Photos of Huawei Ascend P7 appear online

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Judging by how nice the design of the Ascend P6 was, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the device’s successor, the P7, will look just as nice, or even better.

Thankfully, in a series of leaked photos, we got a nice look at the back panel of the phone, which should be released at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

In terms of specs, here’s what we have so far:

A 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, a 1.6GHz HiSilicon chipset.a 2,460mAH battery and Huawei’s EmotionUI 2.0 Android skin.

Hit the break for a  larger photo of the device’s back panel.

Nexus 7 with 4G LTE coming to Verizon next week

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Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.

There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.

Source: Droid Life

Samsung upgrades Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini with new “Black Edition” versions

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 line is getting a bit dated when measured in smartphone years and the Galaxy S5 is slated to be announced later this month, that isn’t stopping Samsung from trying to keep buyers interested in the devices. Their latest move is the release of new Black Edition versions of Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. The Black Edition is intended to create a “premium design” choice for consumers. Physically, Samsung is changing the back cover and bezel to a leather-like high quality textured material similar to that found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or some of their recent tablet devices. Samsung is also packaging up these versions in special packaging and they will come with black accessories like the power adapter, data cable and headphones. 

Image surfaces showing supersized 7-inch smartphone from Huawei

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A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).

If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

LG could announce the G Pro 2 on February 13, before MWC

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LG already announced that the G Pro 2 would be unveiled in February, but we all assumed it would be at Mobile World Congress, which is at the end of the month. However, they might actually unveil it before the big conference. ZDNet Korea is reporting that invitations have been sent out for an event on February 13.

This wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit. First, LG has already been telling us juicy tidbits regarding the phone, and second, a separate event away from the MWC crowd makes more sense. You have less of a chance of getting lost in the shuffle. Let’s also not forget that the Galaxy S 5 is expected to be unveiled on the 24th, so this would give them an extra 11 days of the spotlight.

source: ZDNet Korea
via: Engadget

Galaxy S 5 shows up in AnTuTu benchmark with 1080p display and other humdrum specs

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The Galaxy S 5 recently showed up in AnTuTu benchmarks, and the majority of the specs aren’t anything to go crazy about. It has a 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. Now we already received one report that the GS5 will sport a 1080p display instead of the often rumored 2560 x 1400 display, but where is the Snapdragon 805 or 3GB of RAM?

The consensus is that this is an engineering sample or one that was appropriately placed to fool everyone. So for now, we aren’t “fooled” just yet, but we will be if this is what gets announced on February 24th. More screens after the break.

Verizon HTC One receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today

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Earlier today, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi tweeted that the Android 4.4 KitKat/Sense 5.5 update for the HTC One was approved by Verizon. He also said the update would be rolling out shortly. While many would assume this means days, the update has gone live. Verizon posted the changelog and the update is being rolled out to HTC One owners today.

Let us know if you received the update!

Source: @moversi, Verizon [PDF]

Image of HTC’s BlinkFeed for the M8 leaks

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Thanks to @evleaks, we now have a look at what BlinkFeed will look like on the HTC M8. The image, posted just a little while ago, also shows how the company will approach Android 4.4 KitKat. Below are transparent on-screen buttons, something present on a device like the Nexus 5. Also, the notification bar has all white icons on top of a transparent background. As for BlinkFeed, it seems more modern and clean. Stay tuned for more information about the HTC M8 as it is nearing a rumored March announcement.

Cisco, Samsung sign cross-licensing patent deal after doing so with Google

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First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible. With all three now having deals with one another, it shows how companies want to innovate while avoiding any sort of lawsuit.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Motorola schedules event for Mobile World Congress

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event that will take place during the Mobile World Congress here at the end of the month. While we know that other OEM’s are announcing new devices at MWC, like Samsung with its Unpacked event, Motorola appears to be doing the opposite. The company rather, will mostly likely be discussing the sale to Lenovo. Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside will be on hand to discuss updates on the business.

Given how new the Lenovo purchase is, there are a lot of burning questions that have yet to be answered. Will we see Motorola in other markets besides North America, South America and Europe? Will the Moto X and Moto G be here for the long haul or will see some re-branding of sorts? What should we expect in regards to Android software on Motorola devices post the acquisition? Will we still see a more pure version of Android or will Lenovo’s skin be onboard?

While Woodside may not know the answer to all of these questions, we’re only two weeks away from getting some more concrete information. The event is scheduled for February 25 and you better believe that, like everyone else, we’ll be watching.

LG Optimus G Pro will receive the KitKat update in Q2 2014

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A screenshot of a direct message on Twitter between an LG Optimus G Pro owner and LG India surfaced on the internet yesterday. The G Pro owner, Prabhjit Singh Walia, had sent a message to the South Korean’s Indian Twitter account asking when the LG Optimus G Pro will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

According to a screenshot of LG India’s reply, the device will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of second quarter 2014, though we haven’t heard of an official statement from LG yet. If true, it means that we might see an Android 4.4 KitKat for the Optimus G Pro by the end of June 2014.

LG will skip the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and push out the Android 4.4 KitKat update directly to a few devices. These include the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, LG G Pad 8.3, LG G Pro Lite, LG Optimus F7, LG Optimus L9 II, LG Optimus Vu II and the G2 will receive the KitKat update by march.

Source: GSMArena

HTC looking to enter smartwatch game in 2014

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HTC clearly isn’t dominating the smartphone market, so it looks as though it’ll be trying its hand in the smartwatch game. According to a recent Bloomberg report, HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang, said the company has been researching the possibility of entering smartwatch industry for years, and is optimistic that a product will be released this year. Wang also cited the fact that the company has to solve many of the battery and LCD-light problems that many manufacturers are currently having with their own smartwatch models. We’ll just have to wait and see what HTC has up its sleeves, and if this offering is any better than what it’s putting out in the smartphone market.

Source: Bloomberg 

Despite new friendship, Samsung’s Magazine UX rankles Google’s nerves

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The past month has been an up and down month for the relationship between Google and Samsung with much of the consternation being centered on Samsung’s new Magazine UX that was revealed during CES 2014. At the event, when Samsung announced several new tablet devices, they came loaded with a new interface dubbed Magazine by Samsung. The interface is quite a departure from the stock Android interface and appears much more closely aligned with a Windows Metro-style interface with hints of Flipboard present. Despite this issue, late in January the two giants in the Android space announced a 10-year patent licensing agreement amidst proclamations about the importance of collaboration and cooperation. Yesterday’s announcement of the U.S. release of the new Samsung tablets has once again stirred up the Magazine flap between the two companies.

LG G Pro 2 bezels 0.4mm thick, screen accounts for 77.2%

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With Mobile World Congress coming up, February is set to be a big month in the mobile world. One smartphone to be looking forward to is the new LG G Pro 2, which is expected to go on sale in March this year.

There are a number of rumors about the G Pro 2, and recently a couple more have sprung up. According to the most recent rumors, the handset is set to have a 5.9 inch 1080p display. Not only that, but the display will account for 77.2% of the phones front panel. Furthermore, the front bezels of the phone will be a tiny 0.4mm thick.

Other rumors about the device suggest that it will have a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and will feature Android 4.4.

Source: FNNews
Via: GforGames