January 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets a leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Sony Xperia M got an unofficial Android 4.4.2 KitKat Release and the Sony Xperia TX has a leaked version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about all the videos released on XDA Developer TV this weekend from CES 2014 including the a hands-on video with the Samsung Note PRO 12.2, Tab PROs and Galaxy Camera 2, Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G, and the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch video by XDA Developer TV Producer TK. Check out our whole CES 2014 Playlist. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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January 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The spectacle that is the International CES show has come to an end for yet another year. While there are bound to be more Android announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, there are still some things announced this week to look forward to—and some things that were announced that you won’t look forward to.
Let’s start with the unexciting. The mobile device manufacturer with a name that is not pronounced how it is spelled, Huawei, released an updated version of the Ascend Mate phone. Adding in 4G LTE connectivity, the creatively named follow-up, Ascend Mate 2 4G sits squarely in the middle of the road. With a Mediatek chip running four cores and sporting a 6.1” 720p screen, this device won’t be making the list of juggernaut phones for 2014. As a favor to you, we got hands on with the device to show you what you won’t be missing.
To follow in this pattern, let’s talk about the LG G Flex. While the G Flex has been announced and available internationally for a while now, LG announced US carrier versions. As the name implies, this device is flexible and sports a curved design. This devices still disappointingly rocks Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and is really nothing more than a bent LG G2. However, we can’t blame LG, as they were not the only ones who think the future of consumer electronics is bending your old products.
To be honest, we are a little disappointed by this company’s announcements. Sony has made some great devices, and unfortunately they are content with just making some small tweaks. This year they released a duo of phones: the Xperia Z1S and the shrunken Z1 Compact. If you shorten the name, you could call it the Z1C—though Sony won’t call it that, and you have a familiar naming convention. Not only is the naming convention similar, so is the approach to product design: Take an existing device and tweak it. The Z1S is Sony’s attempt at capturing some of the delicious US market share. The device will only be available with T-Mobile. The Z1S is basically a Z1 made of plastic with pre-installed Sony apps, like the PlayStation app. The Z1 Compact is the Z1 only smaller. And since it also features a 720p resolution on its smaller screen, the screen density goes down. Some say the screen is better than the bigger brothers, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. If you want to know more about Sony’s devices check out our video.
Sony is not the only one to announce a hardware “refresh.” Android device powerhouse Samsung released newer versions of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a new big Note, and a trio of new Galaxy Tabs. The tablet updates are all Pros: The Note Pro 12.2, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. These tablets introduce a new navigation idea called Magazine UI, which reminds us of Windows Phone live tiles. There was a lot of information about these devices. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out our video to learn even more.
Perhaps the most exciting announcement of CES 2014 turned out not to be a device at all, but rather a mobile chipset. Nvidia announced their new 192-core Tegra K1 chip. This Tegra chip features the same architecture as Nvidia’s desktop GPUs, while sipping only 5 watts. This allows for some tremendous eye candy. To check out some of that eye candy, check out the video.
A big thing this year was the so called wrist revolution. There were many smartwatches at this year’s event. From the LG LifeBand Touch, which is a better fitness tracking device than smartwatch, to the stylish new MetaWatch and huge Neptune Pine; smartwatches might be the next big thing. Our favorite from this year is possibly the svelte all-in-one smartwatch, the Omate TrueSmart. Check out our videos to learn more about the different type of smartwatches.
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Another CES has come and gone. And while there was some news of impending mobile devices, nothing really stands out and the must have device of this year. However, don’t think that means there will be no good smartphone releases this year. You will just have to wait for them. They may be announced at Mobile World Congress or some other event. We wait eagerly for the next must have device to be announced, so save your money, and join us. Just don’t hold your breath.
January 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
This year at the International CES 2014, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan saw a lot of smartwatches—everything from the Neptune Pine to the new MetaWatches, and much more. You can see all of this on his channel. However, he wasn’t the only person in attendance, nor are these the only Smartwatches on display.
XDA Developer TV Producer TK was on site, and he got his hands on the Omate TrueSmart. This watch is not just a notification panel for your smartphone. It, like the Neptune Pine, is a standalone mobile device. TK sat down and talked with the Laurent Le Pen at Omate. In the video below, you will see this interview and a demonstration of the Omate TrueSmart. Check out this video to see what the Omate looks like.
January 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We will be the first to admit that when it comes to desirable phones for XDA community members, Huawei devices are not on the top of the list. Last year at CES, we took a look at the Huawei Ascend Mate, and honestly, we were not impressed. Well, at this year’s CES, Huawei announced the Ascend Mate 2 4G. Is this device any good?
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got his hands on the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G. Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at Huawei. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the 4G LTE enabled Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Check out this video to see what the newest Huawei looks like.
January 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Samsung was at this year’s CES in a BIG way! They have advertisements on just about any of the many shuttle buses circling the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had ads all over the Convention Center itself, and that got the location into trouble, as the ads announced their releases before the actual press event. At the press event, Samsung announced a new Samsung Note Pro 12.2, three new Galaxy Tab Pros—coming in the sizes of 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 inches—and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2.
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the Note PRO 12.2, the Galaxy Tab PRO trio, and the Galaxy Camera 2. Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at Samsung. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the Note PRO 12.2, the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 trio, and the Galaxy Camera 2. Check out this video to see what the newest Samsung looks like.
January 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy S Plus gets KitKat and Jelly Bean builds! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Cyanogen Inc has teamed up with ex-Oppo employees to release a commercial CM phone called the ‘OnePlus One’ and the article talking about the leaked Android 4.3 for the Sony Xperia SP and T! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about all the videos released on XDA Developer TV this week from CES 2014, including the press day recap, and hands on videos with the Sony Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact, Nvidia Tegra K1, and the LG G Flex. Stay tuned for even more CES 2014 coverage. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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The US carrier-branded versions of the curved LG G Flex have been given a release date at this year’s CES 2014. Since LG had the G Flex on display, we took a moment to see what the big deal was all about. Does the curved display add anything to the device, or is it just a LG G2 doing crunches?
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the LG G Flex and the wearable LG LifeBand Touch (which you can find a video on on his channel). Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at LG. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the curvalicious G Flex. Check out this video to see what the curved G Flex looks like.
January 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Nvidia has officially brought an end to the “cores race” in two ways with the release of the Tegra K1. By releasing a device with “192 cores,” Nvidia not only wins in the marketing game, but they also make the numbers game a joke. Ultimately, it’s not about the number of cores. Rather, it’s about the power of the processor. But marketing numbers aside, the Tegra K1 is very powerful.
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site at International CES 2014 and got a chance to catch a demonstration of the Tegra K1’s power. Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at Nvidia. And in this video, we get to see the power of the K1 through various applications on the Nvida Tegra K1 reference platform. Check out this video to learn more about the revolutionary Nvidia K1.
January 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
At the 2014 International CES, Sony released two phones. The phones are similar and share similar names. These devices are the Sony Xperia Z1S and Xperia Z1 Compact. The Xperia Z1S is locked to T-Mobile to try and help Sony’s US market penetration, while the Xperia Z1 Compact is, well, more compact.
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got his hands on the Xperia triplets: the Z1, Z1S, and Z1 Compact. Jordan sat down and talked with the folks and Sony. And in this video, he shares what he learned, while showing off the two new devices and how they all share basically the same base design. Check out this video to see what the newest Xperia devices look like.
January 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
You’ve already seen news from International CES 2014 on XDA. Editor-in-Chief Will Verduzco wrote about the Nvidia Tegra K1, the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, and the latest from AMD-Backed BlueStacks. But that’s not all that’s going on at the event that is CES 2014! XDA Developer TV attended a bunch of Press Conferences in the past two days, and XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan runs down all the pertinent info you need to know.
Jordan talks about the wearables releases, and any mobile device releases that have been announced. So take a moment to see what’s going on at this years CES 2014 that will impact us Android enthusists. Be sure to stay tuned for more CES 2014 coverage. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Another wonderful International CES has passed us by. The event was filled with many exciting displays, like the Intel Ultrabook Tree, but most important were the announcements made by many manufactures. Some announcements are still years out, embodying nothing more than an idea. Other announcements having working prototypes, while still others are in the final stages before release or have been released.
January 17, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Another International CES event is in the bag. In attendance for 2013, was XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan. In this video, he talks about his experiences over the four days he spent in Las Vegas attending the showcase of consumer wares. He starts out talking about the CES Unveiled event, CES Press Day and the exposition itself.
Jordan mentions the other videos released last week and this week from International CES 2013. These videos include the Huawei Ascend Mate Hands-On, the Sony Z and ZL Hands-On, the Press Day recap and the Nvidia unveiling, so check out this video and the others from CES.
January 16, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
At the 2013 International CES, graphics powerhouse Nvidia released three excellent technologies. The first was its gaming device based on Android called Project Shield. The second was the next generation Tegra processor, the Tegra 4. It features 72 GPU cores, 4+1 CPU cores, and the ability to work with 4G LTE. Finally, they released the Grid, as someone said, making cloud gaming “a thing.”
XDA News Specialist Jordan was on site, and got a chance to talk with the people a Nvidia about their technologies. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the devices. Check out this video to see what is in store for Nvidia.