Kobo Arc passes through the FCC, touts Google certification

We previously saw Kobo’s 7-inch Arc tablet in September boasting an impressive list of specs at an even more appealing price point. Fast forward two months and the tablet has finally made its way to the FCC under the model number K107, lining up with its impending November launch in North American.

The Android 4.0-powered tab sports a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 1280 x 800 IPS panel, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a hefty battery rated at 10-12 hours. Unfortunately, the device is running a somewhat intrusive custom overlay, meaning stock Android aficionados will be severely disappointed. However, the Kobo Arc has received Google’s official certification, effectively bringing the company’s suite of apps (including the Play Store) to the tablet out of the box.

There’s no doubt the Arc will face some serious competition with direct competitors like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD slated within the same price range. Although, with the holidays quickly approaching it’s not a bad thing to have more choices.

Via: Engadget
Source: FCC 

Verizon shutting down its App Store by March 2013

For nearly three years, Verizon has offered apps through its own app store on its BlackBerry and Android devices. I suppose it was a decent business model three years ago but it’s hard to imagine too much interest going somewhere else other than the Play Store to get your apps. Times certainly change rather quickly. Beginning in January 2013, Verizon will begin removing its app store from all its devices via a software update. They will continue through March 2013 at which point all Verizon devices will not have the Verizon app store installed any longer. Current owners of Verizon apps will immediately begin being notified of the changes and recurring charges will expire in December.

source:  Verizon

Verizon HTC DLX (DNA?) makes its way through the FCC

Well, one thing’s for sure; the HTC6435LVW will be coming to Verizon’s network soon. We just don’t know what it’ll be called yet. The sweet device has just gone through the FCC which means that we should see the device in stores within the next couple of weeks. As we learned a couple of weeks ago from the purported Verizon pricing list, the device will likely launch for $199.99 on contract. It seems like forever that we’ve been discussing this phantom device. Back in July some benchmark data revealed it’s quite a beast. The only thing left to do is for HTC and Verizon to officially announce this thing already. Will the “DNA” name stick as revealed by Verizon a couple of weeks ago? Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

source:  FCC

Impressive growth for Android tablet sales as Apple falters according to latest IDC report

Do you remember back in September when IDC predicted Android tablets would not see any significant growth in the share of the market that they command? IDC probably hopes you have forgotten that in light of their report today showing some significant changes in the tablet market during the third quarter of 2012. Perhaps the most stunning change was the worldwide market share for Apple devices, which slipped from a commanding 65.5% of the market in the second quarter to 50.4% in the third quarter. IDC attributes some of this to consumers holding off on purchases amidst rumors of the iPad mini. A bounce back is expected during the fourth quarter, but may be hampered by the iPad mini’s relatively high purchase price.
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Radioshack Black Friday ads show up, free HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S II anyone?

The Holidays seem to come sooner each year and with them comes everyone favorite 5AM mall rampage known as Black Friday. For many of us, Black Friday is a chance to score a new phone at a reasonable price, and the latest leak of RadioShack’s Black Friday deals seem to promise just that.

So far the deals look to include an HTC One X for free with a new 2-year contract, as well as a Galaxy S III on Sprint for $50 or AT&T for $100. Other free phones include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 on Verizon, AT&T’s Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and Sprint’s Galaxy S II. Phones aren’t the only thing on sale either– all Zagg screen protectors are 25% off as well as many cases and headphones are marked down as well.

So, if you happen to be looking for a new phone or maybe just some extra accessories for your current device, this is definitely worth a look, especially when RadioShack is offering $10 store credit for every $50 spent.

Source: Blackfriday.com

Samsung Galaxy Camera launches in the UK November 7th

The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Camera is officially making its UK debut this week. Retailer Clove has announced that it would begin selling the Android powered point-and-shoot on Wednesday, November 7th. Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, and Jessops are slated to put the Galaxy Camera on sale the following day for £399.00.

Interestingly, Samsung will be holding champagne receptions at their retail stores in celebration of the new camera’s European launch. As a refresher, the Galaxy Camera sports a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of on board storage, a 16.3MP sensor with a newfangled f2.8 lens.

Source: Clove (UK)

Clove UK Officially Taking Pre-Orders For The Black 64GB Galaxy S III Model

 

Clove UK is set to unleash the hottest variation yet of the Galaxy S III smartphone for its customers: the black 64GB model. Now available for pre-order, customers can expect to pay a King’s Ransom of £500 or £600 including VAT for the device. While it is a hefty price for a smartphone, Clove is banking on the fact that its offering will appeal to the masses since the special edition Galaxy S III will be the first smartphone in the UK to offer 128GB of storage (64GB onboard + 64GB from expandable memory).

Customers can expect the device to be available within two months’ time, but you’ll want to hurry though as it seems as if Clove will only be getting a small batch of these bad boys. Additional details can be found once you hit the source link.

source: Clove UK Blog

Nexus 4 Battery Life Not So Good

As we all anxiously await the November 13th arrival of the Nexus 4, I’m sure a lot of you are concerned how the battery life will fare. Well, early results aren’t very good. Based on recent unbiased and fairly scientific test results from AnandTech, the battery life on one of the most anticipated devices this fall will leave something to be desired. AnandTech did admit that they have yet to run through their entire battery life suite, but they did fully test, record, and publish the results of the most important category.


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Android 4.1.2 Update For Samsung Galaxy Note Speculated To Feature TouchWiz Nature UI And Multi-Window, Video Surfaces Adding Further Speculation

 

As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.

To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.

 

source: SamMobile 1 | SamMobile 2 | YouTube

Samsung Rumored To Create A “More Vibrant International Brand Image” As Early As 2013

 

Samsung might very well be known as a brand that happens to love pushing out devices to the masses, but despite all that— it certainly has some successful devices out there such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. Knowing that it has great devices and a solid sales’ figure to back it up, Sammy is potentially looking to take its brand to another level, as soon as next year. According to Channel News in Australia, anonymous sources claim that Sammy is planning a “more vibrant international brand image” of its company. As part of this upcoming change, the familiar blue Samsung logo will be changed, while each part of Samsung’s business will get its own individual color that will be used in its advertising— meaning we should expect to see a new Samsung Mobile advertising logo for example. The overall hope is that Samsung will move its brand from being identified around features and benefits to a focus instead on “lifestyle activities”.

Whatever it is that Samsung is trying to do, the technology world is eagerly awaiting and will see everything soon enough— by CES 2013 perhaps?

source: Digital Trends