Acer looking to forge ahead into wearables market with smartband

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Acer sees an opportunity in the growing wearable technology market and wants to jump in. The company announced back in January that it was planning on releasing a product in the coming months, and now we have a bit of an idea of what to expect from the manufacturer.

According to members of the Chinese media, the company will be releasing a smartband (not a smartwatch) in mid-2014. Unsurprisingly, the device will pair up with a smartphone or tablet. But the important bit of information here is that Acer will reportedly be looking to partner with fitness centers and hospitals for launch.

This could be something a bit different from what we’re used to seeing, so keep your eyes peeled. More to come.

Via: GforGames
Source: China Post

 

 

Samsung’s Project KQ (Galaxy S 5 with QHD display) scheduled for a June reveal

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The wait for Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 with a QHD display will not be very long. Reports out of Korea claim that Project KQ will be revealed around June. It is unknown, however, if the device will be announced or released at that time. My money is on the former, though.

Are you interested in a GS5 with a QHD display? Or is the LG G3 getting a look? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Asia Today (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games

Samsung Chromebook 2 gets delayed with no explanation

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The wait to get your hands on a Chromebook 2 just got even longer. BetaNews has received confirmation from Samsung that its upcoming Chromebook has been delayed. Originally, the Chromebook 2 was expected to be released at the end of April (later this week). Samsung did not provide a reason for the delay, but it looks like the Chromebook 2 has been pushed to May.

Right now, the Chromebook 2 is a standout device running Chrome OS. It features some of the best specifications ever seen in a Chromebook. In fact, the display is the best in class if you disregard the insanely-expensive Chromebook Pixel. The 13.3-inch display’s resolution is 1920×1080 and inside is 4GB of RAM paired with Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 processor. It is priced at $399. There is also a smaller model with an 11.6-inch display that lacks the same resolution and a processor clocked lower.

Source: BetaNews
Via: TechnoBuffalo

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Mini expected to be water and dust resistant, arrive next month

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Good news for people waiting until Samsung releases the Galaxy S 5 Mini. The device, which Samsung’s New Zealand location has confirmed exists, will be just like its bigger sibling in terms of durability. In New Zealand, a Samsung support page confirmed the device and the fact that it also features an IP67 rating in terms of water resistance. Also, it will be dust resistant. The information was found by KopenGalaxyS5.nl through a warranty page.

Do you plan on purchasing the Galaxy S 5 Mini? Or do you prefer the full blown Galaxy S 5?

Source: KopenGalaxyS5.nl
Via: Unwired View

Oppo to get into the attachable smartphone camera market to compete with Sony

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Sony created a one-of-a-kind device with their QX10 and QX100. The attachable camera lenses could be stuck on a smartphone to offer picture quality better than what a built-in smartphone camera could offer. The devices were cool, but they obviously haven’t caught on to the mainstream just yet. However, that’s not going to stop Oppo from jumping head first into that market to give Sony a bit of competition.

Google+ might be killed off after Vic Gundotra’s departure

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Earlier today, Vic Gundotra left Google. Gundotra’s primary responsibility within the company was their (in)famous social network, Google+. Now that he’s leaving the company, many are wondering what’s going to happen to G+ in the coming months, and while no one has a crystal clear answer, sources are confirming that the social network is going to see some drastic changes and cutbacks.

The biggest change is that Google will stop considering G+ as a product, but instead as a platform. This means Google won’t be trying to compete with networks like Twitter, but will instead use the social network as a launching point for other products. A Google spokesperson denied those claims, but according to some other sources, Google is shuffling around teams away from Google+, so that denial may not hold much water.

Huawei Ascend P7 specs leak, confirming quad-core CPU, 13 megapixel camera and extremely thin design

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We’ve been hearing leaks about the Huawei Ascend P7’s specs since as far back as December, but @evleaks has kindly confirmed what we were already assuming. The P7 will sport a quad-core Kirin processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, and a 13 megapixel camera with an 8 megapixel front shooter. Pretty solid device for 2014. The design is supposedly less than 7 mm thin and it “basically looks like the P6.” If you liked the P6, you’re in luck, but if you were hoping Huawei would shake up the design, you may want to wait for the next model.

source: @evleaks

Next generation Motorola smartphone (XT912A) shows up in benchmark

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We know Motorola is readying the next generation Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1, but they are also readying new DROIDs for Verizon Wireless. A new device with the model number of XT912A showed up in GFXBench that is most likely one of these phones.

The specs of the said device include a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (presumably a new version of Moto’s Mobile Computing System), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 4.4.3, which isn’t even out yet.

New image surfaces of revamped Dialer for Android

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A few days ago it appeared that someone at Google leaked a couple screenshots of a new dialer for Android 4.4.3. Now, a user on the XDA forums has posted another screenshot purporting to show another view of the Dialer app. This new screenshot uses a tiled display of contacts using the contact picture for those with one or a colored block with first initial ala the Gmail app for those with no picture. Judging by the search bar at the top, this could be the contacts screen as opposed to something like the call log screen. It is also unclear whether this would be the only view of the contact list or just one option for users.

source: XDA forums

Samsung ramping up flexible display production capability

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According to Chinese web site LED Wealth Network, Samsung has started work to scale up capacity at their A3 plant producing flexible displays. Samsung appears to be investing at least 2 Trillion won ($1.9B USD) in the current phase with a possible expansion to a total 6 Trillion won ($5.7B USD) investment on additional phases. According to the reports, Samsung hopes to have the plant operating at new capacity before the end of 2014, pointing the way toward flexible displays possibly being incorporated into the Galaxy S 6 or Galaxy Note 5 during 2015.

Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

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A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices.

Galaxy Note 4 display could be revealed in patent application

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A few days ago Samsung representatives indicated the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would introduce a “new form factor” to the market. Rumors immediately surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to incorporate a Youm flexible display in the device, similar to a prototype Samsung released last year. Now a new patent application has surfaced that may reveal some more about this new form factor and how Samsung could utilize the flexible display technology.

Samsung Galaxy K (formerly Galaxy S 5 Zoom) shows up in more photos

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We have another leak of the Galaxy K, this time showing the optical zoom lens. As you can see, the phone looks a lot thinner than last year’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom.

The Galaxy K will be officially unveiled on April 29, and it’s expected to sport a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a hexa-core or quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The zoom lens is expected to be 10x optical.

Hit the break for another pic.

Two variants of Meizu MX4 rumored to be released in August

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News from Chinese sources indicate Meizu is working on accelerating the release of the successor to the Meizu MX3 to August of this year. The Meizu MX4 will reportedly be produced in two different configurations with one of them possibly selling for as little as 2,000 yuan ($320 USD). Even at that price point, it appears Meizu still plans to produce a high-end smartphone running a 5.5-inch screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The other variant of the MX4, tentatively dubbed the “Pro” version, will supposedly come with an even better 2560 x 1536 resolution 5.5-inch screen producing 543ppi.

HTC One (M8) mini said to be landing on Verizon

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Verizon has generally been a carrier that is very selective when it comes to carrying certain devices. This has changed over time, though. Last fall, Verizon had many flagships and even carried spinoffs like the HTC One Max. And it looks like Big Red will be continuing to widen its horizons in 2014.

Courtesy of @evleaks, we can expect the HTC One (M8) mini to make its way to Verizon at some point this year. Simply put, @evleaks said on Twitter that the “HTC One M8 mini going to Verizon.” People wanting something a little smaller than HTC’s 5-inch stud will be happy to hear the One (M8) mini is expected to still pack some punch, even with a downgraded processor. This little guy is slated for a May release.