Samsung quietly working on the EK-GN120, a Galaxy Camera that’s also identified as a mobile phone

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Samsung’s Galaxy Camera certainly made a splash when it was released last year and the Korean giant has plans on introducing some sort of a follow-up to the unique device. A mysterious EK-GN120 device surfaced on the Bluetooth website and obtained the coveted Bluetooth 4.0 certification. While there are no particular details that indicate what the new camera will bring– there is some speculation that the newest edition of the Galaxy Camera will be well… more than just a camera, thanks to the device being listed as a “mobile phone” under the Product Type. So it’s possible that the new device will feature some sort of calling functionality or something of that nature.

So now that the cat is out of the bag, we’ll be on the lookout for any new leaks regarding this intriguing new device— so stay tuned.

source:  Bluetooth SIG | TechTastic
via: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Note III rumored to have octa-core processor, octa-core GPU, and 3GB of RAM

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There’s some new information that has surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note  III smartphone, courtesy of our friends at SamMobile. According to an insider, the upcoming phablet will come with all sorts of bells and whistles including a 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with diamond pixel structure, a 13MP camera, Exynos 5 octa-core chip with Mali 450 GPU (also featuring 8 cores), a whopping 3GB of RAM and the latest version of Android (presumably Android 4.3?). In other words— the device will roughly be a larger variation of the existing Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. Design-wise, it is expected the G-Note III will follow a similar look to the Galaxy Mega 5.8, though the bezel will probably be reduced in order to accommodate the larger display— though no one knows yet if the device will feature the oh-so-mouthwatering flexible display technology we’ve been hearing more about lately.

While there’s no concrete date of the device’s release, it’s looking like we will see the device by late summer (August or September), so we’ll just have to sit tight and play the waiting game for now.

source: SamMobile

T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger is complete, new company now known as T-Mobile US

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At last, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS marriage is officially complete. After seeing a few signs that the merger was closer to being finalized, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. announced the newly-formed T-Mobile USA entity— which officially began public trading under the NYSE ticker TMUS as of today. With the new company fully established, Deutsche Telekom AG will effectively hold a majority stake in the company (at 74%), while the combined subscriber base grows to over 40 million. Additionally, the completed merger also expands the total 4G footprint as 228 million are currently served with 4G, with an additional 200 million expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

You’ll find more details once you hit the break and check out the full presser.

Twitter for Google Glass gets outed, shows it’s very much real and on the way

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Ladies and gents— Twitter is officially on the way to Google Glass. Using an official Twitter for Glass app, an excited gentleman took a photo of some nice scenery and uploaded the photo using the Twitter app. While the gentleman had immediately deleted his tweet, a screenshot of the tweet was already saved by some enterprising folks and as you can see above, it clearly labels some interesting information. The most noteworthy thing to note is the “Twitter for Glass” label— which clearly marks the (unofficial) arrival of the app’s testing for Glass.

Naturally Twitter has stayed mum on this minor snafu and won’t give up any details, but now that we know that something is being worked on behind the scenes, it probably won’t be long before we see more of what Twitter for Glass is and its potential for the cool device.

 

source: TechCrunch

Verizon introduces its Cloud service for customers, includes 500MB for free to start

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Verizon is looking to bring its customers an enhanced cloud storage solution by introducing its Verizon Cloud app. Also known as a revamped and improved version of its VCast Media Manager, the Verizon Cloud app allows users to choose specific files (think text/MMS messages, images & videos or music, etc.) to be backed-up and synced automatically on Verizon’s unique server. For some added flexibility, Verizon will even allow users of its app to access the files through a traditional PC computer or any other supported smartphone as well.  Sweet.

As of now, there are some flexible options for select Verizon customers now. Customers with supported devices have the option of starting out with 500MB of storage for free, though there is the option of moving up to 25GB for $2.99/month, 75GB for $5.99/month and 125GB for $9.99/month. Of course not all Android owners will have the luxury of using the service as of this time as the following devices are supported at this time: Motorola DROID X, DROID X2, DROID 2 Global, HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible, Incredible 2, Samsung DROID Charge, Fascinate, Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2″ and 10.1″, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1.

Verizon confirms that additional devices will see support for the cloud storage solution at a later date.

source: Verizon Wireless

HTC 608t smartphone outed, brings a whole lot of One in a more affordable package

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The HTC One is one hell of a smartphone— but its premium build and cost may be a bit out of reach for many customers. So with that in mind, HTC is quietly working on a stripped down version the device behind the scenes called the 608t. Design-wise, this mysterious new toy certainly mirrors One features including dual-stereo speakers on the front of the device, as well as a similar button layout. Of course the similarities end there as this Jelly Bean-powered smartphone features “modest” guts including a quad-core chip + 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 960 x 540 (qHD?) display and an 8MP camera. Not too shabby HTC. Not too shabby.

Now for the part that you all want to know— the pricing and availability. While we don’t know the cost as of yet, the leak certainly suggests that this device will at least be headed for Chinese markets in the near-future. For those of us out in the States, there’s no word on if the 608t will ever make it out to our shores, maybe HTC will surprise us and unveil this device in the US at some point sooner than later.

source: Ameblo (Jp)

Sony introduces its Triluminous display technology, aims to square off direction again Super AMOLED and Retina Display technologies

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It’s certainly no secret that Sony plans to take over the mobile world, so it should come as no surprise that it has introduced what can be seen as some revolutionary technology. It went ahead and revealed its Triluminous display technology which aims to enhance the display of various devices to levels never seen before. Essentially, Triluminous display technology utilizes quantum dots (otherwise known as nanocrystals) that are so small, they have quantum properties and emits light just at preset wavelengths. The effect of this process i the significant enhancement of display factors like a larger color gamut to improved brightness and contrast.

Sony certainly can’t wait for this technology to arrive on its Xperia line of smartphones too. Here’s a Sony insider highlighting the important plans Sony has for this technology:

 

“During the interview, the heads of Sony Philippines likewise confirmed that Triluminos display will definitely come to the Sony Xperia smartphone line. This is cool because, as of writing, Sony is still using TFT panel even in its top of the line handset releases, including Sony Xperia Z. Triluminos will be the Japanese company’s answer to display technologies being offered by other companies like Retina Display and SuperAMOLED”.

 

source: techpinas
via: Phone Arena

Samsung rumored to bring 4 additional tablets for 2013

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If you know Samsung when it comes to its tablets (or any of its devices), then you’ll know that it is not happy unless it has unleashed an onslaught of various models for the masses. Following the newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3, it’s looking like Samsung will have no fewer than 4 additional tablet models— the Galaxy Tab Duos 7.0, Galaxy Tab AMOLED 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11 and the Nexus 11— that will arrive for 2013. Each tablet model will range from 7-inch to 11-inch models and come jam-packed with features like rumored expandable microSD slots and 2MP front-facing cameras. The real intriguing device among the bunch is the Nexus 11— which will build upon the largely successful Nexus 10 and is possibly slated to feature an octa-core processor and wait for it— a microSD slot capable of up to 64GB of extra memory. Considering Google is pretty strict with microSD slots on its Nexus line, we’ll go ahead and hold our breath until it actually happens.

Hit the flip to see the full list and specs of each upcoming device.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 caught creeping through the FCC with LTE frequencies

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Why hello there Samsung Galaxy Mega, we meet again! The behemoth member of Samsung’s happy family has just been caught tip-toeing through the FCC hallways— this time in 4G LTE colors. This special Galaxy Mega 6.3-based model— which is identified as the GT-i9205— has the usual frequencies including a standard LTE Band 5, full GSM frequencies and of course, WiFi. Generally speaking— whenever a new device such as the Galaxy Mega is caught at the FCC, it’s usually an indicator that the device is very much on the way for an imminent arrival.

Here’s hoping that those of us here in the States will be able to see the large device at some point soon.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

LG unleashes its Optimus F5 smartphone, headed for France on April 29th

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LG has officially unveiled its latest mid-range device— the Optimus F5 smartphone. Sandwiched in between devices such as the Optimum G (Pro) and the Optimus L9 series, the Optimus F5 arrives with modest features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 running the show. Oh and while the device doesn’t have much to scream at, it at least features 4G LTE, which allows customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of fast internet data on their handsets. The Optimus F5’s trump card compared to other mid-rangers is the inclusion of custom LG software like QSlide and Live Zooming running the show.

So now that the device is out in the open, it’s time to give the most eager details— its availability. As of now, the device is expected to arrive in French retailers on April 29th, while other markets will follow shortly after. While there’s no overt mention of when we can expect to see the device out here in the States, we’ve already seen indications suggesting that it won’t be long for Verizon customers to see this puppy as well.

Hit the break for the full presser.

Google Glass already rooted and ready for primetime

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An enterprising and ambitious individual has already achieved root access for the Google Glass “eyeset” device. Cydia’s Jay Freeman recently took to Twitter and proclaimed his root success story, while also sharing a photo to the general public as proof for you non-believers out there. We’re surprised that this feat was achievable since you know… Google is pretty strict with the few developer versions that are out there and all. Then again, since the few Glass units out there are intended for the few elite individuals out there, it probably should have been expected that Google would be fairly lenient and allow for certain things to be accessible— at least for now.

There’s no word yet on what will come next now that root is enabled, but we’re certainly excited to hear— errr see any potential possibilities.

source: Jay Freeman Twitter
via: Phone Arena

Sprint officially lists the black HTC One smartphone on its website

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It looks like AT&T isn’t going to be the only one to have the smooth HTC One smartphone in sexy black clothing. Sprint went ahead and listed that variant of the flagship device on its website as available for purchase now. The little puppy will run potential customers $550 outright— or there of course the option of taking advantage of additional savings which would bring the total cost to a hair under 100 bucks. There’s no exact word on how long it will take the black One to ship to customers’ front doors, but we’d imagine lucky recipients would receive them soon… very soon.

Hit the source link to check out the black version for yourself. Or if black doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always grab the original silver version for the same price too.

source: Sprint HTC One Black | Silver

Iron Man 3 game hits Android devices, gives all gamers a chance to be their inner Tony Stark

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Admit it— sure it’s going to be fun watching the upcoming Iron Man 3, but you probably have one heck of an itch to be like him, right? Well Gameloft is giving all gamers the chance to live out the fantasy of being Tony Stark by unleashing the official Iron Man 3 video game in the Play Store. The game features non-stop action and places players right into the action which includes fighting against the deadly A.I.M. forces and fighting arch-enemies such as Crimson Dynamo— all across tons of missions and the ability to customize your character with items such as up to 18 different suits or upgrading your armor. Oh and best of all— smooth and easy-to-use swipe controls, so all gamers should be able to pick up and play right away.

The game is available for all Gingerbread+ users in the Play Store— you you’ll want to ensure you have some precious real estate on your device’s memory as it requires a hefty 795MB to operate. If you’re OK with that and are ready to get in on the action, head on down to the Play Store and grab the game today.

 

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Samsung to delay the launch of its security software for Galaxy smartphones

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It appears that Samsung’s well-known entrant into the enterprise world is set to encounter a slight delay with its arrival. Expected to arrive as early as this upcoming Saturday alongside the Galaxy S 4’s official release for AT&T, Samsung decided that its Knox software is not quite ready for primetime and needs to undergo further testing to ensure it will operate smoothly for various Sammy devices— regardless of wireless carriers. As a result, there are sources that are now claiming that Samsung plans on pushing Knox’s launch until sometime July.

Regardless of the delay, Samsung will continue its push for a full-fledged assault on the enterprise world with its Knox software. Samsung expects to release its security software alongside some variations of its Galaxy devices this year— all in the hopes of taking some of the ever-growing enterprise market share. Let’s just hope that some of the more traditional rivals are ready for Samsung’s imminent arrival.

source: New York Times

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders will begin on April 25th

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While we have an idea of when other carriers will open up the pre-orders for what should be this year’s hottest smartphone, Verizon has finally come clean and announced when its customers can expect the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in its stores. Using its Twitter page, Big Red will officially start taking in pre-orders for the device from this Thursday, April 25th, with the store being available in stores from May 30th. The 16GB version of the smartphone certainly won’t come cheap as it’ll launch for a standard $200 or if you’re feeling lucky… $650 full price.

Let’s just hope that Verizon is able to keep up with demand because after all, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t want to be like other wireless carriers and let us down by delaying the smartphone’s launch.

source: Verizon Wireless Twitter I | II