HTC brings the Desire 610 and Desire 816 to the U.S.

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They might not be the most “desirable” smartphones, but the HTC Desire line has been around for a long time. HTC announced today that the Desire 610 and the Desire 816 are now available in the U.S.

The Desire 816 (pictured above) features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, BoomSound, Sense 6, and 2,600 mAh battery. It will be available starting tomorrow at Virgin Mobile for $299 on a Beyond Talk plan with no contract agreement.


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Chromebook demand to shift to consumers, increase 79% during 2014

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Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
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OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

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Today, the OnePlus One began to receive the Android 4.4.4 update, which comes full of fixes for all of the bugs you may have been experiencing. The update brings a fix to the camera called Clear Image. According to OnePlus, “Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured.” All pictures should have more detail, and low light shots will be clearer with less noise. To solve the yellow tinting of the screen, the update brings a cooler calibration of the screen.

With the help of the proximity sensor, the phone will no longer switch displays once in your pocket. The touch keys are more illuminated and the device should be much more stable. The issue that prevented vibrations from being deactivated during quiet hours has been fixed too, and now song info will be updated on the lock screen. 
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Samsung files for rights to “Galaxy Note Edge” name

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It appears that Samsung has trademarked the name “Galaxy Note Edge,” which we believe will be a variant of the Galaxy Note 4.

The “Edge” variant will feature curved screens which possibly wrap around the edges of the device. The device may be limited to certain markets (most likely Asia). It’s possible that we’re going to see it unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3.

Via: SamMobile
Source: USPTO

Possible 10.3-inch Android TV box hits benchmark site

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A recent addition to GFX Bench’s database includes the “Google Nexus Foo,” which seems to be causing quite a few of us in the tech community to be scratching our heads today.

At first, you’d think the 10.3-inch (Full HD 1080 x 1920) device is a tablet, but then when you see it runs Android Wear (KKWT), you’ll start to get a bit confused. The device has no touchscreen, no accelerometer, no barometer, no GPS, no compass, no gyroscope, no light sensor, no NFC,  or  no proximity sensor — only Bluetooth and WiFi are included.


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Information for upcoming HTC One M8 Prime suggests a new name and flagship specs

HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_02It looks like the lackluster HTC One Max from last year will be receiving a rightful successor. The device was first rumored to be the HTC M8 Prime and larger than the M8, but it appears that the large-screened device will come in at 5.9-inches (1,440 x 2,560) and will have a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Those specs aside, the Max M8 will have 3GB of RAM, LTE-A Cat. 6 connectivity and sport the duo camera that debuted in the One M8. With HTC planning a launch of another flagship during this half of the year, it looks like the Max is shaping up to be that device.

source: Tk Tech News
via: Phone Arena

Samsung SM-G739F phablet specs appear on benchmark site

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According to benchmark site GFXBench, Samsung has another phablet on the way. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have top-end specs, this Samsung SM-G739F has more midrange specs in comparison. The phone comes with a 5.5 inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.

Also on board is 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage, 7MP camera on back, with a 2MP camera in front – both capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video – and Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. Not much is known besides these specs, but we’ll let you know once we hear more.

Source: Phone Arena
Via: MySamsungphones

Verizon possibly closing loophole for remaining unlimited data customers

verizon_wireless_logo_610x426Until now, Verizon users that had a line that was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan could upgrade a line for a feature phone to a new and discounted smartphone, and then move the phone over to the unlimited line in order to keep the unlimited data package while still keeping the $9.99 per month feature phone line price. Verizon is reportedly on their way to ending this workaround, by requiring its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new smartphone on a two year contract to keep their selected data package for the length of their contract.

This change has not yet been confirmed by Verizon Wireless, as it is based on rumors sent to Droid-Life, citing unnamed sources — and _DroidForums.net, but would make sense.

Source: DroidForums.net

 

Huawei teases its Honor 3C Play while jabbing Apple

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A budget device with a quad-core processor is on its way from Huawei. The company is choosing to approach its marketing of the Honor 3C Play by focusing on the device’s low price along with its solid specifications. Because of this, Huawei is looking directly at Apple with its teasers for the Honor 3C Play.

While the specifications for the Honor 3C Play are not cutting edge, they remain pretty good for a budget device. The 5-inch display is 720p. The quad-core processor comes from MediaTek, put together with 1GB of RAM, in the form of its MT6582 SoC. It is four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.3GHz. The internal storage sits at just 4GB, but there is a microSD card slot to make room. The biggest disappointment is that the Honor 3C Play will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and not KitKat.

Hit the break to see the teaser images from Huawei.
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Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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