Amazon set to take out HTC and LG with new phone

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According to Chitika statistics, while Samsung devices generate the most mobile traffic in the US at 55%, Amazon generates the second most. This isn’t really that surprising, but it does mean that Kindle tablets outdo Motorola, HTC and LG devices when it comes to web traffic. Because of that, it is only a matter of time before we see an Amazon mobile device.

Amazon’s plan was to take over a large enough portion of the mobile content market to be able to release a smartphone of their own. Well that plan is well on track.

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Pebble 2.0 for Android now available

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The Pebble app store has been available in beta since last month, however today Pebble released version 2.0 of its app that brings a handful of new features.

Upon installing the new firmware, Pebble watch users will recognize that the user interface has been completely re-designed and given a new touch. Users can now easily browse the store and download apps and watchfaces, keep track of their favorite application with Watchapp locker and a list of prior notifications will be stored on your Pebble.

Pebble 2.0 finally improves the Pebble experience and relieves users of having to manually find and install watch apps. To get the latest version of Pebble, head to the Play Store now and download it.

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New patent application suggests Samsung might be working on a new device unlocking feature

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According to a new recent patent application with USPTO, Samsung might be working on a new feature related to device unlocking. The patent application suggests that the company is working on a feature, similar to LG’s Knock Code, that will allow users to unlock their device just by touching on the display and dragging around to draw a figure with at least one intersection.

The description says that this feature will work even when your device’s display is off which means that users will no longer need to push the power key in order to turn on the display to use the feature. The shape, size or position of the drawing is not important given that there is at least one intersection point. In addition, users can assign a function two two, three or more intersection points. For example, you can assign WhatsApp to two intersection points so that when you draw a figure and there’s two intersection points, the application will be launched.

Source: USPTO
Via: PhoneArena

AllCast adds support for DLNA server casting

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Apps designed to help users stream content to their Chromecast devices continue to update on a fast pace and AllCast has been no exception. The latest update adds support for DLNA servers. Unlike some other apps that force content to be streamed via an Android devices, Koushik Dutta’s latest update enables content on a DLNA server to be delivered straight to the Chromecast device. Read more

Free, no-ad Milk Music service released for select U.S. Samsung devices

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Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. Read more

MTV Artists arrives in the Play Store, connects users and artists with an abundance of content

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To go against the many music-centric applications available, MTV has finally entered the arena. With MTV Artists, users can truly immerse themselves with their favorite artists in different ways. MTV has a massive catalog of performance photos, music videos (yes, they still have those), and songs to be explored. A comprehensive list of tour dates is available for artists and buying tickets can even be done from within MTV Artists, too.

Like Google Sound Search or Shazam, users can use Sound ID with their smartphones to listen to a song and identify it. With MTV Artists, you can also do a lyrical search. A standout feature from this app is Top 10 Songs in 90 Seconds. As the name suggests, it will give you a sampling of the best songs around in less than two minutes.

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Plenty of accessories for The All New HTC One has leaked online

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You can now purchase a plethora of accessories for The All New HTC One before the device is even announced. Alibaba is offering cases and other items for HTC’s upcoming flagship on its site and, as expected, the pricing is very good. The reason being customers have to buy in bulk. For example, a flip leather case is available for $0.75, but the required minimum quantity ordered is one hundred units. Not too bad considering selling the extras yourself will actually net a profit. And as expected, the cases feature the dual camera setup on the back of the device.

Hit the source link to check out the long list of accessories.

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Via: HTC Source

AnTuTu benchmark suggests Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 is as fast as the Snapdragon 805 processor

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Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor may not be the biggest and baddest one on the market in the future. According to a new AnTuTu benchmark, Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 920 processor performs just as good. The processor is arranged with four Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15 CPU with ARM big.LITTLE architecture and Mali-T624; however, it is unknown if all eight cores can actually run at the same time. While the Snapdragon 805 earned 37,780 points, Huawei’s Kirin 920 came scored 37,363. Not too bad right?

It is becoming increasingly clear that Qualcomm is gaining some competition, even beyond Huawei. Samsung continues to release new Exynos processors (for part of the world) and even LG is working on Odin for future devices. Then there is NVIDIA, who is still working on gaining some of the attention Qualcomm stole from them in the mobile market. If not 2014, 2015 will be a year for secondary processors to become more prevalent.

Source: AnTuTu
Via: VR-Zone

Galaxy S 5 announced early possibly to hide a lack of innovation and to counter iPhone 5s

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The hype leading up to the announcement of the Galaxy S 5 had the device pegged as the next innovative step in an industry where innovation is slowing down. Rumors had the device sporting a metal frame and fingerprint scanner with a 64-bit processor pushing a 2k display. However when the announcement came and went, the only thing that graduated from rumor to reality was a fingerprint scanner.

According to industry rumors, the reason that the Galaxy S 5 was announced sooner than normal is that a lack of innovative features coupled with the success of the iPhone 5s in Europe. For the first time in three generations Samsung didn’t have a dedicated event for the launch of the new flagship, but rather, piggybacked off MWC this year. It’s suggested that the reason behind this is because Samsung felt that the GS5 didn’t have enough new features to warrant an event of its own.

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Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker

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Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.

Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.

Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:

A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.

Source: Motorola