A small and rather expensive TV able to run streaming apps?
The main issue with this concept that could indeed work is the weight: Sure, it might be fine standing on a table. But 2.65 kg? That's gonna be awkwardly uncomfortable on a couch or in bed.
If it's just for streaming, lower SoC specs and lower price would have given it a better chance – but I suppose Samsung tries to introduce this new category as high-margin instead, assuming the risk that the 1st generation could fail.
It is expected than picks of Mohs Hardness Scale of 7 and above scratched with some pressure will leave from marks to deep dents into a Gorilla Glass screen.
As soon as +JerryRigEverything does that, he compromises the structure of the complete glass by going through the coating and attacking what makes up the material's compression stress.
This is why it is not surprising to see it shatter. It doesn't mean that the glass is particularly fragile. Any similar glass construction will behave about the same once the damage goes past the coating.
I don't get the point of the lighter burn test. Maybe because I don't smoke?
The bend test however isn't looking too great. At least it seems to bend above the battery so that one should be reasonably safe. Edit: I agree the bend test might not be representative however due to the prior shattering of the display, then unable to participate to the structural rigidity.
+Manuel C. is preparing a Chromecast audio review for +FrAndroid and came to me today to talk about that. I shared my impressions and told him that I didn't find the time yet to develop a mini app based on the SDK to stream lossless audio to it.
So he found this music player, which is one of the first app available able to do just that! The screenshot shows the upload bandwidth which corresponds to 44100 Hz 16-bit PCM Stereo audio when playing a WAV file for a quick verification.
44100*16*2 = 1411200 bit/s = 172 kB/s: perfect!
The name is Shuttle Music Player, from SimpleCity, by +Tim Malseed
Notes: – I noticed already a little bug concerning casting audio volume so be careful with that. Cool and promising app nonetheless, highly recommended try! – Keep in mind that the Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 currently upsample everything to 48 kHz with a non-optimal resampling algorithm. So there's some loss here unless you're streaming 48kHz/16-bit PCM.
Now I can prepare Chomecast Audio quality measurement, nice!
I wonder how well and fully implemented the DNG spec is on the reader. Hopefully it's not differing much or at all from Adobe reference SDK. I say that because there's a few key aspects crucial for color calibration and accuracy missing from the regular Android DNGCreator class introduced in Lollipop.
Today is a big day for Snapseed users! Snapseed 2.1 brings RAW photo editing to your Android device.
Traditionally, shooting and editing RAW photos has been the domain of DSLR cameras and desktop software. But with the RAW capabilities that were added to Android 5 last year, RAW is now becoming important for mobile photography, too.
Snapseed now allows you to edit those RAW photos in the DNG file format right on your mobile device. You can also edit DNGs that were shot on cameras or converted from other RAW formats.
A photo in RAW format preserves all of the original data that was captured by the camera. This allows you to perform edits – such as recovering blown-out highlights – that are impossible with the more commonly used JPEG format. Check out the photos for an example of the details that RAW editing with Snapseed 2.1 can bring out in an image.
In addition to RAW editing, we have made some slight polishes throughout the app to make it easier to navigate, so give it a try!
Even in case you can't rely on translation from French, take a look at the +GameBench stuff!
He also sent me the measurements, made with my software #SensorMaster of two units, one of which have a lot more yellow white point than the other so that was interesting to have the full data on that.
First unit (more blue): 432 cd/m² maximum white point, 1326:1 contrast ratio Second unit (more yellow): 495 cd/m² maximum white point, 1527:1 contrast ratio
Interesting discrepancy, because it also means that the yellow one could absolutely be re-calibrated to match the more blue one both in white point, contrast ratio and maximum brightness!
Google Nexus 5X
Le Nexus 5X, issu de la collaboration entre Google et LG, est un terminal qui plaira forcément aux amateurs d’expérience Android pure et notamment aux possesseurs d’un Nexus 5 qui ne veulent pas d’une diagonale d’écran trop élevée. Face à son prédécesseur, le Nexus 5X a beaucoup évolué, notamment sur sa partie photo qui devient enfin utilisable avec des clichés de qualité mais aussi avec son autonomie, même si cette dernière reste encore un peu e…
Interesting as well is the component list +HTC chose for the A9, which may allow them to get a better margin for a each unit sold than most.
When you think of it it's the same sensor as the OnePlus One (and it's hard to complain about its raw performance) not an expensive component as we've seen it in tons of sub-$200 Chinese phone last year) But they complimented it with a stabilized lens – that's unfortunately making you motion sick with too much movement – and a better color profiling than before, cool and powerful camera features out of the box.
The panel too. Likely similar if not identical to what was on the Galaxy S4 2 years ago. Same, it's found on pretty cheap Chinese phones like from Gionee.
The SoC might cost maybe half of the 810? a smaller battery won't cost much either… But all that with better usage of the components than before, this is encouraging indeed for the Taiwanese manufacturer.
The bet on the price might or might not pay for them. I'm sure that in the US $499 and later rebate will enable some sales. The European price point of 599€ is unrealistic however and I'm sure it's a technique to attempt to make it look premium while it will always sell with mail-in or other kinds or heavy rebates for the street price.