Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ to be released Feb. 20, will dual-boot Firefox OS and Android

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Geeksphone, a Spain-based OEM, will be releasing the “Revolution,” an Android and Firefox-based device on Feb. 20, just four days before Mobile World Congress.

The device will feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 2MP front camera.

Its main feature, obviously being able to switch seamlessly between Firefox OS and Android, is certainly a nice addition to the device.

It can be purchased for 289 euro ($395) at launch. An early bird sale will have the phone for sale online-only for 269 euro.

We’ll keep you posted with more information as the release date approaches.

Source: Engadget

 

Qualcomm Toq updated to add Activity Tracking, Activity and World Clocks

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The Qualcomm Toq, a high-end $350 smartwatch, has just received an update that adds a few new features. The Android app update adds activity tracking (and matching clock), along with a world clock, and the option to switch over to Celsius. For the beta activity tracking feature, during a 24-hour time period, the app will track your adventures and tally up point totals. The total points will be visible in both the app and a matching activity tracking-clock on the watch.

Check out a link to download below.

Play Store Download Link

 

Virgin Atlantic Airlines testing Google Glass for check-in process

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Every day, it seems like there’s a new organization testing and using Google Glass in day-to-day operations. Add Virgin Atlantic Airlines to that list. The airline is integrating Google Glass as part of a trial program to “enhance the passenger experience.” Right now the program is limited to just customer who purchase Upper Class airfares for departures out of London’s Heathrow Airport over the next six weeks.

Airline agents are able to give customers updates on flight information, weather and other relevant information related to the flier’s destination through the headset, along with language translation.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk
Via: PhoneArena

 

A4WP, PMA agree to create wireless charging standards

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The Alliance for Wireless Charging and Power Matters Alliance, two of the biggest groups around, agreed to create a standard for wireless charging. The end goal of this agreement is to end wireless charging fragmentation. Currently, there are so many wireless charging stations; however, they are not compatible with all devices. For example, Nokia’s smartphones use the Qi standard that was created by the Wireless Power Consortium. This is the group that has not agreed to create a wireless charging standard, unfortunately.

In some cases, a company joins multiple groups while others join just one. Samsung belongs to the A4WP but recently invested in a Qi standard company. Qualcomm, on the other hand, belongs to each of the big three. While the A4WP and PMA are not required to work directly with one another, this agreement should allow them to ‘play nice.’

Via: CNET

Galaxy Mega Plus with quad-core CPU arrives in China

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There’s a new phone in China with a quad-core CPU, but it looks quite familiar. The Galaxy Mega Plus (I9152P) carries the exact same hardware as the Galaxy Mega 5.8 , aside from the enhanced CPU. Along with the 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Mega Plus comes with a 5.8-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution, Dual-SIM support, 8MP camera with front-facing 1.9MP, microSD card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2600mAh battery. Software enhancements like Multi Window, Popup Play, Group Play, Story Album, S Translator will also be included.

There’s no word just yet if the device will be available outside of China.

Source: SammyHub

 

Oppo Find 7 could be unveiled March 19 in Beijing

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Oppo has been teasing their Find 7 smartphone for quite a while now. We already know that the device will have a 5.5 inch Full HD display and Android 4.4,  It looks like we finally have a release date. The company posted a few teaser images that speculate a release date of March 19. The images feature multiple random objects and numbers that all seem to point to the 19th as a release date, possibly in Beijing.

We’ll keep our eyes open for any more information that comes out on the Oppo Find 7.

Source: OppoInsider
Via: PhoneArena

 

ARM’s Cortex-A17 processor will make midrange smartphones and tablets much faster

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Mid-range smartphones and tablets have been just that- midrange – due to their hardware bringing them down as a sacrifice for a lower price. ARM’s Cortex-A17 processor looks to change that. The 28nm A17 comes with big.LITTLE (the same architecture used in Samsung’s latest octa-core Exynos chips) support, and promises a 60 percent boost in performance over the previous Cortex-A9. It’s also paired with a Mali-T720 GPU, which offers OpenGL ES 3.0 support and has plenty of optimizations for low-end Android devices.

The Cortex-A17 is designed for use not only for  mobile devices in the midrange market, but also Smart TVs and Over-the-Top devices. There’s no release date specified just yet, but ARM says we should expect the A17 in 2015. Check out the official press release from ARM after the break.

Leak points to three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab 4 series

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A few weeks ago, we saw a Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T330. Now we may know what tablet the model number belongs to along with two other brand new tablets. My Samsung Phones has spotted what looks to be the Galaxy Tab 4 series, made up of 7, 8, and 10.1-inch models. The specs for the Galaxy Tab Series is roughly the same across the board. Each has WiFi, 3G, and LTE variants. Impressively, all will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

The 7-inch variant will have 8GB of internal memory while the two larger ones will store 16GB; however, memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. Also, each will have a 1200×800 TFT LCD display. A quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is joined by 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM (depending upon the model).

Hit the break to see the full spec sheet for each device.

LG G2 leads the way in screen-bezel ratio, iPhones sit far behind

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A recent graphic tweeted out by @somospostpc shows the screen-bezel ratio of a number of different phones— the LG G2 leads the way with a 75.7% ratio. (The percentage indicates the amount of the phone that is actually screen and not bezel.)

The iPhones (4S, 4, and 3GS) came in last, with the 3GS being the worst— its percentage was 50.8%. The 5S and 5 sat around 60%.

I mean, just look at the photo above and tell me that the iPhone’s forehead isn’t the biggest thing you’ve seen in your life!

It definitely surprised me to see these numbers, but at second glance, the area above and below the the iPhone’s screen, combined with the side bezels, can easily make up about half of the front of the device. Rumors suggest that the next iPhone will be bezel-free, mostly because there will be no home button. We’ll have to see whether or not Apple stays true to the rumors, but my guess is that they’ll find a way.

Check out the full graphic of bezel percentages after the break.

Google Voice Search now understands ‘call my wife’, ‘call mom’, and more

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If you use the Google Voice Search, you will be happy to know that you can now easily call people based on their relationship to you. For example, if you want to call your wife, you can simply say, “Okay Google, call my wife.” It will work with texting too. You’re probably wondering how on earth Google knows who your wife is?

Well they don’t, you have to set each relationship with the appropriate contact. Just say the command and you will be prompted to opt into the program if it’s your first time. Then say it one more time, and if none of your contacts are registered with that relationship, Google will ask you to select a contact.

This isn’t limited to spouses or parents. It will work for a girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, sister, grandmother, and grandfather. You can even choose someone for “my honey.” It’s pretty slick, give it a try.

New HTC M8 picture leaks, could be legitimate

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We’ve seen a bunch of HTC M8 leaks already, and most of them were flat out fakes, and the ones that looked real had been shot down by HTC officials as being fake.

However, a new photo, tweeted out by @htcfamily_ru, shows the device, which appears to be from Taiwan based on the characters on the screen. This isn’t a confirmation that it’s real, but that hint certainly doesn’t hurt its case— HTC is based in Taiwan, after all.

It appears to also be slightly elongated compared to the original HTC One, and there is also what seems to be an LED light between the top speaker grill and the front camera.

We won’t know if this is legitimate until HTC finally announces the device in its entirety, but this certainly seems a lot closer to the truth than what we’ve been seeing.

Source: Phone Arena
Via: @HTCFamily_RU

Chorus brings ability to play music on multiple Android devices

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Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus.

Galaxy S5 box leaks, showing off QHD 5.25 inch screen, 3 GB of RAM and a 20 megapixel camera

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Trying to pin down the specs of the Galaxy S5 has been tough. We’ve seen Snapdragon CPUs and Exynos CPUs in benchmarks, we’ve seen evidence that Samsung will use a QHD display, and then other evidence suggesting Samsung will stick with a 1080p display instead, and don’t even think about trying to figure out what Samsung is going to do with TouchWiz. There’s so much conflicting information, and all of it could end up being true if Samsung releases two models of the S5 like we’ve heard.

The latest rumor to throw on top of the pile comes in the form of the back of the GS5 packaging. The box looks pretty similar to the wood-style boxes Samsung uses for their current lineup of devices, so if it’s a fake, it’s pretty convincing. The box lists some pretty beefy specs, including a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, and a QHD 5.25 inch screen. It also looks like the S5 will sport a 3,000 mAh battery, which hopefully can power that screen for more than just a few hours. These specs all pretty much match up with the rumors that say Samsung is going all out this year, which is typically what Samsung does with their flagship devices.