Samsung already sent out invitations for Samsung Unpacked 2014, Episode 1 to the media. The event will take place on February 24th at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona where Samsung will officially announce its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.
As we get closer to the announcement of the Galaxy S5, more information is getting leaked about its specifications. A Russian blogger named Eldar Murtazin, who also revealed that the Galaxy S5 will be launched on 23rd February, took it to Twitter to leak the exact specifications of the Galaxy S5. Read more
The HTC M8 or One 2 is grabbing quite the attention. We previously heard rumors about the on-screen buttons, color options, twin UltraPixel camera and a possible March launch.
Today, a picture of the HTC M8 aka One 2 has surfaced on Twitter that appears to be the rear panel of the phone. The picture posted by a Twitter user going by the name @HTCFamily_RU shows the twin cameras and a dual LED flash on the back of the phone. This means that the fingerprint sensor, if there is one one, won’t be on the back of the phone. No other details about the phone was leaked. Read more
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Seven Days with the new Beats Music app
Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app
EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play
Holification Nation releases beautiful new Instagram app
Sony’s newest entry into the Xperia lineup, the Xperia Z1 Compact, is apparently having some issues with the camera flash in low light situations. According to users on Android-Hlife and the Sony Mobile forums, taking pictures at night outside or in dimly lit areas when using the flash causes light bleeding, which distorts the pictures. Basically, it looks like the light emitted from the flash on the back of the phone is refracted back onto the lens, causing some pretty washed out images.
The issue is looking like its more prevalent on the pink and lime models compared to the black and white, which is pretty odd. Hopefully it’s something that Sony can get worked out through a software update, but camera problems can be pretty tricky. Read more
We’ve already seen Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 break cover, but now it’s looking more likely that we’ll see multiple carrier-branded versions of Samsung’s super tablet. The latest leaks come from the FCC, which shows a version of the Note Pro with radios supporting AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE network.
FCC filings aren’t definitive proof that a carrier is going to launch something, but it’s pretty rare for a company to send something for approval if they aren’t planning on selling it. The big question is determining how much these cell-equipped tablets are going to cost, considering the WiFi-only model runs about $850. These carrier versions are definitely going to be aimed at businesses and power users, not normal consumers.
The latest Android version numbers are in for February, and everything’s right on course for what we expected. Jelly Bean is continuing its climb and still holds a majority of the market of all Android devices. Between Android 4.1 and 4.3, Jelly Bean accounts for 60.7% of devices, and if you include Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat in those numbers, 78.6% of devices are running some version of Android over 4.0. Unfortunately, KitKat only accounts for 1.8% of devices, but considering how few devices are seeing official updates, that’s not too surprising.
On the outdated side of things, Gingerbread still unfortunately makes up about 20% of Android devices. Froyo has almost completely dropped off of the charts, but it’s still a little discouraging to see that 1 in 5 Android devices are not running a modern version of Google’s OS. Hopefully we’ll see Gingerbread exit this chart completely by the end of the year.
source: Android Developer Dashboard
While Instagram recently revamped the Apple version of their app with iOS7, the Android version of the app wasn’t so lucky, and remains a bit of an eye-sore. Luckily, there are 3rd party apps to remedy this, such as the new one by Holification Nation.
The new Holification Nation Instagram app is not the first app that the two-man team have revamped. Also on the list are Grooveshark, Steam and Snapchat, and the list continues to grow.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Google is giving away the chance to win a red Google Nexus 5! All you have to do is tell Google what or who you love by submitting a picture of a person, place or thing.
To enter the competition you must be over the age of 18, live in the US, and submit an image that qualifies. If you meet those requirements you can head over to the official contest page to submit your entry. You also should share your photo on your preferred social media site with the tag #iheartred. You could also win $25 in Play Store credit.
For every phone, there comes a time that support diminishes. Sony made it clear today that that time has come for twelve of their devices that fall outside the 18-month update window that Google and Android have put in place. The complete list:
- Xperia arc S
- Xperia S
- Xperia SL
- Xperia ion
- Xperia acro S
- Xperia go
- Xperia P
- Xperia J
- Xperia micro
- Xperia sola
- Xperia tipo
- Xperia U
Source: Xperia Blog
Courtesy of @evleaks, we have an image of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. After looking at the image, there are only three noticeable Verizon ‘stamps.’ Verizon’s logo, 4G LTE logo, and 4G LTE indicator are all present. Other than that, it looks like any other Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. Yesterday, it was announced that the tablet would cost $850. But now with Verizon radios included, that price could reach or go north of $1000. If this tablet is a must-have, get your credit card ready for February 13. Read more