Specs Leak For High-End ZTE Grand S

We already knew ZTE was planning to release a whole series of new phones but we’d yet to hear much about the ZTE Grand S. CNET discovered the device, which will be unveiled next month at CES, will feature a quad-core processor and 5-inch FHD display. The design could be quite interesting as the housing will be purportedly made of ceramic and will be in a “traditional Chinese style.

ZTE may not have a long history of exciting high-end devices but neither did LG and the Nexus 4 seems to be doing just fine. ZTE’s Grand S announcement is scheduled for 1:30PM Pacific time on Tuesday January 8, 2013.

Source: CNET

The front and back screen YotaPhone makes its debut on YouTube [Video]

Remember the YotaPhone that we covered yesterday? Well it’s made its debut on YouTube for all of us to check out it’s dual-screen functionality. This phone definitely has me on the curious side and I’m sure you all would love to see it in action and what the e-ink screen has to offer. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content which can be used for displaying key information about your every day life such as weather or calendar events.

The YotaPhone is still relatively far from release and is expected around Q3 in Russia. No word whether it’ll make its debut anywhere else. Check out the video after the break!


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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III finally getting upgraded to Jelly Bean tomorrow

The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?

Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!

source: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note III rumored to sport a 6.3-inch OLED display

If you went into a cave three years ago and just came out, you probably would be shocked at the size of some of the displays that smartphones have been sporting. I remember when the DROID X was released and everyone was saying it was huge. Now that same screen size is on the DROID RAZR M (M for micro). Then there was the original Samsung Galaxy Note, which boasted a 5.3-inch display. Of course the follow up, the Galaxy Note II, pushed the envelope a little more at 5.5-inches. What’s next? Is it 6-inch displays? Well it’s not too soon to be talking Galaxy Note III, and the latest rumor is that it will sport a whopping 6.3-inch OLED display. When it comes to 6-inch displays, the Note III won’t be alone as Huawei already confirmed a 6.1-inch offering.

A year and half ago, everyone said the sweet spot was 4-inches. After spending a month or so with the DROID DNA, I now think it’s 5-inches, but as long as people are going to buy them, I see no reason why the manufacturers should slow down. However, at some point doesn’t it have to stop? Are we heading towards the Nexus 7 being a phone?

source: Korea Times

 

Due to great sales, HTC to increase Butterfly’s production and shipments

With LG’s Nexus 4, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Note 2 receiving all of the news lately of their great sales, it’s good to see HTC get some of the spotlight for once. It seems as if their Asia only Android device (Droid DNA in the US) in the Butterfly has been selling quite well and is prompting HTC to increase their shipments of the device.

According to Jack Tong, the president of HTC’s North Asia said “We will ship a large number of devices by the end of this month, due to the success of the HTC Butterfly J in Japan.”

The Butterfly sports a beautiful 5″ 1080p display paired with Quolcomm’s new quad-core S4 pro processor. If you’re curious about HTC’s new successful device, you can check out our review of Verizon’s Droid DNA right here!

source: Focus Taiwan

Sony’s 2013 potential flagship devices ousted; Quad-core Cortex-A15 with a huge battery is expected

Recently there have been rumblings of Sony releasing some hefty Android juggernauts in the coming year of 2013. Codename’s of Sony’s Yuga/Odin have been flying around lately and is expected to be one hell of a device. With Sony recently taking HTC’s #2 spot and only behind Samsung when it comes to Androids top manufacturers, I’m sure they’re preparing for a big push this next year to challenge that top spot.

The leaks are pointing towards 5+” full HD displays paired with a  quad-core Cortex-A15 processors along with 13 MP Exmor RS cameras on the back. Here’s what the Sony tipster had to say:


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Motorola’s latest ad campaign targets Samsung’s Galaxy S III

 

Well this is new. Instead of Motorola’s usual Apple-bashing ads, it looks like they’re going after Android’s top dog; Samsung’s Galaxy S III. It launched this morning on Moto’s Facebook page with a punny tagline about downloading from another galaxy, and links to a little slideshow on Motorola’s website slamming comparing the S III to their own Droid RAZR HD. The RAZR HD features a battery with 20% more juice than what the S3 offers, as well as Kevlar backing, which also happens to be splash resistant. They take a low shot here at Samsung’s plastic backing, but all’s fair in vicious viral advertising, right?

The last side shows off how much better designed and innovative the hardware is on the RAZR HD by giving you a side-by-side look at both phones. My only problem with this is that the side shot of the S III looks like a low-res image off the 32nd page on a Google search. It’s a bit unfair, but the RAZR HD does have a very nicely designed body.

Since Apple isn’t controlling the market anymore, I guess we should all expect the Android OEMs to turn on each other for their marketing tactics. But, hey, competition is never a bad thing.

source: Motorola

Samsung Shows Not Even Santa Can Resist Using S Beam To Be Naughty And Nice

I guess if you’re Santa no one is going to check to see if you’ve been naughty or nice. But Mrs. Claus might give you a hand toward the naughty. At least that’s what we’re led to believe by the new Samsung commercial which, once again, reminds us of what S Beam is capable of. We’ve seen videos showcasing the Note II but this time Sami promotes S Beam, a feature available on both the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy SIII (Android Beam is also on Jelly Bean devices with NFC).

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 Hit the break for Samsung’s original “naughty” work trip commercial


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Verizon Galaxy Note II bootloader unlocking process revealed

As always, leave it to the fine developers over at XDA. The Galaxy Note II, a supposed very secure device on Verizon’s network, has inevitably been hacked by XDA member ‘Adam Outler’ thus revealing a method to unlocking the bootloader on the device. If this sort of thing sounds like your bag, then the process will sound very familiar – especially if you’ve owned and tinkered with Samsung devices in the past. The process basically involves flashing three files via ODIN. If you’re not familiar with the process, it’s not for the feint of heart but our rooting guide and glossary of terms will certainly help. Click through the link to see the full post containing all steps.

source:  XDA

Fuhu Announces The Nabi XD Tablet For Tweens

 

It’s never to early to have kids and especially teenagers exposed to the joys of Android technology and Fuhu realizes that by announcing its Nabi XD tablet. The device is marketed as a tablet that’s fully customizable and has fairly up-to-date specs including a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 10.1-inch IPS HD display, NFC (!!!) and an astounding 10 hours of expected battery life. The most unique aspect of the tablet is not only the fact that it has Jelly Bean, but it’s got a custom UI called “Kanzi UI”. Kanzi is basically a tiled grid of dynamically updating gadgets, widgets and apps. In addition, users of the tablet can arrange as many gadgets, widgets or apps as they want on the homescreen and even define time or location-based rules that dictate when and where your favorite gadgets show up. So this may be a boon for parents that want to ensure that all of those Facebook & Instagram apps are closed while the kids are studying in their bedrooms and all.

While the tablet won’t quite be ready in time for Christmas, it will be released before the end of the year. The Nabi XD should be available late December in limited release and mid-January nationwide. As far as the specific cost, the 16 GB model will be priced MSRP $249, while the 32 GB will retail for $349. The Pad-folio cover and other accessories will be available mid-January starting from $19.99. You’ll find complete details in the presser once you hit the break.


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