Samsung may launch the Galaxy S5 with a lower price than previous Galaxy S phones

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Premium smartphones typically come with a premium price tag. That’s been the norm for several years, with flagship devices costing upwards of $500 and $600 for unlocked models. The only manufacturer that seems to want to change that trend has been Motorola, offering some pretty great deals on unlocked Moto X phones, but no one else has followed suit. That may be changing when Samsung announces the Galaxy S5, according to a source close to development of the phone.

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Does the Samsung Galaxy S 5 need a metal body?

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With each year comes a new round of flagship devices, and before the announcement of these much anticipated devices, consumers start a wishlist of what he or she wants featured. For the most part, it has to do with displays or internal components. How big will the display be? How many pixels per inch? Then there is Megapixels in the camera, Gigabytes of RAM, and the latest processor. Most of these get answered because each year there is a ‘standard’ set of specs a high-end device should hit. However, there is something that varies between devices: How a phone feels or the quality of build.

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Samsung releases a list of US devices and tablets that will receive the KitKat update

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Samsung has just released a list of US devices that will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Unfortunately they did not specify which devices will be first, but all devices should get updated within the next few months.

The company will skip the 4.4 and 4.4.1 update for its devices and will jump directly to Android 4.4.2. The update will include minor fixes and improve the user experience by enhancing location settings, allowing users to choose the default texting app and much more.

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Android KitKat 4.2.2 update available February 17 for HTC One Dual SIM, One Mini and One Max

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HTC owners have been waiting for the Android 4.2.2 update to their devices for a while now, but speculation about when that would the release would take place has just ended. HTC Malaysia released an update on their Facebook page, stating that the update would be released to the HTC One Dual SIM, One Mini and One Max this week.

The update will be rolling out in stages, so users might still have to be a little patient before they get the update. The rollout may take as long as a couple weeks to be completed.

The update will bring the new KitKat style notifications bar with white icons, as well as Sense 5.5, cloud print support, and an upgraded Gallery app. “Ok, Google” voice commands have also been added to the Voice Search feature.

Source: PocketDroid

Cracked your screen on your HTC smartphone? HTC has your back with HTC Advantage

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Remember that teaser Tweet HTC sent out last week about some sort of repair service? Well they finally explained what it was all about. They just launched HTC Advantage, which is for U.S. owners of the HTC One, HTC One Mini, HTC One Max, and we presume the newest flagship they will announce next month. It gives customers a little more than the traditional warranty coverages you will find from other Android manufacturers. With HTC Advantage, if you crack your screen within the first 6 months of ownership, HTC will replace it for free. One caveat is that this will only cover people who buy a phone from today (February 18, 2014) onward.

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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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