Windows Phone 8.1 and Android dual-boot phones to launch later this year

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While dual-boot Windows 8 and Android tablets are nothing new, dual OS smartphones are. When Windows Phone 8.1 was announced it was said that the phone OS could run on existing Android hardware, however, in order to do so, you’ll have to wipe Android first and install Windows 8.1 on top. The idea of a dual OS smartphone was a pipe dream.

However if The Times of India is correct, that dream is becoming a reality. Indian OEM, Karbonn has apparently signed a licensing agreement to start creating smartphones with both Windows 8.1 and Android on-board. With the company planning to launch windows Phone 8.1 carrying phones in the next few months, it will be later this year that we’ll see dual OS devices, at least, before the year’s over.

We’re not sure who would want a dual-boot smartphone but Karbonn is targeting office-going professionals who are also techies. While this is the first that we’re hearing of a company going the dual OS route in a smartphone, it may be the first of many to do so.

source: The Times of India
via: pocketnow

HTC’s Watch service reaches its finale

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Users of HTC’s Watch service may have already received a notice that at the end of the month, the service is calling it quits. Up until 3/31/2014 users will still be able the service like normal, but as of April Fool’s Day, users will no longer have access to the service or their libraries. HTC does recommend that any movies that you may have purchased through the app, be downloaded if you still want access to them.

Of course, users can take solace in the fact that there are a number of options waiting for you after the service has its finale. Google Play and Amazon are just a few options in a long list of streaming services. When support was pulled for the service in May of last year in six countries, it wasn’t a good sign for the service in general.

So if you’re a user of the Watch service, you have about a month to download any purchases made, after that, you’re library is gone.

source: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Gifts giving over $500 worth of stuff to Galaxy S 5 Owners

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When the Galaxy S 5 is available for purchase, consumers will have a bunch of free stuff waiting for them. While the specs may not entice you, maybe over $500 of stuff will.  Galaxy Gifts as it’s called is more oriented towards the healthy lifestyle that Samsung is pushing with the S 5 and its new Galaxy Gear Fit. Even so there are a few non-health related gifts thrown in the mix.

We have a break down of just what exactly you’re getting after the break.

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Oppo Find 7 could have a very amazing camera

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Oppo told us that the Find 7 would be greater than the Galaxy S 5, and they weren’t kidding. If a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, how about a 50 megapixels camera?

An image taken with the Find 7 camera was recently uploaded to Weibo, and it has a whopping 8160 x 6120 resolution according to the EXIF data. That comes to 50MP. Now we know this could be fake, but if Nokia can do 41MP, why can’t this be real?

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Amazing Things Happen: Samsung unveils first Galaxy S 5 commercial during Academy Awards

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It was all about Samsung last night during the Academy Awards. From commercials to selfies, Samsung went all out. They even unveiled the first Galaxy S 5 spot. If you’re looking for a little Apple poking, forget it. This was just a simple teaser spot that seemed very similar to what they showed at the Unpacked Event when JK Shin first unveiled the phone.

Don’t worry, I am sure they will bring back the tongue in cheek soon because this is no doubt just the first of very many GS5 spots. I think the main thing they wanted to get across was that it’s coming this April.

Hit the break for the 30-second spot.

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Ellen DeGeneres promoted the Galaxy Note 3 at the Academy Awards, but what phone does she really use?

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Samsung  spent a serious amount of money during last night’s Academy Awards promoting everything from phones to TVs. It wasn’t even commercials because the host, Ellen DeGeneres, promoted them as well. She even took a selfie of herself and a few audience members using a Galaxy Note 3 that ended up being the most retweeted tweet in history. Some declared Samsung the victor, but something behind the scenes could give Apple a lot of ammunition.

Apparently Ellen uses an iPhone as her daily driver. She used the Note 3 out in the open, but she tweeted with her iPhone backstage. Now it’s far from shocking that a celebrity doesn’t always use everything they promote since it’s all about the money, but in this case, it has to be a slap in the face for Samsung. You would think that Samsung would have at least not allowed her to use the iPhone for the show itself, but hopefully it won’t get too much publicity.

source: CNet

Samsung partners with Microsoft to access Windows services using Knox

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The past week has seen a couple big announcements from Samsung regarding their Knox security architecture, like the ability to run apps outside of Knox yet receive benefits of secured data and Common Criteria certification. To really help users capitalize from their Samsung devices, Samsung has announced yet another development for Knox, support for a variety of Microsoft services. Read more

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. Read more

LG G3 could come out as early as June 2014

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The upcoming LG G3 has had a lot of rumors surrounding it. Originally, rumors suggested that the device would be released sometime in May, but new sources suggest that instead the device will be released in June.

While we certainly don’t know for sure if these or any other rumors surrounding the device are true, it does seem very possible, especially seeing as even Sony has announced a bi-annual flagship mobile strategy. The device will likely be quite similar to the LG G2, and will include updated hardware.

Source: Giga.de
Via: Android Spin

HTC’s All New One (M8) leaks in a full 12 minute YouTube video

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Well this is certainly surprising. Usually when a phone leaks on video this early before it’s release, it’s in a terrible non-HD type quality with no sound. Today we have a 12 minute video showcasing the new HTC One (M8) by a kid who somehow got his hands on the device.

Keep in mind that this may not be the best review you’ve ever seen, but the kid has still provided us with a clear and long video of the HTC M8 giving us all a first look at the much anticipated device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think!

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