Galaxy Note III with dual-SIM launches in Asian markets, not region-locked

galaxy_note_3As previously rumored, Samsung has launched its dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 3— it’s only available in China, so don’t go crazy just yet.

The device features the Snapdragon 800 processor and actually doesn’t come with a region lock. Samsung hasn’t officially announced it, but GSMArena says it costs €735 (the single SIM model is around €700).

Although it’s only being sold in Asian markets for now, (and will most likely stay there) the absence of region locking is great— if you feel like having one shipped to you from the other side of the globe, go right ahead.

Source: SamMobile

T-Mobile tweet teases Phase 3 of #UnCarrier Revolution, features Shakira


It’s all about image these days. HTC has the one and only Iron Man, and now it looks like T-Mobile will be getting international superstar Shakira to do some PR for them.

It’s unclear whether it just involves an on-stage performance or an actual spokesperson position, but the tweet above is all we know so far.

This is all part of their “UnCarrier Revolution,” and this move coming as part of Phase 3. We’ll soon see what T-Mobile has in store.

Source: @TMobile

Recent Google report suggests Android malware at a minimum on Google Play enabled devices

Google Defense

One of the main complaints Apple fanboys will make about Android is that it’s more susceptible to malware, and thereby a more risky choice for a phone, for obvious security reasons.

Google is now making an effort to quell these false claims, and recently released some graphics showing how hard it is to actually have malware damage your device and infiltrate your secure information. Note that their numbers only include devices that have Google Play Services— many phones without Google Play, such as those from China and Russia, are more at risk for malware.

Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig says that there are many layers of Android security constantly at work, and because of this, only .001% of all malware is even able to attempt to evade security, let alone actually get through.

The numbers get lower and lower as you pass through the multiple layers, as you can see from the graphic above.

This is not to say you should always be careful, especially when sideloading applicatoins, or if you have an untrusted app store on your device, which are the most common ways to get any type of malware on your device.

Source: PhoneArena

Ads are now showing up in Gmail’s Promotions folder in the Android app


Here’s some news that shouldn’t shock anyone: Google is now displaying ads in the Gmail app. Google, being an advertising company, already implemented ads in the web version of Gmail, so the obvious next step was to put them in the app. Fortunately, they only appear in the Promotions folder of Gmail, and only at the top, so they’re far from the annoying, invasive types of ads you see on other sites or in apps. They look like any other email, but with a different color highlight and a badge that clearly marks them as an advertisement.

Have any of you started noticing ads in your inbox? Let us know in the comments.

source: AndroidWorld
via: Android Police

Verizon approves minor DROID DNA update, doesn’t include Sense 5 or Android 4.2.2

Lock_Screen_HTC_DROID_DNA_TAWhile we heard last month that Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 or 4.3 would indeed be coming to the DROID DNA, we’re going to have to keep waiting. Verizon finally approved an update for the DROID DNA, but it doesn’t include Sense 5, or a new version of Android. Instead, users will receive a 33MB update to software version 2.07.605.1 710RD, which just adds support for TalkBack.

Source: Verizon Support

CBS releases new app providing streaming, full HD episodes of shows


CBS has released a new Android app to the Google Play store that provides full episodes of CBS shows in full HD. Episodes are available 24 hours after the first airing for some shows and eight days for others. Shows include titles from their daytime lineup, primetime shows, and late night episodes. The app includes a “My CBS” feature that will notify you when a new episode is available for streaming. Using the app, users can access photo galleries and cast pages, but “second screen” type features are not available. Users can also setup a personalized show list, check the primetime schedule, and set reminders for shows. Read more

HTC posts large losses in Q3 2013, continuing on their downward spiral


HTC got a little bit of good news when their HTC One won several awards last night at the T3 Gadget Awards, but all the praise and awards just can’t seem to slow down HTC’s constantly diminishing market share and monetary losses. According to HTC, the company posted a net $101 million loss in the third quarter of this year. HTC’s market share is down to about 2.8% globablly, which is well below many of the major players in the smartphone ecosystem.

Taipei analyst Wang Wanli seems to think HTC should focus their efforts on either the high-end market, like Apple, or the mid-range and low-end segment, like many other cheaper Android manufacturers. Currently, HTC is trying to secure both segments of the market and they’re missing out on both.

Is this the beginning of the end for HTC? Hopefully not. But right now, things aren’t looking too great for the company. With the holidays and the fabled HTC One Max right around the corner,  HTC has a shot at turning a profit for the end of the year, although that may not do them much good if they go back to bleeding money in 2014.

source: Bloomberg

Google now accepting Glassware applications for review process

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Google has finally begun accepting Glass applications (Glassware) for review to be put up on the MyGlass app hub. It’s checking these apps for a variety of details, including privacy, design, and usability. It’s a very different approach than what Google has done with the Android market, for better or worse. With something like Google Glass, privacy concerns for both the user and those around the user are a pretty big deal, so I personally think it’s better that Google is going to be more hands on with Glass.

To help developers meet these standards, Google has released a checklist of things developers should be trying to meet to guarantee their apps get approved. Apps from Sports Yapper, Fancy, Mashable, Thuuz, and KitchMe are the first five apps to be approved for users and marks the opening of this process to everyone. If you’re one of the early adopters of Google Glass, this is some pretty exciting news. Hopefully it means a consumer release isn’t more than a few months away.

source: Google Developers

Sony explains PlayStation app, set to release alongside PlayStation 4

PS4 App

We received news that Sony would be releasing its PlayStation app in November alongside the PS4 a few weeks ago, and today, Sony detailed the app for us, explaining the ins and outs.

The app will have many features that will actually allow you to interact with what’s going on on your PS4.

It will allow users to send invites to multiplayer games, purchase and remotely download games from the PlayStation Network, and send voice/text messages to users on the PS4.

There will also be a “compare trophies” feature, the ability to see what your friends are up to, and access PlayStation Blog news.

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HTC takes home gold thrice at T3 Gadget Awards, including ‘Phone of the Year,’ ‘Gadget of the Year’


I believe I owe HTC an apology. Just last night, I bashed the company (again) for its miserable sales, citing a recent Bloomberg report showing that they were following the path of the doomed Blackberry.

Last night HTC took the throne from Samsung, winning ‘Phone of the Year’ for the HTC One at the T3 Gadget Awards, an award that Samsung had won for their  Galaxy S line for consecutive years.

Editor-in-chief of T3, Kieran Alger, said, “It’s been a brilliant night for HTC and the HTC One is deserving winner of three of the biggest awards.”

The HTC One also took home the ‘Gadget of the Year’ award as well as the T3 Design Award.

This may temporarily boost sales and give them a positive image, but I still have a hard time believing that a few T3 Gadget Awards will really change the direction of this company.

Source: PocketDroid