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XLTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 now available from Verizon

By Dustin Earley

Some two months after being officially unveiled by Samsung, Verizon has announced today that the 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available now through Big Red with access to its new XLTE network.

We reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a couple weeks back and found it to be one of the better Android tablets you can buy at the high-end of the pricing spectrum. Specs-wise, the Tab S 10.5 comes with a 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display, front and rear-facing cameras, 16GB of expandable storage, a 7900mAh battery, Android 4.4 and access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, including XLTE.

Verizon will be selling the tablet for either $499 on a two-year contract or $599 without. The original WiFi-enabled Tab S 10.5 comes in at $499, so you’re paying $100 more for the addition of LTE. Not bad for those that need it.

If you’re in the market for a high-end Android tablet and want to use it on Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is going to be your best bet. Check out our full review for more information on the Tab S 10.5.

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Source:: androidandme


Got your credit cards ready? Nexus 9 rumor gives us an October launch date

By Nick Gray

Are you ready to buy the HTC Nexus 9? The latest rumor claims that the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will be unveiled on October 16. Google Play and brick and mortar retail availability details are still unknown, but we suspect the tablet will go on sale shortly after Google shows it off to the world. The 2012 Nexus 7 made it into customers’ hands roughly two weeks after it was unveiled and the 2013 model started shipping six days after Google’s launch event.

Based on multiple rumors, the HTC Nexus 9 is expected to feature an 8.9-inch display, LTE support, 64-bit Tegra processor, 4GB of RAM, NFC, 1.6-megapixel font-facing camera and an 8-megapixel main camera. Most of us know the spec list by heart already, but we have no clue what the HTC Nexus 9 tablet will look like. We did get a sneak peek at the Nexus 9 keyboard cover earlier this week, but HTC and Google have somehow managed to keep the design of the tablet under wraps. The initial HTC Nexus tablets claimed that it would be positioned as a premium device, so we won’t be shocked if HTC incorporates design elements and materials from the HTC One (M8).

Are you ready for a new Nexus tablet?

Anonymous tipster: The HTC Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October…

— Paul O’Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014

Same source: Announcement rather than launch of the HTC Nexus 9 on 16th October. 8.9″ (of course!)

— Paul O’Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014

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Source:: androidandme


Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices with its processors inside

By Dustin Earley

Qualcomm is, without a doubt, one of the world’s leading mobile chip manufacturers. It seems like just about every flagship Android device launched inside the US is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon. So just how many devices have been shipped running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor?

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf made the announcement today at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference in San Francisco that Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices running Snapdragon processors. If you think back over the years, Qualcomm’s road to 1 billion devices shipped was no easy path. Qualcomm has faced some tough competition, battling everyone from Intel, to TI, Samsung and MediaTek to put its chips inside the next big Android phone.

With Qualcomm having now set its sights on the low-end market, there’s good reason to believe the next billion Android devices shipped will come up faster than you think. Long live the king.

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Source:: androidandme


Leo’s Fortune now just $2.99, 40% off original price

By Andrew Grush

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After finding critical success on Apple devices, Leo’s Fortune arrived to Android back in July bringing elegant gameplay, high-production value and beautiful design. For those that haven’t tried the game out, now could be the perfect time to give it a chance. Today the game’s developer (1337 & Senri LLC) announced they were slashing the price down by 40%, which sees the price drop from $4.99 to $2.99.

If you’re wondering about the storyline, there isn’t much of one, but it’s still a very charming game. The main character is Leo, a mustached ball who has lost his fortune and must go through 20 levels to pick up as much of it as possible. There’s also plenty of puzzles and special challenges along the way.

To grab the game at its new, cheaper price — you’ll want to head on over to Google Play!

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Source:: android authority


The new Moto X will not be available on the Sprint network

By Evan Selleck

While the Moto X had some exclusive aspects to its launch in 2013, eventually it became available for all of the major wireless networks. The safe bet before the announcement of the new Moto X this year would have been the same thing would be the case this time around, but it looks like that might not be the case after all.

According to the official Motorola Mobility Twitter account, replying to a question from a Twitter user regarding a launch date for the new Moto X for Sprint, that won’t be happening. The tweet is pretty straightforward in its message: “The new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.” So, just like that, any hopes that Sprint subscribers would be able to get their hands on the new hero device from Motorola have been dashed.

@griffithgg The new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network. Thanks for checking in.

— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) September 17, 2014

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be the case. It does mean, though, for right now it looks like there aren’t any plans to bring the device to the Now Network. And, as it stands, the only pair of carriers to announce support for the new handset are AT&T and Verizon. Technically speaking, though, the 4G LTE-connectivity will work on T-Mobile as well in the GSM unlocked variant.

Are you a Sprint customer that was hoping to get a new Moto X?

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Source:: androidandme


Sprint customers will not be able to get the new Moto X

By William Neilson Jr

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Last week, Motorola introduced their newest flagship device, the new Moto X. The Motorola website however did not offer details about the price tag or where you could go to place an order.

Since then, AT&T has been accepting Moto X pre-orders with the device shipping to customers starting on September 23rd and being available in AT&T stores beginning September 26th. Rumors also exist about Verizon releasing the Moto X on September 25th.

It was assumed that US Cellular and Sprint were closely behind both AT&T and Verizon with a release date for the Moto X. But according to GigaOM and Motorola Mobility, Sprint will not be selling the Moto X at all. Last year, Moto X was available for Sprint. GigaOM notes the possibility of Motorola being upset at Sprint for the issues that Motorola had with last year’s Moto X and Sprint’s Spark network.

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Source:: android authority


Galaxy S5 and Note 4 reportedly getting Android L in late November or early December

By Andrew Grush

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Historically Samsung hasn’t exactly been lighting fast with updates, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that its devices don’t just run stock Android, they run Android with TouchWiz on top. Preparing and testing a custom build like this takes extra time, or so that’s usually the given excuse.

With Android L, Google released a developer preview months ahead of the expected final release and many believed this could be the beginning of changes that could see OEMs push out updates quicker. For those curious when Samsung might roll out Android L to its 2014 flagships (Galaxy S5 and Note 4), a new report from SamMobile claims it could be coming towards the end of November or early December.

Most of the rumors suggest that the final build of Android L should debut sometime in early October, likely alongside the HTC Nexus 9, and so that makes Samsung’s supposed timeframe reasonably speedy — if it’s accurate. SamMobile says that the news comes from their “insiders” but even if this timeline is legit, delays happen and this could simply be when unlocked versions will see the update with carriers getting it much later.

Either way, we’d say there’s a good chance that at least the Note 4 and Galaxy S5 will see Android L this year, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet.

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Source:: android authority


OnePlus One will be available through a pre-order system from October

By Bogdan Petrovan

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OnePlus announced on its blog that it’s going to adopt a pre-order system for the OnePlus One starting in late October. This is the official confirmation of the estimation offered by OnePlus reps during a Reddit AMA session in August.

In the blog post, Carl Pei, director of OnePlus Global, reiterates the reasons the company opted for an invite system, which Pei calls a “blessing.” The system, Pei says, allowed OnePlus to minimize inventory risks that could jeopardize the entire company if not addressed.

Currently, OnePlus only manufactures devices it has solid orders for, and that has its advantages. But the invite system has also caused a great deal of frustration among customers and has probably cost OnePlus countless potential orders.

Now OnePlus plans to open orders for the One in late October, for a limited time. While supplies last, the device will ship immediately. After supplies run out, customers will be able to pre-order, with shipping times depending on demand. There won’t be a limit on how many devices can be ordered during this window.

While Pei doesn’t specify it, it looks like OnePlus will keep the invite system going forward.

The pre-order system appears to be another method of cutting risks – by having orders concentrated in a short time window, OnePlus can plan production batches without risking accumulating costly inventory. Sure, in an ideal world, would-be OnePlus One buyers should not have to worry about invites and limited-time order periods. But that’s the price one must pay for getting a high-end phone at a mid-range price.

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Source:: android authority


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Source:: android authority


OnePlus One pre-order system coming in late October

By Sean Riley

Despite some unfortunate PR here and there, the OnePlus One has been a hot device this summer due to the inexpensive price of the relatively high-end hardware. Perhaps contributing to some of the OnePlus One mania (within a certain subset of Android users anyway) was the scarcity of the device: the only way to purchase it was by receiving an invite.

Despite the recent news that their StyleSwap cover plans have been scrapped, things are apparently looking up for OnePlus, as they are finally prepared to open the floodgates (a bit) in late October by moving to a pre-order system. Interestingly, the invite system will remain in place and allow you to line jump those that have placed a pre-order, so the bitter complaining about invites will persist a bit.

As with all things OnePlus, this isn’t exactly a normal pre-order system in that they won’t just continuously accept pre-orders. Instead, there will be windows of opportunity for you to make a pre-order and if you get in early on that window, you will likely have a device shipping almost immediately. Those that hit later in the pre-order window will receive an estimated ship date before they actually submit their payment.

I don’t think there’s any question that OnePlus are producing this hardware on slim margins, which necessitates having guaranteed sales before producing more phones, but at the same time these convoluted ordering systems do feel like a sales tactic. But hey ,it does seem to be working for them, so I can’t really fault them for continuing with it.

At this point the real problem for them is likely to be the new options available by the end of October/November, and in particular a new Nexus phone that would be targeting a similar demographic.

Are any of you still looking to get your hands on a OnePlus One? If so, what do you think of the pre-order system?

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Source:: androidandme