With the Huawei Ascend P7 having its time on the market, Huawei is looking at readying its successor. The P8 most likely won’t be debuted until next year — earliest suggested time of debut is CES 2015. Even so, the rumored specs have the device as being a pretty solid device.
We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.
Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
The name Xiaomi is not well known in many Western markets, but on the strength of their fans in China, the company recently took over the number 3 spot for smartphone market share during the third quarter of 2014. To help keep those sales growing, the company is working on a new flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi5. Some new images have surfaced on Weibo allegedly showing the new device.
Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.
Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.
The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced formally on November 19. Although there is about one week until that time, a lot can happen. In the mobile industry, more time means more leaks. That is what happened here. The handset from Meizu showed up online in one lucky person’s hand. It certainly shows its size, a measurement said to be around the 5.4- or 5.5-inch mark. The back panel is pretty simple. It has just a circular camera lens cutout and below that is the flash. The front side will not be much different, but a fingerprint sensor is expected.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced.
What do we have here? Maybe the Nubia Z9. Someone snapped a photo (above) of what is potentially the upcoming flagship ZTE smartphone. On the left and right sides, there are incredibly thin bezels. The top and right, though, not so much. It has giant white space. So this device is going to be tall. The top features the camera, ambient light sensor, and earpiece. The bottom is bare as it only has the Nubia series’ home button.
Nothing is confirmed at this time, but this could be an indication that we are going to find out more soon.
According to a report from Reuters, Samsung is looking to invest several billion dollars into building a smartphone manufacturing plant in Vietnam soon. The company already owns a $2 billion smartphone plant in the Thai Nguyen province, which is where the second, $3 billion plant will be built. Right now, that 3 billion number is just an estimate, as Samsung is still in talks with the Vietnamese government to make the plans official.
Last week, we were able to see what the Android Lollipop update will look like on the Galaxy S 4, but if you want a more detailed comparison with the current KitKat version, you’ve come to the right place. Sam Mobile put together a video detailing the differences as well as some screenshots.
The overall look of the UI will be the same, but the core apps will get updated with Material Design and a lot of the functionality gets improved. There are a notable amount of performance improvements as well.
We have a bunch of screenshots and the video after the break.