WIND Mobile launches Facebook sign-up page with specs for the unannounced Nexus 5

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Canadian carrier WIND Mobile has just posted a pre-registration form on its Facebook page for the still unannounced Nexus 5 (via MobileSyrup). The carrier touts the device as the “smart, new phone made to capture the moments that matter.” The registration page is lacking any concrete availability information, though it does list detailed specifications.

The carrier says that the Nexus 5 will feature a 4.95-inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It will pack a 1.3MP front-facing camera, as well as an 8MP rear-shooter. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. As you would expect, it will also run the latest 4.4 KitKat version of Android and be available in 8GB and 16GB variants.

  • Screen: 4.95-inch 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front facing 8MP rear facing OIS
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Operating System: OS Android 4.4, KitKat
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ncNFC (Android Beam) / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Storage / Memory / Ram: 16GB or 32GB internal storage 2GB RAM
  • Ports & Connectors: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons

Yesterday, an image of the Nexus 5 in white was leaked, along with a supposed launch date of November 1st. Earlier this month, the device even appeared on Google Play in a 16GB variant, priced at $349. Read more

Samsung begins Premium Suite roll out w/ Android 4.3 & Gear support for S4, Note II, & S III

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Samsung today announced that it’s beginning to roll out its Premium Suite–which includes compatibility with Galaxy Gear, Android 4.3 and a few other new features– to a number of its most popular devices. Receiving the update starting today and in the coming days/weeks depending on your carrier is the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III.

On top of Android 4.3 and Gear support, the update brings a few new software features unveiled on the S4 and Note 3:

The update brings the flagship experiences introduced on the Galaxy S 4 to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III including updated Easy Mode, Multi Window™, advanced camera options, and additional features with new functionality.

Also of note, from 9to5Toys: The Galaxy Gear is currently $20 off through eBay.

Samsung also noted that the Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy S 4 mini and Galaxy Mega will receive the Premium Suite update in the coming months. If you’re curious when you’ll receive the update, expected launch dates for the Premium Suite for U.S. carriers leaked out a few days via AndroidPolice: Read more

AT&T’s Moto X now available for $99 through MotoMaker

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The Moto X has already received price drops down from $199 to $99 or less through Amazon, BestBuy, and elsewhere, but today the AT&T version of the device gets its first price drop for purchases through MotoMaker. Now available for $99 from MotoMaker.com (or $149 for the 32GB model), this is the first time you can get the device for this cheap and still take advantage of the over 2000 customization features available through the MotoMaker ordering tool. MotoMaker is still for the time being exclusive to AT&T, so this is the only way to pick up the Moto X on contract and customize the colors of the device. The other guys still only carry the white and black models of Moto X.  Read more

Clever Android lockscreen app will work out which apps you need where

Billed as ‘the lockscreen that learns,’ Cover is an Andoid app that notes which apps you use in which locations, and then puts the apps you’re most likely to need onto your lockscreen.

At home you might get weather, news, traffic and Twitter; at work, calendar, Google drive and LinkedIn; in the car, maps and music …  Read more

Samsung announces record revenues and profits, but gains mostly from low-end handsets & chips

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Photo: ibtimes.com

Samsung has beaten its earlier forecasts for both revenue and profit in Q3, reporting new records for both at $9.56B profit on revenues of $55.59B.

Samsung had earlier reported that it had sold more than 40 million Galaxy S4 handsets in the first six months, but advised today that most of its mobile growth was in lower-end models, while high-end growth is slowing …  Read more

Google launches new tool to let U.S. businesses create Google Offers for Maps

Google announced today on its Google Commerce blog that it’s rolling out a new tool that will allow any business in the U.S. to create a Google Offer and display the promotions or coupons to user directly through Google Maps. Google first announced back in July that it was rolling out Google Offers to user searching for places on Google Maps for iOS and Android and on the across the web, but at the time only announced select retail partners. With Google’s updated tool rolling out over the next week all business in the U.S. can now easily create Offers that are displayed on Google Maps:

With this launch, your offer can reach customers on Google Maps when they are searching for places nearby or looking for local businesses like yours. Your business will be prominently displayed with a blue tag icon next to it, alerting customers to your offer.

Once a customer saves your offer, we’ll bring them to your door by sharing an offer reminder when they are near your store. We can help remind them when your offer is expiring too, through email and mobile alerts. Just create the offer; we’ll take care of the rest.

Google notes that businesses will “only pay when a customer saves your offer, and you keep the full value of the sales you make.” You can learn more on the Google Commerce blog here.

Samsung’s JK Shin says more than 40 million Galaxy S4 units have been sold

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Keeping with the trend of being the company’s “fastest selling smartphone ever”, Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S4 has sold 40 million units world-wide.

Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed this data earlier today while speaking to Korean media regarding speculation that the Galaxy S4 had not sold as well as Samsung had originally expected. The device has been on the market for about six months now, and within the first month, the device had shipped 10 million units worldwide.

For comparison’s sake, the Galaxy S3 had shipped 30 million units after just six months on the market. So despite some speculation that the Galaxy S4 was too similar to its successor to sell at the same rate, the device is clearly doing just fine.

One thing worth noting is that it’s somewhat unclear as to whether JK Shin is referring to sales or shipments of the device. Should it be the latter of those, then Samsung has not actually sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units to customers, but rather shipped them to retailers to sell.  Read more

Plants vs Zombies 2 now available for all Android users on Google Play

Plants-vs-zombies-2While the app has already been available for iOS since first launching back in August and also on Android with a soft launches in China, Australia, and New Zealand, today the app has finally arrived for all Android users through Google Play.

The app is now available for free on Google Play, and like the iOS version the Android version of Plants vs Zombies 2 moves the franchise to the freemium model with extra content available to purchase through in-app purchases. There’s also exclusive offers for in-app purhcases in the app offering up to 65% off some items to celebrate the launch of the app on Android.

Latest YouTube update hints at upcoming background audio support

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While from the outside, the most recent YouTube update looked rather minor, Android Police has done some deep digging and discovered a couple of very interesting tidbits regarding future features coming to the app. First off, the APK file makes several hints at background audio support. This means that you will be able to start a video within the YouTube app and navigate to another app and not have your content disrupted. Currently, leaving the YouTube app makes your video automatically pause. Android Police notes that the feature should work when the device’s screen is off, as well.

Within the YouTube app now, the settings option for background audio is hidden, but Android Police managed to reveal the options for a very brief period of time. Regarding the upcoming offline feature, the APK teardown also revealed some of the dialogue messages users will be presented with, though they’re all pretty standard.

Background audio support will be huge for listening to music via YouTube, in addition to other things, such as podcasts and videos. It’s unclear when the feature will launch, but between this and offline video support, YouTube for Android is about to get a lot more useful. Read more

Samsung adds Galaxy Gear support to Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, and more

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Samsung is addressing one of the biggest issues with its Galaxy Gear smart watch it introduced earlier this year: device compatibility. Several Samsung devices including its Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, and Mega smartphones will receive compatibility via a software update in Android 4.3.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch debuted alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Note 10.1tablet with support limited to those devices. Initial reviews overwhelmingly disapproved of Samsung’s smart watch offering, but widening device compatibility is surely a step in the right direction. (Full press release below)

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Deal with Gorilla Glass maker Corning could give Samsung head-start in new display technology

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Samsung could see itself getting priority access to new glass technologies after taking a 7.4 percent stake in Gorilla Glass maker Corning and simultaneously signing a 10-year supply agreement.

The net effect of a complex series of share swaps and cash investments, allied to a long-term procurement commitment from Samsung, is a $2B deal that will enable Corning to boost its R&D investment, accelerating the pace of development of new types of display.

With closer cooperation between the two companies, Samsung may prove well positioned to gain access to those new technologies ahead of the rest of the market …  Read more