The Brazilian site techtudo has leaked images of an upcoming Sony device, which they claim is the upcoming H2 Sony flagship, codenamed Honami. (The phone is the white device in between what looks like the Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia ZQ.)
The device actually looks very similar to the Xperia Z as they share the same OmniBalance design, but the Honami seems to have an infra-red sensor. The Honami also is believed to have a 20MP shooter and possibly a Snapdragon 800 chipset. We won’t have any formal information on the Honami for a while so we’ll keep you updated as any news comes in.
In slightly startling news, it appears that the various Nexus 4 smartphones out there may have a significant difference with one another— and we’re not talking about the refreshed units with nipples either. The curious bunch at Phone Arena noticed that one Nexus 4 unit had a warmer display temperature than another unit. Naturally this raised some suspicion, so out of curiosity, the gang ran a bunch of tests and found that one Nexus 4 had an average color temp of 7100K, while the other had an average temp of 7900K— which more than confirmed the original suspicions. When asked about the differences between the Nexus 4 units, an LG rep confirmed “from time to time it becomes necessary or preferable to alter certain product specification if engineers and management feel the change improves the functionality or usability of the device.”
Naturally, it should be hypothetically simple to correct this by issuing a simple software update in order to ensure all Nexus 4 units are on the same page, right? Not so fast folks— the same LG rep confirmed “there is no easy way for normal users to access the setting level to be able to recalibrate the display” since “today’s smartphones are configured a specific way to give average consumers a specific user experience.” Because of this, a software fix may not be the easiest solution for LG since it would be presumably difficult and especially costly.
So yeah, it sucks that owners of earlier models will have a slightly worse color temp, but fortunately, they do have a few color calibration apps that should help to correct the minor gaffe for some of you owners out there.
source: Phone Arena
It seems as though Samsung is having a consistency problem. It all started with the Galaxy S III last year, in which they offered quad-core and dual-core versions. Now the Galaxy S 4 has quad-core and octa-core versions. It seems as though the Galaxy Note III is going to continue the trend, but this time it won’t be around the processor. It appears that about 10% of the production might sport LCD panels instead of Super AMOLED displays. The reason is simply production issues.
Word is that it will be Japanese vendor supplying the LCD panels, and since Samsung has an investment in Sharp, that’s a good place to start. This could also be one of the reasons why the rumored display size dropped from 5.9-inches to 5.7-inches.
Do you remember back in February when a red edition of the HTC One showed up on HTC’s website? At the time, HTC said it was a mistake and removed it, but we knew it was only a matter of time until it would show up for real. Well HTC has officially announced the ‘glamor red’ edition of the HTC One, and Phones 4U in the UK just told us they will be carrying this special edition starting in mid-July. As to the U.S., no official word, but AT&T might be a good bet.
It does look cool, but I’m not sure I could live with it for 2 years though. What do you guys think? Hit the break for the presser.
As expected, here’s the red/orange SunBeam live wallpaper and boot animation that’s found on the Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One. You do need to be rooted for the boot animation, and it can be flashed through your custom recovery. As to the Sunbeam wallpaper, you can install it like any other third-party APK, but some are reporting errors. If that’s the case for you, then you need to be rooted so you can push the file to /system/app. Links after the break!
With the Ouya console finally available via retailers, the console is quickly selling out at high rates. At $99, I’m not surprised the highly anticipated console is doing well. Companies such as Amazon and GameStop have already sold out of their supplies.
With mobile gaming becoming ever so popular and with the quality of these games increasing at an exponential rate, the Ouya team launched this console at a great time. Do you have or plan on grab this console? If you have one, how do you like it thus far?
Google has released an update to their Play Movies & TV app that includes a new interface, a new feature, and a relocated feature. The first change users may note is the availability of the slide-out menu from the left that is becoming ubiquitous to Android apps. Using some of their search and prediction algorithms, Google has built a new Watch Now function that examines what you have been watching and predicts what you may want to watch next and presents these titles as suggestions. If you are someone who used the app to view your personal videos, don’t fret when you don’t see that option present. Google has relocated access to personal videos to the menu instead of being on the main screen.
The update started rolling out today. If you need to install the app or want to see if the update is ready for your device, try one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link
According to the rumor mill, Google and Motorola have a brand new device in the works that should see the light of day soon. Not everything they cook up is going to be flashy, though, so don’t confuse this with the X Phone. This mystery device has been internally coded the DVX, which is slated to be an extremely cheap device aimed at emerging markets. Unfortunately, that means no Snapdragon 800 CPU with a 4k screen, but this is still an excellent strategy for Google.
Google has pushing for decent specs on phones to be able to sell them at extremely affordable prices to consumers, which we’ve seen with the Nexus 4. It’s an excellent phone, but it isn’t ground-breaking as far as technology is concerned. By making an even cheaper phone, such as this DVX with Motorola, they’ll be able to price this extremely low to get smartphones in the hands of consumers in places where smartphones aren’t so common. The more people that have smartphones and internet access, the more people are going to bring in money through Google’s ad services. It’s a win-win situation.
There aren’t any definitive specs for the DVX, but as soon as anything pops up, we’ll let you know.
source: Phone Arena
Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Meltdown received an update today that brings the version up to 1.1.0. Several key improvements to the game include, but are not limited to:
– 3 new maps, from Barcelona to Antarctica
– New “Demolition” specialization with 7 new perks including “Dedication” (dying from explosions won’t reset your streak) and “One Last Thing” (drop a grenade whenever you die)
– 2 new weapons: Special Forces Sniper Rifle & Grenade Launcher Pistol
– 2 new team multiplayer modes: Bomb Squad & Destruction
Check out the video and download links after the break:
The new HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android have been released, and with their version of Android 4.2.2 comes a few unique touches to the UI. The camera app, which was rumored to get an update in 4.3, has a new stacked menu system for easier navigation. Another big change is that the app drawer has been switched from a 4×4 layout to a 4×5 layout to take advantage of the different screen sizes of the One and S4.
Other minor changes are the addition of a new red Phase Beam wallpaper to add to the purple and blue versions, and a new custom boot animation. The lockscreen clock on the S4 is a little different from Nexus devices, probably so that the phone correctly works with Samsung’s S-View flip covers.
Source: Computer World
I guess the RAZR line will live on. On the same day that a new Motorola logo was revealed that touts the company as “a Google company,” Twitter account @evleaks, which has proven to be pretty reliable in the past, has sent out a tweet saying “Coming to Verizon: Droid RAZR Ultra, RAZR M Ultra, from Motorola“. This is the first time we’ve heard about these devices, so there isn’t much to report past their names.
Could one of these names become the official name for the Motorola X? Who knows. We’ll let you know as we hear more about these devices.
It was just last week that NVIDIA reduced the price of the Shield to $299 and set tomorrow as the release date. Unfortunately it didn’t pass the final quality test as a “mechanical issue that relates to a third party component” was revealed.
“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a 3rd party component. We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July. We’ll update you as soon as we have an exact date.”
For now, it’s delayed until July, but no exact date was given. NVIDIA is working around the clock with the supplier to rectify the situation. I know this is bad news for some of you, but give credit to NVIDIA for making this move now. It certainly shows they are committed to releasing a product that meets the highest possible standards. We will update you as soon as a new date is announced.
Google Search got an update today, and with it comes a few nice additions to Google Now. With the update, users can now speak to Now and tell the device to play music either on the device’s library, or via third-party apps like Pandora or Spotify. If the music you ask for isn’t in your library, Now can direct you to the Play Store to download. In addition to the enhanced music cards, support for voice action tips, TV information (if you’re using an WiFi connected television), and nearby offers have been added.
You can download the update, which is rolling out in stages, from the link past the break.
It’s time. The anticipated HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android are now available in the Play Store. There’s no HTC Sense or TouchWiz on these devices. The bootloaders are even unlocked, and the phones don’t require two year contracts. The Galaxy S4, at $649 comes with 16GB of storage with microSD expansion, and the One, at $599 comes with 32GB without expansion.
If you’re in the mood for a Nexus experience on a non-Nexus device, you can preorder through the source link below. Google says that orders will ship by July 9.
Source: Galaxy S 4 Play Store | HTC One Play Store