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Next generation Motorola smartphone (XT912A) shows up in benchmark

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know Motorola is readying the next generation Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1, but they are also readying new DROIDs for Verizon Wireless. A new device with the model number of XT912A showed up in GFXBench that is most likely one of these phones.

The specs of the said device include a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (presumably a new version of Moto’s Mobile Computing System), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 4.4.3, which isn’t even out yet.

The model number is what is most interesting. The number is lower than the Moto X, Moto G, and DROIDs (all in the 1,000′s). Also interesting is the fact that the DROID RAZR (from 3 years ago) was the XT912. Why would they reuse that number now? Does this mean this particular device is Verizon bound and could Motorola bring back the RAZR name?

Stay tuned because this leak train is just leaving the gate.

source: GFXBench
via: Phone Arena

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Xiaomi plans to enter 10 new countries in the coming year

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

XiaomiXiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands around right now, and they’re looking to expand their reach, by announcing that they will be entering 10 new countries for business. No, this doesn’t include the United States, or even most of Europe yet, but it’s a good start for the company. The Chinese manufacturer will expand to Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam over the coming year.

Xiaomi already outsells Apple and their iPhones in China, and even shipped 11 million smartphones in the first three months of this year, which is more than Motorola, for a comparison.

Source: Bloomberg

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Punit Soni’s Motorola Hangout now available for playback

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola_Logo_From_DROID_RAZR_MAXX_HD_TALast week we told you about the Hangout that Punit Soni would be leading to answer questions about all things Motorola, titled “Celebrating 50 Software Launches with Punit Soni.” The Hangout occurred successfully, and it’s now available for on-demand playback. Among the items discussed: Motorla’s software strategy, the Lenovo acquisition, and Android integration.

You can find the video embedded past the break.

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Galaxy S 5 outsells iPhone 5S during respective launch weekends [Infographic]

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.

iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.

We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.


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source: iQmetrix
via: GSMArena

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Here’s a good look at the OnePlus One StyleSwap replaceable back covers

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.

We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.

Hit the break for two more pics.

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source: CNMO
via: Phone Arena

 

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Android mobile ad traffic trumps iOS for the first time, still lags in ad revenue though

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.

As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.

With Android representing close to 80% of the overall market share for smartphones sales, you would think that Android would dominate in ad traffic and revenue as well, but the data shows how powerful iOS really is.

Another interesting tidbit is that Samsung represents 60% of the Android ad impressions, which isn’t surprising.

source: Computerworld

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Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.

The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.

Source: Amazon, Motorola

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Samsung releases ad for Gear Fit showing off fitness and social features

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.

It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break. 

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Samsung SM-T2558 gets certified in China, sports a 7-inch display on a smartphone’s body

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.

Source: Mobilegeeks.de
Via: SamMobile

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Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices.

According to the Economic Daily in Taiwan, MediaTek has a couple 64-bit devices that could be used by Google. One is the quad-core MT6732 that runs at 1.5GHz and the other is the MT6752 running at 2.0GHz. Both chips are 64-bit. If one of these chips does make into a low-end Google smartphone, MediaTek could be tagged by other manufacturers like HTC, Sony, LG and Samsung for future partnerships.

Reports indicate this new budget-friendly Nexus smartphone may be ready during the second half of 2014. We also expect Google to release a new tablet device sometime this year and they could be working on the successor to the Nexus 5. It could turn out to be a busy year for Google when it comes to new device releases.

source: Economic Daily
via: G for Games

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