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YouTube launches smartphone remote control feature for TVs and more

Google has been working hard to improve YouTube and today they’ve announced an awesome new feature to make viewing videos on the big screen even better. They’ve already pushed features to allow sharing videos to Google TVs, but today they’ve announced the same feature will soon be arriving with support for multiple smart TVs and accessories from a variety of manufacturers. Their remote control feature will soon be available on a mass scale, not just Google TV.

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Today on the official YouTube Blog Google has shared a few details and a nice new video showing off this exact feature. Explaining that later this month at CES they’ll be releasing their new mobile/TV pairing feature to popular upcoming smart TVs from multiple manufacturers. Claiming this will make our smartphones the best remote control for YouTube available.

If you’ve ever trying to control and type video titles out on that terrible on-screen keyboard on your smart TV, you know exactly what they mean. Being able to use our favorite Android devices and keyboards to control the entire experience sure will be nice. We’ll run down a few launch partners, but first here’s a quick video from Google:

Today Google and YouTube are happy to announce that this feature will be rolling out to YouTube during CES next week, and we can all expect the update to arrive soon. Out of the gate they have launch partners including Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony with their smart TV devices. Then later in 2013 we’re expecting more releases from popular manufacturers such as Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Western Digital and others. With Western Digital not being a TV maker, we can expect this feature to roll out to many additional smart TV-like accessories and companion devices too.

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Supply of 5-inch 1080p Display Panels Could Face a Shortage in 2013

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We all dearly love a decent looking smartphone. More than the exterior elements of the smartphone, it’s the internal components that make the smartphone desirable and pleasing to own. The Samsung Galaxy S III and the Note II are a fine example of that. And as the industry evolves with every passing day, so does technology and hardware. The display panels in particular have seen a remarkable evolution since the past few years, all thanks to Apple and Android OEMs. Today we live in the 1080p era, where smartphones with 720p display panels aren’t considered all that fancy. And according to a new report cited by Digitimes, we might not see that many 1080p display panels in 2013, due to limited supply as mentioned by Sharp. Most of us do not know this, but Japanese manufacturer Sharp is one of the very few suppliers of the 1080p display panels. Its panels are used in its own Sharp Aquos smartphones, which has been claimed to be one of the reasons for the limited supply estimated for 2013. Whatever the reason, we would certainly not want this to be the case. Especially when 1080p display panels on smartphones is still an alien concept to most of the world. The shortage is believed to be of the 5-inch 1080p display panels and there’s no word on supply status of panels with different dimensions.

Sharp however is believed to have evolved a bit when it comes to display tech as it plans to implement the new IGZO technology into its 2013 smartphone display panels. This means that the company is capable of mass producing the display panels for third party manufacturers. As of now, mass production of the 5-inch 1080p panel seems to be doubtful, but it is hoped that it picks up pace soon. There are manufacturers like LG specializing in displays, but there would be conflict of interest there as the company would give more precedence to its smartphones.

The pixel density race was started by Apple with the iPhone 4 and its 330ppi Retina Display. It then took Android manufacturers over a year and a half to understand that displays are also an integral part of a smartphone and not just the processor and its clock speed. After that, the likes of the HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus came along which introduced HD displays to the world of Android. And that trend continued into 2012 when the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus 4X HD were all launched with 720p display panels, although with different display technologies. But today, as we step into 2013, things are different. We’re speaking of 1080p display panels now, which was first teased by HTC in the form of the J Butterfly and then with the Verizon Droid DNA. Other manufacturers like Oppo and Huawei also have their very own 1080p smartphones prepping launch. So there’s a clear evolution in display tech since the past year or so. Let’s hope that’s not dented with limited supplies.

Source: Digitimes
Via: Phone Arena

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[New Game] 6waves And HourBlast Games Release ‘Simultaneous Turn Strategy’ Dueling Blades

duelingbladesHourblast Games and 6waves, the publisher of such hits as Strikefleet Omega and OFFWORLD, have released Dueling Blades, a fantasy RPG that combines strategy elements with social networking. What makes this game stand out from the mass of other similar titles is its interesting combat system that’s described as “simultaneous turn strategy.”

Like the description suggests, the combat in Dueling Blades is turn-based, but the execution of the players’ actions happens simultaneously. Additionally, when you add quick time events to the game’s formula, you get fights that are an interesting mix of luck, skill, and reflexes. Although the idea is not completely original, Dueling Blades is the first mobile title that combines real-time and turn-based passage of time this way.

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T-Mobile enhances coverage in 14 new locations as 2012 comes to a close

T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray announced enhanced coverage for the carrier’s network in 14 metro areas. This final announcement caps off a year in which T-Mobile commenced a $4 billion investment in infrastructure. During 2012 T-Mobile’s network expansion has resulted in coverage for an additional 100 million people.

The 14 areas covered by today’s announcement include:

  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

If you live in one of those areas, now might be a good time to take advantage of T-Mobile’s Last Chance sale to grab a new 4G device and reap the benefits of their network expansion.

source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile enhances coverage in 14 new locations as 2012 comes to a close

T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray announced enhanced coverage for the carrier’s network in 14 metro areas. This final announcement caps off a year in which T-Mobile commenced a $4 billion investment in infrastructure. During 2012 T-Mobile’s network expansion has resulted in coverage for an additional 100 million people.

The 14 areas covered by today’s announcement include:

  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

If you live in one of those areas, now might be a good time to take advantage of T-Mobile’s Last Chance sale to grab a new 4G device and reap the benefits of their network expansion.

source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile ends 2012 by launching 14 more 1900MHz HSPA+ markets

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Quickly following the announcement that it is planning to invest over $4 billion in network improvements throughout 2013, T-Mobile has been enhancing its coverage in dozens of new markets in the last month. Last week the carrier added 5 new markets, bringing the total to 23, and today it is rolling out enhanced 1900MHz HSPA+ coverage to another 14 markets. Users in the following areas should see improved speeds and building penetration, as well as HSPA+ speeds on unlocked AT&T handsets:

  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas, including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park

By our count that puts T-Mobile at 37 total markets with enhanced coverage and 1900MHz HSPA+ deployment, which is a good start. We'll see how the carrier continues its rollout through 2013 while it manages an LTE network deployment as well.

Source: T-Mobile

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AT&T 4G LTE launches in three new cities

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In the run up to the holidays, it seems AT&T is wasting no time expanding its 4G LTE coverage — we've counted at least thirteen in the past few weeks. Today brings the news that the carrier's LTE network has just been lit up in three new cities:

  • Melbourne, Fla.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Tucson, Ariz.

In addition, Phoenix and Los Angeles are seeing expanded coverage. If you're seeing AT&T 4G LTE reception for the first time today, be sure to shout out in the comments.

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Google UK Boss Apologizes For Ridiculously Delayed Nexus 4 Orders

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As you know, Google’s launch of the Nexus 4 hasn’t gone so well (e.g. technical difficulties, delayed orders and etc), and things aren’t looking brighter for the future. Even after managing to get a device ordered, some customers residing in the UK found that their order has missed the shipping window that was posted on Google Play entirely. As you can imagine, this has frustrated a lot of Google’s customers.

As a result of this frustration, customers have taken to Google+ to try and find answers from Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley. Surprisingly enough, Cobley actually responded to the mass of customers with an update on his Google+ page. He’s explained the situation, offered an apology to those who have experienced outrageous shipping delays, and has offered a refund to those who’s orders missed the 3-5 day shipping window. Refunds on shipping charges isn’t the big news though, as Cobley has said that pre-Christmas estimates will be processed in the next week and will (hopefully) be at customers’ doorsteps before Christmas.

Cobley also offered insight on the subject of stock levels. He claims that supplies that LG needs to manufacture the Nexus 4 have been “scarce and erratic.” Albeit, I feel like Google has just under estimated the demand and didn’t put in a large enough order. Don’t hold me to that though. You can read Cobley’s full response below:

Dear all

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan

Hopefully this has cleared a lot of the issues up. Google has been working hard to ensure that their customers are happy. Lets just hope that they learn from their mistakes this time around and have a smoother Nexus launch next time.

source: Android Central

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MobileMount+ now seeking funding on Kickstarter

If you’ve ever wished you could attach your phone to a tripod or have a simple-yet-effective stand for your tablet, then you might want to head over to Kickstarter and toss a few dollars at the MobileMount+. We’ve heard of the MobileMount before, with the original netting more than $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, but now it’s time for the MobileMount+ to shine. MobileMount+ is comprised of two suction cups and one threaded 1/4″ 20 ball joint, meaning that simplicity is key here.


Those suction cups allow you to, say, attach your phone to your car windshield so you can use it as a GPS without constantly having to take your eyes off the road. If you want to watch a movie on your tablet, you can stand it up with the MobileMount+, letting you watch it hands-free. Finally, the suction cups are detachable, which allows you attach the threaded ball mount onto any standard camera tripod.

It definitely sounds like a handy little piece of equipment, but manufacturer J & M Company needs your help in bringing it to market. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign for MobileMount+, asking for $25,000. A lot of that money will be going toward tooling and mass production, and J & M Company has 59 days to go to raise the cash.

If the MobileMount+ enjoys the same success as the original MobileMount, then raising that $25,000 should be a cake walk. Early bird backers have the chance to snag a MobileMount+ for $30, which appears to be $10 off the going rate, but there are only a limited number of early bird specials available. At the time of this writing, MobileMount+ has raised $530, so it has quite a bit more left to raise. Are you planning on backing the MobileMount+?

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DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD Jelly Bean rolling out now [Download]

Earlier this week the official update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean started rolling out to the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD. Sadly it appears to be a rather small group who got it and many users are still patiently awaiting its arrival. Today we can confirm Verizon and Motorola are pushing the update to users on a mass scale, and we’ve received multiple reports of users receiving the OTA this morning.

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD brings tons of neat new changes. They’ve replaced the Motorola Blur on-screen navigation buttons and notification pulldown icons all with stock Android — which looks great — and you’ll be able to enjoy everything we love about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Expandable notifications, Google Now search (which is awesome) project butter for a smooth and faster OS and much much more.

You’ll get to enjoy the new Jelly Bean keyboard, and Motorola and Verizon have fixed some data connectivity issues, improved battery life and more. Then they’ve removed Verizon Video, the Color app, and a few other pieces of bloatware but replaced them with a suite of Amazon apps. If you don’t want to wait for the update don’t worry, because we have you covered.

The update to Jelly Bean is about 276MB in size and should only take a few minutes to download and install. For those that don’t want to wait for the OTA to arrive we have it available below for download. Below is the official OTA update file for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD to Jelly Bean. You’ll need to be completely stock, up to date with the latest OTA, and flash this in the stock recovery.

-Download: Blur_Version.0.7.2-9.1.41.XT926.Verizon.en.US
-Move to micro-SD card
-Boot into stock recovery (Power+Volume up)
-Enter recovery by holding Volume up/down
-Install from external storage
-Enjoy Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on the RAZR HD

That’s it folks. You’ll now be enjoying the latest and official Android 4.1 JB for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD. As usual proceed at your own risk, and you might want to run OTA Rootkeeper should you want to keep root access. Now if I could only have vanilla Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on the MAXX HD, then I’d truly be happy. Enjoy folks!

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$20 Android Tablet Introduced in India

Yes, you read that correctly. The device dubbed, Ubislate 7ci, rocks a 7″ screen, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, and one version is WiFi only while another is a data version. It’s manufactured by the Canadian company Datawind which dabbled in low-cost devices in the past but never really caught on in the U.S. due to its slow data speeds. The company saves costs by making its own LCD panels in Montreal and having the circuit boards manufactured in China.

Apparently they can sell it so cheap due to those efficiencies along with cutting a deal with the Indian government in mass quantities. The deal includes Datawind selling hundreds of millions of units to the Indian government for about $40 a piece. The Indian goverment then turns around and sells them to schools for $20 each. The government and schools are pumped about this new kind of learning since it’ll streamline lessons and create a learning consistency for all students, while providing a technology that wouldn’t normally be available.

source:  Business Insider


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STATS: Android takes 44% of global tablet market

New data covering the global tablet market shows Android making some BIG gains on Apple’s previously untouchable iPad, with the mass consortium of Android powered devices now taking 44% of the entire worldwide tablet market.

The statistics, released by ABI Research, cover the third quarter of 2012, and sees Apple holding its lead with some 55% of the tablet market – the lowest percentage share it’s had since the iPad exploded on the scene back in 2010.

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And things like this Amazon number hitting the UK recently will help push that share even higher in this big Christmas sales quarter.

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WSJ: Microsoft testing homegrown handset designs with suppliers, may not see mass production

WSJ: Microsoft testing homegrown handset designs with suppliers, may not see mass production

Until very recently, Microsoft wasn’t known for making hardware. Sure, it put out the occasional Zune, but most of the tech running Redmond’s desktop and mobile operating systems traditionally comes from its partners — the Surface being the exception, of course. According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft might consider making that exception a rule: some of the firm’s part suppliers say that the company is experimenting with a smartphone design of its very own. Folks familiar with the matter say the device in question is between four and five inches, putting it in a sweet-spot that’s larger than the iPhone 5, but not quite as daunting as a Samsung Galaxy Note II. Don’t get too excited, however, sources aren’t sure the if the device will go into mass production, and Microsoft is expectantly tight-lipped about the rumor. Still, we wouldn’t scoff at a smartphone with a build quality to match the Surface — though it might rub some of Redmond’s hardware partners the wrong way.

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WSJ: Microsoft testing homegrown handset designs with suppliers, may not see mass production originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Nov 2012 01:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung to mass produce Adonis chip

We have heard rumors about the new mobile processor that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S IV smart phone. The processor is called the Exynos 5400, which is code named ‘Adonis’. The company uses 28 nm technology, known as High-K Metal Gate (HKMG), to manufacture this application processor (AP), and if this processor makes it to the inside of any smart phone soon, it will be the first smart phone used which is a 28 nm technology chip.

The Exynos 5400 is based on the new ARM Cortex A15 architecture, and has four cores. Plus, as a bonus, the mobile application processor will come with low power consumption, yet powerful, graphical processing unit (GPU). This upgraded and miniaturized GPU will help the Exynos 5400 to drain the battery a lot less slowly, unlike the existing 32nm HKMG based Exynos 5250 (Cortex A15).

On the other hand, TSMC is partnering with the South Korean tech giant, “to provide a foundry to fabricate Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon iteration; however this product will not be HKMG based. Instead it will utilize a traditional SiON silicon based process,” says VR Zone.

The traditional SiON method causes side effects of current leakage with the shrinking process. But the HKMG processor not only lets the company manufacture power consuming chips but also removes the side effects of the SiON process. VR Zone writes:

According to market analyzers Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics took 2nd place with 25.9% market share of the mobile AP market in the Q2 of this year, compared to market leader Qualcomm who possessed 38.8%.

If the South Korean tech giant is really going to mass produce this chip, we can expect the next flagship device from the company, the Galaxy S IV according to rumors, to run on this new mobile processor. And according to the reports on the internet, the mass production of the chip is expected to start at the end of new years.

Source: VR Zone

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OmniVision unveils 5MP BSI sensor that takes low light cameras further into the entry level

OmniVision unveils 5MP sensor that takes low light photography to the entry level It’s almost a truism that starter smartphones have poor cameras that struggle just to get pristine photos in broad daylight, let alone dim interiors. Thankfully, OmniVision’s new OV5645 sensor could lead newcomers out of a very literal darkness. The 5-megapixel imager includes backside illumination, support for 1080p30 (or 720p60) video and its own internal autofocus system, but no dedicated JPEG compression engine — in short, a lot of the low-light performance of more sophisticated smartphones without the usual attached costs. Its cost-cutting even extends to front cameras, as a forward-facing sensor can share resources with the back camera to scale back on redundant hardware. We’re looking forward to when mass production starts in the first quarter of 2013; we might not have to excuse our photo quality for a long, long time afterwards.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Features and Specs Speculation

The first time a ‘leak’ about Samsung Galaxy S4 popped up with picture renders on the internet, it seemed too good to be true and Samsung was quick to deny that the company was alreadydeveloping the next high end device.  This made sense because the S3 was still soaring in sells and it was doing so well that any thought of developing any phone better than that could have most likely harmed its performance because enthusiasts would have probably held back to wait for the new phone.  Since then, we have heard rumors about the S4 but nothing so credible yet.  Today though, thanks to the folks at Android Authority, we can speculate on the specs and features of Samsung’s next flagship device which is almost certain to be the S4.

The new Galaxy S4 expected to launch sometime in 2013 will most definitely sport a new processor.  DDaily says that the phone will come with the new smaller 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 processor dubbed Adonis whose mass production has been rumored to begin sometime in the last quarter of 2012.  A couple of weeks ago, there were reports of Cortex-A15 processor tests which are presumed to have for the Galaxy S4 phone.

This new Adonis processor is said to be much better than the current Exynos as it offers better performance but with low power consumption and is more compact in size.  If it has a high GPU performance, then this is the real futuristic processor that should make the Galaxy S4 a smartphone in its own league.  Somewhere though, there are some enthusiasts that say that the S4 may come sporting a quad-core Exynos 5450 processor with a clockspeed of 2 GHz.  We haven’t seen this processor in any device and I would suppose that it will be easier for Samsung to improve the current Exynos processor for the S4 than fit it with a completely new processor.  After all, Samsung just recently launched an Exynos 5-based Arndale developer board (read the story here) – a further proof that it may have intentions to keep this processor line alive for longer.

When it comes to other features, we expect better screen (yeah, it can get better than Super AMOLED, we just don’t know how yet) – maybe a 5 inch screen with a much better build quality.  The big question is, what else will Samsung offer that will make the S4 undeniably better than the S3, currently still the best smartphone in the market?  Let is wait and see, but I have faith Samsun will not disappoint during the 2013 MWC when it may launch the Galaxy S4.

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Samsung and LG to launch 1080p smartphones next year

We had previously heard rumors about HTC planning to make a 5 inch 1080p Android flagship device, but we were skeptical about the news. Nevertheless, both Sharp and Japan Display (JDI) confirmed the fact that they have begun mass producing ultra sharp panels and soon later HTC unveiled the HTC J Butterfly in Japan. HTC J Butterfly is no fantasy and it actually boasts a 5 inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 440 pixels per inch, which makes it the most clearest display to be ever shoved into a mass produced device. The device is using a new screen technology called as “Super LCD 3”, which is the next generation of “Super LCD 2″ display that is used on HTC One X.

Now that HTC has unveiled their 1080p device, other smartphone manufacturers would like to join the bandwagon by launching their own. Now, Samsung and LG are said to be planning to release 1080p smartphones of their own in the first half of 2013. According to the latest report published by Korean daily, MK News, Samsung will join HTC with its own iteration of a smartphone featuring a display supporting 1080p resolution. They also say that LG has also figured out the technology and will be launching their iteration soon.

The phones that these two Korean companies will be launching will boast 1080p displays using both, AMOLED and LCD display technology. The resolution of such displays is expected to top 400 pixels per inch. If numbers don’t make sense to you, the Retina Display which Apple boasts on the new iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi, so you get an idea what kind of display these new devices will have.

LG had previously showcased the world’s first 5 inch Full HD LCD Smartphone panel, but it didn’t make into mass manufactured devices yet for some reason. The display that LG showcased back in May offers 1080p resolution with a very high pixel density of 440ppi. The LCD technology that it is using is called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) and apparently facilitates wider viewing angles, improved brightness and fast response times when touched. According to LG, the display is made in such a way that it will deliver smartphone viewers with the same viewing experience as HD television or computer monitors.

Sony is said to be launching its 5 inch C650X phablet in December and it will be coming with a high resolution 1080p display. If Sony does launch the device in question by December, seems like Samsung and LG will be outpaced by Sony.

Screen manufacturers such as Renesas have reported certain difficulties in the manufacturing process of HD displays, so that may result in shortage of supply. Whatever the case is, we can expect to see a lot of smartphone devices with HD sweetness to break out in H1 2013. What are your thoughts on these HD devices? Would you wait until one of these devices launch in order to upgrade? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: TheVerge

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Samsung’s flexible AMOLED delayed until 2013

Samsung has decided to push back its new flexible AMOLED displays. Samsung is seeing so much success with its traditional glass AMOLED displays, they don’t seem too concerned with getting the flexible screens to market quickley. During production, Samsung ran into some mass production problems, which made it impossible for them to hit the previously hinted at Q3 2012 release originally hinted at.



Some of Samsung’s most popular phones, such as the Galaxy S III, use Samsung’s glass AMOLED display. Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Note II also uses the screen technology. Samsung seems to be having no trouble keeping up with the demand for the screens on these devices.

In fact, production of glass displays is actually one of the reasons for the delay in the flexible screens. Samsung is hoping to increase production from around 56,000 units per month to 64,000 units. Obviously, Samsung will have to redirect much of its resources to plastic, which is the material used to make the flexible AMOLED displays.

Obviously, Samsung could do some creative things with a flexible display. It does not seem as though they are planning to make phones that bend in half. One possible use for the bending screens is having the display wrap around the top, so users could look at the time and other information while the phone is still sitting in their pocket. Hopefully, Samsung gets these screens in production soon, because they could open up some awesome doors for smartphones that we have not seen before.

[via SlashGear]


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Verizon Mass Emails DROID RAZR MAXX HD Ad, Uses Wrong Phone

That is not the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Cheers Shane!

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Microsoft ordered 3 to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4

The new operating system designed and developed by the Redmond based software and operating system giant is just around the corner to be announced at an event. The operating system we are talking about is the new Windows 8. We have already used up to three versions or releases of the operating system and a lot of us love the new Metro based user interface in the operating system. But a class of people is not very comfortable with the newly designed user interface.

But Microsoft, on the other hand, is all set to get into the field and fight the tablet war with its new operating system as the weapon of mass destruction. Cupertino’s tech giant, Apple, as we all know, is one of the major competitors for Microsoft on many fronts. And the company’s iPad is the very popular and the most sold tablet in the 10 inch genre, even though it is not completely 10 inch.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is also outing its new line of tablets, the Surface tablets. The company has already unveiled the tablet a while back at an event. And now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company has ordered for 3 to 5 million units of the 10.6 inch Surface tablets from its Asian component makers. The quantity is similar to the order volume that Amazon had made for its Kindle Fire tablet.

The Redmond based company is going high with the tablet and wishes to take on Apple and Google in the tablet war. The market is now filled with hundreds of Android tablets and the iPad. If you consider the 7 inch market, there are many well built and quality and affordable tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire, with the Apple iPad Mini expected to come in the same class. So will Microsoft be able to survive in this market? Well, I think so. What is your opinion?

Source: Tech Crunch

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Gaikai Preparing To Begin Streaming Sony PlayStation Games, Android Devices Might Be A Possibility In The Future

Sony is already gaining a lot of speed with new items like its PlayStation Mobile service, but what else could Sony possibly do? It’s only obvious that they had to acquire yet another giant in the gaming industry with the hopes of bringing more and more titles to the world as a whole. It had just been recently announced that Sony recently took in Gaikai under its wing and it is now speculated that we are going to be seeing the effects of this new adoption fairly soon here. Gaikai is getting ready to begin streaming some extremely popular titles like the Gear of War series, and Metal Gear Solid along with mass Effect. With Gaikai, soon enough we are going to be playing a lot of this big titles on out PSP’s or PS Vita’s even. On the other hand, since Gaikai is actually very well known for streaming different content and games onto Android devices, Sony might be looking to hand out PlayStation Certification to more and more Android devices as they push forward with the Gaikai service. With that said, there is definitely some hope here that we’ll be seeing some pretty big titles out their streamed on our Android devices. Of course, there hasn’t been anything very concrete from Sony or Gaikai as of yet, but you can probably imagine that the possibility is very real, especially for the various Android devices becoming more and more powerful as more new handsets get released.

Of course, we’re going to just probably wait and see how successful Sony is going to be with streaming various games onto its consoles before they even think about bringing the service to our Android device. Hopefully the process will be speedy and we will indeed see it on our Android devices. Of course, OnLive, at least I think, didn’t turn out so well on Android devices. Sony, being a different company has a huge chance at making this happen by taking a different approach, but I really didn’t think it worked on your dinky Android screen very well. Running it on a tablet was a stretch alone. Who knows though, maybe Sony will make some revolutionary idea to get things rolling on this platform. Knowing Sony, and based off of their track record, it is very well in the realm of possibility.

Whatever the case, since Sony originally purchased the Gaikai service, they have made a ton of progress and are moving forward with the whole idea extremely fast. With that said, it really shouldn’t be long before we see some fruit of their efforts. Is anyone looking forward to seeing what Gaikai is going to be like and how it will turn out? Do you think that Sony will be successful with this new project they’ve taken upon themselves? I don’t, and for a couple reasons, which ties into the whole “corporate” idea that is within the games industry. Maybe we should throw up an editorial on that?

Let us know yours thoughts in the comments below!

source: talk android

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Google Nexus 10 tablet reportedly launching in first half of 2013

By now, you’ve probably already heard the whispers that claim Google and Samsung will be bringing us a new Nexus 10 tablet. In short, this new tablet is said to be one of the most advanced tablets we’ve seen yet (at least as far as display is concerned) and it definitely sounds like something to get excited excited about. If a new report from CNET is anything to go on, it’ll be out sooner than most of us were thinking too.


CNET says that the Google Nexus 10 will be out in the first half of 2013. 2013, in case you haven’t noticed, is just a couple of months away, so it may not be long before we’re enjoying our shiny new Nexus 10s. As exciting as that is, though, it’s important that we take this report with a grain of salt, mostly because CNET doesn’t say where it’s getting this “first half of next year” launch window from. Also, keep in mind that the tablet itself hasn’t been confirmed yet, let alone a launch date.

In order for Google and Samsung to meet that first half of 2013 launch window, Samsung is going to have to ramp up production on the displays that will grace the Nexus 10. They’re said to sport a higher resolution than any tablet currently on the market – the expected 2,560×1,600 resolution of the Nexus 10 would put it ahead of the third-gen iPad and the Kindle Fire HD, bringing it neck and neck with the resolution of the rumored 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Producing that kind of display on a mass scale isn’t going to be easy for Samsung, so be don’t be surprised if the Nexus 10 doesn’t make this suspected launch window.

Still, if there’s one company that can put up the funds to get these displays mass produced as quickly as possible, it’s probably Google. For now, however, we’ll have to play the waiting game – after all, before Google can begin talking about release dates, it has to announce the Nexus 10 first. We’re still missing that announcement, but if Google wants to have the Nexus 10 on shelves as early as CNET suggests, the big G’s reveal should be coming soon.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review [Updated]

Android Central

The original Samsung Galaxy Note was never the likeliest candidate for a multi-million-selling Android device. Few expected it to succeed, and its inflated size and stylus input made it an easy target for ridicule. We were cautiously optimistic in our November 2011 review, but also skeptical as to its mass market potential. Yet somehow, in the ten months following its debut in late 2011, Samsung managed to turn this quirky technological showcase into something with sufficient mass appeal to shift more than 10 million units. And so here we are, one year and 10 million units later, with its successor, the Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung likes to talk about having created a new category of mobile device with the Galaxy Note, and the Note certainly stretches the boundaries of what can reasonably be called a smartphone. It’s even inspired a few imitators, including LG’s Optimus Vu and Intuition. But users of the original Note will concede that while the device was groundbreaking, it certainly wasn’t perfect. Samsung’s TouchWiz 4 software was hardly ideal for a phone of that size, and many usability hiccups remained in Android, particularly where the "S Pen" stylus was concerned.

In 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 presents Samsung with the chance to refine the Note formula, and possibly dominate this niche for another year. So have they succeeded? Read on to find out, in our definitive Galaxy Note 2 review.

Update, Oct. 6: This review has been updated to in light of multi-window support being added via an over-the-air update.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

Android Central

The original Samsung Galaxy Note was never the likeliest candidate for a multi-million-selling Android device. Few expected it to succeed, and its inflated size and stylus input made it an easy target for ridicule. We were cautiously optimistic in our November 2011 review, but also skeptical as to its mass market potential. Yet somehow, in the ten months following its debut in late 2011, Samsung managed to turn this quirky technological showcase into something with real mass appeal. And so here we are, one year and 10 million units later, with its successor, the Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung likes to talk about having created a new category of mobile device with the Galaxy Note, and the Note certainly stretches the boundaries of what can reasonably be called a smartphone. It’s even inspired a few imitators, including LG’s Optimus Vu and Intuition. But users of the original Note will concede that while the device was groundbreaking, it certainly wasn’t perfect. Samsung’s TouchWiz 4 software was hardly ideal for a phone of that size, and many usability hiccups remained in Android, particularly where the S Pen was concerned.

One year and two versions of Android later, the Galaxy Note 2 presents Samsung with the chance to refine the Note formula, and possibly dominate this niche for another year. So have they succeeded? Read on to find out, in our definitive Galaxy Note 2 review.

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Over 60% of iPhones are running iOS 6

With iPhone 5, Apple also launched the next version of its popular mobile operating system, the iOS 6. There are many controversies that are surrounding this update of iOS. When it comes to software, Apple is assumed to pay a lot of attention to very minute details and the outcome has been pretty neat until now. Apple seems to have gone wrong with their decisions with iOS 6 which has led to humiliation of the company on a mass scale.

For iOS 6, which is a major upgrade over iOS 5, Apple has been delivering the updates over the air (OTA update), which means users can upgrade their device without actually having to connect it to a computer. That’s pretty awesome and most of the Android devices also allow this, but what’s interesting is the rapid rate at which users are upgrading their supported iOS device to iOS 6. Chitika, a renowned web tracking company says that nearly 60% of the iPhone users performed upgrade to iOS 6 merely days after it launched on September 19th. According to the stats, more than 45% of iPad users have also updated their devices to the latest iOS, and iPod Touch users were also quick enough to jump the bandwagon.

For those who haven’t updated yet, the update will appear in your Settings app in Settings > General > Software Update, but do it with caution because iOS 6 isn’t flawless. If you have been following the hullabaloos surrounding this OS, you will be thrilled to know that Apple allowed that to happen. Apple is a great brand and the company is growing rapidly not only in terms of market capitalization, but also as a brand. The iPod brand has become so popular that people from every corner of the world are aware of it. To testify this, Interbrand released its annual Best Global Brand Report for 2012 today and according to the report, Apple has climbed to the second place, whereas the first place is captured by Coca Cola’s universally identifiable brand.

Apple has definitely accomplished to deliver a smooth roll-out, but is the update worth is a major question and many say a straight no. Apple CEO Tim Cook has already made a public apology in connection with Apple Maps and has promised to fix it as soon as possible, but according to other reports, Apple won’t be able to correct the problems any time in the near future. As a first step toward correction, Apple has made changes on its website which previously read “the most powerful mapping service ever”.

On the plus side, the iOS 6 comes with 200 new features which should enhance the usability of the device. Ignoring all the downsides related to the update, Apple is undoubtedly the fastest company when it comes to updates. Updates are rolled out pretty slowly in Android, but that depends on the manufacturers too because Google Nexus are normally the first ones to get the updates as Google issues the updates directly. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Chitika

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EE 4G LTE launches October 30 with Galaxy S III and HTC One XL

New carrier EE is ready to be the first to bring 4G LTE to the UK. They are set to open 4G to customers on October 30. They already have select devices available for sale, but because 4G is not up and running yet, the devices will run at 3G speed on Orange or T-Mobile UK for the time being. Users will be able to switch to 4G EE plans when it goes live without monetary penalty.

EE has not confirmed price for the 4G plans as of this writing. They told Slashgear that they want these plans to have “mass market” appeal, so we expect them to be priced just slightly higher than current 3G offerings. Either way, this is a big step for the mobile market in the UK, where 4G has been sorely missed by many users.

There are a currently a few devices available for purchase. Slashgear is reporting that the HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE are available today and that the Galaxy Note II LTE will be available for purchase very soon. EE has updated their website with information regarding where 4G will be available at launch.

Users who purchase a device now will not have to pay a termination fee when EE launches their 4G LTE network, but they will have to restart their contract when they make the switch. If you are one of those people who hate contracts, you may want to wait until EE officially launches so you only have to sign up once.


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Sharp 5-inch 1080p display production gets green light

Many of the most popular smartphones as of late all are coming with larger and higher resolution displays. Today Sharp has just announced their new 5-inch fully HD 1080p smartphone display technology will begin full-scale production, and has the green light to get going. Sharp is looking to power the beautiful screens on multiple devices with these new displays.

Imagine a 1920 x 1080p fully HD 5-inch display on that shiny new smartphone with a mind boggling 448ppi (pixel per inch) Those “retina” smartphones are somewhere in the 320 area, but these new Sharp displays will blow that and everything else out of the water — or out of devices. Just as a comparison the Samsung Galaxy S III 4.8-inch screen rocks a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 306ppi. The new iPhone 5‘s 4-inch screen has a 1136 x 640 resolution and only 326ppi.

These new displays are set to hit full speed production on a massive scale early this month (October) and should be ready for mass consumer devices soon. The first thing that came to our minds were the recent rumors regarding HTC’s new phablet codenamed the One X5 with a 5-inch 1080p HD display. That smartphone has already leaked once, but they could be waiting on Sharp to get to full production — which now they have.

The new design and improved manufacturing process is what enables them to achieve such an awesome feat, as many others have struggled to do the same. Most likely we won’t be seeing any of these impressive panels in the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones — as they use their own goods — but the folks from HTC, Huawei, and possibly even Motorola could all rock these in the future. We’re excited to see what comes of this new technology, and surely you all are too.

[via SlashGear]


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Sharp starts mass producing 5 inch 1080p displays

Smart phone manufacturers are now starting to realize the true power of having a larger and clearer display on their smart phones. Thanks to the South Korean Android smart phone giant, Samsung, for introducing the first generating of Galaxy Note about a year ago in 2011, the form factor has become a new market. I, personally as an owner of the Galaxy Note, love the big 5.3 inch display on the smart phone. Couple with a stylus such as the S Pen, you can take your productivity to a whole new level, when compared to other smaller screen smart phones.

Now, many manufacturers are starting to bring out smart phones into the market with at least a 5 inch display, if not the massive 5.3 inches of the Galaxy Note or the enormous 5.5 inches of the Galaxy Note II. LG also has its own 5 incher in the market, which for some reasons, is not doing so well.

Having a big screen on your smart phone not only improves your productivity, but it will also make your entertainment on the go richer. You can watch videos on a bigger screen and enjoy viewing photos also. When there is obviously a scope for big screen on smart phones, it would not be too surprising if manufacturers decided to mass manufacture such displays.

And that is just what Sharp is about to do. The company has decided to mass manufacture 5 inch displays with 1080p resolution, that is a complete 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. This will bring the pixels per inch count to 443, the highest that the smart phones of today sport is just 340 ppi. So you can imagine the improvement.

Oppo, a Chinese manufacturer, was the first company to announce that it will bring in 1080p smart phones. There are rumors that HTC is also working on a 5 inch device, rumors suggest it could be the HTC One X 5. LG, on the other hand, is building its own 5 inch displays high-performance in-plane switching (AH-IPS).

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Qualcomm S4 Play processors set to bring quad-cores to mass market

Qualcomm has just announced an all new line of mobile processors to join their growing set of popular and powerful Snapdragon chips. Better known as SoC (system on chip) the new Snapdragon S4 Play processors are a new dual and quad-core lineup with impressive power for all those entry-level devices.

With this new line Qualcomm is looking to bring quad-core power and efficiency to the mass market. Enabling manufacturers to use powerful dual-core processors, and in many cases quad-core S4 Play processors on even mid-range and entry-level smartphones. This means you’ll no longer have to get the flagship, most expensive phone on your carrier to get awesome performance.

The dual-core S4 available now has been powering some of the most successful smartphones to date in the Galaxy S III, AT&T’s HTC One X, and many upcoming smartphones like the DROID RAZR HD. Today’s new processors will be known as the S4 Play — which will be joining Qualcomm’s top-end S4 Pro quad-core powerhouse in the LG Optimus G.

The Qualcomm MSM8225 and MSM8625 S4 Play processors are what’s being described above, and is set to bring that next level of power and performance to everyone. They come in both dual and quad-core options with 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and support for HSPA+, CDMA, LTE and even dual-SIM variations for the international markets. These Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) chipsets will begin consumer testing later this year. With the quad-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q, you’ll be working with next-generation power by the first quarter of 2013. Get excited!


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Google Maps on web and Android adds bus routing for Japan, guides teddy bears quickly (video)

Google Maps on web and Android adds bus routing for Japan, guides teddy bears quickly video

Virtually anyone who’s been to a Japanese city knows that subways and trains might be closely associated with their country, but also that they only form a part of the mass transit picture. With that in mind, Google has quietly rolled out an update to Google Maps data for Android and the web that supports bus navigation in Japan, including schedules. It’s a simple addition, but an important one for those who can’t always get to where they’re going on rails — like teddy bears, according to Google’s video. We just want to know who makes that kawaii case for the Galaxy Nexus.

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