Samsung appears to be ready to release at least four new tablets during the first quarter of 2014 as it continues its march toward mobile device domination. One of these devices is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) potentially being released the second week of January. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be a low-end tablet which a price tag to match, although we do not have any specs yet to gauge where Samsung things the low-end of the market is. Another tablet that may be close to release is the possible Galaxy Tab 4 with a model number SM-T331. Whatever this mystery tablet is, it is expected to come with an AMOLED display instead of LCD as part of Samsung’s initiative to switch over to AMOLED.
Rumors are also floating around that Samsung is interested in producing a Note series device with a 12.2-inch screen that could possibly trigger the merger of tablets and laptops as a viable category for most buyers. There is also some rumbling about a possible Android/Windows dual-boot device with a more traditional laptop size screen of 13.3-inches.
LG is not exactly sure what may be going on over at the Korea Times, but they do know their latest report hinting at an LG partnership with Huawei is nothing but hot air. In a statement released today, LG says “there is no discussion now or in the past with Huawei on any aspects of LG Electronics’ business.” This terse statement came in response to a report in the Korea Times suggesting LG and Huawei may be working on a partnership with at least one of the goals being to help “revive” LG’s smartphone business.
While LG has generally been receiving positive reviews for the devices it released in 2013 like the LG G2 or the Nexus 5, it has continued to struggle in the market to gain share. During the past year LG saw Huawei overtake it in global shipments. However, that lack of market share is attributed to LG’s weakness in the entry-level and lower ends of the market. Coincidentally, that is also the part of the market where Huawei primarily targets their devices. Apparently the analyst cited by the Korea Times thinks LG is feeling the heat and described their smartphone business as “fragile.”
source: The Verge
With Action Launcher finally splitting into two apps (Pro and free), I felt like it was finally time to give it a review. I have been a long time user of Nova Launcher and have absolutely no problems with it, but as the months passed by, I began to see so much development that author Chris Lacey was putting into Action Launcher that I just couldn’t ignore it anymore. Action Launcher has so many unique and exclusive features that no other launcher in the market has that really puts it in a class by itself, plus it offers most of the same stuff found in Nova and Apex. If you have yet to take the plunge to give Action Launcher a shot, maybe this review might just give you that extra push!
We already have a good idea the Galaxy S 5 will sport a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) display, so if a rumor suggests a Samsung phone with this display, I think it’s safe to assume it’s a Galaxy S 5. Korean media suggests that this “Galaxy S 5” will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this February 2014.
We have also heard that Samsung might be dropping plans for a fingerprint scanner in favor of eye (or iris) scanning technology, and the same media source is agreeing. However, they weren’t clear if it will be on the same phone that gets shown at MWC or another device(s) later in the year. I suspect it will indeed by on the Galaxy S 5 and other flagship devices as well.
We hope nothing ever goes wrong with your Nexus 5, but in the event it does (or has) and you are a little handy, you might want to check out the video below from ETrade Supply. The emphasis is on replacing the screen, but it’s a complete teardown so you will learn about replacing the battery, loudspeaker, mainboard, and so on. This video covers both the D820 and D821 versions of the Nexus 5.
Yes, it’s a pain to do all this stuff on your own, but you can save a lot of dollars, especially if it’s non-warranty related such as a cracked display. Hit the break for the video, and be sure to hit up the source link for more information as to what tools you need and more images.
We are only 3 weeks away from CES, but Huawei is already making some noise. They just announced the Glory 3X (or Honor 3x depending on the region), which was previously referred to as the Honor 4. Now this phone sports and octa-core, but don’t be fooled, this is a mid-tier phone. The octa-core is made by MediaTek (MT6592), and although all eight cores can run at the same time, it packs Cortex-A7’s, so don’t expect performance any better than a Snapdragon 600. That’s why we always say, don’t buy a phone because of specs alone.
As to the rest of the specs, the Glory 3X has a 5.5-inch IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000mAh battery. It will be priced a 1698 Yuan ($280).
Well that was quick. Last week, we got wind of the LG Gx, which was rumored to replace the G2. As we predicted, it’s not the case as it’s more of an Optimus G Pro followup. This one goes back to LG’s traditional design, as in you won’t find back power and volume buttons like the G2. The Gx sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,140mAh battery. It was announced for the LG U+ network in Korea and supports VoLTE.
This phone will get a couple of new software features….Smart Day will provide more key information on the lock screen and Media Time gives improved access to music and videos from the lock screen. At this point, we have no idea if it will become available outside of Korea. Last year’s Optimus G Pro was, but we will have to wait and see.
If you are on the verge of picking up something from the Google Play Store, do it fast. Standard shipping can score you certain items you would like by Christmas. But, you have deadline. Monday, December 16, at noon. Items listed are the Nexus 7 (white too), Nexus 10, Chromecast, and some cases and a wireless charger. It is likely limited to just these items; therefore, if you’re picking up a Nexus 5, you likely won’t be able to take advantage of this. And, of course, you can still choose rush shipping to ensure a timely delivery. Hit the source link to see all of the items listed.
Source: Play Store
We told you just a few weeks ago that the Pebble smartwatch was available on Amazon, but at full price while Pebble’s official site had the watch on sale for 20% off. Well, Best Buy and Amazon now both have deals that put the Pebble at $120, which is $20 off the full retail price. No word on how long the deal will last, but the discounted price is only applicable for the red and black versions of the smartwatch.
Head to the source links below to take advantage of this great offer, if you’re in the market for a smartwatch.
Source: Amazon / Best Buy
Motorola has begun sending invites for their software “soak test” for the Verizon DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. All Motorola has to say about it is that members of the Motorola Feedback Network will have a chance to preview a “new software release.” Despite the fact that Motorola could not be more vague, this could very well mean that KitKat is on its way to those devices. It usually takes a few days for a soak test to push out to everyone, so be patient if you’re still waiting – it’s coming, we promise.
Source: Android Central