HTC One Max to be announced in China on October 15

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HTC Sent out invites for events in both Hong Kong and Taiwan for what will most likely be the HTC One Max. The dates for both events are October 16 and 18, respectively. Seems odd, but it was also confirmed that the official global launch will take place in China on October 15. The invitations say, “One finger opens up a big view” and “You are invited to immerse in the sound with us,” which are obvious references to the fingerprint scanner and BoomSound.

Those of us in the U.S. might get a chance to buy the HTC One Max since it’s rumored to hit Verizon.

source: Engadget

Motorola to offer a phablet called Xplay and the DROID Quantum in 2014

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The latest leak regarding Motorola has them working on a new phablet called the Xplay. It will sport a 6.3-inch display, and lets also hope Motorola will finally offer 1080p because it’s going to need it. The same leaker also suggests a DROID Ultra successor is in the works called the DROID Quantum. Unfortunately the leaker didn’t offer any other info. I wonder if we will see either or both of these devices in January at CES?

source: weibo
via: gforgames

HTC’s Sense 5.5 leak shows BlinkFeed toggle and new camera features

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Sense 5.5 is on the way and the folks over at Android Revolution posted a slew of screenshots. The biggest achilles heel in Sense 5 was the fact that BlinkFeed couldn’t be disabled. It looks like HTC has listened to the complaints because there will now be a toggle to remove it if you wish. It also looks like HTC is jumping into the dual camera craze with something called Dual Capture, but they will also offer what’s called Panorama+. I suspect this might be their version of Photo Sphere. Some of the other notable changes include new emoticons for the stock keyboard, the ability to customize the Quick Settings panel, and new BlinkFeed categories. Hit the break for more screenshots.

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Google to offer battery size options for Nexus 5, pricing leaked

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Just like the Nexus 4, Google will offer two different versions of the Nexus 5, but storage size won’t be the only difference. You will still be able to buy either a 16GB or 32GB version, but each version could sport a different battery. The 2,300mAh battery that we saw in the leaked service manual will apparently be in the 16GB version, but the 32GB version will get a whopping 3,000mah cell.

Pricing is going to be similar to last year, but the larger battery in the 32GB version is going to bring a little higher premium. The 16GB version will go for $299 and the 32GB version will run $399 (last year $349). It’s still too much of a premium for the difference in capacity size, but I have no problem paying $50 more for a decent battery.

The next question on my mind is whether or not Google will have enough supply to handle the demand?

source: Phone Arena

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 7, 2013

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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!!

Guides

LG G2 software features walkthrough

How to setup and use Guest Mode on the LG G2

Apps

AnTuTu releases Benchmark X Edition, promises to be manufacturer-manipulation free, fight “score fraud”

All DROID devices with ICS or higher can now share photos with DROID Zap

Several HBO shows are now available for purchase on Google Play

Leaked screenshots suggest SMS/MMS support for Google Hangouts is close

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 sales are missing internal targets

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While Samsung did see growth in market share for August, they are falling short of sales expectations internally. Analyst Peter Misek from Jefferies explains that the “Galaxy S4 sales missed internal targets leading Samsung to not raise foundry prices for Apple like we expected.” He believes that had the Korean manufacturer’s flagship device done very well, Apple would have had high prices for the metal casing of the iPhone 5s. And to add to the questionable sales, Samsung has reportedly faced poor pre-order figures with the Galaxy Note 3 in their homeland of South Korea.

Is Samsung in trouble? Certainly not. They missed internal targets and its unknown by just how much they fell short. By no means are they in HTC’s position. It’s entirely possible that Samsung holds a high standard for how they feel their products should sell.

Source: Business Insider

HTC Chairwoman Refutes Rumors of Take Over, Denies Other Rumors as Well

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If you’ve been paying attention at home then you know that HTC recently posted is first quarterly loss in over 11 years. Even with award winning devices like the HTC One and the rumored One Max on the horizon, HTC looks to not only be bleeding employees, but also partners. Things are going so far south that it’s been rumored that there will be a change in command or a possible buy out from a prominent Chinese manufacturer. However if HTC’s Chairwoman, Cher wang is to be believed, the company isn’t in as bad a shape as we’re led to believe. According to her, the company’s stock prices shouldn’t be a reflection of what’s ahead. According to her:

“Stock price is really the past. Innovation is the future. I actually never look into the price, it doesn’t influence me. The (ability) of the company to be able to stick with (its) vision is the most important.”

She also went on to refute the rumor that there’s a company out there looking to buy out the Taiwanese company. Not only that, she also refuted that there will be a change in leadership. She had this to say:

“Peter is a great guy. He has a lot of innovative ideas and he’s very charismatic.”

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Leaked screenshots suggest SMS/MMS support for Google Hangouts is close

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Some new screenshots suggest support for SMS messaging is close to being included in Google’s Hangouts messaging platform. Support for SMS messaging was one of the glaring omissions when the new Hangouts app was released earlier this year, though Google has always maintained their plan was to unify messaging protocols including SMS. As part of the support for text messaging, it appears Hangouts will also support MMS, although it is not clear whether users will be able to send videos as MMS using Hangouts. In addition to the SMS and MMS integration, the new version will also allow sharing of videos via the Hangouts platform. Read more

Fox News is using 55-inch tablets in their new set

fox_news_tabletsWe all know that as tablets and smartphones have been rising in popularity, they have been also growing in size. Time for a huge size jump. Fox News’s new News Deck studio features enormous 55-inch tablet slates. That is enormous. They probably don’t run Android, but it’s pretty cool to see touch screens that are probably bigger than a lot of your television at home.

You can check out the tablets, as well as the rest of the gadgets in the new news room in the video embedded after the break.

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Several HBO shows are now available for purchase on Google Play

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HBO has (finally) reached some kind of agreement with Google to allow their shows to be sold through Google Play. There are a few catches here, though. As of right now, there are only a few shows available, not all of their programming.  You’ll be able to buy episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, and The Wire. It’s not a massive selection, but it’s not bad at all. HBO is committed to getting more shows available in the future. You also can’t get the newest completed seasons if they haven’t been released on DVD yet (Game of Thrones seasons 1 and 2 are available, but not season 3) and they probably won’t be available until the most recent seasons hit store shelves and another new season starts.

Even with those few shortcomings, it’s great to finally have a legitimate (and relatively affordable) way to buy and watch some of these shows digitally.

source: Google Play