ZTE Grand S US launch delayed until 2014

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The ZTE Grand S was an incredibly impressive phone we got to see at CES this year. At CES, ZTE’s head of North American operations, Lixen Cheng, said he was confident the device would arrive in the United States before the end of the year, but it looks like ZTE wasn’t able to keep that promise. The latest reports have the device slated to hit North American shores sometime in 2014 due to issues with national carriers.

ZTE has had considerable success in the prepaid markets, but that success hasn’t been mirrored on the postpaid side of things. The Grand S would have been a good step in the right direction for the company, but if the device launches next year, it will be long outdated by whatever the big OEMs have cooked up at the time. Hopefully we’ll see ZTE get something high end over here in the near future, whether or not it’s the Grand S.

source: Cnet

Swiss carrier Swisscom teams up with Samsung to give away Galaxy S 4s in the world’s most intense staring contest

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Do you live in Switzerland, want a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and have a large attention span? If you answered yes to all of those questions, you may be able to win Samsung’s latest flagship by merely staring at it’s gorgeous screen for one hour. Swiss carrier Swisscom has teamed up with Samsung to bring a very cool challenge to various Swiss cities. Participants will be asked to stare at the S 4 for one hour straight and if their concentration is broken, they are disqualified.

OUYA console gets unofficial CWM recovery

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If it runs Android, it’s going to be tinkered with. The new, yet-to-be-released OUYA console is no exception. Some devs on XDA have officially unofficially ported CWM recovery to the little gaming box. This opens the doors for flashing custom ROMs and kernels on the box, although since the device is really aimed at controlling your TV, I wouldn’t expect to see too many ROMs for the OUYA. Performance-tuned kernels are definitely possible, though.

The device will need to be rooted first, but if you’re interested, hit the links below to check out how it’s done.

source: XDA

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New benchmark for Snapdragon 800 discovered for Pantech device

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With the frenzy of new devices released this spring, smartphone buyers are looking forward now to the fall season to see what manufacturers will be bringing to market. One new bit of hardware garnering lots of attention is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor which is expected to become the new top end. A new benchmark was spotted that seems to show a Qualcomm 800 running on Android 4.2.2.

Japanese site Ringer’s Blue Men has published what purports to be an AnTuTu benchmark for the unannounced Pantech IM-A880 smartphone. The results show a device running at 1958 – 2150 MHz, which seems to be consistent with Snapdragon 800 speeds. The top score of 30133 surpasses both the Exynos Octa 5 and the Snapdragon 600. It is not much of an improvement, about a 10% gain compared to the Exynos chip, but that should still be noticeable for users.

source: Ringer’s Blue Men
via: Android Authority

Samsung releases informational video about HomeSync 1TB media streamer

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Samsung recently released a video to go over the features of the brand new HomeSync 1TB media streamer. It’s pretty much a lock to be a hit on the market, as the device houses a terabyte of HDD storage, and can hook up to your TV for internet connectivity.

The HomeSync also allows you to wirelessly stream content from your Galaxy devices. The included Jelly Bean media player brings the familiar Android experience to the TV, and gives users access to the Play Store and all their apps. Check out the video after the break.

Samsung “Premiere 2013” event announced for June 20, Galaxy S 4 Activ, Mini, and Zoom expected to launch

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Samsung recently announced its “Premiere 2013” event which is set to be held on June 20 at 7pm GMT— that’s 2pm EST and 11am PST. The entire presentation will be live-streamed over Samsung’s official YouTube channel.

We’re expecting the company to focus on its Galaxy brand, especially on the S 4 series, including the Activ, Mini and Zoom. Samsung will also likely talk about their Windows ATIV line. There’s always the possibility of a Galaxy Note 3 announcement as well, but that’s far less likely.

 

HTC One with larger screen pending announcement, multiple carrier versions exist

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@Evleaks tweeted today that the HTC One phablet is moving around internally under the name T6. The screen size is rumored to be about 6-inches, and should have some pretty nice specs otherwise. According to the graphic above, it should have a few versions for different carrier networks:

T6_UL: cassiopeia Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE

T6_U: columba Communication system: GSM / WCDMA

T6_ULA: delphinus Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE

T6_WL: crater Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE

T6_WHL: eridanus Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE

More details to come.

Sources: HTC Soku and @evleaks 

Sony releases cute “love-commercial” making use of NFC technology in Xperia phones

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Sony has taken NFC technology to a whole new level in their new commercial— now you don’t even have to say a word (or send a text) to ask a girl out! What is the world coming to?

All kidding aside, the tech company has put together a pretty cute ad displaying two teens with a crush on one another. They share love songs to each other’s Sony headphones through their Sony smartphones, to share their mutual feelings for one another. It’s a bit far-out, but it does show a pretty cool use of the technology in a unique way.

Check out the video after the break.

Boot animation changer now available with nearly 400 custom boot animations

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Good news for those of you that are tired of your generic boot animations on your Android devices— a forum member on XDA Developers, Vincent8111, has compiled about 400 custom boot animations into a single program for your convenience.

The BootAnimation Changer runs on Windows and stores an extensive collection of boot animations, sorted by name or file size, and varies from the opening sequence of the Simpsons, to anime, to colorful abstract patterns, to an obvious favorite, the Android mascot.

Redesigned Gmail app with categories rumored to release Wednesday

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A few days ago we showed you screenshots of a redesigned Gmail Android app that were leaked at an I/O session.  An anonymous tipster sent some sloppy screenshots to some sites a few days ago, and now ryan_socio of the Verge (who was the first to leak that Google Babel was actually Hangouts) has confirmed the rumors. The interface reportedly has five tabs – Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums – in which incoming email will automatically be sorted. The desktop version of Gmail uses tabs to display the categories, Android puts them in categories in the inbox, and iOS lists them in the sidebar.

The tip says that the rumored images are from a draft of a Gmail Blog post, so it could be only days until we will see if it’s true.  A refreshed Android app with the collapsible navigation drawer would be a welcome site to see. The categories feature, which should be optional, could easily replace Gmail’s “multiple Inboxes” option and improve the “SmartLabels” feature currently in Labs.

Source: Android Police

Samsung finally confirms Galaxy S 4 mini on Samsung Apps site

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Rumors, pictures and videos of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini have been swirling around the web for weeks now, and now there’s news that we can point to as an official confirmation. A picture of the device has appeared on the Samsung Apps website seen above.

The phone will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Display with qHD resolution, 1GB (3G), 2GB (LTE) of RAM, 32GB of memory, Android 4.2, an 8MP camera, and a 2,100 mAh battery. The phone is expected for a summer release in two colors (black and white).

Source: TG Spot

 

White Nexus 4 pictures released again, possible June 10th release alongside Android 4.3?

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After a bunch of web leaks and an appearance at this year’s Google I/O, the white Nexus 4 has shown up once again in all its glory. This time the pictures seem to be press images rather than leaked photos of the device. The white Nexus 4 has been rumored for a June 10th release with options for 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Unfortunately this means that at least for now, there won’t be a 32GB+ option.

Since we don’t know if the release of Android 4.3 will be paired with the release of the white Nexus 4, we’ll assume that the device will ship with at least Android 4.2 and will obviously be immediately upgradable to the next release of Android. Check back for more information about the phone as it is released. More photos after the break.

Lenovo eyes U.S. smartphone market for 2014 and beyond

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Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to enter the U.S. smartphone market within the coming year, as the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says “smartphones are our new opportunity. As a public company, you always have to consider how to grow.”

Lenovo has enjoyed much success in China thus far, as the company is the second leading smartphone vendor there, trailing only Samsung. Last year, Lenovo focused on entering markets including Russia, Indonesia, and India. This year, their sights will be set on the United States and Europe.

If Lenovo wants to make any kind of dent in the smartphone market in the U.S., you should expect them to release some high-end devices in the coming year.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 20 – May 26, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are still recuperating from last week’s Google I/O, but it didn’t stop the news. More evidence that Motorola’s X phone will be available on multiple carriers soon came from an FCC filing for a Sprint version. Samsung already sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and new colors are on the way. Things are looking up for HTC with 5 million HTC Ones sold to date, but will current employees listen to former Product Strategy Manager’s tweet telling everyone to quit? Android 4.3 surfaces, and did the new Nexus 7 make a secret appearance at Google I/O? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to disable annoying Android notifications

Reviews

Bowling Paradise [Sports]

Accessories

Qi wireless charging solution for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available for pre-order

Apps – New

Samsung’s annual Smart App Challenge has arrived, will focus on Chord SDK

Fast and Furious 6 game hits the Play Store

Boot animation changer now available with nearly 400 custom boot animations