Motorola Admits Nexus 6 Was Too Big But Google Wanted It Big

When the Nexus 6 was first revealed, the first thing of us, myself included, noticed was the massive screen size. At 6 inches, the phone was a gigantic phablet and exceeded the limits already set by Samsung’s similarly large Note series. While the current market has regular flagships pushing 6 inches as well, Motorola is admitting that it was a mistake at the time.

“I think it was one of those where we were like ‘is [screen size] going to continue to go up?’ I think unfortunately, that was one of the products that was going to be the example of no, it’s not. So now we know.”

Motorola wasn’t alone in the blame though. According to Chief Marketing Officer Adrienne Hayes speaking to techradar, the move to the larger screen size was driven mostly by Google. As we know, Google exerts a lot of control over the Nexus design process, even more so as Motorola was Google-owned back then.

“[Google] wanted the screen size – we could have built it with same display size as the Moto X”

The biggest issue, however, wasn’t the large screen size. After all, the Note series and other equally massive phones have been selling well back  then and now. The problem was that there was no smaller 5-inch alternative, something Google rectified with the simultaneous launch fo the Nexus 6P and 5X. Having picked up the Nexus 5 myself at that point, I would have likely chosen a refreshed 5-inch model instead had it been available. Hopefully, Google will continue to offer more screen size options for the Nexus line in the future.

4K Handsets Seen As ‘The Next Big Thing’, Qualcomm Agrees

The transition from 720p to 1080p went faster than expected on mobile devices, and it is not going to settle in the near future as Qualcomm intends to up the pace once again with faster processors capable of higher resolutions on mobile handsets. In an interview with Tim McDonough, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Marketing, he explained that Qualcomm’s main focus at the moment is 4K resolutions.

“I think 4K is one of the primary things you are seeing from us, 4K is pretty cool because it means that not only can you do 4K video, but once you can push that number of pixels and the chip has the ability to do 4K video, anything that is multimedia related – think about gaming – that gets better too.”

The 4K resolution has been extremely appreciated by users last year, and manufacturers haven’t kept their eyes closed on this as well. They sped up and optimized the process of delivering 4K capable displays which can be seen in Ultra-HD TVs lowering their prices from around $30,000 to less than $1000. 4K monitors haven’t fallen behind, with Dell releasing the 28-inch 4K display at a price tag of $699. Even so, most consider that 4K displays aren’t a necessity for handsets, but that won’t stop manufacturers such as Qualcomm from releasing 4K capable handsets this year. Even researches in South Korean haven’t neglected the 4K resolution, since they are working on the 5G network connectivity which will be dedicated to streaming Ultra-HD videos.

“In November we announced Snapdragon 805, the next-generation of 800. Our shorthand for that is that it is the Ultra HD mobile processor and it runs Ultra HD. It will shoot it with video, it will play it back, it will play it back with surround sound and it will run an Ultra HD UI, It has already sampled and we said the first half of 2014 for devices to launch.”

Will 4K on handsets be just a waste of money and a battery drainer, or will it be the next big thing? Given that even Apple is planning on releasing iPhones with bigger displays, and taking into account the current 12.2-inch tablets and 6-inch smartphones available on the market, 4K resolution would most probably be required for future mobile devices.

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HP Reportedly May Launch New Smartphones Next Year

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly planning to introduce a few phablets with screen sizes of six and seven-inches. The news comes from The Information (via T3).

According to the report, the devices will be aimed at developing markets and cost between £125 to £150 without a contract. The company pulled out of the smartphone market in 2011, following its failed attempt to turn Palm’s assets into a viable business. HP subsequently dumped its plans to use WebOS as an alternative to Windows on a number of devices. It is unknown if the rumoured smartphones will be powered by WebOS, Android or possibly even Windows Phone 8.

Rumours that HP was considering returning to the smartphone market originally surfaced in 2012 when CEO Meg Whitman told Fox Business Network that the company was considering returning to the smartphone market.

That was followed up earlier this year by more reports claiming that HP would soon re-enter the fray. However, at the time the company was only said to be considering a return. No handsets were said to be being planned; rather, the company was looking at a timetable to return to the market.

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Xbox Video App For Windows Phone Now Available On The Windows Phone Store

While Microsoft keeps nagging about the lack of apps on Nokia’s Windows Phone Store, it seems that they can hardly be excused themselves for not offering one of their own services on their own platform. The lack of Xbox video on Windows Phone has been the subject of criticism for the platform over the past few weeks. This was partly due to the 6-inch phablet that Nokia released, the Lumia 1520, a phone that is tailor-made for movie watching, without the support of Xbox video. Today however, Microsoft has finally made available the Xbox video app for Windows Phone.

Features:

  • Get the latest TV shows the day after they air
  • Ratings and reviews
  • Rent and buy the latest blockbuster movies
  • Resume watching from where you left off
  • Stream or Download movies and TV
  • Trailers

There is a downside however. The app does not currently support HD playback, rendering it pretty useless until it does. But Microsoft has assured users that it will be added sometime next year.

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Rumors Of Another Nokia Handset In Production Emerge, Known As RM-964

Nokia might be planning on releasing enough phones for the next 12 months. This year alone has seen over 10 devices from the Finnish company. We have the Lumia 929, which should be coming soon, then there is that 4.5-inch low end device that is presumably in testing in India that we heard about the past few days. And now, another device has appeared under the model name Nokia RM-964, and it’s a little higher end than the previously leaked model.

The leak emerged as well from Zauba, an organisation that handles the import of tech into India. According to what looks like some sort of inventory list, the Nokia RM-964 comes with a 5.2-inch screen. The price listed is INR is 34,524, which equivalates to around $563 / €410 / £343. This device is well within the flagship phone territory. Unfortunately there is no information about the specs of the phone. But if we are to speculate then this could be a new 5.2-inch flagship running the newer Snapdragon chipsets.

At the moment, the Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s top of the line smartphone, but a 6-inch screen is going to limit its appeal. A new phone with similar specs, but in a more manageable size would be an ideal device for Windows Phone fans.

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Apple May Not Release a 6-inch iPhone After All

Taiwanese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities had previously predicted that 2014 would bring an Apple device with a 4.5-inch to 5-inch display. It seems that Kuo now believes that the Cupertino-based company will not extend the iPhone display beyond the 5-inch diagonal mark due to their “unwavering principle of one hand use.

With only two months past the iPhone 5s and mid-range iPhone 5c release, not much is known about the so-called “iPhone 6,”. Speculation has thus far centered mainly on the display, with Bloomberg reporting earlier this month that two new models featuring larger displays and cover glass that curves around the device’s edges may be in the offing for a late 2014 release.

The Bloomberg report came on the heels of a September missive from Japanese magazine Mac Fan which claimed Apple’s next-generation handset would feature a 5-inch display with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. Many industry observers believe that Apple must increase the size of the iPhone’s display in order to better match up with larger-screened devices from competitors like Motorola and Samsung whose displays routinely exceed 5 inches, with some as large as 6.3 inches on the diagonal.

Apple is known to take a cautious approach to changes such as these in order to avoid the ecosystem fragmentation that plagues rival mobile platform Android.

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Japan Display Announces A New 5.4-inch Smartphone Screen

Japan Display has just announced a new smartphone screen, boasting the highest pixel per inch count on a pretty large, phablet-worthy footprint. It is just 5.4-inches in diagonal, and gives a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, resulting in an unmatched pixel density of 543 pixels per inch. That’s the highest ppi count we’ve ever seen on a smartphone display, and it’s quite impressive.

What is this magic display you ask? It is a TFT LCD module that reportedly enables low power consumption thanks to the increased panel transitivity. It has a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 160 degree viewing angle (CR>100:1). In case you’re not aware of this, Japan Display is a merged business that has been created back in 2011 by Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, in conjunction with the “Innovation Network Corporation of Japan”. Meaning, chances are that this clear-crystal  5.4 inch WQHD display will be adopted on a Sony smartphone at first, and afterwards (maybe) be available on other brands as well.

To also be note is that Japan Display has lifted the veil on a different panel that boasts the same resolution, but clocks in at a lower pixel density with only 473 ppi due to its larger, 6.2 inch footprint.

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Sony To Launch An Octa-Core 6-inch Phablet Codenamed “Tianchi”

Sony had a really busy year, and will not stop here it seems. After several high-end smartphones, tablets and phablets, it appears that the company also wants to offer users an alternative to the already growing mobile market, in which ASUS Fonepad Note 6 and Nokia Lumia 1520 lurk.

The Sone Xperia Tianchi is the phablet to compete with the above mentioned competitors, and is quite like a big brother Z Ultra. The flashgrip is equipped with a 6-inch display, but it seems will not packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC. The Japanese phone maker has been working very closely with MediaTek on their upcoming “true octa-core” chipset. So the Tianchi will most likely come with the MediaTek MT6592 SoC, combining eight Cortex A7 cores in one chip.

If the rumors turn out to be true, Sony will be announcing their 6-inch phablet codenamed Tianchi at the Shanghai event in China on the 12th of November. Rumors also indicate that the pricing will be around €400 ( £341 ).

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