It has been a trend to make “mini” versions of phones, but Samsung also started a new trending in making “rugged” versions as well. The Galaxy S 4 Active was the rugged version of the GS4. However, they already offer a mini version of the GS4, dubbed the Galaxy S 4 Mini. Now Samsung is going to combine both concepts and come out with the Galaxy S 4 Active Mini. A Samsung phone with the model number of GT-I8580 showed up at GFXBench and is believed to be the said device.
The specs include a 4.65-inch display (not so mini) with 800 x 480 resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.2. It’s not the greatest specs in the world, but if you’re looking for something that is IP67 dust and water resistant, and is a little smaller than the Galaxy S 4 Active, this just might be your next phone.
BBM for Android and iOS is already a hit, but BlackBerry plans on enhancing it even more. EVP of BBM for BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking, made an appearance on CBC’s The Morning Edition and had some interesting things to say. He mentioned BBM Channels, which is a “social engagement platform within BBM.” Users will be able to connect with communities and businesses. It’s could be really great for artists and brands. It’s in Beta now, but no word on exactly when it will exit. Bocking also said they are committed to bringing BBM Voice and Video calling “in the near future.”
Is seems as though Vic Gundotra is a little excited for something today. I wonder what that could be? Late last night, he posted on Google+…
Can’t sleep. Always happens to me on Sunday nights. Yes working at Google is that exciting.
Of course when you work as hard as Vic does, this could happen any night right? Sure it could, but why would you need to post about it on the eve of the rumored unveiling of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat? More importantly, he went on to post….
The other day news broke that Motorola released a YouTube video showing off an augmented reality app that was co-developed with Pixar. Neither a movie, nor a game, this app created a compelling way to tell stories with the added augmented ability. This first piece of the puzzle gave light that Windy Day (what we’re building to) would be released on October 29th. Today Motorola released the second piece of the puzzle with the release of the Motorola Spotlight Player. As Motorola puts it:
“Spotlight Player will deliver these stories in ways that are as novel as the stories themselves. So, watch for something a bit out of the ordinary!”
Currently there isn’t much that you can do with the app, but that should change here soon. If you have a Moto X you should see an update in the Play Store. The is a Moto X exclusive and requires WiFi. If you missed it the first go around, we have the trailer for you after the break. Enjoy!
Alcatel looks to be preparing some colorful new devices. The best leaker in the business, @evleaks, has provided us with the above photo showing these new colorful 7-inch tablets from Alcatel, allegedly part of the OneTouch Pop family. OneTouch Pop, if you remember, is the same family that has the colorful budget phones in other parts of the world.
Along with the colors above, black will also be an option. The backplates will be removable and switchable to change hues as often as you want. Also, it looks like there will be a translucent flip-cover for safety. There’s not much additional information on these, but we’ll be sure to let you know as we hear more.
LG has officially announced the LG G Flex, their version of a smartphone with a curved display. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round that bends around the vertical axis of the device, the LG G Flex curves around the horizontal axis. It should be noted that this means the curvature will be similar to an IMAX screen when the device is held in the horizontal orientation when viewing video. LG also announced the back cover of the G Flex will be made of a material that can self-repair hairline scratches “within minutes” to help keep that new device look. Read more
If you own an unlocked Galaxy Note II, you’re in luck. SamMobile has gotten their hands on some pre-release firmware of Android 4.3 for Samsung’s phablet for you to play with. It’s definitely not a daily driver, but hey, at least we know Samsung is going to make good on their promise to update these devices.
The update brings the Note II up to speed with the S 4 and Note 3, especially in the UI department. It has the tabbed settings interface, as well as a few more subtle changes throughout the OS. Samsung Wallet is present, as well as Samsung Knox. There may be more features added before development is halted, but that’s what we’re looking at currently.
If you’re interested, you can download the firmware at the link below. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing or you don’t have the GT-N7100 model of Note II (which means no US carrier variants) leave this one alone for a bit.
The first television commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Round has officially been released. The Galaxy Round, if you remember, is the world’s first curved smartphone that will only be available in South Korea, at least at first. It’s basically a curved Galaxy Note 3 but with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED that curves at the sides. The commercial plays on the rounded nature of the phone, showing a hand holding multiple rounded objects before showing the same hand using the Galaxy Round.
Check out the TV spot after the break.
Yesterday @evleaks tipped us with a press render of the Nexus 5, and today they have done it again, but this time our favorite new phone is dressed in white. This confirms the leak we saw last week. However, there is one difference, only the back of the phone is in white while the front remains black. Looks pretty cool doesn’t it?
There is also one more juicy bit of information and that is a date of November 1 was revealed. We can only assume this is the date that the Nexus 5 will become available, but it could be just the announcement date. It could also mean the announcement and the launch because Google could make it available in the Play Store immediately after the announcement. As always, stay tuned.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Nexus 5 watch continues and this past week appeared to be the calm before the storm. We didn’t see many leaks so the release has to be imminent. Could we go another week without an announcement? By far, the biggest news of the week had to be BBM hitting Android and iOS. Over 10 million people downloaded it in the first 24 hours. T-Mobile continues to threaten big carriers with yet another amazing deal, this time on tablets. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Aereo television streaming service now available in Play Store, available only in select regions
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