Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced: Fingerprint Scanner, New Design, And Lots Of Pixels

galaxy-s5Straight from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, comes Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S5, part of Samsung’s enthusiastic Unpacked 5 event. It’s important to know what’s what with the GS5, and that of course is its size, and what makes it tick, internally.

Specs-wise, there’s a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor in the United States or 8-core Exynos in Europe, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities, plus real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting, while the front-facing is a 2MP shooter. Android 4.4.2 with Touchwiz modifications, S Voice, and the usual plethora of Samsung apps will come along for the ride.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet Brings Lots Of Thinness And Power To The Party

xperia-z2-tablet-hero-blackAn iPad Air is a stark 7.5mm thin — very sleek, no doubt about that. But, it’s 2014 Sony says, and the design philosophies have to change; start by trimming some fat. The Xperia Z2 tablet is 6.4mm thin, which is insane, but that’s besides the fact that it can spend half an hour fully submerged in water, while weighing only 15 ounces. Gamers be on alert: it has wireless support for the DualShock 3 controller, for gaming.

Internally, the Z2 tablet is impressive as well, with a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3 gigs  of RAM, and you’ve got a tablet that can both show, and tell. A 10.1 Triluminous 1080p HD display, 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 6,000 mAh battery round off the rest of the specs of the Z2 Tablet. Available in March, in black or white; Sony has not provided a price, quite yet.

Press release, after the break.

Via: Sony

Sony Announces Its New Flagship Smartphone: Xperia Z2, Reporting For Duty

xperia-z2-hero-white-1240x840-3e10d78449d87fa41b4b9126a53ff806The Xperia Z2 is no slouch, in any terms of the word. First of all, besides being fully waterproof, the Z2 has a litany of specs that are in its favor, in a sea of variety: a 1080p 5.2-inch display, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and a 20.7-megapixel camera (!) with 4K video recording and slow-motion capture. As Xperia devices before it, the Z2 will include Sony Entertainment apps such as music, video, and games, but otherwise will stay a 100% Android 4.4 KitKat device, with a Sony design layer, of course.

Currently, a price hasn’t been placed on the X2, but it will launch sometimes in March, in white or black paintjobs. Press release, after the break.

Via: Sony

Nokia Outs The “X” Family Of Three Different Android Smartphones

nokia-x-nokia-x-mwc-2014This day has come: yes, Nokia is releasing not one, but three different entry-level Android phones. The first being the Nokia X , with a 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution,) 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAh battery and Android OS layered with a Nokia UI that looks very tile-like.

Meanwhile, the only differences to make note of between the three models is that the Nokia  X+ has extra memory and storage, while Nokia’s  XL has a bigger 5-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. But that’s not all that Nokia has put in terms of effort: they’ve replaced all Google services on the devices with Nokia’s own, including maps, email, Microsoft apps and bonuses, and even their own apps store. Also, all three models lack 4G LTE data capabilities, instead going for 3G.

The Nokia X launches now in various markets outside the United States, and the other two models will launch in the second quarter. Prices are as follows, in Euros:  €89 for the X,  X+ at €99, and the Nokia XL at €109.

Netflix Will Start Paying Comcast For Additional Bandwith On Its Network

netflix-logoThe ugly side of non-net neutrality deals is emerging. In response to recent speeds that Netflix has been receiving from its middleman, Cogent, which handled its bandwidth needs between different ISPs, the video streaming company is instead going straight to the broadband providers. In other words, this could possibly mean preferential treatment, but it isn’t exactly disclosed. This is exactly the sort of thing the Federal Communications Commission wanted to avoid by laying basic internet ground rules (i.e. all internet data is equal), which the Federal court recently shot out of the sky.

The end result is faster streaming for Netflix customers, but no one knows exactly what else it might entail. Meanwhile, Comcast and Netflix are released a joint statement about the deal:

Comcast Corporation and Netflix, Inc. today announced a mutually beneficial interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast’s U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come. Working collaboratively over many months, the companies have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that’s already delivering an even better user experience to consumers, while also allowing for future growth in Netflix traffic. Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.

Here’s to hoping this isn’t a trend.

Via: Re/Code

Microsoft Details Windows Phone 8.1 Update And New Partners To Join The Platform

download (2)The current set of Windows Phone manufacturers include Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei, but today, as part of a growing commitment to keep Windows Phone as one of the top three mobile operating systems, Microsoft announced new partnerships with Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, and Longcheer — with two former partners returning to produce new phones: LG and ZTE.

Next, Microsoft stated that most of the juicy details for Windows Phone 8.1 won’t be officially spoken of until April, but some new elements of the update include support for Snapdragon 200 and 400 chipsets (meaning manufacturers can enter the low-wend market with Windows Phone), on screen button navigation (meaning that the traditional design traits can be altered, and a company could have a phone built to use Windows Phone or Android, or both), and support for dual-SIM technology.

Besides all of that, the details on WP coming from Barcelona (the Mobile World Congress is occurring) are somewhat small. But no matter, because Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the company’s VP and manager of Windows Phone, promises more in the future.

We’ll see.

Samsung Gives The World Gear 2: New Smartwatches Running Tizen OS

Group_Gear-2-Gear-2-NeoTwo things to get out of the gate: one, Samsung is dropping the Galaxy branding for its new smartwatches, and two, they run the Tizen operating system that Samsung has been building. Samsung hasn’t even detailed how the new watches might or might not be compatible with the Android devices they produce, but they have fixed some of the glaring errors made with the original — which was only released five months ago. Right. A welcome bit of news, however: a revised app library, with BMW, CNN, Garmin, Line, and Path being some of the first.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches both utilize the 1.63-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz dual-core processor (a bump up from 800MHz), 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM, infrared, S Voice, a heart rate sensor, IP67 certification for resistance to water and dust, a 2MP AF camera with 720p video capture (on the higher model, not the Neo) and a 300mAh battery. The camera has been moved from the strap, to the face of the watch, as well.

It’s interesting to note that the battery is smaller, but through power management improvements, Samsung states that the battery life has been increased to 2-3 days, instead of the day seen in the first model.

Color preferences are still here however: the Gear 2 will come in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, while Neo comes in a certain Mocha Grey. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but considering there’s a premium and lower-cost model, Samsung very well diversify the price range. Both watches launch worldwide in April.

Meanwhile: Apple And Samsung Will Go At It In Another Patent War, Come March


Yes, the patent wars: they seem to be never-ending among some of the largest (and then some) tech companies in the world. However, none of them are as entertaining or as unique (or repetitive, I might add) as those between Apple and Samsung.

This time, Samsung is defending patents that pertain to more recent devices, like the GS3, which sold in high quantities than the devices that Apple targeted before. Thus, the risk and the amount in damages that could possibly be paid would be much higher — higher than the amount slightly short of a billion dollars that Samsung paid back in 2011-12.

The new trial will begin at a court in San Jose come March. Needless to say, we’ll talk about it, because it will be interesting.

ViaWall Street Journal