New information regarding the HTC One’s successor is becoming more frequent since it is going to launched within the next few months. We’ve already seen its casing, with a possible fingerprint sensor like the One Max, and @evleaks suggests it could be available on the big four U.S. carriers at launch. Now @evleaks has information regarding the specs of HTC’s 2014 flagship. He says the device will likely, and predictably, have “a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.” This would improve upon the HTC One’s 4.7-inch display and Snapdragon 600 processor.
An issue may arise with what Samsung will do with their 2014 Galaxy S 5. The company is working on its own 64-bit processor and it is likely that HTC is not going to include one at all. This would put them behind Samsung from the beginning. HTC needs to somewhat future-proof their device for the immediate future rather than being surpassed by Samsung once their flagship launches. Read more
Looks like Verizon is trying to move the Moto X. We already reported that you can get a fully customized version for only $49 through Moto Maker, but if you aren’t into customizing, you can grab a white or black one for Free from Verizon’s website. All you need to do is enter coupon code vzwdeal at checkout and it’s yours for Free.
Personally, I would spend the extra $50 and customize it to your heart’s content, but Free is always nice.
Certain Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers now have the privilege of using mobile payment provider ISIS for transactions. 200,000 stores across the United States, including Coca-Cola vending machines, will allow you to wirelessly make payments with a tap of your ISIS enabled device, starting today. American Express Serve customers will get a $10 bonus from Verizon just for installing the ISIS app on their phone, and another $10 for making a transaction.
ISIS is PIN protected for security, and is compatible certain credit cards issued by American Express and Chase, in addition to some loyalty cards belonging to specific retailers. Head to the source links to download ISIS for your phone via the Play Store.
Source: ISIS (Verizon|AT&T|T-Mobile)
Samsung, one of, if not the largest competitor in the mobile industry is taking a look back at 2013 in all its glory and achievements in the form of an infographic. Who doesn’t love infographics? Check out the company’s leaps and bounds over various milestones and see how the organization has had an active roll in shaping mobile communications both through smartphones and in the wearable devices market.
It’s no surprise how successful the company has become thanks to the launch of several key devices such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and its all new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. With millions of sales under their belt one has to think it’s pretty darn cool to work for Samsung Mobile right about now. Check out the infographics below which depict how Samsung leaped over several milestones and also made Dick Tracy’s watch today’s reality. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments below. Read more
Service on Republic Wireless may not be top-notch, but the cost of their plans certainly are. To go along with these awesome plans, they now have a pretty awesome phone. The company announced that the Moto X is now available on the carrier for $299 off-contract.
If you want to see how Republic’s plans work, see the info below.
- Unlimited talk, text, and data, on WiFi only – $5/month
- Unlimited talk and text on WiFi and cellular, and unlimited data on WiFi – $10/month
- Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 3G cellular – $25/month
- Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 4G LTE cellular – $40/month
Source: Republic Wireless
It’s no secret that Samsung’s meteoric rise in the smartphone industry is still continuing today. Surprisingly, there’s even more that the company can be doing to keep its success going.
By the end of this year, Samsung expects that half of the smartphones sold in Africa over the course of 2013 will be Samsung-branded, and hopes to double these sales in Africa in 2014.
It’s the perfect demographic— Africa’s growing tech savvy and urbanized growing young population is growing, and foreign manufacturers are swarming.
Of the total 100 million mobile phones solid in Africa this year, about 20% are smartphones, and half of those are Samsung-made. Samsung has its work cut out for it, and it’ll be interesting to see what it can do.
When buyers get their hands on the new Moto G smartphone, they will discover several of their stock apps are available through Google Play in the same manner as some Moto X apps. One of those apps is the FM Radio app sporting a simple swipe-based navigation system. The app lets users tune in to FM radio stations, using a wired headset as the antenna, as well as build a list of favorites, scan for stations, and get information about what is playing. It appears the app will only work on the Moto G, so it is unlikely anyone would need it at this point. If you want to check out it, we have provided some screenshots and download links after the break. Read more
The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released
in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.
Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.
Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:
A new report from Korean news source Chosun gives a little back story on the name of Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 5. According to sources, LG pushed on Google to name the device the Nexus G in a nod to the device’s connection to the LG G2 smartphone which the Nexus 5 is loosely based on. LG apparently suggested to Google that Samsung was provided with this kind of consideration when they produced Nexus devices, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. Google resisted and eventually denied the request from LG, opting to stick with Nexus 5.
The report does not indicate when these discussions took place or when the final decision to go with Nexus 5 was made by Google. It could be Google wanted to stick with Nexus 5 as both a recognition of the smartphone’s position as fifth in line as well as in connection with Android 5.0. For much of the past year, many thought the next version of Android after 4.3 was going to be the 5.0 version going by the Key Lime Pie moniker. It would have made sense to have Android 5.0 running on a Nexus 5 from a marketing standpoint. As we all know, that changed when Google partnered with KitKat for naming rights to the operating system, although it is not clear whether the current version was really going to be 5.0 or was always on the path to being the Android 4.4 that we are all trying to get our hands on.
At the end of the day, LG lost out on the opportunity to make a subtle connection between Google’s success with the Nexus line and their own flagship devices marketed under the “G” name.
via: G for Games
When the Galaxy Note 3 launched, many people were up in arms over a SIM Regional Lock policy that Samsung implemented, which made it difficult for people to import the global version. At first, it appeared the Note 3 would only work with the SIM for the country that the particular model was intended for. Then it was later clarified that if you powered on the phone with the proper SIM (from the country it was intended for), then it would be unlocked and could be used anywhere. However, many people found this wasn’t the case.
Now Samsung has chimed in again with more clarification on how it works. Apparently there is one more step that is needed in order to free the phone of the Regional Lock: Once the phone is powered on with the proper SIM, you will need to make or received calls for a total of 5 minutes. Once that is completed, the Regional Lock will be removed. Now if you have no way of doing this because you’re in the U.S. with a European model, you can still go to a Samsung Care Center, and they will unlock it for you.