LG G Pad 8.3

LG this morning (OK, Saturday evening in much of the world) has announced the already sort-of announced G Pad 8.3 Android tablet.

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HTC just can’t seem to catch a break. A handful of HTC’s design team resigned form their jobs this week after claiming their mid-year bonuses. The group of designers is in the process of setting up their own mobile design firm in China under the name ”Xiaoyu.” Those leaving the company …


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Android Central member GMC MaXx writes in our Moto X forums (via the Android Central app, no less):

Not pushing a button to see the time doesn't seem like a big deal, but holy cow, it's awesome!

On my Galaxy Nexus I would push the button countless times a day just to see if I missed any notifications or to check the time. Now when I pull the Moto X out of my pocket the time and any notifications are already shown without hitting a button to turn on the screen. And I don't have to hit a button to turn the screen off before going back in the pocket.

Also, when the phone is sitting on my desk I just give it a nudge and the screen shows me the time. Its such a minor thing, but makes a world of difference in the awesomeness of the Moto X!

We're inclined to agree. It really does change the way you use a phone — even more than that other phone screen gimmick we're toying around with.

    






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Latest leaks suggest the name and an alternative color scheme for Sony's rumored camera attachment

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We're just a few days out from Sony's September 4 press conference in Berlin at IFA 2013, and the rumored 'Lens Camera' has leaked again. This time with a name and an alternative color scheme for the device. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors suggests that the naming will combine smartphone and Cybershot, and the device will launch as the Sony Smart Shot. Not too crazy all things considered. 

We're also now seeing for the first time this white and gold version. Until now we'd only seen leaks of a black device, and while a white version was perhaps to be expected, how about gold? Would be a perfect match for that rumored gold iPhone 5S. 

In any case, we're live from Berlin all next week so if this does appear as the Smart Shot, or indeed anything else, we'll be there to bring you every little bit of it. 

Source: SonyAlphaRumors via Xperia Blog

    






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Three UK inventory

Sony Xperia Z1 also expected for Sept. 24th launch

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We were already all but certain that the Galaxy Note 3 would make its debut at Samsung's IFA 2013 presentation, and a leaked carrier inventory system screen shows us Samsung doesn't have much longer to announce the device. The image you see above, given to Engadget, is purportedly from carrier Three UK and shows the upcoming releases for a few different devices including the Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 (aka "Honami").

The Note 3 is pegged for September 16th, with the Xperia Z1 coming right after on September 24th. We can't be sure that the release dates will be these exact days for all carriers and regions, but given that we dive right into IFA next week and a major UK carrier is ready to sell the phones quickly thereafter, we have to assume they'll be on sale quickly.

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Pebble watch

New employees brought in to work directly with the Android team

The idea that Google will soon enter the connected smartwatch arena is getting more weight today as details emerge that it purchased smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year. As a report from The Wall Street Journal earlier this year suggested, Google is actively working on a smartwatch competitor to the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Gear and the ever-rumored Apple iWatch. Talent and technology from WIMM Labs is expected to be a big part of the effort.

WIMM Labs, if you aren't familiar, was a small company working to make watch hardware and software centered around Android with its first product release, the WIMM One, in late 2011. Beyond just hardware and software, WIMM worked to build up a development program for third-party developers to make what it called "micro apps" that were more tailored to running on a small screen independently of a connected phone.

What WIMM did with watches is far beyond what we see with Pebble, which is a frankly basic notification system, and could give us a look at what Google intends to do in the space. It is reported that the employees from WIMM that stayed on with Google post-acquisition have been moved directly into the Android team rather than their own division.

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Cruzerlite SPI-Force Galaxy Note 2 case

A phone case for the unapologetic Android fan among us

 

Trying to get a case for the Galaxy Note 2 that protects it but doesn't add too much more bulk to an already large device is tough, and Cruzerlite has decided to not even attempt to keep things small with its SPI-Force case offering. Instead, what you are getting for the extra bulk is serious protection around the entire device and a sturdy center-mounted kickstand for when you need it.

This is going to be a polarizing case design, but it's one worth looking at if you need some intense protection for your Note 2. Stick with us after the break and learn a little more about the Cruzerlite SPI-Force case.

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Shop Android Sale

In honor of the Labor Day Weekend in the USA and Canada, you, dear Android Central readers, can save 15 percent on all Android accessories this weekend when using coupon code LDW13 at checkout.

They've got tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more for both so many of the 35,000 (more or less) various Android devices, so be sure to browse around and take advantage of the savings.

If you don't have one yet, be sure to check out the awesome line of Lloyd Gear!

    






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The HTC Mini+ is a multi-feature accessory, acting as a standalone Bluetooth 2.1 headset, complete with a small screen for caller ID and numeric keypad for dialing and composing text messages. The device also doubles as a presentation remote, complete with laser pointer and even an IR blaster. While the …


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Digg Reader

Another great reading and RSS option to pick up where Google Reader left off

When Google Reader finally closed up shop we saw a scramble of replacement services crop up, and now Digg has launched its Digg Reader Android app to accompany its RSS service. Just like another familiar RSS service Feedly, Digg Reader offers syncing of RSS feeds tied to an account — in this case Google, Facebook or Twitter — and serves news to you on multiple devices.

The app is basic, clean and seems to perform well. You can browse around through popular stories without an account, or after signing in add feeds by content type or specific URL through a search function. The basic article view gives options to favorite, view on the web, digg and share out to any service and seems on par with the other apps out there. Naturally unread counts and favorites sync between your devices and on the web

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