Sprint not alone in wanting to buy T-Mobile, Dish eyeing bid next year

 

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It wouldn’t be that easy for Sprint to buy T-Mobile, right? According to Reuters, Dish Network may want in on the bidding war for the nation’s self-proclaimed ‘uncarrier’. Dish reportedly wants to expand its reach beyond the pay TV industry. They are so serious about buying T-Mobile that they spoke with its parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG. Read more

[Deal] Verizon Moto X just $49.99 through Moto Maker until January 1

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If you still haven’t jumped on any sort of Moto X deal just yet, here is likely the last one of the year. Through Motorola’s Moto Maker site, you can buy the 16GB model for Verizon at just $49.99 (with a new two-year contract). It certainly doesn’t get any better than that. At $49.99, you’re getting an excellent smartphone. The deal runs from now through December 31, ending once 2014 begins. Hit the source link to get started.

Source: Motorola

Samsung GamePad comes with Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in New Game Edition

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Samsung announced on Monday that they’re GamePad is now available in select European markets. To coincide with the launch, Samsung is launching a Game Edition of their Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As the GamePad itself is geared to smaller devices (4-6.3 inches) over an 8-inch tablet, the package will come with an HDMI adapter so that you can plug the tablet into your TV. That way, you can game on the big screen.

No word on pricing just yet, but given that the GamePad on its own is €79.90 ($109.17) the bundle may come with a premium price tag. No word on when this will reach American shores, but those of you in Europe, get ready to game on the go.

source: All About Samsung
via: SamMobile

New Moto X print ad changes colors upon touching it

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Need to be amazed by the variety of colors (and materials) you can get the Moto X in? Then try and get your hands on next month’s issue of Wired. The print ad, seen above, has a row of buttons at the bottom and upon pressing one, the Moto X will change colors. In doing so, Motorola hopes to show the customization available when buying the Moto X through Moto Maker. Digitas, the designer of the ad, used LEDs powered by a small battery and small keyboard-like chiclets to activate the color change.

Not all Wired subscribers will be able to get it though. It will be distributed to roughly 150,000 readers in the New York and Chicago area.

Hit the break to view the ad in action. Read more

New Patent Demonstrates How Motorola Could Make Flexible Smartwatches a Reality

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Motorola appears to be making good on its ambitions on putting its hat in the wearable’s ring if the company’s most recent patent filing has anything to say. According to the US Patent Office Motorola has filed a patent on a wearable smartwatch that comes with a flexible display. The way it would work is the watch would have links, with a the display flexing along the links via grips. However it may be some time before flexible parts catch up with flexible displays, at least on a mainstream level. It’s anyone’s guess when we would see such a device, even if the idea itself makes one’s wallet feel lighter just thinking of it. Hopefully it’d be less of an eyesore than the MotoACTV. Hit the source link below if you’re up for reading the technical tidbits.

source: USPTO
via: Engadget

DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

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We knew it was right around the corner since the soak test commenced last week, so it’s not a surprise that Verizon just announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to roll for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Unless you are really lucky, don’t expect it to hit your device right away though. This is a staged rollout, so it could take up to a week or more. Of course, you can always check system updates in your settings, but contrary to popular believe, it won’t come any faster.

Another round of applause is in order for Motorola, who is really on the ball with KitKat.

source: @VZWnews

Samsung SM-G900F specs confirmed, is it still a Galaxy S 5 candidate?

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Last week a Samsung phone with the model number of SM-G900F showed up in Browsermark, but unfortunately no specs were available. Now it has showed up in AnTuTu revealing more about the phone. It has a 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC), Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Many thought this phone was a Galaxy S 5 candidate, but the fact that the display is 1080p has me thinking differently. Last week, when I saw this model, I was thinking it could be a F Series, but I am not even sure of that since I would expect the F Series to sport a higher resolution as well.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 18, 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!!

Reviews

Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars

Accessories

Official CyanogenMod cases available for Nexus 5

Apps

Dolphin Zero Takes Incognito Mode to a Whole New Level

Google Dialer limited to Nexus and GPE devices, manual install for KitKat ROMs now available

Spotify updated on both Android and desktop, features minor interface tweaks, new artist pages

SwiftKey update includes new winter theme, updated install process

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Official CyanogenMod cases available for Nexus 5

cyanogenmod_caseCyanogenMod fans, you can now make your phones a little more CyanogenMod-y, provided you have a Nexus 5. The company has released cases for the Nexus 5, made by Cruzerlite, that come in four different colors – teal, clear, smoke, and black. They are made out of TPU material, which means they are abrasion resistant, have a high degree of transparency, are fairly stiff, but remain flexible.

The cases were designed by CM community member Asher Simonds, and you can find links to buy your own via the source link below.

Source: +CyanogenMod

 

Google may allow users to upload songs to Play Music via web browser in near future

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If you use Google’s Play Music locker service, you know that you have to install the Music Manger app on a computer to upload files off of your hard drive to store in Google’s cloud. If you want to upload local music from a phone, tablet, Chromebook, etc., you’re pretty much out of luck. You’d have to either buy the music from Google Play or add it to your library, if you subscribe to All-Access.

According to some pieces of code in Play Music, we may start to see the ability to upload music directly from a browser, skipping the need for installed software. It was found by an unofficial Google blog, so Google hasn’t said anything about it, but if the pieces of code are there, it clearly looks like Google is considering adding this to their music service. It would be really helpful for people that only use tablets or Chromebooks and don’t have a laptop or desktop to upload files from. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before Google makes something official.

source: Google System