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More images of the Sony Xperia Z3 emerge

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know you still haven’t seen enough of the Sony Xperia Z3, so here are some new images for you! These come from leaks extraordinaire @evleaks and give us a good look at the back and side of the mysterious smartphone.

The rounded edges and familiar back are in tow. We are seeing a smartphone that looks more polished than its predecessor, but keeps that iconic Sony design we can recognize from a mile away. Also on board is the volume rocker, a prominent power button, a dedicated camera button and what seems like a microSD or SIM card slot.

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The surplus of Sony Xperia Z3 rumors and leaks may numb your excitement for such photos, but we must point out these do stand out in the crowd. The first set of images didn’t offer great quality, and the second group was nearly as bad (but still better).

Rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 16 GB of internal storage, 20.7MP/2.1MP cameras and Android 4.4. Those are some stunning components. And while Sony doesn’t seem to be joining the QHD display party, 1080p is nothing to scoff at.

Do remember these are all leaks and rumors. Though they have all been pretty consistent, nothing is official until it is. Take it all with a healthy dose of sodium and let’s stay tuned for more details.

Samsung struggling with relative success, eyes Samsung Note 4 for help

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around.

Industry watchers point to two factors that may have impacted the relative lack of success for the Galaxy S 5. First, the phone seemed to lack major innovations or changes that much of the market was hoping for like a metal chassis. Second, other competitors stepped up their game to compete and judging by reactions, both HTC and LG succeeded in those efforts.

To counteract these challenges, Samsung is reportedly looking to the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 to help change the trajectory. New reports indicate Samsung once again has a metal chassis on the table for a flagship device. Supposedly the company is considering materials like stainless steel, aluminum and magnesium, although it is unclear whether these materials may be limited to a “prime” version of the device.

Sources also say Samsung is looking at implementing optical image stabilization for the camera. The camera itself will reportedly be a 16MP unit. Finally, Samsung is said to be working on adopting a flexible display, likely in some other manner than they did for the Galaxy Round. Reports indicate Samsung has increased capacity by 50% to meet the expected demand for a flexible display.

Some may notice that a couple of these “innovations” really just reflect features present in prime phones from other manufacturers.

Do you think these changes will be seen as truly innovative and help get Samsung back on track with smartphones?

source: ETNews
via: G for Games

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‘HP red’ on GFXBench: possible high-performance device

Posted by wicked July - 19 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

It could be that HP is working on a new Android device with curious high-performance specs. Or it could be nothing. Still, the GFXBench device performance website marked the visit and benchmarking of one such device known only as “HP red”, and listed down the specs for posterity.

If HP would release this monster to retail, it has a curious mix of specs – a 16-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel multitouch display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor. The device also had 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, front and rear cameras, and was running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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If you think about it, 16 inches is way too much for a tablet-type device. Remember that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series tops out at 10.1 inches. For comparison, check out your 14-inch laptop’s screen. The ‘HP red’ is two inches larger across the screen. It could be a new model of HP’s all-in-one PC devices – they did have one of those running an Android OS before. But the funny thing about it is that this 16-inch monster has all the makings (and specs) of an outdoor/carry-along type of device – it has Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC and GPS.

So what is it? Well, we can speculate all we want – the bottom-line is that it is a pretty powerful Android device with a ludicrously ginormous 16-inch screen. Then again, it could be a hoax, or someone tweaking the name of their new device to “HP red” to throw off the competition. We will all have to wait and see with this one.

VIA: Liliputing

Rendering of HTC Android Wear Device Leaked, Confirms Square Shape

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Move over, Gear Live and G Watch, the Android Wear space is about to get a lot more crowded. Rumors suggested HTC was prepping an Android Wear device of its own, and a rendering tweeted by @evleaks confirms it.

Ignoring the obviously mocked-up UI, one thing you’ll immediately notice about the smartwatch is its conventional shape: it’s a square. That’s not to say the device is inherently ugly – the positioning of the watchband clasp is, in my opinion, a huge stylistic improvement over the Gear Live and G Watch – but folks hoping for more Android Wear watches with circular displays will surely be disappointed.

It’s impossible to confirm right now, but watchbands are presumably interchangeable. Should the metal band pictured not suit your fancy, you should be able to attach whichever 22mm material you like.

People on the fence, does HTC’s watch change your mind about Android Wear?

Via: @evleaks

Rendering of HTC Android Wear Device Leaked, Confirms Square Shape is a post from: Droid Life

Google and Samsung arguing over smartwatch conflict of interest

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Partnerships in the mobile industry can be a bit odd. Companies often have altercations and even sue each other for insane amounts of money, but ultimately they have to keep working together. Google and Samsung do relatively well in their friendship, but reports say they are not doing so well right now.

Google and Samsung are said to be arguing over their smartwatch business practices. More specifically, Google CEO Larry Page is said to not be very fond of Samsung putting more effort into their own Tizen platform than the new Android Wear ecosystem. The report claims there is a “tense private meeting” between Page and Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.

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It seems conflicts of interest will always be a problem. And it makes sense, Samsung is Google’s biggest partner – their new ventures and interest in Tizen are something to worry about. The problem here is that Samsung is pushing their Tizen line much stronger.

Can Google really complain much, though? For starters, they are breaking no rules, as far as we know. Google can only hope that Samsung will want to cooperate with them. It’s also important to note Samsung did release an Android Wear device… a very good one, at that.

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It does follow the same design as the Gear 2, meaning Samsung didn’t really create a completely new device to feature Google’s new wearable platform. So far the Gear Live is the most affordable Android Wear device around, and it’s not one bit inferior. In fact, some may prefer it over the LG G Watch.

This is nothing but reports, so always take them with a grain of salt. In fact, we may not even consider it a rumor; it’s more like tech gossip, to be honest. Do you think Google has the right to be upset at Samsung? Will the Korean manufacturer make any changes?

Is This the Back Casing for a New Motorola DROID?

Posted by Kellex July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The crew over at HelloMotoHK posted the image above this morning, which looks like the back case for what could be an unreleased Motorola phone. To be more specific, if real, I would peg this for the back casing of a new DROID device. Motorola, as we know from last year, has the exclusive on the DROID brand with Verizon going forward, a brand that tends to use materials like kevlar which is seen here. 

So what’s with all of those holes? Well, my guess would be that we are looking at a camera lens hole at the top, centered in between a dual-flash setup. The hole directly below that could just be a slot for a Motorola logo, like we saw on the Moto X. The odd thing there is the dimple on the Moto X was a piece of the back casing, it wasn’t filled by an attachment to the hardware of the phone, if that makes sense.

There were rumors surrounding the Moto X last year, which suggested that the dimple could be used for controlling parts of the phone. Motorola reportedly killed that after testing. Should they have figured out a way to add that touch-sensitivity back to this year’s line of DROIDs and the Moto X, then maybe that bottom hole will be filled by some form of button. I do not see this being an HTC One-esque dual camera setup, if you were wondering.

Thoughts?

Via:  HelloMotoHK
Cheers Antony!

Is This the Back Casing for a New Motorola DROID? is a post from: Droid Life

Amazon Prime Instant Video app for Android is “imminent”

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Android is known for its amazingly wide selection of apps and services, but there is no doubt some developers are simply not willing to take the bait. Such has been the case with the Amazon Instant Video app for Prime subscribers, an application that has found many forks in the road to the Google Play Store yet.

The demand exists, and many of you have been begging for this app. Rejoice, as your prayers may have just been answered. New reports have emerged, bearing rumors of Amazon planing to launch the Prime Instant Video app for Android. In what is claimed to be Amazon’s words, the launch is “imminent”. No release windows have been rumored, leaked or announced. Also unclear is whether the app would be optimized for both smartphones and tablets or not, but the app is coming.

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This is a bit of a curious situation, as Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire devices do feature the Instant Video app in all its glory. It’s important to note Kindle Fire devices are, after all, Android tablets. They may be completely different and heavily modified, but the Android-bearing gadgets are still part of our distant family.

Amazon seems to be worried that releasing the official Android app would help Kindle Fire sales plummet, as there wouldn’t be much of an incentive to grab an Amazon device over any other Android tablet. After all, the app has been available for iOS, game consoles and smart TVs for a long time, as well. Android was literally being left outside of the equation.

Amazon must realize this could also bring more users to their streaming service. After all, do many of us really choose our tablets and smartphones based on Amazon Instant Video compatibility? We are sure they may lose a few Kindle Fire sales, but they may also gain a healthy amount of new Prime subscribers.

Once again, this is a rumor. We must keep this in mind, so don’t hold your breath on this information. At least until we get an official announcement or more proof.

Amazon said to be testing “Kindle Unlimited” ebook subscription

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Multimedia and flashy devices sell, and this is why Amazon was right to jump into that market. This doesn’t mean the popular online retailer is ignoring what could be the only market they have a true foothold on – ebooks. Amazon is said to be testing a subscription service named “Kindle Unlimited”, a project that would offer a reading buffet to avid readers.

Signs of Kindle Unlimited’s existence showed up this morning, when some advertising for the new service showed up at Amazon’s website. The ads were discovered by Kindle Boards users, but it didn’t take long for these to disappear. In fact, there is still proof if you access Google’s cached version. Regardless, we managed to get a few details before it all went down.

Subscribers would have access to over 600,000 ebooks for the price of $9.99. The ebook titan is advertising the availability of some of the most popular books around. We can expect this subscription service to include the Harry Potter series, as well as Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and more.

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It’s obvious Amazon is aiming to compete with Sribd and Oyster, which offer similar services. Of course, Amazon is the giant here, so we can imagine there won’t be much of a fight. Not to mention, we have what seems to be proof of Kindle Unlimited also supporting audiobooks. One of the test pages mentioned there were 7,351 “Whispersync for Voice” titles.

These constant discoveries prove Amazon may be getting ready for an announcement, so let’s stay tuned for more details to come… hopefully soon. These continue to be leaks and rumors, so we won’t ask you to hold your breath. Do remember these come from Amazon’s official site, though, giving it much more credibility.

Amazon Instant Video App may Finally Come to Android, Release “Imminent”

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

In comparison to other platforms, Android has a lot of apps – over 1 million, in fact – but the catalog is far from complete. A few high-profile omissions have made the parity gap painfully perceptible, small as it is. However, according to one report, partial assuagement may be just around the corner. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris reportedly told PC Advisor that Amazon Instant Video, a long-awaited app, is due for “imminent” arrival on Android.

Amazon has thus far been reluctant to release an Amazon Instant Video app on Android for fear of cannibalizing sales of its Fire line of tablets. The move, should it come to pass, would be an unprecedented reversal for a company which has largely tried to segregate its ecosystem and fork of Android, Fire OS, from Google’s offerings. The change, much like Microsoft’s decision to release a version of Office for Android, could be tacit acknowledgement that the Android platform represents an untapped potential source of revenue.

Don’t hold your breath for an Amazon Instant Video app just yet – the report is unconfirmed. Still, it should give some hope to Prime subscribers who’ve been waiting to watch movies and TV shows on their Android devices for years.

Via: PC Advisor

Amazon Instant Video App may Finally Come to Android, Release “Imminent” is a post from: Droid Life

Google going big with Android One, first phone to launch in October

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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For Americans, the Android One announcement at Google IO may have been a bit of a lackluster, but this could be the very project that takes Android to 5 billion users. It’s a program that will bring good, affordable smartphones to emerging markets. New reports claim the first device is set to launch this October, in India.

We can assume this will be Micromax’s smartphone, which Google mentioned would be the very first Android One device to launch. At only $100, this could be a major hit in emerging markets. Sources claim this will be a Flipkart exclusive, a retailer that has become very popular in India. After all, their success with the Moto E, X and G has been unparalleled.

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They will definitely need a little push, though. In this competitive market, no new device will make it without some exposure, and Google is willing to help with that. The Search Giant is not giving India just crumbs and emotional support either, they are investing Rs 100 crore, which equals to a billion Rupees (or about 16.7 million USD). All for the sake of taking Android One off the ground and into a successful launch.

Sundar Pichai is expected to visit India and bring us more details soon. So far we know the program also includes manufacturers like Karbonn and Spice, aside from the already-mentioned Micromax. If all goes well, emerging markets will see great low-end smartphones before the end of the year.

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The benefit in Android One is that manufacturers can make affordable smartphones and put in their own apps, but the near-stock experience and software backbone will unload much of the work it takes to keep the device updated. Much like the Google Play Edition and Nexus programs, Android One devices will be updated directly from Google. This changes everything, guys. And as we have mentioned in the past, it could be the best announcement we saw at Google IO.

Do keep in mind these are not official announcements, though. Let’s not hold our breath until we get more than just rumors and reports.