Xiaomi unveils the Mi3, flagship specs at an affordable price

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Some of you might not have heard of Xiaomi, but you will pretty soon now that Hugo Barra joined the company. Xiaomi is known for making quality phones at affordable prices, but they never leave China. They just announced their latest, the Mi3, which features a 5-inch 1080p display, a NVIDIA Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, Sony 13MP rear camera with  f/2.2 aperture, and 3,050mAh battery. Plus it’s only 8.1mm thick.

What do you think a phone like this should cost off contract? Probably at least $600 right? Wrong!! The Mi3 is going to cost 999 yuan ($327) for the 16GB model. Even the 64GB model is cheaper than any flagship, 2499 yuan ($410). Xiaomi is known for selling their devices in batches, and that will continue with the Mi3. The first batch will go on sale by mid-October in China.

Now that Hugo Barra is onboard, let’s hope that we start seeing Xiaomi products outside of China in the near future.

source: Xiaomi

The Galaxy Note 3 features USB 3.0 along with some added benefits

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Samsung doesn’t usually like spending too much time on specs because they feel their software features sell the phone. However, some specs can actually be a feature. The Galaxy Note 3 sports USB 3.0, which a lot of people are going to find pretty useful.

By far the biggest benefit has to be faster charging when connected to your laptop or desktop computer. With older phones, you have probably noticed that when you connect it to your computer, it charges really slow. That is because USB 2.0 can only charge up to 500 milliamps, but USB 3.0 can charge up to 900 milliamps. That is a lot closer to what you get when plugged into a wall charger. Wall chargers can vary, but you can usually expect around 1,000 milliamps.

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Security solution Samsung KNOX opened up for consumers

Samsung_Knox_Galaxy_S_IVSamsung KNOX, which adds another security level to your phone, is going to become public. KNOX, which is integrated into the device’s hardware,  allows you to separate your data and apps into containers to make it harder for intruders to access your files. The software has been available for enterprises for some time, and the US Department of Defense even uses it, so it’s got to be good enough for ordinary consumers.

KNOX will be available on the new Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 when it launches. Other already released devices like the Galaxy S III, S4, and Note II will also be able to get KNOX on their device. You can see more info in the official press release after the break. Read more

Samsung releases 6.5 minute video showcasing brand new Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory

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Samsung just released a video which displays the recently unveiled, gorgeous Galaxy Note 3— the 6.5 minute clip highlights some of the main features included on the device, like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbook. It also shows off the S Pen and goes over the S Finder interface for a bit as well.

The Galaxy Note 3 will be widely available around the world in 120 countries come September 25, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out which carriers will be offering the device and for how much.

Be sure to check out the video below!

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 4, 2013

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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!!

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Cameras

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses for smartphones announced at IFA 2013

Carriers

Moto X finally available on US Cellular

Google

Larry Page unveils a special KitKat bar

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Android distribution numbers released once again, Jelly Bean shows steady growth, ICS decreases

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Here we are again, checking out the latest distribution charts for Android— we certainly have some interesting developments for this month’s numbers. First, you’ll notice that the prehistoric versions of Android OS (Donut and Eclair) are no longer on the chart! Why is this? Not because nobody has them running on their devices anymore, but because data for the chart is now gathered from the Google Play Store app, which only runs on devices with Android 2.2 or greater. Either way, devices running the older versions of Android only account for around 1%.

Now, for this month’s improvements in Android fragmentation— combined, Jelly Bean is currently loaded up on 45.1% of all Android-powered devices, up from 40.5% from last month.  For the first time ever, Ice Cream Sandwich actually showed a decrease, going from 22.5% to 21.7%. Sure, it’s not a lot, but the decrease certainly shows that OEMs are doing a better job upgrading their devices to Jelly Bean.

Gingerbread shrunk a bit as well, going from 33.1% to 30.7%, and Froyo followed suit, coming down to 2.4% from 2.5%.  We’ll be back next month with the latest Android distribution numbers. Hopefully we’ll get to see a new KitKat section on the chart!

Source: Android Developers

NVIDIA’s 7″ Tegra Note appears in photos online, shipping to China to begin soon

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ChinaDIY recently got their hands on NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra Note, and took a series of photos with the device. We know that the tablet will be a white label product, meaning that NVIDIA partners around the world will be re-branding the Tegra Note as their own— expect to see it for a very attractive price.

We also have some confirmed specs: a 7″ 1280 x 768 HD display, a quad-core Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, a 5 MP rear camera, a front camera of unknown resolution, micro-USB/HDMI support, and a stylus.

To see more images of the Tegra Note, head on over to the source link below.

Source: ChinaDIY

Sony announces pricing and availability for the SmartWatch 2

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Back in June, Sony introduced the SmartWatch 2 for September, but didn’t specify pricing. Today, they reiterated that it would be available at the end of this month and let us know how much it will cost.

They will offer a black silicone strap model for €179 (~$236) and a stainless steel strap model for €199 (~$263). Replacement color silicone straps will go for €19 (~$25).

So far it looks like it will only be available in Europe for the time being since Sony hasn’t announced any intentions for North America. We can only assume that we will see a release stateside by the holidays.

source: Phone Arena

Google Glass app store to come in 2014

ap_google_glasses_kb_120627_wgEarlier this summer, it was leaked that Google Glass app store was in the works, and now it’s official. According to the New York Times, a Glass-optimized app store will debut at some point in 2014. A Google representative confirmed that with Marketing Land. The store was reportedly going to be called “Boutique,” but we’ll have to see if that name stuck.

There are still only limited details, but as we get closer and closer to a public Glass release, we’ll keep hearing more info.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 will receive Android 4.3 in October

Samsung_Galaxy_S_III_LockscreenMost of today’s big news revolved around new devices, but there was some good news for those with the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4. Samsung announced that Android 4.3 will arrive for both phones in October. In addition, Galaxy Gear functionality will be added to the S4 with the update, which is scheduled to come out around the same time as the Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Of course, this also depends on when your carrier wants to give you the update.

Source: Engadget