LG F340 shows up in benchmarks, could be curved G Flex


Yesterday we got word that LG”s curved-screen offering is going to be called the G Flex, and will probably be unveiled next month. An LG model of F340 appeared in the GFXBench database, which could very well be the device. The LG G2 is the F320 and the LG Vu 3 is the F300. It’s too soon for the G2 Pro, so this has to be it. The phone will have an OLED 1280 x 720 display (size unknown), the Snapdragon 800, and an Adreno 330 GPU.

It was originally thought that it was going to be called the LG Z, but it must be an internal name. G Flex sounds a lot better, plus Sony is already using the “Z” name.

source: GFXBench
via: Phone Arena

Galaxy Note 3 ‘Regional SIM Lock’ is a bigger problem than originally thought, older phones could be an issue with Android 4.4


Last week it was revealed that Samsung was imposing a “regional SIM lock” on the Galaxy Note 3, which seemed to mean that the phone wouldn’t work with a SIM from a region outside of where the phone was purchased. Then is was later revealed that as long as the phone is first activated (turned on for the first time) using a SIM from the area where the phone was purchased, it wouldn’t be a problem. According to Samsung, the “regional SIM lock” would only take place when the phone is first activated (turned on for the first time) with a SIM of a region different from where the phone was purchased.

Now we are hearing that things aren’t going so smoothly. Customers who already purchased a Note 3 in Europe are finding that even though they activated it the correct way, the phone will not accept a non European SIM card. There are a couple of emails that are supposedly from Samsung that reiterate the way we thought it should work, so it’s not clear why it isn’t. However an XDA user posted their experience with Samsung customer service that contradicts Samsung’s earlier statements….

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A slew of Android 4.4 screenshots leak, plus an Easter Egg


A few Android 4.4 screenshots leaked a couple of weeks ago, but today we are treated with a lot more. Of course, these shots haven’t been confirmed, and many will point to the fact that the OS is called Key Lime Pie. Remember Android 4.4 was going to be called Key Lime Pie, but that changed with the Kit Kat deal. Assuming these shots are real, we have no idea when these screenshots were taken or how old the version of the OS is on the test unit.

Google always throws in an Easter Egg with each version of Android, and the tester shows us, which lends a little credibility.After tapping on “About Android” in the Settings, a large “K” along with a lime wedge will appear.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 2, 2013


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!!


Premature SPIGEN Nexus 5 case on Amazon met with sarcastic reviews, hints at October 31 release date

Pioneer updates their heads-up displays to restrain drivers from being distracted


Hulu Plus now supports Chromecast


Sprint HTC One to receive Android 4.3 today

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LG’s first curved smartphone to be called the G Flex


With Samsung prepping a special edition of their Galaxy Note 3 with a curved display, LG has been working on their own curved smartphone to compete.¬†Originally, we thought LG’s device was going to be called the LG Z, but new reports are claiming that device will be called the LG G Flex instead. It’s likely to have a 6-inch screen, although it won’t have a “flexible” display but more of a “curved” display. Remember the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S?

Hopefully it’ll have some definite advantages over regular smartphone screens. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

source: CNET

Amazon smartphone project seems to be back in the works according to latest rumors


The Amazon smartphone is one of those on-again, off-again devices when it comes to information about its mere existence. Last month the device was supposedly coming to market for free and then that rumor was shot down only a couple days later. We are now learning the device has surfaced again in a manner consistent with the previously reported Alphabet Projects, although the names of the projects have been changed. The top model, said to include a 3D user interface, has apparently changed from being “Project B” to now being named “Smith.” In addition to this top-tier model, Amazon is supposedly working on a cheaper smartphone as well. Read more

Tech startup Flutter acquired by Google


If Google Now functions as the ears of your smartphone, waiting for your next command, tech startup Flutter hopes their gesture control app will serve as the eyes for both mobile devices and computers. Google seems to think it is a good idea as they have acquired the company according to a letter on the Flutter web site. The ability to use gestures to control a computer device is obviously not new. The most recent example is the implementation of gesture controls for the Moto X, but even that was preceded by implementations like the Xbox Kinect hardware. One thing that may make Flutter a bit unique is the use of the webcam built-in to a device, meaning no extra hardware is needed. Read more

Chromebooks now account for 22% of computers in schools in the US


According to the latest statistics about what computers are being used in schools around the country, Google’s Chromebooks account for about 22% of all computers in the classroom. Considering this is an area where Microsoft was previously extremely dominant, that 22% is a pretty significant chunk of the market. In perspective, that accounts for a little over 5000 K-12 schools total.

Microsoft and Google (and even Apple, to an extent) try to compete in schools to help turn students into customers later on in life. Google has become increasingly aggressive in tackling this market recently, especially considering how cheaply Chromebooks are available and Google’s free office suite that competes with MS Office. Microsoft still claimed 58% of the educational market, but they’re on a downward trend from previous years, and Google knows that they need to stay competitive to keep gaining ground in that market. In decade, it’s very possible that Chromebooks will be the norm in school systems.

source: Business Insider

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 updates with three new games


Last week we told you that Humble Mobile Bundle returned with its second edition. Now the team over at¬†Humble Bumble has updated their “premium” priced games with three additional titles. Just as it was before, you can pay any amount you’d like to gain access to four of them while at the time of this writing, but a donation of $4.56 will garner you three additional games: Karateka Classic, QWOP, and God of Blades. The charities being helped this time around are Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Hit the break for the full list of games.
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Jimmy Kimmel offers a cure for iOS 7 motion sickness victims

jimmy_kimmel_ios_7As an Android user, it’s always fun to poke fun at iPhone users. Apparently, the recently released iOS 7 is causing users to get motion sickness due to the new home screen animations that were added. Jimmy Kimmel offered a solution during his late night show that might just work. Check out the video after the break, and let us know what you think – could Jimmy Kimmel have found a cure?

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