Cyanogen CEO calls out Samsung on OS design

cyanogen_logoYU Digital, the baby of Micromax’s, launched a mid-range device that’s being advertised as the Zeus of phones. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 5 MP front facing camera in tandem with a 13 MP rear shooter. It will also pack dual-sim slots, 4G LTE, and a 2,500 mAh battery. Oh and it will feature Cyanogen‘s OS 11.

During a Q&A session following the announcement, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster spent some time toting the phone, the OS, and calling out other OEMs.


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Verizon releases sweet 50% off deal for Android devices priced $199 and higher

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Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.

Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Zauba listing includes Samsung SM-G920F believed to be Samsung Galaxy S 6

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One of the leading indicators for new devices that are in the pipeline and on their way to market is the import data listing for India via the Zauba web site. Manufacturers ship devices there for testing which results in an entry in the database. The latest example of this is an entry dated December 17, 2014 for a sample Samsung device with model number SM-G920F. That model number is believed to be for the next flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy S 6 smartphone.

The final digit “F” included in the model number is an indicator that the particular device is intended for European markets. The Zauba database entry lists the device that was shipped as being for “R&D Purpose” and for evaluation. As part of the shipping manifest, Samsung indicates the value of the device is 18,938 Indian Rupees (about $300 USD).

Anyone out there waiting to see what Samsung releases next in their Galaxy line of smartphones in hopes of buying one when available?

source: Zauba
via: SamMobile

Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update

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Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.


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Unannounced Sony Xperia E4 pictured alongside Z1 Compact

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Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.


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