Last week when Oppo announced the unveiling event for the Oppo Find 7, they hinted at the device coming in multiple versions based on the inclusion of “Are” in the teaser image. Some new benchmarks that have posted to AnTuTu support the suggestion that two versions will be released, with the major difference being screen resolution. The benchmark scores show one Find 7 device with a 5.5-inch, 2560×1440 resolution display while the other one just lists the display as “1920×1080″ consistent with a “normal” HD screen. If Oppo is able to meet their schedules, they could very well end up being the first manufacturer to get a smartphone equipped with a 2K display to market. Read more
One of the biggest features we’re expecting Samsung to adopt in the Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner. Everyone is pretty much expecting it’s going to happen, and we’ve even gotten some insight on what it’s going to be able to do, but the latest rumors point towards the S5 trying to do something that many companies have failed at; a mobile payment system.
Apparently, Samsung and PayPal are working together closely to try and create some type of wallet system that will become a standard for consumers and retail stores. Samsung already has a wallet app developed, although it’s limited by country availability (much like Google Wallet) so Samsung already has some of the foundation ready. Adding in a fingerprint scanner for security and PayPal for the heavy lifting on the money handling side of things could really be what Samsung needs to make something like this happen. Read more
While Google offers a number of services through Android, some of those services have to make way for Samsung services on Samsung devices. It seems that Samsung may be getting ready to launch their own music streaming service called Milk Music to compete with Google’s Play Music and Play Movies.
The news came through a patent applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The application suggests that the service will allow users to stream music, radio, and even on-demand video.
It is true that Samsung does already offer some of these services though their Hub apps, but they’re planning on consolidating all of them under a single banner. We may even see it debut alongside the Galaxy S5 next week!
Source: Galaxy Club
We are still over a month away from the official unveiling of the HTC M8 or the All New One, but there is going to be zero to learn about the device thanks to so many leaks. We already got a good look at the device yesterday while it was in a protective case, but a full-fledged press shot was leaked an hour ago leaving nothing to the imagination. On the other hand, the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled in less than a week, but we still don’t have a good idea on what it will look like. As you you know, many times, manufacturers purposely leak info to create buzz, so maybe this is what HTC wants, but then there is no excitement for March 25 is there?
Anyways, the above image is indeed the HTC One successor. Codenamed the M8, the latest rumor is that it will be called the All New One, but I suspect it will simply be called the HTC One, and people will refer to it as the HTC One 2014 edition. This image is of the gold version, but they will also offer silver and gray options. BTW, you will notice that this leak confirms the wasted space for the HTC logo, which is a bad move in my opinion.
Earlier today, we reported that the Galaxy S5 will not come in the Active variant since the regular model will be dust and water resistance. Previous rumors hinted that the Galaxy S5 will feature a QHD display however, a recent report suggests that the Galaxy S5 will come in two variants, one with an HD (1920 x 1080) display and another with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display.
Korean media is reporting that Samsung could release the QHD model a few months after the HD variant has been launched. Samsung has already started the production of Galaxy S5’s HD displays but the QHD panels are still in queue. The reason for this “delay” is from difficulties Samsung is facing with optimizing the QHD picture quality. Read more
Close sources to Samsung revealed that the company will release a dust and water proof Galaxy S5. This means that instead of the Active version, the regular Galaxy S5, which is expected to be released next week at MWC, will be dust and water resistant.
“For the previously released Galaxy S4, water-proof and dust-proof capabilities were adapted to the handset’s variants. But for the Galaxy S5, the standard model will have them immediately,” the anonymous source said. In addition, the source indicated that users can clean the device with water and that the device will survive for short durations if it is submerged in water. Read more
Korea’s LG G2 was updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat just a few weeks ago, and we know that the international variant, the D802, is set to receive the update before US models.
But it doesn’t seem like it’ll be long before the update hits the international market— 4.4.2 will begin rolling out to those phones during MWC 2014.
None of this is confirmed yet, but we do know that LG plans to have the device updated before the end of Q1 2014.
Rumors are flying in for HTC One’s successor, and it looks like we might have a name. According to famed leaker @evleaks, the device will be known as “The All New One”. We’ve known it by its codename, M8, for the past few months, which makes the name, if true, quite disappointing.
Also according to @evleaks, the device will come three colors – Silver, Grey, and Gold.
The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.
Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.
Based on info from local “telecom officials,” ZDNet is reporting that the LG G Pro 2 will have a launch date of Feb. 21 in South Korea, with international markets receiving the device at later dates (April for US and Europe, most likely).