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LG Odin SoC resurfaces in leaked specs for LG F490L Liger

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

There’s a saying that goes “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try until you die”. Or something like that. LG has long been rumored to have its own mobile processor in the works, but that has yet to become reality. But if this latest leak of a hitherto unknown LG smartphone, the LG-F480L or “Liger”, is to be believed, then the LG Odin will soon materialize. But it will not be the LG Odin as we know, or have heard, it to be, but an LG NUCLUN instead.

The rivalry between LG and Samsung is sometimes like a huge “monkey see, monkey do” comedy skit. What one has, the other needs to have as well. Since Samsung has also long been in the business of making systems-on-chip or SoCs, it is only natural that LG would want one too, even if just for its own devices. Way back December last year, a certain LG Odin was already spotted in AnTuTu, bearing 8 cores but strangely running at low speeds. Later on, the LG G3 was rumored to sport an octa-core by LG. But, of course, we know that never happened.

Second time’s a charm perhaps, so LG is now believed to be making an attempt again. This time called the LG NUCLUN, the chip will still have that same mix of four high performance cores running at 1.5 GHz and four energy-efficient ones at 1.2 Ghz. The rest of the specs of the Liger are quite decent as well, including a giant 5.9-inch 1920×1080 Full HD LCD screen, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS, and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. The battery is said to be 3,000 mAh, which sounds normal for such setups.

Of course, now the question becomes when and where will this smartphone, and the LG processor, arrive. There is no answer to that yet, but given the model name, it is likely headed only for Korea, perhaps for a bit of testing. Whether LG plans to bring the LG Odin/NUCLUN elsewhere will depend on how the chip performs there.

VIA: Blog of Mobile

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, available on Verizon

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Looks like Samsung and its partner mobile carriers are all busy rolling out the new Galaxy Note 4. Just yesterday, Samsung teased the phablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop. No exact dates have been given but at least we have an idea what models from different manufacturers are expected to get a taste of Lollipop.

First buyers of Galaxy Note 4 are also being enticed more by getting free access to OnLive gaming and for some, extended warranties. A recent teardown of the unit showed us that it’s using a Sony IMX240 camera inside. This isn’t surprising but actually a good thing because Sony’s cameras are really good.

And now, we’ve got news that a Developer Edition of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is finally hitting the US via Verizon. The Charcoal black edition is up for grabs at $662.53 with no contract. Sadly, this version won’t be available on contract or with plans.

The Android smartphone boasts the same 5.7-in Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 3.7MP front-facing wide-angle camera, 16MP rear camera with Optical Image Statbilization, 3GB RAM, and an enhanced S-Pen with more functions and precision.

Out of the box, the Galaxy Note 4 will run Android 4.4 KitKat but it can be updated to Android 5.0 when the new mobile OS is released. What’s so special about this developer edition is that it’s best for app developers who want to look into the software and hardware. The model comes with bootloaders that can be unlocked easily. Installing custom ROMs and kernels are made easier on this special version of the Galaxy Note 4.

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SOURCE: Samsung

Galaxy Note 4 teardown shows Sony IMX240 camera inside

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Galaxy Note 4 might be Samsung‘s latest high-end contender but, for the first time after a long while, the OEM isn’t bragging about its own camera technology inside. Instead, a recent teardown revealed that Samsung’s best is borrowing components from its competitor, sporting a 16 megapixel camera sensor made by Sony, specifically the Sony IMX240.

Of course, this isn’t exactly scandalous, as OEMs are known to use components made by others, even by industry rivals, to make their own. This is just how the business goes. That Samsung would be using Sony’s imaging technology isn’t exactly new either. Or at least we’ve heard it before. Way back last year, there was already a rumor that the Galaxy S5 would use Sony’s camera inside. The flagship, however came instead with Samsung’s own technology, which is what makes this revelation somewhat interesting.

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Even before the Galaxy S5 went out, Samsung was already singing the praises of its ISOCELL imaging technology. It claims to be able to reduce bleeding and improve light absorption by creating walls between cell, isolating them from one another, hence the name. The Galaxy S5 debuted with a 16 megapixel sensor with this technology and with the Galaxy Note 4 also packing a 16 megapixel sensor, it was merely presumed that they are similar. For whatever reason, however, it seems that Samsung has ditched that and gone with the Sony IMX240 instead. Whether that points to a change in beliefs about its ISOCELL technology is something we’ll have observe in the future. For now, however, Samsung is curiously silent on that front.

That said, this tidbit doesn’t really speak much about the Galaxy Note 4′s camera capabilities, aside from the fact that it has larger than usual 1/2.6-inch sensor. Its photography prowess still has to be properly tested and documented, perhaps by something like DxOMark, who crowned the iPhone 6 as the king of the smarpthone camera hill shortly after it awarded the title to Sony’s Xperia Z3. And we are definitely still waiting for iFixit to give the Galaxy Note 4 a proper teardown treatment.

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VIA: phoneArena

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus now available in the Netherlands

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

No loud announcement this time, Samsung released the Galaxy S5 Plus in Netherlands. This year’s flagship Android phone is now available in the country complete with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor. This isn’t the first time Samsung is rolling out the S5 Plus as it was also launched in Singapore but under a different name: Galaxy S5 4G+.

The only difference between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Plus is the processor used. The S5 Plus version also has the same 5.1-inch Super-AMOLED display, 16MP ISO-CELL rear camera, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, 1080p resolution, and a 2800mAh removable battery. The Android phone also boasts of an IP67 rating so it’s one tough device. The Snapdragon 805 chip allows the Galaxy S5 Plus to support up to 300Mbps LTE speed. Other specs include the following: 3G, 4G/LTE, NFC, DLNA support, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and of course, a heart sensor.

As with the regular Galaxy S5, the S5 Plus will be offered in Blue, Silver, Black, and White. No information on pricing yet.

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Note that Samsung also released a similar Galaxy S5 LTE-A in South Korea with the same Snapdragon 805 processor and most of the specs except this one has 3GB RAM instead of 2GB.

VIA: Android Beat

HTC EYE update rolls out for T-Mobile One M8, Verizon tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As promised, HTC has started the push to get its new EYE features to its flagship smartphone, at least for those who purchased one under T-Mobile‘s patronage. This practically puts the One M8 on the same level as the surprisingly premium, except in looks, Desire EYE, with the added bonus of a premium design and duo camera setup. Meanwhile, Verizon customers need not gnash their teeth as the OEM promises the same treatment for the Verizon One M8 tomorrow, at least if all goes well.

HTC semi-surprised the mobile world when it revealed its new digital imaging thrust from multiple fronts, from an odd-looking but decent RE camera, to the high-end but plastic Desire EYE, to its new suite of camera apps and software as part of its new EYE Experience package. The latter, which came with the HTC Desire EYE by default, was promised to trickle down to many of the company’s smartphones. Of course, it isn’t surprising that the 2014 flagship would be the first to get it.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP for product management, yesterday tweeted about the upcoming EYE software update for the One M8 under T-Mobile’s care. That update has arrived today but also brought a small little surprise with it. The firmware update bumps the Android version to 4.4.4, marking the last KitKat version before the smartphone switches over to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 4.4.4 update itself was quite small and rushed, practically just an urgent security update. So the real focus here is, of course, on the new EYE camera features. If you need to get up to date on those, HTC has provided some tutorials on how to use them.

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Mo Versi and HTC aren’t done yet. Taking to Twitter again, the exec noted that they have received technical approval for the same update, this time from Verizon. So Verizon customers need just wait for the update to roll out tomorrow, barring any last minute issues, to get the very same features on their HTC One M8.

SOURCE: @moversi
VIA: XDA

Eye SW update for T-Mobile HTC One M8 rolling out tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the launch of the HTC Desire Eye – the new smartphone with probably the world’s most powerful selfie camera – HTC also rolled out new features for its camera suite, called the Eye Experience software. Last week, HTC One M8 developer and unlocked versions got an OTA rolling out these new software features, and it seems like T-Mobile HTC One M8 models will be the next to get them.

HTC VP for Product Management Mo Versi announced via his Twitter account that the software update just got technical approval (most probably from T-Mobile) and that the update should start rolling out tomorrow OTA. If you’re a T-Mo user of the HTC One M8, you should expect a pretty hefty update by tomorrow.

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We’ve discussed the Eye Experience at length here recently, when HTC put out tutorial videos for them. If you want to check them out, go to our past post here. But we warn you, though some of these features are definitely useful, some will border on creepy and “what were you thinking?!?” Just our two cents there, but of course, you will be the final judge of that.

The update will include, specifically – Face Tracking, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Voice Selfie, Live Makeup, and Photo Booth features. Give us some feedback of you do like these features.

SOURCE: @moversi

Oppo N3 teased again with exploded camera pic

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Oppo is in tease mode again for the new N3 smartphone that will be launching soon. The unveil is set for October 29, so it won’t be long before we have all the details on the device. For now, Oppo has been teasing us with images here and there of the smartphone, and particularly of the camera.

Last week Oppo offered hardware details on the camera confirming that the rotating camera has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and auto rotation. The camera is also pegged to have 16MP resolution. We already know the N3 has a rotating camera that allows that camera to be used on the front and back sides of the N3.

Oppo has unveiled a new teaser shot is an exploded view of the camera. If we hadn’t seen the images of the camera with its rotating capability, the new teaser shot makes it look like a fixed rear camera. You can also see the fingerprint reader below the camera like in the G3.

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There are lots of parts inside that camera for sure; it’s easy to forget how complex smartphone cameras are until you see an image with all the components separated like this one. We are about a week from the official unveiling when all of the details will be laid out.

Samsung Galaxy SM-A300H appears at FCC without 4G LTE

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The announcement of Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, and the impending arrival of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, has taken up much of our attention these days, enough to distract us from rumors about Samsung‘s “premium only in looks” Alpha family that is yet to materialize in any official manner. To seemingly remind us that it’s still in the running, one of them, particularly the SM-A300H has made its presence known at FCC, but sadly it didn’t bring along with it some 4G connectivity.

This development is both disappointing and yet unsurprising. The three Alpha’s, the A3, A5, and A7 were from the beginning poised to be budget versions of the real semi-premium Galaxy Alpha that recently debuted. Much of the attention has been lavished on the A5, or A500 in some places, with few given to the A3/A300 and even fewer to the A7. This FCC sighting does adds little to our repository of leaks and rumors, unless you consider confusion and disappointment as additions.

Based on a more detailed TENAA listing, the Galaxy A3, or SM-A3000, is the least and smallest of the three. It has a 4.5-inch screen only capable of qHD resolutions. This is pushed by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and, somewhat surprisingly, 1 GB of RAM. There’s only 8 GB of internal storage and the camera team is made up of 8 megapixels and 5 megapixels, rear and front respectively. Of course, the selling point of this Alpha series would be its seemingly premium looks, though we have yet to know the exact non-metal non-plastic material that Samsung is said to be using for the device.

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That said, the TENAA page lists support for 4G networks, at least China’s bands, so what gives? The answer can perhaps be found in the model numbers. TENAA lists the A3000 while FCC has the A300H. The speculation goes that the latter is the 3G-only variant of the model. There are also said to be a dual SIM versions available. It isn’t yet known if these guesses are on the mark and, if true, which ones are intended for Samsung’s many markets but the SM-A300H’s presence in the FCC implies that, at the very least, a 3G-only model of the device is being considered for use on US networks.

SOURCE: FCC
VIA: Blog of Mobile

5-inch HTC Desire 820 Mini accidentally leaked by website

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A new configuration for the recently launched 64-bit smartphone HTC Desire 820 was apparently accidentally leaked by HTC’s official Chinese language online store, but has been summarily taken down. But not before it was captured via screenshot – a 5-inch smartphone which they are calling the HTC Desire 820 Mini.

You can guess our initial reaction to this, which was somewhere along the lines of “What has this world come to if a 5-inch phone is considered a ‘mini’?” The original HTC Desire 820 – launched and released in September this year – was a big phone considering its 5.5-inch screen. In that sense – and only in that sense – would a 5-inch phone be considered a mini, as it is indeed a smaller version of the original model.

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But we whine too much. If HTC wants to call it that, who are we to force our purist views on them? The rumored spec list on the Desire 820 Mini includes a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor – probably from Qualcomm, although we won’t know at this point if it will also be 64-bit capable as its bigger predecessor. It will also sport a 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

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If this is a trend, then the word “mini” will lose all sense of definition. We rather like Samsung’s definition of what a “mini” is, and maybe Sony’s definition for its “compact” suffix. We also grant that there might not be a lot of marketable terms for HTC to use in naming a phone model smaller than the original. Given that, there is precedent for it – the OPPO N1 Mini is also a 5-inch beast, but acceptable only on the basis that the OPPO N1 was a gigantic phone with a 6-inch screen to begin with. What do you guys think?

SOURCE: MyDrivers.com

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 available on AT&T this October 24

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve only been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 to arrive in the US. The phone is already out in Asia after being spotted in a Thai website. Before that, it was certified by TENAA in China and then passed through the FCC. No more waiting as the new Galaxy Mega 2 is set to arrive in the country through AT&T starting October 24.

The Android smartphone will take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Phone comes equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with 4X zoom, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 6-inch multitouch , 2,800mAh removable lithium-ion battery, 1.5GB RAM, microSD card slot, quad core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor, and NFC.

Key features of the handset include an Ultra Power-Saving Mode that extends battery power, Private Mode that protects personal files, Interruption-Free Experience for uninterrupted movies and browsing on a small pop-up window, and Multi-Instance Mode that allows different windows of the same app to be opened at the same time.

AT&T will be offering the Galaxy Mega 2 under different monthly plans: $23.75 with Next 12 and $19.80 with Next 18, $149 with a 2-year contract. You can also get the phone with no annual commitment for only $479.99.

AT&T is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 with a $100 bill credit when subscribers activate an existing or new line on the AT&T Next service. With the size of the screen, we can consider this a phablet already—joining the ranks of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Motorola Nexus 6, ZTE Grand X Max, and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2.

SOURCE: AT&T