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Samsung’s effort to break Android stranglehold begins in Q1

Leading the market in Android smartphone sales, Samsung is looking to break it’s cage.  But Samsung is reportedly working with Intel to develop a new mobile platform, which we could see as soon as January.  Going with the name “Tizen”, does Samsung have what it takes with their volume of phones to overturn the market?

Source: Samsung Tizen Phone Release Date: January, report says | BGR

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Samsung says Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 will get killer 16MP camera

On top of the 64-bit Exynos processor this phone will be sporting next year, Samsung has also reported that the S5 and the Note 4 will be equipped with a 16MP camera.  The camera will be powered by Samsung’s new ISOCELL technology allowing for huge improvements in low-light photo quality while also improving color reproduction and sharpness in any lighting.

Source: Galaxy S5 Specs: Camera confirmed at 16 megapixels, Note 4 too | BGR

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AT&T and Verizon To Launch VoLTE Smartphones In 2014

AT&T and Verizon have both announced their plans to release smartphones compatible with VoLTE.  VoLTE would allow voice calls to be carried out over LTE, which could also open the door for simultaneous data usage and voice usage.  AT&T plans to release their first VoLTE compatible phone at the end of the year, while Verizon is planning for a launch in the first half of 2014.


Source: AT&T expects to launch first VoLTE smartphone this year – FierceWireless

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Free Wireless Plan On The Horizon

FreedomPop, the shepherd of the free wireless plan, has announced it’s first free service plan.  Providing users with free 500 texts, 200 minutes and 500MB of data, it only requires $100 to purchase its HTC Evo Design 4G WiMAX.  Extra texts/minutes/data can be paid for by usage for a fairly low cost, or unlimited texts/voice for just $11 a month!

Source: Heck Yes! The First Free Wireless Plan Is Finally Here – Gizmodo

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Microsoft Surface 2, coming to you September 23

At Microsoft’s invitation-only unveiling in New York on September 23, Microsoft plans to show off the new Surface 2, running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor.  Also making a debut is the Surface Pro 2, running on Intel’s Haswell processor (think i5).  The Pro is expected to release with a whopping 8GB of RAM, which for a tablet is something to brag about.  It should also be expected for Microsoft to wait until the full release of Windows 8.1 until the new line of Surface tablets go up for sale.

Source: Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23 | ZDNet