Unable to stop losses, Pantech puts itself up on the sales block

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Although Pantech is not a major player in many markets around the globe, they have been producing some nice Android-based hardware and in doing that, they managed to remain the number three manufacturer in their home country of Korea. Unfortunately for Pantech, the number one and number two companies in Korea are Samsung and LG, which does not leave a lot of market for the third place company to lay claim to. Despite premium devices, like the Pantech Vega Iron 2 and a possible stylus-equipped device, Pantech has now experienced six consecutive quarters of losses. New reports indicate Pantech is now seeking a buyer to come in and scoop up the company.
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Latest rumor says HTC One (M8) Eye to launch in October with new camera

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We already got wind a couple weeks ago that HTC was working on an update to their flagship HTC One (M8) for a fall release. A new Twitter post from @LlabTooFeR is consistent with our previous guess that HTC was working on an October release date for the new HTC One (M8) Eye.

Along with the date, @LlabTooFeR seems to confirm the main change for the device is the upgrade to the camera, moving it from a 4MP ultrapixel camera to a standard 13MP unit. The unit also appears to be coming with Android 4.4.4 and Sense 6.0 loaded.

According to previous reports, HTC still has a separate HTC Eye smartphone and an action camera to compete with GoPro ready for release as well.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Watch the unboxing of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

galaxy note 4 unboxingSamsung announced they were speeding up the launch of their Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea to stay competitive with Apple’s iPhone launch. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we get to buy the device any earlier in the US, but it does mean that we get to see some unboxing videos ahead of time.

Samsung Tomorrow got their hands on a device on launch day and went through the proper unboxing treatment, showing off the device and all of the included accessories. You get all of the typical Samsung flagship accessories, including user manuals, USB cables, headphones, etc. plus the Galaxy Note’s S Pen tips and replacement tool.
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More blurry images of Nexus X leak

Nexus X shamuAfter yesterday’s mock-ups of the purported Nexus X, we’re seeing a blurry look at the front of the device with the screen on. These photos show a massive device with an “About Phone” section that suggests it is a device code named Shamu running Android L. Aside from that, there’s unfortunately not a whole lot to glean from the pictures.

The device is clearly pretty large when you notice how small the navigation buttons are relative to the rest of the screen, but it’s tough to pin down the exact size of the device. At this point, we’re still assuming the 5.92-inch display that was leaked yesterday, but until Google or Motorola makes something official, that’s the best we can do.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 26, 2014

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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!!

Reviews

Moto X (2014) review: Specs matter this time around

Android Wear

New Android Wear app brings a Twitter client to your wrist

Apps

Vine for Android gets Much-Needed Update

Cameras

HTC’s upcoming GoPro competitor may have a 16MP sensor and a Super Wide Angle Lens


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Influx of Moto X (2014) pre-orders causes Motorola to send delay notice

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The Moto X (2014) was expected to be shipping by now, but so many pre-orders have been placed that customers are being sent delay notices. The demand is so great that Motorola will not even provide a backorder option for the 32GB model. Prospective buyers have to opt for the 16GB model to complete an order.

To move things along, Motorola has reportedly brought in another manufacturer from China to assemble Moto Maker devices.

Via: Droid Life

Google requiring expanded presence of its apps for Android manufacturers

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When an Android manufacturer wants to include Google applications on devices, they must sign the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). This agreement is why Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and a bunch of others can use things like Google Play. Without something like Google Play, users would be left with meager alternatives. Google has made some changes to the MADA that expands the company’s software presence on Android devices this year.


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