According to Motorola‘s social media channels, the Moto G will be heading to India, with full details about the launch set to be released on February 5.
After being launched internationally in November, the Moto G has garnered generally favorable reviews because of its low price and relatively impressive specs. As far as price goes for the device in India, we’re still not sure how much it will cost, however the device could potentially be extremely successful in the country because of the fact that India is an extremely important emerging market for smartphones.
With only a few weeks to go before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Samsung has unveiled a Galaxy Note 3 “Olympic Edition”, giving it the title of the official phone of the Winter Olympics. Not only that, but Samsung’s branding will be shown all around the upcoming games, and all the athletes will be given a Note 3 by Samsung.
The special version of the device is currently only available in the Netherlands, and comes with Olympic themed packaging, an exclusive flip cover and an entry into a competition to win a trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. There’s no word yet as to whether or not the device will make it to other markets.
T-Mobile has been shaking things up a bit with their Un-carrier campaign, but they apparently want to get involved in your personal finance as well. They just announced “Mobile Money” which transforms smartphones into personal money managers and frees consumers from paying “excessive fees” to use your own money. These fees include ATM, overdraft, and monthly maintenance fees, which all hit record highs last year.
Mobile Money consists of an app for your smartphone along with a T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card that offers either reduced fees or $0 cost services. Of course, you have to be a registered T-Mobile wireless customer. You won’t get charged for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATMs, withdrawals, or replacing a lost or stolen card. There is no minimum balance required and you won’t have to worry about overdraft fees.
Back in October, there was a rumor that Samsung would offer magnetic resonance wireless charging by mid-2014, and many were hoping it meant the Galaxy S 5 would be the first device.
What exactly is this type of wireless charging? It essentially allows the phone to be charged without actually touching the charging pad. Multiple devices can be charged at the same time as long as they are 3cm from the charging pad or station. Unfortunately 3cm isn’t all that far, and Samsung seems to agree.
We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.
The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.
For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.
source: Sony Japan
A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.
Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.
You can check out the full security report below.
Normally, sharing your password to a streaming site is frowned upon. Netflix, Hulu, you name it; it’s not allowed in the terms of service and the companies generally don’t like it. HBO has taken the opposite stance, however. CEO Richard Plepler has publicly stated that account sharing is really just a marketing tool for building a newer generation of viewers. Account sharing allows more viewers to be exposed to HBO’s programming, which HBO hopes will get them “addicted” to their content. That means in the future, those viewers that were borrowing account passwords may eventually turn into paying subscribers.
It’s a bold stance, but it takes advantage of the nature of the way things work on the internet. People that just don’t want to pay for content will always find a way around it, but many users will eventually pay for a service if they see the content is worth paying for. HBO is embracing that, and I imagine it’ll pay off for them in the long run.
source: Android Spin
Today the USPTO granted Samsung a new design patent which shows a smartphone with no buttons on the front. The patent comes after Samsung was recently granted another patent for a buttonless phone. The first patent may actually be related to either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 4, and the newer one is likely related to the Galaxy S5.
A Sony device with the model number SGP412 has recently passed through the US FCC, and it’s believed to be a WiFi only model of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra. All specs are the same as the regular Ultra, aside from the missing 3G/4G radios. In addition to the FCC filing, the user manual for the device has also leaked.
It’s tough to say when we’ll see this device hit the US, but if it’s gotten the green light from the FCC, it shouldn’t be much longer until this tablet sees the light of day.
source: Xperia Blog
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