Many fans were disappointed when the Galaxy Note 7 did not match up to the rumors of the smartphone sporting 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. One could say that disappointment turned to bewilderment when some of the devices started to explode and a worldwide recall had to be arranged by Samsung. While Samsung sorts the entire mess out, new rumors indicate that Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi 5s with 6GB of RAM and the mythical Snapdragon 821 chipset with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz.
None of the other rumoured specs seem less than impressive either as it's supposed to be sporting 256GB of internal storage along with a pressure sensitive display. They will probably not upgrade the screen resolution to 1440p though and will instead possibly stick to the same 5.15-inch 1080p panel. Other specs include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4-megapixel front camera, fingerprint scanner, NFC, 2G, 3G, 4G, VoLTE and a 3,490mAh battery. Nothing is official though, so we would suggest waiting for a while before getting your hopes up too much.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In a market that's filled with smartphones and tablets which sport 2GB of RAM and where 4GB is still the choice for plenty of flagship devices, LeEco is probably developing a smartphone that will sport 8GB of RAM! Considering the fact that we have only just started to see 6GB RAM in a smartphone, this is surprising news indeed.
According to the rumor, the upcoming flagship smartphone from LeEco will not only have 8GB of RAM, but it will also sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 CPU that's significantly more powerful than even the mighty SD 820. If the rumor is true, then the phone will possibly be almost as powerful as a mid-range laptop running on Windows. There should be a 25-megapixel rear camera accompanying all that processing power as well. The report suggests that it should be available for purchase at a price of around CNY 3,000/€405/$455, which is certainly not that much, considering the hardware!
This news, if proven true, will definitely raise the question, how much is too much? Nonetheless, with the advent of Android N, which will support significantly better graphics than Marshmallow, the OS might actually be able to make use of all that memory. As the RAM within an Android device is shared in-between the processor and the graphics card, the memory is undeniably responsible for the device's graphical performance.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Looking for a phone upgrade? Not satisfied with the mobile releases of 2016? Well, that's not a problem as 2017 will be promising in terms of new mobile releases! Only a few more days or months to wait, until the mobile beasts of 2017 are revealed. Let's see what 2017 has in reserve for us.
Once you go apple, you never go back! Apple will be back with the IPhone 8 in 2017, to celebrate its 10th anniversary impressively. Planned to be on the market in September 2017, IPhone 8 and IPhone 8 Plus, could be the most fundamental up to date phones. Apple will be making changes to the phones' designs and the software. In terms of design, the IPhone 8 is planned to be a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen. Also, it would seem that at least one release of Apple's IPhones for 2017, will have a glass body. The Touch ID will be hidden within the glass, and the Home Button will be non-existent.
HTC lovers will not be disappointed as well! HTC is planning to release the HTC 11 in March/April 2017. An early leak confirmed that the mobile might have a Snapdragon 835 processor, RAM of 8 GB, a storage capacity of 256 GB and a 5.5in Quad- HD Screen. That is indeed lots of expectation... Let's hope that rumours have it right!
As for LG, it is rumoured that the G6 will be released in late 2017, and it could adopt a glass rear and front. The most interesting features it can have is an iris scanner that uses a similar sensor as the phone's front camera, which will be awesome.
Samsung will be back stronger in 2017, to mend its reputation after the Galaxy Note 7 crisis. The Samsung Galaxy s8 has been scheduled to be shown to the world in February 2017 during the MCW tradeshow. Rumours has it that the design will be changed, and the home button might be gone. It could as well be the fastest phone with a top of the range processor.
It looks like technology lovers will have a hard choice to make in 2017 while buying a mobile phone, with the possible new releases. However, you don't really need a top-notch phone to have some fun online. All you need is a phone with internet connection... and you can enjoy at magicalvegas.com anytime and anywhere! At Magical Vegas, you can sign up or log in anytime or any day you want, using either a tablet, a mobile phone or a PC.
That's not all. Given that the site is responsive, you can play your games using any type of devices. Despite being on a mobile phone, you will still enjoy the great graphics and beautiful designs of the game, and of the site. Golden Jungle, Cluedo Spinning Detectives, Troll Hunters and Lucky Tree are some of the newest games you can try now at Magical Vegas!
Samsung's latest flagships devices, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offers quite an amazing camera quality but lacks in terms of functionality as it surprisingly doesn't support RAW capture, which is a must for any photography enthusiast.
The upcoming Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the S6 and S6 Edge will bring RAW support and will also allow users to use the full potential of the phones class-leading 16 MP OIS camera, but should also bring about a lot more manual control over the camera.
Actually, RAW photo capture is not an entirely novice feature on the Galaxy S6 and its edged sibling. In fact, is we look back at some info from MWC 2015, in turns out the devices did have the functionality. But after the pair hit mass markets, it mysteriously disappeared. Perhaps Samsung wasn't quite ready to roll out the feature and there is really no reason for it to be absent, seeing how RAW support has been present in Google's own camera2 API ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop came out.
There is still no official information about Samsung's update schedule, but rumors have it that the Android 5.1.1 OTA update will start seeding as early as next month.
We all know HTC Android skins (Sense) and Apps, they're smart, clean and elegant. Sadly, these Apps and skins are only available for HTC devices... but this is about to change. A Report from Recode, indicates that HTC wants its own-build software to be available for the rest of Android devices.
HTC Creative Labs has started to develop apps for Android phones in general, not just HTC, the labs first products is "HTC Zoe" which has the power to stitch together up to 16 videos or images with your own soundtrack. We hope to see more and more HTC Apps available for Android smartphones in general, Especially HTC Blinkfeed and HTC Sense 6 launcher.
The new Zoe App will come out later this week, with more to follow, as the Creative Labs team plans to release other HTC apps from its own phones' confines in the future.
A feature that was introduced by HTC's own Zoe Cam and made popular by the iphone 6s via Live Photos, is now going to be adopted by Samsung's upcoming flagship. The basic technology works by bringing a photo alive with the help of a video that captures footage from both before and after the shot, but spans no more than 1-2 seconds. The process results in an animated snap with audio.
If the rumors are to believed, then Samsung will call their version of the feature, "Vivid Photo." However, it won't work exactly like the iPhone 6s' Live Photo feature because the snaps won't have any audio accompanying them. That being said, Samsung is not the one to lose out in a battle of features so Vivid Photo will supposedly stitch together photos of much higher quality when compared to the ones produced by the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
The obvious question that comes next is why did Samsung ditch the audio? Samsung wanted Vivid Photo to be a feature that can be shared via messaging and social networking sites, rather than being a proprietary end-to-end affair. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S7 probably has come up with a feature that will allow you to create high quality GIF images fit for easy sharing and enjoying on most systems and devices.
4K is already 2015 standard... What about 8K ? MHL Consortium is looking to future-proof its TV-out connector with the new superMHL standard. Laughing in the face of 4K TVs everywhere the new connector can output 8K video @120 frames per second and 48-bit color depth. Our condolences to internal storage and microSD cards alike.
The superMHL connector supports HDR imagery and can power multiple display, up to 8, from a single source. When connecting to multiple devices (TV, disc player, AV receiver), it can unify their controls so you only need one remote. The connector can practically operate a small cinema with support with Dolby Atmos, DTS-UHD and 3D audio support.
And because outputting 8K@120fps can't be easy, the connector will also supply 40W of power. To cut down on frustration the new Type C connector can be plugged in either way, similar to the new USB standard. superMHL steps on even more USB toes by offering a data connection between devices.
The smartphone market is undoubtedly a hugely competitive area at the moment, with many major brands from Apple to Samsung working hard to outdo their rivals with exciting new creations that offer consumers access to a range of options and capabilities.
HTC may have been established in Taiwan all the way back in 1997, but it has grown to have a major presence in the world of mobile phones and, at one point, had a market share of more than 10 percent.
The company's latest model is the Exodus 1, an Android-based smartphone that is undoubtedly heavily inspired by the recent developments and interest seen in cryptocurrency across the past few years.
While the idea of bitcoin and other digital forms of currency has been around now for some time, the cryptocurrency concept has arguably reached a new level of popularity in recent years. Towards the end of 2017, bitcoin reached record values of around $20,000, with the news seemingly taking awareness of the concept to a whole new level.
Across the past few years, a range of brands have embraced and permitted cryptocurrencies as a payment method, with the likes of Subway and travel website Expedia at one point or another giving consumers the chance to purchase goods or services using the concepts. Technological powerhouse Microsoft has also taken steps into the area and has allowed people to use bitcoin on its online store in the past.
Such trends have even led to the creation of further services including many a trading platform devoted to the concept. Services for exchanging digital currencies first emerged shortly after the likes of bitcoin and other crypto assets were launched around a decade ago, with the platforms becoming increasingly sophisticated as time has gone by.
An Android device with a difference
Now, against this backdrop of growing interest and awareness in cryptocurrency in general, the Exodus 1 has emerged.
HTC's new device is an Android smartphone with a difference, specifically in the sense that it features a private area separate to the main operating system that has been created to keep cryptocurrencies safe. The wallet system it features is known as Zion and has been designed to protect private keys and other vital data.
Such features have led HTC to describe the phone as the first native web 3.0 mobile device as it has seemingly pushed matters forward from web 2.0 and the idea that personal data is controlled by large organisations. Instead, HTC claims the web 3.0 paradigm gives people the chance to own their own information.
Finally, just to emphasise the phone's cryptocurrency credentials further, HTC initially only made it available to buy with such currency.
More than a cryptocurrency device
However, what else does the handset offer away from the world of crypto? The device features a 6.0" Quad HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, as well as a 12MP+16MP main camera with high-quality zoom functions.
It also includes an 8MP+8MP dual front camera, as well as audio features, including HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition and HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation. In terms of video, it is capable of 4k and 3D audio recording quality as well as Sonic Zoom with Audio Boost.
Edge Sense 2 is also featured, with the concept allowing users to squeeze the sides of the phone to access different functions.
The Exodus 1 also includes 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
More to follow?
All of this makes the smartphone a fascinating example of how some technology providers are seeking to embrace the issues of blockchain and cryptocurrency in general across their new systems.
It will be really interesting to see just how successful the Exodus 1 proves to be and whether it could act as a gateway that ultimately brings the idea and concept of cryptocurrency to more people than ever before. Furthermore, it will be intriguing to see if other providers also choose to follow in HTC's direction.
Sony Mobile made an announcement today regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its Xperia devices, sadly this announcement brings some BAD NEWS to few Sony users, as the company will focus only on its main flagship "Xperia Z" series.
Sony surprised everyone by stating via its official Twitter account that the Lollipop update will be released only for the the "Xperia Z" series devices. That means, the Xperia E1, E2, C3, M2, M2 Aqua, T3, and T2 Ultra will not be getting the Lollipop update officially.
@VIVSNO Hi. We can advise that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is going to be released for the entire Xperia Z series only, we do apologise.— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) March 4, 2015
This decision will affect the sales of its current non-Z series devices on the market, like the Xperia M4 Aqua for example, as these devices may not get future updates. However, Xperia users that won't get the update can still flash custom Lollipop ROMs but this will void their warranty.
In order to Improve multi-tasking on smartphones even more, Google Chrome 39 on Android 5.0 Lollipop is adding a new feature merging browser tabs with recent tasks, so you can switch between tabs using the system-wide App switcher.
If you don't want this feature, Here's How to Get Tabs Back In Chrome for Lollipop:
On any Chrome window, tap the 3 dots in the upper-right:
Tap "Settings" (you may have to scroll down):
Tap "Merge tabs and apps":
Tap the toggle in the upper-right to the off position:
Hit "OK" in the dialog window that pops up, and Chrome will restart:
Chrome will now use tabs like it did before, and each tab will not show up as a separate task in the Android app switcher.