HTC working on a “music-centric” smartphone, could arrive by summer

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The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.

Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special.

Xiaomi announces the Hongmi 1s, a decent handset powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset

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Today, Chinese handset manufactuer Xiaomi has announced a brand new device. The Hongmi 1s is the successor to the Hongmi and does not feature very many differences. Behind this 4.7-inch 720p IPS display is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Graphically, Adreno 305 is the GPU. Despite having 8GB of internal memory, Xiaomi has included a microSD card slot. Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 sits atop Android 4.3. An 8MP camera is on the rear and a 1.6MP one is up front. Keeping this device going through the day is a 2000mAh battery.

Source: Xiaomi

Samsung SM-T530 and SM-T330 pass through the FCC, 10.1 and 8.0 Galaxy Tab 4 tablets

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (SM-T530) and 8.0 (SM-T330) have successfully passed through the FCC. The 8-inch model has already been spotted in an Indian shipment listing while all three Galaxy Tab 4 models’ specifications leaked a few days ago. Not included in this FCC pass through is the 7-inch model; however, that will likely come in the near future. Above, you see the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and we have an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 after the break.

Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE won’t receive Android 4.3 OTA, HTC is working on a manual update

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.

Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.

HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.

Source: HTC Reddit
Via: Phandroid

New image of the Sony Xperia G and its specifications leak

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Earlier this week, a photo of the unannounced Sony Xperia G alongside with the Xperia Z1 surfaced on Twitter. However, this time, ViziLeaks took it to twitter  yesterday to post an image of what appears to be the rear of the Xperia G as well as its specifications. The handset on the top appears to be the Xperia Z1.

According to the tweet, the Xperia G sports a 4.8 inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, LTE connectivity with an 8MP rear camera which is situated in the center of the rear case. The tweet also mentions that it doesn’t have an IP rating so it means that the device might not be waterproof.

Sony might unveil the Xperia G at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) set to take place in Barcelona on February 24.

Source: ViziLeaks
Via: phoneArena

Motorola extends $70-off deal for all Moto X models

 

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Motorola was offering its Valentine’s Day sale up until today, but now you can still take advantage of the deal until Feb. 22. All Moto X models will have $70 deducted from the off-contract price, including Moto Maker devices, Developer Editions, etc.

Get it while you can— you never know what kind of deals Lenovo is going to offer once it takes full control of the reins.

Source: Motorola

HTC promises to keep new flagships in North America updated for at least two years

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The HTC USA Product Team took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything today and provided some great news for consumers in North America that purchase future flagship devices. After a device is released, the team will continue to issue Android updates for at least two years. So this means that when the upcoming HTC M8 finally gets released, owners can expect updates for the next twenty-four months.

Picture of Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 leaks

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Confirming his tweet from a few weeks ago, @evleaks has posted an image of the LG G Pad 8.3 with Verizon branding. On the front is Verizon’s logo and official 4G LTE icon. On the backside is again the same set of Verizon ‘stamps.’ This is identical to the Verizon branding found on the LG G2.

By taking a look at the screen it seems like Verizon will have some bloatware added in. The Verizon Messaging app is present in the docking bay. While we don’t know when the LG G Pad 8.3 is heading to Big Red, it should be very soon as it has already passed through the FCC.

Samsung and Apple can’t reach agreement in mediation, will head back to court next month

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According to reports out of Korea, Samsung CEO J.K. Shin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last week. The subject matter was of course their ongoing intellectual property dispute. Reportedly nothing came out of the meeting and the companies will be heading right back to court in March.

Should anyone be surprised by this outcome? Not really. Both companies want to and will hold their ground while waiting for the other to budge. And as we have seen before, that just does not happen. Mediation yields almost nothing positive, thus relying upon the court system. In the meantime, have a look at what Tim Cook had to say about Google and Android last week.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: The Verge

O2 Germany teases Samsung Galaxy S5

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Wireless carrier O2 Germany has added a new page to their web site teasing the Samsung Galaxy S5. The page gives potential buyers the opportunity to sign up to receive updates on the availability of Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone. The only clue about timing is an indication that consumers can learn more by the end of February. That is not surprising since the device appears to be scheduled for release at the company’s Unpacked 5 event on February 24th in conjunction with MWC 2014.

Some sources have noted the web page uses an image of a smartphone dunked in water which could be an indication the new Galaxy S5 may be water resistant or even waterproof.

source: O2 Germany
via: phoneArena

Android powered coffee table preparing for release

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Over the past few years, Microsoft has managed to get their operating system on to giant coffee table like devices. After shifting the Surface name over to their tablet line of devices, the Windows coffee tables are now dubbed PixelSense devices. 3M and Ideum decided the world of computer powered coffee tables could use some variety and they are now preparing a couple Android powered devices for consumers.

Smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark in 2013, Android smartphones accounted for almost 800 million

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IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.

For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%.