Phandroid » Rumors Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:27:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brazilian retailer lists leather option for Moto X+1, outs Moto G2 specs too Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:19:55 +0000 Lavaria Logos Bookstore Moto X Plus 1 G2 listings

While a Brazilian retailer may not sound like the most reliable source to grab information from, previous “leaks” have for the most part proven true. Today, the Livaria Logos Bookstore — the same retailers that “leaked” the Motorola Moto E a few days early– is back again, showing off new listings for a few upcoming Motorola devices: the Moto X+1 and a new device, the “Moto Titan.”

Outside of some bare bones placeholders allowing customers to pre-order the devices, there’s really not much here. What’s interesting is the retailers has separate listings for the Moto X+1 (model number XT1097) in black, bamboo and even leather — a new option we’ve seen in previous leaks. There’s also a listing for a Motorola Titan (model number XT1069), a codename we’ve seen in reference to the Motorola Moto G2. Here’s what is listed for each device’s specs:

Motorola Moto X+1 (XT1097)

  • Screen: 5.2-inches HD
  • Android: 4.4.4
  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB

Motorola Moto G2 (XT1069)

  • Screen: 5-inches HD
  • Android: 4.4.4
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Camera: 8 MP
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB

Again, nothing too surprising here and for the most part lines up with the handful of leaks we’ve seen in month’s past. I guess the real question is if the world is ready for a leather bound smartphone — are you?

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Rumor: DROID Turbo for Verizon loaded with Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM, 2560 x 1440 and more Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:01:49 +0000 Droid Eye

Verizon’s DROID lineup of phones have a long history, and maintain the honor of being one of the first highly marketed devices that helped accelerate Android to new heights. There’s no secret that the line fell by the wayside at one point, but Motorola introduced a stellar lineup last year to help revive it. It looks like things could get even better.

According to information received by Android Authority, this would be called the Motorola DROID Turbo and could be loaded with the following specs:

  • 2.65GHz Snapdragon 805
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 1440 x 2560 resolution (640 DPI, which would be around 4.6 inches)
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 20 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera

The device, with the model number XT1254, was spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database not too long ago. Even with that shred of evidence that it may be real we’d suggest taking the rumor with a grain of salt. Motorola wasn’t all that interested in trying to push the specs race with last year’s models, however there’s nothing stopping them from changing course and deciding to drop an absolute beast of a phone that even Samsung would be proud of.

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any information in regards to the device’s release date, but considering we’re coming close to a year since last year’s DROID lineup launched we’d say it might not be long until we see Verizon looking to push the sequel. All we can do is hope for more information as we head straight into the fall.

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@evleaks back for one last leak, posts Moto X+1 press renders for old times’ sake Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:54:09 +0000 Moto X1 evleaks

There it is, folks. In all its glory. With the official unveiling no more than 2 short weeks away, it appears @evleaks may have gotten his hands on a few unofficially official press renders of the device. If there was any doubt, the Verizon branding on the back seems to confirm one of the places the device will be headed, although we’ll keep our fingers crossed they wont have too long of an exclusive (if any at all).

The renders confirm what we’ve seen leaked in the past, showing Motorola’s familiar front facing speaker set up and what appears to be 2 LEDs around the camera. The black model looks pretty standard, with the white variant showing what appears to be an aluminum frame and bamboo wood backing. We’re not sure if this will come standard on white models, but we wont have much longer to find out. Motorola’s official press event is currently scheduled for Thursday, Sept 4th.

Phandroid will be reporting live from the event, so mark your calendars.

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Galaxy Note 4 camera details leak: 16 megapixel sensor, “Side Touch” shutter button and more Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:28:16 +0000 note 4 side touch

Can you feel that? That’s the cool breeze of more Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details flowing in ahead of Samsung’s official September 3rd announcement. This time we get more key details on the device’s camera sensor, which is said to be a 16 megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization and 4K video recording.

Perhaps the most interesting detail is the “side touch” shutter button that Samsung is reportedly testing. Instead of a physical button that you would use to capture a photo (much like an actual digital camera), the side touch button is capacitive and doesn’t require any tactile feedback. Unfortunately this would eliminate the ability to half-press the button to get focusing just right, but it’s better than not having a shutter button at all. The source notes that you won’t be able to use the button in Easy Mode, Portrait Mode, or video capture.

Samsung also reportedly put a lot of time into selfies this year, what with that fad now slowing down and all. Three new modes alone are dedicated to selfies alone, including Selfie, Wide Selfie and Selfie Alarm. The first mode is your typical selfie, except you’ll be able to wink or smile in order to initiate the capture sequence. Wide Selfie simply widens the perspective to allow you to fit more people in. Finally, Selfie Alarm allows you to take a selfie with the rear camera — it’ll automatically take the photo for you once it has properly detected and on your face and focused in on it.

Another new mode — Create a GIF File — will let you take a sequence of photos and produce an animated GIF file ready to upload to your favorite social networks. Pretty neat stuff. Of course, all of Samsung’s other goods (such as HDR Live and Selective Focus) are expected to make their return here.

All of it sounds great, but we won’t know just how cool it is until we get a taste of our own. That’ll be happening once we make the trip to New York City in a couple of weeks to get up close and personal with what should be the biggest phone of this side of 2014.

[via SamMobile]

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Dear Verizon: your first app store sucked, please don’t try and open another one Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:12 +0000 verizon_logo

Verizon has had their extremely fair share of bad ideas throughout the years, and you can brace yourselves for another. According to a report by The Information, Verizon and a coalition of other global carriers are considering launching their own Android app store to rival Google Play. The move, should they actually go through with it, is apparently inspired by recent changes to Google’s revenue sharing policy that reportedly cut the percentage for carriers.

We imagine the app store wouldn’t offer much incentive to users to go there instead of heading over to good old Google Play, though Verizon’s reportedly cooking up their own data organizing efforts to be able to offer targeted app recommendations that make sense for each individual. It would take a lot for developers to consider making Verizon’s app store a primary target over primary sources such as Google Play. We imagine Verizon would look to use increased profits for developers and other enticing deals to win them over.

For the user, this creates a major headache and unneeded confusion. What are the benefits of downloading an app from this new store over Google Play if they can be had from both sources? Unless Verizon and their supposed partners use exclusive deals to keep apps out of Google Play’s keeps (which probably wouldn’t be in the best long-term interest of the developer) there doesn’t seem to be any real benefit.

Of course, they could always go the Amazon route and offer free apps like candy to a kid on Halloween, but even that hasn’t been all that sweet. Apps in Amazon’s Appstore aren’t often updated as quickly as their Google Play counterparts. In fact, some apps don’t see updates at all — developers simply forget about them. Why? Because they have an obligation to keep the much larger pool of consumers happy.

Another grave possibility is that Verizon and these carrier partners could block Google Play altogether and force owners of their smartphone to get apps from this new mega-store. It would be a very bold move to gain control over a growing ecosystem that generates billions of dollars per year. Of course, Verizon and those OEMs would lose out on the ability to offer apps like Google Now and Google Search, Gmail, and all sorts of other goodies you can only get by having Google Play.

In that event, Verizon has to tread very carefully — I don’t know about the majority of other smartphone users out there, but I know I would sooner leave my carrier for committing to such a move before simply accepting that I won’t have access to these value-packed apps and services. I know I can’t be the only one who feels the same way, and it could have a much more negative impact over their subscriber base in the long-term. You have to wonder if stepping on Google’s toes is even worth the bit of revenue they’d gain by taking this approach.

So Verizon — please — reconsider. Your first attempt at an app store didn’t work. People have already voiced loud and clear that they much prefer Google’s official offering, which is what compelled you to close your app store in the first place. What makes you think people will feel differently this time around? How much money could you possibly lose from Google cutting your share of revenue when you’re steadily turning in record breaking quarters? Save us all the trouble and headache and just embrace Google Play for what it is: the driving force behind many of the most popular smartphones you sell.

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Galaxy Note 4 said to come with “ultrasonic cover” to help the visually impaired Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:15:28 +0000 samsung galaxy note 4 4

As we do with each passing iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note, we expect Samsung to go all out with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in terms of specs and unique features. Rumors are already telling us to expect ridiculousness such as 4GB of RAM and 4K video recording, and now you can add another one to the list.

According to info received by SamMobile, Samsung is planning to introduce an “ultrasonic cover” that can help visually impaired people make their way around. The ultrasonic sensor will send waves out in front of the user for purposes of identifying objects ahead of them. It could detect a wall or a pole and help you avoid it, for instance.

We’re not sure how accurate the technology is, but Samsung’s nowhere near confident enough to suggest you ditch a good ol’ cane or a seeing-eye dog. Here’s a quick alleged excerpt from the Note 4′s user guide about the thing:

The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This Product is a non-medical device.

It cannot replace a cane and should never be used as a mobility aid or substitute for any mobility aid tool. It must always be used in combination with a cane, a dog guide, or a human guide because, by itself, it does not provide information necessary for safe travel.

The manual goes on to detail some of the pitfalls, including the accessory’s field of vision narrowing the further you set the sensor’s distance (you can set it to detect stuff from a short, medium or long distance). They also warn of objects dropping off at certain angles and distances, meaning it might miss an upcoming object if it’s not positioned or angled the right way.

It certainly doesn’t sound safe enough to be used alone, but it could be a pretty nice companion to your typical medical solutions. The feeling is that Samsung will look to introduce this thing alongside the Note 4 at their upcoming Unpacked event on September 3rd, so we’ll have to wait to see it for ourselves before passing final judgment.

Would this accessory help you or someone you know in their day-to-day life? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if that alone would move you to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 over any other phone this year!

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Rumor: ‘YouTube Music Key’ is Google’s upcoming $10 a month subscription music video service, will include Play Music All Access Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:17:48 +0000 YouTube Music Key screenshots

We’ve heard talk of Google launching a YouTube-based subscription service since last year, but today it looks like we could finally be getting a little closer to an actual launch.

According to a new report, Google will soon launch their music streaming service under the brand “YouTube  Music Key.” Music Key will not only allow users to download music videos to their devices for ad-free offline playback, but enable background audio and audio while a device is sleeping. Although YouTube Music Key will require a $10 a month subscription (after an initial 30-day free trial), it actually comes free with a subscription to Google Play Music All Access (which will soon find itself rebranded as Google Play Music Key).

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In addition to regular music videos found on YouTube, Music Key will also put a big focus on content like covers, remixes, and live concert material — all the good stuff YouTube is known for. We’re guessing YouTube’s newly launched Music Vault channel will help with that.

It’s still unclear exactly when Google plans to launch the new YouTube option, but we have a feeling things are getting close. While we think it sounds like a 1-2 punch for music fans, we’re not sure how consumers will take to prospect of all-you-can-eat music and videos. Google Play Music All Access already offered a tremendous value in of itself, but failed to catch on against rivals like Spotify or Rdio. Will YouTube music videos be the key to unlocking consumers’ wallets?

[Android Police]

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Rumor: LG bringing OLED-equipped G Watch sequel to IFA Berlin Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:09:55 +0000 LG G Watch Android Wear DSC06104

It’s only been a short couple of months since LG launched their G Watch Android Wear smart watch, but a very interesting rumor from Korea Times suggests they’re already looking to introduce a follow-up. According to them, LG is crafting a smart watch with an OLED display manufactured by their display wing. It’ll be running Android Wear and uses a Qualcomm processor if the rumors are to be believed, though that’s all Korea Times was able to indulge about the follow-up.

So how soon could we see it? Their report suggests LG will bring it with them to IFA next month, though the company reportedly has yet to decide whether to show it to the public or just keep it behind closed doors for showing to potential clients in the retail and wireless sectors.

It’d be a pretty big blow to anyone who decided to hop onto LG’s train when the original G Watch first landed. Such is the life of an early adopter, unfortunately. We saw much of the same with Samsung’s Gear lineup, though Samsung admitted that the original Gear was more of an opportunity to “test the waters.” LG didn’t say any such thing about the G Watch. We wouldn’t recommend selling your LG G Watch in anticipation of a follow-up on the off-chance that this rumor turns out to be true, but you should certainly keep your eyes focused squarely on IFA for possible further developments.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact leaked in user manual Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:56:41 +0000 sony xperia z3 tablet compact leak

Looks like Sony could be prepping a new size-conscious tablet. A recently published user manual for Sony’s BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker makes mention of a “Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” in the list of devices it’s compatible with. Funny, that, considering we haven’t even heard anything about a regular Z3 Tablet. The document also doesn’t make mention of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 that we expect to see announced at IFA 2014 in a few weeks.

Unfortunately this leak doesn’t reveal any useful or meaningful information, though history suggests the device could be just as powerful as any Sony flagship can be. Sony is one of the few companies whose “mini” offerings are about as powerful as the full-sized options, so the Xperia Z3 Tablet’s “compact” designation doesn’t rule out the possibility of a powerful tablet. Beyond a previous rumor that Sony is working on an 8-inch tablet, we don’t have much of a starting point to go on as far as specs go.

All should be revealed in a few weeks, though, and you can bet we’ll be on top of all the latest developments and announcements as they come in. Let us know if you’d consider a smaller tablet from Sony as your next tablet should they bring the thing to IFA at their September 3rd event.

[via Techtastic]

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Alleged Motorola Moto S protective film and specs leaked, could be a phablet bound for Verizon Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:28:35 +0000 moto-s-screen-protector

After a series of more questionable leaks (remember the sandwich bag?), our friend from TKTechNews may have landed himself the Moby Dick of leaks. We’ve heard rumors of a Motorola-made Nexus 6 phablet launching later this year packing super high-end specs and running under the codename “Shamu,” no doubt a play on words given the device’s larger screen size.

More recently, a leaked benchmark may have confirmed this whale of a device’s specs, touting a Snapdragon 805 processor, 2560 x 1440 resolution display, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera. Pretty much all the things that make an Android fanboy’s heart go pitter-patter. The only oddity was the reported 5.2-inch display which didn’t line up with previous rumors, but we’re sure had something to do with it running on a prototype device of some sort.

Today, TKTechNews comes out of left field with a few leaked images of a what could be a Motorola phablet headed to Verizon. Pictured above is the protective film taken from a “Motorola Moto S” showing cutouts for speakers not unlike the recently leaked Motorola Moto X+1.  But that’s not all, TK also managed to grab a few alleged images of the Moto S’s hardware info as reported by the device. Although blocked out to protect the original leaker’s identity, TK ran the device’s ESN/IMEI and found that it is indeed a Verizon device, although of unknown origin.

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TK is promising to follow up these leaks with images of the back of the device, so we’ll be checking back with him to see what he turns up. What do you guys think? Would any of you be interested in a Moto S phablet on Verizon?


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Sony SmartWatch 3 said to be headed to IFA Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:34:29 +0000 Sony-SmartWatch

IFA seems like a choice launching platform for many top manufacturers, though not many are bigger than Sony. This historically is their mobile playground, and it’s where they come to show off some of their most exciting second half endeavors. So what are we expecting this year? The Xperia Z3 might not be a bad place to start, but new rumors are suggesting it’ll be joined by other products.

According to Digi-wo, Sony is preparing to reveal the third iteration of their SmartWatch lineup. Simply referred to as SmartWatch 3, we’re expecting the device to use Sony’s custom-built platform based on Android. That’s not much of a surprise considering Sony has already expressed wishes to trek on with their own solution than to fall in with the guys from ASUS, Samsung LG and Motorola.

We’re not sure what sort of evolution we can expect in terms of software, but the watch is expected to be waterproof and dust proof, and could come with wireless charging contacts. Sony will also go with their traditional squared design, though that’s something we’ve always expected. We’re going to have to wait until IFA or for more choice leaks to make their way to the forefront before we learn much more.

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ASUS launching first Android Wear smart watch at IFA Berlin? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:53:05 +0000 asus-fonepad-10

ASUS was listed as one of the first Android Wear manufacturers back when Google revealed the new wearables / smart watch platform, but we’ve only heard of offerings from LG, Samsung and Motorola thus far. New rumors suggest they could be ready to reveal the goods, though.

The Taiwanese company is said to be making the trip to Berlin for IFA this year, and they may have their very own Android Wear smart watch in tow. We haven’t a clue what to expect from them in this arena, though their product was good enough to impress the execs at Google. ASUS has made a great name for themselves in the Android space thanks to their history of powerful, feature-filled tablets (including the couple they’ve made for Google’s own Nexus line).

For pricing, ASUS has made a reputation to be cost effective wherever and whenever they can, so we can at least expect them to match the $200-220 range, if not undercut them by a significant amount. Truth be told, though, we’re probably getting a bit ahead of ourselves — we’re just ready to see the thing in living color. September 5th is the day IFA officially kicks off so we’ll see if they have anything of noteworthy mention to show once that date arrives.

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Retailer leaks Galaxy Note 4 specs: 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805, 4K video and more Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:56:39 +0000 samsung galaxy note 4 2

While it won’t be terribly long before Samsung lets us in on their little Samsung Galaxy Note 4 secret, we’re eager to find out what’s in store for their second half flagship ahead of its September 3rd revelation. One reputable Indonesian retailer — Erafone — may have jumped the gun a bit and posted all the juicy details before Samsung could even get a chance to get the teasers rolling.

According to them, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be boasting the following list of specs once it finally emerges from the shadows:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or octa-core Exynos with four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores (depending on model and region, we imagine)
  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • 4GB of RAm
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage w/ microSD up to 128GB
  • 16 megapixel camera with 4K video recording, optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash
  • microUSB 3.0 with MHL 2.0 video out
  • Dual-band WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.4.3 KitKat

Unfortunately the listing doesn’t go into massive detail about any extra bells and whistles or software features, but it’s nice to get a good idea of the framework of this device before Samsung’s ready to let it be known for themselves. Speaking of framework, an earlier leak gave us a potential first look at the device itself.

It appears to be using a bit of metal in its chassis, though there’s a strong possibility that the device we saw is an early prototype and there’s a chance it may look different. Funny, that, as it technically wouldn’t be the first device in Samsung’s new metal-filled design strategy for their Galaxy lineup — the Samsung Galaxy Alpha snuck in for that honor just yesterday.

There’s always a chance these specs could be false, of course, but it’s not out of the ordinary for a retailer to have such early access to device information (considering they have to prepare to sell it to us, and all). Still, approach this with a grain of salt until we can get Samsung to fork over the details themselves. Let us know how you feel about these specs — a worthy upgrade over the Note 3 or is Samsung’s magic beginning to wear out?

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leaks with 6-inch display Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:49:17 +0000 galaxy mega 2

Samsung’s understandably uncomfortable with pushing the “phablet” limit on their Samsung Galaxy Note line, but they aren’t afraid to do so with the Mega. While the original large phones weren’t widely available or positioned for the high-end market, they still provided moderately priced options for those who prefer gigantic displays.

New rumors say a follow-up device is in order. The device has leaked in full glory, with new photos giving us a clear look at its back, front and side. The device is typical Samsung and there aren’t really any surprises on the outside for you to get riled up over. As for the hard specs, here’s what we’re expecting the device to sport:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 5.98-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 13 megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

As we expected, it won’t make the cows come home but it certainly should help get you through a long day if you’re in need of a smartphone. Unfortunately there aren’t any hard details on things like a release date or where we expect to see it launched, but we’re sure that sort of info will be provided by Samsung whenever they get around to it. In the meantime, they have bigger (figuratively, not literally) fish to free.

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Alleged Nexus 6 “Shamu” specs leak: Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera and more Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:16:03 +0000 Nexus-Shamu

According to the rumor mill, Google and Motorola are said to be bringing out a new device codenamed “Shamu” that will eventually make its way to the market as the Nexus 6. We haven’t known much about it up to this point, but a new benchmark leak could shed some light on what to expect out of the device. Let’s not waste any time with what you’re here for:

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset @ 2.6GHz w/ Adreno 420 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM and an odd 24GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS

We’re not sure how accurate this benchmark is. The storage is particularly peculiar as we don’t often see a phone in configurations outside of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The existence of 24GB could indicate a device with 16GB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card, but we can’t say for sure.

Another point of contention is that the original rumor told tales of a 5.9 inch display, which is a far cry from the 5.2 inch panel listed above. Perhaps it’s just circumstances of it being a prototype device that is most likely nowhere near final specification.

We sure wouldn’t mind seeing a device like this come to market if it all does turn out to be true, but with this thing still firmly planted in the “rumor” space we’re not going to get our hopes up too high.

[GFXBench, Antutu via PhoneArena]

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