Earlier this year a rumor surfaced claiming that Motorola’s “X Phone” would debut at Google’s I/O conference along with the debut of Key Lime Pie, Google’s next anticipated iteration of Android. It’s no surprise that because of this, Google’s next flagship has been the focus of anticipation for the last year. Recently rumors have surfaced that suggest that the X Phone will have some never before seen features that will rival competitors. According to a reliable source:
“Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.”
These are pretty bold statements in favor of the much anticipated phone and have certainly rekindled interests from individuals waiting on the device. In the past, Google has released a new device along with a new flavor of Android so the idea of them repeating this at this year’s Google I/O is a very good guess. What features could this new device bring to the table? Let us know what you guys would love to see in the next flagship phone from Google.
Samsung is getting into a loving mood by introducing a new variation of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for both Korea and additional global markets. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the new tablet will feature a special-edition Garnet Red color and come fired up with full LTE connectivity as well— giving customers yet another way to connect to those various 4G networks out there. Aside from the LTE chip built-in and the Garnet Red color, the tablet will pretty be identical to the original by including a quad-core Exynos chip, 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 5MP + 1.9MP FFC cameras and all those fun S-Pen bells and whistles.
There’s no word on pricing and availability of the new color variation— but we suspect that we will see something in Korea and additional markets soon… very soon.
Earlier this year at CES, NVIDIA announced a new gaming device they called Project Shield. Project Shield is unique in that the device is essentially an all in one gaming device with the controller and screen. Project Shield runs on Android which means all of the popular games that have been released on Android will work seamlessly with the device. However, NVIDIA took it one step further when they announced that Project Shield is capable of streaming games from GeForce GTX 650+ enabled PC’s. Last week NVIDIA showed us a Real Boxing demo, and this week they are showing off Need for Speed Most Wanted running from a PC to Project Shield.
What will the Galaxy S IV look like? If it’s anything like last year, we won’t have a clue until the day it’s officially unveiled. The biggest question is if they will finally get away from the large home button (with back and menu buttons) design. According to DDaily in Korea, the answer is no. In fact the phone’s overall design probably won’t stray from the cues of the Galaxy S III.
It was also rumored that the Galaxy S IV might be compatible with the S Pen, but that won’t be the case. What it will have is the the non-contact gestures that we reported about last month.
In less than one week the HTC One will officially be unveiled. We think we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like based on the leaked image a couple of days ago, but if you want a little more, and I mean a “little,” check out a video created by YouTube member gaurav2328. He took all the quick clips that HTC featured on their website and made a 20 second video. There are a lot of blur effects so it’s not so easy to see anything relevant. You do get a decent shot of the front silver trim along with the white back that coincides with the leak we saw the other day. Hit the break to check it out, and if you see something interesting, please point it out in the comments below.
LG is trying to ramp up excitement for their new phones before MWC, and they’re doing a pretty good job. This time they’re showing off the design of the Optimus G Pro, which takes some serious design cues from the Note 2, but not in a bad way. One thing you won’t see that’s in the other popular phablet is a curved glass design, which LG says creates a 2.5 effect on the screen. Aside from that, it’s got the same finish as the other more familiar phones in their lineup. It’s closely based around the Japanese version of the phone we’ve seen, down to the specs, but hopefully we’ll see this hit more markets than just South Korea. Be sure to keep an eye out for this at Mobile World Congress.
More news from the folks over at SamMobile indicates Samsung’s Project J actually constitutes three devices. According to previous reports, Project J was the code name for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Over the past few months as we have watched for information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, we have seen the Galaxy S IV referred to as Project J, Altius and by the model number GT-I9500. The assumption has been that Project J referred to that one device, the Galaxy S IV. Based on upcoming accessories, SamMobile now reports the code name actually refers to three devices.
Motorola Solutions has just launched its AME 2000 service for those looking for a secure wireless connection on their devices. AME 2000 essentially:
“Combines a commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) device with general hardware and software to provide end-to-end encrypted voice and data communications through private or public wireless networks to support the missions of federal agencies”.
So basically Motorola’s technology combined with some special VPN networks allows for secure data-in-transit between a mobile device and a customer enterprise through private and public broadband networks, including GSM, 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. In addition, Motorola’s AME 2000 allows for encryption of microSD cards and specialized secure OTA updates for specialized devices.
You’ll find some additional details in the presser once you hit the break.
It’s no secret that many of us believe that Apple’s ongoing attack against Samsung is a waste of time and is shameful to say the least, but the ongoing attack can be considered as something even worse. While speaking at the opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013, Samsung EVP David Eun did not dabble into specifics regarding the continuing litigations that are a waste of time, money and resources— but rather he made it very clear that the ongoing dispute is “a loss” for innovation and more importantly— us, the consumer. So it’s pretty cool finally hearing something that we can all agree upon from such a high-ranking official at Samsung.
Hopefully Apple will realize sooner than later that it’s probably not worth it to keep going on with the petty and meaningless battle.
LG is following suit with Android’s most successful manufacturer, Samsung, they’re going big. LG confirmed the the Optimus G Pro for South Korea will come with a 5.5-inch full HD screen. As expected, this Galaxy Note II-sized device will beat the Galaxy S IV to market. This larger variant sounds like the one we expect announced at Mobile World Congress. If ginormous phones are your cup of tea, you’ll want to keep a close eye on our MWC coverage.
At this point the Optimus G Pro’s main advantage over its Samsung counterparts is its full 1080p screen but the rest of its specs are nothing to scoff at. It has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, LTE connectivity and a nice 3,140 mAh battery. The South Korean version is, but for its half-inch larger screen, identical to the Japanese version.
Source; Unwired View