Xiaomi, the low-cost smartphone device manufacturer that recently lured Hugo Barra away from Google, is back in the news again with their announcement that they are poised to start selling a new smart TV device in October dubbed the Mi-TV. The 47-inch television will come with a 1080p full HD, 3-D display. Powering the screen will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of memory. Xiaomi is also including a variety of streaming content standards like Miracast, Airplay, and DLNA to help users take advantage of their devices. The device will run Xiaomi’s heavily modified version of Android called MIUI that has been customized even further for the Mi-TV.
Thus far, Xiaomi is only selling their devices in China and Taiwan and the Mi-TV’s availability is expected to be the same. Xiaomi indicates the Mi-TV will be available starting in October for 2999 yuan ($490 USD).
For the second time in a week, a video for one thing reveals information about something else. First, it was Google’s video of the unveiling of the new Android KitKat statute that inadvertently revealed the new Nexus 5. Now, Samsung’s video of the Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event from Berlin, where they revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, was discovered to have included video of a tablet optimized version of the official Twitter app. Reports indicate Twitter may be trying to get the genie back in the bottle, with the help of Samsung, by getting the video pulled. Nevertheless, Android fans have been scrambling for more information and have even managed to snag a copy of the apk. Read more
Whenever a manufacturer like Samsung introduces the latest iteration of a flagship device, the question always comes up as to whether owners of the current device should bother upgrading. Often the answer to this question may hinge not on whether faster hardware or bigger hardware is included in the new device, but whether something completely new is only available in the new device. Which brings us to the latest info we have discovered about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – the inclusion of Qualcomm’s new envelope tracking technology. This new tech will appear for the first time in the Galaxy Note 3, but it will likely become the norm for at least high end devices thanks to the energy and heat savings it offers. Read more
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. With IFA 2013 kicking off this weekend, we had a ton of announcements. Samsung led the way with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch followed by Sony’s Xperia Z1 and QX10 and QX100 lens cameras. However, the biggest news of the week might have been the announcement of the next version of Android. The name isn’t what you thought it was going to be and it led to the unofficial unveiling of the Nexus 5. Chrome OS is getting better thanks to native apps and we are still trying to figure out what HTC’s marketing plan is. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Pre-registering for information on a website has never been so fruitful! In just a few steps on T-Mobile’s site, you could win a combo prize consisting of a Galaxy Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear smart-watch. Pretty sweet, right?
Although you may think that the Gear is nothing more than a notification system at this point, it certainly holds a lot of potential for the future— much like Google Glass.
And yes, while the Gear only currently pairs with the Note 3 and no other Samsung devices at this time, this issue obviously becomes moot if you win the contest! Head on over to the T-Mobile page! Contest entries end on September 15th.
We’ve seen plenty of outdated, mid-range devices get offered for free on carrier sites, but seeing the Kindle Phone without a price tag would certainly be new to us. Reports suggest that the offering would not be the conventional “free phone” (+ new 2-year contract) deal, but customers could be required to sign up to a membership of Amazon Prime. A source has stated that “Amazon wants the device to be free whether or not people sign up for a new wireless plan at the same time.” Amazon could be dealing with carriers in the near future about working something out, however it’s likely that Amazon will offer the device on their site as well.
Source: Jessica Lessin
Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on their web site for several versions of their new Moto X device. Consumers on the Sprint and US Cellular networks in the U.S. can use the new tools to unlock their devices, which just went on sale for them this past week. Motorola has also made versions of the bootloader unlocker tool available for Moto X owners in Canada, including those on Rogers, and for Latin American markets.
The bootloader unlocker gives owners of the Moto X the option to root their devices, install third-party ROMs, or just generally tinker around with their devices. This additional flexibility does come at a cost though as installation of the unlocker with void the device’s warranty. If you want to give the unlocker a try despite the risk to your warranty, hit the source link below.
Sources indicate it is unlikely Motorola will provide an unlocker for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile versions of the Moto X. However, developer editions of the device are expected for those networks that will give buyers a similar option.
If you have a new device with Android’s stock keyboard or you happened to install the Google Keyboard standalone app on your device, but you thought you liked one of the older style themes, we have some good news for you. Apparently Google never bothered to remove the “theme” code from previous versions of Android as the keyboard app has matured over time and these old themes, and one other, can be accessed with a little work on your part. Read more