Samsung SDI develops new batteries that are both flexible and rollable

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As the smartphone market continues to get saturated, manufacturers will continue to invest in the wearable market. Samsung SDI already offers flexible batteries, but they just unveiled the next generation, which can be rolled in the shape of a paper cup.

Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing these batteries anytime soon since the technology isn’t ready yet. We are probably looking at about three years until the first devices start utilizing them.

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Oppo N3 smart rotating camera gets a demo video

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Just like the Oppo N1, the Oppo N3 is going to feature a rotating camera. However, this time you don’t have to manually move it. It will sport a motor for automatic rotations.

How do we know this? A rather official video was posted showing how it works. It’s referred to a “Smart rotating camera,” which implies that it will automatically move based on what mode or setting the user selects. In other words, if you go into selfie mode, it will simply rotate on its own.

You can check out the video after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The best Samsung smartphone ever

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About 4 years ago, the first Galaxy Note was unveiled, which started a new trend of phones pushing the envelope with display size. The original Note had a 5.3-inch display, which seemed huge at that time. With each edition, Samsung increased the display size by 0.2-inches, topping out at 5.7-inches with last year’s Galaxy Note 3. The Note series has always catered to a niche audience because of its size alone. Fearing that niche could dwindle, Samsung decided to not increase the display size for the Note 4. That is very rare in the Android world where every flagship phone’s display goes up at least 0.1-inches just because. As much as consumers love large phones, there is a limit. It’s the reason why even the most loyal Android fanboys are concerned with the upcoming Nexus 6 and its 5.9-inch display.

So with the display size staying the same, you would think the Note 4 is just a minor upgrade, but nothing could be further from the truth. The display has increased from 1080p (1920 x 1080) to 2K Quad HD (2560 x 1440). The processor has been bumped to the best one available today, and the camera has been upgraded in not only megapixels, but with the addition of optical image stabilization. On top of all this, Samsung finally upgraded the design and materials significantly.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 14, 2014

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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

Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

Dropbox usernames and passwords leak online, Denies responsibility and says passwords expired

Carriers

AT&T Hints at Imminent Nexus 6 Release

Verizon to launch Motorola Droid Turbo at an event on October 28th

New image and details for Verizon’s DROID TURBO surface

Verizon soak test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini brings VoLTE

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New image and details for Verizon’s DROID TURBO surface

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The line of leaks surrounding the Motorola DROID TURBO from Verizon got a little longer today with another image and details about the device surfacing. You may recall the name of the new device is rooted in a desire for the smartphone to charge quickly and it appears Motorola may have succeeded. Despite having a large 3,900mAh battery that should last two days, users should be able to juice up the device for eight hours of use with only 15 minutes of charging. Read more

Verizon soak test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini brings VoLTE

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If you own a Verizon-branded Droid Ultra, Maxx or Mini and have previously registered as a member of the Motorola Feedback Network, you should now be receiving an invitation for a brand new soak test.

If you chose to accept, you will be prompted to download and install a relatively major functionality update, which brings “Advanced Calling 1.0”, also known as VoLTE for Verizon’s network, as well as to the usual multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Google teases Android L in latest YouTube video

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Google has just published a short, “Sweeeeet” video on its official YouTube channel teasing the release of the next big update of its mobile operating system. Although the specific dessert name is still tightly under wraps, the search engine giant did confirm that “L” will be “Android 5.0” and gave us the names of a few contestants who auditioned for the role — Lemon Meringue Pie, Lava Cake, Lady Finger, Lemon Drop and Oreo. But, of course, they’re wasn’t a Lollipop in sight.

Hit the break below for the full teaser.

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