Trio of Toshiba Excite tablets, some running on NVIDIA Tegra 4 chips, now available

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If you are one of the people who has been waiting for Toshiba to officially release the latest iteration of their Excite tablet devices, today is a good day for you as they are officially available for purchase. Toshiba released the three 10.1-inch class devices at three different price points, so one of them should fit the requirements of most buyers. The devices include the Excite Pure, the Excite Pro and the Excite Write and are available through Toshiba direct or major retailers like Amazon.com or Best Buy.

Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones

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Word is that Sony is working on a something called a “lens camera” that can be used on its own or mounted onto a smartphone. This lens camera will transmit pictures via NFC and WiFi directly to the smartphone. Users can also mount it to their phone using a special magnetic mount, which would give users a live view of the lens from the phone’s display.

The lens camera will have it’s own imaging sensor, battery, and memory. Word is that it will have the same sensor that is on the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera, which is a 1-inch 20.2MP Exmor R with a f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. In addition, Sony could be working on a second model with a smaller sensor and a higher zoom.

To give you an idea of this concept, hit the break for a couple of videos from Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (WVIL). This product first appeared at CES 2011, and could be very similar to what Sony is planning. (the image above is a concept image and not intended to be the actual product)

MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allowing for switch between HTC Sense and stock Android opens up beta-testing signup page

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Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.

Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.

Source: MoDaCo

Riptide GP2 coming July 23rd to Android

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Vector Unit took to Reddit to announce that their latest creation, Riptide GP2, will hit Android on July 23rd. This game is likely to be a huge hit and will really push the boundaries of Android gaming. For those of you that don’t have a Tegra device, don’t worry, it won’t be a Tegra exclusive, but you can expect the extra special effects to be reserved to those devices as usual. It’s expected to be priced at $2.99, which is darn good when you consider how awesome this game is going to be.

source: DroidGamers

New red-striped version of Droid Maxx for Verizon leaks, expected for launch on Tuesday, July 23

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The upcoming Droid Maxx has yet to be released, and we expect to see it launch next Tuesday, July 23rd, the day before Google’s “breakfast” event with Sundar Pichai, where we expect either Android 4.3 and/or the Moto X to surface.

Now we’re seeing a new version of the Droid Maxx, this time with a red stripe going alongside its backside. The fact that Verizon’s logo is on the backside is good news as well, as we now know it won’t be awkwardly placed on the front of the device. As of now, we expect the device to have a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection, a Snapdragon S4 chip clocked at 1.7GHz. 16GB of internal storage is also rumored, as well as a 10 or 14MP camera, and a 2500mAh battery.

We’ll know if all of this is true on Tuesday at the Verizon/Motorola event.

Source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note III poses for the blurrycam

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Sketches were revealed yesterday so why not some blurrycam photos? I am sure we will see a slew of purported images of the Galaxy Note III over the next month, and hopefully a lot better than what we are showing you here. It actually pains me to post this, but I know there are hardcore fans out there that will take anything. Well here you go. There is absolutely nothing we can get out of these photos other than the fact that the Galaxy Note III is a phone. More blurrys after the break.

Moto X release date for U.S. Cellular leaks, expect to see ramp up of marketing efforts in coming weeks

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With the Moto X bandwagon seemingly increasing in size every day, we continue to receive more and more news about the upcoming device. This time, we present to you a memo which lists the release date for the Moto X for U.S. Cellular on August 26th.

Expect to see an enormous increase in marketing efforts for the Moto X in the coming week or so, especially because Google has an event planned on Wednesday, and we’ve already seen the device a million times at this point through leaked images, and of course our buddy Larry Page. Any day now…

Source: Android Central

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 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

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded slinks on in to the Google Play Store

Carriers

AT&T claims the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, takes a shot at Verizon

Verizon formally announces its Edge upgrade plan which includes month-to-month payments and early upgrades

Google

Android device activations now at 1.5 million per day and Larry Page is very excited for the Moto X

LG Optimus F3 now available on Virgin Mobile USA

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LG and Virgin Mobile USA announced the availability of the LG Optimus F3 smartphone today . Priced at only $179.99 when mated with a Beyond Talk monthly plan starting at $35 month, the device offers an LTE alternative for budget conscious buyers.

The device runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor driving a 4-inch display. The Optimus F3 has a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of full 1080p HD video capture. Loaded with Android 4.1.2, LG has added some additional apps like the Expressive QuickMemo app and a Quick Translator capable of translating from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.

Check out the press release after the break for more details.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded slinks on in to the Google Play Store

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was one of those titles that seemed to be synonymous with the 80’s. So in this day and age when so many entertainment choices from the past are recycled using a fresh layer of technology, it is no surprise to see Larry Laffer, the title’s main character, show up once again in a game designed for the latest devices. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded was released to the Google Play Store today and at least initially, is free for players to download and give it a try. Developer Replay Games indicates they are offering it free with an in-app purchase option so users can verify the title will work on their hardware. Apparently, there are quite a few problems out there.

Android device activations now at 1.5 million per day and Larry Page is very excited for the Moto X

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Google had their quarterly earnings call this afternoon. TalkAndroid isn’t a business blog so we will just tell you the stuff that matters to Android. It’s always interesting to see where things are when it comes to daily Android activations. According to Larry Page, it’s now at 1.5 million devices per day. That is up from the 1.3 million daily average that was reported last September. Amazing is an understatement.

The Moto X did come up and Larry Page said, “I know you’re all eagerly anticipating what Motorola is launching soon. Having been a tester for a while. I’m very excited.” I think we all are. We could see it next Wednesday, but they could also premier it at a separate event later. He was also asked about how the Moto X might affect other Android partners. Page said,  “We operate Motorola independently. You can see the level of work that’s gone on there to operate that business. I think the team’s been doing a great job, as we mentioned. I think they’re working hard on making great products and I think we’re really excited about it.”

If you do own Google stock, they are down about 4% in after hours trading.

AT&T claims the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, takes a shot at Verizon

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AT&T’s latest marketing scheme involves an advertisement that claims their network is the nation’s fastest and most reliable LTE network. Naturally, this is a dig at Verizon, who currently boasts the biggest LTE network in the country. AT&T’s claims are backed by information gathered from an unnamed third-party that claims their network has “the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.”

If you ever see any Verizon commercials or ads, network reliability and coverage are their two strongest selling points for LTE. As it stands, Verizon still has the bigger LTE network, but from personal use, I’ve seen faster LTE speeds on AT&T’s network than on Verizon’s. Of course, those faster speeds don’t mean much if it isn’t deployed in the area you live, so pick your poison. You can check out the full press release below.

Verizon formally announces its Edge upgrade plan which includes month-to-month payments and early upgrades

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Not content to let AT&T try to steal the spotlight with its newest wireless plans, Verizon has gone ahead and followed suit by introducing its newest Verizon Edge upgrade plan for its customers. Through the new service, Big Red customers will be able to upgrade v after you have been in the plan for 6 months and have paid off 50% of the full retail cost of the phone— once that period is reached, customers will be able to choose a new phone and start a new plan by simply trading in the existing phone. The best part of all this folks– there are no long-term service contracts, finance charges or upgrade fees with Verizon Edge. Sweet.

Unfortunately, the service is not available to all Verizon customers. Verizon Edge will be available to customers on Share Everything plans only starting August 25th— so those of you holding on to those sweet, sweet unlimited data plans will be out of luck. More details can be found once you hit the source link.

source: Verizon Wireless

Samsung tweets updated version of Exynos 5 Octa chip coming next week, more info to come

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Samsung announced its next generation of SoCs with great fanfare with the Exynos 5 Octa back at CES last January. However, the chip has failed to appear in many devices since then, as it’s only in one variant of the Galaxy S 4, and it looks like it won’t even be in the Galaxy Note III.

However, Samsung tweeted today from @SamsungExynos that they would be releasing an updated version of the Exynos 5 Octa. Although they haven’t gone into detail about what’s changing about the hardware, this definitely means that they’re fixing whatever issues were behind the first version not showing up in a multitude of devices.

As we wait for some more information, we wonder whether Samsung is going to just announce the hardware changes or also announce the chip’s placement in some of their future devices. More to come next week.

Source: @SamsungExynos

 

New images, rumors of specs surface for Meizu MX3

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A new “tipster” source surfaced yesterday and claims to have some details about Meizu’s forthcoming Meizu MX3 smartphone. According to @srcleaks, the images above and below show the front and back of the MX3 along with dimensions for the device. The image of the front is fairly consistent with the last render that surfaced back in March. The device appears to be similar in looks to an HTC One or possibly an iPhone, especially with the large bezels at the top and bottom.