As we wait for Samsung to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, their attempt at a metal-bodied smartphone, we have been treated to leaked images like those showing the device next to an iPhone or what the white version will look like. Now we have something a little more official in terms of the device moving to market, an entry in the FCC database. A version of the Galaxy Alpha going by model number SM-G850F received its FCC approval, so that is one more item marked off the checklist to bring a smartphone to market.
The model that was tested by the FCC does not appear to be one headed for North America. However, many anticipate some version of the Galaxy Alpha will make it to the U.S. market, possibly through AT&T or T-Mobile. Samsung is expected to make the official announcement next week on August 13th, so that may give us a better idea as to who may ultimately have access to this device.
Sony’s press invite for its IFA 2014 press conference and product unveiling has leaked online, and it teases some new devices as well.
The event will occur on Wednesday, September 3, from 16:15 to 17:00 CEST and, according to the photo above, will include new Xperia unveilings, which was already expected. We have less than a month until IFA, so expect more of these leaks to come out before then!
Via: Xperia Blog
According to Samsung supply chain sources, Samsung’s three-sided display has entered the trial production phase. The three-sided display was reported on last November, and features an interactive side panel. It’s not completely known what kind of features the side panel would offer, but it will most likely be used to quickly unlock the device and/or offer a quick menu of most used apps or bookmarks.
Google released multi-user features on tablets through its 4.2 Jelly Bean update back in 2012 and refined the feature in the 4.3 update. However, if you own an Android smartphone, you’ve probably noticed that the feature is lacking. That issue may soon be resolved, thanks to a request made on Google’s website. According to a response on the thread by a member of the staff, “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build.” This response leads us to believe that different user profiles, restrictions, and settings will be available with the next big software release: Android L.
There are not many complaints when it comes to the HTC One (M8). It flaunts an aluminum unibody, sharp display, and BoomSound speakers. With that last one, though, comes some disadvantages. The speakers take up a decent amount of space and then HTC’s own logo-stamped bezel gets stacked on top of that. So the biggest issue people have had with the device is its bezels. It seems like HTC has a response by working with an audio expert.
For their next flagship, presumably called the HTC One (M9) for now, the company will work with Bose Corporation in order to make a more efficient set of stereo speakers. In return, the bezels of the device can be reduced and achieve the near edge-to-edge display that so many other hardware manufacturers are working towards. Bose has solely focused on the audio equipment industry, so HTC is outsourcing the work to a company that very well knows what potential solutions are.
Via: Phone Arena
Yesterday we got a glimpse of an upcoming LG phone called the G3 Stylus, and it was immediately assumed that it would compete with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. Today, we are hearing a different story.
According to Korea Times, the G3 Stylus will be a budget device. Of course, that still wouldn’t stop it from competing with the Note 4 since a few consumers could opt for this cheaper alternative. It just doesn’t appear that it will have the same fire power as the G3.
Rovio’s next installment of the Angry Birds craze, Angry Birds Stella, has been announced for a September 4 launch on all major mobile platforms.
The company has released a new trailer to create some buzz before the game is released. Check it out after the break. Rovio is also rumored to be working on Angry Birds Transformers, which will come out some point later this year or possibly next year. Read more
We haven’t really been sure how Motorola planned on charging up the Moto 360, but now it’s pretty obvious.
As seen in the photo above, the next big smartwatch to come to market will have a wireless charging dock, which displays the watch face while charging. This makes it a serviceable bedside clock.
According to a recent FCC filing for the device, the Moto 360 takes advantage of Qi wireless charging capabilities, which means there are no connectors on the back, as found in LG’s G Watch. (That means no corroding pins!)
This is all good news leading up to the launch of Motorola’s new watch, which should come relatively soon.
Via: Cult of Android
Source: Mister Gadget
Samsung’s Mobile Press site recently released a picture reminding everyone about a simultaneous three-way event going on around the world on September 3rd, and they would like you to “Note” the date. Due to recent murmurings, there is reason to believe that the Galaxy Note 4 will be announced that day. Adding to the excitement is the Air Gestures logo on the announcement pictured above, which as we all know, is a standard feature on Note devices. Locations will be held in Berlin, Beijhing, and New York. The events will be streamed live on YouTube and will commence on 9:00 am.
What do you think about the event? Will you be tuning in? Leave a comment below and share!
Source: Samsung Mobile Press
A week ago we received hints at a new standalone Google Hands-Free application from a Google+ post. Now, thanks to Google search, we’ve found a new hint towards how this new app will fit in with the Android OS. Users can open up the Google Search App and search for “hands free.” They will be greeted with a card in the process of opening, but it will stall out until an action is taken and the process is cancelled. We still don’t know when the app will be released, or any of its features, but it seems like Google will release it to the world any day now.
Source: Android Police