It’s the biggest head-to-head since Game of Thrones’s Battle of the Bastards, and one that’s being fought more closely than the ultimate quest to command the Iron Throne. Having recently lost its smartphone supremacy crown, Apple with the newly unveiled iPhone 7 release is looking to dethrone the Samsung Galaxy S7 as the best smartphone to buy right now. But can ... Read More »
Imagine if you could take the search functionality of Google and combine it with the versatility and openness of the Android operating system. Now add the apps of Google Play to that mix. Does that sound a lot like your phone? What if you want the display of your television so you can experience this ... Read More »
Google has just launched an update to the Play Games app for Android that allows users to record and share their gameplay with others. You can capture your gameplay in 480p or 720p. To start recording, simply open the Play Games app on your Android device, select any game you’d like to play, and then ... Read More »
Google has announced the Developer Preview of the next version of its Android operating system, Android M, at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco. However, they did not announce which pastry or dessert it will be named after yet. At the conference, Google senior VP of Products Sundar Pichai said that the Android M operating ... Read More »
Just yesterday Huawei decided to officially confirm the much rumored April 15 date for its next big announcement. This will clearly be when we'll see the P8 getting introduced.
And today we can reportedly take a look at the upcoming phone's metal frame, helped by the image below.
As you can see, for now our view is limited to the lower part of the back of the device, but the metal chassis is clearly noticeable, along with its chamfered edges. It's not entirely clear what material the back itself is made from, but we wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be glass (after all, metal frames paired with glass backs are apparently a sort of trend nowadays in the Android world).
One thing to keep in mind is that we're looking at a prototype here, so depending on how old it is the design may have changed somewhat. The P8 will come with two speakers it seems.
According to past leaks and rumors, the Huawei P8 should be equipped with a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, dual 13 MP cameras on the back, a Kirin 930 chipset with octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Huawei has been teasing the device for a while now, emphasizing battery life, the display's quality, and the camera performance.
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Google is gearing up to show the new Android version at the upcoming Google I/O 2015 event scheduled in late May. In the meantime, Google will select a handset marker to work on the next Nexus smartphone.
Motorola Nexus 6 did create quite a buzz but fell a little short of the success enjoyed by the Nexus 5. As per the fresh speculations, Google will be working with LG Mobile on the next Nexus device codenamed - N000.
Google’s Android engineers paid a visit to LG’s Display and R&D facilities in Korea apart from other units responsible for wireless charging parts, and Optical Image Stabilization.
The details are yet to be confirmed so take this information with a grain of salt. If at all this happens, it would be LG’s third Nexus smartphone after Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.Source Read More »
MediaTek was among the first to announce a Cortex-A72 based chipset - shortly before the MWC. Now more details have emerged from Taiwanese publication Digitimes has uncovered some more details. The new part should arrive in Q4, meaning we may see devices at CES/MWC 2016.
The MediaTek MT679X chipset will pair the fast Cortex-A72 processor cores with A53 ones in a big.LITTLE setup for improved power efficiency.
The new chipset will leave the current 28nm process for a more efficient one though if it's not clear if the company will go for 20nm or the latest 16nm FinFET. At 16nm, the A72 core will be 3.5x faster than a 28nm A15 and 1.9x faster than a 20nm A57. That's assuming the same power use.
That's for the CPU side, for graphics there's continued talk that MediaTek is dropping ARM's Mali and partnering with AMD for new mobile graphics. Unlike its arch rival Nvidia, AMD is no longer in the phone/tablet GPU game – it sold its department to Qualcomm, which renamed its products Adreno. There's not a lot of details for now though.
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Microsoft is apparently partnering with multiple Chinese manufacturers to bring the future Windows 10 to as many devices as possible. The OS to rule them all was recently shown to be running on a Xiaomi Mi4, but now the live tiles have popped up on a ZTE Nubia Z9.
Alleged ZTE Nubia Z9, running Windows 10
What's even more interesting is that the said smartphone has not been officially announced by the Chinese company. That doesn't in any way mean that the next-gen ZTE flagship is not a regular visitor to the rumor mill, though.
On the contrary, we've already witnessed the Nubia Z9 in live images, sporting crazy-slim bezels and an all-glass build. The innards were meanwhile disclosed by an Antutu listing, revealing that a Snapdragon 810 will power the 5.2-inch smartphone.
ZTE has been employing a crafty teasing technique to create hype around the upcoming company top dog, bringing it along to events, all the while remaining silent on the official channels. We're yet to see how that plays out in market figures when it does launch, but with another OS to choose from, its prospects are getting even brighter.
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GSMArena team, 19 March 2015.
A quality camera has always been a big part of Galaxy flagships and Samsung is pushing new improvements every six months. The two-step cadence goes Galaxy S then Note then S again - we're at the Galaxy S6 step of this cycle and it's time for a retrospect of how image quality has developed since 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 brought an in-house ISOCELL sensor, while the Galaxy Note 4 was the first Galaxy with optical image stabilization (OIS), Samsung's phone/camera hybrids notwithstanding. In an odd move, most Note 4 sub-models use Sony sensors instead of Samsung ISOCELLs (the one we're using for this shootout is one of them).
The Sony IMX240 is at the heart of both the Galaxy S6 camera and the Galaxy Note 4 camera. The 2015 flagship has a wider aperture f/1.9, which lets more light in - that's about half a stop of a difference in photography speak or roughly 30% more light. That's a technical way of saying that the Samsung Galaxy S6 should have a noticeable advantage in the dark for both photos and videos.
This allows it to shoot at lower ISO at the same shutter speed as the Note 4 and ISO or lower ISO at the same shutter speed.
You already have OIS on the Galaxy Note 4 and S6 to counteract handshake, but that still leaves the blur caused by moving objects - a problem mitigated by faster shutter speeds.
The wider aperture also lets you shoot some impressive macro shots with a shallow depth of field, but it may impact the overall sharpness of the camera.
Another part of that equation is the software processing, sharpening and color rendering. Samsung has been known to dial up both, but its most recent devices show a trend towards less processed, more natural-looking images. With the Galaxy S6 Samsung has continued on that path which is both good and bad - a trained eye prefers the natural images, but to a casual observer "extra sharpening" and "detail" are the same thing.
If you have some experience with cameras, Samsung Galaxy S6's Pro mode lets you tune the image using sliders - manual focus, exposure compensation, as well as highlights/shadows, but unfortunately, there is no sharpness slider.
The gold standard for video has been 2160p@30fps since last year and the Galaxy S6 matches that. The wider aperture should give it a leg up on the Galaxy Note 4 and it also has OIS over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. Samsung uses a combination of OIS and digital stabilization, but the digital stuff is disabled at 2160p (leaving the S5 with no stabilization at that resolution).
Samsung Galaxy S5 • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 • Samsung Galaxy S6 • Apple iPhone 6
We've got our three competitors ready, so let's mention the fourth - the Apple iPhone 6. It's a very popular phone, making it a very popular camera. Its camera may not be as high in megapixels, but it's equally expensive, arguably equally popular so it may be a good yard stick against the Galaxy trio.
We start off with photos in broad daylight on the next page.
Note that the Samsung Galaxy S6 we used for this test is a pre-production unit on firmware version G920FXXU1A0BN, which was the latest available as of March 10.
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Now that Google has made Android 5.1 Lollipop official (and it's even started rolling out to some, but not all Nexus devices), you may be wondering when your particular smartphone will get it.
Yet if you own an original HTC One (M7), we have some bad news. This handset will apparently not be receiving any more major Android updates from this point forward. Not even Android 5.1.
This information comes from Mo Versi, HTC's VP of Product Management, so it's as official as can be. The HTC One did get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, so the new UI is in there already. But the many bug fixes and subtle improvements brought about by Android 5.1 won't ever officially be available for this smartphone, unfortunately.
All of the above applies to the widely available version of the One which comes with HTC's own Sense UI on top. But the Google Play Edition of the device will in fact receive the newest Lollipop build, with a rollout supposed to commence in early April.
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