Rumours

HTC One “Google Edition” coming soon?

HTC One “Google Edition” coming soon?

Today we see a rumour emerging that it might not just be Samsung that’s doing an AOSP version of its 2013 flagship, with HTC rumoured to be working on a similarly AOSP-powered version of its One handset. Apparently this rumour kicked off last week when an HTC Rep hinted at the possibility of a stock Android AOSP version of the the HTC One, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition announced at Google I/O. Very quickly, however, HTC put the kibosh on this rumour with HTC’s Jeff Gordon denying the rumours completely. Today, there are more rumours to stoke the fire, with[Read More...]

by 11:58 AM on May 21, 2013 23 comments Phones, Rumours
White Nexus 4 and Android 4.3 coming 10 June?

White Nexus 4 and Android 4.3 coming 10 June?

Prior to Google I/O there were rumours of a White Whale.. no.. a white Nexus 4. In fact, we’ve been covering these “White Nexus 4” rumours for months, going back as far as November last year. It seems that this rumour has finally turned out to be correct. The good folk over at Android and Me have, in their hot little hands, that elusive white Nexus 4, and besides a lick of paint, it’s the same Nexus 4. There’s no LTE (sorry, that rumour is bust for now), and no other changes whatsoever, just that it comes in white. Oh,[Read More...]

by 5:42 PM on May 20, 2013 12 comments OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Mention of Android 4.3 quickly pops up and disappears from official Android website

Mention of Android 4.3 quickly pops up and disappears from official Android website

Just hours before Google I/O even begins, The Verge has come across a mention of Android 4.3 on Android’s official developer website. The mention of the next version of Android has since been removed. We don’t know much about what will be in Android 4.3, but that screenshot tells us that security is one area that will be updated. Stay tuned for more Google I/O news!

by 12:37 AM on May 16, 2013 0 comments OS Update, Rumours
Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android to be released at IO

Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android to be released at IO

Put this one firmly in the rumour catgeory folks, but according to Geek.com Samsung and Google have gotten together and are planning to release a Galaxy S4 running an AOSP version of Android, which will be launched during the keynote at IO, due to start at 2am tomorrow morning Australian Eastern time. The rumour states that the special edition phone has been collaborated on by Samsung and Google, in order to address the growing number of users looking for the ‘stock’ Android experience on something other than a Nexus device. Something that the ROM community has been achieving through more[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on May 15, 2013 24 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Google to announce streaming music service at IO tomorrow.

Rumour: Google to announce streaming music service at IO tomorrow.

After extending availability of Google Music to Australia as well as six other countries, it appears from a report from both TheVerge and The New York Times that Google is looking to launch a streaming music service to compete with the likes of Spotify and MOG. The service will be added to YouTube as well as Google Play. Google has reportedly already signed, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment although reps from the companies declined to comment. Unlike Spoitify however the service will not include a free tier, instead will be purely subscription based. No pricing[Read More...]

by 11:00 AM on May 15, 2013 3 comments Rumours
Speculation Season: Nexus 7, Android Laptops and more

Speculation Season: Nexus 7, Android Laptops and more

It’s not surprising that we’re hearing a lot of Google rumours this week, with Google I/O around the corner again. This time, we have Mingchi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities with a bit of gossip. Kuo, who has had accurate information regarding Apple product launches in the past, has given 9 to 5 Google some insight on what we might see coming out of Google I/O this year. First off the rank is a new Nexus 7, but there’s no detail about what this might include. Speculation has been rife that this will be an LTE-enabled model, but we[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on May 14, 2013 1 comment Rumours
Nexus Q — It isn’t coming this year either

Nexus Q — It isn’t coming this year either

At Google’s I/O developer conference in 2012, Google unveiled an unlikely Nexus product, the Nexus Q. The Nexus Q was an Android powered media player, and while it was supposedly going to see a release shortly after I/O last year, it never happened. A month after I/O, Google announced that the launch of the Q wouldn’t go ahead. This didn’t stop our Dan Tyson from ordering one via eBay and having a play with it, but thus far, it has remained a niche product, because hardly anyone could get their hands on it. There has been some speculation the Nexus[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on May 14, 2013 3 comments Other, Rumours
White Nexus 4 Poses for Photos Again

White Nexus 4 Poses for Photos Again

Back in November last year we reported on an interesting offer from Carphone Warehouse which involved a white LG Nexus 4.  This unfortunately failed to materialise and was largely forgotten about until January when someone snapped a photo of the mythical white Nexus 4 in the wild.  The device was rumoured to have been given to Googlers only.  Now, just a few days out from Google IO the white Nexus 4 has made an appearance again, this time snapped up by a lucky buyer at a local Cash Converters-type store in the Phillippines.  The back of the phone looks to[Read More...]

by 6:03 AM on May 14, 2013 0 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini emerges, poses for photos

Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini emerges, poses for photos

Though Samsung hasn’t really said too much about a possible Galaxy S 4 mini, the leaked details, user agent profiles showing up in log files, and even some thoughts from the Wall Street Journal tend to suggest that such a product not only is likely, but its arrival on market is imminent. Chinese web service Weibo user PunkPanda has provided a number of photos of a device said to be the Galaxy S 4 mini. As you can see in the gallery below, it’s a little smaller than the Galaxy S 4 (duh, really?) but this might be a good[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on May 13, 2013 4 comments Phones, Rumours
Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O

Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O

Everybody loves a good analyst, especially when they have solid predictions of technology we love. Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has released a research note that sets out potential (yes, it’s only a prediction) specs of the refreshed Nexus 7 that’s sure to be announced at Google I/O later this month. The most exciting parts of the potential specs are these: Android 4.3 — No time for the big 5.0 jump it seems 7-inch LTPS 1920×1200 Display Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (APQ8064) 5MP Rear Camera / ‘HD’ Front Camera Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4,000mAh Battery with Qi charging Pricing, you[Read More...]

by 10:38 PM on May 10, 2013 6 comments Rumours, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom might have been confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom might have been confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG

Samsung are rumoured to be releasing a few new devices under the ‘S4′ moniker, and one of those is the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The device is rumoured to have a 16MP camera with a 10x optical zoom in a smaller form-factor to that of the Galaxy S4. The proof of this device actually existing grew today with a device being approved by the Bluetooth SIG with the model number “SM-C101″ which is supposedly that of the Galaxy S4 Zoom. There’s very little else known about the device at the moment, however, there’s a rumoured launch date floating around June. Add[Read More...]

by 9:08 PM on May 10, 2013 0 comments Camera, Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Samsung working on new camera phone – Galaxy Zoom

Rumour: Samsung working on new camera phone – Galaxy Zoom

If the Samsung Galaxy Camera was not exactly your cup of tea, then Samsung are reportedly working on another option, the Samsung Galaxy Zoom. The new device will reportedly be a camera phone with an emphasis on the camera functions. Packing a 16MP sensor for the camera, the display on the Zoom will be a surprisingly compact – in this day and age of 5″ 1080P behemoths – 4.3″ qHD(960×540) SAMOLED display. It will come with 8GB of on-board storage and a what every good camera needs – a microSD card slot capable of taking 64GB cards. All the wireless[Read More...]

by 8:41 AM on May 8, 2013 2 comments Camera, Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Google is going to “reinvent the playground” at Google I/O

Google is going to “reinvent the playground” at Google I/O

There’s been much speculation recently that Google is planning to overhaul the gaming infrastructure available to Android devices using Google services, now it looks like there’s fire to that smoke. Speculation has been fueled in the past few weeks by the discovery of real-time multiplayer code discovered in the Google Glass APK, followed quickly by Google’s hiring of Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer. Adding fuel to the fire, we’ve just recevied the above image from a tipster who says it landed in his mailbox today. Besides reinventing the (specifically-capitalised) Playground, use of the tagline “Let’s play together” also calls[Read More...]

by 3:52 PM on May 6, 2013 12 comments Rumours