Sony prepping entry-level smartphone with 5-inch display for Q3

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Sony might not be the top Android vendor in terms of units sold, but they are winning in the number of phones department. I’m still trying to figure out when they will run out of letters. Entry-level phones have always been popular, but the specs were always meh. Things have changed since late last year as many entry-level to mid-range devices  are now featuring compelling specs.  Sony already offers entry-level phones such as the Xperia E, but they are looking to step it up a notch. Rumor is they are working on an entry-level device that will have a 5-inch display. Word is that it will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor as well. Sounds compelling, but don’t expect to see this one until Q3 at the earliest.

source: DigiTimes

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 27, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Aces Gin Rummy [Cards & Casino]

Apps

Verizon Announces Playphone Games Portal, Coming Q2 2013

The original Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Android in April according to SEGA

Google Translate gets offline language packs

Google adds info cards to Play Movies app

Live Transit Information Added for Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City in Google Maps

Action Launcher Makes Widgets Cool Again With Shutter Feature

Gameloft announces Iron Man 3 for Android on April 25th

Google Play shows off “Featured Android Apps for Tablets” page on website

Carriers

UK carrier Three to launch 4G LTE, just not before the end of the year

Google Glass

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

Google TV

Amazon Prime Content Comes to Google TV’s PrimeTime

Phones

Amazon Kindle smartphone to go into production in Q2 with a 4.7-inch display

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE can be accessed with Nexus 4 under right circumstances

Free Tablet From Carphone Warehouse When You Pre-Order The Galaxy S 4 Starting March 28

Samsung Galaxy S 4 goes through extensive battery testing, shows it can stay on for possibly 3 days

Sony Xperia A ‘Dogo’ and Xperia UL ‘Gaga’ heading to Japan this summer

Updates

Android 4.1 scheduled for Motorola Droid Bionic during 2nd quarter of 2013

Miscellenous

Samsung to break smartphone sales record with 70 million units for Q1

Apple Claims Reduction Of Samsung Damages Was An $85 Million Mistake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Android Game Review: Aces Gin Rummy [Cards & Casino]

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Normally I wouldn’t review a card game app because there are so many out there, but since Concrete Software is one of our favorite developers, I wanted to check it out. Now the closest thing I have played to Gin Rummy was Rummykub, which was many many moons ago. So forgetting the app itself, I had to learn how to play the game. Thankfully Concrete Software included a really nice tutorial with all the rules. At first it seemed complicated, but after one match, I wasn’t a pro, but I was well on my way to understanding how to play.

I won’t get into the rules itself, but what’s cool about Gin Rummy is the games are fairly quick. A match may consist of many games, but the games only last a few minutes. The app automatically sorts your cards and creates your melds, which makes it move really quick. Best of all is that if you need to stop playing for whatever reason, you can simply pick up where you left off.


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Samsung to break smartphone sales record with 70 million units for Q1

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You might say that things are going well for Samsung, and that would be an understatement. They are the top dogs in Android smartphone sales, and thanks to tremendous marketing, you won’t find too many people that never heard of a “Galaxy” smartphone. Although demand is generally lower during Q1, Hong Kong market researcher Counterpoint Research thinks Samsung will break another record when it comes to smartphone sales. They think Samsung will move 70 million smartphones during the quarter, which isn’t too shabby. Counterpoint says that Samsung had a 35% market share after February (2 months), which is 3% higher than Q4 2012′s 32%.  For those of you that like to follow Apple, they didn’t do too bad either as they came in a 21% for February (2 months), which is up 4% from Q4 2012′s 17%.


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Sony Xperia A ‘Dogo’ and Xperia UL ‘Gaga’ heading to Japan this summer

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Someone please tell me when Sony will run out of letters? We can now throw the Xperia A and Xperia UL into the mix. Both are headed to Japan this summer. The Xperia A is headed to NTT DoCoMo and is codenamed ‘Dogo’ with a model number of SO-04E. It will sport a 4.6-inch HD display (not sure if it will be 720p or 1080p), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. It’s also said to be water/dust resistant and will come with mobile wallet, One Seg and an IR blaster.

The Xperia UL is headed to KDDI and is codenamed “Gaga’ with a model number of SOL22. It will have a design that is similar to the Xperia ZL and it will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a removable 2,300mAh battery. Just like the Xperia A, it will be water/dust resistant and come with mobile wallet, One Seg, and an IR blaster.


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Amazon Kindle smartphone to go into production in Q2 with a 4.7-inch display

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Yes I know, an Amazon phone has been rumored for what seems like an eternity, but the latest rumor is they will go into mass production during the later part of the 2nd quarter. As far as specs go, it’s rumored that it will come with a 4.7-inch display. Apparently they were initially going to go with a 4.3-inch display, but they went bigger since that’s what everybody (other than Apple fanboys) seems to want these days. The rest of the specs aren’t confirmed and supposedly Amazon is still “enhancing other specifications”, which could be the reason for the delays we reported about a couple of weeks ago. This one should be interesting so stay tuned.

source: DigiTimes

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 26, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Accessories

When To Expect Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Accessories And For How Much

Apps & Games

Digg Outlines Focus on Creating an Improved Google Reader Replacement

New (believable) Google Babble mock-up shows up

The Humble Mobile Bundle Is Back: Choose Your Own Price For 6 Android Games

Samsung’s New S Voice Available To Download

Gameloft teases possible Iron Man game for March 27th

Fieldrunners 2 coming to Android in April


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 wallpapers now available to download

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch towards the end of next month, but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy Samsung’s newest wallpaper creations that will debut with the phone. There are seven in all, and they continue the Nature UX theme that started with the Galaxy S III. We have the full high resolution versions (1920 x 1920), so hit the break to grab them while they are hot.


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HTC Butterfly to get successor, could this be the DLXPLUS for Verizon?

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The HTC Butterfly (aka J Butterfly and DROID DNA) is an incredible phone and it looks like HTC wants to build upon it. Focus Taiwan is reporting that they are working on a successor, and it will be marketed under the Butterfly name. Apparently HTC wants to capitalize on the growing consumer interest for larger screens, but the original Butterfly is only .30 inches larger than the HTC One.

Nothing was mentioned on what the next generation Butterfly display size will be, but I can only assume it will be a little larger for better differentiation. What surprises me is that they would go with the “Butterfly” name again. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the name to have “HTC One” in it? It’s okay to have a second major phone that’s larger (like Galaxy Note and Galaxy S), but the naming scheme should be unified. Let’s hope they will call it the HTC One Butterfly. I’m not sure if I love the name, but at least it keeps the brand unified.

It also raises the question on if this updated Butterfly will be the DLXPLUS for Verizon that we reported on a couple of weeks ago?

source: Focus Taiwan

Lockscreen security flaws seem to be contagious as Sony Xperia Z becomes next victim

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Up until now, the majority of lockscreen security issues regarded Samsung phones, but it seems as though the Sony Xperia Z is suffering from something similar. With a few simple steps, you can bypass the lockscreen on any Xperia Z and get full access to the phone. From what I saw at CES, the Xperia Z is a really nice phone, but this is now the second major issue. Many users have reported their Xperia Z would suddenly die with no way to turn it back on. Sony did issue and update for European owners for that last week, but it looks like Sony software engineers will be hard at work again for another update to rectify this situation. Hit the break for the step by step video tutorial of how anyone can bypass the Xperia Z lockscreen.


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