Leaked publication suggests Android 4.3 and 5.0 updates to come to recent Samsung flagships

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Google has yet to even officially announce the upcoming release of Android 4.3, and we’re already receiving rumors that Samsung is working on updates to the newest version of the OS for some of its top devices, including the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2, which will supposedly skip the Android 4.2.2 update and jump straight to 4.3.

Since Google is planning on releasing the new version in the near future, it makes sense for Samsung to skip right over 4.2.2, especially because of the minor OS changes in the update.

The leaked publication also suggests that the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2, will all be upgradable to the next major version of Android, most likely 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

More information will obviously come in the next few weeks and months about this, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the news comes in.

Source: Temefy

Leaked Sony ‘Honami’ press render reveals G Lens branding

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The Sony Honami has a new leak and this time it’s a press image. Other than a decent picture of the phone, you can see G Lens branding next to the lens. If you aren’t familiar with G Lens, it’s Sony’s proprietary glass brand they use on their cameras. Furthermore, since G Lens is onboard, you can expect the Honami to also have the BIONZ image processing engine. It’s a separate processory with powerful algorithms. At this point, we suspect that it will be similar to the Bravia Engine in that it will be software based because it’s for mobile.

The Sony Honami looks to be a pretty amazing beast, but will it make any waves in North America?

source: ePrice
via: Xperia Blog

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leaks, dual-sim version of Samsung’s latest phablet

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Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, is slated to see a new variant join its rank with dual-sim slots. It’s still the same massive, 6.3 inch device, just with two sim card slots instead of one. The leaked pictures of it are unsurprisingly identical to the standard version aside from the slightly adjusted internals. The device has reportedly already received Bluetooth certification with the model number SCH-P729, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before you can pick one of these up. Like other Samsung devices with dual-sim slots, you can expect this one to carry the DUOS branding and be called the Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS.

Anybody planning on picking one of these up?

source: Phone Arena

New render image may show HP smartphone

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An image surfaced on Monday that allegedly shows an HP smartphone. This discovery is timely as we reported at the beginning of the month an official with HP hinted the company was working on a smartphone. Now would be a good time for a company like HP to try to expand their market lines given the ongoing contraction in the PC market. No details regarding possible specs were available.

This would not be the first time HP has come close to releasing a smartphone device. Last year an HP Android-based smartphone was discovered on GLBenchmark, only to disappear. In 2011 HP had plans to launch the webOS powered HP Pre3 in the U.S., but canceled those plans after a short European launch.

source: phoneArena

Verizon will reportedly introduce “VZ Edge” upgrade plan in August

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vz_edgeT-Mobile made headlines with the JUMP! program that they announced last week to allow early upgrades. Verizon looks to be following, with a new program called VZ Edge. Droid-Life got their hands on a training slide that outlines the new program that allows customers to avoid contracts and upgrade fees. VZ Edge will reportedly allow customers to purchase a new smartphone using Verizon’s monthly installment options, as long as 50% of the previous phone has already been paid off.

There are a few question marks with this program, like how often Verizon will allow you to change your device, and if current unlimited-data plan users will be able to keep their package. All questions should be answered on August 25, when VZ Edge is schedule to launch, according to the document above. In addition, AT&T has an announcement tomorrow, which we expect to be another early upgrade program announcement.

Source: Droid-Life

 

The ZTE Geek U988 is outed in plain view, casually reminds us that it’s still the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone in the process

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So the world’s first Tegra 4-based smartphone is a little late hitting the shelves— big deal. At least the latest leaks show that the ZTE U988S— also known as the Geek U988S— is very much real and looking like a nearly-finished product, thanks to what appears to be a set of promotional photos that have surfaced for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the device still features that smooth red color which houses the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8MP camera. As great as it is seeing a clear view of the upcoming smartphone, there’s still no telling when the smartphone will hit Chinese (and international) markets, so we will still have to deal with a little bit mystery for a little while longer.

source: GSM Insider

HTC One MAX rumors, expected to compete with Galaxy Note 3

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While the HTC One Mini is going to be a smaller, little-brother version of the original HTC one, the HTC One MAX is expected to be an enlarged version of HTC’s flagship device, quite similar to what Samsung is doing with their Galaxy series.

The device is expected to launch this September with a 6-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage options and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Samsung is certainly going to have some devices to beat out this fall as this new HTC addition, as well as upcoming offerings from LG and Sony will certainly push consumers in many different directions.

Source: Mobile Geeks

Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

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via: Phone Arena

Photos of HTC One Mini leak once again, this time with specs

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The folks over at AndroidNext.de have obtained some leaked pics of the upcoming HTC One Mini, as well as some screenshots. According to their information, the new device will feature a 4MP UltraPixel camera (same as HTC One), as well as a 1.6MP front-shooter. The 4.3-inch display will house a 720 x 1280 pixel screen.

An update on previously released specs: the One will actually feature 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB RAM, rather than the Snapdragon S4 chipset.

Early rumors suggested an August release, so we expect an announcement to come from HTC relatively soon.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Android Next

New shots of HTC Butterfly S with dual-sim slots pop up on Twitter

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We have a new picture of a Butterfly S variant, courtesy of @leakschina. This particular variant appears to have a dual-sim slot, which pretty much guarantees it won’t see a US release. Regardless, if you need to pick up a dual-sim phone for travelling, the dual-sim Butterfly S sports all the great specs of the traditional variant, including a 1080p screen, UltraPixel camera, and quad-core Snapdragon processor.

Anybody planning on trying to get their hands on one of these?

source: leakschina