Sony Xperia Z1 press render leaks

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Yesterday we found out that Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the “Honami”, could be called the Xperia Z1, and today we get a press render. We have already seen a number of images of the said device, so what’s one more? Unfortunately it doesn’t tell us anything new other than there will be at least three colors available.

Sony is one of those underrated companies because they don’t get a lot of exposure, at least here in the U.S. If they can get the Xperia Z1 on a few U.S. carriers at the time of the launch, they could make a lot of noise. What do you guys think?

source: ePrice

Motorola back in the spotlight for Nexus 5

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid August, and we don’t seem to have any concrete evidence on which OEM is going to make the Nexus 5. Early rumors indicated Motorola and then quickly switched to LG. Now we have @evleaks chiming in saying it will be Motorola. Yesterday, a supposed first image (backside) of the Nexus 5 surfaced. The phone in the image was made by LG, but it didn’t convince anyone. It didn’t even have a Nexus logo on the device.

@evleaks tweeted an image of a very similar phone and claims it is the upcoming LG Optimus L9 II. They went on to suggest that the “Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 v2) looks to be a Motorola handset.” LG has stated in the past that they weren’t working on Google Edition or Nexus devices, so this sounds logical. However, this kind of flip flopping is really unusual this late in the year. Any predictions? I already predicted there wouldn’t be a Nexus 5 this year, and so far, I’m not looking to good on that one.

source: @evleaks

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 19, 2013

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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!!

Apps

Minuum Keyboard now available in the Play Store

Update to YouTube for Android includes complete UI overhaul, in-app multitasking

Carriers

HTC One Mini to come to AT&T exclusively on August 23

Chromecast

Forget the Chrome browser, try casting videos from your desktop to Chromecast with Fling


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CyanogenMod readying Device Finder app, general security improvements for CM builds

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With all of the angst some device owners have over recent incidents of government agencies tapping into user computer data via carriers and major industry players, along with general distrust of what corporations may be doing with user data, the CyanogenMod team is readying some changes and apps to help users be a little more secure. The first change, CyanogenMod Account, has been submitted to the CM Github so developers can review the code and provide some feedback before it is submitted to the nightlies.
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Details emerge about what’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch

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There’s been a large amount of buzz surround Samsung’s latest rumored device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It sounds like an extremely interesting device, but the details have been a little scarce, so it’s hard to imagine exactly how it’s going to work. Fortunately, some sources from GigaOM have spilled some details on a few specifics about the Galaxy Gear that shed some light on the smartwatch.
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Mysterious Samsung devices show up on shipping manifest

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As closely as people watch benchmark and certifying organization sites, it is hard to believe a smartphone device could make it to the point of being shipped without someone having figured out at least a little something about the device. Samsung has achieved that feat though with not one, but with four new devices. The shipping manifest lists the following devices with their respective screen sizes:

  • SM-G730A – 4-inch screen
  • SM-G3815 – 4.5-inch screen
  • SM-G9105 – 5-inch screen
  • SM-G7102 – 5.2-inch screen

Upon discovering these devices, sources did some poking around and were able to find UAProf strings on the Samsung web site that revealed some additional information about the screen resolutions for a couple of the devices. The SM-G730A will have a WVGA 800×480 resolution screen, consistent with all other Samsung 4-inch phones. The SM-G3815 will come with a qHD 960×540 resolution screen.

Other than the screen sizes and the additional information found in the UAProf strings, no other details are available and with Samsung’s changes to their model numbering system, we cannot even figure out whether they might be a variant or successor to any particular model currently on the market.

Since the devices were shipped for testing and evaluation purposes, perhaps more details will surface soon.

source: SamMobile

European HTC One X receives Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5

HTC_One_Commercial_BlinkfeedWhile HTC One X owners in the United States keep waiting for a final update for their devices, One X users in Europe have begun receiving Android 4.2.2, as well as the latest version of Sense. The update comes in at 380MB, and brings with it features like Blinkfeed, Zeo HD video highlights, and an updated Camera app.

The European HTC One X+ is will also receive a similar update, but there’s no expected release date for that.

 

Source: @LlabTooFeR

Minuum Keyboard now available in the Play Store

MinuumRemember Minuum keyboard? The keyboard that was designed to take as little screen-space as possible, while still functioning as a pretty good keyboard, is now available in the Play Store. The keys literally take up just one row, and Minuum’s autocorrect algorithim will help you accurately type.

The keyboard is $3.99, and you can download through the link after the break. Let us know your thoughts on the innovative keyboard.
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Oppo to release R819, a mid-range phone with stock Android option

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The recent movement for more stock-Android devices is apparently having some effect on other Android OEMs, as Oppo’s latest device, the R819, is coming in two flavors; one with Oppo’s “Color UI” and one with an untouched 4.2.1 stock Android ROM. Aside from the software differences, both devices feature the same quad-core MediaTek processor, 720p screen, and other internals. It’s a decidedly mid-range offering, but hey, stock Android is a plus. You can preorder the device for about $349, which unfortunately pits it against the likes of the Nexus 4, but if you’re interested in trying out something a little different, this might be the way to go.

source: VR-Zone

Moto X Won’t See Custom Engraving at Launch

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There’s some sad news for those of you out there that were excited about customizing their Moto X. According to the latest news, custom engraving won’t be available at launch for your customizing pleasure. “We love this feature. We’re going to make it happen,” a Motorola spokeswoman told the folks at Android Central earlier today. The reason that this feature was pulled is that Motorola didn’t feel that the feature was up to standards.

With the Moto X arriving on AT&T this Friday and their exclusive use of the Moto Maker, this may seem like a blow. However, you can see that Motorola plans on having it in place later. You’ll still be able to rock a different color scheme and change the message in the boot screen. Motorola promises to add more customization options over time and hopefully engraving will be up to par and make a comeback.

For those of you thinking of getting a Moto X, does this change your mind? Is this a deal breaker?

source: Android Central