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Sharp showcases an IGZO LCD display with a ludicrous 736ppi

By Rob Triggs

Sharp 736ppi display demo

QuadHD displays have proven a popular choice in larger smartphones like the LG G3 and new Nexus 6 recently, but Sharp has managed to squeeze as many pixels into a much smaller 4.1 inch display, resulting in a colossal pixel density of 736.

This 4.1-inch Sharp display packs a resolution of 1600 x 2560 (WQXGA), that is an even higher pixel count than the LG G3’s and Nexus 6’s QHD standard of 1440 x 2560. These two smartphones manage a PPI of 534 and 493 respectively. Sharps’ new display approximately doubles the pixel density of a similarly sized 720p displays, a typical resolution found in smaller sized smartphones.

Sharp’s previous IGZO LCD panel came with a resolution slightly lower than 500ppi, demonstrating just how far the company has come in shrinking down the size of its pixels lately. The company now reckons that it is ready to realize 4K displays for mobile devices.

Sharp 736ppi display

As the perceptual limit of individual pixels apparently sits somewhere between 350 and 400 PPI at a typical smartphone viewing distances, depending on who you ask, it will be interesting to see if this display has any practical use in improving image clarity for smartphones.

Sharp is planning to begin volume production of its pixel dense panel sometime in 2016, with sample units heading out to manufacturers next year.

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Source:: android authority

    

After China, Xiaomi plans to conquer India next

By Rob Triggs

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Xiaomi has been having a great week, having sold over $163 million worth of phones in just 12 hours, nearly doubling its revenue and profits compared with last year, and securing additional loans and investments to expand its growing business. Following its quick rise to the top in China, this seemingly unstoppable force has its sights firmly set on India.

According to the company’s Vice President, Hugo Barra, the move into India isn’t just about selling phones. Obviously that a major part of the plan, but building and establishing a brand that can survive in the country for the long term is the goal. Barra himself has relocated to Bangalore to oversee the expansion and has gone into some detail to explain about plans for scaling up production, setting up a region specific base of operations, and cultivating a separate Mi India brand specifically for the country.

We are here not to sell phones and dominate. We are here for the long run, and we want to brand ourselves into the fabric of this country. We need to start small, we need to listen, iterate.

So we take our time, we ramp up carefully; we take feedback very, very seriously. The whole operation has to scale, we can’t just have a sales spike.

FlipKart will remain the company’s ecommerce partner in the region, as it has been a driving before behind the company’s ability to sell at lower prices that its competitors. There are also talks of moving some of Xiaomi’s software development into the country, as well as looking for local manufacturing partners. Xiaomi doesn’t plan to just export smartphones, it’s setting up a dedicated operation in India.

We will, for sure, write software here. We certainly are also considering the possibility of manufacturing through partners. We don’t make products ourselves. We use Foxconn and others to do the manufacturing for us. We are here for the long run and it might make a lot of sense to be able to make [devices] here.

As well as manufacturing and logistics, Xiaomi’s plan involves bringing its extended range of services over to the country. Additionally, Xiaomi has a few India specific changes to its software in mind, including integrating Truecaller’s dialler into its products and methods to easily top-up and check your call balance online.

We want to build an Internet platform that is delivered through these devices. We plan to partner with a whole lot of companies and build layers of services into the operating system.

Xiaomi is already off to a strong start in India. The company’s initial sales forcast of a few thousand phones has already boomed to volumes of up to 100,000 units per week. As for future products that matter to consumers, Xiaomi is planning to bring the Redmi Note to India next, followed by the Mi4 and its 4K 49-inch TV.

The contest for India’s smartphone market is only just heating up.

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Source:: android authority

    

Best Buy to stock 32GB AT&T Nexus 6 on the 21st? It seems so

By Matthew Benson

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(Public service announcement: This post was created 100% on my new Nexus 9. How’s that for productivity power!!)

Android purists might be forgiven if they defect this year. The Google gang has a mighty impressive piece of hardware in store for the world, but there seems to be some trouble obtaining it. Make that a lot of trouble. With reports coming in almost daily of some new Nexus 6 shortage or shortcoming, it’s almost as if Google doesn’t want to sell them. But of course, you – our dear readers – want to buy them. There might be some light at the end (beginning?) of the tunnel if a new leak holds true.

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According to an anonymous source of YouTuber QbKing77, Best Buy will be stocking the Lollipop-running phablet come November 21st. The inventory screen capture above does offer a bit more information, though it might not be as bright for all: apparently we’re talking about the 32GB Blue AT&T variant, given the price and apparent “BLA…” on the above link. (Besides, it doesn’t seem like the carriers are stocking anything else anyway… neither the white nor the 64GB options have been offered so far by carriers).

As no one is sure about carrier locks on these supposed “unchained” devices, we can’t begin to speculate as to if spurned users from other carriers can cash-in one the cache. Equally unknown is how many units will be stocked, a major problem for potential purchasers.

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Regardless of what happens, Google’s golden gadget it certainly in a very unique position this year, if only for attracting more attention to the plethora of problems associated with obtaining one that the actual hardware itself. What happened to the days when new phone releases were supposed to be joyous, exciting times?

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Source:: android authority

    

How to sync your iTunes library with Android

By Rob Triggs

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If you are yet to fully immerse yourself in Google’s media ecosystem or have a few classic tracks tied up in a closed-platform like iTunes then you have probably experienced the frustrations involved in attempting to move music from one platform to another. Moving all your favourites onto your Android phone can be a real nightmare when compared with the simplicity of using Apple’s own products.

If you are facing such difficulties, BitTorrent’s Sync software can help move over all your media in just a few easy steps, freeing you from the bonds of iTunes media management.

Before we begin you will need to download the latest version of Sync and install it on your Android smartphone or tablet (Play Store link) and a copy on your PC or laptop (link) as well. Now we’re ready to begin.

First up you’ll want to create a folder, or variety of folders, on your PC which will contain the music, videos, or podcasts that you want to sync from iTunes to your Android device. This doesn’t have to be the folder where you store all your music, as you can use it simply to put content in as and when you want to sync up.

Step 1 – Open up Sync on your PC, click add folder and pick the folder you would like to sync up with your phone.

Step 2 – On your Android device; head on into the Sync app and go to Settings > Advanced and make sure that Simple Mode is unchecked. This allows you to specify where to sync the content to on your phone, rather than just sticking it in a single folder for you to sort out later.

Now we are ready to sync up your content.

BitTorrent Sync settings

Step 3 – Back on your Android device; add a folder by scanning the QR code for the folder on your desktop. This can be found by pressing the share button next to the folder in the PC Sync application.

Step 4 – Providing that you set the Android app to advanced mode, you will be presented with a popup that allows you to specify somewhere to save your content to. You can create a new folder to store your media in, or use one of the default directories such as /storage/emulated/0/music. Click add folder when you are done.

Sync step 4Step 5 (optional) – If you want to automatically sync this folder, click the three dot option icon next to the folder and press autosync (see the image above).

Step 6 – Repeat the above steps for as many folders and locations as you desire, such as a separate folder for video or podcasts.

Step 7 – You’re all ready to go. Once you put some music into the folder on your PC the contents will be automatically synced to the folder on your Android device. You can simply drag and drop files from iTunes into this folder. Your content should then show up in your Android media player of choice.

This method isn’t just restricted to iTunes, technically any set of files can be automatically updated over your home WiFi network this way, which may prove easier than the usual folder based drag and drop method.

Feel free to share your own syncing methods in the comments below.

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Source:: android authority

    

AT&T Nexus 6 now available, will ship out next week

By Alex Wagner

If you’ve been waiting for another opportunity to buy a Nexus 6, your time has come.

AT&T is now taking pre-orders for Google and Motorola’s Nexus 6. The big blue carrier is offering the 32GB Midnight Blue model, and orders of it are expected to ship “by 11/18/14.”

Just as expected, pricing for AT&T’s Nexus 6 is set at $0 down and 30 payments of $22.77 per month with AT&T Next 24, 24 payments of $28.46 with AT&T Next 18 or 20 payments of $34.15 with AT&T Next 12. If AT&T Next isn’t your thing, you can also get an N6 for $249.99 on a two-year contract or $682.99 without any commitment.

So far the Nexus 6 has been pretty tough to come by. It sold out quickly in the Google Play store and on Motorola’s site, and T-Mobile pushed its N6 launch out by a full week, likely because it just didn’t have enough inventory. The good news is that today we should get two more chances to get the new Nexus phone thanks to AT&T and Google.

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Source:: androidandme

    

20,000mAh Limefuel Battery Pack for just $34.99, 58% off!

By AA Deals

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Smartphones seem to run out of juice at the worst possible moments, leaving you high and dry when you’re on the move. You can now leave those dreadful moments in the past, with the Limefuel LP200X. Stash it in your bag, purse or pocket and use your mobile devices worry-free, with 20,000mAh of energy to quickly recharge your phones and tablets whenever, wherever.

The Limefuel LP200X features two USB ports for simultaneous charging of two devices, and also packs a digital display that shows battery charge level, as well as a flashlight. Over at the Android Authority Deals Store, you can get this excellent battery pack for 58% off, for just $34.99 with free shipping across the Continental U.S.!

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Get this deal now

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BONUS DEAL: The Limefuel LP200X helps ensure that you’ll never run out of juice when you’re on the go, and today’s bonus deal means you’ll always have easy access to storage for your files, pics and other precious data as well. The Gigs 2 Go is a credit card sized flash drive ‘pack’ made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

How it works is simple: you tear free one of the 4 8GB flash drives and can immediately pop it into your computer or other compatible device for backing up important files. Its design is also perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends, too.

You can get the Gigs 2 Go from the AA Deals store for just $35, 12% off the normal price!

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Source:: android authority

    

Imagination Tech unveils new M200 wearable chip and Newton2 platform

By Rob Triggs

03-Geak Watch II - Ingenic wearable chip

Following on from the release of its latest Series7 PowerVR GPUs, Imagination Technologies has announced a couple of new products – the MIPS-based M200 chip and Newton2 developer platform designed for wearables and the Internet of Things.

Starting with the new M200 chip, it’s a dual-core MIPS-based XBurst application processor built from the ground-up for wearable devices. However this isn’t your typical symmetrical dual-core setup, the M200 contains one CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz for the heavy lifting and a secondary low-power 300 MHz MIPS CPU to handle the background tasks. Along with other optimisations, this has the added benefit of keep power consumption low. The M200 chip consumes only 150mW.

02-Ingenic M200 wearable chip

The M200 also features a full range of integrates graphics, video and imaging engines. It has support for OpenGL ES 2.0, low power decoding and encoding of popular codecs like H.264 and VP8 (up to 720p at 30 fps) and an integrated ISP for image pre-processing. This range of features make the M200 suitable for quite a wide selection of applications.

Ingenic Newton2 is the follow-up to Imagination’s Newton platform, which offers a fully integrated design environment for developers working on wearable or IoT products powered by the new M200 chip.

The Newton2 comes equipped with the main CPU, eMCP memory, a smart power management controller, on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, MEMS sensor, and connectors for a display, audio, camera, etc. The board runs the latest version of the Android and Linux operating systems.

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What differentiates this platform from the previous iteration is the incorporation of the new M200 chip and shrunk down dimensions of 15 x 30 mm, resulting in a 50% reduction in area. Battery life and power consumption have been improved significantly as well. The board now consumes less than 3mW, allowing for devices powered by it to run for twice as long as the older Newton board.

Imagination suggests that the Newton2 is perfect for a wide range of low-power applications, including smart watches or cameras, fitness bands, sleep sensors, and healthcare monitors.

Imagination looks to have all the tools to help developers finally make that breakthrough product that kicks the wearables market into full swing. What do you make of Imagination’s efforts in the wearable and IoT space?

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung could replace eMMC storage with UFS 2.0 starting next year

By Rob Triggs

Samsung 64GB eMMC memory

According to industry sources, Samsung Electronics will begin mass production of a new type of storage for smartphones come the end of 2014. The new UFS 2.0 NAND flash memory modules will eventually replace eMMC storage found in current smartphones.

The sources also suggest that Samsung may make the switch to UFS come its next flagship smartphone, as the company typically strives to offer some of the best tech in the industry in its flagships. Samsung isn’t the only company with its eye on this latest storage standard, Xiaomi is also reportedly planning to install UFS modules in its upcoming products.

What is UFS 2.0?

The UFS 2.0 standard is a sort of successor to eMMC, which offers data transfer speeds that are up to four times as fast as eMMC. It’s a NAND flash based storage standard, similar to what you would expect from a solid state hard drive, albeit shrunk down to a smaller embedded size.

As far as data transfer speeds are concerned, UFS 2.0 comes in two types. HS-G2 which allows for speeds of 725MB/s and HS-G3 which is twice as fast, producing peak speeds of 1.45GB/s. The older eMMC standard is a fair bit slower, offering speeds of 104MB/s (V4.41) to 200MB/s (V4.5) and the latest v5.0 standard offers 400MB/s, although I don’t believe that any smartphones are making use of eMMC 5.0 storage. UFS allow allows for simultaneous reading and writing, as well as command queuing, both of which bring additional performance improvements.

While you probably aren’t finding your current phone’s storage setup restrictive in terms of performance, the trend towards higher resolution content capture and playback is starting to push up against the limits of eMMC. In the short term, eMMC will remain perfectly suitable, but UFS storage devices will be better prepared for what future ultra-high resolution content can throw at them.

As will all new technologies, UFS is a more expensive alternative to eMMC. It will therefore likely be reserved for high end smartphones until costs and prices fall far enough to make the technology viable at lower price points.

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung countersues NVIDIA in tit-for-tat spat over GPUs

By Gary Sims

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Back in early September, NVIDIA filed a patent infringement complaint against Samsung and Qualcomm. The complaint alleged that several of Samsung’s products including the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4 infringe GPU related patents owned by NVIDIA. Samsung has now counter-sued NVIDIA. Samsung’s complaint says that NVIDIA has violated 6 patents. NVIDIA has published a blog post about Samsung’s counter-suit saying that it fully expected to be sued by Samsung as this was a normal, even predictable, tactic.

As well as the complaints over patents, Samsung also calls out NVIDIA for false advertising.

Samsung’s complaint also mentions Velocity Micro, a small customer of NVIDIA based in Virginia. Samsung says that Velocity Micro has used technology covered by 8 of its patents without a license. The reason that the complaint against NVIDIA is for 6 patents and not 8 is that the last two cover manufacturing processes. The inclusion of Velocity Micro is for two reasons. First, when NVIDIA sued Samsung the complaint mentioned Samsung and Qualcomm (i.e. the GPU manufacturer and the GPU designer ). Samsung has done the same. Second, Samsung is hoping to keep its lawsuit in Virginia, which has a faster time to trial than most jurisdictions in the United States.

As well as the complaints over patents, Samsung also calls out NVIDIA for false advertising, specifically its claims that the NVIDIA Shield Tablet has the “world’s fastest mobile processor.” According to Samsung, NVIDIA’s claim that the Shield Tablet has the world’s fastest mobile processor is a false and misleading statement. Samsung’s complaint says that “The Samsung Exynos 5433 SOC, as used in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 mobile computing device, scores higher in both the single-core and multi-core Geekbench 3 benchmark tests than the NVIDIA Tegra Kl SOC used in the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.”

Then in an interesting twist, Samsung invokes the name of Apple.

Then in an interesting twist, Samsung invokes the name of Apple to prove that the Shield Tablet has the world’s fastest mobile processor. The Korean electronics giant goes on to say, “The Apple A8X SOC, used inthe Apple iPad Air 2 tablet, also scores higher in both the single-core and multi-core Geekbench 3 benchmark tests than the NVIDIA Tegra Kl SOC.”

NVIDIA’s response has been to defend its claim that the K1 is faster than the Exynos 5433. “We aren’t yet ready to respond formally to Samsung’s lawsuit. But we can’t hold back on their false contention that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the SHIELD tablet,” wrote NVIDIA.

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So the battle has begun and there is no way of knowing who will win, but one thing is for sure, this mess will take several years to work out.

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Source:: android authority

    

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to unlocked Moto G (2014)

By Jonathan Feist

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Forget the soak tests, owners of the unlocked 2nd Gen. Moto G (2014) are seeing their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates now.

Despite all of the previous soak tests and other manufacturers making big claims to beat everyone else to market, Motorola did what they do best, quickly and silently push out their near stock version of Android to their awesome, although mid-range phone, the 5-inch Moto G.

The update so far appears to be for the unlocked U.S. variant of the device, but we suspect it will expand out to the remainder of 2nd Gen. Moto G versions in short order.

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One of the biggest aspects to this release is not so much that this great budget-minded phone is receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, but rather that it appears to be the first phone to officially receive the update. We are investigating now the validity of Nexus 5 owners seeing the OTA, but we are not yet seeing the factory images listed with Google, despite coming across a leak of the 2012 Nexus 7 WiFi image a couple hours ago.

The latest and greatest from Google, the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet, are finding their way to consumers, slowly. Along with these devices, it was expected that nexus users would see the Android 5.0 Lollipop update by this time last week. That did not work out, and the update suggested that today, November 12th, was the new Lollipop release day. Of course, the Moto G is not a Nexus device. For that matter, Motorola is no longer even a Google company, leaving a few people a little upset that Motorola has done so well with this release.

If you’ve got that $179 brand new unlocked 2nd Gen. Motorola Moto G (2014) kicking around, you may want to head into settings and check for updates, today may just be your lucky day.

Do you think it is inappropriate for Google to allow other manufacturers to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on their devices before pushing the update to Nexus owners?

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Source:: android authority