Rumors of another Facebook phone continue to chug along

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Rumors of another Facebook phone surfaced last November and today we have some more news thanks to Twitter. Last year we heard that HTC was involved and the codename was “Opera UL.” Now we are hearing the codename is “Myst” and HTC is still involved. The specs are a little different from what we reported with the Opera UL. First of all the processor is now a dual-core 1GHz instead of 1.4GHz. It’s still a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro though. The display resolution was reported to be 720p (1280 x 720) and that still holds, but the display size has been revealed to be 4.3-inches. It still has an Adreno 305 GPU, but we also found out it will sport a 5MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front camera.


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LG releases a video reminding us a “breakthrough will be made at MWC 2013″

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You remember when LG tried to tease us a little yesterday? Well it seems it is intent on enticing us even more by releasing yet another teaser— this time in the form of a video that can ultimately be described as a “breakthrough being made at MWC 2013″. Unfortunately the “breakthrough” can be described as vague at best— numerous key words such as “premium”, “creative”, “stylish”, “powerful” and “speedy” are showcased in the video which describes LG’s mysterious new toy. Could this be a follow-up to LG’s resounding Optimus G series? We can’t quite be sure– but fortunately MWC is right around the corner, so we won’t need to wait too long to see whatever it is LG has cooking.

Hit the flip to check out the teaser vid for yourself.


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Leaked images show the Sony Xperia SP getting chummy with the Xperia V

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We recently reported that Sony will introduce a mid-level phone with the codename “HuaShuan” and that it would be called the Xperia SP. Recently images of it posing with the Xperia V were leaked, which tells us quite a few new things. While the currently available Xperia V sports a 4.3-inch screen, the leaks have shown that the SP will be slightly larger, possibly a 4.5-inch screen. The Xperia SP will sport a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU according to previous rumors as well as a non-removable battery which has been noted from previous tips. Although you can’t see it in the picture, the tipster said the microSD slot is behind the back cover, which is sure to make Android users happy.

As the trend of bigger and sharper screens continues in mobile phones, the rumored Xperia SP falls under the mid-range spectrum which won’t necessarily impress but could be a viable option for those looking for a less expensive alternative. Check out the pictures below of the reported leaks and let us know what you think of the rumored Sony Xperia SP.


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Leaked ad highlights HTC’s M7 smartphone to be available in March

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We’ve already seen a few hints indicating HTC’s newest beast would be called the M7 smartphone, while featuring some pretty beastly specs— but it appears that we have even more of a confirmation than we already had before. A leaked advertisement from Phone House indicates the unlocked M7 would be available in France from March 8th for 649.99 EUR (around $880). Additionally, the advertisement highlights the M7 will have a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, 32GB internal storage and Sense 5-powered Jelly Bean running the show. While the photo used for the device seems to be based off an old render, it’s looking like everything else is matching up quite nicely— giving us all something to look forward to in the coming weeks.

That February 19th event just can’t come soon enough!

source: Frandroid
via: pocketnow

Samsung rumored to soon begin production of 5-inch AMOLED HD Displays

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It appears that Sammy finally is ready to get the ball rolling for its newest displays for its smartphones. According to some unidentified sources courtesy of DDaily, Samsung is all set and will begin mass production of its next-generation 5-inch AMOLED HD display that was seen at CES earlier this year. Production is set to begin from the end of this month and the panels are set to reach Sammy’s Display division by sometime in March. While Sammy hasn’t come out and said anything overtly, the new display is expect to be featured on flagship devices such as the upcoming Galaxy S IV flagship— which is expected to be announced sometime within the next few months.

source: SammyHub

Another render of Huawei’s Ascend P2 leaked, shows off its sexy design and sweet display in the process

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We have been hearing (and seeing) some increased mumblings about Huawei’s worst-kept secret ahead of MWC, so it’s only natural that we share with you all some additional shots of its upcoming smartphone. A casual Android fanatic got his hands on the Ascend P2 smartphone and decided to take some photos of its gorgeous display and sexy design. As you can see in the various shots, the device has its colorful full HD in plain view showcasing the awesome and sharp display, the gorgeous backing of the device and of course the smooth and stylish curves. Naturally the attractive design will be complimented by some impressive specs including a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a 13MP camera and Jelly Bean running the show.

The good thing is that while we have been treated to even more photos of the upcoming device, MWC is just around the corner, so we’ll be able to see the device in plain view by then. You folks out there excited about this little toy?

source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Discover Spotted In The Wild, Brings A Pure Android Experience For Budget Customers

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Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its newest budget-level device that’s headed straight for Straight Talk and Net10′s wireless networks. The device is called the Galaxy Discover and comes with some modest specs including an 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, 2.7GB of storage built-in and a 3-megapixel rear camera. While those specs leave a lot to be desired— the Galaxy Discover does have one thing most (Samsung) devices don’t— a unmolested Android experience. That’s right friends— the Galaxy Discover comes loaded up with stock Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, which gives a surprising treat to potential customers. Of course the Galaxy Discover probably doesn’t have the specs to run a TouchWiz-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but we don’t think too many potential customers would complain about having stock Android and all.

So while the device is officially out in the open– it is still unclear of when it will be available for purchase for Straight Talk and Net10 customers, but here’s hoping we see the device sooner than later.

source: The Verge

HTC Reports January Sales Down 6 Percent Year-On-Year

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Who said Android manufacturers didn’t deliver on their word? OK, maybe not always on software updates but HTC is living up to its promise of crappy sales. Earlier this week the Taiwanese giant announced it expected this quarter’s sales numbers to be down as much as 17% over the first quarter of 2012. It turned out January wasn’t quite so bad. HTC reported sales revenue of T$15.54 billion ($527 million US) for the first month of 2013. That figure is 5.9% less than the T$16.52 billion for January 2012. So yes, the M7 is big for HTC.

Source: UK Reuters

 

New HTC teaser lets us know they’re bringing something to life very soon

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That’s HTC’s latest attempt at keeping us salivating over whatever their next announcement is going to be, whether that’s the M7 or something completely different. If nothing else, it’s creepy. A heart melding together with a circuit is an odd choice for attracting attention to a smartphone, but it does seem to fall in line with calling something the Droid DNA, (if they release a phone named after a kidney, I’m not buying it, I don’t care how awesome it is) so this might be a trend for HTC in the future. Or it could be something software related, like a living personal assistant along the lines of Siri or S-Voice. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point, at least until HTC wants to fill us in during their event scheduled later this month.

source: Android Community

Ice Cream Sandwich finally finds its way to HTC’s Thunderbolt

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Yes folks, this post isn’t a flashback to a year ago. The HTC Thunderbolt is actually receiving the much elusive ICS update for the device. This update upgrades the Thunderbolt to Android 4.0.4 with Sense 3.6. Head to Settings > About phone > Software update to see if your update is ready.

Considering ICS came out almost a year and a half ago, I’d like to say it’s better late than never… But this is as late as you can get. Anyone still using this as their primary device?

Thanks, Josh!