Kyocera today announced the DuraForce Pro, its new rugged Android phone. The DuraForce is positioned as a significantly upgraded replacement for both the DuraForce and the Brigadier models, and comes in versions both with and without CDMA. That implies the phone may come to both AT&T and Verizon, although Kyocera is not announcing carrier partners at this time, just that it will be released “in the coming months.” Most specs have been upgraded compared to the DuraForce/Brigadier. The main camera steps up to 13 megapixels, and is accompanied by a wide-angle “action camera” with 135-degree lens and 5 megapixels, plus 5-megapixel front camera. A fingerprint reader has been added to the side, which works with NFC. It’s just as rugged and waterproof, but also fully washable (unaffected by soap). The screen can be used while wet and the camera has an underwater mode. The screen is larger (5 inches) and higher-resolution (full HD). The processor is a faster Snapdragon 617. It also has a larger 3,240 mAh battery and both fast charging and wireless charging. Other features a 3.5mm audio jack, memory card slot, PTT, dual front speakers, and barometer. For business users, it supports enhanced MDM, enterprise Wi-Fi, and advanced VPN capability. Its rugged specs include IP68 and U.S. Military rating for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, temperature shock, blowing rain, low pressure, sun, salt fog, humidity, water immersion (up to 2 meters for 30 minutes), and icing freezing rain. The DuraForce Pro runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
The G5 represents a massive shift in strategy for LG’s flagship smartphone. After the G2’s success, the South Korean company merely iterated with the G3 and the G4. The G5, meanwhile, is the successor to the G4 in name only.
Not only does the G5 finally switch to a metal body, but LG has chosen to go with a modular design, which it says allows you to transform your G5 into a “digital camera, hi-fi player, and more.” As we revealed earlier this week, the phone features an expansion slot you can use to swap in batteries and other modules.
Currently, Google Photos has some very basic trim functionality for video, but nothing as robust as the apps Fly Labs created for the iPhone and iPad (see above video). Speaking of iOS, Fly Labs’ apps are now completely free with no in-app purchases. The apps will remain on the App Store for another 3 months and although no future app updates will be given, apps downloaded to your device will remain there. So, if you have an iPad laying around, or know someone who is using an iOS device, tell them to get on it.
My trip last week to Tobago in the West Indies presented by Google Photos.
I have a video in the Photos link I took of a steel band practicing in Scarborough and would of loved to use the soundtrack as the background music to a video I just did in the Magisto application. Hopefully this new update with Google photos will allow me to do this.