Virtual reality is a hot topic these days, and it seems Samsung is dunking their toes in early. Some images of what appears to be Samsung’s rumored Gear VR have made their way onto the internet, conspicuously close to the upcoming IFA 2014 event. Bearing the model number SM-R320, the Gear VR is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus headset. The headset boasts the advantage of being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, and is rumored to feature an OLED display.
Owners of the Galaxy S 5 in need of even more battery life can look to next month for an important purchase. On September 8, Mophie will ship its battery case for the Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S 5 has a 2800mAh battery and Mophie’s battery case will add an additional 3000mAh. It will be available in both black and white color options to match the device’s color.
It costs $99 and, as previously mentioned, will ship on September 8. Mophie has the accessory up for pre-order today.
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The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.
Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Read more
In 2 weeks we will see the Moto X-1 in real life, but this just might be the next best thing. Thanks to a little retirement gift from @evleaks, we have the press images of the wooden and leather versions of the phone.
The first thing you might have noticed is the Verizon logo signifying their version. Other than the logo, we don’t expect there to be any differences between the carrier versions. As far as hardware goes, the front of the device shows what could be front-facing stereo speakers. However, since the top one appears to be bigger, I am not convinced just yet. The power and volume rocker appears to be lower on the right side, probably because of the larger footprint.
If I told you there were a lot of Android devices in the wild, that wouldn’t shock you. Just about every day there is a new device launched, but just how many are in existence?
According to OpenSignal, a company that gathers crowdsourced data for mobile phone networks, there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, up from 11,868 last year. I would never had guessed that high.
We are just under 2 weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4, and we have some info regarding the camera. First of all, Samsung is finally going to implement optical image stabilization (OIS) as part of a 16 MP Sony IMX240 sensor. This same sensor appeared on the Korean Galaxy S 5 LTE-A, but it did lack OIS. This sensor will also be able to shoot UHD video (3840 x 2160) at 30 FPS. Samsung will also upgrade the front-facing camera to 3.7 MP, which is still lower than many flagships.
A new FCC filing has been discovered that describes an HTC phone that would be compatible with Sprint or any of the carriers that use the Sprint network, like Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is 0PCV100. Besides working on LTE bands 25, 26, and 41 and having a removable back cover and replaceable battery, not much else can be gleaned from the FCC filing. We really cannot even tell if it will be an Android-based device. Sources have noted that HTC tends to seal up their high-end devices which could suggest this is a mid-range or lower-tier device.
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Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.” Read more
The Sony Xperia Z3 has been certified in China by TENAA, which is similar to the FCC here in the U.S. This in itself isn’t anything major, but the fact that the specs are confirmed is.
This beast is going to have a 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC), an Adreno 330 GPU, 20.7 MP rear camera, and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
IFA 2014 is basically Comic-Con for smartphone nerds, complete with cryptic teasers and flagship cosplay. Okay, I made that last part up, but the cryptic teasers are the real deal, and Huawai have released one that has the whole internet guessing what they could possibly have up their sleeve.