All New One for Verizon unboxed, complete with camera samples

Verizon HTC One 2014

HTC has had the worst time keeping their 2014 flagship device a secret. We’ve seen a ton of leaks about every little thing about the device, and there have even been a few hands on video already, some of which were a little more official than others. But hey, since we’ve seen it all, why not go through some unboxing photos for good measure?

Russian retailer PDA Plaza managed to get a hold of a Verizon version of the device and photographed every detail of opening it up. If you’ve ever opened a new device before, you won’t be surprised to see plastic bags and wrapping all over the device. Nothing too extraordinary here. Read more

LG will cut the price of the G2 and G Pro 2 when the Galaxy S 5 releases


LG and Samsung are two of the most competitive Android OEMs, so it’s not uncommon to see the two base some of their strategies around what the other company is doing. LG is making the latest move in the form of some price drops right around the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5.

According to an LG official, the LG G2 and the G Pro 2 will see some international price cuts. The devices aren’t ancient by any stretch, but they aren’t on quite the same level as 2014 flagships, so a price drop will make them very desirable for the forseeable future. It’s probably not going to deter many people away from getting the latest and greatest devices if that’s what they’re after, but for someone that’s trying to get the most bang for their buck, they could very easily be swayed towards a cheaper 2013 high-end phone. Read more

All New HTC One (M8) camera functions get detailed in new hands on video


We are only two days away from the unveiling of the All New HTC One (M8) so why not another thorough hands on video review? I have good news and bad news. First, the good news, this video is much better than previous ones. The bad news is that it’s in German, and Google’s closed caption translator isn’t all that effective. Still, you can get a pretty good idea of the new Sense 6.0 and some of the new Duo Camera features.

The video is a total of 14:02, but the camera section is pretty thorough and starts at about 5:30. The reviewer says the main lens is 4.1 UltraPixel and the secondary lens is 2MP. This contradicts with an earlier report indicating at least one lens is 16MP. As expected, the front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. The review does show how you can re-focus images in certain spots, and he even shows a tilting 3D effect, which I still don’t get.

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Benchmark entry suggests Android KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be around the corner


Last month word came out that theĀ Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would join other devices in the manufacturers portfolio as a recipient of Android KitKat. However, no information was available regarding a projected date for the update to be available. A new entry on GFXBench suggests the manufacturer could be quite close to having the update ready.

The entry on GFXBench is for a version of the Galaxy Note 2 used by South Korean carriers. It lists Android 4.4.2 as one of the operating systems for the devices. This suggests Samsung has entered the testing phase with the updated operating system, at least for devices intended for their home market. Updates for international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 are probably close behind, although U.S. carrier customers will likely have to wait even longer for their devices to get KitKat.

source: GFXBench
via: G for Games

Second AMOLED tablet from Samsung spotted on benchmark site with 10.5-inch display


Samsung has indicated in the past that it was ramping up production of larger AMOLED displays to be used in tablet devices. We are starting to see the results of that appearing in places like the GFXBench benchmark site. Earlier this week an 8.4-inch Samsung tablet equipped with an AMOLED screen running 2560 x 1600 resolution was spotted. Now, a second device with an AMOLED display running at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution has been spotted, but with a larger 10.5-inch screen. Read more

YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability


YouTube update Google TV

The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

Marketing poster for Verizon’s all new HTC One (M8) leaks online

htc one marketing

Who would have guessed that another leak of the 2014 HTC One would come out before its official unveiling date? (We’re guessing everyone.)

As it turns out, a leaked image of Verizon’s marketing poster for the upcoming HTC flagship has leaked online, featuring the front and back of the device, with the previously leaked flip front cover on the device as well.

Again, expect the device to be officially announced on March 25.

Source: Phone Arena

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349


It has become more common for smartphone manufacturers to offer or make their own headphones. Both Motorola and Nokia already do so. And now it looks like Samsung is ready to get involved. A new leak, courtesy of SamMobile, shows that Samsung is aiming to launch three premium headphones. Each of them have a different focus. All three are capable of using Samsung’s S Voice feature when paired with a Samsung handset. Read more

Analyst weighs in with predicted specs, release date of Amazon smartphone


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for accurately predicting device manufacturer plans long before announcements are made. He has mainly made his mark with regard to Apple products, although he has covered Samsung on occasion. He is now turning his sights on Amazon and the rumored smartphone coming from the retail giant. In a note to clients, Kuo says,

“we predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.” Read more

Leaked specs for HTC’s All New One may finally confirm dual-camera resolutions

All New HTC One

HTC’s All New One has passed through Chinese TENAA certification, and the listing finally confirms the last thing we didn’t know about the device; the megapixel count of the two cameras on the rear of the device.

The TENAA listing has reported two resolutions for the All New One, one of which is a 16 megapixel shooter, and the other is listed as a 4 megapixel camera. That makes it pretty clear HTC is going to try a 3D photo gimmick with this device, so the next reasonable explanation would be mixing the 4 MP Ultrapixel camera with an uber-high resolution 16 MP camera. In low-light situations, the Ultrapixel camera can take over for sharp shots, and in brighter situations, the higher resolution camera can take the crystal clear shots. Read more