HTC Desire 8 carriers and specs leak

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The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons. Read more

Pictures of Sony Xperia Z2 tablet leaked ahead of MWC

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Just this morning the specs of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 tablet were leaked, and it seems that there’s already been another leak concerning the device. @evleaks and @gadgetleaks both leaked press photos of the tablet today, ahead of the Mobile World Congress next week. The Xperia Z2 certainly looks sleek, and is set to be one Sony’s biggest releases this year. More pics after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner explained

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Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 including a fingerprint scanner have been flying around the internet for a while now, but those rumors were yet to be confirmed. Until now that is! Recently insiders at Samsung confirmed the news, and they even explained how it works!

A lot of the recent rumors suggested that the scanner would be built in to the display, but actually it will be implemented in the home button. We also know that Samsung will in fact be sticking to hardware buttons for the device. The fingerprint scanner will be work in a swipe manner, meaning that you will need to swipe your entire fingerprint in order for it to work properly. The scanner will also be sensitive to moisture, so users will have to make sure that their hands are dry before they try and use the scanner.

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Developer makes “OK Google” hotword work with any phone and language

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Thanks to XDA developer memnoc, you can now modify the home launcher “OK Google” hotword to work with any device and any language. Currently this only works with the Nexus 5 and sort of the Moto X; however, this modification opens it up to everyone. All devices running Android 4.4.2 work and non-AOSP ROMs are supported. This means if you have a Galaxy Nexus lying around loaded with KitKat, you can get this feature to work. All you will need is to have your device rooted and a file manager ready to go.

Hit the source link for full directions.

Source: XDA Developers Forum

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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