Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices

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If you are not an owner of this year’s Galaxy S 5 or even last year’s Galaxy S 4, just know that Samsung does still care about you. While an alleged schedule claims that the aforementioned devices are currently being tested for Android 4.4.3, a multitude of Samsung handsets are nearing an update to Android 4.4.2.

All of the devices prepping for Android 4.4.2 are pegged for the update in either May or June. Some have already gotten the update and others are waiting in the testing stage. Only one device, the Galaxy S III, does not have an estimated time of arrival. This is not the LTE variant, though.

Hit the break to see the full Android 4.4.2 update schedule for Samsung devices. Read more

Latest leak still puts HTC One (M8) Ace release next week

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We have already had one leak indicate HTC is planning to release a new smartphone on June 3rd, a phone that many believe will be the HTC One (M8) Ace. A new source out of China indicates the June 3rd date is good for the Chinese market where the device is expected to sell for 3,000 yuan ($481 USD). Based on previously leaked information, the lower price makes sense as the Ace is expected to be a plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8).

Besides the downgrade in materials used for the body, the Ace is also expected to get a normal 13MP camera and not HTC’s duo camera system. Otherwise, specs are the same for the two devices. Beyond the date for the Chinese market release, no other information has been revealed yet regarding which markets HTC hopes to bring the device to.

source: ifanr
via: SlashGear

Verizon said to be adding Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its rotation

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When a carrier like Verizon decides to expand its device selection, everyone wins. Today, we hear that Big Red will be adding the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. When? We do not know. There is a very good chance, though, that it arrives alongside the Xperia Z2. Both Sony devices have been said to be heading that way for quite a few months.

If both Sony devices landed on Verizon, would you be interested in either one?

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

LG G3 for Verizon sign up page appears unofficially, ready to go for Tuesday

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We know that HTC was one of the few to master a same-day announcement/release. For the people hoping that LG would somehow do the same, it does not seem so. A sign up page for the LG G3 for Verizon appeared on the carrier’s testman site. This page is reserved for devices that will soon make their way to the official site. The only thing we see here is that the handset is “Coming soon.” What we do know about Verizon’s G3 variant is that it will be stamped with a decent amount of carrier branding.

Are you interested in the LG G3?

Source: Verizon
Via: Droid-Life

Comcast may be another company eyeing a bid for T-Mobile

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We’re still dealing with Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner, and it looks like the cable giant is considering making a bid for T-Mobile, too. Analysts seem to believe that with AT&T buying DirecTV, the pressure that will be put on Comcast to match video delivery will finally tip them into jumping into the wireless industry. In the short term, Comcast may pursue WiFi-MNVO deals, such as reselling Verizon airspace. Long-term, though, that’s not going to be very profitable for a company as large as Comcast, which is where purchasing T-Mobile comes in. Read more

Sony D2403 pops up in benchmarks, looks to be entry-level device with a high amount of internal storage

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A GFX benchmark for a new Sony device has shown up in the wild. The device has a model number of D2403 and looks like it’ll be a pretty solid mid-range offering in Sony’s Xperia lineup. We’re seeing a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 4.4 inch qHD screen. Best of all, it looks like the phone will have 16 GB of internal storage, which is a rarity for budget devices.

This one won’t knock off Sony’s high end flagships, but for people looking to save a few bucks, keep an eye out for this one to become official.

source: GFX Benchmark

via: Xperia Blog

Gmail interface redesign hinted at in leaked images

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Not too long before Google pushed out an update revamping the Google+ interface, Yoel Kaseb was responsible for leaking some images of what the interface update would look like. While there were some tiny details that weren’t correct, his images were pretty accurate for the most part. Today, Kaseb is teasing a few more images showing a new interface for another one of Google’s big products: Gmail. Read more

LG G3 for Verizon press render leaks, Big Red’s stamp is on the front once again

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With just four days left until its May 27 announcement, there are bound to be some last-minute LG G3 leaks. Here, courtesy of @evleaks, we have a look at the first carrier-branded press render of the handset. As you can tell by the rather blatant branding, this is the Verizon version.

Like with the LG G2, Big Red has literally put its mark all over. On the back is the Verizon name with their 4G LTE logo. On the front is, again, the Verizon logo crammed in the top right corner. The carrier’s 4G LTE icon is present, but that is not a big deal whatsoever. And it looks like we will have some bloatware as the display is showing Verizon’s official messaging application. It is understandable that carriers add some of their own branding, but cluttering the front panel is a little much. Another catch worth mentioning is that this front panel is all black while previous G3 leaks show a mixed front depending upon the color variant. Read more