Samsung introduces the Galaxy Trend II and Galaxy Trend II Duos smartphones

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Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its two newest additions to the Galaxy family today by announcing the Galaxy Trend II and Galaxy Trend II Duos smartphones. Each device are on the fringe of being a low-end device featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot and 1500mAh battery— all in a Jelly Bean package. There’s no word yet on how much the device will cost or when it will arrive in stores, but we suspect Samsung will have all those deets for us sooner than later.

source: Samsung Galaxy Trend II | Samsung Galaxy Trend Duos II

Chinese HTC One smartphone to feature dual-SIM support and microSD slot

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Sure the world is certainly counting down to the awesome HTC One smartphone’s imminent release, but it appears the Chinese variant will be slightly different than the other variants. A new image and accompanying specs have surfaced regarding the 802w variant of the One smartphone that’s headed for Chinese mobile providers. The information highlights this variant of the device will come arrive with dual-SIM support and an expandable microSD-out slot. Additionally, the device will not feature the zero-gap aluminum build that makes the device so appealing– but rather another cheaper quality material instead (aka plastic).

Now while many of you may be upset at this notion that the Chinese variants will be slightly different, there are some potential theories for why this is. While China is by far and away the largest country in the world, many parts of the country are considered to be “emerging markets”—- meaning $600 premium devices are almost certainly inaccessible to folks living out in that market. With that in mind, HTC may be realizing that China is a key market to sell the device in, but must do so at a cost-effective price, so it reduced the on-board storage size and changed the build of the device— thus making it much more affordable and appealing to folks out in China.

As cool as it is seeing this device in its real form, those of us out in the States or Europe shouldn’t expect a similar variant to hit our shores anytime soon.

source: HTC Source

Rovio’s social-based Angry Birds Friends game officially on the way to mobile devices

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If you’re a Facebook fanatic, chances are that you’ve played Rovio’s hyper-addictive Angry Birds Friends at some point recently. As slick and cool as that spinoff of the game is, gamers have been limited to playing the game on a desktop computer as opposed to on our mobile devices. Fortunately Rovio realized that 60 million installs and a 15 million active user base must be tapped into just a wee bit further– and that’s why it used a Facebook event in Helsinki to announce a mobile version of its Angry Birds Friends game— which is inspired by the popular Supercell in-app store services to gain extra revenue.

Many of you are probably wondering why it took so long for Rovio to finally come out with a mobile version of the game, right? Well it’s quite simple really: up until recently, Rovio has been reluctant to monopolize revenues and sources of income in areas like paid apps, but with the paid apps business and merchandising taking off, Rovio is taking a chance by being open with free creative spinoffs of its games like Angry Birds Friends. Looking at the bigger picture, the developer sees this latest installment of the series as more exposure for its brands, while simultaneously tapping into the up-and-coming freemium business model.

Be on the lookout for the game to hit Android devices soon. Oh— and please don’t blame us for any lost time in productivity.

source: TechCrunch

 

Google targeting all business users by making QuickOffice available for free for all Google Apps users

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Since the major acquisition last year, Google has made it clear that it wants QuickOffice to make accessing and editing various Microsoft Office documents for the average consumer— but what about the various businesses out there? Sure business have the option of using their Google Apps account to access Google Drive, but let’s face it— Google Drive isn’t exactly intuitive and doesn’t mesh well with various Office documents out there. Well Google has heard businesses’ cries and made QuickOffice available for all Google Apps users… all for the smooth price of free. This means that all you Google Apps users out there will have instant access to all your files stored in Google Drive or open up an Office file on your device and have the ability to edit and save the file back to your device or Drive and access them from anywhere, anytime.

Again, the app is available for free for all Google Apps users, so if you have one of those coveted accounts, head on down to the Play Store link and grab your copy today.

 

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LG confirms Optimus G Pro sales have already topped the 500,000 unit mark

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Considering the Optimus G Pro has warranted a ton of praise from both the press as well as customers out there, it should come as no surprise that LG has officially hit a milestone with the device. The Korean manufacturer announced it has sold 10,000 on its initial February 21st launch. Oh and for good measure, LG confirmed that Optimus G Pro sales topped over the coveted 500,000 unit mark during the first month of the release. It looks like customers out in Korea really took a liking to the beefed up specs including the 5.5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon chip, 2 gigs of RAM and full LTE capabilities.

Now all we need is an American variant to officially hit the States and we’ll be in business.

source: LG

AT&T Working on HD Voice capabilities for its customers due for arrival later this year

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As part of its initiative to introduce some topnotch voice call capabilities, AT&T has confirmed it will roll out some improved network capabilities for its customers. First off the bat is the Ma Bell offering full HD Voice service for its customers later this year. AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne asserts that “HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy“. The reasoning, you ask? AT&T certainly lacks the call quality and clarity that its competition has, so it is in the wireless carrier’s best interests to ensure that its call quality is topnotch.

Additionally, AT&T will showcase even more features for its customers. Rinne confirmed that AT&T is currently working on “advanced LTE”, which does things to reduce interference and bond together traffic from various frequencies which you guessed it— will presumably help to improved things like its upcoming HD Voice service.

Look for both the “advanced LTE” and HD Voice to arrive sometime later this year.

source: AllThingsD

AT&T to offer the HTC One smartphone April 19th, will start from $199.99

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Sure we have been begging for a concrete release date, pricing details and potential exclusive goodies regarding AT&T’s upcoming HTC One smartphone, but fortunately— AT&T has finally delivered. The nation’s second largest carrier has confirmed that it will make the flagship device available for purchase on April 19th for an on-contract price of $199.99 for the 32GB version and $299.99 for the 64GB version. Not a bad deal, right folks?

Additionally, AT&T will offer a special gift for those of you that chose to pre-order the device before the masses. Ma Bell confirmed it will offer a special Media Link HD streaming bundle for those of you that pre-order prior to April 19th. In case you’re not familiar, the Media Link HD unit allows customers to wirelessly stream quality content from the smartphone to the television— all using an HDMI cable from the Media Link HD unit to the TV. Best thing of all— the Media Link HD unit will be bundled for the smooth price of free—- for limited time of course.

And let the HTC One pandemonium officially begin. Hit the break for the full presser from AT&T.


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More details about Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini surfaces including a possible release this week

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We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini is very much real and on the way, but it’s looking like the general public is going to see the smartphone much sooner than expected. Notorious info leaker SamMobile recently received a major tip containing much more information regarding the intriguing new device and claims it may be unveiled as early as this week. The tip alleges that we will see the device arrive in two colors (black mist and white frost) and will come in either single or dual-SIM variants. Additionally, the single-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9190 and will feature a quad-core chip— while the dual-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9192 and feature a dual-core processor. Aside from those differences, each variant will feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2.

No word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy S 4 mini should arrive by the end of may or the start of June.

source: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets rooted… well the Exynos 5 Octa version at least

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Sure we’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hottest smartphone of the year, but that hasn’t stopped the gang at XDA from bringing the world glorious root capabilities. That’s why the gang has gone ahead and showcased its ROM is packaged with ROOT&Busybox into an image flashable via Odin. As exciting as it is to see the Galaxy S 4 being on its way to truly realizing its full potential, the gang at XDA highlights that the root method is only for the octa-core Exynos 5 variant of the smartphone, meaning the rest of us who will be on the Snapdragon version will be out of luck… for now at least.

Now if we can only get some certainty that we’ll get some custom goodies taking advantage of the Galaxy S 4′s root, we’ll be in business.

source:  XDA

HTC officially unveils its Desire P smartphone

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HTC has officially taken the wraps off of the Desire P smartphone, its latest lower-end mid-range device for folks out over in Taiwan. The device comes with a zippy dual-core Qualcomm chip, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch display and an 8MP camera— all crammed into a fairly sleek and attractive package that’s sure to catch the eye of folks out there. When all’s said and done, the Desire P is more or less a One SV smartphone minus the 4G LTE capabilities.

The device will be launched with wireless carrier Chunghwa Telecom for a modest price of $365, though HTC has given no indication that it will be released anywhere else at this time.

source: PhoneArena