Some information regarding upcoming devices to be sold through O2 Germany show several new HTC devices, some devices from Sony, a pair of mysterious Nokia devices to go with several WP8 handsets, and a couple Huawei smartphones. None of the devices are available now, but their presence on the list indicates O2 Germany anticipates selling them in the near future.
Motorola’s X Phone campaign went live today, and with it comes a sign up page to be the first to know about the device when it becomes official. Normally, you find out the official details of a device way before they come out thanks to leaks ahead of time, but with how much mystery Motorola has surrounding this phone, signing up might be a good idea. You can get to the official registration page at the link below.
via: 9to5 Google
After multiple rumors swirled around the web, Korean publications confirmed today that both the LG Optimus G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would feature 3GB RAM, the first devices to do so on the market. The high specs will allow the devices to handle multitasking much better without any hiccups, boosting performance by a pretty hefty amount.
Both devices are rumored to feature Snapdragon 800 processors, so these devices will certainly be competing against one another on the market. We expect both phones to be officially announced pretty soon with plenty of hype to go along with the release.
Sources: Phone Arena / SAM Mobile
With all the buzz that the Galaxy S 4 isn’t selling so well, news comes out of Korea that Samsung has shipped 20 million units. How does this compare to the Galaxy S III? It took 100 days for the Galaxy S III to hit the same milestone. The Galaxy S 4 achieved this same goal in 68 days. This is pretty darn good, but unfortunately investors still might think this improvement is not enough. Time will tell, but one thing you can’t argue is the fact that the Galaxy S 4 is the fastest selling Android phone ever.
Unfortunate news for HTC One S owners: your device will no longer be receiving OTA Android updates. That means that the phone will forever remain on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean unless owners look elsewhere for custom ROMs to grab the latest version of Android, 4.2.2 and above. It certainly isn’t the best news, but it’s a sign of good things to come with the Google Play Edition HTC One, which will most likely receive updates very soon after a new OS release by Google. Hit the break for the press release by HTC.
“We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
MediaTek has always offered extremely affordable processors with decent specs, but this time around it looks like they’re trying to one-up nearly every other player in the mobile processor industry. Many people knows Samsung launched their international Galaxy S 4 with an octa-core Exynos processor, but it wasn’t true 8-core processing; only 4 cores could be in use at once, and they traded off depending on how intensive the current task was. MediaTek, however, has reportedly developed a full 8-core CPU and has already shown the CPUs to some partners and is planning on putting them in mass production by November and shipping them in devices by the start of 2014.
AnTuTu benchmarks put this CPU around the 30,000 score range. It can’t hang with Qualcomm’s latest offerings, but it also likely won’t cost as much as a high-end Snapdragon chip, either. Supposedly, MediaTek also has an LTE solution in the works that’s set to be launched in Q4 of this year, so we may also see that alongside this new processor. We won’t have to wait too much longer either way.
There’s still quite a bit of mystery surround Motorola’s hyped up X Phone, such as carrier availability or pricing. With the latest leaks of Verizon’s new Droid Ultra line, it would be pretty logical to assume the X Phone may come to Verizon under the Droid moniker, but fortunately for those of you that are tired of hearing all of your friends refer to every non-iOS smartphone as a Droid, that won’t be the case. The X Phone will be all Motorola/Google with no glaring red eyes or strange marketing campaigns, assuming it comes to Verizon at all.
Motorola and Verizon are still obviously creating some exclusive phones together, but I’m personally very happy this device won’t help beat the dead Droid-horse, whenever it shows up.
source: The Verge
Manufacturers continue to put out some pretty awesome features to their devices an effort to rise above their competition. Continuing this trend is Sony, with their new “Touch Block” feature which they’re rolling out to the Xperia ZR, and most likely other phones in the future. The feature disables unintended touches, for example, when you’re under wet conditions. However it doesn’t interfere when you try to use your phone under normal circumstances.
The app is currently in beta, as the release is only version 0.1.A.1.0. It’s rumored that the feature will only be available to their water-resistant devices in the future, but we’ll have to wait and see from them.
Source: Xperia Blog
To start off the second half of 2013, Samsung Mobile released a new video on their YouTube channel showcasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 device. Trying to hit the sweet spot for 8-inch tablet devices, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier this year to fill in the gap between their Galaxy Note II “phablet” devices and the 10-inch class Galaxy Note 10.1.
Sure Sony’s mysterious Honami may be a dream for us at this point, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of some of its sweet camera features in the meantime. Crafty XDA user krabappel2548 took some time and was able to successfully port the Honami’s camera app for other premium Sony devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Among the cool goodies users of the camera app will be treated to some nifty goodies like augmented reality capabilities, built-in filters, an awesome time shift function and superior image processing.
If you’re on any of the above aforementioned Sony devices and happen to be on Android 4.2.2, give the camera app a try today by checking out the source link below.
source: XDA Forums