New Google Maps finally adds multiple destinations, other features announced

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Google’s Maps team announced today some new features for the Google Maps preview, including the addition of the most requested feature they have been fielding since the release of the preview. Directions for multiple destinations will begin rolling out to users today. The ability to add multiple destinations can be used when planning a route for driving, biking or walking. A small “+” has been added to the interface, which will open a new entry that can be added by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. In addition, once you have a listed of locations added, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them within the list. Read more

Spigen releases image of Nexus 5 with their case

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Case manufacturer Spigen posted on Google+ today a render of a Nexus 5 sporting a Neo Hybrid case. The ad copy encourages fans to “Be Ready” for the Nexus 5 “Revolution.” Spigen has already obtained a listing on Amazon for the case, though most of the information was just a placeholder.

Case manufacturers and other accessory manufacturers often receive units or drawings in advance of a product launch so they can have their wares available on the day of release. The posting of this image is a good sign that we are only a few weeks away from the release of the Nexus 5.

source: +Spigen

Samsung Galaxy Mega headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy Mega smartphone is slated for MetroPCS thanks to a couple of leaked images. The device will be sim-locked to Metro, thus no word on whether it’ll eventually make its way to T-Mobile or not.

If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the Galaxy Mega offers a dual-core 1.7GHz processor paired with 1.5GB or RAM, available in 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable to an additional 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3200mAh battery. Of course what gives the device its name is the monstrous 6.3″ screen for all your viewing pleasures.

No news on when the device will hit stores, but sometime between the end of this month and November is my best guess.

source: TmoNews

T-Mobile unveils ‘Simple Global’ which brings international unlimited data plans for customers

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In a bold move that’s part of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Phase 3 plan, “Simple Global” has been announced and brings unlimited global data at no extra charge for customers in well over 100+ countries. Starting October 31st, eligible Simple Choice and business customers will automatically receive unlimited data and texting in over 100 countries. This plan also has the customer paying an industry-low flat rate of 20 cents per voice call when roaming in the same country.

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HTC One Max full specs list leaks, confirms previous reports

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HTC is hoping that the One Max is the phone that saves their sinking ship of a company, and they’re packing the device with some great internals in hope that consumers will come to them for their next phone. 

An editor at Nowherelse.fr, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tweeted out a specs sheet for the phone which show that it will ship with Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, a 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 (FHD) display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, NFC capabilities, and a microSD slot that will hold up to 32GB of information. The battery should be very powerful, at 3200mAh.

The deal for Beats Audio to purchase its remaining shares back from HTC hasn’t been completed yet, so the phone will also include Beats speakers. Something new, though, is the fingerprint scanner added on the back of the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that the phablet will be unveiled to the public on October 15th.

This will surely be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so it will be interesting to see how its sales figures pan out after some disappointing numbers all around for the company in recent months.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: @stagueve

Android-exclusive Easter egg discovered on Google Chrome app

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New Easter egg alert! It’s pretty useless, but fun nonetheless…and addictive.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device, and press the tab button. If you have multiple tabs open, close all of them but one. Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of of the page five times. Tap it again, and you’ll get a “flip” animation.

How people discover these Easter eggs, we’ll never know— but we always love messing around with them when they’re outed. Try it out for yourself! If you can’t get it to work, hit the break to see it in action.

Update: Sorry guys!! Yes, this has been around for a long time. We completely forgot about it, but hopefully we helped out those of you that never heard about it.

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GamePad 2 from Archos officially announced, will ship in Q4 to U.S. for $200

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Just a few weeks ago, Archos’ GamePad 2 was outed on a retailer’s website, displaying all the new device has to offer. Today, Archos finally made an official announcement on the gaming tablet, which will feature a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, and 2GB RAM.

Control responsiveness was also greatly improved, and will ship with Android 4.2 and a more powerful battery. The GamePad 2 will hit Europe at the end of October for around $243, and will be shipping in the US during Q4 for $200. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Lenovo seeking to acquire HTC, talks ongoing since August

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While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.

Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.

Source: AppleDaily Taiwan
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung preparing another clamshell smartphone

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Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).

Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices. Read more

Amazon puts a stop to international orders for Chromecast devices

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Did you place your order yesterday with Amazon after learning Chromecast devices were available for delivery to locations outside the U.S.? If you hesitated, you may have missed out on a window of opportunity as Amazon has stopped accepting international Chromecast orders. It is unclear what the status of existing orders may be. Some orders have already shipped, so it is unlikely those can be stopped, but if the order was still being processed by Amazon the company could put a stop to it, though hopefully not for those lucky buyers.

Consumers outside the U.S. interested in a Chromecast will now have to go back to waiting for Google Play to make the device available in their country or find one through a site like eBay.

source: Android Authority