Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo images leak, may not include Galaxy branding

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Here’s an interesting piece of information to develop over the weekend. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. After some of his followers felt that they could not clearly see the small image, he posted another one (above). Then, after that, he explained that the two watches will not be Galaxy-branded. It seems that Samsung’s smartwatches will be leaving the Galaxy nest in order to make their own name. Why? Perhaps Samsung wants to spawn the Gear name into a series of wearables. Remember, they could also be unveiling the Gear Fit on Monday.

For the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, it looks like like Samsung is not overhauling the software. But with the hardware, a home button may actually be added below the display. And what’s the difference between the two? It looks like the Gear 2 (on the left) will have a chrome finish while the Gear 2 Neo (on the right) will be matte.

Hit the break for @evleaks’ full tweets.

Sony teases new Xperia device ahead of Mobile World Congress

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The Mobile World Congress rumors are flying, and we won’t see them start to slow down before the event begins next week.

Sony has released a short video teaser for their MWC event, which says that we’ll see “something extraordinary” on Feb. 24. We should expect to see either the Xperia Z2 smartphone or the Z2 tablet— if we see both, then we wouldn’t be surprised either.

Stay tuned for live updates on every bit of information coming out of MWC in Barcelona next week. Hit the break for Sony’s video below.

LG promises 17 percent performance increase after update to KitKat on G2

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International models of the LG G2 are set to receive the Android 4.4.2 update before the U.S. models, but it won’t be long before the phones finally get to have a taste of KitKat.

As we already know, KitKat brings a series of some really nice updates to the Android operating system, and improved performance on devices.

In fact, according to recent testing from LG, the update from Jelly Bean to KitKat on the G2 provides a 17 percent increase in performance when applications are running. These tests are obviously preliminary and aren’t confirmed by any third parties yet, but if the numbers are anywhere near true, it will be a great time for G2 owners come mid-March.

Hit the break for LG’s video showcasing the OS performance comparison.

Here’s another glimpse of what Project Tango can do

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Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.

Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.

The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.

Hit the break for the video.

Verizon takes another step toward Android 4.4.2 update for Moto X

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Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.

For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.

source: Verizon Wireless

Huawei Ascend G6 to be available in several colors, could launch at MWC 2014

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Huawei released a teaser video the other day for their MWC 2014 presence. The video indicates a couple new tablets will be revealed along with a new smartphone. Until now, many people seemed to think the possibilities for the smartphone included the Ascend P7 or the Ascend D3. A new possibility has emerged thanks to a new leak from Twitter tipster @evleaks who posted a new image of the Ascend G6 suggesting a reveal coming up this weekend.

The image shows the device, a low to mid-tier version of the Ascend P6, in five different colors including black, white, pink, blue and gold. The Ascend G6 will reportedly be 7.5mm think which is similar to an iPhone 5S. The screen will run at 960×540 resolution and is supported by a 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Thus far, there is no indication the device will support 4G LTE nor is there any information indicating it will make its way out of the Chinese market.

The screen shot in the image shows a date of Sunday, February 23, indicating that may be the date it is unveiled.

source: @evleaks

Nokia said to be working on three Android smartphones, all released by June

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Before Microsoft fully consumes Nokia, the manufacturer may be releasing a total of three smartphones by June. While we have been hearing about the Nokia X (Normandy) for months, two additional devices will come in May and June respectively. Believe it or not, the second device is being dubbed the ‘Nokia XX’ (for now) and is slated for May. The third device, however, does not have an attached name just yet while being pegged for June. While the Nokia XX will have better specs than the Nokia X, the third device in this trio will have flagship specifications. At Mobile World Congress next week, only the Nokia X will be unveiled or even talked about.

Source: QQ
Via: G 4 Games

Galaxy S 5 makes an appearance on Amazon while confirming ‘Standard’ and ‘Prime’ versions

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Now that it is no secret that the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled this Monday, the big question still remains on if there will only be one “Standard” version or will there also be a “Prime” version as well. Rumors indicate that Samsung is readying a higher-end “Prime” version, but many are speculating that it won’t launch until possibly the summer.

If you’re looking for another clue, you might want to check out the Spigen cases for the upcoming flagship on Amazon. The description clearly reads, “Premium Protection SF Coated Non-Slip Matte Hard Case for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).” This not only confirms a “Prime” version, but it might mean that we will see it sooner rather than later.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will be available globally starting from March 10

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Yesterday, the Galaxy Camera 2 was up for sale in South Korea and Samsung has now officially announced that the Galaxy Camera 2 will be available globally starting from March 10.

The device will be priced at $450 and is available for pre-order on Amazon US. It includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. It seems that the Galaxy Camera 2 will have a WiFi connectivity only, unlike its predecessor, which had a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity as well.

The device should be available before March and if you’re in the US and interested in buying the device, you can pre-order it from Amazon US now.

Source: Amazon US
Via: SamMobile

Archos reveals 8-inch Helium 4G tablet, octa-core Oxygen smartphone before MWC

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The Mobile World Conference doesn’t begin until later this month, but Archos has already begun revealing some products that they will be introducing at the event. There’s the the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that has a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Also, Archos is going to have a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called the 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean, and a 6.77-mm thick body.

The devices won’t launch until later this year, but the company will show them off in Barcelona.

Source: Archos
Via: Engadget

Samsung skips over international version of Galaxy S III for KitKat update

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A couple days ago Samsung announced the devices in their portfolio for which they will provide an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. However, Samsung did not say anything at the time about international devices. New information was released today indicating the list of international devices will largely mirror the U.S. list. The notable exception is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which did not make the cut.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will reach the U.S. next month for $449

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Samsung’s second attempt at the Galaxy Camera will be arriving here in the United States in mid-March with a $449.99 price tag. The actual camera specifications is only half of what the Galaxy Camera 2 offers. Aside from its 16MP camera with 21x zoom, the device internals include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (with a microSD card slot of course), and a 2000mAh battery.

In terms of software, Android 4.3 Jell Bean is packaged; however, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue as this is a camera after all. Be sure to check back with us to see when an exact release date is announced.

Verizon Moto X to receive Android 4.4.2 update soon

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Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.

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Surprise Surprise, there will be a Galaxy S 5 gold edition

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With Apple offering a gold version of the iPhone, as well as the upcoming All New One, it’s no surprise the Galaxy S 5 will as well. A Screenshot of Vodafone’s inventory system confirms it. Unfortunately we don’t know if this will be a limited edition for certain areas or if it will be a wide release.

Let’s not forget that Samsung also offered a couple of gold Galaxy S 4 variants, but not for many months after the initial launch. This time, it should be available right away. So is gold the new black?

source: GSMArena