While everyone is making announcements at MWC, Motorola is working on the Quark X

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And so it begins. Twitter’s @evleaks has tweeted that Motorola is working on something while other companies are getting the spotlight Mobile World Congress. What is it? Something called the Quark X. While we have no idea what exactly this is — phone, tablet, or maybe even a wearable — odds are it is the successor to Motorola’s Moto X. And when can we expect to see this device? My guess would be June; however, Google is holding their I/O conference and Apple is rumored to be holding an event that month as well. If Motorola wants to be the center of attention, waiting until August may be the best bet. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 24, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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WhatsApp to bring voice calling to Android and iOS in Q2 2014

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AT&T announces 13 new countries for 4G LTE roaming

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With all kinds of new mobile devices being announced at MWC 2014 and 4G LTE starting to push down into the mid-tier market, AT&T took the opportunity to announce the expansion of 4G LTE service to thirteen new countries around the globe. Outside of the U.S., AT&T already offered LTE data roaming in Canada and the U.K. AT&T said in their announcement that they are expanding their footprint to the following countries: Read more

MediaTek announces LTE-capable 64-bit MT6732 chipset

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64-bit systems are all the rage in smartphones now, and MediaTek isn’t going to be left behind. They’ve announced their newest 64-bit MT6732 chipset for 2014, complete with cat-4 LTE connectivity, a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM cortex-A53 CPU and a Mali-T670 GPU. On paper, it’s a very capable chipset that’s bound to end up in a ton of budget phones by the end of the year.

The MT6732 is capable of low-power 1080p video playback, a wide range of codec support, and 1080p video capture at 30 fps. It also supports a host of radios, including HSPA+, dual-band WiFi, Miracast, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s slated to be used in devices in Q3 of 2014. Read more

WhatsApp to bring voice calling to Android and iOS in Q2 2014

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WhatsApp, under new management from Facebook, has shifted course slightly on its 2014 roadmap. At MWC this year, CEO of the company, Jan Koum, announced that WhatsApp users would be seeing a new feature rolled out in the next few months: voice calling.

Voice calling will initially become available to Android and iOS users in Q2 of 2014, with BlackBerry and Windows Phone users seeing the addition later on in the year. They didn’t reveal any details about how the voice calling would work, but it’s very likely that it will work like WhatsApp’s normal messaging service in that users will get a free trial period, then have to pay 99 cents per year to keep using it. Of course, if that is the plan, it’s still as cheap as ever. Read more

HTC leaks March 25th release date for new HTC One

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Last year when Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, HTC took the opportunity to take some potshots at Samsung. Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S 5 today at MWC 2014 gave HTC another opportunity to dig at Samsung via Twitter. The results were mixed with one tweet implying Samsung buyers would regret their decision when March 25th rolls around. That attempt fell short of the mark since Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 won’t be going on sale until April, so there will be nothing to feel remorse over. Read more

Watch Samsung’s entire MWC 2014 Galaxy S 5 press conference

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In case you couldn’t watch it live, Samsung has posted their press conference about the Galaxy S 5 on YouTube for anyone to watch or rewatch. It’s about an hour and a half long, and definitely not as quirky as last year, but if you’re interested, you can find the video below. You can find the rest of our MWC 2014 coverage here, too.

If you watched it earlier, what’d you think about the S 5? Exciting successor or another mediocre follow-up? Read more

Samsung releases infographic to show how Samsung Galaxy S 5 stacks up against predecessors

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With today’s official release of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, you may be curious to know how it stacks up against previous versions of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices. To help give fans an easier look at how the line has developed over the years, Samsung put together an infographic showing some key specs. You can check it out after the break. Don’t forget to check back for more coverage of MWC 2014 Read more

Intel announces 2 new mobile processors at MWC 2014

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While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.

The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter. Read more