Teardown Reveals Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Costs Only $256 to Manufacture

A recent teardown of the Galaxy S5 has revealed that the bill of materials for the device is about $256, while Samsung is currently selling the device off contract for about $660. That’s not a bad little markup.

IHS teardown specialist, Andrew Rassweiler had a few interesting things to say about the Galaxy S5, mainly concerning Samsung’s rehash of devices we have already seen internally.

In other words, it may look a bit different on the outside, but the Galaxy S5 features no real breakthroughs or “earth-shattering features.”  (more…)

First Photos of Amazon 3D Smartphone Emerge, May Launch Alongside Low-End Model

Speculation of an Amazon smartphone is nearly as old as time itself. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it seems nearly every year that rumblings suggesting the online retailer is planning to launch a phone are widely reported but never pan out. This time may be different, however; if information and snapshots obtained by BGR proves accurate, Amazon may finally look to grab a slice of the smartphone market this summer. (more…)

Google I/O Registration Open Today Through Friday (Updated)

Today is the big day for Android  and Google enthusiasts alike – Google I/O registration opens! I/O is Google’s annual developers conference, where the world gets a peak at what Google has planned for its services over the next year. These services include all of our favorites, such as Android, Chrome, Glass, Drive, and much more.

This year, unlike years’ past, Google is holding a lottery for I/O tickets. In the past, users would rush to the I/O website hoping to snag a pair (with most people leaving frustrated), but this year is much different. The I/O registration window will be open today (April 15) to Friday (April 18). This gives people three days to sign up, which means no rushing and hopefully no site crashes.  (more…)

Watch the Project Ara Developer Conference Live!

Project Ara, the Google-run modular phone concept, is hosting its first developer conference this week. The goal of the conference is to focus on a detailed walk-through of existing and planned features for the platform, a briefing on the recently released MDK, and an announcement of a series of prize challenges.

If anything, we’re hoping we see real, working units of Ara. Up until now, all we have seen are non-working concept models and some modules that could, in theory, work on a phone.

The opening keynote has already begun, and you can watch it below. Once this session is over, I’d imagine that we’ll see bits and pieces of sessions throughout the day. Keep it here!  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying Google Glass Today?

Not that we expect a high percentage of the DL community to pick-up Google Glass, but we figured we should at least ask since it’s available. It’s poll time.

At $1,500, you can take sweet selfies like the one I just included in this post, become a certified Glasshole, and enjoy the world staring at you everywhere you go thanks to the futuristic beacon attached to your head.

OK, it has more uses than that. For example, you could take awesome photos of your kid in action without having to pick up your phone, can see Google Now cards without ever lifting a finger, and can get Google Maps directions placed just above your eye as you drive. Glass does have some redeeming qualities, it’s just so damn expensive in its current form.

But hey, it’s there today, if you want it. Are you buying it?

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Google Glass Now Available to All for $1500

Google Glass, the somewhat-controversial wearable headset that has been enjoying a lengthy private testing period for developers, is now available to anyone willing to shell out $1,500. That’s right, Google Glass can be purchased by you, you, you, and even you.

Glass is available for a limited time – likely a one day sale – in five colors, charcoal, tangerine, cotton, shale, and sky. Should you buy Glass, you’ll be treated to a free set of frames or shades, an accessory that typically costs $225.  (more…)

5 Reasons: Galaxy S5 Camera is Better Than the One (M8)’s

We have heard from Kellen as to why he is already missing the One (M8)’s camera thanks to a few of its features, but the Galaxy S5 shooter is nothing to mess around with. While HTC did a great job at marketing the One’s somewhat gimmicky features, the camera leaves a whole lot to be desired, especially in regards to editing photos after the fact, as well as overall picture quality.

As stated in the previous 5 Reasons post, the One’s UltraPixel sensor does do a fine job at creating photos that are share worthy on Instagram and Twitter, but for anyone looking to get more out of their photos, 4 megapixels probably won’t cut it.

After our time with the Galaxy S5, we have compiled another five reasons which make the shooter on Samsung’s newest flagship device better than the one found on the HTC One (M8). 
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