Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.
While several manufacturers have released their second round of smartwatches this past summer, Sony’s entry in the market, the Sony SmartWatch 2, was released almost a year ago. It should be no surprise then that Sony may be ready to reveal the next version of their wearable device, the SmartWatch 3, supposedly during IFA 2014.
Well there you have it folks, the long-awaited Moto X+1 finally has an official launch date — on Verizon, at least.
The device will be available from Big Red on September 25. There’s a chance that other carriers get the device before Verizon, but we expect that Verizon gets the X+1 around the same time as the other carriers.
A Moto 360 launch date has not been revealed, but it would make sense for it to be the same day as the X+1. Keep checking back for more, but that’s all we have on the Moto X+1 for now.
Source: Droid Life
We’ve got our hands on a list of APK files included in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 — some of which reveal some interesting information regarding the OEM’s next flagship.
While “VoiceNote4t” and “SamsungMusic_20″ are pretty self explanatory, but others peak our interest a bit more.
Yesterday Twitter tipster @evleaks had a couple leads on some tablet devices supposedly in the works. Unfortunately, as he says, it “was not a good day” in admitting that the two images and info that surfaced were actually hoaxes. One of the stories had to do with a tablet device that OnePlus was supposedly working on. The “tip” came in the form of a screen capture for the device. OnePlus reached out to @evleaks with an official statement indicating the photo had been photoshopped and there were no plans for a tablet device.
The other hoaxed image was for the HTC Volantis, supposedly the next Nexus device to be released by Google. @evleaks says the source of that image has been revealed as a Google poser.
sources: @evleaks (Twitter), @evleaks (official site)
A new leak indicates the LG G Watch will be landing on both Verizon and AT&T. Currently the LG G Watch is like most other smartwatches in that it is paired with another device, like a smartphone, instead of having its own wireless carrier chip on board. This means companies like Verizon and AT&T will be selling the current version of the LG G Watch as an accessory to be used with other devices. It is expected the G Watch will come without bloatware from the wireless companies retaining a stock Android Wear experience.
source: @evleaks (official site)
“Mini” variants of devices have been popping up for some time now, and cater especially to those who would like a premium smartphone, but wouldn’t mind sacrificing some of the higher-end specs so that the screen size can shrink a bit to their liking.
The LG G2 Mini, which was announced last February, has not been as successful as LG might have liked, and perhaps that’s because it wasn’t all that “mini.” The device, which featured a 4.7-inch screen, was a bit big for some users, who might have decided on another smartphone with similar specs and a smaller screen.
Now, it looks like LG has picked up on the lost potential for sales — according to rumors, it looks like the device’s successor, the LG G3 Mini, will feature a smaller screen, of 4.5 inches.
When LG announced the LG G3 at the end of May, one key piece of information that was missing was a schedule of availability. LG has gone on a bit of a marketing blitz regarding the new LG G3, but the question that seems to inevitably keep coming up is, “when can I get one?” For Verizon customers, a new leak suggests it will be the middle of July. The tip, routed through @evleaks, indicates Verizon will start taking pre-orders on July 10th and the device will actually be available starting on July 17th.
Unless something unusual is in the works, we suspect the other major carriers may release the LG G3 on the same day, so we will keep an eye out for those announcements or leaked information along with confirmation from Verizon that this date is accurate.
source: @evleaks (official site)
According to a new leak from @evleaks, HTC is working on a device for release later in 2014 that is codenamed “Eye” and will be designed for selfies. What exactly that would entail to make a smartphone more suited for selfies is unclear. Perhaps HTC is going to take a page from the LG playbook and look at moving buttons around. They could also look at incorporating their duo camera system onto the front of the device.
Some new rumors have surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3 from Twitter tipster @DooMLoRD_XDA. The latest bits of news appear to confirm some earlier reports, contradict some, and add in some new bits of information. According to the latest information, the Xperia Z3 will be released in September. That is consistent with statements made by Sony earlier this year indicating they thought flagship devices need to be released more often than once a year. Sony’s Kurozumi Yoshiro also said at MWC 2014 that Sony was going to go in a new design direction which @DooMLoRD_XDA seems to confirm by indicating the Xperia Z3 will have a new design with slim bezels and will be only 7 mm thick.