LG Optimus F3Q leaks again, causes QWERTY keyboard fans to rejoice


Back in December, @evleaks tweeted an image of LG’s upcoming Optimus F3Q handset including T-Mobile as its destination. A new image, posted by him again, surfaced today and @evleaks says that this is the final design. Also, he leaked some of the specifications. Inside will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a 2460mAh battery. The 4-inch WVGA display sits in front of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (that is now blue) and the device runs Android 4.1.2. A 5MP camera sits on the back.

If you are a QWERTY keyboard fan, this is likely the best that an Android OEM will put forward anytime soon. Read more

Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ biographer, says Google innovates more than Apple


There is probably nothing better an Android fan can hear from someone surrounded by Apple. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, did an exclusive interview with CNBC Wednesday morning on “Squawk Box.” Isaacson started off by talking about Apple’s expansion into China and an anchor asked if it was a bigger move than Google buying Nest. Shockingly, he went on to say the Nest acquisition was bigger.

Isaacson said it “shows an amazingly strong, integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives … the Internet of things is actually real, there are these devices we’re gonna want to have and Google’s going to get ahead of that game.” The biographer followed this up by praising Tony Fadell, one of the men who helped create the iPod, for joining Google. Isaacson said Fadell’s tenure was “when Apple was so innovative.”

Source: CNBC

Samsung, Apple dominance of U.S. smartphone market continues to grow in Q4 2013


The NPD Group and Connected Intelligence released their latest Connected Home Report today showing U.S. smartphone market penetration grew to 62% during the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 52% for the same period in 2012. The data also showed that Apple and Samsung were doing the best job at capitalizing on this growth as the two giants saw their share of the market grow from 57% to 68%. For Apple, the increase year to year was from 35% to 42% while Samsung grew from 22% to 26%. The only other manufacturer that saw positive growth in their share of the market was LG, although their share was still in the single digit range. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and Blackberry all saw their piece of the pie shrink relative to the others. Read more

Sprint comes out of the corner first with LG G Flex available on Jan. 31


Sprint announced today that they will make the LG G Flex, the world’s first curved smartphone, available on their network starting on January 31st for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. On that date, the device will be available through their Business Sales, Telesales, and web site. The LG G Flex will be available in retail stores starting on February 7th. A pre-order page has been setup on the Sprint web site and users who place an online pre-order will receive a free Quickwindow Folio case valued at $59.99. Users who wait to buy from a Sprint retail location will also have the option to purchase the device using Sprint’s Easy Pay with a down payment of $149.99 and 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final payment of $20.68. Read more

Facebook ready to fragment on mobile platforms in 2014


Users of Facebook’s mobile app for smartphones may know, if they’ve ever ventured beyond the newsfeed view, that the app is packed full of “features.” At their last earnings call in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “in the future, we expect to develop more of these services to help people share” in reference to separate apps like Instagram and Messenger. It appears that Zuckerberg dropped a big clue to the company’s 2014 strategy even though many glossed over the comment when it was made, a move to unbundle some of the buried features in Facebook and turn them into standalone apps. Read more

Spotify Announces Free Streaming With No More Time Limits On The Desktop

SpotifySpotify has long been around as far as music streaming services go. Boasting social features on top of millions of songs, it allowed you to express your music tastes to anyone you wanted to share your playlists with. However unlike most streaming services that have a free component, you had to pay for these features once the free trial was up. Even then you were subjected to time capped listening once your six month grace period of unlimited listening was up. As of today, that’s no longer the case.

Days before Beats Music officially debuts, Spotify announced that users will no longer be plagued by time limits on the desktop. On top of that Spotify is now free on mobile and desktop devices. The company raised over $250 million to make this happen. Of course the free plan isn’t without ad support. But the company feels that the longer someone uses its product, the more likely they’re going to end up paying for premium ad-free service. If you haven’t given Spotify a try, now may be the time.

source: Spotify

Pantech to release Vega Iron 2 in April


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.

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


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


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