Last year when Google introduced the first Google Play Edition (GPE) devices, many wondered if the Nexus line would be dead. Even yours truly made the prediction that we wouldn’t see a Nexus 5 phone, and of course, I was dead wrong. Well Eldar Murtazin sent out an interesting Tweet a few hours ago that stated that the Nexus line will end by 2015. He even went on to say that we can expect 2 or 3 devices this year, and that would be it.
Assuming this is true, why would Google wait that long to end the program? Why did they even bother releasing a Nexus 5? We all know that phones aren’t produced in 6 months. Between the design process, engineering, prototypes, and so on, it can take a couple of years. Google probably wanted to give those phones (and tablets) a chance rather than scrap them.
An official announcement from LG tonight let us all know that the LG G Pro’s successor, the G Pro 2, will be released in February. It’ll feature a pretty large and high-quality screen, just as its predecessor, but information on exact specs, pricing, and availability is not yet available. Expect the unveiling to come at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb. 24-27.
Via: Android Central
The Oppo Find 7 has seen its fair share of leaks. So it is no surprise that it may be announced very soon. It is now being reported that the Find 7 will be officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Also, its price is said to be $594.
The specifications end of this report says that it will have a 5.5-inch QHD display (2560×1440). Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. A microSD card slot compliments 16GB of internal storage.
LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.
Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless. Read more
Still waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro line (hands on here) or Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (hands on here) to launch? So are we. But it seems like we may have found a release date — Valentine’s Day weekend. According to a leaked internal memo, Samsung is asking for “all hands on deck” from February 14-16. They need everyone on deck so much so that they will not grant anyone time away from the company for those dates.
We understand that most corporate offices are closed on weekends; therefore, this memo likely applies to employees at retail stores like Best Buy, who have small Samsung shops setup. Of course, this could be for something else but launching a major product line like the Galaxy Pro tablets would be fitting to take place over the course of a weekend.
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Here’s more fire in the Nokia Normandy fire. According to @evleaks, the Normandy may end up being called the Nokia X, taking a page from Motorola and Google. If the device ends up getting officially announced, we’ll probably see some kind of announcement about it during MWC from Nokia.
We’ve seen tons of press renders from the device, we’ve seen photos of the software that’s going to be on the device, and we’ve been hearing rumors about this for months. At this point, I think the Normandy (or Nokia X) will eventually see the light of day. It may not be a huge success, but there’s clearly been a lot going on concerning the device.
Over on Vietnamese site VietNamNet, an image of the Nexus 5 in red has surfaced. The source claims that the device will be released between the end of next month and the beginning of March. They also said they are unsure whether or not all markets will get the device.
Earlier today we found out that the Nexus 5 color options leak was ultimately fake. For some reason, I also have a hard time believing that the image above is indeed a real Nexus 5 in red. For all we know, this could be yet another victim of Photoshop. Carry on, everyone.
Yesterday, a video of color options for the Nexus 5 in the Play Store appeared online. Since, it has been discovered that the photos are fake and have been Photoshopped. There are some other hints in the video as well, as the Play Store behaves differently in the video. When you go to the real product page and try to switch between colors, a separate page opens, with a different URL— nothing changes in the video, signaling that it is fake.
Source: Phone Arena
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo is already available for pre-order in Belgium, but it hasn’t even been officially announced yet. It obviously has to be close because the press images are already available. The latest rumor is that it will be on January 27, but there is a little bad news for those of you in the U.S. and the UK. Samsung has already confirmed that there are no plans to bring the device to either country. We are not sure what the reason is. Maybe for once, Samsung has decided not to confuse consumers with yet another variant?
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Last year, LG announced the Optimus G Pro in February, so it’s no surprise that ETNews is reporting that the LG G Pro 2 (or G2 Pro) will be announced next month. It very well could be announced at MWC, but last year’s announcement was about a week before the big event.
As to the specs, it’s now expected that this beast will feature a 6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.4. I know some people might be disappointed that the display doesn’t support QHD (2560 x 1440), but with the display being that large, it’s certainly not surprising.