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Motorola to release 6-inch phablet in Q3

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A while ago we heard that Motorola was working on a 6.3-inch phablet to be released in 2014. That information was released way back in October, just after the Moto X was first released. Well we haven’t heard anything about the so-called Xplay since then. Until now, that is.

According to the source that first leaked the Moto X and Moto G, the 6-inch phablet is now set to be released in Q3 (between July and September) of this year. While this source does say a Motorola phablet will be released at this time, we don’t yet know if this is the Xplay, or if it’s even 6.3 inches anymore.

More information about the device should be released within the coming months.

Source: Weibo
Via: GforGames

“Android apps” are the most favorite feature of the Nokia X according to a poll conducted by Nokia

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The Nokia X is the first Android powered handset by Nokia which generated quite a buzz. It was recently reported that the pre-orders of the handset reached 1 million in China in just four days, although we later found out that no payment was actually required to pre-order, it was more of a registration to be eligible to enter the contest.

All new HTC One to retail for $600 off-contract

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According to Twitter user @evleaks the all new HTC One (M8) will retail for $600, which is the same as the current HTC One. This news comes just days before the official release of the device, which is set to be released on the 25th of March.

It was also revealed in the same tweet that the device will come in gold, just like the previous HTC One. The gold version of the device will only be available at Best Buy.

Source: @evleaks

ePrice and Amazon Germany post the price of the LG L70, will be available from April 1

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When LG announced the L Series III comprised of three mid-range smartphones at the MWC event last month, they didn’t mention the pricing of the LG L70 or when the device would be available for sale.

According to ePrice, the LG L70 will carry a price tag of $163 in Taiwan and will be up for sale starting from April 1. On the other hand, Amazon Germany has also listed the price of the device at $246, which is more expensive than what ePrice suggested. However, the availability date hasn’t been mentioned on Amazon’s site but it seems that it will also have the L70 in stock from April 1.

Xperia Z2 Tablet available for sale in the UK from Sony’s website

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The Xperia Z2 tablet was officially announced at last month’s MWC event with no information about pricing and availability. However, Sony’s UK website has now listed the Xperia Z2 tablet for sale.

UK customers can now grab the 16 GB WiFi-only model for £399 ($550), while the 16 GB LTE variant is priced at £499 ($650) and the 32 GB WiFi-only model carries a price tag of £449 ($619), slightly cheaper than the 16 GB LTE model. In addition, Sony’s online store is now offering customers who order before 24 March a 3 year warranty for just a pence more. The device would reach to the customers in April.

Latest promotional video for HTC All New One shows off HTC Zoe

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HTC has released another “technical translation” video to keep the hype train going for the March 25th unveiling of the All New One. The previous videos in this marketing campaign have gone over improvements to BoomSound, the premium metal body, and the Ultrapixel camera of the device. The fourth video recaps one of the coolest software features of the original HTC One: Zoe.

This technical translation breaks down exactly what makes HTC Zoe so special, and (sort of) tells us what awesome new things Zoe will do on the All New One. Yes, the phone is still pixelated, and yes, all the worthwhile information is still censored.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 21, 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

Link Bubble offers chat heads for links

Firefox Beta for Android gets updated to support Firefox accounts, data sync

Carriers

AT&T offering chance to win “amazing new HTC device”

Sprint taking pre-orders on Galaxy S 5 starting today, releases pricing and shipping information

Sprint to close 55 stores and lay off 330 employees

Telling Google Search to “play some music” will launch “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio

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Google is adding more and more voice commands into both Android and Google Chrome. The latest Android voice command allows users to be able to launch the “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio by telling Google Search to “play some music”

If the user has Google Play Music All Access, the playlist that is played will feature a pretty big selection of content. If they don’t it will play music in the users personal music library on Google Play Music.

Source: @Google

Apple reportedly considering iTunes store for Android

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Apple is apparently considering launching an iTunes store for Android to combat declining music sales, according to a report from Billboard. The same report also says that Apple executives are in talks with record label executives about launching an on-demand music streaming service.

Launching an on-demand service could make iTunes much more similar to platforms like Spotify. Currently the iTunes Store is available on OS X and iOS, as well as Microsoft’s Windows. In fact, Steve Jobs was asked about bringing iTunes to Android back in 2011. Hit the break to see what he had to say:

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 4 line will have AMOLED displays from 7 to 10.5 inches

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We have already seen information trickle out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line. In fact, earlier today we spotted the 10.5-inch model. Now it seems like we are looking at a three tablets with displays starting at 7 inches and ending at 10.5 inches. All of the tablets run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and have AMOLED displays.

Google Now rumored to include an ‘Inferred Events’ feature

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According to a new rumor, Google Now will grasp events posted on other Google apps such as Gmail and Hangouts and then ask if you’d like the event to be added to your calendar.

The information will be clearly displayed to the user as to where the event was taken from and if the user would like to edit the event prior to adding it to the calendar such that when a recipient tells you about a time and location, Google will take that information and allow you to edit it beforehand. The image at the top of the article is a dummy interface of this rumored feature. 

Lenovo spends $100 million on 3G and 4G technology patents to be used in new markets

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Being that Lenovo is becoming a larger player in the mobile industry, it only makes sense that they acquire additional patents. While continuing to receive a license for Google’s patents, Lenovo has purchased 3G and 4G technology patents from Unwired Planet. The cost? A respectable $100 million. For that price, Lenovo is getting twenty-one families of patents that will allow the company to enter new markets.

Source: CIO

One developer shares his experience with his Project Tango prototype

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As promised, Google is sending out Project Tango prototypes to developers as we speak. In fact one developer, Omar Soubra, already posted some pictures of the device along with videos. Being involved with 3D scanners in the past, Omar says that Project Tango “is a bit like magic.” Google is shipping the Tango prototype in a white cardboard box, along with a USB 3.0 cable, USB 2.0 cable, 2 chargers, and a quick-start instruction guide. The phone itself has both a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port for whatever reason. Remember, you can usually plug a USB 2.0 cable into one side of a USB 3.0 port.

Sprint to close 55 stores and lay off 330 employees

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At the start of the year Sprint warned that the company was going to have to make some big changes in order to cut costs. Well today we learned exactly how they’re going to do that. Today the company told CNet that they’re going to close 55 stores, up to 150 service centers, and lay off up to 330 employees.

The stores that are going to be closed down are the “worst performing” ones, meaning they weren’t really helping the company anyway, and actually could have been costing the company more than they were making. Those that will be losing their jobs will be primarily tech consultants, which may or may not affect the companies customer service standards.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

Link Bubble offers chat heads for links

link_bubble_screenshot_3 link_bubble_screenshot_2It’s fair to say that the in-app web linking experience in Android isn’t that great. Luckily for us there’s people to fix that! The new Link Bubble app essentially offers users Facebook-style chat heads, but for links, opening a web browser over whatever you’re currently doing.

Link Bubble offers a number of great features, including the ability to share the link by dragging it to one of the two customizable tabs. The left one defaults to pocket, or Facebook if Pocket isn’t installed. The right side defaults to the Android share menu. Hit the break for a video, screenshots, and the Play Store download link!