It should be no surprise to anyone at this time that Samsung is working on some form of physical user-authentication similar to the fingerprint scanning technology introduced by HTC and Apple during 2013. Reports have already surfaced that the work on sourcing components for fingerprint scanners is underway for most major smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung. We have also seen reports that Samsung was considering eye-scanning technology as a possible way to differentiate themselves. In a new report, Samsung has reportedly dropped the idea of iris-based authentication for now, though they continue to study the concept. Read more
One thing that you can bet on with Samsung is that they always unveil a slew of new features with each phone, so don’t expect the Galaxy S 5 to be any different. According to Korean media, they are going to introduce multi-hovering on the upcoming flagship. Not much is divulged, but it will work beyond what Air View and Air Gestures does today. Air View only works with one finger and Air Gestures works by using the front-facing camera.
It’s believe that Synaptics is behind this technology, but I do have to wonder if the touchless gesture technology we saw from Elliptic Labs at CES is exactly the implementation we will see. They did tell me that a phone will sport their technology by the end of 2014, but wouldn’t tell me what phone or manufacturer. However, they were demoing this feature on the Galaxy S 4, so you tell me what that means.
This technology uses 4 speakers to pick up the movements and works very well. Check out the video from CES after the break.
Verizon introduced Edge back in July to answer T-Mobile’s Jump program. Sprint’s answer didn’t work and it looks like Verizon, while not ending the program, is making some adjustments to it. Previously, Edge required customers to have 50% of their device paid for after six months. Now it has been cut to thirty days. Yes, days. So if you pay for least 50% of your device after just one month, you can get a new device.
The carrier tells CNET that this is a promotion; however, there is no end date penciled in just yet. And while you are at it, trading in your current smartphone can get you at least a $100 Verizon gift card and a free activation. This promotion ends March 31.
A little less than two weeks ago, @evleaks tweeted an image of what could be Samsung’s next step for their user interface. It looked like a much more refined, modern take when compared to their current offering. Icons were revamped and there seemed to be a stream of content that is comparable to Google Now and HTC’s BlinkFeed.
Today that stream of content has leaked again, courtesy of @evleaks. In the image above, you can see just how much depth the feature has. It all looks like a collection of what interacts with your life. Weather, fitness, location, social, sports, and productivity information is all available in this stream. It certainly looks aesthetically pleasing. Also, users can likely sift through content by scrolling. If Samsung does opt to go with this new user interface, we would likely see it first with the upcoming Galaxy S 5. Read more
We might still be hungover from CES, but the Android news never stops. Things are really starting to heat up with rumors surrounding the HTC One successor and the Galaxy S 5, but don’t count Sony out as they are readying The Xperia Z2 for Mobile World Congress. Motorola dropped the extra cost of the wooden Moto X to only to $25, and will offer a few more styles. Google made their first big step towards home automation with the purchase of Nest. When will YouTube’s new music service come out and will the FCC bless a Sprint/T-Mobile merger? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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The Huawei P6 is a super-slim device with some serious horsepower, but its successor, the Ascend P6 S, promises to pack even more punch. Launched today with not much fanfare, the P6 S is a bit thicker (6.5 mm) but has the same battery capacity, 2,000mAh.
While it lacks LTE support, there is now a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. It’s also a dual-SIM, dual-standby phone. The remaining specs are the same as its predecessor— 4.7-inch LCD with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 5MP front camera.
LG may be ignoring Android 4.3 and updating their devices directly to Android 4.4 KitKat. Information sent to Phone Arena shows the Optimus F3, Optimus F6, G Pad 8.3 (upcoming Verizon model too), G Pro Lite, Optimus F7, LG D315 (unannounced), LG LS740 (unannounced), Optimus L9 II, Optimus Vu II, Vu III, and G Flex all getting the bump to the latest version of Android.
If LG does indeed update all of these devices to KitKat, it would be quite impressive as LG does not have a proven track record in timely updates.
Source: Phone Arena
A dual-SIM variant of the Moto G was always in future plans for the device, and now it seems as though that day is finally coming. At least in Australia, it is.
Motorola’s Australia site has the information on it already, so this news is definitely confirmed. Pricing is still unknown, as well as availability. Hopefully Motorola will make the dual-SIM Moto G available in the United States soon as well— for such a low price, it could do very well.
It looks like owners of the LG G Pro have some treats ahead of them if current rumors hold true. According to some leaked images and information, the G Pro will be receiving a QuickWindow cover of its own. From what can be seen, the covers will provide similar functionality to that of its G2 cousin. Of course that’s not the only thing that could be coming.
Another rumor has the G2 Knock feature arriving to the phablet as well. In addition to the popular device wake feature, a UI allowing full QuickWindow functionality will make using the device without opening the cover a breeze.
The cover and software update should be announced relatively shortly in Korea, and in other regions there after. So be on the look out for that.
Samsung will likely be bringing an extremely affordable device to its lineup in the near future, as the company recently applied for a “Galaxy S Value” trademark. No details on the exact price or specs of the device, but our guess is that we will have some more information in the next few months.