Samsung GT-I9502 gives the world yet another possible Galaxy S IV clue

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As the big day quickly approaches, the leaks will start a flowin’ more and more. A Chinese forum recently posted a gallery of photos of a mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone. According to the GT-I9502’s AnTuTu benchmark test, this mysterious device a 1.8GHz chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a 13MP camera, a full 1080p display and Jelly Bean 4.2.1 running the show. While the specs almost certainly indicate this is a variant of the Galaxy S IV, the GT-I9502 has one key distinction that is unusual to say the least—- it will utilize dual-SIM technology. So in essence, this could very well be just one of many prototypes that Sammy is testing, but then again… maybe not.

Regardless, it’s just a matter of days before we finally see the anticipated device in person.

source: Sammy Hub

Samsung releases real Unicorn Apocalypse game

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Starting earlier this year, Samsung has been running a series of commercials that follow a mythical company developing a Unicorn Apocalypse game. Samsung fans have consistently called on Samsung to actually produce a Unicorn Apocalypse game. Samsung has delivered with the release today of Unicorn Apocalypse on the Google Play Store. In the game, you play as the lone unicorn that wreaks havoc on humanity. Samsung has provided the unicorn with magic dash powers and rainbow lasers to help in the battle against the Anti Unicorn Force.

XOLO to Unveil ‘Fastest Smartphone Ever’ on March 14th

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Could XOLO steal some thunder from Samsung’s Galaxy S IV event? XOLO has announced they will release the “fastest smartphone ever” on March 14th in Gau, India. Rumored to be powered by Intel’s Clover Train+ line of CPU, this phone has the potential to be fast (and expensive).

XOLO gives invitees to the Gao event a small glimpse of what the new phone will look like, and it looks sharp. The phone appears to have:

  1. Its power button on the top, next to a 3.5mm headphone jack.
  2. Blue glow next to the power button (visually appealing/possibly the LED notification light).
  3. A modified version of the Android app drawer with no sign of a notification bar.

American Airlines’ CTO talks Android selection decision

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American Airlines’ tablet deployment is one of the larget corporate deployments in the U.S. with 33,000 devices in the fleet. You may be familiar with the decision to deploy iPads to pilots with general aircraft information and navigational charts. You may not be so familiar with American’s decision to deploy Samsung Galaxy Note devices to flight attendants, Galaxy Tab devices to mechanics, and making Galaxy Tab devices available to certain passengers for entertainment purposes. Lisa Canada, American’s Managing Director of Operations Technology recently shared some insight into the decision to deploy 23,000 Android powered devices.

Samsung Galaxy Pop smartphone gets unveiled, features unique orange color

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Samsung is out to show that it can be hip to kids when it comes to its various devices. That’s why it recently took the wraps off of its Galaxy Pop smartphone. While it’s actually a re-branded version of the Galaxy Premier smartphone, this cool device features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera and Android 4.1.2 running the show. While those are some attractive specs, the real highlight of the device isn’t what’s inside of the device, but rather outside— the device will feature a snazzy custom orange color highlighting some real ummm… uniqueness compared to other smartphones out there.

The device is going to be a Korean exclusive and will be available on SK Telecom, KT and LG U+. No word yet on when the device will be available or for how much, but we’d fathom that we’ll see a release within the next few weeks or so.

source: PhoneArena

Vybe creates custom vibration patterns for your phone contacts

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If you’re the type of user who likes to customize every little detail of their Android phone, you’ve probably played around with different notification settings for specific apps. Whether that’s changing the LED color for when a certain person leaves you a voicemail or using a different SMS app to change your notification icon for text messages, customization is a big deal on our phones. Well, now there’s a new application called Vybe that will allow you to take that customization a bit further and create different vibration patterns for when certain contacts call you.

GMusicFS (0.9.1) Beta allows third-party music player apps to read/play Google Music files

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Google Music lovers now have another option for playing their cloud based music. GMusicFS, a beta music app developed by XDA member bubbleguuum, exposes cloud Google Music as a FUSE filesystem. The app enables music players such as Poweramp, PlayerPro and n7player to read and play Google Music files on a rooted Android device.

Keep in mind this is an initial beta release, and has only been tested on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 running stock 4.2.2, and on an older device (not specified) running CM10 (4.2.1 Jelly Bean equivalent).

Google Glass already banned in Seattle Bar well before its launch

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Google Glass has been banned at a local Seattle bar, The 5 Point Cafe, well ahead of its public launch. We already have a good idea of what Google Glass will be used for, and there is no question that everybody is concerned with privacy.

Owner Dave Meinert mentioned in his announcement, “People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.” He also stated, “And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.”

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out to Xperia J (ST26i)

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Great news for Sony Xperia J owners out there! Like its brothers, the Xperia T/TL (LT30p, LT30at, LT30z) and Xperia V (LT25i), the Xperia J (ST26i) will finally see the much anticipated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA update rolling out to handsets.

This is amazing in itself since the Xperia J only has a single-core CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The kernel version is 3.4 and the firmware is 11.2.A.0.21.

Rumor has it that the Xperia TX (LT29i) will be seeing its update to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean goodness here in the next couple of weeks. So fear not Sony fans, the company is working hard to ensure their Xperia handsets stay up-to-date in an ever-changing mobile market, making it that much easier to live with signing that two year service commitment…mmm, okay, maybe just a little easier anyway.

Source: XPERIA Blog

T-Mobile CZ Uses Sex Appeal to Sell Sony Xperia Z

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T-Mobile CZ was not shy during their Sony Xperia Z launch event in Prague recently.  Swimsuit models were used to capture the true essence of the smartphone’s water resistant feature.  Spectators stood in long lines, gawked, took pics and video of the models…oh, and the smartphone as well.

The scantly dressed models were made to use the smartphones while getting soaked in a specially built, strategically placed shower at the entrance to the T-Mobile mall store. 

Apple’s Siri Patent Lawsuit Vs Samsung Not Suspended Rules Judge

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Apple continues to fight Samsung even after being awarded $599 million, and U.S District Judge Lucy Koh has refused to suspend a lawsuit against Samsung involving several patents relating to Siri. The case is scheduled for March 2014 and both companies have declined to comment. To make matters worse, Apple has also appealed Judge Lucy Koh’s decision to not implement a permanent sales ban on infringing Samsung devices. A ruling for that is not expected to be reached until September at the earliest.

Source: Reuters

AT&T (vaguely) elaborates on their device unlocking policy

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Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet lately, you’ve no doubt heard a few details about that new law that makes unlocking your cell phone illegal. AT&T, in what was probably an attempt to avoid any negative PR, has attempted to clear up their device unlocking policy. In theory, it’s a good move, as it lets consumers know where their cell provider stands on device unlocking. Unfortunately, AT&T left a few details more than a little hazy.

Google Play Brings More Deals as the Birthday Celebration Continues

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Google continues to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Play Store in a week long bonanza of savings and deals. From $0.99 movie rentals to various in-game deals, Google is showering us in savings. So without further hesitation, hit the break to check out the various deals in each department. Keep it locked here as we continue to bring the highlights of this birthday bash to you. Enjoy!

Riptide GP 2 splashes down on NVIDIA’s Project Shield device

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Ever since NVIDIA announced the Project Shield device at CES 2013, they have continued to produce videos for a variety of games coming to the Tegra 4 powered mobile game console. The latest title to be highlighted on NVIDIA’s site is Riptide GP 2, a jet-ski racing game. It should be no surprise that a game involving so much water would show up to help demonstrate some of the capabilities of NVIDIA’s latest chip.