Qualcomm looks to dominate internals of smartphones with new RF components


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.

The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.

The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.

This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.

Source: Gigaom

Justice Department closes investigation of Samsung patent activity

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Samsung was being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department because of suspicions that the company was using a special class of patents to attack rivals— the investigation will now come to a close, the the Department will continue to monitor the company in terms of patent regulation.

The news comes in the midst of a series of patent infringement complaints filed by both Apple and Samsung, with the most recent filed against Apple— Samsung won, and some older iPhone and iPad models were banned from being sold in the US.

Legal issues were determined to not require any kind of investigation, so the Justice Department has stopped looking into the matter.

Source: Reuters

Photos of Huawei Ascend P7 appear online

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Judging by how nice the design of the Ascend P6 was, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the device’s successor, the P7, will look just as nice, or even better.

Thankfully, in a series of leaked photos, we got a nice look at the back panel of the phone, which should be released at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

In terms of specs, here’s what we have so far:

A 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, a 1.6GHz HiSilicon chipset.a 2,460mAH battery and Huawei’s EmotionUI 2.0 Android skin.

Hit the break for a  larger photo of the device’s back panel.

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Nexus 7 with 4G LTE coming to Verizon next week


Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.

There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.

Source: Droid Life

7 top lock screen replacement apps for Android [February 2014]


Sometimes the stock Android lock screen just doesn’t meet our needs. Luckily for us, there are lock screen replacement apps! But there are so many of them! Well that’s why we’ve put together a list of the 5 best lock screen replacement apps so far. Hit the break and let’s get started.

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Samsung upgrades Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini with new “Black Edition” versions


Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 line is getting a bit dated when measured in smartphone years and the Galaxy S5 is slated to be announced later this month, that isn’t stopping Samsung from trying to keep buyers interested in the devices. Their latest move is the release of new Black Edition versions of Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. The Black Edition is intended to create a “premium design” choice for consumers. Physically, Samsung is changing the back cover and bezel to a leather-like high quality textured material similar to that found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or some of their recent tablet devices. Samsung is also packaging up these versions in special packaging and they will come with black accessories like the power adapter, data cable and headphones.  Read more

Image surfaces showing supersized 7-inch smartphone from Huawei


A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).

If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?

source: Weibo
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Google Glass vulnerable to JavaScript exploit


There was a security issue back in Android 4.1 that would allow malicious code (specifically JavaScript) to interject itself into apps that created a WebView, which is something typically done when an app opens up a web window to display an external website, ads, etc. Needless to say, that’s a pretty common thing on Android apps. and apparently that potentially dangerous bug is present in Google Glass, too.

Metasploit, a popular vulnerability testing framework, added a new test module that would allow users to test how vulnerable some versions of the Android browser are to being hacked from shell access, and that’s when this exploit was found in Glass. The exploit would involve a man-in-the-middle hijacking that WebView instance, which wouldn’t be too difficult to do if you’re on a public WiFi or anything that isn’t well secured. At that point, the malicious code could do anything from taking photos with your device to remotely turning on your microphone. Definitely not a good thing. Read more

Boost Mobile offering $35 plan with unlimited data for 6 months after buying an LTE device


Still searching for a carrier that fits you? Boost Mobile is running a promotion right now with a reasonable price. Buying one of their LTE devices through the carrier’s site, participating retailer, Best Buy, or Radioshack will allow you to pick up a $35 unlimited plan for six months. Talk, text, and web is included; however, customers will be throttled after 2.5GB of data.

Once the six months are in the past, the monthly bill will jump to $50. But Boost Mobile slashes $5 off per every six months. By the eighteenth month, a bill should be $35 once again. The promotion runs from now through March 31.

Source: Boost Mobile