Updated DROID DNA, not the HTC One, will land on Verizon this summer

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I know there has been so much speculation on if we will see the HTC One on Verizon, and if history repeats itself, we won’t ever see it. What we will see is a Verizon’s version of the Butterfly 2 (or Butterfly S). It could be called the DROID DNA Plus or the DROID DNA 2, but it won’t be a One phone. As far as when we will see this bad boy, it will probably be sometime in July. How am I coming to these conclusions? All you really need to do is look at the most recent releases with Verizon regarding HTC devices.

Verizon is on a pattern of releasing two HTC devices per year (July and November). The Rezound was released on November 14, 2011 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE was released on July 5, 2012. Lastly, the DROID DNA was released on November 21, 2012. The other thing you will notice is that all three phones were exclusives to Verizon, which is what they like. That is probably going to change by the end of this year, but more on that in a bit.


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Android 4.3 will land on the HTC One Nexus Edition a few weeks after release

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I am still very skeptical on if these new Nexus or Google Edition phones will receive updates as timely as pure Nexus devices, but the very reliable @LlabTooFeR is reporting that the HTC One Nexus Edition will get Android 4.3 within a few weeks after it is released. I would say that it pretty good, but I really wonder if Google, HTC, and most likely Samsung worked together to time this first update to wow people. Google could have introduced 4.3 at Google I/O, but they didn’t. It is very possible they held off to allow HTC and Samsung to get ready. On the other hand, the lack of needing carrier approvals plays a big role for all updates, so if anything else, these devices should get faster updates overall regardless. The real test is going to be the next major update, which is probably Key Lime Pie. Will the Nexus Editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One get those updates within a few weeks? Time will tell.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Surprise, surprise: HTC to develop an Android-based 7-inch tablet, drops support for full-sized Windows-based tablets in the process

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HTC is certainly going through a pretty sweet period right now thanks to the massively successful One smartphone, so it’s only natural that the Taiwanese manufacturer turns its attention to the development of other types of devices out there. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC is looking squarely at the emerging mini tablet market and is in the midst of working on a soon-to-be released an Android-based 7-inch tablet that will be unveiled to consumers sometime in September or October. This is exciting news because HTC previously turned its attention to the development of Windows RT-based tablets for a while now, but fortunately realized what some of us already knew— that full-sized Windows RT-based tablets probably aren’t as profitable or worthwhile compared to tablets based off other platforms. So now, HTC will place all of its resources and energy into developing smaller tablets instead— as it will launch both a Windows-based and Android-based 7-incher instead.

Here’s hoping that HTC makes a huge splash with the introduction of its latest device because after all— there’s certainly no more room for error for the brand.

source: Bloomberg

Oppo shows off the Ulike 2S smartphone, still comes with a sweet 5MP front-facing camera— but now with a bigger battery and 720p display

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Oppo isn’t content on just having one decked out smartphone with a decked-out front-facing camera, so it’s gone ahead and released a successor called the Ulike 2S. while we don’t know most of the specs including what processor is going to be used or what version of Android it will utilize, this new device is similar in appearance to the original Ulike 2, but this time Oppo is tossing in a 5.5-inch 720p display and a 3,000mAh battery to give you power users out there better battery life. Additionally, prospective customers that operate on more than one wireless network will be excited to hear that the Ulike 2S will also arrive with dual-SIM capabilities, giving users much more flexibility with the device.

That’s all the info we have for now kids, but expect to hear additional Ulike 2S details to surface as we get closer to the device’s imminent release.

source: CNMO
via: Unwired View

At least one variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be powered by an Intel processor

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We certainly know that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is very much real and on the way, but it appears that Samsung seems intent on going in a different direction with the tablet by using an Intel-based processor. According to Reuters, Samsung has gone ahead and selected Intel’s Clover Trail+ processor for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, instead of using an ARM-based chip as we’ve previously come to expect. The use of an Intel chip in the upcoming tablet is seen as a major achievement for both companies since Samsung will get to employ the use of a more energy-efficient infrastructure, while Intel secures business from the largest mobile manufacturer in the world— which kinda sorta helps to offset all those losses it has dealt with lately thanks to the tablet business and all.

There is no word on how fast the Intel-based chip will be clocked at, but we’ll find out soon enough once Sammy gives up all the details at its June 20th launch event.

source: Reuters

Another photo of upcoming LG Optimus G2 leaks confirming shape

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Yet another image of the upcoming LG Optimus G2 has been making the rounds on the internet, resembling leaked images from before. While the photo doesn’t tell us anything new about LG’s next flagship, it does provide another look at the extremely thin bezel and it’s almost edge to edge screen. Curiously, the device has no buttons on the front, but it is rumored to have touch areas on the back for navigation, and will presumably have onscreen buttons as well.

The G2 is also expected to feature a full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor and is set for release sometime in the third quarter of 2013.

 

Source: Techtastic

All-in-One Root plus recovery installer made available for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4

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If you’re an avid root/modder in the Android community then rooting tool-kits should be nothing new to you. Today an all-in-one root plus recovery installer has been made available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. The instructions seems relatively easy (if you’re familiar with this kind of stuff), so just make sure you follow the directions thoroughly.


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HTC may give current One owners a chance at having AOSP too

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Earlier today the rumors that HTC was working on a Google Edition of its current flagship, the HTC One, were put to a rest with an official announcement of the actual device. It looks like HTC isn’t done there though as it also mentioned that the company was looking for a way to bring AOSP software to those early adopters of the device that are wanting the Vanilla flavor. How they’re going to do it is up in the air.

As they put it they are, “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One.” Could this mean software that gets rid of Sense or could they provide an AOSP ROM to install? All questions that we’re unsure of right now and ones that we’re hoping get answered soon. This should be good news for those of you who bought the device and feel somewhat slighted by today’s announcement. We’ll update you with what HTC decides. Stay tuned.

 

source: The Verge

Specs for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom and waterproof Galaxy S 4 Active leaked

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It was only time before the specs for Samsung’s impending two devices in the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active were to become available. Here’s what you can expect with the S4 Zoom:

  • 4.3” 540x960px Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
  • 1.9mpx fron facing camera
  • 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
  • Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
  • 1900 mAh battery


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Android chief Sundar Pichai reassures us that the Nexus program will stay alive

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With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.

During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.

What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?

source: Phandroid