No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.
Samsung is the king of marketing, and their latest #SmartMove campaign is no exception. They already posted three episodes, and today’s fourth episode features the Galaxy Gear. They show you how easy it is to read texts and emails on your wrist as well as find your phone if you leave it behind. Check out the video after the break and click here to see the other three episodes.
One of the greatest things about Android is the amount of choices we have, but unfortunately that power yields a lot of garbage, which makes it difficult for uninformed buyers. Take the latest and not so greatest tablet from Hammacher Schlemmer, which features a no glasses 3D display. I can only imagine the people thinking, “Oh cool, this would make a great gift for Dad.” It even converts 2D to 3D. Sounds pretty cool, but who the hell manufactured this thing?
Moving on to the specs, most of them aren’t even divulged, but the ones that are, aren’t anything to go crazy about. It has an 8-inch (1280 x 800) LCD display (188 ppi), 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot or USB for expanded storage, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 5-7 hours of battery life (mAh unknown) and Android 4.1. So we have no idea what type of processor it has, nor the memory.
Google started pushing version 4.5.10 of the Play Store app to devices. It’s not a major update, but it does add in the feature of letting you know if an app has in-app purchases. You will also find a bigger 5-star rating selector along with a new edit button for editing your app reviews. You can now finally delete them as well.
Also new is an activity feed that continues the integration with Google+. You can share your activity to Google+ including your +1s, ratings, etc.
You should get the update on your device within the next few days, but if you’re one of those people that’s gotta have it now, then click on the download link below. Enjoy!!
Download Play Store ver 4.5.10
Cyanogen has already made available the first Milestone release of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on KitKat. It’s only available for Nexus devices, but only the ones that are “actively AOSP supported”, which means the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (all variants), and Nexus 10.
This is a new method for the Cyanogen team as they usually release Nightlies at this point, but not allow bug reports. While, M1 will only be available to these select devices, users will be able issue bug reports, although they do feel things are pretty stable at this point.
Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus devices will be part of the Nightlies, which should be available in the near future.
source: CyanogenMod / Downloads
Samsung continues to spend big bucks in their market efforts, and their latest offering is based on the #DesignYourLife hashtag. They feature Robin Thicke promoting the Galaxy Note 3 with some hot ladies. In episode one, Robin meets the girls while stopped at a traffic light and in the second episode, he shows off his communication skills while using multi window on the Galaxy Note 3. I can only assume that we will be treated to more episodes soon. Hit the break for the first two.
Ever since its creation, Spotify has been on the rise. Currently the music streaming service has 20 million active users around the world, and 6 million of those are paying subscribers. Spotify has a free music streaming service in place for desktop and laptop computers, but it seems as though the Swedish streaming company will be releasing a similar service for mobile devices in the near future.
The service will be ad-based, and will allow non-paying users to listen to a limited number of songs on demand. It will also play music based on the user’s input, similar to Internet radio services like Pandora. Up until now, Spotify has been charging users to stream music on their mobile devices as part of the Spotify Premium service.
The successor to the Oppo Find 5, the Oppo Find 7, is rumored to be announced within the next couple of months, but the supposed specs for the device were leaked back in June. Today we got a new round of specs which are a little different from the previous set, and they certainly are impressive.
The device is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Not bad at all! Not only that, the Find 7 will also include a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing one. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and LTE support.
comScore’s latest smartphone market share report confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for a while now; Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the landscape, while most other manufacturers fight for the scraps at the bottom of the pile. The Q3 report shows that Apple lost roughly 0.2% while Samsung saw another growth of 1.3%, which combined puts the two of them in control of 66% of the market, or 2/3 of every smartphone. That’s rough for everyone else. Motorola managed to pull up into third place with 7% of total smartphone subscribers. Read more