Next generation of LG tablets surface at FCC

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Perhaps riding the coattails of success they experienced with the LG G Pad 8.3, two new tablets from LG have surfaced at the FCC suggesting a public release is not too far off. The devices are listed with model numbers LG V700 and LG V400. The V700 is shown in the filings with a landscape orientation, suggesting it may be a larger tablet possibly in the 10-inch range. The V400 on the other hand is shown with a portrait orientation which would be more consistent with a 7- or 8-inch size tablet. » Read the rest

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.

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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. » Read the rest

Xiaomi plans to enter 10 new countries in the coming year

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XiaomiXiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands around right now, and they’re looking to expand their reach, by announcing that they will be entering 10 new countries for business. No, this doesn’t include the United States, or even most of Europe yet, but it’s a good start for the company. The Chinese manufacturer will expand to Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam over the coming year.

Xiaomi already outsells Apple and their iPhones in China, and even shipped 11 million smartphones in the first three months of this year, which is more than Motorola, for a comparison.

Source: Bloomberg

Punit Soni’s Motorola Hangout now available for playback

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Motorola_Logo_From_DROID_RAZR_MAXX_HD_TALast week we told you about the Hangout that Punit Soni would be leading to answer questions about all things Motorola, titled “Celebrating 50 Software Launches with Punit Soni.” The Hangout occurred successfully, and it’s now available for on-demand playback. Among the items discussed: Motorla’s software strategy, the Lenovo acquisition, and Android integration.

You can find the video embedded past the break.

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Forget metal, Galaxy S 5 crystal edition to be launched next month

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Here is something for the person who likes a lot of bling. Samsung is teaming up again with Swarovski for another edition of the Crystal Collection. A teaser video was just released showing the Galaxy S 5 Crystal Edition, which should be unveiled next month in Korea. The phone will be essentially the same Galaxy S 5 that is available now other than the Swarovski crystals.

How much will this bad boy cost? We aren’t sure yet, but expect it to be a pretty hefty price tag. Hit the break for the very short teaser video.

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Galaxy S 5 outsells iPhone 5S during respective launch weekends [Infographic]

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I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.

iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.

We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.

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Here’s a good look at the OnePlus One StyleSwap replaceable back covers

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OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.

We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.

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Android mobile ad traffic trumps iOS for the first time, still lags in ad revenue though

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Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.

As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.

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Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

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This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.

The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.

Source: Amazon, Motorola