A new analysis by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. indicates Google’s Motorola Mobility business unit is selling the new Moto G at an operating margin of less than 5%. A Motorola spokesman says the company does make money on every unit sold, but did not comment on how much that profit might be. According to TechInsights, the Moto G’s hardware costs Motorola approximately $123 to produce, while the company is selling it for $199 off-contract. » Read the rest
According an @evleaks tipster, the LG V510 model number does belong to an unannounced Nexus device. The image was tweeted Sunday night and @evleaks says that “the LG V510 tablet is indeed a Nexus device.”
What we don’t know is which Nexus device this actually is. Most likely it is the rumored Nexus 8. The V510 name is similar to the LG G Pad 8.3′s model number, LG V500. A previous leak set the new Nexus 10 being manufactured by ASUS, thus dropping my belief that this is a new Nexus 10. We have no word when this unannounced device will launch, but we will definitely keep you updated. » Read the rest
To show just how long the DROID Maxx‘s battery life is, Edward Norton stars in a new commercial in which he has a wild 48 hours with the device. The video starts with a morgue drawer dramatically shaking from the inside and Norton emerges, walking over to a locker that has his belongings. He pulls out his DROID Maxx (with 3% left) and a morgue employee walks by. Norton just tells the befuddled man “it’s been an interesting 48 hours.” After that, we see exactly how Edward Norton spent the last two days. And boy was it interesting.
Hit the break to watch the video. » Read the rest
In pursuit of your living room is a brand new line of smart TVs and a set-top box from Hisense. The H6 smart TV line will have Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 PLUS HD Media processor to run Android 4.2.2 behind the scenes. This new smart TV line will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes. Other specifications include Energy Star 6.0 and 1GB of RAM. In true smart TV fashion, the H6 line can run Hisense’s Social TV and Cloud Services apps. The remote that ships with the TVs has voice control and an air mouse give you that PC feeling you desire.
If you’re not in the market for a new television, then the Pulse PRO set-top box is what Hisense is offering. All of the same features from the H6 line come over to this set-top box and can be plugged into any television. Your run-of-the-mill media apps are available, too. Also, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and WiFi connections are all available. Hisense has yet to show the hardware to consumers and have not made the prices public either. » Read the rest
Last month, HP Chromebook 11 sales came to a halt when a defect with the charger was found. The device was immediately pulled from retailers across the country and left without a return date. The charger was reportedly overheating after the first few charges and Google urged owners not to use the charger any longer. But now a new one has arrived in the Play Store that will cost $19.99; however, it is currently listed as “coming soon.” The new charger is stamped with the Chrome logo and should be arriving shortly. Those affected by the recall will be able to pick one up for free.
Source: Google Play Store
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 10 started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara, the customizable, modular smartphone dream, is being taken very seriously at Motorola according to CEO Dennis Woodside. He believes that consumers will eventually want to be more hands-on with building their smartphones similar to how they build PCs, and MotoMaker is the first step in making that happen. » Read the rest
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. Speaking of KitKat, thanks to Cyanogen, more users can now get a taste of it with CM11 Nightlies. Google is readying a new Nexus TV box that we hope is a lot more successful than Google TV. Will Chrome apps take over Android and what the hell has been keeping Andy Rubin so busy. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Samsung Taiwan has posted a video teasing a product that is coming soon. Not much is known about the new product except that it is supposed to be simple, elegant, fast and fit.
This description could fit a number of new products including the Galaxy S 5, or even the Galaxy J for Taiwan.. Could the device be released on December 9? That’s the date that’s showing on the Galaxy Gear at the start of the video! Whatever is coming next from Samsung, it’s sure to be big! Hit the break for the teaser.