According to a report published by DigiTimes this weekend, ASUS is currently in the process of developing its largest ever smartphone, a 5.5-inch Zenfone, which is expected to be unveiled at the annual CES conference in January, 2015.
T-Mobile earlier announced the Sony Xperia Z3 will be joining their portfolio some time this fall. Although the timing was a bit nebulous, it appears the official release may be imminent. This is considerably faster than the timeline for prior Sony devices to come to the U.S. market. T-Mobile has been the only U.S. carrier to show interest in offering Sony devices to their customers, but in the past the release has typically lagged behind other markets by several months. Part of the reason for the faster release this time around could be the accolades Sony’s latest flagship received during IFA 2014.
HTC released third quarter financial info on Friday revealing mixed results for the company. HTC experienced an 8% decline in revenue in September, following the 10% growth they experienced in August, which followed a huge drop in July. Revenues for September fell to NT$16.7 billion ($549 million USD) compared to NT$18.2 billion ($596 million USD) for the same period in 2013. For the quarter, HTC’s revenues fell 11% year over year to NT$41.9 billion (almost $1.4 billion USD).
It’s a new season, which means there has to be a new boot animation for Motorola devices. A few of you emailed us to let us know they are seeing a new Fall themed animation on their original Moto X. So I rebooted mine, and bingo, there it was.
Interestingly enough, Motorola isn’t doing this update through their Motorola Boot Services, so we aren’t sure if this will become the norm. The app is still in the Play Store though. I have yet to see this new animation on the new Moto X, Moto G, or Moto E, but I am sure it will land on those devices soon.
If you have a Moto device, then reboot it and see if you have the new animation. If you don’t, you can always hit the break to see what all the fuss is about.
For the third time in recent weeks a leaked image purports to show the design of the camera to be included in the forthcoming OPPO N3 and this one shows the third design we have now seen for the camera. The initial leak revealed a device with a barrel type enclosure along the top edge of the device to house the camera. The second leak showed a standard looking device with a camera that would rotate within the frame. This third leak shows a camera that pops out from a slot in the side of the smartphone similar to a SIM card slot.
With “bendgate” lighting up the Internet the past couple weeks after new iPhones got into the hands of consumers, OnePlus has released a video that shows some of the quality tests that their smartphones undergo to try to ensure the devices will survive life in the wild. The video shows eight different tests that OnePlus smartphones are subjected to as part of the company’s quality control protocols. Possibly taking a shot at Apple, OnePlus starts the video off with the Sit Test which appears to try to simulate the device being in someone’s pocket when they sit down. The test applies 25kg (55 lbs) of “weight” 1,000 times in an attempt to see whether the device will bend or break.
The Moto 360 is starting to make its way around the world. Flipkart, an online retailer that serves India, is now selling the Moto 360. The Motorola smartwatch will be available exclusively through Flipkart for Rs 17,999. At this time, though, it is out of stock. Flipkart setup a notification email to be sent out when the Moto 360 returns to the site.
We saw leaked images of the HTC One (M8 Eye) earlier in the week, and now we have the HTC Desire Eye. The question is which one will we see next Wednesday in New York City?
While the HTC One (M8 Eye) appears to be more of a replica of the HTC One (M8), the Desire Eye appears to be the cheaper version of the two Eye phones. It sports plastic, but the specs appear to be about the same. You will also notice that the rear camera lens isn’t centered like on the One (M8 Eye) or even the One (M8). However the front-facer is centered, but the One (M8 Eye) isn’t.
A few months ago, Google brought Cast Screen to Android devices. It provides mirroring of an Android device’s screen to a wherever a Chromecast is connected to. Support is limited to under twenty devices but Google is working on adding more to the fold over time. Two Sony devices in particular are the newest to receive Cast Screen support. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be used with Cast Screen for seamless mirroring.
We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?
It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.
Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)
There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.