I wasn't originally going to place the 'RumorTT' stamp on this post, because I think we're going to see Apple launch a completely redesigned iOS in the near future, but KitGuru expect Apple will release iOS 7 with the fifth-generation iPad.
The fifth-generation iPad... you read that right. We only saw the release of the third-generation iPad last year, and late last year we saw the release of the fourth-generation iPad. What can we expect from the fifth-gen iPad? Well, a better screen - bigger, expected to jump up to 10 inches. We should see the resolution stay the same, or get bumped up slightly.
A better processor baked in, and hopefully a better form of battery technology is used. A thinner, lighter battery as that is one of the heavier and bulkier components of the iPad right now. What should we expect from iOS 7? Well, that's the best part - everything. Maps was a complete joke with iOS 6 and has been a constant problem for Apple since its release.
RumorTT: Google's 'X Phone' could be released in May, would feature unbreakable case, longer battery life
I expect Google's 'X Phone' to really shake up the smartphone market, big time. If you didn't know about X Phone, it is Google's most advanced phone, that we don't know anything about.
Right now, anything reported on Google's unreleased and unnamed phone is pure speculation and rumor. We've heard that the X Phone would feature a bendable screen, a ceramic case and advanced gesture recognition technology - just to name a few. Google's X Phone will be the first, 100% "Google phone", where everything in the device will be the work of Google.
The Nexus devices are manufactured by a partner, where we've seen Google work with ASUS on the Nexus 7, LG for the Nexus 4 and Samsung on multiple Nexus devices including the Nexus 10. The X Phone would be completely controlled by Google - inside and out - and would be the result of years of hard work. The latest rumor is that we should see the X Phone unveiled as soon as May.
The latest rumor from the Samsung rumor mill is that the Galaxy S4 is coming in April after a March announcement. Part of this rumor also details the naming and suggests that the next Galaxy S device might not be called the S4. The reasoning behind this is that Asian cultures believe the number four to be unlucky.
Because of this, many companies skip releasing a device with a four in the name. 'Four' in Asian languages is pronounced in a similar way as "death," hence why people believe it to be unlucky. Previously, companies have replaced the word "four" with the letter F, so we could see ourselves getting a Galaxy SF.
The rumor places the announcement of the next Galaxy device as roughly a month before the device releases, so sometime in March. The device is said to go on sale between April 15 and April 19. The timing is just about right for the S3 successor to make its debut, so I would give this rumor a little bit of credence. As with all rumors, nothing is confirmed until Samsung comes out and confirms it.
Today Microsoft announced the release of its Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, which is good news for developers who want to test their apps with the revised OS. The primary purpose of this release is to let developers test their live tiles with Windows Phone 7.8.
The updated SDK includes two images, one that simulates devices running 512MB of RAM and another that simulates 256MB of RAM. The SDK includes no new API's over the Windows Phone 7.5 SDK, which is no surprise.
This further enforces the idea that Windows Phone 7.8 will mostly be a cosmetic update and not much new functionality will be seen. On a more exciting note, legacy support is still alive as Microsoft says that the new SDK won't alter existing Windows Phone 7.1 emulator images.
Last year when Finnish phone giant Nokia unveiled its ridiculous 41 mega-pixel 808 PureView, we were to say the least, a bit impressed. Sources are saying that the company's upcoming EOS smartphone will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to sport the uber-camera.
Nokia is said to be ditching the plastic and giving the case a nice aluminium case to give the EOS a "premium" look and feel. Other rumors are saying that we could see up to six new smartphones for MWC 2013, and a possible appearance by PureView on a Lumia 920.
Nokia has yet to release any official news on bringing PureView to its current phone line or upcoming products. The company is also staying silent on its Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 plans.
Nokia's budget Lumia 620 could be showing up as early as next week, if suppliers are to be believed. According to online retailer Expansys, "We've had news from our official Nokia supplier that the Lumia 620 is expected on Thursday 31 Jan." Whether or not this is accurate remains to be seen.
The Lumia 620 is a budget version of the Windows Phone 8 line of Lumias that Nokia has produced. It features a 3.8-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera, VGA from camera, NFC, and, of course, Windows Phone 8. Reportedly, the black version will be the first one released, with the white model coming at a later time.
We've finally received an official launch date from Microsoft for the upcoming Surface Pro tablet. The Surface Pro's release date is a bit outside the 90-day window that was originally provided by Microsoft when the Surface RT went on sale next to Windows 8 on October 26.
The Surface Pro will set you back $899 for the 64GB model, not including the keyboard cover, and $999 for the 128GB model, again, not including the keyboard cover. The Surface Pro will utilize one of the 17W Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPUs produced by Intel coupled with 4GB of RAM. Performance should easily outpace the iPad and Surface RT.
It's not clear who will opt for the slightly expensive Surface Pro. Priced in a similar range to most Ultrabooks, an educated guess would attribute most sales to the corporate world. When Microsoft holds its earnings call on Thursday, we should be able to take a look at how the Surface Pro's little brother is doing.
MSI, following suit of other hardware manufacturers this year, has released a new budget 7-inch class Android tablet that will cost roughly 129 euros ($172 USD). Named Enjoy 71, the new tablet is no slouch when it comes to performance while running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Under the hood, the Enjoy 71 sports a dual-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex M9 8726 processor, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. A micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB cards, 2MP rear and 0.3MP front cameras, USB and HDMI ports round out the features.
The display is a 1024 x 600 IPS type that is on par with the Nexus 7. A 3200mAh battery gives the device a decent run-time as well as keeping things light weight. Unlike other cheap 7-inch tablets, the Enjoy 71 is housed in a metal frame. No information has been released on when the tablet will be available in the US.
The mobile OS market is heating up this year with both Mozilla and Ubuntu looking to break down the strong hold Google's Android and Apple's iOS have on the market. Mozilla just revealed two new developer handsets from its partnership with Spanish startup Geeksphone.
The devices, named Kenon and Peak, are not power houses when compared to high-end Android devices, but they fall in line with Mozilla's plan to pursue low-end emerging markets. The Kenon is the lower of the two models, with a single-core Snapdragon running at 1GHz, a 480 x 320 HVGA touchscreen, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of onboard storage, a 3-megapixel camera and WiFi / 3G antennas.
The Peak is a little more "peppy" with a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and an 8-megapixel camera. It includes the same 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. We have not seen any official pricing structures yet, but Geeksphone is saying that it'll arrive with a price tag "you could never have imagined".
We just heard that LG's Optimus G will be finally reaching the rest of the world, which we think is a little late, but now we're hearing about a new device from LG which is slightly bigger, and slightly better.
The LG Optimus G Pro sports a 5-inch, 1080p-capable display and was unveiled by Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The 5-inch screen has a 440 pixel per inch (ppi) display, compared to the older version which featured a 4.7-inch display and 312 ppi. The market is beginning to get crowded with large, high-res smartphones, and I'm not hearing anyone complain.
LG have begun their 2013 smartphone campaign by announcing that their Optimus G handset will launch in 50 new countries. The Optimus G is currently available to people in the US, Canada, Korea and Japan, and has been for many months now.
It will first land in Singapore, then start floating over to other countries in the weeks following. This model of the Optimus G will sport LTE connectivity in any country that includes LTE. LG is pushing the fact that their LTE technology and knowledge is great, and hopes that the impact of launching the same device with the fastest network capabilities will be huge. The Optimus G will include Jelly Bean out of the box, with LG stating it will be running "the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software".
Now let's get onto the serious talk - why? Why now LG? The also LG-made Nexus 4 is a phenomenal device, sporting virtually identical specs to the Optimus G sans LTE capabilities. I don't see how LG are going to make any impact with the Optimus G, as most retailers and telcos are going to be selling this at the usual pricing. Considering you can get a Nexus 4 for under $300... LG will have to make the Optimus G seriously cheap if they want it to be popular.
It looks like we should expect a better 2013 for Sony, with the latest tease coming from Chinese forum Digi-wo, with a picture posted by a member claiming that the part in the picture below is part of a 6.44-inch, 1080p Sony smartphone or tablet.
Of course this could be fake, which is why we've slapped a 'RumorTT' label on the post. It looks like the usual production line leak shot, with the screen itself looking right on that mid-6-inch size - but we could be looking at someone with small hands, too. There's no physical buttons which means it should be headed to Android land, but it doesn't look like any previous Sony phone on the market right now.
We're seeing more and more 5-inch and bigger smartphones, so I think we're going to see more players in the market unveiling bigger smartphones. While the market is begging for them, I don't see a problem with manufacturers playing to consumer demand, but don't just release a big smartphone and expect it to sell, make it different - be unique.
Samsung's VP JK Shin has confirmed that Samsung will be unveiling the previously rumored Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress 2013, taking place in February in Barcelona, Spain. Along with confirming the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0, the VP offered up that the Galaxy S IV would be making an appearance "soon."
There has been no direct indication of when "soon" is, but I would venture to guess before May. Specifications for the Galaxy Note 8.0 have not been divulged by Samsung, though it would be a good guess to say it will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The display is expected to only pack a resolution of 1280x800, which seems a bit low for an 8-inch tablet.
The CPU will likely be a quad-core 1.6GHz chip coupled with 2GB of RAM. We only have until February 25 to wait, so we should know more by then. As far as the Galaxy S IV is concerned, we'll be all eyes and ears looking for the latest to bring you.
BirghtSideofNews is reporting that the Nexus 10 tablet will be getting a horsepower upgrade. If what they overheard and saw at CES 2013 proves accurate, the next generation Nexus 10 tablet will be coming with a quad-core CPU and a GPGPU capable of packing up to eight cores.
The current iteration of the Nexus 10 is a bit underpowered, or so people have commented. This is due to Google not upscaling anything to the native 2560x1600 resolution. The updated Nexus 10 is expected to make use of the new quad-core CPU and the T628 GPU, meaning that this could be the first device packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip.
BrightSideofNews is predicting that the device could be launched as early as Mobile World Congress 2013, which takes place in February. Availability is expected to be closer to the back-to-school rush, so sometime in July. If this holds true, Google could have the most powerful tablet on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy S III mini has gained the near-field communication ability in Finland. The updated device will set you back an additional 50 euros, but for that you'll get the ability to communicate with devices just by bringing them close together. However, if it is worth 50 euros is something you'll have to decide.
The device should be available in both blue and white finishes. It's possible that the device could eventually make its way to the US, though Samsung has not confirmed that this is the case.
Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "NFC technology and the digital wallet started to gain significant traction in 2012, particularly in the run up to the Olympics. It's an exciting time in the mobile market watching the next phase of its evolution take shape, so we're happy to announce that we are bringing these new experiences to our customers through our growing number of NFC-enabled devices."
3D printing is the way of the future and Nokia clearly wants to be on board. In a nod to the whole maker community, Nokia has released some plain schematics for cases that can be printed at home. They probably aren't very cost effective right now, but it will allow users to more easily design custom cases and print them at home.
The schematics would allow anyone with a 3D printer to make a case for the Nokia Lumia 820. According to Nokia, "[we] have become the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community and its incredible potential, and continue to be the leading phone company in this exciting field."
This is just the beginning of the 3D printing revolution. Imagine being able to craft a case that was modeled to your hard. The future is here and the future is awesome.
The Apple rumor mill seemingly never runs out of fresh rumors to serve up to the public. This time we are hearing reports of not one or two new iPhone's this year, but we could see as many as three new iPhone devices launch in 2013.
The China Times is citing sources from within Apple's supply chain, saying that a next-generation iPhone will be seen this year along with a 4.8-inch screen version called the iPhone Math. They also stated that a model with a 12mp camera is set to launch sometime in Q4.
These rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, as the first of the year, post CES, always brings out a ton of rumors from all points of the tech world. Either way, are you looking forward to a new iPhone model? Does a 4.8-inch iPhone excite you? Let us know in the comments below.
Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion, has confirmed in an interview with a German newspaper that he would consider selling off RIM's BlackBerry hardware division.
In an interview with Die Welt, RIM's CEO said that he would consider selling the division, following a successful launch of RIM's next-generation platform. "The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we'll see," Heins told the paper.
No information has been released on if the company has held meetings with interested parties. Heins has also stated that Research in Motion is interested in licensing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 software to other hardware manufacturers.
Sammobile are reporting from a source that is claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung are set to launch a new 5.8-inch smartphone for the European market. This so far doesn't sound too far out of Samsung's reach, but the name for the device is quite odd - the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet.
The Fonblet is said to be based around the company's Galaxy Player 5.8 PMP which was a Korean-only device that sported just cellular abilities. The Galaxy Player 5.8 sported a qHD display, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Sammobile is reporting that we should expect the Fonblet to feature the same qHD display. We should also expect the new European destined device to feature dual-SIM card capabilities, too.
The incredibly awesome Nexus 4 is constantly sold out as it's so popular, where ten times as many British smartphone fans want the Nexus 4 than Google had expected. LG is blaming the Mountain View-based search giant again, with LG France boss Cathy Robin talking to Challenges who has put the blame on Google once more.
LG has said that they built as many phones as Google had asked for, which was based on the number of Nexus devices sold previously. Obviously Google had badly misunderestimated the number of Nexus 4's they'd sell, which should've been obvious. It's one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, priced at the price of a mid-range smartphone.
LG have said it takes around six weeks to increase the number of deliveries, so by mid-February we should see many more Nexus 4's available.
3D printing is huge at the moment, with DIY models starting at $400 and ranging up to $2000 for ready built replicators. Nokia has also taken notice of the uptrend in 3D printing and has released 3D design files for the Lumia 820 cover.
Nokia was the first to bring us cell phones with swappable cases back in the 1990's and now they are hoping to refuel the custom case craze that once was. The Lumia 820 already has a range of colored rear covers, but the Finnish company wants you to print your own on a 3D printer.
The design files were released on Nokia's developer site and can be download by anyone who creates a free account on its website. As a long time proponent of 3D printing and a 3D printer owner, I wish more companies would begin doing this. I would even be willing to pay up to a few bucks for a design file of a simple broken part that I could print out at home.