HTC One (M8) in Glamour Red said to be heading to Verizon

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At Verizon, the HTC One (M8) is only available in Gunmental Gray and Glacial Silver. Along with these colors, Verizon gained exclusivity from HTC by releasing the One (M8) on the same day it was announced. And it now looks like Verizon will be getting another exclusive. This time, another color.

On Twitter, @evleaks let the cat out of the bag by saying the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will soon be available in Glamour Red. When? We do not know. But we have heard about other red variants of the One (M8). The Stealth Red variant was recently delayed, so will Glamour Red hit a speed bump as well? Cannot be sure just yet.

Report says Amazon will reveal its smartphone in June

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Everyone is waiting for Amazon to finally release its smartphone, Project Aria. As recent as last month, there were reports that the device is coming this year. And now a report out of The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon’s smartphone will be revealed in June. And shortly after in September, it will be ready for consumers. It has been reported that Amazon has let developers in San Francisco and its hometown Seattle test prototypes over the course of the last few weeks.

Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.

So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.

Source: Samsung

[Rumor] LG working on SoC that will enter mass production soon

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LG is rumored to working on a homemade SoC that is based on the ARM architecture. Odin, as it’s being called, is rumored to come with four 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15s and four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.7GHz. They will use a 28nm manufacturing process.

Rumors started back in the original Optimus G days but didn’t even make it into the G, G2, or G Pad 8.3. Even though it’s rumored to enter mass production soon, the SoC probably won’t be in the G3 either. LG looks to be having issues with the final design. It wanted to internalize the development and didn’t want to base the new SoC on Qualcomm Snapdragon processing that it was going to do initially. It’s rumored that LG wants to test out the concept on low-end devices first, rather than risk anything with the G3.

If rumors pan out, we may see a device packing the Odin SoC in the second half of the year.

source: ET News
via: Phone Arena

Press render of the LG L70 for MetroPCS leaks

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LG devices have not been afraid to pose for the camera lately. This time around is the LG L70. On Twitter, @evleaks posted the image above of LG’s little device. This one is for MetroPCS. On the back, carrier branding is nothing intrusive. The front is very calm as well.

LG L70 specifications:

  • 4.5-inch IPS Display  (800 x 400)
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of memory
  • 8MP or 5MP rear camera
  • Front facing camera (depending on market)
  • 2,100mAh removable battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • G (HSPA+21Mbps)

Google has reportedly begun dogfooding Android 4.4.3 to employees

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We know a KitKat update is going to be announced soon, we just aren’t sure when. Thanks to Android Police, we also know that Google has begun the dogfooding phase for the 4.4.3 update on employees, which likely means the update will go live soon.

Now, dogfood testing typically means we’re still a few weeks away from an actual release, which gives Google time to sort out any last minute kinks in the software. The update has reportedly gone live for the main Nexus line, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10, but GPE devices and the Moto X are said to be on track for an internal update, as well. 

Google testing out new interface for Android’s calendar app

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Google has been internally testing out a new design for the calendar app in Android, and some screenshots of the new interface have leaked out for us to take a look at. The app is picking up a much cleaner look, abandoning the grids and lines that we’re used to in favor a slightly more colorful, flat, minimalist design. There’s a daily agenda feature and a heavy dose of social integration thanks to Google’s massive push with Google+.

The daily agenda feature rounds up all of your events for the day, including contact birthdays and information from G+, and pools them into one place for you to look at. Many other third-party calendars and OEM skin calendars have been doing this for a while now, so that would be a very nice addition to the stock Google calendar. There’s also a new separate birthdays menu that will show you upcoming birthdays from your contacts. It looks like a nice way be able to keep up with your friends’ birthdays without having it clutter up the rest of your calendar.

Specs revealed for upcoming Xiaomi Mi3S

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Xiaomi’s Mi3 is a hit, so it’s no surprise they are working on a successor. Dubbed the Mi3S, this one looks like a complete beast, and if the rumored pricing is correct, it is going to be one hot ticket.

The Mi3S will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and LTE. There is also going to be “more metal.”

ZTE ‘Apollo’ could be the first device to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit processor

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It did not take long for a company’s 64-bit plans to surface. Chinese manufacturer ZTE is reportedly working on a device that will utilize one of Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit architecture Snapdragon processors. The codename is ‘Apollo’ and this follows ZTE’s tradition of codenaming devices after Greek mythology. The ZTE Grand S was known as ‘Athena’ in development.

So while we know this device will use on of Qualcomm’s beastly processors, we do not know if it will be the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Also, these processors are not expected until at leaset 2015.

Source: CNMO
Via: G 4 Games

HTC One (M8) in Stealth Red may have been delayed

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An upcoming color of the new HTC One (M8) may have been delayed. In fact, it has reportedly been delayed indefinitely. The color we are talking about is the recently-leaked Stealth Red variant. It was originally set for a May release; however, that will not happen. While we do not know the cause of the delay, I am willing to say it was due to production issues with the color.

Source: ePrice
Via: G 4 Games

LG said to be releasing another smartwatch shortly after the G Watch’s launch

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Shortly after the LG G Watch launches in the second quarter of this year, LG plans to release an additional smartwatch. Reports out of Taiwan suggest the company is working on a second smartwatch that would be released once the G Watch spent some time on the market. The details of this second watch are unknown.

We will keep you posted on any updates with this second smartwatch.

Source: ePrice
Via: G 4 Games

HTC M8 Ace shows up in first leaked image

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Last month, we got word that HTC was working on an M8 Ace, but what is it? Since it was mentioned in the same conversation as the M8 Mini, the assumption was that it would be a “Max’ version of the HTC One (M8). Of course it could also be a tablet right?

Well the same leaker that told us there is an M8 Ace just posted a picture of the said device. For whatever reason, he blurred out what is on the display so it obviously gives something away. At this point it looks like a phone, not a tablet, but unless you see it next to another device, it’s hard to tell for sure.

My money is on this year’s Max. I have a feeling we will see another image soon, so stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

Three unannounced Samsung smartphones have been shipped to India, we await what they are

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This is just a little mysterious. Three smartphones that Samsung has yet to announce have been spotted on a shipment heading to India for testing. The model numbers for the three devices are SM-C115L, SM-350F, and SM-Z9005. The first is likely the Galaxy S 5 Zoom as it matches the model number from the GS5 Zoom that leaked a few days ago. The second is believed to be a budget Windows Phone 8.1 device with a 800×540 resolution. Sorry, that ‘F’ does not belong to the premium Galaxy F device from earlier. And the third is a Tizen-powered smartphone that Samsung is readying.

It is very likely that only one of them, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, makes it to the United States. There is a chance that the WP8.1 device does, but Samsung seems to only release one here. And the Tizen-powered device will never make it this way. So cross your fingers if you were expecting something new from Samsung in the United States.

Source: Zauba
Via: GSM Insider

Possible first look at Samsung’s upcoming premium Galaxy F smartphone

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It has been rumored for several months that Samsung will offer a premium smartphone, whether a Galaxy S 5 variant or part of an F seriesNow images of the said device has leaked on Twitter.

These photos really could be much of nothing because it looks a lot like a prototype to me. In fact, it could be an early prototype of the Galaxy S 5, but the speculation is that it isn’t because the speaker placement isn’t like the Galaxy S 5 (see below). In fact, one could argue that these images are of a Galaxy Note 4 prototype. Note: The Twitter leaker never mentioned what phone these image were of, just that it has a 2K display.

Samsung may release a 3G-enabled smartwatch called the Gear Solo

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The latest rumors from the Korea Herald peg Samsung to release a variant of their Gear 2 smartwatch with a universal subscriber identity module, (USIM) which essentially means the device will be able to make and receive phones calls on its own, no phone needed. Samsung recently filed a patent for a device called the Gear Solo that matches this description, so we’re assuming that’s what the name will be. You’ll have the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Solo.

Nothing else was really released about the device, but it’s expected to launch only in Korea at first. Even if it did make its way to the US, I’m not sure too many people will be keen on adding a smartwatch as an extra device to their plans. We’ll find out one way or the other.

source: Korea Herald

via: Phone Arena