Possible Nexus 8 may have just gotten Bluetooth certification, made by LG

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Remember that possible Nexus 8 that surfaced on Android’s website over the weekend? Now there’s more of a reason to think that it is indeed real. An LG tablet with the design name “LG V510″ became Bluetooth certified last week. The reason for believing this is the Nexus 8 is because LG’s G Pad 8.3 has the “LG V500″ design name. Do you think LG is going to release another tablet right on the heels of this one? We don’t think so.

If this stays to true Nexus form and mimics another device, we’re looking at a tablet with a full HD IPS display with 273 ppi, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4,600 mAh battery. So yes, this would be a welcomed addition to the Nexus family. After Apple’s iPad mini was released, many consumers felt it was the sweet spot for tablet screens. You get a decent amount of screen real estate with portability. As always, stay tuned for this and more information on a new Nexus 10.

Source: Blog of Mobile (Japanese)
Via: AndroidOS.in

LG G Flex to be shown off next week, possibly released later this month

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According to a press event invite, the LG G Flex will be showcased on Tuesday, November 5. Following the event, a Korean news source says that the device will be released in mid-November in South Korea. The G Flex has a curved 6-inch display with a 720p resolution and a meager pixel density of 245; however, the Snapdragon 800 is likely to be powering the handset. On the back will be a 13 MP camera. And juicing the G Flex will be a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for news out of the event next week.

Source: Yonhap News
Via: G 4 Games

Wireless charging pad and ‘bumper’ and ‘QuickCover’ cases for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 launched by Google

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Wireless charging isn’t anything new when it comes to Nexus devices, and Google-branded charging pads aren’t anything new either— the Nexus 4 launched with a dock/charger for the device last year.

But this year, Google has redesigned its wireless charging pad, changing up its design and adding magnets for improved device stability.

The charger is also glossy on top, and no longer features a sticky, dust-collecting rubber finish. The new model is compatible with both the Nexus 5 and the new Nexus 7.

It’s also expected that Qi-compatible devices will also work with the pad (last year’s Nexus 4), but only phones with magnets inside of them will actually stick to the charger.

The device should be available on the Play Store online today, but pricing and shipping availability information is not yet available.

Hit the break for info on new cases from Google and LG.


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First three Sprint ‘Spark’ tri-band phones announced

 

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We just finished telling you that Sprint has announced their new ‘Spark’ technology with the hopes of boosting data speeds significantly, as they launched the service in 5 markets today.

The technology requires that the phones using it have tri-band hardware, which unfortunately is not available in any current devices. However, three upcoming devices will feature it, and Sprint just announced which ones they’ll be offering, and when.

On November 8th, Sprint will launch the LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini. The first two will be available for $199.99 with a new contract, and the S 4 mini will be sold for $249.99 with a new agreement.

Hopefully Sprint Spark is about to make huge advances in LTE speed. Only time will tell.


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Huawei is now third in global smartphone market share for Q3

HuaweiSamsung and Apple continue to be at the top of global smartphone market share, but there’s a new number 3. Huawei has overtaken LG, according to estimates from Strategy Analytics. Huawei now owns 5.1% of sales, while LG is at 4.8%, a switch in positions from Quarter 2. This isn’t the first time Huawei has appeared at this position, but while LG continued to grow during Q2, Huawei grew even faster. Researchers attribute the rise to the Ascend P6 and the mainstream G610, particularly in China.

Otherwise, Samsung still leads the world with a 35.2% share, with Apple still in second place with 13.4%. Click through the break to read the full official press release from Strategy Analytics.


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Leaked images show thousands of Nexus 5 retail boxes stocked and ready to go at an LG distro center in Canada

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Need some further convincing the Nexus 5 is raring to go? We think we’ve got it. According to a source over at the Neogaf forum, an LG distro center in Canada is currently housing 30,000 of Google’s new Nexus 5 handsets manufactured by LG. The source supplied a couple of images that appear to be legit and states that the distro center is just awaiting Google’s go-ahead. If you’ll look closely, one image confirms that stacks of LG branded boxes are on standby just waiting to be shipped and even adds a close up shot of the Nexus 5 retail box looking pretty darn similar  to one we’ve previously posted of the leaked handset in white. And while there is no real way to confirm the claim, it certainly appears to be pretty convincing. We’re not sure what the ultimate hold up is at this time but here’s to hoping Google and LG get the ball rolling soon to beat the holiday rush. Are you currently holding out for the device? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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LG G Flex announced by LG to join the ranks of devices with curved displays

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LG has officially announced the LG G Flex, their version of a smartphone with a curved display. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round that bends around the vertical axis of the device, the LG G Flex curves around the horizontal axis. It should be noted that this means the curvature will be similar to an IMAX screen when the device is held in the horizontal orientation when viewing video. LG also announced the back cover of the G Flex will be made of a material that can self-repair hairline scratches “within minutes” to help keep that new device look.
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Some LG Google TV devices receiving Android 4.2.2, finally saying goodbye to Honeycomb

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Finally fulfilling a promise made back in May, some of LG’s Google TV devices are receiving the long-awaited Android 4.2.2 update. While updates are always welcome, this one takes away some of the finer treats of a Google TV device. The Chrome browser has been switched from the PC to Android version, leaving users without access to services like Hulu, watchESPN, or Crackle because Adobe Flash is gone. The update is 297.8 MB, so sit tight if you plan on grabbing it right away. Hit the break for the full changelog and another image of the update.
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The LG G Flex will sport a 720p display according to benchmark

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The LG G Flex will debut next month and will sport a 6-inch curved display. 6-inches is pretty big for a phone so you would expect it to sport a 1080p display. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case. According to a recent AnTuTu benchmark, it’s only going to be 720p (1280 x 720). The G Flex will also sport a Snapdragon 800, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

Since this was a benchmark test, you might be wondering how it fared? It came in a 33,336, which isn’t too shabby, but then again, does it matter?

source: AnTuTu
via: Android Community

Nexus 5 release date may be October 31st in the US with a Canadian launch on November 8th

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Hopefully you aren’t sick of the Nexus 5 rumors yet, because they’re still coming. Canadian site Mobile Syrup says they’ve received some tips that we could see the Nexus 5 hit the US on Halloween with a Canadian launch right behind it on November 8th. That’s roughly when everyone is expecting it, I think, although it is still just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t look like either Google or LG is going to make any type of announcement tonight, so hang tight for just a few more days.

source: Mobile Syrup