Samsung to restrict unofficial accessories for future smartphones, rumor says

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Samsung could go the route of Apple and begin restricting accessories to only licensed partners, according to new rumors. Reportedly, Samsung will provide ID chips to companies to integrate with accessories such as batteries, chargers, and flip covers to help ensure compatibility and ...

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Google spends $23 million to make Android even faster and smoother

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Google has acquired French developer FlexyCore for $23.1 million in an effort to further optimize the Android platform.  FlexyCore’s offerings, such as DroidBooster, are aimed at improving performance on devices and can be used by carriers, manufacturers, and app developers. According to ...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could employ 16MP Sony camera sensor

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Samsung may call upon Sony for the camera sensor in the Galaxy S5 or other smartphones, according to chatter stemming from an ETNews report. Allegedly, Samsung is looking to place a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor in the next generation of devices and said unit could come from Sony. Also a possibility ...

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T-Mobile HTC One gets Android 4.3 update

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T-Mobile has started sending out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to the HTC One, according to the carrier. Skipping the 4.2 versions altogether, this update brings launch bar enhancements, advanced notifications, a widget lock screen option, quick settings, and more. Improvements in Android ...

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Google patents tip shearing, sliding, and squeezing for future smartphones

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Recently discovered patents suggest that Google may be looking to make it easier for users to operate smartphones with only one hand. The patents, which were filed in Q2 2012, have Google turning to shearing, squeezing, and sliding for gestures and controls. Given that smartphones are now ...

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AT&T expected to join Verizon, Sprint with HTC One Max

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AT&T is expected to join Verizon and Sprint later this year in offering the HTC One Max, according to a new @evleaks report. That the carrier is lined up to support the 5.9-inch device should come as no surprise; Ma Bell has done a bang-up job in offering great Android devices as of late. ...

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Quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon CPU spotted in benchmarks

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The next generation of smartphones figures to get even faster and more powerful than ever before. Not that this is a surprise, of course, it happens every year. With 2013 seeing the introduction and rollout of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 processor we are now in the middle of devices ...

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HTC has ‘disruptive’ tablet and smartwatch on the horizon

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HTC heads Peter Chou and Cher Wang, speaking in a joint interview with Financial Times, outlined some of the key components that will help make up the company’s roadmap. From the sounds of things, it’s new hardware and less Windows Phone. Moving beyond smartphones, HTC plans to get ...

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NVIDIA Shield gets enhanced capabilities starting October 28

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Are you among those who own an NVIDIA Shield? Awesome!  You’re gonna love the next bit of news. Those of you who don’t own one of these gaming and entertainment devices, however, are going to get a touch jealous. The GameStream feature, which has been considered a beta component ...

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Leaked retail packaging indicates white Nexus 5 also on the way

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New photos obtained by tech site Underkg tell us that the Nexus 5 could potentially arrive in a white variant. The photos show what looks to be the retail packaging of the Nexus 5. You’ll notice that the back of the device appears to be white, something we’ve not yet seen in all of ...

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Niantic Labs partners with Abandoned NYC for new Field Trip content

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Ever find yourself on the streets of New York, wondering what exactly it is you’re staring at? I mean, it looks like an old theater but it’s all run down and decrepit. Now you can find out, thanks to new content being integrated into Field Trip. The app, which comes from ...

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Google goof suggests 16GB Nexus 5 to retail at $349

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The Nexus 5 may sell for $349 whenever it eventually goes on sale, according to a Google slip-up. The unannounced flagship smartphone experience quietly slipped onto the Google Play Store last night before slinking off into the dark. This was, of course, before fast-fingered readers snapped the ...

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Alleged final Nexus 5 press renders surface

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With what’s likely only a matter of days to go before the Nexus 5 officially breaks cover we should not be surprised that details and leaks keep surfacing. According to the team at Mobile Syrup, the above images are said to be the final look of the Nexus 5 smartphone. Nothing new…or ...

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Limited edition Trickertreat Android collectible due October 21

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The Dead Zebra blog just published a post detailing this year’s limited edition Halloween Android collectible. Called Trickertreat, he’s another design from Gary Ham and features two faces to choose from. As is the case with pretty much every limited run item, this guys likely to ...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom spied with AT&T branding

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AT&T looks to soon introduce the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, if a new @evleaks tweet proves correct. With only a vague time frame of “2013” we at least have the satisfaction of knowing there are but a few weeks left in the year. It’s not clear what price point AT&T and ...

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