HTC may abandon M* naming convention for flagship in 2015

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A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.

HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.

Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?

source: @upleaks

A global version of the DROID Turbo is on the way

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After yesterday’s DROID Turbo unveiling, many people felt left out in the cold since it’s not only exclusive to the U.S. but it’s also on one carrier, Verizon Wireless. Have no fear because it looks like Motorola will release a variant of the phone for the global market.

Turns out Motorola is sending invites for an event in Brazil on November 5. Taking a look at the back of the phone in the invite, it looks just like the same ballistic nylon that the DROID Turbo sports.


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YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access.
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New contender for world’s thinnest smartphone surfaces from Vivo

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Industry watchers who pay attention to super-thin smartphones, and notably the record for world’s thinnest smartphone, know that Gionee has managed to hold the title for a while now. The current record holder is the Gionee Elfie S5.5 that measures only 5.5mm thick. A couple months ago rumors surfaced that Gionee was working on a successor, the G9005, that would bring the thickness down to only 4.9mm. Some new images posted to Weibo suggest Gionee may have some competition from Vivo in the near future.
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Samsung Galaxy A7 makes appearance on benchmark site

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We have seen a few leaks surface for the Samsung Galaxy A7, but the latest appearance on the GFXBench benchmark site may provide some of the best information yet regarding the device. Unfortunately, one datapoint throws some confusion into the mix. Previous leaks showed the Galaxy A7 having a 5.5-inch screen. However, the entry in the GFXBench database lists the device as having a 5.2-inch display. We will have to wait to see what the final size it. Despite that bit of uncertainty, the rest of the specs look to be solid.
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LG G3 scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop by end of year

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Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.

This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.

Via: GSMArena

Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online

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Verizon’s big DROID unveiling is coming up on Tuesday, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to see the Droid Turbo in its packaging. The device, which has a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 procesor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3900 mAh and either Android 4.4.4 or 5.0 Lollipop. (Conflicting reports on OS version exist.)

Nothing really special or noteworthy to see here, other than the fact that we’re coming closer and closer to the release of a new DROID device. Hit the break for more pictures below.


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Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015

Sony_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014According to sources to DigiTimes, Sony will be launching a 12-inch tablet in quarter 1 of next year. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The sources say that Sony’s tablet will be high-end and come with a stylus. 

Large-screen tablets are all the rage these days, with Samsung releasing its 10.1-inch Pro series earlier this year, and Microsoft releasing its Surface Pro 3.

Source: DigiTimes