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The next generation Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone has already been leaked in photos from the wild. The smartphone, which looks very similar to many existing Galaxy smartphones, but with metal bands around, will be both thin and light. But if you were expecting a high end smartphone, you will be disappointed to know that this is just a mid range smartphone with a 5 inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400, 13 MP camera, 16 MP internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The smartphone will be known as the Samsung Galaxy A5.

Source: GSM Arena

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HTC moved their Galley app to the Play Store sometime back. And ever since then, there have been many updates to the app. There was one recently, to the Gallery app for the One M8, the J Butterfly 2, and the Butterfly 2. The official update note is as follows:

  1. New feature for HTC One (M8), HTC J Butterfly 2 and HTC Butterfly 2

– New Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder

– New typography in Seasons edit mode

  1. Improvements

The duo effects is what is the most interesting of all. If you have one of the three devices which got the update, do try it out.

Source: The Droid Guy

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Nvidia released their Shield tablet back in July, with a big bang. The gaming tablet, anyway, came with just one connectivity option, Wi Fi. And we all know that is not going to be enough. So, the company decided to come with a 4G LTE version and announced recently that will start taking pre orders for the LTE version from Tuesday, today, and that it will start shipping on Sep. 30th. So the LTE version will cost you $399, $100 more than the Wi Fi version. The tablet is available through AT&T as well, for $299 with a two year contract. The choice is yours.

Source: Giga Om

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Sony has released  a new entry level Xperia smartphone, the Sony Xperia E3. The devices comes with a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. That puts the pixels density at 218 pixels per inch, which is not too much. Next, it comes with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 5 MP rear camera, and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. So what’s so unique in this? Well, the smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity, that too Cat 4 speeds, which is just awesome for a smartphone with that spec sheet. And to run the show, it has a 2330 mAh battery.

Source: Phone Report

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Lift Labs is doing something really good for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Or for people who carry tremors wherever they go. One of the products of the company is a spoon, which vibrates when you have food in it and are struggling to lift it, so that there is an anti effect and the food is not spilled. This is a great application and is going to help a lot of people. Now, Google has acquired this company for an undisclosed amount. It is to see how the company will make use of this technology.

Source: Ubergizmo

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Now that the South Korea based smartphone giant has come with a semi metal smartphone, there are so many rumors out of the rumor mill which suggests that a completely new series of smartphones are coming out of Samsung, the A series. This series is going to contain both high end and mid range smartphones. But the attention here is to maintain the premium status, with all metal (Aluminium and other alloys) pretty soon. The first phone tipped is the Samsung SM-A500. There is nothing official about this whole thing. So all we can do is wait.

Source: VR Zone

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Google showed off its awesome Project Tango 7 inch tablet which could do some really awesome stuff using 3D imagery. Even though we have seen several examples of the abilities of the tablet, we have not yet heard anything about a commercial version of it. This may change soon, if we go by the FCC listing spotted recently. The listing names an LG made device with an LG battery and Nvidia Tegra SoC, and orchestrated by Google. Well, this could be the one, but we still have to wait for some time for more rumors to pour in.

Source: The Droid Guy

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After making its way to phones, watches, tablets, TVs, watches, and more, Android has come to hats. Yes, industrial grade hard hats. A Los Angeles based smartup, called Daqri, has come up with a hard hat which runs on Android, and has a heads-up display which uses augmented reality to show information about different systems in an industry. If used properly, this is going to be like a scene out of a sci fi movie. The hat also has the ability to connect with smartphones and watches as well, if need be. The hat will come out to the market soon.

Source: Engadget

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If you have a Nexus 5, and it is damaged, like a shattered screen, then here is some good news for you. If the rumors are to be trusted, the search engine giant, Google, and smartphone giant, LG, are planning on a policy which will let you get a one time replacement for your Nexus 5. Both HTC and Motorola had such policies some time back. But then again, there are some terms and conditions for this. So don’t go around trying to break your Nexus 5, before you go through the T&C.

Source: Ubergizmo

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BlackBerry is back with a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport, there is the BlackBerry Classic as well. The company is going to try its luck again in the smartphone market with the good old QWERTY keypad, one of the best features of the old BlackBerries. The company is going to release the two smartphones in India in a few months, a market where the company still has one of the highest market shares in the world. The Canada based smartphone giant has also stated that it is going to keep its physical store open, and not push the sales completely to online stores. The release date and the price have not yet been confirmed.

Source: Mobile Tor