Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite to be released as Galaxy Grand Neo

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Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Lite has been leaking quite a bit lately, and today it looks like we’re finally getting some confirmation on specs and naming. The Grand Lite will likely be marketed as the Galaxy Grand Neo, and you can expect it to have a 5 WVGA screen as well as a 1.2 GHz A7 CPU. It’ll have Android 4.3 out of the box, and of course you’ll see all of Samsung’s typical skins and enhancements. Since it is a little less powerful than the Galaxy Grand 2, the pricing will also likely be a bit cheaper.

Seems like we know just about everything there is to know about the Grand Neo, so the official announcement from Samsung shouldn’t be too far off.

source: Sammy Hub

Millions of Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked online

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It was recently confirmed that around 4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames associated with those numbers has been leaked online. Unofficial site SnapchatDB is now allowing open access to two files, one SQL dump and one CSV text file – both showing users phone numbers, usernames and locations.

The final two digits of each phone number has been censored in order to “minimize spam and abuse”, but despite this SnapchatDB has said that it can be contacted for the uncensored files, as they may be willing to release it under certain circumstances. Otherwise users can “find phone number information associated with Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply to figure out the phone numbers of people you wish to get in touch with.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 specs confirmed

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 could be unveiled next week at CES, or most likely in February at Mobile World Congress. Either way, we now know a lot more about this beast. It will come in two variants, Wi-Fi (SM-P900) and LTE (SM-P905).

Thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark, The LTE version is confirmed to have a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 16:10 display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (8974-AA), Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p video, 2.1MP front-facing camera, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 +LE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Android 4.4.2. The Wi-Fi version will likely have identical specs, but they could offer an Exynos processor instead of the Snapdragon.

Since KitKat is onboard, you can expect a new version of TouchWiz, but we don’t know much about it other than there might an improved UI more suited for tablets.

source: SamMobile

Motorola starts the New Year off right, drops no contract price of Moto X to $399 permanently

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Most of us here at TalkAndroid thought the best phone of 2013 was the Moto X, and it just got better. Motorola is dropping the off contract everyday price of the phone to $399 (16GB). That price is for all U.S. carriers. The bamboo option remains at a $100 premium, which means you could buy a new 16GB wooden Moto X for $499 off contact.

One of the biggest hang ups with the Moto X when it was released, was the price, but Motorola has slowly dropped the price with various promotions. If you’re looking to buy a Moto X, now is a good time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a $299 promotion in the spring.

source: Motorola

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 31, 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!!

Apps

Version Two of Carbon for Twitter Gets a Visual Redesign

Netflix testing fees based on number of users on an account

Carriers

Moto G will be available at Verizon Wireless on January 9 for $99 off contract

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Netflix testing fees based on number of users on an account

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The largest video streaming service, Netflix, is testing new pricing systems based on how many people use an account. This could mean that customers will have to pay extra money for more family members, but could also mean that accounts with only one person will cost less.

The company is offering some new customers plans that include access to the service on up to four screens, which allows different people in a family to watch different programs at the same time. Prices range from $6.99 to $11.99, while the current streaming service costs $7.99.

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Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is a pricier Chromecast alternative

Belkin-Miracast-Video-AdapterThe Chromecast has been one of the hottest new products of 2013, and as any successful technology product, it’s going to inspire alternatives by other companies. The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is the latest. The Miracast is able to mirror the screen of your phone’s or tablet, allowing users to enjoy games, videos, photos and apps in Full HD on a big-screen TV, just like the Chromecast does. For mirroring, mobile devices must have Miracast support, meaning they must run at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for some handsets, or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for others.

The Miracast runs at $79, which is more than double the price of Google’s Chromecast. Also, the Chromecast has a lot more device support, including iOS, Windows, and OSX, making it seem like the better option, at least at first glance. Still, check out the source link if you are interested.

Source: Belkin

 

Times Square Official Ball app updated to add Twitter integration for tonight

times-square-ball-drop-app-androidIt’s New Year’s Eve, and perhaps the biggest end-of-year celebration deals with that big ball dropping in Times Square. Gone are the times that you have to be either in NYC or sitting around your television to join the festivities, however. For the second year, there’s an official app for the Times Square ball, and it’s been refreshed for 2013/2014.  The app allows users to watch the official show which features musical performances, celebrity appearances, reveler interviews and hourly countdowns.

The update adds Twitter integration, and “much better video stream compatibility.” The design has also been simplified and streamlined. The app is currently at version 3.0.0 and with support for devices running Android 2.3.3 or later. Click past the break for download links.

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Sony looks ahead to 2014 with successor to Xperia Z1, smartwatches

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Sony posted a New Year’s message on its blog today— the general theme of the post included looking ahead to the future, but also looking back at all of the company’s accomplishments from the past year.

In terms of what’s coming down the pike, Sony plans to keep its “Omni-Balance” design as a major part of all of its devices— this scheme involves symmetry of parts, flat front and back panels, and a stylized outer trim.

The company also plans to keep the Xperia Z1 as its main flagship heading into 2014— the device has yet to land in the U.S., but a Z1 sequel could be unveiled at CES next week, so you’ll want to stay tuned for more information. (A miniature Z1 could also be released, but we’ll have to wait and see.)

Wearables seem to be in Sony’s plans for 2014 as well. A successor to the SmartWatch 2 is sure to come, possibly with an entirely new form factor and brand new features.

Source: Sony Blog

All Access Subscribers Given Invites to Snag Their Very Own Google Glass

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If you’ve been hoping for an invite to Google Glass but have missed every opportunity to do so thus far and you’re an All Access subscriber you’re in luck. In celebration of All Access and Google Music coming to Glass users everywhere, Google is sending out invites to those already subscribed to the monthly service. As Google puts it:

Your Chance to Buy Google Glass

With the launch of Google Play Music on Google Glass, we’ve secured VIP invitations for All Access customers to join the Glass Explorer Program. Interested in rocking out while exploring with Glass? Sign up to receive your invitation below!

Check your inbox if you’re a subscriber. While you’re still required to have a U.S. shipping address and have $1500 it’s an opportunity to snag one. I don’t know if there is an expiration date for the offer but if you’re on the fence sooner may be better than later to move on this.

source: Android Central