Vodafone offering gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.

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Gold special editions of smartphones have become a bit of a luxury item for tech-loving consumers in recent years, and Vodafone will add to hype with a gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.

The device will be an exclusive in the region, starting on April 11. If you want your hands on this phone, you’ll have to switch to Vodafone.

Pre-orders will begin March 28. The gold color will make it a total of four color options for consumers: Copper Gold, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue and Shimmering White.

Source: Vodafone

LG G3 expected to be both waterproof and dustproof

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Some of us are required to have our phones on us at all times, so why should we limit the bathtub and the pool as well?

In all seriousness, waterproofing technology has become more popularized on devices in the past year, and LG has recognized this. It is now expected that the LG G3 will feature both waterproofing and dustproof capabilities.

It took a while for other manufacturers to hop aboard, but Sony had been the only company that was both waterproofing and dustproofing its flagship products for some time now. The Galaxy S 5 was also announced to be waterproof and dustproof at Samsung’s special event two weeks ago.

The G3 is also expected to feature fingerprint and eye recognition capabilities, a QHD display and possibly LG’s own SoC, the LG Odin.

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Source:  ETNews

Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker

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Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.

Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.

Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:

A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.

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Nexus 5 has low-core functionality for “always-on listening” voice recognition

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If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.

However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.

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Developer makes “OK Google” hotword work with any phone and language

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Thanks to XDA developer memnoc, you can now modify the home launcher “OK Google” hotword to work with any device and any language. Currently this only works with the Nexus 5 and sort of the Moto X; however, this modification opens it up to everyone. All devices running Android 4.4.2 work and non-AOSP ROMs are supported. This means if you have a Galaxy Nexus lying around loaded with KitKat, you can get this feature to work. All you will need is to have your device rooted and a file manager ready to go.

Hit the source link for full directions.

Source: XDA Developers Forum

Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ to be released Feb. 20, will dual-boot Firefox OS and Android

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Geeksphone, a Spain-based OEM, will be releasing the “Revolution,” an Android and Firefox-based device on Feb. 20, just four days before Mobile World Congress.

The device will feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 2MP front camera.

Its main feature, obviously being able to switch seamlessly between Firefox OS and Android, is certainly a nice addition to the device.

It can be purchased for 289 euro ($395) at launch. An early bird sale will have the phone for sale online-only for 269 euro.

We’ll keep you posted with more information as the release date approaches.

Source: Engadget

 

Qualcomm looks to dominate internals of smartphones with new RF components

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.

The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.

The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.

This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.

Source: Gigaom

Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

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Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.

Hit the break for the full change-log and a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Samsung adds Galaxy Core, Fame Lite, and Trend to LeFleur lineup

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Last January, Samsung took a few of its phones and added a more feminine look to the hardware, changing the color and outer design as well as adding a new wallpaper to match. Samsung will be doing the same this year before Valentine’s Day, with three newer devices, the Galaxy Core, the Galaxy Fame Lite, and the Galaxy Trend.

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Internal Sprint documents suggest red Nexus 5 coming to Play Store on Feb. 4

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An internal Sprint document notes that a red Nexus 5 will be available through the Google Play store on Feb. 4.

We’ve already seen plenty of fake colored Nexus rumors, and plenty of ones that also seemed very real (and here). There’s definitely more to come on this, so stay tuned for now.

Source: Android Central