Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 8.0

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As expected, Samsung just made the Galaxy Note 8.0 official. Although it will be considered a tablet by most, the international version will be able to make phone calls. Just like the Note 10.1, it will include an IR blaster along with the Peel remote software. Of course, since it’s a Note device, it will include the S Pen.

Samsung is including Awesome Note for the first time in an Android tablet. It’s an integrated application that is capable of unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary, and Must-remember lists. Also for the first time in the Galaxy Note line, the included S Pen can control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology. Many of the other applications available on other Samsung Note devices are present such as Pop up Note, Pop Up Video, Dual View multi-window support, and Air View.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 seen in the wild at MWC ahead of official launch

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MWC officially begins tomorrow, but today images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 were spotted ahead of Samsung’s official press conference announcing the device. Various pictures were leaked of people holding the device as well as what looks like an official poster from Samsung about the device. It looks just like previously leaked images, but this time we get to see the S Pen. Not much else is known at this point so stick around with TalkAndroid for all the news to come at MWC. A video of some models sporting the device surfaced as well, so hit the break to see it.


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Motorola reorganizes its device update page, promises Jelly Bean for Droid RAZR in Q1

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We’ve seen Motorola release some time frames for updates to its device before, but more often than not, they’ve failed to keep those promises. Motorola’s Punit Soni did promise to make some changes to that behavior recently, and I think we’re starting to see some results from that.

Motorola has redone their device update page, which now allows you to sort out your device by country, carrier, and device. Once you’ve found your device, you can easily when it’s slated to receive an update, and when the last update was rolled out. Pretty handy, and significantly better than the huge page of cluttered information that it used to be. You can also sign up for emails to be notified when your device is set to receive an update.

And good news for Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners, the new update page firmly states that both devices are set to receive Jelly Bean in Q1. We’re coming to the end of Q1, so you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer on the update, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it becomes available.

source: Motorola

Google looks to launch a full music streaming service

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Google Music is one of our favorite music applications for Android, and Google is aiming to make it just a little bit better. According to reports, Google is in talks with major music companies to launch a music service similar to Spotify, which would allow you to listen to any song you wanted, on-demand, without needing to buy and store all of your music somewhere. Personally, I think the service would integrate nicely into Google Music, similar to what Samsung does with their Music Hub application.

It’s expected that this music streaming service would launch with a free and paid subscription option, and it would give Google the leg up on Amazon and Apple, the two closest competitors who haven’t moved into music streaming yet. It would put Google in competition with companies like Spotify, who have a strong grip on the market already. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Hit the source below to find out a few more details.

source: FT.com

Google posts I/O registration for March 15th at 10 AM EST

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Google formally announced their Google I/O last December and told us registration for the event would be revealed in February. Thanks to some leaked pages earlier from Google, we’ve got the details on when you can sign up.

The registration will open at 10 AM EST on March 15th, and the tickets will run $900 bucks for general admission and $300 for academic attendees. And, if it’s anything like last year, those tickets aren’t going to last long, even at those prices. Google recommends setting up your Google Wallet account ahead of time to pay for the tickets, and to keep an eye on their Google Plus page for more details leading up to the event.

Google I/O will take place in San Francisco from May 15th to May 17th, and we’re sure to see some really cool products from Google. Keep an eye out for our coverage on the event as we get closer to May.

source: 9to5 Google

HTC adds IR API to OpenSense APK so developers can create IR apps for the HTC One

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With the announcement of the HTC One still fresh in everyone’s mind, the mobile giant has decided to keep the hype going by announcing the release of their IR API in their latest OpenSense SDK. HTC is hoping to attract developers that can start utilizing the IR blaster in the HTC One for more real-world applications other than just changing the channel on your TV. There are some great applications that can be made to fully utilize the IR such as, controlling a DSLR camera, unlocking real estate lock boxes, or even controlling a toy helicopter. This looks to be a promising development for the HTC One and might just give the aging IR technology the boost it needs to become more than just a form of communication between your remote and TV.

Source: HTC

UK carrier Three makes HTC One available for pre-order

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Those individuals in the UK are in luck as Three, a UK-based phone carrier, has made the hot new HTC One available for pre-order today ahead of a reported release on March 15th. Three will debut the phone on its LTE network at launch and is offering two tariffs, each with an upfront cost of £69 for the device. Consumers can choose between the two offered tariffs, one that costs £34 per month called the “Ultimate Internet 500 tariff” and another for £2 more called “The One Plan” which features unlimited data and the ability to tether. Three is also offering the phone on a pay-as-you-go plan for £479.99. It’s pretty nice that Three customers will have a couple of plans to choose from when grabbing the device. Click the source below to get more information and pre-order the HTC One from today.

Source: Three.co.uk

Sony Xperia E Dual goes on pre-order for U.S.

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Sony has just announced that their dual-sim Sony Xperia E Dual is up for pre-order in the U.S. with units shipping on March 1st. This entry level Android smartphone features a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch WVGA screen and a 3.2MP rear camera. While these specs are nothing to shout about, Sony has presented an entry level smartphone in a very sleek and attractive package. The device will cost $199.99 which on the surface may seem high, however this is the price you pay for the device unlocked. Most of the higher end smartphones cost the same price on a two-year contract with a carrier. For $199.99, this is a great starter phone for anyone jumping into the smartphone market for the first time. Head over to the source to pre-order your Xperia E Dual today.

Source: Sony Store

Kyocera Torque from Sprint available for $99.99 on March 8th

 

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Sprint has just revealed that the rugged Kyocera Torque smartphone will go on sale on March 8th for $99.99 on-contract. Announced back in January, the Torque features 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2500mAh battery. Coupled with this is 4GB of internal storage with expandable storage options via microSD. Sprint claims the Torque is dirt and water resistant as well as able to withstand extreme hot and cold and withstand harsh impacts, so if you’re in the market for a new smartphone and you’re also one who tends to be harsh on your products, it might not be a bad idea to consider the Torque as your next purchase. Click the break for the press release.


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Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile join Via Licensing’s 4G LTE patent pool

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Via Licensing Corporation announced two new additions to their LTE patent pool. China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom have both joined the pool as owners of standards essential patents that are part of the LTE industry standard. Via Licensing, which maintains licensing programs for several technologies, launched the LTE pool last October. Thus far they have obtained commitments from AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE Corporation in addition to these latest entrants.

In joining the licensing pool, Deutsche Telecom hopes to battle the problem of “costly patent litigation and a lack of predictability surrounding the cost and availability of essential IP.” The pool helps companies like China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom by reducing the risk of litigations and paving the way for licensing deals for their own patents.

source: TechCrunch