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Moto X begins receiving Android 4.4.3 push on T-Mobile and for developer editions

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 03:04 PM PDT

Rocking the Moto X? Then you're going to be pretty happy to find out that Android 4.4.3 is now available through an over-the-air (OTA) update. A few days ago we pointed out that Motorola would begin pushing out Android 4.4.3 to their various handsets throughout the week.

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QuickPic 3.5 Beta now available, introduces 500px and Picasa support [DOWNLOAD]

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 02:55 PM PDT

QuickPic 3.5 Beta 2

QuickPic is one of Google Play's oldie-but-goodies, an app that's continued to evolve its X years on the market. Recently, the developer teased a complete visual makeover for the gallery app, but today, is allowing users to take some upcoming features for a spin via QuickPic's new beta community.

By now, you know the story. Join the beta community on Google+, then enroll as a tester on Google Play to try out the beta releases of the app. But because the developer is such a G, he's simply including a direct link to avoid the typical Google Play beta sign up. Awesome.

Should you run into any issues, leave the developer some feed back on the new QuickPic 3.5 Beta 2 on Google+. Just remember to include info like your device name, Android version, QuickPic version, the issue, and a screenshot (if possible).

Download on Google Play: QuickPic (stable)

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Google Allegedly Negotiating Songza Acquisition, Probably To Improve Play Music Curation

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 02:36 PM PDT


For some reason, it seems that streaming music is the new hotness in the world of tech firm acquisitions. Today, the New York Post reports that Google is eyeing the acquisition of Songza.

Songza is a popular music curating and streaming service that, with five and a half million active users, is nothing to sneeze at. The Android app is currently in the 1 million - 5 million download range, with almost 60,000 ratings.

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Huawei’s HiSilicon announces the Kirin 920 processor, claims it bests the Snapdragon 805

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 02:21 PM PDT

The US mobile processor market is absolutely dominated by Qualcomm, with almost every device running a Snapdragon chip of some sort. From the Snapdragon 400 found in low or mid range devices, to the Snapdragon 801 powering our newest flagships, Qualcomm is pretty much the only processor manufacturer ever being used anymore. Fortunately, Samsung, MediaTek, and many other manufacturers thrive in other regions.

One of these companies is HiSilicon, which is a part of Huawei. The company announced a brand new chip today called the Kirin 920. This is an octa-core chip with a big.LITTLE layout, meaning it has four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores. The A15 cores can be clocked from 1.7 to 2GHz, while the A7 cores can be clocked from 1.3 to 1.6GHz.

This chip is actually pretty impressive from the looks of it. It features support for QHD displays, 4K video recording, and LTE Category 6. It also has a Tensilica HIFI3 professional audio processor (oh how I miss the Wolfson Audio days) and a Mali-T628MP4 quad core GPU.

While specs on paper are nice to read, what matters most is how it performs. And if HiSilicon is to be believed, this chip could outperform the unreleased Snapdragon 805. And benchmarks show a Kirin 920-powered device outclassing Snapdragon 801 devices, despite being pre-production hardware and software. While these claims can't be proven until a device powered by this new chip is released, we're excited nonetheless. Hopefully it'll come to the US, as more competition in the mobile chip market is always a good thing. Would you buy a HiSilicon-powered device, or are your Qualcomm loyalties too strong?

Via: GSM Arena

Source: Huawei, Weibo

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Huawei claims that their first octa-core chip will deliver faster LTE

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 01:49 PM PDT


With a number of companies releasing LTE octa-core chips, it looks like Huawei is ready to join them. Huawei's new Kirin 920 is made up of a quad Cortex-A15, plus a quad Cortex-A7. These two cores work simultaneously, along with a Mali-T628 GPU.

The chip also includes a multi-mode LTE Cat 6 radio, allowing for data speeds of up to 300 Mbps on carriers that are set up for carrier aggregation. The Kirin 920 also has a low-power I3 sensor co-processor, along with a Tensilica HIFI3 audio processor. A release date is still yet to be announced.

Source: Engadget

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Motorola is letting you test drive a custom Moto X before you buy, promo starts on Monday

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 01:19 PM PDT

Motorola Moto X try before you buy deal

After recently dropping the price of a Moto X as part of a 2-day sale, Motorola is back with another enticing promotion. Starting Monday, June 9th, you can custom build your own specialty Motorola Moto X via Motomaker and only pay 1 single cent.

More of an Amazon-like try-before-you-buy promotion, you have 2 weeks to test drive the Moto X before deciding if it's the right phone for you. Motorola says the deal will only be good "while supplies last," meaning you may want to mark it down on your calendar if the Moto X sounds like a phone you've been thinking about picking up for sometime.

Anyone thinking about test driving the contract-free Moto X for a few weeks?


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First image of high-end ZTE Nubia Z7 released

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 01:19 PM PDT


Previous rumors had suggested that the Nubia Z7 was another name for the Nubia X6, but now it looks like the name is being used for an entirely new device. A press photo was released today, reportedly showing the new device.

The photo reveals the back of the device, showing the camera with an LED flash. The translated text says "a little more beautiful", which suggests that the device will be fashionable. While we don't know official specs about the rest of the device, rumors suggest that it will have a 5-inch display and run Android 4.4.

Source: Weibo

Via: PhoneArena

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Google to possibly buy music streaming company Songza

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:49 PM PDT


Google is reportedly in talks to buy music streaming service Songza. Songza, which competes with Pandora, has around 10 million users, and is apparently being offered $15 million by Google.

While they do have Google Play Music, Google has reportedly been on the lookout for a music streaming service for a while now. Songza is a little different than other music streaming services, in that they service music taking into account what people are doing when they listen to the music. Suggestions include "working in the office" or "boosting your energy".

Source: New York Post

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Motorola running a Moto X ‘Try Then Buy’ promo on June 9

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:49 PM PDT


For just one penny, you can bring home the Moto X on June 6.. for two weeks. This Monday, Motorola is allowing people to customize their flagship smartphone and carry it around for two weeks before forcing them to make a decision. You will not be able to pull a fast one on Motorola as they'll have billing information to deliver the full Moto X price. But it is a great way to spend some time with a device prior to making a purchase.

This is a "while quantities last" promotion, so act fast on Monday.

Source: Motorola

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1 in 3 afraid to watch the World Cup on their mobile devices

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:44 PM PDT

QuickPic Image Viewer Gets A Beta Testing Community, New APK Ready For Download

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:38 PM PDT

QuickPic-Thumb Each smartphone comes with a gallery app, but considering how diverse the Android smartphone landscape is, the one you end up with varies from device to device. If you want an identical experience across devices, the best approach may be to turn to a third-party app, and while you're at it, you might as well choose one that's spiffy and straightforward. QuickPic is one of our top picks in this area, and now the app's developer has opened up a beta community for testers and dropped a new beta release for them to get their hands on.

QuickPic Image Viewer Gets A Beta Testing Community, New APK Ready For Download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Kingsoft Office Marks 210 Million Global Users With Rebrand To WPS Office, Update To Version 6.0

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:38 PM PDT

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Kingsoft, makers of the popular productivity app Kingsoft Office, today announced that the Android app has reached 210 million users around the world. To mark the event, the app has been rebranded to WPS Office and given a new icon to match. The announcement comes on the heels of the app's update to version 6.0, which introduces "over 100 feature updates and enhancements," including a revitalized interface, support for 44 languages, and - in Kingsoft's words - "much more."

The app can view, create, and share office documents on any Android device running 2.1+, and offers collaboration features like edit tracking and comments.

Kingsoft Office Marks 210 Million Global Users With Rebrand To WPS Office, Update To Version 6.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Songza curating multi-million dollar bid from Google

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:17 PM PDT

Hold onto your headphones. Google is apparently in talks to buy the popular free music streaming and recommendation service Songza. Founded in late 2007, Songza has built up over 5.5 million active users. Google's own Larry Page is allegedly leading the charge to acquire Songza for $15 million.

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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 gets OTA update that boosts Netflix streaming to 1080p

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 11:36 AM PDT

Owners of NVIDIA's Android-based Tegra Note 7 tablet should check their device to see if they have an OTA update to download. The company has announced that once that update is installed, the hardware can start streaming Netflix videos in full 1080p.

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Microsoft releases OneNote Clipper for Chrome, Springpad migration tool

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Microsoft has released a Chrome extension for their note-taking app OneNote called OneNote Clipper. You can install the extension either by going to the OneNote website, or the Chrome Web Store. From there, OneNote Clipper lets you save webpages and clips to OneNote to be viewed later.

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:52 AM PDT

OK, folks. Here we go. Or, rather, we'll go at 4 p.m. EDT. Because that's when we podcast live each week. And this week we've got a ton of stuff to talk about. Android 4.4.3 is here. Mostly bugfixes, but a new dialer for a few. Plus, yes, we'll say our piece on all the Apple news this week. And we'l have more on the LG G3 and the OnePlus One, with our review finally out the door.

And as always, we'll answer your questions live. So be sure to join us here at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — for the one and only Android Central Podcast. See you this afternoon!

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Samsung hypes up Premier 2014 event in New York with new teaser video

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:50 AM PDT

Samsung Galaxy Premier Tab Into Color 2014 event

For those unaware, Samsung is preparing a June 12th "Galaxy Premier" event at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Now, they aren't saying exactly what they're planning on unveiling, but 'ol Sammy has uploaded a teaser video hyping the event on YouTube.

The video, which doesn't give away much, features a count with the tagline "Tab into Color" and the side profile of what appears to be one of their new tablets. If we had to bet money, we'd say Samsung is gearing up to announce their much leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5, the first to feature the best display technology on the market: Samsung's Super AMOLED display.

They'll be streaming the whole shindig live on their site at 7PM (EDT), and we'll be on hand for a hands-on of whatever they should announce. And because we don't want you getting your hopes up, don't expect anything along the lines of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or any other smartphone what-so-ever.

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Samsung releases countdown teaser for next week’s Tab Into Color event

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT


In the World's Most Famous Arena on June 12, Samsung is going to unveil a new line of tablets. Samsung is hosting an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City in which they will finally announce the Galaxy Tab S line that includes at least 8.4 and 10.5-inch display sizes. And since we are less than one week away from the event, Samsung has a released a countdown teaser. It is very colorful, likely to highlight the AMOLED display the line will carry.

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New images reveal additional details about Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT


With less than a week to go until Samsung's Tab Into Color event when it is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Tab S series of devices, some new images have leaked that reveal a few details about the new tablets. Of course, the big news will be the use of AMOLED displays on a tablet device and the resolution being pushed up to a quad HD level 2560 x 1600 resolution. Samsung appears to have several other new features ready to be revealed with this new line of tablet devices.

One new feature appears to be the ability to link the tablet to a smartphone, and we would not be surprised to see this limited to other Samsung devices, so that calls can be answered on the tablet via a pop-up app window. Along with this new capability, the new Galaxy Tab S devices are expected to get several features that carry over from the Galaxy S 5. These include the ultra power saving mode, download booster, and a fingerprint scanner. The images that were released also show Remote PC being available on the device.

Some of the images showcase the physical attributes of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which will come in at a very thin 6.6 mm thick and only weigh 465 grams. We have already seen images showing the back of the device to have the same dimpled cover as the Galaxy S 5. The images do show the edge of the device sporting a lightly brushed metal look.

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source: SamMobile

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout teaser trailer brings the noise to Venice

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:39 AM PDT

With just a few more days until the big E3 2014 video game trade show begins, the folks at mobile publisher Gameloft have released the first teaser trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the next installment for one of their most popular franchises.

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After 5 Years Of Privacy Wrangling, Google Street View Finally Launches In Greece

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:37 AM PDT


For nearly half a decade, Google has been barred by a Grecian privacy authority from bringing its Maps Street View service online in the country, citing concerns of, you guessed it, privacy. After significant negotiation, last year that authority authorized Google to start using collected data from its Street View vehicles (which, in Europe, appear to be Astra diesel 5-door hatches) on Google Maps. As of yesterday, Google finally published the first street view images for Greece.

After 5 Years Of Privacy Wrangling, Google Street View Finally Launches In Greece was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola will build you a custom Moto X to try for two weeks for just a penny

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:11 AM PDT

On Monday, June 9, Motorola will let you build a custom Moto X with Moto Maker, and then ship it to you for a two-week at-home trial. All for just $0.01. That's right, a custom Moto X for two weeks for a penny. That is, just on Monday, and only "while quantities last," though we imagine we're still looking at a good number of phones here.

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Samsung prepping 4K tablets for end of 2014, already has an impressive prototype

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT


In just a few months, Samsung will have tablets with 4K displays. The company caught showcasing a 12.2-inch tablet with a 4K display at the ongoing French Open. But the reason to show the tablet was to tout LTE broadcasting, not the tablet itself. In the demonstration, the capability of having multiple applications running at once was shown (above). As we all know, this is possible on many of Samsung's products.

At the time of the demonstration, the prototype was working with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor; however, upon being released near the end of the year, it is expected that a Snapdragon 805 will be inside due to its 4K display enhancements. Now you just have to wait and see when Samsung will bring it to the market.

Source: TechRadar

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Amazon’s new smartphone to use Omron’s OKAO Vision technology

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT


Amazon is inviting folks to a launch event on June 18th when it is expected the company will reveal their first smartphone device. As we have previously reported, Amazon is hoping to bring something unique to market by loading the device down with several sensors that will enable both 3D effects on the screen as well as the potential for new interactions based on face and head tracking of users. It has now been revealed that Amazon will be using OKAO Vision face sensing technology from Omron.

Omron's technology appears to have been modified internally by Amazon to be able to drive stereoscopic effects from a normal LCD screen. The smartphone will have four cameras on the front that will be used to detect the users face and can generate X, Y and Z coordinates. Combined with the smartphone's accelerometer and gyro sensor, the device will be able to quickly and smoothly render unique effects that should be more impressive than the current batch of parallax effects we see on devices.

Omron says that in addition to the ability to track a user's face, their system can also be used to recognize faces and facial attributes and their software is capable of estimating gender, age and ethnicity. There are no indications that Amazon incorporates any of these functions.

With the ability to detect a user's face, we anticipate Amazon may be able to make some new methods for interacting with the device available to buyers. This would be a similar strategy to what Motorola used when introducing the Moto X last year in lieu of packing in the most cutting edge hardware available.

Reportedly the Amazon smartphone will come with a 720p 4.7-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, and Snapdragon processor. All of this will be used to run Amazon's FireOS.

You can check out a video below from Omron that shares more information on how their OKAO Vision technology works and what it is capable of doing.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: TechCrunch

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Chromecast comes to Brazil at a steep price

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 09:07 AM PDT

Google's Chromecast is now available in Brazil, but customers will have to pay a much higher price for the device than in other parts of the world. While other countries can get the dongle at a relatively low price, like $35 in the U.S., £30 in the U.K, Brazilian customers will have to shell out, R$199, or around $88. This is par for the course in Brazil, where many imports face heavy taxation.

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