Pantech's latest secret has just been revealed in the form of this 5.6-inch smartphone that's packing similar gear to the company's Secret Note. Like its predecessor, the new Vega Secret Up boasts a fingerprint sensor, LTE-Advanced data connection and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Based on the slightly lesser specs, however, it sounds like a less costly version of its older sibling, ditching the stylus and sporting half (16GB) of the internal storage and 2GB, instead of 3GB, of RAM. Inside the device, which works on WCDMA/GSM bands, you'll find the same 2.3GHz MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chip and a 3,150 mAh battery. The company won't divulge pricing or availability, but we imagine it'll come in under the price of the Vega Note, which goes for $839 in South Korea.
Action Launcher's capabilities have grown considerably since we saw it last. For starters, the Android launcher's new Quickpage does for the home screen what Quickdrawer did for the app drawer, and gives speedy access to a custom home screen card with a swipe. The other major new addition is a feature called 1-Swipe that gives you access to both Quickdrawer and Quickpage with, you guessed it, one brush of your finger. Simply swipe to the left or the right to layer the Quickpage or Quickdrawer cards, respectively, over any another app you're using. Developer Chris Lacy says you can use this alongside other launchers, too. The news doesn't stop there because version 2.0 also adds KitKat-specific tweaks like its new-look folders and translucent status and nav bars. If you want to try the app out before parting with $2 -- its temporary 50 percent off sale price -- there's a free version (missing a few features, naturally) waiting in the Play store for you.Android Central
China Mobile has finally found a mutual ground with Apple, having signed a deal to sell iPhones in the world’s most populous country, and second-largest economy for that matter. The deal will see Apple tapping China Mobile’s vast customer base, counting north of 700 million users.
The Wall Street Journal believes the iPhone will be officially launched on December 18th when the carrier is scheduled to announce its new 4G service.
Up until this point, Apple fanboys had to turn to smaller rivals, China Unicom and China Telecom, to get the iPhone. Or buy it unlocked elsewhere and then use it with a network of their choice (without 3G on China Mobile, unfortunately). By going to bed with China Mobile, Apple is opening a new frontier for growth, one that gives it access to millions of customers that were beyond its reach before. And yes, the company is placing the foundation for another record-breaking quarter…
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The Bluetooth SIG announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. Bluetooth 4.1 is described as an evolutionary update made to improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE, bulk data exchange rates, and aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously. The new release also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections, extending Bluetooth technology’s role as the “essential wireless link for the IoT.”
Usability updates come in three areas: coexistence (works seamlessly and cooperatively with LTE), better connections (makes the reconnection time interval flexible and variable), and improved data transfer.
Bluetooth 4.1 also allows devices to act as both a Bluetooth Smart peripheral and a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub at the same time. For example, a smart watch acts as a hub gathering information from a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor while simultaneously acting as a peripheral to a smartphone – displaying new message notifications from the phone.
Finally, Bluetooth got updates that make it possible for Bluetooth Smart sensors to use IPv6, giving developers and OEMs the “flexibility they need to ensure connectivity and compatibility.”
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Looks like HTC won’t stop experimenting with red color anytime soon. After the red, the Taiwanese company is gearing towards launching the same-colored HTC One Max. Such device will soon be offered by Taiwanese mobile operator FarEasTone Telecommunications, which will also sell red variants of the 601, Butterfly and Desire Q.
HTC still hasn’t officially confirmed the news, but FarEasTone’s promo materials look legit enough. It’s unclear, however, whether the red One Max will also be released in other places around the globe. The chances are HTC will either launch the red phablet soon or wait for the Valentine’s Day when such-colored devices make a lot of sense.
In any case, aside from a fresh paint job, this remains the same One Max under the hood, with specs that include a 5.9-inch full HD screen, Ultrapixel camera on the back, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM, a ton of built-in storage, and so on.