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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Featured Android App Review: Why you should consider Action Launcher to be your launcher of choice

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With Action Launcher finally splitting into two apps (Pro and free), I felt like it was finally time to give it a review. I have been a long time user of Nova Launcher and have absolutely no problems with it, but as the months passed by, I began to see so much development that author Chris Lacey was putting into Action Launcher that I just couldn’t ignore it anymore. Action Launcher has so many unique and exclusive features that no other launcher in the market has that really puts it in a class by itself, plus it offers most of the same stuff found in Nova and Apex. If you have yet to take the plunge to give Action Launcher a shot, maybe this review might just give you that extra push!

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Twitter app for Android gets a rather big update

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Twitter is constantly trying to make their official app up to par with the plethora of 3rd party Twitter clients that are available. Whether you love or hate the official app, at least progress is being made right? Nonetheless, today Twitter has updated their app which includes a slew of new updates:

  • New Design
  • Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.
  • Share photos in Direct Messages.
  • Send and receive photos via DMs.
  • Notifications from your network.
  • Choose to view Replies, Retweets, and Favorites from only the people that you follow.
  • Receive Push Notifications from the people you care about most.
  • Favorite their profile to receive a Push Notification any time they tweet.

Check out the images and QR code after the break!

Winners of Nexus 7 tablets from KitKat promo in India getting the 2012 model

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Looks like people in India are getting shorthanded during the KitKat/Nexus 7 promo. Winners everywhere else in the world received a brand new 2013 Nexus 7 as their price while in India, it’s the 2012 model that’s being given out to the users. As expected, winners from India  aren’t quite pleased and have been trying to voice out their opinions toward KitKat India but to no avail. Nestle’s response is that the new Nexus didn’t launch in India until November, two months after the promotion.

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CyanogenMod announces WhisperPush SMS system for CM 10.2 nightlies

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Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.

The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.

source: CM

CyanogenMod discontinues development on 4.3 and will focus mainly on KitKat 4.4

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Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.

While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.

source: CM 

Samsung India leaks info on Galaxy S Duos 2

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Samsung India has leaked information on the upcoming (yet to be official) Galaxy S Duos 2. The model number will be GT-S7582 and will have the following specs:

  • 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • 5MP rear facing camera, .3MP front facing
  • Android 4.2

This device will most likely stay in Europe/Asia and may never see daylight in the States. Either way, the lower-tier device should be announced officially by Samsung in the near future.

source: AUSDROID