Monday, April 29, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4 and other 2014 flagships rumored to get 16 MP OIS cameras

Remember that 16 MP optically stabilized mobile camera (OIS) module Samsung was rumored to prep for the S5 not long ago? Well, according to Korean media this same piece of equipment will find its way into all of Samsung's premium phones next year.

This, naturally, includes the upcoming Galaxy S5 and Note 4, so what can we expect from the cameras on those devices? According to the same publication two weeks ago, Sony and Samsung's LSI division itself, are fighting to be the suppliers of 16 MP camera module for the Galaxy S5.

Sony has established itself as the go-to company for mobile camera sensors, around which manufacturers build their own modules, providing them with the optical image stabilization suspension in some cases, and the likes. Its sensors can be found in all the current top handsets like the LG G2, Nexus 5, iPhone 5S, and even Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

LG spokesperson: "A global announcement for G Flex is in the works"

The LG G Flex may have been the second phone with a curved screen to be announced (second to the Galaxy Round), but it might become the first curved phone to hit the global market. While nothing specific is announced just yet, an LG spokesperson has confirmed for us that a global announcement for the LG G Flex is indeed "in the works."

Announced shortly after Samsung's Galaxy Round, the LG G Flex has been getting a bit more of the spotlight compared to its Samsung rival, due to its arguably more attractive curve along the horizontal axis, as well as "self-healing" back panel, which is said to automatically get rid of scratches, should you give it a few minutes. In addition, the LG G Flex also sports a curved battery - a first in the industry. The handset also impresses with its larger-than-life 6" display, the 720 x 1280 pixel resolution of which, however, will not provide perfect pixel density at this size. The Snapdragon 800 chipset powering the curvy phablet, though, is absolutely cutting-edge.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Android Quick Start Guide for KitKat found in Google Play Books

Whether you have a Nexus 5 enroute, own a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10or you're looking for some light reading, here's a suggestion. You can download from Google Play Books the Android Quick Start Guide for Android 4.4. And no, this will not be turned into a major motion picture starring Hugh Jackman. The guide includes 53 pages of information that you can read over your Android phone or tablet.

Even if you plan on being somewhere else without internet connectivity, you can download the guide now and read it offline. Reading the reviews from Google Play Books, it seems like the guide is blocked in a number of foreign countries. However, reading the reviews from the Google Play Store, it seems that many are having difficulties loading the book on to their device.

If you do get to download the freebie, the chapters include Welcome to Android, Essentials, Use the keyboard, Try some apps, Settings and Accessories.