LG said to be working on a phone with always on voice commands that will arrive in 2014

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Voice commands are becoming a staple when it comes to phones and tablets these days. Apple pushed it into the lime light with Siri and Google refined it with Google Now. While some of the features seem to be for novelty sake companies like Samsung and LG are taking a look at using it for navigational purposes. With that being said it appears that LG is working on a phone that will debut some time in 2014 that will feature voice commands at the core of its system.

This functionality will be used to navigate through various system functions. This will help, for example, in the car where handsfree voice navigation is crucial. One function may include zooming in and out of maps, but from what it sounds like voice navigation will work throughout Android itself. That’s about it on the software front. On the hardware side of things the device may sport a Snapdragon 800 processor which should help the software run smoothly.

Other than that there isn’t much to go on. LG hasn’t said anything regarding such a device. Voice navigation seems to be a logical step in a hands free world. How about you folks out there? Does the idea of voice navigation on a system wide level intrigue you?

source: GottaBe Mobile

Verizon starts countdown, releases augmented reality DROID video

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Surfacing from a long period of inactivity, the Twitter account @DroidLanding reappeared with activity this afternoon. At this point, the tweets are rather vague, though there are enough hints dropped in to stir the rumors of a new DROID device getting ready to show up on the Verizon network. That seems like a bit of a stretch unless Verizon renames the mysterious Motorola X Phone. Whatever Verizon may have up their sleeve, it looks like it will involve an augmented reality scavenger hunt game based on the latest teaser video to surface.

@DroidLanding‘s initial tweet merely announced the resumption of activity with the lead “Reactivation protocols initiated.” That was followed by another tweet announcing:

“Augmented Reality imaging matrix is online ::: Scavenge mode detected…”

The latest tweet from the account points to a YouTube video that shows footage of Transformer type combat DROIDs. The tweet mentions “wARriors” with the AR capitalized. The video includes “DROID Combat/D:COM” in the title. The last time the AR moniker was used was back in 2011 when the Droid Bionic ARena augmented reality scavenger hunt game was made available. That title was also created by MunkyFun, the developers mentioned in this latest video. Back then, the goal of the app was to win a DROID Bionic.

If Verizon is preparing to unleash a new augmented reality scavenger hunt game, what could the prize be? Hit the break for the video.

Moto X (XFON XT1055) variant for U.S. Cellular shows up at FCC

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced just a few weeks ago that multiple upcoming smartphones from the company would be broadly distributed across carriers. Among this next wave of smartphones from Motorola are the “Moto X” series phones that are already gaining a ton of buzz among consumers— and now it looks as though the Moto X (XFON XT1055) has finally hit the FCC as expected. This variant will head to U.S. Cellular (LTE band 12), making that at least four variants of the phone. We already knew of Verizon’s, Sprint’s, and AT&T’s variants— now the only major U.S. carrier without an FCC filing for the device thus far would be T-Mobile.

The device is expected to have a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, hold 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 720p display, and Android 4.2.2. All of these specs seem pretty mid-range and they don’t exactly jump out at you over any other phones currently on the market— that’s why we’re expecting some other cool features to come with this phone, such as unique sensors and software by Motorola that will do things such as turn your camera on the moment you pull your phone out of your pocket, and of course other features as well.

More news to come as we approach launch date for this highly anticipated device(s)…

Via: Ameblo
Source: FCC

Name of HTC One Mini, 720p HD screen confirmed

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There’s finally some concrete evidence of a mini HTC One that will be called the HTC One Mini. The guys at TNW found a User Agent profile of the device on a Taiwanese website owned by HTC. Besides the name and model number (PO581) being confirmed, through the profile we also now know that the phone will come with Android 4.2 and a 720p HD screen.

Since smartphones became popular, they have been getting bigger and bigger. The Galaxy S 4 Mini and now the HTC One Mini suggest otherwise. There’s still a lot left to discover about the One Mini, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: htcmms.com.tw
via: The Next Web

‘Easy Rooting Toolkit’ Version 11 released, Xperia Z, Xperia SP, Xperia S supported

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DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break.

Shazam – former HTC execs startup Kazam to produce smartphones

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Last month HTC was purged of many top executives, including Michael Coombes, the former head of U.K. sales for HTC and James Atkins, a U.K. marketing head for HTC. Those two have resurfaced only weeks later with the announcement that they are launching Kazam, a new smartphone manufacturer. Coombes will be CEO for the new company and Atkins will serve as chief marketing officer. According to the two, Kazam will be about “stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service.”

The move is certainly a bold one at a time when we see companies like HTC, Sony and LG struggling against the twin behemoths Apple and Samsung. Considering the trouble established companies are having, it is hard to imagine a startup becoming successful. Kazam will have the challenge of both sourcing parts for the devices it plans to produce and striking deals to get connected with carriers willing to offer their devices. One glimmer of hope is the fact that the company plans to focus on the European market where unlocked devices are more popular. Kazam also promises to differentiate itself by offering support after a sale is made, although it is unclear what that means. Perhaps there will be more of a focus on keeping devices up to the most recent version of Android, assuming that is the operating system chosen for their smartphones.

source: CNET

AT&T announces Street Charge mobile charging stations around New York City

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AT&T launched their Street Charge program today, opening solar-powered mobile charging stations around New York City’s five boroughs. This initiative, for which AT&T partnered with solar industry leader Goal Zero, was inspired after Hurricane Sandy left so many people without power.

The charging stations, which are currently available in only four locations, are in plans to arrive in 21 additional places around the city. It will be interesting to see how successful this program will be in such a highly populated place like New York. You can see AT&T’s official press release after the break.

HTC confirms Android 4.2 for HTC One, despite early update being pulled

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HTC had apparently begun pushing out an Android 4.2.2 update to the HTC One, but according to UK carrier Three, the update was pulled with no specific reasoning. They didn’t, however, say when or if HTC was going to begin rolling the update out again. HTC attempted to clarify some things, saying the One is still slated to receive Android 4.2.2, but customers are going to have to wait just a little bit longer before its available. Better late than never, I guess.

Hopefully we’ll see that update sooner rather than later.

source: Engadget

AT&T to offer Galaxy Note 8.0 on June 21st, available for $399 or $199 with purchase of Galaxy S 4

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Have you been eyeing the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Galaxy S 4 but can’t decide which one you want to pick up? AT&T might just have a solution for you. AT&T will begin carrying the 4G-enabled version of the Note 8.0 on June 21st for $399, but if you purchase a Galaxy S 4 with it, you can snag the tablet for just $199. (That deal also applies to the Galaxy S 4 Active and the Galaxy Note 2) You’ll have to sign two year contracts for the devices, obviously, but it’s still a pretty nice deal if you were wanting to pick up both devices. If you would rather just buy the tablet, you can get one for $399.

You’ll be able to get in on the deal starting June 21st both online and in-store. Anybody thinking of picking one of these devices up?

source: AT&T

Samsung will be streaming their Galaxy & ATIV event live via YouTube

 

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For those of us not invited to Samsung’s Galaxy & ATIV event in London on June 20th, Samsung will be streaming it live at youtube.com/SamsungMobile. The event will start at 7 p.m. British time, or 2 p.m. EST.

Not much is known about the event, but its safe to assume Samsung will be showing off the new variants of their flagship S 4 (the Mini, Mega, Activ and Zoom) as well as a possible look at one of the two rumored camera’s Samsung will be introducing to their Galaxy line.

For those interested, tune in to the event on their YouTube page and let us know below what you want to see from Samsung on the 20th. I for one am hoping for an announcement regarding the Galaxy NX Camera and am excited to see what else Samsung has up their sleeve.

HTC announces the Desire 200 smartphone: a budget device with Beats Audio

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The next great HTC budget device has officially been unveiled to the masses with the introduction of the Desire 200 smartphone. Like many of HTC’s previous budget offerings, the smartphone comes in a compact, yet sleek package as the device will feature a 3.5-inch display encased in a nice black or metallic grey shell. Specs-wise, the smartphone has your typical run-of-the-mill items like a single-core Snapdragon chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage (plus an expandable microSD slot), a 5MP camera and a 1,230mAh battery. Oh and for prospective customers out there looking for an extra kick when listening to music, the Desire 200 will feature Beats Audio as well.

While the newest addition to the HTC family is officially launched now, there’s still no word on when or where the device will hit retail outlets— nor do we know how much it will cost for now. The good thing is that the wait for the specific details shouldn’t be too much longer from now.

source: GSM Arena

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg travels to S. Korea to pitch next Facebook phone to executives

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently visited South Korea to meet with top executives from Samsung’s mobile division, reportedly asking Samsung to launch a phone with a Facebook interface. This would be the next step in Facebook’s quest to be the next Google, following HTC’s disappointing HTC First, a mid-range Android-powered Facebook phone that has apparently only sold around 10,000 units. Between those sales numbers and Samsung’s extremely close ties with Google, a Samsung/Facebook collaboration is highly unlikely.

The HTC First was the most recent attempt from HTC to provide a Facebook-oriented smartphone, previously launching the poorly received HTC Salsa and HTC Status in 2011. The First introduced the Facebook Home launcher, a disappointing attempt at a launcher replacement with a built-in news feed and not much else. AT&T dropped the unit due to its lackluster sales and lukewarm reception.

Samsung has yet to comment on the proposal, though its safe to assume they will not be manufacturing the next Facebook phone. Let us know in the comments section if you think another Facebook phone would be a welcome addition or if past attempts are proof enough that a Facebook phone just isn’t meant to be.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: Korea Herald

 

World’s slimmest smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P6, is now official

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Huawei just took the wraps off the Ascend P6. As expected, it’s the world’s slimmest smartphone at 6.18mm and it just so happens today is 6/18 to coincide with the announcement. It has a 4.7-inch 720p in-cell LCD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storeage, microSD slot, 8MP rear BSI camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5MP front camera, 2,000mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. The LCD display has “Magic Touch” for better response when using gloves. The Ascend P6 also features multi-screen AirSharing capability, which lets you connect to a bunch of devices for sharing documents and games.

It will be released in China this month and Western Europe in July through Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount with other markets to follow. You can get it in black, white, or pink. Full presser after the break.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 17, 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

New MPme Radio app promises to find the perfect radio station for you

SmugMug releases native Android app to Google Play Store

Video sharing on Instagram could debut on June 20th

Carriers

Sprint expands 4G LTE coverage to 22 new cities including Miami