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“Moto Maxx” trademark hints at upcoming phone, or does it?

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Motorola has filed a new trademark for a “Moto Maxx”, categorized under mobile phones, smartphones and accessories. It doesn’t take a mobile expert to realize this is probably a trademark for an upcoming smartphone, but confusion surrounds the mysterious device. Mostly because its name doesn’t follow Motorola’s traditional naming scheme.

If the Moto Maxx is to reach the light of day, we could see it taking multiple roads. The “Moto” moniker has been attached to global smartphones for some time now. This series includes devices like the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E, so the brand now has a fame for producing unlocked and/or easily accessible smartphones.


On the other hand “Maxx” is closely associated with the Verizon-exclusive DROID brand. Devices like the Motorola DROID Maxx, DROID RAZR Maxx and others have been released and are known for their impressive performance in battery life. So, where does this leave the rumored Moto Maxx?

Is Verizon getting rid of the DROID branding (which does happen to belong to Lucasfilm)? Will it be part of the “Moto” family and simply come with a large battery, like other Maxx devices? For all we know this trademark could be nothing but a placeholder and will never make it to market. The Moto Maxx’s future is uncertain, but you can be sure we will promptly bring you any details that may emerge.

Via: Phonedog;
Source: USPTO;

LG G Vista rumored to come to Verizon with a massive screen and battery

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Verizon subscribers are soon to be blessed with a brand new affordable smartphone, if the latest murmurs are to be believed. New rumors suggest an LG G Vista is to be announced by Verizon this Thursday, July 31st. It should carry a $499 price tag as an off-contract device, or $99 under a 2-year contract. It is not meant to be the phone of your dreams, but carries a fair price tag and some features that will seem glorious to many.

The device does sport a massive 5.7-inch screen, which should offer a good viewing experience, even if resolution is set at 720p. The lack of Full HD resolution will be easier on that 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, though. Not to mention, it will be much less of a hog on that massive 3,200 mAh battery.


Other specs include 8 GB of internal storage, 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.4, micro SD card support, an 8 MP camera with laser auto-focus and 4G LTE antennas (of course). One surprising addition to see in the listed specs is the inclusion of the laser auto-focus. This feature has only been seen in the high-end LG G3 so far. Does this mean it will be a technology LG plans to proliferate?

As always, take all of this information with a healthy dose of sodium. We can’t give you our word on rumors and leaks. No details are for certain until an official announcement comes, no matter how credible they seem.

With that said, we would like to point out that this device is looking to be a great smartphone for those seeking to spend a little less on a new Verizon smartphone. It should be especially enticing for those who treasure battery life. A 3,200 mAh battery, 720p display and Snapdragon 400 processor should equate to many hours of juice.

Via: Droid-Life;

Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The rumor you have been waiting years for has arrived – Motorola is said to have created the next Nexus phone, a massive 5.9-incher under the codename “shamu.” Call it a parting gift or whatever you want from Google as they ship Moto off to Lenovo, this could be your chance to finally get a Motorola Nexus, assuming you would want one that is that size. 

There isn’t much else to say about this rumor, that surfaced via Android Police, other than the current codename of “shamu” was spotted four days ago through an Android L bug tracker. You can see in the screenshot below that we have a build number for a device showing as “aosp_shamu-userdebug.” Obviously, Motorola or Nexus aren’t mentioned, but we like seeing codenames for devices that do not currently exist.

Keep in mind that Google almost always gives their Nexus devices fish-related codenames. We have seen toro, hammerhead, mako, and grouper in the past, to name a few. Shamu, as you likely know, is the name of a famous killer whale. It’s probably also worth noting that a 5.9-inch phone could be considered a whale, so a name like shamu is both fitting and Google-like.

The only other details worth mentioning are that the phone may contain a fingerprint scanner and should arrive in November, just like previous Nexus phones.

Update:  The Information is now supporting this rumor, suggesting that they have three confirmations from sources that Motorola and Google have teamed up for the next Nexus phone.

Is a 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus all you have ever dreamed of?

motorola shamu

Via:  Android Police

Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale is a post from: Droid Life

More images of the Sony Xperia Z3 emerge

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


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.


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


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

Come comment on this article: Samsung struggling with relative success, eyes Samsung Note 4 for help

‘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.


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


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.


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.

samsung gear live first look (7 of 19)

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.


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


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.


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.

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