New study says market for phablets, “superphones” to reach 825 million units globally by 2018

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You have no doubt noticed a trend amongst most smartphone manufacturers to push the boundaries of screen size with several models on the market in the 5-inch or larger range. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series really pushed the market into this “phablet” sized range with its success, demonstrating there was a market for large devices. Transparency Market Research has published a new report that puts some numbers to what we seem to be seeing and predicts sales of phablets and superphones will reach 825 million units by 2018, generating $116.4 billion for manufacturers that jump into the market. Although North America has been the leader in the market to date, Asian Pacific markets like Korea, India and China are expected to experience the largest and fastest growth rates over the next five years. Read more

Sprint and T-Mobile both delay Galaxy S 4 retail launch


Well, looks like HTC isn’t the only one who is going to experience supply problems with their flagship device this year. According to some emails sent out this morning, Sprint will not carry the Galaxy S 4 in retail stores this Saturday like originally planned, due to “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung.”  The silver lining is that Sprint still expects to offer the device via online orders and phone sales, but if you were planning on waiting outside your local Sprint store when it opens, you’re out of luck.

And when it rains, it pours, of course, as T-Mobile has said they’ll have to push back their online availability of the device as well. Online availability is expected Monday, April 29th, with select stores to receive the handsets on May 8th and full retail availability by May 15th. Even with all of these delays, Sprint and T-Mobile will still likely have the S 4 on shelves before Verizon, though.

HTC One receives update to improve UltraPixel camera performance


Looks like that update we told you about for the HTC One is good to go. HTC just announced an update (version 1.29.401.13) for the European model that concentrates on the UltraPixel camera with many fixes. It includes improvements for sound captures with Zoe, noise reduction for slow motion movie captures, better color reproduction and dynamic range for non-HDR images in certain conditions, and corrections to EXIF information when ISO settings are manually changed. Those of you with a European model should expect to see the update this week. If you have a carrier version, expect a rather long delay especially if you’re in the U.S. Don’t forget to check out our guide on the HTC One camera as well as how to utilize Zoes and video highlights.

source: Pocket-Lint

Lenovo Ideaphone K900 available May 6th in China


Do you remember back in March when we told you of the leaked launch date and pricing for Lenovo’s new Intel powered Ideaphone K900? What about when it showed up in benchmarks barely beating the Samsung Galaxy S 4? It looks like China is going to start selling it on May 6th, however we don’t have any pricing for the device, nor do we know if it will ever make it out of China as of yet.

The Lenovo Ideaphone runs on Intel’s  Atom Clover Trail+ processor clocked at 2 GHz, has a full HD 5.5 inch screen, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery that charges in just 90 minutes. The device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and has Wireless Display which is a feature that allows the user to play media on the TV without, you guessed it, wires. The specs just keep coming, it is 6.9 mm thick, and has the same 13 megapixel camera that can be found in the Sony Xperia Z.

I don’t know about you, but I would really like to see this phone in my region some time soon. Would you buy this if it came to your area?

Source: GSM insider

Google X device running Android 5.0.1 shows up in AnTuTu Benchmarks


Well here’s something interesting for a Wednesday morning. A Google X device has appeared in the AnTuTu Benchmark database. Since this phone is made by Motorola, we have been referring to it as the Motorola X. Could Google brand the phone themselves? Seems unlikely to me, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point. Just like any screenshot, we don’t have any proof that it’s real, so take it with a grain of salt.

Other notables on the screenshot is that it’s running Android 5.0.1, which is expected to be Key Lime Pie. There is also a score of 15,479, which doesn’t scream flagship or high-end, but the emphasis is supposed to be on the camera from what we gather.

Whether the screenshot is real or fake, you be the judge, but the phone definitely exists. We just hope to see it at Google I/O, but the latest news is that we won’t. Stay tuned because this freight train is just getting started.

source: GSMInsider

Use a custom kernel to turn your HTC One’s logo into a functional extra button


Are you the proud owner of a new HTC One? Is your only complaint the weird button layout? Developer tbalden at XDA may be able to solve your problem with his new kernel tweak which turns the HTC button into a sleep button (which also enables the home button to wake the device) or a menu button, depending on your preference.

This little tweak is possible since the digitizer of the HTC One extends a bit under the HTC button, which allows a different function to be assigned to it with a custom kernel. Currently, the hack isn’t 100% functional, and there’s been a tiny amount of weird behavior with it, but it’s definitely going to be a great mod as it’s further developed and tweaked. Hit the break below to check out the forum post to get the mod working on your shiny new phone.

source: XDA

Nokia Granted Preliminary Injunction Over HTC and Its Use of High-Amplitude Mics in the HTC One


It seriously seems like HTC can’t catch a break with the HTC One. While we’ve seen delays roll in already, the latest news isn’t any better. According to a court filing in Amsterdam, Nokia has won a preliminary injunction over HTC in its use of the same high-amplitude microphones also found in the Lumia 720. According to the filing Nokia has an exclusive 12 month contract with STMicroelectrionics to use these dual-membrane microphones as they co-developed them. Apparently the chip maker thought the exclusivity was only for 6 months rather than a full year.

But fear not as current HTC One shipments in stores will remain unaffected as the court stated that HTC was “blameless” and unaware of exclusivity between Nokia and STMicroelectronics. So far this is only affecting HTC in the Netherlands but its implication could be worse as this isn’t the first manufacturing delay the Taiwanese company has seen with its new flagship. HTC, while disappointed in the ruling, remained optimistic as they released the following statement after the decision:

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Rugged Galaxy S 4 Coming Soon According to Samsung


In a not-so-veiled attempt at bringing multiple versions of the Galaxy S 4 to the world, it’s not surprising that Samsung is planning on bringing a rugged version out. That’s right folks, all of you who are prone to dropping your phone, flinging it across the room, or accidentally spilling water on it can rest easier. It’s a peace of mind knowing that you can purchase the flagship device and have it hold up against all the abuse thrown at it. According to Young Soo Kim, President of Samsung Gulf, we’re just weeks away from seeing a waterproof and dust proof version of the GS4.

As nice as that sounds, we have yet to hear about which markets will see the device or even how much it will cost. Of course we’ll know more when the device actually gets announced.  Even as such, this should entice those clumsy people, myself included, into purchasing Samsung’s latest flagship device. Even if it doesn’t,well, at least it will lead to multiple GS4 beating videos being posted to the internet. I can hear the squeals of joy now.

via: Phone Arena

HTC expected to get Android 4.2.2 update in July… but no further updates after that



Is the HTC One X smartphone not going to get a taste of Key Lime Pie? It certainly appears to be the case as a mysterious tweet from an insider indicated that HTC would be providing the Android 4.2.2 update as its final update for the smartphone— not the Android 5.0 update that was expected by the masses.What’s even more baffling is there’s no reasoning for why the update wouldn’t hit the device either. Could it be a potential delay of the Android 5.0 launch by Google? What about memory limitations for Sense + Android 5.0? Perhaps the real likelihood is well, it might be too much work to try and stuff new software into increasingly “outdated technology”. It sucks, but that’s likely the real culprit… if it’s true that is.

Naturally we will need to wait for the official word from HTC before we can jump to any real speculation that is. On the flipside, at least reports are indicating the Android 4.2.2 + Sense 5 update will hit devices from July. A bit of a silver lining for One X owners we suppose.

source: LlabTooFer Twitter | Gotta Be Mobile