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There was a time when the government and its institutions largely depended upon BlackBerry devices for their mobile communication needs. This was the case in many countries around the world. In recent years though, there have been a major shift. BlackBerry is gradually losing out on its strongest customer base to the likes of Samsung and Apple, who have already hammered it in the open consumer market. According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is negotiating device contracts with the U.S. Navy and a particularly large one with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Earlier this year Pentagon awarded security approval to Samsung for its mobile devices, this is going to be the first such deal for the company after receiving said approval. The report says that Samsung’s devices will come pre-installed with Knox, a security layer that Samsung unveiled earlier this year that separates personal and corporate data on a single device. BlackBerry’s latest flagship also received Pentagon’s security approval, but up till now there have been no reports of the new devices being inducted in major government departments.

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Verizon Wireless is rumored to be announcing new devices soon, which are likely to include the new Droid lineup and quite possibly the Moto X as well. But those are all high-end premium Android devices. The carrier is said to be launching a low-end Android device as well, called LG Enact. Purported press shots of this device have been leaked online by @evleaks. This particular source has a pretty solid track record of revealing information about devices before they’re formally announced. It is not know for sure right now exactly when Verizon launches the LG Enact.

As previously mentioned, the LG Enact is going to be a low-end device. According to AndroidPolice, the device is going to be powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 or S4 Plus processor with an Adreno 305 GPU. It supposedly have a 800×480 pixel resolution display. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. The LG Enact is expected to run Android 4.1.2. There’s something on this device that sets it apart from the rest. It has a physical menu button, not quite something you see on Android devices today. Pricing and availability information is not available at the moment.

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The first Android 4.3 ROM for Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was leaked late last month. Now yet another ROM of this unannounced update has been leaked online, it is said to be newer than its predecessor, it was presumably build on July 11th. Google is yet to announce Android 4.3 as yet, though it is expected the company might make the announcement later this week. Just a few days back an unofficial Android 4.3 ROM for Nexus 4 was leaked as well.

Android 4.3 doesn’t seem to bring any major changes, this according to people who have tried both ROMs on Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition as well as the one on Nexus 4. It is reported that this ROM enables wireless charging feature of Galaxy S4 even when the device is turned off. Battery life and charging rate is also said to be improved in this newer leaked build. Google Wallet reportedly works as well, though only if the device is not rooted. Various bugs have been reported in a number of apps, so some users might want to hold off on installing this ROM. Google has an event scheduled for July 24th, apart from other things, it is expected to formally announce Android 4.3.

MotoX 512x460Motorola’s Moto X smartphone is expected to make its debut on the 1st of August, and so far we’ve seen a bunch of leaked photos of the device, which to be honest aren’t the sharpest or clearest photos we’ve seen to date. However thanks to TheUnlockr and @evleaks, they have managed to get their hands on what looks like a press rendering of the Moto X in all of its official glory. Of course there’s no telling if this is the real deal, although based on what we’ve seen in the past, and given @evleaks’ credibility where these things are concerned, well it’s safe to assume that this is it!

The design of the phone could be said to be similar to Google’s Nexus devices and Motorola’s trademark design language can’t really be seen in the phone, but change is good, right? It also seems that while stock Android might have been expected on the Moto X, there have been some subtle tweaks to the operating system that are either part of the Android build that the Moto X will be shipping with, or they are the slight modifications that Motorola has made to the platform. In any case it is a sharp looking device and we guess all should be revealed on the 1st of August, so check back with us then for the details! In the meantime what do you guys make of this leak?

bf4 deluxe editionAre you a huge fan of the Battlefield series, so much so that you are already suffering from sleepless nights after realizing that Battlefield 4 is well on its way to being released? Well, you might as well go broke this time around as we share additional details concerning Battlefield 4 Deluxe Edition. In this Deluxe Edition, you will find a trio of Gold Battlepacks to keep company the previously revealed Steelbook & China Rising Expansion Packs.

This premium pack’s three Gold Battlepacks are said to contain a combination of new weapon accessories, dog tags, knives, XP boosts and character customisation items, now how about that? The thing is, if you happen to live in the UK, the Battlefield 4 Deluxe Edition can be purchased exclusively over at GAME only, where it will cost you £64.99 for the Xbox 360 and PS3, while PC gamers have life slightly better since you save ten quid on the previously mentioned retail price, leaving it to cost £54.99. The question is this, is forking out £20 more compared to the standard edition of the game worth it? That really depends on just how much you love the game and its franchise.

eveNotion Ink does seem to be toying around with the idea of a smartphone concept, where they have called it the EVE smartphone. That is a very apt name to go alongside the Adam II tablet, although it would have been nicer if it went with the original Adam tablet to reflect to roots of their respective naming convention. Still, this is no big deal, and if it were designed to accompany the Adam II tablet, then you can be sure some of its physical design cues will follow in the same vein, boasting of a similar boxy design that has flat sides and slightly rounded corners. While we have no confirmation that Notion Ink will go all out with the EVE concept phone, at least we do know that it has some accessories in store for the Adam II tablet.

For starters, a rather low-profile docking station has been spotted, where it is tipped to function as a tablet stand, where one will have the advantage of additional USB ports and a full-sized HDMI port among others. Whenever it is not in use, just fold the dock in half and you’re good to go. There is also a stylus for the Adam II tablet which seems to lean more towards the capacitive stylus category compared to a pressure-sensitive digital pen.

unsold surface 640x385Microsoft is definitely a company that is rich – very, very rich, but this does not mean it gives them the license to treat money flippantly since they do have to answer to investors and shareholders as well. Having said that, their cash position does give them an advantage, as they can “buy” their way into a particular market. Case in point, the video games console market, where what was once a rivalry between Sega, Nintendo and Sony has turned into something else with the introduction of the Xbox. Sure, the first Xbox failed miserably in Japan, where lesser companies would have bowed out because they do not have the staying power despite bleeding money, but Microsoft held on until Xbox 360 came out and proved to do better than its predecessor.

Well, Microsoft’s foray into the hugely popular tablet market has not exactly been a memorable one, either, as in their quarterly earnings report, they pointed to a $900 million inventory write-down, where most of it was attributed to an unsold inventory of Surface tablets. Slashing its prices might help shift some units, but we do not foresee a fire sale causing people to pick up the Surface RT suddenly.

zagatoSo, there has been plenty of talk concerning a budget iPhone which I am quite sure would not go down too well with Steve Jobs if he were to hear of it, but what’s done is done at this point in time assuming all rumors of a low cost iPhone turned out to be true. In fact, just as we received word on the alleged iPhone 5S specifications recently, so too, have we garnered some information concerning the budget iPhone’s internal specifications – although do take what you read with a pinch of salt since it is as real as a unicorn for all we know at this point in time.

The leaked documents point to a trio of different codenames, namely Zenvo, Zagato, and Bertone, although it does seem as though Zagato and Bertone are versions of each other. The Zenvo is tipped to arrive with a dual-core 1.23GHz “H5P process” chip that hails from Samsung, 1GB RAM and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, while the Zagato and Bertone rely on processors that are based on an “H6P process”, boasting of TDD LTE alongside 1GB RAM. The Zenvo is also allegedly near to mass production or already at that stage, and needs to go through a slew of electronic verification testing beforehand.

gsnote2 43We did read about how the unofficial Android 4.3 build has been leaked out for the Nexus 4, and here we are with information concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, touting that this particular phablet would see the Android 4.3 operating system update headed straight for it, which means it will skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean bus along the way.

Apparently, Australian carrier Telstra did pick up a confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 4G model will give the Android 4.2.2 update a miss, where it will hitch a ride to Android 4.3 instead. There is the very real possibility that this will not happen just to Telstra’s Galaxy 2 units only, as all of the other Galaxy Note 2 units worldwide might experience a similar treatment. Telstra’s support page did mention that “Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update.”

Well, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is not going to ride into the sunset anytime soon, as it will still be around to receive Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, so getting Android 4.3 is all par for the course.

nexus7 leaksWhen it comes to Google’s next generation Nexus 7 2013 device, it seems that more and more details are starting to be divulged to the general populace. In fact, just a few days back, there were some leaked photos that seem to point to the next generation Nexus 7 arriving in due time – next week, to be exact, for $269 a pop with 32GB of internal memory. Sounds affordable? Sure, but it would also mean costing $20 more compared to the existing model, so it remains to be seen whether the additional $20 spent will be worth every penny.

Well, a new leak concerning the next generation Nexus 7 that you see above involves a very real product information tag, which does seem to point to a quad-core 1.5GHz processor alongside a 7” display, the unannounced Android 4.3 operating system, a 5-megapixel shooter at the back with a 1.2-megapixel shooter right up front. Not only that, there seems to be a Slim Port thrown into the mix to enable playback of 1080p video on your TV, in addition to wireless charging capability. Will it hit Staples this July 31st as rumored? Only time will tell, and we sit with bated breath.