The economical Desire line keeps chugging along as HTC just announced four new handsets for Taiwan, The Desire 300, Desire 501, Desire 601, and Desire 700. The Desire 700 seems to be an affordable version of the One and it has dual-SIM capability (HSPA and GSM/EDGE). It sports a 5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a quad-core-Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,100mAh battery, and BoomSound. It will go for NTD 13,900 ($470).
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Moto G was officially announced, and could very well be a very popular phone based on it’s amazing price. KitKat was officially released for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and Google updated Google Search, bringing the Google Experience Launcher unofficially to Android 4.1+ devices. We are still slowing getting info about the HTC One followup, but the One Max is now available in the U.S. Samsung continues to improve the unpopular Galaxy Gear, but they continue to struggle with Apple in the courtroom. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.
Google just announced that both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10 are going to get KitKat starting today. Google doesn’t usually announce new updates so late in the day, so I would imagine devices will see the update during the night. In fact there are already reports that a few devices are receiving the update. Let us know if you get it.
Rumors about the highly anticipated Moto G have been flying around the Internet, but it seems that the specifications for the device have been leaked again ahead of the announcement, which is scheduled for tomorrow. If the leaked specs prove to be accurate, then the Moto G will be a pretty good value phone, especially if it has KitKat on board as previously reported.
According to German retailer The Phone House, the Moto G will sport a 1.2GHz processor, as well as a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display and 8GB of internal storage. The Phone House did not leak information about the price of the device, but the price was reportedly leaked on Amazon for £149, which is around $240. Hit the break for the rest of the specs.
It was two years ago when Samsung unveiled the very first Galaxy Note, which ended up starting the phablet craze. However, it wasn’t just about the “size” of the Note, it was the functionality with the S Pen, something many manufacturers fail to offer with their own phablets. The world thought the stylus was gone forever, but Samsung brought it back from the dead. Of course, the S Pen is no traditional stylus, it’s a lot more polished with wacom technology.With each edition of the Galaxy Note, Samsung has not only increased the screen size, but also improved the S Pen along with its functionality and features. Is the Note 3 the must have phone of the year or just another phablet? Hit the break to find out.
HTC’s new strategy of launching three devices under the HTC One name, including a regular, mini, and max version, may pay off for them in the end, but maybe it hasn’t been so successful thus far because all three devices were released at different times.
ZTE has taken on a similar strategy, as they’re releasing a Blade Q smartphone line, but the mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ size will be launched at relatively the same time.
The Blade Q Mini will be 4 inches, the Blade Q will be 4.5 inches, and the Blade Q Maxi will be 5 inches. All three devices feature the same dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, HSPA+ data, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-MP rear shooter, and an IPS-based display.
The only difference that can be seen besides screen size is the absence of a front camera on the Mini.
A European launch has been confirmed for the budget-friendly line, but price and other information has not yet been released.
Hit the break for the full press release below.
This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
LG has officially announced the LG G Flex, their version of a smartphone with a curved display. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round that bends around the vertical axis of the device, the LG G Flex curves around the horizontal axis. It should be noted that this means the curvature will be similar to an IMAX screen when the device is held in the horizontal orientation when viewing video. LG also announced the back cover of the G Flex will be made of a material that can self-repair hairline scratches “within minutes” to help keep that new device look. » Read the rest