Nexus 6 could sport a fingerprint scanner

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It has already been rumored that the Nexus 6 will be manufactured by LG and that it will be based on the G3, but Android Geeks is reporting that the Nexus 6 will sport a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly enough, we aren’t expecting the G3 to sport one, so this is a little surprising. The word is that Google is already talking with several Asian fingerprint sensor suppliers.

How this fingerprint sensor would be implemented is a big question. Will it be on screen like the Galaxy S 5 or will it be more like Apple’s Touch ID? That remains to be seen, but it’s expected to be on the front of the device, unlike the HTC One Max.

Galaxy S 5 Google Play Edition shows up in Play Store, but you can’t purchase it yet

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When HTC announced the One (M8), we almost immediately heard that they were going to release a Google Play Edition of the device. Everyone assumed Samsung would do the same with the Galaxy S 5, but it’s been several weeks since the device became available for purchase and there’s still no word on when or if we will see a Google Play Edition.

Rear buttons of the LG G3 leak, modified from last year

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It looks like LG will be making another change to its button setup even after the moving everything to the back with last year’s LG G2. But do not worry, everything will remain on the rear of the device. It will all look a bit different, though.

While we saw the back of the G3 over the weekend, @evleaks offered a closeup this afternoon. The metallic piece in the center is presumably the power button and above and below should lie the volume buttons. And of course above all of that is the camera. Next to that, on your right, is the camera’s flash. However, on the left is something unknown. There is a chance LG goes Samsung’s route and opts for a heart rate sensor.

While we do not know much else about the device, we should expect to hear more about it next month.

Android Silver program may be headed to a carrier near you

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Earlier this month rumors surfaced about a new program Google was working on referred to as Android “Silver.” A new briefing about the program has surfaced indicating Google is moving forward with Android Silver and will be retiring the Nexus line of devices to pursue Silver. The program will involve an infusion of cash that Google will spread around to wireless carriers to promote the new high-end Silver devices within carriers’ stores as part of an effort by Google to assert itself within the world of Android. Google will be striving to ensure the devices adhere to a set of Google specifications and that salespeople are trained to assist customers in fully understanding what the devices are capable of doing.

Google patents dual-Glass design, suggests Google Glass with two lenses may be in the works

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A patent filed by Google suggests their vision for the future of Google Glass will involve something that may actually look like normal glasses. The patent shows a pair of lenses with Glass covering both eyes, as opposed to just a single frame like it is right now.

The patent was filed way back in September of 2011, and really opens up some new possibilities of what Glass can do. Glass covering both eyes could create a unique HUD or even true 3D experiences, something no other product has managed to successfully do for mainstream consumers.

New HTC One M8 Ace to have plastic unibody, high-end specs with low price

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In the past HTC has made comments leading people to believe they don’t like flagship plastic devices, but new reports suggest that they are on their way to making their own. According to sources, the company’s new HTC One M8 Ace will feature a plastic body instead of aluminum. In addition, the device will have specs almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, with a 5-inch 1080p display plus a 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, but a much lower pricetag.

We’ll just have to wait and see, as the device may be announced sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

Yet another Samsung smartphone shows up on shipping manifest

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Almost two months ago a couple devices showed up on Indian web site Zauba which tracks devices being shipped into and out of the country. Those devices included the SM-G870A and the SM-G800F. At the time we thought one of those may be the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Neo. However, a new leak from Zauba for an SM-G750H may be the scaled down version of Samsung’s latest flagship device. The bad news is that the device that was discovered is listed as having a 5.1-inch display. Combined with an expected screen resolution of only 720p, the Galaxy S 5 Neo may have a noticeably less sharp display than other devices on the market.

The Galaxy S 5 Neo is expected to come with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, so it should have plenty of power to drive a high definition screen. If Samsung did ramp up the screen resolution to a full 1080p, that would create a device that has better hardware in most areas than the Galaxy S 4. Although the Galaxy S 4 is technically a generation behind, Samsung may not be quite ready for a smaller version of their current flagship to be able to take on the Galaxy S 4.

source: Zauba
via: SamMobile

Galaxy K teased by Samsung on Instagram post

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom showed off some really impressive specs last year as a super-niche device for photo-snappers everywhere. While we don’t have an official name on the phone’s successor yet, we currently know it as a Galaxy K device.

In order to start the hype, Samsung has posted a video on its Instagram account,  featuring a zoomed in shot of the Red Dot Design Museum.

The caption on the post reads ‘Meet #TheNextGALAXY. Join us for a live update on April 29 at 11AM SGT.’

Stay tuned tomorrow for the update from Samsung and hit the link below for the Instagram post.

Source: Samsung Mobile Instagram

Acer looking to forge ahead into wearables market with smartband

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Acer sees an opportunity in the growing wearable technology market and wants to jump in. The company announced back in January that it was planning on releasing a product in the coming months, and now we have a bit of an idea of what to expect from the manufacturer.

According to members of the Chinese media, the company will be releasing a smartband (not a smartwatch) in mid-2014. Unsurprisingly, the device will pair up with a smartphone or tablet. But the important bit of information here is that Acer will reportedly be looking to partner with fitness centers and hospitals for launch.

This could be something a bit different from what we’re used to seeing, so keep your eyes peeled. More to come.

Via: GforGames
Source: China Post

 

 

Samsung’s Project KQ (Galaxy S 5 with QHD display) scheduled for a June reveal

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The wait for Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 with a QHD display will not be very long. Reports out of Korea claim that Project KQ will be revealed around June. It is unknown, however, if the device will be announced or released at that time. My money is on the former, though.

Are you interested in a GS5 with a QHD display? Or is the LG G3 getting a look? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Asia Today (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games

Samsung Chromebook 2 gets delayed with no explanation

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The wait to get your hands on a Chromebook 2 just got even longer. BetaNews has received confirmation from Samsung that its upcoming Chromebook has been delayed. Originally, the Chromebook 2 was expected to be released at the end of April (later this week). Samsung did not provide a reason for the delay, but it looks like the Chromebook 2 has been pushed to May.

Right now, the Chromebook 2 is a standout device running Chrome OS. It features some of the best specifications ever seen in a Chromebook. In fact, the display is the best in class if you disregard the insanely-expensive Chromebook Pixel. The 13.3-inch display’s resolution is 1920×1080 and inside is 4GB of RAM paired with Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 processor. It is priced at $399. There is also a smaller model with an 11.6-inch display that lacks the same resolution and a processor clocked lower.

Source: BetaNews
Via: TechnoBuffalo

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Mini expected to be water and dust resistant, arrive next month

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Good news for people waiting until Samsung releases the Galaxy S 5 Mini. The device, which Samsung’s New Zealand location has confirmed exists, will be just like its bigger sibling in terms of durability. In New Zealand, a Samsung support page confirmed the device and the fact that it also features an IP67 rating in terms of water resistance. Also, it will be dust resistant. The information was found by KopenGalaxyS5.nl through a warranty page.

Do you plan on purchasing the Galaxy S 5 Mini? Or do you prefer the full blown Galaxy S 5?

Source: KopenGalaxyS5.nl
Via: Unwired View

Oppo to get into the attachable smartphone camera market to compete with Sony

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Sony created a one-of-a-kind device with their QX10 and QX100. The attachable camera lenses could be stuck on a smartphone to offer picture quality better than what a built-in smartphone camera could offer. The devices were cool, but they obviously haven’t caught on to the mainstream just yet. However, that’s not going to stop Oppo from jumping head first into that market to give Sony a bit of competition.