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Qualcomm to launch Snapdragon 410 Chipset based on 64-bit Architecture Next Year

Qualcomm to launch Snapdragon 410 Chipset based on 64-bit Architecture Next Year

After the successful launch of the very first 64-bit architecture in the iPhone 5, it seemed only a matter of time since the trend started to shift to other OEM’s as well. Thanks to Qaulcomm, we might just get a glimpse of these ultra powerful chipsets in the New Year. The company has unveiled their plans for coming up with the Snapdragon 410 chipset to feature the 64-bit architecture. The 28nm silicon chip would also be the first one to support 64-bit capable hardware also featuring an LTE “World Mode” that promises to support major brands and their frequencies for 4G (LTE), 3G, dual-SIM and triple-SIM (currently in the works).The Snapdragon 410 also features an Adreno 306 GPU, support for 1080p playback, camera resolutions up to 13 megapixels, and support for Qualcomm’s standard suite of radios for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and more. We could also see future devices coming out with more RAM thanks to the new 64-bit chipsets as currently the devices can only support up to 3GB. According to Qualcomm, the company is expected to start sampling the chips from the beginning of New Year and should (hopefully) be made available for consumer products sometime mid 2014. Stick around for more...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Leaked Android 4.3 Test Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Leaked Android 4.3 Test Firmware

  News for Android 4.3 for Samsung and HTC devices has been hovering around for quite some time. Earlier we gave you  the low down on Android 4.3 for the HTC One, now it seems to be the Samsung Galaxy S4’s turn. Thanks to our friends at SAMMOBILE we got our hands on the  Android 4.3 test firmware for the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). Samsung usually takes a while to release new versions of Android OS’s for its devices, as it has to update its Touch Wiz UX UI as well. According to our previous sources October is the confirmed month for the S4 getting the Android 4.3 update, so getting the test firmware right now will ease the wait for some people.  The full details of the test build are mentioned below.   Model: GT-I9505 Country: Open Europe Version: Android 4.3 Changelist: 1715731 Build date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:48:24 +0000 Product Code: OXA PDA: I9505XXUEMI8 CSC: I9505OXAEMI8 MODEM: I9505XXUEMI8 Download:I9505XXUEMI8_I9505OXAEMI8_I9505XXUEMI8_OXA.zip   The update brings with a lot of stability improvements, making it more lag free (not saying Android 4.2.2 was lagging much).  Samsung Knox makes its debut with the test firmware and seems to be working without and hitch. It is basically Samsung’s security software for protecting your device. Samsung Wallet is also present in the update but right now you can not use it.  A new feature called Reading Mode which optimizes the screen for reading purposes but currently it works for some apps only. There are some UI improvements as well, but the main change we found which was a bit surprising as well that the update has improved the color reproduction of the display quite a bit, which makes the text even more sharper. (Which means the 1080p Full HD display just got better). We DO NOT recommend you using the update on your device if you are not used to trying ROMS on your device. If you are interested then just click on the lick above to download the firmware. Do note though that this is just the test firmware and Samsung are still developing it so we may find more changes when it is full and...

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Google Launches Google Play Services

Google Launches Google Play Services

Google had promised at Google I/O earlier this year to launch developer services and  tools for the Google Play Store. They have lived up to their promise and now have launched Google Play Services v1.0. It is designed for those developers who want to integrate Google services into their Android apps, the platform is made up of two parts a services component that runs on the device and a thin client library that developers package with their apps. Some apps need to be update in order to utilize Google Play services.   These services are available for users who are using Android version  2.2 and later versions. Developers might have to be patient though as Google advises not to post any apps built using these new services to Google Play until the roll out is complete. Google warns that could take up to a week. Google Play gets updated automatically, but those who can not wait can download the Android SDK from the the Google Developers Site and the Android Developers Blog....

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NFC: Near Field Communication of Near Fail Communication?

NFC: Near Field Communication of Near Fail Communication?

You’ve probably heard of NFC, which of course stands for Near Field Communication. It’s basically a method of communication between smartphones (or between smartphones and… other things) which allows the user to simply bump their handset against a compatible device to exchange data. It’s all the rage in new handsets, with all the big manufacturers jumping onboard. Engadget reported that 30 million NFC phones shipped in 2011, and estimate that this number could reach 700 million by 2016. Currently, if you’re dying to get your hands on NFC technology, you can find it in handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the LG Optimus Vu. These are all pretty high-end handsets, but you don’t have to splash the cash to get your mitts on NFC; Nokia have released a few budget-ish phones with the technology included, such as the Nokia 700 and the Nokia 701. More recent handsets with the technology onboard include the HTC One X, the Sony Xperia Ion, and even budget models like the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. So, now that we know what it is and how to get our greedy hands on it, what’s it actually for? Well, other than the obvious ‘data exchange’ answer, one of the big ideas getting batted around is using NFC technology for instant payments. So rather than having to get your debit card out every time you want to pay for something, you’ll just be able to whip your phone out and scan it in, a little like the way Londoners use an Oyster card. This has been talked of for quite a while, but it’s beginning to look like the wheels are finally in motion to actually do something about it, in the form of Bump Pay. Bump Pay is a new app which allows users to type in the amount of money that they want to send to a friend and then simply ‘bump’ their handsets together to send it via Paypal. It’s only available on iOS at the moment, but it will no doubt be extended to Android in the near future. Bump say that their app is primarily designed to make paying friends back for small things – splitting dinners or paying for petrol money – simpler, faster, and easier. Bump Pay has already been downloaded by over 80 million users, which may well be an indication that NFC technology is set to take off when it gets going properly in the UK. However, whether it will get going properly in the UK is anyone’s guess. There’s been talk for months about installing NFC payment facilities in place around London in time for the 2012...

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Rock the party with Android’s Best Music Apps

Rock the party with Android’s Best Music Apps

Smart phones are not just mere cellphones which you use to call and text, They have transformed  into sleek and very powerful little computers in the palm of your hands. Smartphones have become a part of a person’s life, they are an alarm, a camera, a schedule keeper, a work machine. Smartphones also double up as one very helpful device, to pass the time on long journeys to work, or just for relaxing, and that is  being a music player. All you need to satisfy your love for music is an Android device and a good pocket music app (Killer headphones just make it all the better). All android users can find ear bursting music apps on the android market a.k.a Google Play.  HTC has really taken over the music department when its comes to crisp music, like their HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio. So, if you have any of the devices having  Dr. Dre’s Beats in it your sure in for a treat. In this article we give you a list of the the top music apps you can find in the market at the moment.   Winamp All those who are vintage music lovers who have connected their PC’s with 5 to 7 speakers to really enjoy the feel of the song, would do with the help of one of the oldest music players around. Any guesses? Well, if you guessed Winamp, then you sure love your music. It is now available for android, and can be easily downloaded from the Google Play store. The app comes in two versions “Winamp” and “Winamp Pro”. It is a great app which manages and syncs music from your phone to your PC in just one touch. A number of Live radio stations are also available from around the world. Winamp Pro is the paid “ad-free” version with some extra features like a customizable home screen, a 10- band graphic equalizer, Support for FLAC playback in folders, custom presets and a lot more. The paid app come for around $4.99, not bad considering the amount of features your getting. You can download this app from here – “Winamp”     Poweramp Music Player If you like a player which has a certain zing to it, then Poweramp Music Player is just the app for you. The android app has a very sleek black interface, with very fine finishing. It comes with one of the best equalizers in the Play store today, with loads of custom presets. The highlight of this app is its equalizer, a 10-band equalizer to be precise, with separate treble and bass adjustments. It also comes with a stereo expansion pack as well as mono mixing features. The...

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Super Extended Battery w/NFC

Super Extended Battery w/NFC

Seidio has always come up with innovative and useful accessories for phones and tablets alike, from covers to holsters to nifty portable chargers and docks. Earlier this year at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2012, Seidio released their Charging Vault, which was applauded by many critics. Now a days one of the major issues a person has when using a dual or a quad core smartphone is the battery life. Goes down from 100 to 20 in half a day with full usage, and this happens faster if you are using a 4G LTE enabled phone. Well, for that purpose a lot of companies started making more powerful batteries, but drawback was that the new batteries were not compatible. Seidio have outdone themselves again with the introduction of the new  Innocell 3800mAh batteries with built in NFC circuitry. The battery is made for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, and is available for U.S $75. According to a Seidio spokesperson:   When you can’t get to an outlet, our Innocell Super Extended Life Batteries will keep you moving forward. Our Extended Life Batteries utilize premium Japanese cells to ensure the highest levels of safety and performance. Super Extended Life Batteries can offer up to 100% more battery life than your stock battery.   We all know that 4G LTE network sucks on battery life like its no tomorrow, so this would be a BIG sigh of relief for people who are currently using Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus 4G. Seidio is sure not to stop with its inventions, lets see what they come up with for later this year....

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