Unannounced Sony Xperia E4 pictured alongside Z1 Compact

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Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.


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Samsung denies rumors of recycled AMOLED displays used in devices

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A new rumor has been spreading through some Asian news sources and has started to spread around the globe accusing Samsung of using recycled AMOLED displays in the manufacture of new smartphones. However, Samsung flat out denies this is the case and questions whether the original source was ever an employee and whether the “proof” – videos and images – were even taken in a Samsung facility.
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LG G Flex 2 could be announced at CES 2015

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Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.

In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.

Are you interested in smartphones that incorporate non-standard shapes and form factors?

source: Android Authority

Latest leak ups the hardware ante on HTC’s next flagship

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A new leak about the next HTC flagship smartphone, possibly dubbed something other than the HTC One (M9), indicates the hardware specs may be a little better than previously thought. According to this latest report, the HTC device will get a 5.5-inch screen, not the 5.2-inch screen previously reported. The resolution is still expected to be 2560 x 1440, so there would be a slight drop in pixels per inch. The rest of the alleged specs match what we have already heard, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 16 MP OIS-equipped camera.
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HTC may abandon M* naming convention for flagship in 2015

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A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.

HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.

Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?

source: @upleaks

Second source claims Google to launch Nexus 9 running Android L on October 15th

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An unnamed source described as “close” to Google indicates the company plans to officially announce the Nexus 9 tablet and a new Nexus smartphone on Wednesday, October 15th. The source says Google will make the announcement via a blog post instead of doing it via a big, splashy event. The source indicates the reason for the lack of a “big reveal” was to give programmers more time to iron out some final tweaks in Android L. It is worth noting though that Apple has an event scheduled for Thursday when it is thought updates to their tablet lineup will be revealed, so Google may be trying to get a jump on the press and make sure consumers have something to compare any new iPad devices against.
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Google Play Music ‘Chrome App’ coming soon

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According to a report published earlier today, Google is preparing to launch an all-in-one Play Music ‘Chrome App’ it anticipates will challenge iTunes. The service will be able to run anywhere the Chrome browser is capable of functioning and will provide users with the facility to play, edit, access local files, stream music from the cloud and purchase content via its built-in music store.


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