Amazon Fire Phone teardown analysis reveals how dynamic perspective killed the phone

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The reason Amazon’s Fire Phone has failed to impress is that it spent so much on the “gimmick” of dynamic perspective that it only had enough cash left to build an otherwise mediocre phone – the conclusion of a component analysis of a teardown of the phone.

Dynamic perspective allows the phone to detect and respond to head movements when viewing the phone’s display, but has been widely seen by reviewers as a novelty or gimmick.

Following iFixit’s earlier teardown of the Fire Phone, re/code has been given sight of a component costing following a separate teardown by research form IHS. This reveals that the total component cost of the Fire Phone is around $205 – more expensive even than Apple’s flagship iPhone 5S. The cost of the dynamic perspective technology left little room for anything but mid-range specs in the rest of the handset, says IHS …  Read more

#CorrosionGate: LG G Watch charging contacts causing injury for some owners

Pioneering the Android Wear platform, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live have been met with mixed reviews as of yet. Most thoughts on the smartwatches have been about Android Wear as an operating system, but little has been said about either device’s actual hardware. It appears, though, that some thoughts are now coming out about the LG G Watch, and it doesn’t look so good. Read more

Motorola and Google reportedly developing a 5.9-inch Nexus phone codenamed ‘Shamu’

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The fate of Google’s Nexus line of devices has been up in the air for several months now, with LG saying it is not working on a device for it and Android Silver reportedly taking over its role. At Google I/O last month, however, Googler David Burke confirmed that the company is still heavily interested in the Nexus line of devices. Rumors have also recently circulated that HTC is working on a 9-inch Nexus tablet dubbed the Volantis. Now, Android Police is reporting that Google and Motorola are working on a device codenamed Shamu.

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Android Wear can now control your Tesla Model S (Video)

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Android Wear devices are being used to do quite a few awesome things, and now we can add being a remote control for the Tesla Model S to the list. It was about a year ago that we first saw this capability come to Google Glass via the GlassTesla app, and now it looks like the lucky few owners of the Tesla Model S can do the same kinds of remote control actions via their wrist.

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