Images of the Moto X+1 front panel, new DROID leak

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We learned earlier today about specifications for the upcoming Moto X+1, and now we have new images to put its 5.2-inch display into perspective. The image above shows what is allegedly the Moto X+1 (left) next to the original Moto X. The height is certainly larger and the bezels on the sides have been shrunk. It also seems that the top and bottom of the device will feature quality speaker grills. The original Moto X has a 4.7-inch display, so the jump to 5.2 inches is definitely noticeable.

The same source, HelloMotoHK, also posted an image of what is said to be a new DROID device. The design is more rounded and similar to the Moto line of devices. This could have to do with a Moto Maxx device being in the works. Still, though, the image suggests that on-screen navigation buttons are not present. Identical buttons from last year are back in action.

Hit the break for another image of the Moto X+1 and the image of an alleged new DROID device.

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Alleged Moto X+1 benchmark test shows older Snapdragon 800 inside

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When the Moto X was announced, there were complaints that the specifications were not cutting edge and on par with other flagship handsets. Motorola stood by its device. Nevertheless, it did not perform how the company had hoped. So with the Moto X+1 right around the corner, Motorola has a chance to deliver what everyone really wants. A recent benchmark showed that the device would have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. Another benchmark making its way around today, though, says otherwise.

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Here’s another look at the upcoming Meizu MX4

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Late last month, we got a chance to see the front panel of the Meizu MX4, which sported some of the thinnest bezels we have ever seen. Now today we are getting a better look at the phone.

As you can see, the MX4 is definitely taking design cues from the iPhone, but it also resembles the Xiaomi Mi 4. This photo is supposedly the “standard version” of the MX4, implying there will also be a higher-end model. The good news is that we can expect the same narrow bezels on this version.

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Now that they broke the seal, how much metal is in Samsung’s future?

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With the launch of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has shown they are willing to implement metal on their smartphones, and based on solid reports, we are also expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to also sport a little metal. What about an “all metal design” though?

Reports from Samsung’s supply chain indicate that Samsung will in fact offer an all metal Galaxy S 6. However, they may want to, but will they be able to? With most metal case suppliers already tied to Apple, can Samsung get enough supply? Samsung’s main suppliers are likely to be China’s BYD Electronics and Taiwan’s Eminence Precision Industrial Co. It’s unlikely that either company could offer more than 1 million units per month.

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Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

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Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.

The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner. Read more

Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active. Read more

Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

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The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.

The phone, which will have a  5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.

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Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact slips through the FCC

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Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to be a mini version of the Z3 flagship, and the phone recently passed through the FCC in two separate variants for different carriers: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812.

According to the FCC documents, the device will have a 4.57-inch screen, and overall dimensions of 127 x 64.9 mm. That comes out to be the third highest screen to phone size ratio of any Sony Xperia device — 69.85 percent. The original Xperia Z was 69.83 percent, the ZL was 74.97 percent and the T2 Ultra was 71.69 percent.

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