LG G Flex’s self healing film and durability shown off in new video

We’ve already heard about LG’s latest flexible display smartphone, the LG G Flex, and its less than conventional display shape, but another feature that has caught our eye is the G Flex’s ability to heal scratches on the back cover of the device. LG has now revealed a short video showing off this nifty feature, comparing it to a “conventional” back cover, as well as showing off the durability of the device.

The first half of the video demonstrates the self healing feature by first scratching the back of the G Flex (and a conventional back cover) with a 500 gram bronze brush. After two minutes the obvious scratching on the G Flex’s back cover was completely gone, while the other back cover is clearly scratched. The test was then repeated using a 750 gram bronze brush, and after three minutes the scratches on the G Flex’s back cover were almost completely gone.

The second test showcased the flexibility and durability of the G Flex, as 8,16 and 32 kilogram kettlebells were placed on the G Flex with the phone’s screen facing the table. The test showed that the G Flex could pressed completely flat and then return to its original shape. The display wasn’t damaged by this test. This could also help the G Flex survive drops, but that’s yet to be seen.

The third and final test again demonstrated the G Flex’s ability to go completely flat and return to its original curve, the test involving a person sitting on the device and then leaning back with their hand on the device. This will come as good news to those who have accidentally shattered their device by sitting on them.

The G Flex isn’t just a flexible screen though, it comes with some impressive specs like a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a massive 3500mAh battery and a 13 MP camera. The display is probably the only let down, with a 6-inch 720P display, it’s not the highest resolution ever to grace a mobile device.

The G Flex is said to be launching in South Korea this week, with a release to other markets at a later date. The price for the chance to be apart of the first wave of flexible display smartphones, and the chance to own a “wolverine” phone? A cool $940.

What do you think of the LG G Flex? Is the flexible display still a gimmick or are these features enough to prove its worth?

Source: Android Authority

No more teasers: T-Mobile releases ‘Alter Ego’ Commercial, No More Mr. Nice Girl for Carly [Video]

Earlier today we told you about T-Mobile’s “Alter Ego” campaign and showed you a quick teaser video. T-Mobile just released the full 60-second spot so you can see the full transformation of Carly from sweet and innocent to “No more Mr. Nice Girl” as she races her 1000 cc Ducati superbike through the city symbolizing T-Mobile’s 4G network. T-Mobile is hoping to “set the record straight.” Did they? Check it out below.

ASUS Eee Pad MeMo ME171 gets walkthrough and benchmark video, Now on sale for 17,500NT ($585)

We had a chance to do a quick hands on with the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo ME171 at CES this past January. It’s finally up for sale in Taiwan for 17,500NT or $585.  The specs include a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 16GB of internal memory, 8.5 hours of video playback with the 4400mAh battery, and Android 3.2. It will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and knowing ASUS, it will probably be pretty soon. Unfortunately this tab isn’t all that thin as it comes in a 11.6mm. Hit the break for the video.

Source: netbooknews

Android Developers Rejoice – A Faster Emulator Is Here [Video]

One of the biggest gripes we hear from Android developers is the poor performance of the emulator. The emulator is basically how devs test their apps while developing on a PC, and until now the emulation was all done in software. Today, Google announced in their developer’s blog that the emulator has gotten a significant performance boost and other improvements, including:

  • GPU support

Android 4.0 uses the GPU to improve overall performance, and the emulator now does the same thing by funneling OpenGL calls directly to the host PC’s own GPU.

  • More Hardware Feature Emulation

It’s now possible to use a tethered Android device to supply inputs for sensors and multi-touch input. Bluetooth and NFC coming later.

  • Improved CPU Performance

A recent release of the developer tools included x86 system images and host drivers, providing access to the host CPU natively, and offering significantly improved CPU performance.

These are all huge improvements that will help developers make apps more reliably and in a more timely manner. Happier devs mean more and better apps. Kudos to Google for continuing to think about the developers by improving the developer tools.

View a speed comparison video after the break.

Source: android-developers

Was That a 3D version of the EVO 4G LTE in HTC’s ‘Making Of Video’?


Could there be a 3D version of the new HTC EVO 4G LTE in our future? If you look at this “Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE” video you can see a quick glimpse of a dual camera version of the final product. Clearly HTC isn’t trying to hide anything from us because you can see the device plain as day. This wouldn’t come as complete surprise if it did eventually hit store shelves because the EVO 3D needs a successor too. Who knows, though, this could just end up being another one of their prototypes that ends up in their “could’ve been” pile. Check out the video below to see what the device could potentially look like. It shows up right around the 23 second mark.

What do you guys think? Would HTC sneak an image of an unannounced device into this video?

XSense Flexible Touchscreen Technology Makes Curves Fashionable [Video]


We’ve already seen some prototypes of curved glass and flexible screens, but how do you make them touch-enabled? With XSense, from touchscreen company Atmel. XSense is a film-based touch sensor that is flexible and thin enough to be curved and twisted into any shape while remaining accurate. Technology like this will allow manufacturers to create devices with screens that curve around the edges with touchable controls on the curves. Think edgeless devices with no bezel to speak of, or watches that curve around your wrist and are entirely touch-enabled. The possibilities are intriguing.

Check out the cool concept video after the break.

What curved, touch-enabled device would you want to see?

Source: engadget