Leaks & Rumors about Motorola’s X and Upcoming Nexus Smartphones

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Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for some interesting news from the rumor mill. We have been seeing a hint here and another one there indicating what Google & Motorola has planned for its upcoming X smartphone. And although there have been rumors and speculation floating around for a while now, we have in fact, began to see more and more leaks about Motorola’s upcoming X phone. As if you all haven’t had enough yet, we now have more rumors to share with you courtesy of our friends from Android and Me. These leaks and rumors seem to come from a “confirmed source” of proven reliability…so hang on to your seats as we break down the latest and greatest!

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King of Chrome Leaks François Beaufort Hired by Google

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François Beaufort has been doing a great job giving us a sneak peek at upcoming features to Google Chrome. They’ve ranged from Google Now notifications on the desktop to the high class Chrome Pixel. Of course these peeks were never official in capacity. Well that’s going to change as Mr. Beaufort took to his Google+ account to announce that Google has snatched him up.

With being hired, it appears that he will be giving us in-depth looks at behind the scenes action and making announcements officially. It’s a brilliant move by Google as it curbs leaks being made and it brings one of the biggest Chrome supporters to the team. It’s bad news for us though as we may see leaks on upcoming features drop to a trickle.

source: Google+
via: The Verge

Rumor: Upcoming Motorola “X” is not just one phone, but a new line of devices

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You know about that mysterious Motorola X smartphone that we’ve been hearing more and more about? Well it’s possible that it’s a codename for not one smartphone, but rather the first of many smartphones. Rumor has it that Google is considering looking at other manufacturers line and introducing an X line of smartphones— kind of Samsung’s Galaxy or LG’s Optimus lines. Not only does this unify Motorola’s product line, but it also guarantees more cohesive product support for customers. For example, the first phone in this “X” line “will guarantee at least one “full Android version” update after the purchase of the phone” that is handled directly by Google Motorola, not the mercy of various wireless carriers out there.

Oh and the news doesn’t stop there folks. Rumor also has it that this new “X” phone or line will be sold through “an unnamed online store”— which almost certainly points to the fact it will be sold in the Play Store for the masses, which by the way will be sold at a heavily subsidized priced like the Nexus 4 in order to get interest from consumers. And finally— the mysterious device(s) will be completely customizable by allowing the device’s color, RAM and internal storage to be completely configurable.

Again this is pure rumor and speculation, but you can’t help but be giddy at the idea that this is the direction that the Motorola brand is potentially about to take. Maybe that rumored smartphone we saw a few days ago may hold more weight than we’d previously thought….

source: Unwired View

HTC One confirmed to arrive for Verizon in March, but leaked Walmart document says its replacing the DROID DNA upon its release

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We’d just found yesterday out that the HTC One is indeed headed to Verizon’s network after all, but could it be at the expense of another touted device? According to various reports, Big Red’s variant of the device is expected to be released sometime in March throughout Walmart stores across the country, alongside the other variants for AT&T and Sprint. However— once the device is released, Walmart (or Verizon) is intent on showcasing the device and will immediately replace the DROID DNA with the One smartphone instead. I know, I know— it’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow for all of you Verizon customers out there— especially with all the hype and pandemonium that both Verizon and HTC put into the launch of the DROID DNA.

Hopefully this is some sort of gaffe or snafu and Verizon customers won’t have a reason to loathe (and/or hate) Verizon and Walmart for this curious decision.

source: Droid Life & Gotta Be Mobile

Motorola XT912A smartphone gets leaked, gives indication it’s not the rumored “X” phone… for now at least

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Is Google starting to truly exert its influence into upcoming Motorola devices? It sure appears to be the case as a new mystery phone has surfaced for our viewing pleasure. With specs that clearly identify it as a potential high-end phone, the mysterious XT912A features some goodies including a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM and a solid 2,200mAh battery. Seeing that this device looks like it has a lightly-customized build of Android, it’s no surprise that most folks are expecting the XT912A smartphone to be the rumored “X” phone that we’ve been hearing about more and more lately— but you may want to calm your expectations down a bit, and for good reason. The XT912A seen above seems to feature what is a 4.7-inch 720p display, while the “X” phone is expected to have anything from a 4.7-inch screen to a 5-inch display, but with a full 1080p display.

Regardless of if this is truly the rumored “X” phone or not, it appears that Google is certainly intent on making some noise in the smartphone wars— and for good reason too.

source: Tinhte
via: pocketnow

When it rains… it pours: possible variant of the Chinese Samsung Galaxy smartphone gets leaked in video

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First we see some detailed screenshots, then we see a little tease— and now friends, we may very well have an idea of how Samsung’s upcoming beast may very well look like. Thanks to Chinese forum 52Samsung, we now see the mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone up close and personal. The video highlights much of the hardware side of the device including the overall design of the device being similar to the Galaxy S III, a removable back door, the model’s dual-SIM capabilities and of course, the revamped TouchWiz Nature UX software with presumably Android 4.2.1 running the show.

Naturally what we’re looking at may very well a test model and not the final design that Samsung has hidden behind closed doors— but we’re pretty sure that we’ll be excited once the formal unveiling is here on Thursday. After all– Jeremy gives us every reason to think it will be totally amazing, right?

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Sources: Amazon smartphone may be delayed due to need for further testing and evaluation

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It’s been a while since we’d heard that Amazon planned on entering the smartphone arena, so it certainly surprised us to hear that Amazon is certainly intent on bringing something soon… very soon. According to the gang at Digitimes:

 

“The production of Amazon’s much-fanfared smartphone is still under its engineering verification test (EVT) period due to issues related to its mobile platform, the sources indicated, adding that the development of the smartphone is being handled by FIH’s subsidiary Ensky Tech, which has been responsible for the production of Amazon’s e-book readers and tablets.”

 
 
So to sum up: Amazon’s supply chain intended to have everything ready within the last quarter or two, but wasn’t quite happy with how the software looked and performed, so it’s putting more time tweaking everything and sorting out any other kinks with the smartphone’s production before releasing the phone to the masses. Once the software is up to par on the level of its Kindle Fire tablets, then we should see everything ready to go by sometime in Q2. That’s probably a good thing too considering it will have all sorts of competition by then.
 
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Samsung GT-I9502 gives the world yet another possible Galaxy S IV clue

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As the big day quickly approaches, the leaks will start a flowin’ more and more. A Chinese forum recently posted a gallery of photos of a mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone. According to the GT-I9502′s AnTuTu benchmark test, this mysterious device a 1.8GHz chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a 13MP camera, a full 1080p display and Jelly Bean 4.2.1 running the show. While the specs almost certainly indicate this is a variant of the Galaxy S IV, the GT-I9502 has one key distinction that is unusual to say the least—- it will utilize dual-SIM technology. So in essence, this could very well be just one of many prototypes that Sammy is testing, but then again… maybe not.

Regardless, it’s just a matter of days before we finally see the anticipated device in person.

source: Sammy Hub

Leaked screenshots highlight Samsung’s Galaxy S IV smartphone may feature Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features

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Looking forward to that major Sammy device that’s set to be introduced next week? Yeah— so are we gang. With that in mind, we have some additional leaks to share with you all highlighting how the Galaxy S IV’s UI may indeed look upon its arrival. As indicated in some screenshots from the Galaxy S III’s leaked 4.2.1 firmware, we can see the Galaxy S IV will indeed have the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features, just like we’d previously heard before. In addition, the inclusion of these features all but confirm the Galaxy S IV will utilize a full 1080p HD panel, giving users all the detail and quality they can handle on the rumored 4.99-inch display. Could it be possible that the upcoming device will have even more custom or unique inclusions to the UI? We’re certainly inclined to believe that its not that hard to fathom seeing something an even more updated version of its Touchwiz Nature UI.

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It’s only another week before the big event gang. Just one more week…

source: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S IV to feature a plastic build, but still feature awesome performance

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We have no doubt that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will be one hell of a device, but will it have some similarities as its predecessor? It sure seems to be the case as more details are surfacing about the upcoming device. Notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin claims that he has not only seen the device, but it will feature a few characteristics that was previously seen in the Galaxy S III. Murtazin claims that while at MWC, select members of the press got to see the secretive device and saw what is a plastic-type build— as opposed to a more premium build found in competing devices. Additionally, while the device will likely feature topnotch performance, the carrier-branded version out in the States will likely feature a Snapdragon chip compared to Sammy’s in-house chip on the international versions— just like with the Galaxy S III.

Murtzain also alludes to some of the noteworthy specs of the device, while hinting the device will be ready for primetime upon its imminent release. The device will come with a 4.99-inch 1080p display, the aforementioned Exynos or Snapdragon chips, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facer and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Naturally these leaks may all be hearsay, but it is certainly tough to dispute Murtazin’s claims. At least we won’t need to wait too much longer for this puppy to come out already.

source: Mobile-review (translated)