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…)
Despite the ardent denial of Samsung executives, potential evidence of a beefed-up Samsung Galaxy S5 appeared today in the form of a product listing on Olleh TV, a Korea-based telecom. The Galaxy S5 Prime featured the model number SM-G906K, which is consistent with Samsung’s naming schema (T-Mobile Galaxy S5 is SM-G900T, for example). (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Last week, the first photos of Amazon’s rumored 3D-enabled smartphone leaked along with talk of multiple cameras and sensors that would follow your every move to present you with a potentially-gimmicky, yet semi-interesting user experience. Today, we are learning about more gimmicks, or at least rumored features that Amazon will try to use to create something unique in an industry needing inspiration. We are talking tilt gestures for navigating the device. (more…)