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Verizon’s Galaxy S4 getting KitKat soon, HTC One M8 gets its first update

Verizon Wireless will apparently start rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 on May 2nd. This is not official information and comes from a leaked internal document, talking about the date. Aside from a number of changes Google brings to the mix, this firmware will also include many Samsung-made enhancements, software updates, tweaks, bug fixes and more. Another Verizon device getting the update is the HTC One M8. Firmware version 1.55.605.2 is a maintenance release that brings bug fixes, tweaks and other improvements. Connectivity issues have been Read more

Low-cost Nexus phone with MediaTek’s chip in works?

Google is apparently working on a low-cost Nexus device, one that could be sold for around $100 sans any strings attached. According to trusted insiders from Taiwan supply chains, the search giant is in talks with MediaTek in order to make such affordable smartphone a reality. The sources don’t say anything about distribution plans, like whether this phone will be sold all around the world or will rather target users in emerging markets, only. So far Google has proven it knows how to make great devices that don’t cost a Read more

MediaFire gets an iPad app, reminds us about its amazing 1TB for $25 per year offer

MediaFire updated its iPhone app which now works as universal application with included support for Apple’s tablets. Available as a free download, MediaFire for iPhone and iPad allows users to access, stream, and share photos, movies, music and all other files stored on MediaFire while on the go. Included in this release is the optimized video streaming performance, as well as a retina-optimized UI designed specifically with iPad users in mind. The company has also reminded us about its amazing offer that includes 1TB of data for just $2.50 per Read more

LG Lucid 3 lands at Verizon Wireless

We knew it’s coming and voila – the LG Lucid 3 is now available from Verizon Wireless. This low-to-mid end device won’t impress many with its specs sheet, but it will provide users with a decent value for money. It packs a 4.7-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) screen and 1.2GHz quad-core processor, while Android 4.4.2 KitKat is running the show. There’s also LG’s software singing on top, all with the KnockCode for easy phone unlocking. Sans any strings attached, the Lucid 3 could be yours for $299.99; alternatively, you Read more

ZTE Star 1 officially announced in China with a price tag of $225

The ZTE Star 1 we’ve seen few days ago is now officially official. Alas, we’re not sure when or even whether it will hit the Western hemisphere. In the meantime, users in China will be able to pick it up for the equivalent of $225. That cash gets you a decent mid-ranger with specs that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 5-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. In addition, there’s a 2,300mAh battery, 4G LTE Read more

Google quietly unveils try and buy program for Google Glass

Google keeps launching new Glass initiatives. Just the other day, everyone had the opportunity to buy the expensive gadget for a 24-hour period, and now the company is announcing the try and buy program. However, you won’t get the real goods to try out; the search giant will instead offer you the plastic Glass which should give you the idea how wearing such product feels like. Although this is free, Google will reserve $50 from your credit card and return the money when you get them back their plastic Glass. Read more

LG L65 with Android 4.4 KitKat, low-end specs unveiled in Russia

LG is reading from Samsung’s book launching devices left and right in hope to reach as many buyers as humanly possible. Their latest phone, marked as L65, fits into the L-series, boasting low-end specs and relatively low price. The LG L65 comes with a 4.3-inch IPS screen with WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chip and 1GB of RAM. In addition, it has a 5-megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,100 mAh battery and 4GB of expandable storage. Android Read more

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