HTC has just started the launch event for its long anticipated M7 or HTC One smartphone. The US launch event is being held at the Cedar Dance studio on the west side of Manhattan, which is a much smaller venue than previously seen at other events.
Earlier this morning, before the event even started, Engadget spotted HTC reps outside the venue taking photos with their HTC One's, so we obviously know that the phone does exist.
I will be covering the event in my next few posts so stay tuned for a full breakdown of the new flagship phone for HTC.
LG is up to its clever marketing schemes again. In an attempt to build hype about its upcoming smartphones, the company has released a video that gives us a few glimpses of four of its newest smartphones that will be released at next week's Mobile World Congress.
The video above teases us with four new phones, each assigned a letter. The letters each appear to stand for a name or style: L - Style, G - Greatness, V - Vu and F - Freedom. If this is any indication, we should see a good showing from LG next week.
You might have noticed that "Tags" was referenced quite a bit in the video. Our best bet is that LG is vaguely referring to the "Tag On" stickers that were shown off at last month's CES show, and each of the new phones will include some form of NFC. As a smartphone junkie, I am quite excited about the next several days and what we will see unveiled.
The original Samsung Galaxy Note is starting to get an update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The original phablet will now be able to take advantage of Google's incredibly awesome Google Now. Other benefits from the update, such as Multi-Windows and Page Buddy will be available after the update.
The rollout will be coming to a device near you over the coming weeks. Users will be able to update via Kies or over-the-air. The update also brings with it a new Nature UX and this results in the device looking a bit like the Note 2. Users should update to Jelly Bean to get more use out of their aging Note device.
Eldar Murtazin, a person known for getting it right when it comes to Nokia leaks, has tweeted, "Save the date for a big announcement - March 14." When it was suggested that this could be the Samsung Galaxy S4, he responded with a "Yes!" and pinpointed the announcement location as New York.
Of course, this doesn't mean that the launch is confirmed. Far from it, actually. Murtazin has previously been spot on when it comes to Nokia rumors, though his oft-suggested buyout by Microsoft has yet to happen. However, other rumors have placed a Galaxy S4 unveiling sometime mid-March, so we're starting to think it's going to happen.
Full details aren't known yet, but I'd keep mid-March open if you're planning on attending or watching the announcement.
The first possibly substantiated rumor has surfaced with a photo reportedly of the iPhone 5S' motherboard. In the picture, there is a chip clearly marked "A7." This chip should be the successor to the current A6 processor used in the iPhone and iPad 4. iOSDoc claims that this A7 chip is a 1.2GHz quad-core part.
The new chip is said to be paired with a PowerVR quad-core SGX554MP4 graphics chip and 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR-800. The RAM is an upgrade from the current 1GB of LPDDR2-1066. The device is also said to come with iOS 7, which makes sense, and the upgraded OS is set to feature many cool new features.
Of course, we've heard lots of rumors about Apple, with some saying that there are three phones in the works by Apple. I'd continue to take rumors with a grain of salt, though this one has a bit more credibility due to the picture.
Google has just released the factory image of Android Jellybean 4.2.2 for its Nexus devices. The ability to download the new factory ROM comes on the heels of the official Over the Air patch for Nexus owners last week.
Although Google has yet to publish an official changelog, the 4.4.2 update ushers in a fairly decent number of stability and speed enhancements, alongside some UI tweaks. Other changes that have been noticed are: Bluetooth bug fixes, a more secure ABD, and a count-down to finish display for Google Play Store downloads.
Haven't gotten the update yet? No worries as not all users have gotten the update yet, but as the staggered global roll-out continues, all Nexus owners should see the patch very soon.
Google VP of Engineering: "we're committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras", teases "just you wait and see"
If you were hoping for a world where you would only need to carry around one camera, and that camera was simply an app within your increasingly capable smartphone, that world might be closer than you think. Google's Senior VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, talked over his Google+ account this morning through a photography-themed post to reply to comments regarding the quality of Nexus-branded cameras. The conversation:
We should see future Nexus devices with much better camera abilities, and I think we should hopefully see something unveiled during Google I/O in a couple of months time. Having to "wait and see" just teases us, but we should see Google do something with their Motorola acquisition, as well as their Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS, let's just wait and see, shall we?
Thanks to a mystery device arriving on the NenaMark2 site, we could be looking at the first benchmarks of the Verizon-bound Samsung Galaxy S IV. The model number slapped to the phone is SCH-i545, similar to the Verizon model number for the Galaxy S III - SCH-i535.
If the device is indeed the upcoming Galaxy S IV, we should expect a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080, a 1.9GHz processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As for the GPU baked into the mystery device, it looks to be an Adreno 320 GPU. We should hopefully see an introduction to the iPhone competitor on March 15, with a release sometime in April throughout Europe before it crosses the pond and makes an appearance in the United States.
We should soon reach a time where every day or two there's some new information on the Galaxy S IV - Samsung have reached the point in their career where they're now having rumors and specs combed through just like any new iPhone.
LG have just unveiled their super-sized 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, and by name only it might not excite you, but it does feature a new CPU that was just announced by Qualcomm.
LG's 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro will include the quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU that is a slight upgrade on the already amazing Snapdragon S4 Pro. Software tweaks have also been made, including a dual record function that allows both cameras to record simultaneously and a VR Panorama mode that looks similar to Google's Photo Sphere stitching mode.
We obviously get a 5.5-inch screen, and a larger 3,140mAh battery compared to the older 3,000mAh battery. Finishing off the specs, we have 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, microSDXC slot and 4G LTE support.
A report has surfaced saying that Nokia will not be launching a tablet at Mobile World Congress this year. Previously, a rumor had claimed that Nokia would be launching a tablet that ran a Microsoft operating system at this years Mobile World Congress. The report refuting this rumor cites "extensive channel checks" and comes from a credible source.
Strategy Analytics, a research company, reports that after "extensive channel checks," they have concluded that Nokia will not be releasing a tablet at MWC this year. They expect Nokia to focus on its Lumia line of smartphones that make use of Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8 operating system.
LeakedTT: HTC One (formerly M7) smartphone photo leaked, much clearer than previously released video
A few days ago I wrote about the latest video from HTC that showcased some nice lens flairs along with a few fuzzy shots of the upcoming HTC M7 smartphone, now known as the HTC One. We really didn't get much from the video other than a blurry metallic looking edge shot and some indication of a white case.
The website UnwiredViews has just posted a full picture of the upcoming flagship smartphone device from HTC. The model leaked in the photo shows a black case instead of white, and it is hard to tell if the metallic edging is still there. Nonetheless, the new HTC One looks sexy.
An impressive list of hardware backs up those good looks as well. The HTC One will feature a 4.7-inch screen with a pixel density of 468 pixels per inch, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU and a 13Mp rear camera. Sources have confirmed that the HTC One will launch on ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile on March 22nd with Verizon getting theirs later. MSRP is $199 with a two-year contract.
If you thought Corning's Gorilla Glass was strong, it can still lead to cracked displays, which means there's always room for someone to make improvements here and there. This is exactly what two students from Cambridge University have done.
The students' product supposedly boosts the impact resistance of Gorilla Glass by up to five times, their product is called Rhino Shield, and is a new screen protector you install on top of your smartphone's display. Rhino Shield features a specific blend of patent-pending polymer, which gives your device more protection from shock, scratches and fingerprints.
There are countless other screen protectors on the market, but the developers assert that Rhino Shield is unique thanks to its impart dispersion and dampening layers that help diffuse blows against the device.
Qualcomm unveils Quick Charge 1.0, charges phones 40% faster - is already built into a number of handsets
If you've been wondering why your Nexus 4 charges really quickly, well, it could be because of something Qualcomm have very quietly introduced - Quick Charge 1.0. This technology is baked into some of their Snapdragon-based chipsets.
Quick Charge is a physical circuit built into the chipset that talks to the USB connector, so it's not some form of software addition. Qualcomm acquired the technology when they purchased Summit Microelectronics last June. Qualcomm claims that Quick Charge 1.0 allows your smartphone to charge up to 40% faster than a device without Quick Charge. There are already devices in the wild sporting the quick charging technology, including:
- DROID DNA / J Butterfly
- One S / SV / VX
- EVO LTE
- Nexus 4
- Optimus G
- ATRIX HD
- DROID RAZR HD / MAXX
- DROID RAZR M
- Galaxy S III (US version)
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 / 10.1 (LTE versions)
- Xperia T / TL
There are many devices running the technology, which you can take a look at the list of right here. Qualcomm aren't finished with Quick Charge just yet, as they've promised "exciting news on the newest advancement in fast charging technology" next week - which should hopefully arrive as Quick Charge 2.0.
Samsung plans for Galaxy S IV to be most popular smartphone ever, may cut into Apple's supply chain resources
Samsung is pulling back all reservations and is planning on its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, to be its best-selling phone ever. In a note released to clients this morning, Samsung said that it plans on building 100 million units of its upcoming next-generation Android phone.
Some analysts are speculating that with such a large production run, Samsung's component needs could pull resources from Apple's iPhone production. This news comes on the heels of reports that Apple may already be experiencing LCD manufacturing issues with its next-generation iPhone.
"The enormous 100 million S4 build plan (we estimate the S3 sold 60M) is leading some suppliers to say that they will reallocate resources away from Apple," wrote Peter Misek, analyst for Jefferies & Company. Regardless of the rumors, Apple is still planning two new smartphones this year, and we are willing to bet that they will be able to overcome any supply shortages.
Password locking your iPhone instills a certain sense of security, you feel safe that if stolen, you phone may not give up its data easily. This morning, if your phone is running iOS 6.1, you can toss that feeling of security out the window.
A recently discovered security flaw in Apple's iOS 6.1 will let anyone with the right knowledge bypass your iPhone's password protected lock screen. The password lock can be bypassed by making an emergency call, then canceling it immediately. You then must hold the power button down twice.
A similar bug affected iOS 4.1, which was fixed in 4.2. We expect Apple is working on patching this bug as well. I was unable to confirm the bug as I am a loyal Android user.
With the success of Apple's iPad mini, and Google's Nexus 7, it is only a matter of time before Microsoft jumps into the small tablet market. During the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference on Wednesday, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein, said that the company is open to and willing to bring a wide range of new form factors to the mobile device market.
Not only is the company considering a small form factor Surface Pro, but they alluded to being able to produce devices as large as 27 inches. "We're set up for that," Klein said "The notion of flexibility and scalability of the operating system is intrinsic to our strategy."
Klein went on to say:
"We can have the same core code base driving form factors from four inches all the way up to 27-inch ones and everything in between. So I think we are well set up to respond to demand as we see it. We can deliver a versatile set of experiences across form factors, whether they're four-inch, five-inch, seven-inch, 10-inch or 13-inch."
While the details on Google and Motorola's X Phone are still few and far between, Australian wireless carrier Telstra seems to think that it will be a "game changer." An anonymous Motorola source said, "Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past."
Hugh Bradlow, CTO for Telstra, reportedly told senior staff that the X Phone will be a "real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple."
The device will likely launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and could possibly be unveiled at Google I/O in May. Other than a rumored 5-inch display, there really isn't much else known about the device, though it has been confirmed by a posting on LinkedIn. We certainly can't wait to see it and we imagine you can't either. What is one feature you'd like to see in the device?
HP is reportedly working on a Tegra 4-powered tablet and has been since before Thanksgiving according to sources familiar with the subject. ReadWriteWeb is reporting that HP could announce this tablet very soon and that it would be one of the first Tegra 4 devices on the market.
More notably is it will be the first time HP embraces the Android operating system. With their recent introduction of a Chromebook, HP appears to be getting friendlier with Google. The sources state that HP are also toying with the idea of releasing an Android-powered smartphone, though CEO Meg Whitman says they aren't releasing a phone this year.
The report states that HP is holding private meetings at Mobile World Congress and it's thought that they will demonstrate the tablet to select people. The announcement isn't expected to come any time before the show later this month.
For the Surface Pro owners out there, you best be careful with your device. Mobile device repair site iFixit has taken the Surface Pro apart and rated its ability to be repaired a 1 out of 10, the lowest score possible. Just to open the device, they had to remove over 90 different screws.
Other notable devices that received a similar score would be the Retina iPad, which received a score of 2/10, and the Retina MacBook Pro, which received a 1/10 score because of all of the adhesive used to secure things in place.
The Surface Pro makes use of a "metric duckload" of adhesive to secure the screen. While we're not quite sure just how big a "metric duckload" unit of measurement is, we have a feeling it's not a small quantity. Basically, you shouldn't attempt repairing a Surface Pro unless you are a trained professional and have lots of practice.
More rumors have come out of the Apple camp with Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek saying that the iPhone 5S will go into production starting in March. According to his supply chain sources, they are slowing down production on the iPhone 5 in order to ready themselves to start producing the iPhone 5S.
His research note indicates that Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 5S during their Worldwide Developers Conference in June, though it could be delayed until July. He says this likely won't happen due to the fact that there are "few changes for the iPhone 5S vs. the iPhone 5."
Contrary to previous rumors, Digital Daily is now saying that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will retain the traditional home button and navigation keys. Along with this rumor, they said that the S-Pen stylus will not be a feature included in the S IV and will instead remain a feature exclusive to the Note line of devices.
For Samsung to keep the S-Pen as an exclusive feature on the Note line of devices actually makes a lot of sense. While it's a cool feature, it really is one of the major selling points of the Note line. If it no longer is exclusive to that line, users might shift away to the new S IV.
We'll know which rumor is true if the device is announced during a rumored press conference on March 15.