Trying to pin down the specs of the Galaxy S5 has been tough. We’ve seen Snapdragon CPUs and Exynos CPUs in benchmarks, we’ve seen evidence that Samsung will use a QHD display, and then other evidence suggesting Samsung will stick with a 1080p display instead, and don’t even think about trying to figure out what Samsung is going to do with TouchWiz. There’s so much conflicting information, and all of it could end up being true if Samsung releases two models of the S5 like we’ve heard.
The latest rumor to throw on top of the pile comes in the form of the back of the GS5 packaging. The box looks pretty similar to the wood-style boxes Samsung uses for their current lineup of devices, so if it’s a fake, it’s pretty convincing. The box lists some pretty beefy specs, including a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, and a QHD 5.25 inch screen. It also looks like the S5 will sport a 3,000 mAh battery, which hopefully can power that screen for more than just a few hours. These specs all pretty much match up with the rumors that say Samsung is going all out this year, which is typically what Samsung does with their flagship devices. Read more
It has already been rumored that the Samsung will finally do away with the home button on the Galaxy S 5, and the Korea Herald is confirming it. They are also reporting the GS5 will sport a bezel-free display that supports fingerprint scanning.
However, contrary to an earlier report, the scanner will not utilize the entire display. It will only be available at the bottom left and right sides of the display. This still sounds like the earlier report in that it will be a swipe scanner. My guess is that the phone will read the fingerprint during the swipe to unlock movement. However it’s implemented, I just hope it works well.
Eventually, the entire display will be utilized, but that technology isn’t ready for mass production yet.
source: Korea Herald
The Google alum that moved to Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, took to his Google+ account today to announce the Redmi smartphone by Xiaomi. Redmi is a rebranding of the Hongmi line for non-Chinese markets. That being said, we can likely expect that the specs and price point will be similar. For about $130 we’ll see a device that has the following (or close to) specs:
- 4.7-inch IPS display (720p at 720 x 1280 resolution)
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB on-board storage
- a MicroSD card slot
- 8MP rear camera with 1080p capture
- a front-facing camera (1.3 MP)
- MIUI V5
As far as availability, it looks like this phone will debut in Singapore. Other markets are unknown at this time. With Redmi, it looks like Lei Jun and Hugo Barra are on a mission to present decently specced devices at lower prices. Whether or not we’ll see such a device in the U.S. is anyone’s guess but add this to the draw that the Moto G is creating and we can see which direction the smartphone market is moving to. And it’s a direction we’re okay with.
source: Hugo Barra on Google+
As Samsung and LG duke it out in the curved phone arena, Samsung (and presumably LG) is readying a smartphone that has a “bent” display. It will debut later this year, and of course, it will be a Galaxy product. If you read between the lines, you will see Galaxy Note 4 written there. However, much like the Galaxy Round was to the Galaxy Note 3, expect it to be a variant. They will only produce a few million units for a niche market.
A bent display features a more pronounced “curve” on one edge of the display. This bent area can display separate notifications as well. Samsung showed this as the Youm display at CES 2013. It represents the next step to what many are waiting for…. foldable displays. For now, it seems as though we won’t see the first smartphone with a foldable display until 2015.
I wonder what they will call this year’s model? Galaxy Bent?
source: Korea Herald
After a brief hiatus, the popular theme app, Themer is back in the Play Store. Pulled because one of its themes violated Apple patents, specifically the icons, the team behind the theme app worked quickly to rectify said violations. While the app was absent from the Play store for over a week, it looks like it’s back for your downloading pleasure. We can assume that the theme that caused all this unnecessary hoopla is gone. We have the download link and QR code after the break. Enjoy!
You rarely, if ever, see an app get so popular that the developer voluntarily pulls it, but that’s exactly what happened to Flappy Bird. We were lead to believe that Dong Nguyen, the developer of the game, just wanted to go back to living a simple life, but he took a different direction in a recent interview with Forbes. According to Doug, you were only supposed to play the game a few minutes here and there, but you got addicted to it. So the only way to fix the problem was to delete it from the Play Store and iOS App Store.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
Even though Samsung promises to tone down future versions of its skinned versions of Android in order to promote Google’s services, Samsung is still pushing forward with its own UI.
This morning Samsung Mobile tweeted out a teaser image for its Unpacked 5 event on February 24. What we see is the possibility of new icons coming to Touchwiz. Besides S Health, the Life icon might suggest that the Life Times app leaked a few weeks ago will be debuted in Barcelona. While we doubt that Samsung is pushing its own social network at the event, it can be assumed that social aspects will be more robust and present throughout the new UI. Given the amount of sensors in the Galaxy S 4 outdoors could correlate with similar sensors on top of location tools. On top of that, it looks like the Korean company is pushing speed, fun, search, style and privacy as well.
Of course we can speculate all we want, but we won’t know just what exactly all of this means for about another two weeks. The event starts at 20:00 (8 p.m.) Central European Time or 2 p.m. Eastern.
We thought Huawei would be unveiling the successor to the Ascend P6, the Ascend P7, later this month at Mobile World Congress— instead, they’ll be launching another phone, alongside a brand new smartwatch.
Details aren’t yet available on either device, and we’d expect that most would be more interested in the smartwatch of the two. It looks as though Huawei, Apple’s main Asian competitor, will be beating Apple to the wearable market, at least in Asia.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all of this, especially because, as always, leaked specs and photos should be coming relatively soon.
Source: Wall Street Journal
LG isn’t the only one making three-SIM card phones anymore. The Samsung Galaxy Star Trios, which you can see above, is LG’s triple-SIM handset that was just launched in Brazil. LG’s Optimus L1 Tri, with three SIM slots, is also available in Brazil, meaning there must be high demand for these types of devices there.
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Star Trios features a 3.14-inch QVGA (240 x 320) display, single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal memory, and a 1,300 mAh battery. The device is available from numerous Brazilian retailers, in either black or white, for around $165 – quite a steep price for what’s a low-end device, beside the SIM slots.
source: Samsung Brazil
The folks over at Xperia Blog have been notified that Sony will be holding its press conference in just under two weeks at Mobile World Congress. On February 24 at 8:30 CET (or 2:30am EST), Sony will take the stage. Later that day, Samsung is slated to announce the inevitable Galaxy S 5. But Sony will no doubt earn some of the spotlight as the Sony ‘Sirius’ (D6503) will likely be announced along with plans to be carried on various networks.
Are you excited for what Sony has to offer?
Source: Xperia Blog