US Cellular to release the KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 on February 19, according to a leaked document

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Sprint’s Galaxy S4 received the KitKat update last week and it seems that US Cellular is next in line to release the KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 as well, according to a leaked internal document for US Cellular. The update which they are calling a “Maintenance Release” will be available by tomorrow February 19.

However, not everyone will receive the KitKat over-the-air update on the launch day. Customers who meet a set of requirements will receive the update within 10 days after the official launch, and users will have to be on the latest approved software version. In addition, the update will remove MobiTiles and Daily Perks which means that users will have to re-download it from the Google Play Store. Here are the requirements mentioned in the leaked document : Read more

Acer teases new “must-have” products for MWC

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With Mobile World Congress just one week away, Acer has decided to start teasing what is in store. On Google+, the company posted the image above; however, they did not provide any information except saying that they will have some “must-have new products” ready in Barcelona. Attached is a hashtag that says “#AcerLiquid” which a line of Acer devices. Since the post has a countdown and said products (plural), I would assume we are going to get a teaser each day.

Anyone have an idea as to what is below the camera lens? Could it be a fingerprint scanner? After all, those are the craze these days.

Source: +Acer

HTC Desire 8 carriers and specs leak

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The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons. Read more

NVIDIA K1 powered tablet surfaces in AnTuTu Benchmark

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NVIDIA’s next generation of mobile processor, the K1, has shown up in the AnTuTu Benchmark site powering a new NVIDIA TegraNote tablet device. The K1 packs 192 gpu cores with CUDA technology, which NVIDIA says will make it capable of outperforming an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. In the data submitted to AnTuTu, this particular device was only running at up to 2.1GHz, slightly slower than the projected 2.3GHz speed NVIDIA is expected to use for production devices that utilize the quad-core chip. The TegraNote P1761 is listed as having a 1920×1200 resolution screen powered by 2GB of RAM operating Android 4.4.2. Read more

LG reps meeting with Google in hopes to continue partnership by showing off their new tech

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According to media in Korea, LG is planning on making a 2-day visit to Google’s HQ here in California in hopes to continue their partnership. Over the past few years, LG and Google have collaborated to create some wonderful devices that first started with the Nexus 4. In this meeting, LG is coming with no shortage of ammunition as they plan on bringing in their LG Display, LG Chem, LG Electronics and LG Innotek branches. LG hopes that they can woe Google over with their new innovations for this year and possibly continue to make devices (hopefully Nexus).

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New image of HTC Desire 8 suggests announcement next week

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A few days ago an image leaked of a new HTC device called the HTC Desire 8. The large smartphone is supposed to be HTC’s answer for the mid-range market. Although specs have not yet leaked for the device, it appears to have a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and will be dual-sim capable. Maybe the most interesting bit gleaned from the leaks so far is that HTC is planning to use on-screen buttons for the new device. A couple new images related to the device surfaced on Chinese site Weibo thanks to none other than HTC’s official account on the service. Read more

New press image for Nokia X shows up

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With MWC 2014 only a week away, a new leaked image purporting to show an advertising image for the Nokia X has surfaced. Twitter tipster @evleaks posted the image earlier today. The image prominently features the Nokia X name and shows a three-wide trail of devices curving off into the distance. The devices in the rendering appear to be similar to what was shown in a leaked image that @evleaks posted last month when the Nokia X name was first discovered. The Nokia X is supposedly the actual name for the device that had been known as the Nokia Normandy while in development. Whatever the name ends up being, the device is alleged to be Nokia’s entry into the Android smartphone market with a 4-inch 1GHz Snapdragon powered phone.

source: @evleaks

Sony ‘Sirius’ Xperia Z2 takes center stage in 2nd leaked video

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Last week, the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) showed up in its first video, and another one was just released showing off more details. This video emphasizes the camera and main interface. The Z2 is going to be a beast in terms of the camera as it can shoot 4K video, will include Timeshift effects such as slo-mo and high-speed, shoot cinemagraphs, duplicate moving objects, simulate bokeh, and scan documents to JPG/PDF.

You will also see a lot of the new features from the user interface, which include a new “simple” homscreen that shows bigger icons and larger text.  You will also see some motion gestures, custom sound settings, and so much more.

Hit the break for the full 12 minute video.

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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet specs leak ahead of MWC

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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new Sony tablet that showed up at the FCC. Now the specs leaked for what could be the same tablet, the Xperia Z2. According to @evleaks, it will have a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) Triluminos display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (most likely a Snapdragon), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 6,000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s also supposed to be only 6.4mm thick and waterproof.

Now the tablet we saw at the FCC has a different model number, TM-0043-BV vs SD800 for this leak. Sony might have different model numbers for different regions so they still could very well be the same tablet. I doubt Sony is readying a second tablet.

source: @evleaks

HTC working on a “music-centric” smartphone, could arrive by summer

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The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.

Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. Read more