Sense 5.5 is on the way and the folks over at Android Revolution posted a slew of screenshots. The biggest achilles heel in Sense 5 was the fact that BlinkFeed couldn’t be disabled. It looks like HTC has listened to the complaints because there will now be a toggle to remove it if you wish. It also looks like HTC is jumping into the dual camera craze with something called Dual Capture, but they will also offer what’s called Panorama+. I suspect this might be their version of Photo Sphere. Some of the other notable changes include new emoticons for the stock keyboard, the ability to customize the Quick Settings panel, and new BlinkFeed categories. Hit the break for more screenshots.
Just like the Nexus 4, Google will offer two different versions of the Nexus 5, but storage size won’t be the only difference. You will still be able to buy either a 16GB or 32GB version, but each version could sport a different battery. The 2,300mAh battery that we saw in the leaked service manual will apparently be in the 16GB version, but the 32GB version will get a whopping 3,000mah cell.
Pricing is going to be similar to last year, but the larger battery in the 32GB version is going to bring a little higher premium. The 16GB version will go for $299 and the 32GB version will run $399 (last year $349). It’s still too much of a premium for the difference in capacity size, but I have no problem paying $50 more for a decent battery.
The next question on my mind is whether or not Google will have enough supply to handle the demand?
source: Phone Arena
While Samsung did see growth in market share for August, they are falling short of sales expectations internally. Analyst Peter Misek from Jefferies explains that the “Galaxy S4 sales missed internal targets leading Samsung to not raise foundry prices for Apple like we expected.” He believes that had the Korean manufacturer’s flagship device done very well, Apple would have had high prices for the metal casing of the iPhone 5s. And to add to the questionable sales, Samsung has reportedly faced poor pre-order figures with the Galaxy Note 3 in their homeland of South Korea.
Is Samsung in trouble? Certainly not. They missed internal targets and its unknown by just how much they fell short. By no means are they in HTC’s position. It’s entirely possible that Samsung holds a high standard for how they feel their products should sell.
Source: Business Insider
Some new screenshots suggest support for SMS messaging is close to being included in Google’s Hangouts messaging platform. Support for SMS messaging was one of the glaring omissions when the new Hangouts app was released earlier this year, though Google has always maintained their plan was to unify messaging protocols including SMS. As part of the support for text messaging, it appears Hangouts will also support MMS, although it is not clear whether users will be able to send videos as MMS using Hangouts. In addition to the SMS and MMS integration, the new version will also allow sharing of videos via the Hangouts platform.
A new Samsung Galaxy device has leaked and appears to be heading to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo either late this year or early next year. It’s called the Galaxy J, and it’s looking like a mash-up of features from Samsung’s other high-end devices. It sports a full HD 5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, and 2 GB of RAM, like the Galaxy S 4. It also features a waterproof casing, like the S 4 Active, and the device is shaped like a slightly smaller Galaxy Note 3 (although there’s no S Pen here, unfortunately). It will supposedly have 32 GB of built-in storage plus a MicroSD card slot and a crazy 20.7 megapixel camera. Toss in a 3,000 mAh battery and you’ve got a Frankenstein device of every high-end phone Samsung has released this year. Oh, and it’ll be available in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue.
The Galaxy J looks like a really solid, high-end device, but I’m just not sure where this fits into Samsung’s portfolio. If it has all of the extra bells and whistles that the standard S 4 has, it seems like it would completely cannibalize S 4 and Active sales wherever this is released. On the other hand, if it’s lacking some of the more marketable features of the S 4 like the Air View stuff, it doesn’t make sense to get this device when you could just pick up a Galaxy S 4. Hopefully Samsung will make this device official and we’ll get a bit more info on it.
source: Techno Buffalo
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which was released around the same time as the Galaxy S4, surprisingly got a lot of attention because of its waterproof and dust-proof features. You can literally dump the phone in the ocean and no harm will be done to your device.
As expected, this feature will become more and more in demand in the future, and we’re already getting rumors that Samsung will be releasing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with these “rugged” features built in— call it a Galaxy Note 3 Active, perhaps?
Such a device, which already has amazing internals, could sell very well on the market. I already wanted a Note 3, but one that is waterproof makes it even better.
It’s also already being speculated that these “rugged” features will come standard with the Galaxy S5 to be released next year. Pretty exciting, as we’re starting to see some of the awesome things that phones will be able to do in the future. Just add this to the long, long list.
How does the Galaxy Round sound to you? It just might be the marketing name that Samsung uses for all their phones (and future tablets) that feature a flexible display. Samsung was just granted the trademark by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, so chances are very good.
Samsung’s first flexible-screened device is rumored to be a Galaxy Note 3 limited edition, so we might not see the “Galaxy Round” name utilized until the next device. Trademarks are never a guarantee of usage, but what do you guys think?
Everyone remembers that Samsung said the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would only work with the Note 3 when it released, right? Well, apparently that’s not 100% true. We’ve already seen it perform some basic functions with the S4, but according to some threads on XDA, it works with a few other devices as well, one of which is the not-Samsung HTC One.
One XDA member says that the Galaxy Gear is working with his HTC One running a custom ROM based, while another member running official 4.2.2 firmware says trying to sync the phone and smartwatch gives a “validation check failed” error. When it does work, however, just about all of the functions work correctly, excluding S Voice. It’s also reportedly working on a Galaxy S 4 Active.
There’s really no explanation for why this is working this way. If a device running Android 4.1 works, but not when it has 4.2, (even though another device with Android 4.2 syncs with the Gear just fine) there’s clearly no rhyme or reason to what’s going on. Maybe that’s Samsung’s definition of “unsupported” but hopefully we’ll hear something official from Samsung, too. If any of you have a Galaxy Gear, let us know if you can get it synced up with any device that isn’t a Galaxy Note 3.
HTC’s upcoming phablet has been photographed yet again. This time around, however, it is sporting a Verizon logo instead of the HTC logo in the middle. A Verizon Wireless employee out in New Jersey was able to snap two photos of the handset. The first (above) shows off its massive display which is believed to be 5.9-inches. The second (after the break) gives a look at the HTC One Max compared to the iPhone 5. Also, the Verizon employee says that the device does indeed have a fingerprint sensor and the back is removable. Under the hood will be the Snapdragon 800 processor. Hit the break for the other image of the HTC One Max.
Well there it is. What could be the service manual for the Nexus 5 has surfaced. It confirms a lot of what we were already assuming along with some interesting notes. Hence its presumed name, the screen will be nearly 5-inches with a 1080p display (IPS TFT, too). On the inside, the new Nexus will be no slouch. Powering it is the Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM to manage tasks. Hit the break for more details, highlights from the manual, and the full manual itself.