Posts tagged with: Rumors
  • 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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  • by | April 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Yesterday we told you about a smartphone from Philips that didn't really care how thick it was, and while it measured-in at over 11 millimeters, it made great use of that space, squeezing in a giant 5300mAh battery. Based on the comments you left, a lot of you think Philips is on to the right idea here, and super-thin phones just aren't worth the trade-offs; certainly, while very thin phones are still being released, there's hardly the same obsession with handset thickness as we've seen in time past. But now a new rumor crosses our desk that suggests at least some OEMs are still interested ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 12:45 PM

    With the HTC One M8 now a reality, the stage is set for HTC to make its next comeback attempt. The company needs to turn its finances around and start showing a profit again, and while the One M8 is quite the attractive smartphone, the question remains if HTC can take all the critical acclaim the smartphone and received and transform that into sales. Over and over again we've talked about the importance that promotion plays in making a smartphone successful, often pointing to Samsung as the example of a company that is able to effectively use advertising spending to drive sales. They say ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    Google's Nexus series has brought us some fantastic values for Android hardware. The devices are generally quite top-shelf while coming in hundreds of dollars less than their competition. But recently, there's been a new surge of interest in smartphones that are even more affordable than the $300-$400 you might pay for Nexus phone, with models like the Moto G and Lumia 520 (not to mention the new 630) proving that shoppers also want slightly lower-end hardware if that means saving even more money. Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 5:43 PM

    When it comes to user authentication, smartphones play an interesting dual role. Sometimes they're the devices being unlocked by their proximity to other objects, like how Motorola lets you use its Skip accessory to activate Touchless Control on the Moto X. Sometimes that's turned on its head, and the phones are the ones acting as the authentication tokens, like with the efforts we've seen to use NFC on our phones to control door locks. Today we're headed down that latter path, as Google seems to be cooking up a system for Chrome OS that will use your smartphone to unlock your computer. ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 10:57 AM

    Yesterday brought us our first chance to check out pictures of (what sure seem to be) actual OnePlus One hardware. Well, at least some of it was real hardware: in addition to pics of an exposed One motherboard, we also saw a shot of a little printout that appeared to show a render of the prototype handset. At the very least, that gave us a general sense of the shape the phone's contours might take, but today we do one better, with a new leak offering a glimpse at the phone's front panel. One thing that catches our eye straight away is that the curve at the top edge of this component ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 8:10 PM

    Back on Monday, Sprint gave its users the heads-up that a Nexus 5 update was incoming, and based on the information the carrier made available, this sure looked like the arrival of Android 4.4.3. The weird thing was, Google had yet to announce the update itself, and even the factory image download page for Nexus devices failed to reflect the availability of this new version. As of today, we're still waiting to see confirmation of users getting this Sprint update. While we wait, more and more evidence for the release of 4.4.3 in the immediate future piles up, and the latest comes to us from ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 5:49 PM

    Last Friday we got a look at an image of what were supposed to be cases for Apple's new iPhone 6 designs, and they suggested that beyond simply getting larger, the handsets might take the liberty to reposition some of their hardware. Specifically, we saw signs that could be interpreted as Apple moving the phone's sleep/power button from the top edge to along the side, possibly as a concession to one-handed usage with these larger form factors. But despite that addition of a new button cutout, the old top-edge cutout was still in place. Which was it gonna be? Today some new pics attempt to ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 5:07 PM

    For the past couple weeks, leaks have been revealing Google's work to spruce up the design behind several of its Android apps. First we saw a new Gmail, then Calendar, and finally a home screen that sported new icon designs. Whether or not any of this is tied to those Project Hera rumors is anyone's guess, but evidence of the overhaul continues today, as we get to check out some leaked screenshots of the Android Google+ app. Those circular icons are back in a big way (just like the circular g+ icon from that home screen leak), and we see the recurring design choice of using bold stripes of ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 4:04 PM

    Rumors about LG's next flagship have been around for quite a while by this point, and we've been hearing claims made about the phone's hardware since last year. But recently our understanding of the smartphone has really started taking shape, and only this week have we been seeing pictures that could serve to reveal the handset's ultimate design. Today we get another leaked pic to gawk over, though this time one not of the phone itself, but its packaging. Compared to the G2's box, the LG brand is more front-and-center. The G3 logo appears much like we expected it to here, with that ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 11:35 AM

    Well over a year ago, back around MWC 2013, we heard about LG's aspirations to join the ranks of competitor Samsung with the production of its own LG-branded SoCs. Reportedly, LG was courting TSMC to fabricate the so-called Odin chips, at least some of which would be octa-core big.LITTLE components. Based on when we were hearing about it, we hoped the chips might be ready to make their debut inside the G2 later that year, but instead LG's SoC plans seemed to fall off the radar, and we went without updates. All of a sudden, that news is back in headlines, with word that LG is nearly ready ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 10:52 AM

    We've got one week to go until April 23, when OnePlus makes formally introduces the One as its inaugural smartphone. While the company has just been a doll when it comes to sharing pre-announcement hardware details, we've been at a loss for much in the way of visual evidence – sure, there was that one leaked sketch, but that's been about it. This week we finally get the opportunity to start, with the arrival of a few pictures, both inside and out. Up there on the left is how the OnePlus One might just look from the rear. Sources describe the rendering as representative of early ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:43 AM

    Last week we heard about the possible Microsoft post-Windows Phone 8.1 update strategy, namely that three GDR updates might be in the works (GDR1 and GDR2 for this year, and GDR3 for possibly early 2015). While these, at the moment, are just rumors, a new report has surfaced trying to shed more light on GDR2 (as GDR1 is allegedly going to be a bug fix release). Unverified sources claim that Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 will add support for 2K resolution displays, alongside the addition of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoCs.  These are, according to Qualcomm's own claims, quad core Krait 450 CPUs ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 5:53 PM

    Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia Z2, is currently available for sale (assuming you can find somewhere that has it), but what's next for the manufacturer? There are those persistent rumors of Windows Phone devices, and we've also checked out what might just be evidence for an early Z2 Compact. This evening we've got another potentially upcoming Sony handset to talk about, but it's difficult to say just what Sony might be thinking with this one. We're talking about the company’s model D6603, which presents us with that screenshot below. While there's not much to see here, benchmark ...

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