Sony quietly working on refreshed Sony Xperia Z smartphone with Snapdragon 800 processor

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Considering all the other cool kids on the block are developing refreshed versions of their flagship phones with Snapdragon 800 processors, it’s only fitting that Sony gets in on the party as well. In a series of tweets by notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin, a test unit of the new Xperia Z variant with the faster processor can only be described as “really fast”. Additionally, the same test unit featured an even sweeter display than the original. In a follow-up tweet, Murtazin describes the refreshed unit as having an LCD3 screen similar to the HTC One smartphone, though he doesn’t believe the same display will make it to the production models.

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Considering Sony is expected to utilize the same chipset in other upcoming flagships like its quietly-hyped Xperia ZU smartphone, we’re going to go ahead and take this leaked information as true. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before the refreshed device hits the Android world.

source: Xperia Blog

Another potential prototype of Samsung’s Galaxy Note III appears in the wild again, this time featuring more rounded corners

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Can’t wait to see how the next great thing from Samsung will look like? Yeah— neither can we. Fortunately, there are numerous hints that continue to pop up, giving us an idea of what to expect when the Galaxy Note III does in fact arrive. An insider identified as @PunkPanda came across an unknown Samsung prototype smartphone with a uniquely large screen. Much like earlier prototypes we’ve seen before, this latest prototype has an incredibly thin bezel, featuring a “6-inch screen accounting for 84%” of the front of the device, which seems to be consistent with what we’ve heard in the past.

However, this prototype has a major difference compared to the earlier ones as this latest leak has rounded corners, reflective of more modern Samsung devices nowadays— while earlier prototypes had straighter and boxy edges. But then again— Samsung is known for camouflaging its prototypes in numerous casings, so this latest prototype could very well be another true Galaxy Note III sighting. Or this new toy could be well, y’know— another large device that Samsung could be secretly working on behind the scenes.

source: G4Games

Samsung Galaxy Note III prototype officially outed!

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The world pretty much knows it’s only a matter of time before we see the Galaxy Note III, but we at least have an idea of how the new iteration of the device will look like, thanks to a recent leak obtained by the fine folks at SamMobile. While the device shares some slight similarities with other larger Sammy devices, it is more likely that this device is a prototype of Sammy’s new reference design strategy thanks to a couple of things that stand out. The first item to point are the unique corners— while not exactly appealing, they are slightly rounded and give a good hint of what we can expect to come. The next few items are the ones that are almost a dead giveaway of a Galaxy Note III unit: the bezel is not only thin, but it also helps to ensure the stunning 5.99-inch Full HD display is in full view.

Of course this could just be yet another mystery device that may have been inadvertently leaked, but fortunately we won’t need to wait very long as IFA 2013 is right around the corner.

source: SamMobile

Insider: Google will bring 3 Google Edition smartphones, one Motorola X phone this year

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We told you before that there would be an onslaught of Nexus HTC and Samsung Google Edition bad boys, as well as the imminent arrival of the sweet MOTO X phone, but now it’s looking like there’s more that’s on the way after all. According to sources close to the gang at Android Authority, Google is in talk with at least one additional hardware partner to develop a Google Edition flagship device. Sure this might sound a little surprising to hear and one could speculate the number of potential candidates out there, but it’s not too hard to identify which manufacturer and smartphone will join the ranks of the unofficial Nexus family. If you recall just earlier this week, we’d mentioned to you that Sony is quietly working on a special Xperia Z variant that’s due in the immediate future, though Sony (and Google for that matter) has decided to stay mum for now.

Oh and that isn’t all folks. The same unidentified source believes that the upcoming X brand is only going to be limited to one device this year, not a line of devices that was previously thought before. So for now, it appears that we will not see an allotment of sweet smartphones for now, but who knows— maybe we will see a new line of cool devices next year and beyond.

source: Android Authority

FCC approves AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with LTE

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More evidence of the hotly anticipated Galaxy S 4 Active has found its way to the internet today in the form of an AT&T-ready variant that went through the FCC’s approval process. While this doesn’t guarantee that it will be on AT&T’s network, it includes the same four LTE bandwidths found in the majority of AT&T smartphones. Unfortunately this doesn’t reveal any details about whats under the hood, but we do know that the device will have a downgraded processor and judging by photos and a brief video, a sleek and obviously water and dust-proof body. No word on a release date but judging by the information we have and various rumors we shouldn’t be waiting much longer.

Source: FCC

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active outed yet again… this time shows its stuff on video

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As if seeing yesterday’s leaked photo wasn’t enough, we now have video of the Galaxy S 4 Active for your viewing pleasure. The video was captured by an unidentified individual and clearly highlights what we have come to know about the device. As previously described, you can see the device’s red/black sporty profile complimented by the appealing 1080p display and an 8MP camera. Something to note is the fact that the video describes the inclusion of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip inside, though previous indications showed that the device would get a quad-core Snapdragon chip instead— so we’ll need to wait and see what exact chip will be included in the device… which shouldn’t be too much longer now.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active outed for your viewing pleasure

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We have certainly heard about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active before, but we finally have a concrete idea of what to expect upon its imminent release in the immediate future. The design will not exactly be similar to the Galaxy S 4 smartphone, as it will feature an appealing and sporty red and black profile, as well as hard buttons below the display (sigh). Additionally, the device will feature a Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz quad-core processor + Adreno 320 GPU and a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display.

Unfortunately, there are still no other details regarding the device’s specs, nor are there concrete dates on when the device will be released (though we suspect it will be sometime in July), but here’s hoping we see something revealed sooner than later.

source: GSM Arena

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III gets a taste of Android 4.2.2, thanks to leaked firmware

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Despite it aging at a fast rate (in Android years at least), the Galaxy S III smartphone is still one hell of a smartphone. So that’s why Samsung has been hard at work ensuring its most successful device to date will continue to receive prompt updates in order to keep things current. With that in mind— a leaked Android 4.2.2 firmware has surfaced for the unlocked variant of the device, courtesy of the fine folks at SamMobile. As expected, the leaked firmware is based off an incomplete version of the imminent update— but fortunately it appears that Samsung is pretty much done ironing out the bugs and should have the finished Android 4.2.2 build by the time June rolls around. Aside from the fact it is an incomplete version, the update does bring a ton of new goodies for the device including a new lockscreen, new S Voice, Driving Mode and a revamped Settings UI, among other things.

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HTC One X rumored to get Sense 5.0 in new incoming update, brings Zoe and Blinkfeed along for the ride

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Just because the HTC One X is so last year doesn’t mean it’s not going to be treated to some welcome updates, possibly in the near-future. According famed developer LlabTooFeR, HTC is currently working on an extensive update that should not only bring Android 4.2.2, but will update the Sense UI software to version 5.0. Additionally, the new Sense UI update will bring the premium goodies that are Zoe and Blinkfeed as well, which brings enhanced camera capabilities and a brand-spanking new social feed to the device.

Of course everything needs to be confirmed by HTC above anything else, but here’s hoping we see something soon… very soon.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Yup, Android 4.3 is confirmed thanks to a search result listing on a developer website

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Google I/O is finally here and we have the first official unofficial confirmation of the day: Android 4.3 is very much real and is on the way. Thanks to what appears to be a major snafu, a search listing on Google’s developer website— clearly indicating that Android 4.3 is of a major focus. Of course Google quickly realized the major gaffe and quickly removed the listing from its developer website, but not before some crafty folks caught hold of it as seen in the below screenshot.

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Of course we are still waiting to see what exactly the next iteration of the Android software will bring, but we’ll find out everything soon enough once everything finally kicks off.

source: The Verge