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Samsung Gear Fit will support both vertical and horizontal display orientation after all

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After Samsung unveiled the latest members of the Gear family at MWC, there seemed to be a large number of folks that genuinely were more interested in the looks and even feature set of the Gear Fit over the Gear 2 or the Gear 2 Neo.

Part of the appeal of the Fit is that it has a much more attractive design than many smartwatches and even quite a few existing fitness bands. The Fit also has a fairly impressive looking display for a smartband-type of device. On the downside, the display did have a major flaw when we first saw it at MWC.

The Fit was meant to be worn on the wrist, but at MWC we learned that the device only displayed content horizontally, making it difficult to read when actually wearing the device. This seemed like a pretty odd design move, and one that could prove bothersome to future Gear Fit owners. The good news is that Samsung has apparently issued an update to the Gear Fit that resolves the issue by adding a portrait orientation, as you can see in the picture above.

Considering the Gear Fit patch was just issued and the device is already about to hit retail stores, we imagine that the vertical viewing mode won’t be available right out of the box. Of course it probably won’t be too difficult to patch the device for those that decide to pick up the watch.

What do you think, interested in picking up the Gear Fit — or does another smartwatch or fitness band catch your eye, instead?









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Display guru pens glowing review of the Galaxy S5’s screen

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We’ve often featured Raymond Soneira’s Technology Shoot-Outs analyses on Android Authority, and for good reason. Head of DisplayMate Inc., Soneira is one of the few display experts that regularly takes the time to look at major new devices and offer reviews based on actual measurements. In a world of vague comparisons, Soneira’s work is an oasis on objectivity.

The latest device to go through Raymond Soneira’s lab is the Galaxy S5. Samsung’s latest flagship features a 5.1-inch AMOLED display of Full HD resolution, and it’s easy to think that the differences between the S5 and the 5-inch Full HD Galaxy S4 are minimal. But things are not quite so.

According to Soneira, the Galaxy S5’s display is the best display DisplayMate ever tested. Not only is the Galaxy S5 a marked improvement over the Galaxy S4 in almost all aspects, but it’s also better than the Note 3, another device that gained Soneira’s praises.

Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light and Highest Color Accuracy

The Galaxy S5 sets several records when it comes to displays, including Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light and Highest Color Accuracy. That last point in particular is important, as color accuracy has long been the weakness of AMOLED screens, and the Galaxy S line in particular. In Cinema Mode (one of the color presets that users can pick from), the S5 features the most accurate colors of any smartphone or tablet that DisplayMate measured.

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In terms of brightness, the Galaxy S5’s screen is 22 percent brighter than the S4, while using the same power. Factoring in display size, the S5’s screen is an impressive 27 percent more efficient than the S4, which should improve battery life.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S5 triumphs in battery life tests

The S5 is even brighter than the Note 3, the previous record-holder. With Auto-brightness turned on, the device can output a whopping 698 cd/m2, six percent better than the Note 3. Further helping usage in bright ambient light is the very low reflectance. In other words, the Galaxy S5’s should stay visible even in direct sunlight.

Soneira concludes that, with the Galaxy S5, AMOLED is on par or better than LCD in every aspect, a big change compared to the early days of the technology, when the technology consistently came last in display comparisons.

For more details on Soneira’s results and methodology head over to the Shoot-Out over at DisplayMate.


    








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LG and Samsung gear up for the next bout of flexible display technology

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Samsung and LG are on the cutting edge of what could become a popular future trend – curved and flexible display smartphones. The two companies have already released their first generation curved displays, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round. We conducted our own comparison between the two curved handsets at the end of last year. But where is the future of flexible displays heading?

According to industry insiders, who recently spoke with ETNews, LG Display will be focusing on reducing the size of its flexible displays and improving various display aspects, such as resolution, this year. On the other hand, Samsung Display is said to be developing a variety of forms of flexible AMOLED, with the aim of making the design the game changer.

LG G Flex vs Samsung Galaxy Round Quick Look Hands on AA (6 of 11)

Looking at LG specifically, the company’s flexible display technology is currently suffering from poorer specifications that Samsung’s equivalent. Desipite the larger display size, the LG G Flex could only muster a 720p resolution and a pixel density of 245 ppi. Samsung’s Galaxy Round, on the other hand, managed a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 386 ppi.

LG and Samsung are expected to unveil new curved smartphone designs later this year.

This year, LG is planning to reduce the size of its flexible display down to 5.5 inches, whilst upping the resolution to FullHD (1080p). LG is also reportedly working to improve heating issues with its OLED design.

“Our goal is to enhance product performance a notch or higher across the board.” LG insider

An interesting point to note is that Samsung’s AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Round isn’t actually “flexible” in the same sense as LG’s, which might explain why Samsung’s technology retains familiar specifications. As a result, Samsung’s future plans are quite different. Samsung is said to be experimenting with various curved designs, in both the horizontal and vertical planes, as well as designs involving curved edges.

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Whilst LG focuses on improving its existing flexible display technology, Samsung is testing out a wider range of designs and uses.

According to industry insiders, Samsung Display has decided to develop a product incorporating various types of curvature, which should be making its way into a future smartphone. Samsung believes that it will be the design that will determine the success or failure of its flexible AMOLED technology.

Both LG and Samsung are expected to unveil new curved smartphone designs later this year.

But hold on, we’re not close to this being a widespread technology, not yet at least. According to research firm IHS, LG Display and Samsung Display’s flexible AMOLED production capacity reached 20,000 sheets per month last year, from various production lines and display sizes. There’s no chance that current production yields could keep-up if the technology was to be used in a flagship smartphone. Low yields, high prices, and other component development costs are still limiting the production of units and availability for use in products.

“For the time being, flexible displays will not be found on smartphones very often.” Kang Min-soo, IHS Researcher

The other half of the issue is whether or not consumers really care about curved displays. Despite being able to output around 240,000 sheets per year, Samsung and LG have only managed combined sales of less than 100,000 curved displays so far. This figure includes a range of technologies, including TVs. Perhaps new smartphones or wearables could help boost these sales figures, but for the time being flexible and curved displays will probably remain a niche.

Do you think that curved and flexible designs are the future for smartphones or wearables, or have you been unimpressed with this first generation of products?


    








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ZTE Nubia X6 has a 6.44-inch display, also features 13MP front and back cams

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The act of taking self-portrait photos using your front-facing camera and then uploading them to the web is a practice that’s pretty common everywhere in the globe, but there’s little denying that China in particular seems to be a big fan of selfies. That’s probably why most of the phones coming out of China have front-facing cameras with megapixel counts in the 5+ range.

With that in mind, ZTE’s upcoming Numbia X6 is about to blow all other front-facing cameras out of the water. The handset packs a whopping 13MP shooter on the front, with backside illumination and f/2.2 lens. On the back, you’ll also find a 13MP shooter though it has a f/2.0 lens, optical imagine stabilization and dual flash technology.

Moving past the crazy front camera, the rest of the specs are equally high-end. The Nubia X6 offers a Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB of RAM, and has storage options up to 128GB. There’s also a 6.44-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution and a massive 4250 mAh battery.

Probably to nobody’s surprise, ZTE has yet to announce any plans for the handset outside of China, though it’s certainly possible the device could eventually make its way to other markets in Asia, and perhaps even to Europe. Odds are it will never make it way to North America, though.

For those in China, the handset is currently up for pre-order for HK5010, or roughly 5.78. What do you think, if the handset actually made it to your local market — would you be interested or not?


    








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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1: Display Comparison (MWC 2014)

Sony listened to a lot of the complaints about its previous smartphone flagships, the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z1, and sought to correct those errors with the Sony Xperia Z2. Not only does the Xperia Z2 get a specs bump in some key areas, but most importantly, The Sony Xperia Z2 has an updated and larger display that not only has a better sized bezel, but also addresses one major issue with display quality that the previous Xperia models suffered.

Sony has moved from the TFT display of the Z1 to a IPS LCD display for the Xperia Z2, that provides great colors, high brightness, and most of all, fixes the issue that the Xperia Z1, and the Xperia Z before that, faced with regards to viewing angles.

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When you look at the viewing angles of the Xperia Z1, tilting it in different angles leads to a grey hue that covers everything on the display, which was little disappointing because other than this, the Xperia Z1 display is amazing, at least when you’re looking at it straight on. Even a slight change in the viewing angle would result in a grey overtone blanketing the whole screen.

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When it comes to the Sony Xperia Z2, changing the angle does result in a loss of brightness as expected, but there’s no grey hue that overtakes the display, and it does not affect clarity in any way. You’re still able to look at everything on the screen clearly, albeit with a slightly lowered brightness.

xperia z1 vs z2 display

The displays of both devices are Full HD and feature Sony’s TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technology, that makes for a fantastic Sony TV-like viewing experience. That being said, there have been complaints about the viewing angles with the Xperia Z1, and it’s great to see that Sony has dealt with that issue as well. What do you think of the Xperia Z2′s display based on what you’ve seen so far, impressed by the Z2 or not?


    








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LG G2 mini official: 4.7-inch 540 x 960 display, Snapdragon 400, and Android KitKat

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The “mini” version of the LG G2 was first rumored in December, and LG teased it last week for an MWC unveiling. Now LG made it official, at least in the Netherlands, so we’re able to give you the full rundown on its specs and features.

The LG G2 mini is actually quite a large device, with a 4.7-inch LCD display of a disappointing qHD (540 x 960) resolution. That translates to a mediocre 234 ppi density, far below the excellent 424ppi of its bigger brother, the G2. Another compromise is the Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz (though a Tegra 4i chip could take its place in some markets), which is coupled with 1GB of RAM. There’s an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP frontal one, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, while the battery capacity is a promising 2,440 mAh.

LG transplanted much of the G2’s design to the G2 mini, including the specific back-mounted power button and volume rocker. On the front, the G2 mini preserves the very thin bezels of its sibling, meaning that the overall size of the device is just three millimeters larger than Sony’s Xperia Z2 Compact, which features however a 4.3-inch screen.

The LG G2 mini will run Android 4.4 KitKat when it launches in the next weeks, with all the software features that are present on the flagship LG G2. The device will be released in the Netherlands and Belgium from April, but the first markets to get it will be Russia and neighboring countries, in March. Eventually, the device should make its way to more countries in Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Sony has really raised the bar when it comes to compact devices, and it’s clear that the LG G2 mini is not threatening the Xperia Z2 Compact’s supremacy in the segment. However, depending on its price, it could be successful – no details have been provided so far, but the G2 mini should sell in the €300-€400 range.

We look forward to see the LG G2 mini at MWC next week, alongside the G Pro 2 and the new budget L Series III. Are you impressed with LG’s efforts this year?


    








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HTC teasing display repair service?

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The Taiwanese company took to Twitter today to tease what appears to be a screen repair service that will be announced soon.

The image above was accompanied by the text “If only broken hearts were this easy to fix. Details 2/18.”  It seems that HTC is preparing to unveil some scheme that would allow customers with broken devices to fix them. This could mean a fast screen replacement system or an exchange program, although it’s hard to say with so few clues. One way or another, we should find more this Tuesday.

Cracked screens, including broken cover glass and broken displays, are among the most common problems that smartphone users encounter. The HTC One, while made of aluminum and fairly solid, is just as exposed to hits and bumps as any other device, as our drop test from last year has shown. Luckily, users have a number of options for rugged cases, and we listed some good ones in our HTC One accessories roundup.


    








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How to display AccuWeather information on the OS 10.2.1 clock

 How to display AccuWeather information on the OS 10.2.1 clock

One of the applications that I use on a daily basis, and I’m sure you all do, is the Clock application. Using the multi-alarm feature I set myself reminders or use it as my wake-up call for work in the morning.

One of the new features in OS 10.2.1 is that the Clock app now includes AccuWeather information. This convenient feature lets you know first thing in the morning when you silence your alarm how to dress and whether you need an umbrella when you leave for work.

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Oppo Neo leaked, shows a 4.5-inch display, but little else

Oppo may be working on the Find 7, but there is also a smaller device in the works. Their Neo was leaked recently on an Indonesian website. While details are still sketchy, we are hearing it has a smaller profile than the Find 7, but a few features that are quick becoming standard for newer devices.

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The Neo is said to have a 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen, but no other specs are known at this time. From the leaked image, which appears to be a press rendering, Oppo seems to be keen on touting their touch capabilities. A “Quick Reach” mode is probably the docking capability we’ve seen lately, though that’s usually relegated to larger devices. A “Gloves Mode” doesn’t tell us if special gloves are required, but it’s a cool feature nonetheless.

Oppo’s Find 7 will check in at 5.5-inches, and is their flagship model. While we don’t have specs for either outside of screen size, it’s likely the Neo will be a mid-range offering from Oppo. Their R1 seems to sit right under the Find 7, settling the new Neo just under it in the hierarchy, it seems. There is also news of Oppo working on a 4.3-inch device, though details there are also sketchy.

The Neo doesn’t seem to carry the swiveling camera of the N1, sadly. As more details leak out, we’ll keep you informed of the goings on from Oppo. For now, it seems like a solid device that will challenge for a mid-range foothold in China’s aggressive market.

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Corning 3D Gorilla Glass coming to future flexible display devices

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The newly announced Corning 3D Gorilla Glass display does not have anything to do with 3D television sets, as one would imagine, as the new product name refers to bendable glass the company will make for future mobile devices.

The company on Friday announced “the manufacturing readiness of novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning Gorilla Glass,” which means 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts will start shipping to Corning’s partners later this year:

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

It’s not clear what “thinner and lighter” devices with flexible displays will have 3D Gorilla Glass in them, but the company says that “more than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves,” with demand expected to increase in the following year.

So far, we’ll add, only LG and Samsung have launched smartphones with flexible display – the G Flex and Galaxy Round, respectively.

The company will demo its new display tech at CES 2014 in a few days, at which point we expect to learn more details about the 3D Gorilla Glass.

Corning and GTOC Announce Manufacturing Readiness for 3D-Shaped Gorilla® Glass

Vertically integrated operations in Taiwan

CORNING, N.Y., January 03, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan.

Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About GTOC

GTOC is the largest glass-processing service provider in Taiwan and has devoted its expertise with recognition in the optoelectronics industry for over a decade, focusing on developing core glass-processing technologies and cover-glass manufacturing.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

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