The Android 4.4 firmware for the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been leaked on the XDA forums. While it’s build date is not as recent as the leak for the international version of the Galaxy S4, it should allow users to enjoy Android 4.4 on their devices, as long as they don’t mind flashing pre-release firmware.
While it may be tempting to go ahead and flash the new firmware, keep in mind that this firmware comes with new bootloaders, which may make it impossible to go back to Android 4.3. Not only that but you may not be able to root it until there is a root hack. Lastly, there is an issue in the firmware that causes the phone to reboot whenever a video is played.
If you still want to try your luck at flashing the leaked firmware, head over to the source link below!
Source: XDA Developers
ASUS has continued to try to push some alternative form factors for mobile devices with its line of PadFone devices that try to merge smartphone and tablet forms. At the top of the line is the PadFone Infinity while the base model is a PadFone Mini. ASUS has now released a device to fill in the middle of the spectrum, the ASUS PadFone E. Read more
According to Chinese web site ePrice, HTC appears to have jumped on the brightly colored smartphone bandwagon based on several leaked photos. The images show a device, believed to be a new version of the HTC Desire, in yellow, orange, red and a teal color. In addition to the bright new colors, HTC is supposedly set to equip the device with a MediaTek eight-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The device will supposedly come with a 5-inch 720p capable screen. Running on this hardware will be HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI layered on top of Android 4.3. Read more
In October of last year there was a small rumbling that Samsung would be throwing its hat in the smartglasses ring with its own version of Glass. A patent filing that was later “confirmed” shows a device that would connect to your smartphone via a micro USB cable. According to an unnamed company official, we could see the device, dubbed as Galaxy Glass, at IFA in September.
While the company dipped its toe in the wearables market with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung would be going all in with Galaxy Glass as it sees the wearable as something that would need a considerable investment. According to the company:
Ever since its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, onscreen buttons have been slow to take off. Even though some companies have embraced the feature, like Sony and LG, others have stuck with capacitive buttons. Both HTC and Samsung have stuck with the capacitive buttons but it looks like HTC may finally be making the switch.
According to the popular device leaker @evleaks, the Taiwanese company will be going with an onscreen button set up on the successor to the 2013 flagship. The move would certainly allow the M8 to have a big screen without much of the bulk. This would certainly make the device easier to hold. Of course not everyone is a fan of onscreen buttons as they take up precious screen real estate.
Regardless of whichever side you lean, it looks like HTC is finally retiring capacitive buttons. This writer thinks it’s a great move as he personally prefers onscreen buttons, what about you?
Last week a fake video showing various Nexus 5 colors as well as an image of a red Nexus 5 leaked. Since the image leaked so close to the fake video, we weren’t sure what to think of it. Now further evidence of a red Nexus 5 has emerged showing the device in retail boxes.
We are starting to believe the red Nexus 5 does exist, and if things are this far along, we could get an official announcement this week. Seems like perfect timing for Valentine’s Day doesn’t it?
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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech just released their smartphone market share figures for the 4th quarter 2013, and Android not only dominated again, it continued to increase its overall market share. In looking at the U.S., most surveys already had Android as the largest market share, but according to Kantar, Android just surpassed Apple late last year.
Android came in with a 50.6% share, up from 46.2% for the 4th quarter in the previous year, while Apple’s iOS came in at 43.9%, down from 49.7% for the 4th quarter in the previous year. In Europe, things aren’t any different. Android now has a 68.6% share (up from 62.9%), while second place Apple came in with 18.5% (down from 23.7%).
KGI Research just released its predictions for the next generation Galaxy S phone. From what it looks like there will be two models, as current rumors suggest. The prime model will have a 5.2 inch 2560×1440 display and the standard model will feature a 5.2 inch 1920×1080 display. That means that the prime model will have a whopping 565 pixels per inch and the standard model will have a display with 423 pixels per inch. Those aren’t the only differences however.
Shortly after the Galaxy Gear was introduced, the speculation was that Samsung would release a Galaxy Gear 2 sooner rather than later since the reviews we so bad. The latest rumor out of Korea is that the Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled in a London event in March or April. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read between the lines to figure out that they are implying that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S 5. It’s also expected to be a lot more fashionable and will likely feature a flexible display.
Last year when Google introduced the first Google Play Edition (GPE) devices, many wondered if the Nexus line would be dead. Even yours truly made the prediction that we wouldn’t see a Nexus 5 phone, and of course, I was dead wrong. Well Eldar Murtazin sent out an interesting Tweet a few hours ago that stated that the Nexus line will end by 2015. He even went on to say that we can expect 2 or 3 devices this year, and that would be it.
Assuming this is true, why would Google wait that long to end the program? Why did they even bother releasing a Nexus 5? We all know that phones aren’t produced in 6 months. Between the design process, engineering, prototypes, and so on, it can take a couple of years. Google probably wanted to give those phones (and tablets) a chance rather than scrap them.