Samsung retailed the Gear VR earlier this month, but a perceptible dearth of content makes the $199 smartphone accessory a difficult sell. In part to remedy this unfortunate state (and perhaps placate early adopters), Samsung released Milk VR today, a showcase of 360-degree, virtual reality videos. (more…)
Thanks to Iranian publication Toranji, we have a couple of pictures to look over this morning, which are alleged renders of the Galaxy S6 from Samsung. In one of the photos, we can see the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and alleged Galaxy S6 aligned next to each other, which gives us an idea of the size for the upcoming flagship, if the image is to be believed. (more…)
2014 is over, in a day or so. That means we are reflecting on the year that was, the phones that took up a major portion of our lives, which apps were the best out of the hundreds of new ones, and which storylines dominated these airwaves. But in the end, this site’s coverage really revolves around two things – what comes out of Google (Android, services, Google Play, etc.) and which phones are the best in the world. The Google stuff will be discussed in varying ways over the next day, so for now, it’s time to focus on the best phones of the year. (more…)
Samsung announced a new Galaxy Note 4 variant for South Korea that is the world’s first “commercially” available LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation phone. Why does that matter? Because a phone with LTE-A Tri-Band CA can theoretically produce download speeds up to 450Mbps on Category 9 LTE networks. That…is fast. Of course, Cat.9 networks aren’t mainstream yet, but this phone is also capable of pushing the needle on today’s LTE networks (Cat.6) to upwards of 300Mbps. (more…)
Samsung introduced a reworked Galaxy Alpha this week, sporting limited edition leather backsides, exclusively for the French smartphone market. Marked as leather, the backs give off an alligator-like look, but you can rest assured that actual alligator skin was likely not used.
Designed in cooperation with Lance Bordeaux, each unit is marked and ships with a certificate of authenticity. Unsurprisingly, the limited edition units come with a healthy price tag of about $800 US. (more…)
You want 4GB RAM in your next phone, right? Whether you do or not, it’ll likely happen, thanks to Samsung beginning mass production of the “next generation of ultra-fast, high density mobile memory technology.” Announced via their own blog, Samsung expects to provide these new 4GB LPDDR4 packages to vendors and device manufacturers in early 2015. (more…)
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?
What is the Android Phone of the Year?
- Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
- Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
- Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
- DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
- G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
- OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
- One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
- Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
- Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
- Other (2%, 268 Votes)
Total Voters: 15,077