When a leaked Lenovo roadmap was discovered a little over a week ago, one of the devices listed was the Lenovo Vibe X2, a sequel to the Lenovo Vibe X. The roadmap document seemed to hint at the device being available in a wide variety of colors. Some newly discovered photos of the device add a little more information to what Lenovo is getting ready to bring to market. The images show what appears to be a metal chassis for the device. A view of the side also shows what appears to be layers of metal used for construction of the smartphone, though it is difficult to tell if that is just a faux look.
It is not much to go on, but a previously unreported LG device has shown up on the web site of South Korean carrier LG U Plus. The mystery device has a model number LG-F520L. Outside of that, there is no other information to go on. To try to add a little context though, the LG-F470L listed corresponds to the LG G3 Beat while the LG-F460L is the LG G3. So a model number in the 5xx series could indicate the device is part of the next generation smartphone line from LG.
Starting today, new and existing AT&T customers who activate a new AT&T Next line with a smartphone will receive $100 credit to their bill. AT&T, like other carriers and their similar plans, offers customers a chance to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade to a new one with zero money down, no upgrade fees or activation fees. The added caveat to Next is no annual service contract. Payments for a new phone are instead broken down over a 20 or 24 month installments. Of course there’s debate over whether or not these types of plans are worth it. That being said if you’re looking to take advantage of this, you can do so at any AT&T retail store or online at att.com/100credit. However this offer is a limited time deal and you’ll have until Sept. 30, to take advantage.
Softbank owned mobile carrier Sprint will soon be offering a Sony smartphone for the first time. The deal is designed to both give Sony’s mobile division a much needed boost and strengthen Sprint’s handset line up as it looks to stem the tide of subscribers that are heading for other waters.
We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.
The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.
Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.
Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.
Android has gained some ground in the US according to the latest report from consumer analytics firm Kantar Worldpanel. According to the latest metrics, Android has gained over 11 points of market share in a year’s time for a three month period ending in July. Much of this gain comes from iOS. The Apple OS saw a 11.8 point drop in the same period.
If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated phones thats getting revealed at next week’s IFA 2014 event, and for a while now we thought we had a pretty clear picture of what the upcoming phablet would look like. However, accessories retailer Trait-Tech have put some cases for the Note 4 in their store, and if they are legitimate, they could hint at a different design for the device.
The OnePlus One has had the opposite of a smooth launch so far. Between a clunky invite system, an exploding phone and an incredibly sexist contest, consumers waiting to get their hands on the self-proclaimed “flagship killer” have been getting restless. Luckily the folks at OnePlus have heard your cries for help and have announced via a Reddit AMA that they will be launching a more traditional preorder system sometime in October.