Finally after weeks of teasing the device, HTC has unveiled the Desire 820. As predicted, HTC introduced the new mid-range flagship at IFA. The 820 sports the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor it was rumored to have and will kick off a 64-bit experience for owners when Android L hits the device.
Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added. Read more
Lenovo’s latest tablet is a bottom-shelf priced tablet with near top-shelf specs: The TAB S8. The greatness starts with the display. At 8 inches and 1920×1200, the screen is sharper than FHD. The bezels are miniscule, causing the screen to almost run from edge to edge of the device. The front panel also features Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers and a 1.6 MP HD camera. On the back, there is a respectable 8 MP camera. Read more
The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.
This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.
Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).
The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.
Via: Phone Arena
If you were not able to watch Samsung’s big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other new products during their IFA 2014 presentation, the video of the nearly two-hour event is now available on YouTube. The event was simulcast to audiences in Berlin, Beijing and New York along with individuals in front of their computer screens around the world checking out the live stream.
If you missed it or had to step away or just want to go back and double-check something, hit the break to view the complete event. After you are done, check out more coverage from TalkAndroid of IFA 2014. Read more
Sony had a big day at IFA 2014 when they announced several new devices in just about every mobile device market segment. There was the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, their new flagship device, as well as its variant, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. For more budget-oriented consumers, they released the Sony Xperia E3 smartphone. Tablet shoppers now have a new 8-inch tablet they may want to consider in the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. For wearable fans, they introduced their new Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Sony SmartBand Talk activity tracker. Sony even got in on the software development end of things with their Lifelog application. Read more
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We knew Google was getting close to releasing a new version of the Chrome browser for Android devices that incorporates their new Material Design guidelines after the beta version came out with the updated interface. Today Google started to roll out the new version of the stable branch of the Chrome browser that will give the new UI to all users. Read more
If you’re the proud owner of a Nexus 5 that’s seen a bit more wear and tear than it should then you should pay attention to this news. Allegedly Google has created a new policy that will allow you to replace your damaged Nexus 5 one time. Should you shatter your display or crack your phone Google will send you a free replacement no questions asked.