Sony teases the Xperia Z1 one more time, this time with swimsuit models in a giant cocktail glass

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Sony continues to try to make a splash with the Xperia Z1, but are they going too far? Last night they set up a huge cocktail glass filled with water and a few swimsuit models went for a swim along with the Xperia Z1. Obviously this is another way to show that the Z1 is waterproof, but I’m not sure how many people noticed the phone.

This type of marketing isn’t new for Sony. Earlier in the year, they set up a shower in a T-Mobile store with swimsuit models for the customers to gawk at to promote the Xperia Z. Is Sony going too far and acting a little desperate here, or is this just brilliant marketing? Hit the break for the video.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 3, 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

Best Android podcast manager apps [September 2013]

Accessories

HTC announces the Desire 300, Desire 601, Vivid Blue HTC One, and BoomBass Bluetooth Subwoofer

Cameras

Sony QX Lens camera series press release leaks (and removed shortly after), promotional video still available

Carriers

Verizon reaches agreement to buy out Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, worth $130 billion

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Possible low cost version of Moto X spotted in FCC filing

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Last week a trio of devices with model numbers XT1032, XT1033, and XT1035, surfaced in an FCC filing. Sources that spotted the filing began searching the Internet for clues as to which models these might be. They uncovered some pages on UK retailer sites that consistently show these model numbers listed for different versions of the Motorola DVX. Previous rumors indicated the Motorola DVX was a low cost version of the Moto X intended for emerging markets and possibly U.S. prepaid carriers.

The UK retail sites list a couple different versions of the Motorola DVX. An 8GB model shows up with prices ranging from $214 to $243 USD while a 16GB version is listed at $234 USD. Several of these retail sites indicate the device will be in stock on September 11th.

Since UK prices tend to be slightly higher than U.S. prices, it is reasonable to reach the conclusion that a U.S. version of the devices may sell for around $200. To reach that price point, it appears Motorola has removed the LTE capabilities and detuned HSPA+ to max out at 21 Mbps. Other specs for the device are still shrouded in mystery.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena

 

Is the leaked Nexus 5 based on the Sony Xperia Z1?

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Earlier a Nexus device was spotted in a Google video regarding the KitKat statue, which was quickly assumed as being the Nexus 5. Adding to the speculation was the fact that Google pulled the video. Still, the big question on everyone’s mind is who is making the device? We have heard both LG and Motorola in the past, but we still don’t have any concrete evidence. That could be because neither company is the chosen one.

If you look closely at the leaked phone, it very well could be based on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1. This comes from a Google+ post by Chris Winkley. He had heard Sony was making the next Nexus and quickly pointed out that both the leaked phone and the Xperia Z1 sport the same placement of the lens and flash. Now, we did hear that the next Nexus will look similar to the Nexus 7, so the fact that the lens is in the top left corner doesn’t prove that Sony is making the device, but looking at both phones side-by-side, it makes a lot of sense.

What do you guys think?

Cheers Rudy

source: +Chris Winkley

Video shows KitKat statue going up at Google’s headquarters, and the new LG Nexus 5?

android_kitkatThere’s a lot of excitement that’s coming with the news that the newest Android OS will be called KitKat, and not Key Lime Pie as everyone originally thought. A necessary step towards KitKat is of course the statue being erected among the Honeycomb, Gingerbread Man, Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean statues at Google’s headquarters. If you want to see KitKat man going up, you’re in luck, as Google has released a video showing just that.

But, what’s that 38 seconds into the video? It looks a lot like a new Nexus to us. It has a horizontal Nexus logo like the Nexus 7, but it’s definitely smaller than the tablet, and larger than the Nexus 4 right next to this mysterious device. There’s a huge camera with flash, and just maybe we can see an LG logo. What do you think? Click past the break to watch the video yourself.

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Asus unveils new FonePad 7 with upgraded processor, camera and speakers

asus_fonepadWe knew that ASUS was on its way to creating a new FonePad, and today we get to see what they’ve come up with. The company is announcing the new FonePad 7, which features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera with an F2.4 lens, 8GB of internal storage and microSD card support of up to 64GB.

It’s very similar to its predecessor, with of course better hardware like an enhanced processor, camera, and dual-front speakers with Sonic Master technology. We’re sure to hear more of the new FonePad at the IFA this week, so stay tuned to Talk Android for more information on ASUS’s new device.

Source: UberGizmo

1 billion Android activations to date, says Sundar Pichai— excited for release of KitKat

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Sundar Pichai, Senior VP at Google, announced on his Google+ page earlier today that Android has surpassed 1 billion device activations. It’s quite the accomplishment, if not one of the greatest ever achieved by a mobile phone operating system.

Sundar also shared his pure joy of coming back from his trip to Asia and seeing the new KitKat statue on the front lawn of Google HQ. Seems like he can’t wait for its release, can you?

Source: +SundarPichai 

Sony QX Lens camera series press release leaks (and removed shortly after), promotional video still available

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A Sony site accidentally leaked the press release for their QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras,” which was removed shortly after. Unfortunately, Sony has asked our source to remove the press release from their site, and therefore, it is now unavailable. However, we do know that they will be announced tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 4:00 PM (London time)— you won’t have to wait very long to get all the juicy details.

Sony did release a video on their YouTube channel which hypes up the two lens-cameras. Check it out after the break.

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Nestle/Hershey release new Kit-Kat teaser video, jokingly advertises candy bar as a piece of technology

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Android surprised us all this morning as it announced that the next version of Android will be called “KitKat 4.4,” and not Key Lime Pie 5.0, as was widely rumored (and expected) for months.

Nestle and Hershey will certainly be doing their part in supporting the newest version of Android’s OS, as they have already announced a new Android-branded wrapper which will be shipped with 50 million Kit-Kat bars worldwide, and will feature a promotional giveaway from Google for free Nexus 7s and Play Store credit.

Now, Nestle has released a video which jokingly advertises Kit-Kat bars as a revolutionary new piece of food technology with a fully “immersive and multi-sensory experience.”

We still don’t have any information on what specific features the new version of Android’s OS will include, but it will certainly be interesting to see what changes they bring. Nonetheless, check out the video after the break— enjoy!

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Verizon reaches agreement to buy out Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, worth $130 billion

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As some of you probably know, part of Verizon Wireless is owned by UK company Vodafone. Vodafone owns about 45% of the company, which has been a pretty lucrative stake considering Verizon Wireless’s massive profits in the past few years. According to a recently proposed deal, however, Verizon will buy out that 45% stake for a whopping $130 billion in cash and stock options.  That’s a pretty hefty up-front cost, but it would allow Verizon to keep 100% of their wireless profits.

The Wall Street Journal seems to think the deal will go through without a hitch, simply because it doesn’t really affect customers or violate any antitrust laws, considering Verizon already owns and operates a majority of the business. Vodafone will obviously start to see a massively declined profit without owning Verizon stake, but with $130 billion, it shouldn’t be hard to find something else to invest into.

The deal is expected to close sometime in the beginning of 2014. We’ll keep you updated if anything else pops up or changes.

source: Wall Street Journal