Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs Revealed

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 16:54 -- Fred Straker

Phablet fans looking forward to Samsung's official September 4th event in Berlin are expecting the company to announce the Galaxy Note III. Now thanks to sources over at SamMobile, the next Galaxy Note's specifications have been leaked. While the list may not contain any shocking surprises, Samsung appears primed to give competitors in the segment a run for their money.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

In addition to some impressive specs, according to one report the Galaxy Note 3 battery will pack a whopping 3,450 mAh. Should this be true, the new battery would be the most powerful Samsung has ever installed in a smartphone, exceeding the Galaxy Note 2 by 350 mAh. While Android 4.3 has been confirmed as the default operating system, it's possible the larger battery was installed on a design prototype and will not see mass production.

Verizon Moto X Release Date Leaked, HTC One Sign Up Page Now Live

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 16:39 -- Sammy Snyder

The Moto X leaks keep on coming... This time an inventory screenshot obtained by Android Central reveals that the Moto X will be available at Best Buy retail locations on the August 29th. That's six days after the previously rumored August 23rd launch date, and two days after the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini will start shipping on August 27th.

Verizon Wireless Moto X Shipping Screen Verizon has also opened its official HTC One email notification page. Verizon announced in July that it would start offering the HTC flagship device "later this summer," so hopefully pre-orders will open soon.

Second-Generation Nexus 7 Factory Images and Binaries Now Avilable

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 19:30 -- Alex Gardner

There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding Google's decision to delay the release of the Nexus 7 factory images, but everyone can now rest easily because they are finally publicly available. Google has posted both the factory images and binaries for Android 4.3 to their developer site. This is good news for Nexus 7 owners because developers can now begin creating custom ROMs for the new tablet.

Nexus 7 Factory ImagesThe public release of the factory images came a few days after Android Open Source Project maintainer Jean-Baptiste Queru quit over a dispute with chip-maker Qualcomm. The feud even prompted one Android fan to create a petition on Change.org asking Paul E. Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm to "release the factory images of Android devices using Qualcomm CPU's and GPU's to the Android Open Source Project." The petition gained over 1,000 signatures before being closed.

Android Device Manager Helps You Recover Your Lost Device

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:49 -- Marshall Walker

Google's Android Device Manager is now live. The website allows Android users to locate their lost smartphone or tablet, or perform a remote wipe if it is stolen. The new service is available for all Android devices running Android 2.2 or above. Android Device ManagerThere are several ways Android Device Manager can help you locate your device. First, if you happen to misplace your smartphone nearby, you can activate its ringer at maximum volume for 5 minutes. This also works if your phone is set to silent. Or your can use Google’s location services to find your smartphone or tablet on a map. This is useful if you forget your device at a bar, at work and so on.

HP TouchPad Android 4.2.2 Build Brings Bluetooth Support

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 18:42 -- Sammy Snyder

The discontinued HP TouchPad has found new life thanks to developer James Sullins' unofficial Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 build. Users who have hung on to the original webOS tablet can now add Bluetooth support by downloading Sullins' ROM from goo.im. Users who have already installed Android on their TouchPad can just download the file and perform a clean or dirty flash to install Sullins' build on their device.

HP TouchPad Android 4.2.2Developers have been keeping the TouchPad alive with various Android builds ever since HP dumped the tablet in 2011. In 2012, developer Dorregaray released a custom build based on Android 4.1 to allow access to all the TouchPad's hardware like the camera and mic.

Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile Moto X Models Will Have Unlockable Bootloaders

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 19:19 -- Alex Gardner

We already know that Motorola plans to release a Developer and Google Play edition of the Moto X later down the road, but Phandroid has learned that everyone will be able to participate in custom ROM fun. Motorola told the Android blog that the US Cellular, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the Moto X will all ship with unlockable bootloaders.

Moto XAT&T and Verizon models wont have unlockable bootloaders, but Motorola has promised to release a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and general North American Developer Edition for AT&T customers, according to Phandorid. So if you're keeping score, Motorola's Motomaker will only be available to AT&T subscribers at launch, and to Verizon Wireless customers later this year. However, I'm sure a lot of Android users will agree that having access to custom ROMs is a lot better than being able to choose the color of your handset.

Samsung Sends Invites to Galaxy Note 3 Event

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 23:29 -- Fred Straker

Samsung has sent invites to its media event titled "Unpacked 2013 Episode 2" scheduled to take place on September 4 in Berlin. Industry watchers are expecting the company to unveil a new Galaxy Note phablet during the event. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II last year along with the Galaxy camera at the same event.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 event

When it comes to the invite, Samsung uses a handwritten font described as "decidedly S Pen-like" by 9to5Google. In another hint pointing at the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung asks invitees to "Note the date." Samsung's event is during the 53rd annual IFA consumer electronics trade show, which the company has used to showcase new products in the past.

Best Buy Lists Off-Contract Moto X at $700

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:49 -- Marshall Walker

How much is an off-contract Moto X? Probably not $700. Some Phandroid users have noticed that Best Buy has listed the Moto X's "unactivated price" at $699.99, which seems a bit pricey for the mid-range device. However, Phandroid's Quentyn Kennemer points out that Best Buy "often prices its off-contract smartphones beyond normal" because they make more on carrier contract commissions. So this doesn't necessarily mean customers will be stuck shelling out $700 for a contract free Moto X. We'll know the actual price when carriers like AT&T start listing the device on their websites.

Off-Contract Moto X

The Moto X will be available at AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile for $199 with a new two-year agreement. AT&T customers will be allowed to customize their device using Motorola's Motomaker website. Motomaker will also be available to Verizon Wireless subscribers later this year. T-Mobile will not carry the Moto X online or at its retail locations. Instead T-Mobile users will have to buy their Moto X handset directly from Motorola. It's still unknown if T-Mobile will offer their non-subsidized UnCarrier payment plans for the device, but it seems unlikely.

What is Moto Maker?

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 14:39 -- Alex Gardner

After numerous leaks, Motorola officially unveiled the Moto X in New York City on Thursday. The 4.7-inch smartphone is equipped with a Motorola X8 processor (1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 10MP Clear Pixel camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, plus more. The Moto X will launch on multiple U.S. carriers starting at $200 with a two-year contract. Pretty normal stuff, however, what makes the Moto X unique is its Moto Maker.

Moto X ColorsThe Moto Maker offers customers 2,000 different ways to customize their phone. This mostly involves picking what colors you want your device to be, but you can also create a personal start-up greeting, have it engraved with your signature, sync it with your Google account, and bundle it with a case or other accessories. Your personalized Moto X will ship four days after you design it, and will be ready for use right out of the box. The Moto Maker will be exclusive to AT&T at launch, with other carriers eventually offering the service too.

Motorola Reveals Moto X with 24-Hour Battery

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 13:06 -- Fred Straker

After several leaks the Moto X has finally been announced by Motorola. The new flagship Android smartphone is packed with several unique features to make life easier for users. The Moto X is the first handset where both the hardware and software were developed under Google's control since it acquired Motorola last year.

Moto X official

A highlight known as Touchless Control features Google Now integration and a dedicated processor that is always listening for voice commands. Directions, weather and more are all available to the user from a system designed to facilitate hands-free operation while reducing power consumption. Snapping photos in a hurry is possible thanks to Quick Capture, which opens the stock camera app with a flick of the wrist.

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