Posts tagged with: Rumors
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    Will Android and Chrome OS finally just merge already? What's going on with Android Wear, and will Huawei jump ship to Tizen? Can Blackberry survive by giving up on in-house hardware? This week we're joined by Trisha Hershberger to discuss these stories and answer your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by using the #PNWeekly hashtag ...

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    They teased, and previewed, and teased again until they had no choice and no play left but to confirm a date and venue. China’s rising tech stars over at LeEco (formerly LeTV), under the supervision of several Samsung, Huawei and Qualcomm alums, will introduce their “disruptive vision of a connected ecosystem of content-driven smart devices to the US market” on October 19 in San Francisco. Specifically, at the Innovation Hangar in the iconic Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, 10AM PT sharp, exactly two weeks from the coming Wednesday. Right on time for a pre-Black Friday, ...

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    It’s a little silly to talk about the cancellation of certain internal development plans for next-gen Android flagship phones when said intentions were never officially confirmed. They weren’t even rumored, or at least no such gossip made the headlines on the Western Hemisphere. Over in LG’s homeland, insiders apparently spoke of a possible dual-curved G6 to follow the suit of numerous Samsung devices already while preceding the late 2017 iPhone 8 (7s?) on the “edgy” bandwagon. That’s no longer the case, it seems, as the down-on-its-luck Korean OEM stumbled into “supply ...

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    The vast majority of today’s popular premium smartphones, iPhones not included, are powered by Snapdragon chips, despite Qualcomm’s highly publicized 810 overheating woes just last year. The San Diego-based semiconductor giant is also making decent headway in the low to mid-end handheld space, where MediaTek remains quite competitive, while the next wave of smartwatches should adopt its own custom-designed Snapdragons. Still, there’s plenty of room for further growth and expansion, particularly in the fast-rising IoT landscape, and QCM reportedly feels NXP Semiconductors would help ...

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    It almost feels like we’re talking more about the iPhone 8 than the 7 and 7 Plus already, which come to think of it, isn’t as absurd as it sounds, since 2017 is widely believed to be the year of a radical redesign and great number of under-the-hood hardware improvements. While Apple reportedly leans towards a bezel-free, all-glass construction for next-gen, S-skipping iPhones, some sort of stainless steel combination is probably saved in the pipeline as a backup if the former’s production proves too tricky. It’s also possible at least one “specialized” iPhone 8 edition will ...

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    Noticed anything missing from Lenovo’s fairly rich IFA 2016 product portfolio? No? Then you must not be familiar with the company’s budget-friendly non-Yoga Android slate lineup. This is in dire need of a couple of upgrades, despite the modest Tab 3 (or Tab3) having seen daylight last spring in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch sizes. Well, here’s the full scoop on the aptly named Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus. First of all, don’t expect a built-in kickstand, very premium metal construction, or textured, leather-like finish a la the Windows 10 Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The upcoming Marshmallow-based 8-incher looks a ...

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    Two streaming music services, both never having reported a profit, may end up together in the hopes of turning in black. According to sources to the Financial Times, Sweden-based Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy out Soundcloud, headquartered in Germany. The talks supposedly started last spring, but were scuffed for a time due to price negotiations falling apart. We know nothing about money terms this time around, but Soundcloud was most recently valued at $700 million. This year, Soundcloud introduced a subscription tier service called "Soundcloud Go" and added millions of new ...

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    We've seen a few peeks of what Google's new Pixel phones may look like and we'll be approaching peak expectations come October 4 to see if any of what we've seen gets confirmed. Until then, one of favorite leakers — no, not him, the other one — has pecked up some interesting numbers, though all of them all in millimeters. Steve Hemmerstoffer of NoWhereElse.Fr and his Twitter-based leak channel, @OnLeaks, has pulled up the dimensions of the larger smartphone of the Pixel phone duo, the Pixel XL (codenamed Marlin). Apparently, the phone that supposedly has a 5.5-inch screen will be ...

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    Good news for Apple: everyone has gone bananas for the pricier, fancier Jet Black finish on that new iPhone 7. The bad news? It can't make enough of those things to ship to everyone quick enough. So, if rumors of an all-glass iPhone next year come to bear, will Apple step up to meet the demand — if there is any? We've got plenty of questions to mull over and twelve whole months to do so, but let's start with more about the all-glass design for what may be the iPhone 8 next year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has another research note out today. AppleInsider reports that just as ...

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    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has certified a new "Surface Ergonomic Keyboard" for use with Bluetooth 4.2. Now, why would a presumably large, weirdly shaped keyboard get the Surface branding from Microsoft? Well, it would seem to affirm rumors that a Surface all-in-one computer is coming next month. Now, mind you, a Bluetooth keyboard could be any size, — some pictures of this new keyboard would've been helpful here, but we don't have them — but as WinFuture points out, Microsoft has manufactured some pretty neat-o and large ergonomic keyboards under the "Sculpt" brand. The ...

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    The world’s third most popular smartphone vendor, though China-based, is getting big across Europe and North America too, seemingly taking a particular liking to German press events after unveiling the mid-range Nova and Nova Plus at IFA 2016 in Berlin. Munich, the nation’s third largest city, and the capital of Bavaria, will apparently host Huawei’s next big product announcement, confirmed to take place on November 3 as opposed to the 8th, starting at 2pm CET. While we have every reason to believe the date and venue are the real deal, and the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 9 is ...

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    You don't see the explosion of posts about how the iPhone 7 Plus have had poor multitasking capabilities as you've seen with the OnePlus 3. Part of that could be with the optics of numerals — the OnePlus phone had 6GB of RAM while the Apple-optimized iPhone 7 Plus held 3GB. Still, just because you have complete control of hardware and software, that doesn't mean that the whole deal is doing its best. The "Plus" had a full gigabyte of RAM more than the iPhone 7 and they both multi-tasked similarly. After piling a few apps into the multitasking queue, both phones had to redraw apps. ...

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    What comes after the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for the world’s largest, most profitable information technology company? An iPhone 7s/7s Plus duo feels like a logical answer, but many iFans probably still believe common sense would have dictated a different label for this year’s iterative release. Maybe 6SE or something along those lines, given the strong 6s physical resemblance. Apple might be facing another branding challenge next year, when history will call for a 7s that should however radically change the looks, internals and capabilities of the 7. As such, an increasing number of ...

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    Forget forgetting the BlackBerry DTEK60, aka “Argon”, as rumors of the Canadian company’s smartphone production resignation will likely be officially quashed… yet again as soon as October 11. Possibly even sooner, if the newly speculated D-Day proves to be the high-end 5.5-incher’s commercial release date as opposed to merely hosting a formal announcement. Either way, we reckon the full-touch Android should hit stores in time for the holiday season, at least as far as BlackBerry-friendly markets go, including Canada, select Western European countries, and maybe the US too. ...

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    A source on Weibo that apparently only has previously posted renders of the Huawei P9 prior to today has leaked out renders of the upcoming Huawei Mate 9. The dual camera sensors remain as seen in previous leaks, but there's some engraved text showing off camera company Leica's involvement with the product. "Summarit H 1:2.0/27 APSH" is etched on top, meaning that we're likely seeing an f/2.0 aperture on these sensors with a 27mm field of view. We should note that the P9 had a slightly different four-letter notation at the end of "ASPH". [gallery ...

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    How many times does BlackBerry CEO John Chen need to stress his company’s commitment to hardware production in general and physical QWERTY devices in particular? Or how often? Will FCC and Wi-Fi certifications suffice for now to prove the end isn’t 24 hours or, probably, a few months away either? Yes, ladies and gents, the DTEK60 is coming very soon, and love it or hate it, that moniker isn’t going anywhere. The previously codenamed “Argon” may or may not be based on a TCL-made Alcatel phone which may or may not have been released already, but it’s absolutely a flagship ...

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    Apple, Samsung and Google are not just the world’s three leading mobile industry players in general, thanks to their active involvement and commercial success in many profitable market niches, also spearheading the early progress of mainstream on-the-go payment services. But you can never afford to rest on your laurels in such competitive businesses, with Xiaomi and Huawei the first names that come to mind when thinking digital wallet contenders/rising smartphone stars. Meanwhile, another long-awaited challenger gets a new delay and false start, with its rumored integrated circuit chip ...

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    While pre-release benchmarks can generally be relied on to reveal key device specifications ahead of time, as long as we get the info from the horse’s mouth, there’s always the occasional hoax, misinterpretation of preliminary data, or good old fashioned human error to take into consideration. But the odds of two separate benchmarks supplying inaccurate numbers are relatively slim. How about three of them all getting the same things wrong? That’s nigh impossible, so as crazy as it may have sounded roughly 24 hours ago, the imposing 6GB RAM count of the looming “mid-range” Samsung ...

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    Surprises and revelations are probably overrated, with beforehand knowledge of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL designs and specifications, for instance, possibly helping (too) early Galaxy Note 7 adopters make the right call when faced with an exchange or refund. And yes, the aggressively hyped Nexus replacements will contend both high-end Samsung handhelds and iPhones in the mainstream flagship arena, although Verizon may score exclusivity in terms of physical retail presence. Following in the footsteps of the LG-manufactured N5X, the smaller HTC-produced Pixel, aka Sailfish, is rumored to ...

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    Tomorrow's the day when we learn of the Xiaomi Mi 5s, but Huawei's Honor can't let that event pass by without having a little tease get picked up by Chinese social media outlets. The Honor 6X is being teased for a release on October 18 and even with the lack of confirmed information from regulatory agency TENAA, some industrious Chinese social peeps have obtained images of what's supposedly the phone and it has a vertically-oriented dual-camera setup on the back. It will be Huawei's first implementation of this modified setup and, if this phone keeps with the price range of the 5X and 4X, ...

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    One designer un(?)intentionally teased every HTC fan with a floating, "Ocean" concept phone that had everyone buzzing about buttonless hardware touch controls on the siderails of the phone. Would such a phone with "Sense Touch" UI really come out anytime soon or would it just remain what it was — a concept? One HTC leaker, LlabTooFeR, has just a few words to that question. Codenames OCEAN MASTER OCEAN NOTE OCEAN SMARThttps://t.co/r4FY9I0Ske — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 21, 2016 Three Ocean concept phones? Perhaps each will take on different sizes or certain strengths of ...

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    Even though the HTC-made Nexus phones for 2016 have moved monikers, it seems that there's a Nexus straggler coming out of Huawei. Casual droppings about the company "doing the Nexus again this year" have been pretty shallow so far, but this "Huawei 7P" hasn't had a blockbuster leak yet for it to "justify" its existence. Until today. 9to5Google is reporting and inferring from multiple sources that this 7-inch Android tablet will most likely retain the Nexus branding. Well, we misspoke about the "Android" part — in addition to a third "Chromebook" Pixel device coming late next year, the ...

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    At least one techie Weibo account has dropped a fairly in-depth specifications list of what we should expect from the Galaxy S8 that should be coming relatively soon. By the way, it's just a screenshot of a two-column list that looks formatted perhaps for a blog. Even KJuma, a well-known entity around these social parts, is asking a couple of other techie Weibo members if they think the list is a bluff — though she hasn't gotten an answer back. You're free to believe or disbelieve all this as you wish, though. The big digits you'll see are a 30-megapixel rear camera paired with a ...

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    While several Android device manufacturers have named or at least strongly suggested names of phones and tablets due for official 7.0 UI makeovers… eventually, there’s no update deadline as far as a single non-Nexus product is concerned. And we’re not expecting any for a few more weeks. Possibly, even a month or two. Unless Sony miraculously pulls off “official Xperia Android N updates around October” for the X Performance and XZ, as this sketchy leaked roadmap appears to imply. The “Android N update strategy” presentation slide was purportedly revealed by one of the ...

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    Nexus phones are almost certainly getting “Pixelated”, the age-old second-gen N7 tablet might be in for a long overdue sequel of sorts this year too, and then you have first-party VR hardware, a Google Assistant-powered home automation hub, 4K-capable Chromecast, as well as a Pixel 3 laptop. Wait, what Pixel 3 laptop? The world’s first to run the merged Chrome OS – Android platform, silly. You know, the unified mobile/desktop OS we’ve been expecting for more than a year now, which Mountain View adamantly denied exploratory efforts for. Well, Andromeda is definitely in the ...

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