Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.
In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.
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source: Android Authority
A new leak about the next HTC flagship smartphone, possibly dubbed something other than the HTC One (M9), indicates the hardware specs may be a little better than previously thought. According to this latest report, the HTC device will get a 5.5-inch screen, not the 5.2-inch screen previously reported. The resolution is still expected to be 2560 x 1440, so there would be a slight drop in pixels per inch. The rest of the alleged specs match what we have already heard, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 16 MP OIS-equipped camera.
We’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.
Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.
via: GSM Arena
A new device from Samsung arrived at the FCC within the last twenty-four hours, showing it is destined for Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is SM-G360P. This is expected to be United States version of the Galaxy Core Prime.
The specifications for the Galaxy Core Prime are on the low-end. The price stays low to remain an entry-level handset for customers. The device has a 4.5-inch display (800×480 resolution), Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, 5MP / 2MP cameras, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slat, and 2000mAh battery. Right out of the box is Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Via: Phone Arena
Not quite a year ago at CES 2014, Sony explicitly indicated they believed the market for flagship smartphone development was going to be on a semi-annual basis, so that is what they set for an internal target. After the release of the Xperia Z2 early in the year, Sony did indeed follow-up about six months later with the Xperia Z3. Sticking to that pattern, sources indicate Sony is ready to announce the Xperia Z4 at CES 2015 on January 5th in Las Vegas. Along with the Xperia Z4, Sony reportedly will also release a larger Xperia Z4 Ultra.
This past September, information leaked indicating OnePlus was already tossing around ideas and plans to launch a successor to the OnePlus One sometime during 2015. That really was not a surprise given the way the industry works even for a phone as difficult to obtain as the OnePlus One has been. Now a source familiar with OnePlus’s plans has shared some more details about what is being considered.
With the Huawei Ascend P7 having its time on the market, Huawei is looking at readying its successor. The P8 most likely won’t be debuted until next year — earliest suggested time of debut is CES 2015. Even so, the rumored specs have the device as being a pretty solid device.
We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.
Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
The name Xiaomi is not well known in many Western markets, but on the strength of their fans in China, the company recently took over the number 3 spot for smartphone market share during the third quarter of 2014. To help keep those sales growing, the company is working on a new flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi5. Some new images have surfaced on Weibo allegedly showing the new device.