Samsung Shows Off Achievements And Evolution Of Smartwatch In The Form Of An Infographic

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Samsung, one of, if not the largest competitor in the mobile industry is taking a look back at 2013 in all its glory and achievements in the form of an infographic. Who doesn’t love infographics? Check out the company’s leaps and bounds over various milestones and see how the organization has had an active roll in shaping mobile communications both through smartphones and in the wearable devices market.

It’s no surprise how successful the company has become thanks to the launch of several key devices such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and its all new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. With millions of sales under their belt one has to think it’s pretty darn cool to work for Samsung Mobile right about now. Check out the infographics below which depict how Samsung leaped over several milestones and also made Dick Tracy’s watch today’s reality. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments below.   

Republic Wireless now offering Moto X

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Service on Republic Wireless may not be top-notch, but the cost of their plans certainly are. To go along with these awesome plans, they now have a pretty awesome phone. The company announced that the Moto X is now available on the carrier for $299 off-contract.

If you want to see how Republic’s plans work, see the info below.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data, on WiFi only – $5/month
  • Unlimited talk and text on WiFi and cellular, and unlimited data on WiFi – $10/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 3G cellular – $25/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 4G LTE cellular – $40/month

Source: Republic Wireless

Samsung looks to increase market share two-fold in Africa in coming year

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It’s no secret that Samsung’s meteoric rise in the smartphone industry is still continuing today. Surprisingly, there’s even more that the company can be doing to keep its success going.

By the end of this year, Samsung expects that half of the smartphones sold in Africa over the course of 2013 will be Samsung-branded, and hopes to double these sales in Africa in 2014.

It’s the perfect demographic— Africa’s growing tech savvy and urbanized growing young population is growing, and foreign manufacturers are swarming.

Of the total 100 million mobile phones solid in Africa this year, about 20% are smartphones, and half of those are Samsung-made. Samsung has its work cut out for it, and it’ll be interesting to see what it can do.

Source: Reuters

Motorola Moto G FM Radio app added to Google Play

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When buyers get their hands on the new Moto G smartphone, they will discover several of their stock apps are available through Google Play in the same manner as some Moto X apps. One of those apps is the FM Radio app sporting a simple swipe-based navigation system. The app lets users tune in to FM radio stations, using a wired headset as the antenna, as well as build a list of favorites, scan for stations, and get information about what is playing. It appears the app will only work on the Moto G, so it is unlikely anyone would need it at this point. If you want to check out it, we have provided some screenshots and download links after the break.

Samsung plans for flexible screen on next-gen of smartphones leak, features interactive side-pane

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The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.

Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.

Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:

LG hoped Google would give a “hat tip” to LG heritage in naming latest Nexus smartphone

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A new report from Korean news source Chosun gives a little back story on the name of Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 5. According to sources, LG pushed on Google to name the device the Nexus G in a nod to the device’s connection to the LG G2 smartphone which the Nexus 5 is loosely based on. LG apparently suggested to Google that Samsung was provided with this kind of consideration when they produced Nexus devices, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. Google resisted and eventually denied the request from LG, opting to stick with Nexus 5.

The report does not indicate when these discussions took place or when the final decision to go with Nexus 5 was made by Google. It could be Google wanted to stick with Nexus 5 as both a recognition of the smartphone’s position as fifth in line as well as in connection with Android 5.0. For much of the past year, many thought the next version of Android after 4.3 was going to be the 5.0 version going by the Key Lime Pie moniker. It would have made sense to have Android 5.0 running on a Nexus 5 from a marketing standpoint. As we all know, that changed when Google partnered with KitKat for naming rights to the operating system, although it is not clear whether the current version was really going to be 5.0 or was always on the path to being the Android 4.4 that we are all trying to get our hands on.

At the end of the day, LG lost out on the opportunity to make a subtle connection between Google’s success with the Nexus line and their own flagship devices marketed under the “G” name.

source: Chosun
via: G for Games

Samsung gives further clarification on their SIM Regional Lock policy

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When the Galaxy Note 3 launched, many people were up in arms over a SIM Regional Lock policy that Samsung implemented, which made it difficult for people to import the global version. At first, it appeared the Note 3 would only work with the SIM for the country that the particular model was intended for. Then it was later clarified that if you powered on the phone with the proper SIM (from the country it was intended for), then it would be unlocked and could be used anywhere. However, many people found this wasn’t the case.

Now Samsung has chimed in again with more clarification on how it works. Apparently there is one more step that is needed in order to free the phone of the Regional Lock: Once the phone is powered on with the proper SIM, you will need to make or received calls for a total of 5 minutes. Once that is completed, the Regional Lock will be removed. Now if you have no way of doing this because you’re in the U.S. with a European model, you can still go to a Samsung Care Center, and they will unlock it for you.

AT&T’s Galaxy S 4 receiving update to Android 4.3

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Right on queue with the leaked projected date, the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is now receiving the Android 4.3 update. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s still an update. Make sure you’re connected to WiFi when downloading the file because it is a hefty 719MB. Isn’t it interesting that the AT&T model has been updated after Verizon and Sprint? Maybe all of the carriers are finally understanding that consumers want updates in a timely fashion.

Via: Android Central

Second-hand Nexus 5 owner discovers test build of Key Lime Pie running on device

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We often hear the classic story of people ending up with a prototype of a device after a night at the bar. This time, it was literally given straight to the customer.

When a brand new Nexus 5 owner turned on his device, he discovered it was actually running a test build of Key Lime Pie instead of 4.4 KitKat.

He got the device second-hand, and after trying it out a bit, he found that the build was not stable was continuously crashing. After some investigating, he found the screen above.

Nothing too exciting was on the device or too different from the regular build other than a few hidden menus.

This happens every once in a while, but the devices are updated to the most recent version of Android when they’re turned on. However, such as with this case, test builds don’t get OTA updates, so the customer had to flash KitKat.

Source: AndroidAndMe

 

Rumors surface indicating Cyanogen, Inc. ready to get into smartphone business with their own device

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According to undisclosed sources, Cyanogen, Inc. is working on producing an “official” CyanogenMod smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8974AC processor running at 2.5GHz, a slight step up from the current crop of devices running Snapdragon 800 chips at 2.4GHz. Reports indicate the device will be built specifically to run CyanogenMod, although it is unclear what other physical differences there may be compared with something like the Oppo N1 that supports CyanogenMod. Speaking of Oppo, although they were quick out of the gate to support Cyanogen with a special edition of the N1 that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed, no one is saying whether they will be selected as the OEM for the new device. Another player in the Chinese market, Gionee, has surfaced as a possible contender via their upcoming ELIFE E6 device.

Best Buy halting HP Chromebook 11 sales, others yank the device too

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According to The Verge, sources say Best Buy is not selling the HP Chromebook 11 for the time being due to urgent internal instructions. Best Buy managers are being told “stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately” and should “partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse.” Even online, listings for the device has disappeared. And Best Buy isn’t alone. Amazon, who Google also partnered with for the sale of the HP Chromebook 11, has taken it down as well. All retailers of the device — Amazon, Best Buy, Google Play, HP — no longer have it available at this time. Why this is happening so rapidly, we’re not sure. Perhaps a defect has been found? Stay tuned for an update.

Source: The Verge

Moto X to receive 4.4 KitKat update in coming weeks, update to Moto G to follow

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When KitKit was initially announced, Motorola came out with a list of phones that would be updated to the new OS, including their flagship, the Moto X, and the newest line of Droid phones. However, the company didn’t release a timeline for the update.

At the Moto G press event this morning, Moto CEO Dennis Woodside said that the Moto X would be receiving the update in a few weeks, and that the Moto G would get it by the end of January. We’d assume that “a few weeks” wait for the update to come to the Moto X would be before January…

Let’s hope that Moto hits their marks this time— it could make for some very positive news if they were to roll out KitKat so quickly to their devices.

Asus planning on launching two budget Chromebooks next year priced at $199 and $249

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Asus is one of Google’s closest manufacturing partners, having manufactured both versions of the Nexus 7, but they’ve never released a Chromebook despite pushing hard in the tablet landscape with Android. That’s going to change early next year, according to Asus.

Right now, Asus has a $249 Chromebook on the map to be released in Q1 of 2014.  No official specs or anything, but they have announced that it will use Chrome OS and it’ll be competitively priced. On top of that, the company is considering launching another slightly cheaper Chromebook beside it for just $199. Those are two very attractive price points for a full Chromebook with Asus hardware.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen seems to think that Chromebook shipments will make up about 10% of all laptop sales next year, so he obviously wouldn’t want his company to be left out of that slice of market share. I’m sure we’ll hear more about these two new laptops within the next month or so.

source: Focus Taiwan

via: G For Games