The Nexus 5 has been a worse-kept secret than the newly unveiled HTC One Max. We’ve already seen an extensive hands on video of the latest Nexus device over the weekend, but today we’re getting even more shots of the device from a Google+ user in Russia. He uploaded a handful of pics of the device alongside the title “From Russia with Love.” Not subtle, but hey, at least we get a few more peeks at the device.
There’s nothing here that we haven’t already seen, before you get too excited. It shows the front of the device, charger placement, the matted back of the device complete with vertical Nexus logo, etc. At this point, I’m honestly more excited for the announcement of the device for Android 4.4, because there are at least a few secrets hidden there somewhere. Hopefully that announcement is right around the corner. You can hit the break to check out the pictures. Read more
Samsung has released a new app, OLED World, to the Google Play store. Samsung hopes users will use the app to show off the capabilities of the AMOLED screens on devices like the Galaxy S 4 or the Galaxy Note 3. To do this, Samsung partnered with photographers Kwon O Chul, Ashley Vincent, Satoshi Kuribayashi and Hougaard Malan to produce a series of HD images of astronomical object, wildlife, insects, and landscapes. According to Samsung, their AMOLED screens are able to display 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is much larger than the standard sRGB. This produces more vibrant images. Read more
Worried that the HTC One Max won’t have enough battery life to satisfy you? If you are indeed concerned, there’s good news. A power flip case will launch beside the device with a 1200mAh battery. That would bump the total size of the One Max’s battery to 4500mAh. The case not only juices up your device, it also acts as a stand if you’re interested in watching a movie or video chatting. Connecting the case to the handset are the three pogo pins that everyone was questioning for so long. And yes, the fingerprint scanner is still exposed to be touched.
HTC’s entrance into the phablet game is finally here. This morning the HTC One Max was unveiled with a general release date of “rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.” But have no fear if you’re in the United States and interested in HTC’s massive device. If you take a look at the press images for the Verizon and Sprint models, the date displayed might give away the release dates. The Verizon model (above), which has their logo instead of HTC’s, shows November 7th. Hit the break for the Sprint version and its possible release date. Read more
Want that Android 4.4 Kit Kat look right now? Well we can’t give you the official release, but XDA member ALESSIO94x did a really good mock up of the wallpaper and icons seen in last week’s leak.
Just hit the download link below for the wallpaper and icons for the App Drawer, Phone app, Google Now, and Settings.
LG might be a month behind in announcing their curved display phone, but we now know exactly what it will look like. The timeliness of this leak is very interesting when you consider the Galaxy Round was officially announced last week. LG obviously didn’t want everyone to wait a full month before “seeing” what they had in store.
As you can see, LG is going a completely different route with their curved display. LG’s curve seems more natural for a phone, curving from top to bottom, while Samsung’s Galaxy Round curves from side to side. The G Flex would seem more comfortable when talking on the phone, while the Galaxy Round might sit better in your pocket.
I don’t think either the G Flex or the Round will excite people all that much, but this is just the beginning stage of what will be something truly amazing years from now when things won’t be so rigid. One more pic after the break.
You can stop the leaks now because the HTC made the One Max official. Because of all the leaks, there really isn’t much about the phone that is a surprise, but here’s the final rundown of the specs: 5.9-inch full HD display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 4 UltraPixel rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, IR blaster, fingerprint scanner, BoomSound, 3300mAh battery, Android 4.3, and Sense 5.5 as well as Zoe.
The One Max looks just like its siblings, the One and One Mini. It’s just bigger and has the addition of the fingerprint scanner at the back and the power button moves to the side. The fingerprint scanner will obviously unlock the phone, but you will also be able to open apps automatically when waking the device. I presume the power button placement is because of the size of the phone, thus making it easier for one handed operation.
It will be available in the UK later this week on Vodafone UK, followed by other markets later in the month. As to the U.S., it’s expected to hit Verizon and Sprint in time for the holidays. Pricing wasn’t specified. Hit the break for the “first look” video and full press release.
Today, SamMobile has yet another Android 4.3 leak for us. This time, for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we have a final build of 4.3, named I9505XXUEMJ3. Being final means that future versions will not have anything big added or removed, besides maybe a few bug fixes and improvements. According to SamMobile, the official update should begin rolling out within one to two weeks.
You can head to the source link to download the leaked build for yourself.
Thanks to designgears and Chainfire, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been rooted. The bootloader is still locked, but this can only mean that it will be cracked very soon. At least you will be now be able to install apps that require root permission, which many of you need.
The tool is called Root de la Vega, which is named after Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility. A very important feature of this method is the Knox flags will remain intact, thus keeping your warranty. Just hit the source link for full instructions and file download links.
Samsung has put out the official introduction video for their 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The four and a half minute video shows off the new Note’s light, compact design which is apparently inspired by classic notebooks, and its stunning 2560×1600 display. Other features like Multi-Window, and S-Pen optimized features like Air command, S Finder and Action Memo are also featured in the intro video.
You can check out the video for yourself after the break.