Watch Live: Samsung Premiere Event, “Tab Into Color” at 4PM Pacific

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!

LG Highlights G3 Features in Series of Videos: Smart Keyboard, Dual Window, and More

Our full-time LG G3 coverage is only beginning, but as you wait patiently for a couple of reports from Tim after a full weekend with the device, we thought we would share a handful of tip videos that LG posted this morning.

In the videos below, you will get tutorials on how to use features like the new Smart Keyboard on the G3. From resizing the keyboard on the fly to swiping to quickly delete words, LG is really bragging about its improved keyboard design. But the videos also talk about using the QuickCircle case, setting up a Guest Mode, and customizing your unlock pattern with Knock Code. LG even talks about using Dual Window, which is very similar to Samsung’s Multi Window feature.

If you plan on picking up a G3, if it ever arrives here, then these would be good videos to watch.  (more…)

Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit – 7-inch Display, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB RAM, and More

Most of you are familiar with Google’s Project Tango, right? That would be the project lead by Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technologies and Projects) group that is designed to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”

The original Project Tango device (which was a phone) used advanced cameras and sensors to 3D map environments in real time. The benefits include opportunities for 3D gaming environments or helping the visually impaired or even something as practical as helping place furniture in your house in a virtual environment to see how it looks and if it will fit. The phone was the only the beginning, though, as Google has unwrapped a tablet development kit for Project Tango.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 61

The crew is assembling tonight at 6pm Pacific for Episode 61 of The Droid Life Show. On tonight’s show, we will discuss the idea that Amazon is about to release a smartphone to the market (unveiling set for June 18) with “3D-like” viewing capabilities and see if anyone cares.

Topics will then flow into Google recently showing off the Moto 360 and LG G Watch with their displays on (360 looks larger than previously expected), changes we have seen in the update to Android 4.4.3, HTC’s continued decline in revenues, the first Samsung Tizen smartphone, and a whole lot more. Oh, did Apple announce a bunch of iOS stuff too? Yes they did.

And if you are really nice, we might be able to squeeze in a bit of live Q&A. We are live tonight at 6:00PM Pacific (9:00PM Eastern).  (more…)

LG G Watch Gets Fondled, Well, an Early Barely Functional Prototype Did

A German tech site managed to get its hands on the LG G Watch during the London unveiling of the LG G3, giving us a glimpse into…well, not much. Even with translations turned on, there really isn’t much to see (or hear) other than what appears to be an early prototype of the G Watch running an incredibly early build of Android Wear that can’t do much.

You can see a settings menu with a white background and blue icons. There is a dedicated button for voice commands. A clock makes an appearance at some point too, though only as a tiny icon that can’t be read. And yeah…oh, this is the gold and white version of the G Watch.

Am I missing something? I hope we see something more polished than this at Google I/O in a couple of weeks.

LG G3 Promo Video Hypes Laser Auto Focus, Quad HD, Metallic Skin

Does anyone else feel like they have an LG G3 hangover after the lengthy press festivities of yesterday? Or do you need more G3? If so, LG has uploaded a “product movie” to highlight all of the device’s new stand-out features, like laser auto focus in the 13MP camera, the massive amount of pixels in the 5.5-inch Quad HD display, the metallic skin on the backside atop the “floating arc design,” its 1-watt speaker, 3,000mAh battery, and new flat LG UI.

I’m curious, do you have any new thoughts on the G3 now that everything has soaked in a bit? Worried about the GPU powering all those pixels? Excited to see how good the camera can be? Wondering why the delay in shipping to US carriers?

Let us know.  (more…)

Video: LG G3 vs. G2 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Note 3 vs. Nexus 5 (Updated)

After running through a quick overview and tour with the LG G3, here at one of the satellite press events, we also took a couple of minutes to compare the size of the device to most of the flagships currently available. We somehow forgot to compare the G3 to the HTC One (M8), but did put it side-by-side with the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, and Nexus 5.  (more…)

LG G3 Hands-on and Overview

We are live from LG’s satellite event in San Francisco, where the company showed off the brand new G3 to US press. We have been fortunate enough to receive hands-on time with the device, and so far, Kellen and I are both loving the G3.

If you have not been paying attention, the G3 features a 5.5″ QHD display (2560 x 1440), Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the storage option, a 13MP OIS+ rear-facing camera, special Selfie camera on the frontside, 3,000mAh battery, an absolute ton of proprietary LG software, and comes running Android 4.4. To say it is a top-tier device might be a bit of an understatement at this point.  (more…)