Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.” » Read the rest
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
TCL Corporation, parent company of Alcatel, announced a few days ago that they were preparing a successor to their Idol X device tentatively named the Idol X+. Based on the MediaTek logo spotted in some images that leaked online, the device is expected to come with MediaTek’s latest high-end octa-core processer. Other specs are unknown, but something in the 5-inch or better range with 2GB of RAM and of course, a high-end processor, is expected. » Read the rest
Huawei’s Ascend P6S isn’t their only device that has leaked. Today, the Ascend Mate 2 has posed for some photos and we have information on the specifications for the handset. This phablet’s screen comes in at 6.1-inches. But we now know that it will be a 1080p IPS display. The Mate 2 will have a 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and Mali-450 GPU. Like the Ascend P6S, this handset will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI, but a software update could allow it to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat at launch. Right now we see 16GB variant as the only storage option. With both the Ascend P6S and Mate 2 seeing massive leaks as of late, we can expect to see them both formally unveiled fairly soon.
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First we heard that Samsung was in talks with suppliers for a metallic Galaxy S 5 to launch in 2014. Then it seemed like they would just opt for the faux leather back of the Galaxy Note 3. But courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr, we have a look at what would be metallic casing for the GS5. The images were taken by a subcontractor that Samsung hired for the job.
Now there are a few things that indicate this could all just be your usual fly-by leak that develops into nothing. The slot for the camera has been shifted to the left, but Samsung tends to leave them in the middle of their devices. Also, the headphone jack is on the bottom, something new for them as well. And there does not seem to be enough room for a USB 3.0 port that is likely to be utilized given its appearance on the Galaxy Note 3. Even if this isn’t the actual casing for Samsung’s 2014 flagship, we sure hope it is metal because everyone is just about done with the fingerprint-friendly plastic from the GS4.
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A mystery Samsung device has been spotted in Europe with the model number SM-G7105, much like the Chinese one that had the model number SM-G7106. This new leak has the 5.25-inch smartphone packing 4G LTE radios, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The cameras come in at 1.9MP for the front and 8MP on the back. There are no additional details, but we think it’s safe to say that this is slated to be a mid-range smartphone.
Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.
Huawei’s upcoming device for its Ascend line has leaked in multiple photos. The Ascend P6S is set to have an octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM underneath a 4.7-inch IPS 720p display. The device is going to have a brand new chipset that allows power consumption to be lowered while also improving performance by 80%. The new chipset is likely to be based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that allows for eight cores to be running the show with less power consumption and impressive performance. The front camera will be an impressive 5MP camera and the rear will be 8MP. The leaks show the device running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; however, Android 4.4 KitKat is expected in January so there’s a chance it could launch with the latest version of Android.
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It has been fairly quiet on the Nexus 10 front. We haven’t heard a single thing since last month when the current Nexus 10 with 16GB went out of stock and a press render of the next one leaked. Now over on Reddit a frustrated Telefonica employee has unleashed what could be the upcoming Nexus 10 (2013). As you can see in the image, Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show. But interestingly it seems that the Google Experience Launcher is utilized, unlike other Nexus devices that received the KitKat update. Also, this device has a rather thin bezel and it looks like the speaker grill has been shifted to the top rather than two on the sides. And notice the price tag. That translates to $482 over here in the U.S.; however, this is presumably for the model with cellular connectivity. Attached to the Telefonica leak is even a possible release date — November 22.
The second image (after the break) has LG’s watermark smacked on top. This is interesting as Samsung makes the current model. LG also makes the Nexus 5 for Google. LG manufacturing the new Nexus 10 would make sense because it could be the device that received Bluetooth certification two weeks ago. The model number “LG-V510″ appears on both this new image and the certified device. So unfortunately there may not be a Nexus 8 in the works, although Google may want us to believe there is. » Read the rest
New information regarding the HTC One’s successor is becoming more frequent since it is going to launched within the next few months. We’ve already seen its casing, with a possible fingerprint sensor like the One Max, and @evleaks suggests it could be available on the big four U.S. carriers at launch. Now @evleaks has information regarding the specs of HTC’s 2014 flagship. He says the device will likely, and predictably, have “a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.” This would improve upon the HTC One’s 4.7-inch display and Snapdragon 600 processor.
An issue may arise with what Samsung will do with their 2014 Galaxy S 5. The company is working on its own 64-bit processor and it is likely that HTC is not going to include one at all. This would put them behind Samsung from the beginning. HTC needs to somewhat future-proof their device for the immediate future rather than being surpassed by Samsung once their flagship launches. » Read the rest