We are getting closer and closer to the reveal of a new Samsung handset. On Thursday, a Samsung device with the model number SM-G870A was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It is believed that this is AT&T‘s Galaxy S 5 Active variant because the carrier’s LTE bands were listed.
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Slow down Sprint customers! If you are within the top 5% of data users in a congested location, your data connection will be throttled. It is being reported by FierceWireless that prepaid Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile customers are also going to be affected.
Right now, no one knows what qualifies a location as congested. What we do know is that Sprint will un-throttle your data connection upon leaving a congested location or when the area becomes un-congested. So if you do not want to leave the place bringing you down, you will have to hope others do.
Sprint said the data throttling process “will enable us to provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times.”
The name Moto G Cinema recently popped up on Motorola’s support website. Besides the name, there’s nothing we really know about the supposedly upcoming device, so we can only guess what it is. The name cinema sounds like a device with a large, cinematic screen, doesn’t it? It’s perhaps the next version of the Moto G, but we’ll have to wait and see for the details.
Motorola’s hosting an event on May 13 in London, and hopefully we’ll hear more then.
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Apple vs Samsung
Samsung attorney says Apple will get nothing in patent wars, sees end coming soon
Yahoo News Digest released to the Play Store adding Canadian and International editions
Amazon app updated with new icon, single sign on, bug fixes
A GFX benchmark for a Samsung SM-G800H has surfaced, confirming what will probably end up being the Galaxy S 5 Mini. However, instead of the 4.5-inch screen we were originally anticipating, this benchmark shows a device with a 4.8-inch display. Now, that is technically “mini” compared to the Galaxy S 5, but 4.8 inches isn’t small by any stretch. It’s much bigger than the 4.3-inch screen on the S 4 Mini and the same size as Samsung’s older Galaxy S III. Bigger phones clearly have their place in the market, but Samsung is completely missing the point of offering a mini device.
Sprint customers, fire up your HTC One Max! The Sprint variant of HTC’s phablet is starting to receive a software update that brings all of the goodies from Sense 6, the skin that shipped with the HTC One (M8). The update is just over 537MB, so make sure you have enough storage.
Mother’s Day is coming up in just a few days, and Google is celebrating my posting a video celebrating mothers. Grab the tissues as you watch “Seeds,” shot entirely through Google Glass by students of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts for the Glass Creative Collective. The short film shows a son’s journey to his mother, but we don’t want to give too much away, so check out the video after the break.
Source: 9to5 Google
Samsung attorney John Quinn had some sharp words for Apple in a recent interview after the latest round in the Apple v Samsung patent wars ended in a California courtroom. Apple managed to prevail in the case, obtaining a ruling in their favor in the amount of $119.6 million after it was determined Samsung had infringed on three of five patents that were the focus of the case. However, that was a far cry from the $2.2 billion in damages Apple sought, prompting many to conclude Samsung had effectively won this round. Quinn went on to say that Apple will never receive any money from this latest litigation once appeals are exhausted. He also predicted the last case that yielded Apple a $930 million judgement will eventually be resolved with little to no money actually paid. According to Quinn “They (Apple) have nothing to show for the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent” and “years into Apple’s holy war on Android, they haven’t collected a nickel.”
Phonebloks, one of the partners helping Google with Project Ara, has released a new video today that shares a little bit about their dream of a more modular world. According to their video, Phonebloks sees the concept of modular components being extended to a variety of electronic devices like desktop computers, laptops, wearables like smart watches, and even home appliances. More than that, they see the modules being capable of getting swapped between different types of devices. According to Phonebloks, their work on Project Ara and the creation of a modular smartphone is just the starting point they chose.
Although it appears Google has shutdown access to a Chromium issue tracker report that should not have been publicly available, they did not get to it before a screen shot was grabbed. The information that was discovered seems to indicate Google is getting closer to releasing a new Nexus tablet and it may come with a new version of the Android operating system, possibly Android 4.5.
The issue tracker entry shows a device codenamed “Flounder” which is consistent with previous Nexus family devices that were named after fish for internal purposes. Previous reports suggest Google may be working with HTC on an 8- or 9-inch tablet to succeed last year’s Nexus 7. The entry also shows the device running a development build of the Android operating system that was made on May 6, 2014. A version of the operating system that was built so recently could just indicate Google is working on another update to the 4.4 line.
An online dating site called AYI.com has released a survey that gives some insight into “which mobile brands singles are more desirable”. The website examined the profiles of 13,690 mobile users, comparing demographic characteristics. The survey ended up giving us some other interesting insights as well.
According to the results, iPhone users are 17% more likely to be contacted first by other users, while Android users are 12% more likely to initiate contact with others. In AYI.com’s words, this makes Android users more promiscuous. The results also interestingly concluded that Android users are older, with 42% of them being between 45 and 60, compared to 67% of single iPhone users, who are under 45.
Today Sony officially announced the Xperia XL2, which has a number of great features, especially compared to its predecessor. The Xperia ZL2 will feature a 5″ 1080p display, similar to the original ZL.
Other specs of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also ship with Android 4.4 with Sony’s UI over the top.
Rumors about the Pantech Vega Iron 2 have been floating around for a while now, with the rumors suggesting that the device would be released sometime by the end of the second quarter of this year. Well today the company finally officially announced the device.
The device will feature a 5.3-inch full HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will also include a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP full HD front facing camera. It will also ship with Android 4.4.2.
Yahoo News Digest was launched back in January, but it was only launched to the iPhone, and only in the US and UK. Well that’s now changed, with the release today of Yahoo News Digest to the Google Play Store. Not only that but it will also now be available in a Canadian and an International edition.
The app was built so that the widget would display the most recent digest for easy viewing. It also keeps track of the digests that you’ve read. Each morning and evening, the app will deliver summarized versions of the top news to the user. The International version of the news is compiled by editors in the US, UK and Malaysia. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and a gallery!
Amazon’s Android app was updated recently in order to promote a new image and introduce a single sign-on feature across all Amazon apps.
The application now has a brand new icon, clearly promoting the online shopping aspect of the company.
The single sign-on feature will work across Amazon’s Android applications — when you sign into the Amazon app, you’ll automatically be signed into other Amazon apps, including Kindle and the Amazon Appstore.
Support for devices under Android 2.3 was dropped as well, and some bug fixes were added to the update. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.