Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
It’s a Camera! It’s a Phone! Forums Added for the Galaxy S 4 Zoom
With Samsung’s affinity towards crossover devices such as the Galaxy Note series, it’s no wonder that we’d soon see something relatively similar to the popular Galaxy Camera, but with a phone built in. Despite the device’s name, it differs substantially from the previously released Galaxy S 4 flagship.
Unlike the Galaxy Camera, which is quite similar in specifications to the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom differs significantly from the Galaxy S 4. It features a qHD 4.3″ Super AMOLED panel backed by a 1.7 GHz dual-core Pega-Dual +XMM6262 SoC and 1.5 GB of RAM. It also features 8 GB of internal storage and LTE connectivity in certain markets.
The Galaxy S 4 Zoom’s camera subsystem packs a large 16 MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor measuring in at 1/2.33″, backed by a 10x optical zoom lens. Needless to say, if you want high quality images from your camera phone, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom is likely the phone to get.
Is a 15.25 mm phone too thick in 2013? Does the excellent camera make up for the added girth? Let us know if this device makes the right compromises and if it has earned its way into your pocket. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums to get started.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...