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.
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.
Frequent smartphone tipster @evleaks posted a tip earlier today indicating Verizon will be getting the Kyocera Hydro Elite added to their portfolio in June. Along with posting an image of the mysterious device, @evleaks indicates the device will be available for only $50. At that price point, the hardware is probably not anything particularly cutting edge. Just based on the name though, the Hydro Elite will likely be a waterproof device similar to the Kyocera Hydro announced earlier this year. If that is accurate, the new offering from Verizon will join the Kyocera Hydro Rise recently announced for Sprint in competing for customers looking for a more rugged smartphone.
The latest round of rumors from the HTC camp are saying that a newer HTC One may be launching soon. The catch? It’ll have a larger screen, supposedly between 5 and 6 inches. Now, before you flip out and bash HTC for replacing a flagship device so quickly, (again) the rumors suggest that this larger phone would just supplement the One, like what Samsung does with their Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. And considering the HTC Butterfly and Droid DNA had 5 inch screens, this could very well be a slightly bumped up version of those devices. We have seen that speculated DLXPLUS floating around in Verizon systems for a while, remember? Anything’s possible.
At this point, this is still a pretty hazy rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. I’d like to see HTC launch a competitive phablet, but I think they’d run the risk of over-saturating their market if they release a One Mini and One Plus right on the heels of the HTC One really just starting to take off.
source: Pocket Lint
Today Nokia has decided to file yet another patent suit against HTC claiming infringement with the HTC One its main target. According to Nokia, HTC hasn’t taken any action to prevent infringement and said the company “tried to shift responsibility to its suppliers.”
Nokia’s obvious main goal here is to somehow stop HTC’s sales of the One. This is still a developing story, as soon as we know more we’ll be sure to let you all know.
It took long enough, but it seems like the Sony Xperia S is finally going to be able to enjoy Jelly Bean. Numerous deadlines have come and gone without a Jelly Bean release, but Sony France has now confirmed on Twitter that the 4.1.2 update is being slowly rolled-out to users. Sony says that “many more builds will arrive next week,” so don’t worry too much if you haven’t already received the update. When it’s time, 4.1.2 will be available via both the Sony PC companion and over-the-air.
Have any of you Xperia S users already received the update?
Source: Xperia Blog
Thanks to XDA user chaleen, new screenshots of a Nexus 4 in Thailand’s Mobile Expo 2013 running Android 4.3 have surfaced. So far nothing too interesting in the screenshots as it just shows the build and kernel info, but one of them was fairly interesting as it shows a slightly re-designed UI for Google’s stock camera UI. You can check out that screenshot right below.
It seems like Google may have casually leaked a preview of an updated Gmail app. During an I/O session called “Structure in Android design,” a few screenshots of what looks like a revamped Gmail app design were shown, highlighting a new navigation drawer and a moved action bar.
The navigation bar looks like it would be scrollable, considering important functions like trash, archive, and drafts are missing from the screenshot. The action bar has been consolidated into just compose and search, and have been moved to the top of the screen, allowing for more room to read emails. There are a few more less significant changes as well, like larger stars in the inbox.
These changes look great, and should make the app easier to use. I’m interested to see what other changes, if any, the update will contain. We’ll let you know when more information comes out, and of course when it releases.
Source: Android Police
BBC’s popular iPlayer app has just gotten a new update bringing more support and increased functionality to a wider array of Android tablets. First off the bat is new-found support for 10-inch tablets, so users won’t need to rely on having to go to the BBC website to view all that cool content anymore. On top of that, BBC has also announced some interface tweaks to the smartphone and 7-inch tablet variations of the app— while additional optimizations will be arriving on the app for 10-inch devices at a future date.
All of you 10-inch tablet owners out there are itching to grab this app can hit the Play Store link below and get in on all that fun BBC goodness.
Play Store download link
Good news for Samsung today because Google has agreed to use their OLED screens for the consumer version of Google Glass. Samsung has been going toe to toe with LG lately, but LG has been leading the way.
“Samsung will supply its high-end OLED screens for Google Glass. This is a really big thing because its means that Google shares confidential data with Samsung on its futuristic projects,” said an executive at one of Samsung Display’s local parts suppliers.
This deal will no doubt strengthen Samsung’s OLED business. Samsung Display CEO Kim Ki-nam said, “OLED on silicon may be used for glasses-type, augmented-reality devices much like the Google Glass. The wearable market will be a major beneficiary of the free-form factor advantage of flexible OLEDs. Smartphone-linked wearable accessory products such as watches and health bands will use ultra-thin flexible OLEDs embedded with various sensors.”
Of course the next generation of OLEDs will be flexible and unbreakable, but LG seems to have a leg up in that department.
source: Korea Times