LlabTooFer leaks upcoming release schedule for HTC software updates, confirms Sense 6.0

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LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.

Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless.

Google apologizes for service outage earlier today

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If you were one of the many users affected by Google’s service outages earlier today, Google wants you to know they’re very sorry. They’ve issued a statement apologizing for the (short) service disruption and detailed exactly what caused the issues. They clarified that the outage affected about 10% of users for roughly 25 minutes at 10:55 am this morning.

Apparently, one of Google’s systems responsible for telling other systems how to behave began sending out incorrect configuration files to those systems. This messed up many Google services that required log-ins like Gmail, G+, and Hangouts, and resulted in the issues we saw today. Even though they were able to get the issue resolved pretty quickly and got everything back in order by 11:30 am, they’re acknowledging the problem and taking steps towards preventing it from ever happening again.

Hey, nobody’s perfect. At least Google is owning up to it. You can read their full statement below.

source: Google Blog

Man receiving thousands of emails courtesy of Google glitch

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Chances are you heard about the Gmail outage that took place on Friday. But there is something else that happened aside from it. A glitch in Google search is causing David S. Peck, a Hotmail user, to receive thousands of emails from people he does not even know. During the outage, people were frantically searching “Gmail” and when they clicked on the first sublink, they were sent to a window that had Peck’s email address in the “To” input box. Of course, people decided to press Send.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 24, 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!!

Accessories

Dead Zebra announces Year of the Horse Android mini figurine

Carriers

Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet at just $29.99 with contract

T-Mobile paying $25 for each friend you refer to the Uncarrier

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE appears on FCC

Unannounced Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo certified in China

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The phone currently believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (GT-I9168) has been certified by Chinese authorities. Previously thought to be called the Galaxy Grand Lite, the device is now confirmed to have TD-SCDMA connectivity.

It also appears that the Galaxy Grand Neo will sport a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a 5MP rear facing camera with a VGA front facing camera. It will also supposedly have 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.

The device will also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is said to cost $300, though we don’t know that for sure yet. More details are sure to come soon!

Source: PhoneArena

ZTE G601U enters the rugged smartphone market

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There are people in the world that just can not keep their smartphone safe from drops, spills, and other dangerous possibilities. For those people, the rugged smartphone market was made. ZTE is the latest entrant with their G601U smartphone that just received certification in China. It is unknown whether or not it this device will escape China or be solely available there.

Hit the break for specs and shots of the device from the back and side.

South Korean Ministry of Science rules against bloatware of devices

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Not only does Asia have access to some of the best mobile technology available on the market, but customers will soon be able to purchase bloatware-free devices as a standard.

A recent ruling in South Korea determined that OEMs can preload bloatware on its devices, but the apps must be able to be uninstalled. The new industry guidelines will begin in April of this year.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this in a press release:

“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.”

There are also some major advantages that users will experience from the decision. Improved battery life and increased data storage are just a few of the many benefits.

Source: ZDNet

Leaked Samsung memo has product slated for Valentine’s Day, Galaxy Pro tablet launch?

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Still waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro line (hands on here) or Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (hands on here) to launch? So are we. But it seems like we may have found a release date — Valentine’s Day weekend. According to a leaked internal memo, Samsung is asking for “all hands on deck” from February 14-16. They need everyone on deck so much so that they will not grant anyone time away from the company for those dates.

We understand that most corporate offices are closed on weekends; therefore, this memo likely applies to employees at retail stores like Best Buy, who have small Samsung shops setup. Of course, this could be for something else but launching a major product line like the Galaxy Pro tablets would be fitting to take place over the course of a weekend.

Hit the break for the full leaked memo.

[Deal] Moto X $100 off Monday afternoon, $70 off until Valentine’s Day

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Motorola is back with yet another deal for its flagship Moto X smartphone. On Monday, January 27, Motorola is taking $100 off any Moto X without a contract. Any size, any backing, any carrier will be eligible. There is a catch, however. The deal will be active for just one hour — 3-4PM ET.

If you do miss out, Motorola still has something for you. They will take off $70 from any Moto X until Valentine’s Day, February 14. And yet again, this is without a contract. So missing the one hour window on Monday will only set you back $30. Not bad. For both deals, on-contract devices will seemingly not be included.

New Windows malware can enter your Android device, affecting Korea for now

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Computer security giant Symantec has found a new piece of malware that targets Android devices through a Windows computer that have been infected. The malware goes by “Trojan.Droidpak” and uses ADB as its way of entry. An app will appear like the Google Play Store; however, it is called the “Google App Store.” After starting the malicious app, it will search for Korean banking apps. After that, it will prompt the user to install malicious ones over the originals. Also, it can intercept emails so users will miss fraud protection notices. It is unknown if this is widespread or just limited to Korea at this time.

As usual, you should be smart and only connect your Android device to a computer that you trust. Disabling “USB Debugging” and enabling “Verify apps” is likely your best choice. Hit the source link to see Symantec’s detailed breakdown.

Source: Symantec
Via: XDA

Cyanogen steals founder of Android Open Kang Project

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Whether or not CyanogenMod is your favorite ROM, it is by far and away the most popular Android ROM. With a new company and funding, Cyanogen has big plans to bring ROMing to the mainstream. In order to do that, they need to secure some of the best talent in the ROM community. If you can grab someone from one of your best competitors, that never hurts.

That is exactly what Cyanogen just did. They grabbed Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) founder, Roman Birg. AOKP might not be as popular as CyanogenMod, but they built up a pretty loyal following over the last couple of years. Congratulations Roman, I am sure you will be a great addition to the Cyanogen team.

source: AOKP

 

Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet at just $29.99 with contract

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If you want a tablet and you’re low on cash, you’re not going to find a better option than this. Sprint recently announced the ZTE Optik 2, which is just $29.99 with an eligible upgrade or a new line of service with a data plan. It obviously doesn’t have the highest specs on the market, but it’s still a full functioning, 7-inch tablet on Android 4.1.2.

Inside the ZTE Optik 2 is a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be upgraded through the micro-SD slot, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Sprint’s competitive tablet data plans start from as low as $5 and extend up to $79.99 for 12GB of data. Sprint is also offering a special 2GB data plan for just $15. These are 3G speeds, so don’t expect LTE, but the ZTE Optik 2 is certainly worth a look.

Source: Sprint

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE appears on FCC

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It’s long been believed that Verizon is preparing their own LTE-capable version of the LG G Pad 8.3, and yesterday’s findings give those rumors more credit. Yesterday, a mysterious tablet with model name VK810 cleared the FCC, with service for Verizon’s 4G service running bands 4 and 13. The physical descriptions directly match LG’s G Pad 8.3, leading us to believe that this is in fact it.

There’s no hardware hints besides that the LG VK810 supports GPS, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity. We are likely to eventually see  a Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8.3-inch display, and a 4600mAh battery on the final device.

Source: FCC
Via: PhoneArena

 

Friends with Moto rewards program gives discounts on Moto X and Moto G

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If you’re thinking about going and buying a new Moto X, you might want to try your luck with Motorola’s new rewards program. “Friends with Moto” could give you $50 off the Moto X, and $40 off the Moto G. All you have to do is head to Motorola’s website and enter your name, email address, and phone number, which will then be sent to a Motorola employee who has to approve the discount.

The program may have been set up just for Motorola employees, but people all over the internet have been reporting that the promo is working for themselves. A Moto X off-contract normally costs $400, but with a coupon you can get it for $350. The 8GB Moto G is $170, $150 with a coupon.

Source: GSM Arena

 

Samsung will lower their mobile marketing budget this year

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If you watch any TV whatsoever, then you know Samsung spends A LOT of money on advertising. Well it looks like they are going to cut back a tad this year. Samsung just had their quarterly conference call, and Samsung Senior Vice President Kim Hyunjoon said they will try to “raise the efficiency of our marketing spend and lower our overall mobile marketing budget to revenue this year compared with last year.” They will of course still spend a few bucks on sporting events such as the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, but no word on a Super Bowl commercial for this year.

source: Reuters