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Contrary to what the execs told us back in September last year, BenQ has now decided that it should re-enter the smartphone business, and it’s done so in Taiwan with two affordable quad-core models: the recently-launched, MediaTek MT6589-powered F3 (picture left), and the Snapdragon MSM8225Q-powered A3 from early November. Both 1.2GHz devices feature a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a 2-megapixel front camera and a similar battery (2,100mAh for the F3 and 2,000mAh for the A3). Apart from the appearance, the main difference between the two is the camera: the higher-end and better-looking F3 has a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main imager with HDR and zero shutter delay, whereas the A3 only has an 8-megapixel counterpart.
The F3 is already available in Taiwan for NT$ 7,990 (about US$ 270) off-contract, and the A3 goes for NT$ 5,990 (about US$ 200). There’s no word on global expansion just yet, but hey, BenQ, how about bringing your expertise in luxury lamps to your next smartphone?
Via: ePrice (Chinese)
Misfit Wearables releases Shine Android app, outfits Bluetooth 4.0 devices with activity-tracking prowess
Until now, the dapper stylings of Misfit Wearables’ Shine activity tracker have eluded the Android faithful for logging steps, calories and sleep. The outfit has announced a version of the Shine app for devices running Google’s OS (4.3 and later) that also sport Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to be used alongside the aluminum-clad gadget. This bit of software allows users to sync the $ 120 clip-on wearable, set goals and monitor visual summaries of their progress. Now that Misfit’s mobile software is no longer iOS only, the holiday shopping list for those looking to quantify daily routines just got a bit more crowded.
Source: Misfit Wearables
LG G2 owners may have to wait a while to get the Android 4.4 KitKat software that their Nexus 5-toting counterparts already enjoy. A spokesperson for the company’s Canadian branch informs MobileSyrup that the G2 should get its KitKat upgrade late in the first quarter of 2014 — in other words, March. While that will disappoint early adopters, LG does note that every local carrier will receive the update at about the same time. Whether or not Americans will see the new OS any sooner is another matter. We’ve asked the company about its US upgrade schedule, and we’ll let you know if it can provide some details.
NVIDIA is redoubling its efforts to push its SHIELD portable Android console, kicking off a Black Friday weekend deal that trims another $ 50 off the cost of the handheld. The Tegra 4 powered clamshell – which allows for standalone play, as well as streaming gameplay from a PC with GeForce graphics – will be eligible […]
You likely won’t know Germany’s Gigaset unless you’ve bought one of its cordless phones, but you may want to take notice now that the company is launching its first tablets. Both the 8-inch QV830 and 10-inch QV1030 have relatively upscale aluminum shells and run stock Android 4.2, all the while targeting very different audiences. The QV1030 is the high-speed flagship with a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 2,560 x 1,600 display, 16GB of expandable storage and both 8-megapixel rear as well as 1.2-megapixel front cameras. The QV830 aims at a more frugal crowd with its 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, 1,024 x 768 screen, 8GB of expandable storage, 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front shooter. Both slates should reach Germany in early December, starting at €199 ($ 271) for the QV830 and jumping to €369 ($ 502) for the QV1030. There’s no word of an American launch, although we’re not counting on it when Gigaset doesn’t have much of a footprint in the US.
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If you own the HTC One Google Play Edition smartphone, some good news has started to turn up that you will be interested in. Reports are indicting that HTC One Google Play edition owners have begun to receive a 320MB OTD software update. Reports indicate the software update is bringing the device Android 4.4 KitKat. […]
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
Want a better camera on your Android device? Google does, too.
For that reason, the company has overhauled the mobile OS’s plumbing. Google has built deep into Android support for two higher-end photography features, raw image formats and burst mode, and could expose those features so programmers could tap into them, the company said.
Evidence of raw and burst-mode photos in the Android source code earlier in November, but Google has now commented on the technology. Specifically, spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the support is now present in Android’s hardware abstraction layer (HAL), the part of the operating system that handles communications with a mobile device’s actual hardware.
“Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography,” Scigliano said. “We will expose a developer API [application programming interface] in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality.”
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