Leaked pictures of Sony’s ILCE-QX1 to support E-mount lenses

Pictures of the new Sony ILCE-QX1 have leaked ahead of the reported official announcement tomorrow. If they are to be believed, the camera for smartphones will also now have the ability to support e-mount lenses. This would give serious mobile phone photographers the ability to take even better pictures without having a DSLR around.

If you’re not familiar with how the QX series works, it is a lens camera that looks a lot like a normal DSLR lens. But instead of using it with the DSLR camera, you attach it to your smartphone of choice and use it as a better alternative for your normal camera phone. The ILCE-QX1 is the third generation of this series, after the QX10 and the QX100 and unlike the previous two, this one reportedly doesn’t have a fixed lens.

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Instead, it will have support for E-mount lenses, giving you the freedom to choose which kind of lens you’d want attached to your smartphone. The new QX camera will also reportedly have an APS-C sensor and most probably have 24 megapixels. There is also the possibility that it will have a built-in flash to make it more convenient for photography in areas that have less light.

When it comes to pricing, of course we will not be surprised if it’s quite expensive. The rumoured pricing is $394 for just the ILCE-Qx1 and $590 if it comes with a 16-50 mm lens. All will be known tomorrow when it will reportedly be announced.

VIA: Sony Alpha Rumors

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The Sony Xperia Z3 and e-ink SmartBand get press image leak treatment


Sony Xperia Z3The Sony IFA 2014 press conference may only be hours away, but that still hasn’t stopped leaked press images of their latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z3, from leaking out. Like the leak of the Xperia Z3 Compact we saw a few days ago, the Xperia Z3 appears to be depicted in multiple colour variations as well, and some of them, as well as the overall design of the device, look absolutely divine, if we do say so ourselves. What is also intriguing about this set of leaked images is the following picture in particular:

Sony Xperia Z3While the image may look harmlessly like a standard press image for the Xperia Z3, it’s the device on the lady’s wrist that is of most interest. After rumours that a certain “SmartBand Talk” wearable exists, the appearance of this e-ink display fitness wearable looks like pretty good evidence that such a device exists. Whether Sony will actually announce it as part of their IFA 2014 presentation is another question entirely.


Sony Xperia Z3I looks like Sony has moved away from its stock-standard Xperia device design for the Xperia Z3, adding colour to the frame as well as the panels as well. We can’t wait to hear more about the device in a few hours; we’ll be sure to put up a livestream once we find one.

What do you think about the Sony Xperia Z3 and this possible SmartBand device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: XperiaBlog



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Droidcon NYC hosts talks by Roman Nurik, Jean-Baptiste Queru

If you’re an Android lover and a developer who will be in the New York area between September 20th and September 21st, you should take a look at Droidcon NYC, which will host talks from Google Android Developer Advocate Roman Nurik and Jean-Baptiste Queru “JBQ”, who is a senior mobile engineer at Yahoo. The two will talk about Android design, specifically the new Android L Material Design, so it should prove to be interesting.



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HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix, and Desire devices

HTC is giving a boost to some of its newest devices with a promotion for new owners to get double the Google Drive storage capacity. Now, instead of the usual 50 GB cloud storage space, new One M8, One Remix, One Max, Desire 610, and Desire 816 owners can get 100 GB of storage for free for two years.



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HTC now offering 100GB of free Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix and more

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It’s one of our favorite HTC perks: getting a free bump in cloud storage for doing nothing. Back in the day, you may remember when HTC teamed up with Dropbox for bonus cloud storage after purchasing one of their devices. More recently, it’s Google supplying the cloud storage, offering up a bonus 50GB as part of the “HTC Advantage.”

Today, HTC announced that they’ll now be doubling that number, providing a grand total of 100GB of Google Drive storage on top of whatever you have now. The bonus applies to newer HTC devices like the HTC One M8, HTC One Max, HTC One Remix, HTC Desire 816, or HTC Desire 610.

In case you’re wondering, the additional bump in cloud storage is guaranteed for 2 years, after which you’ll need to pay up or simply make do with Google’s 15GB of free storage. When it comes to other devices, HTC says specific 2013 models (HTC One, HTC Butterfly S, HTC One Mini and HTC Desire 601) get a 25GB increase in Drive storage after upgrading to to Sense 5+ or 6. It’s not much, but better than nothing.

To claim your Google Drive storage, simply open the Google Drive app on your phone and redeem the offer that pops up. Those already enjoying the previous 50GB offer will only see a nice little 50GB bump. Cheers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Live Blog!

IFA kicks off in just a couple of hours, with Samsung highlighting the day 1 festivities through a 3-city Unpacked event. They are unveiling the Galaxy Note 4, there is no denying that. Each Fall, Samsung brings us a new device in the oversized-phone-we’re-basically-in-tablet-territory category that they created years ago.

The device is currently rumored to carry a 5.7-inch QHD display, metal casing with chamfered edges, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB or 4GB RAM, 16MP camera, and a brand new S Pen. We would be shocked if Samsung didn’t use its standard physical home button setup, with recent apps and back flanking it, as well. By all means, this will be another flagship device that will make Note cult members proud.

Tim will be on hand for the happenings in New York City, bright and early at 9:00AM Eastern (6:00AM Pacific). We will have a live stream embedded below for all to watch, along with a live blog so that you can read our thoughts in real time.

Join us tomorrow morning!

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HTC Doubles Free Google Drive Storage Offer to 100GB for One (M8) and One Max

This evening, owners of the HTC One (M8) and One Max should see an email from Google, informing them that the free Google Drive storage they received upon activating their device has now been doubled to 100GB. Nothing needs to be done on the user side of things – Google will go ahead and add the storage to your account automatically. 

HTC is doubling the amount from 50GB for each device for the remainder of the offer’s promotional period. This Google Drive offer that came with select HTC devices needs to be redeemed by January 1, 2016, and is good for around two years. After that, the user can decide to purchase back additional storage. Understand that if a user decides not to buy more storage, that their files are still safe, they just may not be able to add any new files should they sit above a certain quota.

Here is a full list of devices from HTC that now have access to Google Drive offers:

  • New HTC One (M8) (+100GB for two years)
  • HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 610 (+100GB for two years)
  • HTC One max (+100GB for two years)
  • When upgrade to HTC Sense 5+ and Sense 6 becomes available on certain 2013 HTC models, including HTC One, HTC Butterfly S, HTC One Mini and HTC Desire 601. (+25GB for two years)
  • According to HTC’s Advantage site, the One Remix has a similar 100GB for two years deal.

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More:  Google Support

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How to Fix Samsung Galaxy S4 Problems and Errors [Part 34]

Welcome to the 34th part in our series of troubleshooting articled dedicated to the Samsung Galaxy S4. In this part we will be answering some of the latest emails sent to us by our readers concerning this particular model. If you are following this series you may notice that some of the issues have already been tackled in previous posts however since we provide an individualized experience for our readers we still tackle these issues.

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If you own a Galaxy S4 or any other Android device for that matter feel free to send us an email at mailbag@thedroidguy.com regarding the issues you are experiencing with your device. We will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can. This is a free service we offer with no strings attached. What we do ask from you is that you try to be as detailed as possible when sending an email so that we can make an accurate assessment of the issue and a suitable solution can be presented.

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Galaxy S4 Stuck In Manual Mode

Problem: Hi, Droid Guy, Saw the conversation from December 2013 on the blog about Samsung Galaxies stuck in “boot loop” mode. I don’t know if mine is the same problem, but I thought I’d ask for your advice. I don’t have the right computer language to describe it, probably, but what I’m seeing on the screen is very, very teensy type at the bottom saying “manual mode” and some other stuff, and on the top, there is a list of choices that I can scroll up or down to. One is reboot, another is wipe clean and restore to factory default. There are others, too. In the center is the little Droid, on his back, looking close to death, poor guy, with his little stomach hatch open. Trouble is, I tried the reboot option, and all it did was bring me back to this screen. It did seem to be responding — at first the screen went black. It vibrated for a second. Then it displayed the “Samsung Galaxy S4″ logo in white. But then it went back to this screen. The exact same thing happened when the Verizon tech help guy walked me through this on the phone as we attempted a wipe clean/default choice. I did recently drop the phone, lightly but enough to slightly dent the volume/rocker button on the side it is very hard to operate. I can operate it, though, with enough pressure. And the Verizon guy told me that this reboot problem has nothing to do with the rocker switch problem. Nonethless, Samsung told me the dent would probably void my warranty, so i will probably have to replace the entire phone. It’s only 5 months old, so this will clearly cost me a ton of money. Any advice for me? Should I attempt to replace the SIM card? I really don’t even know where to find the SIM card, let alone replace it…

Solution: Unfortunately for this issue it does not appear to be related to a faulty SIM. There is something wrong with the phone software which is making it act this way. Try following the steps below and see if it fixes the issue.

Reboot Device

  • Take out the battery
  • Press the Power button for around 3 minutes then release
  • Re-insert the battery
  • Turn on the device

Check and see if your phone boots normally. If it doesn’t proceed to the next step.

If you are still seeing manual mode then try to click on the restore to factory default option. This will however delete the data you have stored in your device.

If the above steps do not work then you will need a PC with the latest Kies software installed to try to resolve this issue. You can download Kies from the Samsung website.

  • Launch Kies.
  • Go to Tools and choose Firmware Upgrade and Initialization.
  • Enter the name of your phone.
  • Input the model name of your Galaxy S4 (in CAPS). It is found at the back of its casing.
  • Select OK.
  • Kies will now verify if your device is supported along with a warning message saying that all data from your device will be deleted during the process.
  • Click OK if you agree with it.
  • Kies will download and initialize the firmware update. Wait until it finishes.
  • Just hit Continue with every warning message until you reach the emergency recovery process.
  • Don’t forget to put a check on the confirmation message saying, “I have read all of the above information” once you have performed all the required information in the window.
  • Configure your desired information saving option, connect to Kies and switch your phone to Recovery Mode.
  • Hit the Start Upgrade button and wait until the process finishes. Do not interrupt the process.
  • After you see a confirmation message saying that everything is complete, hit the OK button to finish.

Galaxy S4 Shuts Down When Running Apps

Problem: I read the letter from Rodrigo about his S4 shutting down when running apps but will work fine as long as it is plugged into a power source. Mine does this as well. In his letter he states that it shuts down without warning and won’t restart without plugging it in.  I’m experiencing this as well. Your solution to try a new battery as it’s being drained too fast, but this is not the case. I can have a full charge, unplug the charger and use anything on the phone that requires “multitasking” or involves the processor and it will shut down. When I plug it back up, it will still have 70, 80 and sometimes 90% or more of battery charge. So in my case it’s not a dead battery that shuts it down, it’s moving too fast for it to multitask that does it. Please help.

Solution: In this case it doesn’t seem to be caused by the battery. This issue may be caused by lack of memory or even a faulty SD card. Try removing the SD card first and see if your phone still shuts down. If it doesn’t then you have found the cause of the issue. Simply replace your SD card. If the problem still exists then try booting your device in Safe Mode. In this mode the third party applications you installed from the Google Play Store will be disabled thus freeing up memory.

  • Turn the device off completely.
  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Once the Samsung Galaxy S4 logo appears on the screen, release the Power button.
  • As soon as you release the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down key.
  • Continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone has completed the reboot process.
  • If you can read ‘Safe Mode‘ at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down key. Otherwise, repeat the process until you can boot the phone to Safe Mode.

In most cases the problem will not appear in Safe Mode. This means that an app or several apps that you have installed is causing your phone to shut down. Try to determine which app or apps is causing this and uninstall.

If the problem still exists even in Safe Mode then there could be a glitch in the software of your device. Wiping the phone cache partition will help solve this. You should however make a backup copy of your data first.

  • Turn the phone off completely.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons.
  • Release the Power button when the phone vibrates but continue holding on to the Volume Up and Home buttons.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release both the Home and Volume Up buttons.
  • Using the Volume Down key, highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  • Press the Power button to select the option.
  • The phone will automatically restart once cache data are wiped out.

Galaxy S4 Automatically Lowers Media Volume

Problem: I haven’t seen this problem addressed yet. My Samsung Galaxy S4 keeps resetting the volume for my games, media, etc. To just below half. I’ll go to settings>my device>volume>media (or whatever) and set it to max volume. Within 5 minutes, sometimes in the midst of playing a game, all of a sudden I can’t hear a thing. Oh, and I go in and shut off notifications on all of my apps and, many of them reset to notifications on.

Solution: Have you recently updated your device to the latest software version? Most of the time when you do a major update some issues will exist. This is usually caused by data from the previous software version that hasn’t been completely removed from your device. A quick factory reset should solve this issue. Just make sure to back up your data first.

  • Turn the phone off completely.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons.
  • Release the Power button when the phone vibrates but continue holding on to the Volume Up and Home buttons.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release both the Home and Volume Up buttons.
  • Using the Volume Down key, highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Press the Power button to select it.
  • Using the Volume Down button again, highlight ‘delete all user data.’
  • Press the Power key to select it.
  • Once the reset is complete, choose ‘Reboot system now.’
  • Press the Power button to restart the phone.

Galaxy S4 Water Damaged

Problem: Hello, I have Galaxy S4 and I dropped it in the pool. I turned it off, remove the battery, the SD and the SIM card. I put it in rice. After about 24 hours I turned it on and it worked. The problem now is that the front camera and the keys that are usually in white light (next to the button that moves you to the home page) are not working. My question is how can I fix it without a technician’s help or it’s necessary to bring it for repair. Thank you

Solution: Unfortunately in this case it is difficult to fix not unless it can be verified that the components inside your phone has not been damaged by water. We know of some cases where a phone that has been dropped in water shows signs of damage a month or two months later. Your best option is to really bring the phone to an authorized service center for checking.

Galaxy S4 Randomly Reboots

Problem: hi there i am having a problem with my samsung galaxy s4 my phone reboots by itself then doesn’t turn on when i restart my phone i wait a couple of minutes and the starts ok and after i use a little bit but nothing hard it freezes and reboots, ones i tried to change my os and was better but when i got that back to stock firmware 4.4.2 was more bad than ever what can be the problem a an getting nervous and starting to dislike the samsung

Solution: Do you have an SD card inserted in your device? If you have then try taking it out first and see if your phone still randomly reboots. A faulty SD card is known to cause this issue.

Another possible reason why your phone is acting this way is because of certain apps. Try to boot your device in Safe Mode to verify this.

  • Turn the device off completely.
  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Once the Samsung Galaxy S4 logo appears on the screen, release the Power button.
  • As soon as you release the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down key.
  • Continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone has completed the reboot process.
  • If you can read ‘Safe Mode‘ at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down key. Otherwise, repeat the process until you can boot the phone to Safe Mode.

Once in Safe Mode if the issue does not occur then try finding for the app that is causing this and uninstall it.

One final troubleshooting step you can do is to perform a factory reset on your device. Make sure to back up your data first before performing this procedure.

  • Turn the phone off completely.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons.
  • Release the Power button when the phone vibrates but continue holding on to the Volume Up and Home buttons.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release both the Home and Volume Up buttons.
  • Using the Volume Down key, highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Press the Power button to select it.
  • Using the Volume Down button again, highlight ‘delete all user data.’
  • Press the Power key to select it.
  • Once the reset is complete, choose ‘Reboot system now.’
  • Press the Power button to restart the phone.

 

Galaxy S4 Account Password Issue

Problem: I have a galaxy s4 and am having trouble with my account password. I have a notification that says “account action required”. When I tap on it, it sends me to a screen that says I have typed an incorrect password or my account has changed. When I retype my password, it won’t accept it. I have gone to the link to recover my account and that doesn’t work either. It says “signing in”…but never signs in. I am unable to click on any links to get onto the internet. Can you help me with this?

Solution: Have you recently updated the software of your device?  Most people who updated their device usually find this message. Try checking if there are new software updates for your device which may address this issue. You may also want to try the following troubleshooting steps below.

Clear browser cache

  • Navigate to settings
  • Application Manger
  • Click chrome or the browser you are using
  • Click clear cache
  • Reboot phone

You may also want to boot in Safe Mode to see if an app is causing this issue.

  • Turn the device off completely.
  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Once the Samsung Galaxy S4 logo appears on the screen, release the Power button.
  • As soon as you release the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down key.
  • Continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone has completed the reboot process.
  • If you can read ‘Safe Mode‘ at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down key. Otherwise, repeat the process until you can boot the phone to Safe Mode.

If the issue does not occur then I suggest manually uninstalling your apps then re-install them to find out what is causing the issue.

Galaxy S4 Won’t Connect To Secure Wi-Fi

Problem: Hi android guy, my galaxy s4 wont connect to the secured Wi-Fi at work. The password is logged in but it won’t actually connect to an internet of source. I’ve tried to reset the phone to factory setting but no avid. I’ve also tried to reset cache, and permissions. Any advised would be appreciated

Solution: If your phone can connect to other Wi-Fi connections but not in your work Wi-Fi then it’s probably an issue with the router in your work. The IT administrator may have placed restrictions on its access. Try to consult with your IT administrator on this matter.

Galaxy S4 Screen Flickers

Problem: Dear droid guy, I have this galaxy s4 i9500 and recently the screen on the phone occasionally flickers. The battery works fine. But its sometimes annoying and i really don’t want to do a factory reset on it because of all the apps and setting. My question is if i continue using it this way will it damage my phone? Any extra tips on solving this would also be much appreciated.

Solution: Try to uncheck the Auto Brightness toggle on the Notification menu. Go to Settings-> My Device-> Display-> “scroll to the bottom of the list” and uncheck “Auto adjust screen tone”. This should help solve your screen flickering issue.

Galaxy S4 Can’t Access Camera Zoom

Problem: Cannot access camera settings, zoom, only have 6 selections available to choose from to take pics. I have cleared cache and data and still doesn’t allow me to choose all options or zoom in for pics.

Solution: Make sure your phone is not in Easy Mode as you won’t be able to use the zoom function. To change this go to settings > home screen > change home screen mode from Easy Mode to Standard Mode.

Galaxy S4 Push Notifications Sometimes Fails

Problem: I have a Samsung Galaxy S4, running Android version 4.4.2. I’ve used it with no trouble for nearly 10 months now. Recently, I’ve been facing a problem regarding push notifications. I noticed that applications such as WhatsApp do not give me notifications when I receive a message unless I actually have the app open. I recently got an app called Pushbullet, and (for those who know of this app) it was working fine when pushing things from my phone to my computer, but when pushing things from my computer to my phone, again, I was not receiving the notifications, although the links or files pushed would appear if I opened the app manually. Note: Sometimes when I turn my router off and on again, I receive a whole bunch of notifications as soon as my phone reconnects to the Wi-Fi, so perhaps it could be an internet connectivity issue?

Solution: If all your settings are correct (i.e. Auto Sync enabled) then the issue could be with your Wi-Fi connection. Try to check if the Wi-Fi sleep policy on your phone is properly set.

  • From the Homescreen, press Menu
  • Go to Settings
  • Proceed to Wireless & Networks
  • Choose Wi-Fi Settings
  • Tap Menu followed by Go Advanced
  • Open Wi-Fi Sleep Policy
  • Tap the radio button beside Never

If you have any battery saving app installed in your phone then try to disable it first as this may also be the reason why you are having push notification issues.

Another possible reason is your Wi-Fi router itself. Try to check if the issue exists if you are connected with your mobile data network.

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Sony Xperia Z3 in Copper, E-Ink SmartBand shown off

The IFA 2014 is just around the corner and we’ve been seeing leaked images and hearing rumors left and right of new products to be unveiled. Sony is one of the many tech giants getting ready for Berlin and its Xperia Z3 has been highly anticipated.

Earlier, we learned the smartphone will come with 4K video capture and then it was spotted in TENAA with Z2 specs. This time, we have photos that show a copper version of the yet-to-be-released Xperia Z3.

The copper Z3 looks very classy. The Android phone is said to have a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display and looks like the specs tipped a while ago could be true: Qualcomm MSM8974AC with Adreno 330 GPU,3GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a microSDXC card slot, a Bluetooth, WiFi, a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 2MP front camera for those who like to take selfies.

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The Sony Xperia Z3 also appears to come in three other colors aside from the copper version: silver, black, and white. Out of the box, the smartphone will run Android 4.4.x KitKat. 

But what’s more noticeable in the photo is the smartwatch the model is wearing on her wrist. Could this be the SmartBand Talk we mentioned? It actually looks more like a fitness band than a smartwatch so this could be the follow up to Sony’s SmartBand fitness tracker.

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The SmartBand Talk pictured also appears to have a curved E-ink display as already reported. If these press shots are real, then most of the rumors we heard would turn out to be true. We’ll know for sure tomorrow when IFA 2014 opens and Sony makes an official announcement.

VIA: XperiaBlog

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HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One, Max, and Remix

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If you’re trying to choose between this year’s powerful options for your latest device, perhaps HTC can sway you with its latest addition to its HTC Advantage program. Now, whenever you purchase an HTC One M8, Max, or Remix, you will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free. Upon activating the device, simply open the preloaded Google Drive app and press redeem. Google has said that the Desire 826 and 610 will also be eligible for the extra large storage. For those of you that have already activated your free 50 GB of storage, you are still able to get your next 50 GB free. Howeverm if you still have last year’s HTC One or Mini, you’ll unfortunately be stuck with 25 GB of Drive storage still.

Source: HTC

Via: Android Police

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Sony QX1 camera picture leak confirms E-Mount

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Sony’s new QX1 lens-style camera has leaked in some pictures released today. The QX1 will have an E-Mount attachment and use the Exmor APC-S sensor. We can also expect a pop-up flash based on the pics. Included in the pictures of the lens are a few of the Z3, which is due to be revealed to the world this week.

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Source: Photobucket: picrumors001

Via: Xperia Blog

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Lenovo steps up its game with new Intel-powered Tab S8

Lenovo has been considerably expanding its presence in the smartphone market but its Android tablet lineup hasn’t exactly left a mark yet. That, however, could soon be changing now that its Tab S8 is out. This tablet, the first from the company to bear an Intel processor, combines a decent set of specs with a price to beat.

Lenovo’s previous Android tablets, like the more recent “A” series, ran on MediaTek’s affordable chips, making this new Tab S8 a new venture for the company. Lenovo has put in an Intel Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip that runs at 1.33 GHz but can be pushed to 1.86 GHz in burst mode. This is the very same chip that is now being used by more recent tablets from ASUS and Acer. Intel’s track record in the mobile market isn’t exactly record breaking, at least compared to Qualcomm for example, but it has been making considerable strides especially in tablets.

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In addition to the processor switch, the Tab S8 also marks a considerable upgrade from Lenovo’s previous Android tablet line. The RAM, for one, has been bumped up to 2 GB, though data storage is at a rather lowly 16 GB, most likely remedied by a micro SD card slot. Lenovo’s tablets has also finally entered the FHD age, with the Tab S8′s 8-inch screen sporting a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. This panel employs Lenovo’s One Glass Solution, which eliminates the gap between the touchscreen and the display to deliver a clearer view. The tablet also has a standard pair of cameras, 1.6 megapixels on the front and 8 megapixels on the back, the latter toting an aperture of f2.2. Dual Dolby-enhanced speakers flank the front of the tablet, giving a better listening experience even when the tablet lies flat on a table. The Tab S8 runs Android 4.4 out of the box, weighs only 0.65 lbs (295 g) and is almost as thin as a pencil at 0.31 inches (7.87 mm).

The upgraded specs would perhaps justify a slightly upgraded price tag. The Lenovo Tab S8 is slated to launch this September, available from various retailers, with a price tag of $199. Lenovo mentions an optional 4G connectivity in addition to WiFi, though it doesn’t say how much that model would cost.

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And speaking of stepping up its game, Lenovo is also unleashing two gaming computers this IFA 2014. The Lenovo Y70 Touch is a 17-inch touchscreen laptop that bears a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and an equally powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics card. On the other hand, the Erazer X315 is billed as an affordable gaming PC running on a quad-core chip and driven by an AMD Radeon R9 GPU.

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Press image of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and SmartBand Talk leaks

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Two devices from Sony are exposed in the image above. The smartphone in the woman’s is the Xperia Z3 and the wearable on her wrist is the SmartBand Talk. The Xperia Z3 is shown in copper and the handset will also be available in black, white, and mint green. An image showing the color options can be seen after the break. The SmartBand Talk on the model’s wrist has an interface that does resemble something from Android Wear. And the image above confirms the curved e-ink display for this fitness tracker.

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Source: Xperia Blog

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Samsung SM-A500 makes another appearance online

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A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.

The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.

Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

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Google for Work is the company’s repackaged enterprise suite

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Starting today, Google’s enterprise solutions will fall under a new name. The company has announced that Google for Work is replacing Google Enterprise. The rebranding is to better align itself with small businesses rather than large companies alone. Google, as stated by chairman Eric Schmidt, wants small businesses to feel empowered by the tools available. Google for Work includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, and much more. On the hardware end of things, Google is making sure that Google for Work is an extremely useful tool on Android and Chromebook devices.

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Source: Official Google Blog

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YouTube launches Fan Funding, a virtual tip jar for video makers

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Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.

No word on whether or not other payment methods will be accepted, but for now Google Wallet is more than enough. Google plans to launch the feature in other countries soon, but uploaders and viewers in the four aforementioned countries can take advantage of it today. Sound off below with your opinions on YouTube’s new service.

Via: Engadget
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Sky updates their NOW TV apps to include Chromecast support

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Users of Sky’s NOW TV streaming service should head over the Play Store (or Apple’s App Store) and update their NOW TV app as the popular service now includes Chromecast support. The app works for casting TV shows, movies and sports, making the service even more valuable. 

The update is already available and existing NOW TV subscribers can start enjoying their favorite programs on their living room TV. Prices for the service varies but starts at roughly £5 per month. Let us know in the comments how the update is treating the NOW TV users in our audience.

Source: The Next Web

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[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

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There are a slew of apps for managing your grocery lists, but Bring! Shopping List turned it up a notch with the introduction of Android Wear support. In fact, the developer is touting this as the first grocery list app to do it.

Bring! was introduced late last year and it’s one of the lesser known options. However it includes most of the same features that made the others so popular such as syncing between family members, sharing, and push notifications. What separates Bring! Shopping List from others is that it’s image driven rather than just a list of text. They offer over 350 hand drawn images for various grocery items and they appear in red when you need to buy them.

Now that Android Wear support is added, you will be able to check off your items without taking your phone out of your pocket. Hopefully more grocery apps take notice. If you’re sporting an Android Wear smartwatch, you might want to give it a try. Screenshots and download links below.

Features

  • 350 hand-drawn items
  • Shared shopping list for free
  • Push notifications regarding your shopping trip
  • Android Wear Support
  • User profiles with photos and names
  • «New items» badge
  • Live syncing and offline ready
  • Any number of list participants
  • Quantities
  • Add your own items
  • Automated sorting
  • Display & Pocket Lock
  • Item catalogs for: USA (English), UK (English), Australia (English), Canada (English), Germany (German), Switzerland (German, Italian, French), Austria (German)
  • Needs Android 4.x
  • Also available for other mobile platforms (iOS)
  • And many small and lovely secrets …

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Specs for Sony Xperia Z3 surface on back of training device

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A picture of a Sony Xperia Z3 from a training event appears to have revealed the specs for the device. The Xperia Z3 that was being used for training purposes had a sheet with specs affixed to the back of it. Although the image could be a fake, the specs seem to line up with previously leaked information. Assuming the image is real, there are a couple bits of new information we learn from the pic.

First, we see that Sony is planning to make the Xperia Z3 available in a copper color. The addition of copper as a color choice will be a first for a Sony Xperia device and may help set it apart from the rest of the market a bit. We also see that Sony is including their Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) in the device, which means it should produce near high-resolution quality sound.

The alleged specifications also reveal Sony thinks users can get two days of battery life out of the 3100mAh battery included in the Xperia Z3 by using their Sony STAMINA Mode.

Other specs for the Xperia Z3 include a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, a 20MP Exmor RS camera capable of capturing 4K video, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a micro SD slot.

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source: Xperia Blog

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact pictures show color options while specs leak

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will finally get revealed tomorrow at IFA, but for an appetizer, we have some pictures and what could be the final specifications of the device.

As you can see in the images, Sony will be offering the phone in white, black, mint and orange. As for specs, you can expect a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera with the capability for 4K video, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust / water resistance, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will measure 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5 x 2.55 x 0.33 in) and weigh 129 g (4.55 oz).

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It’s nice to see at least one manufacturing that’s willing to include top of the line specs on a compact (or mini) device. What do you guys think? Any excitement for this phone?

sources: Ausdroid / Phone Arena

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Bio Inc game lets you create the ultimate disease

If you are a fan of simulation games and have ever played a game called Plague Inc and enjoyed it, you will want to check out the new game that has landed on Google Play called Bio Inc. – Biomedical Plague. The goal in the game is to build the perfect disease to infect the world.

In the players upgrade the disease, boost risk factors, and slow down recovery for the victims of the disease in an attempt to beat the doctors working to save the patients. The game has 12 stages with different game play in each and over 100 realistic biomedical conditions.

Players get to spread a disease across all the human body systems and see the degradation of the body in real time. There are three difficulty settings to choose from and the devs promise frequent updates. Bio Inc is currently rated 4.4 with over 1,700 reviews.

Current version for the game is 1.02 and it launched on August 30. Download size is 49MB and Android 2.2 or higher is required to play. The game is free with in-app purchases available.

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LED Blinker Notifications app sheds light on your notifications

If you have a bunch of different apps that you run on your Android device that provide notifications when actions are taken or posts are made, it can be hard to keep up with them all without having to keep your phone in your hand constantly. An app called LED Blinker Notifications has launched that will show you flashing light notifications from your hardware LED light for all sorts of apps.

The flashing LED notifications support missed calls, SMS, Facebook, and Whatsapp messages. If your device has no LED light to flash, the screen is used for notifications. A paid version of the app is available that supports all apps via custom settings.

Inside the app, you can control the individual settings for each of the apps you want to monitor including the blink rate, vibration, sounds, and repeats. There are light and dark color schemes and users can import and export settings so your custom setups work when you install new ROMS or mods.

One of the features that makes this app special is that you don’t need to give it ROOT access for the app to work. LED Blinker also promises to be very battery friendly. A lite version of the app is available at no cost to be sure it functions on your device.

SOURCE: Google Play

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Droid Landing Twitter account alerts to “Reactivation fast approaching”


The Droid Landing twitter account has been the feed for all things Motorola Droid over the years. They have made announcements, run contest and pushed out all sort of information. The twitter account has been silent for quite some time, December of last year to be exact, when they retweeted about a KitKat update for the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. Now the account has come alive again with a simple little tweet that helps solidify a new addition to the family.

Reactivation fast approaching, wait and see

— DroidLanding (@DroidLanding) September 2, 2014


It certainly doesn’t offer much of anything about anything for us. At least we will find out what the deal is come Thursday during the event that is planned.

Random thoughts about it all:

It does pull back some thoughts on a previous benchmark filing that circled around the web that some thought was going to be the Moto X+1. I didn’t buy it at the time because the benchmarks carried a device model number of XT912a. The XT912 is the Droid Razr for Verizon. They carried benchmarks that showed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor at about 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB on-board storage, a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and Android 4.4.3.

Does that mean that this is what we can expect? Possibly, but I suspect some tweaks were probably made after the fact.



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Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event

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Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.

The message read, “Reactivation fast approaching, wait and see.”

We don’t have any confirmed information yet regarding what will be unveiled, but we highly expect to see a new line of DROID devices to take over for the Ultra/Maxx/Mini. The Moto X+1 and Moto 360 will also be fully unveiled with in-depth information as well.

Stay tuned on Thursday — it should be a very eventful week.

Source: @DroidLanding

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HTC Doubles Free Google Drive Storage For The One M8 And One Max To 100GB, Invites The One Remix To The Party

unnamedIf you’ve been thinking about getting a newer HTC phone, the company just gave you a little more to think about. HTC and Google have just doubled the amount of free Google Drive storage that new owners of the HTC One M8 and One Max receive when registering a phone, up to 100GB from the former 50. Even better, Verizon’s HTC One Remix is good to go as well, and also gets 100GB of storage.

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Rooted Android devices being denied access to Barclays bank apps

Barclays is a major bank in the UK and the bank has made a decision that has angered many fans of Android devices. Barclays is blocking any rooted Android smartphone from running its two banking applications on the device if the device is rooted. A petition has been put up that activists want Barclays customers to sign in protest of the move.

The anger from Barclays customers is that the bank has two apps that are commonly used with one called Pingit, a mobile funds transfer service. Pingit and the Barclays Mobile Banking app can’t be run at the same time for users of rooted devices.

There are a number of reasons that people root their Android devices, many of them are legitimate. It appears that Barclays thinks rooting your device is tied to nefarious activities and makes the device less secure. Many Android fans know that rooting your device can actually make it more secure if you use the right apps.

As of now, Barclays is still blocking access to both apps on a rooted phone. Barclays have made no official comments at this time and it remains unclear what exactly the bank fears in letting rooted users run both apps.

SOURCE: Gomonews

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LED Blinker Notifications app sheds light on your notifications

If you have a bunch of different apps that you run on your Android device that provide notifications when actions are taken or posts are made, it can be hard to keep up with them all without having to keep your phone in your hand constantly. An app called LED Blinker Notifications has launched that will show you flashing light notifications from your hardware LED light for all sorts of apps.

The flashing LED notifications support missed calls, SMS, Facebook, and Whatsapp messages. If your device has no LED light to flash, the screen is used for notifications. A paid version of the app is available that supports all apps via custom settings.

Inside the app, you can control the individual settings for each of the apps you want to monitor including the blink rate, vibration, sounds, and repeats. There are light and dark color schemes and users can import and export settings so your custom setups work when you install new ROMS or mods.

One of the features that makes this app special is that you don’t need to give it ROOT access for the app to work. LED Blinker also promises to be very battery friendly. A lite version of the app is available at no cost to be sure it functions on your device.

SOURCE: Google Play

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Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 1 now available

Paranoid Android is one of the many flavors of Android out there that are focused on open devices. Paranoid Android is updated regularly and the last time we talked about it was in mid-August when 4.5 beta 2 landed for fans to try out. Only a few weeks later we have a new beta version that brings Paranoid Android to 4.6 Beta 1.

This version brings the ability to have dynamic system bars colored; the devs say they have been working on that feature for a while and that it is stable enough for a preview. Developers point out that the dynamic system bars aren’t perfect in this version and have issues with performance and battery usage.

Along with the dynamic system bars, this update also adds in a swipe-up gesture to dismiss hover and other changes. Tweaks to get rid of slowness during I/O on the stock kernel for hammerhead are also inside this beta update.

Devs admit this is a small update, but with the last update only a few weeks past, a small update is understandable. If you try out the latest beta version of Paranoid Android, be sure and let us know what you think about the features in comments.

SOURCE: Paranoid Android

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact specs tipped via new leak

Sony is getting ready to launch new devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week. Among those new devices will be the Xperia Z3 compact smartphone and specs and images of that device have leaked ahead of the official unveil. According to the leak, the device will have a 4.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 319ppi.

The processor under the hood will be a Snapdragon 801 quad core running at 2.5GHz. Along with that processor will be 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot for storage expansion will support up to 128GB.

A 20.7MP EXMOR RS image sensor on the back will record 4K video and high quality still shots. A 2.2MP front camera will also be integrated along with stereo speakers. The smartphone will support Nano SIM cards.

Dimensions of the Z3 compact will be 127 x 64.9 x 8.6mm, making it quite a bit smaller than the Z3 measuring in at 146.5 x 72.4 x 7.5mm. Power for the X3 mini will come from a 2600 mAh battery. Sony is expected to go official with the specs tomorrow at IFA 2014.

SOURCE: Komorkomania.pl

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Sony Xperia Z3 specs leak with 4K video capture

There have been a lot of leaks of the coming Sony Xperia Z3 handset over the last few weeks. We have seen a leaked image showing the device and some of its siblings. We’ve also talked about the X3 TENAA certification images that hit the web late last month. This week another image of the Z3 has leaked and this time the image claims to show all the specifications of the device.

Whether or not the specs are accurate is unknown at this time, but they do match with previous leaks. The Z3 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p FHD IPS display with Sony TRILUMINOS technology and 600cd brightness. The camera also appears to be something Sony worked hard on with 4K video capture and output.

The camera has 20MP resolution and uses an EXMOR RS ISO12800 sensor. The front camera on the smartphone is a 2MP Exmor R unit. Audio system features include stereo speakers with digital noise cancellation tech. Other hardware includes a MSM8974AC quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. A microSD card slot is built in and the smartphone will have NFC and MHI 3.0.

Dimensions for the smartphone are 146.5mm x 72.4mm x 7.5mm and it weighs 154g. Sony also designed the smartphone to IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance standards and power comes from a 3100mAh battery. The official specs should turn up when IFA 2014 kicks off this month.

SOURCE: Digi-wo.com

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