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Battery life in our smartphones and tablets is something that needs drastic improvement, but it looks like we see the light at the end of the tunnel with some new technology thanks to researchers out of Stanford.
These researchers have developed a new lithium battery that could double smartphone and tablet battery life, something that enables denser, more efficient lithium within the battery's anode. This is done by using a nanoscopic carbon shield that keeps the unstable chemical stable, but when uncontrolled, drains the battery life much faster.
The result of this is that we have a battery that lasts much longer, but will not degrade as quickly, and on top of that - it will be much safer. Stanford's Steven Chu, who was previously the US Secretary of Energy, says that smartphones powered by these advanced lithium cells could have two to three times the battery life that smarpthones do now. He also said that automakers could build cheap electric cars, that still have a decent range on them.
Sony has been doing good things with its Xperia smartphones, but it isn't competing with the numbers that Samsung, Apple and now even LG are pumping out. Its latest venture, the Xperia Z3, hasn't been officially announced, but this hasn't stopped the teases of the smartphone coming out.
@evleaks is at it yet again with some images that he is saying is the purported Xperia Z3, something that looks similar to the Z2. The Z3 drops the silver trim, and is slightly thinner than the already thin Z2. We can see that the button placement remains the same, with the power button and dedicated camera shutter on the right hand side of the phone.
The latest rumors have the Xperia Z3 packing some serious heat: a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 2.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage, the impressive 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2.1-megapixel selfie shooter. All of this swims around with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and Sony's usual sprinkle of UI on top.
We don't really know what is going on with the new Nexus, with LG saying that it will not be making the new Nexus, and with all of the news of the Android Silver program, we truly don't know what to expect. That was however, until the latest rumor popped up that Motorola - which Google sold to Lenovo - would be constructing the new Nexus for the search giant.
Android Police has the hot rumor in its hands, giving it a "confidence level" of 6.5 out of 10. The rumor is that Motorola is working on a new smartphone with Google that goes by the codename of Shamu. Shamu will reportedly be aimed at major US carriers, as well as other large carriers throughout the world, carriers that most likely already handle the Nexus 5.
Shamu will reportedly feature a large 5.9-inch screen with an unknown resolution, and something that makes this rumor stand out: a fingerprint sensor. We are meant to be expecting this new smartphone in November, which should be an interesting time for a smartphone release. We'll have more information on the new Nexus as it materializes.
Just when you thought the 5.7-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was big enough, Samsung goes and increases the biggest offering on its devices to 7 inches with the new Galaxy Tab Q.
The Galaxy Tab Q is still considered a 'phablet' but most phablets don't feature a microphone and ear speaker, something that is reserved for smartphones. So this makes the Galaxy Tab Q a smartphone, and it is one massive behemoth of a smartphone at that. The 7-inch display features a 1280x720 pixel resolution, and inside we have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel selfie shooter.
Samsung has provided microSDXC support up to 64GB, and a 3200mAh battery. Right now the Galaxy Tab Q is exclusive to China, but Samsung has teased that it will drag it (probably with the help of Superman) over to the US in the near future.
Google launched its Chromecast device a year ago, and now we're beginning to hear about just how many of the $35 HDMI streaming dongles the company has sold. This number is somewhere in the "millions" according to the Mountain View-based search giant.
The company has said that it has tracked over 400 million casts, with Chromecast selling in over 20 countries, and 30,000 stores across the world. Google held back the Chromecast to just Amazon and its Google Play store for months so that it could build up inventory to blast it to retailers, but now that it has, it has gone on to great success.
So much so, that Google is offering a free 90-day Google Music All Access subscription to anyone who owns a Chromecast, and isn't already an All Access member. This offer is valid through to September 30, 2014.
LG Electronics has more to celebrate because its mobile electronics business has done extremely well, as the forecast-beating quarterly results makes smartphone profitability even more likely. The company shipped 14.5 million smartphones during its most recent financial quarter, with profits rising 165 percent up to $399.8 million.
Apple (41 percent) and Samsung (27.7 percent) lead the market over LG (6.5 percent), Motorola (6.3 percent), and HTC (5.3 percent), according to comScore MobiLens figures ending January 2014. Although Apple and Samsung have a strong grasp on the market, LG has shown great promise in developing new technologies to cater to North American customers.
"We don't expect (mobile) profit to turn negative like last year," said Jung Do-hyun, LG Electronics Chief Financial Officer, in a statement. "We expect further improvement."
Amazon's Fire smartphone has been on the market for a short while and it has finally been granted the teardown treatment by iFixit. Once the smartphone was pried open, we were able to see what hardware the device used for the first time.
Under the skin, Amazon's Fire smartphone is using chips from Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics. Other hardware inside the smartphone comes from Synaptics Inc and Skyworks Solutions. The main processor inside the phone is a Snapdragon 800.
One of the major features of this smartphone is the four cameras that are designed to track the user's head. The smartphone also has the ability to take a photo of just about any product and then take the user to that product on Amazon. Samsung makes the NAND storage inside the Fire smartphone and the 2GB of DRAM as well.
Apple is still reportedly preparing two next-gen iPhones, with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version. It looks like we could see the 4.7-inch version launched first, with the larger 5.5-inch model to be launched several months later. Why? Well, there's a good reason for that, in Apple's eyes anyway.
DigiTimes is behind the new report, citing their usual anonymous supply chain sources, where they said: "The different timetables have been set as Apple does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when it launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c simultaneously, said the sources". There are still conflicting rumors that Apple will launch both new iPhones at the same time, but I think we will see a staggered release.
Apple won't want to cannibalize its own sales, and it knows that releasing two new bigger iPhones at the same time will do just that. There are a lot of people who have been waiting for a 'bigger iPhone' and being torn between two models won't help. One will sell more than the other - I'm banking on the 4.7-inch version - which will allow Apple to do a Samsung. Samsung launches a Galaxy Note around six months after its flagship Galaxy S smartphone, where Apple could start doing the same thing - releasing the 4.7-inch version, waiting six months to launch the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
Microsoft has rolled out a new smartphone in the Lumia range called the Lumia 530. The smartphone is set to land in Europe next month and will sell for €85 before taxes and subsidies. Odds are the cheap device will be free on certain tariffs.
The smartphone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and runs Windows Phone 8.1. Other hardware features include a 5MP camera, 4-inch screen, and interchangeable colored shells.
The 4-inch screen has a native resolution of 854 x 480 and Microsoft will offer dual and single SIM versions of the smartphone. Microsoft has also unveiled a new mobile speaker along with the phone called the Bang by Coloud designed to plug in with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Its internal battery is good for eight hours of playback.
Apple posted its quarterly profits this week and shed a bit of light on sales for its popular iPad and iPhone devices. While iPhone sales are up, sales of iPad tablets are slowing with sales slumping to 13.3 million units during the quarter, a 9% decline.
This marks the second quarter in a row where sales of the iPad have been on the decline. CEO Tim Cook says that the key to reviving iPad sales is to get more of the tablets into the business world. Cook notes that Apple has 76% of the commercial market with its products, but tablets are used less often in the commercial setting than laptops.
Apple admits that sales for the iPad last quarter were less than some analysts predicted, but says that sales were in line with its own predictions. "We still feel the category as a whole is in its early days and there is significant innovation that can be brought to the iPad and we plan on doing that," Cook said.