Moto X Active Display now available on any Android 4.3 device


One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.

Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:

It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.

So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots.
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LG G2 poses with the Galaxy S 4 and looks awfully familiar


Now that the full press image of the LG G2 leaked, why not a shot alongside the Galaxy S 4? That’s exactly what we have here. LG isn’t pulling any punches as to what fan base they are going after because they look awfully familiar don’t they? Other than the screen size and the main home button on the GS4, I’m not sure the average person would know the difference.

I have never been a big fan of LG, but I am looking forward to the event and playing with the G2. Stay tuned for more coverage. One more pic of their backsides after the break.

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HTC launches ‘HTC Generator’ to hype ‘Here’s to change’

htc_generatorHTC has launched a new word generator to hype…something. Not entirely sure what. Simply click the “Here’s to change button,” and the generator will give you a three word phrase with the initials h, t, and c. Considering the company’s letters don’t mean anything anymore (they used to mean High Tech Computer Corporation), HTC is letting you think of new ideas. Try it out via the source link.

Also, if you use the generator enough times, a longer version of the video that popped up on Instagram and Vine yesterday appears. You can view the video that features Robert Downey Jr. after the break.

source: HTC
via: Android Guys

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Possible Key Lime Pie build spotted on Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 devices


Over in Google’s Chromium bug tracker, an entry has shown up suggesting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie may already be running on some Nexus devices. The entry is included in a bug report regarding a notification the developers wanted to remove when a user is logging in to Chrome. In verifying the issue has been addressed, several devices are listed which have been tested and are working as intended. Even though the new Nexus 7 comes with the latest, greatest Android build, 4.3, the entries for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 report the Android build number is KRS36B. For the other devices, a trio of Samsung units, the build numbers all start with the familiar letter J associated with Jelly Bean builds.

Could the build number starting with a K be an indication that Key Lime Pie is already running on devices within the halls of Google as a test platform for other apps or is this just a typo?

source: Chromium
via: Ausdroid

Verizon exclusive Blue HTC One leaks


With Verizon’s seemingly evasive HTC One launch imminent, their exclusive blue color HTC One has leaked and looks rather nice. The color texture looks great as it’s more of a matte blue color which should look awesome paired with the aluminum body structure of the device.

What do you guys think of this color feature?

source: evleaks

Samsung and AT&T will offer one-time replacement of water damaged Galaxy S 4 Actives


Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Active, on paper, is an awesome concept; it’s a high-end device that’s waterproof and dust proof, and it even has a removable battery. In real world usage, though, the S 4 Active has struggled to live up to its marketing hype. Many users of the device have had problems with water damage in their phones, which should seem really, really weird for a waterproof device. The phone has IP67 certification, so it should be able to stay submersed in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, but apparently real-world units just aren’t managing that.

The good news, though, is that even if the phone has some water damage, AT&T and Samsung are willing to offer a one-time replacement of the phones for another Galaxy S 4 Active. It’s definitely a show of good faith, but I think it would be better if they let customers switch to a different phone instead of a replacement phone that may or may not actually be waterproof. There’s no word on when these exchanges are going to start happening, but hopefully this entire situation doesn’t turn into a PR fiasco for Samsung.

source: Phone Arena

Images of Oppo N-Lens N1 appear, could be the best camera-phone ever


We haven’t heard much about the upcoming Oppo N-Lens N1 phone, but it could end up being the next best thing to come to market in the camera-phone industry.

Pictures of the phone recently leaked, which suggest that the phone will come with Xenon flash and a 13-MP camera powered by an “Owl” image chip which contributes to better low-light shots.

The phone is expected to sell in China for $480 off-contract, which is pretty expensive for a Chinese phone. There aren’t too many other details about the phone, but you’ll certainly hear it from us when they come around.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: Weibo

Back image of Galaxy Note 3 leaks, shows battery and dual-SIM for Chinese variant


It feels as though we’ve heard everything about the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 phablet already including benchmarks, internals, camera samples, full prototype images, and even a rumored September 4 unveiling date.

Now, it looks like we have another picture on our hands, this time of the back of the device, showing off its battery and two-SIM slots. (It’s the Chinese variant.)

It’s hard to make out the battery capacity in the picture, however when considering the battery capacity on the first two Notes and the hardware that will be included in the Note 3, it would make sense to see a battery capacity of about 3,500mAh. Time will tell, but we pretty much already know that this phone is going to be an absolute beast.

Source: SamMobile

Intel releases pair of “education tablets” designed to meet students’ needs


Intel has announced the availability of a pair of tablets, one 7-inch and one 10-inch, that were designed specifically for meeting the needs of students and educators. The Intel Education Tablets come with software intended to help students complete projects, read their assignments, and even perform experiments. The 10-inch tablet will also come with additional hardware including a plug-in thermal probe and a snap-on magnification lens. Intel is hoping to get the devices into classrooms as more school systems transition to more digital content delivery and learning.
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We could see 128GB of internal phone storage in 2014 with ‘stacked’ V-NAND memory


Say goodbye to the days of having to decide on whether you want to purchase the 16 or 32 GB model of your device.

The same technology from the “stacked” 3D chips found in Intel’s new Haswell processors could be found in flash memory modules in flagship mobile phones by 2014, according to Samsung. The company has already stacked 24 ‘NAND’ modules on top of one another, which makes memory faster (and larger) than ever before experienced on a mobile device.

V-NAND chips start with 128 GB of memory and can go all the way up to 1 TB. The question of whether a phone has a micro-SD card slot will never be asked again!

You’re probably thinking that we’re years off from this reaching mobile phones— think again. Samsung has already sent out the technology to mobile phone makers to sample it, and reportedly is already prepared to produce them in mass quantities.

The V-NAND chips will most likely be found in SSD memory later this year, and will eventually make its way to the mobile device world by 2014. Sometimes we forget how fast technology is moving… Check out the presser after the break.
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