Phandroid » Handsets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:12:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ASUS posts CES teaser on Facebook, and it seems to reveal a phone with rear buttons Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:00:05 +0000 asus phone shot ces 2015

ASUS looks to be bringing a brand new device to CES with them. The Taiwanese company posted a teaser on Facebook suggesting as much, with a quick shot of a phone being revealed in a 10-second teaser spot. The video obviously doesn’t reveal much, though the bit we are able to see makes us quite curious.

The biggest takeaway is that something weird is going on with the rear of the device. A still frame shot of the thing shows what looks to be rear-facing buttons a la the LG G3. If those are indeed buttons, we’re not sure if they would be used for managing volume or something else, but they’re there, and they’re intriguing.

Also of interest is the camera. The teaser keyed in on the device’s shooter a couple of different times, and the imagery suggests they’ve done something big with it. One of the shots even seems to reveal a dual sensor, which could be what the “buttons” above actually are, though it could be just as likely that this is the trick of fancy video editing and little more.

Unfortunately that’s all we have to go on at this point as there have been no rumors of an ASUS phone to lean our arm on. Something more will have to leak out ahead of January’s big show, but it’s only a few short weeks away so it won’t be long before ASUS spills the beans themselves.

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Nokia C1 smartphone leaked, will reportedly run Android Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:08:53 +0000 nokia c1 leak

Nokia’s N1 Android tablet was the company’s first device since splitting off from Microsoft, but the group is already reportedly working on a follow-up. This time around it’s a smartphone — allegedly dubbed the Nokia C1 — and it could be on its way in 2015.

Microsoft’s contract with Nokia prohibits them from manufacturing smartphones until 2016, but apparently their manufacturing deal with Foxxcon (who produces the Nokia N1) gives them a legal loophole to provide a smartphone with their name on it well before that.

So what should we be expecting? Well, the Nokia N1 wasn’t very exciting in terms of raw specs and features, so we wouldn’t expect much different from a smartphone counterpart. That said, Nokia’s likely going to put something together that’ll go easy on the wallets and still provide a capable smartphone experience.

The rumored specs sheet includes a 5-inch display with unknown resolution, an Intel chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera. The software is likely to consist of Android 5.0 Lollipop with Nokia’s Z Launcher placed on top.

It’s possible we could see Nokia making a trip to 2015’s CES, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they had this very device in tow. That said, there’s no solid information on when, exactly, they’ll announce it, nor is it clear when it’ll be available. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ve come up with, though if the iPad-like N1 is anything to go by then there might not be much to talk about when it’s all said and done.

[163 Tech via GSM Arena]

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HTC’s Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense screenshots leaked, reveal HTC is working on Easy Mode Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:54:57 +0000 HTC’s still cooking up their version of Lollipop, but if you’re hungry and want a little taste then this is the most we have to go on for now. LlabTooFer was able to get their hands on the software ahead of time and gave us a look at what to expect.

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Judging by the home screen alone, you might initially write the update off as lazy work by HTC — it really doesn’t appear anything’s changed. But that couldn’t be further from the truth as HTC has actually adopted quite a bit of stock Android’s features. Namely, the notification bar looks more in-line with what you’d find in AOSP with HTC going for a light background instead of the dark currently featured on their phones. They’ve also put notifications right on the lock screen.

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HTC also fully integrated Lollipop’s recent apps switcher, a rolodex-style cards interface that gives you a visually appealing interface for jumping between your most recently used apps. The last bit HTC borrowed from AOSP was the ability to search for specific settings inside the Settings app. Nothing huge there, but it can be a huge help for folks who often find themselves lost in a sea of toggles and checkmarks.

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Beyond all that, HTC is looking to bring something of their own. It’s Easy Mode, which makes the user interface much simpler to use for those who might find the default smartphone experience too daunting for them.

Easy Mode’s interface will put the most important apps right in your face, with a button to access all apps sitting below all that. You can add and remove apps at your own discretion so those who opt to use this mode do get a bit of customization. It should be easy enough to switch between the two modes, so those who start off using Easy Mode can graduate to the full home-screen experience to lay things out exactly as they want it.

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Unfortunately that’s all we know at this point. We still don’t know when, exactly, to expect Android 5.0 Lollipop for the HTC One M8 or HTC’s other non-Google Play phones, but their 90-day guarantee means we aren’t far off from seeing it make its way to handsets everywhere.

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The Nexus 5 is back in stock on Google Play Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:01 +0000 Nexus 5 homepage

You still can’t get a Nexus 6 directly from Google, but if you’re in the market for something a little smaller, its smaller sibling — the Nexus 5 — is now back in stock on the Google Play Store.

You may remember the phone vanishing from the Play Store last week, with some wondering if it would ever return. Google was quick to issue a response, saying that the phone will continue to be offered through early 2015 (any longer than that is still up in the air).

Still missing are the red and white models. Those seem to be gone for good. But the classic black version can be yours in 16GB for $350 or 32GB for $400 and leaves the warehouse in 1-2 days.

[Nexus 5 on Google Play]

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New Gresso Regal smartphone dons 18 karat gold and titanium, starts at heart-stopping $3,000 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:36 +0000 gresso regal limited edition box

Ready for another expensive smartphone you’ll probably never buy? Gresso’s new Regal line of smartphone wants to put a nice dent in your wallet for a premium smartphone with a decent set of specs. That dent starts at about $3,000 for the cheapest option. What justifies that price tag?

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For one, they’re mare completely of titanium and gold. The Gresso Regal R1 is all titanium ($3,000 option), while theR2 and R3 (both $5,000) mix PVD-coated titanium with a bit of 18 karat gold. Each model was apparently handcrafted, and only 999 of them exist. You’ll even see a number on the back letting you know which number yours is to make you feel special, and everything.

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But more than just good looks and premium materials, this smartphone actually doesn’t suck (well, if we’re going by the spec sheet, anyway). Here’s what you’ll get under the hood:

  • Display: 5″ Full HD, Gorilla Glass.
  • Processor: quad-core, 1.5 GHz.
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • Internal memory: 32 GB.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • SIM-cards: 1.
  • ОS Android.
  • Camera: 13.0 MP, autofocus, flash, front camera 5 MP.
  • Maximum talk time: 6h, maximum standby time: 300h.
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G: WCDMA 900/2100
  • LTE: no
  • Size: 143,2 x 70,2 x 8,8 mm.
  • Weight: 205 g.

These ultra premium options typically fall way short of expectations in the specs department so we’re glad to see Gresso didn’t skimp in this area. If you’re feeling a bit splurgey or simply have the budget that can handle one of these bad boys you can order one over at their website right now.

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Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser reel shows hints of Lollipop, smartphones and… fetuses? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:56 +0000

Not long after Sony confirmed on Twitter that the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z2 wouldn’t be seeing Lollipop until early 2015, the company has uploaded a strange new teaser video to their YouTube channel. At first glance we thought this might simply be an Android 5.0 Lollipop hype reel, with images of a lollipop and the number “5” making brief appearances in the early going.

And then it got weird. Chameleons. Irises (with a reflection of a smartphone in it). Even pregnant women. All of that showed up in the second half of the 43-second spot, and we couldn’t be any more confused as to what Sony’s getting at here. Could that just be the work of a crazed marketing team looking to stuff as many confusing images into one video as they can? Or are they teasing something more in a way that only a Stephen Hawking-esque genius can understand?

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Tough to say for sure, but if we know Sony then this video makes us think we’re on the verge of a pretty good announcement headed our way soon. Be sure to check it out above.

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Sony’s leaked emails may have revealed upcoming Xperia Z4 design, launch date too Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:49:52 +0000 Sony Pictures Xperia Z4 email leak 1

By now you no doubt heard about Sony Picture’s recent troubles with North Korean hackers . While it’s fun to gawk at movies that could have been, no one could have guessed that buried deep inside Sony’s leaked emails was a sales pitch for still unannounced Sony Xperia Z4.

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As part of a product placement pitch from Sony Electronics for the new James Bond flick (Spectre) — in which Sony Pictures is charges upwards of 5 million as part of a “Daniel Craig fee” — we get some pretty clear renders of what the email clearly labels as the new “Z4 phones.”

The design, while familiar, showcases 2 very different designs, so it’s tough to know how early of a look this might be. Or which will eventually be the model we see at launch. One model (pictured below) is closer to the current Xperia Z3, featuring glass on the front and back, although a much more chiseled “resin” frame. The other (pictured above) shows a phone with rounded corners and a soft, cushiony leather like material on the back.

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The best part? We’re even given an expected launch date for the device: May and November with the 2 dates mostly likely referring to the full-sized and Compact versions of the Z4, respectively. This pretty lines up with the launch timing we typically see from Sony Mobile, so no real surprises there.

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Additional products being pitched for inclusion in the new 007 movie is some sort of new wearable, although its design doesn’t reveal if it’s a smartwatch or some sort of fitness tracker. We’re sure we’ll see more of what Sony has planned during this year’s CES 2015 in a few short weeks. It’s there Sony always announces the next iteration of their flagship smartphone line (yes, only 6 months after the previous version). Stay tuned.


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CyanogenMod and Yu announce their first Android phone, and yes — it’s a blatant CoolPad F2 clone Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:04 +0000 micromax yu yureka

It’s finally happened, folks — Micromax’s Yu brand has launched its first smartphone. It’s called Yureka, and it’s based on CyanogenMod. The duo have an exclusive agreement for Indian distribution, meaning this will be the only smartphone loaded with CyanogenMod that you can get in those parts of the world (OnePlus has even had to halt sales of their Cyanogen-based smartphone in that region due to a regulatory ban).

So what’s this awesome, exciting new phone? Well, it’s not new at all — it’s a CoolPad F2 with Yu’s logo and a CyanogenMod ROM loaded up. The device is literally a carbon copy, with everything from the look and feel right down to its spec sheet being identical in every way imaginable. Here’s what’s inside:

  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 64-bit
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot up to 32GB
  • 13 megapixel Sony Exmor sensor
  • 2,500mAh battery
  • CyanogenMod 11 w/ Android 4.4.4 KitKat (5.0 promised down the line)

That said, it’s still a phone that has to capture your attention if you’re living in India and in the market for a new phone. The cost of admission for that bit of kit is Rs. 8,999 (or about $142), so it definitely is one of the better values Indian consumers will see. More importantly than hardware specs, though, you have to put a lot of weight behind CyanogenMod’s backing and the unmatched software support sure to come with that.


Cyanogen did do something a little extra for Yureka’s ROM, including a nice set of themes to choose from and support for Nextbit Baton, a software sync platform that allows you to backup your apps and app settings, and even seamlessly transfer the state of an app from one device to another. That means you could be in Facebook on your tablet looking at a photo, and have the option of opening Facebook and being jumped straight to that same photo.

Folks interested in the Yureka can get their order in exclusively from Amazon starting December 19th, though there’s no word when the actual launch date is. Stay tuned for all those details and more in the days and weeks to come.

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Pick up a custom Moto X (2nd Gen) for only $50 on Verizon [DEALS] Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:40:05 +0000 Moto X 2014 DSC06844

Without question, the Moto X (2nd Gen) is one of the best Android devices on the market (see our full review) and today, Verizon is making it hard to resist picking up one of these for the holidays.

Previously $100, you can now pick up a brand new, custom Moto X 2014 straight from Motorola’s site for only $50 with a 2-year contract. When purchasing from Motorola, you can actually custom design your own Moto X with a variety of colors, even down to the trim around the logo and speaker grills.

All in all, the deal isn’t a bad one, but keep in mind this is the bare bones 16GB model. If you’re looking for something a little more premium, a wood-backed model with 32GB will take you right back up to $125 with a 2-year agreement. Still not bad if you’re holing onto an upgrade. The deal ends December 31st, so make haste if you’re interested.

[Buy from Motorola: Custom Moto X (2nd Gen) on Verizon]

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OnePlus celebrates 1-year anniversary with open sale and a new 10,000mAh power bank Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:02:27 +0000

In case you didn’t know, it’s the one-year anniversary of OnePlus, and they’re doing something a little special to celebrate. For starters, they’ve put on another opportunity to buy the OnePlus One without an invite. Both the Sandstone Black and Silk White are available if you’re still in the market for one of the best values in mobile. We’re sure the opportunity won’t last long so be sure to take advantage right here if you aren’t keen on waiting for an invite.

Any new company doesn’t come without their bumps and bruises as they grow, and OnePlus isn’t shy about reflecting that. They talk about all the things they’ve learned over the past year in their blog post and video (embedded above), and it’s definitely an interesting watch if you’re even remotely interested in how the company came to be. OnePlus is also doing a giveaway that’ll give you a chance to win a OnePlus One for wishing them happy birthday on Vine, so be sure to partake if you’re feeling lucky.

To top all that off, the company has introduced their next big accessory — it’s a power bank. A quick $15 gets you 10,000mAh of juice that can be used to charge your smartphones, tablets or any other USB-based devices that need charging. It comes with two different 5V2A ports which should provide a fast enough current to get your smartphones juiced in a reasonable amount of time.

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Finally, OnePlus is giving you a chance to help name the company’s own-built ROM that they’re working on (which we won’t be hearing about until early 2015, unfortunately). You can enter the contest here, and the winner receive a trip to Hong Kong to meet the OnePlus team, a OnePlus One and the aforementioned power bank. Not a bad deal at all. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage of any of this.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus’s dual 8 megapixel rear cameras supposedly produced these stunning camera samples Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:57:37 +0000 Huawei-Honor-6-PlusHuawei introduced their latest smartphone, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, and it features some pretty neat features. The biggest of those features are dual cameras. Nothing innovative there, except both of the camera are on equal footing as they both sport 8 megapixel resolution. The sensors, while billed as 8 megapixels, are said to use a 1.85 “micron” pixel size, and with an onboard image processing chip they can quickly combine to take 13 megapixel stills of seemingly high quality.

Also being touted here is the fact that the Huawei Honor 6 is the world’s first smartphone with variable aperture lenses. One of the sensors use f/2.0 aperture with autofocus (which Huawei says can focus on under 0.1 seconds) while the other is a fixed focus sensor at aperture f/2.4.

Just look at a collection of Huawei’s own camera samples that were supposedly taken with the device:

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They look so good, it almost makes you wonder whether they gave these a bit of extra post-processing love. Even still, the sensor has to take the original photo and if there’s a way to get them to look like the samples shown above then that bodes well for folks who are longing for a serious camera experience on a smartphone.

Don’t let the camera’s brilliance detract from the clout the rest of the device boasts, though. The Huawei Honor 6 comes packed with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,600mAh battery. Even all of that isn’t the beefiest set of specs we’ve seen, but it should provide enough power to deliver an enjoyable time doing whatever it is you do on your smartphone.

Unfortunately it looks like this one won’t be easy to get your hands on if you’re outside of China. Huawei hasn’t announced plans for launching the device in North America or Europe, so getting one would likely require you to go through import channels. Early indication is that it’ll run you about $323 for a 3G-only model, while a 4G LTE version will be available for about $403.

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Upcoming OnePlus One update will integrate MaxxAudio enhancements for greatly improved sound Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:01:30 +0000 maxxaudio waves oneplus one cyanogenmodOnePlus has announced a new forthcoming upgrade for the global version of their flagship handset, meaning those sold everywhere except the ones sold through India-specific sales channels. The upgrade focuses on one big area of improvement that OnePlus and the CyanogenMod team felt they needed to address: audio.

They’ve teamed up with Waves to integrate MaxxAudio enhancements into the CyanogenMod AudioFX app, a suite of equalizers and tools that’ll help bring out the best of your music and movies. OnePlus says they’ve whipped up 10 preset equalizers tuned specifically for both the onboard speakers and the official JBL E1+ headphones they sell, though you’ll also have fine control over bass and treble.

So when’s it coming? January is the current window, though no specific date has been revealed just yet. The company didn’t note whether they’d look into bringing these same improvements for the Indian version of the OnePlus One, but we’ll be sure to reach out to see if they have any plans in the pipeline.

[via OnePlus]

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Nexus 5 and 6 factory images and OTA update zips available for download Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:22:49 +0000 Android 5.0 Lollipop DSC07199

After T-Mobile and Sprint both quietly announced that Android 5.0.1 was headed to the Nexus 5 today, the factory image is now (finally) available for the unlocked GSM/LTE model direct from Google.

These are essentially the necessary files to return your Nexus 5 to a purely stock state, undoing custom recovery, ROMs, or any of that stuff at the cost of losing all your data. Of course, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of starting fresh.

You can either grab the factory image from Google here, or download and manually flash the Android 5.0.1 OTA, or wait for the over-the-air update to hit your device sometime relatively soon.

Same applies for the Nexus 6 in which you can either grab the Android 5.0.1 factory image here, or download the here. Godspeed.

Thanks, @GetwAwayFromU!

[Google Developers]

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Reminder: Moto X (2nd Gen) $140-off promo codes expire at midnight, try to grab one here Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:57:36 +0000 Nova Launcher Moto X 2014 DSC07206

A contender for one of the Best Phones of 2014, the Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) is no Android device to be trifled with. Recently, as part of a holiday promotion, Motorola was handing out discount codes to anyone quick enough to sign up. As a heads up, we wanted to remind you that these promo codes — which nab you $140 off the Moto X Pure Edition — expire tonight at 11:59 Central Time.

Because a good majority of people figured they’d pick up the promo code first, and worry about getting the phone later, those that ultimately decided against it (whether they didn’t have the funds, or the Mrs wouldn’t allow it) are now posting the codes in a thread on Reddit (right here).

Should you be in the market for a shiny new, customized Moto X (2nd Gen) — which is already running the latest version of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop — you can look there. Have any promo codes of your own? Feel free to post in the comment section below! Happy holidays.

[Build a custom Moto X (2nd Gen) from Motorola]

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Sprint’s Nexus 5 is rolling out [Update: T-Mobile too] Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:05:58 +0000 Nexus 5 back 1

Users of the Sprint Nexus 5 should be on the lookout for an upgrade today as the Now Network has announced a rollout to Android 5.0.1. The phone already received its Android 5.0 Lollipop update shortly after release so owners have been enjoying the treat for quite some time, but this update fixes up some bugs that found their way through the cracks. As such you shouldn’t expect much on the surface, but feel good knowing the device is that much more stable because of it.

The software version you’re looking for is LRX22C, and you’ll likely need to be on WiFi and have a nicely charged battery to pull it down. You can head to the settings menu to check for the upgrade if the notification to download it hasn’t already come through

UPDATE: T-Mobile says the update is also hitting their version of the Nexus 5 (and Nexus 6) today as well.

[via Sprint]

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