Sony has seen yet another image leak of a forthcoming device, but as more images leak the mystery as to just where it fits in the portfolio continues to deepen. We have previously reported on a device named the Xperia Z1s appearing briefly on the Sony web site, followed by leaked images of a Sony device apparently headed to international markets and another purportedly showing an Xperia Mini that was thought to be the Z1s. However, sources now think the Xperia Z1s may be a completely different version than the Xperia Mini and may be an updated version of the Xperia Z1.
As hinted at in previous leaked images, the new image clearly reveals the headphone jack relocated to being just off center in the top edge of the device instead of being over close to the side. Based on the angle and relationship of the devices, it appears this new Z1s device is slightly larger than the current Xperia Z1 as well. Meanwhile, we will have to continue the hunt for news about the Xperia Mini as well. Hopefully all of these new devices are ready to be revealed soon by Sony, perhaps at CES 2014.
source: Xperia Blog
As the over-the-air update KRT16S has been rolling out to Nexus 4 owners bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices, some users have discovered some problems with their smartphones after the update. Reports indicate some users are having trouble with core functions like the dialer not working, different Quick Settings toggles not working and even the Home button being rendered inoperable. For the small number of users impacted by these problems, a couple different solutions have been identified that may give them some relief. Read more
Google has released three new commercials via YouTube for the Nexus 5. The three 15-second spots focus on the camera app, showing off different features. These include the ability to take better pictures of high contrast scenes thanks to HDR+, creating Photo Spheres, and creating animated sequences of still images using Auto Awesome.
You can check out all three spots after the break. Read more
Back when the Chromecast was first released, several developers immediately jumped on efforts to add functionality Google had left out. That was until Google decided to lock down the devices. One app that was left out in the cold by that move was Koushik Dutta’s AllCast app that enabled the casting of all kinds of local content from an Android device to a Chromecast. In response, Dutta decided to take AllCast in a new direction and has built out the app so that it can stream content to DLNA-capable devices, along with the Xbox 360, Roku, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs. Read more
Samsung’s release of the Galaxy Gear back in September certainly set off an avalanche of activity in the wearable device market despite the questions surrounding the device’s success or lack of success on the market. The latest company to get swept up by a desire to develop and sell a smartwatch is ZTE Corp. which has announced plans to produce a device during the first quarter of 2014 with sales to commence during the second quarter. According to an official with ZTE, Lu Qianhao, the head of their handset marketing strategy, ZTE will be producing a low cost smartwatch in an effort to appeal to a broader market. At this point, the focus is primarily on the Chinese market, but Mr. Lu does indicate the company hopes to eventually expand into the U.S. and European markets later in 2014. Read more
Samsung is getting in on the Black Friday craze this year. According to SamMobile, the company will have around 50 of the “best movies of the year” at reduced prices (as low as $3.99) in the Samsung Hub.” The sale isn’t just for Black Friday itself. It will be all weekend from November 29 – December 2. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the deal, keep your eyes on the Samsung Hub or Media Hub (on a Smart TV) beginning Friday. Some of the movies may be as low as $3.99.
We’re starting to hear more about the M8, HTC’s follow-up to the HTC One. Today’s rumor is brought to you by an AnTuTu benchmark that is showing an HTC device with the name 0P6B120. Normally, these early device benchmarks are to be expected, but what’s special about this one is just how high the mystery device is scoring. The results pin the device with a score of just over 36,000, which beats similar devices (Samsung Note 3, LG G2, etc) by a few thousand points. Obviously we’ve seen that benchmarks don’t actually equate to real-world performance, and benchmarks are extremely easy to manipulate, but this could definitely be one of the first devices to run one of Qualcomm’s slightly faster Snapdragon 805 CPUs.
Want comedian Kevin Hart to give you driving directions? He can with Waze. Google’s other navigation service has teamed up with Universal Pictures to allow celebrities to guide you through your travels. The reason Kevin Hart is first up is because of his upcoming film Ride Along, appropriately named, that he costars with Ice Cube. Universal Pictures is likely paying some money to have Hart and the film’s name featured in the app. To activate this feature, head over to Settings/Sound/”English – Ride Along”.
Rather than just relying on data, Waze crowdsources information from other drivers. Users share traffic and accident reports, speed limit markers, stationed police, and hazards for others to know of; therefore, you can travel accordingly.
If you love RPGs, then you probably enjoy the Final Fantasy series. The original Final Fantasy IV was released twenty-two years ago, and After Years arrived for Japanese phones in 2008. Now the sequel is available on Android for just $15.99 in the Play Store. Of course the majority of mobile gamers won’t be seeking to purchase this game as it’s really meant for loyal Final Fantasy and RPG fans. There’s a big difference between dropping a dollar for something like Angry Birds and sixteen for a Final Fantasy port.
Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links. Read more
Over the past several months, there has been a few leaks of a Gold HTC One, but it was usually an image of an aftermarket version of it. The HTC One body does seem to be perfect for a gold color, so HTC is finally going to offer one.
This One will come directly from HTC so you know you are getting the real deal, plus it will be a lot cheaper since it won’t be 18K gold. Underneath all that gold will be the same exact phone that we all know and love with the same specs.
HTC only mentioned that it would be available “across Europe” by Christmas, so we aren’t sure if it will hit other regions. Hit the break for the presser.