Leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE-A surface

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Samsung indicated last week that they were planning to release a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that would run on a Snapdragon 800 processor and support LTE Advanced networks. LTE Advanced offers data speeds 2-3 times faster than current 4G LTE networks. According to Samsung CEO JK Shin, the device would be available for Korean markets within about a month’s time. New images have leaked that show Galaxy S 4 devices with LTE-A markings and screen logos. It looks like buyers in Korean markets will not have to wait much longer at all to get their hands on this new, faster version of Samsung’s flagship device.

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Sony Xperia ZU image leaks ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling

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As the clock winds down to Sony’s expected announcement on their take on a “phablet” device, a new image has leaked showing a “stylus” in action on the device. The image was posted on the Chinese portion of ePrice and shows a user drawing with a pencil on what appears to be a sticky note on top of the screen of the new Sony device. According to some sources, there is a rumor floating around that the Xperia ZU, or Z Ultra, will be able to accept input using a pencil or possibly even a ballpoint pen as opposed to a dedicated stylus device like one finds on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This latest image would certainly seem to support that concept.

We should have more on Sony’s announcements scheduled for June 25th, so check back here at TalkAndroid to see what they may be up to.

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Reports indicate LG’s upcoming G2 smartphone will arrive by July and feature a Snapdragon 800 processor

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It’s looking more and more like LG can’t wait to unveil its Optimus G successor to the general public and unveil the upcoming device sooner than we think. According to various reports, despite the fact LG already sent out press invites for an August 7th event, LG plans on introducing the successor— also known as the G2 smartphone— sometime in July for Korean markets, followed by a more gradual worldwide launch. In addition, other reports indicate the G2 smartphone will utilize that suddenly popular Snapdragon 800 chip that all the other cool manufacturers are starting to use and as well as of course, LTE Advanced support.

Naturally we’re all inclined to hope that LG will include some serious hardware packed inside since ummm y’know— it’ll probably have a hand in developing a special variation of the upcoming toy for Google and all.

source: RBMen

Sony quietly working on refreshed Sony Xperia Z smartphone with Snapdragon 800 processor

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Considering all the other cool kids on the block are developing refreshed versions of their flagship phones with Snapdragon 800 processors, it’s only fitting that Sony gets in on the party as well. In a series of tweets by notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin, a test unit of the new Xperia Z variant with the faster processor can only be described as “really fast”. Additionally, the same test unit featured an even sweeter display than the original. In a follow-up tweet, Murtazin describes the refreshed unit as having an LCD3 screen similar to the HTC One smartphone, though he doesn’t believe the same display will make it to the production models.

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Considering Sony is expected to utilize the same chipset in other upcoming flagships like its quietly-hyped Xperia ZU smartphone, we’re going to go ahead and take this leaked information as true. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before the refreshed device hits the Android world.

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.7-inch display

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It has been widely rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will feature a 5.9-inch display, but the latest word is that it will only have a 5.7-incher. I guess this really isn’t surprising since the original Note had a 5.3-inch display and the Note II had a 5.5-incher. If you’re doing the math, that’s an upgrade of 0.2-inches. Add that to the current Note II and you get 5.7-inches. I guess we will have to wait until the Galaxy Note 4 for 5.9-inches.

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More details leak about Sony’s upcoming smartwatch

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Remember that teasing smartwatch announcement Sony made the other day? We’ve got a few more details about the new device that should keep you interested.

According to Cnet, the smartwatch will come with a few enhanced features over the current $100 model, including a bigger screen and a slightly water resistant design. Sony is pushing their water resistant designs on a majority of their flagship devices, so this shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone. The smartwatch will also run Android and use a capacitive touchscreen, and will have a three icon layout under the screen for navigation. The biggest new feature, though, is the inclusion of NFC. An NFC enabled smartwatch would be able to pair with a smartphone very easily, so that’s a handy feature worth looking forward to.

The device announcement should be at Mobile Asia Expo, so we should know all the specifics and pricing in just a few days. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: Cnet

Sony teases new SmartWatch with an announcement expected at Mobile Asia Expo

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Sony are no strangers to technology innovation, especially in the portable space. The same company that brought us the WALKMAN also brought us the first “smart” watch in 2007, two points they made very clear in recent tweets with hashtags #itstime and #MAE13 (short for Mobile Asia Expo). These tweets and a couple more in the same vein seem to indicate that Sony have a new SmartWatch up their sleeve (pun absolutely intended).

Aside from the Mobile Asia Expo, Sony has some upcoming media events in Shanghai and Europe in the coming weeks, where they are expected to announce their hotly anticipated 6.4-inch phablet, presumably alongside an updated SmartWatch. The timing is perfect as multiple companies including Google and LG have stepped into the smartwatch arena, and as Sony knows, there is always room for innovation.

Source: Xperia Blog

Android 4.2.2 test build for Samsung Galaxy S III leaked

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As the summer solstice was drawing to a close, SamMobile released a leaked test version of Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to sources, Samsung is still testing the Android 4.2.2 build and may still be in the process of adding features such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4‘s camera features. The official release of Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III is expected some time in July or August. » Read the rest

Another possible image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hits the internet

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A Chinese source has leaked another image of what appears to be the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It carries Samsung’s signature plastic design with a prominent home button and a huge (possibly 6-inch) screen with virtually no bezel. Rumored specs for the device look promising including a 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera and S-Pen functions.

The device will presumably run Android 4.2.2 and could be announced at this year’s IFA event in Berlin September 6th. All of you phablet enthusiast let us know in the comments if this is the phone you’ve been waiting for.

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Google rumored to be preparing “Google Mine” organizational service

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google_mineAn unofficial Google blog just discovered a new service Google is preparing called Google Mine. Mine is allegedly integrated with Google+, and serves as a way to keep track of your belongings and share them with your cicles. It’s an interesting concept that even further blends real life with the internet. More specifically, users will be able to:

  • Catalog your belongings and track what you have
  • Review your belongings for your friends to see
  • Control who sees what and track conversations
  • Send requests to borrow or try out friends’ stuff
  • Share stuff you wish for, get recommendations
  • Share stuff you are giving away, find takers
  • Follow, browse, and search items that friends share

Currently, Mine is available only on Google’s internal marketplace, Bazaar, and is just being tested internally, so obviously no release date is scheduled. In addition to the Google+ integration, an Android app is also in the works. We’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more of the new service.

source: Google System Blog
via: Android Guys