Meizu MX3 is formally launched, brings 5.1-inch display and up to 128GB of storage



After seeing a leak here… and another one there— Meizu’s MX3 is officially official and is intent on making a major splash out in the mobile world. As Meizu’s newest flagship model, the MX3 comes with a svelte design (139.9×71.9×9.1mm in total thickness) and comes with all sorts of serious meat inside. Among the noteworthy features are a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p display and 415ppi, a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera with 2MP FFC and Android 4.2 underneath Meizu’s Flyme custom UI skin. As nice as those features sound, the real kicker is with the MX3’s built-in storage capacity— the device will be available in a 16GB model all the way up to an astounding 128GB, which should probably help to alleviate most consumers storage issues with their mobile devices.

For now, it looks like this device will only be available in Chinese markets for now at a price ranging from CNY2,499 (roughly $410 USD) for the 16GB model to CNY3,999 (roughly $650 USD) for the 128GB version, though the device is also expected to arrive in a WCDMA version which should make it cellular-friendly with European and American markets.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch unofficially outed ahead of September 4th launch



Yes ladies and gentlemen— the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been leaked for your viewing pleasure, giving the masses an idea of what to expect ahead of the major launch(es) in Berlin and New York City. Thanks to the above photos obtained by sources associated with the fine folks at Venture Beat, we can at the very least see the smartwatch loosely resembles Sammy’s Galaxy series of smartphones— except it is molded into a seriously compact profile and houses a sweet OLED display that comes in somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5 or 3 inches. Additionally, it is reported the device features built-in Wi-Fi, a 4MP camera, S Voice, a dual-core processor, some health-related goodies like a heartrate monitor or tracking your calorie intake, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and oh yes— Android 4.3 fired up on-board.

Now before you make your final judgement on the final design of the device, it is important to know that what you see above may not be the final product. The gang at GigaOM indicates that the images obtained by Venture Beat reflect prototypes that other developers have already been able to get their hands on and enjoy— so there’s a chance that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch you see above won’t be the one you see come September 4th. Whatever the final product looks like, let’s hope it will have better battery life than what we’re suspecting at the moment. Fortunately, we’re only a few days away before we see the final product and you can bet that we’ll be on-hand to give you all the coverage and deets once the formal launch is here.

source: GigaOM | Venture Beat

Behold— the Sony NSZ-GU1 Google TV + Chromecast unit in all it’s glory



You remember how we talked about that mysterious Sony model number recently? You know— the NSZ-GU1 model that’s set to revolutionize how we look at the Google TV platform? Well it’s not only the real deal, we finally have our first view of how the cool dongle will look like courtesy of the FCC. The shots show a very unique unit which includes a small terminal that houses the meat of the device like a Marvell DE3108 processor, 8GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, and the heart of the device— the small USB thumb-size dongle that utilizes Chromecast. It even supports MHL, but it also has an integrated IR blaster as well as HDMI in for pass through of your cable or satellite box. If you remember, Google said Chromecast was coming to Google TV, so this could very well be the first such device.

As of now, we know the unit is heading towards American shores, but we don’t know when exactly just yet. We’ll certainly keep our eyes and ears open for any further developments. More images after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE camera officially hits European markets



Samsung’s Galaxy  S 4 Zoom is one heck of a sweet cameraphone, but there have been more than a few of you out there who have expressed major discontent for a lack of an LTE version. Fortunately, you can finally stop your bellyaching as Samsung has gone ahead and unleashed a new variant carrying a 4G chip built-in, allowing those of you out there to go ahead and use the device on your network of choice. As of now, Samsung has confirmed the new camera will operate on Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange networks, though it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we saw additional networks added at a future date. Of course it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens like other cameras out there, but hey— at least some you out there can finally go ahead and upload those high-res photos to your social network of choice without having to wait forever.

There’s no word on exact pricing for the Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE just yet, but we expect to see all that sooner than later.

source: Samsung
via: Engadget

Mysterious Sony device leaked for your viewing pleasure— all fingers point to the Xperia Z1 (Honami) mini


2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive  Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!” 

So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?

source: Xperia Blog

Latest Google Chrome beta includes new gestures and nifty image search features


Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?

The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.

source: Chrome Blog

Latest leaked road map shows Verizon Wireless will have a busy August, which includes the release of the HTC One on August 29th



Those of you Verizon customers out there looking for a new smartphone in the immediate future will probably be excited at this tidbit of news we’re about to share. The gang at Phone Arena obtained a leaked road map of Big Red’s August lineup and boy it’s certainly a doozy. Verizon intends to launch smartphones that will cater to all sorts of customers, starting with the imminent release of the Motorola DROID and DROID MAXX smartphones which will arrive on August 20th, followed by highly anticipated unveiling of the Motorola X smartphone (August 23rd), LG Exalt, Motorola DROID mini, the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite (online-only) and Samsung Convoy 3 (all on August 29th). As exciting as those (almost) concrete dates are, the one that will carry the most weight will be the August 29th release of the HTC One smartphone… a phone that we thought we’d never see the light of day for Verizon customers.

So yeah… it looks like you Verizon customers will probably need to start scraping up those extra dollars since it may be well, an expensive month for you all.

source: Phone Arena

Nexus 7 tablet experiencing difficulties in getting factory images available for the masses, causing Jean Baptiste-Queru to give up and leave AOSP all together



As excited as we are about the ushering of the new Nexus 7 tablet, there have been some quiet— but major technical snafus for the Android hardcore which has resulted in one of the most important pieces of the AOSP disappearing from the project all together. Tech stud Jean Baptiste-Queru officially confirmed the various rumors regarding his AOSP position and thus, confirmed that he was leaving everything all together because of his frustration with the difficulty of getting factory images for the newest Google tablet. Check out the following for his reasoning:


Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.


There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.


The reasoning is certainly legit, but what’s really eye-opening is the part where he talks about a Google flagship device not being able to boot to the home screen because of the lack of GPU support. Android purists will recall that the Nexus 4— which also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip— originally didn’t have the factory image and source code released in full. Naturally the issues were addressed, but owners of the device weren’t able to enjoy the true Nexus experience since the source code/factory images couldn’t be modified. Now we’re going through the same exact issue as the Snapdragon-powered Nexus 7 doesn’t have the factory images available to the masses. Is it a coincidence that both devices that two Snapdragon-based Nexus devices have had factory image issues? Probably— but one thing’s definitely for sure: it’s certainly going to suck not having Jean Baptiste Queru for our AOSP needs. Hopefully the Android team will find some sort of fix or remedy for future Nexus devices.

source: Android and me

AT&T variant of the HTC One mini tiptoes through the FCC hallways



Sure the sweet-looking HTC One mini has been announced, but most Americans don’t quite know if they’ll have a shot of getting the intriguing new device. Fortunately, AT&T users who are in the market for a new device can start scraping up a spare buck or two thanks to a mystery variant of the smartphone that hit the FCC hallways recently. This PO58220 variant of the device features what seems to be AT&T-compatible HSPA+ and LTE frequencies, all but confirming that the fine customers on Ma Bell will have yet another juicy smartphone to choose from. Sadly, as exciting as this tidbit of news is for AT&T customers, it’s still looking like the rest of you probably shouldn’t hold your breath and expect this device to hit your network anytime soon.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

Another Android 4.3 leak surfaces for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone



The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.

source: XDA

Motorola X specs confirmed: device will feature 4.5-inch screen, dual-core processor and an always-on listening mode



Boy, we sure can’t wait for that rapidly approaching August 1st holiday, but in the meantime, the minor wait for the Motorola X’s unveiling won’t stop us from getting important deets on the intriguing new smartphone. According to sources with The Verge, the CDMA version of the smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.2.2 (for now), the super-cool “always-on” listening mode and a wrist-flicking gesture which opens the camera app for good measure. While the confirmed specs are based off the CDMA version, it’s probably a safe bet the GSM version will likely have the same specs as well. I mean sure, we still don’t know other important details such as what specific battery will be used, but hey— at least the phone will probably be easy on our wallets and pocketbooks, right?

source: The Verge

Verizon formally announces its Edge upgrade plan which includes month-to-month payments and early upgrades



Not content to let AT&T try to steal the spotlight with its newest wireless plans, Verizon has gone ahead and followed suit by introducing its newest Verizon Edge upgrade plan for its customers. Through the new service, Big Red customers will be able to upgrade v after you have been in the plan for 6 months and have paid off 50% of the full retail cost of the phone— once that period is reached, customers will be able to choose a new phone and start a new plan by simply trading in the existing phone. The best part of all this folks– there are no long-term service contracts, finance charges or upgrade fees with Verizon Edge. Sweet.

Unfortunately, the service is not available to all Verizon customers. Verizon Edge will be available to customers on Share Everything plans only starting August 25th— so those of you holding on to those sweet, sweet unlimited data plans will be out of luck. More details can be found once you hit the source link.

source: Verizon Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 DUOS leaked for your viewing pleasure



You know that since we saw the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leak yesterday, it wouldn’t be long before we saw a 5.8 DUOS leak too. Well the folks at GSM Insider (via the fine team @leakschina) stumbled upon the dual-SIM variant (SCH-P709) of the larger-than-life Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphone. The device is expected to feature a dual-core processor, qHD display (sigh), an 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2 fired up on the device. Judging by the leak, it looks like it’s headed straight for China Telecom as an exclusive device, so you’d best not hold your breath and expect this variant to hit other markets at this time.

source: GSM Insider

The ZTE Geek U988 is outed in plain view, casually reminds us that it’s still the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone in the process



So the world’s first Tegra 4-based smartphone is a little late hitting the shelves— big deal. At least the latest leaks show that the ZTE U988S— also known as the Geek U988S— is very much real and looking like a nearly-finished product, thanks to what appears to be a set of promotional photos that have surfaced for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the device still features that smooth red color which houses the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8MP camera. As great as it is seeing a clear view of the upcoming smartphone, there’s still no telling when the smartphone will hit Chinese (and international) markets, so we will still have to deal with a little bit mystery for a little while longer.

source: GSM Insider