Pantech to release Vega Iron 2 in April

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One of the most anticipated phones of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S5, a device that will likely go on sale in April or May of this year. There’s another device that will apparently be going on sale this April, and will be in competition with the Galaxy S5. That device is the Pantech Vega Iron 2.

Some of you might remember Pantech for being a company that was on the brink of bankruptcy a while ago. Since then the company has had huge success with their Vega Secret Note and Vega Secret Up.

Sprint to add “Sprint Live” home screens to Android devices

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Some of you might remember Sprint ID, which was basically a custom theme for Android. Well something similar is in the works for Sprint, and it’s called “Sprint Live”.

Sprint Live was announced on Wednesday and the software will apparently come on all of Sprint‘s Android powered phones starting later this year. It was developed by Sprint and NQ Mobile, a company that you might know for their mobile security products.

The idea is that the software will add more functionality and customization options for the home screen, however some fear that it may simply be more bloatware with heavy branding.

Source: Technobuffalo

10 Million Galaxy Notes Sold in Korea

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Samsung just hit the ten million Galaxy Notes sold on its home turf. Since its debut back in 2011 the large smart phone has started the movement in larger devices, sometimes called phablets. As each generation debuted, the Korean company, has worked to refine the giant device in both hardware and software. Even as the market becomes saturated with bigger phones, such as the One Max, the Note 3 still remains the device to beat.

To celebrate the milestone, Samsung is sponsoring a celebration from January 17th to February 7th where domestic customers can win prizes such as tickets to musicals or even Samsung cameras.  The device is also doing well globally, with over 50 million units sold.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

LG Officially Announces Gold and Red Limited Edition LG G2s

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On Tuesday, a leaked image out of Taiwan suggested that LG would be offering its flagship device in a shiny gold color. Today LG announced that not only would it be coming in gold but will also come in red.  Both will feature textured backs that are said to offer better grips without all the fingerprint smudges. Each will cost the same as other LG G2 devices and are being released in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

LG says that people will be able to get their hands on the new colors starting January 18th. If you’ve been holding out on getting a G2 now may be the time to check them out.

source: GSM Arena

Google Now integration with Chrome getting closer, now available in latest Chrome Canary build

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Who wants Google Now integration with the Chrome desktop? Well it’s coming, and today’s news is a hint that it could be here sooner rather than later. It is now available in the latest Google Canary build (34.0.1788). If you’re not familiar with Google Canary, it is basically an Alpha build for either Windows or Mac. It is reserved for developers, but any “early adoption” fan can use it. Just expect bugs, but it does get updated daily.

Google Now cards are displayed using Chrome’s notification interface in the Windows system tray or the Mac menu bar. Assuming you use Google Now on your mobile device, you will be able to see certain cards on the desktop including weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and even reminders. It will use your device’s location for location-specific cards.

Samsung officially announces the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab3 Lite

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Samsung has made a commitment to selling more tablets in 2014, and to succeed with that, they not only have to cater to the higher-end of the market, but also the lower-end. That is exactly where the Galaxy Tab3 Lite  comes into play.

The Tab3 Lite sports a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display (169 ppi), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 2MP rear camera, a 3.600mAh battery for up to 8 hours of video playback, and Android 4.2 along with TouchWiz.

They will offer both a Wi-Fi-only version (SM-T110) and a 3G/Wi-Fi version (SM-T111), but they didn’t offer any pricing or availability just yet. I would expect this one to be priced around $150.  Hit the break for the full presser.

Starbucks app stores personal information in plain-text format

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If you use the official Starbucks mobile payment app, you may want to reconsider. According to security researcher Daniel Wood, the application stores information like your email address, password, and GPS location and an unencrypted plain-text format. Anyone who has access to your phone could do a bit of work to steal that information, which is not something you want someone else to have access to. Even worse, because the app makes payments using an on-screen barcode, that barcode method could be manipulated to suck money out of your bank account.

Fortunately, someone would need access to your phone to get this information, but it’s still a vulnerability that you should be aware of. Hopefully Starbucks addresses this soon.

source: Computer World

via: Engadget

Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

Source: Play Store / Best Buy

Square Enix drops Final Fantasy VI on the Play Store for $15.99

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Square Enix has released their classic RPG, Final Fantasy VI, onto the Play Store. It’ll cost you $15.99 which is definitely more than the latest version of Angry Birds, but it’s packed with a lot more content, too.

Square has reworked the graphics to give them a more modern feel, and the controls have been altered to work on touchscreen devices. Overall, if you’re a fan of Final Fantasy games, this one’s definitely worth the price of admission. Hit the link below for the download.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 15, 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

The 5 Best Android apps for managing your budget [January 2014]

Apps

Latest Pandora update adds personalized station recommendations

Carriers

AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Active Updating to Android 4.3 Starting Today

AT&T offering Moto X and LG G2 for free on contract

Huawei CEO confirms three upcoming processors, 64-bit octa-core chipset is one of them

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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, has confirmed that his company is working on three new processors for its devices. While one is a quad-core chipset, the two others are octa-core. The quad-core chipset is based on ARM Cortex-A9 and one of the octa-core chipsets is based on ARM Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7. The final octa-core chipset, however, will have 64-bit architecture and fall under Huawei’s Hisilicon brand. It will have ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, meaning that it will essentially contain two quad-core chipsets. Yu claims that Huawei will have the 64-bit octa-core chipset ready this year.

‘Nextbit’ team of superstars promises to “build something bigger” for mobile

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If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.

Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”

HTC One prototype gets a detailed look

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Ever wonder what some of Android’s most popular devices looked like in prototype phase? Engadget was able to get their hands on an HTC One prototype. The most obvious change is the switch from three to two capacitive buttons below the display. Instead of keeping the multitasking button, HTC opted to put its name between the back and home buttons; however, Engadget notes that the button was not active. Also, this prototype is not made out of the aluminum that made the device wildly acclaimed. The prototype looks like it has a polycarbonate casing.

Hit the break to see the back of the prototype.

Motorola hires Disney Research employee, will join the department behind Moto X

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To grow its Advanced Technology and Products department, Motorola has hired Disney Research’s Dr. Ivan Poupyrev. While working with Disney, Poupyrev worked at Disney’s Carnegie Mellon laboratory as a scientist. He designed Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing. It allows a single wire to give objects human touch sensitivity. For example, he created a potted plant that would sing upon being touched on its stem or leaves.

At Motorola, he will join former DARPA director Regina Dugan. If you can recall, Dugan introduced some interesting projects that her department is working on at the D11 conference last year. The Advanced Technology and Products department was also behind Motorola’s flagship Moto X smartphone. While it has not done well commercially, it has certainly been praised. Poupyrev told Fast Company that he “can help shape the future of the company.” It should be interesting to see what Poupyrev and Motorola have in store for the future.

Source: Fast Company Design

AT&T offering Moto X and LG G2 for free on contract

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Normally AT&T sells the Moto X and LG G2 for $99 each on contract, but those looking to buy one of these two devices will be pleased to know that they can now get them for free, thanks to a limited time offer.

According to AT&T the deals will last until January 31, and are only available online. It will require a 2 year contract agreement, and only works with certain plans. This deal will also have no effect on the off-contract prices of the phones.