Minor concerns over build quality of new Nexus 7


The new Nexus 7 will surely sell like hot cakes come the (official) July 30 launch date, as it brings some great upgrades including a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4, a thinner and lighter design, it offers an 80% speed boost and 4x the graphics performance over its predecessor.

However, there could be a cause for concern as a recent picture shows that the device’s “Nexus” sticker on the back may not be inserted properly, or at least well enough to last a mere 10 minutes of use.

Although the device could have been tampered with, as the sticker most likely didn’t just “pop out,” this could be somewhat of a cause for concern for some consumers looking to purchase the tablet. Word says that not many other people that have already gotten their hands on the device are having similar issues— how about you guys?

Again, not a major cause for concern, as this was either most likely improper use/tampering, or just a rare manufacturing defect.

Source: Phone Arena

Samsung claims top spot as biggest smartphone manufacturer ahead of Lenovo and LG’s large growth

smartphone growth 2013

Just a heads up, part of this information is going to be the same thing we’ve been hearing for months. According to IDC data, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million in 2012. This accounted for 30.4% of global marketshare, which was actually a slight dip in market share from last year but still a huge jump ahead of the next dog in the pile, Apple. Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.

The impressive part of this information concerns LG’s and Lenovo’s market share, however. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive feat. LG shipped 12.1 million devices accounting for 5.1% of the market, while Lenovo shipped 11.3 million, accounting for 4.7% of the market. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly and steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.

This is all information we’ve been hearing a lot lately; smartphone growth is still booming pretty loudly, and although there’s two companies at the top of the heap, there’s a handful of other aggressive manufacturers that are doing a great job making a name for themselves.

source: IDC

Sony ‘Honami’ pictured alongside the Xperia Z


We have some more pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’, this time alongside the Xperia Z. You can clearly see the ‘Honami’ is a little longer, but it has a similar design. We also get a another glimpse of the new camera interface.

The ‘Honami’ is looking like a beast, but you know all the competitors will have an answer. Can Sony finally make a dent in the U.S. market? More images after the break.

Read more

Galaxy Note III specs confirmed: 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.3


There has been a lot of speculation about the Galaxy Note III specs, mostly regarding the display size. We have heard everything from 5.7-inches to 6.3-inches. Apparently the plan was for 5.99-inches, but they scrapped those plans to go with 5.7-inches after market response from the Galaxy Mega series.

The rest of the specs indicate a Snapdragon 800, but I would suspect that is more region oriented. I fully expect an Exynos version to be available internationally. We can also expect 3GB of RAM, which we already reported on. Last but not least, it will come with Android 4.3 out of the box. This isn’t surprising because last year’s Galaxy Note II had the newly announced Android 4.1 out of the box. As far as design, it will most likely be just like the Galaxy S 4.

source: Techkiddy

Overkill, much? LG announces partnership with MediaTek to develop triple-SIM phones


You thought having two SIM cards in your phone was unnecessary? Just wait until you hear this one. LG has announced a partnership with MediaTek to develop triple-SIM smartphones. Don’t get me wrong, many people will have a ton of use for this, so it’s definitely a smart move by the South Korean manufacturer.

A phone with three SIM-card slots will let users handle three networks at the same time for calls, texts, and data. The phone(s), whenever released, will most likely not come to the United States, but somewhere down the road it’s definitely a possibility— maybe even from a different manufacturer. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of all this. Hit the break for the full press release.

Read more

Sony announces plans for Android 4.3


Sony shared a roadmap for their devices to be upgraded to Android 4.3, although no timeframes were included. Owners of the following devices will be glad to know Sony is already starting work on Android 4.3:

Sony is in the middle of rolling out Android 4.2 for the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL and is getting ready to rollout upgrades for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z in August. Sony indicated other devices in their lineup will be upgraded from Android 4.1 directly to Android 4.3, skipping 4.2 altogether, but they did not give any hint as to which specific devices those might be.

source: Sony Mobile

More Moto X leaks: Dual LTE antennas, Moto Magic Glass, and xWATCH


Like I said the other day, there probably won’t be much to learn about the Moto X when it’s finally unveiled. The leaks keep coming. Today’s leak comes from Tyler Wimberly, who has a pretty good track record. First up is that the Moto X will feature standalone dual-LTE MIMO antennas as well as a separate antenna for 2G/3G This should give amazing reception based on the fact that most phones only have one antenna for all bands.

Next up is Moto Magic Glass. What is that? Apparently the Moto X will feature Gorilla glass molded to polymer. In other words, you won’t find a gap between the glass and the back.

Read more

Pictures of Lenovo’s latest flagship device pop up showing a Snapdragon 800 CPU inside


Just a few days ago we saw a benchmark that suggested Lenovo was going to be releasing a flagship device with a Snapdragon 800 processor on board like every other Android manufacturer on the planet.┬áToday we’re seeing some pictures of the rumored device that do confirm the processor specs as well as a few other details about the device.

It does have a Snapdragon processor, complete with Adreno 330 GPU, so this is bound to be one powerful device. It also sports a full HD, 1080p display, which makes it a comparable device to most other high-end phones on the market today. The screen appears to be about 5 inches, and it will be a dual-sim device. Unfortunately, that means the device will probably only ever hit shelves in China, but depending on how well it sells, it’s always possible to see Lenovo put its top-end device in other markets.

source: Leiphone

via: Unwired View

Samsung GT-I9506 gets Bluetooth certification, likely the Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU

samsung GT-I9506 Galaxy S 4 Snapdragon 800

We’ve seen some leaks pointing towards a Galaxy S 4 with a Snapdragon 800 CPU before, but now we’re seeing some concrete evidence of the device in the form of a Bluetooth certification. A device with the model number GT-I9506 recently received its certification, and if Samsung keeps up its naming conventions for devices, this mystery device will likely be a more powerful Galaxy S 4.

If you were in the market for a new Samsung device, you might want to wait and see if this phone hits your country/carrier before buying anything else.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: SamMobile

HP readies $99 Android tablet for back-to-school sales at Walmart


HP is looking to continue its success in the low-end tablet market as the company prepares to release a $99 tablet to be sold at Walmart for back-to-school sales.

The device is reportedly being built by Chinese company BYD, will have a 7-inch display, and a single-core Medfield processor. Nothing else is known about the device at this point, but we do know that if all of this is true, this will be a nice addition to the list of the low-end tablets available on the market. We’ll just have to wait and see…

Source: DigiTimes