HTC “Hima” Flagship Device Rumored to Sport Snapdragon 810, 5-Inch FHD Display, 20.7MP Camera

2015 is so close you can almost touch it. “It” being the CES mutant flu that will cover Las Vegas during a week of insanity and tech announcements. But outside of the deathly pre-zombie apocalypse we are so close to willfully walking into, 2015’s arrival also means that we are prepping for the wave of rumors of new flagships to arrive. First up, HTC and the “Hima!” According to steady HTC leaker @upleaks, HTC’s new flagship device won’t be the One (M9) after all; instead the device is codenamed “Hima” and will be even more powerful than the “M9″ device that rumors detailed earlier in the week(more…)

Report: Google Requires More Google From Manufacturers, Because Android has Evolved and Google Apps are Still King

A report out of The Information this morning suggests that Google’s revamped MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) for 2014 – the agreement that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, or Lenovo sign in order to add Google’s suite of apps to their Android phones – has changed significantly, requiring more Google-iness than ever. Manufacturers aren’t mad or happy, but they have acknowledged that Google is tightening up the requirements and asking more from them in order to carry Google’s apps, more importantly, Google Play.  (more…)

So, is This Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus Looking All Sorts of Massive Next to a G3?

Umm, I don’t know if it is. Either way, the phone pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone next to the LG G3, which is already a massive phone, and absolutely stomping all over it.

Is this the Motorola Nexus aka “Shamu” aka Nexus 6 aka Whale Wars aka Free Willy aka please-don’t-make-this-Google-it’s-too-freaking-massive? You tell us.  (more…)

Report: Motorola Nexus Will Look Like the Whale Version of the Moto X

According to the folks over at 9to5Google, they have information that confirms previous confirmations of previous confirmations that may or may not involve benchmarks on a potentially massive, whale-sized phone made by Motorola for Google that may or may not carry the Nexus brand. Follow that? Yeah, that’s what we are working with tonight.  (more…)

What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out.  (more…)

Motorola “Shamu” Nexus Allegedly Shows Up in Questionable Benchmarks, Outing Specs

According to two reports at the end of July, Motorola has been given approval to make the next Nexus phone, a 5.9-inch whale codenamed “Shamu.” Since the Android world has begged for years to have Motorola make a Nexus, you can imagine that the hypebeast engine has been kicked into overdrive. And when I say “overdrive,” I mean that any potential sighting of the device means people are going to get excited, freak out, and then want to share it with the world, even if it looks highly questionable. And that’s exactly what we have thanks to benchmarks spotted over the last couple of days that allegedly out the device’s specs.  (more…)

OnePlus OneWatch Reportedly Leaked in Photo of Screenshot, Features Premium Design

A photographed screenshot taken from the OnePlus website, leaked by BGR India, shows off what could be the startup company’s next project – a smartwatch. Given the name OneWatch, it is still unclear whether this device is even real, let alone powered by Android Wear or a CyanogenMod build of something else.

What is apparently known are the materials the device is made of, as BGR India was also able to scoop up design sketches of the hardware, which show off an OLED display, “Saphire” glass, Qi wireless charging, configurable crown button on the side, leather bands, curved battery, and a titanium exterior.

If it is real, it looks kinda hot. (more…)

Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale

The rumor you have been waiting years for has arrived – Motorola is said to have created the next Nexus phone, a massive 5.9-incher under the codename “shamu.” Call it a parting gift or whatever you want from Google as they ship Moto off to Lenovo, this could be your chance to finally get a Motorola Nexus, assuming you would want one that is that size.  (more…)