[Rumor] Google toying with the idea of an Android Silver program

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While there has been chatter that Google is planning on axing the Nexus program a new rumor discovered by the folks at Android Police suggest that Google may be toying with the idea of a premium line of phones and services. Slides discovered from a presentation one last year suggest that Google will be working on an Android Silver program designed with carriers in mind.

In order to qualify for the program, a hand set must “run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations.” Think either the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However unlike the Nexus 5, none of these handsets will be Google made/designed. There would be displays in carrier stores with the silver devices available on their respective networks.  Unlike the Nexus program, Google will have complete control of how the experience is designed and staff of those stores must be trained/certified in selling Android Silver devices.

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Samsung smartphone with QHD (2560 x 1440) display is definitely in the pipeline

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We have heard rumor after rumor that Samsung will release a “Prime” or premium version of the Galaxy S 5 with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, but nothing was mentioned during February’s Unpacked Event. JK Shin denied the existence of a premium Galaxy S 5, but we know Samsung is up to something.

A new Samsung device just showed up on GFXBench with the model SM-G906S that just so happens to sport a QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Yes, that is very similar to the Galaxy S 5 model number of SM-G900. What’s interesting about this is the fact that a couple of the graphics benchmarks come out lower than the Galaxy S 5. Of course, this is most likely a prototype, so the numbers really aren’t that important.

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Upcoming Huawei flagship smartphone leaks, metal body and Kirin 920 processor included

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Last month, Huawei’s Kirin 920 processor surfaced in an AnTuTu benchmark. When that happened, it was quite obvious that the processor would be found in an upcoming device from the Chinese manufacturer. Today we have a look at that device. In the image above, you are looking at Huawei’s upcoming flagship handset and it looks like it is made completely out of metal.

The image is believed to have come from a software engineer and provided some specifications as well. The Kirin 920 octa-core processor will have an ARM Mali-T628 GPU with it. The display is has an eye-popping 2560×1600 resolution. The camera on the back is rumored to be 32MP.

If these specifications are true, Huawei sure does have a beast on its hands.

Source: Weibo
Via: G 4 Games

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Mini specs leak

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As expected, Samsung is preparing to release its “mini” version of the Galaxy S 5. According to a new leak, the device seems to sport quite promising hardware.

The smartphone is said to rock a 4.5 inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display compared to the Galaxy S4 mini which has a 4.3-inch display with 540 x 960 resolution. It will be powered by a Snapdragon processor though the source couldn’t confirm which chipset it would be. However, it’s likely to be a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. In addition, it will come with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, an IR blaster, a 2,100 mAh battery, and will run on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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HTC One M8 Mini may launch in May

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HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_01The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to 3G.co.uk, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.

source: 3G.co.uk

via: PhoneArena

 

OnePlus One screens reveal a little bit of the interface

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OnePlus has been moving along in a methodical way toward the release of the CyanogenMod powered OnePlus One smartphone on April 23, 2014. The marketing team has been slowly releasing bits of information, but thus far the focus has been on hardware. That changed today when a tipster shared a couple images from the operating system. The first issue noted is that the screens are for “CyanogenMod 11S” as opposed to a plain “11″ that is used in reference to the original CyanogenMod system. It appears this is an indication that some special customizations have been made to CyanogenMod 11 for use on the new OnePlus One. » Read the rest

Android 4.4.3 changelog (incomplete) leaks

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We recently reported that the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were spotted running the new Android 4.4.3 version. This new Android version is not going to bring a change in the UI or new features but will fix most of the bugs present on the current Android version.

A changelog of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 has been leaked with many fixes, which again reassures us that we will surely see the new update soon. Along with the changelog, the source also posted a screenshot from a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3. Below is the list of the changes expected in the new version though there might be more changes as well. » Read the rest

Picture of rugged Moto G Forte leaks

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If the image above leaked by @evleaks is to be believed, it looks like Motorola might be trying to get into the rugged smartphone market. The image shows a Moto G Forte, which looks like a bulky, more durable Moto G. While it’s pretty unlikely that this will end up being a completely waterproof and shatterproof device, we might see some water resistance, similar to some of Samsung’s newer devices.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before Motorola makes this one official.

source: @evleaks