Rumours

HTC One with stock Android reported to be announced next week

HTC One with stock Android reported to be announced next week

The rumour of a ‘Google Edition’ HTC One has been doing the rounds since the announcement of the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 at this Google IO, the existence of which was debunked immediately by HTC. In the last couple of days however, the rumours have been gaining momentum and there’s certainly been more and more credible sources adding weight to the mix. The team at Android Central have confirmed through their own private sources that the rumours of the ‘Google Edition’ HTC One are true. The official announcement of “Google Edition HTC One” is expected in around a week[Read More...]

by 4:12 PM on May 25, 2013 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
HTC Mass Exodus Continues — Signals Their Demise?

HTC Mass Exodus Continues — Signals Their Demise?

Today we learnt that HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, has left HTC.  While in isolation, this may seem insignificant, but combine that with reports of many other employees parting ways with HTC in the past few months and we may be seeing people jumping from the ship before it sinks.  On the other hand, we may be seeing a cleansing of the soul that in my opinion has become dirty in the past couple of years. What’s happening at HTC? Mr. Kodera is responsible for HTC’s global product portfolio planning and management so it is a surprise that he has[Read More...]

by 6:30 AM on May 23, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 could run an Intel Clovertrail CPU

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 could run an Intel Clovertrail CPU

Samsung has traditionally used ARM based CPUs for all their devices, from their own in-house Exynos processors to Qualcomm CPUs. But, according to an entry on graphics benchmark site GFXBench, the next iteration of the 10″ Galaxy Tab could be running an Intel Clovertrail based CPU. The output on GFXBench shows a device listed with a model # of GT-P5200 – which would show an increment on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which was released with the model # GT-P5100. The Board listed is Clovertrail and android.os.Build.ABI listing x86 and lists a Min CPU freq of 800MHz and Max CPU[Read More...]

by 12:32 PM on May 22, 2013 11 comments Rumours, Tablets

Has the rumoured Samsung S4 Active shown up on video?

Get your salt licks out folks, because it’s another Samsung rumour. Mobile Tech Review has posted a short video on its YouTube channel of what it claims is a sneak peek at the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, a waterproof and ruggedised version of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S 4. We had a look at the Galaxy S 4 Active yesterday, with some leaked pictures and specs, but this video gives us another look at what Samsung likely has around the corner.  Physically, the video shows us from a slightly different perspective what we saw yesterday — that is, physical[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on May 22, 2013 1 comment Phones, 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