Google services like Gmail, Calendar, Google+, and pretty much anything and everything that required a login was down for a while today, and it turns out the reason for it all was a bum configuration file that got accidentally, devastatingly pushed live. Ben Treynor, VP Engineering at Google:
At 10:55 a.m. PST this morning, an internal system that generates configurations—essentially, information that tells other systems how to behave—encountered a software bug and generated an incorrect configuration. The incorrect configuration was sent to live services over the next 15 minutes, caused users’ requests for their data to be ignored, and those services, in turn, generated errors. Users began seeing these errors on affected services at 11:02 a.m., and at that time our internal monitoring alerted Google’s Site Reliability Team. Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.
Taylor apologized and said additional steps would be taken to try and prevent such things from happening again in the future. (And I apologize for making up words in the title, even if they’re funny.) If you were affected by the outage, let me know for how long, and whether or not it made you uncomfortable with your level of dependence on Google….
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Earlier today we reported on a new claim from Korean publication ETNews that suggested Samsung may be launching the Galaxy S5 in the first quarter of next year, alongside as many as four other new Galaxy devices. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard rumors about a Q1 launch for the Galaxy S5 either.
What’s interesting though is that we are now hearing a very different story from Elder Murtazin, a man with a reasonably decent record when it comes to leaks. According to Murtazin, the Galaxy S5 isn’t coming in Q1 at all, and is instead scheduled for a late-April launch.
Holy contradictions, Batman! So who should we believe? Short answer: trust no one.
Until Samsung makes it official or we get some very solid leaks, everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 is nothing more than speculation. Fun and exciting gossip yes, but not much more than that.
For what it’s worth, Murtazin doesn’t make mention of any of the other alleged Galaxy devices rumored by ETNews to be coming in Q1 of 2014, but he does mention that Samsung is actively working on a premium Galaxy F series — though it’s unclear when exactly this line will be launched.
Bottom-line, while it is still possible that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be arriving in Q1 with several other new Galaxy family members, you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up one way or another.
What do you think, would it make sense for Samsung to release the Galaxy S5 early in order to get the device out around the same time as the HTC M8? Or do you think it’s more likely that Samsung will target an April release?
Benchmarking has become unreliable. What started as Samsung cheating on benchmark tests quickly morphed into just about everyone spiking their results, making us wonder if we were in the Android steroid era. While benchmarks are meant to provide a barometer of what can be expected from your device, they simply can’t be trusted.
Engadget ran Gamebench through its paces, testing it on an HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 using four games: Real Racing 3, Minion Rush, Dead Trigger, and Deer Hunter 2014. The results? The S4 won, but that’s not the story here. The real win has to do with the testing itself, which gives a better idea of what a device is actually capable of.
It also shows battery drain, which is a major concern for Android gaming fans. In the testing, the S4 did really well with frames-per-second, but accomplished that feat with increased battery drain. We should expect to see the app hit sometime early next year, and we’ll be sure to test it out with some legacy devices and compare tests when we get our hands on it.
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One of the biggest features on the iPhone 5S is the fingerprint scanner on the home button. Sure fingerprint scanning technology has been seen before on Android smartphones, but Apple was the first to implement a reliable, accurate and fast fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S.
It’s obvious that many manufacturers are probably trying to catch up to Apple, however, the Korean Herald has quoted an unnamed Samsung official claims that Samsung is “not yet developing the technology”. The only Korean company known to be working on fingerprint scanners for smartphones is Crucialtec who has already implemented on of its models in the Pantech Vega LTE-A, which is an OEM that Samsung happens to own a stake in.
Researchers claim that Crucialtec is at least a year behind Authentec, the company which Apple bought a year ago and whose technology is found in the iPhone 5S, so this could be a sticking point for those hoping for a fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5.
While Samsung isn’t yet developing anything in regards to fingerprint scanning, that can change quickly if it turns out that consumers want the feature implemented. Now for those of you who absolutely require a fingerprint scanner on their smartphone, the upcoming HTC One Max is rumored to be featuring the technology.
Do you think fingerprint scanners are a worthwhile feature on smartphones or are you sticking with your password?
As it turns out, Corning is not only ready to face the oncoming sapphire-gilded wave of the future, but it is also prepared to shoot down claims that sapphire could someday replace its Gorilla Glass screens. It recently ran tests of its toughest Gorilla Glass 3 material and compared it with its own lab-grown sapphire sheets. In the end, it concluded that sapphire is just a little more scratch-resistant but still just as prone to damage and breaking.
In a statement that was first released to CNET, Corning’s senior vice president and operations chief of staff Jeff Evenson said that samples of their in-house and lab-grown sapphire could not best Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 in the classic tumble test, where devices are spun for 45 minutes to see how it fares against scratches. He also called sapphire “brittle,” and noted that it could be dangerous to users if handled right after breaking. Corning and Evenson are just not very big fans of sapphire, apparently.
In other words, what Corning is saying is that sapphire may not be the best material to use for next-generation smartphone displays, which are only bound to get bigger and more feature-rich as technology progresses. Also, if you’re thinking of potential sources of workable sapphire display covers in the future, you can count them out. Corning says that it doesn’t plan on using sapphire alternatives in lieu of Gorilla Glass any time soon.
This afternoon while speaking at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference our good friend Eric Schmidt and former CEO of Google had some interesting and juicy comments regarding Android. We’ve shared a few of his statements this afternoon about Android activations, Samsung’s role in Android and more, but now lets talk about Motorola.
Google recently acquired Motorola Mobility and we’ve all been waiting to see that entire deal come to fruition. And when we say come to fruition we mean see the next smartphones and tablets from Motorola with Google at the helm. While there’s been countless X-Phone rumors and all sorts of information, the details remain unclear regarding what we can truly expect.
We’ve heard reports from Google’s CFO that Motorola had 18 months of product development in the pipeline we’ll have to wait out, and that the devices didn’t exactly “WOW Google” but today Schmidt had something very different to say. When asked about Motorola’s current stance as well as their future with Google moving forward Eric Schmidt had some kind words.
That isn’t all from Eric Schmidt either. Once pushed a little more on what we can expect to see he nicely gave us something to be excited about moving forward too and said we should “wait and see for this next generation of technology, it’s very impressive.” Then that was followed up with questions regarding smartphones, tablets, or both and he said think of it as “phones plus.” Whatever that means. Could that be some phablets from Motorola coming soon? I hope not.
Motorola has done a good job this time around keeping their upcoming products a secret, and we haven’t seen nearly the amount of leaks that other devices like the Bionic, RAZR, RAZR HD and more saw. Hopefully we learn more soon, and we’re excited for the possibilities coming to Google I/O in late May.
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The HTC One X has been just updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but according to a new report, HTC won’t stop there with the upgrades. The Android 4.2.2 update for the One X is rumored to arrive in June/July, complete with the new HTC Sense 5 UI on top.
The news doesn’t come from HTC though, as Gotta Be Mobile points us to a series of tweets by “noted HTC leakster @LlabTooFer” who shared a few days ago on Twitter details on HTC’s One X software upgrade plans.
Needless to say, nothing is official until HTC makes the proper announcements, but we definitely expect the handset to get Android 4.2.2 at some point in the future. As for the new Sense 5, HTC did say earlier that a variety of smartphones, including the HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC Butterfly / Droid DNA and HTC One S would receive it, or parts of it.
The bad news for HTC One X owners is that by June/July we could have a brand new Android version in the wild, meaning that the device won’t really run the latest mobile operating system in town once its Android 4.2.2 update is out. Obviously, we’re talking about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which Google is rumored to unveil at Google I/O in mid-May.
Should you be excited about HTC Sense 5 features? Check out our extensive HTC One review to find out more about HTC’s new Sense.
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According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Google’s smartphone dominance is getting out of control. The ministry went on to say in a white paper that the “country’s mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android.”
While Google’s dominance is evident in nearly every other country in the world, claiming that a country is reliant on the company’s technology could actually be a cause for concern.
The ministry criticizes the open-source label as it does not apply to Google’s services or technology, which are obviously controlled directly by Google. Perhaps the biggest concern is the fact that Google’s success has undermined the success of smaller Chinese smartphone companies. For example, the ministry refers to the joint venture between Acer and Alibaba Group that was ultimately cancelled due to supposed pressure from Google.
These issues are by far more relevant in China than they are in any other country in the world. This is because China accounts for 26.5 percent of all smartphones, making them the world’s biggest smartphone market. However, Google hasn’t been going full speed ahead in the country as of late. Google has actually dialed back its business in China due to censorship issues and hacking episodes that supposedly originated in the country.
As a result, Google’s search market share in China has fallen by almost half. Keep in mind that this is only the Google search market share and not the Android market share. This seems to suggest that Chinese users are more willing to switch search providers rather than switch smartphone operating systems. While those numbers are significant, the ministry is still correct in that Android is vastly more popular than any other operating system.
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Earlier today I published two photos of the alleged Galaxy S4 that were tweeted by the anonymous Twitter user @evleaks. I have no idea who @evleaks is, but I “trust” them. By “trust” I mean that they’ve usually gotten rumors right in the past.
Shortly after publishing that article, several people reached out to me on Twitter to say that the same renders, but without @evleaks watermark, are on Expansys’ website. In case you don’t know who Expansys is, they’re an online retailer that specializes in selling unlocked phones. Expansys France then followed on Twitter, and I asked them what exactly what going on with the S4 renders.
First, I’d like to apologize, because I broke a lot of people’s hearts. I also passed on information that was false, mainly because I honestly thought it was true. Second, I can now no longer trust @evleaks. That account will probably publish a ton of leaks in the future, all of which will be accurate, but all it takes is one screw up like this to damage a reputation.
Do I feel bad? Yes. At the same time I’m going to tell you guys what I’ve been saying since I started writing for technology sites back in 2007: Nothing is official until you’re reading a press release on a company’s website. Luckily, Samsung is going to host an event in just 10 days.
We can all wait 10 days, right?
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