Are These the First Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime?

A “Prime” or premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumored since before the regular GS5 ever arrived. Even with denials about the phone’s existence by Samsung executives, evidence continues to pile up suggesting that the phone is real and could be here this summer. Pictures posted today by PhoneArena claim to be the first of the phone in yet another leak that should frustrate anyone who bought the regular Galaxy S5.  (more…)

Verizon to Launch “XLTE” Brand in AWS Markets on May 19

According to sources of ours, Verizon is planning to launch an “XLTE” network in markets that are covered by their AWS spectrum. As you may recall, Verizon announced that they expected to have AWS spectrum deployed in up to 50 markets by mid-2014, nationwide over the next 14-18 months, so the timing of a re-branded launch makes a lot of sense.  (more…)

New Photo of LG G3 Shows Black and White Models

The hypebeast, my friends, is in full force as leaks regarding LG’s fabled G3 continue to mount. Over the weekend, PhoneArena posted yet another photo of the handset and details regarding its construction.

The photo captures the G3’s brushed plastic removable backplate, stylization that can be seen in previously leaked images. It also suggests the smartphone will come in black, white, and gold, which may not quite rival the Galaxy S5 for colors, but still represents an improvement over the G2’s selection(more…)

Images of Moto E Leak Ahead of Announcement

Photos of the Moto E, Motorola’s cheaper alternative to the Moto G, appeared on Motorola’s Mexican Facebook page and on HelloMotoHK yesterday. The above image from Facebook (Moto G on the left, alleged Moto E on the right) shows a clean and minamalistic phone without many sensors. In fact, it even seems to lack a front-facing camera, which could be a cost-cutting measure.

Given the ubiquity of the front shooter on even the cheapest of smartphones, though, some may question the wisdom of eschewing it.  (more…)

Is “Flounder” the Codename for the Next Nexus? (Updated)

The folks over at MYCE discovered a potential codename for an unreleased Google device that recently made its way through the Chromium issue tracker. There is a build fingerprint in the listing that mentions two words – “volantis” and “flounder.” If you have followed any of our Nexus coverage over the years, the name “flounder” should stand out as being significant, since Google tends to give its Nexus products fish-related codenames. Is this the next Nexus? Let’s talk about it.  (more…)

Report: Premium Galaxy S5 “Prime” Available in June

Reports of a premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 launching in the near future just won’t go away, even if Samsung execs would rather you try and ignore them. Known at this time through rumors as the “Galaxy S5 Prime” or “KQ,” a new report out of Asia Today claims that the phone will be ready for a June launch. Citing industry sources, this report expects the phone to carry a QHD display (2560×1440) and will be targeted at high-end European and American markets.  (more…)

Report: Google+ to be Dialed Back, Fate Unknown, Hangouts Team Moving to Android

The minute Vic Gundotra informed the world that he was leaving Google after eight years, the first thing most of us asked was, “What does this mean for his baby, Google+?” That question remains unanswered at this point, but a report out of TechCrunch gives off the impression that Google is viewing Google+ quite differently today than it did only a few months ago. Sources of TC would’t go as far as calling the social network “officially dead,” but did hint at its importance being drastically reduced.  (more…)