The latest report says the update to the popular Android phone line could include a new kind of lithium ion battery that holds 20 percent more energy in the same size module as the Galaxy S4 battery, and also carries a rapid-charging technology that will get you powered up in less than two hours.… Read more
A microscopic windmill could one day provide a portable method of charging devices. The tiny machines, just 1.8 millimeters at their widest point (10 can fit on a single grain of rice), can harvest energy from the movement of air.
They are the work of University of Texas, Arlington, research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao. The pair envisions smartphone cases embedded with hundreds of windmills that could charge the phones therein when waved through the air or held by an open window on a windy day. … Read more
A handful of smartphones discovered on benchmark site HTML5Test suggests that LG could soon debut a new round of devices. Although the scores reveal little about each particular model, all were found to be running Android 4.4 KitKat.
While there aren't many smartphones running the latest version of Android today, things should certainly change in the coming weeks. The annual Mobile World Congress takes place next month and LG has traditionally used the conference to debut multiple products. Given the newly discovered model numbers (LG-D830, LS740, LG-D410, LG-D320, LG-MS323), I expect to hear plenty of noise from LG'… Read more
Nokia's still-rumored Android phone continues to get more exposure via purported leaked images.
A photo from a Twitter account named @seamissu reportedly reveals what's said to be Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy. The photo shows the Nokia logo at the center of the screen and a back button at the bottom and mimics photos leaked in December. The tweeted photo also appeared on China's Weibo network Web site, according to WMPowerUser.
Another photo from an account called @picturepan2 offers a peek at the entire screen filled with apps and icons.Rumors of an Android phone coming … Read more
Owners of the international version of Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 should expect Android 4.4.2 KitKat to flavor their phablets before too long.
The latest version of Android for the Note 3 has already begun showing up in Poland, according to blog site Sammobile, where users must download and install it via Samsung's Kies software. An over-the-air variant is expected to appear as well.
No specific dates were revealed to indicate when additional regions might see the update. But other Note 3 owners around the globe will likely receive it sometime over the next couple of weeks.… Read more
A newly published European patent application from Samsung details a method for controlling a smartphone through what basically amounts to head tracking with a front-facing camera. And while there's no indication in the document or from Samsung itself when or where we might first see this tech put in place (many innovations get patented but never become publicly available), intomobile points out that the application was filed in July, not too long after the release of the Galaxy S4, so it could be part of an R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a successor.… Read more
Samsung's alleged Galaxy Note 3 Neo or Note 3 Lite may have gotten its first public exposure courtesy of a leaked photo.
Tweeted by Sammobile on Friday, the image reportedly displays the Note 3 Neo side by side with the regular Note 3. The two phones look alike except the Neo is slightly smaller.
Beyond the model number, SM-N750/5, Sammobile's tweet didn't serve up any details about the phone. But a story out Wednesday from blog site GSMArena claimed to have the specs via an unnamed tipster.
LAS VEGAS -- CES was a weird one for smartphones this year. There were plenty of them, sure, but none of the big manufacturers and flashy hardware designs that have defined previous shows.
Instead, we saw a lot of hardware and software technology that surrounds smartphone development, like new gesture technology, bacteria-fighting glass, an iris-scanner, and tons and tons of phone-pairing wearables.
Here's what dominated the show.
Notable phones Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia all took a break from showing new smartphones at CES, an unusual move for the heavy-hitters. However, there are still devices to look forward … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The idea of customizing your handset beyond just its looks has been often toyed with, but rarely realized. At CES this year, ZTE displayed its concept Eco-Mobius modular phone at its booth, which maps out how someone could customize and change his or her smartphone, hardware piece by hardware piece.
Developed by the company's R&D department in China, the Eco-Mobius would make it possible to switch out and upgrade individual hardware components. For instance, say you are going to a wedding and would like to shoot sharper, higher-resolution photos. You could then replace your … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Waving your hand over a phone or tablet instead of touching the screen is cool in theory, but often jerky or temperamental in practice. Elliptic Labs is rewriting the rules of touch-free gestures using the sense of sound.
When you turn on gesture control, ultrasonic speakers begin emitting sound waves above 20kHz, outside the range of human hearing. These waves hit your hand, then bounce back to the listening microphones. From there, software turns signals into action.
Touchless inputs generally use camera optics or infrared to get their gestural commands, which means you need to be fairly … Read more