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Motorola has just pushed through another ad for its second-generation Moto X smartphone, which has some fun with the fact of how customizable the phone is before you order it. Check out the ad below:
The new ad follows a new smartphone buyer, Ben, who is constantly making changes to his Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal before he commits to the final design. On the other side of the ad is his doppelgänger who is running around making the various changes that Ben is making to his phone, making him do some last-minute fixes to the Moto X before shipping it.
The ad is smart, and simple, and shows off how customizable the Moto X is.
LG is one of the first to drop Android 5.0 Lollipop onto its flagship G3 smartphone, in its home country of South Korea at first. This is the first step for the G3, with international versions of the handset to soon receive the new OS.
Better yet, people who have updated their G3s to Android 5.0 have reported that they're seeing slight performance increases. We should see Lollipop updates for the other G3s around the world in the coming weeks, and then we should hopefully see LG updating their older handsets, such as the G2 with the new OS from Google, too.
French website No Where Else has recently released some iPhone 6s conceptual design images, showing a stainless steel Apple Watch alongside a 4.5-inch iPhone and 7.6mm thick iPhone 6s.
The designer for this project is Grisha Serov, showing the Apple Watch conceptual design include such features as a 4.5-inch screen, antenna lines along the back of the product, an improved clasping system and an over-all professional and business-dress feel.
As according to 'China Economic Weekly News' and Chiphell, Foxconn Technology is rumored to be producing the next-generation of sapphire glass screens for Apple's iPhone platform. As it currently stands, they are one of Apple's main OEM partners and taking on this project will be yet another service they offer to the technology giants.
Foxconn and Apple have reportedly come to agreement to create a 300 acre large production factory in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China - this is following news last week that Foxconn will be building a new factory in Taiwan for iPhone screen production.
This deal is rumored to have taken place with Foxconn due to Apple's last partnered screen provider, GT Advanced Technologies, declaring bankruptcy a mere two months ago. The sapphire screen isn't confirmed for release in next-generation iPhones, but according to sources it seems like the most likely offering.
According to latest reading services data, since the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in May this year these two devices have changed user's reading habits favorably toward the aforementioned smartphones and away from iPad's offerings.
Two million articles and videos have been analyzed, covering before and after release of Apple's new champion products. The study claims that once an iPhone 6 has been purchased, they will proceed to use this device for 72% of their total time, in comparison to an 80% share in usage for an iPhone 6 Plus when in compared to an already-owned iPad.
The study also claims that due to the iPhone 6 Plus' big screen offering, the users have experienced on average, a 40% increase in video viewing.
News has just come to light that Android continues to dominate the global market in smartphones, controlling a massive total of 85% of all devices. This marks Apple and Windows OS systems falling further behind the leader, likely due to Chinese domestic phone offerings incorporating third-party Android OS platforms.
Recent reports claim that BlackBerry and Windows Phone have swapped positions, seeing Microsoft creep into a third place standing. However, Windows devices are still only accountable for 5% of the total market share.
As far as tablets are concerned, IDC claims that Android's market share makes up for 67.7% of the total amount, alongside Apple's iOS offering falling to 27.5% and Windows sitting at just under 5% total. However, Microsoft has experienced a growth of 67.3% over 2014, seeing Android grow 16% in its own right. Unfortunately for Apple, as the competitors grow, they must fall - reporting a 12.7% drop over the same time period.
Book retailer Barnes & Noble will have the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK device available to in-store customers on Black Friday for $129.99 while supplies last. The 10-inch model will be available for $249 both in-store and online, the company said in a press statement.
In addition, NOOK will offer e-books and e-magazines on sale up to 50 percent off for customers.
"We are excited to offer customers our fantastic lineup of NOOK devices at all excellent values, right on time for their holiday shopping," said Doug Carlson, Chief Marketing Officer, in a press statement. "In particular, customers will love our amazing one-day, in-store offer on the 7-inch device. Our customers and their families can enjoy a NOOK device together as they read books or watch movies, enhancing their shared holiday experience."
Microsoft Windows is struggling to compete against Google Android and Apple iOS in the tablet market, but the company is steadily growing a following. For consumers operating on a budget - and seeking a Windows-powered tablet device - there are a few different models available for $100 or less.
The Toshiba Encore Mini, Hewlett-Packard Stream 7, and E-FUN 8-inch Nextbook currently are Windows 8.1-powered tablets available for less than $100, with functionality that includes being able to open and use Word documents and play Xbox games. These devices also have one year of Office 365 for free, along with 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage space.
Despite a low price tag, the tablets have just 32GB of storage and typically don't have high-resolutions - and typically have limited connectivity.
Amazon gets a lot of things right, but the launch and promotion of its Fire Phone certainly wasn't one of them. The company initially didn't price the device properly when it launched earlier this year, and now has cut the price of the 32GB unlocked Fire Phone to just $199 with no contract required.
In addition to the phone itself, new customers will also receive one year of free Amazon Prime membership - a $99 value - as the company desperately tries to rid itself of current inventory of the device.
The phone originally cost $449, but the $250 price cut shows how intent Amazon is with its current effort to sell the device. AT&T previously offered the Fire Phone for $199 on a two-year contract, but previously cut the price down to just $0.01 with a two-year contract.
It looks like one of the bigger rumors for CES 2015, at least for me, is the news of Sony launching its new Xperia Z4 smartphone at the Las Vegas-based event in January 2015.
Sure, the Xperia Z4 will launch with an impressive Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, a sure-to-be gorgeous 5.4-inch QHD display (which I'll presume is their "Triluminos" panel), Android 5.0 Lollipop, and more than likely, 3GB of RAM will be great - but it's the image sensor in the camera that has me interested. Sony is rumored to be using its next-gen Exmor IMX230 camera sensor, which will have the Z4's camera turning some heads.
The new image sensor works almost like anti-aliasing when it comes to pictures, giving them a much sharper look as if you were using a much more powerful camera. All the other specifications and grunt under the Z4 hood is just gravy, baby.