Back in May, Bloomberg reported that HTC was readying a 7-inch tablet for a release in either September or October. Now we have a possible image of the device, and it might satisfy those hungry for a tablet that has the same type of quality build found on the HTC One. Even Hugo Barra wants to see it. This device looks very similar to the One, which isn’t surprising since both the HTC One Max and the HTC One Mini adopted the same looks.
Before we go thinking the image isn’t legit, it just might be. If you turn up the brightness of the image, you can see the person who took the photo (see below). What do you guys think? If it is real, let’s hope they don’t overprice this thing.
Last week, a mysterious LG device cleared the FCC dubbed the D820. It was immediately assumed it was the Nexus 5 since the back plate looked awfully similar to an unknown Nexus device that made a surprise appearance in a Google video. It seemed almost a lock that it would be the next Nexus, but @evleaks is raining on our parade by saying that it’s nothing more than a CDMA variant of the LG G2.
I’m willing to buy that, but it does seem strange that it would have not only different dimensions than the “normal” G2, but the camera lens is in a different spot. @evleaks didn’t produce an image of the D820, but he did show us the D821, which is supposedly identical. Unfortunately the backside isn’t shown.
Back off talk of an Amazon phone, the company said. A spokesman for Amazon Inc. said on Saturday that the online shopping megacompany will not launch a smartphone in 2013. Not only that, but despite recent rumors, if Amazon were to launch a smartphone, or a “Kindle phone” in the future, it will not be free.
The spokesperson declined to comment further, but it’s an interesting development considering the long running rumors suggesting an Amazon smartphone was coming. As the rumors kept on piling up recently, I guess Amazon decided it was appropriate to let the public know what was actually going on.
Source: Jessica Lessin
For the second time in a week, a video for one thing reveals information about something else. First, it was Google’s video of the unveiling of the new Android KitKat statute that inadvertently revealed the new Nexus 5. Now, Samsung’s video of the Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event from Berlin, where they revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, was discovered to have included video of a tablet optimized version of the official Twitter app. Reports indicate Twitter may be trying to get the genie back in the bottle, with the help of Samsung, by getting the video pulled. Nevertheless, Android fans have been scrambling for more information and have even managed to snag a copy of the apk.
We’ve seen plenty of outdated, mid-range devices get offered for free on carrier sites, but seeing the Kindle Phone without a price tag would certainly be new to us. Reports suggest that the offering would not be the conventional “free phone” (+ new 2-year contract) deal, but customers could be required to sign up to a membership of Amazon Prime. A source has stated that “Amazon wants the device to be free whether or not people sign up for a new wireless plan at the same time.” Amazon could be dealing with carriers in the near future about working something out, however it’s likely that Amazon will offer the device on their site as well.
Source: Jessica Lessin
Verizon Wireless is going to look to mix it up a bit by adding a blue version to their current offering of HTC Ones. Pricing is still expected to be $199 on contract, and have the same specs as the regular model. The only catch is that this blue version may be a Best Buy exclusive, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Source: Droid Life
A couple of days ago, the next Nexus phone made a guest appearance in a Google video, and we just want to know who is manufacturing it? An LG logo appeared to be at the bottom of the device, but there were some rumblings that it could be made by Sony since the camera lens is in the same exact spot as the Xperia Z1. Well I think we can safely say that LG is the chosen one based on a FCC filing for an LG phone with a model number of D820.
Just take a look at the inside of the back cover (above) and tell me it doesn’t line up with exactly what we saw in the video. It also appears to be running firmware M89974A with “aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154″ as the software version. Not sure why Key Lime Pie is listed, but it’s safe to assume this is KitKat folks.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.
Now that the LG G2 has been fully announced and we have confirmation on all the specs and other software features, all we were waiting on were release dates for the four major U.S. carriers that will be offering the device. We don’t have all four, but we can report on the rumored dates from Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T (obviously withholding Sprint.)
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 9th or September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th or online starting September 6th (tomorrow)
Around a decade ago, RIM was riding high on the popularity of its Blackberry devices, yet today we see them on the verge of being bought out or going private after a long, slow fall. A similar pattern may be playing out for Apple and within the Android ecosystem of manufacturers, we have witnessed HTC’s fall from the pinnacle. Samsung hopes to avoid a similar fate and is planning a meeting in Seoul on November 6th with investors to explain just how they will accomplish that feat.
Samsung certainly seems to be riding high right now, emerging as the dominate manufacturer of devices running the dominate mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets. However, a chink in the armor may have appeared last quarter when share prices fell and sales of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 were not as strong as expected. Some analysts are worried that as the market for smartphones matures and the devices become even more of a commodity item than they have been, Samsung may have peaked.
In response to these recent developments and concerns, Samsung decided now would be a good time to communicate their longer-term business plans aimed at 2020 according to an unnamed Samsung executive. Samsung will likely focus on the future of smartphones and tablet devices since those divisions drive about two-thirds of their revenue. Other areas like flat-screen televisions, home appliances, medical equipment, and even solar cell production will probably be covered as well along with potential new markets for the electronics giant.
Do you think investors are right to be concerned about Samsung’s position?