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ASUS PadFone X seen in benchmark, may be released soon


While the PadFone Infinity is set to be released in the US sometime in the near future and the new PadFone mini was just announced last week, it seems there’s a new PadFone being released by ASUS soon as well. It’s called the PadFone X, and it was recently spotted in AnTuTu’s benchmark database.

The PadFone X is supposedly the successor to the PadFone 2 which was released last year, and there are a number of things that we can tell from its appearance in the database. First of all, it will be running Android 4.4 and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Not only that, it also has a 1200 x 1920 screen resolution, thought the size of the screen remains unknown. Other details include a rear-facing camera of at least 5MP, 2Gb of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.

The device itself scored very high in the benchmark tests, but we still don’t know when it will be released. Will we see the PadFone X in the US? We certainly hope so!

Source: AnTuTu
Via: PhoneArena

Adam II tablet by Notion Ink unveiled with ticker-style display on side

Adam II

The Indian manufacturer Notion Ink finally announced its upcoming tablet, and it’s coming with a bit of a surprise included: a side-display featuring ticker-like content.

The tablet, which will come in both WiFi and 3G variants, has a 10.1-inch IPS (1280 x 800 pixels) display, a dual-core Cortex A9 SoC at 1.5GHZ. The GPU is a quad-core Mali 400, and the device has 1GB of RAM, a 3.15MP rear shooter as well as a front camera. There’s also 8GB of storage built in, as well as a 6,000mAh battery. The tablet runs on Android 4.2.2 as well.

The device is only available in India as of now— there isn’t any word on whether it will hit the international market, but it’s going for RS16,500 ($265) for the WiFi variant and RS19,000 ($305) for the 3G version.

Source: AndroidGuys











Verizon Changelog for HTC One Android 4.3 Update Surfaces


With the Android 4.3 update for the Verizon HTC One finally upon us, it was only a matter of time before we’d see a changelog surface somewhere. Surface it has, as Big Red updated their web site with a support PDF for the newly approved update.

The update has a finalized build of 2.10.605.1. As far as the update is concerned there isn’t much to it. Besides the improvements that Android 4.3 brought to the table, there isn’t much to it in terms of new or updated software. Verizon has added yet another bloatware app. One owners will be able to add their own tracks to Highlights videos.

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HTC’s global sales duties given to CFO Chang Chialin


HTC continues to switch up its operations from the top down with the announcement today that the company is handing over global sales duties to CFO Chang Chialin.

The company is currently suffering two years of declining revenue, and nothing is looking up as of now.

There isn’t really any big news here, but the swap-up at HTC shows that the company understands that major changes need to be put into place to turn around the company. 

Source: Bloomberg

Google Calendar gets an update that improves accepting event invitations from within Gmail


Google is continuing their wave of app updates, with Calendar being the latest to receive an update. It’s not a major update, but now if you’re invited to an event from within Gmail, you can respond to the event right there. Previously, trying to respont would put you in the calendar app to actually make your decision, but now you just get a simple little toast notification of whether you reply yes, no, or maybe. It’s a simple change, but it’s just big enough to make the integration between the two apps feel much more polished.

Google Calendar was one of our picks for the best available Android calendar apps, and this little tweak makes it that much better. You can check out that list here, and then grab the download below, courtesy of Android Police, if you don’t want to wait for Google’s staged rollouts.

source: Android Police

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Amazon offering Kindle Fire HDX with a payment plan


Did Christmas shopping burn a whole in your pocket? If so, don’t worry because Amazon is offering a payment plan to get their Kindle Fire HDX. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models are available through the plan. Eligible customers can pay for the device over the four months, with the cost being divided among them. The WiFi models will set you back $57 and $94.75 each month, respectively. The best of all? The payment plan is interest free.

To take advantage of this offer, sign in to your account and head over to the listing for the model you want. From there, you will see if you are eligible. Order the device and make your first payment. Then Amazon will charge you every 90 days. Make sure you have enough funds because if you don’t, Amazon will block your Kindle Fire HDX from their content and suspend your online account. Also, the offer ends by Christmas day.

Source: Amazon

[Deal] Grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for as little as a penny at Amazon


The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is not a device for the typical smartphone buyer, but for those who are interested in it, Amazon has a great deal if you are willing to be tied to AT&T for a couple years. For individuals signing up for a new 2-year contract with AT&T, Amazon will sell you the Galaxy S4 Zoom for a mere penny. If you happen to already have an account with AT&T and want to buy the device as an upgrade, it will run you $49.99. Both of these prices are better than what you can do buying direct from AT&T.  If you are not interested in a 2-year contract, Amazon will set you back $599.99 for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is about $70 more than what you could get it for from AT&T.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom most closely matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for most of the hardware. The exception being the big camera Samsung has grafted onto a cell phone. For photographers, the Galaxy S4 Zoom offers a 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom and an f-stop range from 3.1 – 6.3. A xenon flash is included in the device as well.

To take advantage of the deal, just hit the source link to head on over to Amazon.

source: Amazon

Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy Core Advance launching early next year


In targeting the entry-level market, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Core Advance in early 2014. The device will be specifically for emerging markets and consumers that want a smartphone on a budget. Behind its 4.7-inch WVGA screen, the Galaxy Core Advance has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. A 5MP camera is on the back and Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are also present. The 8GB of storage can be expanded since there is a microSD card slot on the handset. Android 4.2 is at the core with Samsung’s layers of TouchWiz on top. There is no release date yet for the Galaxy Core Advance, but we do know that it will come in deep blue or pearl white.

Source: Samsung

Android 4.3 Rolling Out for the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

 xperia z1 colors

While most of us are anxiously biding our time for Android’s newest iteration, KitKat, a number of devices are making their way to the latest build of Jelly Bean. Among those devices are the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra. While some of you may not be as thrilled and continue to look forward to Sony pushing out the Android 4.4 update, the software update boasts new features on top of performance tweaks. They include:

  •  Sony’s Smart Social Camera – The Xperia Z1 exclusive is now making its way to the Z Ultra. This brings the ability to “download, access and enjoy ‘Xperia Camera apps’ directly from within the viewfinder.”
  • Updated Sony Apps – Messaging, MyExperia, Smart Connect, Track ID, Sony Select, among others, are tweaked and improved.
  • Sony Media apps  – WALKMAN, Album and Movies with Sony Entertainment Network cloud integration are more “converged” allowing for better access to local and cloud content.
  • Themes – Xperia Themes with downloadable UI packs are coming soon.
  • Security enhancements – On top of Android security enhancements Sony has made some of their own to their Xperia in Business platform.

So besides Jelly Bean’s tweaks and enhancements you’ll be seeing Sony’s software enhanced as well. These are just two of the many Sony devices being updated, so look for those announcements in the coming weeks. While you’re at it, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know if you’ve received the update yourself.

source: Sony Mobile