4k Stories November 16, 2017

UK Google Play Store adds its first 4K UHD movie

The first 4K movies began rolling out to the U.S. and Canadian Play Store last December. Since then, Apple’s iTunes has also rolled out higher-quality films with a free upgrade for past purchases. Google might finally be expanding the content to other countries as the first 4K UHD movie in the UK is now available for purchase.

4k Stories December 6, 2016


Following a premature rollout last month, 4K movies are now available in the Google Play Store. First launching in the US and Canada, 125 movies ranging in price from $7.99 to $29.99 can be rented, purchased, and streamed on select Android TV devices and the Chromecast Ultra.

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4k Stories November 30, 2016

YouTube adds support for standard & 360-degree 4K live streaming, HBO working on Daydream app

After adding support for 4K HDR video earlier this month, YouTube is today launching support for 4K live streaming in both standard and 360-degree videos. The latter should be especially beneficial for VR, with more providers, like HBO, working on VR apps for Daydream.

4k Stories November 18, 2016

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With Google already selling its first 4K streaming device with the Chromecast Ultra, UHD content is starting to makes its way into the Play Store. The rollout is happening a bit prematurely, but it appears that 4K movies will start at $24.99…

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4k Stories June 21, 2016

Samsung 4KIt’s only been a few months since the arrival of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on the market — and, more recently, the rugged S7 Active sibling as well — but while the rumor mill is in full swing regarding the ever-closer Galaxy Note 7, reports keep coming regarding next year’s flagship too…

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4k Stories June 8, 2016

Samsung 4KThere certainly is a lot happening in Samsung‘s hardware department. Following a general slowdown of the immense growth smartphones have enjoyed over the past lustrum in particular, OEMs are preparing for a new wave of next-generation devices.

Amid the numerous experimental projects the company is working on, however, we can expect that a more ‘safe’ Galaxy S8 will hit the market some time in the first half of 2017, and rumor has it that its display will move to a jaw-dropping 4K resolution (via KoreaHerald) …

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4k Stories April 16, 2016

LG G5 Unboxing First Thoughts

After making a huge splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, the LG G5 is now available for purchase. Thanks to the handset’s modular design, which nabbed it an award for 2016’s best innovation of MWC, it stands out from the rest of this year’s flagship releases. Is the modular design enough to make the LG G5 a better buy than competing 2016 flagship offerings? expand full story

4k Stories April 14, 2016

HTC 10 Review

As an “Apple guy” the HTC 10 has been the one smartphone that I’ve immediately identified with in the Android ecosystem. That’s not to say that there haven’t been other Android devices that I’ve enjoyed or wanted to use, but I’ve always connected with HTC.

That probably has something to do with the fact that the HTC Wizard was the first “smart” phone I’ve ever owned. That phone ran the now defunct Windows Mobile and featured a resistive touch screen. Needless to say, I’ve long been a fan of the Taiwanese company, and its passion and desire to put out well-designed products continues to resonate with me in 2016.

So it’s with great empathy and concern that HTC has been struggling as of late. To be honest, the HTC 10 feels like the company’s make or break — the major fork in the road, if you will.

It’s very possible that the HTC 10 will be the release that paves a path to one of two destinations. Fortunately, I can report that this is a phone that’s good enough to pave that path in the right direction. It’s a phone that lives up to its billing, and in many ways exceeds expectations. It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s the best-looking and most complete HTC offering that we’ve seen thus far. expand full story

4k Stories March 22, 2016


To reflect the recent expansion of its Google Cast streaming platform, Google’s Chromecast app is being renamed to the “Google Cast” app. Google is also announcing some new Google Cast-enabled speakers and TVs from Vizio.  expand full story

4k Stories October 2, 2015

Intelligent Active image stabilization on the Xperia Z5 is insanely good [Video]

Intelligent Active mode has been a feature of Sony’s Xperia line for years now, but it looks like the Japanese company is just continually making improvements. Surely benefitting from the rest of the Xperia Z5’s camera enhancements, the below videos demonstrate just how good Sony’s SteadyShot with Intelligent Active mode is…

4k Stories September 5, 2015

Today we’re taking a look at Sony’s new and very ambitious Xperia Z5 Premium. This is the world’s first 4K smartphone, but do all of those pixels really make a difference? Every smartphone maker is constantly trying to one-up the next, but we may have gotten to a point where it doesn’t matter anymore…

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4k Stories March 27, 2015

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YouTube has been beefing up the capabilities of its video player for quite some time now, and it first introduced 60 FPS support in June of last year. Now, some videos on the site seem to be able to play back not just at 60 FPS, but at 60 FPS in super high-def 4K resolution. It looks to be an experiment that Google is slowly introducing, as only a handful of hand picked videos are capable of this at the moment…

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4k Stories March 20, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: HTC RE camera $100, Moto G (unlocked) $160, Chromecast freebies, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

HTC RE 16-megapixel waterproof digital camera: $99.99 shipped (Reg. $199)

Moto G 4G LTE unlocked 8GB (black or white): $159.99 shipped (Reg. $219.99)

Latest Chromecast freebie mix worth $80: Play gift cards, Qello HD concerts, more

Jawbone UP24 Fitness Tracker: $55 shipped (Reg. $129)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked: $295 shipped (Reg. $500)

Samsung Galaxy ALPHA SM-G850A 32GB 4G LTE: $279 shipped (Reg. $400)


HDTVs: LG 50″ WebOS 4K UHDTV $1,299 (Reg. $1,499), Haier 58″ 1080p 120Hz $629 (Reg. $749), more

Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock $17 Prime shipped (orig. $40+)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

More new gear from today:

Headphones: ATH-M50X Professional Over-Ears $129 (Reg. $169), Philips Over-Ears $63 (Reg. $75+)

  • New! Daily Deals: Motorola Moto G $160, Seagate Expansion 5TB External HDD $130, more
  • New! Games/Apps: The Order 1886 $40, Battlefield Hardline $54, Xbox One bundle $349, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

WD Elements 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $70)

New products & more:

Bosch’s new REAXX table saw uses advanced sensors to protect your hands and its blade

4k Stories March 18, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 2nd gen Moto X $260, $50 Google Play gift card w/ device, HTC One (M8) $325, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Moto X (2nd gen) 16 GB unlocked: $260 shipped (Reg. $500)

Free $50 Play Store gift card w/ purchase of Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear device

HTC One (M8) 32 GB Android phone unlocked: $325 shipped (Reg. $700)

Amazon free app of the day: Knots 3D (Reg. $2)

Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900A 16GB unlocked: $419.99 shipped (Reg. $499)

Samsung Galaxy ALPHA SM-G850A 32GB 4G LTE: $279 shipped (Reg. $400)

ASUS Google Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB 7-inch tablet: $149.99 shipped (Reg. $200)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

Amazon Gold Box: LG 40-inch 4K 60Hz Smart UHD HDTV/Monitor: $499 shipped

More new gear from today:


TRENDnet 200 AV Nano Powerline Adapter Kit $20 shipped (orig. $50)

More deals still alive:


Samsung D3 Station 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

New products & more:

Sling TV hits Xbox One with free one month trial for Live users, additional channels announced

4k Stories February 19, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Samsung 7 & 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 deals w/ free Office 365, Lightroom 5 bundles, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T330 8″ White 16 GB flash storage w/ Android 4.4 KitKat: $149.99 shipped (Reg. $250) OR $199.99 shipped w/ FREE Microsoft Office

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T230 7″ White 8 GB flash storage w/ Android 4.4 KitKat: $149.99 shipped w/ FREE Microsoft Office

Transitioning from iPhoto/Aperture? Grab Lightroom 5 at a steep discount w/ free external storage

Amazon Free Android App of the Day: Cubistry (Reg. $1)

Brother Compact Wireless Laser Printer w/ AirPrint & Duplex Printing $71 shipped (orig. $140)

SoundBlock Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $30 Prime shipped (orig. $140)

VIZIO 50-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Full-Array LED Smart TV $698 shipped (Reg. $1,000)

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More deals still alive:

Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($70 value) FREE w/computer/iPad/tablet purchase including this $50 Android at Best Buy

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4k Stories April 18, 2014


HTC’s future imaging plans revolve around the selfie market and optical zoom coming to smartphones, according to the company’s camera expert Symon Whitehorn. In an interview with Vodaphone (via Android Central), Whitehorn made various points, including his thoughts on 4K in smartphones, future applications of optical zoom, and the importance of the front-facing camera in the company’s attempt to clench the “selfie market.” expand full story

4k Stories March 28, 2014


Philips has just revealed some details of an upcoming 8000 series lineup of TVs for 2014, which will likely be the first lineup of Ultra HD TVs that hit the market running Android. Philips has three models running Android- Full-HD 8100 and 8200 Philips TVs and the Ultra HD 4K 8800 series— all of which come packed with Google Play store access and Google services like Chrome, YouTube, Google Play music and movies, and search. expand full story

4k Stories November 20, 2013


If there is one inescapable fact when buying the latest, greatest tech it’s that whatever you buy today will soon be made obsolete by something launched tomorrow.

Today’s flagship Android devices come with Snapdragon 600 or 800 CPUs. As of today, that’s old hat, as chipmaker Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 805 Ultra HD replacement. This – together with its on-board Adreno 420 GPU – will play 4K video and run at up to 2.5GHz.

But even that may soon pale against the chip announced by rival chipmaker MediaTek (via Engadget) …  expand full story

4k Stories September 2, 2013


Smartphone manufacturers are making it hard to keep up to date these days: just as we’d got used to enjoying the ability to record 1080p full HD videos, the first handsets capable of recording 4K video are emerging. Google added 4K video support to Android in the latest 4.3 version.

Acer is claiming that its 6-inch Liquid S2 will be the first, though as the phone is being officially unveiled at the IFA this week, it may have company from Samsung’s new Galaxy Note – also rumored to have 4K recording on board. The Acer also won’t be available in the U.S. at launch, with the handset hitting Europe first …  expand full story

4k Stories August 21, 2013

Outputting 4k video from smartphones to TVs? It’s here, but only via USB so far

MHLtech has just announced an upgrade to the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard which will allow smartphones and tablets to output 4k video to a TV or monitor over USB cables, rather than the 1080p of the current standard. Devices will be able to transmit 3840×2160 at up to 30 frames per second.

MHL is likely to have a short-lived future, however. While it’s supported by the likes of Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony, and will likely be the only 4k solution in the short-term, wired connections feel rather quaintly old-school. Powering the phone via USB may be a small bonus, but the future is undoubtedly in video over wifi, with both Miracast and Apple’s Airplay standards getting all the love. Neither supports 4k as yet, but it can only be a matter of time.

The updated MHL standard will be available to manufacturers from next month.

Via arsTechnica

4k Stories July 26, 2013


Google is clearly serious about its intentions to make a sizeable push into the living-room market, as Android Police spotted a small clue revealing that Android 4.3 has added support for 4k displays.

Google has added a new DPI category to Android: XXXHDPI. This is for screens with an approximate DPI of six hundred and forty. Did you think we were stopping at 1080p?

Android engineer Dianne Hackborn is quoted as confirming the intent behind this:

A typical use of this density would be 4K television screens — 3840×2160 …  expand full story

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