Phandroid » Events Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:36:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Here’s where you can watch the HTC One M9 event live stream Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:13:37 +0000 HTC One M9 event live stream times

For those of you who wont be making the 10+ hour trip (16 if you’re flying from Cali) to Barcelona for HTC’s big HTC One M9 unveiling event, good news: you can watch the entire event from the comfort of your couch.

Actually, you wont even have to get out of bed. The entire event will be streaming live on HTC’s site right here for your convenience and kicks off at 10:00AM ET / 7:00AM PT. Oh, and don’t forget to stay tuned afterward for our hands-on with whatever HTC announces at the event. Seems they could have a few tricks up their sleeve.


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Don’t forget to sign up for IDEAA’s Big Android Meat and Greet in Washington DC April 4th Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:19:00 +0000 big android meet and greet dc

IDEAA today formally announced their history, their mission and their future. If you don’t know, IDEAA — which stands for International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance — is a new organization formed by the folks behind the yearly Big Android BBQ that has taken place since 2010.

After the success and growth of those events, they wanted to expand their presence to reach all the goals and visions set forth by everyone involved.

“After the tremendous success of our events in 2014 we believed the best way to support developers and our strong partnerships was to transition to this new organization,” says Aaron Kasten, president of IDEAA. “IDEAA will give us a chance to expand our goals and continue to  provide unique quality events that are equal parts education, entertainment, and altruism.”

With this alliance comes the possibility of creating a wide range of events not tailored just to Android developers, but developers of all kinds. We’re not sure what, exactly, they have in mind for the entirety of 2015 and beyond, but we do know about their first event.

It starts April 4th of this year with the Big Android Meat and Greet over in Washington DC that we already told you about. That event features a free “Code Kitchen” that runs from mid-morning through mid-afternoon with free lunch served. The Code Kitchen is a networking opportunity and workshop for developers to get together and help each other understand Android more deeply.

Those who have an itch to party can drop an optional $75 to get on a cruise boat afterward and check out the Cherry Blossoms festival where you’ll see the sweet berries in full bloom. All of it is capped off with what’s sure to be an awesome fireworks show. Good old-fashioned Texas barbecue will be served before getting on the boat, of course, so you won’t have to worry about your stomach. Oh, and food and drink on an open bar is included with the price of your ticket, so go nuts.

It sounds like an awesome time and we can’t wait to hear more about what IDEAA has planned for the future. For now, if you want to attend the Big Android Meat & Greet in DC you’ll need to head to EventBrite and order your ticket (whether you’re going for the free portion or otherwise). Be sure to handle that and make sure you can make your way to Washington DC April 4th to partake in the festivities.

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LG announces four new mid-range phones ahead of Mobile World Congress Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:46:23 +0000 new lg mid-range phones 1

LG has never had an issue announcing their goods ahead of the trade show they’ll be showing them off at, and they’ve done just that with today’s release. The company has announced four new mid-range smartphones to kick off the first half of 2015.

They’re nothing special on paper alone, but it’s a very solid lineup of devices that should be priced well enough for anyone not willing to spend their entire wallet on top-end phones. Here’s the full list with their respective specs:

LG Magna

  • 5-inch 720P display (294 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core chipset
  • 8 megapixel rear, 5 megapixel front camera
  • 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM
  • 2540mAh battery
  • 139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2mm
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

LG Spirit

  • 4.7-inch 720P display (312 ppi)
  • 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core chipset
  • 8 megapixel or 5 megapixel rear, 1 megapixel front camera
  • 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 133.3 x 66.1 x 9.9mm
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

LG Leon

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA display (220 ppi)
  • 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core chipset
  • 8 megapixel or 5 megapixel rear, VGA front camera
  • 8GB or 4GB of internal storage and 1GB or 512MB of RAM
  • 1900mAh battery
  • 122.7 x 64.0 x 10.9mm
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

LG Joy

  • 4-inch WVGA display (233 ppi)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core chipset
  • 5 megapixel rear, VGA front camera
  • 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM
  • 1900mAh battery
  • 122.7 x 64.0 x 11.9mm
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop or Android 4.4 KitKat

Kind of confusing, eh? The exact specifications for each device is dependent on market, though LG hasn’t gone into specifics about who will get what. Note that they all come in both 3G and LTE flavors so you should be able to use them with whichever networks you fancy.

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The design language of the smartphones follows the company’s best smartphones by placing volume and power control on the rear. It seems LG has come to prefer this setup as it helps give them a different look up against all the other typical cookie cutter devices we see.

And that’s about all for now. We’ll know more once we hit the show floor at Mobile World Congress to get a good look at these for ourselves. You can find the full press release at the jump.

[via LG]

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NVIDIA schedules March 3rd event to “redefine the future of gaming” Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:59:57 +0000 NVIDIA-Shield-featured-LARGE

NVIDIA’s getting ready to make their next big move starting next month. The company has issued press invites to a March 3rd event taking place out in San Francisco. A great deal of Android-related publications seem to be receiving the invite so there’s a good chance it has implications on the mobile scene.

NVIDIA says their event will feature an announcement with “the potential to redefine the future of gaming.” We’re not sure what they could be looking to introduce that would have such an impact on the gaming world. Is it a new SHIELD Tablet or handheld portable? An amazing new GPU that’s flexible, powerful and thin enough to go inside both a mobile device and a desktop computer? Will they finally achieve photo realistic 3D graphics?

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The possibilities are high, but we won’t find out unless we close attention (and in case you have any doubt, we’ll be paying very close attention).

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Google I/O 2015 dates announced: May 28th – 29th, registration kicks off March 17th Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:19:35 +0000 Google IO 2015 hashtag

It’s official: Google I/O 2015 dates have now been revealed. According to Google’s Sundar Pichai, the event will kick off this year on May 28th, to May 29th at the usual Moscone Center in San Francisco as previous years. The big news here? Registration opens up on March 17th at 9AM (PDT), so mark you calendars.

For those that can’t make the trek to San Francisco, you can watch the entire event online via I/O Live (live stream) or even attend one of Google’s I/O Extended events which are spread out in different areas around the world. It’s crazy to think Lollipop — or Android L, rather — was unveiled nearly a year ago at last year’s event.

Event schedule will be updated on Google’s I/O 2015 page here and if you’re curious to see how it all went down last year, you can watch a recap of Google I/O 2014 down below. Oh, and you have to check out Google’s latest Chrome experiment (available here) which allows you to create your own music track using WebGL, Web Audio, and gorgeous Material design. We can’t wait to see what this year brings.

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Sony probably won’t have a press conference for Mobile World Congress Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:33:17 +0000 Sony logo CES 2015 DSC_0059

We’d heard Sony’s presence at Mobile World Congress would be a lot less exciting than years past, but we didn’t have a pretty good idea of what, exactly, they’ll be doing in Barcelona next month.

What they won’t be doing, according to information received by XperiaBlog, is holding a press conference. That doesn’t sound all that inaccurate considering Sony’s biggest competitors have already invited press to attend their respective shows and we have yet to hear a peep out of Japan’s biggest electronics maker.

Instead, Sony reportedly plans to simply attend the show with what should be a sizable booth and open it up on March 2nd like everyone else. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect new announcements — the company is bound to bring something to the show — but they probably don’t deserve their own stage alone.

That would seem to confirm rumors that Sony won’t be announcing the Sony Xperia Z4 at the big show in an effort to change their smartphone release strategy and shift to focusing on fewer device releases each year.

As such, it’s likely Sony will host a separate event of their own later in the first half of the year to announce the latest flagship. Not a bad idea considering they’d have a lot to contend with at Mobile World Congress with Samsung and HTC rumored to bringing their next big things. Whatever they announce and however they announce it, we’ll be at Spain’s most popular vacation spot to check it out.

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Samsung begins sending March 1st press invites with a possible Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge teaser Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:08:31 +0000 Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge discussion is going on at!

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HTC won’t be hogging the spotlight on March 1st when they look to make their big announcement at Mobile World Congress. Samsung has reportedly started dishing out invites to press for an event on the same day.

The invite is really thin on details, naturally, but they do tease us with a curved contour of what could be a smartphone. We’re all expecting the South Korean company to announce the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the curve could confirm rumors that a special version of the Galaxy S6 with a curved edge display ala the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is also coming to town.

That’s as much as Samsung wants to reveal. Early rumors indicate the company is looking to launch a brand new design for the release of this smartphone. We’re expecting a metal unibody build, and one that uses tempered glass on the back to add to its looks. The Samsung Galaxy S6 specs should look something like the following:

  • 5.1 inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Samsung Exynos Octa-Core chipset
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 20.0MP rear camera, 5.0MP front camera
  • 2550 mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and the latest version of TouchWiz

Sounds like it has all the makings for a smartphone worthy of attention, but we won’t know for sure until Samsung delivers the details. We’ll be toting our bags to Mobile World Congress so be sure to circle your calendars and ready up.


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Eat BBQ, learn to code and go on a riverboat cruise at the Big Android Meat & Greet in Washington DC Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:10:08 +0000 big android meet and greet dc

The folks behind the Big Android BBQ that goes down in Texas every fall have announced a great new event for those who prefer to chow down on good food during the Spring months. It’s the Big Android Meat and Greet, and this one will take place April 4th out in the United States’ capital, Washington D.C.

Here’s the skinny on tickets and happenings:

  • The Code Kitchen portion of the event — which is a mid-day mingling of developers and experts to help people get a better handle on developing for Android — is absolutely free as long as you register right here. The Code Kitchen takes place at the USPTO’s Madison Auditorium on 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria, VA. It begins at 9AM, goes through 4PM and lunch is served in between.
  • The BBQ portion of the event will cost you $75 and begins at 4:30PM and goes through 6PM, after which you’ll embark on a nice riverboat to check out the Cherry Blossom festival. The boat will be loaded up with snacks and an open bar, and you’ll return around 10PM.
  • Need a hotel? They’ve teamed up with The Westin Alexandria to offer discounted rooms, though you’re obviously free to choose your own resting grounds.

So, a maximum of $75 for a day full of education, food, fun and possibly some drunken moments on a riverboat cruise — sounds like a great time to me. If it’s anything like the Big Android BBQ has been for the past few years then you’re definitely in for a treat. You can head to the event’s website to learn more, and if you decide you want in then this handy EventBrite page is waiting for your details.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 battery to be non-removable, supposed glass back to blame [RUMOR] Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:46:56 +0000 Talk about the Samsung Galaxy S6 at!

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Samsung is one of the few companies who have stuck to their guns in making sure the removable battery and microSD card slots don’t die off, but one of those features is said to be absent from the Samsung Galaxy S6. According to Korean Press, the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery will not be user replaceable.

This is sure to be bad news for folks who love being able to carry multiple batteries or use aftermarket batteries with bigger capacities. It also makes it difficult to replace a battery in case it goes bad in its lifespan.

But it’s said this decision was made for good reason — it facilitates Samsung’s design choice for the sixth entrant in their flagship lineup. The Samsung Galaxy S6’s rear panel will reportedly be covered in glass. That, plus the metal unibody chassis the device is expected to have, means Samsung would have to give up access to the rear.

It likely wouldn’t be the end of the world for Samsung’s most loyal fans, but this could become a deal breaker for a crowd that only buys Samsung devices because of their flexibility. We’ll have to wait until its likely unveiling at Mobile World Congress in March to see if the device’s improved design was worth one of its most valuable features.

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HTC schedules March 1st event to unveil their latest flagship — HTC One M9 coming? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:32:03 +0000 Discuss the HTC One M9 at!

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HTC has sent out invites to press for an event scheduled for March 1st in Barcelona. That can mean only one thing: they’re bringing something big to Mobile World Congress. The annual trade show has always been the launching pad for several OEMs’ biggest flagships, and HTC is no different.

With that, we’re expecting to see the spiritual successor to the HTC One M8, which we’ve been referring to as the HTC Hima in rumors regarding the device (though we wouldn’t be surprised to see HTC go with HTC One M9 for its retail name).

The invite doesn’t give much away, but its “Utopia In Progress” tagline does seem to confirm HTC is going to produce something that looks as good as it performs. We’ll be toting our bags over to Europe next month to take it all in for ourselves so be sure to sty tuned to Phandroid once March 1st arrives.

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Watch Google’s Project Ara developer conference live stream right here at 11am Eastern Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:47:09 +0000

Google has a developers’ conference going on this morning, in case you didn’t know. It’s a long shot from Google I/O, but this one focuses on Project Ara, the company’s modular phone project that would let users choose their own specs by fitting a frame with LEGO-like blocks.

This is the second Project Ara developers’ conference ever, and we’re expecting a couple of different things:

  • Google is going to talk about MDK — Ara’s development kit — version 0.2, and everything it enables
  • Google is going to help module developers get up to speed on everything they need to start creating modules

That’s what we know for sure. What we’re hoping? Google surprises us with availability information (the earliest reported window was January 2015, but that could have easily changed behind the scenes). Regardless of what happens, though, it’ll all be interesting, and you can follow along with us thanks to this handy live stream. Can’t watch live? We’ll do our part to bring any breaking news right to the front page.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 to be unveiled next month with 2 variants and smartwatch Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:45:13 +0000 Talk about the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) at!

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Not that we didn’t already hear murmurings of Samsung’s plans for Mobile World Congress, but another report suggests Samsung will look to bring more than just one big device to the show. Alongside the metal-built Samsung Galaxy S6 we’re expecting, Samsung is also expected to introduce a version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a curved display, ala the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

If you haven’t read our Note Edge review, that device uses the curved portion of the display to independently show notifications, information and mini apps that the user can use alongside the main viewing area of the display. It’s a bit of a novelty feature right now, but it’s something Samsung seems committed to testing to see if there’s a real market interest for it.

Alongside the phones, they will also reportedly be toting a smart watch. While today’s report doesn’t suggest any details about that watch in particular, a rumor from last week says to expect Samsung’s first circular smart watch.

Unfortunately that report also told us to expect Tizen instead of Android Wear, so unless you own a Samsung phone and don’t mind using Samsung’s operating system instead of Google’s then it probably won’t be the most exciting announcement. Regardless, it’ll all be very interesting and you can bet we’ll be tuned in once all the mobile tech giants converge on Berlin next month.

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The Polaroid Selfie may be cool, but Oppo’s legal department seems to think otherwise Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:52:39 +0000 polaroid selfie

When we gave you guys a quick look at Polaroid’s latest smartphones, we noted that one device in particular — the Polaroid Selfie — looked a lot like the Oppo N3. That comparison was made mainly due to the device’s top-mounted swivel camera, a module that allows you to take either rear or front photos with the simple swing of the puck holding the camera and LED flash.

But the bad news for Polaroid is that we weren’t the only ones who noticed this similarity. The aforementioned Oppo caught wind of Polaroid’s goods from CES earlier this week themselves, and you can imagine they weren’t necessarily delighted with what they saw.

Oppo_N1_Front_ViewThere is one fundamental difference between the modules on the Oppo N3 and the Polaroid Selfie: the former’s camera swivel is motorized and can be moved without having to touch it, while the Polaroid Selfie requires manual adjustment.

Of course, that doesn’t mean much considering the Oppo N1 (pictured to the right, review right here) first brought this interesting design in manual fashion, so Oppo has dibs to the “first” and “mine” claims on both fronts.

And if Oppo is to be believed, this isn’t a simple call-out: they’ve actually patented this design, and they tell Phandroid that they won’t hesitate to pursue legal action to make sure they protect what’s rightfully theirs. Said in context by Oppo:

OPPO has not licensed the design of the rotating camera to any third parties, nor has us done that in any OEM way. We will continue to keep track of the event and reserves the right to take further legal action.

The word “design” in the quote above is worth noting, as there is a clear distinction between a utility patent (one that describes a function) and a design patent (one that describes the implementation or design of a function) according to the USPTO.

It’s possible Oppo is referring to the design of the swivel, which they certainly have grounds to call foul on considering the two modules look almost indistinguishable. Of course, if Oppo’s patent was registered at a different patent office that recognizes different definitions, things could be a bit iffy.

That tidbit also becomes very noteworthy when you consider Oppo wasn’t the first to utilize a swiveling camera. Samsung’s old PocketPC device i700 — seen below — had a swiveling camera of its own, though the design of it is much different. (Thanks to Hoby in the comments section for the assist!)

samsung i700 swiveling camera

Phandroid attempted to track down the patents in question in either the United States Patent and Trademark Office or Chinese patent and trademark offices to see if we can gain a better understanding of what Oppo believes Polaroid is infringing, but we have been unable to find them as of the time of this writing.

We’ve requested a copy or a link to the patents from Oppo, but in the meantime we can’t help but to think they have pretty good reason to feel slighted. We’ve reached out to both Oppo and Polaroid for further comment, and will provide updates as we get them.

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You’ll want to go “hands-on” with Toshiba’s latest “Android” [VIDEO] Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:51:06 +0000 toshiba android

OK, so maybe Toshiba didn’t actually have any Android devices — as we know them — at CES 2015… but they did have an Android. And this is one Android most guys definitely wouldn’t mind going “hands-on” with:

As awkward as she sounds and moves, this robot still looks extremely real, and extremely cool. We’re not sure it’s able to do anything useful, but hey — no one is expecting an i, Robot-esque future anytime soon, anyway.

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The BLU Vivo Air is one of the thinnest smartphones we’ve ever seen, and we have a first look [VIDEO] Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:51:03 +0000

Bigger might be better, but thinner is… in-ner?  OK so finding a cool idiom to state the thinness of a phone isn’t the easiest thing to do, but what is easy is showing you the BLU Vivo Air. At 5.1mm thin, this phone comes just shy of taking the world’s thinnest smartphone claim (currently owned by the Oppo R5).

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It’s also one of the cheaper devices you’ll see coming out of CES this week at a cool $199. Unfortunately, unlike the ASUS ZenFone 2 announced earlier this week, that price tag does reflect the mid-range nature of its specs. Here’s what to expect under the hood should you opt to buy one:

  • 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • 1.7GHz MediaTek Quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

To boot, it has no LTE. And it looks like an iPhone. But if you can get past all of that then this is one sleek, thin looking smartphone and there are far worse ways to spend $200. The device is set to go on sale next week via Amazon if you’re interested in giving it a go. Take a look at it in our hands-on video up above.

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