Samsung has sent out invitations for an event that will announce the next generation Zoom. However, contrary to the belief that the device will be known as the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, the device will become the Galaxy K. It’s interesting that Samsung went with that name considering they’ve already released a Galaxy K in South Korea. Albeit that was almost four years ago. According to rumors though, the Galaxy K will be a brand in of itself and will not resemble the Galaxy S 5 in anyway.
While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.
These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.
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Remember the Moto X+1 name that leaked earlier this month? It is now (almost) confirmed that it will be the device to feature Motorola’s upcoming leather backplates. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted an image that listed twenty-five varieties among five categories. The star of the show here is the Leather category as it will allow customers to choose between four differ colors. Also, Wood backplates make a return along with the usual Cool, Neutral, and Warm categories.
Rumored Moto X+1 backplates, from @evleaks:
- Cool: Navy, Turquoise, Olive, Royal Blue, Dark Teal
- Neutral: Slate, Purple, Smoke, Black, Chalk
- Warm: Red, Orange, Lemon Lime, Violet, Crimson, Raspberry, Cabernet
- Wood: Teak, Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony
- Leather: Black, Red, Grey, Blue
It looks like HTC is working very hard on releasing a variety of devices this year. A new report out today claims that HTC is planning to release the One (M8) in plastic. While the internal specifications and overall design would be the same as the aluminum One (M8), the plastic model would undoubtedly be cheaper. The reason for this is that the HTC One (M8) costs almost $900 in China and having a plastic model would bring that number down to about $483.
Source: TMT Post
Via: G 4 Games
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active is coming. In fact, it is coming to AT&T, Sprint, and likely others as a recent leaked suggests. As many of you know, the Active model for Samsung’s Galaxy S devices bring extra durability. Many people were unsure that this device would return in 2014 since the Galaxy S 5 is already an extremely durable device with a high waterproof rating. But now the Galaxy S 5 Active is almost confirmed thanks to @evleaks sharing its APKs.
There are 277 of them and just too many to go through each and every one. So if any catch your eye in the list above, let us know in the comments below!
At Verizon, the HTC One (M8) is only available in Gunmental Gray and Glacial Silver. Along with these colors, Verizon gained exclusivity from HTC by releasing the One (M8) on the same day it was announced. And it now looks like Verizon will be getting another exclusive. This time, another color.
On Twitter, @evleaks let the cat out of the bag by saying the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will soon be available in Glamour Red. When? We do not know. But we have heard about other red variants of the One (M8). The Stealth Red variant was recently delayed, so will Glamour Red hit a speed bump as well? Cannot be sure just yet.
Everyone is waiting for Amazon to finally release its smartphone, Project Aria. As recent as last month, there were reports that the device is coming this year. And now a report out of The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon’s smartphone will be revealed in June. And shortly after in September, it will be ready for consumers. It has been reported that Amazon has let developers in San Francisco and its hometown Seattle test prototypes over the course of the last few weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.
So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.
LG is rumored to working on a homemade SoC that is based on the ARM architecture. Odin, as it’s being called, is rumored to come with four 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15s and four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.7GHz. They will use a 28nm manufacturing process.
Rumors started back in the original Optimus G days but didn’t even make it into the G, G2, or G Pad 8.3. Even though it’s rumored to enter mass production soon, the SoC probably won’t be in the G3 either. LG looks to be having issues with the final design. It wanted to internalize the development and didn’t want to base the new SoC on Qualcomm Snapdragon processing that it was going to do initially. It’s rumored that LG wants to test out the concept on low-end devices first, rather than risk anything with the G3.
If rumors pan out, we may see a device packing the Odin SoC in the second half of the year.
source: ET News
via: Phone Arena
LG devices have not been afraid to pose for the camera lately. This time around is the LG L70. On Twitter, @evleaks posted the image above of LG’s little device. This one is for MetroPCS. On the back, carrier branding is nothing intrusive. The front is very calm as well.
LG L70 specifications:
- 4.5-inch IPS Display (800 x 400)
- 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of memory
- 8MP or 5MP rear camera
- Front facing camera (depending on market)
- 2,100mAh removable battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- G (HSPA+21Mbps)
We know a KitKat update is going to be announced soon, we just aren’t sure when. Thanks to Android Police, we also know that Google has begun the dogfooding phase for the 4.4.3 update on employees, which likely means the update will go live soon.
Now, dogfood testing typically means we’re still a few weeks away from an actual release, which gives Google time to sort out any last minute kinks in the software. The update has reportedly gone live for the main Nexus line, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10, but GPE devices and the Moto X are said to be on track for an internal update, as well.
Google has been internally testing out a new design for the calendar app in Android, and some screenshots of the new interface have leaked out for us to take a look at. The app is picking up a much cleaner look, abandoning the grids and lines that we’re used to in favor a slightly more colorful, flat, minimalist design. There’s a daily agenda feature and a heavy dose of social integration thanks to Google’s massive push with Google+.
The daily agenda feature rounds up all of your events for the day, including contact birthdays and information from G+, and pools them into one place for you to look at. Many other third-party calendars and OEM skin calendars have been doing this for a while now, so that would be a very nice addition to the stock Google calendar. There’s also a new separate birthdays menu that will show you upcoming birthdays from your contacts. It looks like a nice way be able to keep up with your friends’ birthdays without having it clutter up the rest of your calendar.
Xiaomi’s Mi3 is a hit, so it’s no surprise they are working on a successor. Dubbed the Mi3S, this one looks like a complete beast, and if the rumored pricing is correct, it is going to be one hot ticket.
The Mi3S will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and LTE. There is also going to be “more metal.”
It did not take long for a company’s 64-bit plans to surface. Chinese manufacturer ZTE is reportedly working on a device that will utilize one of Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit architecture Snapdragon processors. The codename is ‘Apollo’ and this follows ZTE’s tradition of codenaming devices after Greek mythology. The ZTE Grand S was known as ‘Athena’ in development.
So while we know this device will use on of Qualcomm’s beastly processors, we do not know if it will be the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Also, these processors are not expected until at leaset 2015.
Via: G 4 Games
An upcoming color of the new HTC One (M8) may have been delayed. In fact, it has reportedly been delayed indefinitely. The color we are talking about is the recently-leaked Stealth Red variant. It was originally set for a May release; however, that will not happen. While we do not know the cause of the delay, I am willing to say it was due to production issues with the color.
Via: G 4 Games