Google IO 2017 Coverage

HP could be diving back into the smartphone game, relying on emerging markets

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Remember when HP had its own operating system after acquiring Palm? The Pre, Pixi, or even the Touchpad tablet? Shortly after WebOS flopped, HP was left without plans in the mobile industry. Recently, they have released some Android tablets while leaving the smartphone front dry. But a report from The Information has revealed that the company intends on releasing devices with massive displays aimed at emerging markets. The devices would have 6-inch and 7-inch screens and cost between $200 and $250 off-contract.

Personally, I would like to see HP back in the mobile game because they really have not done much with hardware lately. Targeting emerging markets with great off-contract prices could turn out to be great and lead the company back into the United States to duke it out with Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Don’t forget that HP was working with an operating system they did not develop in a time when iOS and Android were starting to become wildly popular.

Source: The Information
Via: The Verge

Nokia Normandy Android device leaks again in multiple colors

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The Nokia Normandy might be one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. Everyone has always wondered how different things would be if Nokia opted to use Android over Microsoft’s  Windows Phone platform, and despite being bought out by Microsoft just a few months ago, it’s looking like we may see an Android device made by Nokia at some point. Thanks to @evleaks, we’re getting a great look at the rumored Normandy device, complete in a full set of colors; there are green, white, yellow, blue, red, and black options.

Obviously, renders like this don’t necessarily mean that the device will get pushed out to the market, but now that we’ve seen several different leaks about the phone, I don’t think it would be too unlikely. Nokia doesn’t really have much to lose in terms of market share, so what’s the worst that could happen?

source: @evleaks

Samsung may unveil a 10.5-inch tablet at CES next month, could it be the new Nexus 10?

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According to ETNews, Samsung will be unveiling a new tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. There, it is believed that a 10.5-inch tablet will make its debut. The interesting part of the report is that the unnamed tablet has not yet been identified with one of Samsung’s brands. It does not carry the Tab or Note name. This could simply be a piece of information missing or it could mean that it does belong to Google’s Nexus brand and that this would in face be the Nexus 10.

Do I think that this is the Nexus 10? Right now, I am not going to buy into that. After all, there was a botched leak that the LG V510 was the Nexus 10, but that wound up being the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. This could mean that a new version of the 10-inch tablet is not being produced. And I really don’t think CES is the place that Google would like to unveil a new Nexus 10.

Source: ETNews (Korean)
Via: International Business Times

Dual 5MP camera unit announced by Toshiba, will allow for stereo-3D shots for both smartphones and tablets

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Toshiba is making waves in the smartphone camera industry, as the manufacturer just announced a dual-5MP camera module which generate a 13MP image through upscaling. With this development, the camera can be thinner than current 13MP cameras. Smartphones will be able to be made thinner as a result as well.

The dual camera unit also comes with a companion chip which will allow for the simultaneous recording of both image and depth information. The depth data will be applied to objects captured in the image— the result will be somewhat of a stereo-3D image.

While Toshiba hasn’t announced any particular release date on the module, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it and how smartphone manufacturers will adapt to the new camera technology.

Hit the break for the full press release below.

OPPO R1 hits Chinese market with $411 price tag

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OPPO continues to add devices to their online store in the days leading up to Christmas. The latest addition is the OPPO R1, a mid-range phone from the manufacturer. Although the specs for the OPPO R1 may not blow anything out of the water, it does appear to have a camera well-suited for low-light situations thanks to a 2.0 f-stop aperture. For the present time, the device is only listed on OPPO’s Chinese pages where it can be purchased for ¥2498.00 (≈ $411 USD). We do not have any information on whether OPPO may expand availability to other markets around the globe. They are already selling their OPPO N1 in the U.S. and the CyanogenMod version is scheduled to be available starting tomorrow.

source: OPPO

Sony updating additional devices to Android 4.3, includes the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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If you own one of Sony’s recent Xperia devices, then you should be receiving a software update soon. While it is not Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a welcome update. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update adds Sony’s Smart Social Camera app, updates to their own apps, a streamline set of media apps, a new battery management mode, and more enhancements. Of course, the arrival of the update will depend upon your market. To see the specifics of the update, hit the source link.

Source: Sony
Via: Android Central

Samsung releasing the Galaxy Grand 2 in India next week, no word on elsewhere

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After announcing the device in November, Samsung has given the Galaxy Grand 2 a launch date. The device will be available in India starting next week, the first week of the new year. The retail price translates over to between $370 and $400. It will be available in black, white, and pink colors. The Galaxy Grand 2 has a 5.25-inch 720p screen. Inside is a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. If the 8GB of storage doesn’t satisfy prospective buyers, memory can be expanded due to the microSD card slot. Out of the box, the handset runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Source: AndroidOS.in

Don’t expect a curved display on the Galaxy S 5

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The Korea Herald is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 won’t sport a curved display. This really isn’t anything shocking since curved displays appear to only be reserved for the Galaxy Round series, at least for now.

Let’s face it, Samsung probably wouldn’t have the production capacity to do it anyway. Right now they are producing 8,000 5.5 sheets per month yielding 500,000 panels. We’re not sure if that “500,000” number is annually or monthly, but either way, that is nowhere nearly enough to handle the demand of the Galaxy S 5, which would be at least 40 million units.

On another note, they also reported that Apple won’t adopt curved displays until 2015, so Samsung (and LG) will have a leg up.

source: Korea Herald

HTC goes under the radar and announces the dual-SIM Desire 400

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HTC has announced a new device without most of us even noticing. But don’t worry, they likely chose to do so intentionally. The Desire 400 is a dual-SIM handset with a 4.3-inch screen that is headed for Asian markets. The phone has landed on HTC sites in Russia and Ukraine. According to the Russian site, the screen will have a 800×480 resolution and be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. On the back is an 8MP camera while a 1.6MP camera sits on the front of the handset. Thankfully it has a microSD card slot since there is just 4GB of storage inside.

The Ukrainian site, however, states the device will have a 5MP camera with a VGA camera on the front. Also, a dual-core processor will be inside. This is likely just adjustments made for different regions. Both have HTC’s Sense user interface and BlinkFeed. There are three color options: white, black, and light blue. Stay tuned for more information on this little device.

Source: HTC
Via: GSM Arena

Samsung Smart App 2013 winner announced for Galaxy S 4

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Samsung has finally announced who has won their Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013 for Galaxy S 4. The contest launched in May and ran through August. Designers were asked to create applications using the Chord SDK that allows devices to work with another rather than through a server. The winning app, giving the developer $200,000, was Dots Out. It is a revamped version of the ancient game Cha Pai that requires “courage, quick thinking and good strategy skills.”

The winning developer will be heading to Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to receive an award on Samsung Developer Day. From their, they get a booth at the conference to try and woo investors. But the grand prize winner is not alone, the second and third place winners have also received some cash and will join the Dots Out team in Barcelona next month. Although this contest is over, Samsung is running another one for their Galaxy Note 3 handset. To download Dots Out and the other winners, hit the download link below.

Source: Samsung [Download Link]

New Samsung Galaxy Gear ad is all about impressing others, misses the point

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Samsung has been rapidly releasing new advertisements this holiday season. In this lengthy new ad, titled “Are You Geared Up?”, Samsung is showing how well its Galaxy Gear smart watch can impress others. Specifically, how it can help score that lucky lady. A man whips out his Gear while riding a ski lift and the woman becomes infatuated with it. After that, the setting moves to a party. There, Samsung makes fun of itself and other smartphone manufacturers. One guy fumbles his smartphone while another simply handles it with his Gear. Why Samsung is laughing at its own massive smartphones, I am not too sure.

To watch the advertisement, hit the break.

CyanogenMod hits 10 million installs in time for launch of CM-powered Oppo N1

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The folks over at CyanogenMod have a little celebrating to do tonight. The popular Android ROM just hit 10 million installs as of 3:44 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, and the team expects the growth to continue.

It took nearly four years for CyanogenMod to become a cornerstone of the Android rooting world, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with the Oppo N1 coming on the 24th of this month. Congrats to the CM team and best of luck in the future!

Via: XDA-Developers
Source: CM Stats

Samsung releases new Galaxy Note 3 video, showcases holiday spirit

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Samsung just released a nice video called “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections,” which surprisingly doesn’t call out competitors, tell jokes, showcase major features of the device, or any other conventional marketing tactics Samsung normally uses.

Instead, the video shows Galaxy Note 3’s in a “winter wonderland” of sorts, reflecting familiar holiday images on their screens. The video can also be watched in full HD 3D inside YouTube if you have any 3D devices.

Hit the break to check out the video in action.

[Deal] First 5,000 to use code from Ellen DeGeneres can get the Moto X 50% off with contract, 30% off without

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The Today Show isn’t alone in offering a deal for the Moto X. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is doing something similar, just not as good as the other one. This deal will give you a coupon code for 50% off an on-contract Moto X and 30% off without a contract. But the catch is that you have to be among the first 5,000 to request the a code. I’m not too sure that many Ellen fans are yearning for a Moto X, so you should be in the clear to get a code. Hit the break for instructions (they’re the same as before).

To take advantage of the deal, you have to:

  1. Fill out this form and put “ellen50″ in the top box that asks for the registration code.
  2. Put the rest of your information in the form.
  3. Select which deal you would like and hit “Submit”
  4. Wait for your code to arrive and start designing!

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show