Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations four times higher than Galaxy S III says UK retailer

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More evidence that Samsung likely has a smash hit with the Galaxy S 4 comes from UK  retailer Carphone Warehouse which is reporting pre-registrations are four times higher than what they saw for the Galaxy S III. This follows on the heels of a report from another UK retailer, Phones4U, that reported Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations were running 40% higher in the first forty-eight hours compared to the Galaxy S III.

Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Operating Officer Graham Stapleton says the huge number of pre-registrations is a sign of “how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be.” You can read the full press release from Carphone Warehouse after the break. Read more

New Hack Allows Bypass Of Pin-Secured Lockscreen On Galaxy Smartphones

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A new hack has been revealed which allows people to bypass a pin-secured lockscreen on Galaxy smartphones. Discovered by Terrence Eden who uncovered a Galaxy Note II security flaw earlier this month, by using a combination of keypresses and commands, someone can unlock the screen. The exploit comes from placing a failed emergency call where the screen is unlocked very briefly. On the flip side, Samsung is already working on a software fix and this hack only allows access for a very short period of time. Terrence uploaded a video to YouTube showing the hack which you can check out below. In the meantime, don’t leave your Galaxy smartphone just laying around.

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Source: SlashGear

HTC announces the E1 dual-SIM smartphone featuring Jelly Bean

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Ladies and gents— say hello to the HTC E1 smartphone. Also known as the 603e smartphone, the E1 is going to be a dual-SIM device featuring a host of goodies inside including Android 4.1, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, a dual-core chip and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, the device looks to be destined for Chinese markets only as of this time, but if you do live out there— it’ll cost you 1,799 CNY (or roughly $290 USD), which seems like it could potentially be a steal for lots of potential folks in the market for a new smartphone.

No word yet on when the device will be available, but we suspect it’ll be in retail outlets soon.

source: Unwired View

Samsung gives you a chance to win a Galaxy S 4 and a 55-inch Smart TV

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Samsung will probably sell at least 30 million Galaxy S 4’s, so why not give a few away as part of a sweepstakes? They actually have 52 to hand out and four grand prize winners will also receive a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV. It’s quite simple. All you have to do is hit the source link below and sign up for the latest email updates for the Galaxy S 4. There is one caveat, and that is you must be a U.S. resident.

They already handed out 15 phones, but they will give away 1 per day starting today through April 21. The four grand prize winners will be selected on April 22.

Good luck!!

source: Samsung

The Galaxy S 4 costs $244 to make and utilizes 63% of Samsung’s own parts inside

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In something that shouldn’t really be too surprising, it’s reported that the freshly unveiled Galaxy S 4 smartphone actually doesn’t cost too much to make and utilizes mostly Samsung-branded flare on the inside. According to the IHS, the unlocked variant of the device costs a mere $244 (when the $8.50 manufacturing cost is added in) to manufacture, which is $30.50 more than what it cost to manufacture the Galaxy S III. Additionally, the teardown of the HSPA+ version of the device reveals everything that we already know including the 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display, the super fast Octa-Core processor built-in and the full array of sensors and all that good stuff. The most astounding part about the teardown is not seeing what was mentioned above, but rather the amount of Samsung-branded components inside such as the display and touch-screen module, as well as the apps processor, power management integrated circuit and of course— the SDRAM. When all is said and done— a whopping 63% of the Galaxy S 4’s internal parts are Samsung products. Impressive indeed.

Now before you ask— don’t go holding your breath for a sub-$300 Galaxy S 4. After all— Samsung does have its heavy-duty marketing to maintain so it can make a buck or two.

source: IHS

Xiaomi Mi-3 revealed with 5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 CPU

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Xiaomi makes some really nice phones, but unfortunately they are only available in China. Those of us stateside can only wonder what it would be like to use the new Xiaomi Mi-3 as it appears to be yet another winner for them. It resembles the HTC One, which is by far one of the best looking phones to date. As far as the specs, they didn’t skimp one bit: 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with custom MIUI skin.

Yes, you read Android 5.0 right, but the bad news is that it won’t be available until the fall. We are expecting Android 5.0 to be unveiled at Google I/O in May so that’s expected. Priced at 1.999 CNY ($320), it’s a lock that it will be another hit for Xiaomi.

source: IT163
via: UnwiredView

 

Leaked T-Mobile ‘UNcarrier’ Info Sheet Means New Plans Could be Right Around the Corner

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A recent memo suggests that T-Mobile may be planning to make unlimited talk and text a “de facto” part of their contracts. Under the new plans, data would be the only changeable factor. “Classic Plans” would be available through “third-party” stores only, and start at around $60 for 500MB of full-speed data with hotspot support built-in. Of course, subscribers will be given the choice to update their service in 2GB increments that cost anywhere from $10 – $20/month.

In addition to these options, subscribers will still have “real” unlimited data on the Classic Plan for around $90, with hotspot available as a customizable add-on. T-Mobile’s stores will be the only ones offering the “contract-free” value plans, starting at an affordable $50, as well as the $70 unlimited plan we saw in January.

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More rumors indicate the next-generation Nexus 7 will likely have a Snapdragon processor instead of a Tegra processor

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Remember how we told you about Google’s possible intentions to use a Snapdragon-based processor instead of a Tegra-powered chip for its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet? Well Digitimes is reporting that the next tablet will utilize Qualcomm’s technology according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The reasoning, you ask? Well, Google seems to be headed in the direction of showcasing an LTE-based variation of the tablet, which Qualcomm chips seem to fare well with compared to that of the Tegra chips. Of course NVIDIA did announce its Tegra 4i chip— which is certainly LTE-friendly, but NVIDIA does have some production delays to deal with until at least mid-summer and the new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be unveiled in May— so using a Snapdragon processor seems to be a natural fit for the new tablet.

Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.

source: Digitimes

9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 Update is a Hit in the Google Play Store

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The latest update to the popular 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 Android game scores a homerun in the Google Play Store! It’s still the only baseball game on Android that’s Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Licensed Those of you familiar with this “real-life” baseball experience will be happy to know that the 2013 update just made this awesome game even more incredible than ever.

Some of the great additions you will find in the latest download are:

  • 140 batters and 110 pitchers have been added or moved to new teams
  • Real photos and stats are well over 1,400 players
  • Game schedule now shows the real 2013 MLB game schedule
  • Acknowledgement of Houston Team League change to the American League West Division
  • Addition of Daily Rewards! Log in each day to earn bonus rewards. Read more

New Mid-Range ZTE Quantum (N8910) Coming to Sprint

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Android Police has discovered that Sprint is testing a ZTE device called the Quantum (N8910). The Quantum can be categorized as a low to mid-Level smartphone with some fairly impressive specs. The Quantum will reportedly sport the following:

  • A 5″, 720p screen (320 dpi) with “terribad viewing angles”
  • Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 @ 1.5GHz with Adreno 225 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.5GB ROM + 4GB internal memory
  • 13.0 MP rear camera
  • 0.9 MP front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dual-band
  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2)
  • 3 capacitive buttons – no virtual buttons
  • Sprint 4G LTE
  • Could be a global phone based on removable SIM slot (Sprint normally does embedded SIMs for LTE) Read more