Modular smartphones could be a reality with Motorola’s Project Ara

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Back in May when the Moto X was still in the leaks and rumors stage, it was hinted that it would be more customizable than it ended up being. It was believed that we would not only be able to choose the color of the device, but also choose the memory, CPU, etc. Today we have an idea where those rumors originated from: Project Ara from Motorola.

Project Ara takes it a step further by creating a completely modular phone. It means that you would start with an endoskeleton, which is the frame of the phone. You would then be able to purchase modules that can be inserted into the frame. These modules would consist of the processor, the display, a battery, a keyboard, etc. This means that not only will you be able to decide what specs you want, you can also upgrade any of the specs at anytime.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 28, 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!!

Guides

How to use Action Memo on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

How to use Scrapbook on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

How to use Screen Write on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Apps

BBM Channels, Voice, and Video coming to BBM for Android soon

NFC Task Launcher rebranded as Trigger to go with some updates

Carriers

Android 4.3 for Verizon HTC One needs another month

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Huawei is now third in global smartphone market share for Q3

HuaweiSamsung and Apple continue to be at the top of global smartphone market share, but there’s a new number 3. Huawei has overtaken LG, according to estimates from Strategy Analytics. Huawei now owns 5.1% of sales, while LG is at 4.8%, a switch in positions from Quarter 2. This isn’t the first time Huawei has appeared at this position, but while LG continued to grow during Q2, Huawei grew even faster. Researchers attribute the rise to the Ascend P6 and the mainstream G610, particularly in China.

Otherwise, Samsung still leads the world with a 35.2% share, with Apple still in second place with 13.4%. Click through the break to read the full official press release from Strategy Analytics.

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Android 4.3 for Verizon HTC One needs another month

HTC_One_Back_TAOver the weekend, we told you that information on the status of Android 4.3 for the Verizon HTC One would be provided today, and it seems there was a setback in development. Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, just sent out a tweet saying that they “need more time to spin” the new software and re-test the 4.3 update. He gives a new release date of approximately a month from now.

Most other carriers already have 4.3, so this news is definitely disappointing for Verizon HTC One owners. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon and 4.3 will be arriving on your phones in the near future.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

KitKat.com page for Android found in locked down state

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As the world waits for Google to finally make the latest update of the Android system, KitKat, available for the masses, folks have been enjoying the hunt for any crack in the armor of Google or KitKat that may yield some information before its time. The latest example involves the kitkat.com domain where someone decided to check out the /android directory only to discover it was password protected. Since access is blocked, there is no way to know whether there is anything meaningful lurking behind the closed doors. The fact that the door exists and is locked is enough to set the Internet abuzz in hopes that this is a sign of an imminent release.

source: Android Police

Helpouts from Google could be announced tomorrow as part of Google+ event

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Earlier today Google+ announced they were going to hold an event on Tuesday to announce some updates to the social network. Some sources think the big news to be announced will be the official launch of Helpouts, a new way to connect people who need help with someone who can provide that help. Work on this new product from Google was first discovered back in August when a landing page surfaced.

Since then, Google has been receiving applications from potential Helpouts providers and vetting them for inclusion in their listings. One person going through the process, Christine DeGraff, reports the Google representative she was working with told her launch was going to be “very very soon.”

source: The Social Strategist

NFC Task Launcher rebranded as Trigger to go with some updates

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Egomotion Corp has released an update to their popular app NFC Task Launcher, including a new name for the app. Going by Trigger, the app now supports multiple triggers for each task and conditions can now be set for each trigger. We have seen an increase in apps that try to make smartphones more aware of their surroundings and configuring themselves to be ready for a user’s input based on the context. Trigger takes that concept to the level of actually changing settings or launching apps based on a trigger. Read more

Nexus 5 pre-registration page goes live for WIND mobile; full specs also finally confirmed

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With still no word from Google, seems like other companies are taking the next step in regards to preparation of the upcoming Nexus 5 announcement. WIND mobile threw up their pre-registration page for the Nexus 5 and also revealed the full (official?) specs of the device. While it seems like WIND has taken the page down, we do have a screenshot of the page which I’m sure they’ll throw back up once it’s been officially announced by Google. Until then, here’s the full spec list rundown.

  • Screen: 4.95-inch 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front facing 8MP rear facing OIS
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Operating System: OS Android 4.4, KitKat
  • Chip Set: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ncNFC (Android Beam) / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Storage / Memory / Ram: 16GB or 32GB internal storage 2GB RAM
  • Ports & Connectors: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons

source: Facebook
via: Mobile Syrup

 

Leaked images show thousands of Nexus 5 retail boxes stocked and ready to go at an LG distro center in Canada

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Need some further convincing the Nexus 5 is raring to go? We think we’ve got it. According to a source over at the Neogaf forum, an LG distro center in Canada is currently housing 30,000 of Google’s new Nexus 5 handsets manufactured by LG. The source supplied a couple of images that appear to be legit and states that the distro center is just awaiting Google’s go-ahead. If you’ll look closely, one image confirms that stacks of LG branded boxes are on standby just waiting to be shipped and even adds a close up shot of the Nexus 5 retail box looking pretty darn similar  to one we’ve previously posted of the leaked handset in white. And while there is no real way to confirm the claim, it certainly appears to be pretty convincing. We’re not sure what the ultimate hold up is at this time but here’s to hoping Google and LG get the ball rolling soon to beat the holiday rush. Are you currently holding out for the device? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

MotoMaker Moto X Now At $479.99 Off-Contract, A $100 Price Drop

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Hey, who doesn’t love a good discount nowadays? Well, you’re in luck. The MotoMaker Moto X has now dropped to a mere $479.99 for a no-contract version of the handset. If you want to own your device right out, we think this is a pretty fair price to go the hassle-free route of not being locked into a carrier. The original drop to $99 for the on-contract device is still available should you want to go the subsidized route. However, at this time the offer for the non-contract device only extends to the AT&T version through the MotoMaker site. The off-contract price is good for the 16GB model while the 32GB will run you $529.99. Stay tuned as we’ll keep an eye out should the offer extend to T-Mobile customers which would be ideal since the device is currently a whopping $599.99 for a 16GB (Dev Edition $649.99/32GB). It would probably be in Magenta’s best interest to get the ball rolling on a price drop to take advantage of the upcoming holidays. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: MotoMaker