Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Lite, which we’re expecting to see officially announced at MWC later this year, has passed through the FCC. Unfortunately, FCC filings don’t do much outside of confirming the existence of a device with WiFi and Bluetooth radios, so we don’t know anything else official about the device just yet.
The Grand Lite will likely be a cheaper version of the Grand 2 that Samsung has already announced. Early rumors peg the specs with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera and dual-sim capabilities. It also might come in a green color variant, similar to the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Lite. It’s definitely something to keep your eye on if you like color options on your phones.
via: Phone Arena
Earlier this month we reported on sales numbers that indicated LG had only sold 2.3 million LG G2 smartphones since its launch in August, missing a target of 3 million units that LG had established. A new report from Korean news site Yonhap News indicates LG may have met their target after all. As part of the total units sold, Yonhap News indicates 900,000 units were shipped just in South Korea, which is a healthy increase from the previously reported 600,000 unit number.
Analysts believe LG will post an operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 partially due to the increased marketing costs LG incurred on the G2. It is unclear what the impact of sales of the Nexus 5, produced by LG, may be. The LG G2 has been recognized as one of 2013’s better devices, but it still seems to struggle to compete with high end Samsung devices for market share. That does not bode well for LG which will really need a strong showing from the LG G3 in 2014.
Google’s Auto-Backup solution for photos is a great way to keep your stuff backed up on your phone or tablet. Apparently, Google thinks the feature was pretty nice, too, so they’re finally bringing the option to the desktop through Picasa. Now whenever you install Picasa on your laptop or desktop, you can also install a Google+ Aut0-Backup add-on that will let you select certain folders to keep backed up, just like on a smartphone or tablet. It actually works pretty similarly to Google’s Music Manager app.
If you store a lot of pictures from digital cameras or download them from Facebook, this can be a pretty handy tool to keep everything backed up in one place. It’s good to see Google not completely ignore desktop and laptop users despite the market going increasingly mobile.
source: Google Systems
Archos has announced several devices they’ll be showing off at CES, and it looks like they’re going to put on quite a show. Connected home and health devices is the theme for Archos’s new round of devices, which includes a home camera system, a weather station, an activity tracker, a smartwatch, and even a blood pressure monitor. All of these will be controlled through one central Archos Connected Self App that works on any Android or iOS device for maximum compatibility. The app will allow you to connect to your ecosystem of connected devices from anywhere, which is basically an early entry into home automation like what we’re seeing other OEMs push for.
Aside from the home automation, health devices are the other point of focus for Archos. The Connected Self application will sync to things like the Archos Connected Scale, Activity Tracker, and Blood Pressure Monitor to allow users to keep up with health information synced from across multiple devices. Health and fitness has been an area with a quickly growing market, and Archos wants to take advantage of that.
All of the devices look cool on paper, but we’ll actually get to see them in action next week at CES.
Google’s Chromebooks are taking off with multiple manufacturers pushing multiple low priced options to consumers. What’s great is that we’re seeing decent specs accompanying those low price tags. Samsung looks to be raising the bar with their next generation of ARM Chromebooks. Said to feature a Exynos octa-core CPU, the device will also come with a 12 inch (possibly less) 2560×1440 display. On top of that, the device may come with either 16GB or 32GB solid state drives and 3GB of RAM. It is said to also boast about 7 hours of battery life per charge.
A lot of Google’s success with Chromebooks has had a lot to do with the sub $300 price range and has appealed to budget-conscientious folk. The new generation ARM Chromebook will be no different as it will also feature a price somewhere between $250 and $300. We’re not sure when we’ll see it released but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!
While seen as a patent acquisition move by Google, the purchase of Motorola and how Google would influence the OEM remained a bit of a mystery. That is until we saw the popular Moto X and wallet friendly Moto G. Both devices are seen as having been influenced heavily by Google. However, according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, that’s not entirely the case.
For Google, 2013 was a big year. The Android team lost some key players for other ventures in Google or elsewhere; they introduced Google Play Edition devices; and the much hyped Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat were released. This momentum is what Google hopes to capitalize on in 2014.
In talking to Bloomberg current Chairman of the Board, Eric Schmidt, gave us his predictions for what we’re to expect from Google in 2014. While he didn’t particularly mention the mobile front or the robot venture in particular he’s anticipating big things this next year. He sees big strides in DNA and Genetics on top of the push for everyone in 2014 to having a smartphone.
Tipster @evleaks recently tweeted that the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will indeed be coming to AT&T’s network under the model number SM-P907A. The tablet, which will feature a 12.2-inch display, is expected to be unveiled at either CES 2014 next week or MWC 2014 in February. We’ll see soon enough!
Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.
It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…
If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!
Source: Droid Life
2012 was the year for 2GB mobile DRAM, 2013 was the year for 3GB, and I think you can guess what 2014 will be. That’s right, 4GB. Samsung has announced the development of the first 8 gigabit, low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM. It’s fabricated on 20-nanometer class process technology and has 1 gigabyte on a single die, making it the largest density available for DRAM components today. What can you expect from this? Well of course better performance. We should get 50% higher performance over LPDDR3 (3GB) and it will do it with 40% less energy.
I would imagine we will see LPDDR4 in at least the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4. We may even find it in one of their shiny new tablets that will be unveiled soon.
source: Samsung Tomorrow