Sony’s Product Design Director describes the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s design

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In case you missed it yesterday, Sony announced their newest entry into the phablet market yesterday with the Xperia Z Ultra. Aside from being massive (6.44-inches!) and having a ton of cool features, its also a gorgeous phone, with some very innovative design. After Sony’s launch events yesterday, Sony’s Product Design Director, Jun Katsunuma, went into detail on the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.5-millimeter thick, double-glass design.

“The frame is made of plastic, then we picked a PMMA (a transparent thermoplastic) for the plate, but this time we use aluminum in the side plates, which means it’s totally different, then we could realize this super thinness [on the Xperia Z Ultra].”

Featured Android App Review: 3CX Mobile Device Manager [Business & Tools]

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We have covered a number of apps for device tracking and security, but I wanted to throw another one into the ring. It’s appropriately named 3CX Mobile Device Manager, and it will not only track mobile phones and tablets, but it will also track notebook computers. It’s catered to businesses for managing a fleet of devices, but it’s simple enough for personal use as well. Normally products such as these carry a cost per device, but 3CX has made it free for the first 5 devices, which makes it perfect for families.

AT&T fires up 4G LTE service in 7 new markets, more to come soon

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AT&T continues its assault on the 4G LTE market as today, the carrier named 7 new markets that they’ll be firing up their service in. It seems that AT&T is getting closer to their end-of-year goal, as each time they announce new markets, the regions seem to be smaller and smaller each time (with the exception of Warren County, NJ and Mount Vernon, Ohio.) If you live in one of the following regions, you should be able to get 4G on your device today. Check out the full list below:

  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Warren County, New Jersey
  • Visalia-Porterville, California
  • Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
  • Jackson County, Georgia
  • Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • Mount Vernon, Ohio

Expect more and more announcements to come in the near-future— AT&T’s still got a lot of work to do, and they’ll be sure to update us throughout the process.

Source: Android Central

Samsung formally launches the Galaxy S 4 smartphone featuring LTE-A radio

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Yes, the long-awaited arrival of the first LTE-Advanced device is finally here gang. Samsung has formally introduced the LTE-A variant of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone and promises to bring an unmatched smartphone experience to users. The Korean giant certainly couldn’t wait to express its excitement of the device as it mentions the LTE-A technology would bring twice-as-fast network speeds, making room for the device to produce an unparalleled multimedia experience.

There’s more to the new Galaxy S 4 smartphone than just the faster LTE radio as well. Complimenting the higher network speeds are of course, a faster processor. Sammy went ahead and tossed in a sweet Snapdragon 800 series processor, pushing the total output to 2.3GHz for the quad-core chip. The hope is that the faster processor along with the faster LTE radio will give an enriched multimedia experience for users.

Unfortunately, this device seems to be a Korean exclusive as it will launch this summer in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora. Hopefully this updated toy will make its way to other markets sooner than later.

source: Samsung

Motorola XT1056 smartphone appears in the wild, all but confirms the true identity of the “X” phone

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We still don’t know too much about the mysterious Motorola X phone, but as we get closer and closer to the speculated August or October unveiling— we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect from the device. The gang at Phone Arena recently got a tip on a XT1056 model, which seems to be unique from other Moto devices as it looks to feature around an estimated 4.5 to 4.7-inch display, (seemingly stock) Android 4.2.2, 16GB of internal storage and a removable battery— matching up with what we’ve heard previously. More importantly— this device features “5G WiFi” and is believed to have been tested on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, giving us the clear indication that this is the same model that recently tried its darnedest to tip-toe past us through FCC hallways.

Of course this mystery XT1056 unit could be some sort of other Motorola unit that’s in the works, but we’ll go ahead and speculate that yeah… we’re probably looking at the X phone.

source: Phone Arena

German Court to rule that seven Samsung devices copied Apple

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The latest round of disputes between Apple and Samsung looks to be heading towards an Apple victory. According to FOSS Patents, the Federal Patent Court in Germany has invalidated what Samsung had deemed an essential patent for the UMTS 3G standard. Basically, the German court is planning to rule in favor of Apple over allegations that Samsung copied Apple for 7 of their devices.

Apple said that these seven devices – the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy R, Samsung Galaxy Wave M, and Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 – exploit Apple’s reputation by creating “competitive harm” by confusing users. These devices aren’t even available to consumers anymore, but that didn’t stop Apple from filing, and apparently winning.

Stay tuned for more developments in the Apple/Samsung war. We’re surely not even close to the end of this.

Source: FOSS Patents

 

Google Hangouts support added in latest Pebble update

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The Android-powered Pebble smartwatch has been rising in popularity since it’s initial launch. Support has also been improving, and today Google Hangouts service support has been added. Google Talk notifications were already possible, but today’s update, downloadable from the Play Store, adds native Hangouts support, with notification capabilities for the chat service and video Hangout requests.

Various stability improvements and developer enhancements are also part of version 1.8.2. You can download the Pebble app update through the link after the break.

Update for Humble Bundle 6 adds three new games

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Humble Bundle with Android 6, which came with seven games was already a good deal, but now that three additional games have been added, it makes the package even more attractive. The new games, McPixel, Walking Mars, and NightSky HD, bring the total to ten games. If you aren’t familiar with Humble Bundle works, you can donate any amount you want to unlock five of the games, and donate over the average (right now, $4.69) to unlock all the games.

All games are DRM-free and come with Stream Access codes to play on your PC. Every game also comes with a digital version of its soundtrack. Those who have already bought Humble Bundle 6 for over the average donation will see the new titles appear in the game’s library.

Source: Humble Bundle

 

Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra passes through FCC on same day as official announcement

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It appears as though Sony’s upcoming flagship, the Xperia Z Ultra, (yes, the same Xperia Z Ultra that was officially announced by Sony earlier today) has finally passed through the FCC. This specific version was a whopping 6.4-inches and had 1,700MHz HSPA and GSM 850/1900MHz radios built-in. There is plenty information on the cellular and dual-band WiFi radios, but nothing on LTE thus far. Because of this, we’re still somewhat in the dark as to the bands that the device is working with. If you wish to know any more information on the device, check out the source link below.

Source: FCC

Photos of LG Optimus G2 leak, volume buttons appear to be on back of phone

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As LG prepares to release their next flagship phone, some photos of the device leaked, courtesty of @evleaks. However, these aren’t just ordinary pictures. They reveal something pretty interesting and definitely new on the phone— the volume buttons will be moved to the back of the device, slightly below the 13MP rear camera. It’s a pretty unique feature and it’s sure to catch the attention of many consumers when it comes out. Aside from the volume features, the phone is jam-packed with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.2.2. (And of course the previously mentioned 13MP shooter.) The device will have a 5.5-inch full HD display.

It’ll be interesting to see how the market reacts to the new design— we already know how much everyone is loving the other specs! Check out more leaked pictures of the phone in the source link.

Source: @evleaks

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 25, 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!!

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Chinese Umeox X5 unveiled as world’s thinnest smartphone, slated for European launch

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About a week ago, Huawei unveiled the world’s thinnest smartphone, the Ascend P6. Not to be outdone, Chinese company Umeox has unveiled their latest device, the X5, that is somehow unbelievably thinner than the Ascend P6. The X5 is just 5.6mm thin, which is a full 0.5mm thinner than the Ascend. That half a millimeter doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re talking about over 10% of the device’s body, that’s pretty impressive.

The X5 is sporting a larger 5.3 inch screen of unknown resolution powered by a dual-core processor with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 3 megapixel front-facing camera. It’s running Android 4.2.2 out of the box and is slated for a release in France later this summer. Anybody else think these phones might be getting too thin?

source: GSM Insider

Check-in friends with latest update to Foursquare

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Social location app Foursquare rolled out a new update today that adds their most requested feature, the ability to check-in friends. This means one user can handle the checking-in chore for a whole group of friends when meeting up at any given location. The person that gets the honor of handling the check-in will first have to get permission to do so from their friends via a notification that is sent to each of the other users the first time friend check-in is attempted. After that, the process is much smoother and the service can keep track of whether a user has already checked-in on their own when a friend check-in is attempted to prevent duplicates.

If you need the update or want to check out Foursquare, just hit the download link below.

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AT&T sold out of HTC First phones

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While not working out exactly as planned, AT&T’s CEO of the Mobility division, Ralph de la Vega, indicated in a recent interview that AT&T had sold out of HTC First smartphones. The elimination of their inventory of the devices is not due to the overwhelming popularity of the device though, but more due to the fire-sale type price of 99 cents for the device. That price level was put in place after only a few weeks on the market as the device, and the Facebook launcher that was supposed to be the centerpiece of the device, were widely panned by critics and users alike.

Huawei Prism II for T-Mobile and Honor 3 smartphones are on the way

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The key to Huawei’s

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The Honor 3 on the other hand, plans to cater to a more mainstream crowd. In addition to a Android 4.2.2, the device will utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, 8GB of on-board memory and a 13MP camera. Unfortunately this device doesn’t appear to be headed to the States, though it should see an imminent release in other markets soon.

source: Unwired View