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Monday, 25.11.13
ANNOUNCED: Samsung unveils the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2, a device that is said to offer an optimal large-screen experience on a portable, compact smartphone. This evolution of the Galaxy Grand series brings meaningful upgrades to its predecessor including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, and many other intuitive features. Running Android 4.3, the Galaxy Grand 2 is powered by a quad-core CPU at 1.2 GHz. It features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSPA+; right next to WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It brings an incredible smartphone viewing experience with a 5.25" screen with 720p HD and a 8 megapixel autofocus main camera as well as a front facing 1.9 megapixel HD camera.

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INEXPENSIVE: HTC announces HTC One Gold Edition - Goes Massmarket at a reasonable Price
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 04 - Android News

Remember the 18ct special HTC One Gold edition? Looks like HTC liked it but decided to go more mainstream by keeping the color but replacing the 18ct gold with aluminum. As announced today, HTC will launch an HTC One Gold edition right before Christmas. The specs will stay unchanged, never change a winning team. Therefore it's running on Android 4.3 and is still powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7 GHz. The One supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz. Also on board are NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and WiFi a/ac/b/g/n. The Gold One comes with 32 GB flash memory and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. The Super-LCD 3 Full HD touchscreen measures 4.7" and has 468 PPI.

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Friday, 22.11.13
PREORDER: Jolla sends Invitations to complete Jolla Smartphone Preorders - Shipping expected for December [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following yesterday's news on Twitter that Jolla is preparing shipments of the pre-booking campaign of the company's first Sailfish OS smartphone from wave 1 and wave 2, users are now receiving the expected E-Mail which details the process. According to this E-Mail, also the::unwired received, Jolla is "pleased to inform all its Jolla pre-booking customers that they will soon receive instructions on how to complete their order via Jolla's webshop" and continues that upon completing the order, customers will receive more information about shipping and delivery. As a matter of fact, starting from November 22, invitations will be sent "to enter the webshop where the purchase can be completed".

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IMPROVED: Google updates Chromecast for Android App - Makes Configuration Easier
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

Are you one of the owners and users of Google Chromecast HDMI stick and use with your Android smartphone or tablet? If so, you should check out the recently updated Chromecast Android app. Not that it became anything more useful, it's still the configuration app for the Chromecast HDMI stick, which allows to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV by plugging it into any HDTV. And as said, the Android companion app is the one to set up the Chromecast to work with a WiFi network and manage the Chromecast settings (such as changing the device name, WiFi password, etc.). However, the recent update is easing navigation, improves time zone display, displays the Chromecast MAC address and fixes a crash when launching device settings screen.

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OPTIMIZED: Google Play now showing a "Designed for Tablets" Category
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 04 - Android News

As Google announced yesterday via its Google+ Android Developers profile, it began to roll-out some previously announced changes for the Google Play store that are said to make it even easier for tablet users to discover great apps and games - designed and optimized for Android tablets. However, unlike Google has integrated it on Google TV, where users only see for Google TV developed apps, in this case Google is first presenting tablet optimized apps by showing tablet users a "Designed for tablets" section as the default view in top lists. This is said to better highlight the apps and games that look great on tablets but users are still able to switch the view so they can see all apps or games if they choose.

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