Developers could win cash prize for creating best Project Ara smartphone module
Google is aiming to launch the first Project Ara smartphone in January next year, the company revealed at the project's first developer conference earlier this week. Google is also attempting to encourage developers to produce sections of the modular smartphone, by offering a $100,000 prize in a competition for designing the best Ara module.
Unlocked sub-$400 smartphone uses CyanogenMod, 13MP Sony Exmor camera
OnePlus has revealed it will be launching its first Android smartphone next week, at the same time as a photograph surfaced, allegedly showing the rear of the device. The OnePlus One, running a customized version of CyanogenMod's Android ROM, will be available to buy in 16 countries and will be priced at under $400, under 350 Euro, or the local equivalent, with the device set to be revealed on April 23.
Five front-facing cameras shown in leaked photographs of Amazon smartphone
Photographs of what is believed to be Amazon's first smartphone have surfaced. Encased in what appears to be a protective casing to prevent the external appearance from being leaked, the images of an alleged prototype device seem to suggest that the smartphone will have a 3D interface powered by multiple front-facing camera sensors.
User Agent Profile, photograph allege LG G3 has Quad HD display
Specifications for what is believed to be LG's follow-up to the G2 have surfaced again in reports. A leaked User Agent Profile on Sprint's website and a photograph showing part of the smartphone's display strongly suggest the LG G3 will have a resolution of 1440x2560, as well as hinting at the remainder of the flagship mobile device's internal details.
Wall Street Journal sources believe Amazon phone will ship by end of September
Amazon is preparing to release its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of this year, claims sources of the Wall Street Journal. The retailer has allegedly demonstrated the device to developers in Seattle and San Francisco, with an official announcement planned for the end of June, and for the smartphone to ship by the end of September.
Flagship Samsung smartphone, smart watches go on sale today
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in 125 countries, as part of its global launch. Initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, the flagship smartphone is being sold in stores and through carriers in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the majority of Asia, flanked by the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart watches.
Project Ara developer kit defines basic specifications of smartphone modules
Google has provided more details about its modular Project Ara smartphone plans, by releasing its Module Developers Kit. The documents, published ahead of a developer conference for the device, detail how the smartphone is put together, as well as basic specifications that individual modules must fulfill in order to interface with the main endoskeleton and other modules.
Rumored Samsung tablet uses 2560x1600 resolution, Android KitKat
Details for two Samsung mobile devices have surfaced in two separate rumors. One device appears to be an Android tablet with a 10.5-inch AMOLED display with the model number SM-T800, while the second leak suggests there could be another Windows Phone device coming from the manufacturer after the recent ATIV SE launch.
Mini version of LG flagship smartphone appears at European retailers
LG has revealed it will be releasing the G2 mini internationally from next month onwards. At the same time as the shipping information release, which does not appear to cover North America, the first sightings of the miniaturized flagship in European retailers are giving an indication for how much the smartphone will cost in some markets.
Amazon smartphone will use six cameras for gesture control
Amazon is still working on a smartphone, and will launch it within the next three to six months, claims an analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes the online retailer will include six cameras, reiterating previous rumors, with the main and front cameras for standard photography and video purposes being accompanied by four more for gesture control.
New statement reverses Huawei CMO comments about dual-OS devices
Huawei will not be producing a smartphone that is capable of booting to two operating systems, the company has revealed. Responding to reports about comments made by Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang, the manufacturer advised it is not currently planning the release of a device that will boot to Windows Phone as well as Android.
Oppo Find 7 joined by lower-specification Find 7a
Oppo has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Find 7, as well as a more restrained version in the form of the Find 7a. Offering a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440x2560 and a pixel density of 538ppi, the Find 7 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz, supported by an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
Post-photograph refocusing touted in Telstra HTC One marketing sheet
The dual camera system in HTC's updated "All New" One smartphone, also known as the M8, will allow the user to select the focal point of a photograph after the image has been taken, according to details in a leaked advertisement. The marketing material for Telstra of Australia advises users of the "Duo Camera" to "soften backgrounds and add 3D effects" to images taken with the smartphone.
LG could follow Samsung, Sony in adding water resistance to G3
LG's follow-up to the flagship G2 could be a waterproof and dust-proof mobile device, according to a report from South Korea. If the rumor is true, this would bring the LG G3 in line with devices from other manufacturers, such as the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, in providing a device that can survive being splashed with water or an accident outdoors.
Increase in BlackBerry trade-ins countered by mass exodus from platform
A recent promotion from T-Mobile offering credit towards another device when trading in a BlackBerry smartphone has apparently caused an exodus of users to other platforms. A report claims that the two-week promotion has led to 15 times the normal amount of BlackBerry devices being traded in, and that 94 percent of these users are using the credit to switch to a non-Blackberry device.
Software bundle supplied with Samsung Galaxy S5 estimated to be worth $575
Samsung has detailed the free and discounted software and services offered with its new flagship Galaxy S5. The collection, estimated to be worth more than $575 according to Android Central, will include subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek +, LinkedIn Premium, Map My Fitness, Run Keeper, Skimble, Lark, Box, Evernote, and Bitcasa, as well as coupons for Blurb and Cut the Rope 2, among other additions.
Dual camera, microSD card slot confirmed in removed video
A video said to show the upcoming All New HTC One may actually have shown the device, if the reaction from a HTC manager is anything to go by. The 12-minute video, which has since been taken down by the original uploader but has since been re-added to YouTube by others, appears to show a device that is extremely similar to the original in terms of appearance and size, and seemingly confirms earlier rumors concerning its appearance.
Product development follows earlier collaboration on tablets
A line of smartphones designed in part by actor Ashton Kutcher is being worked on by Lenovo, the company reveals. Building on top of an existing partnership between Kutcher and the company in the co-design, release, and promotion of Android tablets last October, the special-edition smartphone range will apparently be launching later this year.
Introductory modular device will have Wi-Fi, display, no cellular radios
Google's modular smartphone could end up being an extremely cheap device at launch, according to Project Ara lead Paul Eremenko. The basic entry-level model of the device may be priced as low as $50 if Google gets its way, providing customers a touchscreen and basic components it requires to function, though it will just have Wi-Fi instead of radios for a cellular connection.
Boeing Black wipes stored data if casing is opened
A smartphone designed to offer highly-secure communications and data storage for governments and enterprise users has been unveiled by Boeing. Initially revealed to be in development in April 2012, the Boeing Black is an Android smartphone that is claimed to be tamperproof, with any attempt to open the casing automatically resulting in the deletion of data stored on the device, ultimately making the entire smartphone unusable.
First of three conferences will help teach Ara module creation
Google will be providing more details of its Project Ara modular smartphone scheme to developers in a trio of conferences, the company has revealed. The first Ara Developers Conference will be held on April 15th and 16th, with the primarily-online conference using streaming video and accepting questions, while a "limited number of participants" will be able to take part in person at Mountain View's Computer History Museum.
Mini name applied to marginally-smaller version of LG G2
LG initially revealed the G2 Mini last week, at the same time as a number of other devices including the G Pro 2, ahead of Mobile World Congress. The slightly-smaller handset has received the same "Mini" treatment as other similar models, and attempts to put the styling and features of its full-sized counterpart into a marginally lower-specification smartphone. Electronista took time to try out the device in Barcelona, with the initial impression being that LG has mostly succeeded with the device.
ZTE adds larger screen, minor improvements to Grand Memo design
ZTE launched an updated version of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress, one year after it revealed the original. The Grand Memo II LTE upgrades the original's 5.7-inch display to a six-inch model -- as rumored last week -- along with a number of other performance improvements. Electronista paid a visit to the company to see how far the phablet has improved on its predecessor.
Mid-range Xperia M2 takes style from Xperia Z2, lowers specification
The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone.
Mid-range Alcatel smartphones tried out before Mobile World Congress
Earlier today, Alcatel launched a number of Android smartphones, including two new additions to its OneTouch Idol range of devices. At a pre-Mobile World Congress event, the manufacturer offered the media the chance to try the OneTouch Idol 2 and OneTouch Idol 2 Mini before the show formally opened. Electronista spent some time with both of the smartphones earlier this evening.
Successors to OneTouch Idol have 3G, LTE variants
Alcatel has revealed a trio of smartphones before Mobile World Congress, covering the mid-range and entry-level markets. The OneTouch Idol 2 and OneTouch Idol 2 Mini are mid-ranged devices that are new to the OneTouch Idol family of devices, while the addition to the Pop series, the OneTouch Pop Fit, is a miniaturized device with budget specifications, and accessories that allow it to be worn while exercising.
LTE-enabled 8-inch tablet, octa-core smartphone in Archos additions
Archos has listed devices it will be showing at Mobile World Congress next week, with one tablet and three smartphones making the trip to Barcelona. The list is headed up by the 80 Helium 4G, a tablet with an 8-inch 1024x768 IPS display and LTE connectivity, and the 50c Oxygen, a smartphone with a 5-inch 1280x720-resolution display backed by an octa-core Mediatek Cortex A7-based 1.7GHz processor.
Leaked images show silver, gold, grey versions of HTC One follow-up
HTC could launch the upcoming replacement to the HTC One in a variety of colors, according to leaked marketing renders. Images of the codenamed M8 smartphone, expected to launch on March 25th if it fails to surface at Mobile World Congress, appears to show the device in three different case colors, including gold, dark gray, and silver.
Value Android devices include rear-mounted camera button
Acer has unveiled a pair of budget Android smartphones heading to Europe in the coming months, following on from the earlier Liquid Z3 and Liquid E2. The Liquid E3 offers a 4.7-inch IPS in an 8.9mm-thick (0.35 inches) case and a 2-megapixel front camera with LED flash, while the Liquid Z4 houses a smaller 4-inch display, with both offering a rear-mounted AcerRapid button to take images even if the screen is turned off.
LG G2 mini reduces specification as well as screen size
LG has revealed a smaller version of its G2 smartphone, as part of its pre-Mobile World Congress announcements. The LG G2 mini takes after its larger stablemate in styling and functionality, including the rear buttons, though like other "mini" models of devices, the specifications are pruned to more budget-friendly options, such as replacing the 5.2-inch display of the original for a 4.7-inch 540x960 version.
Details of upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone, tablet leak
The rumored Sony Xperia D6503 "Sirius" smartphone has allegedly leaked in a new video walkthrough, showing a number of features of the device. Specifications for another Sony device has also surfaced ahead of Mobile World Congress, with the Xperia Z2 tablet, codenamed "Castor," claimed to have a 10.1-inch Triluminos display with a resolution of 1920x1200.
BlackBerry Z3 could be first device from partnership with Foxconn
The first image of what could be BlackBerry's next smartphone has reportedly leaked. The render for the codenamed "Jakarta" device, thought to be shipping under the BlackBerry Z3 name, and though it does not have a hardware keyboard, it could possibly be the first device under the company's new partnership with manufacturer Foxconn.
Budget LG smartphones announced ahead of Mobile World Congress
LG has unveiled three new smartphones that make up the third generation of its L-series device range, one week before Mobile World Congress. The L90, L70, and L40 are budget 3G smartphones running Android 4.4 with relatively similar specifications and physical designs, metallic frames, and will work with LG's Quick Window covers for notifications while protecting the display.
5.5-inch display places Desire 8 between HTC One Max and HTC M8
Another HTC smartphone has leaked, continuing the Desire brand amid rumors of the impending M8 launch. The Desire 8 will apparently be a mid-range device with a 5.5-inch display, placing it between the HTC M8 and HTC One Max in terms of size alone, though the resolution and a number of key specifications for the device remain unknown.
Rear-mounted buttons, Knock Code of LG G2 appear in G Pro 2
LG has revealed an upgraded version of last year's G Pro in South Korea, over a week before an expected reveal at Mobile World Congress. The LG G Pro 2 is fronted by a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a 3.3mm bezel, giving it a screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent, and just as rumored, it features the same rear-mounted buttons as the LG G2 first introduced.
Report claims Nokia X launch will take place at Mobile World Congress
Nokia will be launching its long-rumored Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress, sources of the Wall Street Journal claim. The smartphone, codenamed "Normandy" and thought to be called the Nokia X, is said by the report to be aimed at emerging markets rather than developed regions, and apparently will not be used to promote Google's own services.
Wide difference in specification suggests similar launch strategy to iPhone 5s, 5c
Samsung could be preparing two versions of the Galaxy S5 for launch, at its Unpacked Event at Mobile World Congress this month. Recent benchmarks appear to show two different sets of specifications being used for variants of the smartphone, and could potentially lead to a situation where Samsung will offer a high-end model and a further premium version of the same phone at the same time.
Fourth quarter results of 2013 show year-on-year decline in revenue
HTC will be moving towards offering more lower-specification devices in the future, the company has revealed. The move toward mid-range smartphones comes at the same time as the company announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as an estimate for the first quarter of 2014 suggesting it will see another drop in revenues.
Promotion cuts price of Boost Mobile payments for six months
Boost Mobile has launched a promotion which dramatically cuts the monthly cost for users of its 4G LTE-based unlimited talk, text, and data service for new users. Customers buying and activating an eligible device from a retailer or the carrier's website before March 31st will have their monthly cost reduced down from the regular $55 smartphone price to $35 per month for the first six months of their mobile service.
Unpacked event to be restrained launch compared to Galaxy S4
Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress will not only host the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but also a new Galaxy Gear, claims a report. Sources of the New York Times claim that the event will be a "relatively low-key" affair when compared to the singing and dancing used for the launch of the Galaxy S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last March.
Twin cameras touted on back of new HTC flagship
The HTC M8 may have two camera sensors on the back, if a new photograph of the device is genuine. An image of what appears to be a complete back of an assembled smartphone shows a possible pair of camera sensors in positions revealed in an earlier rumor, rather than a fingerprint sensor, along with a dual-LED flash to the side of the main camera lens.
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand filings confirm Nokia Android smartphone
Nokia's rumored Android "Normandy" smartphone is seemingly becoming less of a rumor, with the device apparently receiving certification in three countries over the last few days. Filings have appeared at regulators for Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, with the RM-980 model number associated with each listing matching one that appeared in a recent browser benchmark result.
AT&T transfer promotion ended on January 31st
AT&T has stopped a promotion that offered customers up to $450 per line when they transferred from T-Mobile. The incentive, which provided a $200 automatic credit and up to a further $250 when trading in a smartphone, was put in place just one month ago in order to spoil a similar planned promotion by T-Mobile, offering to pay the early termination fees of customers transferring from AT&T to the carrier.
Rear camera details revealed before expected Mobile World Congress launch
LG has started to promote the G Pro 2 ahead of its expected launch at Mobile World Congress, by revealing more details about its imaging capabilities. Information released through its Korean social site claim the smartphone will have a 13-megapixel rear camera with an improved Optical Image Stabilization technology the company is calling "OIS Plus".
Event held on first day of Barcelona Mobile World Conference
Samsung has invited the media to an event on February 24 that it is calling the "Unpacked 5" event. The event, on the first day of the Mobile World Congress, is intended to debut Samsung's "new flagship product" which is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Rumored HTC flagship could be first to lose capacitive buttons
The rumored follow-up to the HTC One may not get revealed by the manufacturer at Mobile World Congress, with a launch claimed to take place a month later. The potential launch details of the codenamed "M8" device comes at the same time as a suggestion it will be the first HTC smartphone to remove the capacitive buttons in favor of on-screen versions.
4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor in Ascend Y530
Huawei has launched a brightly-colored addition to its smartphone range in Europe, with the two-tone casing and physical design said by Huawei to be aimed at a younger audience. The Ascend Y530 is an entry-level Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch, 480x854-resolution display, with the restrained internal specifications matching its low launch price tag.
Portable Puku S8 charger offers 900 hours of smartphone standby time
Puku has announced its new portable charger, the Puku S8. Featuring a powerful rechargeable battery, the S8 provides three to five full charges for an average smartphone in a small form factor. Compatible with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices that charge through a micro USB cable (or adapter for micro USB), its compact design allows for easy carrying while travelling. One charging of the S8 can power up to 900 hours of standby time, 36 hours of talk time and 153 hours of media play time. The Puku S8 is available in six colors, and is priced at $100.
Dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor touted in Nokia Android device
More details about Nokia's rumored "Normandy" Android smartphone have surfaced, along with images allegedly showing the final form of the device. Believed to be called the Nokia X, the device is said to have a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable by microSD, all behind a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) display.
Total smartphone penetration grows to 77 percent from 70 percent in 2012
AT&T has released its quarterly earnings report. For the latest period, the company's consolidated revenues totaled $33.2 billion, up 1.8 percent versus the year-earlier period. Compared with results for the fourth quarter of 2012, operating expenses were $20.9 billion versus $38.5 billion, and operating income was $12.2 billion compared to a loss of $6.0 billion. Notably, smartphones accounted for a record 93 percent of postpaid phone sales in the quarter, which included the release of Apple's iPhone 5c and 5s.