Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX in leaked picture

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We’ve had no shortage of pictures and information of the new upcoming Motorola DROID line. Today, we see a nice summarizing picture of the three devices. Famed leaker @evleaks tweeted a picture of the front of the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, from left to right, which you see above.

The DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX look identical, not surprising considering the MAXX is believed to be just the Ultra but with a larger battery. The DROID Mini looks just like the Ultra and MAXX, except obviously with a smaller 4.3 inch screen size.

Source: @evleaks

[Deal] Grab a 32 GB Nexus 7 for $199 through Newegg

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We’re starting to see more and more retailers discount the Nexus 7 to make room for the inevitable hardware refresh we’re all expecting, and today it’s Newegg’s turn up at bat. As one of their daily deals, you can get a brand new 32 GB Nexus 7 for $199, plus get free shipping. It doesn’t come with any extras, but if you’re looking for a cheap Nexus 7 with bigger storage and don’t care for refurbished devices, this is a great option. Hit the links below to put your order in.

source: Newegg

LG supposedly to launch G2 smartphone in Korea on August 20th… oh and probably plans on bringing the Nexus 5 along later in the year too

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Yes friends, it’s looking like the second half of 2013 is going to be a busy period for LG. In making no effort to hide its excitement for its upcoming G2 smartphone, reports out of Korea confirm that not only will LG will indeed launch the new flagship on August 7th (see— we told you so), but LG plans on following up with an August 20th launch of the smartphone in Korea. The new device will probably launch just ahead of Apple’s (iPhone 5S) and Samsung’s (Galaxy Note III) upcoming offerings.

Oh and that’s not all either— a special variant of the G2 will likely be on the way as well. If you recall, we casually mentioned something about a mysterious Megalodon smartphone earlier in the year which featured roughly the same specs as the G2 which includes, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), a larger display (likely at 5.2-inches this time around), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM among other things. Well the same report out of Korea confirms that LG is working on what looks to be the Nexus 5 smartphone— roughly based off the Megalodon smartphone. Oh and the wait wouldn’t be too bad either as it’s due for an October arrival.

So yes friends, feel free to go ahead and start salivating at LG plans on showcasing its newest flagships to the world.

source: Ruliweb
via: Phone Arena

HTC One variant for Big Red finally hits FCC, expected to launch later this summer

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The Verizon variant of the HTC One has finally passed through the FCC— it seems as though we’ve been waiting forever for the device to hit Big Red. The device packs LTE (band 13 for Verizon), GSM (850/1900), CDMA (850/1900), and obviously features WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Now that it’s passed the last check-point, we should expect to see the device hit shelves for Verizon later this summer, as Verizon had originally promised.

HTC should just hope that it won’t be too late to the party, with

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Source: FCC

More proof of impending Moto Droid RAZR Ultra and Droid RAZR M Ultra, both appear on Cellebrite machine image

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We now have more proof that the upcoming devices for Motorola, the Droid RAZR M Ultra and Droid RAZR Ultra actually exist. Both devices have appeared on a snapshot of the screen of a Cellebrite machine, which is used to transfer information, such as contacts and media, between devices. Although this doesn’t mean the phones are going to be released any day now, it does mean that they will be coming soon.

The Droid RAZR Ultra is rumored ot sport a 5 inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 2GB of RAM, while the Droid RAZR M Ultra is believed to offer a smaller 4.3 inch display.

As seen below, the device in between the new RAZR devices is an unnamed phone, with a model number of “XT1060.” This is expected to be the famed Moto X phone, equipped with high-powered sensors that will make the device smarter than any other.

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Source: Phone Arena

 

Logitech Harmony Ultimate, Smart Hub, and Android app review

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I have been a big fan of the Logitech Harmony line of remote controls for years. No home theater should be without a universal remote, and it just so happens that Logitech does it better than anyone else. If you’re not familiar with Logitech’s remotes, they are the Mother of all remote controls. By programming activities such as Watch TV, Watch a DVD, Listen to Music, and so on, you never have to think about what input your TV or AV receiver needs to be on. You also don’t have to think about what devices need to be turned on or off. Logitech’s Harmony remote controls can do all of that for you and then some. The newest remote, the Harmony Ultimate, brings a whole new set of features including the Harmony Hub, which gives you not only IR and RF connectivity, it also brings WiFi and Bluetooth to the table. Whether your devices are out in the open, behind cabinets, or in another room, the Harmony Ultimate will get the job done.

The Harmony Hub also brings another very cool feature and that is the ability to control your home theater with your smartphone. The Logitech app for both Android and iOS will turn your phone into a full-fledged remote. I’m not just talking about changing the volume or changing the channels. You can start/stop activities, access up to 15 remote controls, and do it from anywhere in your house. Priced at $349, the Harmony Ultimate is higher than most smartphones (on contract), so it’s not cheap. Does it deliver as promised, and is it worth your hard earned dollars? Head on past the break to find out.

Garmin’s new HUD accessory will project navigation information on your windshield

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Garmin was always the name you thought of when it came to Navigation systems, but Google Maps and smartphones changed the landscape forever. Companies like Garmin need to come up with more creative ideas or innovations to stay competitive. The HUD is the perfect example. It stands for Head-up Display, and appears to be not only innovative, but very cool. It is a portable accessory that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You rest it on your dash and it will project navigation information to a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. The only caveat is that you need to be running the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app on your phone.

HUD will display turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. It will even warn you of traffic delays and make sure you are in the right lane for the next turn. You will still get spoken turn-by-turn directions from one of the compatible apps I mentioned above. If you happen to connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth-enabled stereo, any music you are listening too will fade out with spoken prompts. Also, when you take a phone call, HUD will continue to display the information.

HUD will be available this summer for a price of $129. As I mentioned, you will need to use either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app, which both start at $29.99. Full presser after the break.

Google Latitude to be discontinued August 9

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Along with the new Google Maps app comes the loss of another app. They announced today that Google Latitude is being retired by the company effective August 9. You’ll no longer be able to share your location via Latitude, and your friends list will be deleted. To prepare, the new Google Maps app of course does not have Latitude as a feature.

Considering you can share your location on Google+’s Android app, Latitude began to seem a little unnecessary. Location sharing is integrated into every social network these days, so an app solely for location sharing is no longer needed.

Source: Google Support

 

Leaked storyboard for DROID MAXX promises 48 hours of worry-free battery life

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You can say whatever you want about Motorola, but one thing that cannot be denied is that they have been the most innovative OEM in regards to battery life. They were the first to get a 3,300mAh battery in phone, and their competitors were only able to match them by making bigger phones. We are expecting to see a new line of DROID RAZRs this fall, and there is no doubt Motorola will continue their trend with another MAXX.

This leaked storyboard is for a commercial about the DROID MAXX. We don’t know how early in the stages this storyboard was created, but I think it’s safe to say that the phone’s title won’t be the DROID MAXX. It will probably be the DROID RAZR ULTRA MAXX, but that really isn’t the story. The story is the fact that this commercial is promising 48 hours of worry-free battery life.

How to: cache maps for offline use in the new Google Maps update

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Since the new Google Maps began to roll out last night, the first major complaint has been the loss of support for cached maps. Have no fear, Google has you covered. Apparently, there’s an easter egg that the developers built in to the new version of the app that allows you to cache portions of maps for later use. All you need to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Zoom in on the map to view to the region you want to cache
  2. Tap the search bar
  3. Type “Okay maps” or “OK maps”
  4. Tap the search button

And there you go, that portion of the map is cached for offline use! It’s surprising that this wasn’t built in to the app via a “Make available offline” button like the previous version, but it’s a relief the feature hasn’t disappeared completely.

Source: TechCrunch

DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD updates roll out

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Verizon has announced updates for both the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX, bringing enhancements and bug fixes to both.The updates include new versions of Backup Assistant and Motorola’s Smartactions, as well as improved GPS reliability, increased stability, improved Bluetooth connectivity, SMS fixes, and support for VMware Horizon Mobile. Security fixes are also included.

You can see a full overview of the updates via the source links below. The updates should begin rolling out in the next few weeks.

Source: Verizon Support RAZR M | RAZR HD

AT&T and Sprint HTC One on sale for $49.99 on Amazon

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Right now, the HTC One is arguably the best Android phone on the market. With a lot of phones scheduled to be released soon, that may soon change. Amazon knows, and they have dropped the price of HTC’s flagship phone to just $49.99 for AT&T and Sprint, each with a two year contract. You have your choice of black or white on either carrier.

Head to the source link if you want to take advantage of this pretty great deal.

Source: Amazon AT&T | Amazon Sprint

 

Google Maps updates with new UI

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The Google Maps design refresh, which was first unveiled at Google I/O, is finally making its way to Android tablets and smartphones. The update features a clean, card-based UI that is very similar to both the web version and the iOS version. From the screenshots, it looks very polished and streamlined. New features include enhanced traffic navigation, reviews from Zagat, and “Explore,” which allows you to discover new places by tapping the search button.

The update is using the staged-rollout option, so it might be a while until you receive it. You can try your luck through the download link after the break.

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Samsung sees bright future for ‘wearables’ and phone displays in new concept video

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Samsung has always been know for setting its sights pretty high, and it’s certainly paying off right now as they’re pretty much dominating the top of the mobile industry. But what about the future? Well yesterday at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco, Samsung strategy chief Young Sohn displayed a video showing what kind of potential the future holds in their industry, and more specifically, their own products. The video features flexible displays, unique wearable technology, and even a health-sensor that pairs with your smartphone which immediately sends if off to the doc. Check out the full concept video after the break.