Samsung SM-A300 shows up in UAProf file

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After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen several bits of information surface about the Samsung SM-A500 like a render that surfaced a few days ago. Now we have the first bits of info about the Samsung SM-A300 thanks to a UAProf file that was discovered.

Similar to the other “A series” smartphone, the SM-A300 comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor and seems to run as slow as its sibling. In a GFX Bench entry for the device, it was listed as running at 1.2GHz while the UAProf file lists it at 1.4GHz. The SM-A300 gets 1GB of RAM and appears to come installed with 8GB of storage. The screen measures 4.8-inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. As far as cameras, the SM-A300 gets an 8MP and a 5MP camera, rear and front respectively, both capable of recording 1080p video. The good news is the device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

source: GSMArena

LG billboard earns Guinness World Record entry

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LG has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for a classic advertising medium, the billboard. Constructed just outside the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the new LG billboard spans the length of two football fields. More precisely, the billboard comes in at 240 meters wide and 12 meters tall producing 3,000 square meters of advertising landscape for LG. The dimensions are great enough that it has been recognized as the world’s largest billboard and according to LG it will help the company become “the face of the electronic industry” greeting guests to Saudi Arabia.


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Android L may hit Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by early December

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Although Android L was first released as a developer preview back in the summer during Google I/O, no official release date for Google’s next iteration of their mobile operating system has been announced. Nevertheless, as Google continues to push out application updates that incorporate their new Material Design guidelines that are a big part of Android L, we get a sense that the time is quickly approaching. That could be within the next couple months as a new report suggests Samsung is gearing up to have Android L ready to roll out to their flagship devices by late November or early December. The sources indicate Samsung will be ready with Android L for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during that time frame.


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AT&T to start taking Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders on September 19th

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AT&T has announced that they will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Friday, September 19th. Shipping for units that are pre-ordered is expected to start on October 14th. AT&T will sell the Galaxy Note 4 in either Charcoal Black or Frost White. The no-contract cost for the device will be $825.99. Consumers can opt for a 2-year contract and buy the Galaxy Note 4 for $299.99. AT&T Next options will also be available. AT&T indicates that users who activate a new line of service with a smartphone purchased using the AT&T Next program will receive a $100 credit on their bill.

The announcement from AT&T comes on the heels of Samsung’s announcement that pre-orders would start tomorrow. We anticipate other carriers will be releasing their pre-order and pricing details soon.

source: AT&T

Larry Page envisions a grand Google 2.0

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Google is a company that continues to grow and has branched out into numerous areas, apparently attempting to live up to the inspiration for its name. Despite all the projects and products that Google is involved with, a new report from The Information indicates CEO Larry Page is looking further down the road and apparently sees the company doing things on a grand scale. A couple of the really big ideas that have surfaced include Page’s idea to build a model airport and possibly even a city as part of an effort that is being referred to internally as Google 2.0.
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Motorola to bring new fast-charging Droid to Verizon in October

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Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.

Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.


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Sling adds support for Chromecast to Slingplayer app

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Sling has announced the addition of support for Chromecast for owners of the Slingbox M1, 350 and SlingTV/500 via their Slingplayer app. For now, the updated app includes this feature in the iPhone, iPad and Android phone versions, although Sling indicates they will have support for Android tablets rolling out soon. Sling already supports other video streaming devices, like Roku and Apple TV.
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New Oppo N3 leak shows different design

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A couple days ago an image of the forthcoming Oppo N3 smartphone surfaced that showed a very unique design for the top edge of the device housing the camera and possibly some speakers. Today a new image has surfaced that shows a much more conservative design that is quite different when compared to the previously leaked image. This image shows the back of the device with the top edge taking a more traditional form for smartphones.


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