LG Odin processor shows up in Antutu benchmarks


A few days ago information surfaced regarding possible specs for the new LG G3 smartphone expected to be released during 2014. Among those specs was a reference to LG’s Odin processor, their own in-house chip that has been in development for a while now. The ability to produce component parts in house will be a key part of LG’s strategy if they want to challenge Samsung’s supremacy. Results have now surfaced that seem to indicate the Odin chip have been run through the paces with the Antutu benchmark, though we may be left still wondering just what Odin is capable of as well as whether the test device was an early prototype of the LG G3.

Samsung may release PadFone type device in 2014


Samsung may have an interesting device to unveil in 2014 if some early benchmarks turn out to be true. A Samsung device with the model SM-G900F passed through an AnTuTu benchmark, with one benchmark showing a 1080p screen and a GFX benchmark showing a 2k screen. Normally, devices only have one screen resolution, unless we’re talking about something similar to Asus’s PadFone design. The phone would have the lower resolution screen and the tablet would have the higher resolution screen. Samsung recently filed for a patent for a smartphone device that docks into a bigger tablet, called the Samsung Hit, so this could very well be the form factor they are interested in pursuing in 2014.

At this point, it’s tough to say exactly what Samsung is going to show off next year, but hopefully we’ll get a taste at CES in January.

source: Kopen GalaxyS5

via: Phone Arena

OPPO N1 version of CyanogenMod now available for download


If you are one of the individuals who managed to get their order in and filled for an OPPO N1, but opted for the regular version instead of the special edition CyanogenMod version, there is a new option to get CM on the device. CyanogenMod announced yesterday the availability for download and install the CyanogenMod firmware that normally would come on the special edition.

Samsung offers wireless charging, S-View flip cover for Galaxy Note 3


Samsung has combined two popular cover options into one with the release this week of the Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 3. The S-View feature gives users access to their phone’s features without having to actually flip open the cover. Users can access information like the clock and phone status, accept or reject incoming calls, quickly access the camera, open the Action Memo menu and even navigate music.

Apple takes another swing at the Samsung sales ban

Apple vs Samsung

As 2013 draws to a close, what better way to remind us that life marches on despite the numbers on the calendar than a new development in the never-ending story of Apple versus Samsung. Apple has yet again filed a request in Federal District Court with Judge Lucy Koh asking for a sales injunction on more than 20 smartphone and tablet devices produced by Samsung. More accurately, they were produced by Samsung a few short years ago, but currently none of the products are on the market.

Next Samsung Galaxy Camera device shows up for Indonesian certification


A new Samsung Galaxy camera device has shown up on the ePostel certification web site for Indonesia, a good sign that the device is getting close to being released. The new device has model number EK-GC200 in the listing and we are able to glean from the listing that it comes equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC support, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. Like its predecessor, the device is expected to lean more toward being a camera with smartphone bits merged onto it versus the typical smartphone with camera bits included. Earlier this month Samsung revealed they had merged their camera and smartphone divisions as part of an effort to get the two teams working more closely. That move will benefit their smartphone business, at least they hope, but it could certainly help with their efforts to produce Galaxy camera devices even though development of this particular device was probably well underway prior to the merger.

With the device already going through the certification process in parts of the world, that could be a good sign Samsung may be ready to release it during the first quarter of 2014, possibly at CES 2014 or MWC 2014.

sources: @evleaks, PocketDroid

2014 isn’t looking to good for LG, HTC, and Huawei


As Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market share, other companies like LG and HTC continue to slide. LG was hopeful the G2 would put a dent into Samsung’s armor, but consumers didn’t buy in. According to DigiTimes, LG projected to sell 10 million units, but so far they have only reached 2 million globally. HTC, on the other hand, has gotten a lot of praise for their HTC One, but their financial results continued to slide throughout 2013. Huawei might be in the best position of the three, but even they aren’t doing so well. They were hoping to sell 10 million Ascend P6 smartphones, but they only reached 3 million.

Motorola wasn’t mentioned in their report, but there might be hope for them with the very reasonably priced Moto G, and if they continue to sell the Moto X at lower prices.

The bottomline is that there really isn’t room for more than 2 or 3 flagship phones. Consumers like to stay loyal, and they don’t have the attention span to learn about “other” so-called up and coming phones.

source: DigiTimes

Motorola Moto G headed for Boost Mobile according to leaked render


When Motorola launched the Moto G, part of their goal was to put a capable smartphone in the hands of buyers not interested in the power of a top-tier smartphone. It makes sense then that Motorola would look for opportunities to place the device with carriers that target deal-hunting consumers. That appears to be the case with the latest press render that leaked according to Twitter tipster @evleaks who discovered an image of the Moto G sporting a wallpaper adorned with Boost Mobile logos.

Currently the Moto G is only available on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks thanks to its limitation to GSM. However, Verizon announced they would carry the Moto G on their prepaid network starting sometime in early 2014. Making the device available on Boost Mobile, which utilizes Sprint’s network, makes sense since Motorola is preparing a CDMA based version. This would also somewhat mirror the strategy Motorola used when it released the Moto X in offering exclusive Moto Maker capabilities to AT&T customers first with other carriers getting it at a later date.

source: @evleaks

Sapphire to be incorporated into manufacturing of flagship smartphones in 2014

HTC Onea

Sapphire isn’t just for jewelry, folks. HTC and LG could begin using sapphire in its smartphones’ home buttons to implement fingerprint scanning devices into their 2014 flagship devices— these devices are of course the HTC One 2, and the LG G3.

There isn’t much more information regarding the fingerprint scanners, but we do know they will be there— the only hope is that they’ll be a tad bit better than the scanner on the latest iPhone.

Source: DigiTimes

New OPPO Find 7 screen size confirmed in teaser


OPPO has slowly been releasing details about the forthcoming OPPO Find 7 smartphone, like the fact that it will have a 2k display when released. More details about the device’s screen were revealed in OPPO’s latest teaser for the device. The Find 7 will come with a 5.5-inch screen running at 2560×1440 resolution. This yields 538 pixels per inch, which should produce a wonderfully crisp image. For comparison, Samsung recently commenced production of their new screen for the Galaxy S5 with 560 ppi due to a slightly smaller size at 5.25-inches with the same 2560×1440 resolution. The current generation Galaxy S4 runs at 441 ppi on a 5-inch while Apple’s iPhone 5S only clocks in at 326 ppi on a much smaller 4-inch screen.

In addition to the technical specifications, OPPO indicated in the text accompanying the teaser image “5.5” screen with the feel of a 5″ screen device.” That seems to indicate the device will have some thin bezels to help keep the overall size of the device reasonable.

source: +OPPO

LG HomeChat will control your home appliances with text messages

LG Homechat

LG has just announced their HomeChat service, which does exactly what the name implies; you can text your home appliances to get them to do stuff. The service will be based on the Line messaging app, and you’ll be able to send SMS messages to your ovens, refrigerators, or washing machines to get them to manage your house while you’re away.

LG is working on making this work with casual commands, so you can tell your refrigerator that you’re going on vacation, for instance, and it will go into a power saving mode. You can also ask it what’s in the fridge while you’re at it. You can let your robotic LG vacuum cleaner know that you’re on the way home so it can start vacuuming for you, or you can tell the oven to go ahead and preheat itself. I’m not sure if these functions will only be available to LG branded smartphones, but considering most manufacturers want to try to rope consumers into using one brand for all of their electronics, it wouldn’t be surprising.

Home automation can still be a little quirky at times, so it’ll be interesting to see if LG can pull this off well. They’ll be announcing their new appliances at CES this year, so expect more information about it next month.

source: Engadget