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There are rumors today that Apple is going to be switching to Sapphire screen-coating for the next Gen of iPhone (So called iPhone 6).  Sapphire coating has been utilized in high-finish watches for some time because of of scratch-resistance or strong durability.


Sapphire is currently utilized on apple iPhone camera contacts and also the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor, the rumor also calls iWatch will allegedly be using Sapphire coating.


GT Advanced is company behind Apple's Sapphire coating is looking at $500-$700 Million for the deal, since coating a presentation with GT Advanced costs 3-4 more than coating it with Gorilla Glass that cost around $3 dollars per screen.


Anybody excited about the iPhone 6 because of the Sapphire coating?

 

Source: forbe


 

Last year, Samsung introduced a few Android candybars that featured both touchscreens, and full QWERTY keyboards. One of them was the Galaxy M Pro GT-B7800 with Android Gingerbread on it, and now looks like we now have a successor to it.


The FCC certified GT-B7810, an Android-running QWERTY phone from Samsung images have been leaked.  Apparently running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung B7810 looks a lot like the older B7800 model.


Samsung GT-B7800 features HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a landscape display with 480 x 360 pixels, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm headset jack, rear camera, 1,200 mAh battery, and MicroSD card support. We don't know how much internal memory the new smartphone has, and neither the speed of its processor.  We will just have to wait and see.

 

 




According to AndroidAuthority, Samsung will implement a Gesture Based Non Contact User Interface Display on its Next Flagship Samsung Galaxy S IV.


Samsung has selected Atmel's new maXTouch Series Touch for Samsung Galaxy SIV, which will provide superior performance with less power consumption, with this technology, instead of reaching over to touch screen, you can operate the phone with gesture controls.


In the past Pantech Vega also used recognition technology developed by eyesight mobile technologies. In this phone, the front camera act as sensor for the gestures, But there was major drawback in this phone as this consumes a lot of power.


This technology will be new in the Samsung Galaxy S4, it opens up a lot of possibilities down the road. Since this hasn't been confirmed by Samsung just yet, this is nothing more than a good rumor, but after hearing this, I really looking forward to actually see the device in person.


See below video on Xperia sola with floating touch.


Source:AndroidAuthority

 



According to the Korean site, Daum.co.kr, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have a feature that will be dedicated to health. Aside from a portable health pad, an application is reportedly underway and also quite possibly, a social health hub that will allow users to be able to interact with their buddies while promoting their health. Another device that Samsung is working on is a smart watch that also features similar functionalities, project Altius.


Samsung sees the potential in assimilating technology with healthcare and according to Daum, this is not something new because the Korean company has been vocal about their intentions ever since. Health-integrated devices, optional health accessories and health apps-surely, Samsung is making large leaps in product and market development. This could be another one of Samsung's lucrative ventures, and one that is relevant in making people want to improve their health.


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It's only a few days to go before Samsung's star smartphone is launched and looks like there's no stopping more rumors from showing up on the news. Another bunched of "leaked photos" have come out claiming that they were the images of the S4 but somehow, more people are already suspicious about its authenticity, following a barrage of news about "leaked" this and that.


The latest to come out is Samsung Galaxy S 4's alleged ability to take 3D pictures, based on the company's recent patents. People are really getting creative (investigative?) with their sources! Last week, Samsung released a vague teaser that only left people with more conjectures.


Another reason for surmising that the S4 will come with 3D photo capability is apparently because of the (drumroll...) poster! Since it's in 3D, then it's just normal to deduce that the phone will be able to do that. Possible or simply inane. However, we have to give it to Samsung for keeping how the smartphone looks like for days since the release of the teaser. With the kind of hype that this phone is receiving, all of these rumors might just be true. We'll know in a couple of days.


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The Exynos 5 Octa was confirmed to be LTE-enabled and that it supports all 20 bands. This bit of info was taken from the SamsungExynos page on their Twitter account. This means that it can also do what the Snapdragon 600 (Qualcomm) is capable of doing. However, there are also reports (fom SamMobile) that the reason why the Galaxy S 4 came in two variants is that Samsung was unable to deliver the Exynos 5 Octa in time for the S 4 launch.


Furthermore, Samsung actually confirmed that they have just started mass producing the famed chip after the first quarter. According to the reports, only about 30% of the total Galaxy S 4 production have Exynos 5 Octa in their hardware and many are hoping for more Exynos variants to be distributed in the near future.


 


The only problem with any device that comes out after the HTC One is that they really need to look as good as or possibly even better than the HTC flagship smartphone. Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3's build quality is being improved after HTC One "rocked" Samsung's core and made them realized that they're using plastic their device needs a better build quality to top HTC One sales. Not that they can be compared, since these are two very different devices.


Case in point, HTC One's design is really fabulous. However, to each his own as some people may like plastic, while some will prefer anodized aluminum material but it cannot be denied that many are complaining about Samsung's polycarbonate plastic design and the company just might be contemplating about resolving this on their next device's release, for once.


Furthermore, the reason why Samsung uses plastic is because it is cheaper and quicker to mass produce, as opposed to metal units. It will be interesting to see if Samsung will actually shift to producing metal phones and tablets and how it will affect their pricing. As of now, the company enjoys pricing their products as expensively as devices that are considered to have better build quality.


 



Despite persistent rumors about Galaxy Note III having a flexible glass display, Samsung hints that it won't be possible to mass produce the flexible display as quickly as they plan to and the demand for the Note III can potentially equal that of the Galaxy S 4. Furthermore, according to ET News, Samsung is searching for alternatives to its "encapsulation technology" because the units take too long to manufacture with their "Vitex System" and time is of essence because they want to meet their sales target for the year.



There is no official announcement on the specs of the Galaxy Note III yet but expect Samsung to do so during the IFA 2013 in Berlin. But Samsung will most likely work on its devices' designs following the success of the sleek and streamlined HTC One, which, according to rumors, Samsung is really jealous of. Bring on the smartphone wars! In the end, when the competition is tough, manufacturers tend to outdo each other with more innovative products and features.


Source: etnews


 


The Samsung Galaxy Note had 1GB RAM, the Galaxy Note II had 2GB RAM and the Galaxy Note III will have... 3GB RAM. That's what Korean publication Hankyung claims anyway. So far from leaks we've seen that the Note III will pack either a Snapdragon 800 chipset or an Exynos 5 Octa.


Samsung's next flagship device the Galaxy Note III is currently rumoured to feature a 5.7″ or 5.99″ sAMOLED Full HD display, Octa-Core or Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.3, S Pen functions and Samsung's own TouchWiz nature UX interface. We expect Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note III at IFA 2013 in Berlin.


SamMobile reports that the Galaxy Note III will be 8mm thick and weigh 183g. That's a little thinner than the Note II and about the same weight


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According to SamMobile, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 going to have a 5.68-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.8 GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 ‘octa-core' processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 16 / 32 / 64 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It will apparently run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from day one, but we already knew that.


As you can see, we're yet to have a clear picture of what the Galaxy Note 3 will have to offer, even though we see some of the same specs repeated over and over in new reports.  The Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled on September 4, during a special media event in Berlin, Germany.


Here are the specs: SM-N900


  • 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420
  • ARM Mali-T628 MP6
  • RAM unconfirmed
  • 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • No LTE connectivity
  • 16/32/64GB of storage
  • microSD support of up to 64GB
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 3200mAh battery

 




According to Korean site ET News, bothSamsung Display and LG Display will ship flexible displays this coming November, and they are considering expanding production capacity thereafter. As the first product will be introduced as an `unbreakable and light' concept phone, the production capacity of the current pilot lines of the two companies will be enough. However, if the response is good, the production capacity is so insufficient that it cannot handle a single mega-class model.


Besides being flexible, why should you be interested in this new display technology? The screens themselves are not made out of glass, they're made out of a plastic substrate that's far more resistant to damage. You'll hear the term "unbreakable" get thrown around a lot, and while I think that's pushing it, you'll definitely be able to drop your flexi-phone to the ground and not have to worry about it getting a nasty hairline fracture.


In addition to Samsung Display and LG Display, Japanese and Taiwanese companies are developing flexible OLED, but they seem to have a long way to go until mass production.


 




The Galaxy Note III will flaunt a 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 / octa-core Exynos processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of minimum built-in storage and a microSD slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3,200mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.


According to SamMobile, which broke the news about the Gear smartwatch colors yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is planned to initially launch in black and white, as you would expect. But, apparently in late October there will be another color to be released: pink. Maybe that wouldn't be the most popular color with our readership, but there are very few devices offered in pink, so that would be quite an interesting choice.


To recap:


- Week 36 - Black, white
- Week 43 - Pink



 



South Korean media site have reported that samsung is preparing to adopt a metal housing to its next smartphone to be released in early next year Samsung.  Could it be the Samsung Galaxy S5?


The report also claims that Samsung is looking to start a production line later this year to create those metal chassis, with a sample produced in Europe sent for testing to Vietnam earlier this year. Samsung is reportedly treading lightly and is looking to minimize effects of a metal housing, such as on the antenna reception (Apple's "death grip" on iPhone, remember that?). Hopefully, things like removable batteries and expandable storage are being focused on, too.


Still alot of time before the Galaxy Galaxy S5 makes its way to market, so it's best to take these rumors as grain of salt, but nothing stop us from hoping, right?

 

 



The next flagship also known as the Galaxy S5 by Samsung to launch in 2014, has reported the possibility of us a metal housing.  According to a Taiwanese media company.


According to the report, Catcher will start supplying a certain amount of the required metal housings this month, while Chinese company BYD and Taiwan's Ju Teng will be contracted for supplying the remaining units. As always, considering Samsung's love for plastic, it wouldn't be a good idea to get your hopes too high, but going by the numerous reports, a metallic Galaxy S5 is looking to be more and more likely.


Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumored to be announced in March next year equipped with a 2560x1440 2K AMOLED and 64bit Exynos processor.


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According to Korean news site ETnews,  there are new information suggesting that both the Galaxy S5 and the and the Galaxy Note 4 will offer improved Air View, Air Gesture and Pen Recognition Features.


Synaptics - a key touch chip maker, managed to improve the hovering detection, thus allowing for a greater range, and as a result, features such as Air Gesture and Air View.


Synaptics will supply a touch solution with improved hovering detection and passive pen writing function to Samsung Electronics.


In addition, the stylus pen functionality has been improved as well, and allows the screen to recognize a passive pen point that measures only 2.5pi. This translates into more accurate hand writing.


Synaptics has lowered the manufacturing cost, too. The new product will be lowered of the printing cost as it will be built in a single layer structure not requiring an insulation layer or a bridge. "The new product will provide a variety of additional functions. However, its manufacturing cost will be lowered so as to decrease the burden on customers," said a Synaptics insider. "The device usability and consumer convenience have been enhanced for this product."




Samsung has received a couple of patents displayed on the Korean patent information website called KIPRIS. These new patents probably likely to be embeded into new interface for the GALAXY S5.


Samsung has received patents for one handed operation on big smartphones. According to the patent Samsung gives everyone the opportunity to choose which corner they want to use this function. Customers are now able to use one hand and select all kinds of functions such as apps, notifications or favorite calls. We have to say that this looks pretty smart to use on big smartphones with huge displays!


Secondly Samsung received patents on probably their new music interface which is deeply integrated with social media. If we will see this application called "Friends Music" back on the GALAXY S5 remains the question.


According to the latest rumours will Samsung introduce the GALAXY S5 on day before MWC 2014.


Thanks SamMobile for this update

 




There were rumors that Samsung might make the Galaxy S5 waterproof. Samsung has previously made versions of the Galaxy S waterproof, but only on the Active line, not the primary S smartphone.


A new trailer for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event appears to confirm those suspicions that the Galaxy S5 will be able to withstand water.


Take a look at the video below and see what other activities Samsung plans to make Galaxy friendly.  Find out more on Monday 24 February at the Samsung UNPACKED event in Barcelona.

 



Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a kids mode, Kids Mode will let parents choose what they want their kids to access on their phones, and among other things, include a dedicated apps store called Kids Store that caters to the little ones, with apps related to both learning and fun.


The apps are all developed for, you guessed it, children. So no, junior won't be able to access Grand Theft Auto anything, but they will have some kid-friendly cute games at their disposal.


What do you think about the kids mode?



According to shipping records the Galaxy Note 4 will be equipped with 5.7 inch screen just like it's predecessor Note 3 and is price at the same level as Note 3.


This comes to reiterate info from last month's exclusive in which we told you to expect a 5.7" QHD (2560x1440 pixel) panel.


Furthermore, the resolution itself has been confirmed, and by Samsung no less. The SM-N910A already has its own user agent profile listed on the Korean company's website. And sure enough, it's sporting that insane pixel-packed resolution.


The new device should be officially announced at IFA 2014 in early September, and we imagine it will be available to buy not long after that.

 

 



If you don't know what CyanogenMod is, CyanogenMod is actually not just a mod, but it's a ROM, but basically it's a stock android look, in this case it's 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it has a lot more customizable things, like the lock screen, the notification bar, lots of downloadable themes, and much more.


CyanogenMOD 10.1 has reached its first "M-Series" milestone builds for various devices.  These builds are intended to be mostly stable and ready for everyday use, based on Jelly Bean MR1. More devices are being worked on, and are available as nightly builds for the time being.


These devices are been supported


* Samsung Captivate
* Samsung Nexus S (+4G)
* Samsung Galaxy S3 USA models (D2*)
* Samsung Galaxy S (galaxysmtd/galaxysbmtd)
* Google Nexus 7
* Google Galaxy Nexus (all variants)
* Google Nexus 4
* Google Nexus 10
* ODroid U2
* Samsung P3100, P3110
* Samsung P5100, P5110


Get it now at http://www.cyanogenmod.org



 



The global standard for reliably viewing and sharing PDF documents.  Adobe® Reader® is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents across platforms and devices. Install the free Adobe Reader mobile app to work with PDF documents on your Android tablet or phone. Easily access, manage, and share a wide variety of PDF types, including PDF Portfolios, password-protected documents, fillable forms, and Adobe LiveCycle® rights-managed PDF.


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Have you ever been bored at work, crumpled up a piece of paper and counted how many times you can make it in a small trash can? Has your boss ever gone out for a quick bite while you and your co-workers see how far you can move the trash can away and still make the paper shot? Have you ever brought in electric fans to make the shot even harder? Backflip Studios is happy to announce that we have brought this amazing and hilarious experience to Android.


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Use BumpTM to share contact information, photos, videos, apps, and files by simply bumping two phones together. Just open Bump, hold your phones, and gently bump your hands together -- Bump will magically do all the rest.


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Facebook Messenger - a faster way to message. Reach your friends and contacts faster with Facebook Messenger.


- Get started fast: Log in with your Facebook account, or just use your phone number
- Get push notifications


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Androidify yourself by customizing the little green Android as yourself, your family, your friends, anyone! Stretch it , shrink it, add a hoody, style its hair, throw on some shades, or even give it a parrot and a pirate hat. Arrrgh!

 

Once you've personalized your Android, share it with your friends, set it as a photo in your contact book, or use it in some inventive way we haven't thought of yet. Have fun, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!


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Scan barcodes on products then look up prices and reviews. You can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.


Also share your contacts, apps, and bookmarks via QR Code. This is why contacts permissions are needed. See FAQ below.


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Keep the skies safe in Flight Control, the insanely addictive worldwide hit! It only takes a minute to learn but you won't be able to put it down. Guide aircraft to their landing zones but don't let them collide! Sounds easy? You'll need smart strategy and keen eyes to alter flight paths as needed and keep the chaos under control. Your travel itinerary is packed with multiple airfields, 10 aircraft including jets and helicopters and stat-tracking. Pack your bags for addictive airline action!


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Play, manage and sync music from your Mac or PC to your Android device. Winamp for Android offers a complete music management solution (2.1 OS & above) featuring wireless desktop sync (latest Winamp Media Player required), iTunes library import, & access to thousands of internet radio stations with SHOUTcast. Visit http://www.winamp.com/android to learn more.


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Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians, or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. Pandora features hundreds of music and comedy genre stations ranging from Dubstep to Smooth Jazz to Power Workout.


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Music - identify songs in as little as 1 second, preview or buy the track, get streaming lyrics, YouTube videos and more. TV - US fans, tag TV shows ANYTIME for music, celebrity buzz, trivia and more. Every channel. Every show.


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The next awesome smartphone war will arguably be between Motorola X and Google's Nexus 5. Google plans to leave out making a bigger display for the Nexus 5 and according to a leak, it will actually sport a 4.5-inch display but it will be stretched out a bit more to take up 88% of the smartphone's face. Furthermore, it will not compete against 1080p Full HD devices that are mostly coming out this season but will actually settle with 720p.


It will have a 9MP camera and a better battery life. Google's aphorism for this phone includes "compactness, having a great camera and huge battery life". It will also use Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz and will no doubt be more budget-friendly than other Google Nexus devices. Its direct competitor, the Motorola X recently released information about its impressive hardware, which somehow makes this bit of news a bit weird. It could mean that a different unit might go head-on with Motorola X or that Google will not compete with it because it has a bigger stake in Motorola X than we previously thought.


 


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