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@kanoneyez I rock a Canon myself. 5D Mark III. What do you have?
1 year, 1 month ago on Mirrorless Samsung Galaxy Camera NX Press Images Leak
Okay, I take back what I said in the earlier article. My first thought was it was going to be like the original galaxy camera. I may have to really check this out. I'm sure It won't replace my current DSLR, but you can't beat a professional grade, Android connected camera!
That's cool, but it seems kind of redundant, Samsung is on the cusp of releasing an S4 Camera, now going to release a Galaxy Camera 2? I suppose with the former you get the phone function, so there's that. I'll reserve judgement until I have more info.
1 year, 1 month ago on Samsung CEO Tells The World That A Mirrorless "Galaxy Camera 2" Will Be Launched Next Week
I could see where this would thrive and maybe surpass OUYA. I personally don't care for most Mad Catz products, but they have brand recognition going for them.
1 year, 1 month ago on Mad Catz Announces The M.O.J.O. Android Powered Console
I actually quite liked the look of the iOS7... Though I agree.. some of the palette choices seems a bit out of place and makes it seem a bit disjointed. (3rd grader melted crayons that's the best analogy I've heard thus far and nails my sentiment exactly!) It's not enough to make me switch to an iPhone, because from a tweaking stand point, Android has much, much more to offer and probably will continue to be. Though I am eager to play with it, so I might get a 5th Gen Touch.
1 year, 1 month ago on iOS 7 Looks Great, But Does It Offer Anything For The Android Enthusiast?
Arrrgh! Gingerbread just won't die!! Haha
1 year, 1 month ago on Android Distribution Numbers Released, Jelly Bean On A Third Of Devices
Part of it I feel is bad timing. Facebook Home would've been an excellent idea a few years ago... It makes me kind of wonder if they are giving up on Home altogether? Maybe data is suggesting that not many people are actively using it.
1 year, 1 month ago on Facebook Giving Up On The HTC First, Saying You Can Disable Facebook Home
@michaelthesteiner Same here! These fine developers makes our lives so much easier. They deserve all the support we can give them.
1 year, 1 month ago on Root App: Enable MicroSD USB Mass Storage On A Variety Of Samsung Galaxy Devices
@Haloruler64 Hop on! There's plenty of room! :-)
MTP a little slow? MTP runs like molasses! Haha and don't even think about transferring a bunch of files at once, it locks up (at least with me)
I personally don't deal with wires anymore unless I'm doing something with ODIN or need to charge my phone while at my computer. I use Air Droid. It's pretty darn fast, efficient and can access both internal and external storage.
I can't imagine a stock Android device being sullied with beats out the box. I'd gather the groundwork for beats or some equivalent is there, but would have to be enabled via root and ROM? Much like the functions of the IR blaster. Then again, the native music app (and various others) have built in equalizers, so perhaps hardware could be utilized that way to enhance music as you fancy.
I would have considered snapping this phone up, but from what I read, it doesn't have the bands necessary for T-Mobile. Which makes it unattractive to me for the times I'd want to use it on their network.
1 year, 1 month ago on HTC One Google Edition Will Not Have IR Blaster Capability, But Will Retain Beats Audio
I find it extremely hard to pull myself away from Falcon Pro... Though I do have the official app on my device and actually use it from time to time.
1 year, 1 month ago on Twitter For Android Updated With New Compose Window, Rich Notifications
I think part of the reason people think Samsung designs are getting stale is because of perception. The perception that plastic equates to "cheap" which I, for one, don't necessarily agree with. The design of the HTC One, combined with the fact that Samsung decided to stick with design principles from the S III to the S 4 I think quickly added fuel to the stale claim. Then you have other OEMs, such as LG using glass. (the Nexus 4 comes to mind) Then there's the fact that most people (especially enthusiasts) get bored rather quickly with the same ol', same ol'... I'm a Samsung user as well and I don't really mind the plastic, as I think what they do with their software more than makes up for "stale design" With that said, there are some things I would like to see with Design 3.0:
The ability to keep my expandable storage/removable battery and (what I want the most) a redesigned TouchWiz. All this time since Android 4.0 released and TouchWiz STILL screams Gingerbread. I'd like a scaled down, Holo theme with the next iteration. Anything they decide to do with the exterior will be icing on the cake, though I would like to see them add front facing speakers in the next design. It's not like they're new to that game (being that they did that with the Note 10.1)
1 year, 1 month ago on Samsung May Be Creating A "Design 3.0"
Finally, the ability to download files natively! That was the one (major) thing that was keeping me from using Drive regularly. Granted, I could use a file manager that I could connect to Drive to transfer stuff to my phone, but this is SO much more convenient. The new UI is just icing on the cake! Thanks, Google.
1 year, 2 months ago on Google Drive Update Brings Updated UI And Ability To Download Files
... But do you like it? Haha. Great write up. It leaves me with a bit of buyers remorse getting the S4. I may just have to break my piggy bank and get it. Haha!
I'm a side note, is anyone here at Droiddog planning on doing a write up on the S4?
1 year, 2 months ago on HTC One Full Review
@Haloruler64 Thanks! You call it being far too lazy, I call it being very minimalist :-) I like the look, especially when I have a more fancy wallpaper. I'll spread my folders across all my homescreens.
It takes me weeks to setup my homescreen(s), because I'm usually too busy or lazy to do it when I set up a new phone.. but thank goodness you can back them up, so when I get a new device, I can just restore them at will! If I find out I'm going to the app drawer too often for a paticular app, I usually deem it time to put it in a folder. That's how I build my folders now that way it won't seem too daunting of a task. (and it can be when your app count gets up there. LOL)
Funny story: One time I racked up $75 on my phone bill for app store purchases. From that point on, I just started loading around $10-20/mo on a Google Play card. So yea, I'm very frugal now when it comes to app purchases. LOL
1 year, 2 months ago on What's On Your Homescreen? Dima Aryeh
@jeremyco That's sexy! I may need to experiment with that setup. I'm loving how it has what looks like your work schedule up top. Can it be more intricate than how you have it? Like say, hour by hour in any given day?
I totally dig your homescreen! Very uniform and clean. That's how I like mine (Although it's not as bare bones as yours).
I like dark backgrounds, so I always try to pick one has deep blacks and greys. Just as well, I like colors that pop, but I like the "flat" Metro look as opposed to the different icon styles each app may have natively. So to keep inline with my uniformed and clean look, I use the Minimal UI Go Nova Apex Theme on top of Nova Laucher Prime. The apps I use the most are in folders, seperated by category.
Phone: Galaxy S 4
Launcher: Nova Prime (Swipe up for app drawer)
Icons: Minimal UI Go Nova Apex
Widgets: Stock GS4 Clock
Google Search Google Play
Shazam (1-Click ID)
SoundHound (1-Click ID)
They weren't lying about no new hardware! (unless you count the stock S4!)Lol. All in all, it was a pretty good I/O. I love how Google constantly works to innovative and improve their products. It leaves me excited about what they have cooking next!
1 year, 2 months ago on Google I/O Recap: It Went Pretty Well!
I've been saying this for a while now, but if Google launched their own music service and it's robust, I would drop Rdio and Spotify in a heartbeat! Especially if I can bill it to my carrier. All my music needs would be met in one easy to use application! Maybe we'll hear something at I/O?
1 year, 2 months ago on Google Could Be Gearing Up To Launch A Music Streaming Service To Compete With Spotify
I'd jump all over a Nexus 4 LTE (especially if it's available in white). A Nexus smartwatch would be equally as awesome, I know a lot of people find that silly, but it would be so convenient for times I don't want to pull out my phone.
I know this isn't the most sexy request, but one thing I'd REALLY be interested in is a revamped Nexus Q with Google TV functionality (perhaps a tad cheaper as well). I've long desired a good Google TV experience, and I have a feeling that would come directly from Google itself. With Google Fiber on the horizon, now would be a good time really show what they could do on that front.
1 year, 2 months ago on Google I/O Is Tomorrow, Here Is What We Want And Expect
Between the gorgeous body and all the great features (BoomSound, Zoe, Blinkfeed...) it's too difficult to pick just "One".
1 year, 2 months ago on (Update: Contest Over!) Win A HTC One From DroidDog.com And AT&T, In 20 Words Or Less
The "Nexus Optimus G" Or "Nexus Optimus G2" BOOM! LOL
1 year, 2 months ago on New Leak Gives Us Another Peek At Those Insanely Thin LG Bezels
@TheDark_Knight Agreed. I'm on the road and travel often and there are just some areas that I wish I made offline from before departing. Though I would imagine that whole states/countries would eat up a large chunk of your phone's memory. The small sections at a time that they let you download is almost 90MB... and that's just around a 50mi radius...
1 year, 2 months ago on Possible Google Maps Refresh Screenshots Leaked
I'm with you Google maps for Android needs a serious overhaul. Why is it we're *still* waiting for UI improvements that iOS got? Perhaps all will be revealed at I/O? Maybe we'll see in the next version of Android or Key Lime Pie? (when that comes around)
I'd rather see some independent studies on this myself. Maybe a few videos. As the adage goes, "Pics, or it didn't happen"
Though I'm with you. I can live with a few scratches if I have structural integrity. Though generally with me, I'd almost feel like it was time for a new phone (or at least a screen replacement) if the scratch was too apparent (I'm OCD like that.. LOL)
1 year, 2 months ago on Corning Claims That Sapphire Is Far More Brittle Than Gorilla Glass
I'm not on AT&T, So I truly hope other carriers follow suit and offer the larger size!
As slightly over priced I think the S4 is, I do think that $50 bump between size models is a great system... Hopefully that'll continue down the line with all OEMs...
1 year, 2 months ago on AT&T Getting A 32GB Galaxy S 4 On May 10th, Only $50 More
I'm a Kansas Citian and one of the lucky ones that got Google Fiber in my neighborhood and let me tell you, it's fantastic! Though, I gotta say the roll-out here has been strange, so to speak. If I've been following progress correctly, they are still working on Central Kansas City, MO (nothing is lit up outside of the Google Fiber Space area) and only a spattering of neighborhoods have been lit up on the Kansas City, KS side. They even haven't touched North or South KC yet. So it's been hard to get a bead on when and how they are going to finish the rest of KC...
Though I assume if the Raytown City Council approves Google Fiber, they'll start work on South Kansas City at the same time, since a good portion of Raytown shares a border with them. Though I'll be slightly perplexed if they start working on Shawnee and Olathe before the rest of KC.. Though I don't know how these things work, honestly. LOL
1 year, 2 months ago on Google Fiber Coming To Shawnee, Kansas, Maybe To Raytown Missouri
The larger question remains, how are people still on Donut, Eclair and Froyo? :-P Ahhh makes me want to boot up my G1. Lol
1 year, 2 months ago on Android Distribution Numbers Are In Again, Not Too Much Has Changed
Though I will go on record and say that... pictures. They do not do the HTC One justice. That phone is absolutely stunning!
1 year, 2 months ago on Early Adopters, How Are You Liking Your Ones and S 4s?
So I walked into ATT today to get a feel for both devices (I plan on making my choice in the next couple weeks). Still a damn hard decision to make!!
They should keep the family consistent. Make the Note III like the S4, refresh both next year. Samsung is on top of the world. No need to freak out and get all reactionary.
1 year, 2 months ago on Samsung May Be Deciding Between Three Different Galaxy Note III Designs
Just caught this article. I think Samsung needs to go back to the drawing board as far as tablets are concerned. For one, they seem way to unfocused in this area, as I feel they are releasing waaaay too many tablets to keep up with. Not to mention way too similar in my opinion. and like you said, mediocre at best. I don't think even one of them spec wise has matched up with their S and Note cousins.
They could remedy all this by scrapping everything and release three types of tablets to coincide with their smartphone counterparts: a budget 7" (or 8") Galaxy Tab Mini, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 10.1. In the real world, the specs should match (or at least very close to) the Mini, S and Note lines. It would do wonders for their consistency.
1 year, 2 months ago on Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 3, 7 Inches Of Mediocrity
@JBLmobileG1 Even with rooting, I ran into problems with the 16GB S3. There are some apps/games I don't necesssarily want to bind to the micro SD. One would think Samsung HAD to know that 8GB of user storage, even for the general consumer isn't enough considering games and apps are getting larger and demand more memory.
For shame, Samsung. For shame.
1 year, 2 months ago on Samsung Galaxy S 4 Ships With 16GB Memory, Less Than 9 Usable
That's craaazy! And here I thought the 11-12GB that was available for on the S III was bad! I bought the 16GB S III last year thinking I could get by with that and a 64GB micro SD (plus being on T-Mobile, due to the inventory they didn't have the 32 available at launch and I didn't want to wait.) Boy, was I wrong!
This year, if I decide to go with the S4, I'm going to (as you put it, Dima) nope out hard on the 16GB variant and go straight for the 32 or 64GB variant. If HTC got everything else wrong with the One, (they didn't, but you know what I mean) they at least got the memory to price ratio right!
"Nope'd out" I love that! Lol
1 year, 3 months ago on Iron Man 3 Official Game Launches On The Play Store, Massive Endless Runner
Though this gives me a little more time to make my decision getting either the One, S4 or both! Lol
1 year, 3 months ago on T-Mobile, Sprint Delay Galaxy S 4 Launches For Unknown Reasons
Silly David you ARE TmoNews!! :-)
@Haloruler64 Yep. In the dash!! I had bluetooth installed in my car for audio and hands free and since I got the wifi only model, I use my phone's mobile hotspot for a data connection. I even got it rigged so the Nexus will hibernate when when the car is turned off and boot up when it's turned on!
1 year, 3 months ago on Nexus 10 Sales Haven't Been Very Strong, According To Estimate
The sales don't surprise me.. It's not like it was a heavily advertised or marketed item. With that said, I'm sort of a tablet hoarder, so I have several (Nexus 7, 10, Note 10.1 and Transformer Infinity) lol. Out of all of them, I probably use the infinity the most because of the keyboard dock, but the 10's screen is amazing and is generally my media consumption tab. The 7 is the perfect travel companion (heck, I even have one installed in my car) as far as the Note 10.1, even with the S Pen, I don't find myself using it much at all...
I think with more advertising and wider availability, it could've sold far beyond us tech enthusiasts...
@kanoneyez @DanDaniel Oh, and all this time, I just assumed McDonalds put their burgers in the microwave. :-P
But seriously, Samsung is on top of the world, and they've done that in part by making an excepitonal product combined with exceptional marketing... They shouldn't have stooped to that level.
1 year, 3 months ago on Samsung Has Admitted To Hiring People To Badmouth HTC
Soooo basically Samsung hired professional trolls... Lol. I'm not sure what I would do.. I suppose it depends on what samsung had them to say and if it was something so slanderous and untrue that it could damage my reputation as a company. Otherwise I'd let my product speak for itself.
@Haloruler64 @Gamercore Haha! Funny thing, I do the exact same thing. With this one, at least I wouldn't be afraid of mostiure getting in or getting it wet.
1 year, 3 months ago on G-Project G-BOOM Bluetooth Speaker Review
Great write up! I might really have to look into getting this one, since you're a self-professed audiophile, (much like myself) I'll definately take your word for it. :-) The feature that got me are the track controls on the device, because it's something I definately don't see on many bluetooth speakers! And the fact I can use it as a mini chair. LOL
Since you are the resident "bluetooth speaker guy" at Droiddog, are there any other good ones that come with a remote?
I love the new design and it seems a lot faster than the last version. I'm glad they got rid of that darn "keep shopping" page between downloads! I'm also digging the pop-up dialog when downloading and it seems I don't have to turn off my wifi when I'm buying things anymore (that's the one thing that annoyed me the most...)
It's almost perfect except for two things: (and I'm probably just nitpicking at this point)
1) I would like a separate tab for purchased apps.
2) while the pop-up dialogs make purchasing music easier, I'd love to see some sort of multi select/batch purchase function.
Otherwise, good job Google! Now bring on Babel!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Download The New Google Play Store 4.0 Here
Smells like Google Fiber to me. Though I wonder how long it will be before the break the ground on that project, they aren't even nearly done with the Kansas City area. Luckily I have it where my office is set up, but in the neighborhood I live? Not so much...
1 year, 3 months ago on Google May be Bringing Fiber To Austin, Texas
I've said it before, and @Fazi13 already covered it here, but I think the ol Folks at FB should work on fixing the current Android app, (perhaps with a nice Holo theme and a way to update my status from the Notification bar to boot) That being said, I do think since you already need the FB apps installed on your phone to use home (From what I gathered from the presser today, I could be wrong, so feel free to correct me) perhaps the apps will be improved in the process.
I'll try it regardless (becuase I like trying out new stuff) but I'm not on Facebook nearly as much as I used to be, so the convenience of Facebook Home wouldn't be as important to me now as it would have been, say a couple years ago. It's a really nice and good looking concept, but the things that turn me off about it is my phone will be a living, breathing ad generator and user data privacy would be a major concern. I'm not too keen on Facebook having that much access to the data stored in my phone. I suppose you could argue that it's no different than Google having so much access to my data, but they take it and use it in a way that would benefit me, which that's what I would miss the most if I went the way of FB Home, my Google services being front and center.
Sorry for the long winded post. LOL
1 year, 3 months ago on Poll: Is Facebook Home For You?
I'm totally with you... I wish more apps followed the Holo design! I think some of the blame needs to be on Google. They should be a little more strict on app developers about design adherence, but I know that defeats their stance on openness...
1 year, 3 months ago on Calling All App Developers, Holo Is Here To Stay So Make Use Of It
I was thinking the same as you. I think they may announce a redesigned, optimized version of FB for android (hopefully "holo" themed)
It makes sense from the standpoint that (I forget where I read this article.. Maybe here?) they made everyone at FB HQ use the Android app exclusively, and even they realized that it sucked. That and they said they shouldn't ignore the large user base that is Android.
If it is a phone, I'll barf. I've said this before: they have to fix the problems they have with their broken, slow native app before integrating it into a whole OS
1 year, 3 months ago on Facebook's New Home On Android Being Shown Off April 4th
I'm definitely importing this time being that the international models generally get updated first!
1 year, 3 months ago on Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Does Support LTE