Even though I hate Verizon for doing that, I have to admit that as long as Verizon's coverage continue to be so much better than its competitors, this strategy would work. I myself would love to switch to T-mobile, but its coverage in my area is no match to Verizon. As a result, I couldn't switch.
I will believe it when I see it -- this is NOT the first time Samsung reportedly toned down TouchWiz in their "next" product. None of them came true.
Seriously, I can understand why they sold the PC business, but selling the mobile device business? Their TV business is going down as well. What do they have remain in their toolbox? Playstation -- do they really expect that 10 years from now, the console market will still be there?
I can only call it the beginning of death of this once monster electronic enterprise.
>> You forgot to mention it is rooted out of the box :-)
In this case, expect the root access to be taken away when this sentence becomes true: "working to release the V2 on all U.S. carriers"
Questions, what stop a developer to make its app do something other than searching after the app receive the search query? As far as I can tell, nothing. If that's the case, why does Google choose to use the keyword "search"?
Fighting bad is a really bad tactics for Google -- just be honest to ourselves, in just 1 month or so, Apple Pay has gotten more support than Google Wallet had gathered in years. What Google should do is to persuade CurrentC supporters to allow Google Wallet ONLY. Look, those companies don't scare Google (otherwise, some of them would have blocked Google Wallet LONG TIMES AGO) -- they fear Apple, which has a notorious record of screwing everyone else to benefit itself.
I honestly don't think that people who want an iPhone 6/6+ cares about the Android L release -- hell, those people may not even know Android has third party keyboard for, like FOREVER.
On top of that, the Nexus, historically, served only a very small number of customers. People who bought a Nexus 5 probably accounts for just single digit in smartphone market share. Unless Google chooses to change its marketing strategy, I don't see this changing.
>> Android lacks the CPU and multitasking capabilities to really benefit from what all a 10â€³ form factor
Android can multitask -- what you don't have is a multitask UI that lets you work with more than one app at the same time (at least that's how the AOSP works.)
Look, the smart devices are designed to be a single task machine. I hate to say that, but they are designed for dumb people. Really, think about it. From Apple to Google, they took away easy file system access, multi-windows UI, bootloader, etc in the name of user friendliness. But who are the users they defined? Definitely not you and me, nor many enthusiastic Android users who frequent this site, XDA, messes with their ROM ... They are targeting people who couldn't even understand how file / folder works. They are the people who put all the files on their PC's desktop.
So, don't say that Android cannot be benefited from a 10" form factor, because you never know how the target audiences of a tablet want from a 10" tablet -- you don't think like them.
>> 4.7 is a good size. I slightly down-sized to a 4.7 HTC One M7 and I think it’s perfect. Bigger isn’t always better.
As much as I love my Moto X, after using it for an year, and looking at my wife using her Galaxy Note 3, I can say that I do want a bigger screen than 4.7 when I upgrade next time. I find that the "one-hand" operation is meaningless to me as I don't use my Moto X with just one hand that much. Sure, I don't want a 5.7" Note size phabet, but 5.2" like the new Moto X? A million yes.
Apple's Steve Jobs: 'no one's going to buy' a big phone
The Motorola Hint is really interesting -- currently, almost all wearable devices focus on a visual UI (ex, glasses, watches, etc.) A category of devices that rely on an audio UI would be refreshing. In addition, it will also help those who are visually impaired.
It's hardly a bargain -- For $95, you will be getting 8Gb of data by buying your own phone at full retail price. It may be better than Verizon or AT&T, but one will get unlimited data from T-mobile for only $80. I don't know about you, but in my neighborhood, Sprint's coverage is even worse than T-mobile. 4G is nowhere to be found -- in Sprint's defense, given how slow its 3G network is, 8Gb will definitely feel like unlimited data to me, as I probably won't be able to use up all 8Gb in one month with such slow connection.
You only need some scotch tapes to apply any screen protector perfectly. Just tape the protector to your phone on one side, then flip the protector up, removing backing, press down, remove the scotch tape, done.
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This, along with all those promotions since its launch, should have been done THE DAY this phone was launched, not NOW.
If you think about it, Motorola hasn't released any flagship since the Moto X launch last year, but HTC launched its top of the line this year, that pretty much means it's almost a gameover for HTC.
Couldn't Line's Deco app do the same?
Well, I don't think the full retail price hard to justify now. First of all, if you are still on the unlimited plan, you basically have no choice but to buy at full price if you want a new phone -- subsidized phones has left you forever. On the other hand, if you are not on the unlimited plan, you can now get $10 off (or $15 if your data plan is over 10Gb) each month from your plan, $600 - $240 ($10 for 24 months -- a typical contract's length) makes it $360, a much easier to accept price ... actually, I wonder if the actual saving is more than that because the taxes/fees applied to the plan's monthly fee might be higher than the sales tax of a phone.
Samsung should read this and give up making their custom apps, and focus on making their phones work as fast and as smooth as possible with the Android OS and Google apps.
I will see it when I believe it -- reason? I just don't see Google's interest in creating a device that appeals to the mass market. Google itself has repeated many times that the Nexus is a developer line. Traditional marketing is next to non-existent. Outside of the Android enthusiasts, almost no one knows about the Nexus, especially the Nexus phones (the Nexus 7 is probably the most widely known, and is an exception.) Whenever I told a friend of mine, who is looking for an off-contract phone, that he/she can buy a top-tier smartphone for sub-400, made by a well-known manufacturer, their facial expression can win the Oscar. What would a sub-$100 phone buys Google, if the Nexus is only meant for developer? Sure, it can attract developers who have less money in their pocket, but it surely will alienate those who wants a higher end smartphone for their needs outside of development. Is Google ready to make 2 Nexus phones, then? I find it very unlikely, especially when the target audience is already a niche.
I don't like post processing either, but their Lens Blur effect is actually quite good. Even before they explain the process behind, you can tell that the software has some kind of knowledge of the depth of field. My only complaint is that they downsample too much -- my Moto X is capable of ~10MP, but it downsamples the picture all the way to 1024 x 576, even though I set the quality to high. That's way too much of downsampling.