Lenovo semi-unveils new hybrid 10.1 inch Android tablet/laptop

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To give their new device some hype, Lenovo leaked the manual to their upcoming 10.1″ Android tablet/laptop which revealed a couple of shots as well as the proposed specs. First off, the device will be dubbed as the Idea A10 and will sport a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with Android 4.2 intact. The 10.1 inch screen can fold back 360 degrees and will also have a front facing camera. The hybrid device will come with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, and 1GB or 2GB of RAM. 
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Samsung Galaxy Mega headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy Mega smartphone is slated for MetroPCS thanks to a couple of leaked images. The device will be sim-locked to Metro, thus no word on whether it’ll eventually make its way to T-Mobile or not.

If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the Galaxy Mega offers a dual-core 1.7GHz processor paired with 1.5GB or RAM, available in 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable to an additional 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3200mAh battery. Of course what gives the device its name is the monstrous 6.3″ screen for all your viewing pleasures.

No news on when the device will hit stores, but sometime between the end of this month and November is my best guess.

source: TmoNews

HTC One Max full specs list leaks, confirms previous reports

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HTC is hoping that the One Max is the phone that saves their sinking ship of a company, and they’re packing the device with some great internals in hope that consumers will come to them for their next phone. 

An editor at Nowherelse.fr, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tweeted out a specs sheet for the phone which show that it will ship with Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, a 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 (FHD) display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, NFC capabilities, and a microSD slot that will hold up to 32GB of information. The battery should be very powerful, at 3200mAh.

The deal for Beats Audio to purchase its remaining shares back from HTC hasn’t been completed yet, so the phone will also include Beats speakers. Something new, though, is the fingerprint scanner added on the back of the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that the phablet will be unveiled to the public on October 15th.

This will surely be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so it will be interesting to see how its sales figures pan out after some disappointing numbers all around for the company in recent months.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: @stagueve

Android-exclusive Easter egg discovered on Google Chrome app

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New Easter egg alert! It’s pretty useless, but fun nonetheless…and addictive.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device, and press the tab button. If you have multiple tabs open, close all of them but one. Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of of the page five times. Tap it again, and you’ll get a “flip” animation.

How people discover these Easter eggs, we’ll never know— but we always love messing around with them when they’re outed. Try it out for yourself! If you can’t get it to work, hit the break to see it in action.

Update: Sorry guys!! Yes, this has been around for a long time. We completely forgot about it, but hopefully we helped out those of you that never heard about it.


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Lenovo seeking to acquire HTC, talks ongoing since August

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While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.

Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.

Source: AppleDaily Taiwan
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung preparing another clamshell smartphone

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Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).

Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices.
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Galaxy Note 3 was originally designed to utilize a fingerprint scanner

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It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it. They were going to use a company in Dittisham Valley, but the chip didn’t pass quality assurance tests. The problem is there just isn’t enough companies working on the technology. Apple gobbled up Authentec in 2012 and Crucialtec is working with Pantech.

Trying to read through the story in Korean, it’s possible that Samsung might release a phone with a fingerprint scanner by the end of the year or early next year. That could very well be the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Active we reported on earlier in the week. It’s also possible that Samsung will develop their own technology, but I doubt that would be ready so quickly.

source: etnews
via: gforgames

Yet Another Smartwatch coming to market?

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A new rumor circulating indicates Xiaomi has a smartwatch in the works, possibly thanks due to the influence of Hugo Barra. Although Xiaomi has been receiving generally positive reviews of its devices, the company’s strategy has also been one of trailing the competition, so joining the bandwagon in the early stages is a bit out of character.

Hopefully that change does not portend a change in Xiaomi’s pricing strategy which has been to sell their devices for quite a bit less than the competition. If they try to match one of the lower-priced entrants in the market, that could put a Xiaomi smartwatch in the AUD$200 ($188 USD) range. If they can pack decent hardware into such a device at that price point, it could be very attractive to consumers.

At this point no details about any specs are available though it is believe Millet is producing the watches for Xiaomi. We also do not know whether a Xiaomi smartwatch will be smartphone agnostic or would require a Xiaomi smartphone to be paired with it to take full advantage of the features and functionality.

source: Ausdroid

Android KitKat may bring refreshed Downloads app

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Rumors continue to swirl around the upcoming release of Android 4.4 KitKat and tonight’s latest involves the Downloads app. According to a leaked screenshot, the new version transitions the app to use the Holo Light color scheme, which should probably not be surprising given all the Google apps moving away from the dark theme. The screenshot also shows the new version of the app incorporates a proper action bar, with the sort button located on it instead of as a separate button at the bottom of the app.

It is not clear from the screen shots whether it will be possible to quickly Select All files with one button tap or whether users will still have to individually check each item. The screenshot does seem to suggest the possibility of arranging file icons in a grid instead of as a list. We also do not know whether any new sort options may be available.

source: Android Police

Microsoft also asked Samsung and Huawei to put Windows on Android tablets, dual-booted Galaxy Tab coming?

dual_boot_galaxyLast week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.

Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.

Stay tuned for more info.

Source: Unwired Review