New contender for world’s thinnest smartphone surfaces from Vivo

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Industry watchers who pay attention to super-thin smartphones, and notably the record for world’s thinnest smartphone, know that Gionee has managed to hold the title for a while now. The current record holder is the Gionee Elfie S5.5 that measures only 5.5mm thick. A couple months ago rumors surfaced that Gionee was working on a successor, the G9005, that would bring the thickness down to only 4.9mm. Some new images posted to Weibo suggest Gionee may have some competition from Vivo in the near future.
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Samsung Galaxy A7 makes appearance on benchmark site

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We have seen a few leaks surface for the Samsung Galaxy A7, but the latest appearance on the GFXBench benchmark site may provide some of the best information yet regarding the device. Unfortunately, one datapoint throws some confusion into the mix. Previous leaks showed the Galaxy A7 having a 5.5-inch screen. However, the entry in the GFXBench database lists the device as having a 5.2-inch display. We will have to wait to see what the final size it. Despite that bit of uncertainty, the rest of the specs look to be solid.
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ASUS MeMO Pad 10 officially released

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ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
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LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon

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In time for the holiday season, Verizon is bolstering its tablet lineup. The G Pad 10.1 recently appeared at the FCC seeking approval. It just is not a WiFi-only variant of the LG tablet, though. This is a version of the G Pad 10.1 that has an LTE connection. Verizon and LG have not said anything about this device at this time.

Even with an LTE connection, the G Pad 10.1 is expected to be affordable. The specifications are not cutting edge; however, they are perfectly suitable for many consumers. The display’s resolution is 1280×800. The processor is a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The camera on the back is 5MP and up front is a 1.3MP camera. Nothing too crazy on this device.

Source: FCC
Via: G 4 Games

Amazon goes after Chromecast and Roku with Fire TV Stick

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With the holidays approaching, Amazon is adding yet another media streaming device to their lineup. This one goes after Google’s Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. It’s the Fire TV Stick, and it’s going for $39. A little more than the Chromecast, but it also includes a remote control.

The Fire TV stick is basically the same Fire TV product that is offered in the set-top box, but in a smaller package and without the games. The stick goes right into your HDMI port, and you can control it via the included remote control or fling content from Fire tablets or if you’re one of the very few people who own a Fire Phone. So you will be able to enjoy all the same content such as Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and so much more.


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Pre-orders for Google’s first Gamepad are now live

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The Nexus Player pre-order went through a bit of a rough start, but now it is up and available to order, and as of today so is the Nexus Player’s accompanying game controller. A first for Google, the Nexus Player’s gamepad looks like a serious controller with a button arrangement not unlike the Sony’s DualShock controllers. The buttons include 2 analog sticks, a 4-button D-pad and 8 action buttons featuring two pressure-sensitive triggers.
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LG to update Japan-exclusive Isai with three new colors and 3GB of RAM

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LG first launched the LG Isai earlier this year as a Japanese exclusive with the company’s first WQHD display. Today the Korean tech giant has revealed a refreshed version of the Isai with similar specs and features to the original, with a few changes. First the new Isai ships with VoLTE capabilities, allowing users to place calls over the LTE network. Additionally the amount of included RAM has been boosted from 2GB to 3GB, bringing the specs even closer to LG’s current flagship, the LG G3.
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Google Search updates messes with alarms, turning them off in some cases

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This could prove to be a little troublesome for users of alarms within Android. The latest update to Google Search seemingly breaks the hands-free alarms and timers. Before, hitting the “Set alarm” and “Set timer” button was not necessary but now some are required to do so. If not, the device will not set anything and notify you when it should. The reason we say “some” is because there are users experiencing the issue while others are not. It is a spotty bug. The Google Search app is also having a problem setting these alarms and timers for dedicated clock apps.

So this is a public service announcement to go and check your alarms. Otherwise, you may not get up for work tomorrow morning. Not that you would want to do that, right?

Via: Android Central