Samsung to announce Gear Solo at IFA 2014 next month

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A company can’t just announce one thing at an event, right? Right. Although Samsung is widely expected announce the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, the company is reportedly going to debut another smartwatch. This one, though, will be very capable. Yonhap News is claiming that the Gear Solo will feature a SIM card slot that will allow it to place calls thanks to its own connection. Since Android Wear does not yet support SIM cards, the Gear Solo will presumably be backed by Tizen.

Source: Yonhap News Agency
Via: SamMobile

Pantech Pop Up Note to enter large, stylus-equipped smartphone market

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A couple foreign news sites recently managed to get their hands on a new device from Pantech. The company appears to be ready to enter the market to compete in the large smartphone category, especially the stylus-equipped segment, with the Pop Up Note. The first thing one may notice about the device is the craftsmanship and premium look. According to the hands on reports, the feel of the device matches the looks.

From a hardware standpoint, the Pop Up Note is just a half step behind most flagships hitting the market this year. It comes equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 13 MP rear-facing camera. It does come equipped with a microSD slot, but can only accommodate an additional 16 GB of storage. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 805 supposedly confirmed

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With the official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 bearing down on us at the beginning of September, information about the specs for Samsung’s latest flagship continue to surface. The latest comes from a ZDNet Korea source that says Samsung has definitely agreed to produce some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. This would be in addition to a version equipped with the Eynos 5433 processor that appears to be the more powerful of the two versions.

Samsung agreeing to produce two versions of a device, one with an in-house chip and one with a third-party sourced chip, is normal for the company. It is unclear whether Samsung had planned to follow their historical precedent all along though as the source indicates Qualcomm had to agree to a steep discount on the chips in order to get Samsung to agree to use them. Reports indicate this move has upset LG which is a big buyer of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and think they should be able to get a similar discount.

source: SamMobile

Nexus 8 specs revealed

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Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus 8 have been circulating for a while now, but we have some juicy details for you. If these leaked specs are true, this will be the tablet of the year.

The Nexus 8 is codenamed T1, and it’s expected to sport an 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600) display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra chip, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, and optional LTE. How is that for some serious power?

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Samsung, Barnes & Noble co-hosting event August 20 to launch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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The next few weeks will not contain just one Samsung event, but rather two of them. As just about everyone knows, the company will host a global event at multiple locations across the world presumably to launch the Galaxy Note 4. That is scheduled for September 3. Just before that, on August 20, Samsung will be co-hosting an event with Barnes & Noble.

What will be at this event? The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The tablet will combine Samsung’s hardware with a good amount of Barnes & Noble’s Nook software. The event will rightfully take place at the bookseller’s Union Square location in New York City. When it was announced, the tablet was slated to arrive sometime in August. With an event taking place at a retail location, there is a very good chance that the tablet is made available on August 20 as well.

Source: CNET

LG G3 users reporting 1440p streaming option within YouTube

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For many devices, the maximum resolution at which YouTube can be streamed is 1080p. This is because there are so many devices available with displays matching that resolution. With devices like the LG G3 achieving 2560×1440, YouTube has answered the call to stream with an even higher resolution. Users of the LG flagship are reporting that YouTube is allowing them to bump the resolution of videos beyond 1080p, topping out at 1440p.

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HTC Gallery app updated to allow users to share Duo Camera photos on the web

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One of the coolest selling points on the HTC One M8 is the Duo Camera setup, which lets users snap photos then apply depth of field focus and other effects after the fact. It’s a fantastic feature that, until now, has been limited to the HTC One M8 and the newer HTC Butterfly J. But thanks to an update to the HTC Gallery app on the Play Store, you’ll now be able to share your photos on the internet and allow others to toy with the photos, including adjusting depth of field focus and other post-processing effect. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows up at the FCC

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As we wait for Samsung to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, their attempt at a metal-bodied smartphone, we have been treated to leaked images like those showing the device next to an iPhone or what the white version will look like. Now we have something a little more official in terms of the device moving to market, an entry in the FCC database. A version of the Galaxy Alpha going by model number SM-G850F received its FCC approval, so that is one more item marked off the checklist to bring a smartphone to market.

The model that was tested by the FCC does not appear to be one headed for North America. However, many anticipate some version of the Galaxy Alpha will make it to the U.S. market, possibly through AT&T or T-Mobile. Samsung is expected to make the official announcement next week on August 13th, so that may give us a better idea as to who may ultimately have access to this device.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena

LG announces new LG G3 A variant of their flagship

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LG has announced yet another variant of their LG G3 flagship smartphone. This new version is dubbed the LG G3 A and falls somewhere in between the LG G3 and the LG G3 Beat. The G3 A will come equipped with a 5.2-inch display running at 1920 x 1080 resolution powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocking in at 2.26 GHz. The G3 A will come with a little less memory, only 2 GB of RAM, but otherwise most of the specs are the same including a 13 MP rear camera with laser auto focus. LG says they have added some new software to this version that will give users some control over functions via wrist movements while holding the device. Read more