The next generation of smartphones is here: Google’s Project Tango

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When Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, they kept the Advanced Technology and Projects group, which we know was working on Project Ara. Well, something else has been in the cooker as well: Google’s Project Tango. According to the leader of Project Tango, Johnny Lee, it is something they “have been working quietly on over the past year.”

Project Tango is a very unique smartphone that uses a motion tracking camera and depth sensor that can detect the 3D world that we live in. It can learn the dimensions of rooms and spaces, including your entire house. Can you say augmented reality? Imagine playing a game in your own home with other characters. It’s also perfect for directions beyond the street level, such as a mall or an unfamiliar and very large building.

The All New HTC One passes through FCC, one step closer to an official announcement

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HTC’s One successor has been leaking like crazy these past few days, and now we’re seeing certification from the FCC, one of the last pieces of the puzzle.  The M8 has gone through the FCC approval process, and the design of the phone was in clear view. It matches up with the slick rounded corners that we’ve been seeing on all of the other leaks from the device.

This particular model supports AT&T bands, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and WiFi, so there’s nothing particularly interesting in the specs. You should expect to see other carrier models get approved in the coming weeks leading up to HTC’s official announcement.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Samsung will show off bendable tablet behind closed doors at MWC this year

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Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.

There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.

source: ETNews

via: SamMobile

How to use Chromecast ‘Ready to Cast’ wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or desktop

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The Chromecast is one cool device, but one of the more underrated things that it does is display some really awesome photographs as wallpapers. Google takes images from the some of the greatest photographers and displays them whenever your Chromecast is idle as in “Ready to Cast.” Wouldn’t it be cool to utilize these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even your desktop? Well you can and it’s really easy.

New images of Huawei MediaPad X1 pop up just ahead of MWC 2014

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A couple days ago we reported on some images of Huawei’s MediaPad X1 7-inch tablet as it made its way through the Chinese regulatory process. Huawei appears to be targeting the Nexus 7 tablet with this new device, although it is still not clear which markets will have access to the device. Ahead of MWC 2014, some more images have surfaced of the device giving us a better look.

Pictures of Nokia X surface on Chinese site

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Unless you have been living under a rock or hiking in a no service area, you are no doubt aware Nokia is expected to announce a new, low-end smartphone powered by Android next week at MWC 2014. Even Nokia appears to have abandoned all pretense at subtlety with their announcement about the time and date of a live webcast and conference from Barcelona. Up to now though, all of the leaked images of the Nokia X have been press renderings. We have also seen a picture, with associated exif data, taken with the Nokia X. A new wrinkle has surfaced from Chinese web site Coolxap in the form of pictures of the device.

Could this be a picture of Huawei’s upcoming wearable device?

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Huawei is set to release a number of products at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, including a couple smartphones and tablets, as well as a wearable device.

2014 is set to be a big year for wearables. Already we know that the Galaxy Gear might switch over to Tizen, and that a number of manufacturers are set to release new devices. Recently an image leaked of what could be (although we hope not!) Huawei’s new wearable device.

Another leak all but confirms specs for the HTC Desire 8

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The other day, the somehow in-the-know, LlabTooFer, leaked the potential specs for the upcoming mid-tier Desire 8. As far as specs go, we’ll see a 5.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 GB of on-board storage, and a mircoSD slot. The leaked information also suggests that it come with 1GB of RAM, and a processor speed of 1.2GHz. A tweet today from @evleaks all but confirms these specs. Granted, HTC hasn’t come out with anything official so, the end result could be a bit different, but @evleaks isn’t usually wrong.

According to his tweet the device will pack everything that was previously leaked, but the processor will get a modest speed increase from 1.2 to 1.6GHz. The phone will also come with an extra 512MB of RAM, bringing it to 1.5GB. It will also come with Sense 6 and Boomsound speakers. There will be five color choices (black, white, red, yellow, and purple) as well. It will have a 13 MP camera in the back with a 5MP camera in the front.

All in all, the Desire 8 is shaping up to be a pretty decent device. A previous leak shows it to be a gorgeous looking one too. With an announcement coming here in a few days, we’ll know for sure soon enough.

source: @evleaks

Official Chromecast support forum opened by Google

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If you’re having any problems with your Google Chromecast it might be worth your time to check out the newly opened Chromecast support forum. The opening of this dedicated support channel should be good news to users who might not be as tech savvy as others, or simply if your Chromecast is acting up. Hit the source link to check it out for yourself!

Source: Google Chromecast Product Forum

Android 4.4.2 begins rolling out to international Samsung Galaxy S4

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Ahead of the release of Samsung‘s next flagship model, the Galaxy S5, Samsung has begun rolling out Android 4.4.2 to the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). This will bring a number of small UI changes such as the white notifications icons instead of the multi-color that Samsung has been using on their devices.

The phone will also get a performance boost, and will now get better benchmark scores. The lock screen has also been changed, and users can now access the camera straight from the lock screen. While playing music, the album art will also now be showed in full screen on the lock screen.

Other Android 4.4.2 changes include wireless printing, a number of new emojis, and so on. The update is being rolled out in phases, so you may not get it for a few weeks.

Source: SamMobile

HTC planning on a carrier sneak preview of its upcoming smartwatches

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Even with the All New HTC One hogging most of the spotlight, the Taiwanese company has other projects its working on. The all new Nexus tablet aside, the company is working on moving its way into the wearables market. Right now, it’s rumored that the company is working on three different smartwatches, with one of them possibly being shown off next week at MWC. However, the kicker is that the only folks that get to see the watch next week are those from various mobile carriers.

A prototype, based on Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch, will be shown to various carriers. Besides that, HTC is working on both a music playing bracelet and a smartwatch that puts Google Now at the forefront. The company hopes to get one of these out by Christmas this year, but looks to having issues with the battery and display. The first smartwatch will feature a Qualcomm’s Mirasol display and have bluetooth functionality as well as a music player. The Google Now inspired watch will come with an AMOLED screen.

As far as information goes, that’s about all we have. HTC hopes that by entering the wearables market, it will turn around its financial losses around. Time will tell on that one.

source: Bloomberg

Kids Mode to be introduced to Samsung Galaxy S5

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While Windows Phone isn’t really ahead of the game when it comes to a lot of features, one of the most useful features that it does have is Kid’s Corner. This feature allows parents to create a dedicated and safe environment for children. It seems that Samsung is looking to add a similar feature to their upcoming Galaxy S5.

The way it will work is that a cartoon character, Kroko, will be the guide. You’ll start off by creating a PIN which you’ll use to control Kids Mode. Then you can customize settings like the apps that can be used and who your child can contact. You can even set a timer to limit the time that your child spends on the device.

Yet another color for the All New One leaks

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With the recent flood of leaks involving the second generation HTC One we’ve seen just about eveything there is to see regarding the device. The most recent leaks have shown us just what the device will look like in different colors. So far, we’ve seen what the All New One looks like in both gold and a dark gray. Today we get a peak at the silver version.

It looks much like the HTC One of today, but with black accent lines rather than white ones. The dual camera is there and we see the somewhat updated Blinkfeed. The black HTC bar is there, sadly, but hey, that’s branding for you. It could be a lot worse… it could be the Verizon logo right there starring at you.

With an announcement expected next month, we’re on the final stretch. I don’t know if there is anything else that can be leaked at this point, other than maybe the All New One in blue. Out of the three colors you’ve seen so far, which one is your favorite? Let us know below.

source: @evleaks

 

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update now available

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Yesterday, Samsung posted the kernel source for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 and we expected the OTA to follow soon. As expected, Samsung already started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3.

The over-the-air (OTA) update is sized at 503 MB with the build number of N900PVPUCNAB. The update brings the Sprint Galaxy Note 3 up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introduces a few changes, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen and much more.

The US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 should start receiving the update soon as it was expected to arrive yesterday. Until then, update your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to the latest Android version and stay tuned for more updates.

Galaxy Camera 2 available for sale in South Korea

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Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Camera successor at the CES last month and the company has just started selling it  in South Korea.

The Galaxy Camera 2 includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity.