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Sony announces its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, comes jam-packed with Android 4.2.2, Snapdragon 800 chip and 6.44-inch display

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We already knew about one of Sony’s worst-kept secrets of the year, but the manufacturer has finally come out of the shadows and introduced its Xperia Z Ultra  handset— which will probably shape up to be one of the most influential devices of the year when all’s said and done. The device is ultra in every sense of the word as it comes jam-packed with tons of premium goodies inside. Right off the bat, you’ll probably notice the large bright and colorful display, which is understandable because it the display is actually measured in at a whopping 6.44-inches. What’s even more astounding is that it isn’t like the display is an average 1080p display either— the display features Sony’s Triluminous display technology (found in Sony’s TV sets). The end result is a display with deep blacks, bright colors and incredible detail for any image it is you see on the screen.

There’s much more to the device than the large display as well. Sony is pulling no stops to introduce cutting edge technology into the Xperia Z Ultra and is the first to utilize a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s marked at a scintillating 2.2GHz, easily making it among the fastest smartphones in the smartphone game. Rounding out the additional goodies are a built-in 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities), 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 16GB of on-board storage (complimented with a microSD out). As if those juicy specs weren’t enough to tickle your fancy, this might: Sony managed to cram all those features into a 6.5mm profile— effectively making it the world’s thinnest Full HD smartphone. Oh and yeah, the device is IP58-certified, making it completely waterproof.

The device is set to arrive sometime in Q3, though there’s no concrete cost of the device just yet nor do we know which markets will receive the new toy, but we should see more information as we get closer to the Xperia Z Ultra’s release. While we wait for more information, why not hit the break for the full presser.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 coming in September with better design, display, and battery

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Sony’s first attempt at an Android smartwatch didn’t break any records, but they will give it a go again. It was teased last week so it’s no surprise they went ahead and introduced the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 earlier this morning at the Mobile Asia Expo. Already I like the look of this one over its predecessor. They are calling it a “second screen” as it not only serves as a watch, but a notifier, and Android interface, and a phone remote control. It’s also water resistant and includes NFC.

Other upgrades from the previous model include a better design, better resolution, better visibility in sunlight, longer battery life, easier interface, standalone watch functionality, and better pre-installed apps. The standalone watch functionality is the key because last year’s model needed to be connected to your phone at all times in order for it to do anything. The SmartWatch 2 will be available in September, but no word on pricing.

Hit the break for a full list of features, videos, and press release.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 24, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

Accessories

Accessories for the Moto X already on sale

Apps

Manage all your cloud storage services with CloudCube

Samsung launches Magna Carta app to allow Galaxy users to download Jay Z’s new album early for free

Gold plated HTC One now available for the bargain price of $2,900

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So you like the HTC One, but it just didn’t seem flashy enough, right? Gold Genie has solved your particular dilemma by crafting three versions of the HTC One with either gold, rose gold, or platinum plating. Needless to say, these different coatings add some seriously distinctive flair to your device, but don’t expect that kind of individuality to come cheap. The gold plated device runs roughly $2,900, while the rose gold plating and platinum plating are going to cost $3073 and $3227, respectively.

The devices come with a unique cherry oak box and the complete assortment of OEM accessories, so anyone that buys this will have the full, luxurious HTC One experience.  Hey, if you’re an Android fanatic with a few extra thousand dollars to blow, there are far worse things you could buy than this. Hit the link below to place your order.

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Sony Xperia ZU image leaks ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling

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As the clock winds down to Sony’s expected announcement on their take on a “phablet” device, a new image has leaked showing a “stylus” in action on the device. The image was posted on the Chinese portion of ePrice and shows a user drawing with a pencil on what appears to be a sticky note on top of the screen of the new Sony device. According to some sources, there is a rumor floating around that the Xperia ZU, or Z Ultra, will be able to accept input using a pencil or possibly even a ballpoint pen as opposed to a dedicated stylus device like one finds on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This latest image would certainly seem to support that concept.

We should have more on Sony’s announcements scheduled for June 25th, so check back here at TalkAndroid to see what they may be up to.

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Huawei launching MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet this month with ability to make phone calls/send SMS

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First we started seeing phablets, and now we’re seeing full-on tablets with phone-calling and SMS capabilities hit the market. Huawei plans to keep the trend moving with their new MediaPad 7 Vogue. This device has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

Obviously the features that put this tablet in the spotlight are its abilities to make phone calls and send texts— it also comes with a speaker at the top of the device so you can just hold it up to your ear rather than use a pair of headphones… if you want to look absolutely silly, of course. We’re not sure that there are so many people willing to haul around this thing for the purpose of making phone calls, but there certainly is a market for it. To start, the MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China this month, with other markets to follow shortly after.

What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these? Would you use the phone speaker at the top of the device or plug in some headphones?

Source: Huawei

AT&T sale: half off on smartphones, free activation w/ new two-year contract

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If your contract with AT&T is up or you’re looking to switch carriers, right now may be the perfect time to do so. The company is currently charging 50% off the subsidized fee of any smartphone from the price of $0.99 to $199. Not only is the price reduced, but AT&T is waiving the obnoxious activation fee as well.

However, to take advantage of this new deal, you have to be starting a new two-year contract, and you can’t opt to get a higher internal-storage version of a smartphone because it will most likely push you past the price boundary of $199.

So if you fit these two requirements and want a new phone, hop on over to AT&T’s site. Happy shopping!

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Garmin announces Monterra, an Android-powered handheld GPS

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Garmin announced the Monterra today, a handheld, Android powered GPS. We only know basic specs right now – 4 inch touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera with flash and geotag support, 6GB internal storage, and microSD support.  The Monterra, being an outdoor device, has an IPX7 waterproof rating, is transflective (meaning the LED backlight is optional), and runs on either a rechargable battery pack or AA batteries.

In lines of GPS features, the Monterra comes with dual-band GPS and GLONASS, a three-axis compass, an accelerometer and gyroscope, barometric altimeter and a built-in UV sensor. Also, Garmin’s useful 3D MapMerge, which combines multiple kinds of maps, like TOPO, basemap or BirdsEye imagery is going to be part of the Monterra.

See the full press release from Garmin after the break.

Samsung launches Magna Carta app to allow Galaxy users to download Jay Z’s new album early for free

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Last week, Samsung announced that they would be partnering with Jay-Z to give away 1 million copies of his new album. Today we see that plan in fruition. Samsung Galaxy S 3, S 4, and Note II users can apply to get “Magna Carta Holy Grail” three days before it is released to the general public.  Download Samsung’s new app, “JAY Z Magna Carta,” and the new album will arrive on your phone on July 4th, while the rest of the world can give it a listen July 7th. Users will also get behind-the-scene footage, lyrics, and track sharing options through the app.

I assume that come July 4, users will only be able to listen to the album streaming through the app, and downloading tracks will not be an option in order to prevent piracy. You can download the app and get your Jay Z fix  right now through he link after the break.

Reports indicate LG’s upcoming G2 smartphone will arrive by July and feature a Snapdragon 800 processor

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It’s looking more and more like LG can’t wait to unveil its Optimus G successor to the general public and unveil the upcoming device sooner than we think. According to various reports, despite the fact LG already sent out press invites for an August 7th event, LG plans on introducing the successor— also known as the G2 smartphone— sometime in July for Korean markets, followed by a more gradual worldwide launch. In addition, other reports indicate the G2 smartphone will utilize that suddenly popular Snapdragon 800 chip that all the other cool manufacturers are starting to use and as well as of course, LTE Advanced support.

Naturally we’re all inclined to hope that LG will include some serious hardware packed inside since ummm y’know— it’ll probably have a hand in developing a special variation of the upcoming toy for Google and all.

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Samsung press release highlights the features of the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3’s

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In anticipation for the U.S. release of the newest line of Galaxy Tabs, Samsung sent out a press release promoting their newest devices, set for launch on July 7th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. While highlighting the different hardware features on each tablet, Samsung makes light of why this new line of tablets will be something you’ll want to write home about. Check out the full press release after the break.

Featured Android Game Review: Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

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Tiny Token Empires has finally made its way to Android thanks to HeroCraft. It’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, but more for the casual fan. Hardcore RTS fans are probably not going to find this one all that appealing, but for those of you that are intrigued with strategy and puzzle-type games will enjoy this one. If you like a little humor thrown in then it will make it that much more enjoyable for you.

Tiny Token Empires is all about maneuvering your troops into territories, fighting for takeover, and building additional territories and armies. Fighting for land is where the puzzle-aspect comes in as it becomes a match three game. Each troop type corresponds to different colored tokens and by matching three of the required tokens, you will gain more power. You will need to play this match three game enough times so that you have enough power to take the enemy out. If you are able to match four, you get an additional turn. Yes, it’s a Bejeweled clone thrown into a strategy game.

Huawei plans to be third-best smartphone manufacturer in the world, throws jabs at Apple and Samsung in the process

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Considering Huawei is on a little bit of a tear with its latest newest smartphone release, it should come as no surprise that it will be much more aggressive with its positioning as one of the world’s top brands, while creating a little bit of controversy in the process. While showcasing its new Ascend P6 smartphone to the general public last week, CEO Richard Yu made it clear that the company as a whole intends to make devices better than the world’s top brands, while making them cheaper and thus, more attractive for consumers in the process. Oh and Yu also highlights that Sammy’s Galaxy S 4 is not only painfully average, but Huawei is on the path to making its devices much more user-friendly for its consumers:

Accessories for the Moto X already on sale

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The Moto X isn’t expected until October, but you can already buy a Skinomi TechSkin Skin Protector for it for $19.99. They are offering silver carbon fiber, brushed steel, brushed aluminum, dark wood, light wood, or carbon fiber. They even offer a screen protector for $11.99. Last week the specs for the Moto X were revealed, but it wasn’t earth-shattering. It will come with only a dual-core CPU and a 720p display, but it will likely be a very good quality phone for an amazing price.

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Samsung could utilize Carbon Fiber in future devices

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The biggest complaint with Samsung has been their overuse of plastic in their smartphones and tablets. We have heard that Samsung could start implementing metal in their 2014 models, but don’t rule out Carbon Fiber. Turns out Samsung formed a strategic partnership with the SGL Group, which is one of the leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. Samsung Petrochemical and SGL Group will each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture, which will be called Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials. The primary objective is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market.

One of the reasons why Samsung continues to utilize plastics is the fact that it’s light and durable. Carbon Fiber offers that as well so this seems like a natural fit for Samsung. Hit the break for the full press release.