LG’s awkward slap-bracelet stylus leaks

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My little sister used to have tons of little slap bracelets around the house which she used on her hair to create different hairstyles. It seems as though LG thought that the same technology could be used to create a convenient way to make sure you never lose your stylus. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty awkward and even bizarre.

I prefer the sleekness of a stylus that can be inserted into the top of a device, but hey, maybe they’re on to something.

We’re not sure whether this is something LG intends to really sell on the market or just give out as “party favors” at trade shows, but we’ll know soon enough. Hit the break for another photo.

Samsung to announce “high-class device” tomorrow, likely just some fancy colors

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Samsung will be announcing a high-class device tomorrow, according to their @SamsungRu Twitter account. The tweet features the image above and a caption that previews a high-class device, something Samsung has never explored.

If you are confused, you are certainly not alone. The image does include a few different colors above the announcement date; therefore, I believe that this is just going to be a device meant for the crowd that like their ‘bling’ very personal. Is it going to be a metal Galaxy S 5? That seems like a stretch considering the attached image.

What do you think this high-class device will entail?

Source: @SamsungRu
Via: Phone Arena

Google may be partnering with LG for the LG G Watch

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Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet.

Report: Amazon smartphone could finally land in 2014

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An Amazon smartphone has been rumored for several years now, but it might finally come to fruition this year. Yes, I know, you have heard that before. I’m not saying it will happen, but reports seem to indicate that Amazon is ramping up for a release.  Last week, The Information reported the phone is codenamed “Project Aria” and it would be released this year. Now DigiTimes is chiming in saying, “The smartphone supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders from Amazon for a device set to release in 2014.”

It appears that Amazon was close to launching a phone in the past, but decided to go back to the drawing board. After many revisions, they appear ready to go. Specs still are unknown, but we have heard numerous reports that it will include 3D gesture tracking. Stay tuned because it could be a busy year for Amazon. A gaming / set-top device is also expected for this year.

source: DigiTimes

No delays for Sony Xperia Z2, but supplies could be limited

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Last night we reported that Sony halted pre-orders for the SIM free Xperia Z2, which only added fuel to the “phone is going to get delayed fire.” Sony commented on the matter by basically saying that the April 11 launch is still intact.

The bottomline is the demand is going to be higher than the supply. Whether that means that demand is much higher than previous Xperia handsets or they are actually having production issues to meet average demand, it probably results in a shortage. The fact that they halted pre-orders of the SIM free version doesn’t bode well.

Hit the break for Sony’s statement….

Samsung to offer low-end smartphone running KitKat

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Low end phones usually have one achilles heel, and that is that they usually can’t run the latest version of Android. Things have changed with KitKat since it supports devices with only 512MB of RAM. Flagship phones had 512MB of RAM back in 2010.

Details of a new Samsung phone with the model G310 has surfaced thanks to FCC filings and Zauba’s import minifest, not to mention a NenaMark 2 benchmark. Piecing things together, the G310 will sport a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a Broadcom chipset with two Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, a VideoCore IV GPU, 512MB of RAM, 1,500mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 +LE, NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4GHz), and dual-SIM option.

Sony halts SIM free Xperia Z2 pre-orders

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We see a lot of crazy things in the world of mobile, but one thing you rarely see is pre-orders for a new flagship phone being halted. That’s exactly what has happened with the Sony Xperia Z2. We are talking about the SIM free version that Sony has listed on their website. Before today, you were able to pre-order the phone, but although Sony hasn’t pulled the phone from the site, you  can no longer place your pre-order.

Now there have been rumors that the Xperia Z2 could suffer a delay. This situation could definitely indicate the rumor is true, or it could be nothing about nothing.We heard earlier today that Samsung is having issues with the production of their camera for the Galaxy S 5, so if the Xperia Z2 joins the party, it can only help the HTC One 2014. Stay tuned.

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung SM-G9098 flip phone gets certified

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Samsung refuses to let the flip phone die. Over in China, a Samsung-made flip phone with the model number SM-G9098 was certified. And with certification in China comes pictures. So above, you are looking at what the actual device looks like.

This flip phone has two displays. The first is the usual one that sits inside and becomes visible when opening the device. The second is on the outside and displays information without having to actually to do anything. Both displays have a 800×480 resolution sized at 3.67 inches. Inside seems to be a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. GSM Insider speculates that this is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 based on the clock speed. This device is running Android 4.3 out of the box.

If history is any indication, the SM-G9098 flip phone will be released in just China and Korea. So consumers outside of those regions, keep looking for a ‘smart flip phone’ to satisfy your needs.

Source: GSM Insider
Via: GSMArena 

Google Nexus 8 may come with an 8.9-inch screen

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New indications from Asian news source DigiTimes suggest Google is working on a 2014 Nexus device, the rumored Nexus 8, that will come with an 8.9-inch screen. The last two versions of the Nexus tablet from Google, in 2012 and 2013, have both been 7-inch devices. They have proven to be very popular, albeit sales of the 2013 version have been a bit disappointing, and helped drive the tablet market to the 7-inch class size. Meanwhile, larger tablets have lagged a bit, accounting for only 30% of the tablet market. Apparently Google thinks this move will help entice manufacturers to move to larger devices, even at the lower end of the range, as opposed to extremely large tablets. This move could also help differentiate tablets from phones as the line between them, at least based on size, continues to blur as phones get larger.

Earlier this year Samsung released several tablets in the large tablet category, including the recently released 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro devices. However, other manufacturers who had been looking at the extremely large tablet market have started to back off. Supposedly Apple was considering a 12.85-inch tablet, but that has now been scrapped. Meanwhile, Asus has delayed a 13.3-inch tablet. All these signs point to interest in extremely large tablets not being as large as expected.

Do you think 8.9-inches is a good choice for Google for their next Nexus tablet or should they have gone for some other size?

source: DigiTimes

Vodafone offering gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.

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Gold special editions of smartphones have become a bit of a luxury item for tech-loving consumers in recent years, and Vodafone will add to hype with a gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.

The device will be an exclusive in the region, starting on April 11. If you want your hands on this phone, you’ll have to switch to Vodafone.

Pre-orders will begin March 28. The gold color will make it a total of four color options for consumers: Copper Gold, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue and Shimmering White.

Source: Vodafone

ZTE teases full-metal body and extremely high-resolution camera for its Nubia X6

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ZTE is building up hype for its latest flagship device, the Nubia X6, by releasing some vague press renders and camera shots from the device. The press render, as seen above, doesn’t show off the entire device, but from what we can see it looks like the device will sport a metal body. Metal is a fan-favorite choice for premium smartphones (as we’ve seen with the HTC One) so it’s nice to see ZTE putting build quality at the top of the list of features for the X6.

Aside from that small glimpse of the physical phone, there were also some photos leaked that are supposedly from a Nubia X6. We already knew the camera was going to be impressive, but the photos show an extremely megapixel count in their details. Similar to what we’ve seen with Oppo’s Find 7, the X6 photos show the resolution of a 74.6 megapixel camera. Now, the phone may not actually have a 70+ megapixel shooter, but it may have some kind of new camera optics that can take extremely high resolution photos like Oppo’s latest.

Video showing HTC Sense 6 leaks, shows a slew of “Motion Launch” gestures

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The All New HTC One (or the HTC One 2014) is coming on March 25. While we have gotten plenty of looks at the hardware, the software has remained out of the spotlight… until now. Over on YouTube, someone posted a look at what Sense 6, HTC’s software skin, will look like. The video did not go too far into things; however, we now know that HTC will certainly be utilizing motion gestures.

Like the LG G2, the user can wake the device by double tapping the display. Also, swiping to the left will bring up the widgets panel and swiping to the left activates HTC’s BlinkFeed. Swiping up will bypass the lockscreen (if you do not have a password).

Hit the break for a re-posted version of the video as the original has been pulled.

Phones 4U starts advertising The All New HTC One

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The All New HTC One has garnered a lot of attention with all the leaks it has faced recently, and as if we haven’t had enough, an ad poster for the The All New HTC One was placed outside one of the Phones 4U store, a British phone retailer.

The poster displays a pixelated photo of the device with a large banner on it hinting at the announcement date , March 25th. The poster also confirms that the new device might be called “The All New HTC One”.

The only thing that’s left to be known now is of course the pricing and the availability date. Considering the rate of leaks of this device, this information might be leaked soon.

Source: Android Central

LG G3 confirmed to have QHD display, adaptive software

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The LG G3 has not been shy of any leaks and today is no different. According to a source at LG who spoke with Phone Arena, LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone is confirmed to feature a Quad HD display with a 2560×1440 resolution (falling into the 2K category). Also, the source confirmed that the device would have a 5.5-inch display. This means that the pixels per inch measurement would come in at a whopping 538. Many of the current 1080p flagships have a PPI in the 400 range.

The bigger piece of information from this source comes on the software side. The exact description for it was “advanced personalization.” What this means is that the LG G3 will deliver information like reminders (location or calendar-based), alerts, and news in a way similar to Google Now. But that is not all LG is setting out to do. Apparently the software will adapt to your trends in order to create a custom interface. The source told Phone Arena that the device would give “helpful ideas” to improve a user’s productivity.

Source: Phone Arena