@Evleaks tweeted today that the HTC One phablet is moving around internally under the name T6. The screen size is rumored to be about 6-inches, and should have some pretty nice specs otherwise. According to the graphic above, it should have a few versions for different carrier networks:
T6_UL: cassiopeia Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
T6_U: columba Communication system: GSM / WCDMA
T6_ULA: delphinus Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
T6_WL: crater Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE
T6_WHL: eridanus Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE
More details to come.
Sources: HTC Soku and @evleaks
Sony has taken NFC technology to a whole new level in their new commercial— now you don’t even have to say a word (or send a text) to ask a girl out! What is the world coming to?
All kidding aside, the tech company has put together a pretty cute ad displaying two teens with a crush on one another. They share love songs to each other’s Sony headphones through their Sony smartphones, to share their mutual feelings for one another. It’s a bit far-out, but it does show a pretty cool use of the technology in a unique way.
Check out the video after the break. Read more
Good news for those of you that are tired of your generic boot animations on your Android devices— a forum member on XDA Developers, Vincent8111, has compiled about 400 custom boot animations into a single program for your convenience.
The BootAnimation Changer runs on Windows and stores an extensive collection of boot animations, sorted by name or file size, and varies from the opening sequence of the Simpsons, to anime, to colorful abstract patterns, to an obvious favorite, the Android mascot. Read more
A few days ago we showed you screenshots of a redesigned Gmail Android app that were leaked at an I/O session. An anonymous tipster sent some sloppy screenshots to some sites a few days ago, and now ryan_socio of the Verge (who was the first to leak that Google Babel was actually Hangouts) has confirmed the rumors. The interface reportedly has five tabs – Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums – in which incoming email will automatically be sorted. The desktop version of Gmail uses tabs to display the categories, Android puts them in categories in the inbox, and iOS lists them in the sidebar.
The tip says that the rumored images are from a draft of a Gmail Blog post, so it could be only days until we will see if it’s true. A refreshed Android app with the collapsible navigation drawer would be a welcome site to see. The categories feature, which should be optional, could easily replace Gmail’s “multiple Inboxes” option and improve the “SmartLabels” feature currently in Labs.
Source: Android Police
Rumors, pictures and videos of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini have been swirling around the web for weeks now, and now there’s news that we can point to as an official confirmation. A picture of the device has appeared on the Samsung Apps website seen above.
The phone will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Display with qHD resolution, 1GB (3G), 2GB (LTE) of RAM, 32GB of memory, Android 4.2, an 8MP camera, and a 2,100 mAh battery. The phone is expected for a summer release in two colors (black and white).
Source: TG Spot
After a bunch of web leaks and an appearance at this year’s Google I/O, the white Nexus 4 has shown up once again in all its glory. This time the pictures seem to be press images rather than leaked photos of the device. The white Nexus 4 has been rumored for a June 10th release with options for 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Unfortunately this means that at least for now, there won’t be a 32GB+ option.
Since we don’t know if the release of Android 4.3 will be paired with the release of the white Nexus 4, we’ll assume that the device will ship with at least Android 4.2 and will obviously be immediately upgradable to the next release of Android. Check back for more information about the phone as it is released. More photos after the break. Read more
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to enter the U.S. smartphone market within the coming year, as the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says “smartphones are our new opportunity. As a public company, you always have to consider how to grow.”
Lenovo has enjoyed much success in China thus far, as the company is the second leading smartphone vendor there, trailing only Samsung. Last year, Lenovo focused on entering markets including Russia, Indonesia, and India. This year, their sights will be set on the United States and Europe.
If Lenovo wants to make any kind of dent in the smartphone market in the U.S., you should expect them to release some high-end devices in the coming year.
Source: Wall Street Journal
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are still recuperating from last week’s Google I/O, but it didn’t stop the news. More evidence that Motorola’s X phone will be available on multiple carriers soon came from an FCC filing for a Sprint version. Samsung already sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and new colors are on the way. Things are looking up for HTC with 5 million HTC Ones sold to date, but will current employees listen to former Product Strategy Manager’s tweet telling everyone to quit? Android 4.3 surfaces, and did the new Nexus 7 make a secret appearance at Google I/O? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Android developers in Argentina have received a letter from Google informing them that Google will no longer be able to accept payments on behalf of the developers beginning June 27. This applies to both paid apps and in-app purchases, and is likely due to new restrictions by the Argentina government on currency exchanges. Not only will payments come to a halt, but beginning July 27, Google will remove paid apps and in-app items developed by Argentines.
Developers in Argentina will still be able to offer free apps, and Android users in Argentina will still be able to purchase apps in the Play Store, however. Google suggests in their letter that a solution for Argentines is to move their accounts to another country without such restrictions. Google hopes to restore payments in the future, but “no specific plans are in place at the moment.”
Source: The Verge
As Samsung continues its march to produce a Galaxy S 4 model targeted at virtually every type of consumer, we continue to try to identify specifics for all of the models slated to hit the market. Our latest bit of information comes from a leaked UAProf file that was discovered on the Samsung domain. The file indicates it is for an SM-C101, which we have confirmed is the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom. We see in the UAProf that the device will have an ARM11 processor and it also confirms the device will have a screen resolution of 960×540 as we reported earlier.
The Galaxy S 4 Zoom appears to distinguish itself from other models by packing in a 16MP camera capable of 10X digital zoom. Some have described the device as more of a camera phone than a smart phone.