Huawei launching MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet this month with ability to make phone calls/send SMS

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First we started seeing phablets, and now we’re seeing full-on tablets with phone-calling and SMS capabilities hit the market. Huawei plans to keep the trend moving with their new MediaPad 7 Vogue. This device has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

Obviously the features that put this tablet in the spotlight are its abilities to make phone calls and send texts— it also comes with a speaker at the top of the device so you can just hold it up to your ear rather than use a pair of headphones… if you want to look absolutely silly, of course. We’re not sure that there are so many people willing to haul around this thing for the purpose of making phone calls, but there certainly is a market for it. To start, the MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China this month, with other markets to follow shortly after.

What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these? Would you use the phone speaker at the top of the device or plug in some headphones?

Source: Huawei

AT&T sale: half off on smartphones, free activation w/ new two-year contract

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If your contract with AT&T is up or you’re looking to switch carriers, right now may be the perfect time to do so. The company is currently charging 50% off the subsidized fee of any smartphone from the price of $0.99 to $199. Not only is the price reduced, but AT&T is waiving the obnoxious activation fee as well.

However, to take advantage of this new deal, you have to be starting a new two-year contract, and you can’t opt to get a higher internal-storage version of a smartphone because it will most likely push you past the price boundary of $199.

So if you fit these two requirements and want a new phone, hop on over to AT&T’s site. Happy shopping!

Source: AT&T

Garmin announces Monterra, an Android-powered handheld GPS

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Garmin announced the Monterra today, a handheld, Android powered GPS. We only know basic specs right now – 4 inch touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera with flash and geotag support, 6GB internal storage, and microSD support.  The Monterra, being an outdoor device, has an IPX7 waterproof rating, is transflective (meaning the LED backlight is optional), and runs on either a rechargable battery pack or AA batteries.

In lines of GPS features, the Monterra comes with dual-band GPS and GLONASS, a three-axis compass, an accelerometer and gyroscope, barometric altimeter and a built-in UV sensor. Also, Garmin’s useful 3D MapMerge, which combines multiple kinds of maps, like TOPO, basemap or BirdsEye imagery is going to be part of the Monterra.

See the full press release from Garmin after the break.

Samsung launches Magna Carta app to allow Galaxy users to download Jay Z’s new album early for free

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Last week, Samsung announced that they would be partnering with Jay-Z to give away 1 million copies of his new album. Today we see that plan in fruition. Samsung Galaxy S 3, S 4, and Note II users can apply to get “Magna Carta Holy Grail” three days before it is released to the general public.  Download Samsung’s new app, “JAY Z Magna Carta,” and the new album will arrive on your phone on July 4th, while the rest of the world can give it a listen July 7th. Users will also get behind-the-scene footage, lyrics, and track sharing options through the app.

I assume that come July 4, users will only be able to listen to the album streaming through the app, and downloading tracks will not be an option in order to prevent piracy. You can download the app and get your Jay Z fix  right now through he link after the break.

Reports indicate LG’s upcoming G2 smartphone will arrive by July and feature a Snapdragon 800 processor

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It’s looking more and more like LG can’t wait to unveil its Optimus G successor to the general public and unveil the upcoming device sooner than we think. According to various reports, despite the fact LG already sent out press invites for an August 7th event, LG plans on introducing the successor— also known as the G2 smartphone— sometime in July for Korean markets, followed by a more gradual worldwide launch. In addition, other reports indicate the G2 smartphone will utilize that suddenly popular Snapdragon 800 chip that all the other cool manufacturers are starting to use and as well as of course, LTE Advanced support.

Naturally we’re all inclined to hope that LG will include some serious hardware packed inside since ummm y’know— it’ll probably have a hand in developing a special variation of the upcoming toy for Google and all.

source: RBMen

Samsung press release highlights the features of the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3’s

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In anticipation for the U.S. release of the newest line of Galaxy Tabs, Samsung sent out a press release promoting their newest devices, set for launch on July 7th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. While highlighting the different hardware features on each tablet, Samsung makes light of why this new line of tablets will be something you’ll want to write home about. Check out the full press release after the break.

Featured Android Game Review: Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

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Tiny Token Empires has finally made its way to Android thanks to HeroCraft. It’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, but more for the casual fan. Hardcore RTS fans are probably not going to find this one all that appealing, but for those of you that are intrigued with strategy and puzzle-type games will enjoy this one. If you like a little humor thrown in then it will make it that much more enjoyable for you.

Tiny Token Empires is all about maneuvering your troops into territories, fighting for takeover, and building additional territories and armies. Fighting for land is where the puzzle-aspect comes in as it becomes a match three game. Each troop type corresponds to different colored tokens and by matching three of the required tokens, you will gain more power. You will need to play this match three game enough times so that you have enough power to take the enemy out. If you are able to match four, you get an additional turn. Yes, it’s a Bejeweled clone thrown into a strategy game.

Huawei plans to be third-best smartphone manufacturer in the world, throws jabs at Apple and Samsung in the process

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Considering Huawei is on a little bit of a tear with its latest newest smartphone release, it should come as no surprise that it will be much more aggressive with its positioning as one of the world’s top brands, while creating a little bit of controversy in the process. While showcasing its new Ascend P6 smartphone to the general public last week, CEO Richard Yu made it clear that the company as a whole intends to make devices better than the world’s top brands, while making them cheaper and thus, more attractive for consumers in the process. Oh and Yu also highlights that Sammy’s Galaxy S 4 is not only painfully average, but Huawei is on the path to making its devices much more user-friendly for its consumers:

Accessories for the Moto X already on sale

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The Moto X isn’t expected until October, but you can already buy a Skinomi TechSkin Skin Protector for it for $19.99. They are offering silver carbon fiber, brushed steel, brushed aluminum, dark wood, light wood, or carbon fiber. They even offer a screen protector for $11.99. Last week the specs for the Moto X were revealed, but it wasn’t earth-shattering. It will come with only a dual-core CPU and a 720p display, but it will likely be a very good quality phone for an amazing price.

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Samsung could utilize Carbon Fiber in future devices

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The biggest complaint with Samsung has been their overuse of plastic in their smartphones and tablets. We have heard that Samsung could start implementing metal in their 2014 models, but don’t rule out Carbon Fiber. Turns out Samsung formed a strategic partnership with the SGL Group, which is one of the leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. Samsung Petrochemical and SGL Group will each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture, which will be called Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials. The primary objective is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market.

One of the reasons why Samsung continues to utilize plastics is the fact that it’s light and durable. Carbon Fiber offers that as well so this seems like a natural fit for Samsung. Hit the break for the full press release.

Sony quietly working on refreshed Sony Xperia Z smartphone with Snapdragon 800 processor

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Considering all the other cool kids on the block

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Considering Sony is expected to utilize the same chipset in other upcoming flagships like its quietly-hyped Xperia ZU smartphone, we’re going to go ahead and take this leaked information as true. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before the refreshed device hits the Android world.

source: Xperia Blog

Manage all your cloud storage services with CloudCube

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If you’re like me, you probably utilize more than one cloud storage service. I mostly use Dropbox and Google Drive. I even have a Box account, but I rarely use it. If you frequently use more than one service, you might want to check out CloudCube. It was created by XDA forum member aash-86, and it will allow you to manage Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, and Yandex Disk all from one app. You will have all the same features you would expect to have from the individual apps such as syncing and uploading/downloading.

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.7-inch display

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It has been widely rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will feature a 5.9-inch display, but the latest word is that it will only have a 5.7-incher. I guess this really isn’t surprising since the original Note had a 5.3-inch display and the Note II had a 5.5-incher. If you’re doing the math, that’s an upgrade of 0.2-inches. Add that to the current Note II and you get 5.7-inches. I guess we will have to wait until the Galaxy Note 4 for 5.9-inches.

source: @evleaks

Kool-Aid Man photobombs pictures in new Android app

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Taking pictures with your friends is fun, but it gets kind of dull sometimes. You know what would really spice up your photo galleries? How about photobombing your pics with the Kool-Aid Man? If you’ve ever wanted to stick the giant red pitcher mascot into your photos, you have a really weird sense of humor, but you’ll be able to now thanks to Kraft’s latest Kool-Aid app.

The app is pretty simple. You select or take a picture, then superimpose your favorite glass of Kool-Aid anywhere onto the picture. You can adjust the size and position so it always look as natural as possible, then share the photo through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s some pretty sneaky advertising, but hey, it’s fun. Hit the link below to download the app.

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More details leak about Sony’s upcoming smartwatch

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Remember that teasing smartwatch announcement Sony made the other day? We’ve got a few more details about the new device that should keep you interested.

According to Cnet, the smartwatch will come with a few enhanced features over the current $100 model, including a bigger screen and a slightly water resistant design. Sony is pushing their water resistant designs on a majority of their flagship devices, so this shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone. The smartwatch will also run Android and use a capacitive touchscreen, and will have a three icon layout under the screen for navigation. The biggest new feature, though, is the inclusion of NFC. An NFC enabled smartwatch would be able to pair with a smartphone very easily, so that’s a handy feature worth looking forward to.

The device announcement should be at Mobile Asia Expo, so we should know all the specifics and pricing in just a few days. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: Cnet