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Sony’s Lollipop build may have just been spotted if these leaked shots are legit

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Sony has hit a rough patch in the past few years, and its latest lament seems to be the mobile space. While some of us waxed poetic this past Friday on the matter, it’s important to remember that Sony does, in fact, have a new flaghship in the works, the Xperia Z4. This device has a lot of potential, especially if Sony does hold to an annual release cycle, thus ensuring that “new” is less relative and more long-lasting.

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A Chinese website is claiming to have screen captures of the Xperia Z4 Dual, known by the working title “Ivy”. While the physical body of the hardware might be missing, what’s of greater interest here is the visual nature of Sony’s take on Android Lollipop, specifically 5.0.2. As you can see in the About phone capture above, the hardware is running on a Qualcomm MSM8994, which our readers might be aware, is also known as the Snapdragon 810, which is currently powering the already-released LG G Flex 2.

Moving onto the next screen capture, we have the alleged Settings screen:

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Pay particular interest to the significant editing Sony has apparently done to the icons depicting each of the setting toggles, which have an almost cartoonish nature to them. Also notice the odd mosaic-esque background color behind each line of text; it’s especially noticable on the blue “Settings” and “Wireless & Networks” text: this almost looks like the original language was sloppily erased and then new text placed on top of it.

Here we have the dialer:

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Nothing major to speak of here, save for the same odd artefacts behind each bit of text. If this is indeed the dialer it would seemingly mesh well with the Material Design theme Google went for as it’s quite plain and simple. Still different from the stock experience however.

The final screen capture:

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The world clock screen is also simplistic with the minimal color scheme and bright orange “add” button on the bottom right corner.

Assuming these images are in fact, legitimate, it is of particular interest that Sony has chosen to use a different “home” button for the on-screen navigation keys at the bottom. The AOSP build of Lollipop uses a circle, and when combined with the triangle and square flanking either side, gave rise to frequent joking of the “Playstation” buttons Google had chosen. Suffice to say, however, that the home icon is instantly more recognizable (if not skeuomorphic in its own way) than an unassuming circle.

And there you have it: a quick run through of the four leaked shots. Regardless of if they are legitimate or not, there is a clear influence of Material Design at play, though especially with the settings image, things look like Sony has an almost HTC Sense-level of tweaking going on with some things.

HTC One M9′s color variations leak

Posted by wicked February - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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If you’re a big follower of the infamous tech leaker, @upleaks, and you’re all hyped up about HTC‘s upcoming flagship, the One M9, then you might enjoy this bit of news.

@Upleaks has tweeted a possible set of color variations for the One M9

According to the leaker, we can expect to see the follow options for the newest One smartphone:

  1. Front: Dark Gunmetal / Back: Dark Gunmetal
  2. Front: Gold / Back: Silver
  3. Front: Gold / Back: Gold

To view the tweet and its ensuing comments, click the source link below.

Source: @upleaks

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More Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks: Microsoft Apps, design, dates

Posted by wicked February - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Things are definitely heating up for MWC 2015 and this week alone we’re getting a load of information about the upcoming Galaxy S6. Of course, all of these are unofficial, though coming from “reliable sources” or “insiders”, so take them with a grain of salt. But if even half of them came true, it would still make Samsung‘s flagship a very interesting and formidable contender in the smartphone market. Since we’ve pretty much heard all that we can about the hardware, now we’re going to focus on the software and the overall design of the device.

Samsung has reportedly finally learned its lessons when it comes to its software and has been taking drastic measures to change the perception of its bloated user experience. We’ve heard before that some apps might no longer be preloaded on the device, but now an insider claims that *all* of Samsung’s custom apps will be an optional download from the Galaxy Apps store. That almost sounds too good to be true and, in fact, there’s a catch. Samsung might, instead, preload a few of Microsoft‘s own Android apps. Why? Because the two have promised to become buddies now. If previous rumors of a leaner, faster, and more Android-like TouchWiz is also true, then perhaps we wouldn’t mind Samsung replacing S Note with OneNote and ChatON with Skype. At least, not that much.

The Galaxy S flagship series has seen very little substantial change in terms of design, which is good as far as brand recognition goes. With the Galaxy S6, however, Samsung might be pulling in a lot of inspiration from other designs, including its own. It will have metal edges, like the Galaxy Alpha, some say. It’s dimensions will be 143.30 mm x 70.81 mm x 6.91mm, longer, narrower, and thinner than the Galaxy S5. Two things stand out from this latest design leakage. First, there seems to be a belief that the screen will actually only measure 4.9 inches, which, with a QHD resolution, will definitely be mighty impressive. The second is that, with rather curved edges, the Galaxy S6 will probably be criticized for looking like its rival’s design yet again. Experience shows, however, that Samsung doesn’t mind. At least until it’s brought to court.

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So when are we going to start seeing the Galaxy S6 in consumer’s hands? We know that it will debut at MWC, but it, of course, won’t go on sale on the same day. We might not have to wait long, however. A leaked internal memo reveals that employees are told not to take leaves on two sets of dates: March 22 to 30 and April 19 to 27. One of those might correspond to the Galaxy S6 launch while the other might be for the Galaxy S Edge. Which is which, however, we still don’t know. Besides, those dates aren’t earmarked yet for a particular market, so it might be some time before it hits the US.

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VIA: SamMobile (1), (2), Under KG

Gionee Elife S7 built to hold thinnest smartphone title

Posted by wicked February - 11 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Gionee, recently sent out press invites to its Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) release event. In the invite, a picture of its newest device, the Elife S7, shows off an incredibly slim width.

Gionee, which is in the process of re-branding its company as Kazam, has offered the world’s thinnest smartphones for several years now. So what is the Elife S7 coming in at? Well, recent photos of the device have surfaced and the leaker is claiming that the width is 4.6mm.

Coming by way of Anzhuo.cn, these photos possibly show us the Elife S7 in the wild.

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We’ll have to wait until MWC 2015 to see if Gionee retains its record-setting title of thinnest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Personally, I don’t see the point in ultra-thin smartphones. But what are your thoughts?

Source: Anzhuo.cn via G For Games

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HTC One M9′s back-plate photos leaked

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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HTC‘s upcoming flagship device, the One M9 (also referred to as Hima), just had photos of its back-plate leaked by the French blog, NoWhereElse.fr.

The photos, which you can see all of them after the break, detail a gorgeous metal chassis. This comes in advance of HTC’s official unveiling of the device at Mobile World Congress 2015.

These photographs are captured by NoWhereElse.fr’s Francois Walter. You can get an idea of what this device might look like on the whole by checking out an article Talk Android ran covering an @evleaks leak by clicking here.

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Curious about what specs may come on the HTC One M9? Click here.

Source: NoWhereElse.fr

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Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro’s photos appear online in advance of MWC unveiling

Posted by wicked February - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Lenovo‘s hotly anticipated successor for its Vibe Z2 Pro, the Vibe Z3 Pro, has had its image hit the Internet before it was supposed to be unveiled next month during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. And it looks gorgeous (especially that backside)!

The photos were released by Chinese blog, Weibo, who spared no angle when they got their hands on the device.

Lenovo had a crowd favorite last year with the Vibe Z2 Pro. The 6-inch device packed a heavy arsenal of flagship specifications, the biggest of which was the Quad-HD display and a tremendous battery.

Interestingly enough, this time around, Lenovo has gone against the grain and opted to shrink the device down to 5.5 inches. Don’t fret, though, as it will still be featuring that Quad-HD display.

Further reading: Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro announced, carries a stunning 6-inch QHD display

Another holdover from the Vibe Z2 Pro is the metal chassis. I really liked the design elements of the Vibe Z2 Pro, and I have to say I still like them a little bit better than this iteration, simply because there is a lack of color this time around.

As you can see from the photos, the backside of the smartphone highlights that there is a distinct focus on photo and video capturing. Similar to what we saw with the Nexus 5, but more emphatic, the rear of the device’s aesthetics are in landscape format. This coincides with the rumors that the Vibe Z3 Pro will come with a 16 megapixel with optical imaging stabilization (OIS) and a Tri-LED flash on its rear shooter. Also, as you can see from the photos, there’s a dedicated camera button.

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Like I said, the device is stunning. I wonder if Lenovo product engineer Ashton Kutcher had anything to do with it? Just kidding.

Source: Weibo via VR-Zone

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Polish Android website android.com.pl claims it has gotten its hands on some insider information that details Samsung’s newest venture with the S6: interchangeable back covers that bring an aspect of modular design to the 2015 flagship.

The site’s author, Lucas Spider, says his source states that we could see a back cover that expands the functionality of S Health, a Yota Phone-like e-ink display, advanced camera options, and a back cover that serves as an attachment to fitness machines. Just when you thought your treadmill couldn’t get more exciting, right?

There’s no correlating rumors to legitimate this leaker’s claims. Even though you can never rule out anything wild from our eastern family, I don’t buy this rumor for a second. If I’m wrong and this is really what Samsung is spending its time on, its profits deserve to tank this year.

Though, the thought of being able to attach a telephoto lens to the backside of my smartphone doesn’t flat-out repulse me. In fact, I could even see myself owning something like that and bringing the lens with me on a hiking trip.

What are your thoughts? Hit the comment section below to let us know what you think!

Source: Phone Arena via Android.com.pl (in Polish)

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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

Alleged HTC M9 “Hima” press render and cases leaked

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

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It’s clearly hip to be square, as just days after French language site NowhereElse brought us pictures of what was claimed to be the HTC One M9 “Hima”, we have an even larger leak, part of which looks to come from a Chinese website, mscellphone.1668.com. This time the offering comes in the form of not just a press render of the back side, but for the cases as well, all of which highlight the angular nature of the device’s single rear camera.

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From the front end, you would literally never know this *wasn’t* the M8.

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Given that Bloomberg recently published a story that suggested the M9 would look very similar to last year’s handset, these images would definitely seek to not only validate the story, but go a step further and suggest that the device practically is last year’s handset minus the Duo Camera and with the power button now positioned on the right side, below the volume rocker. Thankfully the IR port still seems to be located along the top right portion of the device.

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Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence to highlight the similarities comes directly from nowhereelse.fr’s Editor-In-Chief himself. On his Twitter page, Steve Hemmerstoffer has done the dirty work and superimposed the “M9″ onto the M8 and the results are positively pretty (similar):

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The images would suggest that the changes are trivial in terms of the front. Red arrows point out the slightly diminished bottom bezel (though still replete with the HTC logo) and slightly thinner side bezels. The front camera looks slightly larger than the M8’s. The “prototype” also seems to do away with the trim along the border of the phone’s front, though it could be due to the blurry image quality, or simply the color choice.

With the design issue possibly now out-in-the-open, this would mean the “Hima” has to chiefly rely on its alleged inclusion of superior hardware to last year’s model, which is said to include a Qualcomm 810 CPU (the same one that Samsung may have just dumped due to overheating), Full HD screen, a 13 megapixel front camera, and 20 megapixel (square shaped, single) rear camera.

While it must be stressed that none of these images are confirmation of a finished product, suffice to say that by the time press renders start to surface along side of a leaked “prototype”, it becomes more likely to be true. Should that be the case, Samsung may have a major upper hand on HTC this year provided the Galaxy S6 is indeed rebuilt from the ground up and features truly premium parts. There would indeed be a certain twinge of bitter irony should the decision to reuse last year’s design be the M9’s undoing at the hands of the S6, or even the LG G4. Still, HTC seems pretty confident it’s on the right track in 2015.

Assuming these are in fact, a legitimate look at the final product, what do you think? More than a few commentators in the previous post expressed disgust with the camera module in particular, but what of the other design changes (or lack thereof)?

Details galore about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6

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

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Tech blog BGR released an article today claiming that a reliable insider has sent them some fantastic information with regard to Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6.

The source gives some incredible facts about the guts running the smartphone leader’s Project Zero device. Hit the “Read More” link below to wet your whistle.

To quote BGR and its source, we can expect the following from the Galaxy S6:

  • 64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU which is 50% faster
  • 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 577ppi density, stunning outdoor visibility, super dim mode for late night.
  • A huge 20 megapixel OIS camera sensor and a 5 megapixel f/1.8 front-facing camera with real-time HDR
  • 32 / 64 / 128GB of storage
  • 2550mAh battery
  • Built-in wireless charging
  • Four hours of usage on a 10 minute charge
  • Quick connect charging
  • Samsung Pay: works with 90% of existing magnetic stripe payment terminals, and NFC payment terminals
  • Metal and glass body
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • Cat 6 LTE

The question is, will it be enough to turn around Samsung‘s downward spiral? Robert Nazarian reported earlier that 2015 will be a crucial year for Samsung, so if these specs turn out to be true for the S6, maybe it’ll clot that financial hemorrhaging plaguing the Korean powerhouse.

Source: BGR

 

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