Recently we reported that the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 will be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, along with a few specs. Today the back cover has been leaked along with slightly contrary specs.
First the cover. If you’re not a fan of glass backs, you will be happy to know that the Z1 won’t sport one. Of course, this pic could be from an early prototype, but assuming it’s close to the final design, it appears to be matte metallic or carbon fiber. It was also divulged that there will be 5 color options.
Huawei is working on the Ascend G6, which will sport the same thin design as the Ascend P6, but for the budget-minded. Pictured above, it was recently certified for sale in China, which divulged the specs.
The display size is still unknown, but it will sport qHD (960 x 540) resolution. It will also include a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G. It’s also speculated to have Android 4.2 onboard.
Today, Bloomberg is reporting stuff that we have already posted, but it’s nice to get further confirmation. The successor to the HTC One (codenamed the M8), which has been rumored to be called the One+ or the One Two, will be released in March, which is inline with last year’s release. They are also reporting that it will have a larger display, at least 5-inches, and it will have a twin-sensor rear camera. They also said the design of the device won’t be far off from the One.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the new One could sport two lenses, one dedicated for extreme low light situations. Then, last week, Toshiba unveiled their new dual sensor camera for smartphones. Can you put two and two together? Yup, it looks like this new Toshiba dual sensor camera is going to be in the new HTC One successor. It makes perfect sense since Toshiba’s dual sensors are both 5MP. Since HTC is expected to continue to use UltraPixel technology, it’s still unlikely they will be able to get much higher than 5MP. Remember, the HTC One’s sensor is 4MP.
One of the biggest selling points of the Moto X is ability to customize the device with Moto Maker. While the Moto G doesn’t benefit from it, that’s not stopping Motorola from allowing customers to customize the budget friendly device. Starting today, consumers can customize the Moto G with five different colored Grip Shells. They come in the following colors:
- Royal Blue
- Lemon Lime
The shells cost $19.99 and feature a rubber bumper to protect the device. On top of that, the back is textured to allow for an easier grip. Even if the battery isn’t removable, the back is. This allows for an easier time swapping out colors. To purchase a Grip Shell for your Moto G you can hit the source link below. Enjoy!
We had a chance to see the amazing self-healing abilities of the LG G Flex last week at CES, but something else is going on that doesn’t appear to be self-healing. Many users are complaining about small bumps on the display. How the hell do they get there? As you know, the G Flex is somewhat flexible, and these bumps appear as a result of this flexing.
Now the big question is if they are appearing because of too much flexing or something LG didn’t foresee would happen even with minimal flexing. LG seems to think it’s the former, and they are advising people to not flex the device frequently or with excessive force. Hit the break for the statement….
As T-Mobile continues to push the uncarrier approach they’re continuing to make headlines. Recently, T-Mobile launched Uncarrier 4.0. The newest PR move that allows consumers to leave their current wireless provider with T-Mobile footing the ETF bill. It’s a popular move as the company received the fastest growing carrier title for 2013 with a net gain of 4.4 million new customers. According to the company, this isn’t just a promotion. T-Mobile’s marketing boss, Mike Sievert, had this to say:
“This is not just a promotion. What we are trying to do is bring an end to unfair one-way onerous contracts in this country.”
As 2014 gets into full swing we’re going to start seeing what OEMs have in store for us in regards to their next flagship devices. Both Samsung and HTC look to release their next generation smartphones roughly the same time as they did last year. However LG looks to shake up their release schedule by possibly releasing the next generation to the G2 as early as May.
If you remember, the G2 was released third quarter of last year. With Samsung and HTC releasing their devices in the first half of the year, they’ve had a jump on sales. According to Korean media sources, LG is hoping to capitalize by doing the same this year.
According to @evleaks, Verizon will be adding yet another tablet to their lineup. This time around is the LG G Pad 8.3. There is no time frame attached for its arrival; however, we should be finding that out fairly soon. Read more
Back in October, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing her Google Glass while driving in California. On Thursday, however, a traffic court in San Diego found that she was not guilty since there was no proof that her Glass was being used. The ticket was the same as ones given to drivers that have screens distracting them.
Despite this single case, other states are gearing up to prevent issues with Google Glass wearers. New Jersey, Delaware, and West Virginia are all in the process of passing bills that ban the device. If the bills pass, it should be interesting to see how many states follow in their footsteps. Even Google warns: “Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”
With wearables getting as big as they are, it makes sense that companies should be working on software that is wearable friendly. Well it seems like Google is doing just that.
Android 4.4 brought a number of features to Android that were especially helpful for things like fitness tracking. A new API that Google is working on brings this to the next level, allowing apps to be able to view and edit fitness tracking data, as well as read and write raw and transformed data.
It’s not yet clear when we will see the API be integrated into Android, but it will likely be in a future update to the operating system.
Source: GoogleSystem Blogspot