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Verizon’s Droid Maxx now available in two new colors

As part of the plan that seems envisioned to prolong the life of the aging DROID MAXX smartphone, Verizon decided to launch two new color variants. The Droid Maxx in glossy red and black with chrome accents both come with just 16GB of internal storage, and a lower price of $99 with two-year contract or $499 sans any strings attached. If you need more storage, there’s the old black model with 32GB of space that could be yours for $50 or $100, depending whether you want to sign a contract Read more

KitKat Update for the Verizon LG G2 Finally Arrives!

Oh happy day! While LG G2 owners on about every carrier have already been rocking Android 4.4 KitKat for some time now, we Verizon LG G2 customers have been stuck waiting, and waiting, and waiting. That wait is now over, as Verizon is finally rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to LG G2 owners.The software update contains a version number of VS98024A, and comes in at 669.4MB. It’s a pretty hefty update, so make sure your device is charged and that you download the update using WiFi. Here’s a peek of Read more

Ian Kersey

This iPhone 6 Concept Will Blow Your Mind

Ready for another iPhone 6 concept rendering? I sure am! Avid renderer Martin Hajek has created another masterpiece, basing his new iPhone 6 renders on three different screen sizes. Hajek even went so far as to render the supposed plastic iPhone 6 case that leaked a few days ago. Here’s a snippet from Hajek’s blog about his new designs: The leaks keep coming and so I keep modelling and rendering‚Ķ ¬†Presenting the latest attempt at predicting the iPhone 6 future I have modelled the 4.7? and 5.7? concepts as presented Read more

Ian Kersey

Samsung getting custom Kindle store for its users

With its vast user base, Samsung is able to get special deals from a number of companies, Amazon being one of them. And guess what, the online retail giant turned infrastructure provider has agreed to create a custom Kindle store for Samsung Galaxy owners. The Kindle for Samsung app should already be available (I haven’t check it) from the Samsung Apps store Galaxy S5, and many other Galaxy smartphones and tablets as long as they run Android 4.0 and above. As part of the service, Amazon will launch Samsung Book Read more

Xiaomi Tablet, Mi3S to be announced on April 23rd?

Xiaomi is preparing to unveil a new device or more of them at an event taking place on April 23rd in Beijing. From what we’ve understood, the fast-growing Chinese vendor is working on two exciting devices, it’s very first tablet and successor to the Mi3 smartphone. What you can see here are the leaked photos of the rumored Mipad, which like all Xiaomi products, should offer an awesome bang for the buck. It will, however, be an entry-level device with specs that include a 720p HD screen, Snapdragon 400 chipset, Read more

John Sculley-backed Obi Mobiles launched in India

After weeks of rumors and speculations, John Sculley-backed Obi Mobile is finally launching in India, FoneArena is reporting. Based in Gurgaon and promoted by Inflexionpoint, which is an IT supply chain company co-founded by Apple’s former CEO, the new venture is headed by Ajay Sharma who used to reign at the helm of smartphone divisions in Micromax and HTC India, and Inflexionpoint’s Neeraj Chauhan. Obi Mobiles plans to invest $20 million this year to set up the supply chain, design, and sales and aftersales centers in key cities across India. Read more

Yahoo looking to become the default search engine on the iPhone

Yahoo is apparently in the middle of talks to become a default search engine in the Apple iPhone. The company is looking to benefit from the legal battle between the Cupertino giant and Samsung, which makes the vast majority of Android devices. As we all know, instead of going directly against Google, Apple’s lawyers decided to fight Samsung. It is said that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is working on the plan which is to be presented to Apple shortly. “Mayer has supposedly wrangled support from a few Apple execs including Read more

HTC releases preview SDK to allow developers to access One M8′s dual cameras

HTC launched an SDK for its Dual Lens camera. Still in the preview mode, the SDK contains two APIs: DualLense and DimensionPlus. The former supports obtaining and managing so called “bokeh” strength map mask for requested strength values; while the latter adds support for the DimensionPlus file format, and includes a DimensionPlusView class for rendering DimensionPlus photos and a DimensionPlusUtility class for exporting images in the DimensionPlus format. Each API is demonstrated with a corresponding sample code project, and the DimensionPlusDemo project does not require a HTC One M8. Using Read more

Intel losing billions on tablet and smartphone chips

Intel is still having hard time competing in the mobile chip business, which is still dominated by Qualcomm and few smaller rivals like MediaTek, NVidia, Allrunner, RockChip and others. In addition, we also have an increasing number of handset makers relying on their own solutions, including Apple, Samsung and Huawei, with ZTE and LG looking to join this trend in the near future. So we’re not surprised to learn how much money Intel keeps losing every year. In 2012, Intel’s mobile chip division lost $1.78 billion, and then $3.15 billion Read more

Samsung secures Gear Clock trademark

Samsung has secured another Gear trademark, Gear Clock, and yet again we’ve no idea what they’ll use this brand for. As far as we (don’t) know this could be either a Tizen or Android Gear-powered device. Or could be something completely different like a regular wrist watch with smallish screen used for notifications a la Martian watches. Perhaps they opt for a round look and feel like Moto 360; perhaps not. There’s also another truth about trademarks — just because some company secured a name, that doesn’t mean it will Read more

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active getting Android 4.4 KitKat update as we speak

AT&T has started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Aside from a number of software tweaks and bug fixes, the latest firmware also updates some of the preloaded apps, all while making the Galaxy S4 Active feel that much better. You’ll get a slightly restyled status and navigation bars, the new full screen immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning, stronger security, smarter power use, full screen album art, media controls and quick access to camera on the lock screen. In addition, there’s Read more

Google Camera app hits the Play Store

Google has launched its very own Camera app in the Play Store that is different from the application shipping with stock Android 4.4 KitKat. The first thing you will notice is a super-simple user interface that “gets out of your way” and is “centered on an extra large capture button.” So it’s like your grandma’s camera app in a way. But there’s more, including the fancy Lens Blur mode for taking SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field, as well as Panorama and Photo Sphere modes the second of which Read more

LG confirms it’s working on its own chip with TSMC

LG has finally confirmed it is working on its own chip and will launch it “soon,” the company’s representative has said. Codenamed Odin, this chip may not find its way to the upcoming G3 flagship, at least not in all variants, but will definitely be used in an array of mid-range devices released in H2 2014 and throughout next year. From what we’re getting, the Odin will be available in multiple configurations with the top model boasting ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and four Cortex-A7 Read more

Samsung’s first Tizen-powered smartphone and Android Gear watch launching later this year

Samsung will finally launch its first Tizen-powered smartphone later this year. Yeah, I know – you’ve heard it all before, but this time it’s “different” or so we hope. From what we’ve heard, this will be a rather awesome device with rock-solid specs, and will initially be available in few emerging markets after which it may or may not be introduced in the West. According to Samsung’s senior VP for product strategy, Hankil Yoon, the original Tizen smartphone launch plan was scraped due to “poor market conditions.” We’re not sure Read more