The Galaxy S 5 Mini is coming. As recent as last week, we have seen leaks that basically confirm the little handset is on its way. Now a support page for the Galaxy S 5 Mini has been located through Samsung’s Finnish site. Everything is empty and it looks like the page is just holding things over until the GS5 Mini becomes official.
Will Samsung unveil the device this month? Motorola and LG have events scheduled for May 13 and May 27, respectively. Even Intel and Google are co-hosting an event May 6.
Source: Samsung (Finnish)
Oops? It looks like we have a carrier in the United States that will be selling the Sony Xperia Z2. Despite not having any U.S. carriers officially partnering to do so, it is now very likely that Verizon will carry Sony’s flagship smartphone.
The image above came from Sony’s official Google+ page for the Xperia brand. It shows a normal Xperia Z2 with a special piece of branding up top. A Verizon logo is sitting directly above the display. While nothing is official, this does resurrect the previous leak that the Xperia Z2 would indeed land on Big Red’s network.
Update: The post was pulled and Sony sent us the following statement…
“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer.”
Via: Android Central
For the past several months, there have been some pretty intense rumors surrounding the possibility of Sprint buying out T-Mobile. Sprint has publicly stated that they’d like to at least try to make a bid for T-Mobile, and banks have clarified that a deal would definitely be possible and priced at around $50 billion.
The LG G3 will be announced on May 27 when the company holds a few press events across the globe. While we have not seen the entire device, we have been able to get a glimpse at the user interface and the back of the handset. And now we have an image that puts both of those pieces together.
The image above is purportedly the LG G3 sitting inside of a rugged case. The UI matches the one previously leaked and the rear button setup also matches the one leaked recently. Interestingly enough, the UI shows London as the location and that is also where LG’s main event will be held. While it could have easily been a placeholder, it sure is nice to see what the G3 may look like.
Are you excited for the LG G3?
Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.
According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.
The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.
Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.
Gameloft’s Modern Combat series is one of the better known first person shooters available on mobile devices. Its combination of storylines and revolutionary mobile graphics have made the series a hit.
“Modern Combat 5: Blackout” is due to come out some point this year, but there are a lot of unknowns about the game.
However, Gameloft has provided some information today regarding the next installment of the MC series.
Verizon’s tablet lineup could be getting a lot bigger. According to @evleaks, Big Red is going to be adding two tablets from Samsung and an additional two tablets will come from Amazon. From Samsung, the brand new Galaxy Tab 4 line will be featured on Verizon with the 8.0 and 10.1 models. On Amazon’s end, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 models will make their way to Verizon.
No word on pricing or a release date just yet as Verizon has not made anything official.
There was no shortage of rumors and leaks leading up to the launch of the HTC One (M8). Now that it has been out for a bit, HTC is working on variants of the device to help entice buyers who did not jump on the initial bandwagon. Just like with the main device, the rumors and leaks surrounding these variants are starting to flow throughout the Internet. We’ve already seen reports of an even higher-end HTC One (M8) Prime and a cheaper, possibly plastic-bodied HTC One (M8) Ace. Today’s latest image is for an HTC One (M8) Mini.
Google gave us some laughs with its Pokemon / Google Maps April Fools’ Day joke. As it turns out, those who successfully completed the “quest” and found all 151 Pokemon (including the secret Mew) are being contacted by Google to receive a small mystery gift.
The link (redacted in the above picture) leads the “Pokemaster” to a Google Drive form where you’ll have to verify that you actually completed the quest by providing the location of where you found the secret Mew.
Google will take a month or more to ship out the gift — let us know if you know what it is and if you completed the quest!
Source: Android Police
It has already been rumored that the Nexus 6 will be manufactured by LG and that it will be based on the G3, but Android Geeks is reporting that the Nexus 6 will sport a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly enough, we aren’t expecting the G3 to sport one, so this is a little surprising. The word is that Google is already talking with several Asian fingerprint sensor suppliers.
How this fingerprint sensor would be implemented is a big question. Will it be on screen like the Galaxy S 5 or will it be more like Apple’s Touch ID? That remains to be seen, but it’s expected to be on the front of the device, unlike the HTC One Max.
Rumors of HTC’s M8 Ace, a plastic variant of the M8, have been circulating, and now it looks like rumors of a new variant are starting to swirl.
@evleaks teased the “M8 Prime” on Twitter, saying, “Forget the Ace. What y’all are really waiting for is codenamed M8 Prime.”
When HTC announced the One (M8), we almost immediately heard that they were going to release a Google Play Edition of the device. Everyone assumed Samsung would do the same with the Galaxy S 5, but it’s been several weeks since the device became available for purchase and there’s still no word on when or if we will see a Google Play Edition.
It looks like LG will be making another change to its button setup even after the moving everything to the back with last year’s LG G2. But do not worry, everything will remain on the rear of the device. It will all look a bit different, though.
While we saw the back of the G3 over the weekend, @evleaks offered a closeup this afternoon. The metallic piece in the center is presumably the power button and above and below should lie the volume buttons. And of course above all of that is the camera. Next to that, on your right, is the camera’s flash. However, on the left is something unknown. There is a chance LG goes Samsung’s route and opts for a heart rate sensor.
While we do not know much else about the device, we should expect to hear more about it next month.
Earlier this month rumors surfaced about a new program Google was working on referred to as Android “Silver.” A new briefing about the program has surfaced indicating Google is moving forward with Android Silver and will be retiring the Nexus line of devices to pursue Silver. The program will involve an infusion of cash that Google will spread around to wireless carriers to promote the new high-end Silver devices within carriers’ stores as part of an effort by Google to assert itself within the world of Android. Google will be striving to ensure the devices adhere to a set of Google specifications and that salespeople are trained to assist customers in fully understanding what the devices are capable of doing.
A patent filed by Google suggests their vision for the future of Google Glass will involve something that may actually look like normal glasses. The patent shows a pair of lenses with Glass covering both eyes, as opposed to just a single frame like it is right now.
The patent was filed way back in September of 2011, and really opens up some new possibilities of what Glass can do. Glass covering both eyes could create a unique HUD or even true 3D experiences, something no other product has managed to successfully do for mainstream consumers.