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21
Feb

Samsung drops even more Galaxy S6 teasers — are you not teased?


With a week to go before its latest flagship — the Galaxy S6 — is officially announced, Samsung is giving us a few more glimpses into the next big Galaxy thing.

If there as every any doubt that we’re going to see more metal in the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s latest teaser pretty much puts that to rest. “Tomorrow, metals will flow,” the latest video croons. “Beauty will be powerful. Borders will disappear. Reflections will be free. Colors will leap. The future will be the present.”

It’s probably one of Samsung’s better promo videos, actually — never mind that the phone isn’t yet official and we don’t really see it here. Still, there’s a lot to glean from those 45 seconds. More metal construction certainly is in line with what we’ve seen from Samsung in its last few releases since the Galaxy S5 a year ago.

21
Feb

iMore show 444: What happens in Cupertino


The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode — CarPlay vs. Apple Car, bit rot, Apple Watch and design, Astropad, Records, Calcbot, and more! With Serenity, Peter, and Rene!

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21
Feb

Here are the first brief glimpses of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge


Samsung is kicking the hype machine into overdrive for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Following the video teaser from yesterday, a longer clip that Samsung just published today shows us the first brief glimpses at the long anticipated devices.

Like the teaser from yesterday, this new video is all about curves, metal, and glass. The metal frame of S6 is briefly shown, and there’s a lot of imagery of glass and other silky smooth materials. The curved metal frame of the Galaxy S6 Edge can also be spotted, and the entire device can be seen, vaguely, around the 0:23 mark.

The silhouette of the Galaxy S6 seen at 0:37 seems to match the many renders, product schematics, and case leaks from the past couple of weeks.

Check out the full rumor roundup to get up to speed to with the Galaxy S6 and its sloped-edge sibling, and stick to Android Authority for more teasers as they come.

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21
Feb

LG G Flex 2 camera shootout


The LG G Flex 2 has a lot to offer beyond just its unique form factor, with specifications and features that will be at par with most upcoming flagships, along with a camera setup similar to that of the LG G3, including the availability of an improved laser autofocus system. The LG G3 featured one of the best camera experiences in the Android space in 2014, and understandably, the expectations are quite high when it comes to LG’s latest smartphone release. We find exactly how well this camera performs, in this LG G Flex 2 camera shootout!

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When it comes to the camera modes available, there aren’t that many to begin with, but those that are, work very well. Starting with HDR, it does lighten up the dark areas quite a bit as you can see above, and adds some color saturation to the photos, but is not that pronounced. In the case of Panorama, it does stitch the photos together very nicely, though they did come out great because there were no moving objects in these photos. If that was the case, the stitching would have been more noticeable.

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When it comes to outdoor shots, the color saturation is very nice, and when we look at the 100% crops, there is a good level of detail available, despite their being some smudging in the smoothness around those details. That said, the photos do look great, with the right amount of color reproduction, and not the high amount of saturation that we have seen from other competing flagship smartphone cameras.

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Of course, one of the big camera features of the G3 that made its way over to the G Flex 2 is the laser-guided auto focus system, in an improved iteration that allows for faster focusing. It is a wonderful feature to have, but what has to be mentioned is the fact that because you have to pinpoint the focus point, you might have some trouble tracking your subject. If there is a small or thin object in your photos, you’ll face some problems keeping it in focus, especially when you’re trying to finely focus the shot.

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The other benefit with this camera is OIS+, that helps with shooting videos as much as it does while taking photos. You’ll get much steadier shots, of course with a little bit of effort in steadying your hands, and it will compensate for any remaining shakiness in your photo or video. You can check out the video samples in the featured video above.

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Unfortunately, we do start to see some differences when it comes to indoor shots. The amount of detail starts to reduce, as you lower the amount of light that is in your shot. When looking at the 100% crops, you’ll notice that while there is a good amount of detail in the contours of the object, some of it does get blurred it. The color saturation also goes down, especially when you have multiple exposures in one shot, such as when there is harsh lighting from only one side. This is definitely a letdown, and things will only get worse as the lighting conditions deteriorate.

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The details get very fuzzy in low light, both in photos and videos, and there is a significant difference when comparing indoor and outdoor shots, in terms of the quality, and the only plus when it comes to indoor videos is OIS+, that helps a lot with the shakiness.

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When it comes to camera interface and the shooting experience, everything is very minimalistic and easy to use. You just have to tap on the screen in order to get the laser-guided auto focus to work, and then you can take your shot right away. It is a very fast camera to use, and that is definitely something that users will appreciate.

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When taking selfies, a useful feature available with the G Flex 2 is Gesture View, that allows you to take a look at your selfie right away by moving your hand downward in a very natural curved motion. It’s a nice feature to have, which also allows you to take a look at the capabilities of the front-facing camera, which is actually pretty standard.

You can check out all the photos taken with the LG G Flex 2, including the 100% crops, in the gallery below.

So there you have it – a look at the camera capabilities of the LG G Flex 2! It is an iteration that comes from the original G3 and brings with it all the hardware features of its flagship counterpart, like the laser-guided auto focus system and OIS+. Both features are what make this camera one of the easiest to use, and you are able to get some really good shots from it. Unfortunately, the quality can be somewhat uneven, when it comes to indoor shots and those in low-light conditions. That said, this camera is still one my favorites to use, mostly because of its ease of handling and speed.

Stay tuned with Android Authority, as we bring you the in-depth review of the LG Flex 2, which should be coming up very soon!



21
Feb

Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Review


 

Sound Guys is our sister site, dedicated to all things audio. Once in a while, we’ll be sharing the coolest products they review here.

Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM headphones are held in high regard among both audiophiles and normal folk alike, so the only thing surprising about a wireless version is how long it’s taken for them to appear. Initially announced at this year’s CES, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless had us excited as soon as we were made aware of their existence.

Active noise cancellation is a commonplace term these days, but it’s far from easy to do. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity and it’s generally going to be fairly pricey. Indeed, these headphones retail for $499 – that’s $100 more than the Momentum 2.0.

Sure, they’re pricey, but you do get your money’s worth here. Simply put, these headphones are just a joy to listen to in every way.

If you’re looking for the full scoop on these awesome headphones, either check out the video above or read the full review over at Sound Guys!

 



21
Feb

Android Central 223: Wicked Game


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We’re back with our last live recording before we head off to Mobile World Congress. On tap: We’ll see if this Lenovo “Superfish” means anything for us on Android. We’ll get Alex’s initial thoughts on the LG G Flex 2. And we’ll definitely preview what to expect from MWC in just one more short week.

And someone sings some Chris Isaak. 

21
Feb

Use just your voice to toggle flashlight, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth from Google Now (Lollipop only)


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Users running the latest version of Android can now change simple settings with simple voice commands, hands-free.

Google Now has long supported voice commands for jumping to device settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. But there was no way to do it with just your voice – issuing a command would open the correct setting, but you had to manually toggle it with a tap. Now this small, but rather inexplicable annoyance is gone, at least if you run Lollipop and the latest version of the Search app.

First discovered by Android Police, the feature currently works with the built-in flashlight, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other features like GPS, Airplane Mode, volume settings, or tethering don’t seem to work in our testing. For the three features that work, you will get a vocal confirmation and a card that lets you toggle the feature back off with a tap.

Devices running KitKat or earlier don’t seem to have the feature, though turning on the flashlight (but not Bluetooth or WiFi) works on my KitKat-running Ascend Mate 7.

It’s unclear what’s taking Google so long to roll out this relatively simple functionality to Google Now, given that features like taking pictures or playing songs from Play Music or YouTube are already integrated. While, in many cases, a couple of taps may be easier than saying command, this is just another milestone on the long road to human-like computer comprehension.

On a related note, those who want more extensive command support in Google Now can try out Commandr; it’s not an official solution, but it gets the job done.



21
Feb

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android


We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don’t always want that sitting in our history forever.

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There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we’ll never go back to, and there’s no reason to have it saved in the app’s history. Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you’ve recently navigated to right from your Maps app. Let us show you how to do it.

21
Feb

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics


Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

21
Feb

Motorola has mystery announcement scheduled for February 25th


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Motorola is sharing plans to make an “exciting announcement” next week on February 25th. No details have been provided, although Motorola has indicated that they will be shipping out some boxes that will include everything recipients will need related to the announcement. Of course, they do not indicate what size the box will be, so there is no telling what could be inside.

Anyone want to take a guess as to what Motorola may be announcing?

Come comment on this article: Motorola has mystery announcement scheduled for February 25th

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