Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S 5 smartphone may be making rounds to at least one U.S. right now. According to @evleaks, AT&T is testing the SM-G900A smartphone. He adds that this device has a high resolution display that gives “some support to the theory that it’s an int’l flagship.” This specification matches the 2K display rumor from yesterday.
What’s interesting is the model number. So far we have seen the SM-G900F, SM-G900S, and now the SM-G900A. These variants could be for models that are compatible with various carriers. Being that the AT&T-tested version ends with the first letter of the alphabet, it makes sense that it would be the international version. But don’t get too excited for a release date. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is expected to be released in late April. Would you mind waiting for a metal chassis?
Samsung appears to be ready to release at least four new tablets during the first quarter of 2014 as it continues its march toward mobile device domination. One of these devices is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) potentially being released the second week of January. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be a low-end tablet which a price tag to match, although we do not have any specs yet to gauge where Samsung things the low-end of the market is. Another tablet that may be close to release is the possible Galaxy Tab 4 with a model number SM-T331. Whatever this mystery tablet is, it is expected to come with an AMOLED display instead of LCD as part of Samsung’s initiative to switch over to AMOLED.
Rumors are also floating around that Samsung is interested in producing a Note series device with a 12.2-inch screen that could possibly trigger the merger of tablets and laptops as a viable category for most buyers. There is also some rumbling about a possible Android/Windows dual-boot device with a more traditional laptop size screen of 13.3-inches.
LG is not exactly sure what may be going on over at the Korea Times, but they do know their latest report hinting at an LG partnership with Huawei is nothing but hot air. In a statement released today, LG says “there is no discussion now or in the past with Huawei on any aspects of LG Electronics’ business.” This terse statement came in response to a report in the Korea Times suggesting LG and Huawei may be working on a partnership with at least one of the goals being to help “revive” LG’s smartphone business.
While LG has generally been receiving positive reviews for the devices it released in 2013 like the LG G2 or the Nexus 5, it has continued to struggle in the market to gain share. During the past year LG saw Huawei overtake it in global shipments. However, that lack of market share is attributed to LG’s weakness in the entry-level and lower ends of the market. Coincidentally, that is also the part of the market where Huawei primarily targets their devices. Apparently the analyst cited by the Korea Times thinks LG is feeling the heat and described their smartphone business as “fragile.”
source: The Verge
With the LG G Flex having a release date in Asian markets, many wondered when it would head west to the United States. Earlier today, Twitter’s @evleaks tweeted an image of the G Flex for Sprint. Only the front of the device was leaked, giving way to minimal Sprint branding. On the lockscreen sits the carrier’s name and their LTE icon sits in the status bar. In case you were wondering, the model number for this device is LS995 — the same as November leak. If there’s any indication for a release date, it would be February 7 or sometime around then as that is the date displayed. Stay tuned for more information regarding the G Flex’s United States arrival.
The last thing we heard about wood backs for the Moto X was that they would be ready for the holiday season. Christmas is less than two weeks away and Motorola has yet to make the wood backs available. In case you were losing hope and decided to start making your own wood back, Motorola has stepped in to help. The image above was tweeted today along with a message saying “Put this DIY project on hold. Trust us.” Either Motorola is telling us that wood backs are coming soon to the Moto X or this is just a teaser to get us excited once again.
Owners of the LG G2 around the globe are anxiously awaiting word on when their devices will join the Android 4.4 KitKat party. According to LG’s Korean web site, the LG G2 will receive KitKat before the end of December. This will make the LG G2 one of the company’s first devices to receive KitKat. Previous reports also put the update coming to U.S. owners of the LG G2 before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, sources in France are reporting the Android 4.4 update for the LG G2 is expected to show up in that country during the first quarter of 2014. That would match the time frame for the rollout of KitKat on the LG G2 in Canada.
source: SFR, LG
Good news for HTC One Mini owners coming in today— the device will be receiving Android 4.3 shortly as the update as been spotted in Europe in multiple countries.
With the update comes all of the the usual Android 4.3 goodies, as well as the ability to turn off Blinkfeed which is certainly nice. Video Highlights and Music will also see an update, making the final file size a whipping 630.55MB.
Let us know if you’ve already received the update and how it’s working out for your device.
Nobody ever questioned the simplicity of the Chromecast. It came without any pre-release buzz, and unsurprisingly was able to create all the hype for itself at launch.
In 2014, Google will have some even bigger plans for the Chromecast.
Not only will the device launch in a number of new countries, but the SDK will be opened up so that thousands of apps can be made Chromecast-compatible, as well as a number of other devices as Google plans to partner with a number of electronics companies. The ultimate goal is to make even the most rare apps “castable.”
Earlier today we told you that the HTC One Google Play edition was receiving Android 4.4.2— we now have news that the same update is now being sent out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition.
As was said before, the update is pretty much all minor bug fixes, so no real need to flash anything here.
However, specifically for this device, it seems that one of the bug fixes includes the H symbol being replaced with the 3G symbol even when connected to HSPA+. Another fix is the SMS DOS issue.
Let us know if you have received the update already in the comments and if you’re seeing any other changes to your device!
Nexus device owners received Android 4.4.2 last week, and now the Google Play Edition of the HTC One is getting the update as well.
HTCDev also posted the framework support files (468.4MB) for the new build— if you’re not comfortable flashing anything to your phone, you might be better off waiting for the OTA update. (It really isn’t a big update so you’re not missing out.)
Got the update already? Let us know it the comments.