Samsung Galaxy Core Advance launched in South Korea

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The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance was announced last year back in December, and now it has launched in South Korea coming in two colors (Deep Blue and Pearl White). The specs on the device aren’t anything to rave over as it comes with Android 4.2 powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.7-inch WVGA TFT display, 1GB RAM, HSPA, 8GB internal memory, 5MP main and front-facing VGA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and a 2000mAh battery.

source: Sammyhub

Samsung patents a stylus with a microphone and a speaker

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Recently published by the USPTO, Samsung has filed two patents that will potentially improve their S-Pen in the near future with a microphone and speaker built right in. The idea is that the user will be able to make phone calls and perform various voice commands straight through the S-Pen. Comments from Samsung themselves states that they’re hoping the Pen will become an extension of the device and allow people to “substitute the pen for a wireless headset,” even claiming that users can “mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

What do you guys think about this feature if it gets added into the next Galaxy Note Tablet?

source: USPTO ( 1 , 2 )
via: Phone Arena

NVIDIA K1 powered tablet surfaces in AnTuTu Benchmark

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NVIDIA’s next generation of mobile processor, the K1, has shown up in the AnTuTu Benchmark site powering a new NVIDIA TegraNote tablet device. The K1 packs 192 gpu cores with CUDA technology, which NVIDIA says will make it capable of outperforming an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. In the data submitted to AnTuTu, this particular device was only running at up to 2.1GHz, slightly slower than the projected 2.3GHz speed NVIDIA is expected to use for production devices that utilize the quad-core chip. The TegraNote P1761 is listed as having a 1920×1200 resolution screen powered by 2GB of RAM operating Android 4.4.2. Read more

LG reps meeting with Google in hopes to continue partnership by showing off their new tech

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According to media in Korea, LG is planning on making a 2-day visit to Google’s HQ here in California in hopes to continue their partnership. Over the past few years, LG and Google have collaborated to create some wonderful devices that first started with the Nexus 4. In this meeting, LG is coming with no shortage of ammunition as they plan on bringing in their LG Display, LG Chem, LG Electronics and LG Innotek branches. LG hopes that they can woe Google over with their new innovations for this year and possibly continue to make devices (hopefully Nexus).

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New image of HTC Desire 8 suggests announcement next week

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A few days ago an image leaked of a new HTC device called the HTC Desire 8. The large smartphone is supposed to be HTC’s answer for the mid-range market. Although specs have not yet leaked for the device, it appears to have a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and will be dual-sim capable. Maybe the most interesting bit gleaned from the leaks so far is that HTC is planning to use on-screen buttons for the new device. A couple new images related to the device surfaced on Chinese site Weibo thanks to none other than HTC’s official account on the service. Read more

The average Android phone now costs about half that of an iPhone

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In news that probably doesn’t surprise many, the average price of an Android device is now about half that of an iPhone, and the gap is only widening. One thing that bugs me is that iPhone enthusiasts always claim that Android are for people that can’t afford iPhone’s. Yes, there are a plethora of cheap Android devices, and you can thank companies like Samsung that flood the market with low-end Android devices, but having the option to purchase one is never a bad thing. Android certainly has its fair share of top-tier and expensive devices, but at the same time you can get great cheap devices for a fraction of the price of a high-end Android phone or even an iPhone.

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Mystery Motorola device shows up at FCC

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An unknown Motorola device recently cleared the FCC with AT&T LTE bands, but what is it exactly? Considering the battery number (SNN5932A) matches what is in the Moto G, we might be looking at a Moto G with LTE capability. If there is one chief complaint with the Moto G, it’s the lack of LTE, but considering it’s target audience, it really isn’t a big deal.

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New press image for Nokia X shows up

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With MWC 2014 only a week away, a new leaked image purporting to show an advertising image for the Nokia X has surfaced. Twitter tipster @evleaks posted the image earlier today. The image prominently features the Nokia X name and shows a three-wide trail of devices curving off into the distance. The devices in the rendering appear to be similar to what was shown in a leaked image that @evleaks posted last month when the Nokia X name was first discovered. The Nokia X is supposedly the actual name for the device that had been known as the Nokia Normandy while in development. Whatever the name ends up being, the device is alleged to be Nokia’s entry into the Android smartphone market with a 4-inch 1GHz Snapdragon powered phone.

source: @evleaks

Sony ‘Sirius’ Xperia Z2 takes center stage in 2nd leaked video

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Last week, the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) showed up in its first video, and another one was just released showing off more details. This video emphasizes the camera and main interface. The Z2 is going to be a beast in terms of the camera as it can shoot 4K video, will include Timeshift effects such as slo-mo and high-speed, shoot cinemagraphs, duplicate moving objects, simulate bokeh, and scan documents to JPG/PDF.

You will also see a lot of the new features from the user interface, which include a new “simple” homscreen that shows bigger icons and larger text.  You will also see some motion gestures, custom sound settings, and so much more.

Hit the break for the full 12 minute video.

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Huawei teases new devices for MWC with iPhone and Siri clones

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Yup, not all teaser videos are supposed to make sense. Take Huawei’s latest offering, which uses a phone that resembles an iPhone along with a Siri clone. The narrator asks her, “What’s new at this year’s Mobile World Congress?” Then of course, you get the usual visuals that you find in any teaser along with certain bits of information. However, the visuals take place in the “iPhone” and is narrated by “Siri.” She talks about a tablet, a smartphone, and a new multimedia tablet.

Does the “iPhone” and “Siri” software have anything to do with the new announcements? Probably not, but Huawei sure got our attention this morning didn’t they? Hit the break for the video.

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