Taiwanese carrier FarEasTone Telecommunications has inadvertently revealed HTC is preparing to launch a red version of the HTC One Max. The new color will join silver in the stable of versions that are currently available. With the HTC One, originally launched in silver and black, HTC eventually released red and blue versions. HTC could be on the same path with the HTC One Max, although it may be a little early to predict such an action since the new red version is limited to the Taiwanese market for now.
via: GSM Arena
Koush’s AllCast Beta application is now officially available on the Play Store via Google+’s beta community feature. The app is pretty similar to the apk he released a few days ago, although that app was set to expire this month. The new beta will be freely available to users, and all you’ll have to do is sign up on Google+.
If you’re interested, you can find Koush’s post below that has links to both the Google+ beta community and the Play Store link for the app.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. This week was highlighted by a lot of deals for Black Friday, but probably the best deal is the Moto X for $350 off contract. That one will take place tomorrow, on Cyber Monday. A new camera API means Android might finally compete with iOS in camera quality. The latest smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq, became available for pre-order and will start shipping tomorrow. Will it disappear in the night just like all it’s predecessors? Google Play Editions got a taste of KitKat and what on earth is the LG D830? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
A look at Sense 5.5 / Android 4.3 and fingerprint scanning on the HTC One Max
A look at the new Gallery, Video Highlights, and GIF Creator in Sense 5.5 / Android 4.3
HTC One Max review: Bigger isn’t always better
Dead Zebra adds the Dicktator to series 4 of their Android collectibles
Dead Zebra introduces two more Series 4 Android figurines, Core Dump and Gold
“Androidify” your Christmas tree with this Android ornament by newPCgadgets
If you have an LG G2 and are waiting to get Android 4.4 KitKat, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that LG Canada has told MobileSyrup that their device will receive the latest software update by the end of March 2014. The bad news is that March is four months away. The update could come as soon as January, but the G2 is the company’s first handset that can truly compete with others; therefore, this will be a good test to see how quickly they can push out a substantial update like KitKat. But remember, this is LG Canada we’re talking about. For now, we have no information on when G2 owners in the United States should expect to receive KitKat.
A new user agent profile that surfaced yesterday shows an unidentified LG device that no one knows much about. It’s model number “LG D830” is unique. The LG G2 is “LG D802,” the LG G Flex is “LG DX6xx,” and the Nexus 5 is “LG D820” and “LG D821.” If you scroll down further in the profile, you’ll see that the display has a 1920×1080 resolution and there is LTE packed inside. It could have been the Nexus 10 (2013), but that is supposed to have the “LG V510” model number. Perhaps this is the possible Nexus 8? Probably not as its model number would likely follow that of other LG tablets (if it were to be made by them).
Any idea what this device is? Let us know in the comments.
Right on the heels of its last leak comes new images of the Idol X+ from TCL (Alcatel). In the image above, you can see clearly there is dual SIM support due to the “SIM 2” slot. According to GSM Insider, the Idol X+ has “a front-facing camera together with light sensor to trace the brightness. On the rear-side, there is a camera lens and also single LED flash.” Also, the Idol X+ is going to have MediaTek’s new octa-core processor that we’ve been seeing plenty of as of late. The power button is on the top of the handset and there is a 3.5mm audio jack up there as well.
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According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite (GT-I9060) will become official at Mobile World Conference in February. Receiving information from an insider, they say it “is something of a cross Grand and Grand 2 – it will have a 5-inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD slot, and a 2,100mAh battery.” The Grand Lite will have a 5MP around the back and a VGA one up front. The device will ship with either Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean and come in your choice of black, lime green, and orange. As usual for the Grand line, the Grand Lite is expected to have dual SIM support for countries like China and India.
An IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.
A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.
Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)
After becoming available a few days ago through their own website, Motorola’s Moto G is now available to preorder on Amazon. Whether you decide on the 8GB or 16GB storage size, it will ship in just a few days on December 4. The 8GB and 16GB sizes will set you back $179.99 and $199.99, respectively. Not bad for decent specs, right? But remember if you’re on Verizon, this device will not work for you just yet. Big Red is set to carry the Moto G in January when it operates on their prepaid network.