New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm

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Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

Hit the break for the full presser.


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HTC’s vice president of product management hints at new Android update in March

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We’ve seen some rumors on Android 5.1 already, and now we’re getting hints from Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president of product management, that the update is on its way.

After being prodded by a Twitter follower on when a bug in the Google Play Edition of the One M7 would be fixed, Versi responded by tweeting, “It’ll be tied to Google’s next MR, which is in March. Thanks.”

This could be hinting at the forthcoming Android 5.1, and it’s nice to have a bit more information from a more reliable source. Of course, the tweet’s content is open for debate and leaves room for interpretation, but this tidbit is what we’ve got to work with for now.

Source: @moversi

Possible pricing for LG Watch Urbane appears on retail site

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The LG Watch Urbane, the all-metal, all-luxury big brother of the G Watch R, was announced earlier this week, but without pricing and availability details.

Today, a product page on MobileFun.com appears to have some more information on the forthcoming smartwatch.

While an availability date is not yet announced, the site lists the Watch Urbane for $368.99 and is currently accepting pre-orders.

We’ll get you more on the device as a release date nears, but this is all that’s known for now.

Source 1: Mobile Fun 1 / Mobile Fun 2

Google could offer a Google+ extension called Tablescape soon, a place for sharing foodographs

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I know many of you like taking pictures of your food and sharing them because I see them regularly on Twitter and Google+. If you’re one of those people, you will be happy to know that Google might soon offer something just for you called Tablescape. It’s a place for sharing foodographs.

It appears to be some sort of extension to Google+, similar to the Photos app. What I mean is that it would be a separate app on your mobile device, but it will actually be part of Google+ just like Photos is.


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[Bug Report] DROID Turbo won’t ring when receiving calls and goes straight to voicemail

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I know it’s hard to imagine, but some smartphone owners actually do make and receive phone calls with their devices. If you’re a DROID Turbo owner though, unfortunately you might find yourself waiting and waiting for that girl or boy to call you back.

Turns out there is some sort of bug that prevents the Turbo from ringing when receiving a call and it goes straight to voicemail. I stumbled up on this when a friend, who owns a Turbo, was asking if I knew of a way to fix it. It turns out that many other users are experiencing the same issue.


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Google adds 12 additional countries to its list of supported Play Store Merchants

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Google has today broadened the international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding 12 new countries to the mix. Developers in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Honduras, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Panama all now have the ability to apply for a Merchant account.


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