Fresh Off The Rumor Mill: Samsung’s Galaxy S IV Could Possibly Have An Unbreakable Display

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As we rapidly approach the new year, we are rapidly gaining new details of Sammy’s “Next Big Thing”. Also known as “Project J”, the Galaxy S IV is expected to have top-line features like a brand new quad-core Exynos processor, a 13MP camera and most noteworthy— a revolutionary display. While the expected 441 ppi density of the display is sort of been there, done that already, the Galaxy’s S IV’s potentially unique display will have something competitors will not have: an unbreakable plane. Similar to earlier reports we’ve heard in the past, analysts expect to see not only an unbreakable display panel in the Galaxy S IV, but they expect that consumers will eventually see possibly a bendable-type display material as well. Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Samsung is reported to begin production organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the first half of 2013, which will be seen in the Galaxy S IV or Galaxy S V smartphones, as indicated by analyst Mark Newman of Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong:

 

“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”

 

You know what they say folks— when there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s looking more and more like the next Galaxy(s) are going to be straight up beastly (and revolutionary) devices. Your move Apple & HTC?

source: Reuters

 

Sony Potentially Eyeing Launch Of New Smartphones Powered By MediaTek Processors

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In some surprising news, it looks like we’ll be seeing more and more devices powered by MediaTek processors in the near-future. Hot off the heels of ZTE potentially developing a smartphone featuring a MediaTek 8-core processor, Sony has requested samples of MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core SoC. This specialized chip is an ARM Cortex A7-based unit that can be clocked up to 1.2GHz and has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU that can handle 1,280 x 720 displays— but the catch is the quad-core chip is relatively affordable compared to other units like those from Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Samsung.What this means is that Sony may be trying to implement the processors into potential new designs and support the possibility that consumers may see some new (budget-minded) devices as soon as next year.

Bear in mind, however– that while Sony has requested SoC samples for testing– this doesn’t necessarily mean it will actually produce new smartphones utilizing MediaTek’s quad-core processors– it is only in the preliminary stages… for now. However, if testing does indeed go well, don’t be surprised if we see some new (budget-minded) Sony smartphones on the horizon.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Rumored To Have Exynos 5440 Quad-Core Processor Currently In Development, Plans On Bringing A Lot Of Cortex A15 Lovin’

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Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440″ and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.

Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.

source: SamMobile

 

Google Rumored To Be Working On Improved Mobile Search Functions, Wants To Answer Questions Before You Ask

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It’s no surprise that Google has taken the preliminary steps to get to know you a little better, but now it is taking things to another level by potentially answering a question before you ask. That’s right folks— Google is potentially working on something that pre-guesses what users are likely to be looking for and pings an update before users will ask the question. According to Technology Review, Google is trying to get an understanding of the needs of its users as they go about their normal lives. Essentially, this new technology would be even more dependent of a user’s GPS and would assist in making all the little things just a wee bit easier— like telling users how many people are lining up to buy their sandwiches at the local supermarket. So in essence, as users go about their normal day, Google will begin to pick up on the habits and give you answers before you ask. Cool? Definitely. Scary? Absolutely.

The fact that Google is possibly working on this enhanced technology all but points to one thing: Google clearly has its vision of the future for Google Now… one with an enhanced search experience. The scary thing is it’s going to be here— whether we like it or not.

source: Technology Review
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Another Day, Another $99 Nexus Tablet Rumor: Sources Say $99 Nexus Tablet Will Arrive In Q4, ASUS Says Don’t Believe The Hype

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And while we’re on the topic of Google Nexus tablets, there’s now more uncertainty about whether or not the Mountain View giant will or will not bring a $99 tablet. The not-so-credible DigiTimes highlights that Taiwanese supply-chain makers claims that consumers will indeed see a $99 version of the Nexus tablet sometime this quarter, despite certain folks who think the claim is full of crap. The problem with this claim: DigiTimes also reports that ASUS has come out and clearly stated that “it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus”. So basically you have supply-chain makers saying it’s very much real and ASUS saying it’s not real.

Boy oh boy who to believe here. Personally– I’d hold my breath on a $99 Nexus tablet, unless you know— we see it on a wireless carrier or something.

 

source: DigiTimes

 

Upcoming 32GB Nexus 7 Tablet To Cost £199.99 In The UK

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As Google continues to be mum on its all but confirmed 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, we continue to see additional specs and info leaked out for our viewing pleasure. Just like we had reported earlier in the week, the gang at Android Central managed to get a tip that famed UK retailer Argos has created its Christmas guide and lo and behold— the 32GB Nexus 7 is listed at a cool £199.99 ($323.00 USD). The significance of this is the pricing point pretty much confirms the upcoming tablet will indeed replace the existing 16GB tablet— while also adding that Google has finally listened to its customers (like yours’ truly) and will offer up more storage space.

So now that we know it’s very much real and on the way, all we need now is for Google to just finally stop holding out on the inevitable and give up the details on when we can grab one of the tablets for ourselves.

source: Android Central

When It Rains… It Pours: More Leaked Photos Of The LG Nexus Surface

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As we get closer and closer to the inevitable announcement of Google’s newest addition to the Nexus family, we now see yet another leaked photo of the Nexus 4 (or Optimus Nexus, whatever you prefer). Belerusian website Onliner.by obtained some sweet photos of the LG E960. As you can see off the bat, the device seems to feature a special coating and the traditional Google & LG logos on the back, while the front is all screen, nearly identical to the existing Galaxy Nexus smartphone. All in all, these photos seem to line up with the previous shots that we’ve seen before.

In addition to the photos that have surfaced, the website also takes some time to confirm some specs that were previously rumored to be featured in the smartphone. As of now, Onliner.by highlights the newest upcoming Nexus will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 1280×768 HD display, 8MP rear camera and 8GB of on-board storage. Leave it to the Nexus line to stay consistent with featuring the best features and cutting edge technology.

In case you’ve forgotten, the device is expected to be announced at the end of the month. In the meantime, we’re sure you’re all itching to get more peeks of the upcoming device, so hit the break for all the photos you can handle.

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Rumor: Upcoming Nexus Featuring Android 4.2 To Feature New Customization Center, Updated Google Now And Project Roadrunner

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As we all await the arrival of the latest Nexus device (or devices if all holds true), we are also eagerly awaiting what Google has up its sleeves in the latest Android OS. Well it looks like the gang at Android and Me may have the inside scoop on not only the latest OS which is expected to be software version 4.2, but details on the direction of its Nexus line of devices. According to an anonymous source, Google is trying to promote its Nexus line among all major manufacturers. The various manufacturers will work directly with Google in regards to the hardware and driver details, though Google will be responsible for the hardware updates directly. Moreover, although these special Google devices are part of the Nexus line, they don’t necessarily need to be called Nexus as part of its name– sort of like of what Google did with the Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet. The thought is that by manufacturers joining the Nexus program, it would allow for the special variations of the devices to have even more access to specially-optimized Google content.

Of course since there will be added content, it’s only natural to have an idea of what exactly the Nexus devices will feature in regards to the newest Android OS, Android 4.2. The biggest features in the new OS are rumored to be identified as the new Customization Center, Project Roadrunner, an updated Google Now and revamped Play Store. The new Customization Center will be useful for all Android users as it essentially allows users to update the base Android OS, without having to wait for OEM manufacturers to update their skins. Here’s how it works: it is basically a way for you to do basic customizations through a range of options through the Play Store. When a new update is available, new items like filters and icons would be available via the Play Store. So when Google upgrades Android and a manufacturer doesn’t provide a compatible version of their custom UI initially, the device reverts simply to the stock UI or wait for the upgrade until the manufacturer catches up.

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Sample Photos Taken With Samsung GT-I9260′s Camera Leaked Online

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It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing what all the hubbub is of the mysterious Samsung GT-I9260 smartphone. After seeing a user agent for the device leaked last week, an alleged user of the device casually took some photos using the GT-I9260′s camera and uploaded them to Picasa. The EXIF data of the photo clearly highlights a GT-I9260 model number, though the photos were not taken at full resolution, so it’s uncertain if the device has the expected 8MP camera or not. On the flipside,  the photos do show the camera has an F/2.65 aperture and a 4mm focal length, which corresponds with the camera and sensor found on the Galaxy S II, so it’s possible or even likely this new device has the same camera as that found in the Galaxy S II.

All in all, it’s looking like this “Galaxy (Nexus) Premier” is shaping up to be a solid mid-range phone. Here’s hoping we see even more sooner than later.

source: GSM Arena

Samsung Uses Twitter To Call Recent Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumor Bogus

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You remember how we told you to take that whole Samsung Galaxy S IV rumor that surfaced yesterday? If you recall, we advised to our readers that they should take the rumor with a grain of salt and now it looks like we told you that for good reason. Samsung took to Twitter and confirmed the Korea Times claim of the next great superphone arriving at MWC 2013 utterly bogus. Here’s Samsung’s response which has been roughly translated:

 

Please note that some media reported speculation that the Galaxy S Ⅲ subsequent models will be released in a simple rumor is not true. … why spread these rumors?

 

So there you have it. We won’t see the next great Samsung superphone at MWC 2013, so life can go on and the major focus can be on the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones… for now.

source: Samsung Tomorrow (Twitter)