Pantech Vega Iron 2 to be released in May, compete with other flagships

Vega Iron

The South Korean mobile phone market is already pretty saturated, and the fact that a company like Pantech has been able to survive while competing with both LG and Samsung is an amazing accomplishment. But to keep itself relevant, continuing to develop new devices is key.

The Vega Iron 2, the successor to Pantech’s flagship from last year, will be released in May to compete with the Galaxy S 5. Rumors suggest that the screen size will be bigger than its 5-inch predecessor— it’s not expected that the phone will become a phablet, though.

The success of the design will rest in the completely metal chassis and a rumored fingerprint scanner.

Hit us up in the comments if you’d be interested in getting this device over another flagship like the Galaxy S 5.

Via: GforGames
Source: News.Naver

More leaked pictures from rumored 50MP Oppo Find 7 camera appear online

Oppo Find 7 camera photos

The digital camera will someday be obsolete to the average consumer, as camera phones get better and better each year. Oppo is looking to take a huge step in the process with the Oppo Find 7— supposed 50MP pictures from the device have appeared online.

If the images are truly from the Oppo Find 7, then the camera on the device is going to be absolutely amazing. Although you have every right to be skeptical considering the quality of these photos, we wouldn’t be surprised if this phone is the next big thing in terms of camera quality on mobile devices.

Hit the break to see some other photos from the leaked collection.

Read more

Could this new leak hint at an LG G3 handset?


The LG G3 has been long rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD resoultion display and now according to a snapshot of the LG G Pro 2 camera app received by folks over at PhoneArena shows an LG device code named B2 which could be the LG G3.

It has the model numbers of LG-D851 and LG-VS985 with one of the models being the Verizon carrier-branded model. The rumored device will feature a 1440 x 2560 QHD display and a 13MP rear camera. Information from the camera app of the G Pro 2 shows the code name B2 along with 4 camera resolution sizes including the 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. The same source has indicated that an LG G Pro 2 Lite is in the works with model numbers of LG-D631 and LG-VS880. Read more

HTC Butterfly S now receiving a software update with Android 4.4.2 in tow


HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Spin

ASUS’ Chromebox can be pre-ordered for $179, ships next week


Still waiting for the release of ASUS’ Chromebox? It is coming next week. The small Chrome OS machine is now up for pre-order at online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Pricing starts at $179 and it will ship next week on March 14. This base price gets you Intel’s Celeron 2955U Haswell processor; however, you can upgrade to their i3 Core processor. Just remember, it may be worth the upgrade depending upon how hard you plan on working the system.

Hit any one of the source links to pre-order one.

Source: Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect

Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile versions of Galaxy S 5 pass through FCC


Unlike many other manufacturers, Samsung managed to keep their Galaxy S 5 out of the FCC approval process until after the official announcement and unveiling, so these new FCC filings aren’t really surprising in any way. Still, it had to happen sooner or later, and now we have concrete evidence that there will be three different models of the S 5 to hit Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile this year, with the model numbers SM-G900V, SM-G900A, and SM-G900T, respectively.

The Verizon variant looks like it’ll sport LTE bands 4 and 13 along with GSM bands 850 and 1900 for global roaming. The AT&T and T-Mobile versions will run on LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, which is typical for their networks. Read more

comScore reports US smartphone market share for January 2014

comscore marketshare january 2014

comScore has released their numbers for smartphone market share in the US for January 2014, and the numbers are fairly predictable. Android commanded a majority of the market, accounting for 51.7% of all US smartphones, dipping half a percent from October last year. BlackBerry also fell half a percent point, while Apple pulled up 1% due to Android and BB’s small decline. Android still sat a full 10% ahead of Apple as of January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone claimed a small 3.2% in third place.

Read more

BLOCKS aiming to launch modular smartwatch by 2015

Blocks modular smartwatch

A new company called BLOCKS is looking to jump into the increasingly competitive smartwatch market to compete with offerings from Sony, Samsung, and eventually Google and Apple. Taking a cue from Google’s own Project Ara, BLOCKS wants to differentiate their smartwatch by making it completely modular and customizable.

The smartwatch is still in the prototype phase, but if everything goes well you’ll be able to change nearly everything about the device, from screen size to color to what apps come preinstalled. There’s also a plan for third parties to design modules specific to whatever needs they may have, which sounds like a fantastic selling point.

Unfortunately, we won’t see the BLOCKS smartwatch anytime soon, as the earliest they plan to have it released is mid-2015. Modular mobile devices are still pretty new, so there’s a ton of R&D that still needs to go into it, but we’re excited to see where this goes either way.

source: Techno Buffalo

New patent application suggests Samsung might be working on a new device unlocking feature


According to a new recent patent application with USPTO, Samsung might be working on a new feature related to device unlocking. The patent application suggests that the company is working on a feature, similar to LG’s Knock Code, that will allow users to unlock their device just by touching on the display and dragging around to draw a figure with at least one intersection.

The description says that this feature will work even when your device’s display is off which means that users will no longer need to push the power key in order to turn on the display to use the feature. The shape, size or position of the drawing is not important given that there is at least one intersection point. In addition, users can assign a function two two, three or more intersection points. For example, you can assign WhatsApp to two intersection points so that when you draw a figure and there’s two intersection points, the application will be launched.

Source: USPTO
Via: PhoneArena

Free, no-ad Milk Music service released for select U.S. Samsung devices


Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. Read more