Four devices, some unannounced at this time, were name-dropped by Evan Blass on Twitter with Verizon being among their destinations. The companies sending their devices to Big Red include Sony, LG, HTC, and Apple.
Sources in China claim to know some of the specs for the forthcoming Huawei Mate 8 smartphone, successor to last year’s Huawei Mate 7. If accurate, Huawei appears to have a nice device coming to market that will be highlighted by a bezelless 2K resolution display ensconced in the same metal frame design as the Mate 7. Read more
Samsung has been working on some new tablets to be released in June to be the successors to the Galaxy Tab S devices. The new devices are expected to be named the Galaxy Tab S2 and will come in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes with both WiFi-only and WiFi+cellular variants. A new leak from Twitter tipster @OnLeaks claims to reveal an image of the larger, 9.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2. Read more
It’s early days yet, but we are beginning to see some interesting factoids about the rumoured Moto X 3rd Gen appear. A couple of days ago it was leaked that the next model of the Moto X series will sport a Snapdragon 808 processor (ala the LG G4) as well as a higher resolution display (1440 x 2560), and now we have news that it will carry a 16MP camera module .
Spotify is one of biggest companies at the head of digital music streaming, alongside the likes of Slacker, Pandora, and others. But it looks like the company isn’t happy with just handling music streaming and is planning on jumping into competition with companies like YouTube and Facebook on the video content front, too. Read more
While we wait for Rob to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on his review of the G4, it seems that LG has developed a lesser specced version called the G4c which has been listed on the website of the online retailer, 0815. As you would expect, the G4c isn’t a flagship device, instead its specifications would suggest it is aimed squarely at the budget-conscious consumer.
With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge released and the dust finally settling over Samsung’s almost perfect smartphone, attentions are turning toward Samsung’s other flagship series, the Note line. While last year’s Note series kicked off the curved Edge line with the Note Edge, the most current of rumors highlights on what we may not see this year.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has been the hottest processor to talk about this year, no pun intended. But despite all of the rumors about overheating issues, the company has remained mostly silent about what was going on with their flagship CPU. Qualcomm’s VP of marketing, Tim McDonough, has finally stepped up to try and explain their side of things and exactly what’s going on behind the scenes with these chips. Read more
Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is a mid-range device, and one that typically doesn’t see its way onto many US carriers. However, it looks like the budget-friendly phone will find a home on Verizon’s network at some point this year. Interestingly, the normally 3G-only device appears to have 4G connectivity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Verizon to launch any phones in 2015 without their signature 4G LTE branding, but it’s worth noting that this model will be slightly different than what Samsung has previously released. Read more
Motorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.
The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more