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.

If you are a GT-I9300 owner and want more deets on the mouthwatering firmware, hit the break to grab the download link, as well as full instructions on how to flash the update to your device. 
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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

Benchmark for mysterious “Obake” smartphone for Verizon surfaces, does its best to remind us of the XT1055 smartphone in the process

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Yes friends… when it rains— it pours. You all remember that one sexy and mysterious Motorola phone we mentioned recently? You know— that mysterious Motorola XT1055 smartphone we’d told you about last week is very much the real deal and on its way? Well it appears that the mysterious device may very well arrive out here in the States dressed in Verizon clothing. While nothing is concrete yet, benchmarks for an unknown obake_verizon device recently appeared on the AnTuTu benchmarking site, posting an impressive score of 18,218, while coincidentally— the XT1055 scored a 18,252. Additionally, each device features the same Snapdragon quad-core chip and the Android 4.2.2 flavor of Jelly Bean— which suggests that each device may very well be the same.

As with most leaks, it is important to note that the scores and devices may be faked, so there’s a possibility that this the possibility of some super-powerful Google MOTO devices may be a product of false hope. Then again— the beat is certainly beating louder and louder at the XT1055/obake_verizon, so we have no doubt that many of you out there are super excited at this puppy being a reality.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note III rumored to have octa-core processor, octa-core GPU, and 3GB of RAM

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There’s some new information that has surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note  III smartphone, courtesy of our friends at SamMobile. According to an insider, the upcoming phablet will come with all sorts of bells and whistles including a 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with diamond pixel structure, a 13MP camera, Exynos 5 octa-core chip with Mali 450 GPU (also featuring 8 cores), a whopping 3GB of RAM and the latest version of Android (presumably Android 4.3?). In other words— the device will roughly be a larger variation of the existing Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. Design-wise, it is expected the G-Note III will follow a similar look to the Galaxy Mega 5.8, though the bezel will probably be reduced in order to accommodate the larger display— though no one knows yet if the device will feature the oh-so-mouthwatering flexible display technology we’ve been hearing more about lately.

While there’s no concrete date of the device’s release, it’s looking like we will see the device by late summer (August or September), so we’ll just have to sit tight and play the waiting game for now.

source: SamMobile

Samsung rumored to bring 4 additional tablets for 2013

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If you know Samsung when it comes to its tablets (or any of its devices), then you’ll know that it is not happy unless it has unleashed an onslaught of various models for the masses. Following the newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3, it’s looking like Samsung will have no fewer than 4 additional tablet models— the Galaxy Tab Duos 7.0, Galaxy Tab AMOLED 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11 and the Nexus 11— that will arrive for 2013. Each tablet model will range from 7-inch to 11-inch models and come jam-packed with features like rumored expandable microSD slots and 2MP front-facing cameras. The real intriguing device among the bunch is the Nexus 11— which will build upon the largely successful Nexus 10 and is possibly slated to feature an octa-core processor and wait for it— a microSD slot capable of up to 64GB of extra memory. Considering Google is pretty strict with microSD slots on its Nexus line, we’ll go ahead and hold our breath until it actually happens.

Hit the flip to see the full list and specs of each upcoming device.


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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 caught creeping through the FCC with LTE frequencies

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Why hello there Samsung Galaxy Mega, we meet again! The behemoth member of Samsung’s happy family has just been caught tip-toeing through the FCC hallways— this time in 4G LTE colors. This special Galaxy Mega 6.3-based model— which is identified as the GT-i9205— has the usual frequencies including a standard LTE Band 5, full GSM frequencies and of course, WiFi. Generally speaking— whenever a new device such as the Galaxy Mega is caught at the FCC, it’s usually an indicator that the device is very much on the way for an imminent arrival.

Here’s hoping that those of us here in the States will be able to see the large device at some point soon.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

Insider confirms that recent “design guidelines” of upcoming Samsung devices are inaccurate

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So it’s looking like that supposed “new Samsung design” concept is not going to be such a big deal after all. The gang at SamMobile officially confirmed through its insider that the photo that evleaks recently leaked out is not only inaccurate, but the leak represented in all actuality a Galaxy S 4 developer model. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since Samsung has recently moved towards a more general type of design for its devices which include sleek and rounded corners— not boxy edges.

All of you Samsung purists can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief now.

source: SamMobile

HTC M4 expected to feature full metal chassis and arrive June

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You remember that mysterious HTC smartphone we have been talking about lately? You know— the one that’s supposed to be a prettier version of the One smartphone? Well it appears that we are finally getting more concrete details about the device… and boy is this mysterious toy shaping up to be a real beauty. According to the serial (but mildly inconsistent) leaker DigiTimes, the M4 is not only going to be a revision of the existing One smartphone, but it will be made out of a metal-alloy chassis produced by Catcher Technology— all in the hopes of avoiding a supply issue kind of like what we saw with the One.

While the One smartphone will likely sell like hotcakes, HTC expects its M4  to sell well regardless. Additional reports are indicating that HTC is expected to start shipments in June, with around 700,000 devices aiming to arrive in the second quarter.

source: DigiTimes