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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

google nexus 6 render evleaks wide

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

nexus 9 upleaks

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;

HTC Desire Eye alleged specs: two 13MP cameras, water resistant, high-end specs

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Reports about HTC’s upcoming Eye device are flying in, and they’re quite confusing.

Last week, we heard from two relatively good sources@upleaks and @LlabTooFeR – that the Eye (codename) is a selfie-centric version of the One (M8).

Now @upleaks is muddying the waters – or clearing them, depending on how you look at it – with a report claiming the Eye is actually a Desire device. That, or there actually two Eye devices coming. Here’s the tweet:

And here’s another pic allegedly showing this device:

htc desire eye (2)

If this Desire Eye is real, its specifications are a notch above what we typically get from devices in the Desire line, and they’re even comparable to the flagship One (M8) and Butterfly 2.

The most interesting aspect is the presence of 13MP cameras on the front and the back of the device, a setup that we haven’t seen before on mainstream devices. The front facing camera will sport a dual-LED flash, just like the rear camera, which should make for some great self-portraits. The front camera will feature a wide-angle f 2.0 lens as well, to capture as much of the scene as possible.

The design of the Desire Eye resembles a bit the Desire 820, with its simple lines, plastic build, and two-color scheme. Interestingly, the device will be water resistant, a feature we don’t see on many HTCs.

HTC seemingly wants to market the Desire Eye as the “ultimate selfie phone,” but the Taiwanese company will reportedly bring more “selfie-specialized” functions to the rest of its roster, as well, including: One (M8), Butterfly 2, One (E8), and One Mini 2. These functions should land before the Android L update, according to @upleaks.

Whether it’s from the One family or the Desire family, the Eye will become official on October 8 at HTC’s Double Exposure event, alongside the Re Camera action camera.

Would you be interested in a smartphone with two 13MP cameras?


Source: @Upleaks;

The Information: Cyanogen turns down Google’s acquisition attempt

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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As a company, Cyanogen Inc is still very new, though it is growing fast and making some interesting moves along the way — such as teaming up with Oppo for the N1 CM edition and working with OnePlus to deliver CyanogenMod 11S on the OnePlus One. It seems that it’s not just consumers taking notice of Cyanogen’s efforts, as a new report from The Information claims that Google’s Sundar Pichai met with Cyanogen Inc executives recently to discuss the possibility of an acquisition.

Reportedly the CM team turned Google down, content to stay the course and has even discussed a Series C round of funding with a few investors and tech firms, seeking a valuation of nearly $1 billion. Considering the company is new and not exactly generating a massive revenue stream just yet, that might seem like a lot. Of course, the experience behind the CM team and the CyanogenMod ROM (and community) is the real value for the company, not the products and partnerships it has produced during its short corporate life.

The experience behind the CM team and the CyanogenMod ROM is the real value for the company

CyanogenMod remains one of the most well-known and popular ROMs in the Android world with some very big talent behind it, and so we could see how the addition of the CM team could potentially be of value to Google, as well as Android manufacturers or even possibly Google’s rivals. In the meantime, Cyanogen has plans to continue expanding its reach and, according to the report, has told potential investors it has a deal in place with MicroMax to bring CyanogenMod to India.

With Micromax and others also pushing the Android One effort in India and other emerging markets, it remains unseen if CM has what it takes to compete in such an aggressive manner against Google. The Information also notes that Google needs to tread carefully, as they need to ensure that their modifications (and marketing tactics) don’t irk Google too much as CM still relies on Google Play certification. Unlike Amazon, there’s no in-house apps and services to fall back on if Google ever decides to fight dirty and deny certification.

What do you think, IF the report is correct and Google was truly interested in making an offer, was Cyanogen Inc wise to continue on its own path or not? What benefits do you think Google could see from obtaining CyanogenMod and the team behind it?


Source: The Information;

The back of the Nexus 6 allegedly depicted in unofficial render

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The rumors and leaks related to the so-called Nexus 6 keep on coming. Not only have we seen the device show up in an unofficial render of the phone’s front and several blurry photos, earlier today the first clear image of the device “in the wild” was spotted. Up until now, all the back images we’ve seen have bore the Motorola logo but no Nexus branding, leading some to speculate that either Shamu isn’t a Nexus device or we just haven’t seen the final design. Now a new unofficial render comes to us thanks to Droid Life, giving us a look at the handset with both Motorola and Nexus branding represented.

It is important to note that DL made these images, though they reportedly designed them based off of info they received with the site stating they are reasonably confident that the back images are correct. Of course until Google or Motorola tells us otherwise, we’d take the above (and below) designs with a grain of salt.

white-nexus-6-render

If the designs are correct, it means the phone looks very similar to the new Moto X, only bigger. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on your personal taste. As a Nexus fan, I prefer the ‘simpler’ design of the Nexus 5 — but that’s just me.

What do you think, liking the Nexus 6 based on what we know so far? For those that are against the idea of a massive Nexus phone, do you think Google will continue to sell the Nexus 5 alongside the newer Nexus 6? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Via: Droid Life;

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

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

motorola logo TechCocktail/Flickr

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:

Nexus-6

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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