Samsung might go with eye scanning tech instead of fingerprint scanning

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A lot of time patents give us a clue of what direction manufacturers are going in, but then again, we live in a world in which everybody wants to patent everything imaginable, even if there is no intention to actually implement it. We have already heard reports that Samsung is having a difficult time adopting a fingerprint scanner in their flagship phones because the technology is still at its infancy. According to a patent, Samsung might be heading into a completely different direction, eye scanning.

Samsung would implement iris scanning, which hasn’t been adopted all that much because of costs and that the success rate can be low because of different levels of melanin pigments from person to person. In other words…for some people, illumination is needed, and for other times, not. Still, iris scanning is more advanced than fingerprint or retina scanning, plus a person doesn’t need to take off their sunglasses.

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Nexus 4 finally starting to receive Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update

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Nexus 4 owners have been wondering when they will get their chocolate fix, and the wait is finally over. It appears there were a few bugs in Android 4.4, which is most likely the reason why the Nexus 4 hadn’t received the OTA yet. In fact, most Nexus 7 devices hadn’t received it either. Now that Google squashed those pesky bugs with the KRT16O release, it appears business is as usual. As always, you might not get the update right away, but hang tight, it should get to you within a few days. If you’re really impatient, you can always flash the factory images.

While damages trial goes to jury, Samsung seeks mistrial

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Patent wars between Samsung and Apple continue to rage on, with both sides presenting their closing arguments for the current retrial on Monday. The matter is very complicated, but essentially in the original trial between Apple and Samsung, the jury found that multiple Samsung devices did indeed infringe on Apple’s patents. Despite the fact that multiple Apple patents were infringed upon, damages were only awarded for one patent, and what should have been awarded to Apple was miscalculated.

Samsung has paid $400 million of the original $1.05 billion that Apple was awarded, and Apple is now seeking a further $380 million on top of the remaining $650 million that Apple is owed. Samsung, however, believes that they are only responsible for a further $52 million.

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Android-powered Samsung Galaxy NX camera officially available starting at $1,600

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Samsung’s Galaxy NX, the Android-phone-camera-DSLR-thing, is finally available to the public. It didn’t make the original October release date, but unfortunately, it kept the hefty price tag; expect to shell out $1,599 for this niche device. It’s a 20.3 megapixel camera complete with a quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean with a TouchWiz overlay, and the option to purchase some additional interchangeable lenses. The standard kit comes with 16 – 55 mm lens, which is standard for other DSLRs, although not always at this price point.

As far as I can tell, this isn’t the one with AT&T version, however. If you were interested in picking up one of these to add to your cell phone plan, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. If you were interested in picking up one of these anyway, you should probably wait a bit longer, too, because I feel like there are probably better things to spend your $1,600 bucks on.

source: Engadget

Massive ZTE Nubia Z7 leaks, shows a 6.44 inch screen

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If you’re in the market for an enormous phone like the Xperia Z Ultra, you’re about to have another option to look at. The ZTE Nubia Z7 has leaked, and it looks like it’s just as big as the Ultra, for better or worse. Rumored specs say this thing has a 6.44 inch screen, identical to what Sony’s mega-phablet offers. There will also reportedly be a slightly faster Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and 128 GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.

If you aren’t impressed by those specs in a smartphone, I seriously doubt any phone is going to make you happy. Obviously, the specs are still just a rumor at this point, so take them with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping your hopes up.

source: 3G Mobile

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Galaxy Gear gets a custom ROM with Play Store access and the ability to connect to any device

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Frustrated at the lack of Galaxy Gear device compatibility? You might be interested in a new ROM that’s popped up on XDA for the Gear that not only allows it to connect to any Android device via Bluetooth, but also adds in the Play Store as well as a ton of other features.

The ROM throws in CM 10.2’s web browser so you can freely browse the internet on the device, Bluetooth tethering for internet access for the smartwatch, a native email client, and it’s completely rooted. It’s definitely a huge step up from what Samsung was offering in the device, so if you’re interested, you can find the files and instructions at the link below.

source: XDA

HTC specifies Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates for Verizon HTC One and Droid DNA

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HTC took to Twitter today to let everyone know when they should expect Android updates on their Verizon flagships. First up, they clarified that getting the HTC One onto 4.3 would be a two-step process, which includes a compatibility update and then the actual update. That strange update that One owners saw today was likely the compatibility update, and the actual update should happen sometime in December. Now, in case you were wondering if that was going to push the KitKat update further down the to-do list for HTC, that shouldn’t be the case. The 4.4 update is still on track to be delivered by the end of January. Hey, with how quickly Motorola got KitKat onto the Moto X on Verizon, there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be a realistic time frame.

HTC also clarified the update path for the Droid DNA. They didn’t give out quite as many details, but they said the 4.4 update for the DNA should be arriving by the end of January, “pending certification from your carrier.” Normally, that’s the last thing anyone would want to hear about updates on Verizon, but after today’s Moto X update, maybe it’ll happen.

source: Android Police

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 19, 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!!

Accessories

[Deal] Dead Zebra’s ‘The Vault’ has discounted Android figurines

Nexus Wireless Charger now available in Google Play Store, selling for $49.99

LG QuickCover and bumper cases for Nexus 5 now available in Google Play Store

Motorola now offering device accessories at 30% discount until November 27

Apps

Todoist receives a handy update, now works with Google Now to keep you productive

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HTC “M8” APKs leak, 249 of them to gaze upon

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Yep, there’s a lot to look at. After a few days of expressing his distaste with a popular drugstore chain, @evleaks is back in action with a pleasant gift — the system APKs for the HTC “M8”. We can spend all day talking about them, but there’s just too many and nothing seems out of the ordinary. Here’s what we know about HTC’s 2014 flagship already: the specs are going to be boosted, a fingerprint scanner may be utilized, and all four carriers will get it at launch. Take a look at the image above and let us know if there’s any that jump out at you. Read more

Todoist receives a handy update, now works with Google Now to keep you productive

Todoist has received an update today that adds Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now, and DashClock widget support. When we reviewed it last spring, we had an issue with the productivity of actually setting a reminder. But now, the integration with Google Now seems to fix that. Simply call-up Google Now and say “note to…” followed by your task/reminder. And to remind you yet again of what is on your agenda, there is integration to place a DashClock widget on your lockscreen. To get your hands on the productive update, hit the break for download links. Read more