Next Samsung Galaxy Camera device shows up for Indonesian certification

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Samsung shows the timeline of mobile phone screens in latest infographic

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The screen is one of the most important parts of a phone, and that’s especially true for the larger smartphones we’ve become accustomed to. Samsung knows that, and they generally put some of the industry’s best screens in their high-end devices.

Today, they’ve released an infographic detailing the screens on Samsung mobile phones dating all the way back to their first analog phone, up to their latest Galaxy Note 3. It’s a pretty cool graph that shows when color was introduced to mobile phone screens, when Samsung first introduced a touch screen, and a few other interesting bits of information.

You can check out the infographic below. Maybe this is Samsung’s way of building up hype about the different aspects of their inevitable Galaxy S 5?

source: Samsung Tomorrow

LG rumored to be planning wearable devices to come with LG G3

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We just found out that the LG G3 is coming soon, and yesterday we gave you some leaked information regarding specs. Some new information just came out today from the same source, the Korea Herald. The device will apparently ship alongside a G-Arch smartwatch and a G-Health fitness band.

The device will be unveiling in February at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Although LG didn’t give any specifics, it did confirm to Engadget that a “wearable product” is in the pipeline.

We’ll see soon how LG plans to release this to the market, and of course beat out the competition.

Source: Korea Herald

 

LG G3 specs get leaked

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The LG G3 probably won’t be released for at least 8 months, but it’s never to early to speculate what the hardware will be. According to “unidentified industry sources,” the LG G3 will sport a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS LCD display, an octa-core processor, and a 16MP rear camera. We presume the octa-core will be LG’s own processor codenamed “Odin.” The big question is if this processor will be widely available for all regions or be similar to Samsung’s situation, in which most of the world doesn’t get the Exynos octa-core?

Like I said, there is a still a lot time before we see the G3, so these specs could easily change.

source: ZDNet Korea
via: PhoneArena

Google fights back, sues Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar patent troll

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Last month we told you about Rockstar, which is a company formed by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson. They are using the patents won from the Nortel bid to attack Android manufacturers. Rockstar is essentially a patent troll with its only function being litigation. They filed a suit against Google and other Android manufacturers last month, but Google is fighting back in an attempt to not only protect themselves, but all of Android and the manufacturers.

Google’s complaint, filed this past Monday, claims that Rockstar’s patent campaign is attacking hundreds of tech companies and it has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform,” especially Nexus devices. Google also stated that Rockstar’s CEO said that Facebook, LinkedIn and every other tech company is infringing on these old Nortel patents.

Samsung to release follow-up smartwatch “Galaxy Band” for fitness tracking in early 2014

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I wouldn’t call the Galaxy Gear a success by any means, but the smartwatch revolution has officially begun. They’ll get better and better with time, and it looks as though Samsung’s next wearable will be hitting shelves relatively soon.

In the first quarter of 2014, the company will be releasing the Galaxy Band, a fitness tracking band much like Nike’s FuelBand. Motion, pressure, and humidity sensors will be built-in, and the device will be able to sync with other Samsung devices via Bluetooth. Voice controls may also be included.

Expect a product launch at the Mobile World Congress this February.

Via: BGR
Source: DDaily