Samsung to merge divisions in hopes of improving smartphone cameras

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A report out of Korea indicates Samsung has merged their Digital Imaging Business Division with their Wireless Division. The Digital Imaging Business Division is responsible for cameras produced by the company, while the Wireless Business Division is essentially their smartphone division. According to a statement released by Samsung, the company “will transplant the brand, sales networks, software competency and manufacturing competitiveness of the Wireless Business Division into the Camera Business Division, and integrate the technical know-how of the two business divisions into competency for differentiating our smartphones.” The reorganization was effective on December 11th.

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Sprint rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update to Moto X

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After sending out soak test invites last week, owners of the Moto X on Sprint are finally receiving Android 4.4 KitKat. While all of the KitKat goodies are being added, except for the Google Experience Launcher, Motorola is also enhancing some of their own features such as Touchless Control.

If you’re unaware of what this update will bring, hit the break for an overview. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite said to be entering production, could be 30% of Note 3 sales

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Remember Samsung’s watered down devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite? A new report from ET News in Korea claims that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite has already entered production. Apparently Samsung is slated to produce 500,000 units in January and about 1.5 million in February. This would allow Samsung to announce the Note 3 Lite at Mobile World Congress in February and a release in March or April.

It is rumored that Samsung had started production last month but decided to push back the release since the device would be close to the Note 3 release and change the perception of the Note brand as premium. Sources are even saying that Samsung expects this device to consume 30% of Note 3 sales. The Note 3 Lite is rumored to have a 5.49 or 5.68-inch LCD, not AMOLED to keep costs down, display. Being that it is a low-end device, a 1080p display is not expected alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor.

Source: ET News (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games

Vivo sends out very cool augmented reality invitations for Xplay 3S event

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Normally we just get a simple email for manufacturer events, but Vivo is doing something totally different and cool. They are sending physical invitations for the Xplay 3S event, but what’s really cool about it, is the card is NFC equipped and when holding your phone over it, you get a really cool augmented reality surprise. The phone should be unveiled on December 18, but hit the break to check out this very cool invitation. It’s by far the best invitation I have ever seen.

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Android 4.4.2 factory images available for recent Nexus devices

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As always, Google has released factory images for their latest Android 4.4.2 update. They’re available for the Nexus 4 and 5, as well as both versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. These images are basically simple ways to flash your device back to completely stock Android, so this doesn’t mean they’re being pushed out OTA yet.

4.4.2 brought a handful of fixes, most notably a patch for an SMS vulernability and some voicemail delivery and notification improvements. If you need any of the factory images, you can find them at the source link below.

source: Nexus Factory Images

Android 4.4.2 update fixes Nexus SMS exploit

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Remember that little vulnerability we heard about on Nexus devices that could be maliciously exploited to cause a device to lock up and reboot? Looks like Google has finally added a fix for that in Android 4.2.2, which should be rolling out fairly soon. There are no other camera improvements or anything like that in this update, but according to the 4.4.2 changelog, there were a handful of things that got patched. The most major one is that SMS exploit, but that doesn’t mean the few other things that were patched aren’t appreciated. If you’re a Nexus user, keep an eye out for this update.

source: Phandroid

Moto X and Moto G orders delayed because of Winter Storm Dion

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With Motorola’s big $150 off sale, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a delay with shipments, but it looks like Winter Storm Dion is adding to the mix as well. Motorola’s plant is in Fort Worth, Texas and in one of the areas that Winter Storm Dion hit. Normally it takes about 4 days to get your phone, but that has increased to 13 days. Phone Arena reached out to Motorola and they responded with….

Unfortunately a winter storm is causing hazardous conditions in Fort Worth, where our factory is located. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our team members, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. We are taking steps to make up any lost time, but we anticipate some delays.

Why Motorola didn’t communicate this issue in a better manner, I have no idea, but things should be back on track very soon.

source: Phone Arena

Contest: Win a $150 Moto X coupon code from TalkAndroid [Updated with winner]

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The Moto X $150 promo ended on Monday, and I know a lot of you weren’t able to snag one. Thankfully our own Jack Holt was able to snag one, and we are giving it away to one of our lucky readers. This coupon code is good for a $150 discount on the Moto X off contract price. That would bring your total to $349 for the 16GB model or $399 for the 32GB model.

All you have to do is comment below telling us what you want for the holidays other than a Moto X. You have until tomorrow, December 12 at 11:59pm EST to get your entry in. On December 13, we will pick one random winner and email them the code, so be sure you are using a real email address for your account. The code expires on Monday, December 16 at 11:59pm EST. Good Luck!!!

Update: And the winners is Eric Moyer. Congratulations!! We are sending your code to the email associated with your account.

 

ASUS bringing PadFone to US in Q2 2014

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ASUS first introduced its PadFone back in 2011 at Computex, using Taiwan as a testbed, and selling over 10,000 PadFones a month between April and August. ASUS also launched the original PadFone Infinity there in May, and managed to sell between 200 and 300 devices daily between June and August.

After all this testing, an updated PadFone Infinity was released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, UAE, and a large portion of Europe. Now it finally looks as though the PadFone will be making its way to the US.

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Google makes Android Device Manager app for mobile devices

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In one of the more curious moves by Google, a few months ago when they launched the new Android Device Manager, users could only access the service via a web browser. That has changed with Google’s release of the Android Device Manager app to Google Play. The app brings all the same tools to your smartphone or tablet that you get from the desktop, like the ability to locate devices, lock devices remotely, reset lock PINs, and even erase all data on a device. This could be especially useful for users who have more than one Android device as they can now find, track and manage their other devices.

After the break you can check out some screenshots for the new app. Be sure to check out the reported location for the device you are using. We have also provided download links for the Google Play store so you can grab the Android Device Manager for free. Read more