Galaxy Gear gets a $120 discount in India, but expect a global wide price slash

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One of the biggest issues I had with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was the steep price point it had upon launch. Today it has been cut by $120 in India only, but you can expect a discount on the Galaxy Gear worldwide in the next coming weeks. With the Gear 2 expected to be unveiled in the next month or two, a price cut is definitely needed.

For the people that have a Galaxy Gear, how do you like it? And was it worth the initial price you bought it for? Let us know!

source: Samsung

Aio Wireless lowers rate plan pricing

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Any Aio Wireless users out there? Aio have lowered the prices of their 3 simple unlimited plans and their popular plans now offer even more high speed data:

  • Basic Plan: $40 ($35 after Auto Pay credit) unlimited voice/text/data, including 500MB of high speed data (same price as before but double the data)
  • Smart Plan: $50($45 after Auto Pay credit) unlimited voice/text/data, including 2.5 GB of high speed data ($5 less/month plus an extra half GB of data)
  • Pro Plan: $60($55 after Auto Pay credit) unlimited voice/text/data, including 5 GB of high speed data ($10 less/month with 5 GB of data)

Although it’s worth to note that users are capped at 8Mbps download speed for their allotted data, before it’s throttled. Users can also save an extra $5 per month by enrolling in Auto Pay.

Anyone planning on taking advantage of these new plans? Press release after the break!

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Expect significant upgrades in smartphone screen technology this year with ‘Quantum Dot’ LCD’s

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It’s no secret that most smartphone enthusiasts expect a bump in smartphone resolution and quality for this year’s flagships. With 1080p screens now the “norm” for today’s high-end devices, we eagerly look forward to what’s next. Thanks to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet last year, we have an idea of what to expect as the tablet contains the new “Quantum Dots” LCD technology. “Quantum Dots directly convert the light from Blue LEDs into highly saturated narrow band primary colors for LCDs,” which in turn produces highly saturated primary colors that are similar to those produced by OLED displays found on the Galaxy S line.

With the screens I’ve seen thus far on the LG G2, Nexus 5 and even the year old HTC One, it’s hard to imagine an even better screen as those already look more than adequate to me. How important is screen technology and quality for your smartphone? Where does it rank on your importance of your device? Let us know in the comment section! Also, check out the source link for a more detailed explanation of what to expect with Quantum Dot displays.

source: Display Mate

Archos announces 3 low-end tablets

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The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon tablets have been announced by Archos and boy do they look awful on paper. The 90 Neon sports a 9-inch 800×480 screen, the 97 Neon will have a 9.7-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, and finally the 101 Neon will have a 10.1-inch screen with an odd resolution of 1024×600. Thankfully the internals do get better, although it still won’t make you want one. Each device dons a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.

These devices should be cheap and affordable, release dates are still to be determined.

source: Archos

HTC Desire 310 accidentally unveiled in Europe

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The Desire brand by HTC is back and the first one has been accidentally leaked by HTC’s official European website for a couple of minutes before it was quickly taken down. The HTC Desire 310 will be a  low range device and will sport a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor. Other specs include a 4.5-inch 480×854 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera sans flash, a VGA front camera, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, 3G (no 4G here), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The device will ship with Android 4.2.2 on board.

Yikes, talk about low range. If HTC plans on selling any of these, they need to make these cheaper than the already super low price of the Moto G, especially considering the high specs the G has. No word on when these become official, but I don’t see many being interested in this device.

source: UnwiredReview

Microsoft brings Bing Rewards to Android and iOS with support for Windows Phone devices in the works

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Microsoft has announced that they are bringing their Bing Rewards program to Android and iOS with Windows Phone devices in the works, although one would think Microsoft would bring this to their WP’s first rather than their competitors? Either way, Android users can now take advantage of this if we wish.

What exactly is this? In Microsoft’s attempt to promote their Bing search. It’s the Rewards program lets users earn credits while using Bing on their devices (just go to bing.com/rewards on your device browser), and then redeem them for goods and other products. You can receive items such as gift cards from Amazon.com, Xbox Live, Fandango, and Starbucks, the chance to enter a sweepstakes.

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Best Buy once again offering $50 gift card with upgrades and number ports

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Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.

Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?

source: Best Buy

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 3 Neo

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Samsung Poland recently announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, essentially a budget friendly Note 3. While it is deemed as a budget Note 3, the specs are much better than any other low, or even mid tier, device. The Neo comes in two formats, a 3G and LTE+ model. The LTE+ model offers a hexa-core processor consisting of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. The 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps) version will enjoy a quad-core 1.6GHz processor of unknown make.

As for software, both will come pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with all of the Note 3′s S-Pen features such as Air Command, S Note, and etc. Both devices will also feature a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display and the signature faux leather back stitching. Other specs include a 3,100mAh battery, 8MP rear camera/2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, IR, NFC, WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, 16GB internal storage and microSDXC capacity up to 64GB.

Certainly not too bad of a “budget” friendly device if you’re eyeing the Note 3. Sadly, Samsung plans on releasing these globally with the exception of the UK and US. Things may change on that front, but for now don’t expect it in those two areas.

source: Engadget

In unexpected news, Lenovo acquires Motorola from Google for just under $3 billion dollars

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Wait, what? In news that just became official, the Chinese based company Lenovo has just bought Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion dollars. If memory serves us right, Google purchased Motorola for about $13 billion just under two years ago, which is certainly a far cry for what Google was able to sell it to Lenovo for. Motorola is currently the #3 Android manufacturer in the US, and with Lenovo acquiring them, it certainly boosts their hope it capturing the some of the market share in the US.

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