In comparison to other platforms, Android has a lot of apps – over 1 million, in fact – but the catalog is far from complete. A few high-profile omissions have made the parity gap painfully perceptible, small as it is. However, according to one report, partial assuagement may be just around the corner. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris reportedly told PC Advisor that Amazon Instant Video, a long-awaited app, is due for “imminent” arrival on Android. (more…)
Rumors of a “Prime” version of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 date back to well before the Galaxy S5 ever launched. Executive denials and a barrage of model numbers for new devices haven’t slowed them either. Take todays purported leak, which PhoneArena believes shows the Galaxy F, which is the name we are currently rolling with for the “Prime” Galaxy S5. (more…)
According to the latest rumor du jour, Google is going to introduce yet another set of design guidelines for not only its apps, but for the rest of the app world too (including iOS). You know, because developers really bought into Holo and hamburger menus and all that stuff so quickly…mmhmm. This is just what we need!
So, this new design direction is reportedly called Quantum or “Quantum Paper” and it will be introduced with the “L” version of Android, which if you aren’t keeping track, follows Kit Kat. We still don’t know if that will be Android 4.4.4 or 4.5 or 5.0, but should continue the candy trend for names. The idea of Quantum is to unify design framework across all platforms for Google apps, while also encouraging third party developers to do the same. (more…)
Motorola’s Punit Soni may or may not have just confirmed to us that the next Moto device will have a 1080p screen. The question now is – what phone was he using? Is it the Moto X+1 or something else altogether? Thanks to a leak through Hello Moto HK, who did some digging around in Motorola’s Bug2Go software, we may have a couple of options to consider. They were able to find six codenames for unreleased Motorola devices, a couple of which could be for the Moto 360, another than has to be the Moto X+1, and one that mentions “VoLTE” and “VZW.” (more…)
If you were disappointed that the pre-order page for Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet lacked any mention of US carrier support, fret not, as leaker extraordinaire @evleaks has released images of a Z2 variant with Verizon branding. Presumably, once it passes “certification,” we can expect the LTE version of the tablet to support Big Red’s bands. (more…)
Always-on listening is super convenient in the car, so it’s only logical that Google is working on making it easier to invoke while driving. Android Police reports that the company is experimenting with a revamped car interface – referred to internally as KITT, or “Android Eyes Free” – that relies on the “Ok, Google” hotword and hand gestures for interaction. (more…)
The clearest images yet of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active leaked today, courtesy of @evleaks. Bound for AT&T, the ruggedized twin of the Galaxy S5 looks to endure all of the concrete and liquid you can throw it at.
Nothing was revealed beyond the new pictures, but we do know a little about the upcoming smartphone. The Galaxy S5 Active will reportedly lose the fingerprint sensor, but gain a dedicated key that acts as a camera shutter button or can be used to launch apps. The Active will also have a removable back cover, as well as a reinforced exterior to lessen the impact of accidental drops. (more…)
Think the LG G3 specifications are impressive? Then wait till you see Lenovo’s new monster. At an internal event yesterday, the soon-to-be owner of Motorola Mobility revealed its follow-up to the Vibe Z, a smartphone that debuted overseas last year. Dubbed the Vibe Z2 Pro, bound for international markets, its specs should leave you longing. (more…)