This week, Bitcoin bites the bullet in China, while in Australia an upcoming IPO will mark a maturing of the daily deals industry in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Whatapp is still going strong in India, a Philippine startup gets validation for helping locals find jobs, and puppies make their debut on Uber in Taiwan.
It’s not often that we get to see Android smartphones sporting full QWERTY slide-out keyboards these days, but this handset species has not died yet.
It looks like T-Mobile and LG may have joined forces to launch such a device, reportedly called the Optimus F3Q. As you can see in the picture below, there’s already a leaked image from a famous leaker showing the device, and considering that @evleaks has been accurate with many previous renders of unreleased mobile devices, we would assume the Optimus F3Q will be released at some point in the near future.
A new report says that Google will launch an Android-running Nexus TV set-top box at some point in the first half of 2014, with the device expected to be “aggressively priced.”
According to The Information, The Google Nexus TV would stream video from various sources including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube and sort-of act as a video games console as well. The Nexus TV could also come with a touchpad remote, although we would imagine that it would work with Android devices as well. At this time it’s not clear how everything would work, but it looks like the company has been showing the set-top box to developers as recently as this fall.
The Moto G brings Motorola an operating profit margin of less than five percent, say analysts interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
Technology research firm TechInsights conducted a teardown of the Moto G and found that the costs of its components add up to $123. Considering other costs, such as manufacturing and other overhead, analyst Mark Newman from Sanford C. Bernstein estimated for the WSJ that Motorola generates an operating profit margin of under five percent off the device.
The Moto G is selling in the United States for $179 for the 8GB version and $199 for the 16GB version. The device earned widespread acclaim...
CM11 nightly builds are also available for a variety of devices including current and former flagship Android handsets. The list includes multiple LG G2 version (D800, D801 and D802) as well as various HTC One models (m7att, m7spr, m7tmo, m7ul). Furthermore, the international Galaxy S3 (I9300) –...
Nexus 7 (2013) owners can now grab their respective Android 4.4.1 update and go through the update (see Source link below), as long as they’re not afraid of performing the software upgrade themselves. The Android 4.4.1 update measures 55.3MB and comes directly from Google’s servers.
In this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss smartphone cameras. With Android 4.4.1 rolling out to the Nexus 5 specifically to improve the camera app and image quality, everybody’s been talking about the importance of good software. Google’s working to improve Android cameras with a new API and many manufacturers are participating in a camera arms war, each trying to outdo competitors with features like OIS, larger pixels, more megapixels, oversampling, brand name optics and more.
Most customers have just a vague idea of what these camera specs and buzzwords mean. So, what really matters to you and what’s just empty talk? What do you look for in a smartphone camera?
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside sat down with YouTuber Marques Brownlee for an interview touching some interesting topics, from Motorola’s relation to Google, to the company’s plans for wearables, and the futuristic Project Ara.
Woodside reiterated that there’s still a firewall between Motorola and its corporate overlord in Mountain View, and that Google is more of an “investor”, rather than a close partner. For the smartphone maker, the biggest benefit of having Google’s backing is the freedom to think long term, without the pressure of turning an immediate profit. In this respect, the Moto X was “all Motorola”, said...
Samsung may be already considering updating a variety of mid-range Galaxy handsets to Android 4.4 KitKat, a new report says.
Sam Mobile has apparently obtained a Samsung document that says the KRT16 update is “under investigation for mid-range devices,” although nothing is official just yet.
The list in the image above contains several Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Fresh. The list may contain additional devices, but they haven’t been captured in the photo....
Brace yourselves, best of 2013 lists are coming. Google started early with two Play Store collections bringing together some of the best apps and games of the year.
The 14-strong best apps list include staples like TuneIn Radio, Wunderlist and Aviary, but also a few more niche-focused apps like SigFig, a stock and finances management app, Toca Hair Salon 2, a kids-focused salon simulator, and The Whole Pantry, a gorgeous cooking app. In fact, if there’s one thing that all the apps on Google’s list share is their functional and beautiful design...