LG reportedly to have already produced a Nexus 5 prototype

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Despite being told that LG is not working on a Nexus 5, we naturally didn’t believe them, and according to a Korean site, Daum.net, LG has already produced their first prototype of the upcoming Nexus 5. The device has apparently been kept under very strict security, but Google’s Larry Page has seen the device. Exciting stuff, right? Unfortunately, there’s no details about specs, or if it’s going to have that fantastic camera or a less-than-1080p screen, or LTE or a microSD card slot. (Tip: Don’t hold your breath for the SD card) Google tends to release new hardware with the new major iterations of Android, so whenever they decide to show off that elusive Key Lime Pie, a new handset is bound to come with it.

Also, according to Daum, LG has shipped 3 million Nexus devices. It’s not competitive with what the big dogs like Samsung and HTC have moved recently, but the Nexus 4 was never supposed to compete with those kinds of phones. Hopefully, if LG is secretly making the next Nexus, they’ll be able to avoid those early shipping disasters headaches this time around.

source: Daum

via: Unwired View

Featured Android App Review: Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw [Media & Video]

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Artflow Studio just released Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw for Android tablets, which will bring out your creative side. Of course if you’re already a creative person, you will love it too. Artflow is easy enough for the novice, but offers features for the pro as well. It has all the standard stuff like 50 different brushes/tools and color selections, but it also offers layers and advanced controls like smudging and brush flow. It even supports pressure sensitive pens like Samsung’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Note 8.0.

What I like most about Artflow is that the Holo-inspired layout and controls are very simple. Drawing and sketching apps can be a little intimidating for the casual user, but not with Artflow. Upon opening the app, you are given a completely white slate for your next sketch. You will find two menus, one at the right edge and the other at the left edge. Just tap on the “less than sign” at the middle right edge or the “greater than sign” at the middle left edge to open the respective menus.


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Google makes HTC One “Nexus Edition” official, will launch in the U.S. Play Store on June 26 with stock Android 4.2.2

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Starting June 26, the HTC One “Nexus Edition” will be up for sale on the U.S. Google Play Store for $599. This price is lower than the Samsung Galaxy S 4 “Nexus Edition,” which will be on sale for $649. Interesting, especially when considering how many people prefer the HTC One’s hardware to that of the Galaxy S 4. One main reason that consumers purchase the Galaxy S 4 is for the unique user experiences provided by the software, which will obviously be entirely absent in the “Nexus Edition.” Good move by HTC here regarding pricing.

The phone will ship with Android 4.2.2, is expected to upgrade to Android 4.3 when it is available, and will be supported on GSM networks.  More info to come.

Source: HTC Blog

 

Featured Android App Review: Privacy Manager [Tools]

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Privacy is a major buzzword these days and sometimes you want to be able to keep and/or do things on your phone that you don’t want others to know about. You will find plenty of apps that help you in this regard, but most of them only do one thing. What makes a great app is one that is not only simple to use, but also offers a lot of features, and Privacy Manager offers both. Privacy manager will do some of the simple stuff like keep certain pictures, apps, and contacts private, but it offers so much more.  Privacy manager will also block certain numbers from calling you, disguise calls or SMS messages when you don’t want others to know exactly who is calling you, Ring your phone with a fake call when you need to be “interrupted” in a meeting. It even offers a password manager and let’s not forget the ability to record from your phone’s handsfree microphone. Privacy Manager has pretty much everything you could ever want, and then some.


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini made official, preparing for June launch

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini has appeared again and again, (and again) and now it appears as though Samsung has officially announced to the public that the device actually exists, and is coming soon. The device is essentially a smaller, more compact version of the manufacturer’s current flagship, with slightly trimmed down specs.

Check out the presser after the break.
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FCC approves AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with LTE

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More evidence of the hotly anticipated Galaxy S 4 Active has found its way to the internet today in the form of an AT&T-ready variant that went through the FCC’s approval process. While this doesn’t guarantee that it will be on AT&T’s network, it includes the same four LTE bandwidths found in the majority of AT&T smartphones. Unfortunately this doesn’t reveal any details about whats under the hood, but we do know that the device will have a downgraded processor and judging by photos and a brief video, a sleek and obviously water and dust-proof body. No word on a release date but judging by the information we have and various rumors we shouldn’t be waiting much longer.

Source: FCC

Preliminary list of HTC devices set to receive the Android 4.3 update is unleashed in the wild

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Google hasn’t quite announced its next Android version just yet, but that isn’t stopping big-name manufacturers from working behind the scenes to ensure which of its devices will likely make the cut and get the next coveted update. Thanks to the leaked preliminary list you see above, it’s looking like HTC already has an idea of which of its devices will see which of its devices will see Android 4.3 and others that well… won’t see Android 4.3. For the most part, it looks like owners many of the flagship devices released in the last 15 or so months should expect to see the next version of Android. This means that all of you HTC One X, One X+, HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) and of course HTC One owners can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief.

On the flipside, HTC One S and Verizon Desire owners are probably going to be out of luck— though there’s a chance that HTC will possibly update its guidance and figure that the those devices can handle Android 4.3 after all.

source: Technos Amigos
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 tablets unofficially outed

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Those of you Sammy stans out there will be excited at the fact that the newest additions to the Galaxy Tab family have been outed for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to the studs at Moveplayer, we now know what the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will look like, as well as some additional details regarding the specs of each device. According to the site, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will come with an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT-LCD display and dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 on-board; the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on the other hand, will likely feature a similar spec sheet— while also addition the expectation of coming in no less than 3 variants and will measure in at 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm.

Samsung hasn’t come out and addressed the latest leak just yet, but all indications point to for formal unveiling and launch of the tablets at a June 20th event.

source: Moveplayer
via: SamMobile 

Samsung reportedly working on new design for mobile devices

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According to the Korea Herald, high-level management at Samsung recently held a strategy meeting to talk design for their upcoming products. The members of the meeting discussed the trends in the electronics market lately, and they all agreed that Samsung devices need to remain easily recognizable by consumers. They’re reportedly working on “Design 3.0″ for their products, which is set to help keep Samsung devices ahead of the curve by focusing on “external beauty” as well as “technical practicality.”

While these details are extremely vague, it’s pretty clear that Samsung knows they can’t keep releasing the same device over and over and expect to stay at the top. Even with the Galaxy S4’s blistering sales and laundry list of features, the top complaint was how little it changed from the S3. Hopefully we’ll see Samsung shake the industry up by the end of the year. You never know, we may actually see an aluminum Galaxy device.

source: Korea Herald

via: SamMobile

Google Calendar update includes new UI and color-coded events

google-calendar_updateAfter launching a new Gmail interface and updated Play Store and Play Music apps, Google still wasn’t done for the day. They have also updated their Calendar app, which now features a new UI and custom event colors. The design is totally Holo-riffic now, with snazzy redesigned date and time pickers. Customizing event colors, a feature missing until now, is very  to accomplish. In addition, the update also makes it easier to schedule repeating events and schedule events in different time zones.

While the update is technically live, it will be rolling out gradually. When it’s your turn, you can grab it from the link after the break.
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