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More Nexus 6 details reportedly leak, alongside a mock-up image of the device

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Like or not, more evidence keeps coming suggesting that if a new Nexus phone is arriving this year, it’s going to be the 5.9-inch Shamu. While Google and Motorola have yet to confirm or deny the device’s existence, there have been plenty of rumors and leaks pointing to a Nexus phablet and no talk about a smaller Nexus phone.

As for what this phone will be called? While rumors have gone back and forth between Nexus X and Nexus 6, a new report from Android Police claims the they can “confirm” it will be called Nexus 6 and that it will have a 5.9-inch display with a QHD resolution. AP doesn’t disclose where it got its information but it says that based on what they have seen, they can give us an idea of what it looks like:

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Keep in mind this render was made by AP and, as always with this kind of rumor/report, speculation is advised. If the render’s details are correct, the phone will apparently have front facing stereo speakers and a few changes when it comes to the icons on the homescreen as well. The sides of the phone will also have the same metallic frame as the new Moto X.

There are no details about what the back of the phone will look like, though reportedly it will have a 13MP shooter with OIS and the same dual-flash ring configuration as the new Moto X. There’s also said to be a front 2MP camera. The Nexus 6’s cameras seem to be a departure from Nexus’ usual tradition of having less-than-epic shooters, though we can’t really comment on the pic quality until we see real images from this rumored device. Some of the other details in the report include the claim that the phone will support Motorola’s quick charger tech and that it will have a 3200+ mAh battery.

Based on this report and previous rumors, it is clear that IF the Nexus 6 is coming it is going to be a monster — both in size and specs. It also appears to be ‘more premium’ in nature (metal frame, etc) than past Nexus phones, something we are also reportedly going to see with the HTC Nexus 9. We can imagine that, in addition to having more premium aesthetics, the latest Nexus crop will also have more premium pricing, though how much more expensive is anyone’s guess.

What do you think of the Nexus 6, based on what we currently know? How much would you be willing to pay for this beast?


Source: Android Police;

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A report out of The Information this morning suggests that Google’s revamped MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) for 2014 – the agreement that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, or Lenovo sign in order to add Google’s suite of apps to their Android phones – has changed significantly, requiring more Google-iness than ever. Manufacturers aren’t mad or happy, but they have acknowledged that Google is tightening up the requirements and asking more from them in order to carry Google’s apps, more importantly, Google Play. 

According to this report, Google is increasing the number of Google apps that must be pre-installed on a device by as many as 20, including placing them on the home screen with the Google Search bar at the top and a “Google” folder that houses many of their apps. If you bought an Android device in 2014, you have likely already experienced this setup.

The new MADA also reportedly requires manufacturers to implement “OK Google” as a hotword to wake the phone and complete a search, assuming the phone’s capabilities allow hotword detection. Well, Motorola’s new Moto X allows you to customize your hotword, so maybe they got out of this requirement thanks to their still-somewhat-close ties to Google or Google made an exception or they negotiated out of the requirement.

The new agreement requires manufacturers to make Google Search easily accessible with the swipe-up from the home button, a feature that you have already experienced through phones that have on-screen navigation buttons. During boot-up, the phone should display either a Google trademark or mention the phone runs Android (“Powered by Android”).

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Finally, if manufacturers or carriers want a cut of the revenue generated by Google from Search or Play, they have to sign agreements that stop them from pre-installing other search apps like Bing. Big players like Samsung are said to have an agreement like this, whereas other smaller companies do not.

I’m sure the media will spin this new report towards “Google is more anal than ever with Android!” or “Google forces even more Google on manufacturers!” or “Android isn’t so open after all!” I don’t necessarily look at the situation at that angle. Instead, this is Google recognizing that Android has evolved (think the swipe-up on home to access Search requirement) and that Google Play is a major asset that partners want/need access to. Their other apps are important as well (Gmail, Maps, etc.), and phones are mostly useless without them (we’re looking at you, Amazon products), so Google is taking advantage of that. Fault them or not, they are in the power position because companies need access to their suite of apps in order to be successful. With that said, are these requirements really that terrible? No.

On an “open” note – Google’s apps are not open. Android is. Anyone can use Android as they please for free. But if you want to use Google’s suite of apps, which again, aren’t a part of the “open” Android, there are agreements involved. Let’s not get the two confused.

Via:  The Information

Report: Google Requires More Google From Manufacturers, Because Android has Evolved and Google Apps are Still King is a post from: Droid Life

Tizen smartphone could reappear as a budget handset destined for India

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung Tizen Conference

The Tizen smartphone is a concept that just refuses to die. The Samsung Z’s Russian launch was delayed over and over again, and now appears to have been scrapped in favour of pushing Tizen into the low-end market.

The latest Tizen smartphone whisperings suggest that Samsung could be planning to launch a budget Tizen OS powered smartphone in emerging markets like India. Given the explosive growth seen in these regions recently and the slowdown in the Western premium tier market, this could be a sensible use for Samsung’s operating system. However, Samsung would then be up against the likes of the new Android One smartphones, so will need some cost-effective hardware to compete on features.

Some preliminary hardware information has surfaced about this low-end Tizen smartphone, courtesy of SamMobile. According to the source, the smartphone will feature dual-SIM slots and a FM ratio, which are particularly popular features in India. The handset will also come with a 3.2 megapixel camera, which is pretty average for devices in this price range.

The big issue looming over Samsung’s customized operating system is still the lack of apps, although popular Facebook and Twitter apps are now supported on the OS. Samsung has recently moved some of its engineers over to focus on Tizen, and has been working on a virtual machine solution to improve the range of apps available on its platform. But it is still unclear if Samsung’s OS will be fleshed out enough to compete with Android when or if it finally arrives in smartphone form.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed any news on an entry-level Tizen smartphone, so we will have to wait and see if company makes an official announcement in the coming months. Do you think that Tizen will help Samsung grab market share in emerging markets, or should the company stick to hardware?


Source: SamMobile;

So, is This Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus Looking All Sorts of Massive Next to a G3?

Posted by Kellex September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Umm, I don’t know if it is. Either way, the phone pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone next to the LG G3, which is already a massive phone, and absolutely stomping all over it.

Is this the Motorola Nexus aka “Shamu” aka Nexus 6 aka Whale Wars aka Free Willy aka please-don’t-make-this-Google-it’s-too-freaking-massive? You tell us. 

Edit:  Apparently, the photo showed up in our comments and Android Police’s at some point this morning. The anonymous “Guest” claims that it is coming to Verizon. Interesting, to say the least. I still don’t know what to make of it.

So, is This Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus Looking All Sorts of Massive Next to a G3? is a post from: Droid Life

Report: 5.9-inch Motorola Shamu to feature Snapdragon 805, 3200 mAh battery

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
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Motorola Shamu is rumored to be a scaled up version of the new Moto X, pictured here

A new report from 9to5Google confirms some of the specifications rumored for the Motorola Shamu and fills out new details about its appearance and features.

Shamu is believed to be a device co-developed by Motorola and Google, potentially as a Nexus device. In the past, some have called this device “Nexus 6” or “Nexus X” but there is zero convincing evidence to support either of these monikers, so we’ll just refer to it as Shamu.

According to 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall, the Shamu will feature a 5.92-inch Quad HD screen (498 ppi), and not a 5.2-inch screen, like claimed by some benchmarks-based reports in the past. The device will feature a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage (at least one version).

The large footprint of the device will enable a massive 3,200 mAh battery, while the cameras will be 13MP on the rear and 2MP on the front.

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The Shamu’s appearance will be very similar to the second generation Moto X. In fact, the report calls it a “scaled up version of the Moto X.” The image above is a render that supposedly resembles closely the real device. While ports on the Shamu are placed in the same position as on the new Moto X, the power button and the volume rocker are located towards the middle of the device, to make them easier to reach.

An image leaked earlier this week by HelloMotoHK seems to corroborate 9to5’ description of the Shamu. The image supposedly shows the back cover of the Moto S, which is either Shamu or a similar Motorola-branded device.

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It’s not clear for now what the round hole on the back of the Shamu will house. Nexus devices typically have prominent Nexus branding, but we can’t rule out that the Shamu will feature Motorola’s M logo, just like the new Moto X. Or, the opening could be used for a fingerprint scanner or something else, but that’s just speculation.

Android Authority has learned that new Nexus hardware will be announced around mid-October, with public availability set for November 1.

Would you be interested in a Nexus phablet?

 


Source: 9to5Google;

Report: Motorola Nexus Will Look Like the Whale Version of the Moto X

Posted by Kellex September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

According to the folks over at 9to5Google, they have information that confirms previous confirmations of previous confirmations that may or may not involve benchmarks on a potentially massive, whale-sized phone made by Motorola for Google that may or may not carry the Nexus brand. Follow that? Yeah, that’s what we are working with tonight. 

This report suggests that Motorola, as we have heard a handful of other times, has teamed up with Google to produce the “Shamu,” a 5.92-inch device that is deserving of its codename. The phone will essentially look like a blown-up version of the new Moto X, only the power and volume buttons will move down the side towards the middle to make for easier hot, press action. The 5.92-inch display will weigh in with a QHD resolution of 2560×1440. We could see a 3,200mAh battery, 13MP camera, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage as well.

The 9to5Google crew offered up an in-house-made mock-up (pictured below), which is said to represent a device that may or may not have been seen by someone at some time. As you will see from the mock-up, the phone lacks Nexus and Motorola branding, so who knows what we are really dealing with here.

The name could be Nexus 6 or Nexus X, according to rumors. There also may be two models. Seriously, no one knows.

Thoughts?

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Via:  9to5Google

Cheers Nate, for the Shamu photo!

Report: Motorola Nexus Will Look Like the Whale Version of the Moto X is a post from: Droid Life

Moto 360 may come in gold coloring

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Moto 360 features a design that is far from traditional. Its circular shape will make it stand out amongst other smartwatches, but coloring is as classic as it can get. So far the device is only offered in silver and black, but new evidence proves Motorola may be considering releasing a golden Moto 360.

Users claim to have received an email from Motorola containing information about the beloved Moto 360. One of the images showed something a bit interesting – a golden Moto 360 render image.

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Motorola quickly edited the image to get rid of any trace of this golden watch. The first edit simply gets rid of the golden watch image, while the second rearranges all the other watch faces to make the image look more uniform and balanced.

Motorola is not commenting much on the matter, but it seems there is obviously something to hide here. It would make sense to see more colors and designs coming. Especially considering big competitor Apple is releasing a varied range of customizable bands and different colors. Not to mention, gold seems to be one popular color for gadgets these days.


Via: Reddit;

HTC Nexus 9 likely coming during Q3 2014 with a Tegra K1 processor

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Rumors of the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet have been spreading like a harsh virus, but today we are getting what could be the most legit details about the mythical tablet. A legal document coming from NVIDIA has confirmed that the HTC Nexus 9 (as they called it) is to be released during the third quarter of 2014. Of course, it’s also mentioned it will carry a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

This legal document is related to a case in which NVIDIA claims Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents. Such a document would normally go unnoticed, but you can be sure an Android fan or two will notice NVIDIA talking about the HTC Nexus 9.

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The document reads:

“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

But of course, it didn’t take long for one of the affected companies to notice. The document has now been edited and has no mention of the HTC Nexus 9. Thankfully, tech journalist Chris Chavez captured a screenshot of the PDF file before the evidence disappeared.

Chris is a close friend of mine and has told me that he read the PDF document and took the screenshot below, himself.

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With that said, we can assume this was a quick slip. It happens to be a legal document, so we doubt it would be incorrect information. With that said, Q3 2014 is nearing its end. We may very well hear more about it soon!

Just keep in mind, the evidence is now gone, officially turning this into a rumor. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on this information just yet.


Via: Phandroid, Bright Side of News;
Source: NVIDIA;

HTC is building a rugged Bluetooth camera, could take on GoPro – report

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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HTC is trying to expand into new areas, following a very difficult period in its core smartphone business. The company is now making apps and services for users of competing smartphones, is developing the next Nexus tablet, and is rumored to release an Android Wear smartwatch early next year.

If a report from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan is accurate, HTC could also be looking at activity cameras in the vein of GoPro as a potential new source of income. Culpan, who is based in Taipei and frequently covers HTC, revealed the info on Twitter:

From Culpan’s description, HTC’s mystery device sounds like a cross between Sony’s QX series of detachable lenses and the popular rugged GoPro action video camera. The large sensor points, however, to a focus on photography, rather than video.

HTC has an event scheduled for October 8 in New York, under the “Double Exposure” tagline, pointing to an announcement related to photography. Previous rumors suggested HTC would introduce a selfie-focused device codenamed Eye at the event, but it’s possible we’ll see this rugged camera as well.

Sony’s QX lenses haven’t really found success in the market, mostly due to their high price tag. The cheaper QX10 version costs about $160, while the high-end QX100 can hit $400 – that puts them beyond the reach of most consumers, while enthusiasts and professionals prefer the complete functionality of an actual camera.

Being rugged, HTC’s camera could clash with GoPro and other action cameras in the market – the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, which has similar features, retails for $400 in the US.

It will be interesting to see how HTC prices this device. Would you be interested in a rugged camera from HTC?


Via: The Verge;

Samsung’s next Alpha phone will be full metal – report

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
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The sleek Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first metallic smartphone in years

Samsung is finally embracing metal. After the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha and Note 4, Samsung is working on a phone that features a full metal body, according to a report from SamMobile.

The device, codenamed SM-A500, is part of the A series that first leaked ahead of IFA. The three phones in this upcoming series are reportedly going to feature metallic designs and mid-range specifications, and Samsung is planning to launch them by the end of September.

The new report suggests the SM-A500 will be a radical departure from Samsung’s typical designs. This device is said to feature a complete metallic body, without a removable back cover. Samsung will be sacrificing the convenience of a removable battery, but at least it will retain the ability to use microSD cards, with the phone set to feature a hybrid port that can accept both a memory card and a nano-SIM card.

Premium design, mid-range specs. How about the price?

The alleged specs of the SM-A500 are decidedly mid-range: there’s a Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-inch 720p display, 8MP/5MP cameras, 16GB of storage, and a 2,330 mAh. The bells and whistles of the Galaxy S5 have been cut down, so don’t expect a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, or water resistance.

Looking at the specs, I can’t help feeling that Samsung is building a competitor to the new Moto G. However, the metal body will very likely bring the SM-A500’s bill of materials higher, so it will be interesting to see how this device is positioned. It’s safe to say though that Samsung is going for the quality mid-range market, possibly as an answer to the onslaught of value-focused competition from firms like Motorola, Xiaomi, or OnePlus.

The SM-A500 seems to be the middle child in the new series; we know that the SM-A300 will come with a qHD (960×540) display, while the SM-A700 will still be 720p, but probably in a larger size. Again, these devices are reportedly due before the end of this month, which makes sense considering that Samsung probably wants to have them in stores in time for the year-end shopping frenzy.


Source: SamMobile;