It’s not like it was a huge surprise, what with all the not-so-subtle teasers, but the Oppo N3 is now official and puts its unique spin on the selfie revolution that is sweeping the smartphone world. As expected, the Oppo N3 employs the use of a motorized swivel camera, an upgrade over its predecessor’s fragile, manual swiveled one. What Oppo did announce alongside the Oppo N3 was the O-Click Bluetooth remote, which is primarily used to remotely take photos with the phone, but will also let you remotely change the facing of the camera with its nifty buttons. You can briefly see the remote in the launch video below:
Unlike our previous predictions, the Oppo N3 will not employ a monstrous display like the Oppo N1 did, opting instead for a very normal 5.5-inch display which will be powered by a Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery. If you’re into gimmicks, the rear of the Oppo N3 also features a fingerprint reader, which works similarly to the Apple iPhone version which requires you to tap your finger on it to use. I particularly like the fact that Oppo has kept the thin “Skyline” notification light at the bottom of the device which it first debuted on its Oppo Find 7. The Oppo N3 is going to be available in December for $649.
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There’s a new sheriff in town: The Oppo R5 claims the title of world’s thinnest smartphone at 4.85mm
We thought it would be impossible for a phone to get thinner than the 5.1mm thick Gionee Elife S5.1 which has up till now held the title for the world’s thinnest smartphone. Well, that record has today been eclipsed by the Oppo R5, a new device the Chinese manufacturer announced today alongside its new flagship device, the Oppo N3, and measures just 4.85mm thick. We had an inkling that Oppo would be announcing an ultra thin device today in Singapore, but it never occured to us that it would actually be the thinnest smartphone in the world.
Predictably, due to the slim profile of the device, the specs are geared more towards the mid range. the Oppo R5 carries a 5.2-inch display, octocore 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM, 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camera and 2,000mAh battery. That’s definitely nothing to scoff at, but the ultra-thin design of the phone has lead to some key omissions. For instance, the Oppo R5 won’t have a 3.5mm audio output, relying on microUSB and Bluetooth for audio output. As expected from Oppo, the OS on the Oppo R5 will be Color OS 2.0, a modified version of Android 4.4. If anyone is interested, the Oppo R5 will become available globally in December and will set you back $499 and comes in silver, gold and grey.
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Google did some talking about the upcoming Google Fit service during Google I/O a few months back. Google Fit is your all-inclusive fitness tracking app from Google that gives you access to your running, walking and cycling data quickly and easily. All you need is the app on your phone and your phone in your pocket. Of course the Fit app is also compatible with all Android Wear devices and the Fit API has been finding its way into other wearables and apps as well.
The new Google Fit app is free and can be installed across all your Android devices so you can easily view and track your progress everywhere. There is even a web portal to keep tabs on things and adjust your goal, height, weight ect. Once you start getting your tracking in order and get moving, the Fit app will track it all and display it in easy to understand graphs and images.
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The last few weeks have been a flurry of leaks about the Motorola DROID Turbo. We got our hands on some legitimate images of the actual device, saw the users manual, caught various renders and seemingly caught all the specs for the next DROID. There really wasn’t much left to be told, except for its official release date and pricing. This morning Motorola made the announcement via their blog and now we know when and just how much.
The Motorola DROID Turbo will be landing in Verizon stores and online on October 30th. It will be offered in two storage options, a 32GB and a 64GB. The 32GB variant will be offered in Metallic Black, Metallic REd or Ballistic Nylon where as the 64GB variant will only be offered in Ballistic Nylon. Price wise, the 32GB will set you back $199 on a two-year contract and the 64GB model will cost you $249. If you go for the Edge program, Verizon shows the 32GB at $599.99 for $24.99 a month. No specifics on the 64 GB Variant.
- Android 4.4.4
- 5.2-inch Quad HD display 2560 x 1440, 565dpi
- 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
- 64-bit memory access Adreno 420 @ 600 MHz GPU
- 3 GB of LPDDR3 with 64-bit access RAM
- 3900 mAh battery rated for mixed usage for 48 hours
- 21MP rear camera (5248×3936) in 4:3 & 15.5 MP (2952×5248) in 16:9
- 2MP front shooter
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.ac (dual-band capable)
- Water Resistant
Need I say more? This is a serious piece of hardware and one that I am sure will thrive in the market quite nicely. Verizon doesn’t have the device up on their site in any pre-order capacity. However, they do have a sign-up page to get notifications about the device.
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It seems all but a sure thing that the Motorola DROID Turbo is going to be officially announced tomorrow by Verizon and/or Motorola, but that hasn’t stopped Verizon from using its @DroidLanding Twitter account, usually reserved for tweeting things out close to device launches, to tweet out some pretty interesting (but mostly weird) videos. The first features a gargoyle, a flailing red scarf and a hand reaching for it, accompanied by the phrase “Things are going to get scary, fast”. After tweeting that, @DroidLanding retweeted James Franco of all people who had his own 28 second short titled “James Franco, the Bike Phantom” which sees him snap a quick photo with an unmistakably red phone which can only be the new DROID Turbo.
— DroidLanding (@DroidLanding) October 27, 2014
This kind of teasing may perhaps be a bit too abstract, but it’s really just ramming home the point that the DROID Turbo is coming, and it’s coming very soon. According to our exclusive leak last week, the DROID Turbo is going to ship with a Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and will run Android KitKat. We’re also reasonably certain the DROID Turbo will carry the latest and greatest Snapdragon 805 processor, though we have less than a day to wait before we have full details of the device anyway.
What do you think of these weird DROID Turbo teasers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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If there was any doubt as to which American telco company has been growing the fastest in recent months, it has today been confirmed again. According to their quarterly results for the third quarter this year, T-Mobile scored 2.3 million new customers, 1.4 million of which were postpaid customers, and beat out its main competitors in AT&T (2 million) and Verizon (1.53 million) in the same time period – that’s actually less than the 2.4 million T-Mobile pulled in earlier this year. And it’s not like T-Mobile is just pulling in bean counting customers with its average billings per user increasing 4% year-over-year. Not too shabby.
It’s really no surprise given the amount of goodwill that the company has after launching the Un-Carrier plans as well as various other initiatives which for all intents and purposes puts the customer in a very good position. It’s hard to tell whether the recent device launches have affected the number of signings T-Mobile acquired, but it’s hard to argue with results. Now if only Australia had a carrier like T-Mobile…
What do you think about T-Mobile’s quarterly results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Facebook is making an update at some point today that will improve how they handle multiple photo uploads to a post. In the pending update you will be able to select multiple images and rearrange their order to tell a better story on your feed. You will be able to write an introduction for the story and add captions to each photo.
When shared, the group of photos will be displayed to your friends in your feed in a photo collage rather than a horizontal group of images. If a friend taps on the collage they can scroll through each image in the order that you set them to get the full story.
The update should be rolling out for Android and iOS starting later today, so keep an eye out for it if you are a big mobile Facebook user.
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LG recently announced the global availability of the LG G watch R. That would be the other round Android wear watch. The device is slated to start hitting digital and physical shelves all over the globe in November. We know it will launch in the Play Store for sure, but now we also know that AT&T will carry the device in-store as well.
They don’t offer up any more detail than that though. Pricing and availability will announced at a later date.
A quick recap: The LG G Watch R carries the Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 RAM, 4GB internal storage, 410 mAh battery, a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED screen and various sensors. It is also IP67 dust and waterproof rated. It measures in at 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm and weighs 62 g.
As far as round Android Wear devices, this is looking like a good option. I am hearing some distaste for the ll black housing though without any other immediate option. Where does your Android Wear heart lay? Did you already pick up one that you love, or are you waiting for the G Watch R, or perhaps the ASUS ZenWatch or Sony SmartWatch 3.
Living in the Greater Bay Area of California and flying high and proud flags of Magenta for T-mobile as your carrier? Well good. Then you will be happy to know that throughout Alameda, Contra-Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties in the Bay Area all have Wideband LTE depoyed and up and running. This means you should see a dramatic increase in your LTE speeds on your mobile devices.
“We know Bay Area T-Mobile customers are going to notice and take advantage of the faster LTE speeds Wideband LTE provides,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “Just because we’ve made an upgrade to the network in these areas, don’t think we are done yet. We are continually working to enhance and expand LTE coverage for our customers every day.”
According to T-Mobile Bay Area customers that are using an average of 2.5GB per month of data are clocking speeds faster than Verizon, and AT&T as well as reporting nearly twice the speeds of Sprint. All of this was done trough a 3rd party crowd-source speed test. Many are reporting 21Mbps and some have seen speeds as high as 90Mbps. Not to shabby T-Mobile.
If you are in the Great Bay Area hit the speed tests and see what you are pulling now. Let us know if you are seeing a boost or if things are still hovering.
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Amazon has made an announcement this morning about a new connected device for your TV, the Fire TV Stick. Just like the name sounds, it is a HDMI dongle similar to the Chromecast and Roku. The Fire TV Stick packs in some hardware with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It needs these boosts in hardware over the Chromecast because it has its own UI and ability to install its own apps. It also packs in dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi and an exclusive feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) that will cut out buffers by predicting what movie and TV episodes you will want to watch and buffers them ahead of time.
Also unlike the Chromecast the Fire TV Stick comes with its own physical remote. There is also a free Fire TV app for your phone which also includes voice search functionality. If you want voice search ability on the remote then you will have to buy a separate remote that supports it. That little voice search enabled remote will set you back $29.99 all on its own. The device also lets you mirror your Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phone, along with Mirror cast capable devices to your TV. Toss in gaming ability with the remote, or separate purchase of a controller, and you a pretty powerful little media stick.
The Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order starting today for $39. If you happen to be a Prime subscriber then you can nab one for $19 for the next two days. You won’t see the price drop for Prime member orders until you check out. Hit the link below to get one pee-ordered.
Powerful hardware—dual-core processor, 2x the memory of Chromecast, dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming
Best of both worlds: included remote control means simple and easy navigation, plus you can use your phone as a remote with the free mobile app that includes voice search
Simple and easy to use—features Amazon Fire TV’s award-winning user interface—just plug it in and you’re ready to stream in minutes
Vast selection of the most popular video and music services, including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more for instant access to shows like Transparent, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and The Wire—plus the largest selection of movies and TV episodes to rent or buy from Amazon Instant Video
Fling or mirror content from your phone or tablet directly to Fire TV Stick
For two days only: as a thank you to new and existing Prime members, Fire TV Stick is just $19
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 27, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Less than seven months ago, Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV, and it quickly became the best-selling streaming media box on Amazon. Today, Amazon is bringing the same experience customers love about Amazon Fire TV—ease of use, great performance, and vast selection—to a smaller and even more affordable device. Introducing Fire TV Stick, a small stick that connects to the HDMI port on your HDTV for instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. Fire TV Stick is just $39 and is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick and will ship November 19. As a thank you to new and existing Prime members, Fire TV Stick is available for two days only for just $19 onAmazon.com.
“Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available—a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, easy set-up, an open ecosystem, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just $39.”
Fire TV Stick delivers instant access to a vast selection of content, including the most popular video and music services such as Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Twitch, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, PBS, PBS KIDS, WATCH Disney Channel, YouTube.com, and more. The number of video services and games available on Amazon Fire TV has tripled in just seven months, with more services and games being added every week. You can also rent or purchase over 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video, which has the world’s largest selection of videos to rent or buy, including new releases and blockbusters.
Amazon Fire TV Stick features:
- The most powerful streaming media stick—Dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage for fast and fluid navigation and instant search results. Fire TV Stick has 50% more processing power and 2x the memory of Chromecast; it has 6x the processing power, 2x the memory, and 32x the storage of Roku Streaming Stick—this results in faster and more fluid navigation, plus more storage for apps and games. It delivers stunning 1080p HD video and immersive audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. All of this power comes in an incredibly small package—Fire TV Stick is the size of a pack of gum.
- Simple to set-up and easy to use—Arrives pre-registered so you can simply plug it in and start streaming in minutes. Features the same fast and fluid user interface as Amazon Fire TV, with big, beautiful images and easy-to-discover content.
- Includes a remote control—Customers have told us they want to use a remote control, not just their phones, to watch TV. Now, everyone in the household can watch movies and TV shows without borrowing your phone—use the included remote to easily navigate and discover movies, TV shows, apps, and games.
- Free Fire TV Remote App (with Voice Search)—If you prefer to navigate using your phone as a remote control, the Fire TV Remote App for Fire phone, Android phones, and coming soon to iPhone, lets you navigate and manage playback from your phone. The app also features voice search that actually works—it is powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon Fire TV, enabling you to simply speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into your phone, and you’re done.
- Fast, reliable streaming—Fire TV Stick features dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO for fast and reliable streaming. Chromecast only has single-band, single-antenna Wi-Fi.
- Instant streaming with ASAP—No more waiting for your movies and TV shows to buffer—ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play so videos start instantly.
- Fling movies and TV shows from your phone or tablet—Fling movies and TV shows from your Fire tablet or Fire phone to Fire TV Stick, turning your TV into the primary screen and freeing up your phone or tablet to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply a place to email, browse the web, and more, while you watch a movie. Fire TV Stick supports standards like DIAL so you can also fling services like YouTube, Spotify, and coming soon, Netflix, from your Android phone or iPhone.
- Mirror your phone or tablet display—Wirelessly mirror your tablet display to your Fire TV Stick from Fire tablets, Fire phone, and Miracast-enabled phones or tablets including devices from Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Google without any additional apps or software.
- X-Ray for movies and TV shows—Using Second Screen on your Fire tablet or Fire phone, you can see X-Ray information as your movie or TV show plays on your TV via Fire TV Stick. See information about cast and crew, the names of songs as they play, as well as a list of music in the movie or TV show, trivia items in context with the action on the screen, and character backstories so you can easily remind yourself of the character’s history. X-Ray is exclusive to Amazon and is powered by IMDb.
- X-Ray for music—Lyrics display and scroll line-by-line automatically as the song plays, so you can follow along with songs.
- Great for casual gaming—Play your favorite casual games like Monsters University, Ski Safari, and Flappy Birds Family.
- Personal photos and videos—Play slide shows and choose your favorite album for the screen-saver on Fire TV Stick. Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV Stick.
Fire TV Stick is not a gadget—it’s a seamlessly integrated service that brings together the features customers expect from Amazon, including:
- Whispersync—Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your video and music library across all of your devices. Start watching a movie on your phone or tablet, and when you get home, pick up where you left off on your TV. For games that support Whispersync, your place in the game will also sync across devices so you can always pick up where you left off.
- Watch on hundreds of devices—When you buy a movie or TV show on Amazon, you can watch it on hundreds of devices, including iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices.
- Worry-Free Archive—Automatically backs up your Amazon digital content in the cloud so you never need to worry about losing your collection.
- Top-Rated, World-Class Customer Service—When a customer shops on Amazon, buys a Fire TV Stick, or buys digital content from Amazon, they know that they are also getting Amazon’s world-class customer service. Customers with a Fire HDX tablet or Fire phone can also use the Mayday button to receive 24×7, free, live, on-device tech support for all their Amazon devices.
- Free Month of Amazon Prime—Amazon continues to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to bring Prime members new movies, TV shows, songs, and books to enjoy at no additional cost. Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video. Eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime when they purchase Fire TV Stick.
Fire TV Stick is available starting today for just $39—order at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick. As a thank you to Prime members, Fire TV Stick is available for two days only for just $19 on Amazon.com. Customers who are new to Prime can sign up for a free trial and also receive this special price.
You can also choose to upgrade to the Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote for $29.99.
Eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime when they purchase Fire TV Stick.
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