ZTE officially launches the budget-minded ZTE V5 Max

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ZTE has officially launched the ZTE V5 Max which is part of its line of V5 series, budget-oriented smartphones. Although not a top-tier phone, we can see how the whole market is rising by taking a look at some of the specs for this new device. The ZTE V5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 pixels being run by a Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor. Currently the device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat loaded, with ZTE’s Nubia UI running on top of it. With the 64-bit processor included, ZTE should be able to take advantage of Android Lollipop if they decide to go down that path.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device does come with a microSD slot that can handle a 32GB card for additional space. For cameras, the ZTE V5 Max gets a 13 MP rear-facing shooter and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. The smartphone will come with a 3,100mAh battery that is removable.

The ZTE V5 Max will be priced at RMB$999 ($163 USD) when it starts selling in China.

source: GSM Insider

Why did Samsung “ditch the stitch” and other design questions answered

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Samsung has posted a new video and a FAQ-type write-up describing the thinking behind several of the design decisions made when developing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge devices. Samsung explains the devices meld both digital and analog qualities, so designing the devices so they maintain their identity with the rest of the Galaxy Note line is a challenge. Rather than focusing on decorative factors, Samsung focused on the overall feel of the devices to give them what is called a “Modern Sleek” design.
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Rovio takes flight with new RETRY game

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Rovio is primarily known for their Angry Birds line of games. Their newest title, RETRY, invites players to take flight in a different manner, this time in an “8-bit jalopy of an airplane.” Rovio really plays up the retro aspects of the title, pointing out the 8-bit graphics look, the collection of coins as you work through levels, and a synthesized soundtrack.
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Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

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The calendar app on a smartphone may not be the most interesting app users access, but it is typically one of the core functions of our mobile devices. Although they may not be “sexy,” calendars play an important role and people are interested in attempts to make the data contained within their calendars easy to access. With the updates rolling out for a host of Google apps to implement their new material design guidelines and appear as part of Android Lollipop, the calendar app is on the list. Some new screenshots of the updated app have been obtained that reveal some of the work Google has done to refresh the calendar.
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Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

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Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.
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Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

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Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices.
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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

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When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.
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EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

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When HTC announced their new EYE Experience, a bundle of improvements to their camera features, they indicated a variety of devices would receive the update over the coming months. Owners of the unlocked version of the HTC One (M8) were probably glad to see they were near the top of the line when the update started rolling out last week along with an update to Android 4.4.4. Now owners of the device on the T-Mobile network will be joining in on the fun as the carrier has given their technical approval for the update.

Users can expect to see an OTA update appear on their devices starting as soon as Tuesday, October 21st. This was announced by Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president for Product Management, via a tweet earlier today.

source: @moversi