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We’ve been hearing rumors about a next-gen Galaxy Mega for months now, with the most recent report claiming that the Mega 2 would only come in one screen size, 6-inches. Although Samsung has yet to formally announce the handset, we can now safely say that the rumors are true. Interestingly enough, it seems that a few retailers have already started selling the unannounced device in Malaysia and Thailand.

Thanks to Thai website Droid Sans, we now have a detailed look at the device. Aside from giving us some excellent pics of the handset, the site also confirms the phablet’s specs: it is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4415 CPU with 1.5GB RAM, microSD, an 8MP rear cam, a 2800mAh battery and a 6-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280. The Mega 2 will also run KitKat 4.4.4 with TouchWiz right out of the box.

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Like the original Mega, the Mega 2 isn’t exactly an impressive device, but it’s mid-range specs could be perfect for someone with moderate needs that simply wants a big-screened handset for media consumption that’s small enough to still function as a phone and yet big enough to replace a 7-inch tablet. The Galaxy Mega 2 will reportedly cost around $425 when it fully launches and will be offered in both white and black color choices.

Considering the cat appears to be fully out of the bag, we imagine that it’s only a matter of time before Samsung officially announces the device. If the Galaxy Mega 2 follows the same footsteps as its predecessor, we can expect it to ship globally and should at least end up available through a few U.S. carriers as well.

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HTC has just announced that the Desire 510 will be coming soon to Sprint, Cricket, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The LTE-enabled HTC Desire 510 was announced yesterday as a new mid-range smartphone. The device was announced with worldwide availability, but HTC didn’t specify which carriers. Now we know who will pick it up here in the U.S.



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Yet another mention of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has slipped out leading up to IFA. This time it’s dab smack on Sony’s existing Xperia Z2 tablet product page under the Screen section. It explains how “with IPS technology, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact offers an improved viewing angle. So you get super sharp images and accurate colours, no matter which angle you’re looking at your device from.”



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As we near the official release of the Moto 360 next week, speculation and parsing of the little information we have has gone rampant. While we don’t know a whole lot about the watch — even though we’ve held it in our own hands — we do know that the big sore spot for many is the so-called “black bar” at the bottom of the display. A seemingly-necessary bit of technology is smushed down at the bottom of the Moto 360′s display, and while it doesn’t actually take much away from the experience, it sure is hard to miss once you’ve noticed it.

With the launch date approaching, we really want to know what you think — will the black bar on the bottom of the Moto 360‘s display keep you from picking up this otherwise-attractive smartwatch? Be sure to vote in our poll.



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Verizon

VoLTE has been a hot topic for all major wireless carriers in 2014. Now, after months of talk, Verizon has announced that they will officially start rolling out their voice-over LTE (VoLTE) service in the next few weeks. As The Verge notes, VoLTE has already been launched in limited markets by AT&T and nationwide by T-Mobile.

Verizon’s VoLTE launch will be nationwide but will be restricted to select devices and require customers to opt-in to use VoLTE. If a Verizon customer has LTE service (and the correct device and opted in), they should be able to access the VoLTE service when it is officially rolled out.

Verizon has not released details of which devices will be immediately able to receive VoLTE service although a software update will be necessary to enable to VoLTE service.

I was able to test Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice, and video calling services (Verizon is referring to the whole package as “Advanced Calling 1.0″) in New York City on an LG G2 that had been updated to work with VoLTE. Calls over VoLTE were significantly better sounding, without the audio compression and distant feeling that most cellular calls have. Switching between a VoLTE call and a standard CDMA call was like night and day, with the VoLTE call just sounding a whole lot better. I’m not convinced that it will make me actually start using my phone for voice calls again, but if I had to, I’d choose a VoLTE call over traditional cellular any day of the week. - TheVerge

Verizon continues to state that they have no plans to shut down its CDMA network any time soon.

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DJI Phanton FC40 Quadrocopter

Considering some aerial shots for your next video project? The DJI Phantom FC40 Drone is just what you need to get started. Lightweight, compact and easy to maneuver, this quadrotor drone packs its own 720p camera to capture gorgeous HD quality video, while remaining airborne for up to 15 minutes over a distance of 100 meters, and adds a whole new dimension to your film project.

The Phantom can be operated with the included 5.8GHz remote control, or with your Android smartphone via WiFi for full control and a live streaming video feed while recording. It’s perfect for shooting adventure experiences, real estate overviews, sporting events, or even a fun outdoor moment with friends and family.

Land the Phantom FC40 Drone here at the Android Authority Deals Store for only $499, with free shipping included (within the continental US). That’s 23% off the sticker price — and Android Authority readers can
get an additional $35 off with the code: PHANTOM35. Grab this offer before it takes off!

Top features

  • Built-In Smart Camera – 2.4G camera shoots 720p/30fps HD video. Live camera feed via Wi-Fi up to 980 feet away.
  • Ready To Fly Design – Minimal GPS setup required, excellent for beginners.
  • Remote Control Unit – 5.8GHz remote control that operates up to 1640 feet away.
  • Failsafe Autopilot – Automatic GPS-based “go home” landing feature.

Go here to view the Phantom FC40′s full product specs.

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Or something like that. A usually impeccable source, John Paczkowski at re/code, says that Apple’s reported September 9 event for the new iPhone will also see the launch of Apple’s first wearable.

If you’re curious be sure to keep an eye on our sister site, iMore, for full and proper coverage. Before then though we’ll be seeing a bunch of potentially awesome Android Wear smartwatches next week at IFA and beyond. And for that, you’re already in the best place.

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How do HTC and Samsung’s miniature flagships measure up?

The vast number of mid-range Android devices on the market means there’s no shortage of choice for those wanting a smaller, less expensive handset. This year, both HTC and Samsung have fielded “mini” versions of their popular high-end offerings in this form factor, both with 4.5-inch displays and similar hardware loadouts.

As is the case at the high end, HTC and Samsung’s mid-level offerings reflect the differences in the two companies’ approaches to smartphone design. HTC leads with a flashy metallic chassis and carefully considered software; Samsung is all about expandability and features — what the phone can do more than how it looks.

So it’s time to pit these mid-range “minis” against each other. Joins us after the break to see how the Galaxy S5 Mini and HTC One Mini 2 compare.



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