More Moto X leaks; Shows off full back side of the device

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Can’t get enough of the infamous Moto X device that’s due to be released this summer? Here is a little more to quench your thirst for the device as a photo of the final product surfaced with its back side in all of its glory. As you can tell by the picture, the back gives off a matte type finish with a 3.5mm headphone jack right in the center of the top part of the phone. And of course, you have the Motorola insignia right in the middle top portion of the back.

What are your feelings towards this device with all the leaks that you’ve seen thus far?

source: weibo

Sony sends invites for ‘Exclusive Booth Unveiling’ on Sept. 4, ‘Honami’ flagship announcement expected

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Sony just sent out invites to what they’re calling an “Exclusive Booth Unveiling,” set to take place on September 4th in Berlin, which is just a couple days before IFA 2013. It’s expected that Sony will announce their next flagship, currently codenamed ‘Honami,’ at the event. It’s a pretty good tactic, as its buzz should avoid being drowned out by the other products being announced later that week at IFA.

Many rumors say that the Honami’s official name will be the “i1,” and will pack a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a powerful 20MP rear shooter. More details to come as we find out more info about the Honami/i1— there’s a lot of time between now and September, so expect plenty more information to leak.

Leaked Verizon roadmap shows HTC One and Moto X release dates

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Leaked roadmaps are always good indicators on when devices will be released, and Verizon’s latest just leaked. Everyone has been wondering when Big Red will release the HTC One, and it looks like the wait will finally end on August 1st. They also list the Moto X, which is slated for August 23rd. Ironically there is no mention of the DROID Ultra, which probably means we won’t see that one until the fall.  Someone still needs to tell me why Verizon waited so long to release the One.

source: PhoneArena

Motorola to spend up to $500 million marketing the X Phone on all four major carriers

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We’ve heard all about Motorola’s X Phone hardware, but sometimes it’s the intangible stuff that needs attention. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is giving Motorola a gigantic budget to push the X Phone in the US and a few overseas markets. How big, you might ask? Try upwards of $500 million. That’s definitely more than a little pocket change, and it’s certainly going to have a huge effect on the market when the X Phone launches.

Part of the reason for the large budget is the anticipated launch on all four major US carriers. We’ve already seen different possible variants of the X Phone come through the FCC for more than one carrier, so all the signs are pointing to a multi-carrier approach to the device. As we’ve seen with Samsung’s Galaxy S line, that single flagship design across carriers works extremely well. One area that Motorola is supposedly making big strides in is the amount of carrier bloatware allowed on the device. Most customers are familiar with carrier apps that come preinstalled on devices, like demos of games or carrier app stores. Sources are saying that Motorola is keeping the bloatware to a minimum with the X Phone, even with Verizon. Most Verizon customers can attest to that being a spectacular feat. (To be fair, though, AT&T and Sprint are also two big carriers who load their fair share of bloatware onto devices)

We still don’t have any actual concrete details about Motorola’s latest device, but rest assured, the rest of the Android community is just as eager to see it as you are at this point.

source: Wall Street Journal

Samsung, HTC, others may add Zigbee support to smartphones

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Sources are indicating Samsung is ready to build support for Zigbee wireless technology into upcoming smartphone models. Zigbee is a set of standard protocols for wireless control of home automation devices like lights, heating and cooling controls, door locks or appliances. Samsung has already provided some support to the Zigbee Alliance and their standard by producing Zigbee compatible products like LED lightbulbs. This latest move though would move support for the standard from the individual products to the smartphone. By doing this, users would not need separate apps for each Zigbee equipped piece of hardware as control could be consolidated on the smartphone device. » Read the rest

HTC could be looking at mid-year refresh of HTC One, plastic body for next generation of flagship device

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After all the criticism HTC’s revamped marketing team leveled at Samsung over their use of plastic for flagship smartphone bodies, sources say HTC may be looking to adopt the same material for the next generation of the HTC One to be released in 2014. This detail and several others come from unnamed sources claiming to have an inside scoop on HTC’s plans for the HTC One. As part of the change to a plastic body, HTC is supposedly looking at merging the HTC One and HTC Butterfly model lines. The HTC Butterfly devices are available in several Asian markets and carry the same type of high-end hardware that the HTC One carries, so it makes some sense that HTC might want to consolidate the models. It is unclear whether the plastic-bodied HTC One will replace the metal version or be in addition to it, expanding the possible models that are part of the line. Sources also indicate the codename for the next generation HTC One is the M8, although HTC has been using other codenames to throw off leaks.

Meanwhile, sources are also claiming the current generation HTC One is about to receive some updates. This is supposed to be more than software with internal hardware upgrades planned. One possibility is the device could be changed to carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip instead of the current Snapdragon 600. In 2012 HTC did something similar with the HTC One X when it upgraded software, the camera, and chipset to produce the HTC One X+.

Of course, along with the lack of specific hardware details, there is a lack of information regarding release dates or markets. HTC has declined to comment on any of the rumors.

source: Pocket-lint 1, Pocket-lint 2

Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX in leaked picture

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droid_2013We’ve had no shortage of pictures and information of the new upcoming Motorola DROID line. Today, we see a nice summarizing picture of the three devices. Famed leaker @evleaks tweeted a picture of the front of the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, from left to right, which you see above.

The DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX look identical, not surprising considering the MAXX is believed to be just the Ultra but with a larger battery. The DROID Mini looks just like the Ultra and MAXX, except obviously with a smaller 4.3 inch screen size.

Source: @evleaks

LG supposedly to launch G2 smartphone in Korea on August 20th… oh and probably plans on bringing the Nexus 5 along later in the year too

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Yes friends, it’s looking like the second half of 2013 is going to be a busy period for LG. In making no effort to hide its excitement for its upcoming G2 smartphone, reports out of Korea confirm that not only will LG will indeed launch the new flagship on August 7th (see— we told you so), but LG plans on following up with an August 20th launch of the smartphone in Korea. The new device will probably launch just ahead of Apple’s (iPhone 5S) and Samsung’s (Galaxy Note III) upcoming offerings.

Oh and that’s not all either— a special variant of the G2 will likely be on the way as well. If you recall, we casually mentioned something about a mysterious Megalodon smartphone earlier in the year which featured roughly the same specs as the G2 which includes, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), a larger display (likely at 5.2-inches this time around), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM among other things. Well the same report out of Korea confirms that LG is working on what looks to be the Nexus 5 smartphone— roughly based off the Megalodon smartphone. Oh and the wait wouldn’t be too bad either as it’s due for an October arrival.

So yes friends, feel free to go ahead and start salivating at LG plans on showcasing its newest flagships to the world.

source: Ruliweb
via: Phone Arena

HTC One variant for Big Red finally hits FCC, expected to launch later this summer

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The Verizon variant of the HTC One has finally passed through the FCC— it seems as though we’ve been waiting forever for the device to hit Big Red. The device packs LTE (band 13 for Verizon), GSM (850/1900), CDMA (850/1900), and obviously features WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Now that it’s passed the last check-point, we should expect to see the device hit shelves for Verizon later this summer, as Verizon had originally promised.

HTC should just hope that it won’t be too late to the party, with Motorola’s new line of killer devices coming soon…

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Source: FCC

More proof of impending Moto Droid RAZR Ultra and Droid RAZR M Ultra, both appear on Cellebrite machine image

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We now have more proof that the upcoming devices for Motorola, the Droid RAZR M Ultra and Droid RAZR Ultra actually exist. Both devices have appeared on a snapshot of the screen of a Cellebrite machine, which is used to transfer information, such as contacts and media, between devices. Although this doesn’t mean the phones are going to be released any day now, it does mean that they will be coming soon.

The Droid RAZR Ultra is rumored ot sport a 5 inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 2GB of RAM, while the Droid RAZR M Ultra is believed to offer a smaller 4.3 inch display.

As seen below, the device in between the new RAZR devices is an unnamed phone, with a model number of “XT1060.” This is expected to be the famed Moto X phone, equipped with high-powered sensors that will make the device smarter than any other.

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Source: Phone Arena