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Verizon dubs the LG L70 as the LG Optimus Exceed 2

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Verizon has taken the LG-L70 and re-branded it into the LG Optimus Exceed 2. The device is available for pre-paid customers and comes in at just $79.99 without a contract. As for specs, the Exceed 2 comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM paired with 4GB’s  of native storage, although that’s expandable via an SD card slot. The device also comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480. With the Exceed 2, you can expect some of the features that are on LG’s flagships such as the QSlide, Quick Memo and even their much popular Knock Code unlock system. 

source: Verizon

Kyocera Hydro Vibe headed to Sprint and Virgin Mobile

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Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.

As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.

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Send files from your mobile device via WiFi with IPCast

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Thanks to an XDA forum member by the name of stefanuc111, you are able to send files wirelessly via Wi-Fi to other devices that are connected to the same network with his app called IPCast. As per the dev, “IPCast allows you to send, receive and stream content, without need cables, in a simple and easy way. IPCast operates through any Wi-Fi network and between any device that has a browser installed. In fact it does not require any client installation.” Here’s a small list of what IPCast can do:

  • Send and receive any file.
  • Send your installed apps.
  • Display photo in the browser.
  • Stream music and video in the browser.
  • SoundBeam: To synchronize playback between devices. (Supported by Chrome Beta, Firefox, Opera).
  • Create queues with video and audio file.

The app is also integrated into Android’s share functionality so it’s easy to transfer files even with Android native Gallery application. If you wish to check this app out, a download link and QR code will be available after the break!

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 mini to sport a 4.47-inch display

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Thanks to an image from the Zauba site, we may have a confirmation on the size of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini’s display. The image shows to have the device sporting a 4.5″ (4.47″ to be exact) Super AMOLED display with the resolution of 720p. Other specs of the device include a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage paired with an 8MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera. The mini will also have IP67 certification just like it’s bigger brother.

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Google Now aims to make your shopping life a little easier

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We previously reported that Google Now helps your shopping at a mall easier by providing you a list of what stores are available in that mall. Now it looks like the much popular assistant will also aim to make shopping easier on yourself by reminding you of products that you’ve searched for and if they’re in the area (if you’re currently near a store).

Let us know if these “shopping cards” have popped up for you already!

source: Google+

Samsung confirms the existence of what could be a Galaxy S5 mini (SM-G800F)

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It’s no surprise Samsung is working on a Galaxy S 5 Mini considering its predecessors received the same treatment, but at least we have Samsung to actually solidify the rumors of the said device. The S5 Mini should garner the model number of SM-G800 and as you can expect the specs will be in the mid-range tier. You can expect a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 2MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera. Just like it’s big brother, the Mini will also be dust and water-resistant.

You can expect the official announcement of this device in June. Until then, stay tuned!

source: Samsung
via: Phone Arena

Samsung plans an event for May 28th; Expect it to be centered around your ‘health’

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With Samsung’s new Galaxy S 5 features clearly centering around “health,” it looks like they’re not stopping there as the company has planned an event for May 28th with the slogan of “A New Conversation Around Health Is About To Begin.” With the GS5’s heart rate monitor to their Gear Fit device, it’s clear that Samsung has taken akin to marketing their devices around health-centric features. Looks like in a couple of weeks we’ll see what else Samsung has for us, so stay tuned!

source: Engadget