OnePlus, a company composed primarily of former Oppo employees, has been fervently trying to get hype for its upcoming One flagship over the past several months. It’s marketing the OnePlus One as an ultra-premium smartphone that’ll beat many top-brand manufacturers in key areas.
The latest bit of teasing involves Pete Lau, the OnePlus founder himself, posting a picture of a Sony Xperia Z1 on the OnePlus forums.
While nothing spectacular in itself, Lau claims that he’s placed his company flagship underneath. Now, if you’ve been keeping up, then you’ll know that the One is slated to feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display.
Instagram is bringing out an update for its Android app today, and it’s a pretty massive upgrade. One of the first changes you’ll notice is a redesigned look. Although the app’s button layout is largely the same, the new design includes brand new icons and font changes that bring a clean, modern look to the app. The camera screen has also been redesigned and you will find several other tweaks to the look throughout the entirety of the app.
Aside from the design changes, Instagram has also been re-optimized to allow it to perform better, particularly on less powerful devices. This is important because more than 60% of the app’s users are outside of the U.S. and in markets where less-powerful budget devices are much more commonplace.
So what have they done improve the experience? In addition to testing and further optimizing Instagram for many popular lower-end handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Y, the app has also been cut down to half of its former size. In terms of speed increase, profile loading is now double its former speed and all other Instagram tasks and settings should see roughly a 20% increase in performance. There are no new features added with this update, but it does introduce several unspecified bug fixes.
Jawbone UP24 owners, rejoice! Jawbone announced today that the companion app for the company’s UP line of fitness bands has been updated to support wireless syncing via Bluetooth 4.0, a feature that was previously exclusive to iOS devices.
The UP app is packed to the brim with wellness tools like a physical activity tracker, workouts log, and nutritional info notebook. The new Bluetooth 4.0 wireless syncing feature aims to make everything a little more convenient; UP24 users don’t have to worry entering most information manually, as the band will use low-power wireless to continuously populate the app with updates. In addition, the UP app can be used to schedule a vibrating alarm on the UP24 to wake or alert you.
The UP24 retails for $ 149.99, and the updated app is available for download from Google Play.
Yesterday we shared with you word that Microsoft appeared to be in the final stages of preparation for introducing the LTE-enabled version of last year’s Surface 2 tablet. Supposedly shipments of the tablet were already hitting stores, and photographic evidence existed, but it just hadn’t yet been made available. Today, not only do we finally get to see some box shots of the new hardware, but we also get the other missing piece of the Surface 2 LTE puzzle: pricing.
We’re looking at a 64GB Surface 2 here, which when purchased as the regular WiFi-only edition sells for a hair short of $ 550. Reportedly, the new LTE version of the tablet will fetch a $ 130 premium over the WiFi model, selling for more like $ 680. We’re guessing that there also might be an on-contract subsidized price, but that hasn’t yet been uncovered.
While the packaging is clear that this is intended for use on AT&T, the band support also looks like it would be compatible with T-Mobile – you don’t get the 1700MHz 3G, but 1900MHz is present, and both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks take advantage of LTE band 4.
The iOS 8 release could bring with it major fixes to one of the biggest Apple app mistakes made in recent memory with two major fixes for Apple Maps and big plans beyond 2014.
Apple just delivered the iOS 7.1 update to users, and while it did bring some new features the primary role of iOS 7.1 is to fix iOS 7 problems that lingered for the last six months.
We may still see a few more small bug fixes in an iOS 7.1.1 or iOS 7.1.2 update arrive over the next six months, but attention at Apple is focused on delivering a better experience with iOS 8.
Samsung today announced that they’ve started mass production of its “most advanced DDR3 memory” based on 20nm process technology. The new 4Gb (Gigabit) DRAM from Samsung utilises a modified double patterning technology with the immersion ArF lithography, which Samsung reckons paves the way for next generation 10nm-class DRAMs.
With the new 20nm DDR3 DRAM, Samsung has managed to improve its manufacturing productivity by 30 percent and saves up to 25 percent of the energy consumed compared to the 25nm DDR3 modules.
The Motorola X8 chip isn’t the only one with always listening capabilities. Qualcomm decided to include a similar “core” in the Snapdragon 800, touting its always listening capabilities before its release. However, we haven’t heard anything about it since. Either Qualcomm has not given permission to manufacturers to use this core, or manufacturers have just had no interest.
However, there’s no way for a feature to go untapped in the developer community. A developer by the name of Guillaume Lesniak has figured out how to enable this core and use it to wake a Nexus 5 without using the main processor. All he has to do to wake the device is say “Hey Snapdragon.”
this is indeed using the dedicated audio processing chip of the S800 – that’s the whole point of this PoC. The CPU is indeed turned off and isn’t used at all for the audio processing.Guillaume Lesniak