Samsung prepping a $100 contract free 4G LTE smartphone for India

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High-end handsets will always be in demand, but so will the lower-end devices. The latest comes from the Times of India that reveal that Samsung is working on a RS 5,500 ($100) contract free 4G LTE smartphone for Reliance Communications in India. Let me repeat..that’s contract free. We have a number of $100 phones here in the U.S., but they are all with 2 year contracts. Right now Samsung is already offering contract free 3G phones in India for $100, so this would be the first 4G LTE offering. No word on the OS, but we assume it will be Android in favor of Windows Phone 8.

Reliance’s new LTE network, of which Samsung will assist with, has a planned soft launch in Mumbai and Delhi by the middle of the year. The formal launch will take place by the end of the year.

source: Times Of India

 

SmartAds aims to pay smartphone and tablet users to see ads on their devices

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Want to watch an ad or two and get paid for it? Well the Indiegogo project for SmartAds may have an incentive for you. It recently announced its goal to pay smartphone and tablet users up to $25 per device monthly to see ads on their lock screens— so hypothetically, users could see up to $50 monthly just for seeing ads on their devices. Using a free app, the ads will be based off your interests and your locations, ensuring that you see personalized ads of products or services that are likely to entice you. What’s even better is the fact that ads can be closed in order to reveal the lock screen or they can be clicked in order to give people more info on the particular product or service.

It’s an interesting product to be sure, but let’s see how seamless this idea is implemented once it is fully available to the masses.

 

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source: Indiegogo
via: Mashable

Latest ComScore report shows Apple is experiencing major growth, while Android is still the top OS… but slowly losing steam

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Should Android manufacturers finally have reason to worry about Android’s perceived growth as a mobile platform? The latest ComScore report indicates that yes, they may need to worry for once.  According to the report, the period between October 2012 and January 2013 shows that Apple is slowly beginning to eat away at the overall smartphone subscriber market share thanks to its 37.8% share among smartphone subscribers— up from 34.3% in October. Conversely, Samsung led the pack among Android devices thanks to its 21.4% share among smartphone subscribers— up from 19.5% in October. HTC, Motorola and LG round out the top five manufacturers.

 

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Additionally, Android’s market share is slowly beginning to show signs of erosion, while Apple’s iOS platform is experiencing steady growth. Android’s overall share decreased to 52.3% in January, down from 53.6% in October; iOS grew to 37.8%— representing an increase from 34.3% in October.

source: ComScore

ASUS Transformer AiO (all-in-one) to launch in Q2 for a starting price of $1,299

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Do you remember that dual-boot Windows 8/Android beast that ASUS unveiled last June? Well it’s finally going to be released in North America during the second quarter for a starting price of $1,299. Sounds steep, but not when you consider what you’re getting for it.

The Transformer AiO (all-in-one) is the Transformer of all Transformers. It’s essentially a desktop and tablet all-in-one, but to take it one step further, it utilizes Windows 8 and Android 4.1. The 18.4-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display can be detached from the PC Station to become a full standalone Android Jelly Bean tablet, but when docked to the PC Station it’s a full Windows 8 desktop.


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Samsung tells everyone in Times Square to ‘Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy’

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When it comes to Android phones and marketing, Samsung is the reigning king. A lot of people are already aware of a certain event that Samsung has planned for next week, but for those that just aren’t in the know, Samsung wanted to make sure they do. Throwing up a huge billboard in the center of Times Square could help that cause in a major way, and that’s what Samsung did.

Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that could pull this off and kudos to them. They earned it, and there is nothing wrong with going big. The Unpacked Galaxy S IV launch event will be one of the biggest Samsung Mobile events ever and TalkAndroid will be there to give you all the information as it happens.

source: pocket-lint

Samsung Galaxy S III Security Flaw Allows Potential Hackers Free Reign on Your Home Screen

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SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. Here’s how to do it on the GSIII:
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Google has fun with Google I/O 2013 landing page

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While folks wait for March 13th to roll around so they can register for Google I/O 2013, Google has done a little bit of coding on the event’s web site to help the time pass. When landing on the main page, users are greeted with a stylized I/O logo that is interactive. Each press of the I or the O builds a code eight digits long. Get the right code and you can unlock new easter eggs, hidden pages or sound effects. Users have already been hard at work cracking codes and have discovered results like “bacon,”, “song,” and “simon” among others.

If you decide to take a shot at manually guessing the codes, you can use the indicator at the bottom to help you stay on track. As long as the I’s and O’s stay gray, you are on the right track. Hit the wrong digit and the indicator turns red and you will start over. Get it right and it will turn green and take you to your bonus.

Hit the source link to give the Google I/O site a try and burn up at least a few minutes of time. Be sure to share the successful codes you find in the comments for your fellow TalkAndroid readers.

source: Google I/O
via: The Next Web

Department of Justice (DOJ) Sanctions T-Mobile/Metro PCS Merger

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Okay, so maybe they don’t openly sanction the merger, but it sure appears that way when you analyze it. The DOJ has let an important antitrust law waiting period expire, which opens the floor back up to the merger. The waiting period, which was required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, was enacted to control monopolies across various industries.

Of course, this is not the only Antitrust law in place to control monopolies, so the two powerhouses will still have a few hurdles to overcome before they can make the merger final. The next hurdle will be getting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve the transfer of spectrum licenses.
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Nexus 7 Dock Now Available in the Google Play Store

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Great news for Nexus 7 owners patiently waiting for the much anticipated charging dock.  Your wait is finally over!  Google Play has listed the dock for an affordable $29.99.

Tech Specs for the dock list it as black with a polished exterior and rubberized base, 220(L) x 65(W) x 30(H), and at only 280 grams, it won’t slow you down when you lug it around on vacation.  The device also contains a 3.5mm audio output jack with a standard 5vDC/2A Micro USB I/O.


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Samsung’s GT-P8220 surfaces at Bluetooth SIG, could be Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus

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Observers watching for signs of Samgung’s next tablets were rewarded today with an entry in the Bluetooth SIG for a Samsung GT-P8220. Based on the model number, this device appears to be a variant of Samsung’s new flagship tablet device carrying the codename “Roma.” This particular model is expected to be the LTE-capable version of the GT-P8200. In addition to indicating the device will be a “mobile tablet,” the SIG entry also reveals this particular model number is targeted for European markets initially.

Samsung has other devices wending their way through standards-setting groups like the GT-P5xxx models which are believed to also be 10-inch class tablets. The GT-P8200 and GT-P8220 may ultimately be dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus based on upgraded screens or processors compared to some of the other devices.

source: Unwired View