Nexus 5 image surfaces from frequent leaker


With Google possibly holding their Kit Kat / Nexus announcement on Monday, leaks are imminent. Less than an hour ago, Twitter leaker @evleaks tweeted out “Nexus 5, by LG, 2013″ with the image above. It lines up perfectly with the leak from last Thursday night. On the back of the device is the usual Nexus logo, now horizontal when in landscape, with LG’s name below. Both the notification bar and navigation menu are transparent. Also, the notification bar has white icons. Folders and the apps button have the low opacity backgrounds. Now if only @evleaks could give us something more on the Nexus 10.

Source: @evleaks

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update schedule for Samsung devices leaks online

Android 4.3 Update Schedule

While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.

Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.

  • Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
  • Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
  • Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
  • Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
  • Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
  • Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13

Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.

Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.

Source: Droid-Life

HTC focusing on structural changes to right the ship


HTC is in a deep, dark hole and it’s hard to tell whether they’ll be able to get out of it. What we do know is that it will be a long journey.

Either way, the company’s first step has to include making some major changes regarding the way they do things, because clearly, it’s not working— and that is exactly what they’re going to do.

HTC has come up with four phases (or sanctions put in place by investors… however you want to look at it) that it hopes will help fix their dismal sales numbers and miserable outlook:

1. Major executives and other high-up officials will be evaluated, and responsibilities will be “reshuffled”

2. Production will be outsourced due to high costs

3. MediaTek chips will be used in mid-range/entry-level devices to reduce costs without sacrificing too much quality

4. Focus on creating new partnerships and finding new customers in different markets, specifically with China Mobile

Only time will tell whether any of this actually works, but I suppose we can hope for the best for the struggling company.

Via: GforGames
Source: ChinaPost


Google possibly building floating, water-based data center in San Francisco Bay


Barge BAL0010 in San Francisco is about to be the new home of what some believe is a floating data center currently being built by Google. According to some really solid CNET reporting, the tech giant is working on a revolutionary “water based data center.”

In 2009, Google actually filed for a patent for a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”

This project could very well fulfill that patent’s dream.

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T-Mobile now offering hotspot capabilities and domestic data roaming in “Simple Choice” prepaid plans

T-Mobile Prepaid

If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:

Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering).  Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.

It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.

Source: AndroidCentral

Bluetooth SIG receives filing for Nexus 4 with LTE


While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4′s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.

This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE  and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.

Source: Engadget 

New MOGA Ace Power leaks, but will it fit Android devices?


An image of a new portable gaming device from MOGA surfaced today thanks to @evleaks showing a new direction for the form factor the company may be heading down. Unlike previous devices that were similar in style to traditional gaming system controllers with a mobile device mounting to the top side, the new MOGA Ace Power puts the mobile device in the middle with the buttons flanking that. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is coming equipped with an 1800 mAh battery that can be used to recharge a mobile device similar to the rest of the MOGA Power Series controllers.

The downside, if you are not put off by the change in the form factor, may be compatibility with Android devices. The leaked image shows the MOGA Ace Power with an iPhone. Considering how the controller appears to cradle the device, it seems like it will be a challenge to produce the new controller in a way that takes into account all the different Android powered smartphone sizes and shapes.

source: @evleaks

Leaked Sony Xperia Z1S image confirms it’s a Xperia Z1 f variant


Sony is all set to announce the Xperia Z1S next month, but is it a variant of the Z1, the Z1 f, or something entirely different? The above image was leaked accidentally on Sony’s website, and it looks awfully familiar to the Xperia Z1 f, except for a couple of differences. First, the front-facing camera is on the left side as opposed to the right side on the Xperia Z1 f. Second, is the absence of the NTT DoCoMo logo, which is found on the Xperia Z1 f because it’s an exclusive for the Japanese carrier. So the Xperia Z1S will be the “mini” version of the Xperia Z1 for the global market.

The specs for the Xperia Z1S (same as Xperia Z1 f) will include 4.3-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.2.2.

source: Sony Viet
via: Phone Arena

Nexus 5 release date may be October 31st in the US with a Canadian launch on November 8th


Hopefully you aren’t sick of the Nexus 5 rumors yet, because they’re still coming. Canadian site Mobile Syrup says they’ve received some tips that we could see the Nexus 5 hit the US on Halloween with a Canadian launch right behind it on November 8th. That’s roughly when everyone is expecting it, I think, although it is still just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t look like either Google or LG is going to make any type of announcement tonight, so hang tight for just a few more days.

source: Mobile Syrup

16 GB Nexus 10 showing out of stock on Google Play


Well, it looks like Google’s flagship 10-inch tablet is out of stock on the Play Store. This isn’t the first time this has happened, but coming on the heels of those new Nexus 10 renders we saw last night, this might be an indicator of a product announcement in the near future. You can still pick up a 32 GB model, but there’s no telling how long that will last.

The Nexus 5 launch is supposedly right around the corner, so it’s very possible that we’ll see a revamped version of the Nexus 10 make its debut alongside it. Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many leaks about the device, but some rumors suggest it will be an ASUS-manufactured tablet as opposed to Samsung. Hopefully Google doesn’t make us wait too long to find out.

source: Play Store

via: Phone Arena