Samsung demoed foldable display prototype with VIPs at CES

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We get to see a lot of new stuff at CES, but apparently there are a few things not shown publicly as well. According to Korean media, Samsung showed a foldable display for smartphones to VIPs at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.

If you remember, Samsung recently had a patent for a foldable display, so this is no surprise. According to sources, the display is AMOLED, measures 5.68-inches, and is made with a film-like polymide substrate. The display is touch sensitive and might support pen recognition.

Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) now getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat officially

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The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.

This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.

Samsung may unveil Galaxy S 5 at London event in mid-March

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Samsung’s next flagship, presumably the Galaxy S 5, could be revealed at an event held in London in mid-March. According to Italian journalist Flavio, a reliable source has said that Samsung is holding a “global launch (S5?) event” in two months. This makes sense as the company chose to launch the GS4 in New York City last year. It seems as if they want to separate themselves from Mobile World Congress’ crowded field.

As for the device’s specifications, we have heard that it could feature iris scanning technology and a 2K display. Samsung has said it wants to return to the same approach it took with the Galaxy S III. When the Galaxy S 4 was released, many felt it was too similar to its predecessor. Look for the Galaxy S 5 to feature a new design, potentially a metal body. Also, it will launch beside the next Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Image of Nokia Normandy prototype leaks, not much to see

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We do know that Nokia has been working on a forked Android device codenamed Normandy. We do know that it sports many colors just as all of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices do. We do (sort of) know what the user interface looks like. We even know some specs thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark leak.  And now we know what the engineering prototype looks like. The image above was tweeted by @seamissu earlier today and @evleaks was kind enough to retweet it, likely meaning that this is valid.

If Nokia releases the budget-friendly Normandy, will you be interested?

Verizon’s DROID Ultra Limited Edition surfaces (again)

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This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September@evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 now available from T-Mobile

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Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?

Source: T-Mobile

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

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Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

Android-powered Asus Transformer Pad (TF502T) launching soon

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Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.

It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.

Source: Phone Arena

German court dismisses Nokia patent lawsuit against HTC

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HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.

HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.

We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.

source: FOSS Patents

via: Android Authority

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could include head-tracking gesture controls

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Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…

Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.

It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 powered by Verizon’s LTE service hits the FCC

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Samsung made a pretty big deal of its upcoming Galaxy TabPROs and NotePRO tablets at CES this week, but that’s no reason to ignore the LTE-powered Galaxy Note 10.1 which should be released in just a few months.

The tablet passed through the halls of the FCC this week and all signs are pointing to a release on Verizon in the US.

The LTE edition of Samsung’s hit tablet has LTE bands 4 and 13 (which are used by Verizon). The Wi-Fi version is currently being sold by Samsung for $599.99— expect the LTE variant to come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Source: FCC

Samsung issues response to recent claims of KNOX vulnerability

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Last month security researchers from Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Labs claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in Samsung’s KNOX security platform. Samsung has issued a statement regarding the claims, indicating the issue identify by the Ben-Gurion researchers was really a classic Man in the Middle (MitM) attack and not a bug or flaw in KNOX or Android. Samsung indicates they reached out and discussed the issue with the security researchers  and were able to verify that the exploit that was identified exists as it “uses legitimate Android network functions in an unintended way to intercept unencrypted network connections from/to applications on the mobile device.”

Hands on with the Intel-powered Fuhu DreamTab at CES 2014

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Fuhu is definitely the leader when it comes to kids tablets. From toddlers to tweens, there is a Nabi tablet for everyone. If that isn’t enough, now Fuhu is readying the launch of the DreamTab which is a collaboration with DreamWorks. I had a chance to play with it at CES 2014, and I was quite impressed to say the least.

Lets talk specs. The DreamTab might be for kids, but it’s no “kids toy” if you know what I mean. You will have your choice of either 8-inches, 12-inches, 19-inches, or a whopping 24-inches. All will be IPS and at 1080p resolution. Under the hood, it’s powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor (Bay Trail), 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, front-facing stereo speakers, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it’s Google certified, so you will have access to all the apps available in the Google Play Store, at least the ones you allow your kids to use.

Hands on with the Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014

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Epson unveiled the second generation of their Moverio augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014, and we came away quite impressed. The BT-200 is the successor to the BT-100 that was released about a year and a half ago. Since then, Epson has come a long way in not only the design, but also attracting key developers.

Now the first thing we need to get straight is this is NOT a Google Glass competitor. This isn’t a product that you will wear while you are driving, grocery shopping, or any other like activity. This is meant for your personal time, when you can kick back and play an augmented reality game or watch a movie. It can also be used for certain business applications.

Motorola now offering free Chromecast with purchase of off-contract Moto X

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With most of the sweet holiday deals on the Moto X having already ended, you may have decided to move on from the idea of buying one. However, Motorola isn’t stopping their awesome offerings anytime soon— the company will now throw in a free Chromecast with the purchase of an off-contract Moto X. Combine that with the permanent $100-off price reduction, and you’re getting a very nice deal.

Be sure to purchase the phone before January 14th because the deal ends at midnight on that date. Add a Chromecast to your cart after putting in a 16 or 32GB Moto X and enter the code “STREAM.” The only way to make use of the deal is through the Moto Maker and with Developer edition phones.

Source: Motorola