T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 available for $0 down, $16.50 per month for 24 months (or $396 at full retail)

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When T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 launched in November, it was available for $17 per month (for 24 months) with $41.99 up front. That meant the phone cost $450. But now, T-Mobile has dropped the price. If you head over to the carrier’s site, the Nexus 5 is available for no down payment and just $16.50 per month for two years. This means that the full retail price has dropped to $396. While it is not the same price that the Play Store is selling it for, it isn’t bad considering the cost is spread out.

Now go take advantage of Uncarrier 4.0’s incentives and hit the source link below to get your Nexus 5 with T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile

Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean, KitKat rise as Gingerbread slowly fades

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Compared to last month’s numbers, Android’s distribution has not changed too much. Android 4.4 KitKat is slowly rising while 4.1.x Jelly Bean has almost reached 60%. Ice Cream Sandwich, which was Android’s last major redesign, has dropped a few ticks. But the real annoyance comes from Gingerbread. It is still lingering around. It dropped about 3% since last month — nothing too amazing. It’s just good to see the numbers shift towards Jelly Bean and KitKat.

Source: Android Developers

Droid Zap application from Motorola receives Google-styled interface update

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Droid Zap, Motorola’s sharing application, received a new update which replaces the user interface with a Google-styled one, much like the card-layout on popular apps such as Google+ and YouTube.

Though the update doesn’t bring any new functionality, it certainly looks a lot better and will probably be a lot easier to use. A familiar sidebar is also included which features settings within the app. The two-finger swipe up gesture is still used to share content.

While only owners of the most recent DROID line (Ultra, Mini, Maxx) can send files using the app, anyone using an Android device can receive files with Droid Zap.

Check out the app for yourself by hitting the link to it in the Play Store after the break. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 now available from T-Mobile

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Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?

Source: T-Mobile

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

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Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

AT&T says “Sponsored Data” does not violate FCC Net neutrality rules

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On Tuesday, AT&T announced their Sponsored Data program. It allows companies to pay for your data use when using their services; therefore, it will not count against your data limit. But many are taking issue with the program’s potential violation of the FCC’s Net neutrality rules. These people believe that it will raise costs for companies, thus costing consumers more as well. Also, it puts the control into the content creator’s hands. Read more

Android-powered Asus Transformer Pad (TF502T) launching soon

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Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.

It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.

Source: Phone Arena

German court dismisses Nokia patent lawsuit against HTC

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HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.

HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.

We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.

source: FOSS Patents

via: Android Authority

Secretive Google X Labs staff sent to meet the FDA, could mean new device in the works

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Google’s top secret “X team” has recently met with members of the United States Food and Drug Administration that handle regulating eye devices and diagnostics for heart conditions. This is some of the same X research team that helped out with the Motorola X, so this could point to some new sensor-type device that focuses on health, or, considering this particular branch of the FDA regulates ocular devices, it could have something to do with Google Glass. Contact lenses for Google Glass, anyone? Both the FDA and Google are pretty tight-lipped about exactly what happens behind closed doors, and most of these meetings are classified as simple meet-and-greets, so there’s not much in the way of details.

Technology plays a major role in medicine, and we’re starting to see some overlap between medicine and consumer devices. It’s still a fairly new field, but we’ve seen some pretty crazy stuff come out of Google’s X Lab, including Google Glass and Project Loon. They aren’t always ideas that pan out and hit mainstream audiences, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is the first of many meetings Google has with groups like the FDA.

source: Bloomberg

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could include head-tracking gesture controls

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Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…

Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.

It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: SamMobile