In January, ZTE released the world’s thinnest smartphone in the 5-inch Grand S, only 6.9mm thick. However, some consumers found that the phone’s non-removable (and weak) 1,780 mAh battery paired with its quad-core processor and full-HD screen was not a good combination.
ZTE has decided to fix this issue by announcing an upgraded Grand S model called the ZTE Grand S Flex, with a 2,300 mAh battery. It’s a little bit thicker than its predecessor, but it’s worth it. The phone will be available in September in France, and judging by the pictures, there aren’t any noticeable design differences between it and the original Grand S.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Those that love hardware and vanilla Android will be happy to know that the HTC One Nexus Edition is real. It was announced by Sundar Pachai and will be available on June 26. The big question is if Google plans on releasing anymore Nexus devices, or at least Nexus phones? The Motorola X phone has been confirmed for October release, but you can grab the white Nexus 4 now. Samsung made the Galaxy S 4 mini official, but they have some more stuff to announce on June 20th in London. This coming week we have Computex, so expect some announcements from ASUS and Acer for the tablet segment. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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LG has released a series of pretty funny videos showing off some of the “Fabsharing” features on the new Optimus G Pro, including Dual Recording, Live Effects, and VuTalk.
Dual Recording allows users to record using both front and back cameras at the same time, with picture-in-picture capabilities. Live Effects adds special effects to pictures and videos, creating a pretty humorous result. VuTalk allows for interactive screen-sharing during phone calls, illustrated in the promotional video by a grandma and her grandson playing hangman on their phones with each other while in the middle of a phone call. Pretty cool stuff! It’s obvious that LG is catching on with Samsung’s ways here, knowing that the majority of consumers purchase based on features, not on hardware.
Check out the videos after the break.
NVIDIA is preparing to release their Project SHIELD gaming device next month. Powered by their new Tegra 4 chip, the devices hold promise of raising the bar in mobile gaming. According to NVIDIA, more than 25 game titles are ready to be released in conjunction with the device that are tuned to take advantage of the Tegra 4’s new capabilities. Three of these titles are already available and run on Tegra 3, so they provide a nice preview.
According to two livestream videos spotted on Google’s Developers website, there appears to be two mobile Chrome events coming up in the next few weeks. We don’t know more information than just the fact that they are scheduled for June 7 at 1 p.m. and June 13 at 11 a.m. EDT. Google doesn’t seem to have ever held an event solely for Chrome, and definitely not just for mobile Chrome. Just a few weeks after I/O, and a week after a mobile Chrome update, this is quite unexpected.
What could it be? Mobile extension support? Enhanced desktop/mobile sync? We’ll find out soon enough, and Talk Android will be bringing you the news as it comes.
Source: Android Police
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.
The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer. Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”
Source: PC World
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active has shown up in all its glory in the photo above, to go along with the recently revealed Galaxy S 4 mini. This device is expected to be a more full-sized and rugged phone than the mini, and is reported to sport a 5-inch HD screen, powered by a quad-core, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset from Qualcomm, and will attempt to compete with the Sony Xperia Z. The device will launch in two colors— dark gray and teal, and it is now seemingly a lock that it will be available on AT&T’s network.
And when can we expect a release, you ask? Check the date on the phone for a hint.
Source: The UnLocker
Earlier this month we mentioned that Asus would be releasing a successor to its 7-inch Memo Pad Android tablet, and now it seems as though it will launch at Computex 2013 next week. Reportedly called the Memo Pad HD, the device will feature a 7-inch IPS display with 1280 by 720 pixels, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and 16GB of internal memory. It’s rumored that the tablet will be on sale for $169, slightly higher priced than its predecessor, which was priced at $149 when it hit the market. Still, it’s an extremely affordable tablet with some pretty solid specs.
There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.
Source: Xperia Blog
Yesterday at the D11 Conference, Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai unveiled the HTC One Google Experience phone, which is now the second phone like this to be announced. The next obvious question from Walt Mossberg was, “Does that mean you aren’t going to make anymore Nexus devices?” Pichai answered by saying the goal behind Nexus was to invest in cutting edge hardware along with their partners to guide the ecosystem. He closed by saying “That will continue as well.” Correct me if I am wrong, but the word “phone” was never mentioned. I heard “devices”.
Let’s rewind to October of last year when a report from AndroidandMe said that the LG Nexus was on the way and a new Nexus Program was in the works. The rumor was that Google opened the Nexus program to all OEMs. Based on these latest phones from Samsung and HTC, it’s safe to say that this rumor held true. There were some things about it that were wrong as in the OEM skins (TouchWiz and Sense) would be part of a customization center, but it appears Google is heading into a different direction with the Nexus program.
The white Nexus 4 that had been rumored for so long launched in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Today, folks in the United States can enjoy as well. The phone is available at this very moment on the Google Play Store as well as from T-Mobile directly. From Google Play, the 8 GB version is $299, and the 16 GB version is $349. Google’s offering a free bumper along with purchase. T-Mobile, on the other hand, is offering the 16 GB white variant for $427, without a monthly plan option.
Right now, the US is the only western market in which the white Nexus 4 is available for purchase. If you’re looking for a new phone, you can purchase yours from the links below.
With June and the summer months right around the corner, the NFL decided to update their Fantasy Football app well in advance of the start of training camps and the 2013 football season. Of course, any app connected to real life sports leagues needs regular updates to keep teams and players up to date and the latest release from the NFL achieves that. More importantly, the NFL spent some time in the design lab and has given the app a new, fresh look. The new UI is influenced by the Android Holo guidelines, but the NFL did not stick as close to them as other recent app updates have done.
I know there has been so much speculation on if we will see the HTC One on Verizon, and if history repeats itself, we won’t ever see it. What we will see is a Verizon’s version of the Butterfly 2 (or Butterfly S). It could be called the DROID DNA Plus or the DROID DNA 2, but it won’t be a One phone. As far as when we will see this bad boy, it will probably be sometime in July. How am I coming to these conclusions? All you really need to do is look at the most recent releases with Verizon regarding HTC devices.
Verizon is on a pattern of releasing two HTC devices per year (July and November). The Rezound was released on November 14, 2011 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE was released on July 5, 2012. Lastly, the DROID DNA was released on November 21, 2012. The other thing you will notice is that all three phones were exclusives to Verizon, which is what they like. That is probably going to change by the end of this year, but more on that in a bit.
Fans of CyanogenMod 10.1 who also happen to own a new Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One will be glad to know the CyanogenMod team has been hard at work making some new variants available and they have cleaned up some of the download pages to make it a bit easier to find the files. The newest variants include AT&T versions for both the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Nightlies for the Galaxy S 4 had previously been made available for T-Mobile and Canadian versions of the device. Apparently AT&T support only required a patch to a previous build.