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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

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

Lenovo and Huawei phones with dual cameras coming later this year?

Altek is the name of the company behind HTC One M8′s powerful dual camera. That second camera is used to assist in measuring distance, resulting in diverse image display and some amazing effects like 3D and the ability to focus on image after the photo has been taken. As you would imagine, this capability won’t be exclusive to HTC for long. It is said that Huawei and Lenovo are already working on devices with this technology and will launch them later this year. Samsung and some other handset makers may Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 shipments to reach 35 million in Q2

After the successful worldwide launch, Samsung is obviously bullish on the prospects of its latest flagship smartphone, Galaxy S5. According to The Korea Times report, the company expects to ship no less than 35 million Galaxy S5 units between April and June. All these units are estimated to bring-in 17 trillion won (more than $16.3 billion) in revenues during Q2, the fact that impressed industry analysts who now predict an amazing quarter for Samsung. However, we must that the number of shipped devices doesn’t equal to the number of sold Read more

Vivo Xshot to rock a 24-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization

Vivo keeps teasing us with new features its upcoming phone, Xshot, will have. The latest information they released via Weibo (and brought to our attention by PhoneArena) talks about this phone’s powerful camera. From what we can tell, this will be the best camera phone ever, boasting a powerful 24-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture, dual-LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization. In comparison, the Nokia Lumia 1020‘s camera has an f/2.2 aperture and Sony Xperia Z2 has an f/2.0 aperture. In addition, it seems that the Xshot will be able to record Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $256 to make

According to the research firm IHS, Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $256 to build. The bill of materials is dominated by that awesome screen which is estimated to cost $63. Samsung-made memory chips are $33, biosensor – $1.45, and fingerprint scanner – $4. In comparison, biometric chip built inside the iPhone 5S costs $15, though the entire iPhone 5s is estimated to cost $199 to build. The Galaxy S5 assembly costs about $5 per unit. “Our main takeaway is that Samsung has been moved up to the higher end of the Read more

Pioneer to make CarPlay-enabled media receivers

We don’t get to see Apple opening its platform every day. Quite the contrary, it’s a rare feat that Cupertino boys are allowing anyone to chip-in. With CarPlay, they’re opting for a different strategy and will work with both car companies and makers of aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems. Pioneer is the first company to join Apple’s scheme, having announced CarPlay support for its range of 2014 NEX media receivers. These devices will get new, iPhone-friendly capabilities in early summer 2014 via a firmware update. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating Read more

LG G3 to be announced in “Late June,” available in “Early July”

LG is apparently looking to revamp its phone launch schedule and unveil its 2014 flagship sooner than expected. According to reports from Korea — and brought to our attention by G4Games — the company will announce its latest flagship in “Late June” and make it available in “Early July.” It is said that this model will pack a 5.5-inch screen with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a powerful camera on the back with Optical Image Stabilization. We’ve no idea Read more

This is how Amazon’s upcoming smartphone looks like

We’ve been telling you about Amazon’s upcoming smartphone for quite some time now. And today we’re glad to you show you how that device will look like, compliments to BGR and its savvy ninjas. What you can see here is a phone that’s covered by a protective shell to prevent people without authorization from seeing its physical design. That’s a usual practice OEMs are using to keep the excitement before their devices are officially announced. The good news is that earlier rumored 4 cameras are there, placed around the screen. Read more

Samsung working on headphones with integrated head-up display?

Samsung has filed a patent application for headphones with integrated head-up display (HUD). Despite calling this product the “Earphone,” we see it as a member of the “smart glass family,” and it will obviously compete with Google Glass. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing that Samsung wants to enter the smart glass market. Previously, we’ve told about Galaxy Glass, which may be officially announced at this year’s IFA in Berlin. Moreover, we’ve seen that augmented reality keyboard patent that could be used for getting around various functions included in Read more

Super-portable Windows laptops are coming and they won’t cost a fortune

In case you’ve missed it, Microsoft decided to stop charging Windows license fees for devices with up to 9-inch screens. That, I think, will open the door for OEMs to launch some affordable (and amazing) tablets and laptops. After all, they won’t have to pay Microsoft a penny for preloading Windows on such devices! And I personally hope to see something powerful and portable announced soon. What I’m talking about is a 9-inch Surface tablet that can pretty much work like a full-blown laptop. Or a device from Asus’ Transformer Read more