Huawei pulls back the curtains on the Honor 3, a rugged, waterproof smartphone

huawei honor 3

Today, Huawei unveiled their Honor 3 smartphone, which is following the waterproof/dustproof trend. It’s not a high-end flagship offering, but it’s a cool device nonetheless. You’ll find a modest 720p 4.7-inch screen that can recognize wet hands, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. You’ll also find an IR blaster on board, which makes the device a pretty good bang for your buck when you consider it’s priced at about $309.

What do you think about all of these waterproof devices we’ve seen in the past year? Just a useless trend or a nice option to have in a smartphone?

source: Huawei

via: Engadget

NVIDIA Tegra Tablet P1640 leaks packing a Tegra 4 processor

Tegra Tab P1640

We’ve heard that NVIDIA has been contemplating entering the tablet market with their powerful Tegra 4 processor, which isn’t surprising considering they’re already moving into the Android space with devices like the NVIDIA Shield. Thanks to some leaks from the NCC, the Taiwanese certifications site, we’ve got some confirmation on what NVIDIA has been cooking up.

The tablet above, named the P1640, is NVIDIA branded and has a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 processor under the hood. The screen is reportedly a 7-inch, 1280 x 768 panel, and the device will run Android 4.2.2. It has several common ports, including the charging port, mini HDMI, and a SIM tray. Since this thing takes a SIM card, it may be a version of the tablet exclusive to a country like Taiwan. Seems like SIM-enabled tablets are pretty uncommon here.

Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything else about the tablet.

source: TechKiddy

HTC phone designers arrested for stealing trade secrets and fraudulent expense charges


HTC seriously cannot catch a break. News broke recently that several high level designers from within the company were arrested and interrogated for fraudulent spending and stealing trade secrets. Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung, and the guy personally responsible for sketching the One’s design, Justin Huang, were some of the big names involved in the scandal. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang found out that those three employees were planning on leaving HTC to start a new design company, “Xiaoyu,” which has already been trademarked in China by the three. Of course, they weren’t planning on leaving HTC until receiving their mid-year bonus checks. Ouch. Read more

Google renames next version of Android – get ready for some KitKat


Google has just announced the new name for the next version of Android (4.4) and it is not a pie, it is KitKat, the chocolate candy bar. Before you start worrying about trademark infringement, rest assured Google has permission to use the name. In fact, they not only got permission, but KitKat is sponsoring a contest to giveaway a Nexus 7 tablet or Google Play credits if you buy the right, specially packaged KitKat bar.

According to a post on their Android+ page, Google approached KitKat to ask whether they could use the name. Clearly KitKat recognized that having their name associated with the dominate mobile operating system in the global market could only be good for business. The Android+ post came mere moments after Sundar Pichai posted a pic of the AndroidKitKat on his Google+ page as part of a post about a trip to Asia visiting Android ecosystem partners.

What do you think – better than Key Lime Pie?

source: +Android, Android KitKat Contest

Galaxy Note III specs confirmed again, this time with 2.5GB of RAM


We will get the official word tomorrow from the horse’s mouth, but it looks like the Galaxy Note III will come with 2.5GB of RAM. This is according to @evleaks, and a little less than the previously rumored 3GBs.

They also tweeted the screenshot above, which confirms Android 4.3. Along with that, you have an AnTuTu score of 24,497, which is based on a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem all that high.

Last but not least, they confirmed the display size of 1920 x 1080, but I didn’t think that was ever a question.

source: @evleaks

Best Android podcast manager apps [September 2013]


If you like to listen to your news more than you like to read it, you might be the type of person that enjoys podcasts. Like with anything else on your Android device, there are several options in the Play Store to manage all of your podcast subscriptions, but some are better than others. With this guide, we’re going to go over some of the top available podcast managers and help you pick out which one(s) might be the best fit for you. Read more

Fingerprint scanning a possibility for Samsung Galaxy Note III


Samsung’s Galaxy Note III device is scheduled to be announced this week, so it is only fitting that rumors abound concerning what we will discover. The latest technology that seems to have been identified is some type of fingerprint scanning capability for the Galaxy Note III. Twitter tipster @evleaks managed to get his hands on a list of APK files included on the forthcoming device. The list is quite long thanks to Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and buried in the list is a file named FingerprintService.apk. The presence of this file would seem to imply Samsung is planning to provide the ability to scan fingerprints as part of the device’s security capabilities.

Implementation of fingerprint scanners in smartphones is not a new concept as seen on the Motorola ATRIX 4G. More recently we have been witness to the on again, off again rumors regarding a fingerprint scanner included in the HTC One Max.  Even Apple is supposedly exploring fingerprint scanner options for their devices. All of this activity is likely driven by the increased focus on security as smartphones and tablets begin to displace traditional computer form factors and carry more sensitive information.

source: @evleaks

Oppo confirms N1 will have a 5.9-inch display


Last week, Oppo sent out some tweets regarding the Rear Touch Panel on the upcoming N1, and today they just wanted us to know that the N1 will have a 5.9-inch display as well as an amazing camera.

When is this bad boy coming out you ask? Well still no firm release date, but an Oppo rep confirmed that we can expect it this year. Yes, I know that information is worthless, but he also added that the Find 7 will be released late next year. Reading between the lines, you can expect a Q4 release. We will keep you posted.

sources: Twitter / Google+

LG G2 to be released in the U.S. and Germany this month followed by a global rollout


LG sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the G2 will be available this month in the U.S. and Germany. Other markets will follow soon after.

“The positive market feedback after the initial launch in Korea proved to us that the LG G2’s consumer-oriented innovation does resonate with customers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G2 was developed as a global device for a global audience, beyond the scope of any smartphone we’ve introduced to date. I’m confident consumers will see the difference.”

We should start hearing from the carriers in the next day or so on their exact intentions. Who is going to grab the G2? Full presser after the break.

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Say goodbye to the Nexus 4 8GB version


Last week, Google applied a $100 price cut on both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4. The speculation is that Google wanted to clear them out, and it looks like they succeeded, at least for the 8GB version.

You will no longer find it in the U.S. Play Store, and The Verge is reporting that it won’t be restocked. You can still buy the 16GB version for the sale price of $249, but we have no idea how long that will last.

Update: the 8GB version is still available in the UK

source: The Verge