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

More, more, more! Insiders predict upcoming 6-inch phones will feature 2,560 x 1,600 pixels for 2014

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Just as consumers are now starting to enjoy 1080p displays on current high-end smartphones out there, it appears that phones with even better displays are on the way for 2014. According to various insider sources, the general public will see more premium phablet devices utilizing 6-inch displays with a WQXGA resolution. In other words, it will be common to see devices utilizing a 6-inch screen sizes will feature a resolution of 2,560 x 1600. Moreover, the displays will feature a pixel density of an unheard of 500ppi (or greater), placing the displays head and shoulders above what is currently out at this time, including Apple’s Retina Display technology. What this means is that consumers can expect to see even clearer texts, deeper colors and richer content overall on select phablet devices.

Of course it is already fairly difficult for the human eye to discern most 720p displays to the average 1080p display now, so it is unsure whether consumers will be able to tell the difference between a 1080p display to a 1600p display. Still– who wouldn’t want a 2,560 x 1,600 display that’s found on say, a Nexus 10 tablet on upcoming flagship smartphones, right?

source: ET News
via: Phone Arena

Samsung finally comes to its senses and is expected to feature an aluminum body for the Galaxy S 5

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If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.

Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.

source: Android GS

LG rumored to drop Optimus name from its high-end lineup of smartphones

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In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.

Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.

source: Chosun.Biz
via: Phone Arena

Samsung currently working on an even larger Galaxy Note, thinks 12.2 will be the sweet spot for consumers

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As Samsung continues to push the envelope with its popular Galaxy Note family of devices, is it possible that we may see an even larger edition of the S Pen-wielding toy? It sure seems to be the case as the latest rumors out there indicate a 12.2-inch device is on the way for release somewhere around Q3 of this year. According to ET News, the tentatively titled Galaxy Note 12.2 will not only be larger in design, but will include some high-end specs including a stunning display with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution— the same one that’s found in the Nexus 10 tablet. In addition, rumor has it that the display will be manufactured by Sharp in some of the batches and will feature IGZO display technology.

Unfortunately, that’s all the deets that we have for now, but we’ll be sure to give you guys any new info we may stumble upon.

source: ET News

Insider: Google will bring 3 Google Edition smartphones, one Motorola X phone this year

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We told you before that there would be an onslaught of Nexus HTC and Samsung Google Edition bad boys, as well as the imminent arrival of the sweet MOTO X phone, but now it’s looking like there’s more that’s on the way after all. According to sources close to the gang at Android Authority, Google is in talk with at least one additional hardware partner to develop a Google Edition flagship device. Sure this might sound a little surprising to hear and one could speculate the number of potential candidates out there, but it’s not too hard to identify which manufacturer and smartphone will join the ranks of the unofficial Nexus family. If you recall just earlier this week, we’d mentioned to you that Sony is quietly working on a special Xperia Z variant that’s due in the immediate future, though Sony (and Google for that matter) has decided to stay mum for now.

Oh and that isn’t all folks. The same unidentified source believes that the upcoming X brand is only going to be limited to one device this year, not a line of devices that was previously thought before. So for now, it appears that we will not see an allotment of sweet smartphones for now, but who knows— maybe we will see a new line of cool devices next year and beyond.

source: Android Authority

HTC rumored to only release a limited number of One Google Edition units for the general public

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So now that the HTC One Google Edition is very likely on the way, it’s only natural that HTC will be prepared to accommodate the presumably high demand and avoid various shipping problems by unleashing a boatload of Google Edition units, right? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friends”— it appears that HTC will be releasing only a limited number of units for the general public. As indicated by an unknown Pocket-lint source, HTC will unleash “around 1 per cent of total sales of the device so far”— so if total sales are at 5,000,000+ units so far, then we should hypothetically expect something like 50,000 One Google Edition units available to the general public. If this is true, then there would almost certainly be some pandemonium for this specialized version of the device– which may or may not be a positive thing for HTC at this time.

Of course there is nothing totally concrete just yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out upon the device’s imminent release.

source: Pocket-lint

HTC One X rumored to get Sense 5.0 in new incoming update, brings Zoe and Blinkfeed along for the ride

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Just because the HTC One X is so last year doesn’t mean it’s not going to be treated to some welcome updates, possibly in the near-future. According famed developer LlabTooFeR, HTC is currently working on an extensive update that should not only bring Android 4.2.2, but will update the Sense UI software to version 5.0. Additionally, the new Sense UI update will bring the premium goodies that are Zoe and Blinkfeed as well, which brings enhanced camera capabilities and a brand-spanking new social feed to the device.

Of course everything needs to be confirmed by HTC above anything else, but here’s hoping we see something soon… very soon.

source: @LlabTooFeR