Due to the Christmas holiday, things were a little slower than usual, but we still had a few goodies. The LG G3 is still several months from being released, but things are already starting to leak regarding the device. LG also has a few wearable devices up their sleeve. Samsung will release a slew of tablets early next year with the hopes of boosting their market share. Will you buy one? Of course, you could end up with a combo phone/tablet if rumors of Samsung releasing a PadFone-like device are true. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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LG has announced that the premium feature known as “Knock” will soon be standard on their handsets. Previously known as “KnockON”, the feature will also be added to all LG L Series II phones in an upgrade scheduled for sometime in January.
“Knock” essentially allows the user to unlock their device by simply tapping the screen twice, and was originally developed for the LG G2 which has its power button on the back of the device. After the success it garnered in the G2, LG added the feature to the G Pad 8.3 and the G Flex. Bringing the feature to all L Series II phones will allow many more people to be able to experience the feature. Hit the break for the press release:
A few days ago information surfaced regarding possible specs for the new LG G3 smartphone expected to be released during 2014. Among those specs was a reference to LG’s Odin processor, their own in-house chip that has been in development for a while now. The ability to produce component parts in house will be a key part of LG’s strategy if they want to challenge Samsung’s supremacy. Results have now surfaced that seem to indicate the Odin chip have been run through the paces with the Antutu benchmark, though we may be left still wondering just what Odin is capable of as well as whether the test device was an early prototype of the LG G3. Read more
After indicating a desire to focus more on the tablet market in 2014, Korean sources are reporting that Samsung did reach an internal goal of selling 40 million tablet devices during 2013. This sets them up for 2014 when they hope to sell 100 million tablets. If Samsung succeeds in selling that many devices, it may help make their name synonymous with tablets instead of Apple. Read more
Earlier this week Gibson Security tweeted some information it claimed could be used to exploit Snapchat enabling malicious hackers to match usernames with phone numbers and build a profile of users. Gibson Security also claimed the security holes could allow for the creation of dummy accounts in bulk. According to Gibson Security, they notified Snapchat of the problems last August, but after not seeing any move to correct an issue that supposedly could be fixed with ten lines of code, proceeded with making the exploit public. Read more
Last week we showed you ASUS’ first promo video for CES 2014, which hinted at a device that dual boots. Well ASUS has just released a new CES 2014 promo video hinting at a host of new devices, including 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch handsets.
This new video shows millions of balls falling from the sky in Taipei, with each ball containing the number 4, 5 or 6. The video is entitled “what’s your number?” and hints at ASUS’ first venture into phablet territory. Hit the break to check out the video for yourself!
We’ve heard a few rumors about the Galaxy Note 3 Lite that Samsung is supposedly preparing for a 2014 launch, but the latest bit of news tells us that they may offer the phablet in a shade of green. Samsung loves different color variations for their phones and tablets, but green is new for them. I’m sure it will still be available in the standard white and black color schemes, but seeing a little variety is nice.
Hopefully we’ll hear more about the device in the coming months.
Nexus devices are great. They get software updates directly from Google very soon after the new versions of Android are made available. The downside of that is that newer versions of Android aren’t always bug-free. We’ve seen Google push out minor updates to Android 4.4 right after release to fix a small number of bugs, but it looks like there are still a handful of issues surrounding Android’s Bluetooth stack that was introduced in 4.2 to replace the older, less-functional stack in prior versions of Android. Read more
Samsung may have an interesting device to unveil in 2014 if some early benchmarks turn out to be true. A Samsung device with the model SM-G900F passed through an AnTuTu benchmark, with one benchmark showing a 1080p screen and a GFX benchmark showing a 2k screen. Normally, devices only have one screen resolution, unless we’re talking about something similar to Asus’s PadFone design. The phone would have the lower resolution screen and the tablet would have the higher resolution screen. Samsung recently filed for a patent for a smartphone device that docks into a bigger tablet, called the Samsung Hit, so this could very well be the form factor they are interested in pursuing in 2014.
At this point, it’s tough to say exactly what Samsung is going to show off next year, but hopefully we’ll get a taste at CES in January.
source: Kopen GalaxyS5
via: Phone Arena