LlabTooFer leaks upcoming release schedule for HTC software updates, confirms Sense 6.0

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LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.

Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless. » Read the rest

Droid Zap application from Motorola receives Google-styled interface update

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Droid Zap, Motorola’s sharing application, received a new update which replaces the user interface with a Google-styled one, much like the card-layout on popular apps such as Google+ and YouTube.

Though the update doesn’t bring any new functionality, it certainly looks a lot better and will probably be a lot easier to use. A familiar sidebar is also included which features settings within the app. The two-finger swipe up gesture is still used to share content.

While only owners of the most recent DROID line (Ultra, Mini, Maxx) can send files using the app, anyone using an Android device can receive files with Droid Zap.

Check out the app for yourself by hitting the link to it in the Play Store after the break. 

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KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life

Motorola DROID software soak test beginning, KitKat coming?

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DROID_Ultra_Boot_Screen_Motorola_Logo_Google_CompanyMotorola has begun sending invites for their software “soak test” for the Verizon DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. All Motorola has to say about it is that members of the Motorola Feedback Network will have a chance to preview a “new software release.” Despite the fact that Motorola could not be more vague, this could very well mean that KitKat is on its way to those devices. It usually takes a few days for a soak test to push out to everyone, so be patient if you’re still waiting – it’s coming, we promise.

Source: Android Central

 

Oppo confirms Find 7 smartphone, mid-range Find 5 mini could be in development

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Oppo doesn’t plan on stopping with their N1 smartphone. The company has confirmed that the rumored Find 7 handset does exist via Twitter. The image above is a teaser that Oppo posted and confirms that their next device will be the Find 7. According to the previous leak, the Find 7 will have a 2560×1440 resolution on a 5.7-inch display. Interestingly, it will also have Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. A 13MP camera will be on the back with a 5MP one facing the user. And 4G LTE connectivity will finally be available in China with the Find 7. For now, the Find 7 could be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January; however, nothing is confirmed at this time.

If the Find 7′s specs were a little too much for you, then the Find 5 mini may be the device for you. It is the rumored smaller sibling to their Find 5 smartphone that launched last December. Unlike other devices with the “mini” name, the specs will indeed be lowered. The Find 5 mini is said to have a 4.7-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. A quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM is packed inside. The camera will be set at 5MP. Stay tuned for updates on these two.

Source: VR-Zone

Smaller LG G2 may be in the works, matches internal specs of bigger sibling

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Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2′s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.

Source: Techblog (translated)
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ZTE announces the Nubia Z5s and Z5s Mini

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ZTE has announced a pair of two new phones, titled the Nubia Z5s and the Nubia Z5s Mini. The Z5s is the more high-end of the two, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under a 1080p display, complete with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/2.0 aperture, and Android 2.2 out of the box. It’s a far cry from a budget smartphone which traditionally comes from ZTE. You’ll have two options as far as internal storage and network connectivity; a 16 GB 3G model or a 32 GB LTE model. Naturally, the LTE model raises the price a bit, but it’s still only priced around $567. ZTE managed to pack in some beefy specs at that price point, so it should definitely give other manufacturers solid competition in the international market. » Read the rest

Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini receiving software updates from Verizon, includes several enhancements and free 50 GB of Google Drive storage

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Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.

What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.

Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.

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Blade Q smartphone line launched by ZTE, includes mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ sizes

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HTC’s new strategy of launching three devices under the HTC One name, including a regular, mini, and max version, may pay off for them in the end, but maybe it hasn’t been so successful thus far because all three devices were released at different times.

ZTE has taken on a similar strategy, as they’re releasing a Blade Q smartphone line, but the mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ size will be launched at relatively the same time.

The Blade Q Mini will be 4 inches, the Blade Q will be 4.5 inches, and the Blade Q Maxi will be 5 inches. All three devices feature the same dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, HSPA+ data, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-MP rear shooter, and an IPS-based display.

The only difference that can be seen besides screen size is the absence of a front camera on the Mini.

A European launch has been confirmed for the budget-friendly line, but price and other information has not yet been released.

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Photos leak of upcoming white Nexus 5, iPad 5, iPad mini 2

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Incoming news from China this afternoon— some press images of a white Nexus 5, the iPad 5, and the iPad mini 2. It is expected that Apple announces the upcoming tablets on October 22nd.

If you’re interested, it looks like the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while the iPad mini 2 will not— the mini will also not feature a Retina display.

You can find the iPad photo after the break.

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