We already know that Google’s revamped all-in-one chat service is very much real and definitely on the way, but we finally have a concrete idea of how it will look when it is unveiled to the masses, courtesy of some leaked screenshots obtained by the gang at techradar. As you can see in these screenshots, the new version of Google Chat service will feature a complete revamped to its UI by including a more threaded messaging style and the use of newer graphics which include the use of new emoticons to be used by both Babel chat and a Hangout within Google+. Oh and Google seems to be intent on getting feedback as quickly as possible by including a “What do you think about Babel in Gmail?” notification when you over over the Feedback button.
Unfortunately, there are no additional details to confirm anything else (such as what Google is doing with WhatsApp) for now, though all indications point to the arrival of Babel sooner than we think.
Sure Facebook Home is going to be one heck of a game-changer for Android devices, but not only do we still need to wait a while for it to come out— Facebook Home is only going to be available for a handful of devices, at least for the initial launch. Fortunately, some enterprising folks went ahead and brought the awesome launcher to the masses. Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo’s details that using any Android device with a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 768, users will have the ability to use a pre-release version of the ROM by installing 3 special files.
Of course using the special build of the app doesn’t come without a few catches. The first is that since this is a pre-release version of Facebook Home, meaning the ROM is not exactly stable, is missing a feature or two and is a little bit on the slower side. The second catch is users will need to ensure that Facebook is completely uninstalled from their device prior to installing the ROM since the leaked files are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This means that those of you with a device that has Facebook pre-installed will probably need to have Root access and remove the Facebook from your phone just to be on the safe side.
Ok— so now that you’ve gotten the disclaimer, we’re sure that you’re itching to try it out for yourself, right? Head on down to the source link to grab the full deets and instructions for yourself.
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!
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.
via: The Verge
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
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
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.
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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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
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