Google IO 2017 Coverage

Galaxy S 5 Prime may retail for $880 at launch

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The Galaxy S 5 Prime is one of the most anticipated devices this year, and although we’ve heard a ton of rumors about specs, build materials, and even the launch date, we haven’t really heard much about pricing. Well, according to the latest leak, Samsung is planning on launching the S 5 Prime exclusively in Korea (at first) for KRW 900,000, which converts to about $880 in American money. Unlocked smartphones are typically expensive, but even compared to other devices, that’s pricey.

Obviously, the device will drop in cost as it becomes more widely available, but if you want to get one of these right at launch, you’re going to pay quite a bit of money for the device itself, as well as the cost of shipping and importing it from Korea.

source: The Droid Guy

Samsung’s ‘Glass Gear’ could be unveiled in September, run Tizen

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Samsung has always been known to have its presence felt in many categories. One that it has yet to enter is smart glasses. Right now, there are really no standouts until Google finally releases the consumer version of Glass. Everyone isn’t just going to sit and wait. It looks like Samsung’s could be announced later this year.

Like we previously heard, it sounds like the wearable will be announced at IFA 2014 in September. This is the same event that Samsung used to announce the Galaxy Note 3. The device would be known as Samsung Glass Gear and it would not run Android Wear. Instead, Samsung would be putting Tizen to work. This should be of no surprise as Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit also run Tizen.

Source: Business Korea
Via: G 4 Games

Motorola Moto G LTE gets listed on Amazon

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We all know what is coming in less than six hours. The Moto E will be announced by Motorola in London, but there is something else they have ready to go. It now looks like a Moto G with LTE connectivity will be unveiled as well.

On Amazon, the Moto G with ‘Universal LTE’ in black and in white is listed next to the usual Moto G. When selecting the new LTE model, the link leads to nowhere. So right now we do not have a price or firm release date. However, we will find out soon enough.

Source: Amazon

Leaked image of HTC One (M8) in blue shows up

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We have already heard rumors that HTC was going to produce some new colors for the HTC One (M8), including red, blue and pink. The red version has already been spotted, supposedly on its way to the Verizon network. Now a blue version of the smartphone has surfaced courtesy @evleaks. No information, leaked or official, is available yet on where this one might land. Last year’s blue HTC One (M7) was an exclusive to Best Buy, but was available on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Amazon’s smartphone could utilize Pixart CMOS sensor, manufacturer at least 2 million units

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A new report today gives new information regarding Amazon’s upcoming smartphone. The handset will reportedly use Pixart’s CMOS image sensor. The same report says that the device will enter mass production at some point this quarter and Amazon is expecting to ship somewhere between 500,000 and 600,000 units this year. Across the handset’s life cycle, though, Amazon is going to produce at least 2 million units.

A June announcement is expected to be a precursor for a September release.

Source: China Times
Via: G 4 Games

Intel-powered Asus MeMo Pad 7 leaks

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A new 7 inch Asus tablet has leaked, and no, it’s not a new Nexus 7. Sorry.

It is, however, one of the first tablets Asus is offering that will be powered by one of Intel’s Bay Trail x86 processors, instead of an ARM processor like 95% of other devices on the market. The processor is reportedly the Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz with a 1.8 GHz turbo boost. It won’t knock off a Snapdragon 805, but it sounds decent enough. The other specs are pretty mid-range, too. with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 2 megapixel front camera and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage.

Verizon said to be getting the HTC Desire 610

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Life should not be all about flagship smartphones with cutting edge specifications. So it is always nice to see when a carrier opts to sell mid-range devices. They need some love too, after all. It looks like HTC and Verizon will be teaming up to bring the Desire 610 to Big Red customers.

On Twitter, @evleaks said that the handset would be heading to Verizon. And back in March, we heard that it would also be available through AT&T as well. Perhaps this is a sign other carriers like Sprint or T-Mobile will carry the Desire 610.

New LG G3 image reveals a bit more of that brushed metal look

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We still have a while to go until LG’s May 27th event when the LG G3 is expected to be officially announced. There is no shortage of leaked images floating around though like the one this morning that shows the backs of the white and black versions. Similar to the gold version and some previous images, this new image gives us a little better look at the faux brushed metal effect LG has created for the back plate.

Press render of the LG G3 in a case leaks once again

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Last weekend, the LG G3 was no stranger to the world. We saw the alleged beast in white, black with a case, and again in white with a case. Then we saw it with the display on. Now we have another look at the G3 covered by a case, but this time the image is of very good quality.

On the front we are looking at an incredibly slim bezel, something LG is no stranger to. Again, there are no physical buttons on the front or sides. Everything is on the back. Below the camera is a refined volume key/power button setup. Could it support a fingerprint sensor? Maybe.

To one side of the camera is the flash and the other side has an unknown component. Some say this is the IR blaster, and that could be true given the LG G Flex has it on the back.

Motorola Moto E specifications and images leak in Brazil

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This basically gives away everything Motorola is going to say about the Moto E on May 13. Online Brazilian retailer Fast Shop accidentally uploaded just about everything regarding the handset. Images and specifications were freely exposed.

The Moto E will have a 4.3-inch display that does not seem to be high definition. Under the hood is a dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 1GB of RAM. While there is no front facing camera, a 5MP lens sits on the back panel. Speaking of the back panel, the Moto E will be available in black, white, or turquoise. And a 1980mAh battery keeps everything going throughout the day.

Gmail changes appear to be headed to desktop along with mobile interface

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We have already seen some work that Google has underway on the mobile Gmail app that included an overhaul of the interface, increased use of tabs, pin and snooze functions. Depending on how you feel about some of these changes, you may be happy or sad to know that Google appears to be working on bringing the same features to the web interface for Gmail. New images have surfaced showing how Google may be getting ready to deploy Gmail changes across a wide variety of platforms including the desktop.