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Two projects, two possible new modular devices. Choose Blocks vs Google ARA

March 4, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

About the modular smartphone, there are a lot of good news. First time, Motorola talked about the modular phone and now Google is trying to revive the project. There are a lot of rumors about the Google Project ARA and its modular device. On the same idea, a UK team is working on a similar project called Blocks. Both ideas have small parts with different features and both projects are very appreciated on the market. The question is now, which will be the first modular device released? If we think logic, Google will release the first product, being a big company with many engineers and more resources.

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Blocks prototype

Google ARA project-Yezz prototype

The Google Project ARA has been talked the first time after the acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011, and after the patent acquired from Modu, an Israeli mobile phone company founded in 2007. Modu is the first company which developed the first modular cellular device and held the record for the lightest mobile phone in the world. The real beginning of the project started on April 1, 2013 and Motorola shared pubic Project ARA on October 29, 2013 as a collaboration with Phoneblocks(a modular phone created by the Dutch designer Dave Hakkens).

Now, Project ARA has been shown at MWC as a prototype made by the low-cost manufacturer Yezz. The prototype could be launched a price about $200. Yezz is developing at the moment more than 80 modules for the Google ARA and the most interesting is that Yezz want to integrate a solar panel produced by Suncore, to one of the module to increase the device battery life. Toshiba is also involved in the development program for a camera module.
At the moment, Yezz developed two prototypes and is working on developing a new series of modules for the system. The base of the device is an endoskeleton where the other modules could be inserted into the device function. The modules could be a screen module, curved or flat, processor, camera module, GPS and Bluetooth module, storage and sensor module. The number of totally module placed on the endoskeleton is 11 including the display module. The modules are disposable into different sizes and could be swapped out and removed with magnetic claps. This feature offers the possibility to the final user to customize the watch with de desired modules.

Google ARA project-Yezz prototype

 

Based on the Google Project ARA concept, a British team created a similar project for a modular smartwatch. The Blocks team wants to create a high-class smartwatch which with all their modules to be a super smartwatch. Blocks will be an Android device and will have the same features like a smartphone or a conventional smartwatch. Blocks can monitor the health, the fitness program, your weight and more. All the Blocks bracelet is actually composed of modules connected to metal jacks. The modules can be swapped and the watch could be upgraded or downgraded as the user wants.

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Blocks prototype

Blocks concentrated the watch brain into the main modules which contain the display, processor, Bluetooth connection and the battery. For the Blocks modules will be a price around £20 to £40 per module. The modules can be camera, GPS sensor, heart-rate sensor, temperature sensor, additional battery and even a SIM card slot. For the Blocks display is in discussion three variants, one curved, one flexible and one normal flat display. The used technology for the display could be LED or for a better battery life could be E-Ink.
As a new technology, Blocks is a waterproof and dustproof device.
Both devices are interesting and could become reality in the near future. The only thing is to develop the modules and to miniaturize them to could make a thin device.

March 2, 2015
by Laur
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HTC Grip has a 1.8 PMOLED flexible display and is IP57 certificated

HTC Grip is the first HTC device tracker designed for fitness lovers. HTC Grip is designed by UA Record, a company dedicated to athletes and fitness enthusiasts. For HTC Grip will be available two colors, one deep teal, and one lime and will be the first release in North America this Spring. For the rest of the world, the date is unknown for the moment, probably in Q4 of 2015.

HTC Grip
Smartband from HTC is compatible with Apple devices which run IOS 7 or higher and for Android devices with Android 4.3 or higher. Also, the smartband will be available in three sizes, large, medium and small and will be waterproof being certificated with IP57-water and dust resistant. The waterproof feature offers the possibility to be kept in water at 1 meter more than 30 minutes.

HTC Grip
HTC Grip OS system is RTOS, the HTC OS and features a 1.8 inch PMOLED mono flexible display at 32 x 150 pixel. The internal storage is 16 MB and has 8 MB of SRAM memory. Also, HTC Grip is GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. The battery is a 100 mAh and could offer up to 2.5 days of life without GPS activated and about 5 hours with GPS activated.
The smartband has also a lot of sensors like GPS, compass, sensor Hub, gyroscope, light sensor and g-sensor and allows music control. It is able to track a lot of workouts like cycling, running and could also monitor sleep. Paired with a compatible smartphone, HTC smartband can provide message notifications and incoming call.

Samsung released the Galaxy S6 and S6 EDGE, two devices like Hurricane Katrina features

March 2, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

Samsung will be the first producer of a fully flexible display according to a Samsung patent released last week. This new Samsung patent is related to a foldable electronic device which has integrated a flexible display.

This last Samsung foldable display is designed more for a foldable laptop or something similar to a laptop maybe a notebook. This new Samsung invention could make future devices bendable and could make easier watching a movie or playing games on the future devices.

This month, Samsung released the most wanted device in two variants. I’m talking about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy s6 EDGE.

JK Shin, Samsung CEO announce that the new Galaxy S6 is a smartphone with high-end specification specially designed by Samsung designers for a refined market. The new Galaxy S6 has new functions like Samsung Pay, a feature similar to Apple Pay.

Galaxy S6

Both Galaxy variants are available in five different colors and the display has a Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The case metal is 50% stronger than other metal phone cases and will never be bended in the pocket like the iPhone 6.

Galaxy S6 has a 5.1 inches display Super AMOLED Quad HD wich offers a 577 pixel density. The processor used on both devices is the Samsung chipset, Exynos 7420 with the newest 14 nm technology, octa-core  with 64 bits CPU. The processor could be “spared” in four Cortex A57  clocked at 2.1 GHz and four Cortex A53 at 1.5 GHz, together making the powerful Exynos octa-core CPU.

Samsung attached the amazing GPU Mali-T760 and 3 GB RAM LLDDR4 for an unique user experience. Those three important components makes the Galaxy S6 a powerful smartphone and a high-tech pocket device. Galaxy S6 comes also with a 2660 mAh battery for the normal device and a 2600 mAh for the Galaxy S6 EDGE. The Galaxy S6 camera has new features like low light shot which can combine more pictures for a better quality. The front camera is a 5 MP with HDR feature.

Galaxy S6

The back camera is a 16 MP with an optic stabilization for a high-quality pictures. Both cameras have f 1.9 lenses for a better quality in low light conditions can be opening in less than 1 second.

For the Galaxy S6, EDGE Samsung created an application that offer the possibility to choose five different colours for five different callers which will light the curve display.

Also, the new Galaxy S6 has a new function similar to quick charge application that can offer in ten minutes four hours of battery life and for a full battery charge, the charging time is half than iPhone 6. The battery is non-detachable and has the wireless charging feature.

Galaxy S6

Full Galaxy S6 specification:

Network

LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Display

Galaxy S6: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED

Galaxy S6 Edge: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge

AP

Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor

OS

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Camera

16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)

Video

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM, VP9

Audio

Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS

Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Camera Features

Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus

Additional Features

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Download Booster

S Health 4.0

Samsung Pay

Smart Manager

Microsoft Apps(OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)

Sound Alive+

Themes

Quick Connect

Private Mode

S Finder, S Voice

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspotBluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+

USB: USB 2.0

NFC

IR Remote

Sensor

Accelerometer, Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint, Hall, HRM

Memory

RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4Internal Memory: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0

Wireless Charging

WPC1.1(4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0(4.2W) compatible

Dimension

Galaxy S6: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g

Galaxy S6 Edge: 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm, 132g

Battery

Galaxy S6: 2,550mAh

Galaxy S6 Edge: 2,600mAh

The price is not announced by Samsung but rumors said the Galaxy S6 price will be about 699 Euro for the normal version and 849 Euro for the EDGE variant, both with 32 GB internal memory and 799 Euro for 64 GB and 899 Euro for 128 GB. The EDGE variant will be for 64 GB about 949 Euro and 1049 for the 128 GB on the European market.

Samsung Norway released amusant concepts of Samsung Galaxy S6

February 26, 2015 by Laur | 2 Comments

Untill the Galaxy S 6 to be released many rumors and concepts hit the internet.  Concepts like bendable device or a device with a flexible display or a device similar to Galaxy Note Edge can be found on the entire internet. The real Galaxy S6 design is not known for the moment, but we can be proud with the Samsung teasers. Videos like The Next Galaxy released by Samsung doesn’t offer a clear design for Galaxy S6 and could be made just to arouse the public interest for a new product.

This way, Samsung Norway, posted some render concepts based on the most interesting rumors for the next Galaxy S6. One of these posted concepts is a device with three sides, actually being a strange device. The most probably, Galaxy S6 will be a smartphone that will have a dual-side rounded display similar to Galaxy Note EDGE.

Galaxy S6 three sides concept

 

Another concept posted by Samsung Norway is the concept presented at CES, the transparent device that will be used by Tony Stark crew in the next Avengers movie. This could be a joke or could be a real device? The transparent display has been released and is looking great!

Galaxy S6 Tony Stark concept

 

The 3rd concept presented is like a soap, in my opinion. It has an egg-shaped display and from the back comes two stereo speakers that could offer a high quality stereo sound.

Galaxy S6 egg-shaped concept

 

The real design will be released by Samsung once with the device next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Let’s wait and see the real Galaxy S6.

No more battery low smartphone-Kyocera and Sunpartners Technologies unveils first smartphone with photovoltaic technology created with Wysips Crystal

February 24, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

Sunpartner Technologies and Kyocera unveiled the first solar smartphone. This new working prototype is designed for rugged outdoor use. Sunpartner Technologies, a French company decide to make a partnership with the Japanese mobile phone maker develop a new kind of smartphone, one with photovoltaic cells.

Kyocera prototype
This prototype is using the Wysips Crystal technology and is able to create its own energy with the Wysips Crystal from the display directly from the sun. The Wysips Crystal technology is installed under the touch screen and can achieve the sunlight directly when the phone use or kept in the solar light. This offers a new user experience when the battery is fully discharged and need to see notification or to send an email.

Wysips Crystal technology-video

The Wysips Crystal is a combination of photovoltaic and optical properties and can be fitted with any kind of display. The Wysips Crystal has some excellent properties like powerful, ultra thin, transparent and the most exciting is that is flexible. This last properties can change the evolution of the smartphone development and could be integrated into a flexible device, helping him to conserve more power with less space.
The Wysips technology is integrated on the top of the touchscreen during the manufacturing process and the transparent photovoltaic component is connected to a chip that converts the solar energy into energy for the smartphone battery.

The new device is rugged  and drop-proof being optimized for activities like sports or construction sites. This prototype will be released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015.

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Blu, the complete flexible display wearable device could be available on May 2015

February 23, 2015 by Laur | 2 Comments

A new project has been posted o Kickstarter about flexible devices. This new project is called Blu and combine perfectly a smartphone and a smartwatch. Blu project will be the first flexible display wearable smartphone. Blu has a futuristic design and will be a powerful smartphone with the flexibility of a watch.
The technology described for this concept is OLED, which offers the possibility to be a complete flexible device. The Blu device will have a wrist circumference from 5.5 inches to 8.5 inches.

Blu concept

Blu flexible display wearable concept

The display size is 5.3 inches and the technology is F-OLED( flexible OLED display), a technology with just 0.8 mm thinness and has the ability to be rolled. Also, the display protection for this new concept will be Gorilla Willow a new flexible protection developed by Gorilla Glass.
As I mentioned, this device is more than a smartwatch and more than a smartphone. This combination makes it a unique wearable device with high expectation. Blu will run Android OS probably Lollipop, will have a 5.3 inches F-OLED flexible display protected by Corning Willow, 2 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 64 GB.
Being full flexible device, needs a flexible battery and designers have a plan for that. They are using a flexible thin film battery with 2400mAH capacity. The advantages of those batteries are that offers a thin device, a light weight devices, high output voltage and is safe, no fluids.

Blu flexible display wearable concept

Blu flexible display wearable concept

Blu device is waterproof and this was possible by makes it complete wireless. Blu supports Bluetooth headphones and wireless charging. For that, every Blu device will come with a wireless dock and NFC.
Blu device could be available for $799 after the concept will reach the $600000 goal.

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The Next Galaxy-What’s Next a Samsung question

February 21, 2015 by Laur | 3 Comments

The Next Galaxy is an official picture comes from Samsung which could figure the next Galaxy S6 device. As we can see the phone is thick and has rounded back case. About the display, there aren’t specification or concrete pictures, but could be an EDGE variant. Samsung seems to prepare the international market for Mobile World Congress from March 2015 where rumors said that will be released two Samsung Galaxy devices: Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Round 2.
Both devices could feature a flexible display or even a curve display. The S6 will have the right side curved like the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Round 2 will be probably like the first Samsung Round but probably more flexible.
Anyway the picture hashtag say that The Next Galaxy will be released soon.

The next Galaxy
Samsung, the first world Smartphone producers has registered a high sells decrease in the last six months and must come with something exceptional on the market to re-acquire the first position on the market. The Next Galaxy must be what every customer wish to be.

What's next
As Samsung promote The Next Galaxy, might be a curved display. In the near past, Samsung released another picture with an intelligent text, “What’s Next”. This represents a smartphone body with elegant curved sides. On the same photo, we could see that this device will be present at the MWC in Barcelona on March.

 

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