Samsung sets new goal: 500 million handsets in 2013

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A new report from Digitimes says Samsung has set a goal to sell 500 million handset devices in 2013. This is a step up for Samsung given that they sold 420 million handset devices in 2012. The report also stated that BOE, a China-based panel maker, is supplying Samsung with a rate of 10 million panels per month for its entry-level and mid-range handset devices. Samsung is shooting for the stars, and depending on the success of their newly announced Galaxy S 4, they may very well reach their goal.

Source: Digitimes

TuneIn Radio update brings new intuitive design to discover new music

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TuneIn Radio, a popular radio and music streaming app, has been updated to make discovering new music easier. Called “TuneIn Live”, the update presents consumers with a new tab on the homepage of the app. Upon tapping the live tab,  album art in the form of tiles appears that represents the music playing on each respective station. By default, the live feeds will display stations from the country, hip hop, jazz, news, rock and sport genres, but allows for user customization beyond these. This UI leaves behind confusion and brings forth an intuitive new design that allows users a better experience of discovering new music. The update comes for both the free and pro versions of TuneIn Radio and is available after the break.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 coming to AT&T’s 4G network on April 5th

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AT&T has announced that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be available on their 4G LTE network beginning on April 5th, 2013. Customers can choose plans for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starting as low as $10 per month on AT&T’s Mobile Share plan. According to AT&T, “with Mobile Share, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.”

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets green-light from FCC

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The FCC has just gave the Verzion variant of the upcoming Galaxy S 4 from Samsung the go ahead. Some things to note are the presence of 4G LTE, as expected, on both Verizon’s 700 MHz band and their AWS band which they recently acquired.  Also worth noting is the presence of HSPA-3G network which could mean a better experience for consumers who travel overseas. As of now the only other carriers left to pass through the FCC’s tests are AT&T and T-Mobile, but we don’t expect that to take very long.

Source: FCC

The first batches of Google Glass could be made inside the U.S.

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It appears Google may manufacture units of their infamous Google Glass in the U.S, as opposed to abroad. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Google will work with Foxconn to produce units of Google Glass in Silicon Valley, California. This idea that Google will manufacture Google Glass locally is no surprise really. Google’s headquarters is located in Mountain View, California, while Foxconn’s manufacturing plant is steps away in Santa Clara, California— so it makes sense that an innovative product such as Google Glass would require special attention by Google and be manufactured locally, as opposed to being manufactured abroad and would almost be an expensive proposition for the search giant.

So far this decision is only mentioned to be for the initial 8,000 units meant for contest winners who won the #IfIHadGlass contest earlier this year. Whether or not Google plans to keep production within the U.S. after a global launch remains to be seen.

Source: Financial Times

Samsung sues LG for tarnishing brand image

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Samsung has taken LG to court in a lawsuit claiming LG “tarnished its corporate image.” The accusation and lawsuit comes after LG ran a series of ads that Samsung says were incorrect and began when LG released a refrigerator claiming to have the world’s largest capacity. Samsung contradicted this claim in a YouTube video highlighting the differences. LG then sued Samsung for 10 billion Won, or $9027720, and began running ads against Samsung. As a result, Samsung is demanding a sum total of 50 billion Won, or $45 billion dollars, in damages from LG.

It will certainly be interesting to see if LG or Samsung will come out victorious in this latest edition of the advertising wars.

Source: SammyHub

Rumor: Motorola X phone to be launched in November with a 4.8-inch display, Sapphire glass, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

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Another day, another Motorola X rumor. Unlike previous rumors claiming the Motorola X will be a series of phones rather than a singular phone, the latest rumor shows specs for a single Motorola X phone. PhoneArena received a tip from an anonymous source stating that the Motorola X phone will have a 4.8-inch display made out of sapphire, which is said to be three times tougher to break than Gorilla Glass. Other specs mentioned are a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU clocking in at 2 GHz and a 4,000 mAh battery. The device is said to also be water resistant with a design that includes a carbon fiber back and rubber bumpers on the corners. Whether or not there is any legitimacy to this rumor remains to be seen, but if they are indeed true, this is sure to be a very impressive smartphone.

Source: PhoneArena

Report says 70% of first 10 million Galaxy S 4s to have Snapdragon 600 processors

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A Korean news report suggests that 70% of the initial 10 million units of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processors rather than Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processors. According to the report, Samsung’s LSI team, who is responsible for the next generation of Exynos processors, were unable to correct all the performance and production issues in time for the Galaxy S 4 launch in late April. Samsung confirmed production issues when they announced a couple of weeks ago that the Exynos 5 applications processor would not be mass produced until the second quarter of 2013, well after its initial launch.

Lenovo announces S920 – quad-core smartphone powered by 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Earlier in March, images of  mid-range devices from Lenovo appeared online implying the company was working on more affordable handsets for consumers. One of these devices, the S920, has been officially announced by Lenovo with specs matching previous reports. The S920 features a 5.3 inch 1280 x 720 HD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a rear camera coming in at 8 megapixels with a 2 megapixel front facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and a Micro SD slot all powered by a 2,250 mAh battery. The device also features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor made by MediaTek whom Lenovo is partnering with. All of these components are encased in a sheer 7.9mm body. The S920 will be available in China in early April, but Lenovo has not yet announced global availability. Other devices that were seen in recent images have not been officially announced yet so check back with TalkAndroid in the coming weeks for more official announcements.

Source: UnwiredView

HTC One’s BlinkFeed highlighted in new promo video

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One of the more innovative features of Sense 5 is BlinkFeed, which aggregates all of your social media and general news content into one gorgeous tiled interface. In their latest promo video, HTC highlights BlinkFeed in a pretty unique way. The video begins showing a young woman on a train alone with her HTC One. Upon using BlinkFeed, the images on her BlinkFeed come to life, reading aloud her status updates from her social networks as well as various news stories she has added to it. Check out the video after the break.

March Madness Live app will let you stream any game as long as you have a paid TV subscription

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If you love March Madness then we have some good news for you. This year’s March Madness Live app will be available for your Android devices and is completely free to download. The catch here is that any games broadcasted on cable networks will require you to login using the credentials for your cable or satellite provider’s subscription service. Any other games aired on CBS will be streamed for free using the app or on the web. According to the press release, the app has been “redesigned for optimization across platforms” which means we can expect a good looking app for our tablets as well as our smartphones. March Madness kicks off on Selection Sunday, March 17th, and the first games begin on March 19th, so be sure to look for the app in the Google Play store soon.

Ouya announces launch event for March 28th

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Ouya has announced a thank you party for backers of their Kickstarter project that will take place on March 28th in San Francisco. It is also expected that Ouya will distribute the first generation of its consoles at the same event to backers of the project. Those who haven’t backed the project, but want to get their hands on the console, will have to wait until June when it becomes available to the public and sold at select retail stores for $99.99. It’s been less than a year since Ouya went live with its Kickstarter campaign, and with over $8 million collected, it’s safe to say they have seen tremendous success so far.

Google X Labs to announce new ‘moonshot’ project soon

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Google X Labs is where products are rigorously tested and often kept shrouded in mystery. Examples of innovations that have come from X Labs is Project Glass and self driving cars. This week at SXSW, X Labs division head, Astro Teller, spoke of an upcoming “moonshot” product to be released in a few weeks.

One of the many interesting rumors surrounding Google’s X Labs is the notion that Google had been working on a “space elevator”. Teller quickly debunked this rumor during a Q & A session stating that the idea had become more of a mascot for the X Labs division and is the basis of the term “moonshot” project. Teller said that there would be one of these “moonshot” projects released later this year, giving little detail about the project except that control systems would be the focus.

Teller says upon approving the project, Larry Page instructed the team to move at a pace such that five prototypes would break. With such a rapid working pace, it’s hard to tell exactly what Google is working on. All we know is that whatever the case may be, Google is planning to deliver yet another innovation to the world.

Source: The Next Web

Report says Android activation rate now at 2 million per day and global growth is 150 times faster than U.S. growth

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It appears that there may spike in the number of Android activations per day, thanks to some preliminary reports. According to Asymco, the last reported number from Google was at 1.3 million activations per day in September 2012 with an overall activation of 500 million devices. It has been 5 months since Google reported anything, but Asymco is estimating that activations are now at a rate of 2 million per day with a total number of activations reaching 800 million. This influx of activations is surely impressive but there are some interesting facts to consider.

Google Glass already banned in Seattle Bar well before its launch

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Google Glass has been banned at a local Seattle bar, The 5 Point Cafe, well ahead of its public launch. We already have a good idea of what Google Glass will be used for, and there is no question that everybody is concerned with privacy.

Owner Dave Meinert mentioned in his announcement, “People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.” He also stated, “And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.”