Author Archives: John Hoff


Xiaomi’s App Store marks 10B downloads, set to go international

China-based manufacturer Xiaomi is on a real high these days after the announcement that they have surpassed Samsung as the manufacturer with the third largest shipping volume in Q3 of 2014. To cap that off, Xiaomi’s app market – the Mi App Store – is celebrating its 10 billionth download and the outfit is planning to go international with the store.

Google’s Project Tango starts shipping to developers

If you’re a consumer, it may be hard to figure out what to do with Google’s Project Tango – which is really a high-powered tablet manufactured by LG with very special cameras and sensors that will be able to scan, map, and render real-world environments to 3D images. The tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip and costs USD$1,024. But the device is specifically targeted for developers -- to whom Google has started shipping the device -- so you wouldn't have to answer that question yet.

Sony hypes CES 2015 presence with probable Xperia Z4 launch

Crazy – that’s the word we have for it. We have no arguments whatsoever that the tech industry moves heck fast, but Sony is trying to redefine that statement as we are continuing to receive leaks that Sony will indeed be launching its next flagship phone, the Xperia Z4 this coming January in Las Vegas.

OnePlus ‘Two’ details, launch date leaked, sort of

There were a lot of surprising moves in the smartphone industry in 2014, with Motorola as exhibit A – launching not one, not two, but three flagship level phones. There was also that thing where Apple reneged on Steve Jobs’ promise to never ever build a big phone. And then the OnePlus One happened – a flagship level phone that cost only USD$350 without contract subsidy. Today we’re hearing some whispers about what to expect from the next phone OnePlus will be putting out.

LG rolling out Android Lollipop for G3 in South Korea

This is good news for owners of the LG G3, as LG is ready to roll out updates to Android 5.0 for the flagship phone this week, albeit limited to the South Korean market for now. This is not new for LG, as it usually prioritizes its home market for updates like this.

Insiders say Samsung Galaxy S5 sales 40% lower than expected

It was quite clear that Samsung was visibly upbeat about the potential of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with the South Korean gadget giant increasing production of the current flagship more than compared to past units. It even went through the hassle of launching the device simultaneously in multiple countries back in April, but sources from inside the business say that Samsung is selling Galaxy S5s at least 40% lower than the management expected.

OmniROM looking to put out Android 5.0-friendly version soon

We’ve talked about OmniROM a number of times already here at Android Community. This was a project started a few years back in the wake of the CyanogenMod ROM project going commercial, and the response to the project has been very warm, with a number of famous developers getting on with the program. There were questions on how fast they were going to be able to put out a Lollipop-flavored ROM, and seeing as they were able to boot a device recently under Android 5.0, it shouldn’t take long.