Samsung and LG to begin mass producing flexible screens this November

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Both Samsung and LG have shown off flexible displays for mobile phones, and we’ve been patiently waiting to see them in actual devices for some time. Good news as they are now both finally capable of mass producing flexible screens and will reportedly begin to manufacture them this November. It’s new technology, though, so the actual yield from production isn’t going to be extremely high. Estimates have Samsung being able to product 1.5 to 1.6 million displays per month with an actual yield of about 1 million. LG’s production is rumored to be a bit lower.

Because of the lower production quantities of these screens, I wouldn’t expect them to be used in the Galaxy Note 3 or any flagship LG has planned. I could be wrong, but I bet we’ll start to see them hit consumer devices sometime early next year.

source: etnews

Contest: Win one of five ‘Andy Inside’ t-shirts from TalkAndroid and Deon Briggs [updated with winners]

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The “Exploded Andy” t-shirt will always be a fan favorite, but it’s time for the next installment. Earlier, we revealed “Andy Inside” as the sequel, and it’s a dandy. You can order yours today for $17, but you can also enter our contest for a chance to win one. Deon Briggs was gracious enough to provide five shirts for our awesome readers.

To enter, all you have to do is head over to our forum post and tell us what phone you’re currently using. You must be a U.S. resident and you have until Thursday, August 22 at 11:59PM EST time to enter. On Friday, we will pick five random winners. Be sure to use a real email address because that is how we will contact you. Good luck!!

Click here to enter the contest

Click here to order “Android Inside” 

Update

And the winners are……

geomcs

audioboxer217

HazmatJeff

jasneskis

sd4david

I am sending you each an email. Just reply back with your name, address, phone number, and shirt size.
Thank you all for playing and look for another contest from TalkAndroid soon!!

‘Andy Inside’ is the sequel to the ‘Exploded Andy’ t-shirt, order yours today

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The folks who brought you the “Exploded Andy” t-shirt a few years ago just unveiled the sequel, “Andy Inside”. It reveals the insides of our favorite bugdroid, and yes. he does have a working heart. You can order yours starting today for $17 plus $6 shipping in the U.S. or $13 shipping internationally. Girls sizes and Hoodies ($40) are also available via special order.

All shirts will be shipped on August 28. Hit the source link to get your order in, and be sure to check out Deon Briggs’ previous shirts if you haven’t already.

source: Andy Inside  previous shirts:  Exploded Andy / Mountain View Mashers / Android Kicks Apple’s Ass / Dark Knight Andy

Here’s what the HTC Zara will look like

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Last month we heard about the HTC Zara, which will be another mid-range device. Taking cues from the HTC One, it looks gorgeous.We already reported the rumored specs last month, but things are a little different today.

It was previously thought to have a 4.7-inch (960 x 540) display, but it’s now rumored to be 4.5-inches with the same resolution. A Snapdragon 400 is still a go, but instead of 1.4GHz, we now have a slower 1.2GHz clock speed. As far as the camera goes, last month’s report had a 1.6MP Ultra Pixel, but today we are getting a different story with 8MP. That seems rather high for an UltraPixel or maybe it won’t be an UltraPixel?

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Sony Xperia Z1 press render leaks

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Yesterday we found out that Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the “Honami”, could be called the Xperia Z1, and today we get a press render. We have already seen a number of images of the said device, so what’s one more? Unfortunately it doesn’t tell us anything new other than there will be at least three colors available.

Sony is one of those underrated companies because they don’t get a lot of exposure, at least here in the U.S. If they can get the Xperia Z1 on a few U.S. carriers at the time of the launch, they could make a lot of noise. What do you guys think?

source: ePrice

Motorola back in the spotlight for Nexus 5

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid August, and we don’t seem to have any concrete evidence on which OEM is going to make the Nexus 5. Early rumors indicated Motorola and then quickly switched to LG. Now we have @evleaks chiming in saying it will be Motorola. Yesterday, a supposed first image (backside) of the Nexus 5 surfaced. The phone in the image was made by LG, but it didn’t convince anyone. It didn’t even have a Nexus logo on the device.

@evleaks tweeted an image of a very similar phone and claims it is the upcoming LG Optimus L9 II. They went on to suggest that the “Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 v2) looks to be a Motorola handset.” LG has stated in the past that they weren’t working on Google Edition or Nexus devices, so this sounds logical. However, this kind of flip flopping is really unusual this late in the year. Any predictions? I already predicted there wouldn’t be a Nexus 5 this year, and so far, I’m not looking to good on that one.

source: @evleaks

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 19, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Minuum Keyboard now available in the Play Store

Update to YouTube for Android includes complete UI overhaul, in-app multitasking

Carriers

HTC One Mini to come to AT&T exclusively on August 23

Chromecast

Forget the Chrome browser, try casting videos from your desktop to Chromecast with Fling

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CyanogenMod readying Device Finder app, general security improvements for CM builds

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With all of the angst some device owners have over recent incidents of government agencies tapping into user computer data via carriers and major industry players, along with general distrust of what corporations may be doing with user data, the CyanogenMod team is readying some changes and apps to help users be a little more secure. The first change, CyanogenMod Account, has been submitted to the CM Github so developers can review the code and provide some feedback before it is submitted to the nightlies. Read more

Details emerge about what’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch

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There’s been a large amount of buzz surround Samsung’s latest rumored device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It sounds like an extremely interesting device, but the details have been a little scarce, so it’s hard to imagine exactly how it’s going to work. Fortunately, some sources from GigaOM have spilled some details on a few specifics about the Galaxy Gear that shed some light on the smartwatch. Read more

Mysterious Samsung devices show up on shipping manifest

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As closely as people watch benchmark and certifying organization sites, it is hard to believe a smartphone device could make it to the point of being shipped without someone having figured out at least a little something about the device. Samsung has achieved that feat though with not one, but with four new devices. The shipping manifest lists the following devices with their respective screen sizes:

  • SM-G730A – 4-inch screen
  • SM-G3815 – 4.5-inch screen
  • SM-G9105 – 5-inch screen
  • SM-G7102 – 5.2-inch screen

Upon discovering these devices, sources did some poking around and were able to find UAProf strings on the Samsung web site that revealed some additional information about the screen resolutions for a couple of the devices. The SM-G730A will have a WVGA 800×480 resolution screen, consistent with all other Samsung 4-inch phones. The SM-G3815 will come with a qHD 960×540 resolution screen.

Other than the screen sizes and the additional information found in the UAProf strings, no other details are available and with Samsung’s changes to their model numbering system, we cannot even figure out whether they might be a variant or successor to any particular model currently on the market.

Since the devices were shipped for testing and evaluation purposes, perhaps more details will surface soon.

source: SamMobile