Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity

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According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
Via: VR-Zone

Samsung goes against the grain by wanting you to say “fonblet” instead of “phablet”

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Remember when Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was known as the Samsung Fonblet? It now seems that the company wants people to keep saying “fonblet” instead of “phablet.” While speaking at Korea’s Analyst Day, CEO J.K. Shin repeatedly said the new word and it even appeared on a slide during the presentation. The word “phablet” made its way into the Oxford dictionary due to its becoming of a standard term in the industry whenever there is a handset with a very large display. Of course, it is likely that this new term will never gain traction; however, no one ever thought the Galaxy Note series would ever takeoff the way it did. Alright, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: SamMobile

Samsung will commit half of its R&D to improving TouchWiz

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Main_TASamsung just admitted what everyone already knew…TouchWiz needs a lot of work. Samsung vice chairman & CEO Kwon Oh-hyun said that the software isn’t as good as their hardware. He even compared the relationship between the two to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox lead the pack in batting, but their pitching was average. For Samsung, “batting” is hardware and “pitching” is software. The Red Sox were still able to win the World Series and Samsung has proven to be very successful at selling smartphones.

So the software issues haven’t slowed Samsung down, but they want to fix things before it does. The only way to fix it is to spend a little money. Kwon says that half of the Research and Development workforce will focus on improving the software. Samsung is spending roughly $12 billion annually in R&D, so this indicates they are serious.

Of course they could save a slew of money and just opt for stock Android (or at least something close to it). Wishful thinking.

source: TheVerge

Android 4.4 KitKat build leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X

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We have good news if you’re eager to get your Moto X to run Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as possible. Over on the XDA Developers Forum, a leaked build of the software has been made available for owners of T-Mobile’s Motorola flagship. As you know, Motorola plans on updating the Moto X and their line of DROIDs on Verizon.

This is the first leak for a KitKat build available for the Moto X, so proceed with caution (especially if you do not have the T-Mobile variant). After you decide to dive in, you’ll be greeted with the KitKat that everyone is yearning for. The person who created the post says the build “should have updates to Touchless Control, Active Display, Camera and has a home screen selector. It does seem to have most of the standard KitKat features, including SMS with Hangout, updated keyboard, etc.” Hit the source link for directions and the file itself.

Source: XDA Developers Forum
Via: XDA Developers

Samsung to offer bendable displays in 2014 followed by foldable displays in late 2015

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We had a chance to see Samsung’s concept foldable displays earlier in the week, and now Samsung has revealed their plans during their first analyst day in eight years. They are touting such things as the fact that they will surpass 100 million Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones this year, but what’s really peaked curiosity is displays. The above slide shows the Galaxy Round at the bottom, which is classified as curved. You will notice that “Bended” is show to begin sometime in 2014, followed by “Foldable” in late 2015, or most likely 2016.

Samsung also recently announced that 2K displays were coming to mobile devices in 2014 followed by 4K in 2015. So as you can see, technology for mobile isn’t slowing down anytime soon. What are you more excited about? Bendable or Motorola’s upcoming modular phones?

source: SammyHub

Samsung to offer 2K mobile displays in 2014 followed by 4K in 2015

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I know what you guys are thinking every time you look at your full HD 1080p display on your smartphone….”If someone could just offer a better display.” Well have no fear because your prayers are going to be answered. We already know Vivo’s Xplay 3S is going to sport a 2K display and now it turns out Samsung is going to offer the same. The plan is to release mobile devices with AMOLED 2K (2,560 x 1,440) displays next year. We’re not sure if this will make the Galaxy S 5, but it could very well make the Galaxy Note 4.

Now you do realize that 2K just won’t be good enough right? Samsung has you covered. They are going to back it up with 4K Ultra HD displays for mobile devices in 2015. Make it foldable and we just might have something to look forward to.

source: SamMobile

HTC’s future still looks rocky, but Cher Wang says they still won’t sell out to another company

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Seems like all of the news that ever comes from HTC has something to do with rocky finances. Unfortunately, that’s still the case today, as HTC has warned that revenue is going to continue dropping even into the usually profitable 4th quarter. The silver lining is that cost cutting and some other tactical sales and arrangements should help HTC make a small profit, but as far the big picture is concerned, that doesn’t quell any fears that HTC’s shareholders likely have about the company’s future. Apparently sales of the HTC One still haven’t managed to salvage the entire company, and with the limited launches of the One Mini and One Max, HTC hasn’t really had much of a flagship portfolio to stay competitive.

Cher Wang has already taken on a bigger role in the company and she continue to insist that HTC will not sell out to another company like what Nokia did. She also refuses to allow HTC to merge with another company, which we’ve also seen some speculation about. Considering she and her husband own roughly 6% of the shares in HTC, it’s unlikely that any corporate buyouts will happen without her approval. While that doesn’t really give anyone an answer as to what HTC will do to fix the sinking ship, it’s good to see that they have a very committed leader in Cher Wang. Hopefully we won’t have to see too many more stories about HTC cutting forecasts after the next few quarters.

source: Wall Street Journal

Android 4.4 KitKat Update Coming To LG G2 In November/December?

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If you’re in the US and you’ve recently purchased an LG G2, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s been revealed that our overseas counterpart will most likely be receiving the new KitKat 4.4 update sometime in Nov/Dec per a leaked screenshot from french mobile operator, SFR’s software update page. And while there’s not a specific date in tow, we’ll take it as Nov/Dec is close enough. And though this a french mobile site, we’re extremely hopeful that the US and other regions will receive the update around the same time or shortly after. In the meantime if you’re not familiar with what the update entails , check out our previous post “Everything you need to know about Android 4.4 KitKat“.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Vivo’s Xplay 3S shows off its back, but we know there’s a 2K display on the other side

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A few weeks ago we learned that Vivo was taking specs to the next level with their Xplay 3S smartphone by giving it a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) display. Now we finally have a look at the rear of the device. In the image above, you can see the very simplistic backing that the Chinese manufacturer is going with. In a way it resembles the HTC One with its drilled speaker grills, but with a wider body. Also, the camera seems to carry the same shape as the lens from the Galaxy Note 3. Who knows, maybe Vivo is feeling inspired by everyone else. Oh, and it reportedly has a fingerprint scanner like the HTC One Max.

As for specs, the Vivo Xplay 3S is expected to have a 5.7-inch screen with 4K resolution. Is that necessary? I’d say no, but it sure is nice to have. Running the show is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 with 3GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery. And to go with that 2K screen is a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP one up front. Stick around for more information on this phone and its crystal clear display.

Source: Weibo
Via: GSM Insider

Archos Unveils Its Newest 10-inch Tab, The 101 XS 2

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Archos just announced its newest 10-inch tab to hit their new Gen 11 range of devices.  The device is sitting pretty with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 res display and takes a design que from the HTC One by implementing front facing speakers. In addition, they’re complimenting the device with keyboard which also doubles as a front facing cover to protect the device’s screen dubbed the “coverboard”. The cover/keyboard sports magnetic clips which latch on to the device to feel like one solid unit. Innards include a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of on-board storage. Overall, the device is much like its predecessor only with a quad-core CPU upgrade.

The standard OS version should include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will bundle the OfficeSuite Pro 6 for allowing support with MS Office docs along with a slew of their own internal applications for an optimal media experience. We can expect the device to arrive in the UK next month for £249.99 ($401.13) and can be purchases on Archos’ website for added convenience. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Hit the break for the rest of the pics.   Read more