The Samsung Note 7 battery problem is indeed a major blow but not unheard of. Samsung will recover and in fact, there are already rumors they've ramped up customer service to save face. Still, with Apple's new iPhone 7 coming out in mere weeks, the battery grenade problem couldn't have happened at a more inopportune time.
The Guardian and New York Times revealed today that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have been working to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game (which according to the report, was used as a “case study” in smartphone surveillance). According to top-secret documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the apps transmit users’ private data across the Internet which the NSA took steps to “piggyback on” to collect for its own purposes.
Nvidia has formally introduced the Tegra 4 and specs pretty much match earlier leaks that we reported. Developed under the codname “Wayne”, the Tegra 4 will have 72 Nvidia GeoForce GPU cores giving it six times the graphics processing power of the Tegra 3. The main processor will be a new quad-core variant of ARM's Cortex-A15 CPU, a chip that Nvidia claims "delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps." 4G LTE will be provided by a new fifth-generation Nvidia Icera i500 chipset that is more energy efficient and 40% smaller than its predecessor. Other energy efficiency improvements include a new second-generation battery saver core and PRISM 2 Display technology that reduces backlight power. It should consume up to 45 percent less power than the Tegra 3 and provide up to 14 hours for HD video playback.
This is a cool idea – if it works. A rechargeable AA battery, called Continuance, with a USB port in the side that lets you plug in and recharge or power your smartphone or tablet device on the go. Charge a few of these Continuance batteries up in your battery charger, toss a few in your bag, and you have an emergency power supply ready for a quick boost of energy when your device decides to roll over and die. The device is a “concept” model designed by Haimo Bao, Hailong Piao, Yuancheng Liu and Xiameng Hu. I’m not sure whether the circuitry and port will fit inside the battery casing nor whether the voltage will be able to match the USB spec. Regardless, it’s a great idea that I would love to see come to fruition.
If you are a CyanogenMod fan, you’re familiar with the ROM Manager, the application that is used to download and apply CyanogenMod custom Android ROM updates to smartphones. CyanogenMod has announced that they are replacing ROM Manger, which is not open source software, with their own customer OTA (over the air) ROM updater.
Sharp has started “full scale” production of a new 5 inch 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) smartphone display that sports a whopping 443ppi – higher than anything else on the market (LG’s 440ppi LCD is the closest). Sharp started manufacturing the “LCD panel type 5” last month but Sharp said they are ramping up production through October (which means someone is looking to build a device using the display).
The latest Samsung rumors making the rounds are that the leading smartphone supplier is working on a Samsung Galaxy S3 model that runs the open-source Tizen operation system rather than Android. There are several indications that this rumor holds water which begs the question, why would Samsung introduce a device running on Tizen?
Barnes and Noble signaled their intent to stay in the race today when they released a set of new aggressively-priced HD Android tablets (surprise, no Windows 8 – yet). 7-inch and 9-inch versions were announced, each with variable RAM configurations. Both are built upon Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and neither is going to disappoint Barnes and Noble fans.
Google releases a new version of Android and maybe, just maybe, several months later your phone will finally receive the upgrade. Sometimes it takes a year or longer and sometimes your phone never gets upgraded at all. The upgrade process involves several entities – Google of course, the hardware manufacturer of your phone, and your carrier. Here is how that process works.
The specs for the upcoming Asus Padfone 2 has been leaked online and the device appears to be a beast. The Padfone 2 is expected to be unveiled on October 16, 2012 but most of the specs have remained a mystery thus far. According to the Chinese website, Mobile01 forum, here’s what we are to expect.
CNet is reporting that the Android Jelly Bean update will arrive for Samsung Galaxy S III international owners in October 2012.