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  1. hitminion

    Galaxy S2 Problem

    Hello Nsane, So I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and I am having this frustrating problem. It's like this, my android is on the table and i press the Home Button to check for any notifications and I realize it's off so I Long Press the Power Button to turn it on nothing happens. The only way to turn it on is by removing the battery and putting it back again and then Long Pressing the Power Button will turn my S2 on. I honestly don't know what is causing this, if it is a hardware or a software problem. It's very annoying because sometime awaiting for an important call while your android is dead can have serious results. Model Number: GT-I9100G Android Version: 4.1.2 Baseband Version: I9100GXXLSP Kernel Version: 3.0.31-893450 [email protected] #2 Build Number: JZO54K.I9100GXXLSR Thank you.
  2. With the advent of mobile payments and more and more users storing sensitive information on their smartphones, security is becoming a greater concern. That is why the following story is so harrowing: a man’s son was able to reset his Android phone’s password, and all he needed was access to his phone. The following exploit doesn’t require any knowledge of a user’s Google account; all you would need is access to the person’s phone. A Reddit user recounts the process in detail: “I just discovered what seems to me a massive security loophole. Please someone tell me if the following makes any sense. My son was playing on my phone (Galaxy S3). He tried to purchase in app items on Subway Surfer but didn’t know the password. So, he followed the following steps to reset my password from my phone without having to enter any information about the account: Starting from the screen after you click “buy,” 1. Click the question mark next to the password box when asked to confirm password for a purchase.2. Click “forgot password.”3. Click “I don’t know.”4. Leave the selection on the page at “Confirm password reset on my Android Samsung SCH-I535 phone.”5. Click “Yes”6. Click “Allow Password Reset.7. Enter and confirm new Password. And that allowed someone with absolutely no knowledge about my Google account, and access only to my phone, to reset a new password for my entire Google account.”– karcirate (reddit)This exploit has been around for quite some time, however, now that users realize how easy it is, maybe Google should work on beefing up this loophole. What can you do to protect against this? Well, someone would need access to your phone in order to make purchases on it, or rest your password and gain access to your account. Putting a lock-code is probably your best bet against strangers. Hopefully the friends you’d allow access to your phone can be trusted enough to not rack up your cell phone bill or mess with your Google account. Source
  3. Lenovo showcased its new flagship -- the K920 -- at an event in China some month and a half ago, and it appears that the company is gearing for an actually release very soon -- on August 5th. The K920 is Lenovo's most impressive flagship yet, and it's literally filled to the brim with bleeding edge hardware that will leave nobody wanting. We're talking a 6-inch, Quad HD (1440 x 2560) IPS display by Japan's JDI, apparently capable of brightness levels of up to 630 nits, an LTE-enabled quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of RAM. There's also a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization at the rear (5-megapixel selfie cam), 32GB of internal storage, support for two SIM cards (LTE/3G), and a massive, 4000 mAh cell. Now that last one ought to ensure excellent battery life, even with a QHD display on board. Still not impressed? Well, consider this: the Lenovo K920 is made out of metal, just like the K900 before it, and its thickness measures just 7.7 mm. If that wasn't enough, the phone also comes with extremely thin bezels all-around, and the screen-to-body size ratio sits at 83.5%, reportedly. If true, that would rank the K920 at the very top on that metric. Pricing is currently unknown, though we don't expect this one to be cheaper than at least the equivalent of $500, all things considered. Quite frankly, we'd be very intrigued if it weren't for the K920's massive, 6-inch screen, though we're perfectly aware that this category has more than enough appreciators. Would you pick one? Source
  4. Samsung's Tizen project has been plagued by delays, not least in the launch of its first handset with the OS to be launched commercially, the Samsung Z, which it announced back in June. That device was originally expected in mid-2013, before being pushed back to the end of the year, and was again delayed in January 2014, before finally making its début a couple of months ago. The Samsung Z was supposed to be going on sale round about now, but the company recently decided to indefinitely delay the launch of the device in its first market, Russia. This has led to considerable speculation about the viability of the platform, given its ongoing woes. Now, TizenExperts reveals that Samsung is reportedly planning to kill the Z's launch completely. The Samsung Z features higher-end specs, including a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 4G LTE support, although its 4.8-inch display is only HD (1280x720px) resolution and the camera is just 8MP. Samsung is said to be repositioning Tizen, moving away from more premium devices to focus on lower-cost handsets. One major reason for this is believed to be the threat posed by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, particularly with regards to the most affordable entry-level smartphones. Tizen is optimised for low-memory (sub-256MB of RAM) devices as well, so this would seem to make sense. But if Samsung is pivoting its Tizen OS to concentrate on the cheapest phones, it will still face the same problems with regards to attracting developers and building a viable software ecosystem. The company actually acknowledged that its difficulties in expanding Tizen as a platform for developers were a major factor in its decision to scrap the launch of the Samsung Z last month. Source
  5. Mobile phone unlocking has long been something of a grey area in the United States, but when President Obama signed a bill into law that sought to clear things up a little more, many hoped that the floodgates to easily unlockable phones would open. Now T-Mobile is the first to bring mass-unlocking to the people via its newly released and abysmally named ‘Device Unlock’ app. It’s free, obviously enough, and available to download now from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately though, it’s not all good news. For starters, the app can currently only unlock one type of phone, which is ridiculous to say the least. If you’re currently toting the Samsung Galaxy Avant and want it unlocking though, well, you’re in luck! If you’re not, then you’re going to have to wait. We can’t see any real reason why this app wouldn’t eventually work with other phones, so hopefully an update or two will soon sort this particular issue out. If you do have a Galaxy Avant though, you’ll be able to choose between a temporary or permanent unlock with the former designed for those that are going overseas and simply need to be able to put a SIM from a foreign land into their low-specced Android phone. Choose the permanent option and there’s no going back! T-Mobile’s own FAQ lays out the specifics about what is required in order to gain an unlock for your phone with the contract being fully paid and the handset not having been reported stolen being at the top of the list. In all honesty it’s pretty standard fare, but worth a read regardless. Right now it’s fare to say that T-Mobile’s ‘Device Unlock’ app is all but useless to anyone who doesn’t happen to own the one device that it supports, but it does hopefully show willingness on the carrier’s part. Now we can only hope that more devices are supported sooner rather than later! Download Link http://www.tusfiles.net/qfv9hspa006k Source
  6. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, passed by Congress late last week, was signed into law by President Obama on Friday, making it fully legal to unlock mobile phones in the United States. The new law undoes a decision made by the Library of Congress in 2012 to not renew an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and thusly made it illegal for consumers to arbitrarily unlock mobile devices. Almost immediately, petitions and new bills started to get drafted and indeed, a bill was proposed over a year ago to “fix” the DMCA, but nothing happened despite broad bi-partisan support. Undaunted, a new bill, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was written and it pretty much flew through both houses of Congress late last week. President Obama’s signature makes it the law of the land, although, arguably only temporarily, as the “unlocking” law does not remove the obligation or power of the Library of Congress to examine if the reinstatement of this legal exemption shall remain, well, legal. That next review will happen sometime in 2015 which means the Copyright Office could make it illegal, again. While it will not likely see any visibility during the current session of Congress, there are bills being prepared that would make the unlocking provision permanent. Expect this issue to make the news again in 2015. Source
  7. According to T-Mobile, November 20th is one of the release dates for the Nexus 5. That is the day the device will make it to T-Mobile stores; however, if you want to get it a bit earlier, the device will be on sale through T-Mobile's website starting November 14th. Of course, as was the case with the Nexus 4, unless you really need to be on T-Mobile's equipment installment plan, you might be better off buying the Nexus 5 directly from Google and just getting the SIM from T-Mobile. Directly from Google, the Nexus 5 will set you back just $350 (plus taxes and shipping), but you would have to deal with the delays in shipping because of product shortages. The 16GB models of the Nexus 5 are showing shipping times of 3 to 5 weeks in the Play Store depending on the color you want. So, you'll be able to get the device sooner through T-Mobile, but the 16GB model will end up costing you about $450 ($41.99 down and 24 equal monthly device payments of $17). So, you'll have to decide if getting it sooner is worth the higher price tag. Of course, it should be noted that we would expect the carrier branded versions of the Nexus 5 to come in at a higher price point than directly through Google. Carriers still need to make money off of devices sold, while Google has no need to generate profits on hardware sales. Source: Phonearena
  8. A video on Asus' YouTube channel reveals the latest Android and Windows smartphone/tablet accessory from the Taiwan based manufacturer. The Asus TransKeyboard connects to your slate or phone using Bluetooth connectivity. The TransKeyboard is slim and includes a micro USB port so that you can recharge the battery inside the unit. The cover folds back to become a stand for your tablet or handset, using magnets to keep it in place and propping up your device at the perfect angle for typing. Unfortunately, the YouTube video is the only indication we have that such a product exists. In other words, there is no information on pricing or availability. But that shouldn't stop you from clicking on the video below to check out what should be coming in the near future from Asus. While the TransKeyboard will work with Android and Windows Phone powered smartphones, we'd expect to find this to be more popular amongst tablet users. Source: Phonearena
  9. Quechua in association with Archos has unveiled a rugged smartphone. The handset is designed with an active lifestyle in mind and is resistant to shock, mud, water, sand, cold and snow. Quechua's newest smartphone is IP 54 certified and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM on a Qualcomm chipset. The rugged device is built around a 5-inch display and offers a 5 megapixel main camera and 4 GB of internal memory that can be expanded via microSD card slot. The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs a 3,500mAh battery, which according to the company lasts for about 22 hours on calling. Quechua's rugged smartphone is priced at €230 (about $313). Unfortunately, there is no word on the availability of the device at the moment. Source
  10. Geeksphone announced on Thursday a new high-end handset powered by the Firefox OS, or by Android. More on that later. The device, called the Geeksphone Revolution, already has a website that shows a pregnant woman. If you can figure out the symbolism, let us know. Does it have to do with Geeksphone giving birth to a new phone? The site calls the phone, "A creation with a powerful heart". Perhaps that's the connection. Geeksphone co-founder Javier Aguera hints that the Revolution won't be like prior Firefox OS models which are entry level phones. Aguera suggests that the phone will be a high-end model, but will be priced to sell. And actually, it is not technically Firefox OS that will be on the phone. That name is reserved for the phones manufactured by a company connected to a carrier. The OS used on the Revolution is actually called Boot2Gecko. Two carriers, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom, have been at the vanguard of the early days of the Firefox OS launch, making phones with the platform available in Brazil and Poland. On Thursday, another carrier signed up. Norway's Telenor has started selling Firefox OS flavored phones.In a statement on Thursday, Rolv-Erik Spilling, head of Telenor Digital, said, "I am pleased to see that our customers in Serbia, Hungary, and Montenegro will be able to enjoy mobile phones on Firefox OS, providing them with high-quality Internet experience before Christmas. Through this launch, we are one step closer to connecting the next billion customers to the Web."Meanwhile, Geeksphone is obviously serious about building the Revolution and we're really looking forward to see what the specs will be for the device. One thing we do know, when customers order the phone they will be able to specify which OS they want running the phone, Android or Boot2Gecko. Source
  11. geeteam

    The madness of HTC

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the trippy interview HTC’s chairman gave to Bloomberg this week. The comments made by Cher Wang can only be compared to Ed Zander’s legendary obliviousness in the fateful autumn of 2006 as he argued that betting everything on expanding the RAZR portfolio was the best route for Motorola. What HTC seems to believe is that it can rebound by a.) improving marketing, b.) launching smartwatches and c.) praying that the upcoming HTC M8 will click. If this seems disjointed, that’s because it is. This list of three points makes no sense on any level. First of all, HTC already made a huge bet on marketing last autumn. You know — the $1 billion ad blitz that kicked off by featuring the most famous action movie star in the world. The entire effort was a nightmarish mess and also a disaster. HTC showed it does not understand how it should rebrand its phones and it has no grasp of what core message it wants to convey. So how is a new marketing blitz going to change anything? The phones have excellent quality but are sold at a high price. This is a combination that does not work in a handset market where the growth in the luxury segment has evaporated. There is no marketing message that can solve that problem. You can add both Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence to those Robert Downey, Jr. ads and it won’t do HTC one bit of good. I would not be surprised if they tried, though. Mentioning smartwatches and wearables as a gamechanger is probably the most desperate Hail Mary pass I have heard in years. Obviously, the smartwatch market is going to have two key tiers: Dirt-cheap Chinese models offering deep value and the high-end segment where Apple and Samsung battle it out. Why would this end any better for HTC than the smartphone and tablet battles with precisely the same script? We have already seen this movie twice and the plotline is obvious: HTC cannot or will not price products low enough to be credible budget entries and it does not possess marketing budget, savvy, or exceptional design prowess to break into the luxury segment. Why is it that the HTC executives cannot grasp the obvious? Of course, the upcoming HTC M8 looks precisely the sort of also-ran, almost-there, high-end item that the doomed HTC One was last summer. A 5 inch, 1080p display. Quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset. Two 5-megapixel cameras. At a price that is too close to Samsung and Apple flagship phones. This is the formula that stopped working back in Christmas 2011. Yet HTC has not been able to change it, even as the $500-plus device segment grows ever more hostile to smaller brands as the unit growth rate tanks. Hiring a new ad agency or putting out an HTC watch is not going to do any good. This goose is cooked. Source
  12. Motorola caught the tech media’s attention when it unveiled the surprisingly capable Moto G smartphone for just $179 off contract. That comparatively tiny fee brings buyers a 4.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a reasonably attractive case. But $179 is still a bit pricey in emerging markets where industry watchers are still expecting growth, so Motorola plans to limbo even lower. “In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179,” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told TrustedReviews. “We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.” Woodside didn’t provide any additional details on the company’s future budget lineup, though he did assure the blog that the low end won’t be Motorola’s only focus. “On the more premium side we’re pushing more customisation,” he said. “Today you have colours and beginning of materials but you don’t have screen size and you don’t have functionality and we’re going to bring all that in in [sic] the next year or so.” Source
  13. Bluetooth, it is fair to say, isn’t too heavily lauded at consumer level. In fact, I’d hazard that many presume Bluetooth as a piece of technology that has remained the same since it first made its way to market – allowing us to wirelessly connect two, or multiple devices and or accessories to one another and beam content around at will. The fact is, Bluetooth is being improved and upgraded at arguably a faster rate than anything else, and with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) having offered better performance while sparing battery life with Bluetooth 4.0, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 4.1 standard, as well as some of the changes therein. Naturally, the jump from 4.0 to 4.1 implies that the improvements and enhancements are largely rudimentary, and this does indeed appear to be the case for the most part. With that said, there are a couple of very noteworthy changes in this latest revision, and once again, the mobile device market will be the main beneficiary. With the widespread use of LTE radios now commonplace thanks to the rise in adoption rates of 4G-enabled smartphones and services, the Bluetooth Special Interest group has strived to ensure that both Bluetooth and LTE radios can work alongside each other in a harmonious fashion, without any mutually detrimental interference. One of the most interesting new features of Bluetooth 4.1 is its ability to allow a device to function as a simultaneous hub and peripheral. This versatility could not only bring about a whole host of new products, but could also make those currently available a great deal more versatile. The new Bluetooth specification is also said to make things a little easier for vendors and developers to control and use the technology to its full capacity. It’s often the case, particularly with regards to mobile devices, that good technology is not sufficiently arranged, and compatibility issues can then often result in certain elements of both hardware and software essentially going to waste. By allowing OEMS to control reconnection and disconnect thresholds, for example, Bluetooth 4.1 should prove more efficient standards before it, and our much-loved smartphones, tablets, and other such gadgets, will also improve as a result. Source
  14. Microsoft is currently running two promotions that might be of interest to people looking to get a new device and get rid of an old one. The first one is a trade-in deal that can net you up to $250 worth of store credit if you trade in an old smartphone or a tablet. There are serious restrictions though – first of, the deal is for US Microsoft stores (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Second, it must be a working device, with no cracks on the screen, no water damage and you must even provide the original charger and other accessories. The device must also not be password protected (to prevent trading in stolen or found devices). The exact amount you get will be determined by a Microsoft Store employee. The deal is valid until 2nd March 2014. Another deal (this one US-only) is a Nokia Lumia 520 or 521 with a 12-month subscription to Xbox Music for $99 total. The Xbox Music Subscription alone costs $99 usually, while the Lumia 520/521 is $60-$70 in the Microsoft Store. Both deals have a limit of one per customer and cannot be combined with other deals, i.e. you can't pawn your old phone and grab a Lumia 520/521 with the money. Source
  15. Geeksphone recently made headlines for collaborating on the allegedly NSA-proof Blackphone, but the Spanish startup is also hard at work on its own flagship handset. The first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution were recently leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks, showing off the dual-booting Android-Firefox OS handset. The company has since confirmed that the pictures are authentic. The Revolution comes equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery. The device appears to come in black or white and feature a slightly curved design with three capacitive buttons on the front. There’s still no word on pricing or availability, though Geeksphone has hinted that the upcoming smartphone will come at a budget-friendly price. Dual-booting devices have just begun to catch on, with a few Android-Windows devices making an appearance at CES 2014 earlier this month. We’ve also heard rumors that Microsoft unsuccessfully pressured HTC and other smartphone-makers to put Windows Phone 8 on their Android devices as a secondary OS. Geeksphone appears primed to actually release the first dual-booting smartphone, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Revolution in action. Source
  16. According to analysts at Gartner, smartphones sales have exceeded featurephone sales for the first time in 2013. Smartphones accounted for 53.6% of sales in 2013, but in the fourth quarter alone they had a 57.6% share, showing their numbers are still growing. Samsung remains the biggest smartphone vendor and even managed to gain some more market share in 2013, though the final quarter of a year marked a small decline for the company. The Gartner analysts believe Samsung needs to push its technology leadership in the high-end and better bang for the buck in the mid-range to maintain its leading position. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Apple, declined several percentage points in 2013 and in the final quarter, even though at the end of the year the company added both NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile to its roster (the biggest carriers in Japan and China, respectively). Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 4Q13 (Thousands of Units) Huawei maintained the third spot, but will face increased competition from Number 4, Lenovo, which just bought Motorola from Google. Lenovo's smartphone sales in 2013 doubled and Motorola will help the company expand its overseas presence and enter the US market. The breakdown by smartphone OSes shows Android keeps growing, Windows Phone managed nearly double the sales but it still has a tiny share of the market. It did surpass BlackBerry OS though, which is quickly becoming extinct. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Worldwide phones sales were 1.8 billion, of which nearly 1 billion was smartphones. Nokia still holds the second position behind Samsung in total phone sales, but it's quickly declining. Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Featurephones are declining in general, but smartphones have problems too – they've practically hit the saturation point in developed markets. Still, emerging markets are showing huge growth. India, for example, posted a 166.8% growth in smartphone sales during the final quarter. Source
  17. Now that we are almost done with the first month of the new year, all of the research firms are tossing out their 2013 statistics. Take Canalys. According to its data, Android smartphones accounted for 78.9% of all smartphones shipped in 2013, up from 68.8% in 2012. That worked out to 781.2 million Android phones shipped, up from the 481.5 million units that went out in 2012. For the fourth quarter, 227.7 million Android phones went out, up from the 152.5 million that was in transit in 2012. Android represented 78.4% of intelligent phones that were shipped from October to December in 2013, up from the prior year's 70.3% For iOS, 2013 was not such a great year, according to Canalys. The iPhone's share of the smartphone market declined from 19.4% in 2012 to 15.5% in 2013. For the last quarter of the year, iOS had a 17.6% share of smartphones shipped, which was down from the 22% seen in 2012's last quarter. Looking at the raw numbers, Apple shipped 153.4 million iPhones in 2013, up from the 135.8 million sent out the prior year. For the fourth quarter of 2013, 51 million iPhones were shipped, up from the 47.8 million in Q4 of 2012. But Apple's unit growth was slower than the overall market, which lead to the drop in the mobile operating system's smartphone market share in 2013. As most know, Microsoft's Windows Phone had a good year in 2013, nearly doubling the number of units shipped in 2013 from 2012. In 2013, Windows Phone shipped 35.7 million units compared with the 18.8 million it shipped in 2012. Fourth quarter shipments rose to 9.4 million from 5.9 million for a 59% increase. Looking at the share of shipped smartphones loaded with Windows Phone, for 2013 that figure rose by a third from 2.7% in 2012 to 3.6% in 2013. For Q4, Windows Phone represented 3.2% of smartphones shipped, up from the 2.7% market share it earned in 2012. The declining growth in the fourth quarter could be the start of a new, slowing trend for Windows Phone, or could be just a hiccup for Microsoft's mobile OS. The number of smartphone units shipped by OS Smartphone Market share by OS For all of 2013, 990 million smartphones shipped, compared to the 700.1 million that did so in 2012. For Q4, shipments rose from 217 million to 290.2 million. Source
  18. Detailed by the Wall Street Journal, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is transitioning to a keyless entry system at two locations in the United States. Rolling out first at Aloft Hotel locations in New York City and Silicon Valley, guests of the hotel can download a mobile application to their smartphone before arriving. Rather than visiting the front desk to check into their room, the guest simply checks-in through the app and can go directly to their hotel room for the night. At the door, the guest pulls up a virtual key on the smartphone and unlocks the door by either tapping or turning the phone in a twist motion near the handle. Utilizing low power Bluetooth technology, the smartphone communicates with a sensor mounted to the door and unlocks the room. According to the developer of the application, the application should work with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher as well as the iPhone 4S and higher. Since the locks are battery powered, it doesn’t matter if the power is out at the hotel. Guests will still be able to access their rooms without requiring a physical card key. Regarding battery life within the door units, the hotel staff will receive alerts when battery power is running low, thus allowing easy replacement. When asked about the technology upgrade to the Aloft hotels, Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen said “We believe this will become the new standard for how people will want to enter a hotel. It may be a novelty at first, but we think it will become table stakes for managing a hotel.” Assuming the pilot program is successful at the two Aloft locations, Starwood management plans to upgrade door locks at all 123 Aloft and W hotels locations by the end of 2015. Prior to this point, Starwood created a system in which loyalty members would receive a key card prior to checking into the hotel. Basically, the card would be activated once the guest arrived at the hotel and the card could be reused when returning to another Aloft location. Alternatively, hotel chains like Marriot and InterContinental have rolled out a mobile check-in process for loyalty members, but still require guests to interact with someone at a desk prior to checking into their room. Interestingly, the owner of the Holiday Inn chain tried out a pilot program that provided self-service kiosks for checking into hotel rooms, but guests ignored the kiosks and went to the front desk instead. According to Holiday Inn management, guests at those hotels wanted to speak to someone at the front desk in order to request specific features for the room. However, it would be relatively simple to program those choices into the kiosk software and offer upgrades for a nominal fee. When leaving the hotel, it’s likely that guests will simply be able to check out utilizing the same mobile application provided by Starwood. Hypothetically, the app could also allow guests to review all room charges during the stay as well as take advantage of hotel features like room service. Source
  19. \ A Korean website published this product image of what is, allegedly, the first Samsung Tizen-based smartphone to be sold to consumers. It's called ZEQ9000, which probably means it's coming from a similar place as the previous Samsung Tizen phones that we know of - the SM-Z9000 and the SM-Z9005. Its eventual market name could be “Zeke” - according to the source, Samsung has filed for this new brand last August. It's hard to say whether this leak is reliable or not, but the smartphone's design - not a wildly imaginative designer's concept, but a familiar textured plastic affair, seems authentic enough. As for the operating system shown on the display, its visual style mostly matches the Tizen 2.1 screenshots that leaked last December. The upper status bar, for example, is the same between the two leaks. The flat and symmetrical aesthetic, shaped by rectangles and squares, is preserved as well. This leak contains some specifications, too. Zeke could have a 4.8-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3GHz, and be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4 in size. While not every part of this leak sounds credible, most of it manages to squeeze past the lie detector. Perhaps we will learn more truthful details from Samsung's official pre-MWC Tizen Developer event on February 23, or at the Congress itself. Source
  20. Finally, Windows Phone has started getting the traction it truly deserves. Micromax, the leading smartphone manufacturer from India, is reportedly working on making Windows Phone powered smartphones and will be shelling them out soon. Micromax rules over 25% of the mobile market share in India, and the company also announced its LapTab, a dual boot tablet that runs both Windows 8.1 and Android Jelly Bean, at CES 2014 a few weeks ago. Micromax isn't the only company in the nation which is working on a Windows Phone, though. Last year, ZTE announced that it will be making its return to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Also, last year, Xolo (Lava), another leading manufacturer, stated that it was working on Windows Phone, although we haven't heard from them since. With giants like Sony wanting to make a comeback, and small players like these stepping up to adapt to this ecosystem, Windows Phone looks ahead to a bright future. Meanwhile, Micromax has been on a roll lately, first by getting appreciated by Android's head, SundarPichai, for its incredibly cheap and durable Android phones and then hiring the Hollywood actor, Hugh Jackman, as its brand ambassador. Source
  21. Samsung has uploaded four different infographics illustrating all major specs and features of the Galaxy S5, Gear, Galaxy Gear and the evolution of Galaxy S throughout the years. Here is the inforgraphic about the Galaxy S5. This one tells you all about the Gear smartwatches. Next picture shows you all there is to know about Galaxy Fit. And finally, this one shows the history of Galaxy S so far (the South Korean versions at least). Source
  22. We’ve been seeing LG G3 rumors pop up left and right this month, but today we’re getting a look at another upcoming phone from the South Korean company. A press render of the device, apparently called the LG isai FL and headed to Japan, surfaced online today with a sleek Nexus 5-inspired design courtesy of trusted tipster @evleaks. The LG isai FL features a frame similar to the Nexus 5, though with a few design improvements and a custom user interface. The phone’s creators appear to have trimmed away as much bezel as possible, especially from above the screen. On the back we’ve still got LG’s unique button placement introduced with the G2, though the design looks sleeker and less obtrusive. According to @evleaks, this mysterious LG handset is headed to Japan’s KDDI network with 4G support. There’s no word on whether the device will ever come to the U.S., though hopefully we’ll see that design carry over into the LG G3. Source
  23. After months of rumors, Amazon may be close to unveiling its first smartphone, a report says. Photos obtained by BGR claim to show a prototype of Amazon's long-fabled smartphone. As previous reports have indicated, five cameras are clearly visible on the front of the device. There's a camera in each corner and one standard front-facing camera. The photos didn't show the back of the device, but we're assuming that there's a main camera on the back for taking photos, since BGR reports that there are six cameras total. The cameras on the front are meant for creating 3-D visual effects, as other outlets have reported. BGR says it has spoken with several trusted sources regarding Amazon's smartphone. The device pictured is covered by a protective shell to keep its design from being revealed. BGR says the handset looks like most other touchscreen-style "candy-bar" smartphones on the market, besides the addition of multiple cameras on its face. The smartphone shown in the photo is said to be one of two devices the company plans to launch in the near future, according to BGR. The handset pictured will be a higher-end flagship model, while the second will be an entry-level budget smartphone. The entry-level configuration won't come with multiple cameras and 3-D capabilities. This lines up with previous reports concerning Amazon's smartphone from The Wall Street Journal, The Information, and TechCrunch. BGR reports that this higher-end phone will come with a 4.7-inch 720p display and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The main selling point will be the glasses-free 3-D interface made possible by the handset's multiple cameras. The four cameras in each corner of the device are said to be low-power infrared cameras. Those cameras will be able to track your face and eyes in relation to the display, which would enable Amazon's software to make adjustments based on viewing angles. This 3-D perspective will be incorporated into wallpapers and apps, the source reportedly told BGR. Amazon is expected to make an announcement regarding smartphones within two to three months, with the target of launching a smartphone this summer. Source
  24. Microsoft having officially taken over Nokia, we could be about to see our very first Lumia running on Android. Courtesy of a leak by perpetual informant Evleaks, a “Nokia by Microsoft” handset running on Android could be forthcoming, although teasingly, we don’t have any further details at this point. Given that Microsoft is actively trying to promote and improve its own mobile platform, going for a device running on stock Android, or a variant thereof, would seem an odd tactic, but there are ways in which the Redmond could tweak the experience to suit Windows Phone. By using the Android compatibility as a shoo-in to a corner of the market that might otherwise have skipped a Lumia, Microsoft could take advantage of the new-found user base and tie said consumers into its own products. But there’s a lingering feeling that, despite industry pressure and the aspersions of some commentators, Microsoft will remain defiantly faithful in pushing Windows Phone, and part of this belief in the ecosystem may take the form of not building smartphones for rivaling platforms. Still, as consumers, we’d love to see some the likes of the Lumia 1520 and 1020 running on Android, with its broader range of apps and general flexibility. The cameras placed into these handsets, particularly the 41-megapixel offering of the Lumia 1020, are market-leading, and while we’re not going to throw out the confetti just yet, we’re quietly hoping that there’s some truth in these utterances. Source
  25. Amazon has unveiled its first smartphone. It's called the Amazon Fire Phone and its main selling points are bound to be Amazon's reach in terms of content services, as well as the unique 3D UI dubbed Dynamic Perspective. This much talked about feature changes what's depicted on the screen depending on where you are in relation to the phone. It accomplishes this by tracking your eyes with four specialized cameras that are located in the front corners of the handset. Dynamic Perspective ties in nicely with tilt gestures that allow you to initiate actions by simply moving the phone. For example, you can tilt the device to scroll inside the browser, something eerily reminiscent of Samsung's Smart Scroll feature. And the same thing works inside ebooks, and even games. The Fire Phone boasts a 4.7-inch IPS 720p touchscreen with 590 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. It has support for 4G LTE. The handset's frame is made from rubber, and a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 is present both on its front and on its back. The buttons are made of anodized aluminum. The rear camera is a 13MP f/2.0 unit with a five-element lens, and it comes with optical image stabilization as well as a dedicated hardware button. Amazon is throwing in free unlimited photo storage in its Cloud Drive. The Fire Phone has two stereo speakers on the front with virtual surround sound. The earbuds that come in the box have a tangle-free cable and they snap to each other thanks to built-in magnets. The Amazon Fire Phone runs Fire OS 3.5, which seems to be the same OS used on the Kindle Fire line of tablets. It's based on Android but lacks any of the Google's services. Obviously Amazon has made a big deal about its content services too. Movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, and newspapers - all are available right from the retail giant itself. Furthermore, a new exclusive feature called Firefly uses the phone's camera or microphone to recognize the things around you and then find them in its database. So you can point the camera at a book, it's recognized and you're then immediately offered the option to purchase it from Amazon. This also works for identifying TV shows and songs, and it has its own dedicated button on the side of the Fire phone. Another exclusive feature is Mayday, which gets you 24/.7 remote support for any task you would like to accomplish on the phone. Amazon's first smartphone is exclusive to AT&T in the US. You can already pre-order it from Amazon, and it will be shipping on July 25. The pricing is far from revolutionary. The commitment free price is $649. With a contract, the base 32GB Fire Phone would cost you $199 along with a new two-year contract with AT&T. Or you can choose the carrier's Next plans and pay $27 per month for the device. A 64GB option is available for $299. So no, the Amazon phone isn't free (not even on contract), but you do get a year's worth of Amazon Prime with every phone (introductory offer). Source
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