Project Ara, the modular phone project now run by Google, is probably one of the most interesting smartphone developments for tech enthusiasts to pay attention to in years. The idea is simple – you have a bare-bones skeleton phone that can be customized through modules that are created by third party outfits. Things like battery size, camera sensor, CPU, RAM, radio connectivity, and display could (in theory) all be chosen and then swapped depending on the user, time of place, or budget.
Think about a phone that could start at $50 because it only has display and WiFi modules, but could then reach a variety of price points from there through camera additions, 4G LTE radios, a higher-resolution display, an awesome speaker, or a 2-day battery? And then think about next year, when a new camera module is out or a display can be upgraded from 1080p to 2K or Qualcomm releases a new Snapdragon? Wouldn’t that be the life? (more…)
Because we have asked this question for every other major flagship phone over the last couple of years, it’s time once again that we ask if you are going to buy Samsung’s new beast on the block.
The Galaxy S5 seems like it has every thing one could ask for in a current high-end phone (great camera, big beautiful display, revamped UX and next-gen processor), though maybe there wasn’t enough change from year-to-year to create the same kind of buzz we had last year. Or maybe because Radio City Music Hall and Times Square weren’t involved, this year’s launch seems almost somewhat tame.
Either way, let’s find out – are you buying the Galaxy S5?
Rumors for both the HTC M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are at an all time high, so it’s time we ask where you all stand as of this very moment. From what we think we know, the Galaxy S5 will launch with either a 5.25″ QHD display or a 1080p display, but that’s if there aren’t actually two different variants of the device; one premium model and one less-premium model. The device is still rumored to feature a 16MP rear-facing camera, a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and launch with Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat.
The HTC M8 is currently rumored to launch with a 5″ 1080p display, dual rear-facing cameras, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and come out of the box running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. Luckily for HTC fans, reported pictures of the M8 have been popping up here and there of the device, while Samsung fans haven’t been as lucky.
So, if both phones were released tomorrow, which one would get your vote?
About 365 days ago, we asked our lovely community if they were interested in getting a smartwatch. Out of roughly 6,500 answers, 37% of folks were flat out against having a wearable device, 36% were still on the fence, and 27% were definitely interested in getting one. Since 12 months has passed, it’s time we test the waters and see if anything has changed.
Since that time, the Galaxy Gear has hit the market, there has been an explosion in popularity for the Pebble, and a few other competitors also hit the shelves. Companies like Apple, Samsung, and even HTC are reported to be releasing new wearables this year, so whether you want them or not, they are coming.
Let us know your take on smartwatches down below.
For football and non-football fans, this is kind of a big weekend. On Sunday, during Super Bowl XLVIII, most of us will gather around a TV with friends and family, fill ourselves with Thanksgiving-size portions of junk food, and polish off an adult beverage or two as we watch the two best teams in football get after each other. We’ll each take sides, pray for the game to be competitive, hope for Janet Jackson to show up at half-time, and ultimately end up asking each other which commercial we thought was funniest no matter how the game ends. It’s a glorious occasion.
But in the end, we really do have to pick a team to pull for. If you don’t, well, that’s un-American or something. As we do every year, we’ll simply ask – who you got? Are you taking the Seahawks and the L.O.B., or is it Peyton’s time for another ring?
Being January of a new year, we have a lot of great things to look forward to; the biggest of all being new device releases from all of the top manufacturers in the game. Each company will more than likely bring its A-game, as Samsung continues to move further ahead of the rest of the Android OEM pack, something that we hope HTC, Motorola, and LG can counter.
For Samsung, we are more than likely going to see the Galaxy S5, a device that already has a ton of rumors and speculation surrounding it. Recent reports state that the phone should be announced in March with availability beginning in April. For specs, you can already guess that they are going to be the top tier of top tier on a smartphone.
As for HTC, the successor of the One device is also rumored for an unveiling in March, and is said to sport a dual-sensor camera. Whatever it does sport, HTC better bring it big time if they intend to remain competitive with Samsung and LG.
As you all know, we love Motorola’s Moto X device, so that might be the phone we are most looking forward to. As of right now, there are no real rumors surrounding the device, but we can hope that Motorola will continue its steps toward optimizing software and hardware, while also allowing customers to customize their devices. We think that’s what made the Moto X such a hit among the hardcore Android lovers.
So, let’s hear your thoughts down below. Which OEM’s next flagship offering are you most looking forward to?
It seems that wearable technology is going to be riding shotgun this year, with just about every consumer electronics manufacturer under the sun taking up some type of project concerning a device that either tracks your health, shows your notifications, or something along those lines. At CES 2014, we were practically bombarded with a ton of smartbands and new Android-powered smartwatches, and while a few certainly look more intriguing than others, it’s clear that a lot of money is being invested in the wearable field.
We already know that many of our readers are rocking Pebble smartwatches or even Galaxy Gear devices, but for those who don’t want to spend crazy amounts of cash on those things, the smartband is a new trend that seems to be catching on pretty quickly. We saw one in particular at CES that caught our eye, the Razer Nabu, which features notifications for your smartphone, as well as all of the health tracking software you would expect. Smartbands are essentially the same concept as smartwatches, but are less about the flashy looks with higher price tags, and more about the overall value.
After writing up the Nabu, we saw a lot of interest from our community in smartbands, so it’s time we did a poll to see just how interested you all are. Let’s hear your thoughts down below.
If you watched any amount of TV this weekend or took a glance over at the sidebar of this site, you more than likely ran into a T-Mobile advertisement that talks about their new ETF-killing program. Seriously, these ads are everywhere, right now. Introduced during CES as their next UnCarrier movement, T-Mobile wants to pay the Early Termination Fees (ETF) from your current carrier to have you bring your business to them. It’s a bold move, though bold moves are exactly what we expect from a company led by a man willing to crash an AT&T party during CES and then call their CEO of mobility “fat” during a press event.
The plan works something like this:
- Bring your business to T-Mobile, and they’ll pay up to $350 in ETFs per line once you sign-up for service and send them the last bill from your previous carrier.
- Then, trade in the phone from your previous carrier to earn up to another $300.
- You have to sign-up for a postpaid Simple Choice plan and also buy a device.
- They will only pay ETFs from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
My question to you today is – are you going to take their offer and switch carriers? According to T-Mobile’s numbers, they had 4.4 million new customers join their UnCarrier way of life, so you certainly wouldn’t be alone.