NVIDIA confirms what we already knew, the HTC-made Nexus 9 is coming soon with a Tegra K1

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If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News  did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.

The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.


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Unannounced Motorola DROID handset to feature Quick Charge 2.0 technology

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Get ready, because a new DROID device from Motorola is coming. The company reactivated the @DroidLanding Twitter account and now it is dropping some hints as to what we can expect. The said Twitter account tweeted “Faster charging is a big deal. That’s why we made it a bigger deal.”

It is safe to say that this means the upcoming DROID device will feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. This is a technology that allows a device to speedily charge without having to wait hours to get meaningful longevity in terms of battery life after unplugging. Motorola is already using this technology with its Turbo Charger that is compatible with the new Moto X.

Source: @DroidLanding (Twitter)

Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

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According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.

The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.

Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:


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New leaked image of Android L shows possible UI refinements

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A new image of a device running what appears to be a new build of Android L reveals some minor tweaks to the user interface.  The photo is of a Nexus 5 running a version of Android with build number LRW66E which appears to have been created on September 4th. Along with the information gleaned from the shot of the screen on the Nexus 5, information in Google’s bug tracker shows the name of the phone including this bit – “LMP.” Could that be a reference to “Lemon Meringue Pie” suggesting the “Lion” information that has surfaced is just to throw people off the scent?
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint receiving Android 4.4.4 soon

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According to Samsung’s website, the Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint will be soon receiving Android 4.4.4 in an OTA update.

With the update comes HD voice Icon support, international wi-fi calling support, Google Security Patches, Knox 2.0 and Kids Mode.

This is all pretty basic stuff by now — you can check the software updates section on your device to see if the update has hit your phone yet. If not, just sit tight.

Source: Samsung

 

Full metal body on the way for Samsung SM-A500

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We have already seen some information surfacing on the Samsung SM-A500, a mid-tier phone based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, thanks to entries with the Bluetooth SIG and the GFXBench site. Sources are now revealing some information about the device which is part of a new line of smartphones from Samsung. According to these sources, the SM-A500 will have a full metal body and will not have a removable back cover. That will differ from the Galaxy Alpha and many other Samsung devices that have hit the market recently. However, the source does not indicate whether the back cover will also be made of metal or a faux metal solution like what LG did with the LG G3.


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Google 7″ Tablet passes through FCC, Could be Nexus 7 (2014)

Nexus-7_FCC_testing Google just sent an unannounced 7-in tablet through the FCC, meaning we should be seeing another small tablet hit being released shortly. The model name for the aforementioned device is NX74751, the NX being the primary reason to suspect it being the next Nexus 7. There has also been speculation that this tablet is the LG G Pad 7.0 GPE, due to the battery being manufactured by LG.
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Google may push out Android Wear 2.0 update in October

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Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
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Sony Xperia Z3 may be on its way to Verizon

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Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.

If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.

source: PCMag.com