Samsung working on three devices as part of Project J

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More news from the folks over at SamMobile indicates Samsung’s Project J actually constitutes three devices. According to previous reports, Project J was the code name for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Over the past few months as we have watched for information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, we have seen the Galaxy S IV referred to as Project J, Altius and by the model number GT-I9500. The assumption has been that Project J referred to that one device, the Galaxy S IV. Based on upcoming accessories, SamMobile now reports the code name actually refers to three devices. » Read the rest

Samsung EVP believes Apple attack against Samsung is “a loss” of innovation

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It’s no secret that many of us believe that Apple’s ongoing attack against Samsung is a waste of time and is shameful to say the least, but the ongoing attack can be considered as something even worse. While speaking at the opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013, Samsung EVP David Eun did not dabble into specifics regarding the continuing litigations that are a waste of time, money and resources— but rather he made it very clear that the ongoing dispute is “a loss” for innovation and more importantly— us, the consumer. So it’s pretty cool finally hearing something that we can all agree upon from such a high-ranking official at Samsung.

Hopefully Apple will realize sooner than later that it’s probably not worth it to keep going on with the petty and meaningless battle.

source: Engadget

Korean Version Of LG Optimus G Pro Confirmed To Have 5.5-Inch Full HD Screen

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LG is following suit with Android’s most successful manufacturer, Samsung, they’re going big. LG confirmed the the Optimus G Pro for South Korea will come with a 5.5-inch full HD screen. As expected, this Galaxy Note II-sized device will beat the Galaxy S IV to market. This larger variant sounds like the one we expect announced at Mobile World Congress. If ginormous phones are your cup of tea, you’ll want to keep a close eye on our MWC coverage.

At this point the Optimus G Pro’s main advantage over its Samsung counterparts is its full 1080p screen but the rest of its specs are nothing to scoff at. It has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, LTE connectivity and a nice 3,140 mAh battery. The South Korean version is, but for its half-inch larger screen, identical to the Japanese version.

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Korean variant of Samsung Galaxy S IV appears in benchmark database with Qualcomm CPU and 1080p display

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The rumor mill for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV is only beginning folks. Today’s update comes from the GLBenchmark database where a Korean variant (SHV-E300S) appeared. We find that a lot of devices show up in the GLBenchmark database, and although we aren’t able to get the full scoop, there is usually some relevant information available.

The first bit of information is about the processor. Most of us were hoping for the new Exynos 5 Octa that was introduced at CES. Unfortunately that won’t be the case, at least for this model. It appears to be a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro clocked at 1.9GHz (with an Adreno 320 GPU), which is very surprising. Let me reiterate that this is one variant and doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be other Galaxy S IV variants with the Exynos 5. On the flip side, it should also be noted that the phone appears to be one of the fastest with 41.3 fps in offscreen speed and 39.4 fps in onscreen speed.

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Upcoming Google Now widget leaks

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We all know that Google Now is only in its infancy. I can only imagine what it will be capable of in a few years, but one easy and useful addition would be a widget. It looks like Google is working on one because it appeared on a Google support page yesterday. We have no idea when it will be unveiled or if it will be a standalone update or part of the next version of Android. I presume it will be a standalone update and it will be shown at Google I/O.  It’s not available on the support page anymore, but thankfully the above image will give you an idea of what it will look like.

source: Google (no longer there)
via: AndroidCentral

Qi wireless charging pad from Samsung drops by the FCC for a teardown

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Samsung looks to be attempting to retain dominance in the tech industry and this time it’s in the area of wireless charging. As you might remember from CES, Qualcomm is a big partner with the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which hopes to debut a newer wireless technology utilizing Bluetooth. Surprisingly, this new device doesn’t utilize it, but instead it uses one of the current standards Qi.  Speculated as a preparation for a wide release, Samsung has brought this charging plate to the FCC where they have torn down the device. Underneath the top plate lies powerful technology including an electromagnet powering the device. The FCC provided teardown images of which you can find after the break.

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HTC One (aka M7) press render leaks ahead of next week’s announcement

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@evleaks is at it again. They have a pretty good track record and I am assuming that will continue with their latest leak, a press render of the HTC One. We already reported last week that it will be the official name of the M7, but forget names, what does it look like? There’s a good chance that it will look just like the above image.

Now we had seen a leaked image of the said device last month, and if you remember, the buttons were switched up. Instead of having from left to right, back/home/multitasking, the previous image had from left to right, back/multitasking/home. I still can’t understand why HTC would do that, but the same theme continues with this image, but the htc logo is in place of the multitasking button, which is even more bizarre.  Other than that, there isn’t much more to say other than this image appears to be the second color option and the newer clock widget is prominent as opposed to their classic flip clock.

I’m pretty sure we will see another leak or two before next Tuesday’s big announcement, so stay tuned!!

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Details of the LG Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II leak ahead of MWC

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We already know LG will be unveiling a few phones at MWC, and it looks like three of those bad boys will be the L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II. It was about this time last year when the first versions of the L Series were unveiled, and they might not have been the most popular phones in the land, but 10 million units sold isn’t too shabby. Fast forward a year and the second versions are ready to take on the world. Hit the break to get the scoop.

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HTC One (aka M7) test photo shows up on Flickr

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HTC has been the focus of a ton of rumors lately specifically related to their next rumored flagship phone, the HTC M7. It has been recently suggested that the name M7 will not be the official name given at the launch of the device but rather is a codename as is common with manufacturers and their products. The official name has been rumored to be the HTC One following in line with the slew of devices already available including the HTC’s current flagship phone the HTC One X.

A new image has shown up on Flickr with details suggesting that it has been taken with the anticipated smartphone, and as you can see in the EXIF data, it’s called the HTC One, which supports yesterday’s rumor. Also, the image was uploaded at a maximum resolution of 1158 x 2048 which could mean several things. It could be that the image was cropped, re-sized or even evidence of the rumored “ultrapixel” technology set to debut along with the device as one of its key features. With the One, M7 or whatever it is to be called, HTC has sparked quite a buzz for themselves and this image might just showcase one more key feature to look forward to on February 19th.

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LG to launch Optimus G Pro later this month to beat the Galaxy S IV to market

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We’ve seen some pretty interesting details about LG’s new powerhouse phablet, the Optimus G Pro, that was announced last month. First we heard that LG was going to announce the bigger, 5.5 inch version of the phablet alongside a handful of other devices at MWC, but now we’re hearing rumors that LG might try to get the Optimus G Pro pushed out by the end of the month to try to beat Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S IV to market, and hopefully snatch up a few sales before the S IV potentially steals LG’s thunder.

I think this is a pretty great move on LG’s part. The Optimus G Pro packs some serious horsepower, including a full-HD screen and a bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 2. By launching before Samsung has a chance to sweep the market, it’ll get some early buyers and possibly sway enough people to stick with LG phones over Samsung phones. Can’t wait to see how this one’s going to play out.

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