Japan Display announces 5.4-inch 543ppi screen for smartphones

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After announcing a new 4K capable screen that could be used in a large tablet, Japan Display Inc. is back with another announcement from the FPD International 2013 event in Japan. This time, JDI announces a new 5.4-inch TFT LCD panel running at 1440×2560 resolution, giving it a resolution density of 543 pixels per inch. JDI says they have optimized power consumption and the physical size so it could be used in a smartphone. Since Sony is one of the partners in JDI, don’t be surprised to see one of their devices as the first to incorporate this new screen.

Along with the 5.4-inch size, JDI also introduced a 6.2-inch version capable of running at the same resolution. Due to the larger size, the pixels per inch figure drops to 473ppi, which is still quite impressive.

source: Japan Display Inc.
via: G for Games

Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

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It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.

It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

source: Google

Some LG Google TV devices receiving Android 4.2.2, finally saying goodbye to Honeycomb

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Finally fulfilling a promise made back in May, some of LG’s Google TV devices are receiving the long-awaited Android 4.2.2 update. While updates are always welcome, this one takes away some of the finer treats of a Google TV device. The Chrome browser has been switched from the PC to Android version, leaving users without access to services like Hulu, watchESPN, or Crackle because Adobe Flash is gone. The update is 297.8 MB, so sit tight if you plan on grabbing it right away. Hit the break for the full changelog and another image of the update.

The LG G Flex will sport a 720p display according to benchmark

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The LG G Flex will debut next month and will sport a 6-inch curved display. 6-inches is pretty big for a phone so you would expect it to sport a 1080p display. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case. According to a recent AnTuTu benchmark, it’s only going to be 720p (1280 x 720). The G Flex will also sport a Snapdragon 800, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

Since this was a benchmark test, you might be wondering how it fared? It came in a 33,336, which isn’t too shabby, but then again, does it matter?

source: AnTuTu
via: Android Community

Leaked Sony Xperia Z1S image confirms it’s a Xperia Z1 f variant

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Sony is all set to announce the Xperia Z1S next month, but is it a variant of the Z1, the Z1 f, or something entirely different? The above image was leaked accidentally on Sony’s website, and it looks awfully familiar to the Xperia Z1 f, except for a couple of differences. First, the front-facing camera is on the left side as opposed to the right side on the Xperia Z1 f. Second, is the absence of the NTT DoCoMo logo, which is found on the Xperia Z1 f because it’s an exclusive for the Japanese carrier. So the Xperia Z1S will be the “mini” version of the Xperia Z1 for the global market.

The specs for the Xperia Z1S (same as Xperia Z1 f) will include 4.3-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.2.2.

source: Sony Viet
via: Phone Arena

Nexus 5 release date may be October 31st in the US with a Canadian launch on November 8th

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Hopefully you aren’t sick of the Nexus 5 rumors yet, because they’re still coming. Canadian site Mobile Syrup says they’ve received some tips that we could see the Nexus 5 hit the US on Halloween with a Canadian launch right behind it on November 8th. That’s roughly when everyone is expecting it, I think, although it is still just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t look like either Google or LG is going to make any type of announcement tonight, so hang tight for just a few more days.

source: Mobile Syrup

Recent Samsung patent filings reveal possible ‘sports smart-glasses’

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It looks as though Samsung’s got their version of “rec specs 2.0” coming down the pike, as recent patent filings by the company reveal designs for new sports smart-glasses, which connect to your device via micro-USB.

This new device, if it comes to fruition, will of course join the Galaxy Gear smart-watch as part of Samsung’s new line of “wearables.” It isn’t exactly a Google Glass “copy,” especially because it’s got micro-USB connectivity attached, and it is also meant for a separate demographic, athletes.

The patent also describes the device as having integrated earphones for listening to music and taking calls hands-free. It will also be able to display notification alerts while you’re exercising. Hopefully they’ll be compatible with more than one smartphone, unlike the Galaxy Gear at launch…

If Samsung plans to continue with the ‘Galaxy’ brand name, expect the device to be called “Galaxy Glasses.”

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Polaroid iM1836 Android-powered camera finally available exclusively through Walmart and Amazon

 

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Polaroid announced their iM1836 Android-powered camera back at CES 2013 in January, and starting now it’s available at Walmart or on Amazon.com. The device features an interchangeable lens, which is a nice addition that keeps it ahead of the Galaxy Camera. Pricing isn’t bad either at $299.99.

You can hit the break for the full press release.

LG ships 12 million smartphones in third quarter, looks forward to strong holiday sales

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LG released their third-quarter financial results and the news is good for the Korean manufacturer. In particular, LG Mobile Communications Company reported their third-quarter revenue increased by 24 percent compared to the same period last year. This was generated off of shipments of 12 million smartphones, although LG did indicate profitability and average selling price were impacted by competition and their marketing investments. LG probably helped their cause with the new LG G2, which may not be the top phone on the market right now, but it certainly provides a viable option for buyers who may be growing increasingly wary of either Samsung or HTC products. LG anticipates they think they will be able to continue to capitalize on sales of the premium LG G2 device and supplement that with mid-tier products like the L II and F series devices during the holiday season.

The company as a whole posted revenues of KRW 13.89 trillion ($12.51 billion USD) and operating profit of KRW 217.80 billion ($196.34 million USD) during the third quarter. This was an increase in operating profit of 27 percent compared to the same period last year. As we have watched HTC continue to fade away over the past couple years, we might be witnessing LG’s rise to a position as Samsung’s main rival in the Android device market.

source: LG

European users starting to see Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 updates for HTC One

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HTC’s rollout of Android 4.3 for their HTC One customers continues to spread around the globe with users in some European countries now reporting they are being notified to grab the OTA update. Unlike users on some carriers in the U.S., like those on T-Mobile that started to see the update this week, the update rolling out in Europe includes HTC’s Sense 5.5 interface, an upgrade from Sense 5.0. That change will bring users some new features for BlinkFeed and more search support for Google+ and RSS feeds, including the ability to turn off BlinkFeed.

Thus far the update appears to have hit some Eastern European markets and Russia according to @LlabTooFeR and reports indicate some Nordic countries are receiving the update. Meanwhile, HTC UK is estimating three to five more weeks before British customers receive the new update.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Samsung slams HTC and gets fined in the process

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Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission handed Samsung a NT 10 million ($340,000) fine for undermining the reputation of HTC, which is based in Taiwan. According to the FTC, Samsung organized an Internet campaign praising their own phones while slamming HTC phones and is a violation of fair trade rules. The FTC also fined two other Taiwanese trading companies that were instrumental in creating the campaign.

This isn’t the first time the FTC came down on Samsung. Earlier in the year, they received a NT 300,000 ($10,000) fine for misleading consumers in their advertisements of the Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 smartphone.

source: AP
via: Phone Arena

 

Possible Nexus 10 press render surfaces

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There it is. Well, there is what could be the Google Nexus 10. Not much information has come in on the device, but Phone Arena was left with this image by an anonymous tipster. As you can tell, the wallpaper reflects that of the Nexus 5 leak from last week. The rather confusing part are the lack of apparent Android 4.4 Kit Kat changes. The notification bar is not white, and the bottom navigation bar is not transparent like the Nexus 5. ASUS, who manufacturs the Nexus 7, is expected to create the tablet that packs a killer 2560 x 1600 10-inch display. Stay tuned as we’re sure to learn more about the Nexus 10 in the days coming.

Source: Phone Arena

Amazon’s set-top box has run into delays, launch possibly after the holiday season

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As you know, Amazon has been working on a streaming device to compete with Chromecast and Apple TV. It is an obvious choice. Google’s Chromecast has been selling unbelievably all over the world. The Verge is reporting that the set-top box, which is running a forked version of Android, has been delayed by Amazon and could face a launch beyond the coveted holiday season. The device would utilize Amazon’s own services as well as third party apps (just like Chromecast and Apple TV).

While it’s disappointing for Amazon to miss the holiday season, they still can look forward to a good start once the device does launch. Amazon has a plethora of services ranging from music (MP3) to shopping (their website) to TV and movies (via Prime). And of course the set-top box will likely be controlled by a Kindle Fire. Also, Amazon has a lot on its plate right now. They have been working on 3D object recognition that would make its debut on the inevitable Amazon phone. So I think we can cut them a little slack.

Source: The Verge

Sprint Bound HTC One Max Revealed By FCC (Model OP3P700)

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Looks like AT&T won’t be the only carrier getting some One Max love as a recent filing over at the good ol’ FCC shows bands and nomenclature revealing what appears to be a Sprint bound model. A 6-inch 1080p device with model number “OP3P700” stood out showing the following bands; 25 (1900 mhz), 26 (850 mhz) and 41 (2500 mhz formerly Clearwire).

As of now, pricing (off and on-contract) is obviously unclear but stay tuned as we’ll certainly find out and report back. Hopefully there’s no indication of a too hefty price tag as we’ve already seen this bad boy listed at £600 ($952) in the UK (off-contract). However, we’re sure it will most likely be close to that. So, if you’re due for an upgrade in the near future and you’re into heavy ass handsets, this might be a viable option for you. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Xtorm launches solar power pack accessory for Galaxy S4

 

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As we wait for battery technology to improve, many turn to battery accessories to give their devices that extra ‘push’ that they need to get them through the day.

Xtorm has a new solution that most will probably find extremely useful. The company has launched a solar battery pack accessory for the Galaxy S4, which promises to add an extra 3000mAh of battery capacity to your handset.

The design is a bit bulky, but you don’t have to keep it attached at all times. When your phone needs a boost, simply plug it in and let it do its thing— of course keeping it plugged in will ensure that you’ll have a near-full battery at most times, but for aesthetic reasons, it’s understandable that you’d want it to be disconnected at some times.

The Xtorm GS4 Solar Power Pack will hit store in Europe for about €50, or just under $70 USD.

Source: PocketNow