Leaked screenshot from Nokia Normandy reveals freak-hybrid OS combination

Nokia Normandy

The Nokia Normandy has appeared in multiple leaks over the past few weeks, and today @evleaks showed us what the UI might look like.

Running a modified version of Android, the device also seems to sport a very similar Windows Phone-style interface as well. Of course none of this is confirmed, but this is all we have for now.

The handset will also supposedly support dual-SIM capability, and there will be options to significantly change the aspects of the home screen. Personally, I think it looks a bit too busy and crowded, but that’s just me.

Source: @evleaks

Level is a visually pleasing finance app that links to your bank account

Didn’t really care for any of the apps we suggested for managing your budget? Level Money is another budgeting app, but this is probably the most uniquely designed one. The developer says “Level is the radically simple, digital equivalent of opening up your wallet to see what you can spend today, this week, or this month.” After linking your bank account(s), Level detects income and fixed expenses; therefore, users always know where they stand.

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Sony confirms Android 4.3.3 coming for Xperia SP, T, TX and V in the next month

sony_xperia_spSony confirmed today that their Xperia SP, T, TX, and V will be receiving Android 4.3.3 “from end Jan / early Feb.” This is a relief for owners who thought they might never get the update, after waiting for it since Sony said it was expected in December. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more precise release dates.

Source: Xperia Blog


First photos of Geeksphone Revolution leaked

geeksphone_revolutionThe first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution, a smartphone that will dual-boot Android OS and Firefox OS, have leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks. The Revolution will come in black and white, and will be equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery.

There will be three capacitive buttons on the front of the slightly curved device, which will reportedly come at a budget-friendly price. The Revolution is just the latest in a wave of popular dual-booting devices, and it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.

Source: Mobile Geeks
Via: TechnoBuffalo



Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.0 begins rolling out for HTC One X+



The HTC One X+ is receiving Android 4.2.2 as we post. This will be the last update the device will receive, as we reported earlier. This update includes a Sense 5.0 user interface overhall, which has most of the features from the HTC One besides camera features and BoomSound. This is probably going to be a slow rollout, but you can try manually updating.

Here’s the changelog:

  • Android Version: 4.2.2
  • HTC Sense: 5.0
  • NFC Fixes
  • AT&T Address Book Fixes

Source: HTC

HTC M8 rubber case leaks, suggests a fingerprint scanner is incoming


The HTC One Max looks like it will be joined by another One device with a fingerprint scanner. A case for the upcoming HTC M8, the One‘s successor, has leaked and it shows that there is a cutout for what is likely a fingerprint scanner. Unlike the iPhone 5s, which has its scanner on the home button, HTC opted for putting it on the back.

The HTC M8 is expected to be announced next month with a release date pegged for spring. According to a recent report, it will be called the HTC One+.

Source: Alibaba
Via: Gotta Be Mobile

LG Optimus F3Q leaks again, causes QWERTY keyboard fans to rejoice


Back in December, @evleaks tweeted an image of LG’s upcoming Optimus F3Q handset including T-Mobile as its destination. A new image, posted by him again, surfaced today and @evleaks says that this is the final design. Also, he leaked some of the specifications. Inside will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a 2460mAh battery. The 4-inch WVGA display sits in front of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (that is now blue) and the device runs Android 4.1.2. A 5MP camera sits on the back.

If you are a QWERTY keyboard fan, this is likely the best that an Android OEM will put forward anytime soon. Read more

Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ biographer, says Google innovates more than Apple


There is probably nothing better an Android fan can hear from someone surrounded by Apple. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, did an exclusive interview with CNBC Wednesday morning on “Squawk Box.” Isaacson started off by talking about Apple’s expansion into China and an anchor asked if it was a bigger move than Google buying Nest. Shockingly, he went on to say the Nest acquisition was bigger.

Isaacson said it “shows an amazingly strong, integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives … the Internet of things is actually real, there are these devices we’re gonna want to have and Google’s going to get ahead of that game.” The biographer followed this up by praising Tony Fadell, one of the men who helped create the iPod, for joining Google. Isaacson said Fadell’s tenure was “when Apple was so innovative.”

Source: CNBC

Samsung, Apple dominance of U.S. smartphone market continues to grow in Q4 2013


The NPD Group and Connected Intelligence released their latest Connected Home Report today showing U.S. smartphone market penetration grew to 62% during the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 52% for the same period in 2012. The data also showed that Apple and Samsung were doing the best job at capitalizing on this growth as the two giants saw their share of the market grow from 57% to 68%. For Apple, the increase year to year was from 35% to 42% while Samsung grew from 22% to 26%. The only other manufacturer that saw positive growth in their share of the market was LG, although their share was still in the single digit range. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and Blackberry all saw their piece of the pie shrink relative to the others. Read more

Sprint comes out of the corner first with LG G Flex available on Jan. 31


Sprint announced today that they will make the LG G Flex, the world’s first curved smartphone, available on their network starting on January 31st for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. On that date, the device will be available through their Business Sales, Telesales, and web site. The LG G Flex will be available in retail stores starting on February 7th. A pre-order page has been setup on the Sprint web site and users who place an online pre-order will receive a free Quickwindow Folio case valued at $59.99. Users who wait to buy from a Sprint retail location will also have the option to purchase the device using Sprint’s Easy Pay with a down payment of $149.99 and 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final payment of $20.68. Read more