ZTE plans to show off 6-inch Android smartphone and Firefox OS device at MWC

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With companies announcing that they’re, well, going to be announcing stuff at other events being a common practice, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we see OEM’s announcing various things before Mobile World Congress next week. ZTE is no different. The company announced this morning that we’ll see the Grand Memo II LTE sporting a 6-inch screen and another smartphone called the Open C. That phone will run Firefox OS 1.3 A new version of its MiFavor UI was also mentioned and it will most likely debut on a few Android devices at MWC.

Not much to go on other than that. Regardless, we’ll know more next week so stay tuned!

source: Engadget

Intel set to have a big year in 2014

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2014 is set to be a big year in tech, and companies will have to release products accordingly in order to keep up in a quickly changing market. This is especially true for Intel, who is planning a big year ahead of them.

The start of 2014 will see the release of Intel’s Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 V2 and Xeon E5-4600 V2 processor series. The Xeon E7 series will be released using the Ivy Bridge-EX brand, with the Xeon E5 being branded under the Ivy Bridge EP4s name.

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Photo snapped from the Galaxy S 5 confirms 16 MP camera

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Famous leaker @evleaks released what appears to be a sample photo from the upcoming Samsung flagship. According to the Exif data from the photo, the resolution is 5312 x 2988 suggesting that the shooter will be in the 16MP (15.9MP to be exact) ballpark. The photo is a “test photo for AT&T.” What we also see from the Exif data is that the camera has an f/2.2 aperture which should help in taking better nighttime photos.

With Mobile World Congress just a week away, and Samsung’s own Unpacked 5 just six days away, we’ll most likely know for sure in just a short amount of time. We have the sample photo for you after the break.

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March 25th will probably be the most important day of the year for HTC

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HTC just announced that the “Best is going to get better” on March 25th. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that this will be the day for the unveiling of the HTC One successor. Codenamed the M8, it has been rumored to be called the HTC One 2 and the HTC One+. Whatever it’s called, we will find out for sure in just over a month. HTC didn’t divulge the location, but we are expecting a simultaneous launch in London and New York City, just like last year.

Since this will be HTC’s flagship phone of the year, this date will probably be the most important day of the year for HTC. The HTC One was a fantastic phone that received a ton of praise from the media, but praise and quality will only get you so far. HTC continued to show a lack of direction in their marketing efforts, which resulted in continued losses. HTC really needs to hit the mark with this phone and figure out a way to get people to jump off the Samsung ship. Can they do it? Only time will tell, but we will have a really good idea on March 25.

Andy Rubin to be called to the stand in Apple-Samsung court battle

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Google’s Andy Rubin will be on the list of people that Apple plans to bring to the stand during its upcoming court battle with Samsung. Rubin, who left the Android team almost a year ago, would be cross-examined about the development of Android, specifically the features that Apple claims are in violation of their patents. Among the numerous Apple v. Samsung battles, this will be the first time that Rubin has been called to the stand.

Of course, he’s not the only one from Google to be called to the stand. The list includes, Google’s head of Android Marketing, Kenzo Fong; VP of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer; User Experience researcher, Ann Hsieh; software developer, Fred Quintana; and a former employee Helena Roeber.

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US Cellular to release the KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 on February 19, according to a leaked document

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Sprint’s Galaxy S4 received the KitKat update last week and it seems that US Cellular is next in line to release the KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 as well, according to a leaked internal document for US Cellular. The update which they are calling a “Maintenance Release” will be available by tomorrow February 19.

However, not everyone will receive the KitKat over-the-air update on the launch day. Customers who meet a set of requirements will receive the update within 10 days after the official launch, and users will have to be on the latest approved software version. In addition, the update will remove MobiTiles and Daily Perks which means that users will have to re-download it from the Google Play Store. Here are the requirements mentioned in the leaked document : Read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (GT-I9515) appears on Bluetooth SIG website

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The long rumored Samsung Galaxy GT-I9515, which could be called the Galaxy S4 Value Edition, received a Bluetooth SIG certification yesterday. This means that Samsung might unveil the device soon.

The device is another variation of the Galaxy S4, but with newer software equipped. There’s no official detail on the phone’s specifications, but previous rumors hint that the features of the device is similar to the original Galaxy S4, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is said to be available in seven colors: white, black, brown, red, pink, purple and blue.

The smartphone has yet to be officially announced by Samsung. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: PhoneArena

LG’s Knock Code demoed on the G Pro 2

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One of the coolest new features on the G Pro 2 is “Knock Code,” an enhanced version of Knock On that’s found on the G2. Knock Code allows you to set up a specific “code” for tapping on your device to wake it up, which was supposedly added as a security feature.

There are a ton of different combinations of knock codes you can use to unlock the G Pro 2, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best features you’ll find on LG’s latest phablet. If you want to see the feature in action, (trust us, you do) you can check out the video below. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 17, 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!!

Carriers

Mystery Motorola device shows up at FCC

Phones

Acer teases new “must-have” products for MWC

New image of HTC Desire 8 suggests announcement next week

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Acer teases new “must-have” products for MWC

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With Mobile World Congress just one week away, Acer has decided to start teasing what is in store. On Google+, the company posted the image above; however, they did not provide any information except saying that they will have some “must-have new products” ready in Barcelona. Attached is a hashtag that says “#AcerLiquid” which a line of Acer devices. Since the post has a countdown and said products (plural), I would assume we are going to get a teaser each day.

Anyone have an idea as to what is below the camera lens? Could it be a fingerprint scanner? After all, those are the craze these days.

Source: +Acer