LG has had its fair share of strange and daring devices over the years, but for their newest phone, the Wine Smart, the Korean manufacturer have gone down a more nostalgic path. The Wine Smart is an entry level Android phone running 4.4 KitKat, in a clamshell form factor. While Samsung has released similar devices, this one is aimed specifically at handicapped or elderly users, meant to be easy to use but far more powerful than the feature phones that typically use this form factor. Hit the break for a quick teaser video from LG.
The breakout success of Google’s Android One program has prompted manufacturers like Karbonn, Intex and Spice to move forward with a second wave of budget devices, launching as early as December. The initial Android One devices launched last week with prices as low as $105, and these will likely be priced similarly. Karbonn is expected to be first to market with their next device.
If you own a Nexus 4, you’re probably getting fairly worried that your still-relevant device will be getting left behind this year like its well-loved predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was last year. It turns out,
Consumers interested in getting a new Motorola Moto X (2014) on the Verizon network will probably be disappointed to know that the device will initially come without support for Verizon’s new Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s new “product” that routes both voice and data over the LTE network. The Moto X (2014) will not have access to Advanced Calling 1.0 when it launches on September 26th, but will get it via a software update sometime later this fall.
Samsung is now listing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on the official Samsung site for Thailand, which may be about as close to an official announcement as we will get. The Galaxy Mega 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 and has a 6-inch screen that falls in the middle of its predecessors. That big screen runs at 1280 x 720 resolution.
On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.
After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen several bits of information surface about the Samsung SM-A500 like a render that surfaced a few days ago. Now we have the first bits of info about the Samsung SM-A300 thanks to a UAProf file that was discovered.
Similar to the other “A series” smartphone, the SM-A300 comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor and seems to run as slow as its sibling. In a GFX Bench entry for the device, it was listed as running at 1.2GHz while the UAProf file lists it at 1.4GHz. The SM-A300 gets 1GB of RAM and appears to come installed with 8GB of storage. The screen measures 4.8-inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. As far as cameras, the SM-A300 gets an 8MP and a 5MP camera, rear and front respectively, both capable of recording 1080p video. The good news is the device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Although Android L was first released as a developer preview back in the summer during Google I/O, no official release date for Google’s next iteration of their mobile operating system has been announced. Nevertheless, as Google continues to push out application updates that incorporate their new Material Design guidelines that are a big part of Android L, we get a sense that the time is quickly approaching. That could be within the next couple months as a new report suggests Samsung is gearing up to have Android L ready to roll out to their flagship devices by late November or early December. The sources indicate Samsung will be ready with Android L for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during that time frame.
Now that the Oppo N3 has been teased and leaked, we’re starting to find out a little more information regarding the new flagship device.One thing that still plagues smartphones and mobile phones is the fact that, on occasion, they get a wee bit toasty. Throw in the problems with lower performance and a decrease in the lifespan of the device and it becomes an issue. Enter Oppo.
After the Galaxy Alpha debuted, it came to light that there would be a slew of similarly designed A series devices. After Samsung finally added metal to its plastic little world, people were paying more attention to the Korean company and hoped it would add metal to more of its devices. Well the folks at SamMobile got a peak at the next device in the A series line and it looks like the device is made up of a completely different type of material entirely.