Spigen releases image of Nexus 5 with their case

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Case manufacturer Spigen posted on Google+ today a render of a Nexus 5 sporting a Neo Hybrid case. The ad copy encourages fans to “Be Ready” for the Nexus 5 “Revolution.” Spigen has already obtained a listing on Amazon for the case, though most of the information was just a placeholder.

Case manufacturers and other accessory manufacturers often receive units or drawings in advance of a product launch so they can have their wares available on the day of release. The posting of this image is a good sign that we are only a few weeks away from the release of the Nexus 5.

source: +Spigen

Samsung Galaxy Mega headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy Mega smartphone is slated for MetroPCS thanks to a couple of leaked images. The device will be sim-locked to Metro, thus no word on whether it’ll eventually make its way to T-Mobile or not.

If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the Galaxy Mega offers a dual-core 1.7GHz processor paired with 1.5GB or RAM, available in 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable to an additional 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3200mAh battery. Of course what gives the device its name is the monstrous 6.3″ screen for all your viewing pleasures.

No news on when the device will hit stores, but sometime between the end of this month and November is my best guess.

source: TmoNews

T-Mobile unveils ‘Simple Global’ which brings international unlimited data plans for customers

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In a bold move that’s part of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Phase 3 plan, “Simple Global” has been announced and brings unlimited global data at no extra charge for customers in well over 100+ countries. Starting October 31st, eligible Simple Choice and business customers will automatically receive unlimited data and texting in over 100 countries. This plan also has the customer paying an industry-low flat rate of 20 cents per voice call when roaming in the same country.

HTC One Max full specs list leaks, confirms previous reports

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HTC is hoping that the One Max is the phone that saves their sinking ship of a company, and they’re packing the device with some great internals in hope that consumers will come to them for their next phone. 

An editor at Nowherelse.fr, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tweeted out a specs sheet for the phone which show that it will ship with Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, a 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 (FHD) display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, NFC capabilities, and a microSD slot that will hold up to 32GB of information. The battery should be very powerful, at 3200mAh.

The deal for Beats Audio to purchase its remaining shares back from HTC hasn’t been completed yet, so the phone will also include Beats speakers. Something new, though, is the fingerprint scanner added on the back of the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that the phablet will be unveiled to the public on October 15th.

This will surely be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so it will be interesting to see how its sales figures pan out after some disappointing numbers all around for the company in recent months.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: @stagueve

Android-exclusive Easter egg discovered on Google Chrome app

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New Easter egg alert! It’s pretty useless, but fun nonetheless…and addictive.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device, and press the tab button. If you have multiple tabs open, close all of them but one. Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of of the page five times. Tap it again, and you’ll get a “flip” animation.

How people discover these Easter eggs, we’ll never know— but we always love messing around with them when they’re outed. Try it out for yourself! If you can’t get it to work, hit the break to see it in action.

Update: Sorry guys!! Yes, this has been around for a long time. We completely forgot about it, but hopefully we helped out those of you that never heard about it.

GamePad 2 from Archos officially announced, will ship in Q4 to U.S. for $200

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Just a few weeks ago, Archos’ GamePad 2 was outed on a retailer’s website, displaying all the new device has to offer. Today, Archos finally made an official announcement on the gaming tablet, which will feature a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, and 2GB RAM.

Control responsiveness was also greatly improved, and will ship with Android 4.2 and a more powerful battery. The GamePad 2 will hit Europe at the end of October for around $243, and will be shipping in the US during Q4 for $200. Hit the break for the full press release.

Lenovo seeking to acquire HTC, talks ongoing since August

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While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.

Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.

Source: AppleDaily Taiwan
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung preparing another clamshell smartphone

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Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).

Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices.

Amazon puts a stop to international orders for Chromecast devices

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Did you place your order yesterday with Amazon after learning Chromecast devices were available for delivery to locations outside the U.S.? If you hesitated, you may have missed out on a window of opportunity as Amazon has stopped accepting international Chromecast orders. It is unclear what the status of existing orders may be. Some orders have already shipped, so it is unlikely those can be stopped, but if the order was still being processed by Amazon the company could put a stop to it, though hopefully not for those lucky buyers.

Consumers outside the U.S. interested in a Chromecast will now have to go back to waiting for Google Play to make the device available in their country or find one through a site like eBay.

source: Android Authority

Samsung releases ‘The Developer’, another Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Gear short film

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It seems as though Samsung has stepped up their investments in marketing. Instead of the usual 30 and 60-second spots, they are investing in short films. Last month they released “Dreams”, which later turned into a 60-second spot. They just released their second short called, “The Developer”, which is another music-inspired short film. This one features Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde. In this video, a stranger (the developer) captures the imaginations of the children who live in a low income neighborhood.

These newer shorts are obviously a departure from what Samsung has done in the past, such as poking fun at the iSheep. Whether it’s your thing or not, one can’t deny the production and cost with these short films. They are done really well, but will they inspire people to buy the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear? Hit the break for the video.

Cruzerlite Androidified Nexus 5 cases already on sale

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The Nexus 5 hasn’t been announced yet, but that isn’t stopping one UK retailer from offering cases for the phone. MobileFun is offering two Cruzerlite Androidified cases for pre-order (clear and black) as well as two cases from Rearth Ringke (slim and fusion).

After adding any of the cases to your cart, the shipping date is revealed as October 23, which could be the actual date or most likely a placeholder. The Nexus 5 could be announced by then, but I am putting my money on the last week in October.

source: MobileFun
via: Cult of Android

Samsung Galaxy Round makes first video appearance, Galaxy Note 3 comes along for the ride

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The Galaxy Round is intriguing to say the least, but I am not sure it’s intriguing enough to slap down $1,000 for it. Most of us probably won’t get our hands on one since it will only be available in South Korea for the time being, so a video is the next best thing. This video primarily shows how curvy the Galaxy Round is as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3, It also gives you a quick glimpse of what must be a way of waking the device by giving the Galaxy Round a slight roll. Hit the break for the video.

Nexus 5 won’t utilize mems|cam module after all

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Last week rumors started to circulate that the Nexus 5 would sport mems camera technology, which utilizes faster focusing. However, it appears the rumor was inaccurate because DigitalOptics just announced that OPPO is going to be the first company to utilize their mems|cam module. They actually referred to the rumor about the Nexus 5 in their press release…

There has been speculation on who would be the first to bring the significant benefits of mems|cam to the mobile imaging market. Last week, several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate.

So no mems technology, but at least the Nexus 5 is getting optical image stabilization, which will be a welcome upgrade from past Nexus offerings. Hit the break for the full presser.

Galaxy Note 3 was originally designed to utilize a fingerprint scanner

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It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it. They were going to use a company in Dittisham Valley, but the chip didn’t pass quality assurance tests. The problem is there just isn’t enough companies working on the technology. Apple gobbled up Authentec in 2012 and Crucialtec is working with Pantech.

Trying to read through the story in Korean, it’s possible that Samsung might release a phone with a fingerprint scanner by the end of the year or early next year. That could very well be the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Active we reported on earlier in the week. It’s also possible that Samsung will develop their own technology, but I doubt that would be ready so quickly.

source: etnews
via: gforgames

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 8, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

Top 5 photo and video gallery replacement apps for Android [October 2013]

How to multitask on the LG G2 using QSlide apps

How to control your home theater with Quick Remote on the LG G2

How to use Text Link on the LG G2

How to use Slide Aside on the LG G2

Chromebooks

HP announces Chromebook 11, includes Pixel-like design and IPS display