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Sep 23, 2013 - 11:44 AM - by dgstorm
Sprint just officially announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available on their network starting October 4th. Previously we heard some convincing intel that the flagship phablet would come to the Now Network on October 2nd. Then there were some additional rumors suggesting a delay. It turns out the delay was real, but was only a couple of days. On Sprint's network, you will be able to get the “Classic White” or “Jet Black" for $349.99 on a new contract.
Sprint's plan may be $50 bucks more than on Verizon and AT&T, but there is extra value packed in Sprint's Unlimited My Way plan, which includes unlimited everything at a cheaper monthly rate than either of the other two carriers.
Here's a link to the full presser: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Available on Oct. 4 with Sprint Unlimited Data Guarantee for Life | Sprint Newsroom
Sep 23, 2013 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm
Supposedly, Samsung is already working on a 64-bit version of their new Exynos processor line. This one will be based upon the ultra-high-end ARM Cortex-A50 architecture. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. It turns out that Samsung made the new 64-bit A7 chip that is the Apple iPhone 5S.
It was obviously inevitable that we would see Samsung utilize the technology in their own designs as well. The only primary advantages of the 64-bit core is that it can address more than 3GB of RAM, and that it can handle multi-tasking better than a 32-bit processor. Of course, the application/software has to be written to take advantage of the 64-bit tech, otherwise, there is no appreciable difference.
Regardless, along with the intel above, we have word that the next generation Galaxy S5 will likely be Samsung's first candidate for the newer 64-bit Exynos chipset. Of course, this should not come as a surprise either. Samsung can't afford to fall too far behind the iPhone in the spec wars, lest they appear to have lost their edge.
Sep 20, 2013 - 3:26 PM - by dgstorm
Just a few days ago we shared a leak regarding Sprint's potential new early upgrade program called "One Up." It turns out this program is real and the name fits it well. Sprint's own Dan Hesse just confirmed the program earlier today and it truly does "one up" the competition in terms of competitiveness. Here's a quote with the details,
How many of you guys are in an area with quality Sprint coverage and would consider this offer?
Starting today, new and existing Sprint customers on the Unlimited, My Way and My All-in plans, can join Sprint One Up. The plan includes unlimited talk, text and data for an introductory rate of $65 per month. That is a $15 savings from what Sprint customers pay now for the Unlimited, MyWay plan. One Up is also available for tablets starting as low as $5 per month.
"Sprint One Up is the best value in wireless. The new program gives Sprint customers the ability to upgrade every 12 months and unlimited talk, text and high speed data for just $65. And, unlike other carriers, Sprint guarantees the unlimited talk, text and data for life. No other plan can compare."-Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO
With Sprint One Up, customers (for a limited time) pay nothing down for a new phone,and make equal monthly payments over 24 months. After 12 consecutive monthly payments, the customer trades in his phone or tablet for a new one. Existing Sprint customers wishing to sign up for the plan must have an upgrade available. Through the holidays, Sprint will allow those without an upgrade to sign up for the service by turning in their current eligible phone as long as it has been owned for at least 12 months.
Sep 20, 2013 - 3:07 PM - by dgstorm
For all of our devs, modders and tinkerers out there in Android-land, you might be glad to hear that Sony just released the Open Source Kernel files for their new Xperia Z1 flagship. This follows their previous precedent in releasing the files before the actual hardware hits the streets. It's very much appreciated that Sony encourages developers to tinker and modify their devices instead of stifling their efforts like some OEMs. Here's a quick recap of specs for the device,
- 5" 1080p screen
- Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage
- MicroSD card slot
- Waterproof aluminum and glass design
- Mid-mounted power button and physical camera shutter
The phone itself is set to launch later this month. How many devs out there plan to grab this device and create some slick mods for it?
Sep 20, 2013 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a quick breakdown of known or expected launch dates for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 categorized by each carrier. Enjoy!
- Sprint's GNote3 - October 2nd Confirmed
- T-Mobile GNote3 - October 2nd Expected
- AT&T GNote3 - October 2nd Maybe
- Verizon GNote3 - October 10th Likely
As usual, it looks like Verizon's stringent certification process will make them late to the party. We probably don't need to offer a refresh of specs, but here is one for you to drool over anyway:
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- S Pen stylus
- LTE connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 2160p video recording
- 2MP front-facing camera
- Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal memory
- 3,200 mAh battery
Sep 20, 2013 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm
In only a 24 hour period of time, Motorola has already burned through their initial inventory of the CDMA version of the Unlocked Developer Edition of the Moto X. In fact, they all sold out in less than 24 hours. To be clear, this is the Verizon SIM version of the device. Additionally, the Droid Maxx Developer Edition for Verizon is also out of stock. Both of these devices sell for the same price of $649.
A GSM version for AT&T and T-Mobile that works without a SIM is available today in the United States. Sound off if you just purchased a shiny new Dev Edition Moto X!
Source: CNET via MotoXForums
Sep 20, 2013 - 10:50 AM - by dgstorm
The on again off again relationship between HP and Android tablets is now "on again." Not too long ago HP shared they would be coming out with some new Android tablets, and they have held to that promise in a big way. They officially launched four new Android tablets. They are the Slate 7 HD, Slate 7 Extreme, Slate 8 Pro & Slate 10 HD. Here's a quote with a breakdown of specs:
The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD share many of their features, but obviously have different screen sizes: 7 inch, and 10 inch (both with 1280 x 800 pixels). They offer optional 4G connectivity, Beats Audio, front and rear cameras, and a similar design.
HP says the Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD will be released in the US in November – no word on how much they cost, and neither on what version of Android they’ll run at launch. According to HP, “certain models of the Slate HD and Slate 10 HD include two years of free mobile internet service – up to 200 MB of 4G data per month – on the T-Mobile network.”
Next, the HP 7 Extreme comes with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels display, a “a precision stylus pen”, and “room-booming audio with front firing speakers.”
Finally, the HP 8 Pro sports a 7.98 inch display with 1600 x 1200 pixels (that’s an iPad Mini competitor here), featuring a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
The Slate 7 HD, Slate 10 HD, HP 7 Extreme and HP 8 Pro will all be released in the US in November.
With all the news about the newly formed CyanogenMod Inc. behind us, and rumors of their hardware partners popping up everywhere, we have decided to post a poll and ask you who you think will be CyanogenMods Official hardware partner.. The latest rumor has HTC on the short list, and while that seems like a long shot -- ok real long shot -- it's not completely nutty. With shrinking margins and dwindling market share, this wouldn't be something we would put past CEO Peter Chou. He is known for his bold and impulsive decisions, but again, we are calling it a long shot (sorry, real long shot).
The poll features six (6) OEMS who we believe are possible candidates. Some more likely than others, but possibilities nonetheless. Please take the time to vote, and let us know who you voted for and why. We look forward to the results and accompanying comments/opinions.
If you are torn between two (2) of the OEM's, the option to vote for your top 2 is available.
Sep 20, 2013 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm
Google just made their QuickOffice Mobile app free to download and use for anyone. Prior to yesterday, if you wanted to get Google's QuickOffice Mobile App, you had to pay either $14.99 for the pro version or $19.99 for the pro HD version. You could also get it for free if you were a Google Apps for Business subscriber.
Google is also offering a nice bonus if you sign up your Google account for the new QuickOffice app by September 26th. If you sign up by this date you will get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for the next two years. For those rare few out there who are unfamiliar with the product, it allows you to create, view, and edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files on your mobile devices.
This is actually an update to the app as well and includes a few new features. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Sound off if you are an avid (or soon to be) user of this product.
Google added a few new features to the app as well, including the ability to create ZIP folders and view charts in PowerPoint and Excel. Google said people already using QuickOffice for Google Apps for Business can update to the new app.
Google acquired QuickOffice in June 2012 and has been expanding its availability ever since. While the company is clearly investing resources in the software, its long-term goals still appear aimed at transitioning people to using its Web-based productivity tools.
Sep 20, 2013 - 9:43 AM - by dgstorm
Here's one we missed from late last night. It looks like the rumors of an October launch for Android 4.4 KitKat are true. The German team of developers working on KitKat confirmed on their Facebook page that the new Android OS would be coming in October. It seems fitting that the German Android team leaked an October launch of a chocolate flavored Android OS, considering Germans are famous for great chocolate as well as Oktoberfest!
Sep 19, 2013 - 3:12 PM - by dgstorm
In case you missed it, the LTE version of the new 2013 Nexus 7 Android tablet can be activated on both AT&T and T-Mobile; however, Verizon is currently in violation of FCC openness regulations because you cannot activate it on their network. There has been a big stink over the issue, but Verizon has come forward to try and alleviate some of the stench. They recently claimed the issue isn't that they don't plan to offer the device. VZW said the reason it isn't possible to use the device on their network, despite having a radio which would facilitate it, is because of their own stringent certification testing procedures. Here's a full quote directly from Verizon on the subject,
So to sum it up, it's simply taking a really long time to work on their network because they have ridiculous testing hoops to jump through before they will certify a device on their network. That's "par for the course" with Verizon, so we have no real reason to be surprised.
The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.
Verizon Wireless’ certification process, which generally takes between four and six weeks, is one of the most rigorous testing protocols of any carrier, and is focused on guarding the safety and security of our network. Certification is done by third party labs approved by Verizon, and selected by the device manufacturer. Over the years, Verizon Wireless has certified hundreds of devices; information on the certification process is available to anyone at opennetwork.verizonwireless.com.
Verizon is committed to ensuring our customers have the best overall experience when any device becomes available on the nation's most reliable network.
Beside the Sony Xperia Z1 being one of the most beautiful pieces of Android hardware on the market, it also has the benchmark scores to back up those good looks. We do not put much weight on benchmarks, but we understand the community loves to see handsets put on the "dyno" and post it's results. We're not going to spoil this one for you and give you those numbers-- boooooo -- so hit play and check out the impressive numbers the Z1 gets. Hint: it blows the Galaxy S4 away and bests the LG G2 in every category. Enjoy!
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