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Android Hardware Phones

Samsung@MWC2015 – Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Samsung’s Galaxy series has now reached its sixth iteration. Last years version (the Galaxy S5) didn’t sell all that well according to rumors. Maybe it looked a little too much like the Galaxy S4? The last Galaxy model I liked, was the S2. Until last year, when I saw the Alpha. With its metal band, it looks really good. With the S6, and especially the S6 Edge, Samsung has won me over. They are really nice-looking. But design is not everything. Sadly for the Samsung fans, it’s no longer possible to swap the battery or memory card. This will be a deal breaker for many.

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Android Hardware Phones

HTC@MWC2015 – One M9

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I was really fond of the first HTC One (later dubbed M7) when it came in 2013. I liked the M8 even more when it was released a year later in spring 2014. It was no surprise when HTC again kept the original design (although tweaked) with the new M9. I’m not sure if I like the gold on silver look. I tend to like the darker versions more. In this case: Gun Metal Grey.

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Apple iOS Mac OSX

How to configure iMessages in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 for SMS Forwarding

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With the release of OSX Yosemite and iOS 8.1 it is now possible to send and receive SMS via the Messages app in Yosemite and on the iPad.

I had to troubleshoot my setup to get SMS Forwarding to work and here is what I found out:

  • Your devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) need to be signed in with the same iCloud account and on the same wifi network.
  • On the iPhone I enabled iMessage via Settings >> Messages.
  • Under Send & Receive on the same page I enabled my phone number and at least one email address to work with iMessage.
  • I went back and then into Text Message Forwarding. I enabled my Mac and iPad, each device showed me a code I entered on the iPhone.
  • I then sent a couple of test messages between the devices. Success!
  • The person you are sending a SMS to, does not need to be an iMessage user.
  • If you send pictures, they don’t show up on all devices.

See this guide over at Redmond Pie for details.

 

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Android Google

Android 5.0 Lollipop will start rollout November 3

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On October 15 2014 Google revealed that Lollipop is the codename for Android 5.0. From November 3, the rollout will begin to hit users of Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both 2012 and 2013 version) and 10. Plus the Google Edition devices.

With Lollipop comes a totally new user interface, called “Material Design”. Presented at this years Google I/O, the new design is built in “layers” to give a perception of depth.

Some of the new features are:

Project Volta

Android 5.0 should make your battery last longer between charges and a new battery saver mode enables you to squeeze out even more when reaching critical levels.

Guest mode

No need to worry when someone wants to borrow your phone. Lollipop has a new guest mode, allowing other Google users to logon momentarily. They can’t access any of your stuff. If you share your phone with certain people regularly, you can also set up several profiles.

New first-time setup

By touching two NFC capable Android phones, you can transfer all your data from your old phone to your new. You can also choose which backup to restore from via the Cloud.

Do not disturb mode

Notifications has got an overhaul. You can also activate a “do not disturb” mode where no notifications will bother you. Or you can choose which notifications that come through (priority mode).

Faster

Android RunTime (ART) has replaced the Dalvik runtime and offers a performance boost overall.

See all the details at the official Lollipop page.

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Android Google

Google announces the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

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At the same time as Lollipop was revealed to be the codename for the next version of Android, Google also announced a new phone, a new tablet and yet another take on an entertainment hub. (Remember the Nexus Q and Google TV anyone?)

Nexus 6

Nexus 6 is a phone made by Motorola. As the name suggests, the display is six inches. Since such a big phone isn’t for everyone, the Nexus 5 will still be available.

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Quote from the official Android blog:

This new phone has a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, making it as great for movies and gaming as it is for doing work. It also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.

The main specs are:

  • Display:
    • 5.96” 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
      16:9 aspect ratio
      Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU:
    • Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz quad-core
  • RAM:
    • 3GB
  • Storage:
    • 32GB or 64GB
  • Camera:
    • 13MP with optical image stabilization
      Dual LED ring flash
      f/2.0 aperture
      4K video capture at 30fps
  • Battery:
    • 3220mAh
      Qi wireless charging
  • Weight:
    • 184g

 

Nexus 9

Nexus 9 is a tablet made by HTC. The company also made the first Nexus phone, the Nexus One, back in 2010.

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Quote from the official Android blog:

With brushed metal sides and 8.9-inch screen, the Nexus 9 is small enough to easily carry around in one hand, yet big enough to work on. And since more and more people want to have the same simple experience they have on their tablets when they have to do real work, we designed a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9, folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap like a laptop.

The main specs are:

  • Display:
    • 8.9″ IPS LCD
      4:3 aspect ratio
      QXGA (2048×1536)
      Gorilla Glass 3
      Double tap to wake
  • CPU:
    • 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver 2.3GHz
  • RAM:
    • 2GB
  • Storage:
    • 16GB or 32GB
  • Camera:
    • 8MP Rear camera
      f/2.4 aperture
      Auto-focus, LED flash
  • Battery:
    • 6700mAh
  • Weight:
    • 425g

 

Nexus Player

Nexus Player is an Android TV device made by Asus.

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Quote from the official Android blog:

A streaming media player for movies, music and videos. It’s also a first-of-its-kind Android gaming device. With Nexus Player you can play Android games on your HDTV with a gamepad, then keep playing on your phone while you’re on the road. Nexus Player is Google Cast Ready so you can cast your favorite entertainment from almost any Chromebook or Android or iOS phone or tablet to your TV.

The main specs are:

  • Chipset:
    • 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom
      Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
  • RAM:
    • 1GB
  • Storage:
    • 8GB
  • Display out:
    • HDMI  1080p 60Hz)
  • Accessories:
    • Remote (included)
    • Gamepad

Availability and prices

Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17. Nexus 9 will be in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November—with options for an unlocked version through Play store, or a monthly contract or installment plan through carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Specific carrier rollout timing will vary. Check out google.com/nexus for more details on availability.

American prices in USD:

Nexus 6 = From 649$ unlocked

Nexus 9 = From 399$ unlocked

Nexus Player = 99$