Moto X variant XT1053 passes through FCC, T-Mobile compatible

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As the Moto X launch draws nearer and nearer, there was some rising speculation on whether the device would be available for T-Mobile. We now have evidence that suggests that, indeed, the Moto X will come to the UnCarrier. While nothing is confirmed, a Moto X variant known as the XT1053 has recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process, including all of T-Mobile’s standard bands (AWS HSPA+, LTE, bands 2 and 17). This theoretically could be compatible on AT&T’s network as well, but since we’ve already seen a variant for AT&T, we assume that this one’s built for T-Mobile. Check out the source link below for the documents and other information.

Via: Engadget 
Source: FCC

“My device slowed down with age” may no longer be in our vocabulary with Android 4.3

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It’s an amazing feeling when you open up that great looking box, break out your new device, install your favorite apps and get going. The performance is just as snappy as you expected, the graphics move smoothly, and there are absolutely no problems in sight.

However, a few months down the road, all traces of your brand new device are lost forever, as a sluggish, laggy and bug-filled one replace it.

Android 4.3 has an answer for that, with TRIM support— “garbage collection.” Supposedly, it had been included in Android 4.2, but was not yet enabled. While everyone looks forward to all the great new features in upcoming versions of Android, all of this “under the hood” work is especially awesome to hear as well.

Source: AnAndTech

Rumors of Moto X shipping to carriers on 29th lead to speculation about consumer availability

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On his Google+ page, Taylor Wimberly posted some unverified information indicating Moto X smartphones will be shipping out to U.S. carriers on Monday, July 29th. Motorola has a press event scheduled for Thursday in New York to officially unveil the device. Putting two and two together, some people are wondering whether the device may be available for purchase later this week.

We have already seen information leak indicating US Cellular will start selling the device on August 26th while Verizon is scheduled to release the Moto X on August 23rd. Considering that same roadmap for Verizon indicated the HTC One will go on sale on the network on August 1st, it seems unlikely they would have a second buzz-generating device launch at the same time. There is some conjecture that AT&T may have struck an exclusivity deal and will be ready to start offering the Moto X shortly after the announcement ala Google’s release of the Chromecast.

Be sure to check back for further developments as we close in on the official announcement of the Moto X.

source: +Taylor Wimberly

 

Galaxy Watch, high-res tablets on the way from Samsung

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Samsung may have heard some of the rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 being just an incremental step from the Galaxy S III based on news leaking out about some new devices in the pipeline. The one item that seems to be closest to reality is a new Samsung item with model number SM-V700, otherwise known as the Galaxy Watch, which is scheduled to be revealed at IFA 2013. Unfortunately, few details are available about the device, including whether it will be a standalone Android device or whether it has to be mated to another Android device.
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LG could be the manufacturer of choice for the 2014 Nexus 7

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The Nexus 7 was only announced a couple of days ago, but that isn’t stopping the speculation for next year’s edition. So what could the speculation possibly be now? Apparently Google might be dropping ASUS for the next edition in favor of LG according to Analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo. According to Kuo, Google wants to advance the display design.

Lately LG has been making serious strides in the display department for both mobile and TVs, and in many cases sticking it to Samsung. It’s also not like Google and LG are strangers because they worked together on the Nexus 4. Folks, we have a while to go until the next Nexus 7 gets unveiled (if it ever does), but let the rumors start now.

source: 9to5Google

Samsung could offer the Galaxy Note III in three different display sizes

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Yesterday we heard that it was confirmed that the Galaxy Note III was confirmed to have a display of 5.7-inches, but the rumors won’t stop as the the speculation is that 5.7-inches might be just one of three offerings from Samsung. A document in the wild suggests that there will be 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch, and 5.99-inch versions. A few months ago, it was first rumored that it would be 5.99-inches, but then 5.7-inches surfaced. Yesterday, we reported that it was originally going to be 5.99-inches, but they scrapped that idea in favor of 5.6-inches after market reaction from the Galaxy Mega sizes.

You will notice different model number of these devices, which generally refer to the destination or carrier. For example, SM-N900V refers to Verizon. The bottomline is that I am sure Samsung has prototypes for many screen sizes, but that doesn’t mean they will be final products. I am sure there were a few prototypes of the Galaxy S 4 as well. It doesn’t make any sense for Samsung to offer three different sizes all about .20 inches apart. But that is just my opinion, we will see what happens at the big announcement in a little under a month.

source: Zuaba (1) / Zauba (2)
via: AndoidAuthority

Give the new Motorola X camera app a spin with this apk

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Motorola’s new camera software is setting itself up to be one of the major selling points of the device, and with good reason. It’s clean, minimalist, and will hopefully give users plenty of options to get excellent photos. If you don’t want to wait until the official device to test drive it, though, you don’t have to anymore thanks to the latest ripped camera apk from newer Motorola devices thanks to Android Police.

The interface is just as clean as we’ve seen it, and most of the features work, including video recording and taking pictures, both single shots and burst shots. Unfortunately, the wrist flicking gestures don’t work, panoramic mode causes a crash, and the slow-motion and HDR modes both don’t function, so it’s not 100% ready for prime time. Still, though, if you don’t absolutely have to have those features and just want a new toy to play with on your phone, it’s 90% functional. Hit the break below to grab the apk to install on your phone.

source: Android Police

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Sony ‘Honami’ pictured alongside the Xperia Z

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We have some more pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’, this time alongside the Xperia Z. You can clearly see the ‘Honami’ is a little longer, but it has a similar design. We also get a another glimpse of the new camera interface.

The ‘Honami’ is looking like a beast, but you know all the competitors will have an answer. Can Sony finally make a dent in the U.S. market? More images after the break.


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Galaxy Note III specs confirmed: 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.3

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There has been a lot of speculation about the Galaxy Note III specs, mostly regarding the display size. We have heard everything from 5.7-inches to 6.3-inches. Apparently the plan was for 5.99-inches, but they scrapped those plans to go with 5.7-inches after market response from the Galaxy Mega series.

The rest of the specs indicate a Snapdragon 800, but I would suspect that is more region oriented. I fully expect an Exynos version to be available internationally. We can also expect 3GB of RAM, which we already reported on. Last but not least, it will come with Android 4.3 out of the box. This isn’t surprising because last year’s Galaxy Note II had the newly announced Android 4.1 out of the box. As far as design, it will most likely be just like the Galaxy S 4.

source: Techkiddy