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Sep 30, 2013 - 12:15 PM - by dgstorm
The low-priced iteration of the Moto X called the Moto DVX, just went through an FCC recertification. The device just went back in for a revised Permissive Change filing with the FCC. Some new pics and docs appeared of the device after this process. Supposedly the device went back for a recert to add compatibility with advanced hearing aids. As you can see from the pics, the device is almost identical in appearance to the Moto X, although the general shape and positioning of the camera seems to suggest it might be a tad bit smaller.
The device is only certified for GSM 850/1900 bands. This is basically a 3G-only phone which will work on AT&T and most international carriers. This suggests the device may never see the light of day in the United States and is likely meant only for emerging markets. This is hardly surprising considering its rumored $200 off contract pricing. There is still no word on any of the other specs of the device, but will keep you posted when we find out more.
Source: AndroidPolice via MotoXForums
Sep 30, 2013 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm
The various launch dates of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear for each carrier are starting to fall like dominos now. The latest official confirmation comes from AT&T. They confirmed their version of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear will be hitting their retail stores and will include online availability on October 4th. Here's the full presser,
Sound off if you will be grabbing the GNote3 on AT&T.
Beginning October 4th, customers can purchase Samsung Galaxy® Note 3 and Galaxy Gear online at att.com and in AT&T stores. Reminder, Samsung Galaxy® Note 3 is available for $35 per month with AT&T Next or $299.99 with a two-year agreement. Galaxy Gear™, Samsung's first wearable that extends the smartphone experience to your wrist when paired with the Galaxy Note 3, is available for $299.99. Check out the announcement on @ATT.
Sep 30, 2013 - 11:51 AM - by dgstorm
Just last week we reported that a Samsung exec confirmed a new Galaxy product would be coming in October with Samsung's first curved flexible display technology. There was also a rumor that the device might be a new "limited edition" version of the Galaxy Note 3. However, some new intel out of Korea suggests that Samsung is beginning mass production on 5.5-inch flexible displays for an unknown device. Since the GNote3 is a 5.7-inch phone, this new rumor seems to refute the previous one. Could this be a completely new Samsung product, or could the "limited edition" GNote3 simply be a smaller version of the GNote3. Right now, this new intel only leaves more questions than answers.
That isn't all we have on the subject of flexible displays. LG is supposedly ready to jump in the game next month with their flexible tech as well. According to the source of this info, LG is planning to launch a new flexible display device in October alongside Samsung and they area already set to produce 35,000 plastic flex panels per month.
Both reports have something in common as well, and this is something which has been reported previously. The first devices with this technology will not initially come with bendable displays, but will simply be lighter and unbreakable because of the plastic materials. Despite this, the future of bendable tech is just on the horizon, and in fact, it might only be a few years before we also see stretchable flex displays in devices. Here's a quote with a few more details on the subject, and you can see a pic of the prototype above,
Still, the future will bring bendable OLED displays, according to EE Times, which recently spoke to UCLA researchers. The researchers have demonstrated two small prototype displays that are “bendable, foldable, and stretchable while operating, surviving over 1,000 trials of stretching 30 percent larger than their original shape and size.”
Sep 30, 2013 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm
Here are a couple of interesting tidbits regarding the Nexus 5. The first news is simply some leaked logfiles of the Nexus 5 sporting Android 4.4 KitKat. Of course, the fact that it is running KitKat isn't surprising as we would expect no less. Still, it's always great to find these bread crumbs which eventually lead to the launch of a device. These leaked docs reveal a few things. The most interesting is about the display. The resolution will be1920 x 1080 on a 4.96-inch display. This matches previous intel from FCC documents, and means it should have a PPI somewhere around 443. The log files show an Android build number of Key Lime Pie KRS74H, and that it is running on Linux Kernel version 3.4.0.
We found another gem of insight regarding the next Nexus phone, but this one will need to be labeled a rumor for now. Supposedly, both the Nexus 5 and future Android 4.4 KitKat devices will support a nano-SIM card slot instead of the traditional mini-SIM. This intel is a bit on the sketchy side. It is coming from a disclaimer found on the website of a Ukrainian carrier called Life (yes with the smiley face). Their disclaimer includes the following statement,
Now, there are two solid conclusions from this. Either the new Nexus 5 and any future Android 4.4 smartphone will be using nano-SIM slots, or it was a typo/mistake by the author who assumed that the SIM slots are the same from device to device. Of course, it's not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering Google's newest endeavor, the Moto X, uses a nano-SIM slot instead of the old school mini-SIM. Hopefully sometime soon in October we will know if these bread crumbs were truly tasty morsels or simply distracting detritus.
it will gladly equip you with a nano SIM card for your “iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Nexus 5 or Android 4.4 smartphone”. ~ PhoneArena
Sep 27, 2013 - 2:01 PM - by dgstorm
As if the dismal financial future that has been getting worse for HTC isn't enough, now it is confirmed that their Beats Audio business partner no longer wants to team up with them. According to the latest report, the Beats by Dre company just bought back the 25% ownership that HTC held onto from the previous renegotiation. They purchased the final share's of themselves back from HTC for $265 million USD.
Previously in 2011, HTC bought a 51% stake in Beats Audio, but a year later, founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre bought half of those stocks back, leaving HTC with only 25% ownership. After this latest deal, Beats is wholly owned by itself and HTC has no stake in the company. Both HTC and Beats called each other important partners going forward, and HTC will still utilize Beats Audio technology in several of its devices. For the most part though, this just seems like the typical "playing nice" between two parties when they have an amicable divorce.
Source: It's official! Beats buys back HTC's stake in the company
Sep 27, 2013 - 12:33 PM - by dgstorm
We have a couple of interesting deals on the new LG G2. First up, several retailers are now offering the white colored version of the device for its usual $199.99 price on a new contract. While the price is the same, the fact that they are offering a white version is what is new. The device first launched only in black. We aren't quite sure why LG decided to have a separate send out for the two versions of the device, but there you have it. Best Buy, AT&T and T-Mobile are confirmed to be getting the white version. We still aren't too sure about other folks just yet, so share in this thread if you find out more.
The second LG G2 tidbit for today is that Wirefly has a great deal on it. You can grab the black-colored Verizon version of the device for just $149.99 on a new or renewed contract. Wirefly is taking it a bit further though. They are also including a free $30 Visa gift card to go along with it. This brings the total cost down to around $120 for one of the most powerful and versatile handsets in the world. Not bad! The special offer ends on September 30th, so you might want to move quick. Here's a link: LG G2 for Verizon Wireless - Wirefly.com
(Incidentally, Amazon also has the VZW LG G2 for the same $150 dollar contract price, but they are not including the Visa gift card.)
Sep 27, 2013 - 12:07 PM - by dgstorm
Although it's a bit on the pricey side for an Android game at $15.99, for fans of the JRPG genre, this classic 2D game will be worth the price of admission. Square Enix just ported the iOS version of their classic Final Fantasy 5 over to Android. You can now pick it up in the Google Play Store in all its 2D glory.
That's not exactly accurate... In fact, the game should have a bit more "glory" this time around. According to the video trailer above, there have been quite a few refinements and improvements. Yes, it is still 2D, but they have supposedly optimized the UI to match a touch-screen interface, and the graphics are also enhanced/tweaked to match as well. That's not all. Several new features have been added including some new character jobs (classes). Other than that, the same combat and storyline are all present.
Whether you just want to relive a little bit of your gaming past, or you want to check out how good some of the older classic games could be "back-in-the-day," the price seems worth it. What do you guys think?
Source: Google Play Store - Final Fantasy V from Square Enix
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:40 AM - by dgstorm
The cheaper Moto X device called the Moto DVX is getting closer to reality. Not only has it passed through the FCC with a probable price tag of $200-$300 Off Contract, but we now have word that it will have interchangeable backplates with four initial colors to choose from (shown above). We also know that it will be heading to emerging markets globally and to several of the U.S. prepaid carriers like Republic Wireless.
Not much else is known about the device, like the internal specs or features. It isn't likely to be terribly exciting, but it is probably a smart move on the part of Motorola to build such a device for overall market penetration.
Source: PhoneArena via MotoXForums
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:22 AM - by dgstorm
Yesterday, we reported that the various version of the 'carrier unlocked' Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are region locked. That is true, except, as it turns out, when it's not. The issue seems to be much more complicated than first reported.
Apparently, the Asian and Australian versions of the device are not region locked at all. Additionally, to complicate things further, the 'carrier-unlocked' EU and American versions are not actually region locked either, unless you first activate them with a SIM card from outside your region. If you do happen to first activate it using a SIM from outside your region, it immediately region locks the device. The likely reason Samsung went with this approach was to trap grey (unauthorized) importers of Samsung phones.
Luckily, If you are unlucky enough to have purchased a 'carrier unlocked' Galaxy Note 3 and accidentally region locked it, there is a way you can back out of it to fix the problem. You simply need to take it to an authorized local (to your region) Samsung service center (like your carrier) and they can unlock it for you. Here's a statement from Samsung UK on the matter,
It's great to see that things weren't as bad as we originally thought. Does this affect your purchase decision for the GNote3?
"In order to provide customers with the optimal mobile experience in each region including customer care services, Samsung has incorporated the ‘regional SIM lock’ feature into Galaxy Note 3 devices. The product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within the region identified on the sticker of the product package. When the device is activated with a SIM card issued from the other region, the device may be automatically locked until it is released at the dedicated service centre.
Once a device is activated normally, the regional SIM lock is automatically released. Users can enjoy the roaming service as usual and can use other region’s SIM card when traveling. The regional SIM lock has been applied to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4 devices through a software update in selective markets. The regional SIM lock does NOT affect the device’s features and performance. Users can continue to enjoy all the advanced features of our products."
Sep 26, 2013 - 3:34 PM - by dgstorm
Recently, a couple of different Samsung execs had wildly different things to say about the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Lee Don-joo, the president of Samsung’s strategic marketing for mobile business, was recently asked why the reception for the new Galaxy Gear has been so lukewarm. He responded defensively saying, "The Galaxy Gear is a wow product. It’s a wholly new and must-have accessory. It only weighs 74 grams and it’s very easy to receive a call or send a text.”
Not long afterward a different unnamed Samsung exec practically contradicted his colleague by admitting the Galaxy Gear "lacks something special." He said, “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”
Don-joo also added some juicy details about new compatibility for the Galaxy Gear, which could add some additional value to the device. He basically confirmed that the Galaxy Gear will be compatible with the Galaxy S4 by the end of October, and it will also be compatible with the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 by the end of December. He said, "All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December.”
Ultimately, there are two things Samsung needs to do to truly make the Galaxy Gear a success. First, they need to open the device to full compatibility with any Android device. Second, they should lower the price by at least $50 bucks and preferable $100 or more. For it to be competitive, it needs to be close to the price people are willing to pay for a watch, not a smartphone.
Sep 26, 2013 - 2:10 PM - by dgstorm
Another new Samsung Galaxy product is soon to hit the streets. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will become available on October 10th, and the 16GB version will start at $549.99. The 32GB model is only $50 bucks more at $599.99, and both models are the WiFi only version. Here's the full press release below,
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amsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition Available in the U.S. Oct. 10
With enhanced S Pen, superior display, Multi-Window and sleek redesign, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition delivers an unrivaled tablet experience
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – September 26, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the Galaxy Note® 10.1 – 2014 Edition will be available in the U.S. beginning Oct. 10, with pre-orders starting at midnight ET tomorrow, Sept. 27. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition is equipped with industry-leading specifications packed in a thin and lightweight form factor.
“Last year’s launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced the integration of S PenTM capabilities to the tablet category and created a new experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of tablet marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We continue to evolve the Galaxy Note experience with the new Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. With premium software features and a sophisticated design, we’re delivering an exceptional and even more engaging tablet experience.”
With improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and updated Multi-Window functionality, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition delivers an intelligent tablet experience packaged in a sleek, polished design. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition has been refined with a textured and stitched back cover that is both stylish and comfortable to hold. With an overall smaller size and lighter weight, the new Galaxy Note tablet has smaller bezels and a thinner profile, without sacrificing screen size.
“The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition builds on Samsung’s innovative tablet foundation,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With its advanced functionality and expanded features, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition offers a best- in- class tablet experience that enables new conveniences to empower users to excel in everyday tasks.”
Unparalleled Display Quality and Multitasking
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition features a large Super Clear LCD display that offers brighter colors and more lifelike graphics. The 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels, offering users a dynamic viewing experience.
To complement the high-resolution display, Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine. By allowing users to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard on a Super Clear LCD, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition reinvents how consumers interact with their tablets.
The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM for faster web browsing and multitasking, with rich HD graphics for the best gaming experience. Enhanced multitasking allows users to seamlessly use two different applications side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window
Sep 26, 2013 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm
The same update for the T-Mobile Moto X which included big camera improvements (amongst other things) is rolling out to Sprint about now. This Sprint Moto X update is version build 13.9.0Q2.X-116-MX-17-57-1. The update should be rolling out OTA now, but will do so in stages, so sit tight for now.
AT&T users need not feel left out though. We also found word that they sent out a soak test invite for the update for their version of the Moto X. Here's the soak test email,
As is typical, there is no word yet on the update for Verizon owners of the Moto X. More than likely the update will come much later and Big Red users will be lucky if they get it before the end of the year.
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