Hands on with the LG G Flex at CES 2014

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The LG G Flex has been out for a few months now, but we finally got a chance to see it up close and in personal because LG brought it to CES 2014. The good news is that it will finally be available in the U.S. during the first quarter of this year on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The G Flex is definitely a beast with its 6-inch 720p display and Snapdragon 800 processor. We didn’t to see its “self healing” properties yet, but we will be sure to get a hands on from the show floor tomorrow. For now, check out our quick hands on video after the break.

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Polaroid Socialmatic delayed in move to merge retro style with modern Android power

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Polaroid has been working on a new camera that they think merges some old-school style with the utility of a modern Android-powered device, the Polaroid Socialmatic. Of course, anyone who remembers old Polaroid cameras knows part of the magic was seeing the picture spit out of the camera and then waiting for it to “develop” so everyone could see the image that was just captured. With the ability to view images virtually instantly on a smartphone screen, there is not much utility in being able to print an image any longer, but Polaroid thinks there may still be some consumers out there that want to re-live the experience. The Polaroid Socialmatic delivers at least partially on that front by providing the capability to print 2×3 copies of images using Zero Ink (Zink) printing technology. Read more

Qualcomm reveals one processor for smart TV’s and one for cars

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Qualcomm has revealed two new chips at CES 2014, with one of them being aimed at smart TV’s and the other for use in cars.

The Snapdragon 602A is designed to meet the standards of the automotive industry – standards that include temperature, quality, longevity and reliability. It also has a quad core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 602A supports 3G/4G-LTE and dual-band 802.11ac WiFi via Qualcomm’s Gobi and VIVE systems. These features mean that the chip will be able to be used for things like 3D navigation and for use of cloud based services such as music streaming. The chip also supports Android out of the box, as well as the QNX car infotainment platform, QNX Car.

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Update for DROID Incredible 4G LTE Fixes Bugs While Adding Support for ISIS

 

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The somewhat forgotten DROID Incredible 4G LTE should be receiving an update shortly. Verizon today, posted support documentation for the device to their web site. The update adds ISIS support as well as reduces power cycling. Clarity in Bluetooth as also been improved. The build number gets bumped to 2.19.605.2 710RD as well. If you still own the device, sound off in the comments below to let us know if you’ve received the update.

source: Verizon

AT&T LTE equipped Chevrolet vehicles set to arrive later this year

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Android powered cars sound awesome, but when you start getting into the details, using Android without an internet connection isn’t a perfect experience. Chevrolet has a solution, though; integrating mobile carrier radios into the vehicles. Yep, many 2015 models of Chevrolet cars are going to have support for AT&T’s LTE network right out of the, uh, box showroom floor.

The Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Corvette models will all have access to AT&T’s network, with five other models set to be added later on. Chevy is integrating this LTE connectivity under the OnStar name, which is already synonymous with extra features in your car.

AT&T plans on letting consumers add vehicles to their shared data packages just like you would any other vehicle. If you’re already an AT&T customer, this hopefully won’t cost much more than adding a tablet or hotspot. AT&T is also planning on letting customers purchase data packages individually, but they haven’t announced any pricing yet. It’ll be interesting to see where those price points fall.

You can check out Chevrolet and AT&T’s full press release below. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here. Read more

T-Mobile to purchase unused Verizon network spectrum to improve LTE coverage

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T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage. Looks like 2014 might be the year that changes, though, as T-Mobile is going to pay Verizon over $2 billion for some low-end A-Block spectrum to improve their LTE network. This was some of the spectrum used when Verizon rolled out their LTE network.

This extra spectrum should greatly help T-Mobile’s network, including improving coverage and quality in several markets. T-Mobile anticipates that this block of spectrum should cover about 158 million people in several top markets around the country, which is a pretty significant improvement.

The biggest reason I’ve kept from using T-Mobile is the poor coverage in my area compared to other networks, but if they can keep up this network expansion that may not be a problem for much longer. Have any of you already made the switch to T-Mobile, or have you been waiting for some big move like this?

source: Business Wire

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch gets TWRP support

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The Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is unique in that it runs full Android and function on its own, unlike other smartwatches that require a smartphone. Because of that, it makes sense that the TrueSmart would be a little more desirable with the developer and enthusiast community. That’s especially true today, as an early build of TWRP has been released for the smartwatch to make it easier to flash ROMs and mods on the device.

Whenever a new smartphone or tablet is released, recoveries are built for it within weeks. That looks like it’s starting to be the case with other Android powered devices, including smartwatches, and I bet that’s going to be a trend we’ll see a lot of this year.

If you’re interested, you can check out the Google+ post below to download the recovery for the TrueSmart.

source: Google+

The G Flex from LG Coming to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile This Quarter

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Three days ago, images of the AT&T and T-Mobile G Flex devices were leaked by the well known leaker evleaks. If you happened to watch LG’s press conference this morning you’ll know that Sprint will also be selling the device as well with their Spark LTE. We’re not sure of exact release dates but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. Also, be sure to check out our continued coverage of CES 2014.

Vizio announces Smart Audio speakers that have Android 4.4 KitKat-powered displays built in

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Vizio has announced two new devices that put an interesting spin on Bluetooth speakers. The Portable Smart Audio devices have Android-powered displays built in. There are 4.7-inch and 7-inch models. The whole purpose is to get rid of the interruptions from a smartphone to control speakers. You can control the Smart Audio speakers from a screen that is already there. In case you were wondering, Android 4.4 KitKat is powering these 1200×800 displays and it is stock Android. Support for 802.11n WiFi is inside. Both models are scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2014.

Click here for Talk Android’s CES coverage and hit the break for Vizio’s press release. Read more

HP ready to bring Android based all-in-one to the desktop

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HP is joining the field of manufacturers who see a market for large, desktop oriented Android powered units. In their case, the HP Slate21 Pro AiO is aimed at business users, especially for those needing a kiosk type solution in an office or educational setting.  The HP Slate21 Pro is slightly smaller than the Acer TA272 HUL and the Lenovo ThinkVision 28, which sport screens of 27- and 28-inches respectively and run at a 2K resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro is only 21.5-inches in screen size and unlike the other units, is only running at 1080p resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro also features a Tegra 4 quad-core processor and will come preloaded with Android 4.3. We do not yet have any information on what kinds of ports are included in the unit, but HP has loaded it up with a variety of cloud-based productivity apps and it comes ready with support for Citrix environments for easy deployment on a corporate network.

According to HP, the Slate21 Pro is now available in the U.S. for $399 which includes a keyboard and mouse. Check back for more coverage of CES 2014 from TalkAndroid after checking out HP’s press release after the break. Read more