Samsung to announce 5.8” Android smartphone

Is it now time to finally say that a phone is just too big? Samsung will soon announce a whopping 5.8″ Android smartphone that is based off of the Galaxy Player 5.8. If a smartphone this size is your thing, don’t get too excited yet because if it is based off the Galaxy Player 5.8, then you should expect that 5.8″ screen to don a TFT qHD screen. Definitely a let down in the resolution department. The model number of GT-I9152 does indicate that this device will have DUAL-SIM support.

Samsung is expected to announce this device in Europe in the near future and probably won’t see a release in the US.

source: Sammobile

Rumor: Motorola X phone could debut at Google I/O with Key Lime Pie in tow

Here’s a rumor to get your Friday Happy Hour going. We have already heard about the Motorola X phone and some think it’s a Nexus device, while other reports say that it won’t be. The latest rumor coming out of the Droid Forums is that won’t be a Nexus device, but it will be the first device to feature Key Lime Pie. Furthermore, it will be announced at Google I/O. Now Google generally doesn’t announce non Nexus devices at Google I/O events, but lets not forget that they own Motorola so this isn’t so far-fetched. I have heard from my sources that it won’t be a Nexus device, but it will be a stock Android device so this information does line up.

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Carbon Beta 2 released with support for Dropbox, other features

Users looking for a backup solution for their Android devices should probably be keeping an eye on Carbon. The app comes to us courtesy Koushik Dutta, creator of Clockwork Mod Recovery and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer. Earlier this week he released the first beta of his newest creation that will backup apps and data between devices in the cloud.

Today he released the second beta that adds support for Dropbox, though that feature is limited at the moment while Dutta waits for “production” status from Dropbox. New features in this second beta include the ability to save groups and batches of apps, the ability to select all apps for backup, and the ability to backup data only. Fixes included in this second beta address backup/restore windows popping up once per app and some button click issues.

The new Carbon beta will work through January 25th. This version requires a rooted device, but Dutta says the next beta will work on non-root devices. If you want to try out Carbon Beta 2 and you have a rooted device, use the link below:

Carbon Beta 2 APK:

source: Koush’s G+

Leaked screenshots from Sony’s Xperia S Jelly Bean update

For all you Xperia S owners out there waiting for your Jelly Bean update, here are a few leaked images to hold you over. Xperia S owners will get a taste of some of the newer features that Sony has recently released, including a new lock screen, power management, Find My Xperia and screen mirroring. The new build will be 6.2.X.X.XX and a will be based on a new 3.4 kernel, compared to the 3.08 kernel which is currently powering the device. The Jelly Bean update is slated for an April release at the earliest, so jump passed the break to hold yourself over till then.

Source: Xperia Blog

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Featured Android Game Review: Galactic [Arcade & Action]

Do you like Space games? How about puzzle games? Combine the two of them together and you get Galactic from Androidnova Mobile. Galactic is actually two completely different games, or modes as they call it. The skill mode is my favorite and is more puzzle like. The sandbox mode is more about exploring. They both feature some pretty cool space physics that require quick thinking and reflexes.

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Rhapsody teams up with Metro PCS to offer $5/month unlimited music streaming

Metro PCS is continually working to improve its services and add new users to its customer base. Recently, Metro released “Simpler” plans, a set of off-contract plans that give you access to some blistering 4G data speeds. Now, for $5 more per month you can use your newfound 4G data speeds to stream as much music as you want from Rhapsody’s impressive song database. Yesterday, Metro PCS announced in an official press release that they are teaming up with online music pioneer Rhapsody to offer their users a very affordable online streaming solution. In order to take advantage of this great deal, you must be using one of Metro’s “Simpler” plans. $5 a month is a pretty good deal for legal music consumption. If you want more details, check out the press release below.

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Details of Samsung Galaxy tablet updates released

Over the course of the past week owners of Samsung Galaxy tablets, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2,  have been receiving an Android update to bring them up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For the Galaxy Note 10.1, the upgrade includes not only the Jelly Bean improvements, but Samsung’s Premium Suite as well. All of the devices also benefit from a variety of Touchwiz improvements.

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Galaxy S IV surfaces on Antutu Benchmarks with Exynos 5 Octa cpu

With the success of the Samsung Galaxy S III in 2012, interest is high in what Samsung has planned for the successor device. We have already reported on apparent plans for the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be released in May 2013. Samsung dropped a bit of hint during CES 2013 that the new device would have a 5-inch 1080p display. The latest bit of information regarding the technical specifications is based on some Antutu Benchmarks that have surfaced. A Korean variant (SHV-E300S) and an international variant (GT-I9500) showed up with processors clocking in at 1.8GHz, consistent with the Exynos 5 Octa cpu. The testing results also show the device running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

source: SamMobile

Featured Android Game Review: Around the Rock Disc Golf Challenge [Sports]

I have to be honest with you, I never heard of disc golf before. I certainly have tried to play regular golf (with the little white ball) and never was all that great at it. I am not sure I would be much better at disc golf, but I can at least have some fun with it on my phone or tablet. In case you’ve been living under a rock (no pun intended) like me, disc golf it essentially golf, but players throw a disc rather than hit a ball with a club. Courses are similar to regular golf in that there are either 9 or 18 holes, but the “hole” isn’t a hole. it’s a basket. You want to get your disc in the basket with the least amount of throws.

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LG Reports Its Optimus G Smartphone Has Officially Hit The 1 Million Sales Mark


LG certainly has lofty sales goals for 2013— and it appears that its Optimus G smartphone sales are certainly helping the Korean brand achieve those goals. According to Korean news agency Yonhap, LG has sold 1 million smartphones since its original launch late last year— despite not being available in China and Europe yet. While the number somewhat pales in comparison to what the Galaxy S III well… continues to achieve, LG certainly has a good start with the Optimus G and will probably end up getting a solid Optimus G sales’ figure by year’s end.

source: The Next Web