LG G2 comparison pictures leak, device alongside Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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YET AGAIN pictures have leaked of the highly anticipated, upcoming LG G2, and in the photos, it’s being compared alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Why they couldn’t find a Galaxy Note 3 and compare them alongside one another is beyond me (kidding), but this is still pretty cool.  Check out all the leaked photos (the one above is not one of them) and all that we’ve found below after the break. Read more

True Apple fanboy at heart, man steals a bunch of iPhones, leaves Samsung Galaxy at scene of crime

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There are internet trolls that will swear by the Apple brand for their entire lives, there are people that own literally nothing but Apple products in their homes, and then there are the fanboys like 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snider.

Mr. Snider is not only guilty of being an Apple fanboy, but of being a disguised Apple fanboy. The gentleman stands accused of a smash and grab robbery, breaking the display case of a Springfield, VA wireless retailer, and running off with a bunch of brand spankin’ new iPhones. But here’s the kicker— it looks like the device he was sporting around before, his Samsung Galaxy phone, was left at the crime scene. After he successfully pulled off the exchange, it’s clear that his “Android-loving” days were all a hoax. Disappointing…

Whether it’s his uncontrollable desire for iPhones or the fact that he left pretty obvious evidence at the scene of the crime, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Snider is a darn fool. The authorities have since tracked him down (duh!) and arrested him on Monday.

Source: Washington Post

Entry level Toshiba tablet shows up in benchmarks

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A new Toshiba tablet has popped up in benchmarks recently, and while it isn’t a high-spec’ed tablet, it could definitely make some waves in the 7-inch category. The benchmarks show the tablet sporting a mediocre 1024 x 600 resolution screen powered by a 1.6 GHz processor with an undisclosed amount of cores and a Mali-400 GPU. It’s going to be a 7-inch tablet, so uber-high resolutions aren’t necessarily a given, but it looks like Toshiba has put just enough processing power to make that type of screen work. It’s going to be running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but no word on if that will be stock Android or a skinned version.

AnTuTu benchmarks give the device a score of 17,639, which is respectable for an entry level device. If Toshiba can price this right, they might just have a hit on their hands, especially as we get closer to the holiday season. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything else becomes official.

source: Android Authority

Benchmark on upcoming Acer tablet reveals a beast in the making

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A recent benchmark out of Italy has leaked onto the internet, and if it’s to be believed, then we can tell you that Acer has something pretty big in the works. Apparently, this mystery device has a Tegra 4 chipset, a display of 2560 x 1344 pixels, and a full 2GB RAM.

If this is to be the Nexus 7 successor, it’s definitely going to be pretty impressive. This device is about twice as fast, and the display is almost as good as a Chromebook Pixel. The specs are definitely a bit too impressive for a $200 tablet, so that’s where we think it’s not the next big Nexus device.

None of this is official, so just take it all with a grain of salt. More to come as we get more info on this mysterious device. Picture of the benchmark after the break— Read more

Google Glass video shows Motorola’s Rick Osterloh having way too much fun with the Motorola X smartphone

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Man— these Google execs sure are making it difficult to hide the Motorola X smartphone, aren’t they? After seeing at least one Google head honcho rocking the device in plain view, another executive using shows up ecstatically using the device in plain view— this time at an exclusive event hosted by Motorola. While the event was private and only open to a select group of journalists, guest and avid Google Glass user Robert Scoble went ahead and made a recording of what was supposed to be a music performance… except the video clearly shows a unique toy that is used by none other than Senior VP for Product Management at Motorola Rick Osterloh. The unique toy seems to match up with other leaks we’ve seen in the last few weeks, especially with the placement of the camera, as well as the quality and finish of the device. Oh and get this for the icing on the cake: guests “weren’t supposed to share anything about what [they] were doing there“. It’s looking like it’s pretty safe to say that this private event was meant to show some important folks an advanced look of what should be the next big gamechanger in the smartphone industry.

So yeah— at least a few people out there know the true identity of the Motorola X. Hopefully we’ll see the new toy in all its glory sooner than later.

source: Robert Scoble+
via: Android Authority

Sony sends invites for ‘Exclusive Booth Unveiling’ on Sept. 4, ‘Honami’ flagship announcement expected

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Sony just sent out invites to what they’re calling an “Exclusive Booth Unveiling,” set to take place on September 4th in Berlin, which is just a couple days before IFA 2013. It’s expected that Sony will announce their next flagship, currently codenamed ‘Honami,’ at the event. It’s a pretty good tactic, as its buzz should avoid being drowned out by the other products being announced later that week at IFA.

Many rumors say that the Honami’s official name will be the “i1,” and will pack a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a powerful 20MP rear shooter. More details to come as we find out more info about the Honami/i1— there’s a lot of time between now and September, so expect plenty more information to leak.

LG to release the slimmest full HD LCD display in the world, most likely for upcoming G2

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LG announced last night that they have successfully created the world’s thinnest full HD LCD for smartphones. The display is 5.2-inches and is only 2.2-mm thick. It’s also obviously a true full HD (1080 x 1920) with its RGB sub-pixels. Not only will it just look sharper, it will provide for better outdoor readability, an enhanced touch experience and better “grip-ability.”

It’s quite obvious at this point that the display will ship with the new LG G2 set for announcement in NYC on August 7. The phone is looking like it’s going to shape up to be an absolute beast at this point with both superior RAM as well as this sick display. Check out the full presser after the break. Read more

Leaked Verizon roadmap shows HTC One and Moto X release dates

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Leaked roadmaps are always good indicators on when devices will be released, and Verizon’s latest just leaked. Everyone has been wondering when Big Red will release the HTC One, and it looks like the wait will finally end on August 1st. They also list the Moto X, which is slated for August 23rd. Ironically there is no mention of the DROID Ultra, which probably means we won’t see that one until the fall.  Someone still needs to tell me why Verizon waited so long to release the One.

source: PhoneArena

T-Mobile launches #hate2wait promotion

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We already know T-Mobile hates the idea of having contracts for its subscribers, but its newest #hate2wait promotion is giving wireless users out there 730 reasons to share why they hate contracts too. In this awesome promotion, the #hate2wait campaign asks customers to showcase why they “hate to wait” 730 days (2 years) for upgrades. Customers will then have the chance to use the hashtag and share their story via Facebook or Twitter, where they are given the chance to win one of 730 free Galaxy S 4 smartphone units. Oh and that’s not all— T-Mo will also give one lucky participant a chance to win a full year of paid wireless services and have their story shared in various advertisements as well.

We know there’s at least a few of you out there who are interested, so head on down to the source link below and check it out.

source: T-Mobile Facebook

Motorola to spend up to $500 million marketing the X Phone on all four major carriers

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We’ve heard all about Motorola’s X Phone hardware, but sometimes it’s the intangible stuff that needs attention. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is giving Motorola a gigantic budget to push the X Phone in the US and a few overseas markets. How big, you might ask? Try upwards of $500 million. That’s definitely more than a little pocket change, and it’s certainly going to have a huge effect on the market when the X Phone launches.

Part of the reason for the large budget is the anticipated launch on all four major US carriers. We’ve already seen different possible variants of the X Phone come through the FCC for more than one carrier, so all the signs are pointing to a multi-carrier approach to the device. As we’ve seen with Samsung’s Galaxy S line, that single flagship design across carriers works extremely well. One area that Motorola is supposedly making big strides in is the amount of carrier bloatware allowed on the device. Most customers are familiar with carrier apps that come preinstalled on devices, like demos of games or carrier app stores. Sources are saying that Motorola is keeping the bloatware to a minimum with the X Phone, even with Verizon. Most Verizon customers can attest to that being a spectacular feat. (To be fair, though, AT&T and Sprint are also two big carriers who load their fair share of bloatware onto devices)

We still don’t have any actual concrete details about Motorola’s latest device, but rest assured, the rest of the Android community is just as eager to see it as you are at this point.

source: Wall Street Journal