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European models of the Sony Xperia Z reported to be getting a firmware update

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Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is starting to see its first major firmware update hitting devices out in Europe. The update seems to bring the firmware to version 10.1.A.1.434 and is only available for a minority of the devices so far. While there’s no change log of what the update brings, it’s widely speculated that this update addresses that nagging issue which causes devices to go through an unintended slumber, but we won’t know for sure until Sony gives up the information we’re all looking for.

If you’re an owner of the Xperia Z and living in Europe, be sure to connect your phone to your computer using Sony’s PC companion app and check for the download today.

source: XDA
via: Android Central

 

Mysterious LG LS720 smartphone tries to slip through the FCC door quietly, shows that its wearing Sprint LTE frequencies

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LG is looking to continue its impressive 2013 assualt by having yet another smartphone in the works. A mysterious device called the LS720 has just tiptoed its ways down the FCC halls and while it doesn’t have too much details or info— we do know that it will come dressed in LTE frequencies that screams Sprint which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since we saw plenty of 4G LTE-capable LG devices throughout 2012. Considering the Optimus G has its model name of LS970, it’s probably a safe bet to say that this device is probably going to be in the lower end of the mid-range category— but we’ll know for sure once more deets leak out as the device’s launch gets closer.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

HTC Updates One Availability, Will Hit North America By End Of April

HTC Updates One Availability, Will Hit North America By End Of April

We’ve talked about HTC having to delay the One and although it won’t be out as originally expected, they’ve released an official statement today. According to HTC, “unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it” is to blame. The HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany, and Taiwan next week while North America and Asia will see the phone by the end of April. Next month will be tough for HTC considering the Galaxy S 4 will launch around the same time, and we’ll keep you updated on carrier details.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets the teardown treatment

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We know Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is one heck of a device, but we know that more than a few of you out there have been intrigued to say the least to take a gander at its innards, right? Well you’re in luck as some ambitious folks decided to take some time and give us a gander of what’s inside powering the device. If you recall, the device is completely dust and water-resistant, so it’s only fitting that it is difficult to even access the inside of the device thanks to its heavy-duty tape on the back cover which covers the battery. Once that task is done, getting into the guts of the device is even more difficult as the teardown includes delicately handling the tablet in order to remove miniscule screws that hold much of the important components together.

When all’s said and done— this job is certainly not one for everyone… but you’re probably going to want to see the insides of the device anyways– so hit the flip and check out the juicy teardown for yourself.

ZTE Grand X Quad Shown Off In Leaked Photo

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evleaks on Twitter has a history of leaking photos and one such photo of the ZTE Grand X Quad is up for all to see. It looks relatively nice and specs aren’t so bad either with a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, dual-SIM support, and 2500 mAh battery. As with any leak, we can’t guarantee this is what the ZTE Grand X Quad will truly look like and it may not make it to the US. Also, with ZTE not releasing any pricing, availability, or specs, one should take these specs with a grain of salt until we hear more.

Source: evleaks

More Mediatek-powered smartphones with 1080p displays are on the way… and soon

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It appears that we’re about to see more cheap and inexpensive Mediatek-powered 1080p smartphones on the horizon. We already knew that Sony was making plans on introducing some quad-core devices for a budget price— but Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE are among 20 or so manufacturers expected to launch devices with the MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chip. In case you’ve forgotten, the MT6589 is an ARM Cortex A7-based units that utilizes all the bells and whistles that can be found in competing chipsets, but at a fraction of the cost. The result is the ability to see some pretty sexy smartphones with 1080p capabilities for a low, low price– just like what we’ve seen with the world’s cheapest smartphone that was recently introduced.

Expect to see the a bigger batch of Mediatek-powered 1080p to be shipped between now and April.

source: Digitimes

LG is prepping their own smartwatch as well as something similar to Google Glass

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Although smartwatches haven’t caught on yet, we are about to see a major push from all the major manufacturers. We already know Samsung, Google, and Apple will come out with their own smartwatch in the near future. LG is the next manufacturer to jump into the ring as a source familiar with the matter told the Korea Times. It was also revealed that they are working on something similar to Google Glass

“It is one major part of many currently non-commercialized products under development by LG Electronics,” said the source. “The company has spared no efforts to invest in products that it believes are must-haves to stay ahead technology wise in the market, whatever the situation maybe.”

Is Android vulnerable because of Samsung’s dominance?

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Recent reports have indicated tensions could exist between Google and Samsung, but were downplayed by Google CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette as well as Samsung Mobile Chief JK Shin. Although their working relationship is probably amicable, I have to believe that there is a little uneasiness at Google. Consumers continue to buy Samsung Galaxy branded phones in droves. So much so that 40% of all Android phones sold are Samsung branded. In fact, Samsung has sold 200 million more phones than the next Android manufacturer.

On one hand, Google should be delighted in what Samsung has accomplished. Android is now a dominating mobile OS, and a big thanks has to go to Samsung for being a big part of that. On the other hand, it’s never a good idea for one entity to have such a large piece of the pie. Companies with too much power can dictate and give less choice to consumers. If Google had their choice, every manufacturer would be equally as successful, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way in the real world.

Google’s upcoming smartwatch is an Android project not X Lab

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It was last October when we first heard rumors that Google could be working on a smartwatch. At that time, a patent based on a smartwatch with a flip up display was awarded to Google.  Of course many companies are awarded patents for products that never actually come to market. However, with Samsung and Apple now working on watches of their own, it certainly isn’t out of the question that Google will definitely come out with one, hopefully Nexus branded. Don’t forget, Motorola has some experience in this area with the MOTOACTV.

The Financial Times is reporting that not only is Google working on a watch, but it’s an Android unit project, not an X Lab project like Google Glass. It makes perfect sense for Android to be part of the watch since it’s more of a mobile device than Glass. Unfortunately no timeframe was mentioned, but hopefully we will see something this year.

source: Financial Times
via: TheVerge

Samsung rumored to be developing a premium Galaxy Tab with a full Super AMOLED FULL HD display

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If you are looking for a high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab device, you may not need to wait too long. The gang at SamMobile reports that Samsung is diligently working on a specialized tablet to compete against the likes of the iPad and Sony’s Xperia Z tablet. I know you’re all thinking wait a minute— Samsung’s existing tablets are already established competitors to the iPad and Xperia Z tablet, right? Well, there’s one thing that the Xperia Z and iPad has the existing Galaxy Tabs don’t: a superior display. Knowing this, Samsung will incorporate a full Super AMOLED FULL HD Display which would rival other brands’ offerings. Moreover— the displays are rumored to come in at 10.1 or 11.6-inches. Complimenting the HD display will be the new Exynos 5 chip running the show.

Considering Samsung already has its fingerprints over a certain tablet with an awesome display that is currently unrivaled by the competiton, it’s pretty safe to say that its new line of premium tablets are going to be amazing. Well— if that’s true that is…

source: SamMobile

Gameloft to bring UNO and Friends to Android

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Gameloft is one of the top developers for Android games, and this time it looks like they’re trying their hand (again) at updating the classic card game UNO on Android devices. It’s not as exciting as the explosions we’ve seen from them recently, but UNO hits a much broader audience. The new version will feature online multiplayer and cross-platform play with a side of Facebook integration, which is fairly standard for any successful casual game these days. Gameloft also apparently spent quite a bit of time getting the game polished up for mass consumption, so hopefully this one pans out better than their last attempt.

To build up some excitement, Gameloft released a short teaser demonstrating the game, but we don’t have any solid release date yet. Hit the link below to check out the video. You never know, you may become the world’s biggest UNO fan after this hits the Play Store.

source: Phandroid

Droid RAZR HD to receive new update with camera improvements and more

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Verizon has been on fire with their updates lately. We’ve seen the Droid 4 and the Galaxy Nexus receive updates just this week, and the Droid RAZR HD looks to be joining that group. It’s not a major update like the other two phones, but hey, any kind of update is better than no update at all.

This update build 9.16.6 features a security fix, camera improvements, WiFi connectivity improvements, and a handful of other handy enhancements. Both the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will be getting this update as soon as Verizon starts to roll it out OTA in the next week or two. Let us know in the comments if you get your hands on the update.

source: Verizon

Huawei Ascend G700 pictures pop up online, shows a budget device headed for China

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Huawei definitely looks to be making some noise in 2013 by blanketing the market with high-end and budget level phones. The latest leak today is of the Huawei Ascend G700, which has fairly similar specs and a model number to the Ascend G710, which was a leaked, 5-inch budget level device. The G700 will also reportedly sport a 5-inch, 720p display, as well as 2 GB of RAM and a MediaTek quad-core processor. Best of all, it’s slated to come in at just under $300. The big difference between the G700 and G710 appears to be the design, so Huawei may release the two to really try to grab up the entry level market. There’s also the possibility that only one device may see the light of day. It’s anybody’s guess at this point.

Unfortunately, the device is only coming to Chinese shores at first, but maybe if it sells well enough, we’ll see it come to other countries? It’d be great to see more quality, budget unlocked phones in the US.

source: evleaks

Ravensword: Shadowlands hits the Play Store, offers a rich 3D world to explore with Tegra enhancements

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If you’ve been itching for a new game to play and happen to have a Tegra device, we’ve got a new game that’s going to consume hours of your free time for the next week or two. Ravensword: Shadowlands is a deep, engrossing RPG with a ton of features and polish. From an open 3D world to weapon and armor crafting to a lockpicking system, it’s a meticulously crafted game that is almost as if an Elder Scrolls game hit the mobile platform. And, if your phone or tablet sports a Tegra processor, you’re going to get even more graphical enhancements to make the game that much better.

The price tag is a little steep at $7, but with as many features as this game has, I’m sure your wallet can forgive you, just this once. And after spending over 300 hours in Skyrim, I think I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try. Who’s with me? Hit the break below to get your hands on the download.

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