Get Ready for a Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Discount

If you were looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you might consider waiting until next month. Samsung may be dropping their prices for the latest flashgrips soon, so hang in there for a month and get it at a discount.

All facts point to the company trying to get out of their Q2 sticky situation. Their profits fell four percent this year compared to the same time last year and as Apple is getting ready to reveal their latest iPhones, things are not looking so good. The predictions don’t look so good either, falling 3 million smartphone sales prediction short by the end of the year. Oh year, they have teased an event planned for mid August where they plan on announcing a bigger and better S6 Edge, but will they be able to make up for the demands this time?

The whole things started after they announced the S6 and S6 Edge, who had a bigger than anticipated success. This led to a short supply and high demand, thus the company missing their targets right now. However, with this kind of pressure on them, the only practical solution is to make ‘adjustments’ to their latest handsets on the market. This means that the S6 and S6 Edge will see a price drop in the near future, something that Samsung thinks will get them back in the high-end smartphone game by the end of this year.

In the end, people could get to buy their long-awaited S6 or S6 Edge at a lower price and Samsung could see more numbers of smartphone sales added by the end of the year. However, let’s just see how much Samsung is willing to slash off the latter handsets’ price tags. Excited? I know I am!

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Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

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The Nexus 6 Gets a Huge Price Cut in the UK

Want to upgrade your smartphone and missed the recent price cuts? Well, it may be for the best. Motorola did slash its prices a while ago, making its Moto X up for grabs at £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB version. Nexus 6 also saw a slight £80 cut, bringing it down to £399 for the 32GB version and £469 for the 64GB version. But I know it was still too steep, so I don’t think it drew a lot of attention.

The recent price cuts comes from the Google Store, where the Nexus 6 has now hit an all-time low price. You can grab it for £304 for the 32GB model and £379 for the 64 GB model. Now that’s a huge price drop from the previous £479 and £549 price tags it previously had.

The only problem here is that we don’t know if the price cut is temporary or permanent. The safe bet is that if you have the money now, it’s time to clear out your account and buy it before it jumps back to its original price. In my opinion, the flashgrip is really worth it for what it has to offer and with a price tag such as the one above, you will definitely be making a smart investment.

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Microsoft Teams up with Intel to Bring Low-Cost Windows 10 Smartphones

Microsoft has been working with ARM-based processors for their smartphones up until now, having all of its Lumias powered by Qualcomm’s SoCs. Things are about to change later this year, having the corporate giant teaming up with Intel to release Intel-based Lumias along with its latest Windows Phone 10 OS.

Intel as announced at the Mobile World Congress that Windows Phone 10 is set to run on handsets and phablets powered by the company’s upcoming Atom X3 chips codenamed Sofia. Handsets powered by the X3 chips are said to have a price tag ranging from $75 to $249 and will not have a Windows Phone OS exclusivity, having Intel planning to integrate the X3 in Android-powered handsets as well.

While Windows Phone has only a 2.7% market share, as per the 2014 statistics, Aicha Evans, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group, is optimistic about the partnership between the two company giants. He hopes that this will also help Intel gain more ground in the hand-held devices market, a place currently dominated by the ARM chips.

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Firefox OS Set to Enter the US and Other Developed Markets in 2016

Mozilla has developed its Firefox OS in order to target low-cost smartphone markets all around the world. Its recent statement claims that the company is considering to enter more developed markets next year.

Mozilla has stated a project with US, Japanese, South Korean and Spanish carriers to get ready for shipping high-spec smartphones starting from 2016 onwards. However, the more developed markets for smartphones are currently owned and heavily competed by Apple, Android and Windows Phone. But Mozilla seems to be taking a rather strange and out of fashion approach.

Flip phones and sliders would be the main attraction and key feature of these new Firefox OS phones, as stated by Andreas Gal, chief technology officer at Mozilla. He stated that customers like the older form factors of mobile phones and this is the main cause of why they are stuck with older operating systems.

“Development of feature phones has essentially stopped, said Gal. “This project will bring a modern smartphone OS into this market.”

The project has been announced on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, pointing out that Verizon Wireless, KDDI, LG uPlus and Telefonica will be the first carriers to start shipping these new smartphones next year.

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Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

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BlackPhone Maker Rakes in Its Target $50 Million in Funding

Silent Circle now owns the encrypted Android-based handset, BlackPhone, thanks to its crowdfunding success that brought the company the means to own the brand.

While details regarding the deal with Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone were not disclosed, Silent Circle announced on Thursday that is raised $50 million and plans on revealing an encrypted “enterprise privacy ecosystem” at World Mobile Congress next week, while also hinting at a BlackPhone tablet which should be in the works.

“Silent Circle has brought tremendous disruption to the mobile industry and created an integrated suite of secure enterprise communication products that are challenging the status quo,” Mike Janke, cofounder and chairman of the Silent Circle board, said in a statement. “This first stage of growth has enabled us to raise approximately $50M to accelerate our continued rapid expansion and fuel our second stage of growth.”

The BlackPhone has been adopted as a new means of secure mobile communications as highlighted per Edward Snowden’s disclosure that the governments may have breached encryption protocols, especially on Gemalto’s SIM cards.

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Nokia Rumored To Have Two More Android Smartphones In The Works

While we wait for the Mobile World Congress to commence in Barcelona, one of the most anticipated announcements comes from Nokia and its Android handset. The signs have been numerous and nobody can deny the fact that Nokia will release an Android version flashgrip this year.

However, recent rumors tells of not one, but three Nokia devices running the Android OS will hit the market this year, having the first flashgrip rolling out as early as May. Is Nokia looking to expand its empire having two major mobile operating systems running alongside each other, namely Windows Phone and Android?

The first flashgrip to make its way on the consumer market is the so-called “Nokia X” which should be revealed during MWC next week. The handset is said not to be something that extraordinary in terms of performance, having its rumored specs describing it as a Dual-Core 512 MB RAM smartphone. Though, it might be just the ‘appetizer’ of what’s to come next, having rumored a ‘XX’ and ‘XXX’ handsets which will follow later on this year.

Both handsets are said to be something on the higher market, with the ‘XX’ having slightly improved specs than the ‘Nokia X’, while the ‘XXX’ is rumored to be the ultimate high-end Nokia handset everyone is looking forward to. The names however are most likely to change, especially for the ‘XXX’ handset, where the name might inspire something else rather than a handset.

The question here will be if the previously mentioned flashgrips will be on display at the MWC event. The answer will most probably be no, as Nokia is not ready to reveal the two neither to select partners nor the public before the final product is ready. Though, if the rumors are true, we might expect to see the first pictures and specs as early as Q2 or as late as the end of Q3 this year.

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New HTC Desire 8 Images and Specs Leaked, To Start Shipping On the 24th of February

It appears that new images of the upcoming HTC Desire 8 have been leaked, along with more details about the handset’s specification. Also, reports say that the mid-ranged handset will be released next week during or at the Mobile World Congress, while the more expected high-end M8 is said to be released somewhere in March.

The previously leaked images show the handset to be available in versions of dark blue and white. It is said that one image displays the date ’24th of February’, pointing to a launch on the first day of the trade show in Barcelona. This could also point to a dual launch date at both the MWC and Beijing, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

@evleaks has posted some more specifications about the handset, having the HTC Desire 8 sporting a Quad-Core 1.6 GHz CPU, 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with microSD expansion, BoomSound audio, a rear 13-megapixel camera, and a front-facing 5-megapixel version. The current leaked images show the handset in black, white, red, yellow and purple, though there is no mention of blue.

Though HTC is not the only one attempting to launch handset ahead or during the MWC event next week, it is one of the few companies which will show more than one device, having announced a new smartwatch concept earlier this week as well.

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Rumors Point To a New Samsung Windows Phone Coming This Year

After Sony was reported to be in talks with Windows for a new Windows Phone, it seems that even Samsung is planning to release another one this year. Not to mention the announcement of Archos about releasing one themselves too.

When you hear about Samsung, all you can see is Android and more Android. Form Galaxy series, to Note and possibly Gear, but that is debatable. But most of us forgot about the Ativ S, the Odysseey, or even the Neo version of Ativ S. Though Samsung did not release any other Windows Phone model recently, it is rumored to release one soon enough.

.”https://twitter.com/evleaks”>@evleaks is yet again ‘responsible’ , claiming that the smartphone might bear the codename ‘Huron’ and can have a model number similar to the following: “SM-W750V”. There are not a lot of details to go on, but @evleaks points to it resembling the late Galaxy S handset model, having round edges and being made out of a plastic shelling.

There has been no word about a possible release date, nor an estimated price. What is know however, as a rumor as well, is that Verizon is teaming up with Samsung to release a new Windows Phone handset in the US. This might be something else, but it might very well be the handset in question. In time, we will know more about it and its specs.

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US Government Stikes $1.5 Billion Deal With BlackBerry For 80,000 Smartphones

It appears that BlackBerry has a guardian angel, the US Government. The smartphone giant has been bailed out by US Taxpayers, where The Pentagon has made a purchase of more than 80,000 BlackBerry handsets from the Canadian manufacturer.

This comes as a project by the US Department of Defense, where they are reportedly going to install a new wireless system. And why BlackBerry you ask? Simple. The network will use primarily BlackBerry features. The handset has always been known for one of the most securely encrypted devices, and there were reports in the past where some countries even banned the use of BlackBerry handsets inside the country. The harsh decision was made after the countries’ secret service departments were unable to crack their encryption protocols, therefore making it one of the best portable espionage devices.

The big purchase was rumored for a few weeks, since BlacBerry’s stocks have doubled from the $5.75 rate per share record just six weeks ago. The deal will really help BlackBerry get up on its feet, something that they have been doing since last year. When it comes to numbers, more specifically what the deal is worth, nothing concrete can be said at this time. However, it is expected to be in the $800 million to $1.5 billion range since we are taking about a lot of handsets here.

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6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra Announced By Sony

Sony has announced yet another phone, the 6-inch T2 Ultra. The screen is in the Xperia Z Ultra range, but it is said to cost less due to it having lower specs than its Z series brother.

It is said to have a 6-inch 720p LCD screen, with a 1.4GHz Quad-Core chipset and 1GB RAM. The chipset hasn’t been specified, but it’s likely to be the Snapdragon 400. There is 8GB internal memory which can be expanded via microSD card. On the back is a 13MP camera with Exmor RS sensor and a 1.1MP camera with Exmor R sensor on the front. The relatively large 3000mAh battery should last a few days under moderate use.

Sony will have the new handset available in two variants, a single SIM and dual SIM version, which will be available in black, white and purple colors. The price has not yet been revealed, but given the specs and the price of the Xperia Z Ultra, it shouldn’t be more than £400.

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Microsoft Confirms That Windows Phone 8 Will Be Upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1

When Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 7 could not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 when it first got released, WP7 users were not too happy about it. Some have even wondered if the same fate will be seen for Windows Phone 8 users when 8.1 comes along. However, according to a Microsoft official, that won’t be the case, meaning phones running on Windows Phone 8 will be able to upgrade to the updated version of the OS.

“We will not have the same experience as we had when Windows Phone 7 was upgraded to Windows Phone 8,” said Greg Sullivan, Windows Phone director of public relations at Microsoft, speaking to Computerworld at CES. ”We won’t run out of head space on Windows Phone 8 any time soon.”

It wouldn’t have made any sense not to be able to upgrade since the incompatibility between Windows 7 and 8 was due to a shift to a new kernel. Windows Phone 8.1 won’t see such a major change in its core, meaning current handsets would be compatible with updated versions of the OS for the foreseeable future.

This doesn’t mean all Windows Phone 8 handsets will be updated to 8.1, as it will be dependent on manufacturers and carriers whether they wish to upgrade an existing device or not. But an upgrade path will certainly be available, and we should find out which handsets will be making the jump around the same time Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1.

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Sony To Release A Windows Phone Device In 2014

Microsoft and Sony are reportedly in talks for releasing a Windows powered Sony handset. Such a move would break Sony’s current loyalty to Android and give Nokia some fresh competition in the Windows Phone segment. Both sides have reportedly held numerous discussions, with Sony going so far as to draw up designs for a prototype device. Any future product could be branded under Sony’s Vaio line, according to The Information.

Talks have continued even after the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft was first announced. But the report notes that a deal hasn’t yet been finalized and plans could come undone if Microsoft and Sony disagree over licensing fees, preloaded software, and other topics. A mobile alliance wouldn’t be altogether new for the pair, and older prototypes reveal that Sony has previously considered embracing Windows Phone.

Nokia’s Lumia smartphones hold a commanding lead over Windows Phone hardware from Microsoft’s other partners. But that’s partially due to a lack of genuine competition; Samsung and HTC both remain focused on developing smartphones running Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system. For Windows Phone to succeed, Microsoft must find other vendors willing to give the platform a significant push. It’s also reportedly held discussions with ZTE to produce additional low-end Windows Phone devices in the US, China, and Europe.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Expected To Be Revealed Early Next Year

Sony has had some acceptable devices released this year, spanning from the Z model all the way to the Z1. Though none of them were considered as a big success, it might at least have been a lesson for the future. Now there are rumors of a new Sony handset, the Xperia Z2, and the question is will this be the handset that will make Sony proud? Given the recent failures to grab the attention of most smartphone users, Sony had time to analyse the market and might now have something up its sleeves.

The Z2 is said to be the successor of the Z1 handset, using the same IGZO display panel. It is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display, boasting a Snapdragon 800 CPU and run on the Android KitKat operating system out of the box. Sony will also have the same 20-megapixels camera installed on the Z2, though we are hoping on more improvements on the Z2 model.

Sony should make the announcement official at CES or MWC since they are the first events of 2014 and are right around the corner, but there is also the possibility of Sony to make it official right before we pass into the following year.

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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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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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Samsung Could Be Working On Another Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Samsung had a few attempts at making an entry in the Windows Phone sphere, first being with the Ativ S I8750, an S3 imitation having running the Windows Phone OS, and afterwards two more in the shape of the Ativ Odyssey and the Ativ Neo S. It seems that they were not so interested in leaving their already vast ground gained with the Galaxy series running on Android. Yet there may still be a new Samsung Windows Phone in the works for next year.

Rumor has it that the new flashgrip appeared under the name of SM-W750V, a 5 inch smartphone that’s been listed recently by Zauba, the “home to India’s import and export data.” Sadly, there aren’t too many details about the SM-W750V, but Blog of Mobile (in Japanese) says it’s running Windows Phone 8. Could it be another attempt for Samsung to expand their perspective and really try to gain some ground in the Windows Phone area? We don’t know yet.

When the first Windows Phone was released, the Ativ S I8750 and the Galaxy S III were identical in design, so it would make sense that the SM-W750V could be a Windows Phone version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. If that’s the case, we can expect it to have a Full HD display and a Quad-Core processor, given the recent Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update that features supports for Quad-Core processors.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 should be officially announced somewhere in the Q1 or Q2 2014 timespan, and maybe the SM-W750V will be unveiled at around the same time.

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Two New Nokia Asha handsets Have Been Leaked

Two Nokia handset images have been leaked a few hours ago, according to a post by UnwiredView. The most interesting part is that Nokia kept their existence on the low-key and the following images can at least confirm the rumor of their presence.

One of them is codenamed Nokia Normandy, and its design suggests that it may be a Lumia. However, it’s does not show running a Windows Phone OS, as its home/back button is similar to the Nokia’s latest Asha models, including the 500, 501, 502 and 503. Therefore, the conclusion is that the two handsets are powered by the Nokia Asha software platform.

Information regarding the handset specs has not yet been revealed, and the same goes for availability details. However, the pics are confirmation that the latter information is soon to be revealed as well.

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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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Lenovo Vibe Z Announced With Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, Dual-Sim And Flip Cover

Lenovo announced a new model of their Vibe X smartphone series, the Vibe Z. It is powered by a Qualcomm processor and a larger display, replacing the former MediaTek MT6589T chip with the Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM.

The Vibe Z comes with a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p LCD screen having 400 ppi and a dual-SIM card tray, giving the user an option to have two mobile operators at the same time. A Sony IMX135 camera can be seen on the back with the Exmor-RS sensor that shoots 13-megapixel photos using a fast f/1.8 lens.

The combination of wide aperture, backside illuminated sensor and proprietary image processing algorithms helps provide excellent low-light performance. The phablet also comes with a dual-LED flash system and a respectable front-facing 5-megapixel camera for Instagram and Vine lovers or basic video calling.

Lenovo states the device has a standby time of up to 278.5 hours on the WCDMA + GSM model and there are also rumors of a CDMA2000 + GSM model for China Telecom users and a LTE + GSM variant for the overseas market.

Lastly, a flip cover, which looks strikingly similar to the S View Cover that Samsung recently made popular, has been revealed along with the handset. Despite the similarities, Lenovo’s version has a special area that you can slide to answer or decline an incoming call. News of an international launch are unknown at this point, whereas Lenovo is preparing to make pre-orders available in China very soon.

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Android Jelly Bean To Go Past 50% Share

In recent Android news, it seems like the Android 4.x Jelly Bean takes up half of the android share with over 50% of devices running on the Operating System on devices such as smartphones, tablets, phablets, etc.

As shown above, the 4.3 Jelly Bean is marked at 2.3% while growing in number each day, the 4.2.x Jelly Bean comes right after with 12.5% of android users running it and still growing in number, followed by the 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Creat Sandwich which takes up 19.8% of the share and last but not least, the most common 4.1.x Jelly Bean taking up the majority with 37.3% of the share.

Other news includes screen size and density shares, with the majority of users having a Normal screen size (with a share of 79.6%) and having a hdpi compatible screen (with a share of 33.4%). Only 8.8% users prefer the ultra high dpi, the xxhdpi, and not far from hdpi are the xhdpi users, taking up a share of 22.2%. The chart below represents the full screen size and density shares representations.

In terms of graphics and 3D modelling, Open GL Version 2.0 takes the lead with a whooping 98.3% of the share compared to version 1.1 and 3.0, which only represent 0.1% and 1.6% of the total. You can find the chart below.

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Two Variants Available For The Nexus 5, The D820 And D821

As it comes in most cases, the Nexus 5 is not just one handset and model. It comes in two different variants, the D820 and D821 as they are called. The D820 is manufactured for the North America region and the D821 is distributed in the Rest of The World. Of course, externally both models are the exact same, from the case, buttons, camera and design are indistinguishable. You have the same options of storage and colors as well, which is great.

On the inside there are a couple of minor differences. First of all, you will find the same spec sheet for the screen, processor, RAM, sensors, Wi-Fi and everything else. All of this points out that both the D820 and D821 run the exact same software build as well, which means that Google have pushed and worked hard trying to bring a “one phone” to the entire world. The only tangible difference between the two models is the mobile network bands. It is to be expected as it’s basically impossible to fit every necessary radio into just a single model.

North America (D820) model:

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Rest of World (D821) model:

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
  • LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

Out of the box, the D820 model will work just fine for 2G, 3G and LTE data on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Any MVNO that operates on the T-Mobile or AT&T network will be good to go as well, but things turn into a bit of a grey area once you go beyond there.

Outside of North America, the Rest of World D821 model should have no issues connecting to 2G, 3G and LTE throughout Europe and beyond. Things again get into a grey area when you head over to Asia where different and unique networks are run. It is advisable to double, triple and quadruple check the bands your carrier of choice runs on before you make a purchase.

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Android 4.4 Ported To The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 And Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition

In less than 24 hours, a group of talented software geeks has been successful in porting Google’s latest Android OS, 4.4 KitKat, to three Nexus devices. Android 4.4 KitKat is not yet officially available for Nexus devices, but AOSP builds for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 – 2012 and 2013 Editions are available for download.

Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition Wi-Fi version users can get their AOSP KitKat fix from Rootzwiki, while the Nexus 7 – 2012 Edition Wi-Fi model users can get the ROM via Paranoid Android. A Google Apps package for them can be grabbed from here. The Nexus 4’s AOSP KitKAT ROM is available for download as well over here.

A reminder however is that installing unofficial software on your devices, even if these are AOSP ROMs for Nexus devices, is not recommended. Everyone is responsible for whatever happens during the installation, but in case you decide to go this route, make sure you backup your data and follow the necessary install steps closely.

The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 – 2012 and 2013 Editions , Nexus 10 and Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 along with HTC One will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for the official update.

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5 Million Galaxy Note 3 Handsets Sold in One Month

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released about a month ago and given the Galaxy Note series’ popularity, it does not come as a surprise to find out that the Galaxy Note 3 has done pretty well for itself. According to a statement made by Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, he has confirmed to a Korean media outlet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has managed to sell 5 million units worldwide in a month since its release.

To put this into perspective, the original Galaxy Note took about 5 months to hit the 5 million mark, while the Galaxy Note 2 took 2 months to reach the previously mentioned milestone, so we have to wonder with the Galaxy Note 4 and how did Samsung manage to move 10 million units in one month (5 million in half a month). We can estimate that there are bigger numbers to be seen when the Galaxy S5 will be released.

The Galaxy Note 3 was released last month and users definitely liked what they saw, given the number of handsets sold, but looking back to when the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced back in IFA 2011, many thought the idea of a smartphone with a 5.3” display was a bit ridiculous. However, it looks like phablets are getting a lot of appreciation from more and more people every day.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Rolls Out For Sony Xperia L

The Xperia L received the Android 4.2.2 update today. Android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware is a major update for the Xperia L, the previous version of the handset was android 4.1.2 15.0.A.2.17 firmware, and it is confirmed in regions such as Indonesia, India, Philippines, Central Europe and is available over PC Companion as well as via SUS.

The Xperia L will contain all the stock android 4.2.2 features which other Xperia smartphones got in this 700 Mb update, as well as updated media apps such as a new camera app, Walkman, Album and a UI refresh.

Xperia L Android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware Changelog:

  • New home screen UI, you can add up to 7 window panes now.
  • Add more widgets in home screen and lock screen now.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancement.
  • Superior auto mode ( auto scene recognition ) and Burst Mode feature added in Camera interface. Camera is certainly improved a lot in this update.
  • Updated Sony Media apps.
  • Small apps accessible from home screen.
  • Improved search and app sorting now.
  • New Keyboard added.
  • Transparent status bar and dock at the bottom part on home screen.
  • False memory notification bug is rectified.
  • Day Dream feature added in display settings.
  • More free RAM available now, up to 840 MB

Users who are hoping for an Android 4.3 update in the near future will also take into consideration the fact that the Xperia L is a mid-range handset, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Thank you Xperia Guide and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.
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Three New ZTE Dual-Core Handsets Announced

ZTE has announced three new devices, Blade Q Mini, Blade Q and Blade Q Maxi in the Blade series for European market. The Blade Q Mini has a 4-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution, Blade Q has a 4.5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution display and the Blade Q Maxi has a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

The trio phones are powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor with Mali 400 GPU and run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. They pack 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and come with 21 MB/s 3G HSPA+ connectivity. AO Wen, General Manager of ZTE Handset European Operation Office had this to say about these new Blade Q series phones:

At ZTE we believe that smartphone technology should be accessible for everyone. The popularity of the Blade series across Europe proves that there is real consumer appetite for high performance smartphones at a great price. The features available across the Blade handsets redefine ‘value for money’ in the smartphone market, and we’re confident that the ZTE Blade Q range will continue to grow ZTE’s position in Europe.


In terms of software, the handsets come pre-loaded with Evernote, Dropbox and Office Suite. There has not been any word of availability or pricing at the moment, but time will reveal everything.

Thank you Fonearena for providing us with this information.
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