Samsung struggling with relative success, eyes Samsung Note 4 for help

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around.
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Hands-on videos of upcoming Galaxy S5 Active leak online

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Now while we can’t promise that these leaked videos of the upcoming Galaxy S5 Active will stay online forever, they’re at least here for now. (We suggest you watch them while you still can before Samsung does something about it.) We showed you some leaks on Tuesday, but these are even better.

The videos you’ll find after the break go into detail regarding the phone’s hardware and software. The first two videos offer a complete hands on of the phone (part 1 and 2), the third video shows off the phone’s OIS camera, the fourth demonstrates the exclusive applications that will come with the phone, and the fifth video compares the S5 Active with the S5. Hit the break for more.


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[Rumor] Google toying with the idea of an Android Silver program

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While there has been chatter that Google is planning on axing the Nexus program a new rumor discovered by the folks at Android Police suggest that Google may be toying with the idea of a premium line of phones and services. Slides discovered from a presentation one last year suggest that Google will be working on an Android Silver program designed with carriers in mind.

In order to qualify for the program, a hand set must “run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations.” Think either the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However unlike the Nexus 5, none of these handsets will be Google made/designed. There would be displays in carrier stores with the silver devices available on their respective networks.  Unlike the Nexus program, Google will have complete control of how the experience is designed and staff of those stores must be trained/certified in selling Android Silver devices.


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Insider claims to confirm several Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

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A Samsung insider claims to have all the details about several specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. First up, the idea of the device being available in both metal and plastic versions seems to have been confirmed. This would follow in the footsteps to some degree of Apple and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, although it remains to be seen whether that will be a winning strategy for Apple. According to this same source, the metal version of the Galaxy S5 will come with a metallic back plate with metal on the sides and front. It is unknown whether the metal version will get a different name.
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Fabled Android Carrying Nokia Normandy Shows Off OS Flavor

NokiaOSFor those of you hoping that Nokia will grace us Android enthusiasts with a premium phone running our favorite OS. However even if the rumors that are circulating are true, and Android is coming to a Nokia device, it appears that it’s a forked version of the OS. Assuming that’s the case, access to Google’s Play Store may not be available. Given that we’re in a post Microsoft acquisition phase for Nokia those chances are even smaller.

The device looks reminiscent of a Ashia running Series 40 software. Even as such this is strictly speculative as no one is sure even such a device will ever make it to market. While we’re all hopeful that someday Nokia will bring their amazing hardware to us, if current rumors ring true, this is not the Android we’re looking for. Even if it could come in multiple colors.

source:Weibo
via: 9to5Google

Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

LG supposedly to launch G2 smartphone in Korea on August 20th… oh and probably plans on bringing the Nexus 5 along later in the year too

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Yes friends, it’s looking like the second half of 2013 is going to be a busy period for LG. In making no effort to hide its excitement for its upcoming G2 smartphone, reports out of Korea confirm that not only will LG will indeed launch the new flagship on August 7th (see— we told you so), but LG plans on following up with an August 20th launch of the smartphone in Korea. The new device will probably launch just ahead of Apple’s (iPhone 5S) and Samsung’s (Galaxy Note III) upcoming offerings.

Oh and that’s not all either— a special variant of the G2 will likely be on the way as well. If you recall, we casually mentioned something about a mysterious Megalodon smartphone earlier in the year which featured roughly the same specs as the G2 which includes, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), a larger display (likely at 5.2-inches this time around), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM among other things. Well the same report out of Korea confirms that LG is working on what looks to be the Nexus 5 smartphone— roughly based off the Megalodon smartphone. Oh and the wait wouldn’t be too bad either as it’s due for an October arrival.

So yes friends, feel free to go ahead and start salivating at LG plans on showcasing its newest flagships to the world.

source: Ruliweb
via: Phone Arena

Rumor: Motorola set to launch European variant of the X Smartphone in Q4, will give it Nexus-esque pricing in the process

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So you think Google’s Nexus line of smartphones are impressive in setting the bar for quality phones at affordable prices eh? Well you’re about to even more impressed at this tidbit of news from ADSL Zone: Google’s Motorola unit is rumored to bring a variation of its imminent X smartphone that will arrive in Europe for an astounding 250 Euros (roughly $250 here in the States). Moreover, Europe’s version of the X smartphone will have a different name than the U.S. version and will be completely subsidized— meaning European customers will be able to take advantage of the low price point without having to be locked under contract for a period of time.

Of course this is all hearsay for now and there’s no word on when exactly the new version will arrive (all indications are pointing to a “Q4 release”), but if this is true— then Google is certainly positioning itself to take over the smartphone world… one country at a time.

source: ADSL Zone
via: Phone Arena