Samsung prepping a $100 contract free 4G LTE smartphone for India

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High-end handsets will always be in demand, but so will the lower-end devices. The latest comes from the Times of India that reveal that Samsung is working on a RS 5,500 ($100) contract free 4G LTE smartphone for Reliance Communications in India. Let me repeat..that’s contract free. We have a number of $100 phones here in the U.S., but they are all with 2 year contracts. Right now Samsung is already offering contract free 3G phones in India for $100, so this would be the first 4G LTE offering. No word on the OS, but we assume it will be Android in favor of Windows Phone 8.

Reliance’s new LTE network, of which Samsung will assist with, has a planned soft launch in Mumbai and Delhi by the middle of the year. The formal launch will take place by the end of the year.

source: Times Of India

 

ASUS Transformer AiO (all-in-one) to launch in Q2 for a starting price of $1,299

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Do you remember that dual-boot Windows 8/Android beast that ASUS unveiled last June? Well it’s finally going to be released in North America during the second quarter for a starting price of $1,299. Sounds steep, but not when you consider what you’re getting for it.

The Transformer AiO (all-in-one) is the Transformer of all Transformers. It’s essentially a desktop and tablet all-in-one, but to take it one step further, it utilizes Windows 8 and Android 4.1. The 18.4-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display can be detached from the PC Station to become a full standalone Android Jelly Bean tablet, but when docked to the PC Station it’s a full Windows 8 desktop.


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Samsung tells everyone in Times Square to ‘Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy’

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When it comes to Android phones and marketing, Samsung is the reigning king. A lot of people are already aware of a certain event that Samsung has planned for next week, but for those that just aren’t in the know, Samsung wanted to make sure they do. Throwing up a huge billboard in the center of Times Square could help that cause in a major way, and that’s what Samsung did.

Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that could pull this off and kudos to them. They earned it, and there is nothing wrong with going big. The Unpacked Galaxy S IV launch event will be one of the biggest Samsung Mobile events ever and TalkAndroid will be there to give you all the information as it happens.

source: pocket-lint

Dead Zebra unveils the Lucky Cat series Android mini collectibles

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Dead Zebra just unveiled a new set of Android mini collectibles to burn yet another hole in your wallet. This time it’s the Lucky Cat Series by artist Shane Jessup. They might be adorable, but they will also “welcome wealth, prosperity, and protection into your home or business.” If that’s not enough, each mini figurine will feature an accessory and a swinging arm. There are a total of twelve mini figurines in the collection and they should become available later this month via the Dead Zebra website and retailers. Hit the break to see the entire collection.


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Featured Android Game Review: Robo5 [Brain & Puzzle]

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We have already covered a few games from Animoca, but a new one recently hit the Google Play Store called Robo5. This is a steampunk influenced puzzle game in which you play a robot in a strange decaying future world. Your job is to climb mountains of boxes and crates. Each level presents a different scenario, and you need to get to the top in order to advance to the next level. Climbing in itself sounds easy, but you will need some strategy in order to make it happen. For example, you may have to push or pull some boxes in order to actually continue to move. Some boxes might float and others will crumble. You will even find some boxes that transport you. There are actually 10 different types of boxes in all: floor, wood, metal, suspended, fragile, leaking, explosive, transporting, secret, and final.

Throw in the fact that you need to get to the top as fast as you can without running out of energy, and you have yourself a really cool and addictive game. You can gain energy by picking up energy packs, but ultimately you will be graded based on how long it took you as well as how many pieces you picked up. The star system is in play here, but you will need to achieve a certain amount of stars in order to open diaries, so the incentive is there to try to rack up as many as you can. Diaries aren’t fully explained, but it appears to be more of the same, just a lot harder. So much so that I spent a considerable amount of time solving the 1st diary, and you could hear my sighs in the neighboring states.


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Samsung Galaxy Note III to sport a 5.9-inch display

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The Samsung Galaxy S IV hasn’t officially been announced yet, but that won’t stop us from talking about the upcoming Galaxy Note III, which won’t be announced till mostly likely August/September. The Galaxy Note is all about size and the biggest question we need answered is what will the display size be? The first Note had a 5.3-inch display, and the Note II jumped to 5.5-inches. You don’t believe for a second that the Note III won’t have a bigger screen do you?

Well Samsung might have let the cat out of the bag. An anonymous official from Samsung told the Korea Times, “Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9- inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.” I think it’s safe to say that “phablet” will be the Note III, and I’m liking the sound of OLED.

source: Korea Times

Second set of screenshots confirm Samsung Galaxy S IV with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU and 13MP camera

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Earlier we showed you some leaked screenshots from what was supposed to be the Galaxy S IV, but it might have only been from a leaked Android 4.2.1 ROM that will end up on the GSIV. Now we have some more screenshots out of Israel, and these look like they are definitely from the GSIV, or at least one of the variants (SCH-i337 and most likely AT&T). The screens confirm what we are already expecting and that’s a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU (on certain variants) and a 13MP camera. We also get confirmation of the expected 1080p screen, but I believe for the first time, we get the PPI, which is 441 and a touch lower than the HTC One (468). Another screen confirms the smart scroll feature, but that will end up being a feature that will end up on all devices that receive the Android 4.2.1 update. Hit the break for the rest of the screens.


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HTC Sense 5 wallpapers now available to download

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{Update] At the request of HTC, we pulled the wallpapers. Sorry guys!!

Sense 5 will bring a lot of new features like BlinkFeed and Zoe, but what about wallpapers? HTC usually has some pretty cool ones, and I did have my eye on a few at the event.  If you’re looking for a change in background on your current phone, HTC or otherwise, you might want to check out these new Sense 5 wallpapers. There are eighteen in all, and we have them all for your downloading pleasure. Whether you want to grab just one or all of them, hit the the break to get started.


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Canadian users get voice calling via Facebook Messenger for Android

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Ever since Facebook added voice messages as part of their Messenger service, we knew that the next eventual step would be voice calling or VoIP. They already start VoIP through Messenger for iOS users in the U.S., but nothing was available for Android users until now. The latest Android update added it, but only for our friends up north in Canada. Canadian users can now make calls over WiFi or their mobile data connection to other Facebook friends in Canada or even those in the U.S. provided they are on iOS. They can also start and name group conversations.

At some point in the future we will probably only need a data plan from our mobile providers and Facebook is making it that much closer. Utilizing VoIP on our mobile phones makes sense, but it probably won’t take off until the major carriers stop forcing us to have calling plans.

source: ca.ibtimes