As Sony sells VAIO PC business, smartphone sales rise

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Sony has a lot going on right now and there are a lot of rumors surrounding them, but with the recent release of their Q3 2013 results we should be able to learn a bit more about what lies ahead for the company. Sony enjoyed a 44.8% increase in sales in the Mobile Products and Communication division, with the total sales coming to $4.396 billion. It also managed to have an operating loss reduced by $120 million.

The success in the mobile division is mostly due to a “significant increase” in smartphone sales, and comes despite being put together with the Sony PC business.

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The Korean LG G2 receives Android 4.4.2 with support for ART onboard

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The update that was slated to arrive at the end of January, is now pushing to the Korean LG G2. While only a few days late, the OTA comes with the new Android RunTime (ART) onboard. The experimental runtime that will eventually replace Dalvik is said to be better for both battery and performance.

Basically, when you use Dalvik, the bytecode for an app is created after you open said app. With ART, this happens right after you install the app, making apps ready to go before you even open them the first go around. People who use the new runtime have reported an increase in storage use (10-20 percent) but mileage may vary. But I digress.

Korean LG G2 owners should be on the look out for the OTA and this new option. There is still nothing on when US users are to see Android 4.4 on their handsets, but currently it’s slated for the end of the quarter. So those of you who own the phone in the US will have to wait patiently for another month and a half at the latest.

source: Phone Arena

LG G Pro 2 to have smart listening app and high powered speaker system

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The LG G Pro 2 is set to come out very soon, and we’ve already heard a number of rumors about it. For example, we know that the device will have a screen that takes up 77% of the front face. Well a few more rumors about the device have surfaced.

The media in Korea is reporting that the device will feature a 1W speaker, far more powerful than most other phones. It also may have some kind of bass booster. Overall the LG G Pro 2 is supposed to have the best sounding speakers from a phone so far. There will also be a smart listening app that will be used to control the output of the device.

Source: ETNews
Via: PhoneArena

LG Optimus G Pro will receive the KitKat update in Q2 2014

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A screenshot of a direct message on Twitter between an LG Optimus G Pro owner and LG India surfaced on the internet yesterday. The G Pro owner, Prabhjit Singh Walia, had sent a message to the South Korean’s Indian Twitter account asking when the LG Optimus G Pro will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

According to a screenshot of LG India’s reply, the device will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of second quarter 2014, though we haven’t heard of an official statement from LG yet. If true, it means that we might see an Android 4.4 KitKat for the Optimus G Pro by the end of June 2014.

LG will skip the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and push out the Android 4.4 KitKat update directly to a few devices. These include the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, LG G Pad 8.3, LG G Pro Lite, LG Optimus F7, LG Optimus L9 II, LG Optimus Vu II and the G2 will receive the KitKat update by march.

Source: GSMArena

Chrome apps may soon work without the entire Chrome process running

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A new report by The Next Web hints at Google working towards minimizing the API needs of Chrome web apps. This means that the web apps can be used without requiring the the whole Chrome process to run.

The Next Web discovered an experimental project called app_shell which indicates that Google is working on a minimal environment where Chrome apps can run by using only the Chrome elements that are required by the app to work. The “[App Shell] Add README” includes the following description about the project:

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HTC said to be making a “high-end” Nexus tablet that will ship Q3 of this year

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HTC has never been successful when it comes to the tablet market. While the company has only made a few tablets, most notably the Flyer, it never made any ground in that area. In fact, because of this, the company pulled out of the tablet market altogether. However, it appears that HTC is looking to be getting back into the tablet game, and with the help of the Nexus program.

According to the Taiwanese Media, who’s cited the Taiwanese financial newspaper, The Commercial Times, HTC has won a bid to make a “high-end” Nexus tablet. The tablet is said to be shipping in the third quarter of this year. There isn’t any information as to if this will be the new Nexus 7, a new Nexus 10, or something new entirely.  However, HTC isn’t new to the Nexus line as it was the company behind the first ever Nexus phone.

Of course all of this is speculation, but even so, a Nexus device with HTC’s premium design might be a dream come true. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

source: Focus Taiwan
via: GforGames

Firefox teases its upcoming Android launcher

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Today Firefox announced that they are currently working on an Android launcher. While they didn’t really reveal too much on its features, they did give us a screenshot giving us a small sample of what it looks like. According to the Firefox team:

Firefox Launcher for Android makes it easy to discover the content you want in any moment and is optimized for the way you use your phone. The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive.

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HTC looking to enter smartwatch game in 2014

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HTC clearly isn’t dominating the smartphone market, so it looks as though it’ll be trying its hand in the smartwatch game. According to a recent Bloomberg report, HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang, said the company has been researching the possibility of entering smartwatch industry for years, and is optimistic that a product will be released this year. Wang also cited the fact that the company has to solve many of the battery and LCD-light problems that many manufacturers are currently having with their own smartwatch models. We’ll just have to wait and see what HTC has up its sleeves, and if this offering is any better than what it’s putting out in the smartphone market.

Source: Bloomberg 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 5, 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!!

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Firefox teases its upcoming Android launcher

Talon for Twitter updated to version 1.3, includes a huge list of new features

Sony releases updated Xperia Gallery app with KitKat support

Google Search app updated, Google Experience Launcher rebranded to Google Now Launcher

Google Drive update brings along a tiny widget for document scanning, animated GIF support

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