Samsung’s 20nm 4Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM now in production

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Samsung just announced that they are going into production on their 4 gigabit (Gb) low power data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM. It’s produced at a 20 nanometer (nm) class data node. What does this mean? More speed and less power consumption, not to mention they are a little thinner. As to speed, the 4Gb LPDDR3 can transmit data up to 2,133Mbps as compared to 800Mbps on LPDDR2. You can basically transmit three full HD videos (total of 17GB) in one second over this new chip. You can also expect a savings of about 20% in power consumption.

“By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner.”

Full presser after the break.

HTC 608t smartphone outed, brings a whole lot of One in a more affordable package

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The HTC One is one hell of a smartphone— but its premium build and cost may be a bit out of reach for many customers. So with that in mind, HTC is quietly working on a stripped down version the device behind the scenes called the 608t. Design-wise, this mysterious new toy certainly mirrors One features including dual-stereo speakers on the front of the device, as well as a similar button layout. Of course the similarities end there as this Jelly Bean-powered smartphone features “modest” guts including a quad-core chip + 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 960 x 540 (qHD?) display and an 8MP camera. Not too shabby HTC. Not too shabby.

Now for the part that you all want to know— the pricing and availability. While we don’t know the cost as of yet, the leak certainly suggests that this device will at least be headed for Chinese markets in the near-future. For those of us out in the States, there’s no word on if the 608t will ever make it out to our shores, maybe HTC will surprise us and unveil this device in the US at some point sooner than later.

source: Ameblo (Jp)

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders now delayed 2 to 3 weeks at Best Buy

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Well I guess Samsung didn’t have all their ducks in a row like they thought they did. Back in March, analysts were concerned that Samsung could have production issues that would cause a loss of sales during the first month after launch. Last year’s issue with the Galaxy S III was from a defect, but we are not sure what is going on this year. It seems to be delayed all over and now it appears that customers who pre-ordered the Sprint version at Best Buy are going to have to wait another 2 to 3 weeks. Below is an email sent to customers:

T-Mobile loses market share while Verizon and AT&T continue to dominate

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Kantar released their U.S. smartphone market share numbers for the 1st quarter 2013, and other than Android’s continued domination, there was some interesting news regarding carriers. It’s no surprise that the majority of smartphones are either on Verizon or AT&T. Verizon’s share is at 37.2%, while AT&T was at 27.9%. That’s a combined total of 65.1%. Sprint came in third at 12.3%, but the biggest news is T-Mobile’s decline of 3.2% down to 9.5%. In fact, T-Mobile was the only carrier to show a decline.

T-Mobile recently launched their UnCarrier plans that probably won’t change things for them since it doesn’t deliver what they are promising. The prices themselves are fine for those that bring their own phone, but the promise of buying phones off contract is simply not true. All they did was spread out the payments of the full retail price which you are obligated to pay, and is just another form of the traditional subsidized contracts that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint offer.

source: Kantar

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 29, 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!!

Guides

Best Android camera apps [April 2013]

Reviews

Live Pixels [Live Wallpaper]

Apps

Evernote Food reaches version 2.0 and brings us some new features

Accessories

Old Samsung NFC TecTile tags don’t work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Google

Matias Duarte on Facebook Home: “Shows an incredible amount of polish”

Matias Duarte on Facebook Home: “Shows an incredible amount of polish”

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Facebook Home was released only a short time ago and it hasn’t received much appreciation from users. While yes it was created for a niche market, that hasn’t stopped most people who’ve tried it from giving it a one to two star rating in the Play Store. In fact as I type this it sits at an average rating of 2.2 out of five. While it may not be a hit with the public it sure made an impression on Matias Duarte. If you’ve been living under a rock, he’s a key part of the Android design team and has been instrumental in creating the Android we see today. He praised Facebook’s software engineers by saying:

Evernote Food reaches version 2.0 and brings us some new features

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The Evernote team does one heck of a job at making our lives simpler. Evernote Food, again, is no different. We initially loved it for its ability to catalog the food aspect of our lives. From recipes we would love to try to restaurants that have caught our attention, Evernote Food is a good way of keeping track of those experiences. Well good got better, and simple became simpler as version 2.0 continues to make cataloging food fun and convenient. It brings:

• Explore Recipes – Thousands of recipes from the best food sites to browse, search, and save.
• My Cookbook – Recipes you save in the app, plus ones you’ve clipped or saved in Evernote, show up here, making them easy to find from any device.
• Restaurants – A location-based list and map view of restaurants that lets you clip and save the ones you want to try and see all the spots you’ve visited.
• My Meals – A photographic journey through all of your past meals and food adventures.

If food is a big part of your life, or something that you love, this app is for you. You can check out the preview video or gallery for the app after the break. We also have the Play Store link and QR Code for you to follow to download the app. Every food aficionado should have this app. Even if you’re just a lover of all things edible, this app is a must. Enjoy!

Galaxy S 4 For T-Mobile is Now Available Online

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If you’re on T-Mobile and really can’t wait for the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in stores then you’re in luck. T-Mobile has the 16GB version of the new Samsung flagship on sale for $149.99 down and $20 per month installment fees each month for the 2 year contract online right now. If you’re holding out and hoping to get the GS4 in stores you’ll be waiting until May 8th. That means, if you do the math, you’ll be dropping $629.99 for the phone overall. Of course that’s not including the plan itself.

If May 8th is too long to wait you can hit the source link below to choose between the white frost or black mist version. Either color will come with support with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in conjunction with the more wide-reaching 42Mbps DC-HSDPA network. While trailing AT&T and Sprint in launching the phone, they’re still way ahead of Verizon which may make a few of your friends who are on Big Red’s network a little jealous. So what are you waiting for? Go get your GS4!

 

source: T-Mobile

Best Android camera apps [April 2013]

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The best camera is the one you have with you and we pretty much always have our smartphones with us. With many Android phones, the camera alone will sell the device for some customers. Needless to say, there are plenty of apps in the Play Store that cater to all kinds of shutterbugs and their smartphone cameras for when the built-in camera application on your phone just doesn’t cut it. So, in this guide, we’re going to go over the best camera apps for your device.

Sony introduces its Triluminous display technology, aims to square off direction again Super AMOLED and Retina Display technologies

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It’s certainly no secret that Sony plans to take over the mobile world, so it should come as no surprise that it has introduced what can be seen as some revolutionary technology. It went ahead and revealed its Triluminous display technology which aims to enhance the display of various devices to levels never seen before. Essentially, Triluminous display technology utilizes quantum dots (otherwise known as nanocrystals) that are so small, they have quantum properties and emits light just at preset wavelengths. The effect of this process i the significant enhancement of display factors like a larger color gamut to improved brightness and contrast.

Sony certainly can’t wait for this technology to arrive on its Xperia line of smartphones too. Here’s a Sony insider highlighting the important plans Sony has for this technology:

 

“During the interview, the heads of Sony Philippines likewise confirmed that Triluminos display will definitely come to the Sony Xperia smartphone line. This is cool because, as of writing, Sony is still using TFT panel even in its top of the line handset releases, including Sony Xperia Z. Triluminos will be the Japanese company’s answer to display technologies being offered by other companies like Retina Display and SuperAMOLED”.

 

source: techpinas
via: Phone Arena

Sony to release two flagship devices later this year, Honami and Togari

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Sony has two flagship models slated for release later in 2013, and we’re finally hearing some details about the pair of devices. According to a device tester, the Togari device will sport a 6.44 inch, 1080p screen with a similar body style to the glass Xperia Z, as well as a white option, similar to the Z. The phablet could possibly be released in July in Japan, although there’s no word on when or if it would make it’s way to other markets.

Featured Android App Review: Live Pixels [Live Wallpaper]

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Every now and then it’s nice to play an 8-bit game on your Android device, but how about an 8-bit live wallpaper? That’s exactly what inHause Games created with Live Pixels. We are already familiar with inHause Games as we previously reviewed their other awesome live wallpaper called YourCity 3D. Live Pixels is actually a bunch of live wallpapers and you can choose which ones you want to display on your homescreen. It’s got everything from fireworks, explosions, and even a flying cat. There are 14 in all:

Huawei Ascend P6 shows up in Chinese certification with a 6.2mm body

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Huawei announced a P series of smartphones at MWC, and we’re starting to see some of those models show up across the globe. The latest model, code named the P6-U06, has recently been certified in China, and the profile shots show an extremely thin device, coming in at just 6.2mm. Aside from dimensions, we know it’s packing a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a strange 5 megapixel front-facing camera. It also has GSM/WCDMA radios, so it’s definitely going to launch in Asian markets, but there’s no word on if it’ll come to other shores.

source: NowhereElse

via: Engadget

Samsung rumored to bring 4 additional tablets for 2013

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If you know Samsung when it comes to its tablets (or any of its devices), then you’ll know that it is not happy unless it has unleashed an onslaught of various models for the masses. Following the newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3, it’s looking like Samsung will have no fewer than 4 additional tablet models— the Galaxy Tab Duos 7.0, Galaxy Tab AMOLED 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11 and the Nexus 11— that will arrive for 2013. Each tablet model will range from 7-inch to 11-inch models and come jam-packed with features like rumored expandable microSD slots and 2MP front-facing cameras. The real intriguing device among the bunch is the Nexus 11— which will build upon the largely successful Nexus 10 and is possibly slated to feature an octa-core processor and wait for it— a microSD slot capable of up to 64GB of extra memory. Considering Google is pretty strict with microSD slots on its Nexus line, we’ll go ahead and hold our breath until it actually happens.

Hit the flip to see the full list and specs of each upcoming device.

Samsung announces the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3

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The speculation on the Galaxy Tab 3 can finally end because Samsung finally unveiled it. As expected, this isn’t going to be a high-end offering so that they can keep the price point as low as possible. The biggest change from the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the smaller bezel and the same hardware buttons that you find on their phones. The specs include a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 3MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front camera.

No pricing was announced, but you can expect to see the WiFi version in May along with a 3G / WiFI version in June. Hit the break for the presser.