Sony’s Xperia ZU slated for June 25th announcement, specs revealed early

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Remember that monster phablet from Sony, the Xperia ZU? If you’re in the market for devices that big, we’ve got some more details on a release date and the hardware behind the ZU. According to Taiwanese site ePrice, Sony will make the Xperia ZU official on June 25th, which fortunately isn’t too far off. ePrice also listed some specs for the device, including that massive 6.4-inch, 1080p screen. The ZU will be one of the first devices to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, clocked at 2.2 GHz, and will also feature 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Compared to phones of similar size, that battery isn’t particularly large, (the Galaxy Note II has a 3,100 mAh battery, for reference) but hopefully some extreme software optimization from Sony and Qualcomm’s latest monster processor will keep battery life as a positive for the device.

As soon as June 25th rolls around, we’ll keep you up to date on Sony’s official announcement.

source: ePrice

Samsung releases short video showing off Galaxy S 4 Zoom features

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Samsung has released a three minute clip demoing their newly announced Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and in traditional Samsung marketing fashion, the video highlights how an average person would use all the gimmicky features on a day to day basis. The video follows a smiling woman around who makes a phone call on her digital camera, uses the optical zoom on the camera, shares photos, etc. It’s nothing really new compared to what we already know, but this is Samsung’s way of wrapping up all of the Zoom’s features in a small package.

Hit the break below to check out the video, and let us know in the comments what you think. Niche product or next big thing?

Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone “selling well”, despite lowered expectations by analysts

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 is no doubt a smash hit despite those lowered expectations, but its leader took some time recently to tout just how much of a hit the new smartphone has been since its release last month. While not giving raw numbers, Sammy head J.K. Shin told Korean reporters that the smartphone has been “selling well”, pretty much refuting J.P. Morgan’s analysis. With Shin’s comments, the hope is that the Galaxy S 4 will hopefully sustain, if not gain positive momentum so that Sammy can continue to pull in the cheddar and all that good stuff.

source: Korea Times

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, available June 21 for $199

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Samsung already announced the Galaxy S 4 Active last week and AT&T just announced plans to carry it. Those of you that want all the features that the Galaxy S 4 offers, but need something that can handle the many hazards in life, will want to check this one out. It’s IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. It has a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD display, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and Android 4.2.2. It will be available June 21 for $199. Hit the break for the full presser and demo video.

Updated Nexus 7 to be priced at $229

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We are expecting to see an updated Nexus 7 in July, and we have been assuming the prices will remain the same or go down. A report from DigiTimes is telling us otherwise. They are reporting it will come in at $229, and they didn’t suggest that there will be two storage options like now. All they said was that it would be 16GB. I can’t imagine that Google would increase the price, considering it’s one of the most popular Android tablets. I also think they will continue to offer two versions, 16GB and 32GB.

So my theory is that the $229 price tag will be for the 32GB version and we will see the 16GB version for $179. Either way, I just don’t see Google increasing the price. What do you guys think?

source: DigiTimes

Samsung shows us how much stress the Galaxy S 4 can handle

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As the blogosphere complains about Samsung’s quality of materials, Samsung always fights back with the argument that their phones are not only light, but durable. Samsung set out to prove this theory with a little video showing you just how much the Galaxy S 4 can handle. This isn’t just a simple drop text folks. They not only drop it, but they also conduct a tumble test, impact test, sink test, temperature/humidity torture test,  and they even show us what’s called a cover glass strength test. This video was produced by Samsung so it’s safe to assume that the GS4 performs very well. Hit the break to check it out.

T-Mobile drops $50 off the price of the Galaxy S 4 for one month

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If you’ve been itching to pick up a Galaxy S 4 on the nation’s new uncarrier, now’s an excellent time to be shopping around. For a month, T-Mobile is dropping the price of Samsung’s latest flagship to just $99 down with $20 payments over 20 months. This brings the total price of the phone down to $579. Alongside the S 4, T-Mobile is also dropping the down payments of the Note II to $169 and the Galaxy S III to $49, so there are some pretty great savings on other Samsung flagship devices as well.

If you want to take advantage of these deals, you have until July 13th. You’ve got a month, go grab a new phone.

source: T-Mobile

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 12, 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!!

Guides

How to use any song you want with HTC Video Highlights

Apps

Asphalt 8: Airborne officially on its way to Android devices

Crayon Physics Deluxe makes its way to the Play Store

Google releases Cloud Print app for Android

The HTC M4 now confirmed to be the HTC One Mini… And here’s what it looks like

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While it was widely speculated, it’s now confirmed that the rumored HTC M4 is indeed the HTC One Mini. Seen alongside the HTC One above, the One Mini looks like an exact carbon copy of the One, just smaller of course. You can expect the One Mini to have a 4.3-inch display and while we don’t quite know the resolution or panel type of the screen, I’m assuming it’ll be a 720p S-LCD 2 or S-LCD 3 panel.

The One Mini will still have the nice aluminum body just like it’s big brother, but there will also be a plastic ring around the side. It also looses the IR blaster that the One has, but it looks like the BoomSound feature is still in tact. The One Mini will most likely have the same processor as the HTC First, a dual-core Snapdragon processor and will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Stay tuned for more news on this device as it becomes available.

source: engadget 

T-Mobile launches ‘Bring your own device’ program on MetroPCS

 

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Recently T-Mobile has been able to officially secure its purchase of MetroPCS. Its first move is to get users to start using their GSM based service, or vice versa with Metro’s CDMA technology. In a sense, customers can go into a MetroPCS store with a device and activate it using T-Mobile’s GSM bands. The same can also be said with MetroPCS customers as they can head into T-Mobile stores and have their CDMA device activated. The MetroPCS BYOD program is only available in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas with plans to expand soon.

Of course T-Mobile’s future plans for MetroPCS is to eventually use their LTE bands to help broaden theirs. That will take some time and I see this BYOD program a good step into getting customers into using both T-Mobile’s and MetroPCS’ service. This program is only for Android, iPhone and Windows devices. Sadly Blackberry phones will not be supported.

source: FierceWireless

AT&T to release Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE in ‘a few weeks’

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AT&T announced they will carry the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE in the next couple of weeks. So far no news on how much it’ll cost but I’m sure one can estimate by looking at other similar tablets prices.

As for specs, we can expect the Note 8.0 to feature a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4410 CPU with 2GB of RAM and will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI implemented of course. Will you be grabbing one?

source: AT&T

Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2 to be unveiled during Samsung’s June 20th event

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Thanks to Samsung CEO Shin Jong-Kyun, we now know that their next iteration of their Galaxy Camera line, the Galaxy Camera 2, will be unveiled during their event on June 20th. The big splash thus far on what to expect on the Galaxy Camera 2 is that it’ll feature a mirrorless camera.

I am by far not knowledgeable enough when it comes to camera’s, but it seems as if this feature should make it smaller and lighter while still offering a good sensor. Once June 20th hits, we’ll be sure to update you on what else is expected on this camera. Stay tuned!

source: Korea Times

Google releases Cloud Print app for Android

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I gotta admit, sometimes it’s the simplest things in technology that amazes me and blows my mind. One of them is being able to print documents and other files through the cloud. I mean, how amazing is that right? Today Google released their Cloud Print app for Android devices. The task is simple and in a couple of clicks you will be able to print your desired document from your Android device. The hardest part is probably setting your printer up to make it work with this app.

* Print from any compatible Android device to any Google Cloud Print connected printer
* Share a picture or a document from apps like Gallery directly to Cloud Print
* Track the status of your print jobs

NVIDIA Tegra 4i is expected to debut in Q1 2014

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Earlier this year NVIDIA announced their new Tegra 4i processor that will have LTE onboard and it looks like it will be out in just over half a year from now in Q1 of 2014. Luckily the people over at Anandtech was able to their hands on an unbranded test device running this latest processor. This unbranded device comes with a 4.7″ 720p screen and a 13 megapixel camera.

NVIDIA also mentioned that once this unnamed device hits the market we can expect it to cost around $300-$400 unlocked. Seems like Google’s Nexus line pricing is really influencing these other companies to do the same doesn’t it? What do you guys think of this new processor, are you a fan of the Tegra or do you much prefer the Snapdragon or Exynos?

source: Anandtech

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.