So much for surprises. Oppo has been trying to maintain an aura of mysteryaround the launch of the Find 7 on March 19th, but the design lovers at Red Dot have spoiled things by showing off the smartphone in their product gallery, nearly two weeks ahead of time. While we’ve had some idea of what the Find 7 will look like, it’s now clear that the 5.5-inch device will have a more upscale look than theFind 5 with a seamless front and a “breath light” at the bottom for notifications. What you don’t see, however, is that rumored 50-megapixel camera — the handset shown here comes with a relatively ordinary 13-megapixel shooter. Nokia isn’t likely in danger of losing its camera resolution supremacy, then. Even so, we doubt that many prospective Find 7 owners will complain given the Quad HD screen and other top-tier specs.
Those artificially inflated benchmark scores Samsung devices were getting last year? They’ve been patched. According to new tests run by Ars Technica, Samsung devices running Android 4.4 no longer boost CPU speeds during benchmark tests. In July, Exynos variants of the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 were caught running their CPUs at an unsustainable max speed during benchmark programs, bolstering their total score by as much as 20 percent. Samsung suggested this was normal, claiming that varied processor frequencies were designed to provide an “optimal user experience.” The firm never clearly explained if the phenomenon was a feature, fault or foul play, but it’s over now: devices updated to the latest version of Android are apparently running clean.
LG isn’t just bringing high-end smartphones like the G Pro 2 to Mobile World Congress — it’s also launching its L Series III phones for the budget-minded among us. The 3.5-inch L40, 4.5-inch L70 and 4.7-inch L90 are subtle evolutions of the Optimus L II range in terms of hardware. All of them sport faster 1.2GHz dual-core processors and refined designs that are more in line with the company’shigher-end devices. There’s a larger 1GB of RAM on the L70 and L90, too. However, the real stars of the show are the L Series III’s software and accessories. They’re some of the first big-name budget phones to run Google’s efficientAndroid 4.4 KitKat; they’re also LG’s first non-flagship devices to support optionalQuick Window covers, letting you check an incoming call without exposing the whole screen. There’s no word as to when these third-generation handsets will hit store shelves, although they’re built for markets where 3G data is the best you’ll get. In other words, don’t expect them to reach LTE-obsessed American carriers any time soon.
Flappy Bird went from obscurity to chart-topping success overnight, but that’s all coming to an end. After over 50 million downloads, developer Dong Nguyen said on Twitter that he’s going to take the incredibly tough game down tomorrow… and probably not for the reasons you’d expect.
It’s not because of any legal pressure. It’s not because he sold for some hefty sum. It’s not even because he’s tired of making games. Nguyen said Flappy Bird will cease to be simply because he just “cannot take this anymore”. What exactly he means by that is unclear, but going off an earlier tweet it looks like Nguyen has grown weary of all the attention he’s been getting lately. Who could blame him for shunning the spotlight? He created the app in just a few days in 2013 and it languished before exploding in popularity a few weeks back.
The suddenness of the move prompted some to wonder if this is actually some strange publicity stunt. After all, Nguyen told The Verge just a few days ago that he was mulling over a Flappy Bird sequel, and an official Windows Phone version was in the works. Oh, and it’s a little hard to fathom a one-man app studio walking away from $50,000 in daily ad revenue.