TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 17, 2014

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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

Grip Shells are Now Available Adding Even More Customization to the Moto G

Carriers

Verizon’s bill size leads all carriers, T-Mobile appropriately the cheapest

Banks say $50 billion deal to merge Sprint, T-Mobile could work

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini to receive Wi-Fi calling

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Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini to receive Wi-Fi calling

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CEO John Legere’s company, T-Mobile, was the only carrier in the nation to offer first-party Wi-Fi calling— until now.

Internal training documents reveal that Spring will be joining T-Mobile with its own offering, beginning on two Samsung devices, the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4. The Wi-Fi calling will be enabled through maintenance updates.

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Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets FCC approval, nearing official announcement

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We’ve been hearing all kinds of rumors about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Neo, but since the FCC has just approved the device for sale, it’s pretty likely we’ll see an official announcement from Samsung pretty soon.

Mobile World Congress starts on February 24th, and Samsung is known for announcing at least a few things at MWC. It shouldn’t be a surprise that all of these certifications are preparing Samsung to make the Note 3 Neo official next month. We know that the phablet will sport a 720p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a “hexa-core” CPU (a dual-core CPU and an octa-core CPU), but we still haven’t heard much on pricing. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before something is made official.

source: VR-Zone

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will cost $445

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Huawei showed off their Ascend Mate 2 at CES this year but didn’t mention a price for the device. Today, they’ve announced that they’ll be selling the Ascend Mate 2 for $445 this quarter. For the specs in the device, that’s a very reasonable price.

The Ascend Mate 2 has a 6.1 inch 720p screen, a massive 4,050 mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The 3G model comes with a Hisilicon CPU, while the 4G model has a Snapdragon 400. One of the more unique features of the device is its ability to reverse charge. It can charge other handsets that are connected to the Mate 2, so it can function as an external battery brick on the go.

Huawei plans on releasing the device on US shores at some point, but there’s no official word on when that might be.

source: Phone Arena

Bluebird announces rugged handset that runs Android or Windows Phone variant

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A number of rumors have been flying around in the past few months about new handsets that could have either Android or Windows Phone installed on the same device. One company has gone ahead and made one of those devices. The company is Bluebird, a Korean manufacturer and they call their new handset the BM180.

Interestingly enough the press release for the device mainly focuses on Windows Embedded 8 Handheld which is based on Windows Phone 8 Core. Despite the press release the handset makes use of Android 4.2 as well as Windows Embedded 8 Handheld.

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Verizon’s bill size leads all carriers, T-Mobile appropriately the cheapest

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In the United States, Verizon is the leading carrier when it comes to the size of customers’ bills. According to a survey issued by Cowen and Company to 1,876 customers in Q4 2013, Verizon’s average monthly bill was $148. Sprint and AT&T followed closely with $144 and $141 per month, respectively. In what should be no surprise, T-Mobile was last, a good thing in this race, by averaging $121 per month. The last time this research was done by Cowen, the numbers were higher for each carrier; however, this is because a random sample is being used.

The firm then asked these customers how if they would switch to another carrier. Seventeen percent of Verizon customers said yes while less than sixteen percent of T-Mobile customers said the same. Just eleven percent of AT&T customers said they would also switch. Sprint customers had the largest demand to switch — just over thirty-one percent. These numbers, though, should be taken with a grain of salt since Cowen feels the changes from Q3 2013 was too large of a change.

Source: Cowen and Company
Via: Ars Technica

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold will have a $100 rebate, other phones too until January 26

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In a document sent to Android Central, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold on Verizon will have a $100 rebate when it launches. And its release date must be soon since the promotional period ends on January 26 and started today. The Galaxy Note 3 is not the only device included. Other Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC devices are also eligible (at different rebate amounts).

Let us know in the comments if there is a rebate amount/device combo that entices you.

Source: Android Central

First tablet with Sharp’s MEMS display should arrive before July, will rival LCD and OLED

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Sharp is trying to break the mold by offering another type of display. At CES 2014, the company showed its Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) display. The technology should make its way to 7-inch tablets by this summer and the advantages seem impressive. But it will not be limited to tablets. DigitalVersus, who talked with the company about the technology, said “it may even one day find its way into TV sets, such as highly energy-efficient 8K TVs, although Sharp was quick to shrug off any such suggestions.” Read more

Google is still working on Chromoting, a remote desktop application

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Remember that Chromoting application that we saw back in July? The Chromium team is still working on it. Ron Amadeo happened to find this out courtesy of a bug report from the Chromium team. The bug report makes it seem like the Chromium team is now working on the visual design for Chromoting since the functionality looks to be near completion. A release is likely scheduled for May when Google holds their I/O conference.

Source: Chromium, +Ron Amadeo

Wood-backed Moto X price cut to $25, more options coming

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The wood finish for the Moto X has been a hefty $100 extra, but from now on, it will only cost $25. And for those of you who already got your custom bamboo finish, Motorola’s offering a $75 credit that can be used on anything from the Motorola store besides a Chromecast until January 31.

Also, beginning January 21, ebony, teak, and walnut finishes will also be options in addition to bamboo.

Source: Motorola Blog