HTC received some bad news today about their plans to sell the HTC One Mini in the U.K. – they can’t. That word came as part of ruling issued by Judge Richard Arnold in a case between Nokia and HTC involving chips in the HTC devices. Nokia claimed the chips were infringing patents they own. The sales ban will go into effect on December 6th. According to Judge Arnold, the HTC One is also infringing on Nokia’s patents, but he did not institute a sales ban while HTC appeals the ruling due to the “considerable” damage HTC would suffer. Even with that small reprieve, it appears HTC has agreed to stop importing any of their HTC One devices into the U.K. while an appeal is underway. » Read the rest
The Vivo Xplay 3S, which is supposed to be the first 2K display phone with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, should be announced on December 12th. It should also pack a Snapdragon 800 processor and massive battery. Performance will be unknown until testers get their hands on the device.
Today, a picture of the five Vivo Xplay 3S’s leaked, each one featuring a different chassis color. This is all rumor for now, but some time next week this should all be confirmed.
The R1 will be out in late December and promises to give us great night shots according to OPPO’s latest tease. OPPO’s comments are translated below….
Next-generation R1 OPPO smartphone for night shots. New revolutionary sensor for great night shooting, new PI engine to preserve the real colors of the pictures. Glass body, excellent craftsmanship, and beyond the best technology is coming in late December!”
Night shots might be the main feature, but as you can see, they plan on giving us a well crafted device. Add in OIS and LTE, and the R1 might be a winner. Stay tuned.
It has already been rumored that Samsung will adopt a metal housing for the upcoming Galaxy S 5, but it appears the rumor is gaining traction. The latest report out of Taiwan names Catcher as the company supplying 10 to 30 million metal housings this month, followed by BYD and Ju Teng.
Of course, there are no guarantees in this business, but I would say chances are pretty darn high that the next Galaxy S phone will be sporting metal.
Motorola’s Cyber Monday didn’t work. After hyping the Moto X at a $150 discount off-contract, Motorola’s website crashed due to too much incoming traffic. After repeated delays throughout the day, Motorola decided to completely delay the entire promotion to Wednesday, and again next Monday. At 12 ET on Wednesday, and again on Monday, Moto Maker will go live to offer the discounted Moto X to lucky customers for just $349 off-contract.
Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.
While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.
Samsung India has leaked information on the upcoming (yet to be official) Galaxy S Duos 2. The model number will be GT-S7582 and will have the following specs:
- 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen
- 1.2GHz processor
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
- 1,500mAh battery
- 5MP rear facing camera, .3MP front facing
- Android 4.2
This device will most likely stay in Europe/Asia and may never see daylight in the States. Either way, the lower-tier device should be announced officially by Samsung in the near future.
Motorola’s always-on speech recognition with its “Okay, Google” hotword was a killer feature for the device, so it was kind of surprising when it wasn’t available on the Nexus 5. Sure, you can still open Google Now and perform tasks and searches by voice after that point, but with the Moto X, that voice command is always available. Since the Nexus 5 runs KitKat just like the Moto X and has a similar, stronger processor, so theoretically the voice recognition apps should be able to be easily ported over to the Nexus 5, right? Developer Siggi Simonarson thought so, but found out why Google didn’t implement the feature in native KitKat in the process. » Read the rest
While you are eagerly waiting for Motorola’s Moto Maker site to come back for that $349 Cyber Monday deal, you might want to consider grabbing the Developer Edition for only $50 more. Priced at $399, you won’t be able to customize it, but you will get 32GB of storage (as opposed to 16GB) and it has a fully unlockable bootloader. Motorola has even said they will be lenient on warranties regarding those that unlock and root.
You will have your choice of either the GSM version (T-Mobile/AT&T) or the Verizon version (out of stock at the moment). Both come with a black front and a woven white back. You can also opt for Moto’s new zero down program with interest free payments for 6, 12, or 18 months.
OPPO announced late yesterday that the OPPO N1 will be available for purchase beginning December 10th in the US and at least some European countries. This comes approximately one month after the device went on sale in China. Along with the release date, they are also indicating the device will sell for $599 USD or €449. When the OPPO N1 was released in China, only 10,000 units were available. OPPO has not said anything about expected demand or how many units will be available. The OPPO N1, featuring a 5.9-inch screen and a rotating 13MP camera, will probably find most of its demand coming from buyers who are interested in getting a device pre-loaded with the CyanogenMod verson of Android. OPPO says the device will be available with CyanogenMod, Android, or both when it hits the market.
At present, OPPO’s web site lists their own online store and Amazon as sources for the OPPO N1 in the U.S.