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Google convinces Samsung to drop own App suite and tweaks to Android

Google convinces Samsung to drop own App suite and tweaks to Android

The Touchwiz or Nature UX designed software on Samsung’s line of devices has been getting demonstrably worse as years go by, departing from the look and feel of stock Android by a large margin and the latest Magazine UX release on the Note and Tab Pro line launched at CES seems to have started talks between Google and Samsung which may lead to the brokering of a deal which will see Samsung to drop its own suite of competing Apps and tweaks to Android, at least according to a report from Re/Code. While the companies have declined to comment, sources[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on January 30, 2014 19 comments Apps, Google Play, Manufacturer, Rumours
HTC M8 alleged to have on-screen navigation keys

HTC M8 alleged to have on-screen navigation keys

We’re starting to get a few leaks about HTC’s upcoming successor to their 2013 flagship, which at this stage is only known by its internal name, the M8. One of the more interesting points is that the M8 would have no capacitive buttons, and notorious tech leakster @evleaks has backed up this rumour in a tweet this morning. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/427783956495609856 One of the few criticisms that we had of the HTC One was the odd-button layout, and that HTC persisted in using capacitive buttons, which added to the already large bezel size of the device. If @evleaks’ claim is true, HTC[Read More...]

by 3:23 PM on January 28, 2014 2 comments Phones, Rumours
Colourful new HTC Desire phones possibly coming this year

Colourful new HTC Desire phones possibly coming this year

It appears that 2014 could be a colourful year for Android, with a possible update to the colour range on Nexus devices coming it seems HTC is also looking at expanded the colour options from their Windows Phone lineup to Android with a leaked series of photos showing that a new Desire range of phones could come in red, yellow, orange and blue. The Desire series has remained afloat as a low-mid range series of devices and the trend looks set to continue with this latest round of Desire handsets apparently upping the spec game from the recently released Desire[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on January 27, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Nexus 5 to come in Red and Yellow colour options soon?

Rumour: Nexus 5 to come in Red and Yellow colour options soon?

Yesterday a website put up a slideshow of a supposed ‘leak’ of the Google Play store showing new colour options for the Nexus 5, while those pictures appeared to be quite fake and poorly rendered; today we see a picture of a Red Nexus 5 apparently hanging out in the wilds of Vietnam and it’s apparently not alone with sources indicating a yellow version could be on the way as well. The Red and Yellow options fit perfectly with the Google’s colour choices for their accessories on the Nexus 7 sleeve as well as the Nexus 5 Bumper case. There[Read More...]

by 8:18 PM on January 24, 2014 7 comments Phones, Rumours
Sony D6503 prototype surfaces – possibly the ‘Sirius’ handset update of the Z1

Sony D6503 prototype surfaces – possibly the ‘Sirius’ handset update of the Z1

The latest rumours for upcoming Sony devices point to a new phone – codenamed Sirius – and a tablet – codenamed Castor – to be launched at Mobile World Congress next month and an XDA Member – iRimas – appears to have gotten their hands on an as yet unreleased Sony handset with the model # : D6503 which could possibly be the Sirius. Specs rumoured for the Sirius include a 5.2″ screen with a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC – a variant of the Snapdragon 800 with higher clock speeds, iRimas also confirms a 20.7MP Camera on the model he[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on January 19, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
LG looking to bring the launch of the next G series phone forward to May

LG looking to bring the launch of the next G series phone forward to May

With rumours beginning to circulate for the 2014 flagship phone launches, a new report out of Korea, is indicating that LG is planning on switching up their release cycle on their premium G line of smartphones, aiming for a May launch. The report from Asiae has indicated a launch is set for May 17th for the LG G3. The LG G2 was launched at an event in New York in August 2013, with sales beginning in the US in September and Australia in November, so this would be a slight ramp up in release schedules, possibly with LG trying to[Read More...]

by 10:10 AM on January 18, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
HTC to launch the One successor in March with larger screen and dual rear cameras

HTC to launch the One successor in March with larger screen and dual rear cameras

With the financial situation still not as steady as they’d like, HTC is planning to release the upcoming M8, the latest version of thier flagship device in March with a similar design to the HTC one but with a larger screen and dual-cameras on the rear. The information is pretty scarce, but the report from Bloomberg, which features information from a person they’ve spoken to ‘with direct knowledge of the plans’, the Taiwanese company will use an updated Qualcomm processor in their latest model, although it’s not specified as to whether that means a Snapdragon 800 or whether it will[Read More...]

by 9:53 AM on January 18, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Possible Nexus 10 successor surfaces via @evleaks

Possible Nexus 10 successor surfaces via @evleaks

Update: It looks as if this render might be a hoax. Evan is now reporting that he’s aware the same render was sent to a number of publications, with different corroborating evidence, which he believes (and we’d tend to agree) is the sign of a not-too-elaborate hoax. Sorry folks. Nexus 10 update goes back to the rumour pile. We’ve seen some pretty terrible ‘leaks/renders’ over the last couple of months of supposed successors to the now 14 month old Nexus 10, but this morning we have seen a pretty credible leak from noted internet leaker @evleaks. While Evan Blass, the[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on January 15, 2014 2 comments Rumours, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured specs supposedly confirmed

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured specs supposedly confirmed

With CES 2014 now out of the way, the next big thing on the mobile devices landscape is Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and many had been anticipating a discussion of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at this event. It seems, however, that Samsung will be skipping an announcement at MWC, instead favouring an announcement to be held in London in March. https://twitter.com/flapic/status/422315349154213888 While we might have to wait a little longer for an announcement, the folks over at SamMobile have supposedly had confirmed a number of specifications for the upcoming 2014 flagship, as well as some specs[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on January 14, 2014 4 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specs leak

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specs leak

Late last year we mentioned that Samsung have been rumoured to be working on a lower-powered follow-up to the Galaxy Note 3. According to the leaked specifications at the time, the Note 3 Lite (now known as the Note 3 Neo), would be the lower powered brother to the Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to an anonymous tipster, GSMArena have recently acquired official Samsung documents detailing most of the final specifications and features of the Note 3 Neo. As you can see from the specifications listed, there are still a few small aspects of the Neo such as the dimension and[Read More...]

by 6:13 PM on January 10, 2014 7 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Galaxy S5 to launch in April with iris scanner

Galaxy S5 to launch in April with iris scanner

Samsung are staying true to their history of announcing flagship phones in March, with intention to begin sales in April according to Lee Young Hee – Executive Vice President of Samsung Mobile who advised the Galaxy S5 launch would follow this pattern, in an interview with Bloomberg; at the same time advising that the follow up to the Galaxy Gear will be coming at the same time. “We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time. When we release our S5[Read More...]

by 10:50 AM on January 10, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Leaked screenshots suggest Samsung might be changing TouchWiz

Leaked screenshots suggest Samsung might be changing TouchWiz

Samsung’s mobile products are extremely popular, but one common complaint has been the performance (or lack thereof) of one of the key components of the Samsung architecture, namely TouchWiz. Even we’ve been critical of TouchWiz and its lags and stutters, and questionable design sense, and the disconnect between various aspects of the user experience. Complaints ranging from child-like icon designs, cluttered interfaces and bloated design have filled much of the discussion about TouchWiz, and sadly, little has changed. However, from the image you can see above, courtesy of @evleaks, it looks as if things could be about to change. There’s a[Read More...]

by 7:26 AM on January 8, 2014 14 comments Manufacturer, News, Rumours
Rumours start for new Sony Xperia devices to be launched at MWC

Rumours start for new Sony Xperia devices to be launched at MWC

With the Sony Xperia Z now a year old – it was launched at CES this time last year – the details could be coming on an updated Phone and Tablet that Sony are working on for a possible release at Mobile World Congress in February. The phone – codenamed Sirius – is tipped to have a 5.2″ screen and be powered by a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC – a variant of the Snapdragon 800 which can see slightly higher clock speeds, although there is some speculation that the Snapdragon 805 could be seen instead. While the rumour tips the[Read More...]

by 2:01 AM on January 8, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours, Tablets