Xiaomi announces the Hongmi 1s, a decent handset powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset

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Today, Chinese handset manufactuer Xiaomi has announced a brand new device. The Hongmi 1s is the successor to the Hongmi and does not feature very many differences. Behind this 4.7-inch 720p IPS display is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Graphically, Adreno 305 is the GPU. Despite having 8GB of internal memory, Xiaomi has included a microSD card slot. Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 sits atop Android 4.3. An 8MP camera is on the rear and a 1.6MP one is up front. Keeping this device going through the day is a 2000mAh battery.

Source: Xiaomi

Samsung SM-T530 and SM-T330 pass through the FCC, 10.1 and 8.0 Galaxy Tab 4 tablets

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (SM-T530) and 8.0 (SM-T330) have successfully passed through the FCC. The 8-inch model has already been spotted in an Indian shipment listing while all three Galaxy Tab 4 models’ specifications leaked a few days ago. Not included in this FCC pass through is the 7-inch model; however, that will likely come in the near future. Above, you see the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and we have an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 after the break. Read more

New HTC M8 photos leaked

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There have been a number of rumors about the upcoming HTC M8, as well as some leaked photos. Now some more photos have surfaced, giving away some of the specs of the device.

The photos that have surfaced show that the device will in fact have a dual camera, as well as a dual LED flash. On the front of the device, we can see that there is a lack of hardware buttons, which really comes as no surprise.

The HTC M8 is expected to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as well as a 5″ 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and include Android 4.2.2 out of the box.

Source: No Where Else

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Samsung releases new alarm app that allows you to dedicate processing power to science

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Samsung has decided to take advantage of unused processing power, and allow the user to dedicate it to science. Samsung announced that they were collaborating with Cheil Worldwide, and the result of this collaboration is the new Samsung alarm app, called “Power Sleep.”

The app essentially uses unused CPU cycles to create a “supercloud computer” which is accessible to researchers all over the world. The app only works in the background while the user is asleep, and the cycles are used to compute data that is under 1 MB. The data is then collated by researchers at the University of Vienna, and turned into an open-source protein-calculation database that can be used to find a cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Source: Pocket Droid 

Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE won’t receive Android 4.3 OTA, HTC is working on a manual update

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.

Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.

HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.

Source: HTC Reddit
Via: Phandroid

New image of the Sony Xperia G and its specifications leak

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Earlier this week, a photo of the unannounced Sony Xperia G alongside with the Xperia Z1 surfaced on Twitter. However, this time, ViziLeaks took it to twitter  yesterday to post an image of what appears to be the rear of the Xperia G as well as its specifications. The handset on the top appears to be the Xperia Z1.

According to the tweet, the Xperia G sports a 4.8 inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, LTE connectivity with an 8MP rear camera which is situated in the center of the rear case. The tweet also mentions that it doesn’t have an IP rating so it means that the device might not be waterproof.

Sony might unveil the Xperia G at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) set to take place in Barcelona on February 24.

Source: ViziLeaks
Via: phoneArena

T-Mobile is changing its JUMP! plan to allow unlimited upgrades and include tablets as well

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A few days ago, we reported that T-Mobile would be changing its JUMP! plan to include tablets and unlimited upgrades. The rumor turned out to be true as T-Mobile officially announced that the change will take place starting on February 23.

After the change, JUMP will no longer restrict customers to 2 upgrades per year. Instead of requiring customers to wait up to six months before upgrading their phone, they can now upgrade whenever they want without any restriction. However, they will have to pay off at least 50% of the cost of the device to be eligible for an upgrade. In addition, customers can now purchase tablets with a JUMP plan.

This means that if you frequently upgrade your device, it will cost you more after the changes take place. The incentive behind this move by T-Mobile might be to stop a few customers who took advantage of the opportunity by frequently upgrading their device.

Source: The Verge

 

Motorola extends $70-off deal for all Moto X models

 

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Motorola was offering its Valentine’s Day sale up until today, but now you can still take advantage of the deal until Feb. 22. All Moto X models will have $70 deducted from the off-contract price, including Moto Maker devices, Developer Editions, etc.

Get it while you can— you never know what kind of deals Lenovo is going to offer once it takes full control of the reins.

Source: Motorola

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 14, 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!!

Apps

Google offering Valentine’s Day app and game deals in the Play Store

Carriers

Picture of Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 leaks

Chromecast

Dayframe 2.1 brings back Chromecast support

Gaming

Google offering Valentine’s Day app and game deals in the Play Store

The memory of Flappy Bird lives on thanks to over 174 indie developers

Google

Google adds indicator for In-App purchases to its Play Store website

Phones

Motorola extends $70-off deal for all Moto X models

Nokia X “Normandy” full specs leaked ahead of launch

O2 Germany teases Samsung Galaxy S5

Next generation Galaxy Notes could use handwriting actions on the lockscreen

New Sony D6503 “Sirius” Photos Leak

Smartwatches

Qualcomm releases first Toq SDK

[Deal] Best Buy selling Galaxy Gear for $149 for Valentine’s Day

Tablets

Picture of Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 leaks

Updates

HTC promises to keep new flagships in North America updated for at least two years

Wearables

Samsung reportedly working on “K Sport” device

Miscellaneous

Smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark in 2013, Android smartphones accounted for almost 800 million

Android powered coffee table preparing for release

HTC teases repair service on Twitter

Samsung and Apple can’t reach agreement in mediation, will head back to court next month