Famous leaker @evleaks released what appears to be a sample photo from the upcoming Samsung flagship. According to the Exif data from the photo, the resolution is 5312 x 2988 suggesting that the shooter will be in the 16MP (15.9MP to be exact) ballpark. The photo is a “test photo for AT&T.” What we also see from the Exif data is that the camera has an f/2.2 aperture which should help in taking better nighttime photos.
With Mobile World Congress just a week away, and Samsung’s own Unpacked 5 just six days away, we’ll most likely know for sure in just a short amount of time. We have the sample photo for you after the break.
HTC just announced that the “Best is going to get better” on March 25th. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that this will be the day for the unveiling of the HTC One successor. Codenamed the M8, it has been rumored to be called the HTC One 2 and the HTC One+. Whatever it’s called, we will find out for sure in just over a month. HTC didn’t divulge the location, but we are expecting a simultaneous launch in London and New York City, just like last year.
Since this will be HTC’s flagship phone of the year, this date will probably be the most important day of the year for HTC. The HTC One was a fantastic phone that received a ton of praise from the media, but praise and quality will only get you so far. HTC continued to show a lack of direction in their marketing efforts, which resulted in continued losses. HTC really needs to hit the mark with this phone and figure out a way to get people to jump off the Samsung ship. Can they do it? Only time will tell, but we will have a really good idea on March 25.
Google’s Andy Rubin will be on the list of people that Apple plans to bring to the stand during its upcoming court battle with Samsung. Rubin, who left the Android team almost a year ago, would be cross-examined about the development of Android, specifically the features that Apple claims are in violation of their patents. Among the numerous Apple v. Samsung battles, this will be the first time that Rubin has been called to the stand.
Of course, he’s not the only one from Google to be called to the stand. The list includes, Google’s head of Android Marketing, Kenzo Fong; VP of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer; User Experience researcher, Ann Hsieh; software developer, Fred Quintana; and a former employee Helena Roeber.
Sprint’s Galaxy S4 received the KitKat update last week and it seems that US Cellular is next in line to release the KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 as well, according to a leaked internal document for US Cellular. The update which they are calling a “Maintenance Release” will be available by tomorrow February 19.
However, not everyone will receive the KitKat over-the-air update on the launch day. Customers who meet a set of requirements will receive the update within 10 days after the official launch, and users will have to be on the latest approved software version. In addition, the update will remove MobiTiles and Daily Perks which means that users will have to re-download it from the Google Play Store. Here are the requirements mentioned in the leaked document :
The long rumored Samsung Galaxy GT-I9515, which could be called the Galaxy S4 Value Edition, received a Bluetooth SIG certification yesterday. This means that Samsung might unveil the device soon.
The device is another variation of the Galaxy S4, but with newer software equipped. There’s no official detail on the phone’s specifications, but previous rumors hint that the features of the device is similar to the original Galaxy S4, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is said to be available in seven colors: white, black, brown, red, pink, purple and blue.
The smartphone has yet to be officially announced by Samsung. Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: Bluetooth SIG
One of the coolest new features on the G Pro 2 is “Knock Code,” an enhanced version of Knock On that’s found on the G2. Knock Code allows you to set up a specific “code” for tapping on your device to wake it up, which was supposedly added as a security feature.
There are a ton of different combinations of knock codes you can use to unlock the G Pro 2, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best features you’ll find on LG’s latest phablet. If you want to see the feature in action, (trust us, you do) you can check out the video below.
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Mystery Motorola device shows up at FCC
Acer teases new “must-have” products for MWC
New image of HTC Desire 8 suggests announcement next week
HTC Desire 8 carriers and specs leak
With Mobile World Congress just one week away, Acer has decided to start teasing what is in store. On Google+, the company posted the image above; however, they did not provide any information except saying that they will have some “must-have new products” ready in Barcelona. Attached is a hashtag that says “#AcerLiquid” which a line of Acer devices. Since the post has a countdown and said products (plural), I would assume we are going to get a teaser each day.
Anyone have an idea as to what is below the camera lens? Could it be a fingerprint scanner? After all, those are the craze these days.
The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons.
Just this morning the specs of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 tablet were leaked, and it seems that there’s already been another leak concerning the device. @evleaks and @gadgetleaks both leaked press photos of the tablet today, ahead of the Mobile World Congress next week. The Xperia Z2 certainly looks sleek, and is set to be one Sony’s biggest releases this year. More pics after the break.
Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 including a fingerprint scanner have been flying around the internet for a while now, but those rumors were yet to be confirmed. Until now that is! Recently insiders at Samsung confirmed the news, and they even explained how it works!
A lot of the recent rumors suggested that the scanner would be built in to the display, but actually it will be implemented in the home button. We also know that Samsung will in fact be sticking to hardware buttons for the device. The fingerprint scanner will be work in a swipe manner, meaning that you will need to swipe your entire fingerprint in order for it to work properly. The scanner will also be sensitive to moisture, so users will have to make sure that their hands are dry before they try and use the scanner.
Thanks to XDA developer memnoc, you can now modify the home launcher “OK Google” hotword to work with any device and any language. Currently this only works with the Nexus 5 and sort of the Moto X; however, this modification opens it up to everyone. All devices running Android 4.4.2 work and non-AOSP ROMs are supported. This means if you have a Galaxy Nexus lying around loaded with KitKat, you can get this feature to work. All you will need is to have your device rooted and a file manager ready to go.
Hit the source link for full directions.
Source: XDA Developers Forum
The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance was announced last year back in December, and now it has launched in South Korea coming in two colors (Deep Blue and Pearl White). The specs on the device aren’t anything to rave over as it comes with Android 4.2 powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.7-inch WVGA TFT display, 1GB RAM, HSPA, 8GB internal memory, 5MP main and front-facing VGA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and a 2000mAh battery.
Recently published by the USPTO, Samsung has filed two patents that will potentially improve their S-Pen in the near future with a microphone and speaker built right in. The idea is that the user will be able to make phone calls and perform various voice commands straight through the S-Pen. Comments from Samsung themselves states that they’re hoping the Pen will become an extension of the device and allow people to “substitute the pen for a wireless headset,” even claiming that users can “mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”
What do you guys think about this feature if it gets added into the next Galaxy Note Tablet?
source: USPTO ( 1 , 2 )
via: Phone Arena
NVIDIA’s next generation of mobile processor, the K1, has shown up in the AnTuTu Benchmark site powering a new NVIDIA TegraNote tablet device. The K1 packs 192 gpu cores with CUDA technology, which NVIDIA says will make it capable of outperforming an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. In the data submitted to AnTuTu, this particular device was only running at up to 2.1GHz, slightly slower than the projected 2.3GHz speed NVIDIA is expected to use for production devices that utilize the quad-core chip. The TegraNote P1761 is listed as having a 1920×1200 resolution screen powered by 2GB of RAM operating Android 4.4.2.