11 hours ago

Japan Display ships first samples of 4K, 10.1-inch tablet LCDs


While smartphone screen sizes appear to be closing the gap between the mobile phone and tablet, larger handheld devices are further advancing screen technology and Japan Display is looking to add 4K to the mix. The company has announced a new 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a "4K2K" resolution (3840 x 2160). This would provide a super high-definition experience for tablet owners with a pixel density of 438ppi, comparable to premium smartphones.

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11 hours ago

Projector-toting Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 headed to China Mobile


Samsung's original Galaxy Beam, which incorporated a miniature pico projector, didn't make much of a splash when it launched globally back in 2012. But it seems Samsung's not done with this quirky smartphone design just yet, as a successor has today appeared on its Chinese site with support for the China Mobile network.

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11 hours ago

ARM anticipates 64-bit Android phones 'by Christmas'


'Big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products,' ARM EVP tells CNET

With announcements earlier this year from chipmakers NVIDIA and Qualcomm, there's clear momentum building behind 64-bit processors in mobile devices. And in an interview with CNET today, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy reveals it's recently seen a "big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products," with the potential for 64-bit Android products by the end of the year.

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12 hours ago

LG V400 and V700 tablets appear at FCC, likely updated G Pad models


LG got back into the Android tablet game in 2013 with the G Pad 8.3, a generally well-received aluminum-backed slate that eventually morphed into a Google Play edition device. Now we're seeing hints of future G Pads on the way, as tablets dubbed LG-V400 and V700 pass through the FCC.

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13 hours ago

Canadian HTC One M8 updated with Extreme Power Saving and camera tweaks


Following similar updates by some of the U.S. carriers, the first software upgrade for the HTC One M8 has started to arrive in Canada. We're seeing an update to version 1.55.631.4 on our Rogers M8, which adds the new power-saving feature alongside "camera and gallery feature enhancements."

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17 hours ago

KitKat update arriving on Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition via OTA


Although it hasn't made many headlines as of late, the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition is ready to make a big splash by getting its update to Android 4.4 KitKat today. The device was previously running Android 4.3, so the jump in software isn't dramatic, but the 550MB update certainly brings changes. The update changelog isn't all that descriptive either, but folks who have the update installed are noticing some graphical changes, and you'll of course also have access to the latest features included in Android 4.4 by default.

Reports of updates are coming from users with the Wifi version of the tablet in the U.S., so we can't confirm beyond that, but we think more than a few Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition owners will be happy with the update news. Be sure to head into the forums and compare experiences with other members who are receiving the update once you have it on your own device.

More: Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition forums; Thanks, John!

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21 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Yellow


The only rule here is the dominant color in the picture, and we can't wait to see your creativity.

We're back to a standard photo contest, building on a single topic that gives you a wide range of subject options that fit your style. This week's prompt is "yellow," so we're looking for pictures that are dominant in that color — beyond that, the choice of subject and style is up to you. We've done plenty of wide-open contests before with amazing results, so we can't wait to see the pictures that come in this week.

After a huge giveaway last week, we're settling back down to our usual setup of giving smaller prizes to more winners. This week, we're picking out three winning photos to each receive a $50 ShopAndroid gift card!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 29) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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21 hours ago

HTC One (M8) in red leaked, destined for Verizon


On Verizon and want the HTC One (M8)? You might want to wait a bit, especially if red is your favorite color. Earlier this month we reported that a red version of handset was rumored for Verizon. Looks like we have our first look at this special edition from leakster @evleaks.

You'll remember that the HTC One (M7) came in a variety of colors. It looks like the new HTC One is no exception. There are reports out there that red and blue versions are in the pipeline for the HTC One (M8). Up above is your first look at the red variant. It looks to be pretty similiar to the 'glamor red' HTC One from last year.

Anyone out there want this red HTC One?

Source: @evleaks

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21 hours ago

Rugged (and ugly) Kyocera Brigadier tipped for Verizon release


Verizon always seems to have a wide range of phones available for customers of all types, and that means having at least one good rugged and waterproof phone on the roster. The latest rumored to be coming to the carrier is the Kyocera Brigadier, a device that looks like its ready for whatever you throw at it. Kyocera is good at making these kinds of devices, and we wouldn't expect anything less than a phone that looks like this and can take a beating. According to info and a picture from @evleaks, we'll see the Brigadier coming to Verizon sometime this year.

Source: @evleaks

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21 hours ago

Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android

Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

We all play games for fun, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were other positive effects too? Global Gaming Initiative’s newly-released Sidekick Cycle has just such a goal. As a game, it’s a 2D bicycling game in which racers ride through impossible courses in order to collect coins and items. Sort of like iStunt 2 and other obstacle-course based games.

Like most mobile games, Sidekick Cycle is free to play. The difference here is that fifty percent of in-app purchases go towards the “Free Bikes 4 Kidz” charity based out of Minneapolis, MN. As you can probably tell, the charity buys bicycles for children in order to help them lead healthy lifestyles.

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