Leaked build of Android 4.3 from test Moto X device available


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’


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


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

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

GT Racing 2

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

Galaxy Note 12.2

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


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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HTC One Max poses with the Galaxy Note 3 and Note II


The HTC One Max has been posing for the camera a lot lately so why not a shot with it’s main competition? We now have a couple of images of the One Max along with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II.

There really isn’t much to get out of the images other than the One Max is bigger. It should be since it sports a 5.9-inch display, while the Note 3 and the Note II feature 5.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively.

The One Max should be unveiled next month, but will it have the Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon S4 Pro? One more pic after the break.

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Galaxy Note 3 confirmed to use PenTile pixel arrangement, holds massive power-saving advantages

Galaxy Note 3 white

It was previously rumored (and widely believed) that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 uses a PenTile pixel arrangement on its Super AMOLED display. Today, Samsung confirmed those rumors. It’s great news— yes, many will argue that the difference in resolution is too small to tell. However, the PenTile matrix holds a significant power-saving advantage over the alternative RGB display.

Source: SamMobile


LG Vu 3 set for October launch with several QuickView cases

LG Vu 3 quickview

We’ve been expecting LG’s successor to the oddly shaped LG Vu soon, and it looks like they’ll be releasing the third iteration in the Vu lineup in October to take on Samsung’s latest phablet. The LG Vu 3 is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera, and 1280 x 960 resolution screen, which keeps it in line with the weird aspect ratio for this family of devices. On top of those specs, LG is trying to hit a lower price point than what Samsung can, despite having some pretty high end tech in the Vu 3.

Alongside the phone itself, LG is launching several QuickView cases which are slightly different than what Samsung offers. These cases are semi-transparent around the middle of the front cover, allowing the screen to show through important information without having a window or having to open the case. It’s really a pretty neat concept that looks surprisingly good.

Still, with Samsung’s latest Note shipment numbers, I find it hard to believe that a device as weird as the Vu is going to be able to offer any meaningful competition in that niche market. Of course, I thought the original LG Vu was going to fail, too, but three phones later, LG is still manufacturing them. There’s obviously some people out there that like these phones, I’m just unfortunately not one of them.

source: etnews

via: GSM Arena

LG G Pad could hit market for $299


New information has surfaced from China indicating LG’s forthcoming tablet device, the LG G Pad, could sell for $299. The tablet device sports an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display, a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and will run Android 4.2.2 when shipped. The LG G Pad will incorporate some useful multi-tasking/multi-window features, like Slide Aside which uses a three-finger swipe and QSlide that will enable the use of three different apps in one window without exiting any of them. The device will be capable of being turned on and off with just a couple taps thanks to KnockON. The LG G Pad will come with QPair software which will enable users to pair the G Pad with a smartphone so calls and text messages can be delivered to the tablet. The connection via QPair will not be limited to other LG devices.

LG has not yet announced an official release date other than some time in the fourth quarter, but an October release would not be unexpected.

source: ZOL
via: UnwiredView