Google+ may be getting Chromecast support

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In the latest Google+ apk, there are apparently some image files for Google’s Chromecast icon. Generally you only see these when you’re able to cast something to your Chromecast, so having them suddenly appear in Google+ could mean a few things.

Obviously, this likely means casting will be coming to Google+ content. Whether that’s just photos, videos, Hangouts video calls, etc. remains to be seen, but there are several possibilities there. Although considering Google is pushing for integration between your photo gallery and Google+, there’s also the possibility that this could lead to casting local content, which is something many users have been asking for. It could also be a mistake or some feature that Google may eventually cut, but that’s no fun to speculate about.

Hopefully we’ll see some kind of announcement from Google about this soon.Keep your fingers crossed!

source: Google+

via: Phandroid

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold heading to Verizon

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For the people who have been holding out on a Rose Gold smartphone, Samsung is finally bringing you one in the United States. According to @evleaks, Samsung’s Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is heading to Verizon.

No word on when this will happen, but I am sure there are many women out there that have been waiting for this. Actually, this wouldn’t be a bad idea for a Valentines Day gift, right? Read more

Nokia A110 Android smartphone benchmarks appear on AnTuTu

nokia-normandy-benchmarksYesterday, we got to see leaked pics of the Nokia Android phone’s user interface, and today we have some more juicy info. Famed leaker @evleaks got us a peek at the AnTuTu benchmarks of a a device called the Nokia A110. The benchmarks reveal that the device, codenamed Normandy, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 854×480 pixel resolution display, a 5 megapixel rear camera and Android 4.4.1 pre-installed. 

There’s no news on when, or even if, the device will be launched, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Source: @evleaks

Snapdragon 805 on the way with possible May appearance

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Qualcomm took some time during CES 2014 to show off the capabilities of their next processor, the Snapdragon 805, scheduled to be released some time during 2014. A new report out of Japan suggests the first device to be released with the Snapdragon 805 will surface in May although it is not clear what that device may be. Some folks are probably hoping the Samsung Galaxy S5 would come with the new chip, but May seems too late for that to happen. Reports have indicated the HTC One+ is supposed to ship with the Snapdragon 805 and a May time frame would be reasonable for that device.

The Snapdragon 805 will probably become the new standard for smartphone processors very quickly after it hits the market. With four Krait 450 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 420 gpu, the Snapdragon 805 will be capable of handling 2160p video resolutions. Other improvements include faster RAM access speeds and a modem that can handle up to 300 Mbps, double the current level of Snapdragon chips.

The chip will help Qualcomm continue to compete with other chip manufacturers like NVIDIA and their line of Tegra K1 “super chips.”

source: Ringer’s Blue Men
via: G for Games

Samsung, LG, others in works to add fingerprint scanners to high-end phones

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According to a news report from Taiwan-based DigiTimes, a squeeze on fingerprint modules for smartphones is expected to occur during the first half of 2014. At least part of the reason for this is the expectation that Samsung is moving forward with plans to adopt fingerprint scanners from manufacturer Validity for their upcoming high-end models. This could potentially start with the Samsung Galaxy S5 expected to be released in the next few months. Given Samsung’s market success, the addition of fingerprint scanners to their devices will consume much of the supply chain given how many devices they produce and sell. Validity is the same manufacturer that supplied HTC with modules for the HTC One Max introduced last year.

Samsung is not the only company cited by DigiTimes as working on the inclusion of fingerprint scanners. LG is reported to be working on a similar strategy for their high-end phones, possibly the LG G3. LG appears to be sourcing their modules from FingerPrint Cards out of Sweden. Several Chinese manufacturers are also working on adding similar features to their phones, further putting the squeeze on module manufacturers. Outside of Android-based devices, Apple acquired AuthenTec which would appear to have taken then out of the supply loop.

For Taiwan-based companies, this does represent an opportunity though if they can ramp up to meet some of the expected demand.

source: DigiTimes

New leak of Nokia Android phone shows interface

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Nokia fans looking for an Android-powered device from the manufacturer were likely very happy when news broke that a device codenamed Normandy was supposedly under development. However, reports indicated Nokia was planning to fork Android similar to what Amazon does with their devices. This was likely being done to appease Microsoft. Now, new images have leaked courtesy @evleaks that purport to show the Android user interface  developed by Nokia. The design seems to be influenced by the Windows Phone interface. Sources point out the call dialer is very similar to what Windows Phone users get. Also of note is the apparent inclusion of Skype by default, a possible sign that Nokia will be utilizing non-Google services or at least making Microsoft backed apps the defaults.

What are your first impressions of Android on Nokia?

source: @evleaks
via: BGR

Motorola hosting January 14th event in London, possibly to unveil European Moto X

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When Motorola announced the Moto X, they said that they were working on eventually bringing the Moto X to European countries. Well, that still hasn’t happened, but Motorola has scheduled an event for January 14th in London to “welcome a new addition to the European Motorola family of products.” Since the Moto G is available in European countries, it would make sense for Motorola to finally offer their flagship device in countries besides the US. Obviously there’s still the issue of handling MotoMaker in other countries, but I think Motorola and Google have something up their sleeve if they plan on making an entire event out of it, as opposed to just announcing something at CES.

Any guesses on what the announcement will be?

source: Cult of Android

Sony’s 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet leak, ‘Sirius’ could be heading to Verizon

Sony_Xperia_logo_110Kaz Hirai wasn’t letting it all out at in Last Vegas. At their CES 2014 keynote, Sony announced the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. But what they did not shed any light on was their 2014 flagship smartphone, codenamed Sirius. In the wee hours of the morning, @evleaks tweeted a tip that was passed along to him. The Sirius smartphone is going to debut at Mobile World Congress next month and will come with a 5.2-inch display.

The tweet mentions there is a MSM8974AB SoC inside. This would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. If that is true, it would be disappointing as other flagships this year are likely going to pack the new Snapdragon 805 processor. To brighten up the mood after that speed bump, Verizon may be carrying this handset. It would be shocking as Big Red has notoriously passed on many devices in the past.

Later on, @evleaks tweeted information regarding Sony’s ‘Castor’ tablet. It will also have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor along with WiFi and LTE variants. The tablet will likely debut at MWC as well. Read more

Images leak of what could be Samsung’s new smartphone user interface

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Early this morning, Twitter’s @evleaks leaked what could be an upcoming redesign of Samsung’s user interface for Android. Previously, the company used Nature UX; however, this looks comparable to their new UI being used with the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets. Samsung calls it Magazine UI. The font is much lighter and everything seems flatter, albeit not on the same level as iOS. If Samsung does opt for this change, we will likely see it when the Galaxy S 5 is announced. The key to @evleaks‘ tweet is that Samsung is “exploring” this new user inferface. Read more

OnePlus to launch first phone, ‘OnePlus One,’ will run version of CyanogenMod

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The folks that walked away from Oppo started up manufacturer ‘OnePlus,” shortly after leaving their previous jobs. Today, the company announced that it will be finally producing its first device, which will run a version of CyanogenMod and will be available in the first half of 2014 in “select markets.”

The goal is to “put the best software on the best hardware.”

The company won’t simply be creating the device and then loading up CyanogenMod on it— the company will apparently be getting tons of input on the hardware from the CM team, which is always a good sign.

The phone, expected to be called the OnePlus One, and should also have some extra software features built-in.

Details are a bit shady on this one but expect more to come out in the near future.

Source: OnePlus Forum