Mobile Phones

Rumour has it: Amazon Smartphone might feature a 3D user interface

Amazon 3D SmartphoneAmazon has been developing their own smartphone for years, but for the first time we actually get to catch a peek at it, thanks to an exclusive report from BGR.

The massive online market has come a long way since their creation. In the beginning, Amazon was a company all about selling new and used books. Since then they have managed to wriggle their way into most industries, including consumer tech.

With the successful launch of the Kindle Fire, they have already taken a share of the media-focused tablet market, while with the Kindle proper, they have already made themselves stalwarts in the e-reader market, years ago.

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Android had a very different face before the iPhone came around

Android and AppleA new report released in court have shown that Google’s Android phones were meant to have a very different look. Until the iPhone was released in 2007, and it became clear that changes would be needed if they were to compete.

Originally, the Android OS was going to be like many others at the time. The regular Android phone would feature a plastic keyboard for QWERTY use, and no touchscreen compatibility. Though it did state that touchscreens may be a future release.

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana assistant at Build 2014

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1Microsoft has shown off their new updates for both the Windows 8.1 desktop and mobile OS during their Build 2014 keynote. The reveal is an effort to hook developers that have so far been far from enthusiastic about the latest Windows version.

They have shown off the 8.1 updates at the Build 2014 conference. Their annual event draws developers and tech industry leaders from all over the world. Today they had two major announcements: no licensing fees for OEM and ODM partners working on smartphones and tablets with screens under 9″ (which is most), and a converged developer platform.

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HTC announces the new One (M8) flagship smartphone

HTC One M8HTC has announced that they will be releasing their latest flagship smartphone, the One (M8). It will be a high performance device modeled after their last One effort, yet launched for a more affordable market.

The original One was a mixed bag. On one hand, it had a truly innovative and gorgeous design. The interface was nice, the overall sleekness was nice, and the price was nice. But some serious performance issues meant that it never took off. HTC was once again overshot by brands like Apple and Samsung, and it was back to the drawing board.

Now, they say that they have gotten things right.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 has been unveiled at MWC 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5Samsung has finally unveiled their Galaxy S5 device, during a keynote at the Mobile World Congress 2014 from Barcelona, Spain.

This is a release that many people have been eagerly anticipating. The latest in the very popular Galaxy line, rumors have been fluttering around the internet for weeks about what features we might expect.

According to the company, they have focused more on “what matters to consumers”, and gone back to more basic features than their last several devices. Given their penchant for being the latest to offer capabilities no one really wanted but sound cool, this is a refreshing change.

Among those features are a 16 MP camera that will be among the highest quality in a smartphone on the market, with a new interface and menu for editing, saving and sharing photos and  video.

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Nokia X family of smartphones revealed at MWC 2014

Nokia X SmartPhoneThe Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona, Spain, and already we have some exciting news. Nokia has unveiled their new line of smartphones from their X line, connecting with both Windows and Android users in their new devices.

Well know for being a more affordable mobile option,  Nokia is continuing the trend by offering a whole new line of handsets that will provide access for “the next billion” smartphone owners at a cheaper cost.

First on the list are the Nokia X, Nokia XL and Nokia X+. Each of them are made to connect to Windows services such as the recently launched rebranded cloud service, OneDrive.

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Google unveils mysterious Project Tango smartphone

Google Project TangoGoogle’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has unveiled their latest brainchild, a prototype smartphone called Project Tango that will open the way for Android phones to experiment with 3D sensors, scanning and mapping.

The 5″ phone is being released with the advanced sensors standard, as well as a developer’s kit. It is hoped that with some innovative developers playing around with the new tech, they will find ways to improve indoor navigation and immersive gaming experiences to a significant degree.

Project Tango is partnering with Movidius, using a Myriad 1 processing chip for its 3D sensors. This has been a rumor circulating for awhile, but this is the first time it has ever been confirmed.

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