Moto X coming to India tomorrow

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Motorola’s VP of Product, Punit Soni, has announced on his Google+ page that the Moto X will be launched in India tomorrow for 23999 Indian Rupees (just under $400 USD).

Not much more to say here other than it’ll be interesting to see how Motorola will be affected by its recent ownership change from Google to Lenovo. Expect the company to increase its availability to new and emerging markets as time goes on, as Lenovo’s international presence is relatively large compared to the Motorola of yesteryear.

Source: +Punit Soni

LG’s awkward slap-bracelet stylus leaks

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My little sister used to have tons of little slap bracelets around the house which she used on her hair to create different hairstyles. It seems as though LG thought that the same technology could be used to create a convenient way to make sure you never lose your stylus. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty awkward and even bizarre.

I prefer the sleekness of a stylus that can be inserted into the top of a device, but hey, maybe they’re on to something.

We’re not sure whether this is something LG intends to really sell on the market or just give out as “party favors” at trade shows, but we’ll know soon enough. Hit the break for another photo.

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Samsung to announce “high-class device” tomorrow, likely just some fancy colors

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Samsung will be announcing a high-class device tomorrow, according to their @SamsungRu Twitter account. The tweet features the image above and a caption that previews a high-class device, something Samsung has never explored.

If you are confused, you are certainly not alone. The image does include a few different colors above the announcement date; therefore, I believe that this is just going to be a device meant for the crowd that like their ‘bling’ very personal. Is it going to be a metal Galaxy S 5? That seems like a stretch considering the attached image.

What do you think this high-class device will entail?

Source: @SamsungRu
Via: Phone Arena

Google may be partnering with LG for the LG G Watch

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Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet. » Read the rest

Report: Amazon smartphone could finally land in 2014

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An Amazon smartphone has been rumored for several years now, but it might finally come to fruition this year. Yes, I know, you have heard that before. I’m not saying it will happen, but reports seem to indicate that Amazon is ramping up for a release.  Last week, The Information reported the phone is codenamed “Project Aria” and it would be released this year. Now DigiTimes is chiming in saying, “The smartphone supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders from Amazon for a device set to release in 2014.”

It appears that Amazon was close to launching a phone in the past, but decided to go back to the drawing board. After many revisions, they appear ready to go. Specs still are unknown, but we have heard numerous reports that it will include 3D gesture tracking. Stay tuned because it could be a busy year for Amazon. A gaming / set-top device is also expected for this year.

source: DigiTimes

No delays for Sony Xperia Z2, but supplies could be limited

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Last night we reported that Sony halted pre-orders for the SIM free Xperia Z2, which only added fuel to the “phone is going to get delayed fire.” Sony commented on the matter by basically saying that the April 11 launch is still intact.

The bottomline is the demand is going to be higher than the supply. Whether that means that demand is much higher than previous Xperia handsets or they are actually having production issues to meet average demand, it probably results in a shortage. The fact that they halted pre-orders of the SIM free version doesn’t bode well.

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Samsung to offer low-end smartphone running KitKat

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Low end phones usually have one achilles heel, and that is that they usually can’t run the latest version of Android. Things have changed with KitKat since it supports devices with only 512MB of RAM. Flagship phones had 512MB of RAM back in 2010.

Details of a new Samsung phone with the model G310 has surfaced thanks to FCC filings and Zauba’s import minifest, not to mention a NenaMark 2 benchmark. Piecing things together, the G310 will sport a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a Broadcom chipset with two Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, a VideoCore IV GPU, 512MB of RAM, 1,500mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 +LE, NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4GHz), and dual-SIM option.

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Sony halts SIM free Xperia Z2 pre-orders

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We see a lot of crazy things in the world of mobile, but one thing you rarely see is pre-orders for a new flagship phone being halted. That’s exactly what has happened with the Sony Xperia Z2. We are talking about the SIM free version that Sony has listed on their website. Before today, you were able to pre-order the phone, but although Sony hasn’t pulled the phone from the site, you  can no longer place your pre-order.

Now there have been rumors that the Xperia Z2 could suffer a delay. This situation could definitely indicate the rumor is true, or it could be nothing about nothing.We heard earlier today that Samsung is having issues with the production of their camera for the Galaxy S 5, so if the Xperia Z2 joins the party, it can only help the HTC One 2014. Stay tuned.

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung SM-G9098 flip phone gets certified

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Samsung refuses to let the flip phone die. Over in China, a Samsung-made flip phone with the model number SM-G9098 was certified. And with certification in China comes pictures. So above, you are looking at what the actual device looks like.

This flip phone has two displays. The first is the usual one that sits inside and becomes visible when opening the device. The second is on the outside and displays information without having to actually to do anything. Both displays have a 800×480 resolution sized at 3.67 inches. Inside seems to be a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. GSM Insider speculates that this is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 based on the clock speed. This device is running Android 4.3 out of the box.

If history is any indication, the SM-G9098 flip phone will be released in just China and Korea. So consumers outside of those regions, keep looking for a ‘smart flip phone’ to satisfy your needs.

Source: GSM Insider
Via: GSMArena