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Tuesday, 10.12.13
UNVEILED: LG announces the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, LG announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 will be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet. Google's first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android 4.4, KitKat. It's powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU and features WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz, NFC (Android Beam) and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. It comes, as the name indicates, with a 8.3" Full HD IPS WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixel) touchscreen, 16 GB eMMC flash memory and 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM. On the back, it has a 5.0 megapixel, and on the front a 1.3 megapixel camera. The battery has a capacity of 4,600 mAh and all this measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weights 338g.

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ENHANCED: Google announces new Google Chromecast Apps for the Holidays
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Following yesterday's news that Google might work on a new "Nexus TV" set-top box and my remark, that Google's Chromecast is less successful but at the moment only something for the tech savvies, Google today announced that new apps available for Chromecast. Beginning today, Chromecast owners can enjoy action sports, news, music videos and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod. But Google hasn't added online services only but users can also cast personal media straight to the TV using Plex, Avia or RealPlayer Cloud apps. To start casting from these apps, the latest versions for Android or iOS needs to be installed; these apps will be rolling out over the next few days.

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Monday, 09.12.13
RUMOR: Google said to Work on a Nexus TV Set-top Box
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 04 - Android News

As successful as Google is in many areas, the Internet giant has still not archived to seriously get its foot into the living room. Sure, we have seen Google TV and the Google Chromecast, but while the first one was everything but successful, the second one gained some attractiveness by tech savvies. Nevertheless, mass market looks different and Google isn't interested in niche products anymore - that's clear - but it looks for a dominance in the areas it offers its products. Too bad that just Microsoft and Sony dominate the living rooms with its Xboxes and PlayStations. However, according to a recent report by "The Information", Google is said to have another try - this time with another Android-based set-top box expected to be called "Nexus TV".

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MUSIC: Nokia announces the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headset with NFC and Windows Phone Live Tile Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 01 - General News

Following countless rumors prior the Nokia World, today Nokia announced the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth stereo headset. Nokia-typical and quite common for Bluetooth audio accessory in general, the Nokia BH-121 is NFC-enabled which means its instantly connect with an NFC-enabled smartphone. It even supports multi-point connections which allows to connect two devices. The BH-121 comes with noise blocking in-ear headphones and incorporates a standard 3.5 mm audio connector which allows to attach any favorite headphones (or speakers) by still allowing the use of the BH-121's controls. The BH-121 supports the HFP/HSP and A2DP/AVRCP profiles but unfortunately no word about the support of aptX codec.

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Friday, 06.12.13
OFFER: No Contract, No Problem - HTC America to directly offer the HTC One Financed by way of Credit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 04 - Android News

While unsubsidized mobile phones and smartphones are pretty common in other regions of the world, it still looks like U.S. Americans are pretty much sold to its carriers, instead of going carrier-free. As a matter of fact, and I know it from my own experiences, it's pretty hard in the U.S. to get a SIM card sans device. Nevertheless, as said it's common in other parts of the world to go contract free. For instance have we "O2 My Handy" (handy is the "German term for mobile phone) here in Germany which works independent from a mobile phone contract and which allows you to purchase a mobile phone which is financed by way of credit. This means you pay upfront a small amount and the rest 24 months equally.

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