Google schedules two events for mobile Chrome on June 7 and 13

by Aditya Thawardas on
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chrome_eventAccording to two livestream videos spotted on Google’s Developers website, there appears to be two mobile Chrome events coming up in the next few weeks. We don’t know more information than just the fact that they are scheduled for June 7 at 1 p.m. and June 13 at 11 a.m. EDT. Google doesn’t seem to have ever held an event solely for Chrome, and definitely not just for mobile Chrome. Just a few weeks after I/O, and a week after a mobile Chrome update, this is quite unexpected.

What could it be? Mobile extension support? Enhanced desktop/mobile sync? We’ll find out soon enough, and Talk Android will be bringing you the news as it comes.

Source: Android Police

UK retailers cutting price on 16GB Nexus 7 in advance of Google’s upcoming event

by Jeff Causey on
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With Google’s The Playground is Open event only days away, we have already seen the Google Play Store “de-list” the 8GB version of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. A 32GB Nexus 7 device is in the works along with a 3G-enabled variant, which apparently has prompted some retailers in the UK to guess these devices will be announced next Monday. In response, they have started to cut the price on 16GB Nexus 7 tablets as it appears destined to become the bottom rung on the Nexus 7 ladder.

Currys has reduced the price to £189.99 ($302 USD) while retail chain Comet has cut the price down to £179.99 ($287 USD). Prior to these price cuts, the 16GB Nexus 7 was selling for £199.99 ($319 USD). Before being cut from the Google Play Store, the 8GB Nexus 7 sold for £159 ($255 USD), so the 16GB version appears headed toward that price range.

source: Eurodroid

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could be introduced on October 11

by Macky Evangelista on
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The unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini could be just days away after several invites have been sent for a Samsung event that will take place on October 11th. While the invite was in German, the slogan is roughly translated to “something small will be really big”, and “get ready for a little sensation.” While it’s not confirmed to be the S III Mini, one can put two and two together and assume that it will be.

Not much is known about the S III Mini and what specs it will have, but you should be able to expect it to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

source: Unwiredview

HTC tweets photo of a device as a teaser for tomorrow’s event

by Macky Evangelista on
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Tomorrow, HTC will be holding an event to launch a new device(s) and we’ve all been eagerly anticipating what it may be. Today HTC took it upon their Twitter account and posted a teaser photo about the event. My first guess is a Windows 8 device, perhaps a Windows version of the HTC One X?

While I don’t expect it to be an Android device, there are several contenders such as the rumored 5″ HTC DIx device and a new tablet that they’ve been working on.

Either way, the event should be great and I have no doubts HTC will unveil yet another high spec’d device. We’ll be sure to cover tomorrow’s event and bring you up to date news.

source: HTC’s Twitter

HTC announces September 19th press event, new hardware is inevitable

by Colton Kaiser on
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HTC has just sent out invitations to members of the press for an event scheduled for September 19th in New York City. Not to be overshadowed by the likes of Nokia, Motorola and Apple, it is expected that the company will unveil brand new hardware.

Rumors strongly suggest that HTC could very well be prepping a new Windows Phone 8-based device. Although it’s possible that the manufacturer could be showing off its most recently leaked 10-inch tablet. Additionally, the event may have nothing to do with either of the aforementioned rumors, and could inevitably provide a better look at the elusive black and red-colored One X lookalike destined for Verizon Wireless we saw last week.

Without any relevant details, it looks like we’ll have to wait patiently to find out what HTC has up its sleeve.

Source: Engadget

Google to Hold Mysterious Event on November 16th

by Stacy Bruce on
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What on earth have we got here? Google just sent out private invites for an event in LA next Wednesday, November 16th at 2PM pacific/5PM eastern. It clearly states “these go to eleven”, a Spinal Tap quote referring to volume at full-blast. If you examine the invite even further, you will notice a few things: Android, T-Mobile and the Beatles. Now your guess about what will be announced at the event is as good as any at this point but I have a few myself.

It is very possible that Google will be announcing some sort of music store, possibly in BETA form for T-Mobile customers to try out before being released to the masses. Another theory, which I think is rather unlikely, is that there will be an announcement that T-Mobile will be receiving the Galaxy Nexus. If you notice on the wall where the Android character is you will see splats of paint in the four colors that are usually reserved for Google’s Nexus branding; red, blue, yellow, green. Now, I don’t want to go getting your hopes up or anything (Joe Sirianni), but who knows, you T-Mo folks might get a welcomed surprise. But then again, whats with the music references?

Either way, if you haven’t been invited don’t fret. Google will be airing the event live on the 16th at 2:00 PM pacific on their Youtube channel, youtube.com/android. Be sure to tune in to catch all the juicy dets for yourself.

[via phandroid]

HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) could be unveiled November 3rd

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HTC is sending invites for an event next Thursday, November 3, in New York City. We are expecting to finally see the Rezound which was known as the Vigor, the DROID Incredible HD, and the Thunderbolt 2. Of course we will cover all the details as it happens. We are hoping for a launch on November 10.

This baby, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Motorola DROID RAZR, will give us some really nice choices this holiday season from Verizon Wireless. What are you guys leaning towards buying?

Eldar Murtazin Says Google & Samsung ICS Event Is Delayed Due To Patent War

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Eldar Murtazin, the Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review.com, has come forward and made bold claims that the reason why the highly anticipated Samsung/Google ICS event was canceled was a result of patent wars, not out of respect for Jobs passing away.  Today, at CTIA, Google was supposed to unveil their latest and greatest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich jointly with Samsung’s Nexus Prime device.  According to Mertazin:

Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question

Murtazin claims that Google requires the removal of certain features which are subject to patent war and that there is “no timeline for this job“.  This could go either way if you ask me and there is really no ultimate way to verify the claim, of course.  So, we’ll see how things pan out as we anticipate the next opportunity/event Google and Samsung will spill the beans on the device and the OS.  One would think if Google did infringe on some patent, all that would be required is a simple firmware update (ie. Android 2.3.5 which changes the scrolling mechanism)  What are your thoughts on the matter?  Feel free to fire away in the comments below.

Update:

According to the folks over 9to5Google, Eldar is mistaken and thanks to a highly trusted source, Google plans to hand out invites “in the next day or so and there is no patent delay

Update 2:

And according to T3.com, shortly after crowning the Galaxy S II as Phone of the year, Samsung’s Andrew Glass, a sales director had this to say:

You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think“.

[via Twitter]

Motorola to unveil the RAZR (aka Spyder) on October 18

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Motorola quietly introduced a teaser video on their Facebook page and sent out invites for an event on October 18 in New York City. The first thoughts that came to mind are the new XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition, and XOOM Family Edition tablets we have been telling you about, or maybe even the RAZR. It so happens that the image above was sent via email and was saved as “spyderlaunchinvite,” so it’s obvious that we will see the Spyder. The question is if it will be marketed as the Spyder, the RAZR, or even have some DROID branding (the red light in the picture hints at this).

It’s possible that we could still see the tablets as well since they should be launching in November or December. For now it’s just a guess, but we will be sure to give you the full scoop next Tuesday, or if anything breaks before then.

Teaser video after the break

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Clues Implicate Nexus Prime In Samsung’s Unpacked Event At CTIA

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Clues may have surfaced about the device Samsung will showcase for their Unpacked event at the CTIA next month and the prime suspect seems to be the Nexus Prime. Check out this image of finalists from the CTIA 2011 Hot for the Holidays Awards and notice especially the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category where “a product to be announced from Samsung” is cryptically listed. Let’s now consider that the event takes place on October 11th, the same month as the rumored release of Ice Cream Sandwich, the very Android OS that the next Nexus device will run and of which will pack a very gamer-friendly 4.65-inch display (720p HD resolution) and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.

Do we have winner? Maybe, although these details hardly amount to a smoking gun. What do you think?

[via maplesyrup]

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