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HTC One Successor to be Called “The All New One” According to Evleaks





According to leak maestro @evleaks, the successor to the HTC One is to be referred to as The All New One. Going by its codename M8 for the past few months, we can’t help but be a little disappointed in this new “name.”
There were probably a ton of ideas being thrown around at HTC corporate, like One+ or One Up (shoutout to our own Ron Offringa), but The All New One apparently stuck.
Evan also tweets that the device will come three colors – Silver, Grey, and Gold.
Let’s hear your initial reaction to The All New One down below.
Note: The picture above is an unofficial photo of the M8, although most signs point to it being fake.
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CyanogenMod starts forging one build to rule all carrier variants






In order to make the most efficient use of time, resources, and manpower, the CyanogenMod team has decided to unify some carrier-specific builds into a single device build. Although it doesn't yet cover all devices, the unified builds have already been setup for some of the more popular and current ones, particularly from HTC and Samsung.

The unification process actually started rather silently last month, when CyanogenMod announced on its Google+ page that, moving forward, it will only be providing one build for the GSM version of the HTC One. These means that the three previous m7ul (unlocked), m7att (AT&T), and m7tmo (T-Mobile) builds will now just be available under a single m7 build. Now CyanogenMod will be giving the same treatment to some of the other devices on their list.
The next to get unified are the myriad builds for the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 3. In the case of these Samsung devices, the master build will be compatible with both GSM and CDMA variants. These means that all 7 Galaxy S III builds will now be replaced by a single d2lte master, while the Galaxy S 4 will just have one jflte build, and the Galaxy Note 3 will be covered by the hlte build. CyanogenMod notes that there will still be separate builds for Exynos-based variants of these devices, like the I9500.
The good news for end users is that they need not worry about the changes. All functionality are promised to work across all device variations. They won't even have to do anything to get the unified build if they are using the built-in CM updater as the update server will be the one to take care of transitioning from carrier-specific to master build. The unified build will roll out to users via the updater starting with the next M4 release of CyanogenMod 11.
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Galaxy S5′s specs confirmed one week before launch




We pretty much know everything there is to know about the Galaxy S5 as far as its basic specs are concerned but it’s still nice to get some confirmation. An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that the Galaxy S5 will indeed feature a 5.2-inch display with a “sharper” resolution, although the source doesn’t indicate whether the display will be a 2K display as we’ve heard in previous leaks. Bloomberg’s source also says that the new device will have “an improved battery and camera,” which is pretty much a prerequisite for new smartphones and not at all surprising.
The other interesting tidbit from Bloomberg’s report is that Samsung may actually price the Galaxy S5 lower than it priced the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 when they were first released. A second unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Samsung has apparently been encouraged by a major carrier to knock down the price of the Galaxy S5 and that Samsung has been receptive to the idea. While it’s not clear that Samsung really will sell the Galaxy S5 for less than it sold its previous flagship models, it is interesting that the company is considering cutting prices to better compete with the influx of dirt-cheap Android handsets coming from China.
Other rumored specs for the Galaxy S5 include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor or an 8-core Exynos processor depending on the model, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 next week alongside its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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LG unveils a ‘G2 mini’ smartphone that’s still way bigger than the iPhone 5s




Why is Apple launching two bigger iPhone models in 2014? Because the market has shifted and now even the “mini” smartphones other companies are debuting are significantly bigger than the iPhone. LG on Wednesday became the latest vendor to announce a new smaller version of its flagship phone, which we’ll undoubtedly learn more about next week at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
According to a report from GSMinfo.nl, the new LG G2 mini features a much smaller footprint than its flagship counterpart, the LG G2. It also skimps on the specs in order to hit a much lower price point, though exact pricing has not yet been announced.
The phone will feature a 4.7-inch display with resolution of just 540 x 960 pixels, so buyers should expect a pretty painful viewing experience with pixels spread out that far. Other specs include a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD support and a 2,440 mAh battery.
LG says the phone will begin rolling out next month in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and a few other regions. Launch details for the United States are still unknown.
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Nokia teases upcoming Android handset with a dog and a UFO



Nate Swanner A dog, a UFO, and a colorful tree. A space craft, an ‘X’, and a green beam of light. Nokia, Android, Mobile World Congress. All these things go together, as Nokia continues to have a lot of fun teasing us ahead of their MWC 2014 announcement, part of which is likely an Android handset. This time around, we get a fun little picture of a dog under a tree — but what’s it all about?

When you appreciate the clues in their entirety, it seems Nokia is just having a bit of fun in their twilight. Via Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site, Nokia has been introducing little pictures here and there to ramp up interest ahead of their announcement. There have been monkeys, a treasure map — and now a dog.

Does it refer to dogfooding, the popular term for testing devices or apps out internally? The tree is the same one we saw the monkeys playing in, but where are they now? Some Chinese believers in Feng Shui consider 2014 to be a good year for those born in the year of the dog, so maybe that’s it… the dog is finally having his day!

Either way, it’s a lot of green. Green in that hue means Android, and if we are getting that Nokia X we expect — look out. The feeding frenzy might be fierce for a Nokia Android handset, especially considering it could end up a collectors item straight away. As Nokia becomes part of Microsoft, we’ll likely never see another Nokia Android handset again. Nokia's official announcement for their MWC event said "meet us under the tree", so in addition to an Android phone, we'll keep our eyes peeled for monkeys and dogs.
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Sprint Note 3 4.4 released today!

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Sprint's been pretty on the ball when it comes to KitKat updates for its flagship devices, getting out Android 4.4 updates for both its HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 before its competitors. Now it looks like Sprint has won another race to KitKat by pushing out an Android 4.4.2 update to another major smartphone.
Owners of the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 report that their update to KitKat is now rolling out, and Sprint's support page for the phablet shows that the push is indeed kicking off today. The update brings the Note 3 up to software version N900PVPUCNAB and includes a bump up to Android 4.4.2 as well as the removal of the Prevention Pop-up.
Considering that the Galaxy Note 3 is one of Samsung's biggest smartphones, both literally and figuratively, it's no surprise that the phablet is getting bumped up to KitKat. What is interesting is that Sprint is pushing the update to its Note 3 before the other big U.S. carriers, as CDMA operators have been known to take longer to update their devices than their GSM counterparts. It's great to see Sprint being speedy with its updates as of late, though, and I'm sure that its subscribers are pretty happy about the whole situation as well.
If you're rocking a Sprint Galaxy Note 3 and haven't yet received your own piece of KitKat, you can check for the update manually by heading into Apps > Settings > General > System Update > Update.
UPDATE: Samsung has posted a more detailed changelog for the Sprint Galaxy Note 3's KitKat update:
  • OS upgrade to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • New Lock Screen Access
    • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
    • Camera Shortcut - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
    • SMS App Chooser - select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
    • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • Consolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed.
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Chromecast not working? Now you can complain in an official place on the web – a Googler might even see and help you out. The official Chromecast product forums are up and running with plenty of general information and threads with specific questions.

The landing page for the forums has links to some general how-to content – setting up the Chromecast, apps, and so on. There is also a thread in the product forums with the 12 (supposedly) most frequently asked Chromecast questions.
The threads can be sorted by category or date. There are already a few dozen threads to search for answers to your problems, or just start a new one.
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With just a few days to go until Samsung unveils its next big thing at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, more Galaxy S5 rumors and reports offer more and more details about the handset. GSM Arena has learned that the phone may be available in gold right from launch, after getting a hold of a supposedly leaked Vodafone’s inventory system which lists a “Samsung Galaxy S5 Gold contract handset.”
While the color is yet to be officially confirmed, Samsung did release Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 gold versions, although these color options were not available from launch. Considering that the gold iPhone 5s has been very popular with the crowds, and that there are plenty of other gold handsets around, it makes sense to see the new Galaxy S5 handset get a gold option of its own right from the start.
However, it’s not clear what other color options the Galaxy S5 will have at launch – Samsung usually releases more versions down the road – and the purported screenshot from Vodafone does not reveal any actual availability dates or pricing details. The same list includes several other gold smartphones including iPhone 5s and HTC One models. The Galaxy S5 is rumored to launch in mid-March, and cost less than users would expect to pay for a top handset.
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Winner wears all in looming war between Samsung and Google






Samsung’s first smartwatch was a dud. Even when Samsung was pitching the device to the media during briefings, representatives couldn’t always keep a straight face while selling the Galaxy Gear’s features. It was rushed to market in an effort to head off Apple’s iWatch — which doesn’t exist even today — and it was a bad product. In 2014, however, Samsung will look to make amends and since Apple’s iWatch still doesn’t exist, Samsung can easily take an early lead in the wearable war with the right product. Interestingly, however, Samsung might not only be battling Apple with its next-generation wearables, it might square off with longtime partner Google as well.
The Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch is expected to be among the products Samsung will unveil during its Mobile World Congress press conference on Monday. According to a recent rumor, there will be at least one major change between the Gear 2 and the original Gear: The new model will run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen, instead of Android.
If this is in fact the case and Samsung moves away from Android with its new wearable devices, it will put Google in an interesting position. With revenue growth in the smartphone and tablet markets slowing, wearables are seen by many as the “next big thing” that drives growth for big technology companies. If Samsung’s marketing muscle positions it in wearables as well as it has in the smartphone and tablet markets, Android stands to really suffer.
Wired offers some interesting thoughts on the matter, and it suggests that Google’s recent acquisition of the talented hardware design team at Nest could have a big impact on Google’s efforts with wearables.
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There’s only one new smartphone for hardcore Android fans, and now it has a price





Expected to launch later this year, the OnePlus One Android handset that will run a CyanogenMod software version right from the start. It will also supposedly offer some top of the line specs, design and build quality — and now it finally has a price. Pete Lau, the former Oppo exec that departed the famous Chinese Android maker to start his own Cyanogen-related hardware company, said that the handset will cost less than what flagship Android handsets usually cost.
The handset’s reasonable price tag is actually pretty exceptional considering components are likely much more expensive for Oppo’s phone than they are for comparable devices that are mass-produced by giants like Samsung and LG.
This isn’t necessarily surprising considering that top Chinese flagship Android handsets have always been very competitively priced compared to the more expensive top smartphones from the usual Android device makers. “OnePlus One will be priced below $500 USD unlocked and off-contract guaranteed,” Pete Lau said on Google+, with the company then posting a screenshot of his comment on Facebook.

The OnePlus One may not be the only cheaper flagship Android handset this year. A recent Bloomberg report revealed that the Galaxy S5 may be more affordable than initially expected, although an actual price for the handset isn’t yet official.
Interestingly, OnePlus also added that there won’t be any mid-range version of the OnePlus One as it’s “committed to creating the best smartphone ever.” OnePlus is continuing to build up expectations for what may end up to be one of the most popular Android handsets of the year, at least for the CyanogenMod-loving crowd, but the company is yet to offer any actual details about the handset other than enthusiastic hype.
Meanwhile, one of the most affordable Android flagship handsets that can be purchased right now is the Google Nexus 5, which is more affordable than any similar model from the competition.
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Nokia may have two more Android smartphones after the “Nokia X”




As we get ready for MWC, one of the more highly anticipated announcements comes from Nokia. Not so subtle hints suggest we’ll get an Android smartphone from Nokia this year, but new reports suggest it may not end there. There may be up to three Nokia Android handsets on offer before the close of 2014, with the first coming as soon as May.

The device we’re expecting to see at MWC is the “Nokia X”, a decidedly low-end smartphone running Android. The rumored specs leave quite a bit to be desired (dual core, 512 Mb RAM…), but it may just be the beginning. If the latest on Nokia’s Android ambitions are true, there will be a “XX” and “XXX” to round out the lineup.
The two other Nokia Android devices are said to be linear upgrades in regard to specs. The XX will be a bump from the X, and the XX is likely a top-end powerhouse for the spec nerds out there. We don’t have any details on what the two other devices may offer up, but the XX is said to hit shelves as early as May.
The question right now is “will we see these other two at MWC?” The answer seems to be “nope!”. Nokia, if they’re indeed building the other two handsets, are not ready to bring them around to the public, and aren’t expected to have a private showing either. The names are also internal monikers, and not expected to be final — which is great, because the “XXX” headlines may get us into hot water.
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Galaxy S5 case listing shows likely release date for new handset






The Galaxy S5, which should be released at MWC, is expected to bring on some changes for the Samsung Galaxy lineup. Via Amazon, we may get a few more hints at just when we’ll be able to have our hands on the handset as well. We also see some interesting design cues, if the displayed image is the S5 as we’ll receive it.

From an Amazon listing from Spigen, we see a Galaxy S5 that is a bit more squared, but not quite as much as the earlier mock-up we’ve seen. This time around, we see a much more Samsung-y design, though some differences are noticeable. The speaker grill looks to be a nice metal on both the black and white variants, which adds a touch of class.
The home button also looks a bit textured, which would be new. It could be an affectation of Samsung’s alleged fingerprint scanner on the home button, too. Whatever the case, if it ends up textured like that, at least Verizon would have a hard time branding it — so that’s a positive.
Perhaps most telling is the availability. The case is in stock on April 15th, which gives us an idea of when the device will be available to us. Spigen cases are usually available right around the time of launch, and they are usually pretty lax about revealing handset details. We saw this with the Nexus 5, where their cases pretty accurately displayed some hardware details ahead of launch. We’ll hopefully know for sure soon, and we’ll be on the ground at MWC, bringing you all the news!



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Expected to launch later this year, the OnePlus One Android handset that will run a CyanogenMod software version right from the start. It will also supposedly offer some top of the line specs, design and build quality — and now it finally has a price. Pete Lau, the former Oppo exec that departed the famous Chinese Android maker to start his own Cyanogen-related hardware company, said that the handset will cost less than what flagship Android handsets usually cost.
The handset’s reasonable price tag is actually pretty exceptional considering components are likely much more expensive for Oppo’s phone than they are for comparable devices that are mass-produced by giants like Samsung and LG.
This isn’t necessarily surprising considering that top Chinese flagship Android handsets have always been very competitively priced compared to the more expensive top smartphones from the usual Android device makers. “OnePlus One will be priced below $500 USD unlocked and off-contract guaranteed,” Pete Lau said on Google+, with the company then posting a screenshot of his comment on Facebook.

The OnePlus One may not be the only cheaper flagship Android handset this year. A recent Bloomberg report revealed that the Galaxy S5 may be more affordable than initially expected, although an actual price for the handset isn’t yet official.
Interestingly, OnePlus also added that there won’t be any mid-range version of the OnePlus One as it’s “committed to creating the best smartphone ever.” OnePlus is continuing to build up expectations for what may end up to be one of the most popular Android handsets of the year, at least for the CyanogenMod-loving crowd, but the company is yet to offer any actual details about the handset other than enthusiastic hype.
Meanwhile, one of the most affordable Android flagship handsets that can be purchased right now is the Google Nexus 5, which is more affordable than any similar model from the competition.
Sooooo $499.99.
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New Samsung Galaxy Gear Models Make Debut Leaked Render Appearances





Courtesy of @evleaks (as usual), we are getting what are believed to be the first two looks at Samsung’s next smartwatch(es), though the name(s) may now be up in the air. The pictures certainly represent two smartwatches that look very similar to last year’s Galaxy Gear, and are accompanied by the names Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. But @evleaks notes that these may not be Galaxy branded in the end, meaning they could be a separate product category for Samsung.
Rumors earlier this week suggested that the new Gear smartwatch from Samsung would run Tizen instead of Android, so potentially by leaving the Galaxy branding behind, that could end up happening. That’s just speculation on my part, of course. It’s tough to tell exactly what the non-Galaxy branding could mean, but maybe Samsung is seeing an opportunity to create a stand-alone brand of wearables.
As far as the watches themselves go, we’ve got two models – the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo. I’d imagine one is the higher end model (Gear 2), while the other would be the entry level choice (Neo). The hardware has changed somewhat from the original Gear, with both watches now showing a physical home button at the bottom and what appear to be two different types of cameras or IR blasters at the top of each.
I’m wondering if one is supposed to be the everyday, class-it-up smartwatch (Gear 2), while the other could be focused on fitness. The device on the left seems to have more metal and a slightly bulkier and high-end design, while the watch on the right may have more rubber.
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Samsung officially outs Tizen-based Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo smart watches






It looks like all the rumors were true, folks — Samsung was, in fact, working on a follow-up to the original Samsung Galaxy Gear much sooner than we expected. The company has officially revealed their latest developments in the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear Neo.



Samsung Galaxy Gear 2
While gaudy processor and RAM specs don’t quite have the same importance for smart watches as they do phones, it’s still important. The Galaxy Gear 2 slightly improves on the original with the following suite of silicon:
  • 1.63-inch 320 x 320 AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Pedometer, heart rate sensor, sleep cycle monitor and more
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • irLED
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope
  • 300mAh battery good for about 2-3 days of “typical” usage
And that’s the gist of it. It’s actually pretty advanced under the hood for a smart watch. So what else is new compared to the original? For starters, the camera is now part of the watch body instead of the strap, making way for interchangeable wrist bands. Samsung says those will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange. You’ll also be able to customize your home-screen backgrounds, watch faces and fonts.
Another big deal is the fact that Samsung’s smart watch platform is no longer based on Android — it’s all Tizen, baby. We’re not sure what this will eventually mean in terms of third party development and apps. It’s also worth noting that Samsung is still making these things a Galaxy-only affair, so don’t even bother if you don’t have some of their latest smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
Specs, features and whatnot? All of the above, sans the camera. It’s literally the same watch otherwise, though Samsung is looking to offer up a slightly different suite of interchangeable wrist straps. They’ll be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Gray, and Wild Orange.
Pricing and availability
No information on how much dough this’ll run you just yet, but we imagine Samsung will look to get back to that uncomfortable $300 price tag for the base model. The Neo is expected to cost a bit less, though we’re not sure how significant of a difference we’ll be seeing. Samsung says we should be seeing both launch worldwide starting this April.
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HTC M8 (The New One) shows up at the FCC, confirms new curvier/tall design







We know exactly when HTC is planning on unveiling their next flagship device, having received an invites for their March 25th event in New York City and London. One of the things we don’t yet know about the device: exactly when the heck it’s supposed to come out (and for which carriers).
Today, we may have a few extra clues hinting of the device’s impending release, thanks to the M8 finding itself uncovered in some FCC docs. Aside from an outline of the device — showing a similar design to last year’s model only with more curves — the FCC filing also revealed AT&T compatible LTE bands (2, 4, 5, 7, 17) which given the extra bands, is more than likely the GSM unlocked model. We expect to find the One 2014 launching on many of the same networks as the previous version, so don’t let this scare you.
Even with the actual look of the device leaking out these past few days, HTC has been doing alright keeping a lid on some other details about the device, namely it’s official name (we’re hearing “The All New HTC One”) and exactly what they have planned for those strange dual-cameras on the back. We’ll learn more in a few short weeks.
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Report: Google Smartwatch to launch at IO 2014 in June, made by LG







According to a knower of things, @evleaks, Google’s long rumored entry into the budding smartwatch market will come at this year’s Google IO in June and will be manufactured by LG.
We haven’t heard much from Google regarding a smartwatch, often leaving tech bloggers and enthusiasts to piece the puzzle together over the past year. We know that last year Google purchased WIMM, a smartwatch manufacturer, and quietly added the wearable company into the Android fold. We also know that Google has been awarded a patent or two for smartwatches in the past, slowly adding to the intellectual property needed for successful entry into this market.
As for LG as the manufacturer of choice, LG and Google have a good history together, producing televisions with Google TV, the Nexus 4, and the recent Nexus 5. In fact, it was reported a year ago that LG was getting into the Android smartwatch craze, so this little gem should be right up LG’s alley.
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Samsung Announces the Gear 2 and Gear Neo, Both Run Tizen Instead of Android





Samsung won’t announce the Galaxy S5 until Monday, but they took time out of their Saturday night to unveil their newest wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Notice anything missing? That would be the “Galaxy” tag that was included in the original Gear. I guess you could say “it’s confirmed,” the Gear 2 and Gear 2 are separate from Samsung’s flagship line of phones, which also means they don’t run Android.
Say “Hello!” to the “first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform.” And that’s all we know about their relationship to Tizen for now, so let’s talk specs and features.
Samsung is being pretty light on info for both products at this time, but they are giving us a specs list. You are looking at 1.63″ Super AMOLED displays, 1.0GHz dual-core processors, 2MP camera in the Gear 2 (N/A in the Neo), heart rate sensors, pedometers, music players, Bluetooth, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, and a 300mAh battery (2-3 day life). The camera has been moved from the strap and into the main body on the Gear 2, so no, you will no longer have a nipple on your wrist. Each device also has an IR blaster, so that you can control your TV through WatchON.
Both come with changeable straps, but the Gear 2′s color choices are Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange, while the Gear 2 Neo will be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo connect to a “wide variety of Samsung devices.” In other words, don’t get your hopes up on compatibility outside of their Galaxy line.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available “around the world” starting in April.
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Specs

  • Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • AP: 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • OS: Tizen based wearable platform
  • Camera: Gear 2 : 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
  • Camera: Gear 2 Neo : N/A
  • Video: Codec: H.264, H.263; Format: 3GP, MP4; HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
  • Audio: Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis; Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
  • Camera Features: Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
  • Fitness Features: 1.Heart Rate sensor, 2.Pedometer, 3.Exercise, 4.Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
    • Standalone Modes: Running, Walking
    • Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking
  • Music Player with Bluetooth® Headset and Speaker
  • WatchON Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
  • Basic Features: Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps), Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
  • More Features(Downloadable): Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
  • Changeable Strap - Color Options:
    • Gear 2 : Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
    • Gear 2 Neo : Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
  • IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation, Samsung Services
  • Samsung Apps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
  • Memory: RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dimension: Gear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
  • Battery: Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
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Samsung Galaxy S5 in Three Colors Allegedly Photographed and Filmed Behind New Gear 2





We are one day away from the official announcement and unveiling of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung, and of course, someone has already been able to snap a few pictures of the unreleased device. While someone close to Samsung was shooting a video of the Gear 2 smartwatch, it’s plain to see a new Samsung smartphone in three different colors sitting right behind the watch – is it the Galaxy S5? More than likely.
From the video, it appears as though there are three colorways – Gold, Black, and White. All we can see in the video is the top of the backside of the phone, and from just that, it appears that Samsung moved the LED flash to below the cameras, and the device is a bit more squareish.
Not much else to hype, as the device will be completely official tomorrow. Kellen and I will be live in NYC from Samsung’s event, so be sure to catch our liveblog tomorrow at 2pm EST.
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Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL launch as a trio of Android siblings







Talk about the new Nokia X devices over at AndroidForums.com!
We’d been so enamored with all of the Nokia X rumors leading up to Mobile World Congress 2014 that we didn’t consider Nokia could have more than one Android device in the works. The company actually has three, as they have officially announced the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. So are these poised to be rockstar-level superphones or an entry-level line without much exciting to offer? Let’s hop into the bare details for each one.
Nokia X

This is the same device we’ve been hearing about for weeks, which is an entry-level handset built to last. It looks quite nice for where it’ll be positioned, though it isn’t quite as impressive under the hood.
In the area of specs, we’re looking at a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, 512MB of RAM and a 3 megapixel camera, for starters. It’ll also offer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual-core processor, though we’re not sure which exact model it’s sporting just yet.

Of course, Nokia storms onto the Android scene with their bright and playful suite of designs. The Nokia X will launch in Yellow, Black, White, Red, Blue and Green.
Nokia X+

The Nokia X+ is pretty much the same device as the Nokia X, though RAM gets bumped up to 768MB and Nokia’s sticking a 4GB MicroSD card inside. It’s literally the same phone otherwise, with it launching in the same exact color options as the Nokia X and being exact same size.
Nokia XL

This is where things significantly change, as the Nokia XL will sport a larger 5-inch display. Unfortunately it retains the same 800 x 480 as the other two guys. It also gets a bump in the camera department with a 5 megapixel sensor as opposed to the 3 megapixel shooters on the rear of its smaller sisters. This one also adds a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for those all-important selfies and video calls.

The XL also has just 768MB of RAM and comes equipped with a 4GB microSD card, though, and should be running the same 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset found in all the aforementioned devices.
The Nokia XL will also come in a colorful range of colors, though they are a bit different from the smaller X devices. The tones are a bit more muted than the others, and the red option is swapped out for orange.
Android on the Nokia X family

Of course, all these devices run Android, though not quite like we’ve seen before. Nokia’s unique home-screen brings a tile-based interface for accessing your favorite apps, contacts and most important information without having to dig too deeply into a settings menu or two. Nokia has also customized the notifications experience to make it more like their “Fastlane” screen from Asha devices.

A big focus will be on Nokia’s own services, with the Finnish company boasting Here Maps for turn-buy-turn navigation and directions, Nokia MixRadio for free music streaming, and Microsoft’s Skype with a free month’s worth of international calls.
Other apps being pre-installed are Plants vs Zombies 2, Viber, BBM and more. Want more than that? You’ll have to settle for what’s in Nokia’s app store, load up another third-party app store or sideload your own APKS — there’s no Google Play Store to be found here, folks.

In fact, Google services as a whole seem to be completely nonexistent on this trio of devices. It’s something we expected ahead of the official announcement, but it’s very real and could be a very big deal for those looking into purchasing one of these.
Pricing and availability

So when? Where? And how much? Thankfully Nokia wasn’t shy on answering most of that. You wouldn’t be wrong in assuming the devices above won’t cost an arm and a leg, with Nokia placing price tags of €89, €99 and €109 for the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL, respectively.
Those prices make it a very appealing option for those in developing markets who might not have hundreds to spend on more powerful hardware.
As for where and when to get it, Nokia says the X is available immediately in Asia Pacific, Europe, india, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa, while the XL and X+ should arrive at some point in Q2. We’re on the ground in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress looking to get our paws on these things, so stay tuned for our hands-on look right from the show!
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Hands-on: Nokia X and XL [VIDEO]








We have seen all the details on the Nokia X, X+ and XL, but what is it like to actually hold these devices and use them? We are live from MWC 2014, in Barcelona – the very heart of Catalonia. We had the chance to play around with some of these devices and have to say they are not as horrible as they seem.
We can assume the Nokia X family will not be the right set of devices for most of you. Us Android fans love our powerful specs and great performance, but what we love most is being backed by the Android operating system.
Completely different from any other Android device

The Nokia Lumia X, X+ and XL are nothing like your regular Android devices. I believe it is the most heavily customized Android-based software. It is based off Android AOSP, but the interface looks more like Nokia’s Asha devices.
In addition, these are not the Nokia Android devices we have all been dreaming off. Aside from not having Google support and a familiar Android feel, they are far lower-specced than most of us are used to. What is the advantage, then?
Aside from having the colorful and beautiful design we have fallen in love with Nokia for, these devices are priced amazingly low! Prices range from €89 to €109.



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Conclusion

After using these for a while, I have come to the conclusion that I am not the biggest fan of these phones. Their UI is a little confusing, there is no Google Play Store and the specs don’t help the cause.
I am also sure it is the right device for some people out there, though. I happen to love the look of Nokia’s designs, so I would probably like one of these if I was more of a casual user. Or if I wasn’t an Android fan.
We must also consider the price. Right off the bat, you can tell Nokia had an idea of the market they were targeting. And for that market, it is a pretty neat phone! Check out our hands-on and let us know what you think of it!
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Leaks Just Hours Before Official Unveiling


Samsung managed to keep this device hidden for months, but with only hours to go before they officially unveil this 2014 flagship phone, it has been outed.
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