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Dolphin Browser updates to v10, brings new UI and Web App Store

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One of the original third party web browsers for Android was Dolphin Browser. Since it was originally released, bigger browsers like Chrome and Firefox have surpassed it in popularity, but Dolphin still hasn’t given up making updates and improvements. Today Dolphin’s developers updated the browser to version 10, bringing quite a few new features.

There’s a brand new, cleaneruser interface. Another nice addition is the new “Web App Store,” in which users can add popular web apps to their homescreen via shortcuts. Also, version 10 introduces the “Dolphin Key,” which enables gesture and swipe shortcuts to the menu or tab list. Also, Flash support has returned.

After the break, you can find the change log and download link.

Rugged NEC Terrain officially announced for AT&T

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Details of the NEC Terrain leaked a few months ago, but today AT&T made things official.  As you can see from the picture above, the unique thing about this phone is that it has a physical QWERTY keyboard and is candy bar style – something we haven’t really seen in smartphones  in years. Also, it is very rugged – water-resistant, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s even a dedicated push-to-talk button.

The Terrain is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera comes along as well. Since the keyboard takes up much space, the Terrain has just a 3.1-inch display.

You can get the NEC Terrain beginning June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions for $99 with a two year contract.

Source: AT&T

Insiders claim Samsung not interested in Facebook phone

Yesterday when Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg met with executives from Samsung to pitch a new Facebook phone, we concluded such a collaboration was improbable. New reports today from unidentified insiders close to the discussions indicate Samsung is unlikely to take up Facebook’s quest to become the “second Google.” The insider hints that Samsung already sees Google as a rival in the smartphone market and does not want to “nurture” yet another competitor. The sense of Google being a rival, instead of a partner, appears to stem from the belief that Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility last year has the two titans on a collision course for market share.

Besides not opening any new financial doors for Samsung, a partnership with Facebook to produce a new handset could have a negative impact on Samsung. After being widely panned, Facebook’s Home launcher could be seen as a downgrade relative to the image Samsung is trying to present. Samsung is also working on initiatives like Tizen, which would probably give it much more control over the user experience than what they would achieve in a partnership with Facebook.

Samsung has not yet offered any official word regarding the nature of the meeting or their response to Zuckerberg’s entreaties.

source: The Korea Herald
via: phoneArena

Falcon Pro pulled from Play Store due to token authentication issues

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After the authentication token issues earlier this week, third-party Twitter app Falcon Pro has been pulled from Google’s Play Store. On Monday, Falcon Pro reached its limit of 100,000 users, who were each given an access token. Once that 100,000 limit was reached, new users could no longer get tokens to access the app, thanks to official Twitter third-party app rules. As a workaround, developer Joaquim Verges released a new version of the app that revoked all previous tokens so users would have to log in again, which would free up unused tokens and pirated apps. A few months ago, this solution worked to get around the token limit, but according to Verges, the limit was reached within 24 hours. To keep anymore people from buying the app, the developer has pulled the app from the Play Store.

As a courtesy to those who bought the app, Verges has uploaded the last available version as a Google Drive link until he can figure out another workaround for that token limit. Hopefully this won’t be the end of this fantastic Twitter application.

source: Android Authority

NVIDIA announces plans to expand business model to address growth in visual computing demands

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NVIDIA announced via their blog today that they are preparing to take things in a new direction by licensing their GPU cores and visual computing patent portfolio to other manufacturers. NVIDIA notes that during recent years, as PC sales have been in a decline, sales of other computing devices have been increasing. Going along with this changing landscape, consumers are demanding faster, crisper, high definition displays that produce vivid images no matter what device is currently in use. Driving those displays are the GPUs and NVIDIA is in a good position to capitalize as they have been a long time leader in the GPU market for PCs and more recently, they have been successful in the Android device market with their Tegra line of chips.

AT&T set to launch LTE network in 9 new markets starting today

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AT&T continues to increase its LTE coverage around the U.S. as part of its goal to reach most of the nation’s populace by year’s end. Today, the company launched its network in 9 new markets, listed below:

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Gallup, New Mexico
  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Providence and Kent Counties, Rhode Island
  • Logan, Ohio
  • Tri-Cities, Washington
  • Salinas, California

Expect more updates on AT&T’s expansion of their LTE network in the future as they continue to blanket their 3G footprint.

 

LG ready to start mass production of flexible displays

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LG Display has announced it will start mass production of flexible OLED displays for smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013. The flexible displays will support ultra high-definition and besides the benefits of being flexible,will be very thin as well. According to LG’s official statement, “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The production facility in Paju is expected to be able to produce 12,000 sheets on a monthly basis, though it is not clear how many devices could be produced from a single sheet.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Aurora Red officially available exclusive to AT&T

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We’ve known that Samsung  and AT&T had an Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 in their plans for a while, but now it’s officially available. Exclusive to AT&T, the Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 runs for the same price as every other S4 – $199.99 with a two year contract, or $639.99 without a contract – and has the same specs as other S4’s.

With this color addition, you can now buy the Galaxy S 4 on AT&T in three colors – Stealth Black, Glacier White, or Aurora Red. Of course, word is that more colors like Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn should be available later this summer. Stay tuned.

source: AT&T
via: Android Authority

HTC One Mini to hit AT&T around August

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Just yesterday we got confirmation about the HTC One Mini’s name and size, but no carrier availability. If you were planning on picking a Mini up if it came to your carrier of choice, you may be in luck, because according to a source close to HTC, the device will definitely be available first on AT&T’s network sometime around August of this year. They didn’t say if the device would be available on any other carriers, but if HTC can keep up what they’ve been doing, we may see this device on several other carriers in the US. And, if they get lucky, Verizon may carry the device sometime in late 2015.

To recap, the HTC One Mini has a 720p, 4.3″ display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, and Android 4.2 out of the box. Anybody excited for this device later this year?

source: Phone Arena

HTC officially unveils the Butterfly S

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HTC finally unveiled the Butterfly S and I am officially drooling. Why this isn’t coming to Verizon as the DROID DNA S, I have no idea, but rumors have it landing on Sprint. The Butterfly S is a beefier version of the One. It has a 5-inch 1080p LCD 3 display, a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM,16GB of internal storage, microSD, UltraPixel camera, 2.1MP wide-angle front camera, support for Miracast, a 3,200mAh battery, and Sense 5. Just like the HTC One, it features dual-speakers at the front along with BoomSound. Since the Butterfly S has Sense 5, you will get all the same features such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Video Highlights.

Expect a release in Taiwan in July for NT $22,900 ($766) with no announcement for other areas. Hit the break for a short teaser video and press release.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 18, 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

Dashclock widget updated to version 1.5, includes Daydream support

Carriers

AT&T announces Street Charge mobile charging stations around New York City

Verizon starts countdown, releases augmented reality DROID video

Phones

HTC announces the Desire 200 smartphone: a budget device with Beats Audio

Name of HTC One Mini, 720p HD screen confirmed

LG said to be working on a phone with always on voice commands that will arrive in 2014

LG said to be working on a phone with always on voice commands that will arrive in 2014

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Voice commands are becoming a staple when it comes to phones and tablets these days. Apple pushed it into the lime light with Siri and Google refined it with Google Now. While some of the features seem to be for novelty sake companies like Samsung and LG are taking a look at using it for navigational purposes. With that being said it appears that LG is working on a phone that will debut some time in 2014 that will feature voice commands at the core of its system.

This functionality will be used to navigate through various system functions. This will help, for example, in the car where handsfree voice navigation is crucial. One function may include zooming in and out of maps, but from what it sounds like voice navigation will work throughout Android itself. That’s about it on the software front. On the hardware side of things the device may sport a Snapdragon 800 processor which should help the software run smoothly.

Other than that there isn’t much to go on. LG hasn’t said anything regarding such a device. Voice navigation seems to be a logical step in a hands free world. How about you folks out there? Does the idea of voice navigation on a system wide level intrigue you?

source: GottaBe Mobile

Verizon starts countdown, releases augmented reality DROID video

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Surfacing from a long period of inactivity, the Twitter account @DroidLanding reappeared with activity this afternoon. At this point, the tweets are rather vague, though there are enough hints dropped in to stir the rumors of a new DROID device getting ready to show up on the Verizon network. That seems like a bit of a stretch unless Verizon renames the mysterious Motorola X Phone. Whatever Verizon may have up their sleeve, it looks like it will involve an augmented reality scavenger hunt game based on the latest teaser video to surface.

@DroidLanding‘s initial tweet merely announced the resumption of activity with the lead “Reactivation protocols initiated.” That was followed by another tweet announcing:

“Augmented Reality imaging matrix is online ::: Scavenge mode detected…”

The latest tweet from the account points to a YouTube video that shows footage of Transformer type combat DROIDs. The tweet mentions “wARriors” with the AR capitalized. The video includes “DROID Combat/D:COM” in the title. The last time the AR moniker was used was back in 2011 when the Droid Bionic ARena augmented reality scavenger hunt game was made available. That title was also created by MunkyFun, the developers mentioned in this latest video. Back then, the goal of the app was to win a DROID Bionic.

If Verizon is preparing to unleash a new augmented reality scavenger hunt game, what could the prize be? Hit the break for the video.

Moto X (XFON XT1055) variant for U.S. Cellular shows up at FCC

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced just a few weeks ago that multiple upcoming smartphones from the company would be broadly distributed across carriers. Among this next wave of smartphones from Motorola are the “Moto X” series phones that are already gaining a ton of buzz among consumers— and now it looks as though the Moto X (XFON XT1055) has finally hit the FCC as expected. This variant will head to U.S. Cellular (LTE band 12), making that at least four variants of the phone. We already knew of Verizon’s, Sprint’s, and AT&T’s variants— now the only major U.S. carrier without an FCC filing for the device thus far would be T-Mobile.

The device is expected to have a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, hold 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 720p display, and Android 4.2.2. All of these specs seem pretty mid-range and they don’t exactly jump out at you over any other phones currently on the market— that’s why we’re expecting some other cool features to come with this phone, such as unique sensors and software by Motorola that will do things such as turn your camera on the moment you pull your phone out of your pocket, and of course other features as well.

More news to come as we approach launch date for this highly anticipated device(s)…

Via: Ameblo
Source: FCC

Name of HTC One Mini, 720p HD screen confirmed

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There’s finally some concrete evidence of a mini HTC One that will be called the HTC One Mini. The guys at TNW found a User Agent profile of the device on a Taiwanese website owned by HTC. Besides the name and model number (PO581) being confirmed, through the profile we also now know that the phone will come with Android 4.2 and a 720p HD screen.

Since smartphones became popular, they have been getting bigger and bigger. The Galaxy S 4 Mini and now the HTC One Mini suggest otherwise. There’s still a lot left to discover about the One Mini, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: htcmms.com.tw
via: The Next Web