Phandroid » Rumors Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:35:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7: a video comparison ahead of its announcement Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:42:18 +0000 Talk about the HTC One M9 at

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We haven’t even had our morning coffee yet and Mobile World Congress-related leaks are already making their way to the interwebs. The latest shows us yet another look at the controversial HTC One M9, titled such because there’s been a lot of noise and debate about its supposed design.

Some lucky gent who’s in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress got his hands on the supposed device early, and decided to put it side-by-side up against the HTC One M7 from 2013 and last year’s HTC One M8. They look quite similar, and there are no signs of the reported overhauled design that @evleaks told us to expect.

While some early leaked renders have shown a mono-colored metal unibody design, this guy has the same dual-toned finish that we saw in our leaked shots back in January (and the same one featured in the promotional poster HTC will use to advertise the thing at retailers).

There’s been mounting evidence that HTC will go with this “refresh” of a design and very little to support @evleaks’ original claim, so we’ll have to wait until they take the wraps off later today to see if this is the real deal or evidence that HTC’s finally gotten better at hiding their wares. Stay tuned as we’ll bring you all the details live from the event.

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Is Huawei making the next Nexus smartphone? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:53:23 +0000 huawei-ascend-mate2-back

It’s safe to say Google’s next Nexus smartphone won’t launch until summer at the earliest (and more likely fall, if we go off of previous year’s releases), but the rumors are already starting to swirl. The latest says not only will Google release two new Nexus handsets this year, but one will be produced by a Chinese manufacturer.

Google’s plan seems to include updating both Nexus models currently available. It’s too early whether or not to say they will retain the 5-inch and 6-inch form factors, but at the very least we should get a premium model (these early rumors say it will be produced by LG) and a more affordable option. The latter would be the device produced by a Chinese OEM, and the thinking is that OEM will be Huawei.

While we can’t put too much stock in the rumors as they sit, they make at least some sense. China continues to grow as a market for Google and Android, and it would do Google well to show some love to one of the biggest manufacturer of mobile devices in that country (and the biggest overall manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world). As for hardware specs? We won’t take any guesses at what those will look like just yet.

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In-the-wild image of Sony Xperia Z4 tablet leak along with mid-range handset Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:01:35 +0000 Xperia-Z4-Tablet1-640x480

Sony might be in the midst of spinning off its mobile business, but that doesn’t mean the company is pressing pause on bringing us new gear in 2015. After a quiet showing at CES, the company looks to have at least a couple of devices in tap for MWC, including what might be considered the official followup to the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

While last year brought us the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the company’s first full-sized offering since the Z2. It looks to feature the same sleek Sony design we have come to expect, and this includes an ultra-thin profile. We see it in-the-wild for the first time thanks to a leak presented by XperiaBlog.

Sony-Xperia-M4-Aqua2-640x320Not a flagship smartphone but still intriguing is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, another device leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress and likely on tap for the show floor. Rumored specs include a 5.2-inch 720p display, 13MP camera, Snapdragon 610 SoC, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. As the Aqua name implies, Sony’s penchant for waterproofing their devices will carry over to this mid-range smartphone.

We’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of these devices come next week. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage and more.

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Sprint teases Galaxy S6, we get our clearest official look yet Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:14 +0000 sprint-six-appeal

We’re a mere couple of days away from Samsung’s Galaxy S6 launch event, but it seems that Android fans aren’t the only ones that can’t stand the anticipation. Sprint is getting on board with the teasers and has launched a “Six Appeal” landing page utilizing a familiar side profile image of what we assume to be the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here interested Sprint users (are there any Sprint users left?) can register for updates about Samsung’s highly anticipated smartphone.

But lest you think that’s all we will get before the official launch of Samsung Galaxy S6, a second image has surfaced giving us a near full-frontal view of both the standard and Edge versions of the device. The Edge is shown with a display that curves at both sides — a feature that has been rumored but not quite confirmed in recent leaks.


Interesting to note is that in all of Samsung’s early advertising, the Edge variant of the device seems to be the one getting top billing, a different strategy than what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and and Note Edge. If the S6 Edge is the true flagship, we might wonder why Samsung didn’t simply go all-in on that model while foregoing a version with a standard display.

The image also seems to confirm the notion floating around that the Galaxy S6 Edge will not use its curved display in quite the same way as the Note Edge the preceded it. While the Note Edge had a more dramatic curve that served as a secondary display, the S6 appears to utilize a more subtle taper. There are no indications of the so-called Edge display, leaving us to believe the choice is all about design and ergonomics.

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Verizon Nexus 6 coming March 12th with Android 5.1 and Advanced Calling / VoLTE support baked in Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:39:48 +0000 Nexus_6_Back

Despite early rumors pegging today as the launch of the Nexus 6 on Verizon, the phone still hasn’t become available. But, if you read our post yesterday, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After stores just recently began receiving promo materials (scheduled to go up on March 11th), the launch date was pushed back to March 12th.

So what about that Feb 26th launch date? Well, if you needed any further proof that it’s what Verizon originally had in mind for the release date, they seem have auto-posted a Nexus 6 demo video onto their YouTube page. We’re not sure how long it’ll be up, but hopefully this will tide you over until the phone actually launches in a few more weeks.

Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Advanced Calling VoLTE

When the Nexus 6 does finally launch on Verizon, our sources tell us it will arrive with Android 5.1 which will support “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode” (Advanced Calling / VoLTE) in the device’s “Cellular network” settings. Maybe this is why the phone was delayed so many months after GSM models.

Thanks, Anon!



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Newly-leaked photos show the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge side-by-side Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:55:30 +0000 Talk about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at!


Yesterday we were treated to a blowout of leaked photos of one of the more anticipated Android devices coming this year (that, of course, being the Samsung Galaxy S6). The leakster responsible for the photos confirmed a few details we’d been hearing through the grapevine to this point, namely the lack of a microSD card slot, no removable battery and a glass-clad back.

And now its multi-sided sibling has been leaked. The same poster dished out new shots of the Samsung Galaxy S6 sitting next to the alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. If you aren’t aware, the Galaxy S6 Edge is supposed to come with a dual-edge display as opposed to a one-sided Edge display ala the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.


It’s hard to tell in the photos provided, but there does seem to be a slight curve on both sides of the display. We’re not sure if each side will be responsible for different things or if they’ll both able to show the same apps and information, but those details are sure to be revealed at Samsung’s March 1st event in Barcelona.

Something else we can take away from these new photos is the increased size of the physical home button. Samsung is rumored to be using an improved fingerprint scanner technology that’s akin to what you’d find on the iPhone. That is, you won’t have to swipe your finger as the scanner will be able to read it the moment you press it.


It makes sense, then, that the surface area of the home button has to increase in order to accurately read a fingerprint in this manner. Some may not like the home button, but if it has to stay — and get bigger — in order to provide a more blissful fingerprint scanning experience then that’s a compromise we’ll have to put up with.

[via XDA]

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Verizon Nexus 6 promo materials begin hitting retail stores, mid-March launch date tipped Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:50:14 +0000 Nexus 6 promo poster

We know many of you are excited about what Android manufacturers are set to unveil next week during Mobile World Congress, but let’s not forget about one of the best phones already available on the market: the Nexus 6.

It’s been about 3 months since the phone launched touting Verizon availability but so far not a single peep from Verizon on a specific date. A few weeks back we showed you guys a leaked image of the Nexus 6 complete with Verizon tramp stamp branding along the bottom (duh), letting us know a launch was just around the corner.

Today we received a quick picture of one of the phone’s promo materials, a poster set to be displayed in-store on March 11th. These training materials — as well as training phones which, ironically, don’t feature Verizon’s logo on the back — are also hitting stores as we speak, with Verizon said to be planning a big push complete with large window banners and signage across the store.

As for a launch date, our tipster tells us you can expect the Verizon Nexus 6 to become available the day after the signage goes up, currently scheduled for Thursday, March 12th. The phone is said to arrive with 5.0 out of the box, with a day-1 update to 5.0.1. Mark you calendars.

Thanks, anon!

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Google will reportedly introduce new Android Pay API at Google IO 2015 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:59:21 +0000 Android Pay

Google Wallet’s road to a ubiquitous mobile payments solution has been a bumpy one. This was thanks in part to carriers trying to impede its progress with their own NFC-based mobile payments system called Softcard. After reports that Softcard was bleeding money, Google swooped in, announcing a partnership that will see Google Wallet coming pre-installed on all Android devices from here on out. Not a bad deal at all.

Echoing Google’s “2 of everything” approach to their products and services, Google is now reportedly gearing up to introduce a new payments API for developers called Android Pay. The new API will be built from the ground up and will allow developers to add a mobile payments option into their app. Users will only have to add their credit/debit card information and can pay for anything within the app with only a single tap. The API will also allow for tap-to-pay transactions in retail stores using Google’s Host Card Emulation (HCE).

According to sources, that doesn’t mean Google Wallet is going anywhere. Android Pay will also support Google Wallet which will continue to exist as a separate entity. This will allow users to link their Google Wallet accounts to any apps already using Android Pay. Likewise, users and companies looking to avoid Google Wallet entirely will finally have that option with Android Pay.

It’s still not clear exactly what Google plans on doing with existing Google Wallet APIs (which allow developers to add a “Buy with Google” button in their apps) but we’re sure to learn more during this year’s Google I/O 2015 in May.


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Samsung Galaxy S6: treasure trove of alleged leaked photos show the phone from every angle [UPDATE] Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:53:26 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 leak

March 1st is closing in fast and while we await Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona — where we’ll finally get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6 — new puported images of the phone have just leaked out online. Posted onto XDA, the leaker claims the phone (underneath all that bubble wrap) is the AT&T model clearly marked “not for sale.” While he wouldn’t say who he worked for, it’s likely he got a hold of a demo unit.

Although the pictures aren’t very clear, he mentions the phone has a glass back (although maybe it’s just glossy metal?) and the images show the rounded metal edges of the phone, as well as a larger home button. A triple-sided Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is also rumored to be in the works, but in the meantime we’ll just have to keep analyzing these pics.

The uploader says more pics are incoming once he gets off work. That’s if Samsung doesn’t get to him first. We’ll keep an eye out.

UPDATE: New images provided by the original uploader, now with 99.9% less image obstructing bubble wrap! Seems legit.

Samsung Galaxy S6 leak 1

UPDATE 2: Now pictures of the top and bottom. Those are familiar looking speaker holes… Oh, only 1 slot that appears to only be for the SIM. So far it’s looking like Samsung could be going with a non-removable battery and ditching the SD card slot entirely for the Galaxy S6. Someone’s gonna be mad.

Samsung Galaxy S6 leak top bottom Samsugn Galaxy S6 leak SIM slot

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HTC PR rep suggests we have “no idea” what they’re bringing to MWC as Upleaks account returns Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:24:48 +0000 HTC One M9 leaked video 2

Through all the witch hunting and back and forth about what the HTC One M9 will look like, we haven’t heard anything from the horse’s mouth. We rarely do hear anything in these situations — most companies prefer to let the public and media bicker among themselves — but one notable HTC public relations rep made it a point to say something.

HTC One M9 leaked video 1

Jeff Gordon, a senior global communications manager for HTC, took to Twitter with the following statement:

The best parts of HTC’s March 1st launch event are the parts you have NO IDEA are coming.

And so, the questions begin: what does he mean? Is he referring to the HTC One M9 itself? If so, is he saying that neither of the designs we’ve been seeing are accurate, or is he just adding fuel to an already ugly, confusing fire?

If not, is he talking about another device? We’ve heard that they’ll be bringing a “Prime” variant of the HTC One M9 before, which is said to use a phablet form factor and house a fingerprint scanner. Or is he talking about the smart watch we’ve heard they’re working on? Or has HTC come up with something completely out of left field that no one would ever expect?

The answer to those questions are hard to get, and that’s exactly what HTC wants. For better or worse we actually have no clue what the company is bringing to Mobile World Congress, and heck — part of me wants it to stay that way so as to not spoil the surprise.

Oh, and remember when @upleaks’ Twitter account mysteriously vanished yesterday after leaking three supposed HTC One M9 product videos? It’s back. They apologized to HTC for going “overboard” and went on with their business. We’re not sure what that says about the legitimacy and accuracy of the leaks, but it’s definitely something to think about as we await the company’s big March 1st event at Mobile World Congress.

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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress with 2K display, ‘ultra fast processor’ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:23:56 +0000 Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LEAK

It was around this same time last year we got our hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony’s full-sized 10-inch tablet for 2014. Later on in the year, they formally introduced the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller sized offering with top-notch specs. For this year’s Mobile World Congress, you can expect Sony to show off the next iteration of their larger 10-inch offering with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. The tab was leaked via Sony’s own Xperia Lounge application that comes preloaded on their device line, but was quickly pulled.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leak Xperia Lounge app

The listing doesn’t reveal much in terms of hardware, only a 2K display, “the latest ultra fast processor,” and “industry leading battery performance.” Pretty much standard. It does provide a March 3rd, 2015 date. This all but guarantees we’ll be getting a closer look at this during Mobile World Congress next week. It also makes us wonder if Sony doesn’t have any other Z4 mobile devices up their sleeves (we wouldn’t mind seeing a Sony Xperia Z4 Compact with 1080p display). We can always daydream.

[Xperia Blog]

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@Upleaks Twitter account goes offline shortly after leaking HTC One M9 promo videos [WTF] Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:54:50 +0000 upleaks twitter removed

And just like that, @upleaks has mysteriously disappeared from the world of Twitter. His account — and all his tweets — were taken offline less than an hour after he posted videos of what could be the upcoming HTC One M9 (leaked image, followed by leaked promo videos).

We’re not sure exactly what happened or where he went, (or if he’s ever coming back), but we hope HTC’s hit men/lawyers aren’t going to be too rough on him. It’s entirely possible he’s just laying low for a bit, so we’ll keep an eye out.

Thanks, Alan!


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Samsung Norway takes Galaxy S6 rumors and turns them into crazy, off-the-wall concepts Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:12:55 +0000 Sasmung Is This The Next countdown

By now, we’ve all heard a lot of crazy rumors regarding #TheNextGalaxy, the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S6. Apparently Samsung Norway has been listening too, taking some of these rumors — some crazy, others not so much — and having some fun with them, transforming them into some pretty elaborate concept devices.

There’s 5 total posted on their new “Is this the next?” domain, the first dealing with front firing speakers and showing an almond shaped phone with pull out stereo speakers. The second concept quotes a rumor about durability and shows a phone with its own built-in airbag. For the third, Samsung takes 3-sided display rumors and dreams up a phone with a twisting triangular shaped design.

Samsung Norway Galaxy S6 concepts

For the larger display rumor, Samsung reaches back to their flexible AMOLED concept device shown at CES a few years back, displaying blueprints for a phone that extends into the size of a tablet. Finally, rumors of an “all-glass” Galaxy S6 are dreamed up into a phone that look like glass-blown Wii-motes, complete with little circuitry housed inside.

It’s definitely an interesting approach to the numerous rumors that leak out ahead of a phone’s launch. We’re not sure where Samsung Norway was going with this, but don’t take this as much of a confirmation of anything as it their way of saying they’re confident the real thing will blow you away. Only 4 days and 19 hours left to go. Our bodies are ready.


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Watch all 3 leaked HTC One M9 promo videos showing familiar One M8 design, new theme engine, and more [MIRROR] Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:12:49 +0000 HTC One M9 leaked video 2

After leaking promo images of the HTC One M9 earlier today, @upleaks teased that videos were also incoming to cast away any doubt as to the legitimacy of his leaks. As promised, @upleaks delivered, posting 3 separate promo videos showing the HTC One M9 carrying that all too familiar One M8 design. Oddly enough, almost as soon as they went up, he removed them as to protect his sources (Update: annnnnnnd…. they’re back again).

There are some notable differences as pointed out in the videos. Namely, the new 2-tone finish (the same one we saw in our leak many weeks ago), and the new placement of the power button, and strange button occupying the nav bar. HTC also seems to have replaced their Beats Audio software with Dolby Digital, something we doubt anyone will notice. Check out the new promo videos down below.

HTC One M9 Intro


The HTC One M9 “introduction” video — which is used for retail units while on display in demo mode — shows off some of the phone’s subtle design changes like a new 2-tone brushed aluminum finish, and a slightly protruding single lens camera. The video also briefly covers some of the new software features like themes, new Home Widget (which changes apps based on your location), BlinkFeed (which adds meal time suggestions), UltraPixel front facing camera, 20MP rear camera with new photo editing features, BoomSound with Dolby Audio surround, and HTC Connect to stream video or music to different speakers using a simple 3-finger gesture.

HTC One M9 Camera

There’s no audio in the next 2 videos, but the camera walkthrough shows off some new software enhancements coming with the new One M9. Notably, the camera has been bumped up to 20MP and features a new set of filters and overlays to customize photos. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but could come in handy for those who love posting selfies to social networks.

HTC One M9 Themes

Looks like HTC is planning to introduce an all new theme engine for the One M9. This isn’t the first time they’ve experimented with themes, you may remember this back during the early days of HTC Sense. This time, they’re allowing users to essentially create their own themes, picking from various color schemes, wallpapers, and even icons.

There’s still a lot of confusion as to what HTC is doing here. While we like some of the new software enhancements, we’re a bit underwhelmed with the recycled design. Especially after @evleaks showed us something completely different a few weeks back. Is it possible HTC went through the trouble of creating fake promo videos just to troll leakers? We wont really find out until their March 1st event in Barcelona.

UPDATE: After dropping this whirlwind of HTC One M9 leaks, out of nowhere, @upleaks has seemingly deleted his Twitter account. We’re guessing this was in an effort to possibly cover his tracks, but who knows. Weird…

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[Update] Even more renders suggest the HTC One M9 will look just like the HTC One M8 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:36:55 +0000 HTC One M9 leaked video 1

And here we are with another one, folks. Despite @evleaks’ declaration that the original HTC One M9 prototype was a decoy build, more and more shots of the prototype are finding their way into the wild, onto promotional materials and in the hands of retailers.

Another promotional render has been leaked by @upleaks, who believes this particular design is the real deal. They’re so sure, in fact, that they’ve promised to bring another piece of evidence more strong than anything else — video. They say to keep our eyes out for that tomorrow so we’ll certainly be waking up bright and early to check.

This all sounds like some sort of witch hunt by now. Who can prove what the real HTC One M9 is? And at the end of the day, you’ll have to ask yourself one more question: does it even matter?

It does for a good amount of you — we’ve heard how you’ll be passing if it looks just like last year’s HTC One M8 — but there is a sizable crowd of folks who are just as eager to buy it no matter what. Regardless of how it looks on the outside it should still be a significant enough upgrade on the inside for us to take notice, but we won’t know either way until March 1st hits.

[Update]: Things just got really interesting. The first piece of evidence backing up @evleaks’ claim of the HTC One M9 having a brand new devices comes by way of Spigen. The manufacturer recently put their HTC One M9 cases up for pre-sale, and the renders do, in fact, show the design originally leaked by @evleaks.

Oddly enough, @evleaks is claiming Spigen used his original leaked renders to whip up the mock photo you see below. At this point we don’t know who or what to believe, but what we do know is we’ve seen a lot more official renders of the supposed decoy than whatever @evleaks claims is the real deal.

htc one m9 case render


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