Hilarious Turn of Events: Carrier-Backed Payment System That Tried to Block Google Wallet Might be Bought by Google

You remember Isis Mobile Wallet don’t you? That would be the mobile payment system that carriers – specifically, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile – created to be the only payment system you would need on your phone. That would also be the payment system that carriers used as reason to help block, but not admit-to-blocking, while still blocking because it was “different,” Google Wallet, for years while they took their sweet time getting Isis ready. And let’s not forget that the service has already been renamed to Softcard because of the growing entity known for terrorism that the original name matched. All caught up on Softcard and Isis?

According to a late Friday report out of TechCrunch, the payment system has been a massive failure to this point and is now in talks with Google to potentially be acquired.  (more…)

Rumor: LG G Flex 2 to Arrive at CES With 64-Bit Snapdragon 810

The sequel to LG’s G Flex is rumored to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. Dubbed the G Flex 2, a report out of Korea claims that this phone will be the world’s first to run Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor and support Tri-Band LTE-A Carrier Aggregation. If all that sounds familiar, that is because a new variant of the Galaxy Note 4 that was announced for Korea is being upgraded with the same 810 chipset, though this report seems to suggest that Samsung may be using a custom 810 that is only 32-bit. The translation game is tough.  (more…)

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…)

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…)