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Galaxy Camera 2 available for sale in South Korea

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Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Camera successor at the CES last month and the company has just started selling it  in South Korea.

The Galaxy Camera 2 includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. Read more

Acer announces the Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4 mid-range smartphones

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With less than a week before Mobile World Congress, Acer has just announced two Liquid Series phones, the Liquid E3 and the mid-range Liquid Z4.

The Liquid E3 (pictured above) sports an unknown 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 13MP f/1.8 lens with ultra-fast focus rear camera , 2MP front camera and comes with 4 GB storage and Android 4.2.2 out of the box, which will be updated to KitKat soon. Read more

According to evleaks, this is ‘The All New One’ in gray color scheme

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Yesterday evleaks posted the supposed press render for HTC’s “All New One” device in its gold color scheme, and today they have now posted the gray version. As you can see above, the gray looks more of a dark-metallic gray as show on the render. In my opinion it looks more black than gray, but I suppose that’s besides the point.

Now that you’ve seen both the gold and gray (as we can assume that the silver option will look identical to the silver of the original HTC One) colors, does this make you anymore excited for HTC’s eventual unveiling? If you ask me, perhaps HTC is intentionally leaking these out to at least steal “some” of Samsung’s thunder for when they unveil their new Galaxy S 5 next week.

source: evleaks

Artemis to launch its pCell product that will provide users a faster cellular network

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Artemis is launching a new product, called pCell™, which will solve the problem of a slow wireless service, especially in congested areas. The pCell technology connects overlapping signals to avoid interference. A new type of wireless antenna, called pWave, produces a small “bubble” of wireless connectivity around every device.

pWave radios transmit signals that deliberately interfere with each other, combining to synthesize tiny pCells, each just one cm in size.

Every mobile device has its own pCell, a “Personal Cell,” each getting the full spectrum capacity.Read more

Gionee ready to claim world’s thinnest smartphone title with Elife S5.5

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A new champ in terms of thinness for smartphones is ready to step into the ring as Gionee’s Elife S5.5 3G model is now available for pre-order in China. An LTE version is expected to be available in June. When the device starts to ship, it will eclipse the Vivo X3 which currently slides in at 5.75mm. For reference, an iPhone 5S is 7.6mm think.

Although it is thin, Gionee says the device should be capable of going a whole day on a single charge thanks to a 2300mAh battery. The Elife S5.5 will come equipped with a 5-inch display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and Gionee’s own Amigo Android-based operating system.

Gionee indicates the device will eventually be available in up to 40 countries. The 3G model is currently listed for about $370.

source: Engadget

HTC posts manual Android 4.3 update for Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE

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HTC said they wanted to get the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint updated to Android 4.3 by mid-February, and they’ve hit that goal. HTC’s VP Martin Fichter posted a link on his Twitter feed to the RUU for Android 4.3 for the EVO 4G LTE.

HTC RUU’s are update utilities that let users manually update a device to a certain software version. In this case, the RUU updates the EVO to Android 4.3, with one catch; it has to wipe your phone to install.

Apparently, HTC wanted to push an OTA update to the device, but due to memory restrictions on the EVO, they had to go with an RUU, evidenced by the mandatory storage wipe. Still, that’s a small price to pay for getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5. If you want to manually update your device, grab the download link below, connect your phone to your computer through USB, then start the EXE and follow the instructions. Be sure you’ve got everything backed up before you proceed, too. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 19, 2014

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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

LG G Flex review: the birth of a new era

Apps

Microsoft launches OneDrive along with new Android app

Glove app now available in Google Play to help users find best wireless carrier

BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA app adds support for Chromecast

Carriers

HTC posts manual Android 4.3 update for Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE

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Asus officially announces the PadFone Infinity Lite

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Asus has officially announced the PadFone Infinity Lite, featuring a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 1080p 5-inch screen. It’s basically the PadFone Infinity with a slightly slower processor and a cheaper price price tag. Since it’s a PadFone, you do still get the option of docking the phone into the larger tablet dock that features a 10 inch 1080p screen, plus an extra 5,000 mAh battery.

Asus expects to release this device in March for roughly $463, and they’re offering the tablet dock for $230. It’ll initially be available in Taiwan, with no word on an international release.

There’s no denying that Asus likes their docking smartphone design, and I personally think it’s pretty cool in concept, but I’m not sure releasing barely-different models of the same device at multiple price points is the best way to gain market share.

source: Phone Arena

BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA app adds support for Chromecast

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Another app has been updated in Google Play giving users the ability to play local content to their Chromecast devices. Bubblesoft has updated their BubbleUPnP app that functions as a control point, media renderer and media server. Unlike some other apps that make Chromecast support an in-app purchase, BubbleUPnP enables this feature for Chromecast natively supported formats MP3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV (H264) and makes it unrestricted. Read more

MasterCard and Visa announc NFC payment support through KitKat’s host card emulation feature

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With KitKat, Google introduced host card emulation (HCE) as a means to get around needing access to a secure element, which would allow Google Wallet and other potential mobile payment options to work on devices running Android 4.4, regardless of what US carriers wanted. So far, Google Wallet has been the only app to take advantage of this, but today both Visa and MasterCard have announced support for NFC payments with Google’s newly introduced methods. Read more