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Opinion: Excessive Leaks & Hype Rollercoasters Ruin Launch Events

Posted by wicked October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


The long awaited Nex-mas passed by swiftly, with a day filled with announcements of all sorts of devices; Chromecasts, a new masquerading Nexus Tablet, and of course, the new Nexus phones. Now we have even more tech to drool over and carefully follow up until they get to our laps, so all that’s left is to wait.

But reflecting upon this last month – and the past week in particular – I found myself slightly disappointed at the unveiling of these phones.


Broken dreams.

Leaks and rumors are nothing new, and in part, these fuel the speculation, debate and news posts of various publications and communities. But this past year saw many of its big releases leaked to hell and back, resulting in a not-so-satisfying launch. It wouldn’t be a problem if, for example, we were kept guessing up until the last moment. This happened with the M9, as everyone hoped the sleek @evleaks renders would become the final design. The disappointment came with the M9’s actual design, which confirmed other popular leaks flying around.

But leaks also have many utilities and benefits not many actively realise: if, for example, I was on the verge of purchasing a new handset simply because I am sick of waiting, but at the same time I would really like to upgrade to an unannounced phone which we know little about, convincing or otherwise tentative leaks can help me restrain from that impulse purchase. Reputable leakers should still not be trusted 100% nor be given a free pass on skepticism, but at the same time, clearly-marked trends in the leak-sphere are usually closer to the truth than any individual leak. It’s hard, though, to decipher plausibility from forgery in terms of leaks, because leaks themselves cannot be proved genuine unless a trusted source is disclosed. As a result, the “trend” could be nothing but other leakers repeating a trending leak for further exposure and to not risk one’s reputation so severely if proven wrong.

Leaks should be interpreted responsibly, because it’s easy to get carried away by hype or misinterpretations

Because of the nature of its sources, we ultimately rely on the leakers’ reputation and the word of publications. While this doesn’t seem like a strong case for believing leaks, many predictions have been accurate, even when these tend to flip-flop within short time-scales. The more concrete leaks (such as pictures and the like) can be doctored too, but we saw several designs leaked to perfection nevertheless. Specification sheets are even easier to fake — one can just make up a list or again, photoshop a benchmark. Looking at trends in hardware – particularly silicon – is easy, and given that up until now a few companies held monopolies, predicting SoCs for flagships has never been hard.

Hype Rollercoaster

This leads me onto the effects of leaks in the Android community. As previously said, leaks have their benefits, and among others not mentioned above we have the amazing discussions that they can foster. At the same time, leaks should be interpreted responsibly, because it’s easy for masses of fans to get carried away by hype or misinterpret the dissociated specifications from single or multiple leaks, something which we call “hardware dyslexia”. Because of this hysteria, speculation or interpreted leaks can lead to false conclusions even if the leaks themselves are true, especially when it comes to things such as performance.


The Nexus announcement had us going down the checklist of items we expected.

Cue the hype: the weeks leading up to the Nexus event were filled with all sorts of reveals, pictures, sheets, certifications… you name it. Day by day, XDA threads and communities like Reddit saw discussion being thrown around through polar opposites of disgust and excitement.

This event, in particular had advocates for both the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, which seemingly traded sides as the mobs of angry enthusiasts saw each promising or disfavorable leak. And boy were they plenty. Each new leak brought a question with it, and the finer details of each reveal were proven wrong, then right, then wrong. Does it have OIS? Is it AMOLED? Is there wireless charging?!

Those finer details did eventually get released, but everything else, and arguably the meat of the phone, were things we expected. And that is the problem when leak hysteria gets out of hand: rather than raise expectations, the surplus of leaks diminished anticipation by eliminating much of the surprise element. There were still many nice details to hear about during the live announcement, mind you; there were even nicer surprises after, such as the brilliant slow-mo video showcase. But other than that, the event felt like going through bulletpoints we already knew we were while going down the checklist of items we expected.

The Effects

There is nothing wrong with leaks themselves, and I hope nobody interprets these thoughts in an inherently negative light. Leaks aren’t the cause of these hype rollercoasters nor of event disappointment, but  rather the nature of commercial hype on a collective of eager fans, especially when factoring in the enthusiasm we have for our hobby. As much as we say that each leak should be taken with a grain of salt, or that it’s non-final information, or that the leak is still a leak, it can’t be ignored that these often hold plausible information and with subsequent leaks, said information only cements itself further in the expectations of fans. 

Our passion for Android is what makes us want to savor every detail, but sometimes we let others do the chewing for us

I think that the answer to hype hysteria is to simply be objective and to help manage the community’s expectations through reasonable arguments. For example, the reveal of a 3,000mAh battery of the Note5 automatically led many to dismiss the device as having awful battery life, but we argued that the more-efficient components would mitigate the consequences slashed capacity… and it did.

This ties again into hardware dyslexia, because being objective can help one tame expectations with informed (yet not necessarily perfect) predictions. Something similar happened with the OnePlus 2’s battery life, although inversely: we argued that because of more inefficient components (read, the Snapdragon 810), the OnePlus 2 would see slightly worse battery life than its predecessor despite its bigger battery, a problem only augmented by the charging solutions inside. And, as predicted, this was the case.

So, to summarize, I believe leaks are great tools for our communities, the blogosphere, and all consumers therein. But at the same time, the hype should never go unchecked. It’s a delight to see it be mitigated after falses promises get called out, or after the narrative is so mismanaged that nobody can believe it anymore (as was the case with much of OnePlus’ marketing). But sometimes, we let our hype get out of hand — and I am often as guilty as anyone. Our passion for Android is what makes us want to savor every detail, but sometimes we let others do the chewing for us. So my proposal is we keep the communal hype in check next year, as hard as it could be, so that we can enjoy the next Nexus treat the way it’s meant to!

Podcast 033: If a Nexus leaks, will you still buy it?

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


What starts off as a collection of selfie stick belittling, turns into Andrew Grush, Joe Hindy and Nirave Gondhia following along as Jonathan Feist pretends to lead the show. We talk about Blackberry and their new Priv, previously known as Venice, which leads to ribbing Josh while he’s not there to defend himself. Google has two new devices coming this week, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.  We wanted to say little more on the subject, saving our thoughts for next week, but our discussion on the current leak culture took us right back to the Nexus devices. Will you be purchasing a new Nexus device, or at least holding off another purchase until you see what Google has to offer? Huawei was a recurring topic throughout the show, we all had mostly great things to say about them and their products, leaving us highly anticipating the Nexus 6P, which is also built by Huawei. I hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording.

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New ZTE large screen device shows up at GFXBench, possible Axon tablet

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


We like GFXBench leaks, because it gives us a lot of details about a device, barely leaving anything out except for a coded name. Of course, GFXBench leaks do not always translate into real world devices. They can also be just that – prototype benchmarks. But what’s your bet on a large screen tablet coming out from ZTE? Good odds there, probably. Let’s look at the specs from this benchmark.

The device is named as the ZTE A2016. Industry pundits say this might be a tablet to be relieved under the Axon series branding. We won’t know for sure, of course. What we do know is this – the device packs a humongous 13.7-inch Full HD (1080p) display. That is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, supported by 3GB RAM. Pretty robust for a tablet, we would say.


The tablet will have front-facing and rear cameras, although the placement seems strange – the more powerful 7MP camera is labeled as the front-facing one, while the rear camera is the generic 1.8MP sensor. The tablet runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and there will be 32GB internal storage.

We’re kinda hoping this will have some sort of fingerprint sensor as well, if it launches under the Axon branding of ZTE since the Axon flagship smartphone has biometrics up to redundant levels. We still have a ways to go before this becomes legit, but we’ll surely hear from ZTE soon if this becomes a for real large screen tablet.

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Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P packaging, Nexus 6P press image leak ahead of announcement

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Update: Android Police also secured a press image of the Nexus 6P. There’s nothing spectacularly new in there, but perhaps its enough to satisfy your hunger for all things Nexus (for today).

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Original post: The Nexus brand has never been one to stay behind the veils for long. Rumors and leaks have characterized Google’s handsets; so much that by the time they are announced we pretty much know everything about them. This year is not the exception – you can catch up on all the details surrounding the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P in our rumor roundup.

Still want more info? We don’t have too much more to tell you about these upcoming Nexus handsets, but a new leak did show up today. Today’s photo subjects include the packaging these smartphones are said to come in, which do happen to be quite interesting.

These boxes are both seemingly square. The main aesthetic difference is that Huawei’s box has round corners, as opposed to LG’s sharp edges. Aside from this difference, both packages follow a very similar design model. One can find the device model on the top-left corner, along with the storage capacity (32 GB) and a silhouette of the devices’ backs.

The middle of these boxes display a cut-out representing the letters these phones are named after – “X” and “P”. Lastly, the lower-right corner of the phone is adorned by the same “Nexus” logo we have all grown to love so much.

Pretty neat box, right? Now all we have to do is wait until September 29th. We are sure more details will come, though, so try not to get too comfortable and keep it tuned to Android Authority for all things Nexus, as well as Android.

BlackBerry Venice rumor roundup (updated on September 19)

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Are pigs about to start flying? After begging for years and losing all hope, BlackBerry has reportedly turned around and finally decided that making an Android smartphone wasn’t such a bad idea. BlackBerry CEO even mentioned he wouldn’t be opposed to building a secure Android handset.

Rumors and leaks have intensified since then. The tech world has all eyes on the keyboard king as we eagerly wait for an announcement, but for now all we can do is give you a rundown of all the rumored details that have managed to hit the inter webs. The upcoming handset is said to be named the BlackBerry Venice. Want to learn everything there is to know about this rumored phone? Keep reading.

Keep in mind most of this information is based on leaks and murmurs, and therefore you shouldn’t hold your breath on any of these. We are only putting all the information together for you. Take everything with a grain of salt. Oh, and don’t forget to keep this article bookmarked, as it will continue to be updated as more details on the BlackBerry Venice appear.


The whole tech world is raging about the BlackBerry Venice design. While we have had pretty good keyboards in the Android realm, none of them have quite matched BlackBerry quality. This is why our eyes turned wide open and our hearts dropped when we first heard the rumors that an Android BB smartphone was probably coming.

Thankfully, all rumors have kept us satisfied. And I believe we can put a certain level of trust on the general idea surrounding the Venice’s design, as all leaks have been consistent.

On the surface, the BlackBerry Venice looks like your regular black slab. One of the earlier images from @evleaks shows a phone with a speaker below the screen, a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm headset jack, as well as what seems like a curved screen displaying a rather clean version of Android. This information was great and all, but it was the leaks to come that would really get the conversation going.

This thing has a keyboard, and it’s hidden right under the screen! You can literally slide the screen section upwards to the beautiful button layout. The image showcasing this part of the phone also came from Evan Blass, who then decided to treat us with an actual video of the phone.

Other illustrations include cartoon-like press renders from CrackBerry and @evleaks (yes, again), but those are a little more basic. What has me more excited are the leaked shots we saw hitting the internet last weekend. These are true photos of the phone, not press renders or fancy animations. The phone looks just as we expected, and we can finally see it from all angles.

We then went ahead and uncovered some exclusive images, also showing the device from different angles, but the coolest part is that these images gave us more insight on the software, as well as a hands-on video that recently went online. We will take a look at the clip during the software section, though, as that is mostly what it focuses on. Here are the images:


We can’t go too much into detail about this information just yet, as not enough about the handset’s internals has been strongly corroborated. The latest rumors do state the phone will come with a 5.4-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display, though. This would put the BlackBerry Venice up there with the big guys. It’s said to be a power house, so we should expect no less.

It’s also important to note that some of the images make it seem like the screen is slightly curved on the sides, a la Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s a cool little treat if you are into that kind of stuff, but it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. It’s said the display will feature a Super AMOLED panel, though, and that is definitely something to celebrate. At least for those of us who like deep blacks and vibrant colors.

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As mentioned right above, the rumored spec list is still not yet worthy of too much trust, mostly because it’s not backed by many other sources or separate rumors. These specs come from N4bb, which claims the handset will feature a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3 GB of RAM.

Sure, it may not have the almighty Snapdragon 810 and the 4 GB of RAM that’s starting to become the standard, but this phone will certainly not disappoint. The Snapdragon 808 is plenty powerful, and 3 GB of RAM is great for multi-tasking. In fact, these specs seem to be identical to those of the LG G4, so you should expect similar performance. And the G4 happens to be a great smartphone!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1600


I will say it right off the bat – BlackBerry has always been infamous for its sub-par smartphone cameras. Seriously… this stuff can get pretty bad, even with the newer handsets! Will a change in the operating system improve the situation? It’s hard to say, but we can only hope so.

At the very least we know the pixel count on photos will be pretty high. Rumors suggest the phone will come with an 18 MP rear-facing camera. The images also show some engraving around the lens with the words “OIS” and “FAST FOCUS”, so we can assume the camera will tout both mentioned features. On the front side, the Venice is said to feature a 5 MP camera. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it should definitely be good enough for those good ol’ selfies.

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We know the BlackBerry Venice is coming with Android, but we are not sure just yet which version it will tout. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow right around the corner, we certainly hope the new handset will adopt the latest and greatest mobile OS iteration from Google.

What’s interesting is that this phone’s software will be more than just about Android and its benefits over BB10. BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously mentioned that “if he could find a way to secure an Android phone, he will also build that”, and this seems to hold true for the Venice. BlackBerry acquired Good Technology on September, in an effort to expand its security services to other platforms (including Android).

Furthermore, a list of installed apps acquired by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) shows us a bevy of BlackBerry apps being pre-installed on the Android handset. This would include popular services like BlackBerry Messenger, Hub, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Emails and more.


BlackBerry has been meaning to offer its services to Android users. That leads us to one big question – is the Venice about showcasing the services BlackBerry can offer to other Android users, or is it more about making an awesome device? To us it seems like the Venice takes the best out of both platforms.

A leaked hands-on video shows the Venice has great software features we have seen from both operating systems. For starters, the device seems to support double-tap to wake. The software looks very much like stock Android, but there’s definitely BlackBerry enhancements within. There was also BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Device Search. This will take care of all your communications. The Device Search will allow users to easily find any file, app or content from a single tool.

Remember how you could use the keyboard as a touch pad with the BlackBerry Passport? It turns out the Venice has the same features. You can use it to easily scroll around, which will help when viewing media or websites, as your fingers won’t be getting in the way.

Price and availability

Evan Blass swears this phone will be launching in November, and that it’s coming to all 4 major USA carriers. Other than that, details on availability are scarce.

No rumors on pricing have emerged either, but don’t expect the BlackBerry Venice to be cheap. It has high-end specs and likely a high focus on security, which will make it a valuable asset to many enterprise users. Not to mention, this smartphone will be all the hype among previous BlackBerry users.

Wrapping up

BlackBerry plans to make its big return to the market with a phone they could actually manage to sell in larger quantities. The Venice looks like a winner, with specs that seem to be great and software that is even better. The great part is users will enjoy all the benefits Android has to offer, all while not needing to sacrifice their BlackBerry features, as most of the main BB10 services seem to be coming with it.

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It will all make more sense once more details show up. We understand there’s not enough information to really make a decision right now, but the announcement is on its way and more rumors will continue coming in! Remember to keep this post bookmarked and an open eye on Android Authority for all your BlackBerry Venice and Android news. We will continue to report on the mysterious phone, and this post will be updated continuously.

Hit the comments and let us know what you think! The real question is whether users will put their money where their mouth is. I honestly wouldn’t mind giving the BlackBerry Venice a chance. Would you?

Our ‘leak’ culture has made it nearly impossible to be surprised by new devices

Posted by wicked September - 14 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Disclaimer: This piece pertains to leaks as they apply to product launches regarding the IT industry. The opinion contained herein should not be taken as having any relevance to whistle-blowers or leaks of other natures, nor should it be viewed as proof or confirmation that any company named is deliberately leaking information.

Color me curious

I’ve got a riddle: Think of a flagship, any flagship. Next, think when you first heard, saw, or read about it. Finally, think back to when it actually launched. Chances are, the second and third answers aren’t the same. In fact, I would bet they aren’t even close, not by a long shot.

Once, a long long time ago, product launches had actual relevancy. Rather than a blogging ground for the tech press to socialize and get their geek on, they were by-and-large the first appearance of the very merchandise that corporations sponsoring them were hitching their wagon to. They represented the future of the industry, and most (though certainly not all) of the world was given its first inkling of something new.

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Through leaks we have known all about the Nexus 5X…even though it doesn’t technically “exist”.

These days, it’s hard to actually get excited about anything, especially new devices or even form factors. While some of this might be the sheer array of product choices available, it’s also – and perhaps more so – the result of information overload. Specifically, those who follow tech are so inundated with knowledge, performance benchmarks, and design details prior to anything official.

Leaks have become so commonplace that companies need not have launch events to begin with. What’s the point? It’s almost comical the extent to which giant OEMs like Apple and Samsung splurge on a gigantic media extravaganza just to officiate that which has technically been known for months. With the case of the recently announced iPad Pro, rumors and even leaked photos had been floating around for years. It’s like when the big day finally comes, all those in-the-know are like, “can you show us something we haven’t seen?”

Confusion in comfort

On a personal level, I am conflicted as to the implications and nature of leaks as they exist today. Once upon a time, I found the very idea of all-encompassing secret sharing to be disrespectful to the very companies producing the products. They work, research, develop, refine, test, and spend untold amounts of resources to make the “simple” thing we consumers then take for granted. As such, these companies obviously try to conceal their big secrets to prevent their competitors from getting in on the action.

It’s easy to see the potential damage that can be done: Samsung had launched its very first Galaxy Tab in all kinds of sizes and and shapes well before Apple ever had an iPad Mini (and now iPad Pro), and so too did the company have over half-a-dozen tech-timepieces before Apple took the veil off its Watch. Heck, even Huawei was eager to get in on the 1-up push up and released its new Mate S complete with Force Touch, well before the announcement of the iPhone 6S. While one can argue forever as to where these ideas came from, the fact that leaks suggested Cupertino was developing (1) a tablet (2) a watch, and (3) 3D Touch on the 6S definitely factor into decision making. And why shouldn’t it: business is all about slaying the competition and the best way to do that is by outsmarting it.

Don’t be mistaken: this isn’t some thinly-veiled ode to Apple. Quite the opposite, even: you snooze you lose.

Don’t be mistaken: this isn’t some thinly-veiled ode to Apple. Quite the opposite, even: you snooze you lose. In this sense, leaks serve to not only keep the competition on its toes, but to perpetually inspire innovation while any given company may be seen stagnant.

These days I think the whole “shock and awe” campaign of product releases has subsided to the point where the moral implication of leaks really don’t seem as bad as they once did. Instead of the horrible blurrycam images taken from yesteryear, 2015 has seen full blown product renders in cases for the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6 Edge, LG G4 and numerous other products. Benchmarks are known, hardware variants are listed, even pricing and availability. It’s so commonplace now that I don’t even think twice.

The Litmus Test

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Likely not a legitimate leak: this image claims to be the unheard of Nexus 8

It seems like these days, a device can’t release unless it’s been leaked to death for days, weeks, or even months beforehand. No matter how big or small, the (no longer blurry) cam will get it all. Ironically, this is also the perfect litmus test to weed out the tabloid “truth” from pending products. Case in point: several leaks ago, sorry, several weeks ago, alleged shots of a Nexus 8 tablet hit the tech world. Despite several websites covering it, we refused to for the simple fact that there was absolutely no credibility to the story whatsoever. Not a single solid spec or anything had been produced for such a product, and therefore, by default, the images were immediately flagged as a forgery.

Leaks go far, far up the totem pole. Even if we’re not talking actual press renders or hands-on with “non-existent” products, those responsible for the most basic elements of product manufacturing are often involved. There might be hardware vendors who are commenting about large orders for an upcoming product, mysterious benchmark tests, schematics for the size and shape of cases, etc. Indeed sometimes the details are so darn detailed that some smaller OEMs can release clone products before the real ones are even made public, let alone sold in stores.

Perfect PR

Around the time of the infamous bar incident, the allegation of marketing stunts began to get louder. Rather than try and hide a product, to keep it away from the public’s knowledge, a more social idea was stressed: companies deliberately planting or allowing information to leak in order to gain maximum exposure. 2015 has seen the increased trend of brand name accessory manufacturers leaking designs. Whereas in the past, cases and such were always random, anonymous Chinese factory products, these days everyone from Verus to Spigen seem to be springing a leak.


The Note Edge, while hinted, was basically a total surprise from Samsung.

In truth it’s a perfectly logical business move: by leaking devices in advance of their launch, companies are able to ensure they get tons of free publicity. Likewise, in the case of cases, the accessory manufacturer has the potential to get a gigantic boost in sales due to their name being plastered on the first “official” press images of the product.

Just looking at the lead-up to this year’s Galaxy Note 5 for example, a single post managed to net over 270,000 hits according to our internal tally and basically within the span of a few days. That’s over a quarter of a million views for a *leak*. What more could Samsung hope for when it arguably didn’t even lift a financial finger?

Now mind you, this is not to claim all (or perhaps any) companies are planting or allowing leaks to flow. We can hypothesize and theorize all the while but will never be privy to the inner workings and decisions made at corporate planning meetings. Heck, who knows the full extent of what is – or isn’t – going on. Still, when one considers just how well hidden the Galaxy Note Edge was last year and compare it to the Galaxy Alphaclearly there is a way to control secrets when one wants to.

A timing solution


The original Surface Pro (seen here) was announced almost an entire year before it released.

Another possible benefit of the “leak culture” is that companies no longer need to schedule launch events months and months before the actual product hits stores. I remember, for example, when Windows 8 was prepping for launch, and Microsoft subsequently announced the Surface RT and Surface Pro on June 18, 2012. Neither would release for ages, and even then while the RT variant shipped later that year with the official launch of Windows on October 26th, those waiting for the Pro didn’t get it until February 9, 2013. Arguably the same could be said about the Apple Watch: it was unveiled on September 9, 2014 yet didn’t ship until April 24, 2015.

If a product isn’t literally in stores to test out and get a feel for – regardless of release date – then it’s easy for one to forget it exists. If that happens, suddenly budgeting and/or plans for the future are also up in the air. Consider for example, the Surface situation: if someone needed a new PC when Windows 8 launched, and didn’t want the hobbled Surface RT, they either had to wait another 4 months or else just get something then and there. Time is money, and people are more likely to use the latter when there isn’t much left of the former.

Time is money, and people are more likely to use the latter when there isn’t much left of the former.

Leaks, “official” or otherwise, arguably solve this problem. Consider that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was outed months upon months before Samsung announced it. People were thus entertained with the possibility of a plus-sized product, then strung along as more information came forth over time, and by the start of the summer basically sold on fact that it was undeniably real. Samsung meanwhile, “did” nothing for a product that “didn’t exist” yet got roughly 3 months of free PR for it. When the contents of Unpacked was out on the table, the company was in the fortunate position of releasing the device just a week or two later: no need at all for months of marketing build-up.

The future is now (but you can’t buy it until tomorrow)

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Waiting: for someone to leak my Galaxy Tab Edge dream. I’ll also settle for a Note Mini.

As the modern era continues to advance, there will come a time when product leaks have become a basic cornerstone of journalism. In many ways, we have already reached this point. Whereas I was born in a time before the internet age and the relentless offering of content and creativity it fosters, kids these days will never know what it was like to have a real “secret”.

While we may never know just how leaks come about or the extent to which any given company benefits from them, one thing is quite apparent: their presence makes it that much harder to wait for the actual products they promise. It is this lust for more that paradoxically encourages further leaks, and yet in the process, only further traps us into the vicious cycle of information excess.

Now, if you excuse me, I need to scan the interwebs for my it’s-gotta-be-announced-eventually Galaxy Tab Edge


LG G4 Pro will be called V10 according to new leaks

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Android Smartphones_LG_V10_first leak_TENAA_090315A new tweet from Evan Blass gives us a first look at LG’s upcoming flagship type device. Up to this point people have been calling the device either the LG G4 Pro or G4 Note. According to Blass, the device will actually be called the LG V10.

A leaked image popped up today showing off what could be the new flagship device LG has been planning. The device will be more of a squeal to the LG G4 which disappointed in sales, and will include mostly the same hardware specifications. However, the leaked image shows a metal design and although it includes the rear shutter and volume controls, they appear to be slightly different when put next to the G4. The camera lens has also gotten bigger, laser auto focus has been included, as well as a dual tone LED rear-facing flash. Noticeably, the bezels have shrunk down and rumors point towards a possible secondary display located at the top of the device.

Besides the device’s new design language, we are looking at a large 5.7-inch QHD Quantum display. Which originally debuted with the G4. It will likely be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and include other familiar internals such as a 5MP front-facing camera, 16MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and be expandable via a microSD card slot. The device is also rumored to include an all-new fingerprint scanner. At this time it’s unknown if LG will keep its removable battery compatibility going forward.

We’re expecting the device to be announced on October 10 and include a hefty price tag. We should find out more details soon.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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(Update: 2 short videos, too!) BlackBerry Venice images leak, could land in November

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Update: Evan Blass, who has seemingly been the source for all BlackBerry Venice leaks so far, has just given us another taste at BlackBerry’s new Android smartphone. The gif attached to a recent tweet, which is actually quite lengthy, gives us our best look yet at the new device.

So now that you’ve seen it in video form, what say you? Are you any more excited to get your hands on the device? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Original post: Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about BlackBerry’s upcoming Venice slider smartphone and further renders of the device have leaked along with more information about when we can expect BlackBerry’s new flagship hit the shelves.


According to perennial tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), BlackBerry’s slider will hit the shelves in November and will be stocked by all four major US carriers. If true (which is likely, given Evan’s pedigree for leaks), it’s interesting that all the carriers are willing to back the handset and it could be a key step in making sure BlackBerry’s new device sells in volume.

The Venice is expected to have a large display that slides up to reveal BlackBerry’s iconic hardware keyboard and based on previous leaks, along with today’s images, we’re expecting the Venice to have curved edges on the display like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.

After revealing the release date and carrier plans, Blass went on to leak some more renders (including a couple that have previously leaked), which reveal that Google Play will be a key part of the handset, which is expected to run on a mostly-stock Android OS. With Android M (aka Android Marshmallow) set for release in the coming weeks, the Venice may even run Google’s new OS at launch and we’d certainly hope so given it will launch a couple of months after Android M.


Alongside the Android OS, the BlackBerry Venice is expected to sport a flagship feature set that includes a 5.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) pixel display – likely an AMOLED panel if the curved display is being provided by Samsung – and a Snapdragon 808 processor – like the LG G4 – coupled with 3GB RAM.

The BlackBerry Venice is without doubt a throwback to the past in a modern device and as we’ve seen from Samsung, the keyboard might be dead but it isn’t stopping manufacturers from trying to bring it back. Samsung has already launched a “BlackBerry-inspired” keyboard cover for the S6 Edge but based on the final image that Blass shared, the Venice keyboard looks simply fantastic.


Many people claim that BlackBerry should have adopted Android years ago and the Venice aims to right this; the handset looks to offer a sleek unique design and will be one of the few flagship handsets to feature a keyboard. With Android on-board, a premium specs list and the choice of touch or physical keyboards, this could be a handset that makes BlackBerry popular again.

Personally, I can’t wait for this device to be officially announced but what do you think? Do the Venice leaks entice you enough to potentially be on your buy list? Would you use the keyboard? Let us know your views in the comments below!

New images leaked of reported LG Nexus 5 2015 version

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

There’s still a huge lack of information on the planned 2015 refresh of the Nexus 5, still by the same manufacturer that put out the first one, Korean gadget manufacturers LG. It looks like both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 will be refreshed this year, with Huawei getting the rights for the rumored phablet-sized 2015 Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 will reportedly stay with a 5.2-inch screen, and we have some images of reported company renders (aside from the full-on shot above) for you to ogle at.


LG has been a fan of the rear-placed power and volume buttons, so it’s a bit interesting that they are not doing that on this phone model – at least from what the initial leaks show us. There is, however, what looks like a rear-placed fingerprint scanner that is also present in the same renders for the Huawei Nexus 6.


From what we can see here – which is not really much – we have front-facing speakers, for better audio when on speakers. Also, notice that the telltale USB port at the bottom is in the shape of a USB Type-C port, where you won’t have to worry if you’re slipping the micro USB cable to the port right side up.

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On the full-on shot of the back, we see what seems to be a plastic back cover (?), but that detail is surely not final. There’s also what seems to be a dual tone flash LED, and just possibly, a laser focus feature. We’re pretty sure that white back casing will turn out to have different options, or at least a different color (hopefully).

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Huawei’s Nexus 6, LG’s Nexus 5 to have the same rear fingerprint scanner

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

What we have here for you today are some leaked renders of what is purportedly the Huawei Nexus 6, the 2015 version of Google’s flagship smartphone. The big news? We’re probably going to see the same rear fingerprint scanner on Huawei’s Nexus 6 as the one planned for LG’s Nexus 5 refresh.

We know that LG has an affinity for the rear-placed finger incidentals, like the power button and the volume rocker – which has been in rear placement since the LG G2, and still on the G3 and G4. And while the leaks for the new LG Nexus 5 do not show rear-mounted power and volume buttons, they do show a rear-placed fingerprint scanner right below the camera sensor bump. See the image below.


In these new leaks of what is reportedly the Huawei 2015 Nexus smartphone – these are supposedly renders from the company based on detailed factory schematics provided for makers of accessories – we can see that there is that tell-tale round depression for the rear-placed fingerprint scanner.


The renders also show us what seems to be a 5.7-inch screen on the new phone, although there has been no confirmation yet from Huawei whether this is the final configuration or not. Rumor has it that the China-based outfit is experimenting with either a 5.5-inch display or the aforementioned larger version. Oh and by the way, do you notice the USB Type C port?


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