Alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 pictured before launch; specs, fingerprint scanner Confirmed!
Samsung's much anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, which is all set to see the light of day at today, might have been leaked in its full glory ahead of its official unveiling. The leaked images show the Samsung Galaxy S5 in its full glory, and indicate the device will feature a ridged silver-coloured lining around the device. If the leaked images turn out to be real, the Galaxy S5 will not be a major departure from company's Galaxy S family design. The Galaxy S5 will include a physical button on the front panel. Notably, Source says the new TouchWiz is not a major overhaul from the company's previous version. I am personally waiting for this announcement Today at 2 PM my wife wants it as her new phone.
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:05 AM - by dgstorm
Sony continues their trend of launching elegantly designed and powerful flagship devices. Just this morning they announced their newest flagships in both the phone and tablet markets. Sony unveiled the Xperia Z2 Smartphone and the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The specs on both devices are at the cutting edge of innovation. Here's the full breakdown for each device:
Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone -
- 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display with TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technology
- 20.7 MP camera just like the Z1 (but now includes 4K video recording)
- Water and dust resistant
- 4G LTE
- Android 4.4
- Digital noise-canceling technology for an immersive audio experience
Here are some advanced camera features cited by Sony -
- Enhance your mobile experience with a growing range of innovative Xperia camera apps. In addition to Info-eye™, Social live and Timeshift burst, Xperia Z2 also comes pre-loaded with new Xperia camera apps for both photo and video.
- Timeshift video: To relive every moment of the action in slow motion detail, the new Timeshift video mode lets you shoot in 120 frames per second and select scenes to slow the playback speed for dramatic slow motion effects exactly where you want, even underwater.
- Creative effect: Use a range of new creative effects for your photos and videos. Available in real-time for video, these adjustments enhance your clips with a range of effects such as colours, image trails, mirror and motion effects.
- Background defocus: This new camera app simulates a shallow depth of field. Capture two photos at different focus settings and blend together the different depths, leading to a blurred out background for more professional looking photos.
- AR effect: Now available for video recording, have some fun with your photos and videos with new augmented reality animations, including sound effects for video.
- Vine4: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see – all from your camera’s viewfinder. Plus, using the dedicated camera button, you can capture Vine videos underwater as well.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet -
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- 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
- 10.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) TRILUMINOS display, with X-Reality and Live Color LED technology
- 3GB of RAM
- 8.1MP Exmor RS
Feb 24, 2014 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm
Update: We erroneously reported that February 25th would be the reveal of the HTC One successor, but the dates from our source were confused. The actual date is what we have reported previously (March 25th). We apologize for the inconvenience and have updated this article appropriately.
HTC is warming up to their big "All New HTC One" flagship device unveiling. They plan to launch the HTC One on March 25th, but today they first revealed two new mid-range/budget friendly devices. One is the Desire 610 and the other is the Desire 816.
Here's a spec-list for the Desire 816:
- 5.5-inch 720p HD display
- 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
- 8GB of internal storage plus microSDXC support for an additional 64GB
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture capability
- 2,600 mAh battery
- HTC’s “BoomSound” front-facing speakers
- HTC Sense on top of Android
Here are the details of the Desire 610:
- 4.7-inch qHD display
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset
- 8GB of internal storage and microSDXC support
- 1GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel camera
- 2,040 mAh battery
- HTC’s Sense software with Android
- BoomSound and BlinkFeed
We don't know anything about prices or availability just yet but will keep you updated later.
Feb 24, 2014 - 9:24 AM - by dgstorm
Qualcomm is pretty much the undisputed king of the mobile chipset world. They keep cranking out amazing new technology for our smartphones and tablets at such a breakneck pace, it is tough for even monster competitors like Intel and NVIDIA to keep up with them. Today's Qualcomm announcement at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain simply reinforces that dominance.
Qualcomm took the wraps off of their new Snapdragon 801 32-bit processor. It is similar to its predecessor and contains a quad-core Krait 400 processor. It also contains the same GPU. The primary difference is that it can be clocked slightly faster (at 2.45GHz) than it's older brother, the Snapdragon 800. It also supports a faster maximum GPU frequency.
Qualcomm also offered up their two new 64-bit processors. One is a quad-core and the other is an octa-core. Both models include integrated LTE capabilities and will include improved GPU horsepower. Here's the full press release with more details below,
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Qualcomm Technologies Announces World’s First Commercial 64-bit Octa-Core Chipset with Integrated 5 Mode Global LTE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Chipsets Redefine Snapdragon 600 Tier with Next-Generation Graphics Technology and H.265
BARCELONA – February 24, 2014 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has added the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 610 and 615 chipsets to the Snapdragon 600 tier for high-end mobile computing devices. Both new chipsets integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd Generation LTE modem, supporting Category 4 data rates for new requirements such as LTE-Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). The Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets are designed to work with Qualcomm Technologies’ RF360 Front End solution, enabling OEMs to ship a single 5-mode global LTE SKU across all major bands and modes worldwide – a requirement for this highly competitive handset tier. In addition to LTE support, both chipsets also integrate critical 3G technologies, including HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), CDMA, and TD-SCDMA.
The Snapdragon 615 chipset is the mobile industry’s first commercially announced octa-core solution with integrated LTE and 64-bit capabilities, while the Snapdragon 610 chipset supports LTE and 64-bit capabilities using quad-core processing. With the launch of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets, and recently announced Snapdragon 410 chipset, the Qualcomm Technologies portfolio contains a compelling lineup of 4G LTE solutions with 64-bit capabilities. The Snapdragon 615, 610 and 410 chipsets also support ARMv8, the latest
Feb 24, 2014 - 9:08 AM - by dgstorm
We've seen a ton of other rumors regarding it, but Samsung has done a pretty good job of not letting images get released of their next flagship, the Galaxy S5. That changed this morning. Just a scant few hours ahead of their impending official unveiling of the device, several pics of the device have been leaked.
Besides just the aesthetics of the device, this new leak also reveals and confirms previous rumors which suggested the device would be waterproof(resistant), and as we can see (this version) doesn't have metal in the case as has been rumored before.
There were actually a series of pics, so rather than posting them all here on the front page, here's a link to a separate post with all of them: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...ml#post2513316
Here's a quote with more info gleaned from the intel which came with this leak:
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The Galaxy S5 will be water and dust resistant, as has been previously rumored. We’re talking about the ‘main’ model here, so there won’t be a need for an Active-branded version anymore. The microUSB slot (which has been bumped up to support USB 3.0, making it the second handset with that feature after the Galaxy Note 3) is covered by a flap to enable the water proofing. The Galaxy S5 adheres to the IP67 standard, so you can submerge it into up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without a problem.
There’s a fingerprint sensor in tow, and it’s inside the Home button. It’s a swipe-type thing, unlike Apple’s Touch ID in the iPhone 5S – so you’ll need to swipe your finger across it to register your prints. On the back, below the camera and right next to the LED flash is a heart rate sensor. It works when you put your index finger on top of it. The location was chosen due to the natural tendency for your index finger to rest somewhere in that area when you use the phone.
The 16 MP camera will come with ‘selective focus’, allowing you to snap a picture, and then choose whether to focus on the foreground, the background, or both. 4K video recording is in too. TouchWiz got some new icons this time around, and a phone version of the Magazine UX present on the Pro tablets is in too – as an evolution of sorts to the My Magazine feature that debuted in the Galaxy Note 3.
We don’t know yet what size the screen will be, but based on the comparison pics above, it’s going to be a tad larger than that in the Galaxy S4 – so maybe those rumors consistently
Feb 23, 2014 - 6:43 PM - by pc747
We heard back when Samsung released the Galaxy Gear that Google may be throwing their hat in the smart watch game. Well according to @evleaks Google will have their favorite manufacturer (LG) make the smart watch. @evleaks is reporting that it may be available at Google I/O.
Report: Google Smartwatch to launch at IO, made by LG
Feb 23, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by pc747
Here we are on the eve of what people hope will be a week of revelation and awe. Manufacturers will be showing off their Spring line up of devices and future concept ideas for future devices. As we prepare for a week of keeping up with our favorite tech news sites what are you most looking forward to this week at Mobile World Conference?
2) On Note2Forums (our sister site) we were talking about Samsung and LG as we watched a clip of a match Android Authority did of the Note 3 and the Pro 2. As we were discussing the pros and cons of Samsung it popped to mind an idea that I would like to see manufacturers adopt. For those of you who rom you may be familiar with Aroma Installer ([Q&A] AROMA Installer - [Dev Move To DevDB] - xda-developers basically it allows users to choose a serious of options and mods ie browser, preloaded apps, features, etc from the set up screen so the user have the choice of what apps and features they want to be loaded on their devices at boot up. With manufacturers venturing into Google play edition devices I would like to see a major manufacturer adopt an Aroma like feature. Basically when I boot up my phone I have a choice between Google Play edition or Manufacturer skin (ie Touchwiz), now understand that by choosing Touchwiz I may be forced to accept Knox security, preloaded apps, and a few preloaded Samsung apps and/or features. Also from Aroma I would have the option of what features I want preloaded (ie if I hated or did not care to use Samsung's motion features I could uncheck the box) and features I choose to add later I could do so via Google Play or Samsung's App market. This allows users to truly have a choice where if I want to rom, get updates fairly quick, or wanted a clean look I would go Google Play software knowing I would give up the ability to use Samsung's features and apps. If I later change my mind and want to go back to Touchwiz I could knowing I will have to give up roms (to a certain point), fast updates, and have to have knox security enabled. As such a feature would be confusing to most users I would understand if that option could only be enabled by going to Samsung's site and enabling it through their software or the option comes preloaded with developer and google play edition devices. But to have the choice brings and entirely new dimension to our phones. What do you think?
3) It's all about the display: I was watching a Youtube video about how different people could see color differently. Meaning what was true or stood out favorably to one person may not be true to another. I am seeing that with displays as some people prefer the saturated colors of Amoled vs what they may see on an ISP. I bring this... [Read More]
Feb 21, 2014 - 2:10 PM - by dgstorm
We have a pretty cool "just now breaking" exclusive file download for you guys this afternoon. Our sources managed to get hold of the full OTA update file for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Soak Test for the Verizon Moto X. We are sharing this file with all of the usual disclaimers... If you choose to try it out on your device, you do so at your own risk, and we will not be held accountable. We are simply sharing the file for our members to experiment with if they so desire.
Of course, many of our veteran members will not be worried by this, so feel free to give it a go if you want. To be clear, this is the same soak test update we shared in our previous story, here.
One more thing... the .zip file weighs in at 163.3 MBs, just in case you wanted to know that.
Here's the download link if you want to at least check it out: Android 4.4.2 Soak Test OTA Update for VZW's Moto X
Ladies and gentlemen we have randomly drawn the winner of the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch! As is customary we'd like to thank everyone who entered, we appreciate your continued support and participation here on DroidForums! We love to give away cool gadgets and prizes, so if you didn't win this time around there will be plenty of other opportunities.
The winner of the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch is................................................ ..Caesars!!!
Congratulations Caesars!! Your Note 3 now has a companion Enjoy!
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:46 PM - by dgstorm
Update: It's pushing out now. We are speaking with folks who are receiving the update right now (roughly 2PM Central Time).
Verizon will be starting an Android 4.4.2 KitKat soak test for the Moto X very soon. We aren't sure exactly when, but the internal developers are putting the finishing touches on this phase of testing and need to move to the soak test, probably within a few days. The soak test invites started going out last night.
The update is Android 4.4.2 as expected, build 164.55.2. Besides the obvious improvements brought on from the new version of Android, here are a few other changes,
- Improved phone dialer application performance
- Improved synchronization of email attachments
- Enhanced on -device security
- Improved connectivity when roaming
- Battery life improved
- Isis Mobile Wallet enhancements
We'll let you know when the soak test begins, and/or when the update starts pushing out OTA.
Here's the link to Verizon's .pdf on the update: VZW
Feb 21, 2014 - 10:27 AM - by dgstorm
The Android 4.4.2 Update for the Spring Moto X might be coming pretty soon. Sprint resumed the soak test for the new update and it started rolling out to select devices last night. The soak test first started a week ago, but Sprint abruptly put it on hold before restarting it today. A version of KitKat has already rolled out to Moto X users in Canada, so it likely won't take too long to work out all the kinks.
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:54 AM - by dgstorm
Starting in Q2 of this year, NVIDIA will have their newest Tegra Note 7 gaming tablet available. The only change is that this one now includes their own 500 LTE modem. With this new 4G LTE connection and the internal hardware of this device, NVIDIA claims there newest Tegra Note 7 is the fastest 7-inch Android tablet on the planet. The device will debut for $299.99 and will be coming to multiple countries.
Here's a quote from the press release with more of the details,
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Our Tegra NOTE 7 is getting a new family member – one that comes with great connections.
We’re adding our i500 LTE modem – and its 4G LTE cellular connection – to the world’s fastest 7-inch Android tablet.
We’re also expanding the Tegra NOTE 7’s availability, bringing it over the next few months to Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine.
The Tegra NOTE 7 serves up a bundle of cutting-edge mobile technologies – including one of the world’s fastest processors, Tegra 4, a superb stylus, exceptional audio, Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and, of course, great NVIDIA gaming. And that’s at a starting price of just $199.
Now, we’re added lightning-fast mobile data to the mix. Tegra NOTE 7 is available with LTE and HSPA+ mobile connectivity, and it can operate on popular carriers across the world.
With cellular connectivity, consumers can now get access to the web, check out maps and play videos anywhere they go by purchasing a minimum data plan from many carriers.
TN7 LTE_open view
The Tegra NOTE 7 LTE’s worldwide connectivity is provided by our cellular LTE modem chipset, the fifth-gen NVIDIA i500 processor. i500 leverages a unique software-defined radio technology – meaning it can deliver new capabilities via software without requiring an entirely new chipset. Another big plus is higher efficiency – it’s only 40 percent the size of conventional modems but has 4x the processing capability of its predecessor.
The entire Tegra NOTE 7 family also received an over-the-air update that upgraded the operating system to Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat), which includes support for Gamepad Mapper.Introduced first for our SHIELD portable gaming and entertainment device, Gamepad Mapper turns touch-based Android games into ones that can be enjoyed with the physical controls of a Bluetooth controller.
Look for the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE starting at $299 from partners worldwide* starting in the second quarter.
- See more at: Tegra NOTE 7 Gets
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:45 AM - by dgstorm
Folks with the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 may have been surprised last night or this morning to find a newer version of Android gracing their device. The Android 4.4.2 update started rolling out last night for the GT-I9500 SGS4. The update brings the usual improvements found with the jump including small UI changes,
a performance boost, a new lock screen and more.
As usual, the update will be rolling out in groups, so if you don't have yours right away, there's no need to panic. Just give it a few days and you should be good to go. Sound off if you are one of our lucky members who has already nabbed this update.
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:39 AM - by dgstorm
We have heard from many sources today regarding the new moves Amazon plans to make in the world of entertainment tech later on this year. The latest rumor indicates Amazon is ready to tackle the "TV" conundrum. Supposedly they will be launching their own Android-based Apple TV & Google TV competitor as early as March of this year.
Rumors about this device have been spreading slowly for over a year now, but this is the first time we have heard a claim to a solid launch timeframe. More than likely, this Amazon TV set-top-box will use a forked version of Android, just as Amazon has done with their Kindle based tablets. This is likely a sharp move from Amazon, since it allows them a way to leverage their vast array of content providers and gives them another indirect and in-home retail outlet which draws customers into their ecosystem.
We have also heard rumors not too long ago that Amazon is working on their own gaming console to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One. Is it possible that this set-top-box could do both TV and gaming, or do you think Amazon will keep them separate?
Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung is amping up their hype-machine for their big announcement next Monday. The are kicking off Mobile World Congress with the launch of the Galaxy S5 and several other devices at their Unpacked 5 event. To build excitement, they just launched a new video promo teaser for that day. It emphasizes elements of "life," "fit," "fun" and more.
These teases obviously suggest the theme they are planning to roll with for this year. This teaser also gives indirect confirmation of some of the previous rumors we have heard recently regarding a new Galaxy Gear smartwatch and some other wearables from Sammy. We can't wait to see what Samsung will unveil for us, and we will be sharing it with you in real-time, so stay tuned!
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