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LG G3 Headed to Sprint Seen in UAProf, Sports 5.5″ UHD Display and 3GB of RAM

LG G3 Headed to Sprint Seen in UAProf, Sports 5.5″ UHD Display and 3GB of RAM

Thanks to a UA Profile (UAProf) taken from Sprint’s own servers, it appears that the LG G3, the OEM’s upcoming flagship device, has had its specs outed just a tad early. As we can see from the huge amount of text, the device’s specs are pretty much all known, including its display size, processor, amount of RAM, rear-facing camera resolution, and more. 

According to the UAProf, the G3 is set to come packed with a 5.5″ UHD display (2560 x 1440), a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera (capable of shooting stills at 4160×3120), a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and will come running Android 4.4.2. The only thing iffy is the Snapdragon 800, however, it might still not be too late for LG to throw a Snapdragon 801 or higher into this device for mass production.

We still don’t have a date set for when LG plans on announcing its Galaxy S5 and M8 killer, but given that we are already near mid-April, we might not have too long to wait. Many folks here claim the G2 was the most underrated device of 2013, and if the G3 does indeed come toting a UHD display and that same 13MP with OIS built-in, then there is no doubt that this phone will be on every Android lover’s radar.

Below is a screenshot taken from the UAProf. If you would like to examine it yourself, open it in a new tab and the font should be large enough for you to read.

Via: My LG Phones | Sprint

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VIVO’s newest device will have a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a powerful camera

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VIVO’s Xplay 3S is a monster of a phone, featuring a 2k resolution screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor. It can easily compete with all of the other high-end devices being released this year, but that’s not stopping VIVO from working on something even better. They’ve released some teaser images onto Chinese social media site Weibo, hinting at a device with an even faster Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and the tagline “discover, record, change,” which seems to hint at the camera being a point of focus for the device.

They didn’t mention anything about display resolution, but since VIVO is obviously able to pack a 2k display into their devices, it would make sense for them to keep that up. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about this mystery device.

source: G for Games

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Samsung Begins Manufacturing New Memory Chips With 1GB Of RAM On A Single Die

samUnlike a lot of Android OEMs, Samsung makes many of the components that go into devices in-house. Its chip power not just Samsung devices, but a large chunk of all phones. Samsung’s newest memory chips rely on new manufacturing tech that packs in a full gigabyte of RAM on a single die. That would make it economical to get a whopping 4GB of RAM in a phone or tablet.

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The new chip is the first 8Gb low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) module – the low-power variant of RAM is used in phones and tablets where battery power is at a premium.

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Samsung’s new chip could put 4GB of memory in your next smartphone

Samsung LPDDR4 RAM chips

Think the 3GB of RAM in the Galaxy Note 3 was a lot? Samsung was only getting started. The company has just unveiled the first 8-gigabit (1GB) low-power DDR4 memory chip, which could lead to 4GB of RAM in a multi-layered, mobile-sized package. Moving to the higher-bandwidth (3.1Gbps) DDR standard should also provide a hefty 50 percent speed boost over existing DDR3-based chips, even though the new silicon uses 40 percent less power than its ancestors. Samsung is only promising mass production of the new RAM sometime in 2014, but it’s already clear about the target audience. The technology will go into laptops, smartphones and tablets with Ultra HD displays, where additional memory will be crucial for powering all those extra pixels.

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Motorola Moto G Freezing Screen Problem

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The Motorola Moto G is a phone that has pretty decent specs at an affordable price. However, the Moto G freezing screen is a common problem that occurs after a long use according to users. Complaints about this issue can be found in various forums dedicated to Android phones.

Possible Causes of the Moto G Freezing Screen

According to Trusted Reviews, the most likely factor triggering the Moto G freezing screen issue is the phone’s limited random access memory (RAM). Compared to most devices today which have at least 2GB RAM, the Moto G only has 1GB. That means you can only run limited apps in its system. It applies to both open apps or apps running in the background of the phone.

The problem may not be noticeable at first like when the phone is still new since it only has few apps. But as its user starts installing more apps to its system, the Moto G freezing screen may start to occur frequently.

Ways to Fix the Moto G Freezing Screen

Unfortunately, there is no way for you to put additional RAM to the device. But you can limit the apps running in its background by closing the ones that you are not using. You can also uninstall the apps that you no longer need to effectively free up some internal memory and RAM.

In addition, the source advised installing task killer apps that will help you manage all the applications that are active in your phone. You can easily find these apps through the Google Play store.

Avoid installing apps that require too much processing power as well. Be sure to check the specs of the app that you are looking to download in the Play store prior to installation to minimize the use of your RAM.

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Source: Trusted Reviews

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How to deal with ‘Memory Full’ issue on Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 memory full issue

A lot of users are being confused about the actual internal storage capacity of Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4. In fact, many owners of the SG4 16GB variant have been complaining about ‘memory full’ error they encounter after adding a number of their own contents to their phone. And one email telling about the same issue has reached our mailbag.

This is the shortened email message we got from one of our readers/senders:

“I got an SG4 and lately, I’m getting a ‘memory full’ or ‘out of memory’ message. Need help please.”

DETERMINING POSSIBLE CAUSES

* Third-party application problem

* Too many apps running or open in the background

* Insufficient RAM to process request

* Memory card communication error

* Temporary device issue

* Available internal memory is not enough to complete requested action

* Memory card is full or almost full

WORKAROUNDS

* Remove the battery from the device for 30 seconds while it is still ON. Wait for a moment then replace the battery and turn the device ON.

IMPORTANT NOTES

If the ‘memory full’ problem occurs after you rooted your device and installed a custom version of the Android OS, then you may need to reinstall the original Android operating system for your device. Use Samsung Kies to install a precise Android OS for your device.

RAM or Random Access Memory refers to a temporary memory location being utilized by applications to load data for specific functions that the application performs. RAM however, is not part of the internal storage of your device.

The issue about your device not able to complete requested action may likely indicates that your device is already low on RAM when you try running the application or request an app to complete an action. The app can only complete the request until you free up memory for it to use.

HOW TO FREE UP RAM on SG4

1. Press and hold the Home key (simultaneously) for 1 to 2 seconds until the Recent Apps screen shows up.

2. If there are any open apps, swipe the app thumbnail to the left or right, to close and dismiss it.

3. Touch the Task Manager icon.

4. Touch the RAM tab to see its current RAM usage/status.

5. Check your device’s current RAM usage. If you notice a close gap on the “used/total numbers, then touch Clear Memory to empty its RAM of any currently unused data.

6. In case you see the “used” amount does not lessen after clearing the memory, try to make some adjustments to your device’s settings or configuration. Doing so will also free up RAM. Phone features such as live wallpapers, widgets and unused Home screens are all using RAM.

7. Remove any unnecessary widgets or home screes, and change your live wallpaper to normal wallpaper instead.

If problem persists, then you may need to uninstall applications that can cause issues with the device’s system when turned on. You can also contact technical support for further assistance in getting the issue completely and carefully resolved.

ABOUT SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 INTERNAL STORAGE DISPARITY

Samsung has already responded to prior complaints made by several GS4 owners about the disparity between the branded internal storage space and actual storage space of the device. And it was explicated that the voluminous features embedded into the GS4 system had caused the phone’s internal storage being occupied by its operating system and pre-loaded applications. As a result, the actual internal storage capacity is less than what is labeled on the variant. So instead of 16GB, the phone only has 8.82GB of internal storage space available for user’s own content. This denotes that the system software as such with its high resolution display and powerful features have already used up more than 6GB of the actual storage.

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Japan-US alliance invests in MRAM production to displace DRAM tech

While the mobile technology world is obsessing over 64-bit and, more recently, 128-bit mobile processors, the other half of the performance pie might soon be getting a boost as well. That is, if this alliance of Japanese and US companies are successful in pushing for a newer kind of RAM technology called MRAM.

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While sometimes taking a back seat to the CPU, memory, particularly RAM, is essential in keeping a computer system flowing smoothly. It is basically the space where running programs and pieces of data are temporarily stored in order to speed up execution or access to frequently used pieces of data. This is because read and write operations on RAM chips are faster than on disk storage, even fast ones like SSDs. The more RAM there is, the more breathing space the system has for programs and files. But size isn’t the only thing that matters, as the materials and technology used can greatly affect performance as well.

The current type of RAM in wide use today is called DRAM, or Dynamic RAM. DRAM makes use of electrical charges in capacitors to store data. In contrast, the relatively new technology called Magentoresistive RAM or MRAM uses, as the name might imply, magnetic storage components. This has three significant implications. The first is that these magnetic components are smaller than capacitors used in DRAM, meaning that more storage components can be crammed into a single chip, translating to more capacity for the same size. Power consumption is also improved, which will definitely be a major selling point for mobile device manufacturers. Capacitors leak electricity overtime and so DRAM cells must be refreshed 20 times a second in order to maintain data integrity. MRAM, on the other hand, never needs a refresh. And lastly, performance is also increased as MRAM is not limited by charging and discharging rates that is characteristic of DRAM.

Of course, this all sounds good on paper, but the true litmus test will be when it gets applied to wide and real-world usage. That is why more than 20 companies from the two countries, including industry giants such as Hitachi and Micron Technology, will be sending researchers to Japan’s Tohoku University to work on developing mass-production techniques for MRAM chips. The chips aren’t expected to go into actual mass production until 2018, which should give its proponents to find more support from other major players in the industry.

VIA: CNET

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Displays ‘Memory Full’ Message

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One of the common problems owners of the 16GB variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 encounter is running out of internal memory. Consequently, they cannot download or install new apps and other processes would be blocked by the phone simply because there’s not enough space to cache data.

Another case is that apps refuse to run because the phone is out of memory or RAM. These issues would appear to be the same but they’re not. To differentiate one from another, phone that runs out of RAM will often lag, hang or freeze but users can still save files or install new apps.

Fixing Galaxy Note 2 Memory Full Problem

When this problem occurs, it means that you need to manage your phone’s storage better. Here’s what you need to do:

#1. If you love taking a lot of pictures and videos, copy these files to your computer because they often eat up a huge portion of your storage than any other. You may need to download KIES to your computer and install it so that it would be easier to back things up from your phone. On the other hand, if you’ve installed the right drivers, you can simply copy and paste those file to your computer.

#2. If you’re an avid gamer, I’m pretty sure 16 or 32 GB is not enough for all your games. So, you would need to uninstall the apps you’re not using to free up some space. After all, you can easily download and re-install those apps if you need them back. Or, you can restore your purchases if you paid for them.

#3. Another effective way to fix this problem is by using Galaxy Note 2′s native file explorer app known as “My Files” to delete pictures that you’ve already backed up.

Fixing Galaxy Note 2 Out Of Memory Problem

For RAM-related problems, you don’t really need to delete as much files as the previous problem. In fact, all you need to do is initiate RAM clearing.

#1. Before you go a little further, try to reboot your phone to see if the problem would be solved. Otherwise, continue with the next step.

#2.  Go to the Home screen, press and hold the Home button and swipe left or right each app you see. Then tap on Task Manager, then the tab that says “RAM.” From there you can see a button that says “Clear Memory,” tap on that and you’ll clear your phone’s memory.

#3. In case the problem couldn’t be solved by these simple procedures, you have no other choice but initiate a factory reset.

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Ways To Keep RAM Usage Low On Samsung Galaxy S3

galaxy s3 memory fullThe Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most powerful smartphones ever released in 2012 with quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. But the fact is, if the specs had been lower than what Samsung gave it, the device could have been unusable.

Freezes and lags are just two of the most common performance problems encountered by the owners and the most common cause is RAM insufficiency. Unluckily, majority of users who are often bugged by performance problems are those who are using the stock Android firmware especially the ones fond of using special features of the phone.

This post will answer the following questions sent by our readers:

  • My GS3 says it’s low on memory. What do I do?
  • How can I improve my S3′s performance?
  • When I look at my device’s RAM usage, it says it only has about 100MB left out of 800+MB. How can I improve it?

There is a lot of things you can do to minimize the use of RAM. Basically, the more apps you use the higher the RAM that will be utilized in order for them to run properly. So, the rule of the thumb is keep apps and services usage at a minimum. Here’s what you can do:

Close Recent Apps

  1. From the Home screen, press and hold the Home button for about 2 seconds.
  2. The Recent Apps window pops up with a list of apps that were recently used. These apps are still running in the background, thus, consuming your device’s precious RAM.
  3. Swipe each one left or right to close them or stop their service.
  4. Go to the Home page and hold the Home key for about 2 seconds until the Recent Apps screen shows.
  5. Now tap on Task Manager.
  6. Tap RAM tab. (If the phone displays “Memory Full” message, the “used”/”total” numbers should be very close to each other.)
  7. Tap Clear Memory. (The phone will delete all data cached in its memory that are not currently being used.)
  8. If the “used” amount does not decrease after flushing the RAM, proceed to steps below.

Clear Memory

Close Third-Party Apps

By clearing the recently used apps, you have actually completed a part of this procedure. However, you should know there is a lot more of them running in the background but not listed in the “Recent Apps” window. Here’s how you find them:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Tap Running tab. (Everything that you can see in this window are currently running.)
  5. Find third-party apps and tap on each one of them.
  6. Tap the Force Close button to stop each one.

Easy On The Widgets

You may be fond of using a lot of widgets on your Home screen because these little apps make your phone look better. However, they too, are eating your device’s RAM; the more widgets you use, the longer it takes for your Home screen to load or your device to respond. So, minimize the use of widgets especially the heavy ones.

Start looking for widgets that updates more frequently like the weather and those that abstract contents from the internet like RSS feeds and the like.

Don’t Use Live Wallpapers

Wallpapers, as simple as they are, also eat up RAM especially heavy and animated ones. If possible, try to use static wallpaper or never use it at all. Of course, it is an added feature but your device can perform better without it, but it’s your call.

Uninstall Unused Apps

You may have some apps or games that you don’t use, uninstall them to save some space and stop their services from running. Some apps have more than one service and you don’t exactly know which is which. You can only prevent these services from running when you uninstall the main application.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Displays Memory Full Message [Troubleshooting Guide]

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When the Samsung Galaxy S3 runs out of memory, I’m talking about its RAM, it’s either you will receive the message “Memory Full” or “Out Of Memory.” When this happens, it means a lot of things and the most common are:

  • You can no longer run another app.
  • Your phone will run very slow with frequent freezing and rebooting.
  • You cannot make a call because the phone hangs.
  • Error messages popup more frequently.
  • You were running a lot of apps / services consuming your phone’s entire memory.

Although, we did receive tons of emails about this issue, here one message from our reader that explains the problem well.

Hey Guys,

My phone, a Samsung Galaxy S3, started displaying the message “Memory Full.” I’m not really a tech-savvy person and I use my phone for business but I am really helpless right now. I don’t know what to do.

When the message shows my phone will run incredibly slow, I can’t open my email because the email app closes by itself. It seems like a chain of errors because when it shows up, other error messages also show up like com.process.google.app stopped working or something like that.

Though I’m not looking at specs when buying a phone, I’m pretty sure Samsung’s flagship smartphone is very powerful, at least, that’s what my friends kept telling me. I have bought a new iPhone if not because of my friends who recommended it to me.

Basically, I need your help and would surely appreciate any suggestions you will provide. Thanks for reading my email.

Susan

Troubleshooting Procedure

The following will is a series of steps you could follow to troubleshoot the problem. In this case, the first step will be to free up some space in the device’s RAM while the proceeding steps will address the underlying factors that contribute to the main problem.

Clearing Memory 

  1. Go to the Home page and hold the Home key for about 2 seconds until the Recent Apps screen shows.
  2. You must be seeing a list of apps; swipe each one either to the left or to the right to close them.
  3. Now tap on Task Manager.
  4. Tap RAM tab. (If the phone displays “Memory Full” message, the “used”/”total” numbers should be very close to each other.)
  5. Tap Clear Memory. (The phone will delete all data cached in its memory that are not currently being used.)

If the “used” amount does not decrease after flushing the RAM, proceed to steps below.

Ditch Some Apps / Services 

While it is always so easy to uninstall an app, it’s complicated to find which one causes the problem.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Battery. (Aside from the core services, you would find apps that eat up battery more than others, which could also use more RAM. Make a mental list of apps you could find here.)
  4. Go back to Settings, tap Application Manager.
  5. Swipe to the left to choose Running tab.
  6. Now find the apps you found earlier under Battery Settings (except core services) and force close them. (You would need to force close each one of them.)
  7. After doing this, clear the memory of your phone again.
  8. Reboot device.

Other things you could do to minimize the use of RAM in your phone is remove unnecessary widgets, don’t use wallpaper, and delete unnecessary Home screens.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Randomly Freezes / Becomes Unresponsive [Troubleshooting Guide]

galaxy s4 freezesI understand how frustrating it is to see a powerful smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 freezes or lags for running even the lightest of apps. Performance issues are among the most common problems users encountered when using the phone. Despite its monstrous CPU and over-sized RAM, the phone freezes, becomes unresponsive and even reboots without apparent reason.

Like any other problems, the random freezes and intermittent unresponsiveness may be caused by various factors. In short, we really cannot pin-point what causes which but there are ways to find out. This post, however, is a troubleshooting guide; it may be able to help you find the problem but it does not guarantee a solution.

Temporary Issue

There is this thing we call “temporary issue,” which happens all of the sudden without apparent reason. Basically, the device seems pretty messed up that whatever you do it won’t respond to your actions and since you don’t understand what happened; you became tired of finding the problem. So, you put your phone aside while you do what you have to do to ease up the frustration. Then, you came back, take your phone up and everything is working fine again.

Well, it happened to me a lot of times; it happened to my phone, my computer, my console, it even happened to my calculator before.

The point is, when things like this happen try to give the phone a break. Put it in a safe place and let it rest there for a few minutes while you do some important things because maybe it’s just temporary device issue and could be fixed over a short span of time. Otherwise, continue with the troubleshooting procedures below.

Too Many Apps Running

It is but natural that the phone’s performance would be affected if there is a bunch of apps running in the background eating up RAM. However, we cannot blame the owners why this issue happens because by default Android leaves used apps running whenever the Home button is pressed.

While we want everything to be fully automated these days, you would have to do an extra step if you feel that your Galaxy S4′s performance started to deteriorate that results to random freezes or even reboots.

Closing Recent Apps 

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Press and hold the Home button until Recent Apps screen appears.
  3. Swipe each app you could find to close them. Doing this will only close the apps that were recently been used but not all.
  4. Go to Settings.
  5. Application Manager.
  6. Swipe to Running tab.
  7. Tap each third-party app you can find and force close them.

Closing Running Third Party Apps 

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings, then More.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe left until you’re in Running tab.
  5. Now find a third-party app, tap on it and tap Force Close button.
  6. Do this to other apps as well.
  7. Reboot your phone.

RAM / Memory Running Low

When there is no sufficient RAM available to run apps and services, the phone would naturally freeze, lag or even reboot at times. This can be fixed and prevented by doing the simple procedure below:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Press and hold the Home button until Recent Apps screen appears.
  3. Tap Task Manager.
  4. From there, you can see a tab that says “RAM,” tap on it.
  5. RAM usage will then be displayed.
  6. Touch Clear Memory button below.

Defective microSD Card

Did you know that a defective microSD card could cause freezes and reboots as well especially when trying to view photos or play multimedia files?

Most Galaxy S4 owners save photos directly to their microSD cards so by the time it starts to malfunction, the phone keeps freezing when the Gallery app is opened to preview photos. According to a developer I’ve talked to regarding this matter, the app that’s trying to access data from the card would scan it over and over, thus, requiring more time. During this time, the phone would start acting weird with few freezes here and there. When the Android system detects that a specific app or service is not functioning the way it should, it would shut it down resulting to a prolonged freeze or even a reboot.

Owners are advised to check on the microSD card by taking it out and inserting it to a computer. A reformat might just fix the problem or a replacement may be needed. Of course, it is a expected owners should try to salvage data from their microSD cards.

App(s) Causing Freezes

Majority of the freezing problems and complaints we received through email were caused by an app that has gone rogue. So, we advise owners that when this kind of problem happens to you, you need to check on apps you recently installed. Once identified, the first thing to do is disable it to see if the phone still freezes even if the service is not running. Then, clearing of cache and data is needed. If these procedures fail, uninstalling the app may just address the problem.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Application Manager.
  3. Swipe to All tab.
  4. Find and tap on suspected apps.
  5. To disable it, tap Disable button.
  6. Tap Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  7. Or tap Uninstall button to remove it from the phone.

Also, to confirm if third-party apps were causing the freezing, we advise you boot your phone to Safe Mode.

Hardware Problem

The purpose of this troubleshooting guide is to determine what really causes the problem. After doing the procedures and the problem still persists, then it could be the hardware that’s causing it. There is a lot of things to do to troubleshooting hardware problems but all of them are just gearing up to void your warranty, so they’re useless if you’re not an authorized technician.

Therefore, we advise owners to bring the phone to their provider and report the problem. Have the authorized technician check on it. If it is beyond economical repair, a replacement unit should be provided. This is the reason why we don’t want you touching the hardware for problems like this because as long as you didn’t root your phone or installed custom ROMs, you could always demand a replacement.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

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HP debuts new Pavilion 14 Chromebook for $329

HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

The last few months have brought us quite a bit of new hardware on the Chrome OS front, and that's continuing today with HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook. This is HP's first entrance into the Chromebook market, which has been rumored for some time, with this nicely affordable machine. As the name implies we're looking at a 14-inch 1366×768 display, stuffed in a black chassis that's under an inch thick and just 3.96 lbs. On the specs front, we're looking at a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB (or 4GB) of RAM, 16GB flash storage, HDMI video out and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

The new Pavilion 14 is on sale for $329.99, which is a bit more expensive than the offerings from Samsung and Acer at $249.99 and $199.99. We're not sure how HP is looking to position this product, but its clear now that Google isn't giving up on its vision of having Chromebooks become a mainstream product.

Source: Google Chrome Blog; HP

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Alcatel One Touch Pop phone devices to target low end

Alcatel certainly seems to be a company ready to jump on the Android bandwagon based on their activity at CES 2013. Along with their high end Scribe X and Scribe HD smartphones and the new One Touch Tab devices, Alcatel also revealed a lineup of smartphones targeted at the budget-minded buyer. Three different versions of their “Pop” phones will be released during the first quarter of 2013 to markets in Asia, Europe and Africa.

The most powerful of the devices is the One Touch X’Pop, which will have a 4.5-inch qHD screen running at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core 1GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera, a microSD slot, and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Alcatel says the X’Pop will be available this month.

Next in line is the One Touch S’Pop equipped with a 3.5-inch HVA, 480×320 resolution screen with a single-core 1GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM and Jelly. The S’Pop camera is downgraded  slightly to only 3.2MP, but it will have a microSD slot. The S’Pop should be available in Asian markets next month.

Finally, the One Touch T’Pop brings up the rear. The T’Pop appears to be a slimmed down version of the S’Pop, but with only 256MB of RAM and no front-facing camera. Inexplicably, the device will only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Should there be anyone out there that would want this device, it is set to be offered in Asian markets this month.

Check back for more CES 2013 coverage.

source: Engadget

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Alcatel One Touch Pop phone devices to target low end

Alcatel certainly seems to be a company ready to jump on the Android bandwagon based on their activity at CES 2013. Along with their high end Scribe X and Scribe HD smartphones and the new One Touch Tab devices, Alcatel also revealed a lineup of smartphones targeted at the budget-minded buyer. Three different versions of their “Pop” phones will be released during the first quarter of 2013 to markets in Asia, Europe and Africa.

The most powerful of the devices is the One Touch X’Pop, which will have a 4.5-inch qHD screen running at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core 1GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera, a microSD slot, and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Alcatel says the X’Pop will be available this month.

Next in line is the One Touch S’Pop equipped with a 3.5-inch HVA, 480×320 resolution screen with a single-core 1GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM and Jelly. The S’Pop camera is downgraded  slightly to only 3.2MP, but it will have a microSD slot. The S’Pop should be available in Asian markets next month.

Finally, the One Touch T’Pop brings up the rear. The T’Pop appears to be a slimmed down version of the S’Pop, but with only 256MB of RAM and no front-facing camera. Inexplicably, the device will only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Should there be anyone out there that would want this device, it is set to be offered in Asian markets this month.

Check back for more CES 2013 coverage.

source: Engadget

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Acer Iconia B1 pictured in the wild ahead of any official announcements

Android Central

We saw the first official looking news of a new budget tablet from Acer, the Iconia B1, just yesterday. Expected to be shown off at CES, and coming to market as just the Iconia B, it looks to be a budget Jelly Bean tablet that so far we've heard is heading to India. A Bulgarian tech site called Tablet.bg has laid their hands on one of the pre-release versions of the tablet and has put it through its paces. 

Android Central @ CES

As you might expect, the Iconia B doesn't set the world on fire. We'd already seen from Acer's website listing for the tablet that it would be a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 8GB of on board storage, 512MB of RAM and a 1024×600 resolution display. According to Tablet.bg the software on board is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so not the latest version, but not far off and it looks pretty much like stock Android too. The front facing camera is a 2MP shooter capable of 720p video, so potentially not bad for video chat. 

While the reasonably low end specs might scare some away, the review goes on to praise the software performance. They say it works perfectly smoothly, and there's no noticeable lag. The low RAM will no doubt become an issue in some regards, but it sounds like Jelly Bean's enhancements in the form of Project Butter may not be lost. 

The price in Bulgaria doesn't look that favorable when converted to Dollars or Pounds, as it looks to be the same price as the Nexus 7. However, we should remember that this may well be targeted at markets where devices like the Nexus 7 aren't available, or are extremely expensive due to importing costs.

Source: Tablet.bg (Translated)

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Top 10 Android Phones of 2012

In 2012, we saw the Android smartphone world reach heights that I don’t imagine many predicted. On a spec front, 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, HD displays, longer battery lives, and incredibly thin bodies. It seems like just yesterday that we were asking DL readers if they had a dual-core [...]

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Samsung Issues Statement Regarding Exynos Exploit, Software Fix On The Way

Over the weekend, an exploit was found within Samsung’s Exynos processor that powers many devices, including the new Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. The exploit, if used by a malicious application, could potentially take control of the device’s RAM, which would spell serious trouble for owners.  Samsung has acknowledged the “potential security issue” and plan to provide a…

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Twitter Update Introduces Photo Filters Just as Instagram Updates With New “Willow” Filter

(Sam Elliot voice.) The battle of filters. Instagram and Twitter. Both receiving updates. Who will push beyond photo boundaries? Defy the social networks? Bring the the “Like” and “Retweet” buttons to their knees? The road doesn’t end here, this is only the beginning. RAM…errr… Anyways, both Twitter and Instagram did receive updates this afternoon….

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Samsung ATIV S delayed in Canada as well

Windows Phone 8 is by far the best mobile operating system Microsoft has ever created. Nokia and HTC were the first to launch Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 have been selling really well on AT&T. If you are a Windows Phone 8 fan, you would have most probably heard of Samsung ATIV S.

Samsung was the first manufacturer to officially announce a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Samsung ATIV S became the first officially announced Windows 8 smartphone on August, 2012. It is ironic that the device was the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to be announced, but has not been launched yet and it seems like ATIV S will be the last Windows Phone to arrive.

Recently, I had written about delay in the launch on Samsung ATIV S and dealers from UK had reported that Samsung would ship the ATIV S from week 52 (last week of the year) onwards, and apparently now MobileSyrup has reported that Canada will also be looking at a December release. This is a really sad news for folks out there who are longing for this device from a long time.

The device has some impressive specs when compared to the currently available Windows Phone 8 options. When ATIV S is officially launched, it will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to have a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display. Apart from the 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, the Samsung ATIV S will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a choice of either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The 8 megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos @30fps whereas a 1.9 Mega pixels secondary camera will be used for video calling purposes. The Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset has an integrated Adreno 225 GPU for graphics support and gaming, so that should be quite a performer when coupled with 1 gig of RAM.

There are hopes that the company will make this device available for the holidays which is fast approaching. Some of the tech news websites out there are expecting the device to be up for sale in early 2013, but we are expecting the device by mid of December. According to queries made by WPCentral to Samsung Canada about the device, the officials have confirmed a December launch and this is what they had to say:

“We are committed to launch the ATIV S nationally, on Rogers, Bell and TELUS, as well as Sasktel. We are planning to ship to carriers in early December, and should have supply at stores by mid month.”

Nobody’s sure about what exactly is causing the delays. According to some sources, since the device is using the same display as the one on Galaxy S3, which is still a hot product, the company is experiencing troubles in sourcing components due to production challenges. Rogers has already unveiled its pricing for the ATIV S, starting at just $149.99 on a 3-year plan. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: WPCentralMobileSyrup

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Sharp to deliver a 5-inch 1080p smartphone most of the world can’t have

Sharp Aquos

The Sharp Aquos SH930W will be headed to Russia and Hong Kong, but we wish it would branch out a little bit. With a 1080p 5-inch display (now we know why Sharp was making them) on a chassis with very thin bezels, the Aquos looks ready to take on phones like the Droid DNA or Galaxy Note 2 while staying closer to a size we're all more comfortable with. 

The specs won't knock your socks off — dual-core Snapdragon S4, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, but it should still be quite the little performer. You'll want to check out the link below to see a few more pictures. Sharp, if you make this available unlocked I'm betting more than a few will buy it. 

Source: Unwired View

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China’s Meizu MX2 Smartphone Announced – “Super-Retina” Display, Quad-Core, 2GB of RAM and Jelly Bean

Could this be the ultimate Android superphone? In terms of specs and at least on paper, it very well could be. Unfortunately for us Americans, it won’t be coming anytime soon. The Meizu MX2 features a 4.4″ 16:10 “Super Retina” display, as well as a beefy quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. If that isn’t [...]

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Video: Unboxing and Hands-on With The LG Spectrum 2

Verizon and LG were kind enough to send us out the brand new Spectrum 2 that features some decent mid-range specs that sound good when read out loud. It has a very crisp 720p IPS display, 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP back-facing camera, and wireless charging capabilities.  Now, [...]

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ZTE pushes its first Android 4.2 update to mid-range device

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In a rather quick turn-around since the code has gone live, ZTE has just announced that it is pushing an Android 4.2 update to one of its devices. Interestingly enough, this update is pushing to a mid-range device only being sold in the Chinese market, the N880E. This device has a 4-inch WVGA screen, 1GHz processor and just 512MB of RAM, but ZTE has still given the green light to push the update. The N880E was one of the first devices in the world to ship with Android 4.1 (which was nearly stock as well), so in that regard it's fitting that this was the device chosen to receive the first 4.2 update as well.

This is an astonishingly quick update cycle that ZTE is operating on considering that even Nexus devices just received the update a couple of weeks ago, some of which likely still haven't pulled it down. We really wish more manufacturers out there could operate this quickly when it comes to software updates.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Available From Verizon for $499

This morning, Verizon and Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) with 4G LTE was available starting today for $499. The device packs a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 10.1″ HD display, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 7000mAh battery, dual cameras, and 4G LTE. It’s mid-range, if there is such a thing in the tablet world. [...]

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Benchmarks: LG Nexus 4 vs. HTC DROID DNA

The LG Nexus 4 and the HTC DROID DNA are arguably the hottest two phones on the planet, right now. Our coverage of each has certainly been in overdrive, and rightfully so. With quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, tons of RAM, and big beautiful screens, these phones are fun to talk about. Beyond being fun [...]

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White 64GB HTC One S with Android 4.1 now available in Taiwan

In what appears to be a regular HTC One S in one photo is in fact a white 64GB One S beast rocking Android 4.1 out of the box that we mentioned last month. It looks like Taiwan is the lucky country to land this beast, at least initially. Along with 4.1 out of the box, this device also rocks the  latest version of HTC Sense (4+). Not to mention that mammoth storage weighing in at a hefty 64GB. All other vitals are the same as the One S we know and love as far as RAM, processor, and display. No word on any other countries landing this bad-boy. Pricing will come in at 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or about $616 or €485.

source:  Unwired View


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HTC DROID DNA Announced for Verizon – Available November 21 for $199 on Contract

  This morning, Verizon and HTC took to the stage to announce the all new DROID DNA. Being labeled as the next step in the evolution of the DROID brand, the DNA comes packed with some of today’s hottest specs. Powering this monster is a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, while being [...]

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HTC Will Prioritize Devices Launched in 2012 to Receive Android 4.1 Update, Says Sorry to Devices With 512MB of RAM

HTC has updated their device FAQ for anyone looking to find information on when and if their device will receive Jelly Bean. Long story short, HTC has made it clear that in general, devices with 512MB of RAM or less will more than likely not receive Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, that probably goes for you too Thunderbolt owners, even with [...]

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Asus Taichi 31 To Retail At $1399, According To Leak

The price and launch date of the 13.3-inch model of the Asus Taichi has been revealed by a purported leak from the retailer B&H. The Asus Taichi31 tablet is said to be hitting the market this December with the price of at least $1399. Said information may be found in an alleged winter 2013 catalog of the retailer. By comparison, the 11.6-inch model of said device, called the Taichi21, is now available for pre-order, with prices starting at $1299.

The Taichi 31 has already been announced previously to be a convertible Windows 8 tablet with one display on both sides of its lid. Thus, when one opens the lid, it may be used like a regular laptop. However, when one closes it, the Taichi 31 may be used like other tablets.

The catalog listing indicates that the Asus Taichi 31 is packed with 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA HD graphics, an HD camera, a 6-cell battery, support for 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 64-bit Windows 8 HP. It has two versions, one that runs on an Intel Core i5-3317U processor and offers a 128GB SSD, which has an asking price of 1399, and another which has an Intel Core i7-3317U processor along with a 256GB SSD, which will retail for 1699. Many of these features, such as the connectivity options, the size of the RAM, and the Windows software, are also found on the smaller Taichi tablet.

The Liliputing blog, points out, however, that the Asus Taichi 31 listing shows that the Asus Taichi 31 comes with an 11.6-inch FHD, despite the device measuring 13.3 inches diagonally. Thus, said blog cautions readers to take the supposed leak with a grain of salt.

Other specifications of the device that have already been revealed include a chiclet-type keyboard, a trackpad, and a capacitive IPS LED-backlit LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The device is still not part of the listings at the B&H website.

via liliputing, theverge

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Another Droid DNA pic leaks

Droid DNA

The fellows at @evleaks have shown off yet another leaked image render of the HTC Droid DNA, the 5-inch beast from HTC we're pretty sure is headed to Verizon. We certainly don't know all the details of this one, but the rumors of a quad-core Snapdragon Pro, 2GB of RAM, and a 50inch 1080p has got plenty of folks on Verizon interested. 

While I still think the J Butterfly is a better name, I can see a lot of people being pretty happy should this one go up for sale around Thanksgiving, like the leaked Verizon MAP document we first showed you suggests. 

Source: @evleaks

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