As anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy Note III builds up, you can definitely expect more rumors to pop up. The latest leak comes from a picture from a Picasa album with embedded information in the file showing a model of Galaxy Note III, and the picture was uploaded with a 2322 x 4128 resolution. For those of you at home wondering how this proves anything about the camera, that resolution is what a 13 MP camera takes in 16:9 resolution. Nifty, right?
This is essentially the same camera in the Galaxy S 4, which is by no means a bad thing. Hopefully we’ll start to see some rumors fly out about Sammy’s latest phablet, since I’m sure it’s going to be a smash hit over the holidays this year.
via: GSM arena
It’s no secret that while many of us out there REALLY don’t like custom Android skins, most (if not all) of the major prominent Android manufacturers continue to churn out devices with skins featuring pretty colors and flashy features— that is, unless you’re Acer of course. The manufacturer recently took some time to highlight why it takes the Android platform and decides to add few sprinkles, rather than go all out with a “unique” experience for its various devices. As highlighted in an interview with TechRadar, Acer’s global smartphone division president S T Liew asserts that:
“Android actually does a great job at serving up the right user experience and it allows people to migrate from one Android phone to another with relative ease. With each phone we assess its main features and we enhance those experiences with small UIs, such as the camera app or the note taking capabilities and multi-tasking tools on the Acer Liquid S1.”
So in essence, Acer believes that the core platform is fine as it is. Naturally there’s always room for improvement, especially with Android’s openness— so Acer decides to put touch on some of the lesser-tier items like the camera apps or implementing cool and unique widgets to differentiate itself from the likes of say, Samsung (which often is in Apple’s doghouse and all). And naturally, this is win-win for both the manufacturing giant and consumers at the same time. The end effects are not only prompt updates for its devices— which results in happy device owners, but also allows Acer to save a buck or two by not having to spend extraordinary resources trying to rewrite the Android code and all. Sounds like some pretty fair and welcome thinking to us.
Today Google updated their Google+ app for Android and gave it some pretty cool new features. First off, notifications are now systemwide, thus when you swipe away a notification or access it, it won’t be repeated on another device that you may own. I know how annoying that can get for some. They’ve also changed the look of notifications by giving you a bell icon if there’s a new notification that needs to be attended to. Along with the update is also a revamped notification tray to match Google’s other apps. For a complete changelog, hit the break!
More screenshots of HTC’s upcoming Butterfly S device have surfaced and confirms that the all popular “BoomSound” feature will be on the device. While nothing else is rumored about the phone, we should expect it to have at least a 5-inch screen considering the first Butterfly was just that. We can also expect the Butterfly S to have the same features as it’s HTC One brother with the likes of BlinkFeed, an Ultra pixel camera, and Sense 5.0. As for hardware, this device will most likely don the Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB’s of RAM.
Yup, it finally looks like Sony is finally about to reveal its next great device for the masses, the Xperia Z Ultra— which is a larger-scale smartphone set to compete with the likes of the Optimus G Pro and Galaxy Note smartphones. How certain are we, you ask? Well— a nice press invite has gone out from the fine folks from Sony Mobile France highlighting “Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you” on July 4th. Moreover, the same invite encourages folks to “not forget to mark your calendars! “, all the while using a nice stylus-type pen to handwrite the note. So yes friends, all that’s left to do is wait for Sony to finally confirm the arrival of the device featuring a 6.44-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, potential waterproof capabilities and Android 4.2.
source: Xperia Blog
Have you been eyeing the HTC One but haven’t wanted to drop a full $200 on it? Keep on eye on Amazon tomorrow, June 14th, as they’re having a one-day sale on the device for both AT&T and Sprint. New customers can pick up the One for $79.99, and upgrading customers will pay $99.99. Either way you look at it, you’re getting at least a 50% discount. They’re offering both color variations of the device, (silver and black) and you will, of course, have to sign a two-year agreement for the discount pricing. If you’re still on the fence, check out our HTC One review and see if it sways you one way or the other.
Hit the break below for the Amazon links.
Remember that monster phablet from Sony, the Xperia ZU? If you’re in the market for devices that big, we’ve got some more details on a release date and the hardware behind the ZU. According to Taiwanese site ePrice, Sony will make the Xperia ZU official on June 25th, which fortunately isn’t too far off. ePrice also listed some specs for the device, including that massive 6.4-inch, 1080p screen. The ZU will be one of the first devices to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, clocked at 2.2 GHz, and will also feature 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Compared to phones of similar size, that battery isn’t particularly large, (the Galaxy Note II has a 3,100 mAh battery, for reference) but hopefully some extreme software optimization from Sony and Qualcomm’s latest monster processor will keep battery life as a positive for the device.
As soon as June 25th rolls around, we’ll keep you up to date on Sony’s official announcement.
Samsung has released a three minute clip demoing their newly announced Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and in traditional Samsung marketing fashion, the video highlights how an average person would use all the
gimmicky features on a day to day basis. The video follows a smiling woman around who makes a phone call on her digital camera, uses the optical zoom on the camera, shares photos, etc. It’s nothing really new compared to what we already know, but this is Samsung’s way of wrapping up all of the Zoom’s features in a small package.
Hit the break below to check out the video, and let us know in the comments what you think. Niche product or next big thing? Read more
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 is no doubt a smash hit despite those lowered expectations, but its leader took some time recently to tout just how much of a hit the new smartphone has been since its release last month. While not giving raw numbers, Sammy head J.K. Shin told Korean reporters that the smartphone has been “selling well”, pretty much refuting J.P. Morgan’s analysis. With Shin’s comments, the hope is that the Galaxy S 4 will hopefully sustain, if not gain positive momentum so that Sammy can continue to pull in the cheddar and all that good stuff.
source: Korea Times
Samsung already announced the Galaxy S 4 Active last week and AT&T just announced plans to carry it. Those of you that want all the features that the Galaxy S 4 offers, but need something that can handle the many hazards in life, will want to check this one out. It’s IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. It has a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD display, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and Android 4.2.2. It will be available June 21 for $199. Hit the break for the full presser and demo video.