Posts tagged with: Sailfish
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    LG may get the first word in for putting out the first Android Nougat smartphone on September 6. But that's just word. Not phones in boxes being sent through a postal delivery system. Instead, the HTC-made Nexus devices — rumored to debut on October 4 — will actually ship first. That's the word according to Android Police managing editor David Ruddock. Yes, that guy has a title. LG V20 may be the first phone *in the world* to ship with Nougat. But Nexuses will almost definitely be first widely available. — David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 24, 2016 @pedro_segura LG V20 won't ship ...

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    Android 7.0 Nougat wasn't as flashy as you expected it to be, right? Where was the Nexus Launcher? Where's Allo and Google Assistant and that "not a home button" home button? Where are all the software changes that we're looking forward to on the Marlin Nexus device? Not here just yet. But XDA developer Nate Benis is telling us that all of that stuff you saw from Android Police are from the first Maintenance Release of Android Nougat, scheduled to be pushed out this fall. The initial version Nougat is mostly based off of Developer Preview 5. "[It] does not have any of the 'proprietary ...

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    Mobile industry insiders have been known to make mistakes regarding high-profile unreleased devices, especially those manufactured by companies like LG, Huawei, Motorola or Asus with Google’s supervision and Nexus seal of approval. And pre-launch benchmarks can also occasionally be misleading. But it’s hard to imagine an assortment of the two different classes of reliable sources could so perfectly sync up to misrepresent the oft-leaked HTC-produced Nexus Marlin. This time, it’s AnTuTu that reveals the innards of the 5.5-inch N6P sequel, and they’re the exact same specifications ...

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    When dealing with a company as secretive as Google, which is also extremely active and involved in so many different segments of the large tech landscape, you’re bound to occasionally come across unfounded speculation and wild rumors that never pan out. Remember reports from last fall calling for in-house Mountain View smartphone chip designs aimed at suppressing Android fragmentation? They smelled fishy off the bat, and went nowhere since then, as did a slightly less sketchy story first reported a couple of months back on a prospective “first-party Google phone” separate from the ...

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    Documents have popped up at the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology for two new HTC devices. We are certain that these are the much rumored Nexus devices. NM8G-2PW2100 is what we're assuming to be the smaller "Sailfish" model while G-2PW4100 will be the "Marlin". The Draft User Manual submissions required for both devices mention the Google Nexus support site. The special "G" notation for the models is something new — something we haven't seen for last year's Nexus devices nor on HTC's Nexus One. Update: Droid Life is reporting that cellular testing documents show off universal ...

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    Something real has seemingly appeared on the Nexus front. It is not like anything we've seen before, unless you count very vague appraisals and a generic slab non-Easter egg in a Google Photos ad that everyone (including us) thought it just might have been similar enough to something else. That said, what else can manufacturers' slab culture run besides... slabs? Android Police has received some visuals on what Google's Sailfish phone might look like and some strings between that device and the larger Marlin device. The Marlin will "share the same basic industrial design and materials" ...

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    Google continues its promotional campaign for its Photos service, but with one big detail that feels quite out of touch. The Instagram clip shows some Google groupies ready posing for the ubiquitous "freeze jump" shot when just as the phone's about to take the photo, an iOS prompt tells us that the phone's storage is full. We pull back from the screen to see a hand flick away the prompt, right past the Google Photos pinwheel logo. "Never run out of storage again with the free #GooglePhotos app for Android and iPhone," says the descriptive post. But you can't tell us that that's an iPhone. ...

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    Manufactured by LG, Huawei or HTC? Similar to the HTC 10 in appearance or designed to follow in the footsteps of the LG Nexus 5X? Due out in September or October? Dubbed Nexus 5P or… something else? Those are just a few of the Google Sailfish-related questions we can’t definitively answer at the moment, although educated guesses do come to mind across the board, with specifications meanwhile looking like an entirely different story. A pretty easy to crack enigma, on the heels of revealing online reports based on fairly credible sources, a rock-solid ROM dump, GFX Bench visit, and now, ...

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    The nation’s largest wireless communications service carrier and the world’s number one search provider have been engaged in a love-hate relationship for many years now. Heavily favored by Google when the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus launched back in the day, Verizon messed up the stock Android experience with unnecessary bloat and delivered tardy updates. Nothing was the same afterwards for Nexus devices on Big Red, which arrived late, or lacked CDMA support if purchased outside the operator’s own stores. But this fall, the rapport between the two tech giants could become friendly ...

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    Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time. Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light. Kiss your corneas everyday. Android Police was told by a Android project lead that "the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google's standards, and that it didn't perform in an ...

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    If Samsung, which is always a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone spec wars, refrained from loading everything but the kitchen sink into the Galaxy Note 7, why would we expect Google and HTC to go overboard when it comes to the “Sailfish” and “Marlin’s” hardware? Well, we don’t, as neither next-gen Nexus device should exceed the 4GB RAM ceiling, according to early rumors, and the smaller N5X sequel tipped to make do with a Full HD display some may describe as mid-range nowadays. Fairly similar in design, and no doubt running Android 7.0 Nougat out the box, the two could ...

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    With the LG V20 being the first OEM device to feature Android Nougat from first boot, we've been wondering when Google (and its supposed manufacturer partner, HTC) would get its act together and release a couple of new Nexus phones. The simple answer, thus far, is October 4. The long answer lies in a confusing truth. To be clear, one of Droid Life's trusty sources spilled that bean, but the outlet itself goes on to make some claims about how that date relates to the LG V20 launch and the Nexus launch. Evan Blass leaked out word that Google will be sending out Android 7.0 Nougat ...

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    For the first time ever, it would seem that the new version of Android will not be released at the same time as the latest Nexus hardware is announced. In fact, it might come earlier. It's only part of the story that tech leaks reporter Evan Blass is tweeting about. Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you 😢 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016 We don't know what else he may or may not know, including a date for when we might be able to confirm the existence of two speculative HTC-made Nexus devices and even a possible ...

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    There’s a new Google Nexus 2016-centric leak hot off the press, and this time, the smaller, slightly less capable Sailfish takes the spotlight instead of its big brother, codenamed Marlin. We already know both these devices, although following in the footsteps of the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-produced N6P, are likely manufactured by HTC, which badly needs a box-office victory to stay afloat. Hence, today’s biggest story is clearly not the HTC S1 model number reveal of the Google Nexus Sailfish. What we couldn’t be certain of before, and rumormongering legend Evan Blass, aka ...

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    The new Nexuses may share a single a single design despite their rumored size differences. Whether or not you consider it as good news or bad depends on how you view these prospective renders. And if you're seeing what we're seeing, one thing comes to mind — it's as if the Nexus 6P's glass capsule on back started swallowing rear-side real estate like "The Blob". We should note that Android Police's David Ruddock has created this mock-up based on details he has acquired from a source. Get ready to put on your critics' glasses. We start with the device as a body of work from suspected ...

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    What if instead of going straight to the forums whenever something cracks up in your phone you went to the manufacturer's customer support line? Well, it's a half-hour on hold, 10 minutes of telling someone at a call center all your information and then complaining about the problem and then they'll ask you to go to this settings menu and press buttons and ... Yeah. Not cool. Well, a source to Android Police is saying that with a Google Support app, new Nexus smartphone owners can share their screens and point out where the problem spots are. It's likely that we'd be dealing with ...

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    Biting your nails for the Nexus launch this quarter? We're creeping up on it ever so slowly and yet, leaks have been all about who's making it, who else's making it and how many they're going to make. HTC is said to be in charge of two projects — "Marlin" and "Sailfish" — and it seems that Android Police is 80 percent confident that what it's hearing about the Sailfish device (not to be confused with Jolla's Sailfish OS) is accurate. So what's the payload here? A yet-to-be-known quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz paired with 4GB of RAM to power on a five-inch, full HD ...

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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in time and thus, failed to fully mass-produce its crowdfunded tablet. It is in the midst of a massive refund process, the first round of which should go on through this month. Jolla is adamant to sticking with its timeline, one that sees the remaining backers getting their ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    We think it's pretty cool that the last device to hit our review desk in 2013 was the flagship for a new smartphone platform, one we'd been eagerly anticipating for the better part of a year. Jolla's Sailfish OS isn't just a confluence of MeeGo, Maemo, Moblin, and a bunch of other made-up words; it's a sign that innovation in new platforms isn't dead yet. If you're bored of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and you're not too sure about BlackBerry, Jolla is here to soothe your contrarian soul ... and all you need do in return is tolerate a little Beta tag. We weren't able to render a full ...

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    As we warned you in last week's first impressions video, spitting out a full Jolla phone review in the span of five days -in an unsupported region, no less- would have resulted in a pretty shoddy end product, and it also wouldn't have painted an accurate picture of the device. We generally don't review smartphones whose operating systems still carry the Beta tag, and we only review out-of-region devices if they fully support our local cellular bands. But though the Jolla that landed on our doorstep last week doesn't conform to these restrictions, we needed to take it for a spin anyway. The ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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    It's a Jolla phone! Er ... a Jolla. Our Jolla. Whatever the proper phrasing, the flagship device from Finland's most ambitious mobile outfit has finally landed on our doorstep - and we're here to show you what unboxing it feels like! We're pressed for time on this one though, folks, so we're relying on you to help us out with our first-ever Sailfish OS review! With only three days to spend with a demo unit, we need you to tell us exactly what you want to know about Jolla Ltd., the Jolla itself, and the fresh new operating system powering it. Normally we'd answer those questions ourselves ...

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