Posts tagged with: Rumors
  • by | April 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    It's almost hard to believe that it's been eight months since Motorola introduced us to the Moto X in August of last year. That's probably due in no small part to how the smartphone side-stepped the spec wars fought by other Android flagships, as well as how Motorola's been able to keep the phone fresh by introducing new Moto Maker options, not to mention increasing the availability of Moto Maker in general. Where do we go from here, though? According to a new leak that surfaced over the weekend, Motorola may be envisioning the sequel to the Moto X as the Moto X + 1. The logo you see below ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    Samsung's ATIV SE on Verizon just went official, but in kind of an underwhelming sort of way. The phone's been hanging around as the stuff of rumors since late last year, and though it's now confirmed and up for pre-order, the launch has been seriously low key: Verizon sent out a single tweet, and Samsung's mobile press page have been entirely silent on the ATIV SE. While that may make the phone an underdog right out of the gate, we might not necessarily want to read that as Samsung having low interest in Windows Phone, hearing now about possible plans for a WP8.1 handset. In contrast to ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 1:30 PM

    The original HTC Butterfly helped pave the way for smartphones with 1080p displays in late 2012. Then in mid-2013 we saw HTC release the Butterfly S, outfitting the phone with a more modern SoC, UltraPixel camera, and much larger battery. Now that the One M8 is a reality, will HTC be delivering a corresponding refresh to its Butterfly series? That's what we're thinking about this afternoon, after being made aware of some benchmark data that might just reveal the next Butterfly model. We're looking at HTC's model 0PAJ3, which just like the One M8 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC and ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 11:43 AM

    For a moment there, it seemed like Samsung might not bring a Galaxy S5 Active to market, at least considering the water resistance already inherent to the parent Galaxy S5. But even after the GS5's launch, these Active rumors have persisted, and last week we saw them get quite specific, zeroing-in on a model number. This week that model number leads us to some new evidence, as a User Agent Profile turns up for this mystery hardware. We already heard that the GS5 Active might arrive as Samsung's model SM-G870, and that carrier variants may be coming to AT&T and Sprint. There's still no ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:48 PM

    HTC could sure use a big win. Last year, the One M7 won the hearts of many of us in this industry, yet HTC was unable to take that critical acclaim and turn it into sales. As a result, HTC's revenue dipped, and the company's been struggling to show a profit. Will the One M8 be a big enough hit to reverse that trend? Last week, we shared with you an early report out of Taiwan – not actually naming any sales numbers – but nonetheless asserting heavy demand. It's still quite a bit too early before we have anything resembling official figures, but now a new report on One M8 sales paints ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:12 PM

    Wireless networks are always changing. Providers put up new towers, acquire and trade portions of spectrum, and implement new communications standards. For us end users this means that, by and large, service is always getting better. That's what makes this next bit of news so interesting, as reports come in that Sprint's new high-speed Spark service takes a step back in the usability department. Sprint introduced Spark last fall, with the goal of speeding-up LTE operation by having phones take better advantage of Sprint's multiple spectrum holdings. In ideal situations, users might hope to ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    When will you be able to get your hands on a working copy of Windows Phone 8.1? During yesterday's Build keynote announcement, Microsoft mentioned a few different windows for us to consider: “the next few months” for OTA updates, late April or early May for new phones running 8.1 (like the Lumia 630), and “this month” for the Developer Preview. We already heard an April 10 date rumored for the preview release, so is that what we're looking at here? Maybe not. A new leak sure suggests that there will be a slightly longer wait in store before the WP8.1 Developer Preview is ready for ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 3:55 PM

    Is there any aspect of mobile devices that Google doesn't have an interest in? It heads-up the most popular platform around, develops apps for multiple operating systems, offers numerous online services, sells Nexus hardware, and it even owned a smartphone manufacturer for a spell. New reports suggest that Google's considering spreading its mobile ambitions even further, and could be kicking around the idea of offering wireless service itself. The details are a little loose, but the idea seems to be that Google might provide cellular service in areas where it's already in business selling ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 1:06 PM

    Back in January, we took a look at a couple rear panels for an unknown Sony smartphone. At the time, the theory was that this was the Xperia Z2, but the Z2 we actually saw Sony launch differed slightly from this design, notably in how the flash is positioned relative to the camera lens. In fact, while both the Z1 and the Z2 placed their flashes below the camera, this to-the-side arrangement was much more reminiscent of the Z1 Compact. This week, with the arrival of some new certification docs at the FCC, we might be starting to get to the bottom of this mystery, as rumors suggest that ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 11:31 AM

    Samsung's Galaxy S5 launched with a 1080p display, despite incessant rumors in the months leading up to the phone's debut claiming that Samsung was working on a pair of handsets, and one of them would feature a quad HD, 2K display. Even after this premium GS5 failed to materialize, we tried to keep our hopes up, but once CEO J.K. Shin got involved and dismissed the rumors of such a project, we started to lose faith. But could there still be something to all this? Today new evidence of a beefed-up, high-res version of the GS5 arrives, courtesy of the GFXBench benchmark database. There we ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 10:51 AM

    Much like how last year's Galaxy S 4 gave birth to a family of related smartphones, we've been anticipating the launch of a few similar variants of this year's Galaxy S5. One device we've heard mentioned a few times already is a GS5 Zoom, intended to outfit the handset with lenses capable of 10x optical zoom. The way the rumors described the GS5 Zoom, supposedly being much more slim and streamlined than the bulky GS4 Zoom, gave us cause to be pretty optimistic for what Samsung might be putting together here. Today we get what could be our first look at the phone, and hear about a possible ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    If last year is any indication, the HTC One (M8) should be followed by a HTC One Mini (M5?), just as the One (M7) was followed by the One Mini (M4). It will likely compete against Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini, whose tentative specs have been recently leaked. We've already heard mentions of the 2014 HTC One Mini, and a carrier even referenced it last week. According to unverified UK retailer inside sources, the 2014 HTC One Mini will be available next month, in May. It will be no surprise that it will inherit most of the looks of the One (M8) -- just like last year's model -- and the screen ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    The Google app updates we just shared with you – those for Keep, Play Movies, and Newsstand – are already on their way to users' phones. But there's one more update we've heard people talking about today that isn't quite ready for prime time, and its changes aren't yet set in stone, still the stuff of rumors. Although that puts us in a slightly less-than-enviable position for talking about it, it's such a major component to how many Android users get things done on their smartphones that it's worth giving an early look: it seems like Google's been hard at work cooking up a new version ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    Will Nokia announce the Lumia 930 at its press event tonight? One week ago, we would have answered that question with a solid “probably,” but more recent rumors have suggested that the 930 might be a no-show, and maybe only the 630 would be on the menu. We'll know for sure in just a matter of hours, but even if the 930 isn't on the slate tonight, we're bound to see Nokia reveal the phone in the relatively near future. While so far we haven't had much to look at while talking about all these Lumia 930 rumors, today we finally get to put a face to the name, as the first render of the ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:36 AM

    Just as we're expecting an HTC One Mini, we're expecting a Galaxy S5 Mini, pretty much like last year. It has nothing to do with leaks, rumors, predictions, or speculation, it's the way OEMs compete in the non-flagship segment. These phones often have nothing in common with their higher-end siblings, except for the name they carry, but that doesn't stop the manufacturers from releasing them. Back to the topic at hand, the upcoming Galaxy S5 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Mini follow-up. SamMobile claims they've got inside information concerning the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini specs: a 4.5-inch Super ...

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