HTC expected to get Android 4.2.2 update in July… but no further updates after that

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Is the HTC One X smartphone not going to get a taste of Key Lime Pie? It certainly appears to be the case as a mysterious tweet from an insider indicated that HTC would be providing the Android 4.2.2 update as its final update for the smartphone— not the Android 5.0 update that was expected by the masses.What’s even more baffling is there’s no reasoning for why the update wouldn’t hit the device either. Could it be a potential delay of the Android 5.0 launch by Google? What about memory limitations for Sense + Android 5.0? Perhaps the real likelihood is well, it might be too much work to try and stuff new software into increasingly “outdated technology”. It sucks, but that’s likely the real culprit… if it’s true that is.

Naturally we will need to wait for the official word from HTC before we can jump to any real speculation that is. On the flipside, at least reports are indicating the Android 4.2.2 + Sense 5 update will hit devices from July. A bit of a silver lining for One X owners we suppose.

source: LlabTooFer Twitter | Gotta Be Mobile

Various reports indicating that Samsung’s flexible display will be delayed

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It appears that the world will have to wait a wee bit longer for Samsung’s innovative flexible display to hit devices. ETnews reports that because of the flexible display’s vulnerability to moisture and oxygen, Samsung’s display unit is reviewing the encapsulation technologies to help protect the flexible display unit and more importantly, the guts of a device found underneath the display. In other words— Samsung hasn’t quite figured out how to have a flexible display that wouldn’t allow moisture and air to seep in any given device, so it is working on alternative methods which would essentially seal the flexible display of a device, regardless of how a device is bent or angled.

Because of the delay, the world should expect to see the arrival of the first smartphones featuring flexible displays by the end of 2013. Hopefully Sammy will work out all those kinks by then or it’ll see its competition beat it to the punch.

source: SamMobile

Sony rumored to be working on Cyber-shot and Walkman-based Xperia smartphones behind the scenes

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Yup— it’s looking more and more like 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the Sony devices for Android fans. New rumors have surfaced indicating that the ever-growing manufacturer is all set to bring in some topnotch camera and sound capabilities in its Xperia line of handsets. Let me explain– rampant rumors have surfaced recently regarding speculation of Sony’s Cyber-shot and Walkman technologies into the following upcoming flagships: a 5-inch Cyber-shot-based smartphone with unrivaled camera capabilities, a 5-inch Xperia Walkman-based device featuring an integrated amplifier chip, an “iPhone competitor” with a small form factor and finally, a mysterious phablet-type device. The neat thing is the fact that each rumored device are expected to feature top of the line guts inside which presumably include a hyper-fast processing chip and a current/up-to-date version of Android.

Naturally Sony is staying mum on the possibility of some attractive devices on the horizon, but considering it has plans on sitting at the big boy table in the near-future, these rumors shouldn’t be too far-fetched.

source: PhoneArena

 

Samsung rumored to be developing a premium Galaxy Tab with a full Super AMOLED FULL HD display

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If you are looking for a high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab device, you may not need to wait too long. The gang at SamMobile reports that Samsung is diligently working on a specialized tablet to compete against the likes of the iPad and Sony’s Xperia Z tablet. I know you’re all thinking wait a minute— Samsung’s existing tablets are already established competitors to the iPad and Xperia Z tablet, right? Well, there’s one thing that the Xperia Z and iPad has the existing Galaxy Tabs don’t: a superior display. Knowing this, Samsung will incorporate a full Super AMOLED FULL HD Display which would rival other brands’ offerings. Moreover— the displays are rumored to come in at 10.1 or 11.6-inches. Complimenting the HD display will be the new Exynos 5 chip running the show.

Considering Samsung already has its fingerprints over a certain tablet with an awesome display that is currently unrivaled by the competiton, it’s pretty safe to say that its new line of premium tablets are going to be amazing. Well— if that’s true that is…

source: SamMobile

More rumors indicate the next-generation Nexus 7 will likely have a Snapdragon processor instead of a Tegra processor

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Remember how we told you about Google’s possible intentions to use a Snapdragon-based processor instead of a Tegra-powered chip for its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet? Well Digitimes is reporting that the next tablet will utilize Qualcomm’s technology according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The reasoning, you ask? Well, Google seems to be headed in the direction of showcasing an LTE-based variation of the tablet, which Qualcomm chips seem to fare well with compared to that of the Tegra chips. Of course NVIDIA did announce its Tegra 4i chip— which is certainly LTE-friendly, but NVIDIA does have some production delays to deal with until at least mid-summer and the new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be unveiled in May— so using a Snapdragon processor seems to be a natural fit for the new tablet.

Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.

source: Digitimes

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II to get Android 4.2.2 update, while the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 will see Android 5.0

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We already know that Samsung is committed to bringing the best support possible for its legacy devices, but it appears that Samsung is certainly on its way to becoming the next Google when it comes to software updates of its devices. Let me explain— a “pre-list” has recently surfaced indicating which Samsung devices will be qualified for some major updates on the way in the near-future. According to the list, many 2012 or pre-2012 devices such as the Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II and original Galaxy Note smartphones are slated to receive the Android 4.2.2 update. Additionally, a handful of devices such as the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy 10.1, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 are eligible for the not-yet-announced Key Lime Pie update. Moreover— while many of the mid-range devices may not qualify for the Android 5.0 update, Samsung is working on some sort of “value pack” update, which gives the older legacy devices some addtional functionality that other devices won’t have.

If you’re an owner of a Sammy device, it’s pretty exciting to know that Samsung is likely continuing to show some much-needed love to your old toy, isn’t it?

source: SamMobile 

Google’s Nexus 5 rumored to feature a potential camera with Nikon branding

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You folks remember that dream Nexus 5 “Megalodon” handset we mentioned to you all a few days ago? Well while it appears that some of the preliminary specs we’d heard about may be a slightly over exaggerated (especially the OLED display and 3 gigs of RAM), some new rumors have surfaced indicating the Nexus 5 will at the least include some attractive internals compared to most other smartphones out there. According to a PhoneArena tipster, the rumored device will have a 5-inch 1080p display, 2 gigs of RAM, and a 3,140mAh battery. And remember how Vic Gundontra predicted Google’s phones will be capable of some pretty sweet photography capabilities? Well it’s possible the Nexus 5 will have a camera module that has a “triple camera sensor thing” with Nikon branding— pretty much indicating that Google is (finally) taking the cameras on its devices seriously. Oh and the upcoming device will feature Key Lime Pie for good measure as well.

No word yet on when we can expect Google to unveil this supposed Nexus 5 smartphone, but it’s safe to say that we can all start to salivate at the thought of a potentially sweet device.

source: PhoneArena

Rumor: Upcoming Motorola “X” is not just one phone, but a new line of devices

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You know about that mysterious Motorola X smartphone that we’ve been hearing more and more about? Well it’s possible that it’s a codename for not one smartphone, but rather the first of many smartphones. Rumor has it that Google is considering looking at other manufacturers line and introducing an X line of smartphones— kind of Samsung’s Galaxy or LG’s Optimus lines. Not only does this unify Motorola’s product line, but it also guarantees more cohesive product support for customers. For example, the first phone in this “X” line “will guarantee at least one “full Android version” update after the purchase of the phone” that is handled directly by Google Motorola, not the mercy of various wireless carriers out there.

Oh and the news doesn’t stop there folks. Rumor also has it that this new “X” phone or line will be sold through “an unnamed online store”— which almost certainly points to the fact it will be sold in the Play Store for the masses, which by the way will be sold at a heavily subsidized priced like the Nexus 4 in order to get interest from consumers. And finally— the mysterious device(s) will be completely customizable by allowing the device’s color, RAM and internal storage to be completely configurable.

Again this is pure rumor and speculation, but you can’t help but be giddy at the idea that this is the direction that the Motorola brand is potentially about to take. Maybe that rumored smartphone we saw a few days ago may hold more weight than we’d previously thought….

source: Unwired View

Samsung’s Galaxy S IV to feature floating touch technology and green PHOLED material AMOLED display

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Not too long ago we heard rumors that Samsung would implement touchless gestures for screen navigation on the Galaxy S IV. Well, the latest rumors from SamMobile say that we’re definitely going to see that floating technology on March 14th. This won’t be a first for Samsung, as we’ve seen Sony dabble with floating screen tech, and Samsung even uses it for Air View with the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 2, but rest assured, it’s going to be an awesome feature.
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Leaked screenshots highlight Samsung’s Galaxy S IV smartphone may feature Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features

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Looking forward to that major Sammy device that’s set to be introduced next week? Yeah— so are we gang. With that in mind, we have some additional leaks to share with you all highlighting how the Galaxy S IV’s UI may indeed look upon its arrival. As indicated in some screenshots from the Galaxy S III’s leaked 4.2.1 firmware, we can see the Galaxy S IV will indeed have the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features, just like we’d previously heard before. In addition, the inclusion of these features all but confirm the Galaxy S IV will utilize a full 1080p HD panel, giving users all the detail and quality they can handle on the rumored 4.99-inch display. Could it be possible that the upcoming device will have even more custom or unique inclusions to the UI? We’re certainly inclined to believe that its not that hard to fathom seeing something an even more updated version of its Touchwiz Nature UI.

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It’s only another week before the big event gang. Just one more week…

source: SamMobile