If you’re a Verizon Galaxy Nexus owner, then it looks like you’ve got some sort of update on the way… which we were already aware of and expecting. Reports are coming in that the nation’s wireless carrier is currently testing a mysterious JDQ39 build of Android 4.2.2 which seems to feature some new radios, but unfortunately seems to feature an old bootloader and old kernel version.
Why Verizon isn’t updating the kernel and bootloader beats us— but maybe it’s just part of its extensive testing before rolling out to the masses. Nevertheless we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes and ears open to what Verizon has up in its sleeves for you G-Nex users out there.
It seems like only yesterday Samsung released its flagship handset, the Galaxy S III, to a grateful public. The specs were impressive at the time, and the price was affordable compared to existing and emerging competitors.
Samsung is not one to let its success go to its head. Their impressive marketing budget, coupled with their zest for innovation has helped them climb to the top in a predominantly mobile marketplace. Their latest handset, the Galaxy S IV won’t be an exception to the rule!
There’s a reason why Huawei has become one of the world’s top smartphone manufacturers, despite surprisingly flying under the radar: it continues to introduce all sorts of smartphones for consumers. Notorious beans-spiller evleaks has revealed the Ascend G710 smartphone— an interesting device to say the least. It is not known exactly what will be featured inside the device— though we do know it will feature a 5-inch screen with a 720p resolution, capacative buttons at the bottom (sigh) and a pretty sexy metallic backing on the back of the device.
No word yet on when this bad boy will hit the market, but interested parties should probably keep their eyes and ears open with us as it will probably be available sooner than later.
Not too long ago Pantech unveiled their Discover for AT&T. It’s a pretty powerful little device with a low price point, which tends to win customers over pretty well. Now we’re getting a sneak peek at Verizon’s version of the device, named the Perception, which we can pretty safely assume will have the same or similar specs and pricing as the Discover, although it’s worth noting that the Discover has a 13 MP camera, and the FCC shots show an 8 MP shooter. Aside from that, the device looks slick as ever with what appears to be a brushed metal finish and a very thin profile. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more about the availability of this device.
We recently told you about a leaked mid-range Sony device, features above on the left. So far all we knew was that the Xperia SP had a slightly larger screen, probably around 4.5 or 4.6 inches, and had a Snapdragon S4 under the hood. The latest leaks confirm those rumors, and we now know that the SP will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chip with a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The 4.6 inch screen will be built around an aluminum body with plastic back, that does indeed house a micro SD card slot, in addition to an 8 MP camera and 8 GB of internal storage. Pretty standard these days. Be sure to keep an eye out for more from Sony at MWC next week.
The Photo Sphere option was added to Android 4.2, but it has only been available to Nexus devices. The fact that it’s a stock camera app, it’s unlikely Android OEMs can use it in its current state since they incorporate their own camera software. So far it appears HTC has no plans to implement a similar feature since it would have been mentioned at the One launch event. What about Samsung? Well it appears they might be prepping their own version called Samsung Orb. Supposedly it will give you the same 360-degree panorama photos and according to one engineer, will be even better since it will utilize the S4 camera. For Orbs or Photo Spheres to takeoff, Facebook support would be huge, and word is Samsung is already working with Facebook so users can share their orbs via the social giant.
Yesterday we posted a teaser video for LG’s big presser at Mobile World Congress. The F series was one of those teased as “Freedom” phones, but we already have the leaked press shot of both the F5 (right) and F7 (left). We don’t have any specs to go on, but one thing that I find odd is the different layout for buttons on both phones. Since both of these are within the same series (in this case F), it surprises me that there would be differences like that. It’s one thing to have different processors or display sizes, but button layouts? Odd indeed, but this is LG we’re talking about, so nothing surprises me. I guess we will find out more on February 25th, in Barcelona so stay tuned.
A new trailer from LG has surfaced giving hints to the next lineup of their smartphones. LG has used the letters “L” which (possibly) stands for style, “G” which stands for greatness, “V” which stands for view and “F” which stands for freedom. The trailer also pays special attention to tags which could mean the inclusion of NFC in the devices which would make use of the NFC tag stickers we’ve never seen before. Stay tuned for LG to make their announcement at MWC and find out exactly what each of these letters mean and in the meantime, check out the trailer below.
Our own Rob Nazarian is about to lay his eyes on the upcoming HTC One (aka the M7) smartphone at any moment now, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from giving the rest of us yet another idea of what we should expect to see from HTC’s next great beast of a device. French website NowhereElse has leaked a couple of images pretty much confirming what we’ve already seen before– except this time we see a Beats Audio logo on the back and some sort of shiny band at the bottom and top of the device. So ummm yeah folks— this is pretty much the HTC One that we’re all looking forward to drooling over and have already seen before. Stay tuned with us as we give you all the up-to-date info about the device.
The above image is yet another teaser from HTC about tomorrow’s event. Now we fully expect to see the HTC One (M7) or whatever they call it, but this image has something interesting. It shows a bunch of devices under black clothes, but the one to the bottom left looks a little bigger. Speculation is running rampant that it could be a tablet, but it could also be some sort of accessory. We did hear rumblings last July of an HTC Vertex device that was suspected to be a tablet, and then in August, images leaked of a 10-inch tablet. Unless it’s an optical illusion, whatever is under that cloth doesn’t appear to be that big.
I guess I will be surprised if it is a tablet knowing full well that we would probably have more information about it, and not to mention that back in October HTC basically said they weren’t going to concentrate on tablets, at least for the U.S. market. We are only a little over 12 hours away from finding out so keep it locked right here for all the details as we get them.