Specs for a new Facebook phone from HTC emerge

It was just over 2 years ago that the first Facebook phone the HTC ChaCha was announced and almost as long since the second Facebook phone, the HTC Salsa was announced. According to the @evleaks twitter account there's a new Facebook phone incoming and it will again be a HTC built device. Codenamed the HTC Myst and with no mention of a physical keyboard, the phone is expected to be candybar design similar to the Salsa, although a slider style phone can't be ruled out completely. The phone would be expected to feature a hardware Facebook button like the previous... Continue reading

Updated : Galaxy S IV Screenshots show off Smart Scroll and Smart Pause functions

When the NYT reported on the new 'Eye Scroll' feature and the equally strangely named 'Eye Pause' that they were told would feature on the new Samsung Galaxy S IV, the fact that they hadn't gone with their traditional naming convention of calling things S-Scroll or S-Pause was strangely off considering their history. New screenshots have emerged via an anonymous tipster to Sammobile, which show that the functions will actually be called 'Smart Scroll' and 'Smart Pause'. The screen shots show the features are part of 'Smart Screen' control suite that contains 'Smart Scroll', 'Smart Pause' and... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S IV will be made of plastic; shocks no one

CNET had a chat with YH Lee, Samsung's executive VP of mobile business, who appears to confirm that the upcoming Galaxy S IV will continue Samsung's trend of making their devices from a light, thin plastic despite most other manufacturers going for a more premium look-and-feel for their recent devices. Lee told CNET that Samsung consider a number of factors when designing their devices, not just aesthetics, and an important factor for them is how quickly they can manufacture a large quantity of the handset, considering that Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Apparently, the Galaxy... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S IV design possibly leaked

The guys over at @evleaks may have just leaked the design of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV on Twitter. The two images that have been posted show a squarer phone than the previous Galaxy S III which matches up with the cases we have seen making their rounds on the internet. One of the images also shows some specifications that seem to match with the specs we saw leaked earlier today. Those specs are: Super AMOLED Full HD touch screen 16GB/32GB/64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM 13MP camera, 4128x3096 pixels, autofocus and LED flash Running Android 4.2 None of... Continue reading

Galaxy S IV specs leaked on Antutu?

Looks like someone is either trolling hard or has accidentally let the cat out of the bag a little early. Results have appeared on the Antutu benchmarking site which could possibly be the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which is due to be released next Friday morning Australian Eastern Time. 4.99″ Full HD (1920x1080) screen 1.8GHz Exynos Octa 5410 CPU PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU 2GB of RAM 13MP Rear Camera, 2.1MP Front Facing Camera WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS Android 4.2 The specs show GSM/WCDMA/LTE radio included so perhaps only one CPU type will be used across all markets despite rumours suggesting a Snapdragon CPU could possibly be... Continue reading

Rumour: Galaxy SIV to come in 2 colours and 3 storage capacities

In the first of what is sure to be dozens of rumors surrounding the upcoming release of the Galaxy SIV on March 14th, information is coming to light of two colours and three storage capacities giving us six variations on the device. White 16gb White 32gb White 64gb Black 16gb Black 32gb Black 64gb The expectation is that (like the Galaxy SIII) the SIV will sport a Micro SD slot which allows users to upgrade the storage on their device. Based on experience, if you decide to go with a low capacity phone and add a storage card: don't scrooge on price, get... Continue reading

Hewlett-Packard to build Android tablets?

According to the Verge, Hewlett-Packard is building Android tablets, and is considering building an Android smartphone as well. We all remember how spectacularly HP failed with the webOS-powered TouchPad, but considering that its failure was largely attributed to HP's hardware decisions rather than the software itself, it will be interesting to see if they've learned from their mistakes this time around. Apparently, HP's new tablet will be powered by the new NVidia Tegra 4 and will be announced quite soon. If you've kept up to date... Continue reading

New Motorola Google smartphone said to be a “game changer”

When Google took over Motorola Mobility, we -- and others -- thought that this would mean a range of co-designed phones and tablets which would run close-to-stock Android and generally set the standard for the industry. This didn't quite happen. We have certainly seen some great handsets from Motorola in the RAZR M and RAZR HD, and they are a lot closer to stock than Samsung and HTC offerings, but they're not quite what we think people expected. Back in December, we heard some noises about Motorola working on a project named X... Continue reading

Next-generation Nexus 7 could ditch NVIDIA in favour of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro

It looks like NVIDIA's Tegra 4 won't be making an appearance in the next-generation Nexus 7. At least, according to ZD Net who are citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. So why the change from NVIDIA to Qualcomm? Well, although Tegra 4 is quite powerful, it doesn't have an integrated 3G/4G modem. Instead there's a separate modem which will ultimately bump up the cost slightly. Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), however, has its 3G/4G modem built right into the chip -- making it the more attractive choice for... Continue reading

Hint at possible unification of Google’s Messaging Services?

Are we looking at an early piece of evidence that Google is working on a unified messaging client? A developer and serial crawler of the Chrome OS tracker named François Beaufort has posted a screenshot of the rich notification system set to hit Chrome OS, complete with Google Now-esque cards that display messages, Google+ notifications and missed calls. The other thing that grabbed our attention was an icon in the launch bar which could very well represent a long-awaited unification of Google's many messaging services (Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts and Google Voice - only available in the United... Continue reading

Rumour: Nexus 4 on sale in Australia at 8AM AEDT?

If you've been hanging out for the Australian Play Store to receive stock of LG's Nexus 4, you might not have to wait much longer. Android Police yesterday reported a tip stating that the Nexus 4 would become available in the US Play Store today, which proved to be correct. According to the same tipster, the device will be available as of 8AM AEDT tomorrow morning in the Australian Play Store. With a hit ratio of 1-for-1, we think it's a good sign that the phone will be on sale tomorrow. Because the Nexus 4 is such a... Continue reading

HTC hosting media events in NYC and London on February 19

Since HTC only make phones, and considering that the invites to the press event were sent to Android Central, it's a pretty safe bet that they're about to announce a new Android phone. It's probably a pretty big release, as they're hosting two press events in two major cities contemporaneously, and hopefully we'll get a chance to see more of that magical M7 that we've seen around the place lately. Considering that Mobile World Congress is a mere six days after HTC's event, it's likely that... Continue reading

Is LG making a white Nexus 4?

To me, white phones always seem cooler than their black counterparts. On that note, we bring you a photo of the back of a phone that looks suspiciously like a Nexus 4, but white. Phone Arena posted this picture from an anonymous source that clearly shows the Nexus branding and distinctive sparkly pattern on the rear of the device. Apparently the EXIF data says the photo was taken with an LG Optimus G last week, and according to FotoForensics, it hasn't been photoshopped. The Nexus 4 looks kind of nice in white, but I'd be interested to see what the... Continue reading