Rumors – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:53:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs Reported to Include 4K AMOLED Display, 8GB RAM https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/26/galaxy-s8-specs-rumor/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/26/galaxy-s8-specs-rumor/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:10:56 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=193104

In wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, Samsung may need to bump its launch timeline of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. If that is the case, it should be no shock to see many rumors and supposed leaks flooding the web as we enter the last part of 2016. In the latest piece … Continued

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In wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, Samsung may need to bump its launch timeline of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. If that is the case, it should be no shock to see many rumors and supposed leaks flooding the web as we enter the last part of 2016.

In the latest piece to make the rounds, specifications for the yet-to-be-announced device have surfaced, though, there’s no telling how accurate they might be. With the best guess being that Samsung will unveil its newest phones at MWC in February of 2017, there’s still plenty of time for things to change. 

As of right now, rumored specifications for the Galaxy S8 Edge include a 5.5″ 4K AMOLED display, featuring an impressive resolution of 3840 x 2160. In a 5.5″ panel, we’re talking a pixel-per-inch (ppi) of 806. In the current market of flagship smartphones, that’s huge. Other specs listed include 6GB and 8GB variants, which aligns rather well with Samsung’s latest DRAM package announcement. However, we wouldn’t expect Samsung to launch two RAM variants for the US, keeping either the 6GB or 8GB model available for the US. No word yet on which we might see.

For a processor, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are reported to feature Qualcomm’s yet-to-be-unveiled Snapdragon 830 or an Exynos 8895, depending on the market. Considering the Snapdragon 830 isn’t expected to be announced until 2017, it’s hard to say whether we’re giving any credit to that notion, but things do look promising for fans of 10nm FinFET technology.

Again, if Samsung does plan on introducing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge at MWC next year, you can expect to be seeing a lot more hypebeasting from the internet.

What are your hopes and dreams for the Galaxy S8? And please, don’t say anything about explosions.

Via: Phone Arena

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Report: Google is Working on Two Android Wear Watches It Can Call Its Own https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/06/report-google-working-two-android-wear-watches/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/06/report-google-working-two-android-wear-watches/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 21:15:14 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188541

Because no one else seems interested in building them anymore, Google is apparently going to build two of their own Android Wear smartwatches, one with LTE and GPS, and another without. The report arrives via Android Police, who describes each watch at length, but doesn’t have mock-ups or images of either, leaving us the opportunity to … Continued

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Because no one else seems interested in building them anymore, Google is apparently going to build two of their own Android Wear smartwatches, one with LTE and GPS, and another without. The report arrives via Android Police, who describes each watch at length, but doesn’t have mock-ups or images of either, leaving us the opportunity to open our creative minds to try and picture them. They sound like…round smartwatches made by Google. Shall we talk about them? OK. 

One could be codenamed “Angelfish.” This watch is said to be the larger of the two with built-in GPS and LTE radio. It won’t be quite as large as the 46mm Moto 360, but could weigh in at around 43.5mm and with a 14mm thick case. The watch will have lugs (the nubs that hold a watch band), like many other watches, a curved body that isn’t so puck-like, and three circular buttons on its side. It could come in a matte, dark grey finish called “titanium.”

Thanks to the embedded GPS and LTE (heart rate monitor too), one could think of this watch like the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition 4G LTE Sport Carrier-Exclusive Overpriced (3rd Gen) device that LG once introduced, recalled, and then re-introduced in limited availability – that no one bought. In other words, it could be a stand-alone device that wouldn’t need your phone nearby at all times.

The other watch is said to be codenamed “Swordfish.” It’s also thought to be the smaller of the two without GPS and LTE (might lack the heart rate monitor too). This watch is compared in design to the Pebble Time Round, only without the disastrously large bezels. It’ll be sized at 42mm and with a thickness of 10.6mm, come in three colors (silver, titanium, and rose gold), and contain a single rounded button. It should work well with Google’s MODE watch bands too, unlike the Angelfish watch.

Along with each device, Google may push special Google Assistant integration or offer new watch face types, though that could all just be a part of Android Wear 2.0 that will arrive later this year.

According to this report, these watches may arrive after the new Nexus phones are introduced, but could very well be branded as Nexus watches and eventually, marketed alongside the Nexus phones. Neither is said to be a partnership type of deal, meaning, Google is building these, not using HTC or LG or Huawei to make them, like they do with other Nexus products.

Why do this now? I think it’s pretty obvious. Android Wear is fun and all, but I don’t think anyone can say that typical tech companies (the early partners) seem to be as excited about building Android Wear watches as they once did. Huawei doesn’t seem to be working on anything new, nor is LG. Motorola did recently release the Moto 360 Sport, but then proceeded to deeply discount it as if they just wanted to move on from the experiment. Samsung is more than likely done with Android Wear as well. HTC has never been on board. Sure, Casio and some fashion brands have taken a stab at making them, but is anyone taking those seriously? We haven’t seen anyone innovate in the smartwatch realm in some time.

If Google wants to continue with wearables, they should probably just start making their own. That way, they can show off new features and technologies through their own vision and move the platform forward. It’s as simple as that.

So yeah, Google-made watches!

Via:  Android Police

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Google May be Redesigning Android’s Nav Bar With Ugly Home Button, Introduce Live Nexus Support Via App https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/24/report-android/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/24/report-android/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:10:33 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188212

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Not surprisingly, Android news is pretty slow these days, as it always is in the lead-up to a new version of the OS. Google more than likely doesn’t want to out anything too fun at the moment, since we are only two months or so from stable Android N going public and new Nexus devices running it arriving alongside it. To fill the time, we are left entertaining rumors of minute changes that may or may not be on the horizon, like Google tweaking the navigation bar appearance and creating a live support app for Nexus users. Yep, that’s where we are at the moment. 

Both bits of information arrived through Android Police, this morning, but to break it up, let’s start first with the navigation bar. According to this report, a new navigation bar could see life on Android N or only on Nexus devices or on…we don’t know. But this is what it could look like! Emphasis on the “could” because Google is prone to switching things up on a regular basis.

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Please, no. That home button is…yikes.

Today’s report suggests that this new navigation bar may arrive soon and that the home button has some sort of long-press animation along with it. That’s really all we know. What I know is that I’m hoping this is one of the “We’re just playing around, guys, and we’ll get rid of this multi-colored disaster at launch! Haaaaah…chill, bros!” types of things.

Look, I get that this could be some sort of Nexus exclusive type of change, where Google is highlighting that Nexus phones are Google phones and you should be happy and proud to own one and that those colors could animate into some hot Now on Tap action that all the fanboys will get sweaty over. But it also feels a hell of a lot like when Verizon branded the home button of the Galaxy Note 2 to let you know every single time you touched it, that Verizon owned your ass. We get it Google, your colors are fun and you infuse them into a lot of things, but this isn’t the way any of us want to see it. Just stick to the simple, clean, modern, minimal home button we all know and enjoy.

As for the second rumor today, word has it that we may see Nexus devices get a live support app. Here is a mock-up of the icon and opening screen for the app.

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There isn’t much to figure out here. After all, a live support app is exactly that – a live support app. From the screen above, we can see that Google could get a view of your screen (that whole “share your screen for guided support” part) to help walk you through issues, diagnose problems, or help you accomplish your Android dreams. The app could come to other Android devices, but that would be a tough task for Google to take on, you know, trying to support phones that aren’t theirs.

Nexus owners, interested in getting live screen-shareable support from Google?

Android nerds, what are your thoughts on that new navigation bar?

Via:  Android Police [2]

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Here are Some of the Rumored Specs for an Upcoming HTC Nexus https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/23/htc-nexus-sailfish-specs-rumor/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/23/htc-nexus-sailfish-specs-rumor/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:03:59 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188185

Back in April, we saw the first batch of reports surface with possible details of the upcoming Nexus phone or phones from Google. The initial rumors focused on codenames of Marlin and Sailfish as those representing two HTC phones that would take over Google’s Nexus program this year, but few other details accompanied those names. Today, thanks to a … Continued

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Back in April, we saw the first batch of reports surface with possible details of the upcoming Nexus phone or phones from Google. The initial rumors focused on codenames of Marlin and Sailfish as those representing two HTC phones that would take over Google’s Nexus program this year, but few other details accompanied those names. Today, thanks to a report out of Android Police, we may have an early spec list for the supposed smaller of the two phones, the Sailfish

According to this report, Sailfish will be the smaller of two HTC-made Nexus phones headed this way and could be a well-put-together package for those not interested in another whale-ish Nexus. An initial spec list provided suggests we’ll get a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.0GHz (64-bit) processor, 4GB RAM, 2770mAh battery, 32GB storage, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, rear-mounted fingerprint reader, USB Type-C port on the bottom, bottom-firing speaker, top-mounted headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.2. This goes without saying, but Android N will be there as well, assuming Google does what it always does and launches the new version of Android on fresh Nexus hardware.

Or better yet, here is all of that in bulleted form:

  • HTC Nexus “sailfish”
  • 5-inch FHD AMOLED display (1080p)
  • 2.0GHz quad-core processor (64-bit)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2770mAh battery
  • 32GB storage
  • 12MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint reader
  • USB Type-C port
  • Bottom-firing speaker
  • Top-mounted headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.2

This report can’t confirm if 32GB will be the only storage option (or even the base at that), what the processor is, how many speakers there are, or what the price will be. Still, this info certainly gets the wheels turning as we approach August, where we expect Google to show off finished Nexus devices for 2016.

Based off of that info, could this be what the Nexus 5X should have been? Should HTC make great hardware with help from Google and the price be right as the smaller model, I’m not seeing much here that I’m not ready to jump after.

Via:  Android Police

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HTC Double Nexus Bonanza Rumors Pick Up Steam With Codenames Surfacing, Potential Benchmark https://www.droid-life.com/2016/04/27/htc-nexus-s1-m1-sailfish-marlin/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/04/27/htc-nexus-s1-m1-sailfish-marlin/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:38:37 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=185675

Back in January, an “often-reliable leakster” over at Weibo suggested that HTC has been given the green light by Google to make not only one of the next Nexus phones, but two. Fast forward to today, through months of weak speculation on that idea coming true, and we get a tweet from @evleaks along with … Continued

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Back in January, an “often-reliable leakster” over at Weibo suggested that HTC has been given the green light by Google to make not only one of the next Nexus phones, but two. Fast forward to today, through months of weak speculation on that idea coming true, and we get a tweet from @evleaks along with a post by Android Police that may add some validity to HTC becoming King of Nexus for the next year.

Here is what we know. according to these two. 

There are currently two Android N devices being built by HTC for Google under internal codenames or model numbers of M1 and S1. That bit comes from @evleaks, who doesn’t specifically say that these are Nexus devices, but we will go ahead and assume that they are. After all, if Google is asking someone to build it a device, it tends to be for the Nexus program.

With that bit of information in the wild, Android Police then chimed in with word from sources indicating that M1 and S1 might actually stand for the official codenames of each, Marlin and Sailfish. Call it a coincidence if you want, but the fact that they had names of “Marlin” and “Sailfish” in their pocket and @evleaks tossed out “M1” and “S1” seems like more to me.

As a reminder, Google almost always refers to its Nexus products by aquatic names. The Nexus 4 was Mako, Nexus 5 was Hammerhead, Galaxy Nexus was Maguro, Nexus 10 was Mantaray, Nexus 6 was Shamu, Nexus 6P was Angler, and the Nexus 5X was Bullhead. There are others, but you get the point. Marlin and Sailfish would fit in that naming scheme quite well.

A reference to “Marlin” in an AOSP Gerrit was found back in March and this benchmark surfaced a few weeks ago. The benchmark, which refers to the phone’s motherboard as “marlin,” indicates that the phone will run a quad-core Qualcomm product (likely the Snapdragon 820) and have 4GB RAM. Yes, the page lists the phone as a “Nexus 6P,” but you and I both know that the 6P has 3GB RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon 810 on board.

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As for Sailfish, well, we don’t have any public mentions of it at this time, so there is always a chance Google goes with another aquatic animal under an S name. For now, we’ll stick with the latest report, which pegs it as Sailfish.

We already know how Tim feels about HTC making the next Nexus (or two). I think I tend to agree that HTC, as long as it builds at least one of the phones as well as it did the HTC 10, would be a fine partner for this year’s program.

Know anything about this year’s Nexus phones? Hit us up.

Via:  @evleaks | Android Police | @rquandt

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Report: Upcoming Galaxy S7 Could Come in Two Screen Sizes https://www.droid-life.com/2015/12/28/report-upcoming-galaxy-s7-could-come-in-two-screen-sizes/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/12/28/report-upcoming-galaxy-s7-could-come-in-two-screen-sizes/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:49:11 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=179549

The new year is just days away at this point and with numerous reports mentioning a January announcement from Samsung detailing the Galaxy S7, you can expect to start hearing more and more leaks. The latest information points to two different screen sizes for the Galaxy S7 and rumored Galaxy S7 Edge.  Previous rumors made … Continued

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The new year is just days away at this point and with numerous reports mentioning a January announcement from Samsung detailing the Galaxy S7, you can expect to start hearing more and more leaks. The latest information points to two different screen sizes for the Galaxy S7 and rumored Galaxy S7 Edge

Previous rumors made the not-outrageous assumption that the S7 would be using the same screen size as the Galaxy S6 Edge+. But if the latest report is to be believed, there will be two versions of the S7; a 5.2″ model with a flat screen and a 5.5″ curved-screen model for the S7 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were different screens, but of the same 5.1″ size. After those two launched, the S6 Edge+ was announced a few months later. This new strategy, if true, would be something different for Samsung. It does seem that we have reached the pinnacle of enormous cellphones and are backing down toward more manageable screen sizes.

Are you interested in two separate models of the Galaxy S7?

Via: Verge | ET News

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This Probably Isn’t the New Moto X 2016, but Hey, Let’s Talk About It! https://www.droid-life.com/2015/12/16/fake-moto-x-2016-is-fake/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/12/16/fake-moto-x-2016-is-fake/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:27:42 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=179274

So this photo surfaced today. People think it’s the next Moto X, which could be the Moto X (2016) or Moto X (4th Gen) or Moto X (Pure Moods Edition). We don’t really know what it is, though. It could be fake. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is fake. Should we talk about … Continued

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So this photo surfaced today. People think it’s the next Moto X, which could be the Moto X (2016) or Moto X (4th Gen) or Moto X (Pure Moods Edition). We don’t really know what it is, though. It could be fake. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is fake. Should we talk about it, if it is fake? Eh, why not. It’s Hump Day! 

This is what this photo tells us. (Assuming any of this is on any level real.) Motorola likes two-toned, all-metal, paneled, iPhone and HTC designs. Or, Lenovo does, and so they are interested in ditching every single idea that Motorola created over the last three years of Moto X designs and are instead going with some sort of Franken-iPhLumia360 (that’s pronounced eye-floom-ee-uh-360) aesthetic. It’s like someone took all the unsold gold, patinated iPhone 5s, grabbed all of the leftover Lumia 1020 hockey pucks camera modules after mating them with Moto 360 flat tires, used a hand drill to create some speaker holes, and called it a phone. Cute “Moto” logo, breh!

This design also suggests that Motorola is flipping the bird at Moto Maker (which is the major selling point of the Moto line) and front-facing speakers (which people prefer) and fingerprint sensors (again).

The photo comes to us via Nowhereelse, a site that has been right a couple of times with leaked photos in the past, because they hangout on Weibo and other Chinese forums, yet is notorious for failing to ever source those, so that none of us can look back at the actual origin of said photos and come up with our own conclusions. It is what it is.

EDIT: Ooh, we do have a source link!

Hump Day!

Via:  Nowhereelse

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Report: Samsung to Launch “Foldable” Smartphone in 2016 https://www.droid-life.com/2015/09/15/report-samsung-to-launch-foldable-smartphone-in-2016/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/09/15/report-samsung-to-launch-foldable-smartphone-in-2016/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:12:44 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=174288

According to a source on Weibo, Samsung will look to launch Project Valley, its platform for foldable smartphones, next year in January. Claimed by the source, Samsung is currently testing two models of the device, one with a Snapdragon 620 processor, and another with the top-tier Snapdragon 820 processor. Other specs could include 3GB of RAM, built-in … Continued

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According to a source on Weibo, Samsung will look to launch Project Valley, its platform for foldable smartphones, next year in January. Claimed by the source, Samsung is currently testing two models of the device, one with a Snapdragon 620 processor, and another with the top-tier Snapdragon 820 processor. Other specs could include 3GB of RAM, built-in battery (non-removable), and microSD slot. 

The idea of a foldable smartphone is not new, as countless design renders and concepts have been published over the years, but it has taken quite some time for display and component technology to catch up to our imagination. It is not yet known if Samsung intends to announce foldable display technology, or the device will merely feature two separate displays, attached by a type of hinge mechanism. Regardless, the idea is neat, but we have yet to see if it translates well to real-world usage.

Back in June of this year, LG was showing off their bendable displays at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference in San Jose, but that technology still seemed to be in quite the early stages.

January is only a few short months away, so are you interested in seeing what Samsung can cook up in their labs?

Via: G for Games | Weibo
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Rumor: Moto X (3rd Gen) to Feature 3600mAh Battery, 21MP Camera, MicroSD Slot https://www.droid-life.com/2015/07/27/rumor-moto-x-3rd-gen-to-feature-3600mah-battery-21mp-camera-microsd-slot/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/07/27/rumor-moto-x-3rd-gen-to-feature-3600mah-battery-21mp-camera-microsd-slot/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:07:21 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=171379

While the new Moto G has leaked more times over the last few weeks than we can count, the Moto X (3rd gen) has done a pretty good job of remaining mostly out of sight. Tough to tell if that’s because Motorola is only going to give us a new Moto G and save the … Continued

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While the new Moto G has leaked more times over the last few weeks than we can count, the Moto X (3rd gen) has done a pretty good job of remaining mostly out of sight. Tough to tell if that’s because Motorola is only going to give us a new Moto G and save the Moto X for later this summer or if there are fewer in the wild to be leaked. Either way, you know we are excited to see this year’s flagship from Motorola, since the last two from the Lenovo-owned company have topped our charts the last two years.

If today’s rumor out of HelloMotoHK – the group who stays as close as anyone to the Motorola beat – is true, you should be excited too. 

According to a post of theirs to G+ this morning, the new Moto X (3rd gen) could sport a 5.5-inch FHD display (1080p), 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, microSD slot, Android 5.1.1, Snapdragon 808, and a whopping 3600mAh battery. Boom.

I know that a few will question the decision to go FHD (1080p) instead of QHD, but personally, I’d take FHD if it means full two-day battery life. And with an efficient processor from 2015, along with that battery powering a 1080p resolution, this could be the battery king.

Assuming previous leaks are correct, the new Moto X looks like this.

You ready?

Via:  +HelloMotoHK

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Moto X (3rd Gen) Rumors and Leaks are Floating About, Here is a Quick Recap https://www.droid-life.com/2015/06/09/moto-x-3rd-gen-rumors-and-leaks-are-floating-about-here-is-a-quick-recap/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/06/09/moto-x-3rd-gen-rumors-and-leaks-are-floating-about-here-is-a-quick-recap/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:52:22 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=168805

Now that flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG are available or purchase, it’s time we look at what’s coming from Motorola, since they tend to introduce new Moto X phones around the end of August. With the purchase of Motorola by Lenovo now complete, this year should be especially interesting for the Chicago-based smartphone maker, … Continued

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Now that flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG are available or purchase, it’s time we look at what’s coming from Motorola, since they tend to introduce new Moto X phones around the end of August. With the purchase of Motorola by Lenovo now complete, this year should be especially interesting for the Chicago-based smartphone maker, if anything, to see how Lenovo treats one of its new outlet’s product launches.

Rumors have begun to emerge within recent weeks, though you should take all of it in stride, as Motorola leaks in recent years have rarely been accurate. With that said, it’s time to start acknowledging some of this stuff, so that we can hopefully start to piece it all together over the next few months as we close in on the release of the Moto X (3rd Gen)

First, model number XT1542 is one to keep an eye on. The number has popped in supposed benchmark screenshots, along with references to a 5.2-inch QHD display (2560×1440), 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 4GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 810 processor (with Adreno 430 GPU).

Those numbers, of course, differ from the set of numbers that popped up over on reddit a month or so ago. Then, we saw numbers of XT1578, XT1585, and XT192A.

Additional rumors suggest that there may actually be two Motorola devices, one with a 5.2-inch display and another with a 5.7-inch QHD display, though that information is completely unconfirmed.

Finally, a rumor floating about today is attempting to suggest that the images below represent a phone that will be outfitted with a fingerprint sensor. See that missing square space in the middle of the phone? I guess that could be for a fingerprint sensor. Then again, Motorola COO Rick Osterloh told CNET in March that he wasn’t a fan of fingerprint sensors. If the guy in charge of making Motorola’s next phone isn’t a fan of fingerprint sensor, then I kind of doubt that this phone’s empty square box is for a fingerprint sensor. Just saying.

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And that’s it for now. We know that Motorola will have a phone for us towards the end of this summer, in order to keep with their yearly Moto X schedule. Other than that, again, take all of this as rumor and speculation, not fact.

If you know anything, be sure to drop us a line.

Via:  G for Games | GSM Arena | My Drivers | CNET

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Report: LG G4 to Feature ‘3K’ Display, Feature Resolution of 1620 x 2880 https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/30/report-lg-g4-to-feature-3k-display-feature-resolution-of-1620-x-2880/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/30/report-lg-g4-to-feature-3k-display-feature-resolution-of-1620-x-2880/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:54:43 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=160575

Even though LG execs were quoted as saying the G4 won’t be ready anytime too soon, that never puts a damper on the hypebeast game. If anything, that only fuels the fire, with the newest rumors claiming that the upcoming flagship from LG will feature a ‘3K’ display, with a resolution of 1620 x 2880.  As many here … Continued

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Even though LG execs were quoted as saying the G4 won’t be ready anytime too soon, that never puts a damper on the hypebeast game. If anything, that only fuels the fire, with the newest rumors claiming that the upcoming flagship from LG will feature a ‘3K’ display, with a resolution of 1620 x 2880. 

As many here should know, last year, LG introduced the G3, which marketed the device as the first with a 2K mobile display, known as QHD. With an even bigger jump in pixels, we may have to wait for this exact resolution to be categorized along with the others. One important piece of info is unknown, however, and that is screen size. The only rumored size right now is that LG will stick to 5.5″, which is the same as the G3.

In a leaked user agent profile for the device, the model number is listed as LG-VS999, possibly by no coincidence similar to Verizon’s G3 model last year which sported model number VS-985. If this info is all legit, however slim the chances may be at this point, this leak could mean that the device listed is the followup LG G4 for Verizon. But please keep in mind, rumors and leaks are never meant to be taken seriously, and are all a part of the game in which we play.

If the G4 does in fact come stacked with a display featuring a resolution of 1620 x 2880, are your eyes ready? Is a move like this even necessary for LG?

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Via: My LG Phones

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Spigen Says This is What the Samsung Galaxy S6 Looks Like https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/29/spigen-says-this-is-what-the-samsung-galaxy-s6-looks-like/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/29/spigen-says-this-is-what-the-samsung-galaxy-s6-looks-like/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:19:40 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=160523

Samsung has become one of the best at keeping its phone designs a secret up until they take the wraps off of them at an official unveiling. They are without a doubt better at it than HTC and Apple. Over the last couple of years, designs for the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series have … Continued

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Samsung has become one of the best at keeping its phone designs a secret up until they take the wraps off of them at an official unveiling. They are without a doubt better at it than HTC and Apple. Over the last couple of years, designs for the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series have floated about before the phones are announced, but few have been credible. So what do we make of the Galaxy S6 cases that popular casemaker, Spigen, has posted to its Amazon sales pages? Well, they have been right in the past when it comes to giving us hints and silhouettes of yet-to-be-announced phones. Are they right again? 

For some background, understand that casemakers often get molds or specs of upcoming devices long before they are announced, so that they can have their related products ready for launch. When a casemaker posts up a case for sale of an unreleased device, we would imagine that they are basing their renders off of something semi-realistic.

And again, Spigen has been doing this for years. They tend to post up cases of unreleased devices well ahead of official announcements, more than likely to get their name in headlines (hey, success again!) and their products pre-ordered.

But here’s the thing – they outed design elements in the Nexus 5, HTC One (M8), and LG G3 that turned out to be correct. In fact, they completely outed the dimensions and design of the G3 before LG made it official. They do have a decent track record at giving us glimpses of phones before they are supposed to.

So what about these new “Galxay S6” cases? Tough to say. A couple of blurry cam photos have surfaced within the last couple of days that look like the phones Spigen is using. The camera and flash/heartrate sensor are in the spots that Spigen is showing here. To me, though, the rest of the phone just looks like a Galaxy S5, which Samsung seems to have said they will move far from using new materials and an innovative design. Nothing seems innovative or new about this, other than the camera situation.

What do you think – is this what the Galaxy S6 will look like, or is Spigen just trying to make headlines again?

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Via:  Amazon | Spigen Store
Cheers Sebastian!

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No Sony Xperia Z4 Unveiling at MWC? https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/26/no-sony-xperia-z4-unveiling-at-mwc/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/26/no-sony-xperia-z4-unveiling-at-mwc/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:04:19 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=160249

According to Xperia Blog, trackers of all things Sony Xperia, the chances of the Xperia Z4 or another flagship phone from Sony debuting at MWC in a month are slim. Their sources suggest that Sony is waiting for the “summer” to let loose their next set of phones.  The news is somewhat surprising, as Sony … Continued

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According to Xperia Blog, trackers of all things Sony Xperia, the chances of the Xperia Z4 or another flagship phone from Sony debuting at MWC in a month are slim. Their sources suggest that Sony is waiting for the “summer” to let loose their next set of phones. 

The news is somewhat surprising, as Sony has launched new Xperia Z devices at MWC for what seems like years. But as is noted by Xperia Blog, we have yet to see a single leak of a new flagship other than the renders that snuck out through the North Korea-influenced Sony hack a couple of months back. You would think that with MWC only a month away, that the phone would have made at least one appearance in the press, unless of course, Sony has all of a sudden become the masters of all things security. (Hah!)

With no Xperia Z4 debut at Mobile World Congress, does that mean a small refresh of the Xperia Z3 or a new tablet, perhaps? Tough to tell. Then again, things could change in a month and maybe Sony will push forward with a new flagship despite this report.

Via:  Xperia Blog

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Hilarious Turn of Events: Carrier-Backed Payment System That Tried to Block Google Wallet Might be Bought by Google https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/19/google-wallet-softcard/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/19/google-wallet-softcard/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:54:53 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=159783

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 … Continued

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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. 

That part about it being a failure shouldn’t shock anyone since the service continued to see delays before launching nationwide out of its test markets in 2013. The service has also failed since launch to create a close partnership with Visa or MasterCard, which has made it an increasingly difficult sell to consumers and to add your preferred cards for use. Seriously, the service is pretty difficult to use.

But that part about Google potentially buying Softcard is hilarious, at least to me. Again, this is the mobile payment system that Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile created to rule them all. This is also the reason that we wrote countless posts about Google Wallet being blocked at the carrier level. There were FCC complaints about the blocking. There were denials that weren’t really denials. There were excuses given for blocking Google Wallet that were contradictory. Softcard, formerly Isis, was a massive pain point around the Android community for what seemed like years. Yet here we are, talking about Google buying them for pennies on the dollar.

According to TechCrunch, Google may be able to grab Softcard for under $100 million, even though sources tell them that the carrier team of AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile has invested hundreds of millions into the service.

Google may not care so much for the service as it does the patent applications they have filed, though. Softcard reportedly has just over 120, but those could be key to helping Google Wallet grow or remain a viable mobile payment option, an important factor as Google tries to battle with Apple’s Apple Pay.

Any thoughts you would like to share about Isis…err Softcard?

Via:  TechCrunch

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Rumor: LG G Flex 2 to Arrive at CES With 64-Bit Snapdragon 810 https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/02/rumor-lg-g-flex-2-to-arrive-at-ces-with-snapdragon-810/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/02/rumor-lg-g-flex-2-to-arrive-at-ces-with-snapdragon-810/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:48:45 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=157971

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 … Continued

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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. 

Either way, we will gladly accept a new LG G Flex at CES. Last year, the G Flex (our review) was the star of the show with its massive curved Plastic-OLED display and self-healing back. While the phone was Nexus 6-sized, we are certainly interested in seeing how LG approves upon last year’s model. Will they go slightly smaller? Will the curved display sport a higher-resolution? Will the self-healing back return?

I don’t know, but I am actually sort of excited. LG got the curve right with the G Flex and also added in some really cool technology, it’s just that this phone happened to be a first attempt at something that tried to think out-of-the-box. A G Flex 2, powered by a Snapdragon 810, could be a real winner if done correctly.

Via:  Naver

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