We already know that the Moto X+1 and Moto 360 are Motorola’s flagship smartphone and smartwatch, respectively. A bit of information found by Hello Moto HK through Motorola’s Bug2Go software reveals that the Moto X+1 will indeed be available on all four of the United States’ biggest carriers. Aside from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile being mentioned, there are variants for Latin America and other unspecified locations. Also found was a listing for the Moto 360, but we are not quite sure what the different codenames are for. One goes by xWatch and the others go by xClock.
Over the past month we’ve seen a couple rumors about a forthcoming device from Samsung that can be classified as either a really large smartphone or a small tablet. Both of these rumors focused on a device with a 7-inch screen. One suggested the device will be released in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W while another rumor indicated Samsung intended to classify the device as a smartphone even though it shared a screen size along the lines of a tablet device. Now some entries from the Zauba import tracking web site indicate Samsung is working on a 6.3-inch device that could possibly be coming to AT&T.
Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, the manufacturer that develops inbuilt fingerprint sensors to Samsung, has made some pretty interesting remarks as of late.
Bergman forecasted that wearable devices with fingerprint sensors will be introduced to the market as early as next year — as the sole provider of this technology to Samsung, this means we’ll most likely see the technology on Sammy’s upcoming wearable devices.
Bergman also said that the company is planning to announce a new fingerprint scanner after Q2 of this year.
Source: Korea Herald
According to a new leak from @evleaks, HTC is working on a device for release later in 2014 that is codenamed “Eye” and will be designed for selfies. What exactly that would entail to make a smartphone more suited for selfies is unclear. Perhaps HTC is going to take a page from the LG playbook and look at moving buttons around. They could also look at incorporating their duo camera system onto the front of the device.
It’s hard to tell if these images are legit since the tablet is in a protective shell, but they are supposedly of the upcoming Nexus 8. However, what’s more important about this leak is not of the images, but of the specs of the said device.
The leaker is reporting that the Nexus 8 will sport a Qualcomm 64-bit processor, which contradicts an earlier report indicating it would have a 64-bit Intel Moorefield, and another report indicating a NVIDIA. If the Nexus 8 is going to offer a Qualcomm 64-bit, then it would mean the 808 or the 810, which would also mean that this device won’t be launched at Google I/O. We haven’t even seen 805 devices yet, and the 808 and 810 won’t debut until next year. Now there are other Qualcomm 64-bit processors in the works (410, 610 and 615), but again, they are probably not ready for release later this month.
Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming HTC One Remix. In case you were unaware, this is just the HTC One Mini 2 with a different name just for Verizon. Everything looks the same as the other device, save for branding. Verizon has stamped its front and back with some logos. The front has replaced HTC’s very own logo with Big Red’s. And the back has the usual Verizon logo and 4G LTE logo. Nothing too surprising here.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
We have read rumors that Verizon was considering adding the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its portfolio of tablet devices available for consumers. That rumor picked up some new steam today thanks to a leaked image posted by Twitter tipster @evleaks. The image is a front and back view of the Xperia Z2 Tablet showing Verizon branding laid down right in the middle of the back of the device. Of course, we still have no idea of when this may happen, but the existence of a pre-release image could be an indication that the wait may not be too much longer.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Some new rumors have surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3 from Twitter tipster @DooMLoRD_XDA. The latest bits of news appear to confirm some earlier reports, contradict some, and add in some new bits of information. According to the latest information, the Xperia Z3 will be released in September. That is consistent with statements made by Sony earlier this year indicating they thought flagship devices need to be released more often than once a year. Sony’s Kurozumi Yoshiro also said at MWC 2014 that Sony was going to go in a new design direction which @DooMLoRD_XDA seems to confirm by indicating the Xperia Z3 will have a new design with slim bezels and will be only 7 mm thick.
A new image surfaced today allegedly showing a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 5. The GPE version of the Galaxy S 5 is expected to come with the same hardware as the regular version, but it would be unlocked and would come with a stock Android interface instead of Samsung’s TouchWiz. If released, this would follow in the path of the GPE version of last year’s Samsung Galaxy S 4. The source that grabbed the pic did not get any information on a window for release or pricing.
Google is working on their new Android Silver program for release in early 2015. We may hear about that at Google I/O later this month. Although the Android Silver program has been pegged as the replacement for Google’s line of Nexus devices, it remains to be seen whether it would have any impact on Google Play Edition devices.
source: TK Tech News
Over the last several months, we have heard a flip flopping of sorts regarding the Galaxy S 5 Prime. Some rumors indicate that will be the exact name of the device, while others have indicated that it would fall into a new line called the Galaxy F. Back in March, JK Shin said there wasn’t a higher-end Galaxy S 5 in the works, which probably is a strong indication that it will be the Galaxy F, even though it may look very similar to the Galaxy S 5.
Microsoft release a touch-friendly version of Office apps (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) to iOS devices earlier this year, while making the bundled Office Suite a free download for Android users. There have been rumors floating around about when Microsoft would finally break down and release their office apps on another platform, especially on the Android side of the fence, but after the earlier announcement Android users were still left wondering when or if it would ever happen.
Plastic or metal? Metal or plastic?
There’s been an ongoing debate on whether LG’s upcoming G3 contains any metal in its body, or whether it’s only a plastic device.
Well, well, well, look what we have here…
Google posted an article titled “An Android Wear Development Story” on its Android developers blog. It has some interesting stuff, but the photo above of the Moto 360 prototype particularly stuck out.
While Motorola’s tablets have had some success, they didn’t exactly live up to the hype that they were given before release. They didn’t introduce anything truly groundbreaking, and they were pretty much run-of-the-mill devices with semi-sleek designs.
Maybe that’s the reason the Xoom 3 was never released.
You heard me right, the Xoom 3.
Never heard of it? That’s because the project was thrown away in its infancy — but there seems to be some pictures of the unreleased tablet. We have them for you after the break, as well as a few of the rumored specs.
With LG hitting the market with their Quad HD LG G3 smartphone, the pressure is on Samsung to match their competitor with a similar screen resolution as QHD takes center stage as the new standard for flagship devices. Samsung missed the opportunity to get in front of the competition when the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was released with a standard HD screen, but the company has been working on an updated version with the higher resolution. New entries in the RRA database, the South Korean equivalent to the FCC, suggest Samsung is on the verge of making the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime a reality.