Amazon to Launch Media Streaming Device in April

The competition for the living room is heating up. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon’s long-rumored streaming device is set for an April unveiling, and will carry the Fire name the company uses for its Kindle line of tablets.

Although leaks regarding Amazon’s media device have been largely unspecific, early reports indicated it would run a modified version of Android, and have access to a variety of streaming apps. More recent information suggests the device will come in a dongle form factor, include a remote control, and may retail with a gaming controller accessory. (more…)

Google May Tap Intel’s Moorefield 64-bit Processor For Nexus 8

In an unusual move, Google may eschew ARM for a 64-bit Intel Moorefield SoC in the long-rumored Nexus 8. That’s according to a report from AndroidPit, which points out that the device’s alleged release month – July – would both conveniently coincide with Intel’s chip shipment schedule, and come after the potential introduction of a 64-bit compatible version of Android. (more…)

Rumor: Google Picks LG to Create Nexus 6 and Nexus Smartwatch

According to business sources of Gizmodo Germany, who spoke at MWC last week, Google has selected LG for the third year in a row to create the next Nexus smartphone. Previous rumors indicated that the Nexus program was actually coming to a close in 2015, and that Lenovo, the new owners of Motorola, would be the last company to create a Nexus phone for Google.  (more…)

Amazon in Talks With Music Labels to Launch Streaming Music Service?

According to sources who spoke with Recode, Amazon is in talks with record labels to potentially launch its own streaming music service, because well, the world doesn’t have enough of them. While the talks are reportedly “serious,” they may or may not be close to landing deals, so don’t hold your breath on this one just yet.

Should Amazon reach agreements and launch a streaming service, there is a good chance it will be coupled in with their Prime membership program that currently offers free 2-day shipping on items, along with a subscription to Amazon’s Prime video streaming service. And that’s about all we know.  (more…)

HTC One (2014) Silver Variant Spotted in the Wild

HTC is terrible at keeping secrets. Information about the company’s HTC One follow-up  has leaked ad infinitum: press renderings and benchmarks have come at a constant clip, ruining whatever surprise HTC had in store for March 25.

Today, the leaks continue with purported images of an HTC One (2014) in the wild. It appears to be the silver variant of the device, revealed unofficially last week. (more…)

Bloomberg: Galaxy S5 Will Feature “Larger” and “Sharper” Display

Another day, another incredibly unspecific article about the supposed specs of the Galaxy S5. In a report released this morning, Bloomberg claims the Galaxy S5 will have a 5.2-inch screen and a “sharper display” than the current Galaxy S4. That’s according to an anonymous source of theirs, who didn’t elaborate beyond generalization.

Bloomberg also said the Galaxy S5 will feature “an improved battery and camera,” will be released around the same time as the follow-up to the Galaxy Gear, and may retail for less than previous Galaxy S devices. What does it all mean? Not a whole lot, but at least we know it’ll have  a fingerprint sensor.

I’m not sure about you all, but I can’t wait for the speculation madness to end. Luckily, Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event is only a few days away.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Phone Reportedly Leak Ahead of MWC (Updated)

Curious about the successors to Sony’s beautifully designed Xperia Z tablet and Z1 phone? @evleaks and a couple of YouTubers are happy to indulge.

Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted the alleged specs of the Xperia Z2 tablet, and it’s turning out to be quite the powerhouse. The Xperia Z2 tablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 3GB of RAM, and will feature a 10.1-inch,  WUXGA (1920×1200) Triluminos display, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter, a 6000 mAh battery, and 16GB of storage plus a microSD expansion slot. Oh, and it’ll be waterproof, ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, and maintain a thinness of 6.4mm. How’s that for overachieving?  (more…)

Real or Fake, These Purported HTC M8 Images are Hot

This afternoon, Russian site MobilTelefon posted the images included in this post of what are said to be of the follow-up to the HTC One, known internally as the HTC M8. Are they real or fake? I couldn’t tell you off hand, as we have seen some brilliant fake jobs in our time. What I will say instead, is how much I would love to see this become a reality. We’re talking a similar design to the heavily praised HTC One, but with tweaks that take it over-the-top.  (more…)