Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

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A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices. » Read the rest

Galaxy Note 4 display could be revealed in patent application

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A few days ago Samsung representatives indicated the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would introduce a “new form factor” to the market. Rumors immediately surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to incorporate a Youm flexible display in the device, similar to a prototype Samsung released last year. Now a new patent application has surfaced that may reveal some more about this new form factor and how Samsung could utilize the flexible display technology. » Read the rest

Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

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If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.

Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the U.S. starting May 1

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.

For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).

Hit the break for the full press release, and click here for the specs.

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Samsung Galaxy K (formerly Galaxy S 5 Zoom) shows up in more photos

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We have another leak of the Galaxy K, this time showing the optical zoom lens. As you can see, the phone looks a lot thinner than last year’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom.

The Galaxy K will be officially unveiled on April 29, and it’s expected to sport a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a hexa-core or quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The zoom lens is expected to be 10x optical.

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Are you willing to smash your current phone for a chance to buy a OnePlus One?

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We already know that the OnePlus One is going to be very limited, but if you’re willing to do something a little unconventional, you might be able to grab one.

OnePlus has announced “Smash The Past,” which a very unique program in which you can smash your current phone to earn an opportunity to buy the OnePlus One. Now your current phone might be worth something via trade, so to make up for it, OnePlus will allow you to buy your new OnePlus One phone for only $1.00. Plus you will get another invite code to give to one of your friends to purchase their own phone (at full price).

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the OnePlus One has arrived — And boy does it look gorgeous

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To be honest, I wasn’t all too excited with the upcoming arrival of the CyanogenMod based OnePlus One device since I was too busy with the Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8 and even the Sony Z2 unveilings. Turns out the ones you don’t expect turn out to be one hell of a shocker.

The OnePlus One device will come with a 5.5″ IPS display powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 801 processor accompanied with 3GB of RAM. You’ll also see a nice 13MP camera with a 6-lens f/2.0. As for battery, you can expect a nice 3,100mAh Li-Po battery. Throw in a magnesium chassis, and you have one gorgeous phone.

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Motorola shipped 6.5 million devices globally in Q1

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Motorola announced that they have shipped a total of 6.5 million of their devices globally during Q1. Is that a lot you ask? Well, in comparison Samsung sold about 10 million Galaxy Note 3′s in 2 months and 10 million Galaxy S4′s in just one month. I know, it’s not fair to compare it to the world’s number 1 cell phone manufacturer, but it’s still interesting to see what Motorola has been able to achieve.

With their mild success of the Moto X, hopefully the successor will push Motorola’s sales a bit more forward later in this year.

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LG Optimus L70 and L90 being added to Metro PCS and T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile and Metro PCS confirmed that they would be getting the LG Optimus L70 and L90, both featuring Android 4.4 KitKat along with LG’s custom UI enhancements.

T-Mobile will carry the Optimus L90 starting on April 30, and it will sell for the full retail price of $228. Specs include a 4.7-inch qHD display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Android 4.4 update with Sense 5.5 approved for Droid DNA, rollout to begin on April 24th

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According to HTC’s executive director of product management, Mo Versi, Verizon’s Droid DNA has gotten technically approval for its Android 4.4.2 update. This update also includes Sense 5.5, and probably a handful of extra little tweaks, fixes, and Verizon additions. The OTA rollout is slated to start on April 24th, which is just over 24 hours away, so if you’ve got a Droid DNA, get ready for a nice update on your device.

Any Droid DNA owners that have been anticipating finally seeing this update?

source: Mo Versi