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Thursday, 31.10.13
OFFICIAL: KitKat for All - Google announces and details Android 4.4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:57 CET under 04 - Android News

Together with the official release of its Nexus 5, Google also announced and detailed in a blog posting Android 4.4 KitKat; which is said to deliver a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. According to Google, the first thing users will notice about KitKat is that it had made the experience much more engaging: the book you're reading, the game you're playing, or the movie you're watching - now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see. Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn't really changed since the days of flip phones.

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OFFICIAL: Google unveils the Google Nexus 5 - powered by Android 4.4 KitKat
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:37 CET under 04 - Android News

Infinitely times rumored and leaked, Google seems to had a break and it took them a little bit longer. But now, the Nexus 5 - the company's latest addition to its range of Nexus Android smartphones - is finally official and available. As expected, the Nexus 5 runs on Android 4.4 aka KitKat. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU at 2.3 GHz which is supported by a Adreno 330 GPU with 450 MHz  and 2 GB RAM. The Nexus 5 comes with support for either CDMA/1xRTT/EVDO or GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+ and LTE. It sports a 4.95" full HD IPS Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected touchscreen and comes with a 8 megapixel rear facing camera with optical image stabilization and a 1.3

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ALLOWED: FAA to allow Airlines to expand Use of Personal Electronic Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 01 - General News

As the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today, the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance. Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year. The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.

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OLYMPICS: Samsung announces German Samsung Galaxy Team - follows other Countries to Promote Sochi 2014
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 01 - General News

At a joint press event yesterday evening in Munich, Samsung and its German TV partner Sky Sport News HD announced the German "Samsung Galaxy Team". The Samsung Galaxy Team is one of Samsung's key initiatives around the Olympic Games which aims to promote the Olympic movement by providing background information as well as direct contact between attending Olympians and their supporters around the world. The international Samsung Galaxy Team is recruited by 80 athletes from 20 countries and includes active and retired Olympians and Paralympians like ice hockey stars Evgeni Malkin and Wayne Gretzky, biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov, skier Alberto Tomba and Hermann Maier as well as others.

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Tuesday, 29.10.13
ENHANCED: Twitter releases more visual Twitter App for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 04 - Android News

If you are on the Twitter Beta for Android, this is nothing new for you. However, if you are not - as most of us - this is a new feature which is hitting your Android and iOS smartphone and tablet today. As Twitter just announced, it's releasing updated Twitter apps for the above mentioned mobile OS to make it easier for everyone to experience those photo and video moments on Twitter. Starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging by featuring a previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine, which will be front and center in Tweets. To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap. Furthermore, Twitter said it also made it easier to reply, retweet or favorite a Tweet without leaving the timeline - by just tapping right inside the tweets in the timeline.

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ENHANCED: Facebook to Introduce a New Messenger Experience on Android [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:57 CET under 04 - Android News

As Facebook just announced, it's introducing and testing an update to Messenger on Android that makes it a faster and more reliable mobile-to-mobile messaging experience. As Facebook noted, more and more people are using Facebook to connect with their friends on mobile. Facebook messaging started as a desktop chat experience; but when it comes to messaging on mobile, people want something faster and lighterweight. Therefore, starting today, Facebook is introducing a new Android client which comes with a new look. With the fresh new look, it's said that Messenger is easier to get around. Friends which also use the new messenger client are marked with a Messenger icon are also using the mobile Messenger app, and will get notified instantly about messages.

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ENHANCED: Google+ Hangouts to integrate SMS - Receives Animated GIF and Location Sharing Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 04 - Android News

At its Google+ press event, Google is currently holding in San Francisco, Vic Gundotra has just announced major updates and the maybe most important one is that Google Hangout will become the unified client for conversations; by including chats and SMS aka text messages. Other new features, which are said to come to Google+ and Hangouts soon are support for animated GIFs and an easy option to share the current location (after Google axed its popular Latitude feature in Google Maps recently). Gundotra has yet neither said how MMS messages might be handled (yes, MMS aka Multimedia Messaging System, is still out there and used) and how this feature might interfere with OEMs SMS clients, like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz.

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UTILITY: Snapdragon BatteryGuru 2.0 helps to optimize Battery Time of Qualcomm-based Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 04 - Android News

Doesn't matter how powerful smartphones are nowadays, the battery stays the Achilles heel. The better and more powerful smartphones become, the worse becomes the battery life. I know from some meetings with Qualcomm, that the smartphone chip manufacturer number one is working on this and in the meantime, Qualcomm has released an updated version of its "BatteryGuru" app for Android. The new Snapdragon BatteryGuru 2.0 is said to be the next generation of battery management with intelligent charging recommendations. The app still intelligently learning how Snapdragon powered smartphones are used, requires no user configuration and automatically learns habits and preferences to adjust the smartphone settings.

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Monday, 28.10.13
OFFICIAL: LG unveils the LG G Flex - the World's 1st "Real" Curved Smartphone with "Self Healing" Coating
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Following Samsung's announcement of the launch of the company's first curved display smartphone, LG today announced the launch of "first 'real' curved smartphone", the LG G Flex. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round, the LG G Flex is said to be "a smartphone curved to follow the contour of the face" and LG highlights, that it is the first device to offer such a design in the smartphone market. As the latest device in LG's premium G Series, the G Flex incorporates proprietary innovations from other LG companies in the form of the display and battery that have never been seen before. The LG G Flex also boasts new user experience (UX) features that take advantage of the curved form factor.

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Friday, 25.10.13
QUICKVIEW: HTC Fetch Bluetooth 4.0 LE Tracker and Remote Camera Shutter
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ok, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for smart, little accessories and the HTC Fetch, announced back in August by HTC, fits perfectly into this category. It's a small black plastic Bluetooth dongle which only measures 29.35 x 29.35 x 9.3 mm and comes with a keychain. If paired via Bluetooth, it activates the phone's ringtone if 15 meters away from each other. And if both are lost, a convenient map location feature informs where the Fetch and phone were seen last together. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the coin cell battery is said to be good enough for a working time of up to 6 month and Bluetooth 4.0 LE is also not heavily draining the HTC One, One mini and One max, with which the Fetch is compatible. However, Fetch is also compatible with certain HTC Windows Phones.

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UPGRADE: Samsung releases Android 4.3 Upgrade for Samsung Galaxy S4 in selected Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:43 CET under 04 - Android News

Following yesterday's news that HTC has just started the rollout of Android 4.3 for its HTC One, also Samsung started recently the rollout of Android 4.3 for its Samsung Galaxy S4; as promised at its Unpacked Episode 2 event back in August. The update, which our European test Galaxy S4 only received today, was started last Friday and hit Germany and Russia first. However, since it's another staged FOTA update, our Galaxy S4 was rather one of the last to receive it. Nevertheless, following the European rollout start, Samsung also began to distribute the upgrade in India and latest in Korea. Yet not on Samsung's list of countries which are receiving the update anytime soon are the U.S.

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Thursday, 24.10.13
ENHANCED: Vine goes "Back to Future" - Introduces new Editing Features called Sessions and Time Travel
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Vine announced that it's introducing two new powerful additions to the Vine camera for Android and iOS: Sessions and Time Travel. According to a recent blog posting, these new features allow to maintain multiple posts in progress over time and edit posts before sharing them. This means that with Sessions, it's possible to save any post and come back to it later; which is said to work with up to ten posts at once. Time Travel allows to remove, reorganize or replace any shot within a post before it's shared. As Vine highlights, it was built for one purpose - to make it easy for people to capture life in motion and share it with the world - it's the reason the the Vine camera was build.

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PLACESHIFTING: Sling Media unveils new Slingbox Features related to Movies, Media and More
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:25 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media has yesterday announced the official release of its latest firmware upgrades for the Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, Slingbox Pro-HD and Slingbox Solo, which contain several new interesting features. Owners of a Slingbox 500 have now access to "Blockbuster On Demand". As part of the firmware and software client update, Blockbuster On Demand is now the premium video service for the Slingbox 500. It allows owners to search, browse, view trailers and rent movies for viewing on their big-screen TVs. However, Blockbuster on Demand can't be used to placeshift Blockbuster movies to remote Laptops, smartphones or tablets. It only works with the connected TV.

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UPGRADE: HTC releases Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 for the International HTC One [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 04 - Android News

As promised, HTC has just started with the rollout of Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 for the international/European version of the HTC One. Therefore, the HTC One will be again on par with last week's launched HTC One max, which already launched with Google's latest available Android version and HTC's much improved Sense UI. Beside all the Android 4.3 goodies and enhancements, the major improvements are in Sense 5.5 which means the upgrade will bring Video Highlights improvements like an upgraded and easier to use interface and the possibility to add your own soundtracks to Video Highlights. Other improvements come to BlinkFeed which got a complete overhaul for ease of use and it's finally allowing to add RSS feeds as sources.

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Wednesday, 23.10.13
SMARTWATCH: Omate TrueSmart launches sans Google Play - will come with a Desktop Charging Cradle instead
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 04 - Android News

Last night, Omate sent out a newsletter to its Kickstarter backers, where it explained that it might have been a common misunderstanding that Omate's first smartwatch, the TrueSmart, will be shipped with Google Play and stated: "We apologize for any confusion that our initial statements may have caused regarding the Official Google Play Store. [...] Even though Android does not currently allow for official Play Store support for Smartwatch 2.0 devices, Omate is still working closely with Google over Google Play and Google Services issues." Sure it always seemed that the TrueSmart will be a fully fledged - and first - Android smartwatch with Google experience (as you can see in the video bellow), which means it will not only feature Google Play but also Google services like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Music, just to name a few.

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RUMOR: Google to Fork Android for Smartwatches and Smart Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:32 CET under 04 - Android News

And while we are talking about smartwatches. Yesterday, a trustworthy source told the::unwired, that Google plans to fork its Android operating system into a version for smartwatches and maybe even smart gadgets and wearables in general. There's no doubt, that the smartwatch might be the next big thing and at the moment we have propriety systems, like the Pebble, out there; smartwatches which run full Android, like the Omate TrueSmart; and smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which also run on Android but are locked down. As the source explained, the Android smartwatch fork could work similar to Google TV, which was also based on Android (Honeycomb) but which was nevertheless different to it - keeping Google in better control what's happening with the platform.

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RUMOR: HTC is said to have a Android-based Smartwatch in Development
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 04 - Android News

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, HTC is said to develop a smartwatch that is expected to use Android. While further details like cost and price, functions and sales strategy are yet completely unknown, the person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that HTC's smartwatch will be able to "take photos". Therefore it can be everything between a feature limited Samsung Galaxy Gear and an Omate TrueSmart, which both are also running on Android, unlike the Pebble. The release is expected for the second half of 2014. As expected, HTC denied to comment and said in an E-Mail to Bloomberg that it "doesn't comment on rumors or speculation".

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Tuesday, 22.10.13
ENHANCED: Nokia announces couple of Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT Enhancements and Instagram for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last but not least, Nokia announced during today's Nokia World, that it will continue to enhance innovation through applications and therefore, Nokia announced a couple of new upcoming Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT 8.1 services and enhancements. Nokia Video Director allows to create, edit and share customized videos directly from the Lumia 2520 while Nokia Beamer allows to share experiences and ideas easily and instantly with friends or colleagues by projecting the phone screen to any HTML5 enabled screen; this includes documents, maps, location details, or even the camera viewfinder. Nokia Storyteller is automatically integrating photos from the phone with HERE location information and collates a chronological picture journey on a map.

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UNVEILED: Nokia announces its first Windows RT 8.1 Tablet - the Nokia Lumia 2520
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Next to its two new Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Nokia also unveiled its first Windows RT 8.1 tablet at today's Nokia World in Abu Dhabi - the Nokia Lumia 2520. Following Nokia's earlier jump into the PC world, when it introduced the less successful Nokia Booglet 3G Netbook back in August 2009, Nokia's first Windows tablet is the next try to finally bring the Nokia experience to a PC kind of device. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is said to be designed to work anywhere. It comes with a vivid 10.1" HD display that is designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet. Building on Nokia's rich mobility heritage, the Lumia 2520 combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7 megapixel camera, and for the first time ever on a tablet, ZEISS optics.

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OFFICIAL: Nokia announces the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 Six Inch Windows Phone 8 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During today's Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, Nokia unveiled a portfolio of two new large screen Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones - the Lumia 1520 and 1320 - which are said to continuing the redefinition of smartphone innovation. With its 6" screens and the latest software advancements for Windows Phone, the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 are said to perfectly suit for entertainment and productivity. A new third column of tiles on the home screen means people can see and do more on a larger screen. Bringing larger displays to the award-winning Lumia design, the new format is coupled with some of the most advanced camera innovations so people can capture and share the world around them.

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Monday, 21.10.13
QUICKVIEW: HTC Mini+ Bluetooth Telephone Receiver and Remote Control for HTC One and Desire Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ever, since I saw the first HTC Mini, I was fascinated by the idea to have a Bluetooth telephone receiver which can do even more and I was even more fascinated, when I learned more about the HTC Mini+ earlier this summer. The HTC Mini+ is described to be a multi-tasking solution for HTC Android phone users which allows to take calls while using the phone to surf online, watch videos or play games. Furthermore it provides instant notifications of text messages, events and E-Mails and comes with handy features like hands-free remote camera control, doubles as a TV remote control for HTC phones without an infrared transmitter and pairs with selected HTC devices to operate multimedia streaming through the HTC Media Link HD.

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CHANGE: HTC CEO Peter Chou to temporarily concentrate on Innovation and Product Portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:25 CET under 01 - General News

HTC's CEO Peter Chou was very much under pressure recently after HTC posted its first quarter loss since the Taiwanese smartphone maker went public. As it seems now, Chou and the HTC top management realized it that Chou had his hands in way too many areas and therefore HTC's co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang jumped in and has increased her operational role to lighten the load on Peter Chou. According to a Financial Times report, Chou said "I have become very focused in the past couple of months. Before that I was too busy" and continued "I took on too many things. I need to be more focused on innovation and product portfolio."

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Friday, 18.10.13
CONNECTIVITY: Microsoft releases Remote Desktop Mobile for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

Doesn't matter if you run a Windows server at work, a Media Center at home or just your own 24/7 connected PC, Microsoft's Remote Desktop is the tool of choice to administrate and configure your computer without having it necessarily in reach. Remote Desktop is one of the many Microsoft programs which were always preinstalled on Windows PCs but now it's going even more mobile. Yesterday evening, Microsoft has released Remote Desktop for Android and iOS, which allows to conveniently connect to a remote PC or server as well as to work resources from almost anywhere. Remote Desktop Mobile for Android even provides access to remote resources through a Remote Desktop Gateway.

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Thursday, 17.10.13
COMMUNICATION: ExB petitpetit announces mailbe.at for Android - The smarter Way to Handle E-Mails
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 04 - Android News

There are quite a couple of E-Mail clients out there, including the on device preinstalled clients, but a new one, which wants to be even smarter is just around the corner. mailbe.at by Munich based ExB petitpetit doesn't wants to be just another E-Mail client, but wants to combine E-Mails, threads and conversations in a meaningful way. ExB has a lot of experience in this field, since it's working for ages now on petitpetit, a kind of GUI which combines user data, from calendar to contacts to E-Mails to photos in the same meaningful way as mailbe.at will do soon for E-Mails. The target is to "make E-Mail productivity on Android smartphones a reality".

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Wednesday, 16.10.13
ENHANCED: Camera360 for Android now available with Support for the Sony QX10 and QX100 Lens Cameras
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 04 - Android News

As announced last month, PinGuo has just released the promised Camera360 Ultimate update which now includes Sony QX10 and QX100 lens camera support. Camera360 Ultimate for Android, which is now available as v4.7.7, throws in some extra features that aren't available in the PlayMemories Mobile application which is kind of basic. While it works fine to snap photos with the Sony QX-cameras, in my humble opinion it's little too basic for such a powerful lens. Therefore this free Camera360 update is much appreciated and QX-cameras can now benefit from live filters. There are many to choose from such as Magic Skin, Enhance, Lomo, HDR, Retro, Black and White, Ghost and more.

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REVIEW: HTC One max Android 4.3 Phablet with HTC Sense 5.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

With this week's launch of the HTC One max, HTC has completed its 2013 lineup of the One family and like the One mini before, the One max is targeting a different kind of One clientele which nevertheless is looking for a stylish smartphone. However, the One max isn't just another smartphone but it's - more or less - HTC's first phablet, a segment HTC hasn't addressed so far and where it also has no alternatives in the tablet segment since HTC discontinued the HTC Flyer. So now HTC has its first Android phablet, which shares the DNA of the original One and runs, straight from launch, on Android 4.3 as well as the brand new and updated HTC Sense 5.5.

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Tuesday, 15.10.13
REPORT: HTC said to Partner with Amazon for Kindle Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:42 CET under 04 - Android News

According to a recent Financial Times report, HTC is said to "work with Amazon on a range of smartphones as the e-commerce company steps up efforts to compete with Apple and Google". That's exactly where HTC has its roots, ODM'ng high-quality devices for partners (remember the lineup of Compaq iPaq Pocket PCs, the first O2 Xdas and T-Mobile MDAs as well as Orange's first Windows Mobile smartphones). While HTC's latest venture in this space - the HTC First Facebook phone - failed badly, one of the Financial Time sources said that the Amazon and HTC are developing three devices, and at least one is "at an advanced stage of development". And it would definitely makes a lot of sense for Amazon to work with such an experienced partner.

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Monday, 14.10.13
EARLY ACCESS: Microsoft launches Windows Phone Preview for Developers - rolls-out GDR3 immediately
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's Microsoft announcement of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3), Microsoft also introduced the Windows Phone Preview for Developers. Windows Phone Preview for Developers gives developers and early adaptors access to prerelease builds of upcoming Windows Phone updates on dev phones - before the operating system update is generally available to consumers. With the update in hand early, Microsoft hopes that developers (and early adaptors) can use the time to exercise their code on the update and verify that the apps works as expected. That said, the new Windows Phone Preview for Developers is now distributing the previously mentioned GDR3 to enabled dev phones.

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RESIZED: Sonos announces the PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:06 CET under 01 - General News

Sonos today announced the upcoming launch of the Sonos PLAY:1, yet Sono's most compact and powerful wireless speaker, which allows - as all Sonos speakers - to stream all your favorite music to any room in the home, in high fidelity sound. The PLAY:1 is a smart speaker that features hardware and software designed by Sonos to ensure the best possible performance for the size. A custom-designed mid-woofer and tweeter deliver deep, rich and surprisingly big sound. With a powerful low-end and crisp mids and highs, new smart processing technology pushes Sonos' drivers further than ever before, minimizing distortion even at full volume. Plus, PLAY:1 projects a wide field of sound, delivering a great listening experience no matter where you are sitting in the room.

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ENHANCEMENT: Microsoft announces the Third Windows Phone 8 Update aka GDR3
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Microsoft announced today, there are new features and innovations that Microsoft is ready to deliver with its upcoming Windows Phone 8 Update 3, which will roll out to existing phones over the next several months. For the latest official Windows Phone 8 update, Microsoft said it had three main engineering goals in mind: Enabling incredible new Windows Phone devices, enhancing the platform with new capabilities for current users and partners and improving the overall quality. All this results in the GDR3 which comes with support for bigger and higher-resolution screens, more powerful hardware, Driving Mode, new accessibility features, improved Internet sharing and much more (see bellow).

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC One max Android 4.3 Phablet with HTC Sense 5.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today's announced HTC One max completes HTC's 2013 lineup of high-end Android smartphones and it's HTC's first phablet kind of smartphone. Powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, the One max will be released with Android 4.3 and the brand new and improved HTC Sense 5.5. The European One max supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/1900/2100 MHz as well as quadband LTE at 800/900/1800/2600 MHz. Other connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as MHL, DLNA and screen sharing via HTC Media Link HD and Miracast.

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OFFICIAL: THE HTC One gets Supersized with the Introduction of the HTC One max Android Phablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:22 CET under 04 - Android News

Long time rumored and often leaked, today HTC made the HTC One max finally official. Running on Android 4.3 and the brand new HTC Sense 5.5, the One max, which is said to be a "super-sized smartphone", is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU at 1.7 GHz. In terms of the supported bands, the HTC One max comes in a European, Asian and North American version. All three supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE while the European version supports triband UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/1900/2100 MHz with speeds up to 42 Mbps and quadband LTE at 800/900/1800/2600 MHz. The Asian version supports quadband UMTS/HSPA+ at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with speeds up to 42 Mbps and quadband LTE at 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz.

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Wednesday, 09.10.13
OFFICIAL: Samsung announces Galaxy Round - in Korea
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:50 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, Samsung just introduced the Galaxy Round, the world's first curved display smartphone, With this pioneering curved display technology, the Galaxy Round blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung Galaxy Round which equipped with a 5.7" Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9 mm thick and weighs 154 g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display. Coming with Android 4.3 and Samsung TouchWiz, the Galaxy Round is powered by 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, 3 GB of RAM and a a 2800 mAh battery. The rear camera has a 13 megapixel camera.

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Friday, 04.10.13
APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC One max - Launch can't be too far away now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 04 - Android News

While the HTC One max isn't anything new, it still needs to be officially announced by HTC. The Global Certification Forum was now so kind to confirm the existence of HTC's first Android "phablet" by making the approval information official. According to these information, the HTC One max will be a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device, supporting triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz as well as triband LTE at 800, 1800 and 2600 MHZ. Furthermore, the GCF documents unveiled that the HTC One max will support SIM lock, even if this doesn't mean that the device will be SIM locked (in all markets). Other than this, the Global Certification Forum isn't spilling any beans.

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