Motorola X Phone image and specs supposedly leak

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A Dutch website got a tip with the above image and specs for the upcoming Motorola X phone. The image itself is pretty worthless, but the key is the branding. You can see nXT, which I would assume would be the name of the said device. The automatic assumption is that somehow the “n” is a play on Nexus. Now on to the specs. Let’s start with what is at least believable. According to the tipster, it will come with an edge to edge full HD display and it will have the NVIDIA Tegra 4i chipset. As to the display size, the site says it’s 4.7-inches, but they also refer to it as 5-inches as in this translation: “contain a 5-inch screen is recessed into the casing.”

Now on to the crazy. Motorola has never been known to have good cameras, which is one thing I am hoping will change with Google’s ownership. Supposedly it will have a 16MP rear camera. That seems  a little high, but what’s even more crazy, is the notion that it will come with a 5MP front camera. This front camera will also serve as a light sensor and it will track your eye for automatic scrolling of web pages and emails. Sounds a lot like Samsung’s new feature that will be on the Samsung Galaxy S IV.


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Next Facebook phone (aka HTC Myst) specs are now confirmed

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We’ve been hearing about another Facebook phone since last November, and at that time it was codenamed “Opera UL.” Then last month, the codename “Myst” appeared. Either way, it looks like “Myst” is indeed the codename for the next Facebook phone that will be made by HTC. The specs have leaked again and they are a lot like what we heard last month, but with some minor changes and additions.

What’s different is the CPU. It’s still a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, but now we are hearing it’s 1.5GHz , as opposed to 1.4GHz.  The display is confirmed to be 4.3-inches and 720p, but we now know it will have a ppi of 320. Other new information is the RAM, which is 1GB, 16GB of internal storage (no microSD slot), both LTE and HSPA radios, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. As to the camera, there isn’t anything different than what we already heard, a 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front camera. Obviously these specs don’t scream high-end, but when you consider the target demographic, they don’t need to.

As to when this bad boy will become available, the latest rumor points to the spring.

source: unwiredview

HTC One to have limited supply thanks to production restraints regarding UltraPixel camera

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HTC just can’t catch a break. They build some of the nicest phones in the world, but when things are bad, things get worse. KGI Securities just slashed its HTC One shipment estimates for the first half of 2013. They originally expected 15 million units, but now they are thinking more like 10.5 million. This drop isn’t because of demand, it’s because of “low yield rates” of some of its components, namely the compact camera module (CCM) on its UltraPixel camera as well as the phone’s voice coil motor (VCM). “We believe the production restraints that UltraPixel faces will severely limit HTC One shipments,” said KGI analyst Kuo Ming-chi.


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Featured Android App Review: Clean Master [Tools]

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Spring is in the air folks and you know what that means, spring cleaning. When people say, “spring cleaning” people always think about cleaning their house or office, but it doesn’t stop there. Your phone might need a little as well, especially if it’s not running like it was when you first took it out of the box. We actually did a post about that last year, but there is a newer app on the scene that will assist you in cleaning your cache, uninstalling apps, and deleting  files, bookmarks, and text messages. It’s called Clean Master from Ksmobile, and it reminds me of CCleaner for Windows. It’s so simple to use, that I guarantee that after using the app for a few minutes, your phone will be as good as new again.

The interface is simple, clean, and features the Holo UI. Those are three things I love in apps. The main screen will give you a quick glance at how much storage you have left on both your device and on your SD card (if  installed). You have four options: History, Privacy, Tasks, and App Manager.


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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