Blackberry Messenger for Android enters beta-testing stage, screenshots leak

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BBM was originally rumored to hit Android devices by June 27— however, the app looks to be on pace to arrive by the end of the summer, as rumors are coming in reporting that BBM for Android is in beta-testing among a small group of users.

Adam Zeis from Crackberry reported on the matter:

Invitations have gone out for BBM for Android but we’re not sure what the status is with iOS. There were no real details provided with the invites aside from needed at least ICS to run the app … We’ll most likely see more on the actual app very soon now that it’s out in the open so don’t worry too much.

A few images of the app have leaked online which show the new UI— pictures include a sign-in screen, a chats screen, and a menu screen which looks a lot like Blackberry Hub from BB10. Check out the leaked screenshots after the break.
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Galaxy S 4 Mini to get three new colors in the near future

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in a handful of colors, and they’ve already had their latest Galaxy S 4 show up in a few new paint jobs, so it would make sense to extend that to the Galaxy S 4 Mini, right? Ahead of an official announcement, some renders of the GS 4 Mini have shown up depicting the device in Scarlet Dawn, Bronze Autumn, and Blue Iceberg, because what good is a new color without a strange name behind it? There’s no official word on when you’ll be able to pick up any of these, but you can expect them to have the same specs as the original black and white versions. You can check out the pictures of all three devices below.

What do you think of the colors? Personally, I really like the red color, but the blue looks nice, too. Anybody planning on picking up one of these special variants?

source: Hi-Tech

via: Cult of Android
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with Snapdragon 800 spotted in benchmark

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Samsung continues along a path that has them updating their Galaxy S 4 devices to take advantage of new hardware that is available now as opposed to what was available when the device launched. A little over a month ago Samsung officially “re-launched” the Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE-A and the new Snapdragon 800 processor in South Korea. It appears they are back at it again as an updated version of the Galaxy S 4 Active packing a Snapdragon 800 has surfaced on the GFXBench web site. The entry on the benchmarking site shows the Galaxy S 4 Active equipped with the MSM8974 chip.

The Galaxy S 4 Active is Samsung’s version of the Galaxy S 4 that has been ruggedized to meet IP67 requirements as water- and dust-proof. Unfortunately, the particular variant of the device that was discovered appears to be headed to SK Telecom only, similar to the LTE-A version of the Galaxy S 4. We can always hope Samsung will make the decision to expand availability to more markets.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

LG G2 stops by AnTuTu benchmark and scores nearly 30,000

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We are less than a week away from the unveiling of the LG G2 and it recently hit AnTuTu benchmarks. It scored 29,909, which is impressive, but not all that surprising when you consider that it will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC onboard. The model number was LG-D802.

So what do you guys think about the LG G2? Is this just a Galaxy wannabe or are they going to wow the world and force Galaxy owners to salivate?

source: Techtastic
via: PhoneArena

Verizon to offer the HTC One in blue

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Well the bad news came in last night in the form of the Verizon HTC One being delayed until August 15th, but we have some good news for those that really like the color blue. It looks like you will be able to buy a blue version according to Verizon inventory systems. It’s showing as the HTC6500LVWBLU.

Unfortunately we don’t know if it will be available on the same day as the “regular” version. As far as the August 15th date for the “regular” version, that hasn’t been confirmed. We are only going by a leaked document. However, it will definitely be released during the month of August.

source: PhoneArena

Verizon HTC One launch bumped to August 15th?

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It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.

How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?

source: Droid Life

Clamshell lovers rejoice, image of the Samsung Hennessy (aka Galaxy Folder) leaks

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We told you about the Samsung Galaxy Folder a couple of weeks ago. This clamshell Android phone bares the model number SCH-W789, and is also known as the Hennessy. This isn’t the first Samsung clamshell Android phone. They actually offered the SCH-W999 in China a year and half ago. This one is very similar, but with slightly better specs. There will be two screens just like the SCH-W999 and both will be 3.3-inches with a resolution of 480 x 320. It will also have a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. Android 4.1.2 is onboard, which isn’t the latest, but not bad for a phone of this caliber. These specs differ from what we first heard a couple of weeks ago.

It will be available in both China and Korea, most likely in August. China’s Telecom will get the “Luxury Gold” variant. We have no idea how much this one will cost, but the SCH-W999 went for ¥8990 ($1,410) back in December 2011. Not cheap.

source: Blog Of Mobile

Moto X to include pixel binning for video recording, will combine 4 pixels into 1 perfect pixel

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Last week we got a chance to see Motorola’s Clear Pixel technology on the new DROIDs. You can read more about Clear Pixel here, but it’s more a less a way to capture more light, which also improves the speed of the sensor. In contrast HTC’s UltraPixel also captures more light, but it’s achieved at only 4MP, whereas Clear Pixel can achieve similar results with 10MP. We all know that megapixels don’t make the picture better, but when it comes to cropping, it’s much better to have 10MP as opposed to 4MP. The difference seems to lie in the microns. The Galaxy S 4 has 1.1 micrometers pixels, and the HTC One has 2.0 micrometers pixels, which is astounding. The Moto X falls somewhat in the middle at 1.4 micrometers pixels. This allows for more megapixels, but with the same low light performance as the HTC One.

However, pictures is only part of the story as we can expect a very high quality video camera as well. Word is that the Moto X has a special camera module that has x4HD video capture, which bins 4 pixels together to create one perfect pixel. This is basically similar to Nokia’s oversampling technology in which they bin 7 pixels into 1. It can also shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS and be played back in slow motion at 30 FPS. On top of all this, you get 3D audio recording with three different microphones.


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Could Lenovo be the manufacturer for the next Nexus 7? LG? Samsung?

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It’s only natural that we’re already talking about the third-generation Nexus 7, only a week after the second-generation version of the device was released.

It would be fair to assume that Asus would undeniably be the manufacturer of the next Nexus 7, assuming the success of the most recent Nexus 7 outperforms the first. However, some recent reports would suggest otherwise.

A rumor leaked the other day which threw the name “LG” into the conversation for the “N7-3.” It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as the company has manufactured other Nexus devices in the past (Nexus 4), but to ditch Asus in the Nexus 7 series would be a surprise. Samsung’s name was thrown into the conversation as well, which also makes sense, considering the company is literally running the OEM market right now for Android devices.

The next bit of news is a bit more surprising— Lenovo’s name popped up as well. Numbers suggest the company is doing well overseas, but can you even name two devices Lenovo has made available to the United States, or at least has sold in high quantities? No doubt the company has done a good job in what it has tried to accomplish, but it hasn’t really extended its reach to the point where we could expect them to make the next Nexus 7.

Who would you guys like to see build the next Nexus 7 device? Would you hope Google remains loyal to Asus? Would you prefer them to move over to LG or Samsung? What about Lenovo?

Source: VR-Zone

Next generation Kindle Fire HD specs leak

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The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.


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