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Huawei Honor 6 with 8-core HiSilicon Kirin920 chipset reaches 3.5 million in pre-orders

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 03:07 PM PDT

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei is really looking to enter the high-end smartphone race and their latest bet to get them there is the Huawei Honor 6. In a translated press release, Huawei announced that since they've announced the Honor 6 back towards the end of June, the phone quickly reached 3.5 million pre-orders. What makes the Huawei Honor 6 so special?


Well, aside from it's future proofed 4G LTE Cat6 radio with capable download speeds of 300Mbps, it also is the first of its kind to feature a Haisi Kirin920 chipset, Huawei's own "revolutionary" eight-core SoC with the big.LITTLE chip framework. This processor has a total of 8 cores=: four A15 (server level cores) and four A7 (energy efficient cores). Together with 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 13MP camera, 1080p display and support for micro SD card expansion, it's easy to see how Huawei is looking to offer top notch competition in its homeland of China.

So far, the Huawei Honor 6 has only been announced for China. But given Huawei's new push in the US with unlocked global devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, the Honor 6 could be a preview of what to expect from Huawei in the future. Lord knows we could use the competition.

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Moto 360 price: What's the sweet spot?

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 02:55 PM PDT

How much would you pay for the Moto 360?

To say that folks are eagerly awaiting the Moto 360 ... well, that's probably the understatement of the summer. But it's backed up by our most recent weekly poll, which at the time of this writing shows 63 percent of the nearly 10,000 respondents indeed are waiting on the first round Android Wear smartwatch.

And that spurs the following question: What are you willing to pay for it?

We don't yet know what the Moto 360 price will be. There's reason to think that perhaps it might be lower than expected, given what Motorola has managed to do with its smartphones in the past year. Stylish, functional and affordable isn't the pipe dream we once thought. Will that translate over to a smartwatch? It's possible. (But we wouldn't bet the farm on it.)

Another theory, though, is that the Moto 360 will eclipse the cost of the Samsung Gear Live ($199) and LG G Watch ($229). And there's good reason for that. The round display means there will be more waste in cutting the panels. And if nothing else, it just looks a hell of a lot cooler.

And, so, we ask: What would you pay for the Moto 360?

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Expensive OnePlus One RMAs over yellowed LCD displays spark outrage

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 02:50 PM PDT

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As if OnePlus didn't have enough to worry about with their questionable invite system, a hardware defect discovered in the phone's display is sparking outrage among the startup's few customers. But it isn't so much the defect that's causing outcry as much as the way OnePlus appears to be going about handling customer complaints. But before we get into that, let's start with the issue.

OnePlus One yellow band issue

OnePlus One yellow band issue

Reports of customers receiving OnePlus One units with a yellowish tinge towards the bottom of the display (not to be confused with a all around warmer display) can be found in various forums around the net, including OnePlus' very own forums. As someone who purchased and owned a OnePlus for a short time, I too can attest to the yellowish band issue in my own unit (although I shrugged it off as fresh glue that would cure overtime).

Aside from the yellow band, there's also been reports of dead pixels and other general weirdness, as documented in OnePlus' forums here. For a quick look at the yellow bandit in action, check out one user's recently uploaded video on YouTube below.

For those unsatisfied with the shipped condition of their phone and looking for a replacement, OnePlus customer service appears to be anything but understanding. As highlighted in the email correspondence by one customer with OnePlus customer service, after some resistance, OnePlus was able to honor a hardware replacement, but there's a catch.

The customer would have to pay for the shipping charges on their own dime. What's more is OnePlus is giving very few options in terms of courier, with charges back to China reaching upwards of $56. That's a pretty expensive hardware defect.

OnePlus One customer service yellow band issue

It's pretty easy to see how customers would be fuming at the idea of receiving a defective product, only then having the pay out of their pocket to get a non-defective model as intended. A tarnished image of the OnePlus brand is anything the new company needs to build up momentum in a crowded smartphone market, especially after dealing with the the backlash of their invite system.

We've reached out to OnePlus for an official statement regarding the yellow banding, as well as clarification on their return policy. We'll update when we have more.

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Google Glass’ original project leader leaves for Amazon

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 02:49 PM PDT


Image credit: Loic Le Meur / Flickr

While Google Glass has yet to make a major impact commercially, the project has certainly made the headlines on more than one occasion. This is in part due to its potential and, in other part, the controversy that has surrounded the product.

Google Glass' future might not be certain just yet, but the man that originally led the development of the Glass project will no longer be part of whatever comes next for the wearable headset. Babak Parviz has confirmed that it he has been hired by Amazon, and that he is excited about "what [they] might accomplish". It's unclear what exactly Parviz might be doing as part of Amazon's team, but it more than likely is aimed at further expanding the company's hardware ambitions.

Amazon started as an e-tailer that eventually progressed to selling its own line of e-readers, than tablets, and more recently a set-top box and a smartphone. So what's next? That's a good question, but Samsung, LG, Motorola and countless other companies have begun making the move towards wearables — perhaps Amazon will be next.

To that end, Parviz said last week at a wearable technologies conference in San Francisco that "Google Glass is one answer to that question. It's not necessarily the definitive answer." Could Amazon be planning to make a move into the wearable market, or is it more likely that they will utilize Parviz's talents for its other hardware-related projects?

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Another chance to win one of five LG G3's with RadioShack!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 02:26 PM PDT

We've got the list of last weeks winners and another chance to win!

Last week the fine folks at RadioShack offered a chance for five of you to win a brand new LG G3. You know what's better than a contest last week? Another contest this week! That's right, another chance for you to win one of five new LG G3s from RadioShack on either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. As before, sorry folks, no T-Mobile available. So, how do you win? It couldn't be simpler.

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World Cup fever continues with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Soccer

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 01:38 PM PDT

If you still have World Cup fever after Sunday's game with Germany beating Argentina, then Yahoo has you covered with a new Yahoo Sports Fantasy Soccer app that will allow you to play socially in real time. The game is optimized for your mobile phone and you can make changes seamlessly across all devices on the web.

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120 Sports brings lots of sports news and streaming video to Android devices

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 01:29 PM PDT

120 Sports, the pro sports news and streaming video app that made its debut on iOS and the web a few months ago, is now available for Android devices via the Google Play Store and is aiming to give ESPN and other major sports news outlets a run for its money, at least on the Internet.

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YouTube 101: How to sign in and upload videos from the YouTube app

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 01:05 PM PDT

YouTube is a great place to 'broadcast yourself' — and it's super easy to get started!

Lots can happen when you're out and about, and you may not want to wait until you're around a computer to share it with the whole world.

YouTube has been part of Google since 2006. With that being the case, it would make sense that Google would make it as easy as possible to sign in and share videos with the official Android YouTube app, right? It really is pretty easy. We'll go through the process with you, and you'll be uploading videos in no time.

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Sprint rolling out update to LG G3 and G Flex to activate WiFi Calling

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 12:51 PM PDT


Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier's WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.

The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.

Let us know when you receive the update.

Source: Sprint

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Verizon Edge now allows tablets to be paid over time

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 12:42 PM PDT


You know what Verizon Edge is all about: pay for a device over time instead of signing a two-year contract that holds restricts your options. Until now, Verizon has only made smartphones available through the Edge program. Today, you can do so with tablets. The price of the the tablet, whichever you choose, is sliced into twenty payments of an equal price. Once thirty days have gone by and 60% of the device has been paid off, you can upgrade!

Hit the break for the list of tablets and their Edge payments.

  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Bundle — $29.99 per month

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 — $18.99 per month

  • Verizon Ellipsis 7 — $12.49 per month

  • LG G Pad LTE — $14.99 per month

  • Apple iPad Air — $31.49 per month

  • Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display — $26.49 per month

  • Apple iPad with Retina Display — $26.49 per month

  • Apple iPad Mini — $21.49 per month

  • Nexus 7 — $17.49 per month

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro — $42.49 per month

  • Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 2014 Edition — $34.99 per month

  • Nokia Lumia 2520 — $29.99 per month

Source: Verizon

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Popcorn Time gets a boost with Chromecast support and quicker downloads

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 12:19 PM PDT


Popcorn Time is a service that allows users to watch torrented television shows and movies on personal computers and mobile devices. So it was only a matter of time before Popcorn Time made the move to include Chromecast support for Android devices. Aside from that, Popcorn Time now has automatic updates, native UI, quicker downloads, and improved device support. The next step for Popcorn Time is built-in VPN for the Android experience and users can expect that in about a week.

Source: Popcorn Time

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The man responsible for building Google Glass lands new job at Amazon

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 12:06 PM PDT

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In a move that will no doubt spur even more discussion that Google Glass is already on its way out (before it ever really started), the man once leading the Google Glass project and credited with helping creating the wearable headset is now off to greener pastures.

Babak Parviz, who lead a few projects at Google's X Labs division including Glass and smart contact lenses, announced via his Google+ profile that he's off to Amazon. Parviz wasn't quite ready to reveal exactly what he'll be working on with Jeff Bezos and company, but in a statement given to Mashable he says, "All I can say at the moment is that I am really excited by what we might be able to accomplish at Amazon."

Parviz specialized in optics and given Amazon's recent push into hardware, it's not too hard to imagine Parviz will be working on Amazon drones with barcode scanners and infrared cameras or something of that nature, but really it's anyone's guess. It's far too early to say whether or not this spells trouble for the Google Glass, a project still very much in its infancy (although already being met with some resistance from privacy advocates).

Keep in mind Google already announced his replacement, with marketing guru Ivy Ross taking up Glass' reins. As Glass nears its inevitable consumer release, Ross will no doubt make a much better fit for the product moving forward.

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120 Sports takes its online network to Android with new app

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 11:51 AM PDT


Sports fans cannot get enough sports. On television, there are more networks than ever before popping up and so many are turning to mobile devices to deliver content. There is a new online-only sports network called 120 Sports that takes this approach. And today the Android app was launched in the Play Store. The app is free and so is the actual service. There is no cable authentication or subscription necessary to view 120 Sports.

120 Sports delivers ten hours of live programming each day covering various sports. Notably, though, 120 Sports does not have rights to highlights involving the NFL; however, they are in discussions with the league to work out a deal. Every other major sport and league is covered by 120 Sports. Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim is actually one of the faces for 120 Sports, so they are not going in blind with this network. When not covering sports with live programming, the app continues to serve news and highlights to keep fans connected.

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HTC One (M7) gets a taste of Android L

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 11:51 AM PDT


If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.

The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google's release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.

If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.

source: XDA Developers

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Samsung’s SM-G850 appears in benchmark database

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 11:20 AM PDT


An unidentified Samsung device with the model number SM-G850 has appeared in a benchmark database, showing what specifications are present. Recently, a similar device with the model number SM-G8508 has appeared in the same benchmark database and had a 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch display. Inside was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. This time around we are looking at the Exynos (or international) variant.

The same display size and resolution is here again. The exact processor inside is Samsung's very own Exynos 5 Octa, the same one that appears in the international Galaxy Note 3. Also, 32GB of internal storage is here. If the benchmark is to be believed, the device will ship with Android 4.4.4 righto out of the box. It is being speculated that this could be a Neo version of the Galaxy S 5 considering what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Just stay tuned and we will find out more when something is official. Hit the break for the full rundown of specs.


Source: GFXBench

Via: SamMobile

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Tinder comes to Android Wear, lets you swipe right on your wrist

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:53 AM PDT

Popular dating app Tinder is now available for Android Wear. Tinder has miniturized itself, bringing many of the app's features to your wrist. Users can get alerts for new matches, respond to their messages, and of course, swipe right or left.

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MediaTek reportedly ready with 4G, QHD octa-core processor

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:50 AM PDT


According to a report out of China, MediaTek is getting ready to fan the flames of the processor market by releasing an affordable processor with support for 4G LTE and Quad HD displays. The MT6595 will be an octa-core 32-bit processor capable of running at speeds of up to 2.5GHz.

The MT6595 supposedly incorporates four Cortex-A17 cores and four Cortex A7 cores. Three variants of the chip will be made available to manufacturers. First, the MT6595M running at 2GHz and then the MT6595 running at 2.1-2.2GHz. The top of the line will be the MT6595 Turbo clocked up to 2.4-2.5GHz.

The China sources also indicate MediaTek is still on track to start produing a 64-bit chip before the end of 2014. MediaTek is really pushing chips with support for 4G LTE onboard, planning to produce 15 million such chips this year, as the Chinese telecom market starts to deploy 4G networks.

This move should also put pressure on companies like Qualcomm and Samsung to make 4G and QHD compatibility available on chips going into mid-range devices as these features start to make their way down the market.

source: cnBeta

via: phoneArena

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Android Wear can be used for home automation, too (video)

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:48 AM PDT

In the past we've seen more than one video that demonstrates how Android and Tasker can be paired together to provide a powerful, voice-controlled Home Automation experience. This includes using your phone for turning on lights, changing the thermostat, turning on a television set, opening up doors and so much more. But what if you could take that same powerful experience and bring it to your wrist? That's exactly what Armando Ferreira shows off in his latest video.

Sporting an LG G Watch, Ferreira takes us through his house showing us how he can easily control appliances using the "Ok, Google" hotword on his smartwatch. This includes things like controlling an office lamp, popcorn machine, a television set and more. There's also the ability to control the devices without voice from within Android Wear's UI using a swipe gesture to pick the device/appliance you wish to control and tapping the display to turn the selected item off and on.

If the video seems at all familiar, in June of 2013 the same modder/tinkerer showed off nearly all of the things seen in the video above, but instead used his smartphone for the job. One thing that does appear to be different is the inclusion of "trip door" sensors, which work by sending a notification to the Android Wear watch when certain doors in the house are opened.

Ferreira also mentions that the Pebble was previously programmed to provide a similar Home Automation control experience, though Android Wear requires much less work to get up and running and handles things much more smoothly. Bottom-line, Android Wear has plenty of potential and the only major limitation of the platform is our own imagination, motivation and skills.

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NVIDIA readying an Android gaming console of their own?

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:33 AM PDT

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It'd be naive of us to think NVIDIA isn't working on a successor to the SHIELD gaming handheld, and rumors are already swirling that NVIDIA is prepping a Tegra K1 gaming tablet. Another device could be headed our way if the BBC is to be believed, though.

NVIDIA is reportedly looking to launch an Android-based console not unlike the OUYA, one that can be paired with a special console controller for home gaming. The device would use NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset, though we can't imagine that's too much of a surprise for anyone.

We imagine the console will highlight Tegra-optimized games from the Google Play Store, but if the currently available SHIELD is anything to go by you should be able to play pretty much anything that runs on Android (granted, those games would probably require controller support if there's no touch-based input embedded somewhere). NVIDIA will also likely use the console as a vehicle for GameStream, their home streaming service that allows you to stream games from your GeForce-equipped PC to compatible devices (which only includes the SHIELD as of the time of this writing).

NVIDIA Shield Gamepad Mapper

While you might first assume NVIDIA is looking to compete with OUYA and MadCatz, their scope likely reaches far beyond that arena. We imagine this set-top box will be more about challenging the Linux-based Steam Box PCs Valve is planning to launch. It's a necessary development for NVIDIA if they really want to push their GRID-powered GameStream service as the SHIELD hasn't exactly taken the gaming market by storm since its launch.

Things shift into a multiple front battle when you consider how this could help NVIDIA in other markets. This move would give folks more incentive to equip their gaming computers with NVIDIA hardware instead of AMD, an especially important factor in a GPU war that's starting to become a lot less one-sided in the past few years. We won't say everything is riding on this strategy for NVIDIA, but it certainly should prove to be an important cog to help the Santa Clara company keep up with this fast-evolving market.

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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 14, 2014

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:28 AM PDT

It's Monday. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and we're saving you all the money we can with today's top deals on apps, accessories and devices. Because that's what we do. Right now anyway. We'll do something else in a little bit. Right after lunch.

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Samsung Exynos teases a phablet with a retina scanner on Twitter

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:23 AM PDT

Galaxy-S5-Finger-Scanner It looks like Samsung is all set to one-up Apple's Touch ID sensor by including an iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung Exynos posted a teaser image of a 'phablet' device from the company with the focus on an eye. The image also contains some bills with a pay button indicating that Samsung

The post Samsung Exynos teases a phablet with a retina scanner on Twitter appeared first on Cult of Android.

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TransWorld Endless Skater review

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:39 AM PDT

You can't throw a rock without hitting an endless runner nowadays. Endless gameplay works well on mobile. But once a genre gets crowded, new games need something to set them apart from the Temple Runs and Jetpack Joyrides that have come before them. SuperVillain Studios has found a way to do just that with its new release: TransWorld Endless Skater for Android and iOS.

TransWorld Endless Skater is a slick and challenging free to play skateboarding game featuring real world skaters and licensed music from indie label No Sleep Records. Players will skate and grind across sprawling 3D environments, completing missions and earning money to unlock new skaters and moves. Endless Skater has a learning curve as you master the controls and tricks at your disposal, but skateboarding fans are going to love it.

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Verizon's LG G3 has a removable battery

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:39 AM PDT

Let there be no more confusion about that.

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Wear Mini Launcher Already Improving With Brightness Slider, Gear Live Fixes, And More

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:24 AM PDT

ww Android Wear apps are continuing to flow into the Play Store, but Wear Mini Launcher might be the most interesting one yet. This app places a slide-out app list on your smart watch, saving you from diving into the options to access things by touch. It was a little wonky at first, but already it's shaping up nicely after a few weekend updates.


Wear Mini Launcher should now work on the Gear Live, which it was super-buggy on before.

Wear Mini Launcher Already Improving With Brightness Slider, Gear Live Fixes, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Popcorn Time for Android beta update brings Chromecast support, native UI and more

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:08 AM PDT

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Popcorn Time — the service that lets you watch torrented movies on the fly — has received an upgraded Android beta app that now includes Chromecast support! It's as simple as any Chromecast app has been since the $35 media streaming dongle released: simply hit the cast button and watch it get beamed over to your television set effortlessly.

There were some other big changes in beta 2.0, including a fully native user interface, faster downloading, automatic app updates, and support for more devices. And for those of you worried about privacy? Popcorn Time has confirmed that the next upgrade will bring a 100% free VPN solution built into the client. Popcorn Time says that update should be here in about a week, though don't be surprised if that schedule has to be altered a bit by the time a week comes and goes. For now you can grab the beta right here and give it a go.

[via Popcorn Time]

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