Samsung officially announces the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab3 Lite


Samsung has made a commitment to selling more tablets in 2014, and to succeed with that, they not only have to cater to the higher-end of the market, but also the lower-end. That is exactly where the Galaxy Tab3 Lite  comes into play.

The Tab3 Lite sports a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display (169 ppi), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 2MP rear camera, a 3.600mAh battery for up to 8 hours of video playback, and Android 4.2 along with TouchWiz.

They will offer both a Wi-Fi-only version (SM-T110) and a 3G/Wi-Fi version (SM-T111), but they didn’t offer any pricing or availability just yet. I would expect this one to be priced around $150.  Hit the break for the full presser.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

Chromebook 11

Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

Source: Play Store / Best Buy

Huawei CEO confirms three upcoming processors, 64-bit octa-core chipset is one of them


Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, has confirmed that his company is working on three new processors for its devices. While one is a quad-core chipset, the two others are octa-core. The quad-core chipset is based on ARM Cortex-A9 and one of the octa-core chipsets is based on ARM Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7. The final octa-core chipset, however, will have 64-bit architecture and fall under Huawei’s Hisilicon brand. It will have ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, meaning that it will essentially contain two quad-core chipsets. Yu claims that Huawei will have the 64-bit octa-core chipset ready this year. Read more

HTC One prototype gets a detailed look


Ever wonder what some of Android’s most popular devices looked like in prototype phase? Engadget was able to get their hands on an HTC One prototype. The most obvious change is the switch from three to two capacitive buttons below the display. Instead of keeping the multitasking button, HTC opted to put its name between the back and home buttons; however, Engadget notes that the button was not active. Also, this prototype is not made out of the aluminum that made the device wildly acclaimed. The prototype looks like it has a polycarbonate casing.

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Motorola hires Disney Research employee, will join the department behind Moto X


To grow its Advanced Technology and Products department, Motorola has hired Disney Research’s Dr. Ivan Poupyrev. While working with Disney, Poupyrev worked at Disney’s Carnegie Mellon laboratory as a scientist. He designed Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing. It allows a single wire to give objects human touch sensitivity. For example, he created a potted plant that would sing upon being touched on its stem or leaves.

At Motorola, he will join former DARPA director Regina Dugan. If you can recall, Dugan introduced some interesting projects that her department is working on at the D11 conference last year. The Advanced Technology and Products department was also behind Motorola’s flagship Moto X smartphone. While it has not done well commercially, it has certainly been praised. Poupyrev told Fast Company that he “can help shape the future of the company.” It should be interesting to see what Poupyrev and Motorola have in store for the future.

Source: Fast Company Design

Samsung Air Gesture and Air View to improve in 2014 thanks to better hardware


Korean news source ET News is reporting today that Synaptics, the producer of touch screen panels used by Samsung, has a new solution slated to be implemented in forthcoming Samsung devices. According to Synaptics, the new panels incorporate several changes that will benefit users of devices like the Galaxy S5 or the next version of the Galaxy Note. The new screens have an increased range for the hover function so users will not have to get their fingers or stylus so close to the screen to activate Air Gesture or Air View features. If a “passive” pen is being used, the new panel will be able to recognize a smaller point of only 2.5pi, meaning more detailed writing will be possible. Synaptics also indicated they have lowered the manufacturing cost for the panels according to one insider. These savings were achieved by eliminating an insulation layer and bridge, printing the units on a single layer structure now.

source: ET News
via: G for Games

BlackPhone will sport a secure version of Android called PrivatOS and will debut at MWC 2014


One of the biggest topics this year is going to be privacy, and BlackPhone is looking to capitalize on that. This smartphone comes out of a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, and it will run a secure version of Android called PrivatOS. It will support secure phone calls, texting, file storage, and video chats. It will also run on GSM networks. Obviously corporations will be a target demographic, but consumers are likely to jump in as well.

The BlackPhone will be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, but if you want to sign up for updates, be sure to hit the source link.

source: BlackPhone
via: Slashgear

HP to re-enter smartphone game with Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab next month in India


HP hasn’t offered a smartphone since 2011, but they will in 2014 sporting the Android operating system. The Slate 6 (pictured above) and Slate 7 VoiceTab will debut next month in India.

These are technically phablets since we are talking 6-inch and 7-inch displays. The specs for both devices include a 1280 x 800 6-inch or 7-inch display, an unspecified quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.2. As to the processor, I would expect a Snapdragon 400 or a MediaTek. 

They didn’t divulge pricing, but the Slate 6 is rumored to cost around $200. Whether you will ever see these outside of India is anyone’s guess, but I don’t think they will wind up in the U.S. either way.

source: re/code

Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 reveal may be in New York City in March, but it could be in London too


Despite a previous rumor claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 would be revealed in London, a new report says the event will actually be in New York City. This comes from ZDnet Korea who says that a high-ranking Samsung executive gave them the information. It could also be that Samsung is holding events in both New York City and London. They did something similar with the Galaxy Gear and Note 3 reveal during their IFA 2013 keynote. Samsung had the huge reveal in Berlin and hosted a press event in New York City at the same time.

While we didn’t think it would be held at Mobile World Congress next month, the executive explained that MWC is a time for meetings, not announcements. In Samsung’s eyes, yes. But for others, it is a time to make announcements. Rumors suggest that Sony is going to unveil their 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet at Mobile World Congress next month.

Source: ZDnet Korea (translated)
Via: TechRadar

Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G shows up in Google Play Store


The Motorola Moto G offers users about as close to a stock Android version as you can get from one of the large smartphone manufacturers. Others, like Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony insist on putting their own UI on top of Android. Fortunately, Google has managed to work some deals with these manufacturers to produce Google Play Edition versions of the devices that come with stock Android for users that don’t want to go through the trouble of rooting and removing the extra stuff on their own. Useful for buyers that are not interested in all the extras, apparently Google and Motorola thinks there may be some purists out there that would be interested in the same treatment for the Moto G as they have released a Google Play Edition of the device.

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