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HTC’s Lollipop-based Sense leaks in first screenshots

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The first images of HTC’s implementation of Android 5.0 Lollipop made their way to the web, showing HTC’s take on the recent apps interface and notifications dropdown.

The screenshots below are courtesy of LlabTooFeR, a custom ROM developer that has frequently leaked HTC-related information in the past. According to the leaker, the screens show Lollipop with HTC’s proprietary Sense 6 overlay running on a One (M8). Version 6 of Sense debuted on the M8 back in spring, though it’s possible that HTC will introduce an intermediary Sense 6.5 release to go with the Lollipop update. Sense 7 is only due next year with the One (M8)’s successor.

The screens show how HTC plans to skin the lockscreen, notification dropdown, quick settings, and recent apps overview screens – the general aesthetic is more restrained, with shades of gray replacing Google’s bold color choice. That aside, this is unmistakably Lollipop. Also worth noting is that HTC kept its own nav bar buttons, instead of adopting the new triangle/circle/square combo from stock Lollipop.

HTC promised it would release the Lollipop update for its top devices within three months of the availability of the Android 5.0 source code. The countdown clock is ticking. This year, many OEMs seem to be trying really hard to be among the first to put out Lollipop, and hopefully HTC will beat its own deadline by a margin.

What do you think of these initial screenshots? Like what HTC has done with Lollipop?

Huawei Ascend P8 rumors hint at a ceramic body and 2.5D display

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Huawei Ascend P7 may only be 6 months old, but sources in China are suggesting that a successor could make an appearance as early as January 2015, at next year’s CES. The handset is apparently already undergoing internal testing.

Just like the Ascend P7, the P8 looks to fall somewhere just behind the premium-tier of flagship smartphones. Early rumors suggest that the Ascend P8 will feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a ppi of 424. The display will apparently feature a “2.5D” tapered edge, which is becoming increasingly common these days.

Huawei is also said to be taking note of the trend towards more expensive build materials. The Ascend P8 could end up with a metallic body, and a ceramic back and buttons. From the blurry image accompanying the Chinese report (see below) we can also make out a new look camera design and what could be an accompanying fingerprint scanner or dual-LED flash setup. Huawei made excellent use of its fingerprint scanner with the Mate 7 and one would be a welcome addition to its more reasonably sized smartphone range.

Huawei Ascend P8 rumor

Is this Huawei’s next Ascend smartphone?

However, the rumor looks a little dubious as it suggests that the P8 might end up being powered by a 16nm FinFET Huawei Kirin 930 SoC manufactured by TSMC. However, the consensus is that TSMC isn’t scheduled to begin 16nm mass-production until much later in 2015.

Overall, the source’s suggestions point to a small upgrade over the Ascend P7, with attention to build quality being the most noticeable change from the last generation. As usual the Huawei Ascend P8 looks to be competitively priced, with a rumored price-tag of 2,999 CNY ($490).

Could there be a global version of the Droid Turbo?

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The newly announced Motorola Droid Turbo is an exceptional smartphone, but its exclusive ties to US carrier Verizon have left some feeling that they might miss out. However, the handset might be heading out to other countries around the world too, as an invite for a launch event has appeared in Brazil.

The invitation, which was sent to Brazilian media, suggests that a launch event will be taking place on the 5th of November at 10AM. The message invites guest to a “technological experience without boundaries”, suggesting a high-end launch of some kind, and is accompanied by an unmistakable image of the Droid Turbo’s nylon back cover.

Brazil Droid Turbo Event

Left: Invitation. Right: Droid Turbo at the Verizon launch event.

Furthermore, a mysterious Motorola XT 1225 with 64GB of memory and the same 3,900 mAh battery as the Droid Turbo recently passed through Anatel, Brazil’s telecommunications regulator. The model number has also just cropped up in an XDA forum post. Motorola also has an active history in Brazil, having launched the Moto G in the region not too long ago. The bigger question is will the smartphone ship out globally as well?

Additional rumors are suggesting that the Droid Turbo might be renamed to the Droid Maxx come its Brazil launch, and there’s a chance that the name could stick in other regions too. Motorola filed for the “Moto Maxx” trademark at the US Office of Patents and Trademarks back in July, suggesting that this could be the name of the handset if it retails through other US carriers.

It’s all a little unknown right now, but I would be surprised if such a great smartphone remained exclusive for long. Hopefully everything will be a lot clearer come November 5th.

Motorola Droid Turbo might hit shelves on October 30th, here’s a peek in the box

Posted by wicked October - 27 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

motorola droid turbo

Sources are suggesting that the powerhouse Motorola Droid Turbo is set to go on sale on October 30th. We already know that the smartphone will be unveiled on October 28th, apparently leaving just a two day delay between the announcement and the handset’s arrival in stores.

The smartphone has been leaked various times already, so there probably aren’t many surprises left for the launch event. If you missed out on the specs leaks, the Motorola Droid Turbo is packing some pretty serious hardware:

  • Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.65GHz
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage
  • 1440 x 2560 resolution display
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 20MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

If you’re planning on heading down to the store on launch day but can’t wait until the 30th to see inside the retail box, the following tweet should satisfy.

The handset is expect to retail exclusively through Verizon and could already be in store stockrooms awaiting release. The estimated retail price is $599, although subsidised contract options should be available too. Will you be picking one up come launch day?

HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop update timetable

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

HTC Desire Eye Hands On Color VS -9

HTC has already announced plans to update its flagship HTC One (M7) and (M8) handsets to Android Lollipop within 90 days of the official release, but we have been left wondering when or if the company’s wider selection of smartphones will also receive the Android 5.0 treatment.

The latest source suggests that HTC will indeed be brining Lollipop to most of its new handsets and will likely pack its new Eye Experience software in with the update, although not all features will be available on every device. The follow list might be subject to change, as handsets are apparently still under evaluation.

  • The HTC One (M7) and (M8) remain the first in line for the update. GPE versions of the handsets will receive an update in late November-December, as expected, and Sense based versions will see an update in January-February.
  • The January to March contains a host of HTC devices. Lollipop should arrive for the Desire EYE, One (M8) Dual SIM, One (M7) Dual SIM, One (E8), One (E8) Dual SIM, and Butterfly 2 in this period.
  • HTC’s One Mini 2 and Desire 816 will follow later, with an update expected in the March-April time frame.
  • Lastly, the One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S are in line for Lollipop somewhere between March and May next year.

Oddly, HTC’s newly announced 64-bit Desire 820 appears to be left off the list. This and HTC’s MediaTek processor powered handsets are still under evaluation, according to the source, and may or may not receive an update.

If you’re curious about which others smartphones will be receiving Lollipop, be sure to check out our list of the most recent information.


Source: llabtoofer;

Possible European prices of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 leak out

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Caschys Blog, a source with several solid leaks to its name, published screenshots purportedly showing the German prices of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, as well as their storage configurations.

The screenshots allegedly show the internal inventory systems of German electronics retailer Media Markt/Saturn, and as such should not be taken as official word. Still, the prices don’t seem too far-fetched and given their source, we tend to trust their accuracy.

It’s important to note that Media Markt’s prices of the 2013 Nexus 5 were around 50 euro higher than on Google’s Play Store, so it’s likely that the prices listed here are higher as well.

Also, European prices are typically higher than prices in the US in converted dollars. For instance, the Nexus 5 16GB is 349 euro ($440) in Germany and $349 in the US.

With these words of caution out of the way, here’s the good stuff:

Nexus 6 prices

Motorola-Nexus-6 prices leak

  • Nexus 6 32GB Black: 569 euro
  • Nexus 6 32GB White: 569 euro
  • Nexus 6 64GB Black: 649 euro
  • Nexus 6 64GB White: 649 euro

If this leak is accurate, Nexus smartphones will be available with 64GB of storage for the first time. Also, it’s good to see Google moving away from the 16GB option, which is inadequate for most users these days.

Nexus 9 prices

HTC-Nexus-9 price leak

  • Nexus 9 LTE 32GB Black: 569 euro
  • Nexus 9 LTE 32GB White: 569 euro
  • Nexus 9 WiFi 32GB Black: 489 euro
  • Nexus 9 WiFi 32GB White: 489 euro
  • Nexus 9 WiFi 16GB Black: 399 euro
  • Nexus 9 WiFi 16GB White: 399 euro

Assuming that our assumptions are correct (1 euro = 1 dollar, prices are 50 euros higher than in the Play Store), the Nexus 6 could start from about $500 in the US, while the Nexus 9 could start from around $350.

This however is just our guess, and we should find out the real deal in just a few hours!


Source: Caschys Blog;

This is the Nexus 6, according to @evleaks

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Generally known under his @evleaks alias, Evan Blass may have put his professional leaking days behind him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do what he does best every once and a while.

According to the former pro leaker, the device below is the Nexus 6. We have no way of knowing it for sure, but judging from the image, as well as Blass’ track record, this may truly be our first look at Nexus 6 press render.

google nexus 6 render evleaks

The image shows a device that’s very similar to the new Moto X, only in a larger form factor. The Nexus 6 has been rumored to feature a 5.9-inch Quad HD display.

Looking at the user interface, we can see new icons for the Play Store and all apps, as well as what seems to be a messaging app (not Hangouts). Another new element is the way Docs and other productivity apps, as well as Play Music, Play Movies and other apps, are grouped in their own folders, Create and Play, separate from the Google folder we typically see on default Android installations.

This image matches closely the mockup made by the folks at Android Police based on information from their sources, though with some differences. The wallpaper is different, and, if this image is authentic is may be the first time in a while Google uses a photography, rather than an abstract design for the default wallpaper.

With the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Android L rumored to launch later this week, we’ll find out soon how truthful @evleaks’ latest report is.

What do you think of this image?


Source: Evleaks;

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9: rumor roundup

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If the rumor mill is to be believed, the new HTC Nexus 9 and rumored Motorola Nexus 6 are almost here, with most reports pointing to a launch sometime between the middle of this month and early November. Although there’s much more solid proof for the Nexus 9’s existence, recently Nexus 6 rumors have also begun heating up.

So what do we think we know about the next-gen Nexus family? Let’s jump in and take a look. Keep in mind that as we march closer to Google’s announcement for these products, we may likely learn even more details, so be sure to check back from time to time for updates and changes to this roundup post. Also if we missed any juicy details, be sure to let us and our readers know about it in the comments.

HTC Nexus 9

The HTC Nexus 9 is expected to be the first tablet from HTC since the not particularly successful HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream. Not only this, it’s the first Nexus device from HTC since the Nexus One. The Nexus 9 is expected to replace both the Samsung Nexus 10 and the Asus Nexus 7 (2013) in one swoop, bringing high-end specs and rumors of a slightly more premium design.

Design

nexus 9 upleaks

Early on, rumors suggested HTC’s tablet would have a unibody metal construction, akin to the HTC One’s build language. Earlier this morning, however, we reported on a new image from @upleaks (Seen above) that shows off what is allegedly the HTC Nexus 9 packing a design similar to current-gen Nexus devices. The latest report also says the tablet will have a matte soft plastic feel as well.

If this design proves correct, that means the idea of an all-metal Nexus was nothing more than rumor. Then again, it’s possible that the side could still have a metal edge like the rumored Nexus 6, though that’s really just speculation at this point.

As for the front of the tablet? Past rumors claim we’ll see a front facing speaker setup, which certainly wouldn’t be out of character for HTC. For what it is worth, the most recent (plastic) leaked back image doesn’t seem to have grill holes, which could be due to a low quality render or it could further proof of front facing speakers.

Display and specs

Despite the name Nexus 9, the display is actually expected to be 8.9-inches, though Google is known for rounding up when it comes to naming its Nexus products. As for the resolution? It really depends on which rumor you believe. Back in June, we heard reports suggesting a resolution of 2048 x 1440 with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 281ppi. On the other hand, a more recent August report suggested a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

What all rumors do seem to report consistently is that there will be a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, a first for the Nexus family

That’s not the only part of the spec sheet that’s under question, RAM also differs depending on which report you believe. Older reports claim 2GB RAM, though the August rumors pointed at a much more impressive 4GB RAM. Such a high amount of RAM would certainly pair nicely with the 64-bit processor said to be onboard, but we really can’t say which of these numbers are correct.

What all rumors do seem to report consistently is that there will be a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor (all-but confirmed by Nvidia), 8MP rear cam, NFC, 16 or 32GB storage and Android L out of the box. There’s also expected to be an LTE model version launching as well.

Keyboard accessory

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The Nexus 9 is expected to launch with a snap-on keyboard cover that basically turns the tablet into a makeshift laptop. Combined with beefy specs, this could make the Nexus 9 a dream machine when it comes to basic productivity uses on the road and could allow some folks to leave behind their more powerful (and likely bulkier) laptop rigs.

When is it coming?

The HTC Nexus 9 is expected to be formally unveiled to the public on October 15 or the 16th, at least based on information from our own sources and other rumors. Google has yet to set a date for a press event, making it possible the announcement will happen via a basic press release instead.

What is less clear is pricing. With the Nexus 9 being more “upscale” in terms of both specs and possibly design, it wouldn’t be too shocking if it costs more than the Nexus 7 (2013), though how much more is anyone’s guess at this point.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6's front, allegedly spotted in the wild.

Nexus 6’s front, allegedly spotted in the wild.

Early on it was unclear if the Nexus 6 was even going to happen, with talk of Android Silver and the death of Nexus phones. And then talk of Shamu began, Motorola’s attempt at a ‘phablet’ sized smartphone.

There are still some who believe (or even hope that) the Nexus 6 is only a product of rumor, nothing more than a Motorola project that has incorrectly become associated with the Nexus program. That said, there have been an increasing number of rumors, reports and leaks that suggest the Nexus 6 is really coming, and it’s going to be a massive beast both in terms of specs and size.

Design

The Nexus phone line has been slowly but surely climbing up in size, though many figured Google would stop around the 5 to 5.2-inch range. If the rumors surrounding Nexus 6 are legit, however, Motorola’s Nexus will actually jump up all the way to 5.9-inches.

This makes the Nexus 6 a much ‘bigger’ device, though most reports claim it won’t be that much bigger in size than products like the Galaxy Note 4. Not that long ago a Motorola-branded Shamu prototype (aka Nexus 6) without the Nexus branding was seen beside the LG G3, giving us a little better idea of how it compares in terms of size.

shamu-possible

As for the phone’s design? The Nexus 6 is said to look very similar to the new Moto X, only with a major increase in size. That means the same front-facing speakers, aluminum frame, camera design with a ring and more. In fact, a completely unofficial render shows that the phone will pretty much keep Motorola’s design language verbatim, only tossing in a Nexus logo.

The Nexus 6 is said to look very similar to the new Moto X, only with a major increase in size

Honestly, we think the back render is pretty ugly and hope that it’s not accurate. In the past, Google has dictated the design aspects not the OEM. That’s why the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 don’t look that much like their LG counterparts, and the same goes for older Nexus phones before that. It seems odd that Google would change this now, especially considering the most recent Nexus 9 image looks very similar to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) design language.

white-nexus-6-render

So for now we can’t say or sure what the Nexus 6 will look like, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it is in fact inspired by Motorola’s design language, only with a few tweaks to set help distinguish it as a Nexus product.

Display and specs

In addition to being the first Nexus phablet, the Nexus 6 is also said to be the first Nexus phone to adopt a QHD resolution with a 496 PPI. As for the rest of the specs, the phone is said to have a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB RAM, a 3200+ mAh battery, quick charging technology, a 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam and Android L. No word on how much storage will be built in, though 16 and 32GB packages seem likely. Though perhaps Google will finally jump things up in the storage arena?

Basically, if the specs are correct, the Nexus 6 will be an absolute beast with the most powerful specs available. Even the Nexus 6’s camera looks to be pretty solid, at least on paper, which is a departure from past Nexus phones with their relatively weak cameras when compared to similar flagships.

When is it coming?

Although we are fairly confident of the mid-October announcement timeframe for the Nexus 9, we are less certain of when the Nexus 6 will be unveiled. While it’s certainly possible that the Nexus 6 could arrive alongside the Nexus 9, other rumors claim Google won’t announce it until sometime in November. Hopefully we will know a bit more, one way or the other, soon enough.

We might not know when it’s coming, but there is at least one rumor claiming that the Nexus 6 will actually make it to Verizon’s network. Whether this is just hopeful thinking from a Verizon fan or a legitimate claim? We can’t say for sure just yet.

Possible first HTC Nexus 9 image leaks

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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What could be the first leaked image of the HTC-made Nexus 9 (Volantis) just leaked.

The source is @upleaks,  a Twitter user who has shared good info about HTC in the past, most recently, the Desire Eye specs and images.

The image seems to show a device made of plastic, not metal, as previously reported. According to @upleaks, the material is similar to the matte soft plastic of the LG-made Nexus 5 and the Asus Nexus 7 (2013). The vertical Nexus logo is very similar to the past Nexus devices, though the camera looks different from the Nexus 7’s distinctive design.

This could be a fake, to be sure, and there’s also a chance it’s a prototype or design concept. @upleaks’ assertion that the device is made of plastic raises some questions, as it was widely assumed until now that HTC will employ its distinctive One-like aluminum unibody design for the Nexus 9. Still, specs and designs can change quickly behind the scenes, and, this close to the rumored mid-October launch date, this image may be the real deal.

In related news, a device bearing a code number that was associated with the Nexus 9 in the past has recently passed through the FCC, suggesting that its release is iminent.

What do you think?

Nexus 6 reportedly coming to Verizon

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off
As if the Nexus 6's alleged back wasn't busy enough -- let's add a Verizon logo in there...

As if the Nexus 6’s alleged back design (unofficial render) wasn’t busy enough — let’s add a Verizon logo in there…

Get out your salt shakers ladies and gents, as a new report from Pocket Now claims that they have received word that Verizon will be among the carriers that will stock the Motorola Nexus 6. Yes, the carrier that handled the Galaxy Nexus so poorly and hasn’t done much better with the Nexus 7 (2013) either.

Verizon isn’t exactly known as being dev/modder friendly, and is easily one of the worst US carriers in this regard. Still, it’s also the biggest and (arguably) most popular US carrier thanks to impressive coverage range, so anything is possible. Pocket Now’s source doesn’t divulge anything about pricing or availability, only saying that Verizon is “ready to embrace the next Nexus phone, and is gearing-up to add the Nexus 6 to its selection of devices.”

As we mentioned straight from the beginning, speculation is highly advised and if you are a Verizon customer we certainly wouldn’t recommend that you get your hopes up just yet. Still, if the Nexus 6 is coming to Big Red, would you be interested in picking it up? Do you think Google would be willing to give Big Red another chance at carrying a Nexus phone?


Source: Pocket Now;

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