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Galaxy S5 Metal Casing Rumor Closer to Reality; Samsung Shopping for Metal Case OEM

Sep 23, 2013 - 2:43 PM - by dgstorm

According to the latest intel to come down the pipe, Samsung is indeed working toward outfitting some product in their future with a metal case. More than likely this will be the next-generation Galaxy S5. We have word that Samsung is close to securing a contract with Catcher, the Taiwanese company that makes the metal bodies of the HTC One and the iPad. Supposedly, they have been shopping around for an OEM which can supply the metal body for “at least one of its high-end smartphone models from the second quarter next year”.

This seems to confirm previous rumors we reported that the SGS5 might come with a metal outer shell. Additionally, there are reports that Samsung is setting up a test production line in Gumi, South Korea, and a mass production line in Vietnam. This would seem to suggest they are also close to a final design for the new phone.

It looks like Samsung is working hard to eliminate the one thing that they have received the most criticism for, their plastic outer device cases.

Source: AndroidAuthority
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Google's Gmail Hit With Service Disruption

Sep 23, 2013 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm

Avid users of Google's Gmail probably have noticed some hinky happenings going on today. The service has been hit with some kind of service disruption. The symptom is that people who use Gmail are receiving their mail very slowly, with emails coming in to their inbox as much as an hour after being sent. In some rare instances, the emails don't even come in at all. Here at FF HQ, we have experienced this ourselves, which has made it a bit more difficult to get the stories cranked out as quickly as we would like.

We aren't sure which regions of the globe are being affected by this "outage," so it is possible it is isolated to either the USA or to certain regions of that country. Sound off if you have experienced Gmail issues in your area of the world. There's no official word from Google explaining what the problem is, but we will keep you updated when we find out more details.
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Oppo N1 Officially Announced; Rotating Camera, Official CyanogenMod Support & More

Sep 23, 2013 - 12:32 PM - by dgstorm

The picture above shows water, but that may simply be an image on the phone. As far as we know it has not been reported to be water-resistant.

There is an intriguing new found about to hit the market in December and most of its details have been revealed by the manufacturer. The Chinese OEM Oppo just unveiled their N1. It comes decked out with some very good specs and several unique features. First, here's a breakdown of its primary specs:
  • 5.9 inch 1080p HD display
  • 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
  • 13MP Rotating 6-element camera
  • WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS
  • 3,610 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2
  • Official support for CyanogenMod - with optional special edition CyanogenMod version coming later

As you can see, except for the massive battery, most of the specs are a bit mid-range; however, it does have a few distinguishing characteristics. First, the camera is unique in that it has the ability to swivel/rotate, so that it works as both the front and rear camera. Not only does it offer some truly unique camera angles, it also includes a 6-element f/2.0 lens that supposedly offers vibrant picture quality. Just twisting the camera turns it on, so it makes it quicker for you to get that candid shot.

That's not all this phone has to offer. It includes built-in support if you wish to flash a CyanogenMod ROM on the device. Oppo also plans to offer a special edition version of the N1 which will automatically come with the CM ROM configured on the device.

The phone includes some enhanced software functionality as well. Here's a quote with the details,

O-Touch Panel
O-Touch is an entirely new way of using your smartphone. A 12 cm2 rear touch panel makes one handed use for the large N1 screen comfortable and easy. With O-Touch you can scroll, tap, or snap photos – all without your fingers blocking the display.

O-Click Control
O-Click lets you remotely operate the N1 camera even when you’re away from the device. Simply position the N1 and step back. If you misplace your device, find it by setting off an alarm on the phone. O-Click fits on your keychain and supports a range of up to 50 meters, staying connected to your OPPO N1 via Bluetooth (BLE).
Oppo indicated that the phone will be priced at $570 off contract. We will keep an eye on this and let you know what international markets the device releases to. Expect it first in Asia, and perhaps Europe.

Source: PhoneArena
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Sprint Officially Announces Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Coming October 4th

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
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Samsung in 'final stages' on 64-Bit Exynos; May Show Up in Galaxy S5

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.

Source: PhoneArena
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Sprint Officially Confirms 'One Up' Plan

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,

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.
How many of you guys are in an area with quality Sprint coverage and would consider this offer?

Source: PhoneArena
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Sony Just Released the Open Source Kernel Files For The Xperia Z1

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
  • 3000mAh
  • 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?

Source: SonyMobile
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Launch Dates by U.S. Carrier

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
  • NFC
  • 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
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The CDMA Version of the Unlocked Dev Edition of the Moto X is Already Sold Out

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
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HP Unveils 4 New Android Tabs: Slate 7 HD, Slate 7 Extreme, Slate 8 Pro & Slate 10 HD

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.

Source: UnWiredView
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Who Will Be CyanogenMod Inc.'s Official Hardware Partner?

Sep 20, 2013 - 10:47 AM - by cereal killer

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.
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Google's QuickOffice Mobile App is Now Available for Free

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,

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.
Sound off if you are an avid (or soon to be) user of this product.

Source: CNET
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