We have heard that Samsung will be launching four new tablets early next year, and now we have a little more information about them. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111) will be the first to launch, and will probably be shown at CES. It will have a 7-inch display and will be available in Cream White. Next up is the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (SM-T320/T325), Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520/T525), and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905) that will land in February. These tabs will be available in either black or white, and you can expect 16GB of storage for the Tab Pros, while the Note Pro gets 32GB. We are also expecting AMOLED displays on these three tablets.
We’re not sure if these are on top of the rumored 10.5-tablet that we heard about a couple of days ago, or if that tablet is actually the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 with misinformation regarding the display size.
Professor Kim Yun-hi, a leading researcher at one of South Korea’s top universities, believes that devices with truly flexible displays will be commonly available sometime in 2014. She’s not talking about things like Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex; those devices are curved, but not really flexible devices, per se. Not only that, but she also believes that within just a few years, we’ll see folding, rolled up screens make their way into the likes of Galaxy Gear-esque devices, too.
Most of Kim’s claims are based on the fact that her group of researchers have developed a flexible organic polymer that would actually allow flexing and folding in a screen, where the “curved” displays available now are just, well, curved. Many companies are apparently seeking that technology for use in their OLED panels, so that’s a good sign that there’s some serious interest in it.
Of course, if the mainstream consumer doesn’t care to adopt flexible phones, it’s all going to be a moot point. It’ll be interesting to see how most customers react to this inevitable wave of new devices.
source: Korean Herald
via: Phone Arena
When the Moto G was released last month. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside indicated the device would be updated to Android 4.4. KitKat by the end of January. Apparently being connected to Google comes with some benefits, like the ability to accelerate the development and release of Android updates for Motorola devices. Moto G owners will be happy to know that the update to KitKat is now rolling out to their devices, well ahead of schedule. Read more
If you still haven’t jumped on any sort of Moto X deal just yet, here is likely the last one of the year. Through Motorola’s Moto Maker site, you can buy the 16GB model for Verizon at just $49.99 (with a new two-year contract). It certainly doesn’t get any better than that. At $49.99, you’re getting an excellent smartphone. The deal runs from now through December 31, ending once 2014 begins. Hit the source link to get started.
Need to be amazed by the variety of colors (and materials) you can get the Moto X in? Then try and get your hands on next month’s issue of Wired. The print ad, seen above, has a row of buttons at the bottom and upon pressing one, the Moto X will change colors. In doing so, Motorola hopes to show the customization available when buying the Moto X through Moto Maker. Digitas, the designer of the ad, used LEDs powered by a small battery and small keyboard-like chiclets to activate the color change.
Not all Wired subscribers will be able to get it though. It will be distributed to roughly 150,000 readers in the New York and Chicago area.
Hit the break to view the ad in action. Read more
We knew it was right around the corner since the soak test commenced last week, so it’s not a surprise that Verizon just announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to roll for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Unless you are really lucky, don’t expect it to hit your device right away though. This is a staged rollout, so it could take up to a week or more. Of course, you can always check system updates in your settings, but contrary to popular believe, it won’t come any faster.
Another round of applause is in order for Motorola, who is really on the ball with KitKat.
Last week a Samsung phone with the model number of SM-G900F showed up in Browsermark, but unfortunately no specs were available. Now it has showed up in AnTuTu revealing more about the phone. It has a 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC), Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Many thought this phone was a Galaxy S 5 candidate, but the fact that the display is 1080p has me thinking differently. Last week, when I saw this model, I was thinking it could be a F Series, but I am not even sure of that since I would expect the F Series to sport a higher resolution as well.
While it is possible to find plenty of cases in pink to wrap around your smartphone, sometimes buyers prefer to just get their device in pink without the need for a bulky case. To help those potential buyers, at least in the U.K., Samsung has a pink version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will be sold exclusively by retailer Phones4u. The device is scheduled to be available for pre-order starting in January 2014 for free with a contract on Vodafone, E, Orange or T-Mobile.
According to Phone4u, they will also be throwing in a wireless speaker valued at £120 ($197 USD). If the Galaxy S4 is not what you are looking for, buyers can also get their hands on a pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4 mini.
via: GSM Arena
Motorola continues to capitalize on the power of Google Play as a distribution channel for apps with the recent addition of the Motorola Contextual Services app. The app itself is not something users will interact with or use directly as it runs in the background providing support and functionality to other Motorola features like drive, meeting and sleep detection. Those features in turn help with the user experience for applications like Motorola Assist or their Touchless Control. Read more
In a very brief press release issued this afternoon, Chinese manufacturer Meizu announced that they are targeting their United States launch to be next year. In doing so, they will preview a new line of smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.
Why is Meizu entering the United States? Because they feel they can bring together elegance, functionality, and price in a smartphone. For now, we do not know what carriers Meizu plans on working with. We’ll be there to get a hands on experience with whatever Meizu has up its sleeve. Read more