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Sep 29, 2013

Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4 KitKat Spotted

Google has already announced the next major Android upgrade is called KitKat, but details on the new platform's features have yet to be unveiled.

According to the latest hearsay, Google is likely to release Android 4.4 KitKat sometime next month, along with the next smarpthone in the Nexus series. Blog site Myce has just spotted a log file of what appears to be Android Key Lime Pie (also known Android 4.4 KitKat) running on the Nexus 5. The log file is about 10MB in size and includes more than 133,000 lines that show some of the features packed in the software.

From the screenshots published we can see the Nexus 5 will come with Google Babel (Hangouts) and Google Authenticator. Lots of other stuff has been revealed like a complete list with all Nexus 5 sensors (Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Game Rotation Vector, Motion detector, Step detector). Moreover, evidence of Wireless charging has been found as well, along with camera sensors settings and references to a Sprint hidden menu. Check out the gallery below and Myce's blog site for more details. Here are image screenshot gallery below, click for larger images.

Android 4.4 KitKat screenshot
Image credits to Myce.com

Meizu MX3 Now Available in China

Starting today, mobile phone users in China can purchase Meizu MX3, the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese mobile phone maker.

The handset becomes available through Meizu’s own online portal, as well as through various popular E-commerce sites and at official dealers around the country, GizChina reports. The smartphone was announced in early September in four flavors, though only the WCDMA model arrives on shelves today. 

 The device features a price tag of 2499 Yuan for the 16GB version, 2699 Yuan for the 32GB variant, and 3099 Yuan for the 64GB model. 

 For those out of the loop, we should note that the smartphone packs a 5.1-inch full HD touchscreen display, as well as a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core processor. It also sports 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and Flyme OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2.1).

Meizu MX3
Image credits to Meizu

AMD FX-9370 and FX-9590 8-Core 5 GHz CPUs Now Selling

We've waited a long time for this, but patience is finally being rewarded: Advanced Micro Devices has finally put the top-of-the-range FX-9370 and FX-9590 4.7/5 GHz CPUs up for sale.

Not that they were out of reach before, mind you, but their availability was rather restricted, to pre-configured desktops. That meant that only those willing to pay for an already configured, high-end gaming personal computer could get it, from the likes of Origin PC, iBuyPower, Maingear, etc. It was actually one of the main, and only, quibbles that people had with the formal launch of the new CPUs. Fortunately, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is now selling the two, though not for a pittance, not at all. The AMD AMD FX-9370 bears a price of $249 / €249 and the FX-9590 carries a tag of $399 / €399. They should be found on North America-based online stores like Amazon, Newegg, NCIX and TigerDirect.

AMD FX-9000-series code-named “Centurion” are the best CPUs from Advanced Micro Devices, with 8 cores each. The FX-9590 is the best, with a base clock frequency of 4.7 GHz, a Turbo Core setting of 5 GHz, 16 MB cache memory, and TDP (thermal design power) of 220W. The FX-9370 has a base frequency of 4.4 GHz and a top performance of 4.7 GHz, but the otherwise same technical traits. Online stores also offer retail bundles. See, the FX CPUs aren't compatible with all AM3+ motherboards and coolers, given their high TDP, so getting a motherboard+CPU+cooler +(optional) memory makes sense.

One example of a retail bundle involves AMD FX-9590 processor, Asus Sabertooth 990FX mainboard, G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 (2 x 4GB) memory and Corsair Hydro H60 cooler, all for $590 / €590. AMD did not comment on the new story, but it didn't really need to, when the online stores we have mentioned left no room for doubt.

AMD FX-9000 CPUs now in retail
Image credits to AMD

Sailfish UI Short Walkthrough

Finnish company Jolla opened up pre-order for its first Sailfish-based smartphone a few weeks ago, but did not mention when exactly the device will hit shelves.

Those who wish to pre-order the smartphone can do so via Jolla's website for €100 ($135) upfront, but they will have to pay the rest of the amount when the handset is shipped. Shortly after opening pre-sales of its first mobile phone, Marc Dillon, one of the company's founders came up with a very brief Sailfish UI demo.

However, Finnish blog site Esphoneblog recently found another short demo of Sailfish UI and this time we can see a bit more of the gestures used to handle a smartphone powered by the new operating system. Jolla's Sailfish smarpthone is expected to arrive by the end of the year and from the official announcement we already know it will come with a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM.

Video credits to Jolla

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