Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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  • by | April 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    Yesterday we brought you the latest development in those rumors that just won't die, claiming that Samsung is still cooking-up a smartphone very much like the Galaxy S5 we have now, but with a quad HD 2K display. After Samsung issued a denial that any such hardware was forthcoming, much of our conversation has focused on whether or not this device truly exists, and that's very much what yesterday's news covered. Today we get a treat, and instead of just talking about the model's mere existence, we get to check out some very specific claims about its hardware, as well as the path that led ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 1:16 PM

    Last week marked a major development for the long-rumored idea of an Amazon smartphone, as the first convincing pictures of development hardware leaked. Just as we'd been hearing about for months and months, the handset featured an array of front-facing cameras, fitting with rumors of an elaborate 3D in-air gesture control system. It remains to be seen just how useful or practical that arrangement might be, but it's hard to deny that this could be an eye-catching feature that Amazon may use to set its phone apart from competitors. Today we learn of another unusual idea Amazon may be ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 12:16 PM

    When the HTC One M8 debuted last month, Verizon scored a bit of a coup in the US, as while AT&T and Sprint joined in on the day-one sales action by offering the phone through their websites, only Verizon had the One M8 in its stores, ready for customers to walk in and pick up at their convenience. Eventually the other carriers were able to get in on the brick-and-mortar retail sales themselves, but not until after Verizon's head start. With the One M8 now here, rumors have shifted their attention to a possible One M8 Mini, and the latest gossip we've heard suggests that Verizon will be ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 11:10 AM

    When Google announced Android Wear last month, Motorola was ready right out of the gate to share tons of info about its Moto 360. While LG also went public with news of its own smartwatch, the G Watch, at the same time, it didn't have quite so much to show us. However, in the weeks that followed additional info has trickled out, including both new official pics and some hands-on shots of actual G Watch hardware. Now, LG is unleashing a new torrent of G Watch images, including the first pics of an alternate color version. Besides the all black G Watch we've seen thus far, LG will also ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    If you've been paying attention to Android leaks so far this month, you've probably caught on to a trend that seems to be developing. Starting with some leaked Gmail screenshots the first week of April, we've been seeing this new look for a number of Google's own Android laps, highlighted by bold, solid colors, a flat UI, and a new focus on round icons. Example after example surfaced, and last week we checked out the most recent to land, a refreshed Google+ app. So far, though, all of this has been coming our way at least one stepped removed from Google – so while the overall design was ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google's Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that's what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory. As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    LG's been cooking up its G3, and the smartphone should launch with a high-res 2K display. And really, for about the past month or so now, that model's dominated our coverage of LG news. Today we mix things up a little by looking past the G3 itself to some other upcoming LG devices, with new leaks pointing not just to the existence of a couple new LG tablets, but also to a possible G3 Mini. News already of a G3 Mini is pretty exciting, especially after the G2 Mini only just launched back at MWC. We were also a little let down with the G2 Mini's hardware (not to mention its size), so we're ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    Samsung has seriously thrown us all for a loop when it comes to rumors about a premium version of the Galaxy S5 that might offer a screen with a quad HD resolution. The official word from the manufacturer may be “this isn't happening,” but nearly as soon as it denied the allegations we started picking up the fresh scent of evidence. Earlier this month we saw a Samsung model SM-G906 (versus SM-G900 for the GS5 itself) show up in a benchmark database with that insanely high-res 2K screen. Now that model is back, this time earning a mention in India's import/export records. The listing ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 3:26 PM

    We often look forward to Wednesdays for Google releasing updates to its library of Android apps, but it seems that this week we're off to an early start. That Android 4.4.3 update may continue to be elusive, but Google's been spotted sending out a new version of Hangouts to Android users, and while there's no official list of new features just yet, hands-on experiences with the updated app have clued us in as to what to expect. First off, it's probably worth noting what's NOT here: the long-rumored integration between Google Voice and Hangouts has still yet to occur. That said, what we do ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    The OnePlus One is set to go official this Wednesday, but with all that's already been revealed about the Android smartphone, it doesn't feel like there are too, too many secrets left. Specs are pretty much an open book by this point, and we've heard about how and where sales of the phone will get underway, as well as what we should be expecting to pay. Still, a few questions have lingered, and some of the details that have largely remained under wraps have concerned the handset's design. We've checked out the odd sketch, prototype render, and component shot, but a whole bunch of much more ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 12:35 PM

    Last week, it finally looked like we were going to see Google release Android 4.4.3. We'd been following work on the update as evidence of its existence popped up here and there, but last Monday really upped the stakes as Sprint advised its subscribers that a Nexus 5 update was incoming – and one that sure seemed to be Android 4.4.3. We waited to see Google confirm the news with its announcement of the update, but that never came. By Friday, even Sprint had reversed course and removed all mention of the update from its server. What gives? Well, Android 4.4.3's release may have hit a ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 11:48 AM

    Ever since the calendar flipped over to 2014 a few months back, we've been anxiously awaiting news of Microsoft completing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services branch – the one responsible for those Lumia smartphone we dig like we do. But even after getting all the regulatory approval they'd need, it's felt like Microsoft and Nokia were dragging their feet a little in completing the deal; when would Nokia the smartphone company cease to exist as a separate entity and finally become bundled-up under the massive Microsoft umbrella? That day is nearly upon us, as this morning ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 11:17 AM

    We rounded-out last week with some news about a possible new Motorola Android, one that appeared to be both extremely thin and surprisingly cheap. We worried it sounded a little too good to be true, though, and questioned what evidence there really was linking Motorola to the leak. We still can't say with much more certainty what to expect from this hardware, but over the weekend some new developments have come to our attention, attempting to give this hardware a name while also describing some upcoming Moto G variants. This new report out of Mexico doesn't add much in the way of technical ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    It's not just new iPad shots we've got for you tonight, and in addition to those leaks of possible iPad Air 2 imagery, some new renders of the iPhone 6 have come to our attention, giving us a little preview of what we might hope to expect from Apple's design. Keep in mind, these aren't purporting to be anything official, and are instead fan renders put together based upon much of the iPhone 6 information that's surfaced in previous leaks and rumors. That includes things like those recent shots of iPhone cases showing Apple moving the phone's power button from its top edge to one side, as ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    What could we hope to see from Apple's next full-sized iPad: the iPad Air 2, iPad 6, or whatever you want to call it? Sure, rumors have flirted with the idea of a new, larger iPad, and there will almost certainly be another iPad mini this year, but what about the standard 9.7-inch slate? Some new photos have just leaked, and while they don't seem to show much at first, a closer examination suggest Apple is making some big changes to the tablet's internals. Layout-wise, the front panel you see here doesn't appear to differ much from the current iPad Air: same front-facer, thin side bezels, ...

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