If you've been waiting on new mobile hardware from Lenovo to hit the scene, well ... you might be the only one. And if that's the case, then this post is just for you. Feel special.
At IFA in Berlin today, Lenovo has taken the wraps off a couple of new devices: the Vibe X smartphone and S5000 tablet. While we're only likely to see the latter here in the states, let's take a quick look at the former to kick things off – it doesn't seem to be half bad.
The Vibe X has all the makings of a premium smartphone – large display, fast processor, high-resolution camera ... Read More
Android powers most of the worlds smartphones and a sizable number of tablets, but that's just scratching the surface of what our favorite mobile operating system can do. Consider Capture, a game show on CW where contestants utilize Android to capture one another in the real world. They compete in an environment that's filled with power-ups, dangers, and even an electronic fence that serves in place of the invisible walls that plague all but a few 3D games. None of the technology used in the show is fake, and contestants are equipped with an Android device strapped to their wrists that looks not too unlike the Android phone wrist watch we mocked in AP Files #1. Read More
Google Maps is practical, but Google Earth is kind of the show off side of Google's mapping project. You can explore satellite imagery from all over the world and check out detailed 3D photos of many areas. Now there's even more to see in Google Earth with the addition of your geocoded Google+ photos.
Update: AT&T's LG G2 will go on sale on Friday, September 13th for $199.99 on contract, or $27 a month via the AT&T Next plan. The carrier will be accepting online sales on September 6th, tomorrow.
Now that most of the big guns have showed off their latest smartphones at IFA, you've got a pretty good idea of what's in store for the fall hardware parade. If you've decided on LG's G2 flagship, you won't have to wait very long on Verizon or T-Mobile. Big Red will be first out of the gate with its heavily-branded G2 on September 12th, with a price tag of $199.99 on a two-year contract. Read More
We're back with another hands-on here at IFA in Berlin, this time LG's upcoming G Pad 8.3. This is LG's first tablet since the somewhat-disastrous G Slate, and it's a far more conservative approach to the tablet model. LG's pretty much stuffing the old Optimus G Pro's guts inside an 8.3" tablet's body, albeit with the G2's newer software.
The G Pad 8.3 has a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8.3" 1920x1200 display, 16GB of internal storage, front and rear cameras, a 4600mAh battery, and a microSD card slot. It seems LG's new strategy in the tablet space is pretty much to play it safe - build a sleek, fast device with a great display and don't muck about with gimmicks (beyond the G2's). Read More
Upgrading to a new version of Android is always nice, but Nexus users (and just lately, Google Play Edition users) tend to become unwitting beta testers for a lot of apps. Case in point: MLB At Bat, the official news, scores, and video app for Major League Baseball's online subscription service. It didn't work for Android 4.3 users ever since the new version of Android launched in July, but according to the latest changelog, the updated app should be streaming video to everyone now.
The MLB didn't include a screenshot of the video interface in the Play Store. I don't know why. Read More
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has been getting a lot of ink as of late, but not for their hardware: former Googler Hugo Barra is now their Vice President of Global. The first phone to launch after Barra joined the company is the new flagship MI3, and it is a doozie. The device crams some of the best hardware available into a phone, but it's probably not leaving China any time soon.
Let's start with the processor, which will change depending upon which carrier you buy the phone for. The WCDMA and CDMA2000 versions of the phone intended for use on China Unicom and China Telecom, respectively, will be using a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3Ghz on all four cores. Read More
It's not terribly hard to unlock and root a Nexus device, but mucking around with ADB simply isn't for everyone. If you want a somewhat more automated rooting experience for your 2013 Nexus 7, there's the Root Toolkit from Mskip. It's available now for all your modding needs.
Mskip is a senior moderator and recognized developer at XDA. He makes it his business to build simple root toolkits for a ton of devices. Now the new Nexus 7 is on that list. Version 1.02 of the toolkit is available for free on XDA and it allows you to unlock, root, backup, restore, push files, install/correct ADB drivers, and more. Read More
AnTuTu is one of the premiere full system benchmarks available on Android devices. The developers claim to have over 100 million users, and they're all getting a big update to version 4.0. Not only does the new AnTuTu look better, but the way it determines scores has been tweaked to better support faster devices.
Sony's oft-leaked Xperia Z1 finally made its official debut at IFA in Berlin yesterday, and I had a chance to take a few minutes and look at the company's latest smartphone creation. The Z1 has opted to keep the same basic dimensions of the Xperia Z with its 5" 1080p LCD, enclosed in an aluminum chassis sandwiched between two glass plates. As such, holding the Z1 is very reminiscent of the Z - lots of glass, and an extremely solid, premium feel. Of course, the Z has had its fair share of criticism for the potentially fragile glass back plate, and it seems the Z1 will be equally likely to draw fire on that point. Read More