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Four New Videos Tease the Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm

Even though none of the videos included in this quick news blast actually reveal the Galaxy Note 4, all of them are meant to hint at the capabilities of the device once Samsung launches it on September 3rd.

Of course, these videos are simply Sammy's way of amping up the hype machine before their big launch, but we can't blame them for that. The Galaxy S5 wasn't exactly a big hit for the company (compared to their other products).

Check out all four of the videos in the thread below and let us know if you plan on snapping up the Galaxy Note 4 when it launches or if you will wait things out to see the Motorola Nexus 6/X.
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Rumor Suggests Android L Will be Named Lemon Meringue Pie

Aug 26, 2014 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm

If this latest intel is accurate, then Google is planning to continue their tradition of naming each version of Android after a desert. Supposedly, Android L will be called Lemon Meringue Pie. While this is not really the kind of earth-shattering news that will make or break your day, it's still worth sharing.

We are a bit skeptical of this rumor only because it seems strange that Google wouldn't have already called it Android Lemon Meringue Pie when they announced it as Android L during Google I/O earlier this year. Stranger things have happened, and there is nothing stopping them from returning to their previous pattern.

Despite our skepticism, the intel is very solid. Developers have uncovered several instances of the next Android OS being described as "LMP." These have been found amongst the WiFi certification docs, to the Android Open Source Project repository and more.

Of course, if you remember, the previous iteration of Android was called "KLP" (for Key Lime Pie) right up until they finally launched it as KitKat instead. They could still come up with an entirely new desert name or ditch the deserts altogether.

Source: AndroidPolice
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Galaxy Note 4 to Include Fingerprint Scanner with New Fingerprint Software Features

Aug 26, 2014 - 11:53 AM - by dgstorm

The above is a concept render found on the web.

Although it's probably no surprise, the latest intel seems to confirm that Samsung plans to include a fingerprint scanner on their Galaxy Note 4, just as they have on their Galaxy S5. On top of this physical feature, Sammy is supposedly going to include some additional software features as well. Here's a quote with a few of the details,

The Galaxy Note 4 will pack the same fingerprint sensor technology as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which will offer users the same kind of features available on the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, but also brand new ones.

In addition to Screen Lock, Private Mode, Samsung Account Verification and PayPal payments, Samsung will launch a Fingerprint Shortcuts feature and Web Sign-in mode.

Fingerprint Shortcuts will let users assign a different app to each registered fingerprint, so the app can be quickly launched from the lock screen, while Web Sign-in is supposed to allow users to easily log into various sites by associating log in information to their fingerprints.
Will the fingerprint scanner rise in popularity as the technology evolves? How important is this feature to you?

Source: BGR
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Samsung May Be Planning New "A Series" Smartphones to Follow Galaxy Alpha

Aug 25, 2014 - 11:52 AM - by dgstorm

The new Samsung Galaxy Alpha may be the progenitor of a whole new series of devices instead of just a "one of." According to the latest intel from SamMobile, Sammy is planning a new "A series" of Galaxy products and the Galaxy Alpha will kick it off this year with three new devices.

We know a few details about these devices. First is...

Continue Reading @: Samsung May Be Planning New "A Series" Smartphones to Follow Galaxy Alpha | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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T-Mobile Offers 2GB Data for Only $5 More on Their $40/Month Simple Starter Plan

Aug 25, 2014 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm

Right now, the best deal you can find on T-Mobile is called their Simple Starter plan. It offers unlimited talk and text and 500MB of LTE data for only $40 per month. Its primary distinction is that when you hit your 500MB data limit, you are kicked off their data network until the following month.

This obviously means that folks who are finding themselves to be more than the lightest casual user are getting bumped off fairly often. Luckily, T-Mo decided to offer a new value for these customers. Starting September 3rd, users can keep their Simple Starter plan, but upgrade the LTE data line on it to 2GB per month for only $5 bucks more. This means you can have ...

Continue Reading @: T-Mobile Offers 2GB Data for Only $5 More on Their Simple Starter Plan | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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Samsung Kicks Off the Galaxy Note 4 Hype Machine by Reminding us of the S Pen

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm

In the video above, Samsung indirectly starts up the Galaxy Note 4 hype train by reminding us of how cool the S Pen is on their devices. They also take a moment to remind us of their September 3rd event in which the Galaxy Note 4 will launch.

We have to admit, showing the practical side of the S Pen is a smart marketing move, as it makes the device much more appealing to a great many users. What do you guys think of the S Pen? Is it one of the main selling points for the Galaxy Note series?
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[Follow-Up] Motorola Nexus X Rumor Reconfirmed; VZW to Get a Device Called the Moto L

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM - by dgstorm

As a follow-up to DMX's excellent article from yesterday which detailed the Nexus X name for the up-coming Motorola-made Nexus device, here is a new piece which supposedly reconfirms the rumint. TKTechNews followed-up on their own original story on the subject by reaching out to some more of their sources.

According to their insider source at Best Buy, they can confirm that Motorola is working on a device which is internally called the Nexus X. Additionally, this same source indicated that the final retail name of the device "most likely will end up as the Nexus X instead of the previously rumored Nexus 6.

Along with this exciting news, this same source shared details on a new Motorola device coming to Verizon called the Moto Luge LTE. This device will supposedly launch on Big Red's network on the 28th of August.

The video above details a bit more of what DMX shared with us yesterday.

Source: TKTechNews
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Sprint Just Fired a Canon Shot at Their Competition; $60/Month Unlimited Plan

Aug 21, 2014 - 2:04 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Sprint's new group/family plans weren't the only big shift they had on their agenda. The rumors suggesting their new CEO was planning to shakeup the industry might turn out to be true, depending on your point of view.

Sprint's previous announcement only detailed their new family plans, and while these were very competitive, this new announcement is strong enough it could spark a price war amongst the carriers. Sprint's massive canon shot at their competitors was the announcement of a new Unlimited Talk, Text & Data Single Line plan for only $60 per month.

Of course, there are a few caveats. (You knew there would be.) First, folks on an Unlimited Data Plan can be throttled during times of peak congestion in favor of tiered data customers. Second, if you are already a Sprint customer you can't sign up for this plan unless one of the following conditions applies to you: you have a line that is no longer under contract, you have purchased a phone using Easy Pay installment billing or you add a new line of service.

While we aren't sure this new plan will make consumers start running in droves to their nearest Sprint store, we suspect this is hot enough to catch quite a bit of attention for the Now Network. For individual users who are in cities where Sprint has a strong network infrastructure, this seems like an extremely tempting offer.

The plans will go into effect as of tomorrow (August 22nd). What do you think of Sprint's artillery strike?

Source: Sprint
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Samsung's New Attempt at Craftiness is to Patent a Phone That Looks Like an iPhone

Aug 20, 2014 - 2:01 PM - by dgstorm

We aren't sure what to make of this new patent from Samsung. We can't figure out if they think they are being clever, or if they are just hoping it will somehow sneak under the radar at the patent office. Ultimately, it could end up being a colossal waste of time and resources for both the patent office and Samsung.

As you can see from the pic above, Samsung is trying to patent a new smartphone design, but there isn't actually anything "new" about the design at all. In fact, it's obviously a facsimile of the iPhone. We can clearly see the sharper and more defined edges. The round home button is also a dead giveaway. If you stuck this into an Apple story, no one would think twice about it being an old Apple patent for their earlier generation iPhones.

To be clear, Samsung actually applied for a number of new patents on several devices. This one in particular stood out for its obvious chicanery.

Sound off with your thoughts on this baffling move by Samsung.

Source: BGR
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Project Tango Tablet Teardown at iFixit Reveals NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

Aug 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm

We've shared a few stories regarding Google's unique 3D-mapping idea called Project Tango. (For those who missed it, the technology is a smartphone and a tablet that can create a highly detailed 3D model of the surrounding environment. It does this using several on-board cameras.) Not too long ago, Google released 200 units of the smartphone portion to developers, and they released 4,000 units of the Project Tango tablet to developers.

Luckily, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and decided to practice their surgical skills on it. The results were quite revealing as it turns out the specs are very beefy, including a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and much more. Here's the full lusty list,
  • 7" HD 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) touchscreen display
  • 120 degree front-facing camera + 4 MP RGB-IR rear-facing camera along with a 170 degree motion tracking camera
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB flash memory, expandable via microSD

Obviously it makes sense that a device designed to create realistic 3D maps of the surrounding environment will need to have some high-tech specs, but this easily qualifies as the top of the curve.

In the end, the folks at iFixit gave the Project Tango tablet a repairability of score of 4 out of 10, which is obviously below average (but comes as no surprise). Here's a quote with their final assessment,

  • Rear case is super easy to open with no screws or adhesives—only plastic clips.
  • Several cables cover the battery and make it a pain to remove—but at least you don't need to melt adhesive.
  • Low modularity—several components soldered to the same components makes replacement parts more expensive.
  • Complex internal construction—this thing is full of cables and not at all fun to disassemble or reassemble.
Source: iFixit
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Sprint Officially Unveils the Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

Aug 19, 2014 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm

Just as we indicated yesterday, Sprint officially unveiled the new Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone today. The device will be available on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile in the United States. They have yet to announce exact availability dates, but we do know that you will be able to get the device for $0 down and 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint. It will cost $149.99 on Boost and Virgin Mobile.

[Update: We have word that pre-orders start today for an August 29 availability for this phone.]

We must reiterate that the internal specs of this device are mediocre, yet it still has the potential for decent success based upon its unique aesthetics alone. When you factor in the affordable price, this could be a decent seller in the budget-friendly markets. It turns out the specs for the Japanese and the American version are the same. Here's a recap,
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

This isn't a big feather for Sprint to stick in their hats, but when mixed with their new aggressive pricing plans, it might catch the attention of some folks.

Source: Sprint
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Stunning New Sharp Aquos Crystal Phone Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:41 AM - by cereal killer

Sprint is getting ready to make a big announcement tomorrow. It turns out they are announcing a brand new phone from Sharp. What this phone lacks in substance (internal hardware), it makes up for in style. It's called the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and it is easily one of the best looking smartphones ever designed.

It's main claim to fame is a “frame-less structure and crystal display.” It supposedly also has enhanced sound. Here is a breakdown of its internal specs:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

Obviously, this device's tech specs aren't going to win it any awards, but in the consumer world, that doesn't really matter as much. Of course, it hasn't been officially announced, so it's possible these specs will be different for Sprint than the Japanese model of the phone. We will keep you updated.

Originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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