Rumors of another Facebook phone continue to chug along

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Rumors of another Facebook phone surfaced last November and today we have some more news thanks to Twitter. Last year we heard that HTC was involved and the codename was “Opera UL.” Now we are hearing the codename is “Myst” and HTC is still involved. The specs are a little different from what we reported with the Opera UL. First of all the processor is now a dual-core 1GHz instead of 1.4GHz. It’s still a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro though. The display resolution was reported to be 720p (1280 x 720) and that still holds, but the display size has been revealed to be 4.3-inches. It still has an Adreno 305 GPU, but we also found out it will sport a 5MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front camera.

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dbrand inc review: The one stop shop for customized 3M vinyl skins for your device

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Personalizing your Android device is something a lot of us do. After all, you’ve spend hundreds upon hundreds on these handsets, so why not give it some flare to your own liking that separates it from others? That’s where dbrand inc. comes in and provides your device with some awesome top-of-the line 3M textured vinyl’s. For review purposes I’ll be using the Nexus 4 as that’s the device I have the product installed on, although the company provides these vinyl skins on a slew of devices on their website.

First off, the quality of these vinyl’s are top-notch. According to dbrand, the vinyl’s that they use are generally reserved for architectural re-upholstering and auto body trim. Even better is the flat price of $9 per skin and you can actually request a customized skin for your liking. Just e-mail them what you have in mind and send them the images you want and they’ll be happy to work with you on what you want. Of course, customized skins often uses twice the material plus the added labor, so expect the price of that to double to about $18. With that being said, the two vinyl’s that I have from them feel and look great. As you can see with the pictures below, the cutouts are dead on with the camera and speakers. What’s even more surprising is how well the “nexus” letters were cut in precision to perfectly match it on my Nexus.

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Texture wise, these aren’t just cheap “stickers” that have been slapped together. While the titanium seen above isn’t real titanium, it looks just as real and has great texture. Same goes with the black carbon fiber skin that is seen below, the texture is great and you can actually feel each line. I can’t say enough how great these look on your device. If you prefer a “cleaner” look and not have the “nexus” cut-out, then you can easily request that by e-mailing them.

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I’ve also found that these skins are very easy to apply. With mildly steady hands I was able to apply these in no longer than 30 seconds. The best part is that you can re-apply these numerous times, this is especially great if you bought a couple colors and decide to swap the them out as you please.

Last but not least, what makes an already great company into an awesome one? Customer service of course! After various e-mail exchanges and reading customers feedback from various threads on XDA and Reddit, dbrand provides great and speedy customer service. By far one of the best I’ve seen. What’s great is that you can shoot them an e-mail if you have any questions, whether it’s a personal request on a customized skin that you have envisioned or a general question about their products. Regardless of the inquiry they are quick to respond. You can purchase these skins on the first link below, and you can also check out their Facebook page for more HD pictures of their products on numerous devices!

Needless to say, if you’re looking to customize your device then I would highly recommend dbrand inc!

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LG releases a video reminding us a “breakthrough will be made at MWC 2013″

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You remember when LG tried to tease us a little yesterday? Well it seems it is intent on enticing us even more by releasing yet another teaser— this time in the form of a video that can ultimately be described as a “breakthrough being made at MWC 2013″. Unfortunately the “breakthrough” can be described as vague at best— numerous key words such as “premium”, “creative”, “stylish”, “powerful” and “speedy” are showcased in the video which describes LG’s mysterious new toy. Could this be a follow-up to LG’s resounding Optimus G series? We can’t quite be sure– but fortunately MWC is right around the corner, so we won’t need to wait too long to see whatever it is LG has cooking.

Hit the flip to check out the teaser vid for yourself.

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Leaked images show the Sony Xperia SP getting chummy with the Xperia V

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We recently reported that Sony will introduce a mid-level phone with the codename “HuaShuan” and that it would be called the Xperia SP. Recently images of it posing with the Xperia V were leaked, which tells us quite a few new things. While the currently available Xperia V sports a 4.3-inch screen, the leaks have shown that the SP will be slightly larger, possibly a 4.5-inch screen. The Xperia SP will sport a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU according to previous rumors as well as a non-removable battery which has been noted from previous tips. Although you can’t see it in the picture, the tipster said the microSD slot is behind the back cover, which is sure to make Android users happy.

As the trend of bigger and sharper screens continues in mobile phones, the rumored Xperia SP falls under the mid-range spectrum which won’t necessarily impress but could be a viable option for those looking for a less expensive alternative. Check out the pictures below of the reported leaks and let us know what you think of the rumored Sony Xperia SP.

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Leaked ad highlights HTC’s M7 smartphone to be available in March

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We’ve already seen a few hints indicating HTC’s newest beast would be called the M7 smartphone, while featuring some pretty beastly specs— but it appears that we have even more of a confirmation than we already had before. A leaked advertisement from Phone House indicates the unlocked M7 would be available in France from March 8th for 649.99 EUR (around $880). Additionally, the advertisement highlights the M7 will have a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, 32GB internal storage and Sense 5-powered Jelly Bean running the show. While the photo used for the device seems to be based off an old render, it’s looking like everything else is matching up quite nicely— giving us all something to look forward to in the coming weeks.

That February 19th event just can’t come soon enough!

source: Frandroid
via: pocketnow

comScore reports December 2012 US smartphone market share

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We love statistics on smartphones. It’s always fun to see what’s popular in the smartphone market, and what’s becoming more popular. comScore always gives us some great numbers to analyze, and they’ve just released their stats for the US smartphone market from a period starting in September 2012 and ending in December 2012. According to their report, a massive 125.9 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, up about 5% from September. Samsung pulled in about 21% of the market, up from 18.7%, and HTC pulled up with second-place in Android OEMs with 10.2%, down from 12% three months prior. Overall, Android ran on 53.4% of all smartphones, which was up a minor 0.9%. Apple’s number spot with 36.3% was still quite a ways behind. Nothing too surprising with these reports, but it’ll be interesting to see if there’s still room for growth with the wave of new Android phones set to be released later this year.

source: comScore

Samsung rumored to soon begin production of 5-inch AMOLED HD Displays

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It appears that Sammy finally is ready to get the ball rolling for its newest displays for its smartphones. According to some unidentified sources courtesy of DDaily, Samsung is all set and will begin mass production of its next-generation 5-inch AMOLED HD display that was seen at CES earlier this year. Production is set to begin from the end of this month and the panels are set to reach Sammy’s Display division by sometime in March. While Sammy hasn’t come out and said anything overtly, the new display is expect to be featured on flagship devices such as the upcoming Galaxy S IV flagship— which is expected to be announced sometime within the next few months.

source: SammyHub

Dropbox releases new Sync API to help developers integrate service into apps

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Dropbox is releasing a new API for developers that should help bring new capabilities to apps that tie into the service for file storage and sharing. The new API handles a variety of sync functions on both iOS and Android devices. Dropbox will now treat files as if they were local, managing syncing, caching, change tracking, and offline access. These functions were previously handled by app developers who had to code all of this themselves.  Read more

Google Maps ready to help you hit the slopes at top ski resorts

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Ski fans have a new tool available to help them find the best downhill routes at some of the top ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Google Maps announced the availability of run and lift maps within their product for 38 locations like Aspen Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, or Stowe Mountain Resort. The information can be accessed on both smartphones, Android and iOS powered, as well as through Google Maps on the desktop. Ski lifts are marked with red dotted lines while the slopes show as blue, green and black solid lines. Hit the source link for a list of the resorts that are available.

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source: Google LatLong Blog