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Google now out of stock on non-LTE Nexus 7 tablets

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Nexus 7 Out of Stock

Google has been selling the Nexus 7 with some pretty sweet deals as of late in order to get rid of stock before the release of the Nexus 8 tablet.

Now, it turns out that Google’s completely out of stock of the non-LTE models, according to the device’s product page on Google Play.

We’re not sure if Google plans to replenish its stock, considering the Nexus 8′s launch isn’t set until some time this fall, but it would be odd if it didn’t. Of course you can still get the Nexus 7 from third party retailers, if Google doesn’t plan on selling the tablet in the future.

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OnePlus ‘OneWatch’ leaks in unpublished product page on OnePlus’ website

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OnePlus’ ‘One’ phone hit a few (okay, more than a few) bumps in the road since its initial launch. Production was an issue initially, then there were some OS/software issues, and now the company is looking to possibly drop its native CyanogenMod altogether.

But that doesn’t mean the company will stop forging ahead.

A new leak shows the “OneWatch” on an unpublished page of OnePlus’ website. Of course, you should take this with a grain of salt, as a previous leak from OnePlus regarding an upcoming tablet turned out to be false.

The watch (as seen above) features a circular display, a much requested smartwatch feature. We’re also hearing OnePlus will use sapphire glass crystal for its screen, which Apple is rumored to be using on its iWatch. Other rumors include a curved battery which will allow it to be placed right in the watchstrap, a low-power OLED display and Qi wireless charging support.

However, while sketches of the device (seen below) talk about a configurable hardware button, there doesn’t seem to be one in the leaked product page. This marks an inconsistency that should be noted — yet another reason not to assume this rumor is true.

We have no idea what OS the watch will run, but Android Wear is clearly the consumers’ first choice. Stay tuned for more on this.

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Source: BGR

 

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Samsung talks strategy to address financial slide

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It should be no surprise to anyone now that Samsung, despite being on the top of the smartphone hill, finds itself slipping as competitors struggle to knock them off. We already know Samsung’s Q2 profits slipped, marking the first year-over-year slide in almost three years. During an earnings call to discuss the financial results, Kim Hyun-Joon, a senior vice president with the company, shared a little bit about what Samsung plans to do to try to regain the confidence of investors and re-assert itself.

Kim indicated that in the immediate future, that is within the next six months, Samsung plans to release two new high-end phones. Although he did not mention any names, one of them will have a large screen and is surely a reference to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, part of the Note line that normally gets released in the fall months. The other is a device that will be manufactured with “new materials.” That reference could be to the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha, although that device hardly seems to qualify as a “high end” smartphone. Kim could also be hinting at something with a flexible display, like some of the Youm display devices that have been rumored. Kim also said that Samsung continues to work on new low- and mid-range phone models and we could possibly see some more enhanced features start to push down into those devices.

Samsung admitted during the call that it had overestimated demand for smartphones, leading to some high inventories. The impact of currency exchange rates also had a negative impact on Samsung’s financial results. They are also being buffeted by competition in markets like China where other manufacturers are able to squeeze prices on the back of volume. Kim suggested that part of the key to the Chinese market will be a focus on larger-screen devices and trimming the number of models offered.

source: Wall Street Journal

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VIVO could be the first to have a Sapphire display

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VivoSapphire2Much of the news and excitement for the new iPhone 6 has circled around the larger Sapphire display it will be packing. However, it looks like Apple won’t be first out of the gate with the new scratch resistant glass if VIVO has anything to do about it. According to a new report and information on the social media web site Weibo, the company is looking to put out a flagship device sporting a Sapphire display. 

The flagship is rumored to have a 5-inch display and sport an all-metal frame. It’s said that the device will be released in China with a price of 3,998 yuan (about $650). Of course there’s very little else in terms of information on specs but rumors have the device launching before the iPhone 6.

As soon as we know more we’ll update you.

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

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Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 subscription option

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This Spring, Samsung launched Milk Music for their phones and soon added the feature to their tablets to replace Music Hub. Although the radio app was released free, it was hinted that it would not be for long. A new update to Milk has added a premium, add-free option for $3.99/month, which puts it $1 below Pandora’s new pricing.

In order to purchase the premium subscription, you’ll need a Samsung account and input credit card details, meaning the subscription won’t go through the Google Play Store. After purchasing the upgrade, you gain access to offline stations, unlimited song skips, toggling DJ commentary, and Sleep Timer functions.

Download links after the break.

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OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

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The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.

While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.

When considering why OnePlus is making the switch, it’s important to take into consideration their goals. Growth is vital to a company of their size and age, and the fact that they might be stuck paying to license the CM OS. Another factor is that with OnePlus using CyanogenMod as a third party, they may not be able to progress like other Android device manufacturers have, like Samsung and HTC.

What do you think about OnePlus’ big news? Leave a comment below and share your opinion.

Source: Mobilegeeks.com

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 30, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Yahoo Finance gets redesigned with new interactive graphs and real-time quotes

Carriers

U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

The FCC isn’t pleased with Verizon’s new policy to throttle unlimited data customers

Chrome

64-bit support for Chrome now in beta for Windows users

Google

Grab coffee with Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, for winning a charitable auction

Google to show off self-driving cars at Maker Camp this Friday

Google Hangouts made more business-friendly with latest changes

Phones

HTC holding press event on August 19, likely a One (M8) with Windows Phone

Huawei Ascend Mate 3 spotted in benchmarks packing powerful specs

Huawei teases new phone to be announced at IFA in September

Analysts predict LG G3 to be twice as popular as the G2 despite imminent iPhone 6 launch

Meizu MX4 may claim title of thinnest bezels

Trademarked “Moto Maxx” hints at potential Motorola handset

Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be officially unveiled on August 4th

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

Tablets

FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

Miscellaneous

Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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The FCC isn’t pleased with Verizon’s new policy to throttle unlimited data customers

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Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1.

It’s obvious that customers aren’t pleased with this, but more importantly, The Federal Communications Commission isn’t either. They sent a “strongly worded letter” to Verizon warning that these changes might violate federal regulations, and is a sign that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler could apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.

The problem here isn’t even the throttling, it’s the fact that Verizon is discriminating against their unlimited data customers. Basically, Verizon has no plans on throttling tiered data customers. Why would they? Those customers have to pay for whatever data they use.

Buckle in everyone, there is still two months to go before the plan goes into effect. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot more to this story in the coming days.

source: Washington Post

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Huawei teases new phone to be announced at IFA in September

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In September, major OEMs will gather at IFA in Berlin to announce a number of new products and devices to the market.

Huawei has gotten things started in the marketing department, sending out invites for its event, and teasing a new device at the same time.

It would make sense that this new phone is the Ascend Mate 3 — we should see plenty of leaks of the device in the coming weeks.

Huawei is also set to release another Honor-branded smartphone in China, the Honor 6, which will have a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear camera is only 2MP, so this is pretty low-end.

Source: GSM Arena

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64-bit support for Chrome now in beta for Windows users

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you’re running Windows on your computer, you’re in luck.

In Google’s most recent beta version of Chrome, the browser added 64-bit support. The support had been previously available in the Canary and developer editions of the browser, but it was a bit buggy.

Now, the capability is pretty solid (of course there will be a few hiccups), but this is the closest we’ve been to a stable 64-bit browser from Google. If you’re interested in getting the beta release, just head to the source link.

Source: Google Chrome

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