HP to begin building Android tablets and possibly smartphones, too

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After the WebOS and TouchPad failure, HP laid out of the mobile market for a while. Well, latest reports say that HP is going to take another stab at the market, but this time with Android-based tablets instead of WebOS. On top of that, they’re even considering a future Android powered smartphone, too. HP makes some pretty solid hardware, and they obviously do very well in the desktop and laptop market space, so I’m sure they’ll have a great chance to shake up the mobile industry as well.

Rumors say that it’ll be a Tegra 4 powered tablet, which has been in development since Thanksgiving of last year, so this definitely isn’t a hasty decision by HP. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more about these devices in the next few months.

source: The Verge

More rumors of specific Galaxy S IV dates come to light

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If this pace keeps up, Galaxy S IV rumors are going to steal all the hype from Mobile World Congress before it even starts. Okay, maybe not, but the rumors are definitely distracting. The latest today comes from SamMobile, who claims to have confirmation from an inside source that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, which gives them just enough time after MWC to send out some invitations and keep the spotlight on their new flagship. After the announcement, the phone will be released at the start of April, which is a little earlier than the mid-April dates we’ve been seeing.

Like always, European and Asian countries get their hands on the S IV first, while American, Canadian, and Australian carriers will sell the S IV later in May or June. There’s also the standard assortment of accessories Samsung offers with their devices that are slated for a week 15 release in the year, which fits nicely with that early April release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you guys are more patient than I am.

source: SamMobile

Google/Motorola “X” Smartphone To Feature Great Battery Life And Kevlar Backing, Reminds Us Of Previous Motorola Phones In The Process

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Googlorola’s mysterious “X” smartphone, so it’s fitting that we’ve gotten some new juicy details about the device. According to the wunderguru Sniggly, there are already working models of the upcoming handset somewhere out there in the wild as part of the smartphone’s extensive testing process. It appears that Google is pulling no stops as it is intent on making a phone that features great battery life and is durable— something that most smartphones of today lack, but Motorola clearly emphasizes with its long line of smartphones featuring Kevlar backings and great battery lives. In addition, the phone is rumored to have a screen size around 4.8-inches, a quad-core processor, and a microSD card slot with the possibility that the internal storage is rumored to go up to a 128 GB version. Oh and those of you afraid of this upcoming device having a crummy camera can fear no more as Motorola/Google are expected to feature a much better camera sensor… perhaps even one of those new Sony Exmor sensors that the tech world has been raving about.

We still have a long ways to go before the device is expected to be announced– but boy you just can’t help but get giddy at the expected May 15th announcement date– especially for you Verizon customers.

source: PhoneArena

All Indications Point To Samsung Galaxy S IV Smartphone Being Launched In April

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It appears April is going to be a big year for Android fans as it appears that is when we will be seeing Sammy’s “Next Big Thing” finally being revealed. Thanks to our friends at PhoneArena, we have a few photos indicating a major raffle that’s happening at a New Zealand mobile retailer in which the lucky winner will receive a brand-spankin’ new Galaxy S IV smartphone. While that part may not mean much— the raffle is expected to end on April 8th, which falls in line with a rumored April release date. In addition, there’s word of another UK retailer set to launch the device between the 15th and 22nd of April as well.

 

 

So yes friends, it’s looking more and more like that March event is shaping up to be the formal introduction of what will be the world’s best smartphone to the masses. Let’s just hope we here in the States won’t need to wait too long after the initial launch.

source: PhoneArena

 

Trio of Samsung Galaxy Tab models pop up with varying screen resolution

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The closer we get to Mobile World Congress, the more leaks we’re going to see, especially something as high-profile as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup. Engadget’s recently discovered three new models of Samsung tablets in their user agent profiles, dubbed the GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. If Samsung follows their standard naming conventions, these will fall into the Galaxy Tab line, but there’s not much else as far as details go. The low end 3200 sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution on its screen, which is pretty lackluster, especially for Samsung. The 5200 showed a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the 8200 packed a Nexus 10 matching 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Some leaked AnTuTu benchmarks for the GT-P8200 suggest it’ll carry a 1.7 GHz processor, would back up that extraordinary screen resolution. Like with all other rumors, though, it’s best to take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. And we fortunately won’t have to wait long to see what Samsung officially unveils next month.

source: Engadget

More evidence of a white LG Nexus 4 surfaces

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Late yesterday we reported on a leaked image that purported to show a new white version of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The question on everyone’s mind was whether it was a legitimate image. Today more images have surfaced showing a white, well mostly white, LG Nexus 4 device. The images showed up on a Vietnamese web site and show the device being held in someone’s hand as they rotate the device around for different views in a series of fifteen shots. Not impossible to fake, but these latest images would require a lot more effort to produce if someone were trying to pull a hoax on the tech world. » Read the rest

Evidence Of A White Nexus 4

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We might have our first view of the white Nexus 4 on the same day the standard black model returned to the Play Store. We heard there might be a white version in the works last year but this is the first time we see any “evidence” of the existence of such a device. Speaking of evidence, there’s not much. Phone Arena reported the image above was submitted by an anonymous source. Examining the EXIF data shows the image was taken by an LG-E975, better known as the Optimus G. While that little piece of information adds an element of intrigue to the story, it does little to validate the authenticity. Put your debunking hats on and hit the source for the full size image. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they release a version with more storage, not more white.

Source: Phone Arena

Insider Reports HTC M7 Will Be Released Sooner Than Expected

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Italian mobile Insider Flavio (@flapic) tweeted what he is calling an exclusive regarding the upcoming release of the HTC M7 . He predicts it will be released in London on February 19th and not at Mobile World Congress as many of us have expected. He did not disclose a source but later said he has established connections from “many years in the field” and his sources are “reliable and credible.” So he’s legit, if you don’t believe him just ask him and he’ll tell you. All kidding aside, this guy has been around for a while and might be on to something.

Excitement for HTC’s next flagship definitely feels like it’s growing. The M7 will feature a 4.7-inch 1080p display, new Sense 5.0, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, 2300mAh (likely internal) battery and LTE connectivity. Whether it launches at its own event in London or at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February, we won’t have long to wait.

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LG Optimus G2 Appears Primed For Fall Release

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CES 2013 came and went without a peep from LG regarding the Optimus G2.  Now we’re hearing the launch of LG’s next flagship phone will be delayed until fall 2013 after Google releases the next version of Android, presumably Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Then there’s the rumor LG will release a quad-core device, being called the GK, at Mobile World Congress in February. The GK, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and equipped with a 5.5-inch HD screen, would compete with Samsung when Sammi brings the next Galaxy phone to market, hopefully the Galaxy S IV.

We’re happy to see LG making moves to be a player in the mobile device market but I think the Korean manufacturer could do more for its image by correcting Nexus 4 production issues rather than release a stop-gap phone before the G2. A new LG phone would be a hard sell over a Samsung device after all the off and on again reports regarding LG’s first Nexus.

Source: CNET