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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Official pictures or clever mockups?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Official pictures or clever mockups? This weekend brought with it some pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. On the one hand, we have what looks like an official image from the site, SamMobile thanks to an anonymous source. On the other hand, from TechTastic (….who were also the source behind the latest reveal of the Galaxy Note 3) we get an actual photograph of this hybrid digital camera and smartphone. ...

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7-inch Asus K008 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablet spotted at the Bluetooth SIG

7-inch Asus K008 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablet spotted at the Bluetooth SIG An unannounced Asus tablet has been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG apparently running an Android 4.3 version.The K008, a 7-inch device according to the Bluetooth SIG documentation, runs software version JWR11, which is said to be an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build version.Other details are not available about the device except for this description on the site:The tablet features a 7″ LED-backlit capacitive multitouch screen for easy carrying and...

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Is Google Wallet the future of mobile payments, or nothing more than a money pit?

Is Google Wallet the future of mobile payments, or nothing more than a money pit? It has been two years since Google first introduced its “Wallet” service, offering its users an easy way to store credit/debit card information, as well as make purchases both offline and in-stores via their phones. In that time, the company has invested over $300 million just in acquiring digital startups to develop the app. They’ve also dedicated hundreds of developers to Wallet. Despite Google’s hard work, Google Wallet is still f...

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Picasso: the ''painter'' for Android developers

Picasso: the ''painter'' for Android developers For those of you who have been following the latest developments in the Android world you might know that Square Inc. launched some open source projects the week before Google I/O 2013. Since they rely heavily on open source software, it was a way to give back to the community. Today I'll write about one of those Android libraries, Picasso, that I'm actually using to develop the new version of our Android app and that really made my life easie...

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Softbank is considering a bid for T-Mobile if its Sprint offer falls through

Softbank is considering a bid for T-Mobile if its Sprint offer falls through Softbank, one of Japan’s largest telecommunications companies, is still currently engaged in an attempt to secure a $20.1 billion deal which would see the company purchase 70 percent of the US carrier Sprint. But if the offer falls through it seems that SoftBank is prepared to change tack and offer a separate bid to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom, according to three unnamed sources which claim to be familiar with the situation.T-Mobile...

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Sprint Vital is official, has release date and price

Sprint Vital is official, has release date and price The Sprint Vital, a device that surfaced a few days ago, has been made official by the carrier.Pictures and information about the Sprint Vital were published a few days ago, and it’s good to see the device, which is manufactured by ZTE, getting officially confirmed. While you already knew some things about it, what you didn’t know is that the handset will cost $99.99, provided you buy it with a new line or eligible upgrade, on a two-y...

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Is LG dropping “Optimus” from high-end phones?

Is LG dropping “Optimus” from high-end phones? LG, makers of such great Android phones as the Optimus G Pro and Nexus 4, may be branding their upcoming phones in a different light. If reports out of Korea are correct, it seems LG may be dropping the “Optimus” from their flagship device(s), instead opting for a simple tag.Korean website Chosun.Biz is reporting, exclusively, that LG will utilize the “Optimus” branding for their mid and low range devices. Their higher end devices, like t...

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Oppo Find 5 Mini spotted in multi-color options, should arrive in July

Oppo Find 5 Mini spotted in multi-color options, should arrive in July Joining the ranks of Samsung and HTC, OPPO Electronics may be preparing the release of a “mini” variant of the well-known Oppo Find 5 handset, and one powerful enough to threaten the competition. According to various leaks, the upcoming variant may feature a quad-core CPU clocked at high frequencies and a display with approximately the same viewing quality as its bigger brother.Pegged to arrive in July by various Asian reports, the Op...

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Galaxy Nexus passes through Bluetooth SIG, is Android 4.3 incoming?

Galaxy Nexus passes through Bluetooth SIG, is Android 4.3 incoming? There have been plenty of rumours and even some accurate looking pieces of information flying around recently regarding the next update to Android. We’ve seen picture of Android 4.3 update running on a If you recall back a just a couple of weeks, the Nexus 7 also passed through Bluetooth SIG under pretty much the same circumstances. Not to mention that we noticed quite a few Android 4.3 builds in our server logs, which included the Galaxy Nexus...

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Manage a Mint through the Centuries in Mint Master for Android

Manage a Mint through the Centuries in Mint Master for Android When you hear the word Tower of London you generally don’t think of video games. Mint Master is looking to change that as it’s a “strategy” management game with a bit of a storyline involving the Tower of London and its history as The Royal Mint. Mint Master is a management game where you’ll have to set up shop and produce coins the old fashioned way. The game takes a historical approach by giving you missions to complete which means yo...

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Galaxy Note 3: leaked pics show an angular prototype

Galaxy Note 3: leaked pics show an angular prototype Now that the Galaxy S4 has been out for quite some time, tech fans are turning their focus to a highlight to be presented by Samsung at its next big event: the Galaxy Note 3. A new prototype has submerged on the internet which has been simultaneously presented by two sources. Samsung isn't known to bring many new design innovations to the table, though this device is a bit more angular than usual. / ...

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What Android has over iOS

What Android has over iOS Apple’s WWDC will be upon us in a few hours, and Apple hopes to reignite a stale iOS, after it has fallen behind Android in recent times. Join us as we take a look at all the reasons why Android is king of the mobile operating system world.Disclaimer: I do not absolutely, positively hate iOS. I think it’s a decent operating system, but I believe Android has surpassed iOS in terms of functionality and user experience. I own a 4th gen iPod Touc...

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SK Hynix announces 8Gb LPDDR3, world’s first, 4GB RAM phones later this year?

SK Hynix announces 8Gb LPDDR3, world’s first, 4GB RAM phones later this year? Image Source: Tech Asia RAM is a key piece of mobile hardware which is all too often overlooked when we talk about smartphone specifications, but it’s ever so important for our increasingly sophisticated mobile applications. We already know that Samsung is working on its own four gigabit (Gb) LPDDR3 mobile memory chips, which should offer a 30% improvement in performance and a 20% saving in energy consumption when compared to a 30nm LPDDR3 DRA...

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Android Lost helps you find and control your lost phone

Android Lost helps you find and control your lost phone Credit: Daum Android Lost is an easy to use app which allows you to find your phone or to remove sensitive data from it in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.The app is easy to use, and the web interface provides a lot of useful features, without much of a learning process necessary. Of course, there are a number of other ways to recover your lost or stolen smartphone – check out our guide – but Android Lost does p...

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is official: no wow effect

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is official: no wow effect Today Samsung unveiled a new mid-range device whose inner-laying technical specifications dabble into the Galaxy S4's software features . Running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the recently surfaced device, which didn't get much of a welcome, will be able available on either 3G or LTE networks. ...

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HTC One wins Gold at Computex 2013 design and innovation awards

HTC One wins Gold at Computex 2013 design and innovation awards The good news for HTC just keeps on piling up. Earlier this year, it managed to win the “Best Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” category in the Global Mobile Awards for its flagship HTC One. Now, that same phone has also netted the Taiwan-based company the Gold award in this year’s Computex design & innovation awards held in Taipei, Taiwan.It is said that winning the award is a very prideful moment for HTC, so much so that ...

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 now official

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 now official Earlier today, we got a hold of what we thought to be a clear photo of a new Samsung smartphone called the Galaxy Ace 3. Now we can finally confirm that the information in our earlier report was correct, and the smartphone in question was is the Galaxy Ace 3 indeed. Samsung has just made the official announcement on its web site and provided all the release details for the world to see.The Galaxy Ace 3 is Samsung’s latest entrant into the ...

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New Sony Google TV with voice search officially announced, old model put on sale

New Sony Google TV with voice search officially announced, old model put on sale Sony revealed the new Google TV NSZ-GS8, a revamped version of last year’s GS7 that brings voice search as the main new feature.The device, which has been spotted during the WiFi certification doesn’t come with too many new things compared to its predecessor, the NSZ-GS7, but it does add a voice search feature, which is used via the new remote control. Basically, you can just tell the remote what you’re looking for, for example ...

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Weekly News Roundup #8 – India

Weekly News Roundup #8 – India In a weekly segment, I’ll be doing a roundup of the mobile technology news in India, including new device announcements and releases from Indian manufacturers, network carrier news, and anything else that captures the pulse of  the Android scene in India.With Computex 2013 dominating the news last week, this has been yet another slow news week for Android news in India. Of course, we still have seven new Android smartphones to talk about, an o...

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Samsung rumored to be getting ready for 12.2-inch tablet launch ahead of Apple in 2014

Samsung rumored to be getting ready for 12.2-inch tablet launch ahead of Apple in 2014 Samsung has done a terrific job of covering pretty much all consumer market segments so far when it comes to both tablets and smartphones. It has products available in every level of the market, such as the entry-level segment, the mid-range segment, and of course, the high-end segment where phones like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active comfortably belong. The Korea-based company can now rest on its laurels and simply watch all the money roll i...

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Vine now more popular than Instagram in terms of total Twitter shares

Vine now more popular than Instagram in terms of total Twitter shares Less than a week ago, Twitter officially announced the availability of the Vine for Android app on the Google Play store. It has since been downloaded more than 1 million times, and according to information from online analytics company Topsy, it has already surpassed Instagram in terms of popularity based on total number of media shares on the Internet — specifically, Twitter.Data gathered during the last few days involving links to eithe...

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Former FCC Chair warns US not to get lazy about LTE

Former FCC Chair warns US not to get lazy about LTE In the US, we’re a bit spoiled when it comes to LTE. We have a huge LTE network, thanks to Verizon, and all other carriers are hot on their heels. AT&T has very respectable LTE coverage in a very short amount of time, and T-Mobile is also building out their LTE capability. The acquisition of Metro PCS will also help T-Mobile in the LTE realm.Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has a few words of caution, though. At the FT-Telefonica Mi...

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Pics show what may be the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Pics show what may be the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 If you’re looking for a mid-range mobile device, Samsung probably has a device for you. From their lineup of “mini” Galaxy S devices, to their slew of Ace devices, Samsung has something for all of us who don’t want to spend much on a cell phone.Speaking of those Ace devices, a leaked picture show what is believed to be their Ace 3. Nothing official has been announced, but we’re about due for a new Ace device. Samsung is on the tradition...

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Foursquare develops new Android tablet UI ahead of iOS

Foursquare develops new Android tablet UI ahead of iOS There are times when Android gets the drop on iOS. It’s still pretty sparse, but it happens. Developers are increasingly aware of Android as a primary platform to develop for, and are doing so more often.Though it happens, the tablet sector is still tough for Android. It hasn’t been very long that Android has been serious about tablets, only in the past year or so asking developers to be mindful of those screen sizes. While the iPad still has...

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Mad Catz CEO announces new Android gaming console dubbed “Project M.O.J.O.” coming at E3

Mad Catz CEO announces new Android gaming console dubbed “Project M.O.J.O.” coming at E3 Ouya gaming consoleE3 is nearly upon us, and of course, a lot of gaming news is expected. We’ll be hearing more about PlayJam’s Android-powered plug-and-play GameStick, but they aren’t going to be the only guys at the expo showing off the Android gaming experience, as Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson announced Project M.O.J.O., another Android gaming platform, during an earnings call.Richardson, calling it an Android “micro ...

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How to get T-Mobile’s $30/month unlimited data smartphone plan

How to get T-Mobile’s $30/month unlimited data smartphone plan If you don’t talk on your mobile phone much, but like to use apps, navigation, or any other kind of data-absorbing functions, you know how important a good data plan is. What if we told you that you could pay about $30/month for unlimited data, with the first 5MB at top speeds? Now we’re talking!The Consumerist recently highlighted the low-cost plan, so we thought it was a good opportunity to let everyone know how to get it. The monthly plan ...

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Photos of Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Leaked Online

Photos of Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Leaked Online The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 official photos were "leaked" online today, confirming what we were all suspecting for some time now, that Samsung is working hard for the next gen of its very successful Ace line of mid-ranged Droids. The Ace smart phones were the best bang for the buck you could buy from the Korean company. Even if every nerd in the world was craving for the flagship, the bulk of the sales were the mid ranged Droids like the S3 Mini ...

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Google reportedly purchasing Waze for $1.3 billion

Google reportedly purchasing Waze for $1.3 billion Waze, the popular GPS and social app, has been courted by many top tech firms lately. Apple was said to have made an offer of around $500 million, which was later denied by Tim Cook. Facebook and Google have reportedly been in a bidding war of sorts, with Facebook having recently pulled out of negotiations. The turning point for Facebook was their desire to move the Israel-based Waze team to their headquarters in California, and Waze CEO’s Naom...

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