Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including Baldur’s Gate, HP Leap technology, Google and HTC making a tablet and more!
At the moment there is a strong battle between the flagship Android smartphones from both Samsung and HTC. We’ve already discussed the HTC One (M8) a lot on the site but this weekend we’ve finally managed to get hold of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy phones have always been popular with the S3 and S4 versions selling at both incredible speed and volume. This latest Galaxy S5 builds upon the previous versions and brings a 5.1″ Full HD AMOLED Screen, Quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM and either 16 or 32GB of on board storage. If the on board storage isn’t enough for you then you can also add up to another 128GB with a microSD memory card.
Samsung have added other features such as a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor to mention a few.
Samsung have been more conventional than HTC with their camera. Here you’ll find a 16 mega-pixel camera with phase detection autofocus. Rather different to HTC’s 4.1 Ultrapixel approach.
As ever, I’m starting off here with an unboxing and hardware tour as well as a look at the UI and OS features.
Samsung Galaxy S5 specification:
- 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 4G Network: LTE (market dependent)
- Dimensions: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)
- Weight: 145 g (5.11 oz)
- Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
- IP67 certified - Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
- Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- TouchWiz UI
- 3.5mm jack
- microSD, up to 128 GB
- Internal Storage: 16/32 GB storage
- RAM: 2 GB
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth: v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
- Infrared port
- microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host
- Primary Camera: 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, video stabilization
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call
- OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
- CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
- GPU: Adreno 330
- heart rate
- GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
- TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link)
- Battery: Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
Google’s Nexus does not seem to the only modestly priced powerhouse on the market. OnePlus have launched the inexpensive One, a $300 high end phone with some killer features. OnePlus will be available at some point between April and the end of June in America, UK, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. The is no exact release date however review samples have made their way to various outfits.
Most interestingly the OnePlus will run Android, but it’ll be a custom version of the popular CyanogenMod. Running on the new Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and a 3100mAh non-removable battery will be inside the device.
Other specs include a 13-megapixel, six-element, f/2.0 Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor. Image stabilization and slow-motion recording at 720p will be standard, and a fast 0.3s shutter speed is promised. The camera also shoots video in 4K (Ultra HD), and selfie fans will welcome a 5-megapixel front camera fitted above the screen.
What’s that about $1? Their website brags that you might be able to acquire the device for as little $1, however there is a timer counting down.
This rumour has been heard before, however this is supposedly “supply chain” intel to corroborate them. According to this newest report, Google is still considering teaming up with HTC on a new Android Tablet. This may be an 8-inch device. The second part of this rumour suggests that Google is considering eliminating the Nexus line of Android tablets altogether after this device.
There are two possible reasons why Google could be using HTC instead of Asus for a future tablet. First, Google is apparently looking for a new outer design for the Nexus tablet. Second, according to the report, Asus has not been very motivated to try and push the Nexus tablet line, instead they are trying to build up its own brand cache. Ironically, this is exactly what Google wanted. They specifically put restrictions on how Asus could push the Nexus line. This was meant to spur the company to create its own line of Android products.
Apparently, Google’s whole purpose with the Nexus tablets was simply to jump-start the industry so that Android tablets could compete effectively with the Apple iPad. Since that has been mostly successful, Google is considering pulling back to let the various OEMs run the show now. Asus is a good example of the outcome that Google was aiming for.
Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including Project Ara, The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and US Airways legendary twitter activity.
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Nokia and Microsoft have sent a joint email to Nokia account holders talking about the process of data transfer between the two entities. It would appear with the sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft, a Microsoft Finnish affiliate named Microsoft Mobile will assume “responsibility for your personal data and the contractual relationships for the products and services related to this business.” The email adds that customers “should experience no difference as a result of the sale.”
Essentially, the name of the will be changed to Microsoft Mobile, however, Microsoft is likely to continue using the Nokia as the consumer-facing brand.
Privacy, Data Protection and Service Terms Information Regarding the Sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services Business to Microsoft
We wanted to share some important information about your data privacy and contracts.
Nokia currently expects to complete the sale of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft in April 2014. With the completion of this transaction, a Microsoft Finnish affiliate* assumes responsibility for your personal data and the contractual relationships for the products and services related to this business. Microsoft cares deeply about your privacy and the protection of your personal data and will continue to collect and use your personal data in the same ways and for the same reasons as Nokia, and you should experience no difference as a result of the sale.
Also, please note that Nokia will continue to run its businesses, including HERE location-based products and services, which are not part of the Microsoft acquisition. The responsibility for your personal data and your contractual relationship relating to these Nokia products and services remains with Nokia. Nokia continues to be committed to the highest standards to protect your privacy and your personal data.
We wanted to give you notice of these changes. Our commitment to your privacy remains paramount. To learn more about Microsoft’s and Nokia’s privacy policies and service terms, click here. You may also contact us at: Microsoft Mobile Oy, c/o Privacy, Keilaranta 7, 02150 Espoo, Finland or Nokia Corporation, c/o Privacy, Keilalahdentie 4, 02150 Espoo, Finland.
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* With the completion of this sale, the Nokia Devices & Services business will be part of this Finnish entity, Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, an unboxing of the HTC One (m8,) a slew of Lenovo tablets and much more.
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The Wall Street Journal are reporting that online superstore Amazon is finally ready to make a smartphone, with a release scheduled for this summer. In the wake of their set top TV box, Amazon will be covering pretty much all bases when it comes to tech aside from a phone. Sources say Amazon has already started showing off the phone to developers, and is planning to announce the phone in late June, with a release in September. Rumour has it that Amazon are hoping to turn some heads by using retina-tracking and will feature 3D-like holograms that seemingly jump off the display.
When I hear 3D holograms and phones I can’t help but think “Help me Obi One Kenobi, you’re our only hope.” A 12″ holographic projection of an incestious princess standing in the palm of your hand. I’m sure this is still a long ways off yet, however an announcement in a couple of month will hopefully get the Rebel Alliance hot.
Clove Technology are reporting that On-line retailers have suffered a set back in shipping the Samsung Galaxy S5 today, they did not arrive with the retailers in the first place. Inside it looks as though the S5 will instead arrive on April 14th. Not the worst delay in the world however enough to generate a few unhappy faces. This is not the fault of the retailers, Samsung have delayed it themselves. No reasons have been given right now however we have, in the past, heard tell that Samsung are having problems with the Galaxy S5′s 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor and difficulties in moulding the 6-element optics.
Clove have pointed out that the S5 is still subject to a region lock, but they have made it clearer how to remove this.
European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.
France is such a strange place. An aluring draw is felt with thinking of french bread, wine and le romancing! Another addition might just be a winner for those who hate the bleep of a blackberry when relaxing at home with a Bourgogne Chardonnay and a saucy french movie. If working in Franceland you will no longer be bothered by your beret wearing boss, a deal has been signed between employers federations and unions to say that employees will have to switch off work phones and avoid looking at work email, while firms cannot pressure staff to check le massages.
Michel de La Force, chairman of the General Confederation of Managers, has said that “digital working time” would have to be measured. Some emailing outside of office hours would be allowed but only in “exceptional circumstances”. Obviously there has to be exceptions however the move echoes Volkswagen’s rule to stop sending emails to their employees 30 minutes after their shift ends and only resume 30 minutes before.
Some will be hoping for an opt in, opt out policy as 24 hour sales and self employment could potentially suffer, however for those in big business with pressure from Le Grande Fromage, this will be a breath of fresh air.