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Leaked photos show Moto 360 2nd gen, Moto 360 sport

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Your newsfeed is probably full of the news that Android Wear will finally be available for iOS devices. You might have missed a few leaks regarding the upcoming new Motorola smartwatches which will be announced at the IFA 2015. If the leaked images from upleaks are to be believed, then the OEM is set to release a slightly different looking 2nd generation of its famous and well-received Moto 360 smartwatch, plus a previously unheard of Moto 360 sport edition.

Upleaks gave us a peak at what are supposedly the wearables that will be launched in a few days. At first glance, the Moto 360 2nd gen looks just like the original one, which some have hailed as the best Android Wear smartwatch available in the market. But then if you look closely, there is a crown at the 2 o’clock position, and the watch also has lugs that wasn’t present before. One of the things that was admired about the Moto 360 is the simplicity of the design and the very minimal bezel. The latter is still in the leaked picture, but the lugs kind of adds to the design clutter.

Another set of leaked pictures show the metal band options for the Moto 360 2nd gen, which includes a gold color. But the other big news from that set is that they will also be announcing the Moto 360 sport, which from its name and look, will be marketed towards the sports-loving digital people out there. If it’s a merging of the functionality of a Motorola smartwatch plus the durability of sports watches with fitness-related features, then this might be a winner.

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Of course none of these are confirmed yet, although upleaks has had a relatively good track record. We’ll find out in a few days if these pictures are true.

SOURCE: Upleaks (1), (2)

Sony to reportedly release Xperia Z5, two other variants on September 2

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

With IFA 2015 set to start this September 4, we need to prepare ourselves for all the new smartphones and devices that will be introduced and will fight for our attention if we’re looking for a brand new gadget. Sony will supposedly be releasing not just one but three smartphones, including the new flagship Xperia Z5, plus two other variants of that device, the Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Xperia Z5 Premium.

The brand new flagship will supposedly come with a 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 920 pixel resolution. It will be running on a Snapdragon 810 SoC with an octa-core 2.0 GHz CPU. It is expected to have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, but we’re not sure yet if it will follow in Samsung’s footsteps and not have an expandable storage, or if it will still have a microSD slot so that it can claim a distinct advantage over the new Samsung devices. It will have a 23MP main camera and an 8MP front-facing one.

Meanwhile, the Xperia Z5 compact will of course be smaller, with a 4.6-inch screen and of course a lower resolution at 720 x 1280 HD. The Xperia Z5 Premium will be slightly bigger with its 5.5-inch 4K resolution with a pixel density of 801-805ppi. It will also have a 23MP main camera which can actually take 4K videos. All three models will supposedly have fingerprint scanners on the side. Based on some leaked photos, the power button and volume buttons are a bit farther down the right side because of this new feature.

If these leaks and rumors are true, then you have even more smartphones to choose from, depending on what you’re actually looking for, and of course the price point of these devices. All will be revealed on September 2, during their event day at the IFA.

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VIA: Phone Arena

Here is a press render of the new Motorola Moto 360

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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On Twitter, Evan Blass shared share an alleged image of the upcoming Moto 360 (2015). The models in the image (seen above) are stainless steel with varying bands. The black stainless steel model on the left features a band of the same material while the model on the right has a brown leather band. Moto Maker will presumably be utilized once again to allow consumers to personalize their smartwatches.

Notice that the display size is different, too. This indicates that there will indeed be two unique models. Notice anything about the display? Well, it’s hard to tell if the ‘flat tire’ from last year’s Moto 360 is returning.

Motorola will not be alone if they decide to announce a new smartwatch this week. Plenty of companies are reportedly joining Huawei in showcasing new Android Wear devices at IFA 2015.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Two of four new Acer phones leaked ahead of IFA 2015

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Acer is expected to unveil at least four new smartphones at next week’s IFA 2015 in Berlin. But even though this event is just a few days away, some people (maybe from Acer themselves!) can’t seem to keep still and now two of those devices have been leaked from “reliable sources”. Initially, rumors were abounding that these devices were going to be Windows-powered, but it looks like the OEM is sticking to Android, at least for the Acer Liquid Z630 and the Acer Liquid Z530.

The Internet has already previously seen the Acer Liquid Z630 because some images were already posted on the GFX database, but now, the specs have been made known, albeit unofficially. It will run on a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor, a Mali-T720 GPU, and a MediaTek MT6735 chipset. It will have a 2GB RAM, a 16GB internal memory plus a 4000 mAh battery. When it comes to the display, it will reportedly have a 5.5” 720p IPS display, while both the main camera and the front facing one will have 8 megapixels.

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Meanwhile the Acer Liquid Z530 is slightly smaller with a 5” screen, but it also has a 720p IPS display. And just like the other model, it will have LTE connectivity, MediaTek MT6735 chip and 2GB RAM. It’s pretty decent for a mid-tier device, but don’t expect a whole lot from it.

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The Acer Liquid Z630 will reportedly be priced at €200 while the Acer Z530 is expected to retail at €140. No word yet on what the other two devices will be, but we won’t be surprised if we get leaks in the next few days.

VIA: GSM Arena

More images, specs leaked for Lenovo Yoga 3 8” tablet

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

A few days after some images of the rumored upcoming new Lenovo Yoga 3 were leaked, we have a new round of “guess the specs” and even more pictures of the newest addition to their tablet line. A Ukrainian retailer has actually posted a product page, complete with specs and details of the 8” tablet, and a few image as well. Now as to whether you’ll believe an online retailer over in Eastern Europe is up to you of course, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at what it’s saying.

It’s a good thing some folks were able to screen cap and write down the details though, because, as expected, the page has been taken down already (which may or may not give even more credence to it). When it comes to design, it looks like it’s basically the same as the previous two Yoga tablets that have been released, which includes a built-in stand and a cylindrical battery on one side. But one thing people have noticed from the previous leak and this current one is that instead of a front and back camera, you actually have an 8MP 180 degree rotating one, that you can use to either take pictures or to do video calls (and selfies too of course).

The product page also details a 6200 mAh battery that has longer life at 20 hours, as compared to others in its category. As for the other things on the inside, the page listed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded using the microSD card reader. The 8” tablet will have a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display and will have front-facing stereo speakers.

Connectivity will be Bluetooth, WiFi and optional 4G LTE. It will also supposedly have Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Price is expected to be lower than the Yoga 2. Now let’s see if the Ukranian retailer actually pressed the publish button accidentally or they’re just making up a wishlist of what the Yoga 3 should be like.

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VIA: Liliputing

Sony Xperia Z5 reported dummy photos leaked

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sometimes, we really do wonder if these leaks are actual leaks and not just PR stunts from the OEMs to drum up publicity for their upcoming products. But either way, at least it gives us something to talk and speculate about as the release date draws near (supposedly). We’ve been treated to some leaked images of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact’s promo image, but now we also have the supposed dummy unit of the Xperia Z5 as well.

The dummy unit will supposedly be almost similar in design to what will actually be released. The photos of course don’t show us the actual specs but can give us an idea of at least the design and the look of the new upcoming flagship. But if you’re interested in what will it be on the inside, of course nothing official, here are some of the alleged specs gathered from various sites. It will supposedly be running on an octa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 810) SoC and will have either a 3 or 4 GB RAM.

It’s also hard to see from the images what size the screen will be, but there have been some reports that it will be Quad HD with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. The all-important camera is rumored to be at 21.5 MP for the main cam with 4K video recording. No news yet on the very important front-facing selfie cam though.

Reports have said that the Xperia Z5, together with its other variants, will be launching at the IFA 2015 in Berlin next week. But if you base it on last year’s decision by Sony to not launch any high-end devices, then this is highly unlikely. The end of year launch rumors might be more on the mark. But we have a few more days to go before we can confirm anything.

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VIA: Nowhere Else

More Huawei Nexus leaks for you, plus prototype specs

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Huawei Nexus leaks, or you just want to scream “moar leaks!”, then this report will be for you. We are beginning to wonder just how many of these Huawei Nexus units are out there in the wild, as people seem to be taking pictures of them quite regularly. We have another batch of leaked pictures for you, as well as some specs taken off a reported prototype.

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First up, we have a batch of pictures from Steve Hemmerstoffer, owner of the leaks site NowhereElse.fr. The pictures, if true – and take with grains of salt – confirms a number of details rumored for the Huawei Nexus. First up, that round fingerprint scanner space at the back is still there. And then we have dual front speakers. A new detail, incidentally is a dual sensor camera array at the back.

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Then we have another recent leak, this time via China’s most popular social networking platform Weibo. This seems to be pictures of a working prototype, although the device itself is covered by a plastic frame, ostensibly for privacy. But that round fingerprint space at the back is still there, and we a have a picture of an Android boot screen that gives us a couple of specs. First, the Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor gets named, and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Also, the leaker made sure we noticed the USB Type C port.

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As of now, the rumored specs continue to be – either a 5.5 or a 5.7-inch QuadHD display, and that obvious fingerprint scanner out the back. Can we now add Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, dual camera array, USB Type C, and front facing dual speakers to this list? Probably not yet, but sooner or later these details come out.

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VIA: NowhereElse.fr | SlashGear

Android Pay may launch on Aug 26, as per unofficial McDonalds memo

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

We’ve been eagerly anticipating when Android Pay will officially launch in retail partner stores, especially as it has been almost 3 months since Google announced their new payment gateway. But until now, we still haven’t had a clear word from them as to when stores will actually start accepting it as a mode of payment. But now it seems that McDonalds has released an internal memo saying that they will start letting customers pay with Android Pay by August 26.

Although the memo may have gotten the date of Samsung Pay wrong (it says August 21, but it will launch next month), it seems legit, especially since August 26 falls on a Wednesday which is usually “Google launches or updates something” day in the tech world. Also, McDonalds is expected to be one of the largest partners for Google’s payment gateway, with the gazillion branches they have all over the country.

The instruction in the digital notice to employees says that it is somewhat similar to Apple Pay and asks them to print the important details (including a Mobile Payment Crew Poster, whatever that is) of this new addition through a link (no one screen capped what is in the link though). We do know that retailers have already been preparing and laying the groundwork for Android Pay, with some placards and stickers already placed on cash terminals.

But again, we’re really not that sure if this information sent to McD’s employees are up to date. After all, Google seems to be pushing the launch further and further ever since they announced it back in May. We will have a few days more speculate and then we find out the truth by the 26th.

VIA: Android Police

Here are the apps featured on BlackBerry’s ‘Venice’ phone

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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This November, BlackBerry will be taking a step in a new direction. The company, which has struggled in recent years to remain competitive, is expected to release an Android-powered device known internally as Venice. The phone has leaked various times, showing that it will have a display with curved edges and BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard. Although Android 5.0 Lollipop is going to be present, BlackBerry has the option of going with a regular version of Android with their own modifications or using a forked version (like Amazon) where everything is locked.

Now we know that BlackBerry will be using its own launcher at the very least.

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Evan Blass took to Twitter on Friday morning to share a list of applications that will be featured on BlackBerry’s Venice. Most of them are self-explanatory: Calendar, BBM, Meetings, Contacts, Help, Tasks, and Notes. Two others — Launcher and Hub — could indicate that Venice will be far from a stock Android experience.

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The Hub app is BlackBerry’s place for messages, emails, and notifications to be centralized. The company already uses Hub on devices using its own BlackBerry 10 operating system. The Launcher app, though, causes us to believe that BlackBerry will be doing much more than just having Hub be what makes Venice unique. BlackBerry is likely working on an all-in-one launcher similar to what HTC does with Sense Home.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Samsung Mongoose benchmark leak reveals huge step forward for processor

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Although the high-end smartphone market may be cooling a bit around the globe, that does not mean manufacturers of smartphones and their components are slowing down their efforts to produce parts on the leading edge and ahead of the pack. For Samsung’s processor business, this means working on a successor to their Exynos 7420 processor. Reports indicate the codename for the project is Mongoose and a new leak of some benchmark results shows Samsung is ready to unload with this new chip.

The new Geekbench results show the new Mongoose processor will operate in three modes – regular, power-saving and super power-saving. Samsung is working to have the chip step down its speed in an effort to save battery power. At the regular setting, the Mongoose chip is slated to run at 2.4 GHz.

Even though Mongoose is only rumored to be a quad-core chip, the Geekbench results are definitely noteworthy. On the multi-core test, the processor racked up 7,497 points compared to the Exynos 7420’s 4,970 ponits. Even in power-saving mode where the chip scored 5,263 points the Mongoose outperforms the current generation Exynos processor. Only in super power-saving mode, where the Geekbench score dipped to 3,489, does the Mongoose fail to match the Exynos.

The big question is whether Samsung will be able to maintain these performance levels once the chip goes into production, which is expected to take place in the latter half of 2016. Even if Samsung does have to throttle things back some for stability purposes and to make sure it is suitable for a consumer device, the potential looks promising.

What features or uses of a smartphone do you think could benefit from a big jump in processor performance?

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source: Weibo
via: WCCF Tech

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