Sony testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” passes through FCC— CES 2014 announcement?

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Sony’s SmartWatch wasn’t all that revolutionary, but it certainly was a huge step in the right direction. We’re a while away from getting the perfect smartwatch, but it looks like we won’t have to wait all that long before taking another step forward.

FCC documents show that Sony is currently testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” known as SWR10. There aren’t any details besides the fact that the device will use both NFC and Bluetooth.

It won’t be long before an announcement— CES, anyone?

Source: FCC

 

Android KitKat update for LG G2 starts rolling out in Korea

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Earlier this month we reported on news that LG G2 smartphone was expected to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update before the end of the year. LG has delivered as reports from Korea indicate the update, clocking in at 637 MB, has started hitting phones as an over-the-air update. The reports are uncertain as to what order the update is rolling out to devices in the country and no information was provided on how long the process will take, but it looks like it will be nice, early Christmas present for at least some owners in Korea.

Early reports put the update for the LG G2 coming to the U.S. before the end of the year as well, but no sign of the update has surfaced as we prepare for the final week of the year. Other markets will be waiting a while still with France expected to see the update in early 2014, along with Canada.

source: phoneArena

New 12.2-inch Samsung tablet (SM-T905) ships to India, likely a Galaxy Note Pro variant

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Over at Indian import/export tracking site Zauba, a 12.2-inch tablet has surfaced in their listings. The tablet, model number SM-T905, is likely another variant of the Galaxy Note Pro coming next year. The Note Pro (SM-P905) will also have a 12.2-inch screen and Zauba lists this unidentified tablet at the same price. It is possible that this is an Indian-only model that will leave out features like the S Pen or AMOLED display to keep cost down. We will keep you updated on the Galaxy Note Pro and Samsung’s other devices slated for an early 2014 release.

Source: Zauba
Via: Phone Arena

HP could be diving back into the smartphone game, relying on emerging markets

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Remember when HP had its own operating system after acquiring Palm? The Pre, Pixi, or even the Touchpad tablet? Shortly after WebOS flopped, HP was left without plans in the mobile industry. Recently, they have released some Android tablets while leaving the smartphone front dry. But a report from The Information has revealed that the company intends on releasing devices with massive displays aimed at emerging markets. The devices would have 6-inch and 7-inch screens and cost between $200 and $250 off-contract.

Personally, I would like to see HP back in the mobile game because they really have not done much with hardware lately. Targeting emerging markets with great off-contract prices could turn out to be great and lead the company back into the United States to duke it out with Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Don’t forget that HP was working with an operating system they did not develop in a time when iOS and Android were starting to become wildly popular.

Source: The Information
Via: The Verge

Nokia Normandy Android device leaks again in multiple colors

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The Nokia Normandy might be one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. Everyone has always wondered how different things would be if Nokia opted to use Android over Microsoft’s  Windows Phone platform, and despite being bought out by Microsoft just a few months ago, it’s looking like we may see an Android device made by Nokia at some point. Thanks to @evleaks, we’re getting a great look at the rumored Normandy device, complete in a full set of colors; there are green, white, yellow, blue, red, and black options.

Obviously, renders like this don’t necessarily mean that the device will get pushed out to the market, but now that we’ve seen several different leaks about the phone, I don’t think it would be too unlikely. Nokia doesn’t really have much to lose in terms of market share, so what’s the worst that could happen?

source: @evleaks

Samsung may unveil a 10.5-inch tablet at CES next month, could it be the new Nexus 10?

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According to ETNews, Samsung will be unveiling a new tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. There, it is believed that a 10.5-inch tablet will make its debut. The interesting part of the report is that the unnamed tablet has not yet been identified with one of Samsung’s brands. It does not carry the Tab or Note name. This could simply be a piece of information missing or it could mean that it does belong to Google’s Nexus brand and that this would in face be the Nexus 10.

Do I think that this is the Nexus 10? Right now, I am not going to buy into that. After all, there was a botched leak that the LG V510 was the Nexus 10, but that wound up being the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. This could mean that a new version of the 10-inch tablet is not being produced. And I really don’t think CES is the place that Google would like to unveil a new Nexus 10.

Source: ETNews (Korean)
Via: International Business Times

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 to be announced at CES on January 8th

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When T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted last week that it was time for the company’s next Uncarrier event, we figured CES would make a good venue. T-Mobile has not disappointed as they have announced Uncarrier 4.0 will be held on January 8th during CES. According to their promotional materials, “This one you aren’t gonna believe.” We have already heard one rumor that involves T-Mobile helping people move to the network by paying for early termination fees customers may owe with other carriers. Would doing that qualify as something unbelievable? What other changes do you think T-Mobile could make to the way people buy wireless service that would really shake up the industry?

Don’t expect a curved display on the Galaxy S 5

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The Korea Herald is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 won’t sport a curved display. This really isn’t anything shocking since curved displays appear to only be reserved for the Galaxy Round series, at least for now.

Let’s face it, Samsung probably wouldn’t have the production capacity to do it anyway. Right now they are producing 8,000 5.5 sheets per month yielding 500,000 panels. We’re not sure if that “500,000” number is annually or monthly, but either way, that is nowhere nearly enough to handle the demand of the Galaxy S 5, which would be at least 40 million units.

On another note, they also reported that Apple won’t adopt curved displays until 2015, so Samsung (and LG) will have a leg up.

source: Korea Herald

Could Uncarrier 4 cover ETF for users switching to T-Mobile?

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A couple days ago T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted about Uncarrier 4, the next “release” planned as part of the company’s Uncarrier strategy that has slowly been unfolding before us. Although Legere used a few characters to take a shot at AT&T, he did nothing to give us any hint as to what T-Mobile might have planned for their next step in disrupting the mobile carrier landscape. One unidentified source claims Uncarrier 4 is an initiative called “houdini” that involves payoffs of early termination fees and hardware credits.
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Korean researcher says flexible displays will hit mainstream devices sometime next year

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Professor Kim Yun-hi, a leading researcher at one of South Korea’s top universities, believes that devices with truly flexible displays will be commonly available sometime in 2014. She’s not talking about things like Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex; those devices are curved, but not really flexible devices, per se. Not only that, but she also believes that within just a few years, we’ll see folding, rolled up screens make their way into the likes of Galaxy Gear-esque devices, too.

Most of Kim’s claims are based on the fact that her group of researchers have developed a flexible organic polymer that would actually allow flexing and folding in a screen, where the “curved” displays available now are just, well, curved. Many companies are apparently seeking that technology for use in their OLED panels, so that’s a good sign that there’s some serious interest in it.

Of course, if the mainstream consumer doesn’t care to adopt flexible phones, it’s all going to be a moot point. It’ll be interesting to see how most customers react to this inevitable wave of new devices.

source: Korean Herald

via: Phone Arena