Good news for people waiting until Samsung releases the Galaxy S 5 Mini. The device, which Samsung’s New Zealand location has confirmed exists, will be just like its bigger sibling in terms of durability. In New Zealand, a Samsung support page confirmed the device and the fact that it also features an IP67 rating in terms of water resistance. Also, it will be dust resistant. The information was found by KopenGalaxyS5.nl through a warranty page.
Do you plan on purchasing the Galaxy S 5 Mini? Or do you prefer the full blown Galaxy S 5?
Via: Unwired View
YouTube for Android is currently being updated, and with the update there will be a few new features. While Google is apparently getting ready to launch a new streaming service later this year, YouTube Mix is part of the new update.
YouTube Mix essentially generates a playlist of music videos available from a particular artist, most of which come from Vevo. Users can also share and like playlists. Hit the break for more info and the Play Store download link!
Rumors about the upcoming LG G3 have been floating around for a while now, but finally we have a picture of the device. The photo shows the back of the phone, and while it’s not the best quality, it does tell quite a bit about it.
We can see that LG will be keeping the back mounted keys on the back of the device, thought they have been redesigned. The picture also shows some sort of sensor next to the camera. We don’t yet know what kind of sensor that will be. Keep an eye out for more details!
Sony created a one-of-a-kind device with their QX10 and QX100. The attachable camera lenses could be stuck on a smartphone to offer picture quality better than what a built-in smartphone camera could offer. The devices were cool, but they obviously haven’t caught on to the mainstream just yet. However, that’s not going to stop Oppo from jumping head first into that market to give Sony a bit of competition. Read more
Samsung has issued a statement regarding the Galaxy S 5s that have been suffering the camera failure bug. The bug manifests itself as a popup message error when the camera is launched, and it’s not really clear if it’s a hardware or software problem. Reboots and factory resets don’t seem to fix the problem, so it looks a lot like hardware failure. It seems to primarily affect Verizon devices, but there have been reports about other carrier devices being affected. Read more
This week has been full of system updates. Now, Verizon and US Cellular customers that have the Galaxy S 4 can join the fun. The Galaxy S 4 on those two carriers is now receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. Samsung has certainly been doing a great job making sure they move many of their devices to the latest version of Android. Earlier today, we found out that the international Galaxy Note II was starting to receive the KitKat update.
Let us know if you have the update!
Source: Verizon (PDF), US Cellular
Today the U.S. appeals court revived a patent lawsuit against Motorola Mobility which had been dismissed shortly before the trial began, allowing Apple to seek another sales band against the company. A patent claim that Motorola made against Apple was also revived, however Motorola will not be able to seek a sales band on Apple.
Despite a number of patent wars with different companies, Apple has yet to win a crippling injunction against a smartphone company while seeking a sales ban.
Do not expect to get your hands on the Xperia Z2 anytime soon in the United States. Sony confirmed to TechCrunch that its flagship device will be arriving on U.S. soil this summer. While carriers have not been announced just yet, Sony has made it clear the Xperia Z2 will be offered unlocked through its own online store. But if previous leaks are any indication, Verizon will be one of the carriers in the United States electing to offer the Xperia Z2.
Sony’s silent United States presence should be of no surprise. The company does not put a focus on the U.S. market as it is so difficult to gain any traction. Over time, though, that could change. Especially if Sony moves on from its OmniBalance design later this year.
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Google Fiber has certainly been generating some hype with its free and low-cost internet packages. In a recent document that was circulated to the next 34 cities slated to receive the service in 2015, Google hinted that there may be plans to roll out WiFi services to those cities in addition to wired fiber connections.