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Google preparing for Android Lollipop release this Friday

Google is planning to release Android 5.0, dubbed Lollipop, on Friday, featuring a new design and additional features. Lollipop will replace Android 4.4 (KitKat), which was released in October 2013, as the demand for a robust operating system increases along with impressively strong hardware that powers smartphones and tablets.

 

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Lollipop will provide additional security features and improve battery life, along with new features that could make Android devices more friendly for bring your own device (BYOD) workplace use.

 

Android currently has almost 85 percent of the global smartphone market, the IDC research group says, appealing to consumers in emerging markets. Lollipop will be pushed out on new Google Nexus smartphones and tablets - then will spread to older Nexus devices - with other hardware manufacturers expected to release updates in the near future.

Galaxy Note 4 beats iPhone 6 in blind camera comparison

PhoneArena held a blind camera comparison test between the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4, with over 6,000 of its readers, with Samsung's phablet coming out on top.

 

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From the 6,000 readers, just under 43% of them found the Galaxy Note 4's pictures to look better, with just 22% choosing the iPhone 6 as having the better rear-snapper. These numbers are even better considering the blind camera comparison included other smartphones, with some of the biggest devices released yet being tested. This included the LG G3, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Sony's Xperia Z3, all polled at under 12%.

 

This isn't a 'the Galaxy Note 4 takes better pictures than the iPhone 6, period' as PhoneArena only snapped shots in strong lighting, and didn't shoot in low-light or bad conditions. The site has promised that a more detailed camera comparison test is coming, something we should expect in the coming weeks.

ZAGG: 6% of smartphone users have dropped their phone in the toilet

In ZAGG's Device Damage Study for June 2014, the company held a seven-minute online survey with 768 US residents who currently own, and use a smartphone or tablet. The data secured from this adventure showed some very interesting statistics, with 23% of people worried about losing, or having their smartphone stolen.

 

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Cracked screens came in second with 16%, while breaking it or damaging it in general came in third with 15%. Out of the smartphone users who had their handset damaged, 38% of those said the damage happened from a drop or fall, with 26% saying they had some form of water damage. The water damage is interesting, as this splits into four categories: fell in water, got wet, spilled drink/fell in drink, and fell in toilet. 6% of those who participated in the study said they dropped their smartphone in the toilet.

 

ZAGG's study showed that from the 768 people who took part in this research, 49% of those with damaged phones either replaced the handset completely, or had it fixed. Another scary number is that 48% of those in the study were still using a damaged smartphone, which is close to the same number as those who actually have a protective case on their phone.

New iPhones to enter 36 additional markets later this month

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, and while China pre-orders might be hitting a massive 20 million units, there are an additional 36 markets that Apple is breaking into this month alone.

 

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These markets include China and India, which are massive markets on their own, and with these 36 new markets, it'll have the new iPhones available in a total of 69 markets. As of October 17, the two new iPhones will be available in India, China and Monaco. Israel receives it on October 23, with Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa getting the new iPhone the next day, on October 24.

 

Just under a week later on October 30, Bahrain and Kuwait join the iPhone 6 train, while the following day will have Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Thailand receiving the new iOS 8-powered handset. Apple has called this "the fastest iPhone roll out ever", where more than 115 countries will have the new iPhone before 2014 wraps up.

Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.

 

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The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The improvements are coming from a form of nanostructures, where instead of traditional graphite used to create the lithium-ion battery's anode, this new technology uses a cheap titanium dioxide gel, which is a similar material to that used in sunscreen, that absorbs UV rays.

 

The scientists have discovered a way to turn these compounds into nanostructures that super-speed the charging process, with this change making lithium-ion batteries capable of charging 20x faster, and lasting up to 20x longer. Associate Professor Chen Xiaodong of Nanyang Technological University said in a release "With our nanotechnology, electric cars would be able to increase their range dramatically with just five minutes of charging, which is on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars". The researchers hope to have this technology on the market within two years, which should be perfect timing for our next, next-gen smartphones and electric cars.

Google releases an Android L 64-bit emulator, for Intel x86 CPUs

Android app developers can now get their hands-on an Android L emulator to design 64-bit architecture. This will help developers who take advantage of features and instruction sets that only 64-bit processing can provide.

 

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But they're restricted to Intel's x86 64-bit architecture: Bay Trail and Atom - for now. Questions are raised by the Android community and other tech journalists, as to why Google didn't allow for ARMv8, knowing that ARMv8-based NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit capable chipset is going to be out soon. Qualcomm is also prepared its Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor as well.

 

The reason behind this could be that Intel may have worked closely with Google to develop Android L, but it's currently unknown if ARM or NVIDIA is having similar development tie-ups with Google. In regards to Google Android L, the 64-bit version of Android L will provide larger addressable memory space, larger number of registers and newer instruction sets that developers can play around with. Not only developers can build newer apps, but also optimize their older apps for the Android L architecture.

 

The emulator can be accessed via Google's developer portal.

Report: China iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorders top 20 million

It appears China is ready to embrace the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as preorders reportedly topped 20 million in three days. A mix of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, the three largest Chinese wireless carriers, snagged 10 million preorders, while retailers racked up 9.5 million preorders.

 

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Previous generations of the iPhone sold extremely well in the United States and Western Europe, but struggled against Google Android-powered devices in emerging markets. However, analysts have predicted huge potential for consumer electronics in China, as the market continues to mature.

 

The iPhone will hit China starting on Friday, October 17, and should continue to generate surprising interest leading into the 2014 Christmas holiday season.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in at least 115 countries before the end of 2014, Apple recently said. Before the end of the month, there will be 36 additional markets added in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East - as Apple hopes to drive demand for its newest iPhones.

 

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The iPhone is extremely popular in the United States, UK and Western Europe, but the company hopes to expand interest in emerging markets. The company hopes their release in China and India, scheduled for October 17, will also help drive up sales in two increasingly tech-centric markets.

 

Apple wanted to hit the ground running - and despite several high-profile hiccups - wants to expand sales faster than any other generation of the device. Furthermore, Apple has worked with the Chinese government to ensure there were no security backdoors for the U.S. government to snoop on Chinese users' personal information.

Google all but confirmed to launch the Nexus 6 'this month'

With so many rumors and rumblings about the Nexus 6, we know that it is coming, and very soon, short of Google fully announcing it right now. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Mountain View-based search giant will be announcing the new smartphone "this month".

 

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Google's Nexus 6 should arrive with a massive 5.9-inch QHD display, rocking a resolution of 2560x1440. Motorola, which Google sold not too long ago to Lenovo, is constructing the new phone for Google, under the codename "Shamu". The Nexus 6 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and hopefully all-day battery with a 3,200mAh battery.

 

On the software side of things, we should see the new Nexus flagship arriving with Android L, which is Google's next generation mobile OS that will be a big step up from Android 4.4 'KitKat'. Google is expected to also unveil the HTC-made, NVIDIA-powered Nexus 9 tablet at the same time. The Nexus 9, according to the rumors, should arrive with NVIDIA's very powerful Tegra K1 processor, and of course, Android L.

Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features built-in projector

Lenovo took the wraps off of its Broadwell-powered Yoga 3 Pro earlier today, but the company unveiled two other devices, with the second being the new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.

 

 

The new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13-inch, Android-powered slate that features a built-in projector. Yes, a built-in projector, that is capable of firing out a 16:9 high resolution image, or video, that Lenovo is pushing as the ultimate entertainment device. Considering the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a 2560x1440 QHD display and 8-watt sound system with subwoofer, we can see why.

 

How much will this bad boy set you back? $799? $999? Just $499... for a 13-inch tablet with a 2560x1440 display, 8-watt sound system, and built-in projector. Yikes, Apple/Samsung/Google/LG/HTC/Motorola/world.

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