Entry level Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could still be in the works

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This past summer, rumors from web site ET News indicated Samsung was planning to produce and release several versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the same time in a bit of a twist to their marketing strategy. As we know, just the single, high-end Galaxy Note 3 was announced by Samsung earlier this month with only the normal differences of processors and SIM card slots varying due to the requirements of different markets. If you are wondering what happened to the “entry level” version of the Galaxy Note 3, it appears it is still in the works with the release date shifted to later in the year.

According to sources, Samsung eventually decided the release of a low-end Galaxy Note 3 brought along too high a risk that the “premier” status of the device might be tarnished. Rather than burden their flagship in that manner, Samsung is just pushing back the release date of the plastic-bodied, LCD screen, 8MP camera version of the device until sometime in November. The hardware changes will allegedly save Samsung 20-30% in costs which will enable them to market the device at a lower price point.

Samsung has not yet confirmed any of this plan to produce a low end Galaxy Note 3. Even if they do and manage to get it out to market before the end of the year, it will probably be confined to emerging markets where the normal Galaxy Note 3 is out of reach cost-wise.

source: ET News
via: G for Games

Global rollout for BBM for Android delayed, Blackberry makes statement

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Many have been anticipating the eventual release of BBM for Android this weekend, as the popular messaging platform will never soon be available to many more smartphone consumers.

However, in what was supposed to be a weekend filled of fanfare for the arrival of the application, we have seen nothing but the exact opposite.

Android users have been waiting hours upon hours for the app to be released but nothing has been released so far.

Blackberry made a statement yesterday regarding the delayed rollout.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

After yesterday’s explanation, an update was expected for Sunday. Guess again, BBM fans. Blackberry still has nothing to show except for a new tweet, sent out earlier today.

Android 4.4 Kit Kat SMS and phone app leaked; What do you think of the new color scheme?

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With Android 4.4  Kit Kat being all the rave at the moment, leaks seem to be coming in regularly. Today, KitKat’s proposed messaging and phone app have leaked and right off that bat you can see that Google has changed the color scheme of Android up a bit as compared to ICS’s and JB’s blue/grey hue. I for one like the new look and the screenshots indicate that the status bar also changes color in conjunction with what app you’re currently on. Definitely a nice touch in my opinion.


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Google Play screenshot reveals possible changes to Android 4.4 status bar

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With Google’s newest version of Android tipped off for an October release, there’s bound to be details trickling out up to the final announcement. There is now new information regarding one of the possible cosmetic changes to Android. Yesterday, Google Korean IME (the Korean keyboard) was updated and provided a screenshot that revealed a change in color to the icons in the status bar. Thankfully someone saved the screenshot before it was removed from the Play Store listing. Currently the status bar is blue; however, the screenshot (above) has a gray color. This would be the first major change to the status bar since the change from Gingerbread’s green to the blue in Ice Cream Sandwich.

What is noteworthy, if this change is really going to be made, is that this would move the status bar toward the feel of the status bars on both iOS and Windows Phone. iOS features whites and so does Windows Phone; however, Google may simply allow multiple color options.


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Leaked build of Android 4.3 from test Moto X device available

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If you have a Motorola Moto X and just cannot wait for Android 4.3 to be released for your device, you can try flashing a new build that has been put together from resources dumped off a test device. XDA member jimmydafish posted a zip file that includes everything needed to load this particular Android 4.3 build onto your Moto X. You do need to have an unlocked bootloader. Whether you would really want to do this may be questionable though as even jimmydafish indicates in his testing that it seems to run slower than the current build of Android 4.2.2 on the Moto X. He does indicate the camera app seems to be an improvement.

To fastboot flash the system onto your Moto X, just follow the source link to find the zip file containing the necessary bits along with instructions. Just remember you are taking things into your own hands as far as the continued operation of your device, so be sure you are willing to live with the results whatever they may be. If you do undertake this install, be sure to post here and let us know your impressions.

source: XDA Developers

HTC One Max camera features leaked, fingerprint scanner ‘recognition rate is very high’

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We have already seen a few decent shots of the HTC One Max, and now it’s time to get an idea of the camera software and find out a little more about the fingerprint scanner. It appears to offer beauty shot (similar to Samsung’s Galaxy series) with three levels of blemish removal. It also supports panoramic mode as well as HDR video.

The tester confirmed that the square we have been seeing below the camera lens is indeed a fingerprint scanner and appears to work well. He said, “Spent a few days with HTC one Max fingerprint recognition rate is very high, there was no awkward situation.”

On top of all this, he has rooted the device. Who is looking forward to the One Max?


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Asus to make the new Nexus 10 tablet, according to rumor

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According to a tweet from @Rage06, which was then retweeted by famed leaker @evleaks with a comment saying “seems legit,” the new Nexus 10 will be made by Asus. @Rage06, or Ray, works at  Curry’s PC world in the UK and found a line in the system that suggests that the Nexus 10 will indeed be made by Asus instead of Samsung, the current manufacturer.

This tweet does go against Sunday Pichai’s statement earlier this year that said that Samsung would be the manufacturer. Regardless, hopefully we’ll hear the official details soon enough. With rumors going either way, it sure will be interesting to see the real manufacturer.

Sources: @Rage06, @evleaks
Via:AusDroid

Gameloft to release ‘GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience’ this fall for Android

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Gameloft recently announced that they will be partnering with Mercedes-Benz on the next installment of their GT Racing series, ‘GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience.’ The cars in the game won’t only be branded by Mercedes, however, as Gameloft announced that there will be around 67 different cars from 35 different manufacturers around the world. In-game tracks will also be based around real-world locations.

The game will feature both single-player and multiplayer content, and is set to come out sometime this fall, most likely for free in the Google Play Store. Check out the promotional video after the break.


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Galaxy Note 12.2 stops by Bluetooth SIG with similar specs to the updated Galaxy Note 10.1

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That 12 inch Galaxy Note tablet showed up just before the Note announcements at IFA, but we didn’t see an announcement alongside the Note 3 and Note 10.1, and, honestly, I think many of us had forgotten about it afterwards. It looks like the massive 12.2 inch tablet is persistent, though, as it recently appeared in a Bluetooth SIG filing under the model number SM-P901, as seen above.

Now, this filing doesn’t necessarily confirm the device, since it could technically still just be a device that Samsung is toying with and may not widely release. But considering this filing does give some weight to the rumors that suggest it’ll use the same 2560 x 1600 display that the Note 10.1 uses, it might be something Samsung is readying for a massive holiday launch. The filing also shows Android 4.2 on board, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. (obviously.)

We still don’t know when Samsung plans on announcing this device, but we’ll be sure to keep you filled in on anything we hear.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: VR-Zone

Android 4.4 KitKat might support 64-bit processing

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Yes it pretty much is useless for mobile, but 64-bit processing as become a buzzword thanks to Apple when they announced the iPhone 5S would support it. Shortly after, Samsung said it’s coming to their phones next year. At that point one had to wonder if Samsung was going to do this on their own or if they knew the Android software would support it very soon. It’s probably the latter based on the image above.

It was taken at the Intel Developers Forum and posted on Reddit by shuriken. You can clearly see “64-bit” so the theory is that Google is probably adopting it very soon, and most likely Kit Kat. Now I should point out that Intel’s latest Bay Trail chips support 64-bit so this doesn’t necessarily imply Google is going to add it to Kit Kat. Intel could just be saying that the chip supports it. ARM has also announced the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, which both support 64-bit. Based on all of this, it’s probably a safe assumption that the Android OS will support it, if not this year, probably next year.


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