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Android M – The Next Android OS, Coming On May 28 At Google I/O

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Lollipop era is nearing it’s closure, Android M is coming soon

Word is, Google will unveil the successor of Android L ( Lollipop ) – Android M during the I/O developer conference at the end of this month. The Android M name made a brief cameo in the official I/O schedule and was quickly taken down.

No details on the upcoming Android iteration have been given. All we know is that Android M “brings power of Android to all kinds of workplaces.”

A debut of a new Android build during Google I/O should hardly catch anyone by surprise. Last year, Google previewed Android 5.0 Lollipop as Android L during the same event.

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LG G4 – The Leather Loving Beast Slayer

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LG Mobile recently released their flagship device of the year 2015 and seriously speaking, the leather loving LG G4 is a beauty with power. The device is curved, though not as curved as the LG G Flex 2 which is atleast three times steeper than the device, but it will pass. To crown the premium look and feel of the LG G4, the Korean company accompanied the device with premium aesthetic.


LG G4 Design, Feel, Display


Like the LG G3, LG G4 is a 5.5″ device which sports an LCD display with quad-HD touchscreen which is remarkably ultra-sharp having resolutions of 2,560 x 1,440 and 534 pixels per inch (ppi).

Though LG G4 retains it’s predecessor’s 5.5″ display size, the screen properties differ. LG claims that the G4’s display, an IPS Quantum Display that it says is the first of its kind anywhere, is 25 percent brighter (500 nits) and has a 20 percent wider color range than its previous QHD screens on mobile devices. Contrast has improved by 50 percent over last year’s G3, up to 1,500:1.

Its color accuracy has also improved, which results in more true-to-life red and blue tones. Though it’s not necessarily noticeable when looking at the G4 by itself, it becomes discernible when placed side by side with other rival handsets.

From right to left: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Image Credit CNET

From right to left: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Image Credit CNET

LG has a number of design options, with three different kinds of material for the back cover. The first is stitched leather over plastic, which LG heavily emphasized during its G4 promo campaigns, and includes light blue, black and tannish brown vegetable-dyed stitched leather. There will be two other plastic backs: one with ceramic paint, and another with metallic elements that feels similar to the G3’s faux-metal battery door.

From the front, the handset looks nearly identical to its previous iteration. However, it feels a little slimmer, and the curve fits comfortably in your hand. It’s a bit wider than before, at 76mm, with a height of 149mm. Though we weren’t particularly blown away with the ceramic and metallic backings, the leather felt quite nice. It feels similar to the ones available for the Motorola Moto X, and LG claims that the leather is supplied by the same source that luxury brands go to for their own leather goods.


Hardware, Software, Key Components


The G4 is equipped with a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm, with 3GB of RAM. Though this sounds like a step down from the G Flex 2’s octa-core 810 processor, LG reports that the 808 chip is more optimized for the G4, and works to improve the phone’s camera, imaging and display performance.

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The handset’s updated 16-megapixel camera. Image credit CNET


Inside is a 3,000mAh removable battery. Though LG claims the battery has a longer run time than the Galaxy S6, we’ll be able to run our own battery lab tests once we get our hands on the device.

On the back is a 16-megapixel camera — a jump from the previous 13-megapixel effort. Its f/1.8 aperture helps with taking photos in low-light conditions, plus there’s a 40 percent larger sensor, improved optical image stabilization (OIS) and a laser-guided autofocus. With the G4, its OIS mechanisms are stabilized along two axes, while previous devices only used one degree of stabilization. LG also improved its laser autofocus by adding a color sensor underneath the flash for better color representation.

For your selfie and video chatting needs, the phone’s front-facing camera has been bumped up from 2.1 to 8 megapixels. And if you take a lot of pictures, don’t worry — the phone also has expandable memory via a microSD card slot, to go with its 32GB of onboard storage.
Software features

The G4 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features LG’s latest user interface, UX 4.0. One new built-in feature, known as LG Bulletin, dedicates an entire homescreen page for just your widgets and works similar to HTC’s BlinkFeed.
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The smartphone will run Android Lollipop and LG’s refreshed user interface. Sarah Tew/CNET

New camera tools include three different types of shooting modes. There’s a basic mode; a Normal Shot mode that has all your standard tools; and Manual mode. Manual mode gives you the most control over your photos compared with the other two settings, and you can adjust white balance, focus, brightness and ISO: 51 levels of white balance, 50-2,700 ISO adjustment and an ability to shoot in both raw and JPEG formats. For the front-facing camera, there are gesture-triggered selfie timers.

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Nokia Not Planning To Re-Enter Smartphone Making

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Okay, Microsoft now owned Finnish company Nokia has said, it’s not going back on it’s agreement based on making smartphones.

Rumours have been floating around that Nokia is planning on starting production of new smartphones probably Q3 of 2016, but the Finnish smartphone maker has come out and declined all rumours.

According to Nokia:
Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.

Looking For The Best Performing Smartphone? This AnTuTu Report Should Help

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Benchmarking site AnTuTu has released it’s best performing chips so far following the end of Q1 of 2015. The results from the benchmarking site’s analysis are courtesy of user-submitted data gathered from 160 countries over the course of the three months from January to March. Then the mean score is calculated for each device, but different chipsets within the same model get a separate listing.
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According to AnTuTu’s benchmark report screenshot attached above, the best phones of 2015 so far are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • HTC One M9
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (European)
  • Meizu MX4
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • LG G Flex
  • OnePlus One
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge variants are the top two smartphones both sporting Samsung’s Exynos 7420 chipset. Meizu MX4 the only chinese brand on the list is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 SoC 64-bit chipset. It’s also note-worthy that Samsung has the highest number of devices on the list including the Galaxy Note 4 and the upgraded Samsung Galaxy S5 which runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chipset.

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    There’s also the battle for the best GPU’s and once again, Samsung’s EXYNOS 7420 GPU, the octa-core Mali T760 is the best in the world for Q1 of 2015 with a benchmark score of 20725. The Adreno 430 inside Qualcomm’s 810 and 805 follow closely with 18936, and 16286. Mediatek’s PowerVR 6200 inside the MT6595 is last with a score of 12364, just below the last Qualcomm 801’s Adreno 330 which has a score of 13198.

    ‘It is Coming’ Huawei Ascend P8 Coming April 15?

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    Okay, we know the Huawei P8 is coming, but when? Well… For sometime now, there have been rumours about the next Huawei flagship coming soon without solid evidence, but everything has changed…

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    According to official invites sent out by the Chinese company, there will be an event on April 15, and it will take place in London from 3 PM to 4:30 PM local time on April 15.

    Though the invite itself doesn’t reveal anything about the event’s theme, it does mention that something is coming, and it is a “it”, which ofcourse could mean anything, but more importantly, could mean the next-gen Ascend – the Huawei Ascend P8.

    What we don’t know is, what to expect from the Ascend P8, but Huawei has been teasing its next flagship in China for quite a while now, promising us a strong screen, better camera, as well as great battery life.

    The company did hold a press conference at MWC too at the beginning of this month, but for whatever reason it chose not to unveil the P8 then, instead giving it its own dedicated event.

    On the specs angle, all we have on the Ascend P8 is just leaks and more leaks, so, we’ll be sharing the note-worthy recent leaks which include assumptions that the Huawei P8 would be touching shelves with a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen display, all wrapped up in a ceramic unibody construction. There will be dual 13 MP cameras on the back, 3GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Huawei’s own Kirin 930 SoC should be powering things up, sporting an octa-core CPU. The P8 may run Android 5.0 Lollipop just outta the box.

    Apple iWatch With A $10,000 Price Tag

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    Appe have released the pricing for their latest wearable tech – iWatch and there’s a massive money blower on the list.

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    A sapphire Apple watch costing from $10000 is among the list. Currently, there’s no details on the capabilities of the wearables, but we’ll be updating this post when something pops up.

    Apple Might Be Planning Car Production But Say 2020

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    Apple, could be planning on adding iCar to it’s portfolio of “i”s if the reports we are hearing is anything to go by (which folks are insisting is pretty concrete).

    So the Cupertino power tech company might be planning to start it’s own line of cars but we hear it’s pretty far-off still, say sometime around 2020 (that’s five 5 years from now).

    Apple’s iCar was recently in the news following stories that Apple is entangled in a lawsuit over ‘stealing’ employees from an electric car manufacturer called A123.

    The gist is that A123 is accusing the Cupertino based tech giant of unlawfully recruiting senior engineers to build its own battery division over at Cupertino. Battery experts from LG, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba were also allegedly contacted by Apple (serious business). That’s adding to the 50 Tesla employees currently on Apple’s pay roll all working on the iCar, including former Mercedes-Benz R&D boss Johann Jungwirth.

    What we don’t know at the moment is if Apple actually go through with the idea of creating cars. The five years stretch is something that can make one decide other-wise, so will the Cupertion based giant have a change of heart?

    Well, it certainly has the money to do it. Last quarter it posted a world record profit of $18 billion, so we doubt money is an issue. Plus with Apple already having its CarPlay platform in many vehicles, Cupertino definitely has the right connections to get going.

    Does the idea of an Apple-made electric car interest you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

    Happy 270th Birthday Alessandro Volta, Here’s Your Doodle!

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    The big G (Google) may have a lot of things to do and sites to index, craw, de-index and the likes everyday, but that doesn’t mean the techies behind the world’s number one search engine forget to honor Tech heroes like Alessandro Volta.
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    Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (February 18, 1745 – March 5, 1827)on his Wikipidia page is described as the first scientist behind the electric battery – the Voltaic pile which he invented in 1799 and the results of which he reported in 1800 in a two part letter to the President of the Royal Society.

    Volta was born in Como, a town in present-day northern Italy (near the Swiss border) on February 18, 1745. In 1794, Volta married an aristocratic lady also from Como, Teresa Peregrini, with whom he raised three sons: Giovanni, Flaminio, and Zanino. His own father Filippo Volta was of noble lineage. His mother Donna Maddalena came from the family of the Inzaghis.[6]

    In 1774, he became a professor of physics at the Royal School in Como. A year later, he improved and popularized the electrophorus, a device that produced static electricity. His promotion of it was so extensive that he is often credited with its invention, even though a machine operating on the same principle was described in 1762 by the Swedish experimenter Johan Wilcke.[7][8] In 1777, he travelled through Switzerland. There he befriended H. B. de Saussure.

    In the years between 1776–78, Volta studied the chemistry of gases. He researched and discovered methane after reading a paper by Benjamin Franklin of United States on “flammable air”. In November 1776, he found methane at Lake Maggiore,[9] and by 1778 he managed to isolate methane.[10] He devised experiments such as the ignition of methane by an electric spark in a closed vessel. Volta also studied what we now call electrical capacitance, developing separate means to study both electrical potential (V ) and charge (Q ), and discovering that for a given object, they are proportional. This may be called Volta’s Law of capacitance, and it was for this work the unit of electrical potential has been named the volt.

    In 1779 he became a professor of experimental physics at the University of Pavia, a chair that he occupied for almost 40 years.

    In honor of his work, Volta was made a count by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810.[2] His image was depicted on the Italian 10,000 lira note (no longer in circulation, since the euro has replaced the lira) along with a sketch of his voltaic pile.

    Volta retired in 1819 to his estate in Camnago, a frazione of Como, Italy, now named “Camnago Volta” in his honor. He died there on March 5, 1827.[13] Volta’s remains were buried in Camnago Volta.