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Apparently, Nexus 4 owners have been having some issues keeping their new phone from flying off their desk and ending up on the floor. Because of the rear glass panel, the phone can slide around fairly easily depending on the type of surface it’s on. However, Google redesigned the phone just slightly to prevent unnecessary sliding.
According to German site MobiFlip, the new Nexus 4 features two small nubs towards the bottom of the phone, where the glass meets the edge. These small nubs raise the back of the device just slightly off of the surface to prevent it from sliding around and possibly falling onto the floor causing any kind of damage.
The small nubs also allow the sound coming out of the phone’s speaker to be louder when the device is laid on its back. They’re barely noticeable, but they can make a huge difference in several ways. On top of that, the camera’s lens has been updated as well, with less area around the lens being exposed. We’re not sure if this was because the old lens wasn’t working as efficiently, or if it’s just a simple design tweak that had nothing to do with the camera itself.
Overall, it’s nice to see Google still focusing on the Nexus 4 and improving the hardware even though the phone has already been released. However, those who already own the phone are out of luck, and you’ll have to resort to the bumper case to get a similar effect. However, for those still thinking about buying a Nexus 4, your unit may come with the new changes.
[via Android Central]
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Ferrari apparently worked through nine design concepts for its LaFerrari supercar recently shown at the Geneva Motor Show, and has put two of them on display at its museum in Maranello, Italy. Both from 2011, the Manta (pictured) is harder edged and looks closest to the finished product.
The other, the Tensostruttura, is much more fluid and looks like it probably came from the past or the future, not so much the present. You can check them both out in the videos below and register your take on what might have been.
Microsoft would certainly argue that its Surface tablet design is iconic. The company is doing more than simply extolling the virtues of kickstands and VaporMg casings, however. It just obtained a trio of design patents that cover both the Touch Cover keyboard and the magnetic coupling on the tablet that so often gives Microsoft something to dance about. You won’t find any deep insights into the technological workings here — still, this might give some would-be Surface KIRF creators a reason to hesitate.
Hyundai is set to debut its 2014 Equus (also known as the Centennial) at the upcoming New York Auto Show. In preparation, the manufacturer has released two videos giving us a pretty solid glimpse of the car, the first one showing off its driving dynamics, and the second offering a look at its concept and design. We have both the videos after the jump.
The driving dynamics video is interesting enough, mostly providing a complete look at the Equus’s body, but also offering a few glimpses at its interior, where we see a concept animation of its instrument panel modes. There are close ups of the lights, windows, and other such aspects of the vehicle, all of it set to gentle piano music with the occasional flower petal fluttering by.
The second video featured below is its polar opposite, setting the scene with dramatic music that accompanies us throughout the car’s interior, where we’re given point-by-point looks at its different features, both external and internal (but mostly internal). Check out the video, then get a run down of its specifications below.
The Equus will be available in White Frost AT, Sterling Silver AU, Phantom Black AF, Hyper Metallic NY, Blue Baltico PUE, and Cona Black VB2. The vehicle features fully adaptive LED headlights, wrap-around LED rear lights, a card-type start key, a shift by wire transmission system, and there’s a 9.2-inch monitor in the center console. Perhaps its most alluring feature, however, is the full thin-film transistor LCD cluster, which changes styles based on the driving mode.
We’ll have more details when the 2014 Equus makes it debut later this month.
YouTube has taken its One Channel design out of beta and made it available for all who want it. The design looks quite different than what users are currently using, and offers many features and improvements that both casual and career YouTubers will appreciate. The features are designed to help users score new subscribers, have snazzy-looking channels across multiple devices, and curate their content.
With the One Channel design, users can designate a video as a channel trailer that will only be presented to individuals who aren’t subscribers. The trailer is a welcomed feature that allows users to showcase their best work, or to sticky a promotional video that encourages users to subscribe for more. In addition, channel art has been optimized to scale to screens of all sizes, preventing ugly channel designs. Links to both merchandise and social accounts are displayed.
Another welcomed feature is the ability to form playlists of one’s own content and other YouTube content. The playlists are prominently displayed for subscribers to view, providing an opportunity to sort one’s own content into groups, such as “My Best Videos,” and to create collections of relevant, funny, or otherwise enjoyable videos from other users. Ensuring maximum visibility, users are also taken to the complete channel upon clicking on it from the guide, rather than just being presented with the activity feed.
YouTube has provided several already-switched profiles that you can check out to get a feel for the new design, such as MysteryGuitarMan. Switching to the new look is as simple as following this link, then clicking the button asking if you want to switch. Are you using the new design? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Even as the secret of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV has been handed off to some teenager, the @evleaks Twitter account (which has been reliable in the past) just posted a supposed pic of and specs for the phone. Along with what’s clearly a rendering or drawing, the specs list a Super AMOLED Full HD screen of unknown size, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.2 OS. A second image shows the same mockup alongside the previous Galaxy phones confirming its status as the largest one yet, although that’s not surprising given recent trends.
The eastward migration of automotive designers bearing European pedigrees continues with Chery Automobile reportedly hiring former Porsche stylist Hakan Saracoglu. The move comes almost a year after Chery hired James Hope from the General Motors Exterior Design Studio in Russelsheim, Germany to be its corporate director of design.
Saracoglu had been with Porsche since 1998, and he showed his abilities on the 997-series Porsche 911 GT2 and GT2 RS, previous-generation Boxster and Cayman and the 918 Spyder. He will join Hope’s team with the aim of taking Chery beyond the car it is most known for, the QQ, to a company “standing for value, for design and gaining customer confidence. That’s where we want to go.” Saracoglu will lead a group of 30 designers to create a range of concepts in various segments.
Clearly, a lot of us wanted LG to reveal the design of the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro as quickly as possible: just a day after a teaser, we’re looking at the complete picture. And it’s quite a looker, by all counts. While it has the familiar digital cube effect on the back, it’s also using curved glass in black or white, which LG says produces a “2.5D” effect. Those other details that LG is willing to divulge are largely what we expected based on the Japanese edition, including a full HD (1080p) display and a quad-core processor that’s likely the Snapdragon S4 Pro. LG expects the larger G Pro to launch in late February, although it didn’t say whether or not this is limited to South Korea; based on the timing, though, we might get a peek at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Gallery: LG Optimus G Pro 5.5-inch
Source: LG Electronics (Facebook)