month KitKat was at 30.2% of all devices. However, the most widespread version of Android is Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3) as it is at 48.7% of the devices. Jelly Bean lost ground from KitKat but a lot of Jelly Bean devices will not get other updates. 

Android Ice Cream Sandwich (7.8%), Android Gingerbread (9.1%) and Android Froyo (0.5%) continue to be listed on Google's lists, but Android 5.0 Lollipop is nowhere to be found. As Google suggests, its Android versions that are below 0.1% are not included in the table.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Samsung prompted early launch due to iPhone 6's initial weekend on sale

Apple has officially confirmed a total of 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales during their initial weekend on sale. This is a new record for an iPhone launch, besting the 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c sales from that launch last year, and the 5 million new iPhone 5 devices sold in 2012. This was definitely something that Samsung could not ignore, and as a result it has decided to speed up the release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. 

Thus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will finally be released in Korea on September 26 instead of early October as originally planned by the three major providers, SK Telecom, KT and Uplus. It will then debut in the U.S. on Oct. 17. The company's moves will allow it to beat Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to market in those two countries.

Samsung aims to score 15 million sales for the first 30 days of marketing Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Within the first week Samsung will distribute 3.75 million devices to the market. It is worth noting that last year Samsung distributed 10 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the first 2 months, so the target of 15 million within 30 days is quite optimistic. 

A Samsung marketing executive said that the positive reception of the new iPhone 6 from the public, was what pushed Samsung to reveal the Note 4 earlier than it had planned, and that Samsung would pursue a very aggressive policy to promote its phablet. The executive also admitted that Samsung is extremely pressured by the new larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

This year's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the cheapest Galaxy Note so far, with a suggested price of $ 919 in Korea, compared to the first Galaxy Note that was sold for $ 960 and the Galaxy Note 2 and 3 that were of $ 1,038 and $ 1,018 worth respectively.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

iPhone 6 4.7″ and iPhone Air 5.5″ with a 1900 mAh and a 2500 mAh battery respectively

Lately all the rumors and leaks that we see for the upcoming iPhone 6 which will be published in two versions focus more on rendersand less on the technical characteristics. Today we heard about the new devices' batteries.

Chinese media reports say that the battery on the small 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be somewhere between 1800 mAh and 1900 mAh. The 5.5-inch iPhone or iPhone Air will have a 2500 mAh battery.

That means more battery capacity than the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C batteries that have 1560 mAh and 1510 mAh respectively. However, it remains to be seen whether they will be efficient batteries for displays of this size, since similar Android devices come with larger batteries.

For example, the 4.7-inch LG G2 Mini,  comes with a 2440 mAh battery. The Motorola Moto X has the same screen size and a 2200 mAh battery. The 5.5 inch LG G3 has a 3000 mAh battery while the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 3200 mAh battery.

However,these are rumors that have not yet been confirmed. If proven true, Samsung can continue the "Wall huggers" joke shown on the following video.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Smartphone priced at $20 by ARM

Smartphones are constantly getting cheaper. ARM, headquarted in Cambridge, UK, said in a slide at their Tech Day that it can produce a smartphone until the end of 2014 that will be priced at $20. 
The smartphone will feature a single core Cortex-A5 processor and will be able to connect to 2.5G (EDGE) networks. 
According to AMR, we could see more third-world countries connecting to the internet through their phones. We will have to see how this plays out over the next months and whether ARM’s $20 smartphone will become a reality.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Knock Code: LG's unlock method better than Apple's and Samsung's fingerprint scanners

LG wants to present to consumers their own way of locking a device which is rather special and would be classified as user-friendly and safe.

The unlock method is called Knock Code and is here to replace all other ways of unlocking a device, from the simplest such as pin to the most special as fingerprint unlock.

Knock Code, as one realizes from its name, is based on "knocking" with the finger on the screen of a locked phone to unlock it. Each user has the ability to tap anywhere on the screen a personal, unique combination of taps, activating and unlocking the device with ease even with one hand.

LG decided to work innovatively for the user by offering the ability of safe storage of personal data, as well as ease of access. The Knock Code may consist of 2 to 8 taps, creating over 80,000 possible combinations. From the plethora of combinations, the user can create combinations that are quite simple to very complex. All you need to do is envision a 2x2 grid on the screen, tap in your selected Knock Code, and you’ll be taken directly to your home screen, saving the extra step of unlocking it while using Knock On.

Other companies, such as Apple with the iPhone 5S and Samsung with the Samsung Galaxy S5 use fingerprint scanners on their flagships. However, recent researches indicate that 20% of users using Fingerprint Scanner are not satisfied with the efficiency of the detector and have to repeat the process since the scanners are affected by external factors such as temperature or dust. Biometric technology used by companies today is not able to distinguish a real from a artificial fingerprint.

In addition, the use of password to unlock the screen can be easily visible by a stranger.

As a result, Knock Code is the solution to all these problems while being easy to use, fast, free from the need for a specific position of the user during the introduction of the code. This solution needs no expensive equipment. LG already incorporates the Knock Code in the new L Series III and will soon be available for most smartphones through upgrades including the series G, thus converting the safety of the smartphone an affordable luxury for most users.

Friday, April 25, 2014

LG G Watch with OLED display, water resistant and "always on"

The official LG site for the "smart" watch G Watch, says it will run on the operating system Android Wear and will become available in the second quarter of 2014. It is expected to have a 1.65 inch display and 4 GB internal memory.

The G Watch will be released in two colors: black and gold, also called «Stealth Black» and «Champagne Gold».

The watch is water resistant and dust-proof, while it will offer an application called Google Search which will offer «useful information when you need it the most». Moreover, it has a color screen that will be in permanent operation, with OLED display, so the battery cannot be exhausted that easy. Permanent operation screens aren't something all smartwatches offer. The displays of Samsung's Gear line of wearables, go dark after a few moments in order to conserve power. 

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.