LG VU 3 now official, but is anyone going to buy it?

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LG took the wraps off of the Vu 3 and there doesn’t seem to be any surprises based on the leaks we have seen. Sure, it has a bigger display and better specs than previous models, but who really wants a phone with a 4:3 display?

The Vu 3 sports a 5.2-inch (1280 x 960) IPS 4:3 display, a Snapdragon 800, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, LTE-A, and stylus pen. What is most interesting is that it features many of the new software enhancements like KnockON, but the overall look of the device resembles the older look with the Samsung-like home and capacitive buttons.

The Vu 3 will launch in Korea on September 27 and will be available in black, white, and turquoise. Hit the break for additional images.

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Qualcomm joins the Wireless Power Consortium board, founders of Qi wireless charging

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Qualcomm was a founding member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, or A4WP. That’s important to remember, as they’ve just announced they’ll be joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the rival group of wireless charging that backs the Qi wireless charging standard. So now, Qualcomm is in the odd position of being a member of two separate groups that are both trying to make their own technology the standard of the entire industry. It’s a weird situation, but it may mean that we’ll finally, eventually see one type of wireless charging become the standard in the entire industry, with all major players adopting that one standard. Read more

Pivvot game provides a new kind of strategic avoidance run

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If you are tired of running through a temple full of ruins, developer Fixpoint Productions hopes to help you out with a new game called Pivvot. Described as a “strategic avoidance” game, Pivvot employs a simplistic, minimalistic style that masks a disturbingly challenging game. Gameplay involves a path the player follows with a dot connected to the path via a pivot point. The object of the game is to swing your dot around the pivot point to avoid the obstacles and complete challenges. Five game modes are available including: Read more

Entry level Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could still be in the works

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This past summer, rumors from web site ET News indicated Samsung was planning to produce and release several versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the same time in a bit of a twist to their marketing strategy. As we know, just the single, high-end Galaxy Note 3 was announced by Samsung earlier this month with only the normal differences of processors and SIM card slots varying due to the requirements of different markets. If you are wondering what happened to the “entry level” version of the Galaxy Note 3, it appears it is still in the works with the release date shifted to later in the year.

According to sources, Samsung eventually decided the release of a low-end Galaxy Note 3 brought along too high a risk that the “premier” status of the device might be tarnished. Rather than burden their flagship in that manner, Samsung is just pushing back the release date of the plastic-bodied, LCD screen, 8MP camera version of the device until sometime in November. The hardware changes will allegedly save Samsung 20-30% in costs which will enable them to market the device at a lower price point.

Samsung has not yet confirmed any of this plan to produce a low end Galaxy Note 3. Even if they do and manage to get it out to market before the end of the year, it will probably be confined to emerging markets where the normal Galaxy Note 3 is out of reach cost-wise.

source: ET News
via: G for Games

Global rollout for BBM for Android delayed, Blackberry makes statement

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Many have been anticipating the eventual release of BBM for Android this weekend, as the popular messaging platform will never soon be available to many more smartphone consumers.

However, in what was supposed to be a weekend filled of fanfare for the arrival of the application, we have seen nothing but the exact opposite.

Android users have been waiting hours upon hours for the app to be released but nothing has been released so far.

Blackberry made a statement yesterday regarding the delayed rollout.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

After yesterday’s explanation, an update was expected for Sunday. Guess again, BBM fans. Blackberry still has nothing to show except for a new tweet, sent out earlier today.

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 16 – September 22, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The biggest “we didn’t see this coming” news of the week had to be CyanogenMod forming a corporation called Cyanogen. It also looks like a partnership with Oppo is going to be unveiled this week. Sprint decided to join the early upgrade party with “One Up”, and speaking of carriers, what on earth is Verizon thinking not activating the Nexus 7 LTE edition? The iPhone 5S is now available so Tim Cook took the opportunity to take some jabs at Android. What else is new? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Accessories

Mini Purse for Galaxy Note 3 unveiled

Apps – New

‘Wickr Self-Destruct Messaging’ released to Play Store, features ‘Snapchat-esque’ encrypted SMS/MMS

Samsung releases My Galaxy app for U.K. customers

Gameloft to release ‘GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience’ this fall for Android

Dead Trigger 2 release date set for October 23

Feel the power of the pork side in new Angry Birds Star Wars II game

Focal lands in the Play Store following CyanogenMod departure

Global rollout for BBM for Android delayed, Blackberry makes statement

Pivvot game provides a new kind of strategic avoidance run

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Focal lands in the Play Store following CyanogenMod departure

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As you may have read, CyanogenMod’s camera app, Focal, was recently removed after the company was incorporated. Focal lead developer Guillaume Lesniak (Xplodwild) is believed to have left due to differences between himself and the newly formed company. Lesniak was left with just a few options on what to do with his creation.

The app has already found a new home late on Saturday night. The camera app made its way to the Google Play Store and with it comes the “beta” name; therefore, users can expect the occasional hiccup here and there.   Read more

Android 4.4 Kit Kat SMS and phone app leaked; What do you think of the new color scheme?

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With Android 4.4  Kit Kat being all the rave at the moment, leaks seem to be coming in regularly. Today, KitKat’s proposed messaging and phone app have leaked and right off that bat you can see that Google has changed the color scheme of Android up a bit as compared to ICS’s and JB’s blue/grey hue. I for one like the new look and the screenshots indicate that the status bar also changes color in conjunction with what app you’re currently on. Definitely a nice touch in my opinion.

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KitKat contest gives away new Nexus 7s as part of Android 4.4 promotion

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KitKat recently released a video showing a contest they held which involved winners sitting on a KitKat-branded bench at a certain time in order to win a Nexus 7. Great idea by the company, as they continue to do their part to market the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It’s a pretty simple concept, although the video may have overdone it a bit. Check it out for yourself below.

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SoundHound adds cloud support, access music search and discovery libraries across multiple devices

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SoundHound is finally making it easy to take all of your favorite artists, songs, and albums, and song searches with you. Today when you create an account and sign in, you will have the option to backup all of your bookmarked selections. After logging in, you can switch between devices and find everything there as well. And there’s no limitation as to where you have access. SoundHound is available on Android and other devices.

Unlike Shazam or Google Play Sound Search, SoundHound is able to to pick up what song you are trying to identify even from humming poorly. This is what has led to their success and an install base of more than one hundred million users.  Hit the break for download links and full presser. Read more