There are a lot of people hoping and praying for an Android phone made by Nokia, and those prayers could be answered. Back in November, a Nokia phone leaked (courtesy of @evleaks and pictured above) with the codename Normandy, and it turns out it runs Android. Unfortunately there is some bad news in that Nokia is testing it with a forked version of Android similar to what Amazon does. This means no Google apps. Throw in the fact that it’s expected to be a low-end phone, and all of a sudden there is nothing to get excited about.
The other question is if it will ever be released? Nokia would need to release it before the Microsoft deal takes place because it’s unlikely Microsoft would want to continue with it. Nokia employees are saying “full steam ahead” and that it will be released in 2014. This should be interesting.
As expected, ASUS unveiled the PadFone Mini in Taiwan. The phone will sport a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and the tablet dock will come in at 7-inches (1280 x 800 display). The rest of the specs (of the phone) include a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 1,500mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The dock also includes a 2.300mAh battery.
There is also a Hi-Light “Owl Mode” for better photos in low light. It’s priced at NT$11,990 ($405), which is unbelievably cheap when you consider what you’re getting. The initial plan is for it to be available in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, but don’t count the U.S. out. Hit the break for a quick video.
Google has updated the Play Books application to add a handful of new tweaks and improvements across the board. One of the more major adjustments is performance-related; all books, whether they’re bought from Google Play or uploaded on your own, will now open faster. When dealing with larger books, sometimes the app took awhile to get everything loaded up and ready to go, so this is a nice improvement. There are also some tweaks to make highlighting and notes work a little better, which is always welcome.
On top of those tweaks, Google has added the ability to upload your own books through the phone and tablet versions of Play Books. Any compatible PDF or ePub file can be uploaded straight from your device to your Play Books account. This has previously been available on the desktop version of Play Books, but the mobile option is a very nice touch.
Like all of Google’s updates, this one’s going out in stages. If you don’t see the update yet, just be patient. You’ll see it soon enough.
If you can recall, Samsung’s Christmas video last year was… naughty. Well, that isn’t what they’re going for this year. It is back on the nice list. Santa Claus is holding his Santa’s Big Christmas Secret 2013 presentation for his elves. Immediately Santa is hyping the crowd by saying “are you ready for the next big thing” in reference to what Samsung calls their products. The Galaxy Gear is brought forward and the elves are puzzled. Santa questions them on watches being able to alert you and take photos. Of course, the elves are puzzled. But hold on, the Galaxy Gear can do all of that stuff. Then, Mrs. Claus calls in and the sea of elves quickly erupts with “Call Me Maybe” playing in the background.
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Lookout Mobile Security‘s research has found that 63% of people just can not keep up with mobile technology. In a study group of more than 2000 people, one in three of them depend on someone who has a great deal of knowledge in the field. And of those that depend on a “Tech Hero,” 75% will turn to them for advice on what smartphone or tablet to purchase. These mobile tech-savy individuals may have accounted for $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013.
To reward these “Tech Heroes,” Lookout is holding a contest on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to their page and nominate your go-to for mobile technology. From there, nominees receive votes and become eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner will be announced on January 7, 2014 and split $2,000 with their nominator. Leading up to that date, nominees will be randomly selected as winners for a few different devices. The four weeks prior will feature two Nexus 7 tablets, two Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watches, and two Samsung smart TVs.
You can find the Facebook page here. Hit the break for a video. Read more
Twitter is constantly trying to make their official app up to par with the plethora of 3rd party Twitter clients that are available. Whether you love or hate the official app, at least progress is being made right? Nonetheless, today Twitter has updated their app which includes a slew of new updates:
- New Design
- Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.
- Share photos in Direct Messages.
- Send and receive photos via DMs.
- Notifications from your network.
- Choose to view Replies, Retweets, and Favorites from only the people that you follow.
- Receive Push Notifications from the people you care about most.
- Favorite their profile to receive a Push Notification any time they tweet.
Check out the images and QR code after the break!
To operate on its Spark LTE network, Sprint will soon be releasing a tri-band Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sprint has already released the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega, and GS4 Mini on the Spark network. Current Galaxy S 4 owners on Sprint will not reach Spark speeds as it requires additional bands specific for the network. Sprint Spark can achieve up to 60Mbps to satisfy your speed demands. This new GS4 model can be had for $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract; however, you can opt for Sprint’s One Up and pay $25 per month. For now, Sprint Spark is live in New York, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, and Los Angeles with plans to expand greatly next year.
The full press release can be found after the break. Read more
A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
Source: ET News
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Nova Launcher is one of the more widely used launchers on the Google Play store, and for good reason. Updates are of plenty, and the developers continuously bring great content to devices.
Today, Nova Launcher received update 2.3, which adds the genuine KitKat “look and feel” to the launcher— this includes the KitKat scroll indicator, KitKat folders, and more. Beta testers have been using these features for a while now, so the rest of you can finally get your hands on it!
The full changelog and a link to the app in the Play Store are after the break.