At MWC 2014 earlier this week, Sony unveiled their latest flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet. For those not counting the days, this comes only about five and a half months after Sony unveiled the “flagship” Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013. According to Sony Mobile Creative Director Kurozumi Yoshiro, this quick turnaround is a reflection on how fast the industry is moving. According to Kurozumi, “In order to maintain a flagship, you must update at this frequency.” Thus, the Xperia Z2 is the flagship device for the first half of 2014 and buyers can expect a new flagship device to appear before the end of the year to serve in that role for the second half of 2014.
Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.
Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.
Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S 5 flagship at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. The device comes with some new features such as heart sensor and fingerprint sensor and has got a slightly similar look to its predecessor.
Samsung hasn’t yet announced the price tag for the Galaxy S 5 however, if you’re living in the UK, you’ll be glad to find out that a UK-based retailer, Clove, has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5 and has priced the 16GB model at £499.99 (£599.99 after taxes) which will cost $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no information how much the 32GB will cost.
Xiaomi announced back in September last year that it sold over 10 million Mi-2 smartphones since its launch. To add more to its success, the company officially announced yesterday that it has sold over 15 million Mi-2 smartphones, up from the 10 million units it had sold until September 2013.
To celebrate this milestone, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 16GB 8-megapixel MI2s in China from CN¥1,699 ($280) to just CN¥1,299 ($210). However, the 32GB model with a 13-megapixel camera remains at the same price of CN¥1,799 ($290).
What you’re looking at above is what the promotional material for HTC’s upcoming flagship will be signed with. The image, from @evleaks, confirms that the M8 will be named The All New HTC One. Is it a weird name? Definitely. I think HTC would be much better off simply calling it the HTC One (again) and perhaps adding 2014 when listed in stores and online. » Read the rest
Thanks to @evleaks over on Twitter, it looks like the recently announced LG L90 will be joining T-Mobile’s device lineup at some point. He tweeted the image above which is a press render of the L90 along with some T-Mobile branding on the backside.
From our previous post, here are the LG L90 specifications:
- 4.7-inch qHD IPS Display (qHD 960 x 540)
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 512MB of RAM
- 8GB of memory
- 8MP rear camera / VGA front camera
- 3000mAh removable battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)
At the RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco, Samsung has announced select Galaxy devices that have KNOX embedded on them have received Common Criteria certification as assessed by Gossamer Labs. The Common Criteria certification is described as a “gold standard” for security, demonstrating compliance with a predefined set of security requirements. By meeting this standard, Galaxy devices with the certification can provide additional assurance to enterprises that the devices are acceptable for use in accessing “high-value information assets.” » Read the rest
Sundar Pichai addressed a few journalists at MWC, and had some things to say about the relationship with Google and Samsung as well as future devices.
Sundar said that Google and Samsung’s relations are actually quite boring as compared to how the press makes it out to be. They continue to collaborate on various projects and there is no tension whatsoever. He went on to say that the Galaxy S 6 would sport Android so there is nothing to worry about. However, he did say that he wished the Gear 2 ran Android instead of Tizen.
Boeing, the company that primarily makes fighter jets and all kinds of airplanes and aviation equipment, is stepping into the Android smartphone market with the Boeing Black. What makes the Black stand out in the crowd is its laser-focus on security; the device features top of the line security software and hardware based on Boeing’s own PureSecure architecture. The device is going to be aimed squarely at government agencies who need that type of insane security on a device.
If the ridiculous encryption and secure elements in the phone weren’t enough for you, the Black solidifies itself as the most secure phone ever with a self-destruct feature. If you try to physically break open the phone, the sensors will detect the tampering and quickly erase all information on the phone, James Bond style. » Read the rest
HTC isn’t the only company getting a kick out of taking shots at Samsung. Above, you are looking at a teaser that Oppo is using to hype its upcoming Find 7 handset. On the left is probably a shadowed corner of the Find 7 that resembles the number itself. On the right is Samsung’s Galaxy S logo tilted to represent the number five which is for this year’s Galaxy S 5.
Hit the break for a video and another teaser image from Oppo. » Read the rest