Later this week we anticipate the official announcement of the LG G Pro 2, which should become one of LG’s flagship devices along with the LG G2. While some details have been leaking out about the device, like the photographer friendly features, the latest bit of information focuses more on some of the base hardware. According to some new entries in the AnTuTu Benchmark, the LG G Pro 2 will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.26 GHz mated to an Adreno 330 graphics chip, 3GB of RAM, and a full 1080p HD screen. No word yet on the exact size of the screen, though it is believed to be close to 6 inches putting in the large format, frequently called phablet, category of smartphone. Read more
Well look at what we have here. A new handheld gaming device from ASUS, called the Gamebox, hit the AnTuTu benchmarks. On the surface, it would appear to be a NVIDIA Shield competitor, but it’s not all that different from the Shield. It sports a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4, a GeForce ULP graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android 4.3.
Remember all those licensing deals that Microsoft inked with Android manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Acer and others? Well here’s a little update for you. Microsoft is making a whopping $2 billion from those deals annually. According to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, Microsoft is making an average of $5.00 per Android phone sold, and they have about 70% of the market covered with their deals between OEMs and ODMs. If you factor in 90% gross margin on these revenues, It’s estimated that Microsoft took in $1.6 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, and they are expected to bring in $1.73 billion for the 2014 fiscal year. 2015 will bring in $1.82 billion.
Last week, reports indicated that HTC would be making a high-end Nexus tablet this year, and today we are getting a little more information. According to DigiTimes, HTC will be making the Nexus 10 followup. Now last week’s report indicated that whatever HTC was working on, it would not come until the 3rd quarter. If it’s really the Nexus 10, that is a little surprising since it would be close to 2 years from the original Nexus 10 launch.
Unfortunately DigiTimes didn’t offer a timetable, but they did offer something else quite interesting in that apparently HTC was offered the original Nexus 7, but they turned it down. At that time, HTC had taken themselves out of the tablet market. The HTC Flyer (pictured above) was their last tablet.
With pressure caving in and the desire to live a simple life, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the much popular Flappy Bird game, has decided to pull the game from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. With Flappy Bird making a whopping $50,000 dollars per day just on ads alone, it seemed like the pressure and press got to the developer. According to his personal Twitter account yesterday:
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. I also will not sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
He also mentioned that while he’s humbled that his game has gotten so popular, it comes as a cost as he prefers to live a ‘simple’ life and not be in the limelight. Sometimes other things are more important than money, right? Dong also mentioned that he still has and will develop more games, but the much popular Flappy Bird will be retired, at least for now.
Bring on the clones!! Did you enjoy Flappy Bird?
Yep, more Samsung/Apple patent news. Judge Lucy Koh, who has been the judge over this enormous patent lawsuit since the very beginning, has denied Samsung’s motion for a retrial based on some particularly unsavory comments made by one of Apple’s lawyers. Apple tried to argue that letting Korean-based Samsung continue to “infringe patents” owned by American companies would destroy American companies’ ability to make quality products. Read more
Qualcomm has released a new lockscreen app, Snapdragon Glance (Beta), for devices powered by their Snapdragon chips that will help users access information a little quicker and easier. This is achieved by presenting users with notifications, calendar information, weather updates, and quick access to contacts and apps. Read more
Almost anyone will associate magenta with T-Mobile. The federal court agrees. T-Mobile announced today that a Federal Court in Texas has ordered AT&T and Aio Wireless to stop using the plum color you see in their logo above, as it is “confusingly similar” to T-Mobile’s own trademark magenta. According to court documents, T-Mobile claims the Plum in question, Pantone 676C, is so similar to its own Pantone Process Magenta that it “dilutes its strength and likely causes confusion among consumers.”
AT&T can no longer use magenta, plum, or any other “confusingly similar shades” in advertising, marketing and store design.
As we get closer to MWC 2014 and the likely release of the Sony “Sirius” device as the Sony Xperia Z2, we have some new images that reveal some of the camera functions on the new device. Perhaps of greatest interest to many, even if usefulness may be limited until the market matures, is the presence of 4K video recording. XDA member iRimas, who has the device, grabbed the screenshots showing some of the settings for 4K video and some other features. Read more
We already saw a pretty clear image of the HTC M8 dual camera last week, but now a new image has surfaced. Unfortunately it’s from the blurrycam, but you can see a little more detail from each lens. The same leaker also offered up closer images of the new on-screen buttons, but they are again blurry, not to mention that we already posted much better images here and here. Just hit the source link if you want to see the blurry versions.
We still don’t know if the HTC M8 will be called the HTC One 2, the One+, or something entirely different. Rumors indicate it will be announced after Mobile World Congress.