Samsung commences production of 5.25-inch displays for Galaxy S 5

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Reports from Korean web side DDaily indicate Samsung has commenced production of their new 5.25-inch AMOLED displays to be used in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The screen is expected to be a 2560×1440 2K display. Similar to the technology used for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, the new display uses a diamond pixel arrangement. Each of the red and blue pixels is shaped like a diamond, with normal green pixels interleaved throughout, which is supposed to increase sharpness and pixel density. For the size and resolution, the Galaxy S5 screen will be running at 560 ppi.

The Galaxy S5 is expected to also come equipped with 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera and will have Android KitKat 4.4 installed. Like other Samsung devices, the processor will likely vary by market with Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 805 and 64-bit Exynos processors all believed to be candidates.

source: DDaily
via: SamMobile

New 12.2-inch Samsung tablet (SM-T905) ships to India, likely a Galaxy Note Pro variant

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Over at Indian import/export tracking site Zauba, a 12.2-inch tablet has surfaced in their listings. The tablet, model number SM-T905, is likely another variant of the Galaxy Note Pro coming next year. The Note Pro (SM-P905) will also have a 12.2-inch screen and Zauba lists this unidentified tablet at the same price. It is possible that this is an Indian-only model that will leave out features like the S Pen or AMOLED display to keep cost down. We will keep you updated on the Galaxy Note Pro and Samsung’s other devices slated for an early 2014 release.

Source: Zauba
Via: Phone Arena

Study reveals security flaws in Samsung’s Knox platform on Galaxy S4

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Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”

While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.

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HD Widgets and Dayframe Prime on sale on Google Play for just 99 cents

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App developing team Cloud.TV has two of its most popular apps, HD Widgets and Dayframe Prime, on sale in the Play Store for 99 cents.

If you’re looking to customize your device a bit, then these two apps will certainly do the trick.

With HD Widgets, you’ll get a whole variety of great-looking widgets for your device that are fully customizable. Dayframe Prime will essentially turn your device into a digital picture frame, as it can connect to a number of picture services such as 500px, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Flickr, Twitter and more to provide nice photos to display on your device.

Get the apps fast if you’re planning on getting them at any time in the future— this is the cheapest they’ll probably ever get! Hit the break for links to the apps in the Play Store.

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Amazon giving away $5 Appstore gift cards for downloading any app, more freebies

amazon_appstoreAmazon has a few nice holiday presents for their Appstore users. For starters, if you download any app through their store, they will give you a $5 gift card for free, to be used in the Appstore. The promotion runs from today until December 28, and the credit is valid for any apps, games, and in-app purchases in the Amazon Appstore.

In addition to the $5 promotion, Amazon is offering more than just the standard app a day for free. On December 25th, Amazon will be offering a “Free App of the Day Welcome Pack,” which includes things like a note taking app, alarm clock, and more. On the 26th, Amazon will be offering Office Suite Pro 7 for just $.99, down from its regular price of $4.99.

Source: Amazon

 

HP could be diving back into the smartphone game, relying on emerging markets

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Remember when HP had its own operating system after acquiring Palm? The Pre, Pixi, or even the Touchpad tablet? Shortly after WebOS flopped, HP was left without plans in the mobile industry. Recently, they have released some Android tablets while leaving the smartphone front dry. But a report from The Information has revealed that the company intends on releasing devices with massive displays aimed at emerging markets. The devices would have 6-inch and 7-inch screens and cost between $200 and $250 off-contract.

Personally, I would like to see HP back in the mobile game because they really have not done much with hardware lately. Targeting emerging markets with great off-contract prices could turn out to be great and lead the company back into the United States to duke it out with Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Don’t forget that HP was working with an operating system they did not develop in a time when iOS and Android were starting to become wildly popular.

Source: The Information
Via: The Verge

Don’t forget to reboot your Nexus or Google Play Edition device after unlocking the bootloader

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In case you were unaware, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices need to be rebooted after you unlock the bootloader. According to Android Police, changes have been made to the unlocking process and not rebooting would send your device into an infinite reboot into recovery. On the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, the bootloader is not wiping the device clean as it once did. Users should be rebooting prior to installing a custom recovery.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 23, 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

AllCast from ClockworkMod released to Play Store, will allow streaming of media to (pretty much) anywhere

MTV releases official Android app, features episode streaming and companion experience

SwiftKey Easter egg brings snowflakes to your device’s screen

Carriers

GoSmart Mobile partners with Facebook to offer unlimited Facebook access without data plan

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 to be announced at CES on January 8th

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More Sony Xperia model numbers uncovered, including Xperia Tablet Z LTE

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A couple weeks ago, the D5503 aka Sony Amami or Z1S was discovered in the FCC database, as well as the Sony D6503 and Sony D53XX (D5322, D5303), hinting at a couple of new products in 2014. Well a few weeks later, and even more model numbers have been discovered!

Four model numbers in total were leaked, with the first three (D2005, D2015, SGP521) being discovered through an Indonesian Postel Regulatory website, and the last one (D2303) being discovered through the AnTuTu benchmark.

Speculations are that the SGP521 will be the 2014 LTE version of the Xperia Tablet Z, which has a similar model number of SGP321. There are now a total of 7 Sony Xperia model numbers that have been leaked for a 2014 release, and a formal announcement for the devices is expected to be split between CES in January, and MWC in February.

Source: XperiaBlog