Google announced a massive change to their design philosophy in something they are calling Material Design, which uses “tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences.” For the “L” version of Android, we will see this new design idea in action, but Material Design wasn’t built just for specific use cases, it is a new set of guidelines that Google wants to use to make beautiful design on all screen sizes
Throughout T-Mobile’s Uncarrer event last night, CEO John Legere acted as he typically does during his company’s press events – like the renegade leader of a scrappy wireless company who holds nothing back when it comes to talking about the practices of his competitors. He can be vulgar and borderline offensive, but up until now, his act has mostly just generated chuckles from media and consumers. Last night, though, some would argue that he took things a little too far. Actually, even he is admitting it. (more…)
Motorola is updating the boot animation on its Moto devices this week – including the Moto X – to a World Cup theme. Since we have a solid month of soccer to celebrate, watch, and become temporary fans of (I kid, I kid), why not?
The update will come through a Motorola Boot Services update, so be on the lookout. (more…)
A few weeks back, Tim had a chance to go hands-on with the OnePlus One, the incredibly affordable yet high-end phone from a Chinese semi-startup. The phones he played with, along with those used in countless reviews over the last month, were pre-production models of the white 16GB variant that probably weren’t ready for prime time. The device we just received today (thanks to an invite), which is an official retail version of the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, is probably much more ready to be shown off to the world.
So, let’s unbox it! (more…)
Samsung announced two new tablets last night in NYC at a press event. Yes, more new Samsung tablets will soon be available for purchase. With the introduction of the Galaxy Tab S line, Samsung has now given us 11 new tablets this year alone. Just this year! And don’t forget that you can still buy tablets from last year, like the Note 10.1 (2014) and the entire Tab 3 line.
Anyways, Samsung is pretty excited about this new line of tablets that each sport high-resolution Super AMOLED displays. They are also incredibly thin, have fingerprint scanners and multi-tasking tools, and are dimpled up the backside, just like the Galaxy S5. Actually, they are basically giant Galaxy S5s in tablet form.
So in case you missed all of our coverage about them from last night, like our hands-on videos and the official spec list, here is another video about the Tab S 10.5 and 8.4. This is an “official” and “exclusive” look at the new slates from Samsung.
Jon Stewart and The Daily Show ran a special feature on Google Glass last night. As expected, it was hilarious. As in, you should watch this whether you own Google Glass or not.
The whole clip points out step-by-step, idea-by-idea the ridiculous nature of Glass before diving into the thought that “these glasses are just f*cking stupid.” It touches on the stories of poor Glass users getting denied service at bars, the insane $1,500 price tag, how it would look for a grown man to wear them by himself to a kiddie park, and why Glass wearers call themselves “Explorers.” Of course, they couldn’t help but point out the idea that Glass has a camera and you could be taking pictures or video recording someone at any time.
But that’s not really the best of the feature. No, when “eye douches” is pulled out, you will forever love interviewer Jason Jones and The Daily Show. (more…)
We were in attendance tonight when Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (full specs) at the Galaxy Premiere event in New York City, and thankfully after the presentation, the company opened up a fancy experience section where members of the press and a few Samsung employees were able to go hands-on with the new devices. (more…)
Tonight at 4PM Pacific (7PM Eastern), Samsung is hosting a Galaxy Premiere event called “Tab Into Color.” If that name didn’t give you hints as to what they plan on unveiling, then spoiler alert, it will be tablets. Most expect it to be for a new tablet line called Galaxy Tab S that will feature both 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch slates.
Each is rumored to use a 2560×1600 display, with either a Snapdragon processor or Exynos Octa, 3GB RAM, 8MP/2.1MP cameras, 16/32GB internal storage, micro SD slot, WiFi, 4G LTE (optional), and manage to weigh in at just 6.6mm thick.
All will be official shortly. Tim is on the scene to report back all of the goodies. Watch it here!