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HTC launches the dual-SIM Desire 820G+ in Taiwan

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC Desire 820G+HTC has announced a new mid-range, dual-SIM phone for the Taiwanese market. The new device joins the Desire lineup and will be called the Desire 820G+.

The 820G+ features Android 4.4 and a 5.5-inch display that has a surprisingly nice 720p HD resolution. You’ll also find a 13 megapixel rear camera, an 8 megapixel front cam, an octa-core CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot.

It doesn’t look like the device will launch outside of Taiwan, but considering it’s a dual-SIM device that also doesn’t feature 4G connectivity, it definitely looks like HTC made this one with that specific market in mind. If you are looking for a Taiwanese device that features decent mid-range specs, though, the Desire 820G+ just might fit the bill.

source: NDTV Gadgets

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Galaxy S6 sales are hitting Samsung’s internal targets, beating GS5 sales

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Right_Edge_Slanted_01_TASamsung was dealing with quite a bit of pressure with the launch of the Galaxy S6 this year. Sales for their previous two flagship Galaxy S devices had waned, with the Galaxy S5 failing to hit its internal targets for the company over the course of 2014. With that in mind, Samsung had to launch a fantastic device in 2015 that would solidify why they were the top dog in the Android market.

For the most part, they did. The Galaxy S6 was met with nearly universal praise (our own review commended the fantastic screen, amazing camera, and solid design of the device) while the crazy counterpart device, the Galaxy S6 Edge, has done far better than anyone anticipated. So while everything seems great, Samsung hasn’t publicly announced how well their current flagship is selling.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a concrete number. What we do have, however, is an unnamed Samsung executive saying that the GS6 is performing very well, and actually a little better than Samsung imagined. This same also believes that the GS6 should surpass the GS5, and while it’s not always an impressive feat to out-do a device that you considered a failure, improvement is always a good thing.

This commentary does come from an exec at Samsung, so obviously it should be taken with a grain of salt. But with Samsung’s bold marketing and serious commitment towards making a great phone, I think we should all expect the S6 (and the S6 Edge!) to have a pretty solid 2015.

source: Korea Times

via: GSM Arena

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LG G4 gets dunked in 4-inches of water for two hours

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The LG G4 has many features, but water and dust resistance is not one of those. YouTube user Harris Craycaft decided to put that to the test, submerging the device in 4-inches of water for a two hour period. Will it survive?

Normally when you throw a smartphone or really any device in four inches of water for two hours, they tend to, well, stop working. Will the LG G4 stand up to the test? Find out in the video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE getting Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE is getting the upgrade to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It adds yet another device to the small percentage running Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a myriad of awesome changes, mainly with animations, effects, design, and the progressive move towards Material Design. Notifications have been drastically improved, the recent apps menu has been improved, and performance has greatly increased. However, running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, aside from added features, you may not see a whole lot changes on the design front.

Updates like these do take some time to get to you. So, if you haven’t gotten the notification to download the OTA update, you should see it within a couple of days.

If Samsung keeps this up, maybe we’ll just see Android M on the device this time next year.

source: Samsung
via: SamMobile

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Project Ara director Paul Eremenko leaving ATAP team after two years

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) is known today for the Project Ara modular phone among many other endeavors — but today the division isn’t making news for a particular product update, but because of staff changes.

Paul Eremenko, former director of Project Ara, is moving on to join Airbus Group in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense companies. As is common practice with some positions within Google, the ATAP project director position has a limited contract of two years in order to ensure quality and risk taking. Thus, Eremenko will leave the team.

For a full list of people who will now take over at ATAP and Ara, hit the source link.

Source: ATAP+

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Humble Mobile Bundle back for its 13th round

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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It’s time for another Humble Mobile Bundle! For it’s 13th round, the guys at Humble Bundle are offering six games for a small donation to charity, with more titles to be added come June 8.

If you pay what you want, you’ll get Timelines: Assault on America (Premium), The Ministry of Silly Walks, and Hellraid: The Escape. If you pay above the average, Puzzle Retreat Complete, Worms 3, and Twisty Hollow will be added in with the package.

Keep in mind that if you pay for the bundle now, you should have access to the extra titles immediately after Humble Bundle announces them on June 8.

You know what to do. Head on over to the Humble Bundle website to donate!

HUMBLE BUNDLE LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE GAMES BUNDLE

Humble Mobile Bundle 13 features Worms 3, Puzzle Retreat Complete, Twisty Hollow, and more

San Francisco, Calif. – June 1, 2015 – Humble Bundle’s thirteenth entry in its flagship mobile bundle kicks off today, featuring a multitude titles by some of today’s leading developers including The Voxel Agents, Team 17 Digital Limited, Arkadium Games, Strategy First, Boondoggle Studios, and Shortbreak Studios s.c.

Customers can pay what they want for Timelines: Assault on America (Premium), The Ministry of Silly Walks, and Hellraid: The Escape.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Puzzle Retreat Complete, Worms 3, and Twisty Hollow.

Additional titles will be unveiled mid-promotion on June 8, increasing the bundle’s value even more.

To see the full bundle, head to: https://www.humblebundle.com/mobile

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher, charity and a Humble tip. The Humble Mobile Bundle 13 supports two charitable causes — Electronic Frontier Foundation and Worldreader.

The Humble Mobile Bundle 13 runs for two weeks and ends Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

About Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity, and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $55 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com

About Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. https://www.eff.org/

About Worldreader

Worldreader is on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives. Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in this world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills. Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all (SACMEQ II).

http://www.worldreader.org/

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Tag Heuer names its first Android Wear Device, the Carrera Wearable 01

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Tag Heuer, the watch company famous for its high-quality (and very expensive) Swiss-made watches, has unveiled the name of its first Android Wear watch, the Carrera Wearable 01.

The watch, according to Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver, will be upgradable “for a lifetime,” and will cost around $14,000. Powered by Intel silicon, the watch will run the latest version of Android Wear. As for the “lifetime” upgradability, we’re not so sure what this entails, but Biver says the watch will be upgradable as time goes on and technology matures. The goal is to have the watch “last a lifetime.”

Expect a Q4 release for the Carrera Wearable 01.

Source: Forbes

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Samsung Gear VR (1)

If you are getting more and more excited the closer it gets to June 12th, the release date of Jurassic World, then this may well send you over the edge. Or at least to Best Buy anyway, because the retailer has teamed up with universal Pictures and Samsung to bring an exclusive clip of the film to selected Samsung devices.

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The clip allegedly contains a big reveal, and can be viewed at the Samsung Entertainment Experiences at Best Buy stores until June 12th. Are you going to pop down to your nearest store to view the exclusive clip?

 

Source: Best Buy

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Samsung is rumoured to be updating the Galaxy Note 4 to Android 5.1.1 by end of July

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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While some Galaxy Note 4 owners are yet to see Android 5.0.1 on their devices, having to make do with KitKat 4.4, others have been using Lollipop on their devices for a while already. And now it seems that the Samsung is allegedly busy sorting the ingredients out for the next batch of firmware updates for the handset.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is busy prepping Android 5.1.1 for the Galaxy Note 4, with the aim of rolling it out to handsets by the end of July. Hopefully all Galaxy Note 4 owners, regardless of the carrier or variant, will be able to enjoy the Android 5.1.1 update. Samsung’s work is never done though because we all know what the question will be after the Android 5.1.1 update is (eventually) rolled out. That’s right, when is Android M coming?

 

Source: SamMobile

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The LG G4 Dual is now available in India for Rs. 49,000 with Dual-SIM support

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

LG G4 Variety of colours

The G4 is LG’s latest flagship smartphone, so it should come as no real surprise that a dual-SIM version of the handset, the G4 Dual, has been launched in India. It’s available in Black and Brown leather finish variants, with the Red version expected to become available soon.

The LG G4 Dual (D818N) is priced at Rs. 49,999 ($786) and LG are throwing rear panel with metallic finish (Rs.2,000), and a free battery and charging cradle (Rs. 3,500) if the handset is ordered by June 15th. Another bonus is that LG is throwing in a one-time screen replacement worth Rs. 6,500 with eligible orders. The G4 Dual is set to go on sale in retail stores from today.

 

Source: FoneArena

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