Samsung Galaxy S IV could be unveiled in March at U.S. Unpacked Event and released in April

The Galaxy S IV rumor mill is only just beginning folks. Barring a complete disaster, it’s safe to say it will be unveiled and released sometime between April and June. Last year the Galaxy S III was unveiled in the beginning of May, but this year Samsung might want to get a faster jump ahead of whatever Apple has planned for the fall. The upcoming Galaxy S IV is codenamed “Altius” and reports show that it will be ready to be released in April. If you’re looking for something more precise, the rumor is week 16 or the week of April 15.


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LG to start global roll-out of LG Optimus G this month

LG announced today they are going to expand sales of the LG Optimus G into 50 new markets this month. The new markets will join the United States, Canada, Korea, and Japan, all of which already have access to the device. LG hopes the Optimus G will be considered an “ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone.” While the device does sport some nice hardware, including a Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, we did not find it was enough to land atop some other leading phones in the U.S. market. Still, buyers have been receptive to the Optimus G as indicated by their recent announcement that they had sold 1 million units. Google also thought enough of the Optimus G to use it as the base for the Nexus 4.

Check out the full press release from LG after the break.
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ASUS 10-Inch MeMo Pad Spotted

ASUS just introduced a low priced ($149) Jelly Bean tablet, the MeMo Pad 7.  And now a German tech site, TechHive, has uncovered a YouTube video showing a pretty snappy 10-inch version. The video refers to the tablet as the ASUS MeMo Pad 10 Smart. It doesn’t show much in terms of specs but it seems to be running a skinned version of Jelly Bean. If this video is legit, we’ll more than likely see ASUS present it next month at Mobile World Congress.

Check out the video after the break


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Galaxy Note 8 reportedly confirmed by Samsung executive

Rumors of an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note have been sprouting for quite a while now, but it seems as though the speculated tablet has now been confirmed by Samsung. A new report suggests JK Shin has verified its existence, and wen on to claim that the mid-sized tablet would make its official debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Rumored specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core Eynos processor, as well as an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks to get a clean look at the elusive device.

Source: Engadget

More rumors of Motorola X Phone pop up, to feature unlockable Verizon bootloader

The Motorola X Phone is one of our favorite new rumors. We’d recently talked about how it will supposedly feature a 5 inch screen, vanilla Android, and an all-carrier approach, but won’t be a Nexus device. Some new rumors have popped up today that back that information and add a little fuel to the fire. The biggest piece of information now is that it will be available on all carriers, either through the Play Store or through the carriers, including Verizon. The catch here is that Verizon’s version of the device, which will run $299 on contract, will feature a bootloader unlock feature for the low, low price of $15 per month. Supposedly all versions of the device will be available on the Play Store with no unlock fee, but I know how much you guys like to give Verizon a little extra money for how well they treat their customers. You can even remove the bloatware once you’ve unlocked it! Sounds great, right?

It’s extremely important to remember that this is a rumor, and until Google I/O in May, (or possibly later) we won’t know any concrete details. Some or all of these details may change between now and then, but speculation is always fun.

source: Droid Life

Google may be prepping second generation Nexus 10 tablet

Google’s Nexus 10 tablet has been a decent success, at least judging from how often it’s sold out in the Play Store. However, some reports are popping up that Google may be showing off a second generation of the high-res tablet with a beefed up processor to better handle that 2560×1600 resolution. The new CPU is rumored to jump from dual-core to quad-core, and an 8-core GPU to match that, in addition to the 2 GB of RAM already available.

Of course, we still have the question of when this new tab will be announced and when it will be available to consumers. With Mobile World Congress quickly creeping up on the calendar, we’re bound to see some pretty cool new tech, even after what we saw at CES. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google join in on that excitement.

source: brightsideofnews.com

Is a huge Sony device coming soon? This image from a factory suggests just that

First of all, who knows what this image could be. There have been no confirmations whether this is a smartphone, much less real. The only thing we know is that the photo above was posted on the Chinese-language Digi-wo forum by someone who claims it’s a screen for a 6.44-inch 1080p Sony “phablet” device.

Obviously this is as much of a rumor as anything, but still interesting to see what Sony may be up to. Personally, anything over 5 inches for a phone is far too much, but to each his own!

source: Engadget

Sense 5 on HTC’s Droid DNA images surface

While we expect Sense 5 to first appear on HTC’s upcoming M7 smartphone, it’s nice to see it running on some of HTC’s current smartphones such as the DNA. Whether you like Sense or not, Sense does have a huge fan-base and the 5th iteration looks promising to the eye. Hopefully HTC has lightened Sense down a bit as compared to their previous versions.

What do you think, does Sense look better to you now or still don’t care for it?

source: HTC Source

Glowfly Brings The Cool To SMS/MMS Notifications

 

So you find that the Handcent notifications are too dull or the stock messaging app notifications are just too simplistic for you? Well great you’re in luck because Glowfly brings a solid alternative of notification alerts for all you obsessive texters out there. Essentially, users will get an Ice Cream Sandwich-themed notification center that allows for everything from giving a quick reply to seeing an MMS pic in a pop-up to even being able to show pop-ups from a lock screen. Oh and best of all– the app is Google Voice-friendly too, so with some minor fiddling and customizing, users will be able to have some pretty nifty Google Voice notifications as well.

The app is available for a mere 99 cents which is not only pretty inexpensive, but best of all— 50% of all Glowfly proceeds go to a cancer patient in need— and who doesn’t want to own a cool app while trying to beat cancer?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Adds NFC, Going On Sale This Month

 

Samsung announced it will release a Galaxy S III Mini with NFC in the UK. And it will do so soon. Samsung said it will be available this month so our Brit buds will get their chance at the S III Mini within the next ten days. I guess Sammi figured the Mini should probably have S Beam capabilities after it had featured the easy-sharing capability in so many of its ads.

The S III Mini is a sort-of shrunk down version of the Galaxy S III, however, the specs were reduced along with the screen size. The Mini has a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 single GB of RAM and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This can’t really be considered an update since the specs are identical to the Mini without NFC. The device is a decent option for those looking for a smaller mid-tier phone but the “S III” name is a bit misleading.

Press Release after the break


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