ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501 passes through FCC, could launch in United States relatively soon

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A device going by the name “SRQ-NX501″ recently passed through the halls of the FCC, which is more than likely the ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501.

The device will work on both GSM and WCDMA networks, and is Bluetooth and WLAN capable.

The China version of the device comes with a 5-inch display, a full HD 1080p resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM, features a 13MP camera, and ships with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Rumors say that the American variant will feature an upgraded processor, the Snapdragon 800. This is quite the surprise, since in the past, Chinese devices making their way over to the United States normally have downgraded specs, including RAM and processor speed.

Via: GSMInsider
Source: FCC

Temporary root achieved on Verizon Moto X and new DROID phones

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Root access on the Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile variants of the Moto X has been relatively simple and straightforward, as Motorola hasn’t put too many safeguards in the way of consumers messing with their devices for these carriers. However, Verizon and AT&T customers haven’t been so lucky. However, that might change very soon for Verizon customers, as developer Justin Case of TeamAndIRC has achieved root on their Moto X, and the procedure also applies to the new DROID phones. The root isn’t permanent at this time and you might want to hold off on any OTA updates if you’re planning on going through with the root.

It’s great news nonetheless and hopefully Justin Case comes out with a more stable method sooner than later.

Source: Phandroid

Sony announced the Kitchen Edition of the Xperia Tablet Z

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Do you enjoy using your tablet in the kitchen, but wish you could you get a device that was just a little more specialized for that task? If so, you’re probably in a very small demographic, but Sony has just the device for you. They’ve just announced the Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition, which comes with a book stand, a few preloaded recipes and a digital wireless meat thermometer. It’s priced at $650, which is $150 higher than the tablet by itself, but it also comes with 32 GB of storage. If you do a lot of cooking, you would probably benefit from the extras bundled in with this tablet. Hit the break below to check out the press release for more information. Read more

Hugo Barra discusses Google departure, Xiaomi future in interview

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In a new interview, Xiaomi’s new head of global expansion, Hugo Barra, discusses his future with the up and coming Chinese company as well as his departure from Google’s Android team. Xiaomi is gaining notoriety for the low-cost but high-spec Android devices they are developing for the Chinese market, devices that Matias Duarte thought were one of the best examples of how to extend the Android platform in a conversation with Barra. It was that recognition, as well as some urging from Xiaomi investor and close Barra friend Robin Chan, that led to Barra becoming one of the company’s first non-Chinese hires. Read more

Meizu MX3 to get Exynos HMP update via upgrade

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Yesterday we reported on Samsung’s move to enable full, simultaneous use of all eight cores on an Exynos 5420 Octa processor thanks to a new method called Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP). Meizu just announced they will be adding this capability to their Meizu MX3 devices, including existing devices. The obvious implication of this announcement is that the HMP code can be added to and implemented on the Exynos 5420 Octa through some type of software update, whether it is a kernel or driver update.

A few questions now exist regarding the HMP process. First, will other manufacturers utilizing the same chip in their devices be able to pursue the same strategy of deploying some type of software update to enable HMP on their existing devices? Second, while we have seen a little bit of what HMP can do for performance, what will be the impact on things like battery life and heat management? Third, could HMP be deployed to other Exynos octa-core processors?

source: GizChina

Document mix-up exposes images of next Nexus phone under FCC listing for LG G2

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If the accidental “reveal” of the next Nexus smartphone during the Android KitKat reveal wasn’t enough for you, either LG or the FCC appears to have come to your rescue by releasing pictures of what appear to be the LG D820 instead of the LG VS980 in a recent application. LG submitted documentation to the FCC for the Verizon edition of the LG VS980, aka the LG G2, to address some last minute changes to the hardware, specifically the antenna. Normally, the images are withheld until a device is released to the public, so it is not clear why the FCC went ahead and published these to their web site. In any case, what got published is not the LG G2, but instead appears to be the new Nexus 5.

At least a couple of the photos show a blurry D820 label and the orientation of the headphone and microUSB jacks are not consistent with the G2. In addition, the camera hardware and location is consistent with what was seen in the KitKat video. Sources also believe some of the bits shown reveal wireless charging and NFC hardware present in the device.

source: FCC
via: PhoneScoop

Qualcomm teams up with Technicolor to develop SVELTE, a Stimulating Video Experience over LTE

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Qualcomm has been making some noise in the hardware game with such devices as the Toq smartwatch, and now they are getting into the set-top box game. They just joined forces with Technicolor. Yes, that’s the same company that developed the color motion picture process in 1916. This set-top box is called SVELTE, which stands for Stimulating Video Experience over LTE. It will obviously feature LTE, but it will also include the Android OS and the Snapdragon 600 SoC.

According to Technicolor and Qualcomm, the SVELTE will redefine the “Smart TV” concept with compelling ways to watch, play, and interact. The LTE module allows for unicast content to complement broadcast content and it can deliver true 3play over the cellular network. 3play videos include the complete text of the video and allows users to search for key terms and jump to the part of the video that includes those key terms.

No word on when the SVELTE will become available or how much it will cost. Full presser and video demo on 3play after the break.

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Samsung plans on joining the 64-bit party parade in 2014

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Well actually I’m not sure you can call it a parade just yet. As you might be aware Apple announced the new iPhone 5 S and said that it would include support for 64-bit processing. You don’t think Samsung is going to sit back and watch that happen do you? Well Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun said. “our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality.” Translation: Galaxy S 5.

What’s most interesting is that we don’t even know if Android 4.4 KitKat will even support 64-bit, let alone the fact that 64-bit is worthless unless RAM surpasses 4GB.

It has always been a spec war folks. While companies like Motorola are staying clear from it, for whatever reason Apple is jumping in, and Samsung took the bait.

source: Korea Times

2013 Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet gets pictured

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We already got an idea of what the specs will be for the upcoming Kindle Fire HD so why not some pictures? These pictures represent the 7-inch model, but the 8.9-incher will look the same. As you can see, Amazon has redesigned these tablets with changes to the buttons and placement of the speakers.

Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will include a 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, you choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a forked version of Android 4.2.2. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 while the 8.9-incher will come in at 2,560 x 1,600. More pics after the break

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ROM Update Utility (OTA) of Android 4.3 leaks for AT&T HTC One

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A leaked RUU for an OTA update of Android 4.3 has just appeared on the web for AT&T’s HTC One. If you’re up to the task of flashing it, go right ahead and grab it for your phone. But watch out— the update brings an update to Hboot as well, so you won’t be able to access S-OFF via Moonshine or Revone.

We’re not sure what else HTC has added to the update, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get more information. Grab the zipped file in the source link below.

Via: DroidLife
Source: RootzWiki