A Korean news report suggests that 70% of the initial 10 million units of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processors rather than Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processors. According to the report, Samsung’s LSI team, who is responsible for the next generation of Exynos processors, were unable to correct all the performance and production issues in time for the Galaxy S 4 launch in late April. Samsung confirmed production issues when they announced a couple of weeks ago that the Exynos 5 applications processor would not be mass produced until the second quarter of 2013, well after its initial launch.
Nexus phones were never complete spec beasts as in one or two items always seemed to trail other high-end devices. The Nexus S had a mediocre CPU, the Galaxy Nexus had a horrible camera, and the Nexus 4 didn’t offer an LTE option. While most high-end phones in 2013 will probably sport a 1080p display, this week’s rumor says the Nexus 5 won’t. In fact according to a tipster, it will be more compact than the majority of upper echelon phones, featuring a 4.5-inch 720p display. The display itself will cover 88% of the phone, which would be the most of any phone.
According to Phone Arena the tipster told them the Nexus 5 will put a bigger emphasis on the camera instead. This isn’t really all that surprising when you consider Vic Gundotra’s comments last month about how Nexus devices will have insanely great cameras in the future. To top things off, last week we heard that the next Nexus phone will have Nikon-branded camera module that will sport a “triple camera sensor.” Of course this same report said the Nexus 5 would indeed have a 1080p display. Back to the camera, the tipster says that the Nexus 5 will come with a 9MP CCD camera, which is a little bizarre since most cameras come with a CMOS sensor for speed.
The rest of the specs include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as well as a 2,800mAh battery. Last week’s report said it would have a 3,140mAh battery, but the processor wasn’t mentioned. I don’t know about you, but I would love to finally see an “insanely great” camera on any phone.
The T-Mobile UNcarrier plans that were outed last week and over the weekend are now live, although it won’t be formerly announced until tomorrow. It appears they are calling it Simple Choice, and it gives consumers the choice of buying a phone at full retail and paying a lower monthly rate for service. Full retail generally costs $500 to $700, but T-Mobile will let you make a down payment of around $99 and pay off the remaining portion as part of a monthly payment of between $15 and $25. Isn’t this a reverse way of subsidizing a phone?
The best bang for the buck appears to be the unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data for $50 per month. This one will be for those that aren’t data hungry as you will get throttled after 500MB, but tethering is included as well. If you need more data, you can just buy it in increments of 2GB (up to 12GB) for $10 extra per month. Things get a little complicated with the unlimited no throttling plan in that you can get unlimited talk, text, and data (no throttling) for $70. Sounds like a deal, but only 500MB of tethering data is included. If you need more data for tethering, you can buy the same 2GB increments for $10 per month.
CNET’s early hands on with Google Glass prompted Republican Gary G. Howell to sponsor a bill banning such devices while driving in his state of West Virginia. I would expect to see more of these bills introduced in other areas since Google Glass and similar devices are likely to be a distraction for drivers. Howell stated the following:
“I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension.”
The interesting thing is Google already has a solution to this…self driving cars. Unfortunately those won’t be around for another 5 years, while Glass should be available by the end of this year. So Google Glass might not be as emasculating as smartphones, but it doesn’t appear to be any less distracting. Do you agree with this bill?
It appears Samsung has another SoC known as the Exynos 5210. As pictured above, Linux dev tools were committed to a smdk5210 at Free-electrons.com. Unfortunately we don’t have much to go on, but it very well could be a quad-core that features the same big.LITTLE technology that’s in the Exynos Octa-core 5410. The belief is that the 5210 will sport dual Cortex-A15’s with dual Cortex-A7’s. On the other hand, it could also be a dual-core Cortex-A15.
The next question is which device(s) will we see the Exynos 5210 in, and all signs point to the Galaxy S 4 Mini that was leaked late last week. This device will feature a 4.3-inch display and much like the its bigger brother, the Galaxy S 4, it will feature different processors based on region. The HSPA+ GT-i9190 is expected to have a quad-core CPU and the dual-SIM GT-i9192 is rumored to have a dual-core CPU.
Back in January we heard about a Samsung device destined for Europe called the Galaxy Fonblet. Some thought it was going to be a media player only, but it looks like it will be classified as a tablet. Back in January it was expected to sport a 5.8-inch display, but it is now confirmed to have a 6.3-inch display. The latest rumor for the Galaxy Note III is that it will have a 5.9-inch display, but ironically back in January, it was rumored to have a 6.3-inch display. Were people just mixing up the Fonblet with the Note III? Or is it the same device?
What we can tell you is the Galaxy Fonblet showed up in the Samsung Global Download Center with model numbers GT-I9200 (GSM), GT-i9205 (LTE/W-CDMA), and GT-i9208 (TD-SCDMA/GSM). Stay tuned because I’m 100% positive that more information will leak soon.
source: Blog Of Mobile
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories from this past week. Most of the coverage concerned the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but there were some juicy tidbits regarding the upcoming Motorola X phone, smartwatches and Google Glass. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
How HTC Can Get Its Groove Back
Is Android vulnerable because of Samsung’s dominance?
Samsung’s new Game Pad accessory up for preorder for only $113
Jetpack Jinx [Arcade & Action]
Movie Twist [Entertainment]
Google received a big win today in the patent department regarding Google Glass. Patent 20130070338 is probably the most important patent for the Search Giant’s wearable tech. What makes it so important is the fact that it details everything regarding the eye piece. You know, the part that the whole Project Glass is centered around. The claim details how the HUD will work and interact with the user. That’s just one out of 28 claims though. If you have some free time you can read the full technical document that encompasses all 28 claims here.
I’m sure the folks at Mountain View are sleeping easier knowing that Glass is protected. No one can come after them for patent infringement. It’s a safe bet that Google will waste no time going forward with the project considering that it took the Patent Office over a year to process and accept the patent. Even with the Explorer Edition just passing through the FCC, this win should certainly put some pep into Google’s step.
source: Patent Bolt
Chances are you’ve seen a few Google Doodles during your adventures on the internet. Google occasionally puts some artistic flair into their logo on their search page, and it’s generally some pretty cool stuff to see. Unfortunately, with our search widgets and Google Now and mobile browsers, we miss many of those doodles. Today, however, thanks to XDA member emprize, you can grab a neat widget that puts the doodle of the day right on your home screen, so you’ll never miss another iteration again.
Earlier in the month we reported about Sergey Brin’s comments at TED regarding Google Glass. Up until now, the video wasn’t available. He spoke more about the motivation of Google Glass rather than the actual features. In his opinion smartphones are emasculating and a nervous habit, and the future isn’t looking down at phones, but rather engaging with people and getting information at the same time.
The vision when starting Google 15 years ago was that people wouldn’t need a search query and information would just get delivered as needed. He feels Google Glass is the first form factor that can deliver this vision. As you know, Google Now was the first step to this in software form. He also mentioned the first prototypes of Glass didn’t have a camera.
It should be noted that this wasn’t an actual Ted talk, but more of spontaneous appearance. Hit the break for the full talk and interview.
Are you the proud owner of the DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX? Did you update to Android 4.1.2 when it became available earlier in the month? Is it working perfectly? Well if that’s the case, you’re one of the lucky ones. It appears that a growing group of people are having issues with the Jelly Bean update. A tipster told Phone Arena that Verizon has received numerous complaints on the matter. People are having issues with dropped phone calls, widgets not updating, and apps not working at all.
While the hope is that Big Red will hopefully push an update out soon to fix these issues, they aren’t commenting. We’ll keep you up to speed as the story develops. What about you readers out there that own either of these phones? Are you having issues with Android 4.1.2? Let us know in the comments below.
source: Phone Arena
Earlier in March, images of mid-range devices from Lenovo appeared online implying the company was working on more affordable handsets for consumers. One of these devices, the S920, has been officially announced by Lenovo with specs matching previous reports. The S920 features a 5.3 inch 1280 x 720 HD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a rear camera coming in at 8 megapixels with a 2 megapixel front facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and a Micro SD slot all powered by a 2,250 mAh battery. The device also features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor made by MediaTek whom Lenovo is partnering with. All of these components are encased in a sheer 7.9mm body. The S920 will be available in China in early April, but Lenovo has not yet announced global availability. Other devices that were seen in recent images have not been officially announced yet so check back with TalkAndroid in the coming weeks for more official announcements.
HTC is definitely making some waves with their advertising for the HTC One. We’ve already seen a short ad showing off BlinkFeed, and now we’re getting a look at BoomSound, which is the catchy name they use to describe the fantastic sounds the One is capable of producing. The clip demonstrates how phones without BoomSound are quiet and small sounding compared to the stereo speakers found on the HTC One. While the ad is only 1 minute long, I think HTC could have done a better job of putting the One in the spotlight earlier in the commercial for a more dramatic effect. But, then again, I’m not marketing expert. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
The HTC Myst (or Opera, depending on how far back you keep up with these phones) has recently come through the FCC, and it’s sporting four LTE bands that AT&T smartphones are generally seen with. Aside from that, the only other concrete details from this filing are dual-band WiFi antennas and Bluetooth 4.0. Nothing exciting, but at least we know the phone is more than just rumor. Of course, if the earlier rumors are true, the phone will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus clocked at 1.5 GHz under a 4.3 inch, 720p screen, as well as 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, but no SD card slot. There’s nothing here that’s going to excite the enthusiast chasing the cutting edge of technology, but I think it’s a safe bet that’s not going to be the primary demographic of this phone.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier Value Plans that are are likely to be unveiled on the 26th, you’re in for a treat, as we’ve got a few more details about how the plans are going to work. Like with the other leaked info we’ve seen, unlimited talking and texting is the centerpiece of these plans, with different amounts of data being the part that you’re charged more for. The base plan starts at $60 with free 500 MB of data, or you can go up to 12 GB for $130 per month, tethering included. For $90 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and data, but no tethering. The tethering plans can be added on individually to the unlimited plan in 500 MB, 2.5 GB, or 4.5 GB bundles.