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Are Smartphones the New Credit Card? Where e-Commerce is Heading

While it may seem a little early to be talking about a smartphone as a form of currency, the reality is that new uses are being found for these devices every single day. As the user base of mobile phones increases, so do the number of apps aimed at this young and burgeoning market. It is now estimated that half of all American adults now own a smartphone.

In some cities, you can actually use your phone to purchase train or bus tickets on the go, showing your digital ticket stub to the driver as proof of payment. If you didn’t think that a mobile device could become as good as money, perhaps it’s time to rethink the usefulness of this popular technology. After all, we’re not just talking about some toy, we’re talking about a…

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Infographic: The smartphone market in 2013

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IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker provides quarterly information about the current state of the smartphone market. The data from last year’s fourth quarter just arrived, so is possible to take a look at the big picture. The following infographic shows the market share and shipments of the major smartphone operating systems of 2013.

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Nokia Normandy Android UI Leaks

Nokia Normandy UI

The rumor mill speculates that the folks at Nokia have an Android-powered smartphone in the works. Unofficially dubbed Nokia Normandy, the smartphone is set to bring a custom interface (like it happens with most smartphones developed by Android OEMs) and, courtesy of @evleaks we get to have a look at the UI of the aforementioned smartphone. Assuming the screenshots are […]


Samsung and Trek team up to take cycling into the next generation

We’ve noted some products at CES that were a bit out of the norm, but Samsung and Trek, an American bicycle manufacturer, have two prototypes on display this week that could be very useful to cyclists, integrating smartphones with bikes.

The two concept bikes demonstrate the possibilities such as being able to charge a smartphone, a Galaxy Note 3 specifically, while pedaling and through the Galaxy Note 3 mounted to the handlebar or from a Galaxy Gear on the cyclists wrist connected wirelessly to the bike frame-integrated sensor, the cyclist can track statistics such as speed, cadence and distance.

Samsung notes that being able to charge your smartphone just by peddling (not an entirely new concept though) enables you to enjoy long bike rides without worrying about your smartphone battery running low. That’s especially useful if you’re using GPS, maps and other apps.

Hopefully it won’t take too long for these concepts to become reality for consumers.

Phandroid got a look at this concept as you can see from their photo above.

via Samsung, Phandroid

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Sony ‘Sirius’ smartphone and ‘Castor’ tablet expected at Mobile World Congress

The flagship smartphone and tablet should debut in late February

CES 2014 is not even halfway in the books and yet we’re already looking ahead to the next big event. According to trusted leakmaster @evleaks, Sony is expected to debut its 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet at the annual conference.

The so-called Sony ”Sirius” smartphone will reportedly feature a Qualcomm MSM8974AB processor, a 5.2-inch 2,560×1,440 pixel display, 3GB RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with G Lens, and a 3,500mAh battery. Allegedly, the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat and we suspect it will boast the full suite of Sony apps and services. According to the source, Verizon will offer this particular model when it comes stateside.

As for the tablet, the Sony “Castor” will also feature the same processor and come in both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE versions. There’s no other specs to share at this point but we expect nothing short of incredible and powerful.

Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain starting on February 24 so there’s plenty of time left for more leaks and images to surface.

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12 Days of Giveaways: Pyle Audio BlueReach

Today marks the third day of our 12 Days of Giveaways promotion which sees us giving out all sorts of wonderful Android-related stuff. Okay, so there are some general smartphone-related things in the mix as well. Let’s get to it!

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Prize #1 Pyle Audio BlueReach, 6-pack smartphones coasters

First prize we’re offering up today is a brand new BlueReach from Pyle Audio. You can use this guy to turn any docking station into a Bluetooth-enabled device. You’ll be able to transform that old speaker system into something that can be controlled via your smartphone. Includes a 30-pin plug so you’ll also have compatibility with older iOS docking stations. Learn more about PyleAudio or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

The smartphone coasters come from newPCGadgets, a company who specializes in smartphone and tablet accessories. This 6-pack ensures you’ve got a spot for your Android no matter where you are, leaving a couple of extras to pass along as a gift! Learn more about newPCGadgets or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Prize #2 Kensington Absolute Power, iHome Earbuds w/ Mic

The second prize we’re hooking you up with is a Kensington Absolute Power and a pair of iHome Earbuds with Mic. The former is a highly portable little cube that provides you with a place to plug in your smartphone or gadget while the latter are a pair of earbuds with a microphone to take calls on your Android!

Learn more about Kensington or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Learn more about iHome or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Prize #3 iHome Earbuds w/ Mic

The earbuds feature a microphone to take calls on your Android and then put you back onto your favorite music or podcasts!

Learn more about iHome or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Daily Prizes

Oh… don’t forget we’re also giving out Google Play credits over the remainder of the month. On some days we’ll randomly pick someone to win $10, others will be $25 and higher!

How to Enter

We’re going to keep this short and simple. To enter today’s contest all you need to do is leave a comment below! We’ll let this run for 24 hours and then randomly select the winner(s).

Win Google Play Credits!

To enter to win one of the Google Play credits all you need to do is share the following on your social media platform of choice: “I want to win Google Play Credits, AndroidGuys! http://goo.gl/dGQhG6 #12DaysAndroid

Yes, you can share over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+. Yes, you can enter as often as you like.

Finer details

This post will be updated with the name(s) and we’ll reach out via the comments as well. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the 12 Days of Giveaways page where we’ll keep a running tally of prizes and winners.

Note that we’ll give each winner a 14 hour window to respond. Should the winner not reply in time, we’ll re-draw and announce a new name. Be sure to check back!

Here’s the rub: We’re limiting this contest to U.S. residents only. Yes, we know it sucks – we hate doing it. Also, you can only win one prize per household. If you happen to win a Google Play Credit as well, then so be it!

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LG Gx Announced: Snapdragon 600 CPU and LG G2?s Software Features

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The Korean phone maker has announced that a new smartphone has been added to their portfolio: the LG Gx, a handset that is borrowing the software features of the LG G2, but that has the hardware platform of an early 2013 high-end smartphone. Even though the LG Gx didn’t became the most powerful smartphone on […]


Lenmar Rise Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker review

Have you ever been to someone’s house, sitting around and talking…maybe playing cards or a board game? You know, just really enjoying yourself. All of a sudden somebody gets the wise idea to start playing music through their smartphone.  What a mood killer!

No matter how good your speakers or where they are located on the smartphone, it’s a shrill and terrible experience. Nobody wants to hear your Slow Jamz playlist on that thing!

The next time someone goes to pull a stunt like this, cut them off and break out something like the Lenmar Rise.

Packed in an almost cube-like form factor, the Rise is a portable Bluetooth speaker that provides a much clearer sound experience than that of your smartphone. What’s more, it pulls double-duty as a speakerphone for your calls and looks right at home on any desk or night stand.

Sound is about as clear as you might expect for something of this size however bass and mid-range stuff was not robust as we would have liked. Keeping in mind its overall size we were okay with volume levels and quality for podcasts, spoken audio, audiobooks, and phone calls. Switch over to Daft Punk, however, and you’ll get a loud and clear sound with not-so-awesome lows.


Internally, the Lenmar Rise offers a 700mAh battery (mini-USB) that provides up to 8 hours of usage. Results vary, of course, based on volume levels and frequency of use however we were impressed with the overall standby and usage. Suffice it to say, a charge every few days is all that’s necessary for the average person.

All of the standard playback toggles and controls are present on the Rise; volume, track advance, play, and pause buttons sit above the aux-in, power, and microphone. To turn on the speaker you simply make it rise or expand.

The Lenmar speaker is lightweight and portable but doesn’t come across as cheaply made. We liked the LED indicator light for charging and Bluetooth as much as we did the finish and design.

  • Connects to any Bluetooth v3.0 enabled device for wire-free use
  • Built-in lithium-polymer rechargeable battery allows for ultimate portability
  • Unit doubles as mobile phone hands free microphone & speaker-phone
  • Ultra-portable and compact design for home and office with closeable cover
  • LED indicator provides charging status, full charger, and Bluetooth ready signal
  • Speaker can still be plugged into any music playing device

Pricing for the Lenmar Rise is listed at $79.99 through Lenmar’s website, much more than we might be willing to pay. Scoop one up for about $50 or less and you’re doing alright for yourself. We noticed that Amazon has the speaker listed at $39.99 as of today and feel like this is more than a fair deal.

This speaker works best in an office or kitchens setting or places where you might want a fuller, louder sound. Along those lines, it makes for a great gift for kids who want to plug in their portable gaming devices or MP3 players. Both black and white models would look great on Junior’s night stand. Heck, keep it in a safe place and put it front and center on the game table next Friday night.

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LG G Flex Gets 33,336 Points in AnTuTu, Has a 720p Screen

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It’s well known that LG is planning to launch a curved smartphone that aims to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Round. Well, the smartphone already leaked on web a couple of times and it was even caught on camera a couple of days ago. You can see the LG G Felx in action here. Unlike Samsung’s […]


Vivo’s Xplay3S smartphone has something you ‘desperately need’: A 2,560 x 1,440 display


So you just bought a new smartphone with a beautiful 1080p display. Looks nice doesn’t it? Chinese manufacturer, Vivo, doesn’t think it’s good enough and they know you are yearning for something better. How does a 2,560 x 1,440 display strike your fancy? That’s exactly what Vivo is teasing with their upcoming Xplay3S smartphone. That’s a 2K display, and many will argue that it’s so unnecessary, including me. To be honest, I don’t think the average consumer can tell the difference between 720p (1280 x 720) and 1080p (1920 x 1080) on a smartphone, so will they care about 2,560 x 1,440?

Yes, the spec war is really starting to get a little ridiculous, but there are always people who want to say they have the “best”. I, on the other hand, think what Motorola is doing with the Moto X is refreshing: Give users a great experience with features that are useful. In the end, I can’t blame Vivo, they are just trying to be the first because you know that Samsung, LG, and HTC aren’t far behind from offering something similar.

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