Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor

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This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.

Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus. » Read the rest

LG G3 could be released in July

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There have been reports that LG is looking to release the upcoming G3 a little early this year. Back in March, the indication was for June, but the latest report pins July as the new target date. Last year, they unveiled the G2 in August, followed by a fall release. It’s very likely that LG will unveil the G3 in late June to prep for the July release.

From everything we are hearing about the G3, it does appear to be an absolute beast. It’s expected to sport a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, a Snapdragon 801 or 805, along with 3GB of RAM. It will mostly likely have a pretty good camera as well.

source: ZDNet Korea
via: G4Games

The Galaxy S 5 costs a little more to produce than the Galaxy S 4 and lot more than the iPhone 5S

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We posted a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last week, which was for repair purposes, but teardowns can also give us an indication on how much the device costs the manufacturer to produce. IHS, a marketing research firm, conducted their own teardown and concluded that the Galaxy S 5 costs about $256 to build. That is $12 over last year’s Galaxy S 4 ($244).

Other than upgraded hardware, the main additions this year’s GS5 offers over last year’s GS4 is a fingerprint scanner, a biosensor, and the ability to survive a heavy dose of water. IHS concluded the fingerprint scanner costs about $4 and the biosensor runs about $1.45. There was no word on the cost of the waterproofing, but Andrew Rassweiler, and analyst at IHS did say, “Inside we see mostly a lot of recycled components that we’ve seen before. There’s really nothing special inside where Samsung is pushing the envelope. There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”

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Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

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Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.

“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 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!!

Guides

Best Android keyboard replacement apps [April 2014]

Apps

Samsung Group Play updated to version 3.0

Dailymotion’s Chromecast support exits beta and is open for all

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Dailymotion’s Chromecast support exits beta and is open for all

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Dailymotion, host of more than thirty million videos on the internet, has taken its Chromecast support out of beta and opened it for everyone. Simply put, you can now push videos from your smartphone or tablet straight to a television with the Cast button. In addition to adding Chromecast support, Dailymotion threw in bug fixes. And if you would like to join the beta, you can do so by clicking here.

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Google wants more eye real estate with camera-embedded contact lenses

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Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.

You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.

Source: Patent Bolt

ZTE teases upcoming ZTE Star 1 smartphone

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ZTE has had a couple of big launches over the last month, but that isn’t going to stop the company from having another one! Today they began teasing their upcoming smartphone, the ZTE Star 1.

The retail box of the device was leaked a few days ago, and now we have the first pictures of the device, showing quite a sleek looking design! Despite the classy design, it seems to have taken some cues from Huawei with their Ascend P6. The source that brought the photos also mentions that the design of the device will be heavily marketed during the marketing campaign, but that doesn’t mean that the internal specs of the device aren’t good. In fact, the device boasts a 1080p display and support for 4G. More details should come soon, so keep an eye out for them!

Source: MyDrivers
Via: GforGames

Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a cameras get taken out for an Ultra HD showcase

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On the camera side of things, the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a are exactly the same. So the video put together by YouTube user Danny Winget is representative of both devices. While the cameras have 13MP, video recording can be done in Ultra High Definition (UHD) thanks to some Sony components.

The results of UHD video recording are quite stunning and you can watch Winget’s video after the break. » Read the rest

Office Online makes its way to the Chrome Web Store

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Microsoft is showing love to all platforms in 2014. And now the company has released the PowerPoint, Excel, and Word web applications into the Chrome Web Store. Now Microsoft’s Office suite is fully accessible from a Chromebook, a thought that would have been laughed at just months ago when the company was running ‘Scroogled’ advertisements. After installing the applications, the Office suite is just a click away.

Source: Office Online Blog
Via: Engadget