Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It's that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget... Continue reading

Android’s iconography to be revamped with a shiny new look

Android Police are reporting on a somewhat questionable rumour that Google's core Android applications might be about to receive a graphic makeover. As you can see in the header graphic above, we've snapped three logos each for Gmail and Calendar: The current 'web' icon (from the web service), the current Android icon in the middle, and a proposed new icon for Android on the right. The reason for these changes? To flatten out the icons a bit and have them more closely resemble the design language used elsewhere; in other words, make Google products a bit more recognisable as such,... Continue reading

Google testing Android 4.4.3

We have already seen rumours about Android 4.4.3 and some of the possible changes that are coming with that version of Android and now it appears that Google have started the internal testing process. Android Police have mentioned that this particular build has started rolling out to a small number of Google employees outside of the core Android team and unsurprisingly it appears to be limited to the current generation Nexus devices. As previously mentioned this release is likely to be a bug fix release with no new features introduced and the timeframes for a public release are still... Continue reading

Improved Calendar App for Android in testing

The recently leaked GMail udpate for Android will apparently have a corresponding update for the Calendar, according to leaked screenshots shown on Geek.com. Russell Holly reports that he was able to test out the new Calendar App which is going under the code-name 'Timely' at Google, at which time he was able to take some screenshots and get a pretty good look at the direction that Google is going with their new App designs. Visually, it appears flatter and more minimal with new features including a split-screened day planner with a month view at the top. Russell cites some new... Continue reading

Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception... Continue reading

Rumour: HTC M8 Ace

Blurrycam strikes again! The team over at evleaks have their hands on another image of a potential new device coming from HTC, the M8 Ace. Pretty much nothing is known about this device other than the blurry render you see in the tweet below. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/453482897299603457/ What do you think the Ace will be, share your theory with us Continue reading

Rumour: Android TV is coming, and it looks delightfully simple

According to documents and screenshots obtained from an un-named source by the Verge, Google is readying a fourth attempt at becoming a major force in the entertainment industry. This time, though the focus is on Android, with the product to be called Android TV. The interface appears to be quite interesting and easy to navigate. It does borrow heavily from the card interface that has been a mainstay of recent Google product user interfaces, but seems to offer a simplified interaction model which is required when interacting with a TV. Google has previously attacked the living room by... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 Mini specs purportedly leaked

After a UserAgent Profile(UAProf) for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was supposedly spotted last month. There wasn't much included except for CPU Speed and the resolution of screen, now SAMMobile are reporting they have some more specs for the SM-G800. For a start the phone will come with a 4.5" 720×1280 resolution Super AMOLED display, very much an improvement over the disappointing qHD resolution of last years Galaxy S4 Mini. The type of processor still hasn't been named but is rumoured to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core, and if the UAProf for the SM-G800 is... Continue reading

Google testing new Gmail app

It looks like Google are testing a new Gmail app for Android and from what I can tell there are some nice changes heading our way. As with most Google updates these days this one is bringing with it a new user interface which includes a coloured Action Bar as seen on several of Google’s other apps including the recently updated Google Keep. It’s not just about the interface though with a few useful features added into the mix as well. There are a few new tabs including Travel, Purchases... Continue reading

Google set to improve camera app

Google have been talking about cameras on smartphones for a while now and back in February 2013 Vic Gundotra had this to say about the Nexus range We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras I think most of us will agree that the Nexus 5 doesn't have the best smartphone camera out there, but it was an improvement over their previous offerings. The next step for Google looks to be an improved camera app and they may even release it into the Play Store. This all make a lot of sense to me and would continue with... Continue reading

Possible list of Android 4.4.3 changes leaked

As Android enthusiasts, we often start wondering what changes will arrive in the next version of the OS once the current version is released. While Android 4.4.2 has been around for a while, a number of bugs remain, leaving us to wonder when the next version would arrive and hoping it would fix each little annoyance. Now, it seems that the release of Android 4.4.3 is imminent. The folks at the Chromium bug tracker noticed a build KTU83. Decoding this as per other Android build numbers reveals that the K represents KtiKat, the T Testing, and the... Continue reading

Image of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

As the year rolls by, with the manufacturers having now dropped their flagship devices on us, the roll continues on to the secondary devices. Some tablets and accessories will launch to no fanfare, whereas others receive a little attention but not so much. Evleaks are a consistent and pretty reliable source for images of upcoming devices and today they've got their hands on renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (White) https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/449977255045771265 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (Black) https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/450002404939816960/ Both devices "fit" in the Samsung mould for tablets, they look pretty good and will no doubt be pretty impressive when they become... Continue reading

Rumour: OK Google, what bills are due?

Ahh Google Now, how I love the; let me count the ways. Android Police have a cracker of a rumour that there's a reasonable amount of evidence to support. Google now will soon(ish) have cards in place to remind you to pay your bills. Everything from your power bill, the dreaded credit card, mobile phone as a starting point. These days with most large companies offering API interfaces into billing systems (even if it's read only) there's a seemingly endless list of possibilities here. At this time, the evidence in the APK teardown conducted by AP suggests... Continue reading