The Galaxy S IV rumor mill is only just beginning folks. Barring a complete disaster, it’s safe to say it will be unveiled and released sometime between April and June. Last year the Galaxy S III was unveiled in the beginning of May, but this year Samsung might want to get a faster jump ahead of whatever Apple has planned for the fall. The upcoming Galaxy S IV is codenamed “Altius” and reports show that it will be ready to be released in April. If you’re looking for something more precise, the rumor is week 16 or the week of April 15.
LG announced today they are going to expand sales of the LG Optimus G into 50 new markets this month. The new markets will join the United States, Canada, Korea, and Japan, all of which already have access to the device. LG hopes the Optimus G will be considered an “ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone.” While the device does sport some nice hardware, including a Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, we did not find it was enough to land atop some other leading phones in the U.S. market. Still, buyers have been receptive to the Optimus G as indicated by their recent announcement that they had sold 1 million units. Google also thought enough of the Optimus G to use it as the base for the Nexus 4.
Check out the full press release from LG after the break.
ASUS just introduced a low priced ($149) Jelly Bean tablet, the MeMo Pad 7. And now a German tech site, TechHive, has uncovered a YouTube video showing a pretty snappy 10-inch version. The video refers to the tablet as the ASUS MeMo Pad 10 Smart. It doesn’t show much in terms of specs but it seems to be running a skinned version of Jelly Bean. If this video is legit, we’ll more than likely see ASUS present it next month at Mobile World Congress.
Check out the video after the break
Rumors of an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note have been sprouting for quite a while now, but it seems as though the speculated tablet has now been confirmed by Samsung. A new report suggests JK Shin has verified its existence, and wen on to claim that the mid-sized tablet would make its official debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Rumored specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core Eynos processor, as well as an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks to get a clean look at the elusive device.
The Motorola X Phone is one of our favorite new rumors. We’d recently talked about how it will supposedly feature a 5 inch screen, vanilla Android, and an all-carrier approach, but won’t be a Nexus device. Some new rumors have popped up today that back that information and add a little fuel to the fire. The biggest piece of information now is that it will be available on all carriers, either through the Play Store or through the carriers, including Verizon. The catch here is that Verizon’s version of the device, which will run $299 on contract, will feature a bootloader unlock feature for the low, low price of $15 per month. Supposedly all versions of the device will be available on the Play Store with no unlock fee, but I know how much you guys like to give Verizon a little extra money for how well they treat their customers. You can even remove the bloatware once you’ve unlocked it! Sounds great, right?
It’s extremely important to remember that this is a rumor, and until Google I/O in May, (or possibly later) we won’t know any concrete details. Some or all of these details may change between now and then, but speculation is always fun.
source: Droid Life
Google’s Nexus 10 tablet has been a decent success, at least judging from how often it’s sold out in the Play Store. However, some reports are popping up that Google may be showing off a second generation of the high-res tablet with a beefed up processor to better handle that 2560×1600 resolution. The new CPU is rumored to jump from dual-core to quad-core, and an 8-core GPU to match that, in addition to the 2 GB of RAM already available.
Of course, we still have the question of when this new tab will be announced and when it will be available to consumers. With Mobile World Congress quickly creeping up on the calendar, we’re bound to see some pretty cool new tech, even after what we saw at CES. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google join in on that excitement.
First of all, who knows what this image could be. There have been no confirmations whether this is a smartphone, much less real. The only thing we know is that the photo above was posted on the Chinese-language Digi-wo forum by someone who claims it’s a screen for a 6.44-inch 1080p Sony “phablet” device.
Obviously this is as much of a rumor as anything, but still interesting to see what Sony may be up to. Personally, anything over 5 inches for a phone is far too much, but to each his own!
While we expect Sense 5 to first appear on HTC’s upcoming
source: HTC Source
It’s no secret that Google has had some serious inventory issues with its Nexus 4 smartphones, but we are now seeing some epic problems with the Nexus 10 tablet as well. Reports are coming in that both the 16GB and 32GB variations of the tablets are completely sold out in the Play Store for US residents. So unless you try going to your local retailer and hope they have something in stock, you may just be better off waiting for Google’s next great tablet at it’s I/O sometime in May.
Hopefully Google and Samsung gets everything together and will have new stock sooner than later though. We will be sure to keep you all abreast of any news of when more Nexus 10 stock will become available.
source: Nexus 10 16GB | 32GB
via: Android Police
So you find that the Handcent notifications are too dull or the stock messaging app notifications are just too simplistic for you? Well great you’re in luck because Glowfly brings a solid alternative of notification alerts for all you obsessive texters out there. Essentially, users will get an Ice Cream Sandwich-themed notification center that allows for everything from giving a quick reply to seeing an MMS pic in a pop-up to even being able to show pop-ups from a lock screen. Oh and best of all– the app is Google Voice-friendly too, so with some minor fiddling and customizing, users will be able to have some pretty nifty Google Voice notifications as well.
The app is available for a mere 99 cents which is not only pretty inexpensive, but best of all— 50% of all Glowfly proceeds go to a cancer patient in need— and who doesn’t want to own a cool app while trying to beat cancer?
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Samsung announced it will release a Galaxy S III Mini with NFC in the UK. And it will do so soon. Samsung said it will be available this month so our Brit buds will get their chance at the S III Mini within the next ten days. I guess Sammi figured the Mini should probably have S Beam capabilities after it had featured the easy-sharing capability in so many of its ads.
The S III Mini is a sort-of shrunk down version of the Galaxy S III, however, the specs were reduced along with the screen size. The Mini has a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 single GB of RAM and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This can’t really be considered an update since the specs are identical to the Mini without NFC. The device is a decent option for those looking for a smaller mid-tier phone but the “S III” name is a bit misleading.
Press Release after the break
The Sony Xperia Z looks to be one step closer to going on sale stateside. The posted FCC documents appear to indicate Sony’s sleek and water resistant Android handset has passed inspection and deemed safe for the American market. The inspection process also gave us a chance to take a peek inside this guy. A few European sites have begun pre-sales, in the UK and Slovakia, but US consumers still have a couple months to go. Hit the source for the full gallery of Xperia Z dissection photos.
If you’re a fan of the rooting/hacking/modding scene you’ve inevitably heard about the famous CyanogenMod ROM. The great customizations found on this ROM are unbelievable. The problem is, it can often take a long time to get a fully stable build out to users. To remedy this situation, the Cyanogen team has come up with a new strategy, release a (mostly) stable build once a month called the “M-Build“. The M-Build will be almost entirely free of bugs and ready for daily use. Yesterday, CyanogenMod and friends released their first set of M-Builds based on Android 4.2 for a series of popular devices. Check below the break to see if your device is supported. I installed an M-Build on my Nexus S last night and it’s running great! If you’ve got one of the devices listed below, get to it! You’ve got nothing to lose! Be sure to read our Rooting dictionary for beginners if you’re new to all of this.
A few days ago we started our watch for a new tablet device from Sony to complement their Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The wait did not take long as Sony has announced plans to release the Sony Xperia Tablet Z to the Japanese market this spring. The 10.1-inch tablet will have a full 1080p HD screen running on top of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 cpu running at 1.5GHz.
Sony has packed some other nice features into the tablet including an 8.1MP camera that incorporates some of their technology like Exmor R for mobile for grabbing stunning photos, notably in low light situations. Sony also incorporates S-Force Front Surround 3D sound, NFC capability, and a level of water- and dustproofing. The device will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is LTE capable. Initial color choices include black and white.
Sony has not released a specific date of availability nor have they released any information regarding other global markets where the device may eventually be released.
source: Sony Mobile Communications
We already know about the Galaxy Note 8.0, but in the not so surprising news of the week, it looks like Samsung is prepping Galaxy Tab 3 tablets as well as a high end tab for the first half of this year. The Galaxy Tab series has been their bread and butter, and this year won’t be any different. Going under the codename “Santos” we are hearing that the Tab 3 will again come in two sizes. We can expect the same standard 10.1-inch variant and something around 7-inches. It could end up being upgraded to 7.7-inches, but nothing is final. The only spec detail that was revealed is that they will each sport a 5MP rear camera. We also have the model numbers: GT-P3200, GT-P3210, GT-P5200 and GT-P5210. If you’re doing the math, you noticed there are 4 models and that’s because we can expect to see WiFi-only and 3G (or 4G) versions.
Next up is the is the flagship tablet, which will be the GT-P8200. It’s currently going under the codename “Roma” and will also sport a 5MP camera and come in two storage options, 16GB and 32GB. Unfortunately nothing else was given. Hopefully we will see the new Exynos 5 Octa in this bad boy and I would expect to see a display similar to the Nexus 10. Who knows, maybe it will sport the new Youm flexible display.
Last but not least, we already told you most of the specs of the Galaxy Note 8.0, but the processor is now confirmed to be a 1.6GHz quad-core.