Phandroid » Rumors Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 29 May 2015 01:48:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Motorola might be using Snapdragon 808 and 810 in latest flagships Wed, 27 May 2015 13:32:55 +0000 Motorola Logo

Say what you want about the Snapdragon 810’s supposed overheating issues, but it seems more companies are going to use it in their 2015 flagships. One such company seems to be Motorola, with a trusted tipster leaking word that at least one of their latest devices will use the oft-maligned chipset.

That particular phone would be the XT1585, which is said to be a Verizon device with QHD resolution and 640 DPI (codenamed Kinzie). Meanwhile, the XT1578 or XT1097 — both codenamed “Clark,” with the former being Verizon-specific — will look to run a Snapdragon 808. Those will also enjoy QHD resolution (albeit it at a slightly lower DPI of 560).

There isn’t much other new information about these devices so we’re still not exactly sure what Motorola’s plans for 2015 look like. For what it’s worth Motorola has seemingly started to mask the codenames of their devices using model numbers of phones that already exist. Evidence that the leakster is hot on the trail? Perhaps, but we suppose that means little in the end — we know Motorola is going to be bringing some heat later this summer, and we hope official word about their plans isn’t far off.

[via Reddit]

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Android M could bring native support for fingerprint scanning hardware Fri, 22 May 2015 01:05:32 +0000 Android-M

Before the Nexus 6 launched, there were hints inside AOSP that suggested the phone would come equipped with a fingerprint scanner. And according to ex-Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, it would have had Apple swooped in and muddied things up.

If you’ve been doing this Android thing for awhile now, you’d know that fingerprint scanning smartphones are nothing new to Android. You can find them on Android devices dating all the way back to the original Motorola Atrix. It wasn’t until years later — no doubt thanks to the success of the iPhone 5S — Samsung followed suit with a scanner built into the Galaxy S5, albeit much more clunky than Apple’s implementation. More recently, HTC jumped on board with the HTC One M9 Plus and before that, the HTC One Max.

We said all that to say this: without a universal Android API for OEMs to tap into, all these manufacturers have to build their own solutions. That means proprietary software and the fingerprint reader only playing nice with a specific apps. With all kinds of security methods built into Android (even face detection) it’s odd that Google hasn’t addressed fingerprint scanners into Android. But that could soon change.

A new report from BuzzFeed suggests that Google will soon support native fingerprint authentication within Android, allowing users to log into apps like the Google Play Store using nothing but their fingerprint. Ars Technica was able to corroborate this story with their featured post recapping some of the thing we can expect out of this year’s Google I/O.

Also worth pointing out is how current Nexus hardware wouldn’t be able to support the necessary software APIs with a lack of fingerprint scanning hardware. If these new APIs are confirmed in a few more days, it could mean this year’s Nexus device will come equipped with a fingerprint reader. How else would Google test their new software?

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A 7-inch mid-range HTC tablet has been spotted at an online export database Thu, 21 May 2015 16:58:02 +0000 HTC logo angled

HTC has taken their time to reenter the tablet market (not counting the Nexus 9, of course), but recent murmurings have suggested the company would look to test the waters of the mid-range sector of the still-iffy product category. And now we have our first indication that those rumors were true.

A mid-range 7-inch HTC tablet has been spotted at online import/export database Zauba. The database surprisingly lists a few detailed specs, such as the fact that it has 16GB of internal storage and sports a 1.2GHz quad-core chipset. It will also support dual-SIM cellular connectivity and has 1GB of RAM inside.

Those aren’t the makings of an iPad or Galaxy Tab killer, but if HTC can get this thing onto the market at a respectable price point (around $200 is our guess) then they might have something compelling on their hands. Of course, the company has more important things to worry about in the meantime so we’ll have to see if this device ever sees the light of day.

[via PhoneArena]

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Samsung chief JK Shin flat-out denies Galaxy Note 5 will get a July announcement Wed, 20 May 2015 14:18:55 +0000 jk shin samsung mobile

Earlier this week, a rumor suggested Samsung would look to challenge the iPhone 6S by bringing the Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s launch a lot sooner than we’re expecting. The rumor suggested a July revelation instead of Samsung taking to their , usual stage at IFA Berlin in September.

And those rumors are now rubbish. The company’s top dog of mobile himself JK Shin came out to put an end to the notion, suggesting that it’s completely false. It’s possible he’s trying to throw us off the trail, though in our experience a company doesn’t typically flat-out deny a rumor unless it is, in fact, false.

You might expect a look of disappointment on the face of those who can’t wait for the next generation of the Galaxy Note series, but most folks should be happy.

A September launch would mean they didn’t have to rush or cut any corners for the sake of helping their profits soar, which in turn will make for the quality smartphone we’re expecting the company to show off whenever the time for its coming out party arrives. In the meantime, the company will continue to let the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge shine in their own light (especially since it didn’t take long at all for them to reach 10 million units sold).

[via WhoWired]

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Moto G 3rd Gen makes brief appearance on retailer’s website Fri, 15 May 2015 21:22:49 +0000 moto-g-white-front

There’s little doubt Motorola will follow up their widely successful mid-range Moto G (2nd Gen) with a followup this year. Moto CEO Rick Osterloh practically said as much in a tweet last month where he reiterated the company’s rough yearly release cycle. With the Moto G 2nd Gen’s first birthday just a few months away, it’s no surprise that we’d start seeing the first few “leaks” make their way online, no matter how small.

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen 2015

Sure enough, a listing for a the Moto G 3rd Gen popped up on Indian retailer Flipkart’s website although not many details were given. It did, however, reveal a possible model number — AP3560AD1K8 — something you might want to keep a look out for in the future. While it’s possible Flipkart was merely trying to get a head start on Moto G 2015 SEO, the post was immediately taken down after it was discovered.

More than anything, we’re just curious to see how Motorola will improve on the 3rd generation Moto G. The phone already offers a tremendous combination of solid hardware and great performance for an affordable price. If Motorola can finally at 4G LTE, we could see the device become a break out hit in the prepaid market.


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Samsung spills the beans on the Galaxy S6 Active on their own website Fri, 15 May 2015 13:24:26 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Active black white

When we first let loose word on the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, more information rolled through like an avalanche. And now even Samsung can’t resist leaking their own plans.

The company’s website for Samsung Plus — their advanced support, rewards and warranty program — is now showing support for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. There isn’t any meaningful information tied to the listing except for the fact that it rewards you the same amount of points as if you were to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Curiously enough, the site lists the S6 Active’s release date as April 10th, which we know was the release date for the original models. It seems like an honest mistake by whoever mans these pages within Samsung’s ranks, but for better or worse we know that there’s a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active on the horizon. Let’s hope it won’t take too long for the official details to come to light.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active appears in leaked press renders, black and white camo options shown Wed, 13 May 2015 20:59:27 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Active black white

Yesterday photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active were leaked out onto the webs. The photos were fairly good quality and gave us a good idea of what the device looks like in the wild. If those were still a little too grainy for you, famed tipster @evleaks is now showing off the device in a pair of leaked press renders.

There’s no question the phone certainly looks rugged enough and in attempt to attract more outdoorsy types, features a camouflage paint job in both black (blue-ish), and white (with silver accents). We have to admit, we kinda liked yesterday’s all black model a little better than these, but to each his own. No word if AT&T will throw in a free can of Monster energy drink every device sold.

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LG G Pad X 8.3 is a sleek new tablet headed for Verizon [LEAK] Wed, 13 May 2015 14:41:46 +0000 lg g pad x

Verizon is getting themselves a new tablet from their South Korean friends known as LG. This is the LG G Pad X as leaked by Evan Blass, the retired holder of the famed @evleaks Twitter account. We first heard word of the tablet yesterday, though the gracious leakster didn’t have a render to offer up at that time.

Not much is known about the tablet at this time, though Blass did earlier mention that the tablet would have an “8.3” moniker attached to it, which no doubt refers to its screen size in inches. We can also see  stylings of Android 5.0 Lollipop throughout the render’s user interface.

We can also see there will be both rear and front-facing cameras, as well as rear-facing stereo speakers. Oh, and two nice Verizon logos do well to remind you which carrier this device is for. The device appears to have some sort of brushed metal finish on its rear, though it’s possible this could just be some other type of material with a brushed metal look.

One last thing of note: the widget on the home-screen of the LG G Pad X curiously shows May 28th, which is a Thursday. Is that the day Verizon will look to make this thing available? Could be, though it’s been a long time since a company has released a device on the date shown on its calendar. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

[via @evleaks]

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active pictured in the wild Tue, 12 May 2015 21:54:06 +0000 gsmarena_001

We’ve been following rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active ever since we dreamt up the device back when the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were first announced. We’ve seen hints and tips of the device for weeks now, with the latest details provided to us only earlier today. Even though we weren’t allowed to publish images, it didn’t take long for the device to finally pop up online courtesy of GSMArena. We can confirm, this is the same Galaxy S6 Active (SM-G890A) design we saw from our own tipster.

The design is definitely super rugged, with physical buttons on the front and thick plastic on the back. You’ll notice the speaker has been moved from the bottom (where it was on the Galaxy S6) to the back, and the camera no longer protrudes. This could have something to do with the device’s reported 3,500mAh battery requiring a little extra space.

Other specs supposedly fall in line with current Galaxy S6 models, with a 5.1 QHD display, 16MP shooter, and heart rate sensor on the back. Still up in the air is the fingerprint sensor, which may have been ditched in favor of more ruggedness. The only thing left now is for AT&T and Samsung to make this thing official.


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Sony Xperia Z4 reportedly headed to Verizon, LG G Pad X 8.3 and HTC Desire 562 too Tue, 12 May 2015 20:24:32 +0000 xperia z4 side-by-side

Every once in awhile, former tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) comes out of retirement to drop some leaks on us. Even if that gorgeous HTC One M9 render never came to fruition (we can dream), Blass is back with some info on a handful of Android devices that could be headed to Verizon later this year.

Now, the Sony Xperia Z4 had a quiet launch in Japan a few weeks back and even if it wasn’t the complete redesign we were hoping for (and what Sony desperately needs), that doesn’t mean the phone doesn’t offer a solid combination of hardware and utility. Here’s the quick specs sheet:

Sony Xperia Z4

  • 5.2-inch 1920 × 1080 display
  • Snapdragon 810 chipset (64-bit)
  • 20.7MP Exmor RS camera with 4K video recording
  • 5.1-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam
  • 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage w/ microSD slot
  • 2930mAh battery
  • 146 x 72 x 6.9mm, 144g
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

According to @evleaks, the Sony Xperia Z4 will launch on Verizon at some point in the future and although there have been rumors of an even higher-end “ Sony Xperia Z3 Neo,” there’s no reason to believe this tip refers to that. The Z4 is also said to be joined by the LG G Pad X 8.3, HTC Desire 562, and the Apple iPad Mini 4th Gen. No dates have been announced at this time.


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Is the Samsung Zenzero the Galaxy S6 Active we’ve all been waiting for? [RUMOR] Tue, 12 May 2015 17:46:55 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09327

There is a vocal collective of folks out there refusing to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge because it isn’t waterproof. But what about an “Active” variant? We’re all patiently waiting and hoping for Samsung to announce it, and we may have just gotten our first indication that it’s being readied.

A trusted source of ours revealed that a “Samsung Zenzero” device has been spotted in the visitor logs of a wide-known Android app. The details on the device are scarce, though the hit did reveal that it was running Android 5.1, has a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440, and a pixel density of 560. That would figure to be around 5.2 inches of display if our math is right, which is not quite large enough to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that’s been spotted as the Samsung “Zen” in separate leaks.

samsung zenzero infoAnother interesting fact to consider is that the device has “zero” in its codename. If you don’t remember, Samsung’s plans to revamp the design and build of their smartphones starting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 was internally referred to as “Project Zero.” Could be a mere coincidence, though it could be evidence of a new variant of the original “Project Zero” device hiding in plain sight.

The timing is also interesting considering we have recently seen supposedly official renders of an AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from a separate trustworthy source. The device we were shown looks like your typical rugged Samsung smartphone, complete with bolts on the rear and physical navigation buttons. Our source also tells us it’s a bit underwhelming to be a Galaxy S6 variant, noting that it’s more like an improved Samsung Galaxy S5.

It’s not out of the question to suggest Samsung is quietly working to introduce this thing in the near future, and it’s not strange that we haven’t heard anything official about it. Samsung has kept quiet on plans to make “Active” variants of previous models up until weeks before availability, so there’s no reason to believe they aren’t going to do the same thing this time around.

That’s the extent of our knowledge for now, but we’ll certainly be digging for more. Let us know if you’ve been holding out on buying the Samsung Galaxy S6 in hopes that Samsung is working on something that can take a beating or two.

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Alleged model numbers of 3 mysterious Motorola devices spotted with 2K displays Mon, 11 May 2015 23:13:40 +0000 Moto X 2014 black DSC07129

As we inch ever closer to the Motorola Moto X 2014’s year anniversary, it only makes new info surrounding the expected followup would begin leaking out onto the webs. While we’re not entirely sure if this qualifies as a leak, it’s piqued our curiosity. Especially after rumors of a 3rd generation Moto X camera were allegedly leaked earlier today.

Over the weekend, a Reddit user posted the model numbers of a few reported Motorola devices, one (or all) of which could be the 3rd generation Moto X. He apparently discovered them in his “analytics system” (we’re guessing it’s something similar to Android’s developer console) going by the model numbers XT1578, XT1585, and XT192A. All of the devices originated in or near the Chicago area (where Motorola’s HQ is located), all reportedly pack 2K Quad HD displays, all are running Android 5.1, and all are all headed to Verizon Wireless.

While it’s easy to assume these could be another trio of next-gen Motorola devices for 2015 — the Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X — it’s the Quad HD displays that are throwing us off. We’re not sure what Motorola is planning, or even if this leak is legit (the Reddit users created a throwaway account to post the above info), but it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of these model numbers as the months progress.


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HTC could be planning to infuse Blinkfeed with advertisements and sponsored apps Mon, 11 May 2015 15:09:12 +0000 htc-one-m9-blinkfeed

While HTC Blinkfeed is one of the better home-screen newsfeeds on an Android device, it could be getting an update that would stand to annoy the heck out of many-a user. Upleaks has reason to believe HTC is readying a Blinkfeed update that will look to monetize the social feed.

It’ll do so by placing advertisements in the form of sponsored apps and deals on HTC or HTC-related products. It’s not unlike what you might see on Twitter or Facebook when leisurely scrolling through your friends’ latest musings.

htc blinkfeed ads

If the mockup Upleaks posted is accurate it may not be too much of a hindrance as you can simply scroll right past any advertisement you don’t fancy, though we’d be sad to see nearly half of the display dominated by cash grabs before seeing our first piece of news, social content or weather and appointments.

This type of advertisement would be fine if HTC Blinkfeed were a standalone app that could be installed on non-HTC devices, but we’re not sure those who paid $600+ for an HTC phone would appreciate ads being shoved in their face. Sure, it’s just as easy to disable Blinkfeed as it is to disable anything on a typical Android phone, but if you have to sacrifice a useful feature to dodge this sort of annoyance then there’s a definite problem.

It’s worth noting that HTC is still only in the “planning” stages (if this is even true), so there’s a chance they may not even go through with it. We’re not sure if community uproar could be enough to get them to reconsider, but you’d better start yelling now if you want to make sure this sort of thing never sees the light of day.

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3rd gen Moto X could have a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and 4K video Mon, 11 May 2015 14:28:16 +0000 Motorola a Lenovo company DSC07719

Motorola will almost certainly introduce a new Moto X this year, though it may be a bit on the early side to start thinking about what, exactly, they’ll look to do. Some early information could have given us a hint as to Motorola’s plans for its camera, though.

According to information received by STJS, the 3rd generation Moto X will be equipped with a 16 megapixel camera, and that we’ll see the return of Motorola’s ClearPixel technology which uses an RGBC pixel filter to make for a sensor that performs better in low light. The camera will also supposedly come with optical image stabilization, a feature which the 2014 Moto X can’t boast.

Other features include the ability to record at a resolution of 4K (though you’re limited to 30 frames per second) and 120 frames per second (which limits you to 1080p). There’s also the option of recording at 240 frames per second if you can stand to keep your video resolution at a mere 720p. All of that sounds like the makings of a great camera and we’re hoping Motorola can make it more of a standout feature of this year’s flagship instead of the afterthought that it was in years prior.

[via PhoneArena]

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This is the 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 [LEAK] Mon, 11 May 2015 12:20:17 +0000 samsung-galaxy-tab-s2-leak

Samsung has a new tablet on the horizon, though we wouldn’t expect anything less from the world’s leading Android manufacturer. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which stands to be the direct sequel to yesteryear’s flagship slate. As such, we’d expect the device to have top-line specs.

Unfortunately we don’t have much of an idea of what will be under the hood at this point, as @onleaks only provides a screen size of 9.7 inches, a width of somewhere between 5.5 and 5.9 inches, and a rather dull render.

He did note that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2’s design was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S6, but we were already expecting as much. The device is sure to be prepped for a summer launch as its predecessor was so it shouldn’t be long before more details come to light.

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