Posts tagged with: Rumors
  • by | April 10, 2014 11:04 AM

    Today, April 10, Sprint is transitioning from online-only orders for the new HTC One M8 to offering the handset in its retail locations (Update: HTC confirms it's happening today). While that should help spur sales, there also might be another reason to start giving this Sprint carrier variant of the One M8 a little extra attention, as evidence suggests that Sprint's got a special version of the One M8 with Harman/Kardon audio enhancements. While @evleaks started the rumor overnight, it was on an XDA-Developers thread where the story really came together. First users attempted to confirm ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:07 AM

    The upcoming point-update to Android, version 4.4.3, is expected to be nothing more than a bug fix release, according to some earlier reports. The public release of the refresh is expected to happen in the near future (coming weeks, according to reports), but Google has allegedly started the dogfooding process for Android 4.4.3. (You can learn about Dog Food releases by reading this article) According to the most recent rumors, Android 4.4.3 is being pushed out to 1% of Google employees outside of the Android team, AndroidPolice has found out from "several reliable sources". The entire ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 5:45 PM

    Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, Mozilla was busy talking about what's next for its Firefox OS, an alternative to mainstream smartphone platforms we saw debut on its first hardware last year. The company talked about changes to how apps would launch, re-worked gesture inputs, and basically an overhaul to the platform's interface as we knew it. It's still a while before we'll see any new phones running this Firefox OS 2.0, but this week we catch a bit of an early preview, with the publication of a number of images depicting what to expect. Taking inspiration from the likes ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 3:25 PM

    With Microsoft's introduction of Cortana, will Apple and Google be feeling the pressure to snazz up their own voice assistant offerings in the hopes of keeping ahead of the feature curve? It still remains to be seen just how strong a draw for WP8.1 Cortana manages to be, but regardless of what's going on over on that platform, Google appears to be hard at work in adding new functionality to Google Now, and one upcoming feature may be the ability to automatically detect where you've parked your car, and later guide you back to it. The evidence turns up in a few language packs for Now, ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    Over the course of the past week or so, we've heard an awful lot about software projects Google has been working on, thanks to a multitude of leaks. There was that Chrome-based Hera project that sounds like it could be a very big deal for Android apps, evidence of work on a new user interface for a possible Android TV device, and a major refresh for Gmail, adding new categories, sorting techniques, and features. Today we continue with this thread, as new leaks reveal Google's latest efforts to spruce up the Android Calendar app. Right away, you'll notice the big UI differences, with ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:55 AM

    Samsung loves little more than outfitting its latest flagship with an array of software tricks, and too often we find ourselves lamenting just how many fail to be very useful. Still, for all the misfires, we have seen some real hits: Multi Window View was a revelation. The Galaxy S5 is no stranger to the ways of these software flourishes, and one that Samsung's shared with us has the potential to be decently useful in its own right, the ability to split a download between WiFi and the phone's cellular connection in order to enhance speeds: the aptly-named download booster. However, it now ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 7:55 AM

    An August/September timeframe has been mentioned in the most recent Apple iWatch rumors we've reported -- alongside some UV-light exposure sensors -- and now another rumor seems to predict the same period: September, to be more specific. It is, however, based on anonymous industry sources, so treat the information accordingly. Furthermore, the report claims that Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology, have all dispatched their flexible PCB samples (printed circuit board) -- Apple iWatch components -- to Cupertino for validation. The reports continues to ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 5:41 PM

    Microsoft's latest platform update for Windows Phone is nearly upon us, with the company making its big WP8.1 announcement at Build last week, and the first handsets running the software arriving shortly. But once 8.1 is here, and existing phones have made the update to 8.1, what then? We're quite used to Microsoft pushing out smaller general distribution releases between the bigger ones – you might remember three such GDR updates that came between the Windows Phone 8 launch and the arrival of 8.1. We've already heard a little about what Microsoft might be thinking so far as its next ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    The HTC One M8 is now a reality, but what's next for the manufacturer? We've heard rumors about a possible One M8 Mini, which might be gearing up for a May debut, but that's really it; at least so far, there's been no strong suggestion that a new Max version is forthcoming. But today we find ourselves reconsidering HTC's next aspirations for its One M8 line, with the leak of the render you see above, supposedly depicting an HTC M8 Ace. So what do we have here? Well, with a casual glance you might see a red One M8, but there's more going on here than just a color change. For one, there's an ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 8:06 PM

    As smartphone races go, the battle to be thinnest around has (thankfully!) fizzled. Sure, a few OEMs try to push limits every now and then, but most of the big names are pretty comfortable around the sizes their flagship inhabit now, and show little interest in defying physics and trying to cram even more hardware into smaller spaces. Still, it is neat to know that there are at least some crazy thin options out there if that's your cup of tea, and a new rumor suggest that Windows Phone could soon get a seriously thin option of its own. While we haven't heard it mentioned among the list of ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    When you think about an Android OEM that has a lot of potential growth in the low to mid-range market, who comes to mind? Motorola? Heck, maybe even Nokia with those new Nokia X models? The latest figures out of India reveal some healthy performance from a company that's not always on our list of mid-range OEMs to keep an eye out for, revealing Sony outpacing Apple in its share of the Indian market. Looking at Q4 2013, Samsung still dominated the Indian market with a 43% value share, but Sony manged to grab 9.1%, versus Apple's 7%. Sony's sales are apparently being driven by devices priced ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 5:01 PM

    Companies behind the platforms that power our smartphones find themselves under constant pressure to innovate. If you're not leading the effort to reinvent, redefine, and just downright improve the user experience, you had better believe that your competition is doing its darnedest to beat you to the punch. A new rumor suggest that Google has been preparing a relatively major overhaul to the way we interact with apps on our phones, and one that may threaten to turn how we use Android on its head: a project supposedly under development as “Hera.” This is a little bit “out there,” at ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    Samsung seriously has its hands full when it comes to Android tablets at the moment. We had the TabPROs and that one NotePRO at CES, and last week the company introduced the lower-end Tab4 lineup. With sizes running the gamut from 7.0 inches up to 12.2, and the differences in screen resolution and processing power between the families, you'd think that Samsung had all its tablet bases nicely covered. But there's still been this persistent rumor that Samsung has even more tablets on the drawing board, and it could be planning to bring OLED displays back to its tablet offerings with a few ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 1:38 PM

    The Galaxy S5 has debuted without a rumored quad HD, 2K, 1440p display option, but rumors that Samsung has been working on a handset with such a screen are sticking around, nonetheless. While there's been a lot of talk, we haven't had much in the way of evidence to support such claims, but we may be able to start doing something about that now, with a couple pics leaking of what claim to be just such a 2K Samsung smartphone. We've clearly got a Samsung prototype here; the company using bulky cases to obscure a phone's design like this is nothing new. But just which phone might this be? As ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 12:52 PM

    The recent introduction of Android Fire TV has renewed the conversation about the connected living room, though it's not one that really ever left our thoughts altogether, especially with all this talk about a new Apple TV hanging over our head. There's also been a rumor going back a while now that Google itself might be taking another stab at the TV, with an effort just a little more substantial than Chromecast. While last year we were talking about something like a gaming console, the story has now shifted to something much more media-focused, and a leak that arrived this past weekend ...

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