Can’t wait to see how the next great thing from Samsung will look like? Yeah— neither can we. Fortunately, there are numerous hints that continue to pop up, giving us an idea of what to expect when the Galaxy Note III does in fact arrive. An insider identified as @PunkPanda came across an unknown Samsung prototype smartphone with a uniquely large screen. Much like earlier prototypes we’ve seen before, this latest prototype has an incredibly thin bezel, featuring a “6-inch screen accounting for 84%” of the front of the device, which seems to be consistent with what we’ve heard in the past.
However, this prototype has a major difference compared to the earlier ones as this latest leak has rounded corners, reflective of more modern Samsung devices nowadays— while earlier prototypes had straighter and boxy edges. But then again— Samsung is known for camouflaging its prototypes in numerous casings, so this latest prototype could very well be another true Galaxy Note III sighting. Or this new toy could be well, y’know— another large device that Samsung could be secretly working on behind the scenes.
The next great HTC budget device has officially been unveiled to the masses with the introduction of the Desire 200 smartphone. Like many of HTC’s previous budget offerings, the smartphone comes in a compact, yet sleek package as the device will feature a 3.5-inch display encased in a nice black or metallic grey shell. Specs-wise, the smartphone has your typical run-of-the-mill items like a single-core Snapdragon chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage (plus an expandable microSD slot), a 5MP camera and a 1,230mAh battery. Oh and for prospective customers out there looking for an extra kick when listening to music, the Desire 200 will feature Beats Audio as well.
While the newest addition to the HTC family is officially launched now, there’s still no word on when or where the device will hit retail outlets— nor do we know how much it will cost for now. The good thing is that the wait for the specific details shouldn’t be too much longer from now.
Just as consumers are now starting to enjoy 1080p displays on current high-end smartphones out there, it appears that phones with even better displays are on the way for 2014. According to various insider sources, the general public will see more premium phablet devices utilizing 6-inch displays with a WQXGA resolution. In other words, it will be common to see devices utilizing a 6-inch screen sizes will feature a resolution of 2,560 x 1600. Moreover, the displays will feature a pixel density of an unheard of 500ppi (or greater), placing the displays head and shoulders above what is currently out at this time, including Apple’s Retina Display technology. What this means is that consumers can expect to see even clearer texts, deeper colors and richer content overall on select phablet devices.
Of course it is already fairly difficult for the human eye to discern most 720p displays to the average 1080p display now, so it is unsure whether consumers will be able to tell the difference between a 1080p display to a 1600p display. Still– who wouldn’t want a 2,560 x 1,600 display that’s found on say, a Nexus 10 tablet on upcoming flagship smartphones, right?
It’s no secret that while many of us out there REALLY don’t like custom Android skins, most (if not all) of the major prominent Android manufacturers continue to churn out devices with skins featuring pretty colors and flashy features— that is, unless you’re Acer of course. The manufacturer recently took some time to highlight why it takes the Android platform and decides to add few sprinkles, rather than go all out with a “unique” experience for its various devices. As highlighted in an interview with TechRadar, Acer’s global smartphone division president S T Liew asserts that:
“Android actually does a great job at serving up the right user experience and it allows people to migrate from one Android phone to another with relative ease. With each phone we assess its main features and we enhance those experiences with small UIs, such as the camera app or the note taking capabilities and multi-tasking tools on the Acer Liquid S1.”
So in essence, Acer believes that the core platform is fine as it is. Naturally there’s always room for improvement, especially with Android’s openness— so Acer decides to put touch on some of the lesser-tier items like the camera apps or implementing cool and unique widgets to differentiate itself from the likes of say, Samsung (which often is in Apple’s doghouse and all). And naturally, this is win-win for both the manufacturing giant and consumers at the same time. The end effects are not only prompt updates for its devices— which results in happy device owners, but also allows Acer to save a buck or two by not having to spend extraordinary resources trying to rewrite the Android code and all. Sounds like some pretty fair and welcome thinking to us.
You know what they say gang: when there’s smoke, there’s probably a fire. So it’s only fitting that we get more details about another version of the Nexus 7 refresh that we’ve been hearing so much about lately. A mystery ASUS K009 unit recently passed through the FCC testing labs and highlights a bunch of really interesting features of the device including a sweet quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ-8064) processor, a 4,000mAh Li-ion battery and some welcomed 4G LTE radio frequencies on-board. So all in all, this device looks to be another version of the refreshed tablet that’s on the way. Of course the same unit is listed for “marketing purposes”, but the hope is that we are getting our first glimpse of what should be another variant of the new Nexus 7 models.
Yup, it finally looks like Sony is finally about to reveal its next great device for the masses, the Xperia Z Ultra— which is a larger-scale smartphone set to compete with the likes of the Optimus G Pro and Galaxy Note smartphones. How certain are we, you ask? Well— a nice press invite has gone out from the fine folks from Sony Mobile France highlighting “Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you” on July 4th.Moreover, the same invite encourages folks to “not forget to mark your calendars! “, all the while using a nice stylus-type pen to handwrite the note. So yes friends, all that’s left to do is wait for Sony to finally confirm the arrival of the device featuring a 6.44-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, potential waterproof capabilities and Android 4.2.
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 is no doubt a smash hit despite those lowered expectations, but its leader took some time recently to tout just how much of a hit the new smartphone has been since its release last month. While not giving raw numbers, Sammy head J.K. Shin told Korean reporters that the smartphone has been “selling well”, pretty much refuting J.P. Morgan’s analysis. With Shin’s comments, the hope is that the Galaxy S 4 will hopefully sustain, if not gain positive momentum so that Sammy can continue to pull in the cheddar and all that good stuff.
If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0” language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.
Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.
For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.
Racing fanatics rejoice as Gameloft has officially taken the wraps off of its latest installment of the Asphalt series— Asphalt 8: Airborne. This latest games comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, starting with the insane graphics engine powering the game. The new graphics brings not only a higher number of frames per second, but the game also brings some new maps in locales like London and Tokyo with new terrain and cool effects like new slow-mo crashes or sweet flares from the exhaust pipes of the various vehicles out there. Complimenting the cool features some slick multiplayer modes that utilize both online and offline play, ensuring tons of awesome replay value.
So now that the game has been announced, it’s only a matter of time before we see it land in the Play Store. Gameloft confirmed Asphalt 8 is due for a summer release and will cost a hair under a buck. Considering summer is right around the corner, it’s not a bad wait fortunately— but while you do wait, check out full trailer vid below to get a better idea of how the game will look upon its arrival.
In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.
Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’re probably well-aware that Apple currently has its always-exciting WWDC event underway. While most folks out there walked away largely impressed (or for some of you, thankful that Apple has finally decided to catch up to the Android platform in some regards), there is something noteworthy that no doubt an eye-opener: Apple’s decision to roll with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine, instead of Google for the forthcoming iOS 7 update. Despite the public’s overwhelming preference for Google as a search engine (it holds a stunning 66.5% share in the U.S. according to comScore), Bing will be integrated into Siri searches instead… despite its ho-hum 17.3% share web search share. There is a minor workaround to this as Siri users also can still utilize Google for search results by asking Siri to “search Google” for a unique request. But yes friends, Apple is just about finished with Anything that can be perceived as a threat to its brand (Samsung, Apple, etc.)…
… Yet despite Bing being the default search engine when used with Siri, Apple hasn’t quite lost its senses just yet as Google will remain the default web search engine in the Safari Web browser for iOS devices. So at least all is not quite lost for the minority of Apple + Android users out there.
The world pretty much knows it’s only a matter of time before we see the Galaxy Note III, but we at least have an idea of how the new iteration of the device will look like, thanks to a recent leak obtained by the fine folks at SamMobile. While the device shares some slight similarities with other larger Sammy devices, it is more likely that this device is a prototype of Sammy’s new reference design strategy thanks to a couple of things that stand out. The first item to point are the unique corners— while not exactly appealing, they are slightly rounded and give a good hint of what we can expect to come. The next few items are the ones that are almost a dead giveaway of a Galaxy Note III unit: the bezel is not only thin, but it also helps to ensure the stunning 5.99-inch Full HD display is in full view.
Of course this could just be yet another mystery device that may have been inadvertently leaked, but fortunately we won’t need to wait very long as IFA 2013 is right around the corner.
As Samsung continues to push the envelope with its popular Galaxy Note family of devices, is it possible that we may see an even larger edition of the S Pen-wielding toy? It sure seems to be the case as the latest rumors out there indicate a 12.2-inch device is on the way for release somewhere around Q3 of this year. According to ET News, the tentatively titled Galaxy Note 12.2 will not only be larger in design, but will include some high-end specs including a stunning display with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution— the same one that’s found in the Nexus 10 tablet. In addition, rumor has it that the display will be manufactured by Sharp in some of the batches and will feature IGZO display technology.
Unfortunately, that’s all the deets that we have for now, but we’ll be sure to give you guys any new info we may stumble upon.
We told you before that there would be an onslaught of NexusHTC and Samsung Google Edition bad boys, as well as the imminent arrival of the sweet MOTO X phone, but now it’s looking like there’s more that’s on the way after all. According to sources close to the gang at Android Authority, Google is in talk with at least one additional hardware partner to develop a Google Edition flagship device. Sure this might sound a little surprising to hear and one could speculate the number of potential candidates out there, but it’s not too hard to identify which manufacturer and smartphone will join the ranks of the unofficial Nexus family. If you recall just earlier this week, we’d mentioned to you that Sony is quietly working on a special Xperia Z variant that’s due in the immediate future, though Sony (and Google for that matter) has decided to stay mum for now.
Oh and that isn’t all folks. The same unidentified source believes that the upcoming X brand is only going to be limited to one device this year, not a line of devices that was previously thought before. So for now, it appears that we will not see an allotment of sweet smartphones for now, but who knows— maybe we will see a new line of cool devices next year and beyond.