Google introduced Android One at Google I/O and told us to expect the launch soon. Today is that day. Android One is an initiative that will bring high quality smartphones to as many people as possible. 1.75 people around the world own a smartphone, which is a lot, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are still 5 billion more people on this earth, and Android One gives those people an opportunity to join the revolution.
On September 16, the floodgates will open at Motorola. The company’s full range of 2014 devices will up for pre-order. This includes the Moto X (2014), Moto Hint, and Motorola Turbo Charger. The aforementioned devices have yet to be given a release date. For the Moto X, the AT&T version and the Pure Edition will be the only choices. Other carrier versions will come at a later date just like last year’s device. Motorola has 12:00pm ET (or 11:00am CT) for pre-orders.
There have been many rumors regarding what HTC’s next step will be. This fall, it was believed that both new handsets and a smartwatch were coming; however, those plans were scrapped. The only thing seemingly arriving in the coming months is whatever HTC has in store on October 8 in New York City. There, it is believed that the company will introduce a GoPro-like camera and perhaps the HTC Eye.
We are now learning that the HTC Eye is indeed a separate handset from the HTC One (M8) ‘Eye’ that surfaced on Friday. The One (M8) ‘Eye’ is identical to the existing One (M8), but it features a 13MP Duo Camera setup. This is a bump up from the 4-ultrapixel camera on the One (M8). The source maintains that the HTC Eye is still “the ultimate selfie phone.”
Samsung has three new devices coming through the pipes due for release soon, apparently set up with the same design as the Galaxy Alpha. Unlike the Alpha, it seems that these three devices are not high end, or at least the SM-A300 isn’t.
Last month LG announced a pair of smartphones meant for budget buyers. The LG L Fino, a 4.5-inch device, and the larger LG L Bello, a 5-inch smartphone, may not push the envelope when it comes to specs, but they do push LG’s user experience down the market spectrum. Users get Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box along with features like Knock Code, Gesture Shot, and the Touch & Shoot camera interface. The devices do get LG’s rear-mounted buttons.
LG has officially announced the first market to get the devices will be Brazil. Other countries located in the Latin America market are expected to follow shortly. Eventually the phones should hit European and Asian markets as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States’ markets. Pricing has not been announced. However, LG did indicate the L Fino will be available in white, black, gold, red and green. Meanwhile, the L Bello will be available in black, white and gold.
source: GSM Arena
Soon, there could be a new Motorola device available going by the name DROID Turbo with cutting edge specifications. This is the device heading to Verizon with the codenamed Quark. Today, it has been discovered in an FCC filing that confirms Big Red will be carrying the device due to all of its wireless bands being present.
It seems LG have learned from the poor sales of the original G Flex that people will not accept sub-par displays anymore. According to a report citing an LG India executive, LG’s upcoming G Flex 2 will have a smaller, higher-resolution display than its predecessor. This means a higher pixel density, which hopefully will mean a better display than the Flex’s 720p, POLED panel.
It is no secret that HTC is preparing a “selfie-phone” called the HTC Eye for users who really like pictures of their own face. Up until today, very little was known about the Eye, but thanks to renowned leaker @upleaks, that is no longer the case. Much like the recently released HTC One M8 for Windows, the Eye will allegedly look and feel identical to HTC’s flagship, the HTC One M8.
Motorola just announced the Moto X (2014) last week with availability through all the major U.S. carriers some time later this month. When revealed, Motorola also noted that they would make a fully unlocked and bootloader unlockable version available. Some new information has surfaced with regard to that particular variant of the Moto X. Reports indicate Motorola is planning to call the device the Moto X Pure Edition when it ships. This is apparently a nod to the many people who like to call stock Android “pure.” Despite the moniker, Motorola does not appear to be planning on loading the device with stock Android, although it will be close, as it will get some of their tweaks. However, it will not be encumbered with bloat or crapware and it should be on a slightly faster update schedule since the updates will not have to go through the carrier process for certification. Some buyers may also be interested in the fact that this “Pure Edition” of the Moto X will not come with any carrier branding emblazoned on it.
source: The Verge
After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.
The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.