New images of the Moto X‘s wooden back option have been leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The timing of this leak coincides with a report that the wooden backs will be available just in time for the holiday season. In the image above, you can see two variants of wood. The left seems more natural like a tree while the other has more of a refined look. These specific ones are stamped with Verizon’s logo, but the option will be available to all through the Moto Maker site. Who knows, maybe it will arrive Monday for the next Moto X sale? » Read the rest
Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.
“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.”
However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.
The first two “flexible” display devices on the market were really just to show off new technology— they have been more marketing-based than actually usable and interesting.
However, this doesn’t mean that the future of curved displays will be dull as well.
According to new rumors, LG’s G Flex 2 may have a display that can bend up to a full 90 degrees. This means that device will be nearly indestructible (from normal use), and it could be the first fully functional touch-screen clamshell device. If the display is possible, we’re sure manufacturers will be able to build a nice form factor around it to make it all come together.
The device will hit the market at some point in 2014, and you can bet LG will aim to have it hit stores before Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Round is released.
While Android 4.4 is still rolling out to many devices and many other users are still unsure of whether their phone will receive the update or not, it seems that Samsung is considering rolling out the update to a number of their lower cost phones.
One of the main goals of Android 4.4 was to bring the operating system to devices that might have a lower memory and will likely be lower cost. Because of this, owners of a wide range of devices are hoping that Android 4.4 will come to their phones. This list of devices that Samsung is considering to update will surely make a number of people very happy.
Good news DROID DNA owners. HTC Executive Director of Product Management Mohammed Versi tweeted that the Android 4.2.2 (along with Sense 5) update for the DROID DNA has been approved by Verizon. If you remember, back in September, Verizon posted the changelog for the update, but it never came. We can only assume that Verizon found some bugs that needed to be rectified. Verizon has the changelog, which is pretty hefty since this move is from Sense 4+ to Sense 5. HTC is throwing in Video Highlights, but it appears Zoe didn’t make the cut. I’m not sure why that would be the case.
The update could take place as soon as today, so be on the lookout.
No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.
Cyanogen has already made available the first Milestone release of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on KitKat. It’s only available for Nexus devices, but only the ones that are “actively AOSP supported”, which means the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (all variants), and Nexus 10.
This is a new method for the Cyanogen team as they usually release Nightlies at this point, but not allow bug reports. While, M1 will only be available to these select devices, users will be able issue bug reports, although they do feel things are pretty stable at this point.
Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus devices will be part of the Nightlies, which should be available in the near future.
Samsung continues to spend big bucks in their market efforts, and their latest offering is based on the #DesignYourLife hashtag. They feature Robin Thicke promoting the Galaxy Note 3 with some hot ladies. In episode one, Robin meets the girls while stopped at a traffic light and in the second episode, he shows off his communication skills while using multi window on the Galaxy Note 3. I can only assume that we will be treated to more episodes soon. Hit the break for the first two.
The successor to the Oppo Find 5, the Oppo Find 7, is rumored to be announced within the next couple of months, but the supposed specs for the device were leaked back in June. Today we got a new round of specs which are a little different from the previous set, and they certainly are impressive.
The device is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Not bad at all! Not only that, the Find 7 will also include a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing one. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and LTE support.
comScore’s latest smartphone market share report confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for a while now; Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the landscape, while most other manufacturers fight for the scraps at the bottom of the pile. The Q3 report shows that Apple lost roughly 0.2% while Samsung saw another growth of 1.3%, which combined puts the two of them in control of 66% of the market, or 2/3 of every smartphone. That’s rough for everyone else. Motorola managed to pull up into third place with 7% of total smartphone subscribers. » Read the rest