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HTC leaks turn into a flood: One M9, One M9 Plus [UPDATE]

Posted by wicked January - 23 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Although LG has said it won’t be trying to steal the spotlight this coming MWC 2015, Samsung isn’t going to get away scot-free. HTC seems to have quite a lineup prepared for the annual event and details about those smartphones are starting to inundate the Internet. We’re seeing a couple of leaked photos of the HTC Hima, a.k.a. the One M9, with some rather unfortunate surprises. But wait, there’s a plus, quite literally. We’re now hearing word of an HTC Hima_Ultra, the One M9 Plus, that might have those features that the One M9 itself might not have.

In terms of outward appearance, the HTC One M9 might fail to amaze as it is practically the same design as the M8 and M7 before it, give or take a few adjustments. It is the insides where everything counts, but even here it seems that HTC has taken a page from Sony’s “incremental upgrades” book. The list of hardware specs includes:

• 5-inch 1080p display
• Snapdragon 810 CPU, Adreno 430 GPU
• 20.7 Megapixel rear camera
• UltraPixel 4MP front-facing camera
• 2840 mAh battery
• Android 5.0, Sense 7.0

Which sounds on par with what you’d expect in a 2015 flagship. A few interesting points can be taken from it though. First is that HTC isn’t jumping on the 2K resolution bandwagon just yet, with the same 5-inch 1080p display as before, and some might agree with that decision. The rear camera is also not its usual UltraPixel flair but is still a powerful 20.7 megapixel CMOS most likely from Sony. The front-camera, however, is indeed an UltraPixel one, at least based on these leaked specs. Sadly, based on a set of photos courtesy of Phandroid, it seems that the One M9 won’t have the DuoCamera setup that the OEM has popularized.



That’s not to say HTC is giving up on that technology. It will instead relocate it to a different device. There is now talk of a One M9 variant, codenamed Hima_Ultra or One M9 Plus. But don’t let the name fool you. According to the leak, this won’t be a phablet at all, though it doesn’t exactly share the specs of this device. What will make the One M9 Plus different are some special features, which apparently include the DuoCamera setup and a fingerprint scanner. That latter might draw comparisons with the HTC One Max, which never really saw a successor, but, again, it is said to be not as big as that.

[UPDATE] Now we have a few photos from Weibo of what is supposedly the HTC One M9 Plus. Indeed, the rear of the smartphone does seem to hint at a DuoCamera configuration, though the fingerprint scanner seems not to be in the same location as the One Max, if there is one at all. It’s also a bit difficult to gauge the actual size of this device from solitary pictures, but the design does betray the same look as the One M9.


SOURCE: Phandroid, @upleaks
VIA: SlashGear

HTC has more phones in the pipeline for your desire according to latest leak

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Although much of the latest rumor frenzy surrounding HTC involves the forthcoming HTC One M9 smartphone, a new leak from Twitter leakster @upleaks shows an HTC Desire 626 is in the works. Earlier this month at CES 2015, HTC announced a couple new devices for their HTC Desire line of budget smartphones. The HTC Desire 826 is heading to Asian markets while the HTC Desire 320 is off to the U.K. and Germany. Presumably, based on the model number, the HTC Desire 626 will fall in the middle of these devices spec-wise.

Sources indicate the Desire 626 will have a 5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 resolution, a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear-facing camera and 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The new smartphone will come with Android KitKat, but HTC is planning to upgrade it to Android Lollipop down the road. Sources also believe HTC may be working on an even lower end version of the same device with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor and only 1 GB of RAM.

No pricing or planned market information has leaked to this point, so it is not clear whether the Desire 626 will be available in the U.S. It is possible we may see more information about the device surface at MWC 2015.


source: @upleaks

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Samsung Galaxy S6 probably not waterproof

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung‘s widely-anticipated flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, would most likely make its worldwide debut at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain this coming March 2. In that sense, all you Samsung fans should be pumped up at seeing the new phone, but some rumors are coming today that might dampen the mood — word has gone out that Samsung’s newest smartphone might not be waterproof as earlier expected.

Samsung is still rumored to be at a point where it is choosing what the final version and appearance of the Galaxy S6 would be like — jury’s still out. Tech pundits are at least agreeing on the same rumor that Samsung has apparently developed multiple prototypes of the Galaxy S6 and is yet to make up its mind on the one to be released. Some features thrown about are the much-hyped metallic casing, an edged screen with a menu bar on one or both edges (a la Galaxy Note Edge), or a new take on the traditional smartphone screen layout. Making the Galaxy S6 slimmer with finer edges also seems to be the current design rumor for the yet-to-be revealed device.

Early returns from industry leaks seem to confirm, however, the news that Samsung will not push through with a waterproof Samsung Galaxy S6 — or S6 Edge, if there will be one. The company appears to be setting this characteristic aside in favor of the Galaxy S6 Active variant in order to offer a wider array of choices for finicky smartphone users. Sources in Korean media also say that the Galaxy S6 Active will be designed separately and differently from the base S6 model.


A waterproof Galaxy S6 seemed to be the logical step towards improving on the similarly water-resistant Galaxy S5, but industry sources say that unfortunately, this might not be what’s meant to be. The reason behind this rumor appears to be that Samsung is striving to lower production costs in order to raise profit margins, together with offering a more diverse portfolio. High on the rumor list is still of a thinner, more refined Galaxy S6 made of glass and metallic materials — but the waterproof feature just might not hold water (pun seriously intended).

VIA: / Chosun

HTC One M9 leak compared to One M8

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

This week looks like a cat fight between Samsung and HTC – with rumors being tipped left and right. The heat of the competition is seen in tech news as MWC approaches quickly. As Samsung brings on Lee Don-tae to take over Design team, we see images of the new One M9 sprouting around on the web. HTC does have some leverage with leaked photos of what could possibly be the new One M9. A picture leaked via Twitter today, comparing the current flagship One M8 to the new One M9 laying side by side.

At first you’re probably thinking – that looks exactly the same as the One M8. It probably is the same, but viewed at a different angle with some photoshop edits. If this was the new deal though, HTC has made some nice upgrades to their new flagship. This new HTC smartphone appears to keep the metal chassis, large screen, and dual rocking front speakers.

The image of the new One M9 shows a thinner border around the display screen. Next to the front facing camera is the proximity sensor which is enlarged as well. If you look closer and compare, the new dual front speakers seem to be a little more subtle and fine in terms of design.

The leaked photo of the phones side by side come from a familiar source that we recognize, but still we’re not easily convinced. As the days grow closer to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, we’re only left waiting and looking forward to see what HTC announces.

SOURCE: @Steve Hemmerstoffer

HTC One M9 leaked photos that looks like it could be legit

Posted by wicked January - 21 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

As we sit anxiously and count the days till March 1st for Mobile World Congress, we are surprised to see leaked photos of what HTC could be calling the new One M9. From the looks of it, it appears the new One M9 still retains the smooth metal chassis from the current model One M8. We can see that there are noticeable differences with the supposedly prototype M9 – trimmer all around, bezels are slimmer, the physical body seems to have lost weight and a square camera versus a circular camera on the current One M8.

HTC has delivered a great line with the One family. Following up on the One M8, there was no need to change too much, and for that we thank you – if these pictures prove to be real. HTC knows what consumers like, and they’re not trying to fix anything that’s not broken. Give us the same body style as the famous One M8, throw in a few tweaks here and there, and call it a day.

As you may have already heard, the new One M9 takes on the alias “HTC Hima”. The secret machine is expected to sport a 5-inch display (1920 x 1080 resolution), powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of memory. Rumors say that the “HTC Hima” will pack Adreno 430 graphics, and should be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Speculation continues, but it’s suggested that the new square camera could be a boosting a large 20.7-megapixel camera in the back and a glamorous 13-megapixel camera in the front.


Like we said, don’t fix anything that’s not broken. HTC has focused on audio output since the One M7 introduced BoomSound, and as the leaked photos indicate, it seems HTC may carry over the BoomSound technology integrated in the current One M8. We can only hope that stays true, as the dual front speakers were one of the best standout features from other competitors in the mobile market.

Physical construction of the new machine doesn’t seem to steer far away from the current One M8. From the leaked photos provided by Nowhereelse, we see metal construction, tapered edges, microUSB and headphones jacks at the bottom, slim plastic antenna strips, and the appealing sleek brushed metal body.

With just a few weeks counting down to MWC in Barcelona, Spain, we are are eagerly waiting to here what HTC has planned for the new One M9 “HTC Hima”.

SOURCE: SlashGear
VIA: Nowhere Else

Image of an LG flip phone with Android appears

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Forget about the LG G4 because this device, if real, should have your attention. Earlier today on Twitter, @upleaks provided the image above. It shows a flip phone with Android running as the operating system. How do we know it is Android? The layout and icons are identical to what is found on any LG device. Here, it is just minimized. The name “Ice Cream Smart” is attached to the image; therefore, we could be looking at a possible name because the company already released an Ice Cream in 2008. While Ice Cream Smart would be very random, the name would be original for LG.

Would you be interested in a flip phone with Android, particularly for someone that needs a simplified handset? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @upleaks

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We’ve known for a while now that Google is redesigning the File Manager application within Chrome OS and today some leaked details have appeared online. If a report published by OMG Chrome is anything to go by, it looks like the search engine giant has baked a new ‘Cloud Import’ feature into its latest build of the app.

This new function will allegedly allow files on MTP, external hard drives or SD cards which have been unearthed by its new background file system scanner to be quickly and easily backed up to Google Drive. The majority of this process will be automatic. The only thing the user will have to do is name the data and select a suitable place to store it.

‘Cloud Import’ will be accessible in Drive’s button bar whenever a supported device is connected to the computer — when an active import is in progress, the number of files remaining to be transferred together with the option to cancel will be shown in the File Manager.

Would you like to see Cloud Import built in to the next build of the File Manager app? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: OMG Chrome

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New leak gives more details about upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to be unveiled in March during the MWC in Madrid, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to find out as much as they can about the upcoming new flagship from the Korean OEM. A Dutch site says that a user agent profile on the Samsung website has more or less confirmed what we know so far about the smartphone, while adding a few more tidbits to whet our appetite.

The profile reportedly highlights a certain model number SM-G920A, which will reportedly be the AT&T exclusive version of the Galaxy S6. It also reveals that the device’s screen resolution will be 1440 x 2560 and that the “base64″ might indicate that it will have a 64-bit operating system architecture. The user agent profile does not have any software navigation buttons indicated and so most likely it will have hardware buttons again. But early rumors indicate that Samsung will bring a new approach to the design of their new smartphone, so this is something people are looking forward to.

In terms of other specifications, previous rumors have said that it will have a quad HD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and will run on a Snapdragon 810 chip. Another major change might be improvements to Samsung’s much criticized TouchWiz UI, which aside from not looking good, is a huge memory hog. The current look might ruin the Material Design guidelines of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Expect more news, speculations and rumors about the upcoming smartphone to trickle in as March comes a little closer. We’ll find out if the all-metal casing or curved display rumors are true and what it will actually look like in reality.

VIA: TechTastic

Alleged LG G4 specifications leak, Snapdragon 810 and 16MP camera included

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


The most anticipated devices to launch in early 2015 will come from Samsung and HTC. However, it seems that LG can be added to the mix. Why? Information involving the LG G4 has been trickling in over the last few weeks. And now we have learned about some of its alleged specifications. Unsurprisingly, the Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm will be the processor selected. The amount of RAM joining the processor is 3GB. A system dump of the Android 5.0 operating system makes it appear as if a 16MP camera will be included. In all (if true), LG has quite the handset on its hands.

A launch at Mobile World Congress 2015 in March is a possibility for the LG G4.

Source: Techmaniacs
Via: Phone Arena

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Android Lollipop roll out for HTC devices leaked

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

A few days ago, we told you about the video leak from a Vietnam website about how Android Lollipop would look like in the HTC One (M8). A day later, the OEM received the go signal from Google to start rolling out the major update to the devices, including the unlocked ones, after the Google Play Edition received theirs last month. But now the question for owners of other HTC devices is when their smartphones and tablets will be Lollipop-ized.

A supposed leaked document now details the schedule of when the other HTC decvices will be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. If the document is to be believed, the next to receive the update will be the previous flagship One (M7) and it will be the last one to roll out at least for this month. For February, it will be the turn of the One (E8), Desire EYE, One (M8) Eye, and the Butterfly 2. March and April have a lot more devices to follow suit.


HTC will reportedly try to finish the Lollipop roll-out by April and then afterwards, it will start issuing a major firmware update to their Sense UI, alongside the next flagship device. Rumors are saying that this will happen sometime May, and that the new Sense will also come to the past high-end HTC phones.

HTC has not issued an official statement as to the actual rollout, but even if this document is true, our past experiences tells us that we shouldn’t hold them to this schedule. More often than not, there are a lot of delays for various reasons. So we’ll just believe it when Lollipop actually comes to our devices.