Samsung Galaxy S IV to feature a plastic build, but still feature awesome performance

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We have no doubt that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will be one hell of a device, but will it have some similarities as its predecessor? It sure seems to be the case as more details are surfacing about the upcoming device. Notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin claims that he has not only seen the device, but it will feature a few characteristics that was previously seen in the Galaxy S III. Murtazin claims that while at MWC, select members of the press got to see the secretive device and saw what is a plastic-type build— as opposed to a more premium build found in competing devices. Additionally, while the device will likely feature topnotch performance, the carrier-branded version out in the States will likely feature a Snapdragon chip compared to Sammy’s in-house chip on the international versions— just like with the Galaxy S III.

Murtzain also alludes to some of the noteworthy specs of the device, while hinting the device will be ready for primetime upon its imminent release. The device will come with a 4.99-inch 1080p display, the aforementioned Exynos or Snapdragon chips, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facer and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Naturally these leaks may all be hearsay, but it is certainly tough to dispute Murtazin’s claims. At least we won’t need to wait too much longer for this puppy to come out already.

source: Mobile-review (translated)

Samsung releases its first Galaxy S IV teaser

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Leave it to Samsung to generate buzz and pandemonium for its Next Big Thing. It recently released its very first Galaxy S IV trailer which introduces Jeremy Maxwell who not only gets to be the protector of a mysterious Unpacked Galaxy S IV box, but he even gets a peek at how special Sammy’s next blockbuster will truly be.

Feel free to have a gander of the trailer for yourself and don’t forget— we’ll be at Unpacked next week giving you all all the juicy details and coverage you can handle.

 

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to receive Android 4.2 update today

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ASUS has always been one of the best manufacturers of Android tablets, but they’re also one of the best  for updates. Today is no exception as the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 will be the first tablet (non Nexus) to get the Android 4.2 update. The best feature of Android 4.2 is multiple user accounts, which allows each user of your TF300 to keep their own settings, apps, and app data.

The update will take place today in the U.S. via over-the-air followed by other regions throughout the month. The TF300 is one of the most successful tablets for ASUS, so it’s not surprising it would be the first to get this update. ASUS won’t stop there as they plan on updating the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMo Pad Smart 10″, and MeMo Pad to 4.2 during the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full presser.

[Update] We believe this is going to be version Android 4.2.1

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Verizon Wireless Announces New Software Update (VS95011B) for LG Intuition

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It’s not Jelly Bean, but Verizon has announced a significant software update for it’s LG Intuition.  The new update, VS95011B, includes enhancements to Google and other device applications.  Here is what you can expect with this sizable 204MB update:

DEVICE FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS

  1. E-mail viewing has been enhance through the incorporation of Split View.  If you are familiar and comfortable with “preview pane” in e-mail, you will love this new view addition.  Split View allows the user to “split” their message and their e-mail list.  As you move down the list you can view each e-mail in a split pane.  This allows the user to make short work of a full inbox without having to move back and forth from the list to the message over-and-over again.
  2. Messages can be added to an attachment while forwarding an e-mail via Sync & Connect

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Quick Settings app brings Jelly Bean toggles to older devices

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Do you wish you had the convenient toggles found on Jelly Bean devices? Instead of waiting for the Jelly Bean update or rooting your device, you can simply install Quick Settings. Quick Settings is an app from mDroidd, a regular contributor on the xda-developers forums, which emulates the toggle settings in Jelly Bean on older devices running Android 2.3 or later.

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Open Source ClockworkMod Superuser App Now Available in the Play Store

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Koushik Dutta has been on a roll lately. First he created Carbon Back Up. Afterwards he released a beta of his Superuser app. The beta has now graduated and is available for all rooted users in the Play Store. Besides proper multi-user support and being open source, the app has the following features:

Features
* Multiuser support
* OPEN SOURCE (https://github.com/koush/Superuser)
* Pin protection
* Manifest permission support
* Per app configuration
* FREE
* Request timeout
* Logging
* Notifications
* Proper Tablet UX

For those of you root users that want a superuser app by a trusted name in the Android development world, hit the break for a download link. Enjoy! Read more

Charcoal Black Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Photo Leaked

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Samsung has always been one for adding a bit of colorful flare to its devices. Be it the Galaxy S III in Pebble Blue; the Note II in Pink; or the Note 10.1 in Garnet Red, Samsung loves to give us choices. Well it appears that the Korean Giant’s newest addition to the family, the recently announced Note 8.0 will be seeing multiple colors as well. As a leaked press shot suggests (below) the tablet will not just come in white but will also be available in a Charcoal Black color.  Read more

Google currently testing data compression feature for Chrome Browser

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Chrome is no doubt one of the most popular web browsers on our Android devices, but it appears that Google is intent on making the web browsing experience just a little faster than it already is. Taking a page from web browsers like that from Opera, Google has unveiled a preliminary build of its Chromium web browser that utilizes data compression. Here’s how Google describes the data compression feature:

“Reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers”.

So essentially Google’s data compression will do two things: provide more efficient security and speed up page load times. More efficient security comes from the Chrome browser using SPDY (the company’s proxy servers) which forces SSL encryption for all sites. The speeding up of the load page times on the other hand, is done by multiplexing multiple streams of data over a single network connection and assigning high or low priorities to page resources being requested from a server.

Google hasn’t exactly made this feature public yet, but it is available to test out for those of you Android 4.2 users who like to be ambitious and try things out. Hit the break for the full instructions on how to get this neat feature going.

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Low-end Huawei Prism II with Jelly Bean coming to T-Mobile soon

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Images and specs of the T-Mobile Prism II (Huawei U8686) have been leaked online via @evleaks. A followup to the former Huawei Prism, the Prism II will feature a similar form factor to its predecessor and will come with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, a 1.0 GHz CPU and a HVGA (480 x 320) display. Not much else is known yet about this device but check back with TalkAndroid as we learn more about the device.

Sources: Twitter & Twitter

LG hits the 10 million mark for LTE phones sold

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The latest announcement from LG is that they’ve officially sold 10 million LTE-enabled smartphones globally. While they’re still trailing some of the biggest competitors in the market by a large chunk, it’s still a very impressive number, especially considering LTE isn’t commonplace all over the world like it is in countries like the US. Besides that, the number doesn’t include the Nexus 4, which has no (official) LTE but is still one of the best selling phones available on the market right now.

We’ve seen LG make a push for more LTE phones lately, and I think it’s going to pay off for them. 10 million is a good stepping stone, and LG has plenty of room to go up. When the wave of next generation devices hit the shelves in the coming months, expect LG to post some impressive numbers.

source: Newswire