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    by Published on 05-18-2018 06:15 AM
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    HTC has a new flagship on the way, and thanks to master leaker Evan Blass we've got an early look. The trio of images above are apparently official press renders, which Blass tweeted yesterday along with a three-page spec sheet. Some highlights:

    6 inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 pixel LCD display
    Snapdragon 845 Processor
    6 GB RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage + microSD
    12 MP wide angle + 16 MP telephoto OIS rear cameras
    Dual 8 MP selfie cams
    3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
    Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense
    HTC Edge Sense 2 (squeezable frame)

    The leaked documents indicate that the device will be made official next Wednesday, May 23rd, so HTC fans won't have long to wait!

    Source: @evleaks via GSM Arena

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    by Published on 05-10-2018 06:45 AM
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    The OnePlus 6 is set to be unveiled in London next week, but thanks to a tweet (since deleted) by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, here's an early look at two variants of the phone. That's Bachchan on the right, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on the left.

    With it's vertically-oriented dual-camera assembly and elliptical fingerprint reader it seems like OnePlus is now drawing design inspiration from Samsung as well as Apple. I wouldn't call that a bad thing.

    Confirmed features and specs for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

    The latest and greatest Snapdragon processor (845);
    a me-too display notch (hidable via software);
    water resistance;
    3.5 mm audio jack;
    2018's camera gimmick, super-slow-motion video.

    Super-slo-mo video, already seen on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Sony's Xperia XZ1, is made possible by the Snapdragon 845—which, according to XDA, supports slow motion HEVC video encoding at either 480fps (720p) or 240fps (1080p). This and some sort of water resistance were teased in separate tweets by OnePlus.

    Not yet confirmed is support for wireless charging, but it would certainly make sense. There's the glass back you can see on Mr. Bachchan's device above, and also the resurgence of Qi charging thanks to the latest iPhones.

    One thing is for certain: all will be revealed when the OnePlus 6 is made official at 5pm BST next Wednesday.

    Source: XDA

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    by Published on 04-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    If this rumor turns out to be true then Google is going to have a grey market sensation on its hands.

    The Economic Times of India reports that Mountain View is planning a big sales push into the subcontinent—which, last time I checked, was the second largest smartphone market in the world. The initiative will include official sales channels for Google's high-end Pixelbook, Google Home and other home automation products and apparently a mid-range Pixel phone as well.

    SlashGear thinks that the phone will be revealed this summer, and cites the HTC Desire 12 as a reference for specs:

    5.5 inch, 720 x 1440 pixel display
    MediaTek MT6739 processor
    2 or 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage + microSD
    13 megapixels rear-facing camera
    2,730 mAh battery

    While I agree that a mid-range Pixel would most likely be built by HTC talent, those specs seem a bit underwhelming in a market where overachieving OnePlus phones (for example) seem to do quite well.

    One thing's for sure: if there is to be a made-for-India Pixel it will almost certainly require dual SIM support, and will therefore never come to the Americas. At least not from your carrier.

    Sources: The Economic Times of India, SlashGear

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    by Published on 03-29-2018 07:30 AM
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    This is no leak; if you're looking for leaks, see below.

    The image above is the first official rendering of the OnePlus 6, shared with The Verge so that the Chinese Android OEM can explain their rather obvious homage to the iPhone X—that is, the dreaded notch. Apple wasn't actually first to market with this contentious design choice; that honour goes to Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. Apple's decision to go that same route, however, has legitimized it enough for Google to include notch support in its next version of Android.

    As for OnePlus specifically, here are Carl Pei's thoughts on the subject:

    In his mind, the question of whether to have a notch at all is a foregone conclusion. OnePlus, like every other phone maker opting to go this design route, sees it as adding more screen real estate instead of taking anything away. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.”
    Fair enough. However... in exchange for a notched display Apple pretty much removed all other bezels from their iPhone X. If the leaked images below are legit, that doesn't quite seem to be the case for the OnePlus 6.



    OnePlus is nonetheless claiming a notch-assisted 90% screen to body ratio, compared to 80.5% for the OnePlus 5T. I'm not sure what's going on with the different finishes on the back; the glass version leaked on a Chinese site last February, and the textured back was tweeted by Evan Blass yesterday.

    Sources: Android Police, The Verge

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    by Published on 03-09-2018 08:15 AM
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    Famous phone leaker Evan Blass has, for the moment, turned his prying eyes to smartwatches and has come up with this, the Fitbit Versa. It's not the first time we've seen this newer, cheaper and less fugly version of the Ionic. Nine days ago Wareable posted a gallery of the then-unnamed device; they've since updated their post to include the new information from Blass.

    Available in black, charcoal, rose gold and silver, the Versa will run the same Fitbit OS as the Ionic, but in a smaller and more female-friendly form factor. It will be water resistant to 50mm and, like the Ionic, will include an SpO2 sensor able to monitor sleep apnea once Fitbit enables that feature. The one thing it won't have on its spec sheet is GPS.

    If you think the Versa bears more than a passing resemblance to the Pebble Time Steel you're not wrong. In fact, someone told Wareable that Pebble had a touchscreen watch in development before they were bought up by Fitbit.

    The Versa is expected to go on sale this spring, and will almost certainly retail for less than the $300 USD Ionic.

    Sources: Evan Blass via Android Police, Wareable

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    by Published on 02-02-2018 06:30 AM
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    Some folks over at XDA examined the code for an unreleased Oreo Beta for the Note8, and within it found an XML file with a list of all upcoming Galaxy phones and tablets for 2018. And without any further ado, here is that list:

    astarqlte (Samsung Galaxy S9 Active)
    c10lte (Samsung Galaxy C10)
    c10plte (Samsung Galaxy C10 Plus)
    crown (Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
    degasy18wifi
    grandppirislte
    gtaxlad
    gta2xl (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2018)
    gtesy18lte (Samsung Galaxy Tab E 2018)
    gts4llte (Samsung Galaxy Tab S4)
    j2y18lte (Samsung Galaxy J2 2018)
    j3neolte (Samsung Galaxy J3 Neo)
    j3topelte
    j4lte (Samsung Galaxy J4)
    j6lte (Samsung Galaxy J6)
    j7topelte
    j7toplte
    j8lte (Samsung Galaxy J8)
    jackpotlte
    jackpotqlte
    jackpot2lte
    jackpot2qlte
    kellylte
    lugelte
    star (Samsung Galaxy S9)
    star2 (Samsung Galaxy S9+)

    Most intriguing among the entries here is the "jackpot" series, which may or may not turn out to be the rumoured, foldable Samsung Galaxy X. For more on the list and to see how XDA found it see the three links immediately below.

    Sources: XDA (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 01-29-2018 06:30 AM
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    What we're looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

    According to Liliputing's Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or "Chromepad") offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:

    • Faster boot speeds
    • Free-floating, resizable windows
    • Support for Chrome browser extensions
    • More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
    • 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker
    All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you're using/not using now.

    Unfortunately it's entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it's just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it's certainly an intriguing idea.

    Source: Liliputing (1) (2)

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    by Published on 01-25-2018 07:00 AM
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    In a press release yesterday Samsung confirmed that their next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, will be revealed on Sunday, February 25th to kick off the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

    As the teaser suggests, an improved camera system will be a marquee feature of the new devices—that is, the S9 and S9+. According to a reputable leaker on Twitter the big deal this year will be a variable aperture on the rear facing camera lenses:

    S9 Camera:12MP F2.4/F1.5 960fps
    S9+ Camera:12MP+13MP F1.4? 960fps
    — @UniverseIce January 12, 2018
    If you were hoping for a better placement of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor this year, here's a video of an alleged S9 dummy unit:



    Ok, I guess that's slightly better...

    Other unsubstantiated rumours include a front camera with a 3D sensor (whatever that is), and stereo speakers (finally). Any other juicy leaks will be reported on here; stay tuned!

    Sources: SamMobile, Samsung, Twitter

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    by Published on 01-17-2018 07:00 AM
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    Some slides from Motorola's upcoming presentation at Mobile World Congress seem to have leaked to Droid Life... or maybe all of them? If the source is legit we can at least have an advanced look at this year's updated hardware designs.



    Moto X5

    5.9 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Dual front and rear cameras

    No other information is available for Moto's traditional flagship. However, from the graphic above we can see an Essential/iPhone-esque notch at the top of the screen and some sort of software navigation bar at the bottom.

    Also, does the world honestly need yet another smartphone assistant?



    Moto Z3, Z3 Play

    6 inch FHD+ 18:9 display

    Moto's midrange Z series continues to be the only line to support Moto Mods. And speaking of Moto Mods, get a load of this one...



    Moto 5G Mod

    As crazy as it sounds, this accessory would bring 5G wireless service to any compatible phone. Have we even decided what 5G is yet?



    Moto G6, G6 Play, G6 Plus

    5.7/5.93 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Snapdragon 450/630 processor
    3/4/6 GB RAM, 32/64 GB storage
    12 + 5 MP rear cameras, 16 MP selfie cam
    3,000/3,200/4,000 mAh battery
    Fingerprint readers on all models

    The cheapest hardware from Motorola also has the most leaked information. In addition to the specs above there are the following colour options:

    G6 - black, rose gold, silver
    G6 Play - blue, charcoal, gold
    G6 Plus - black, silver, teal

    There is even some pricing information—nothing for the G6 Play as of yet, but the G6 and G6 Plus are expected to retail for $240 and $330 USD respectively.

    Keep in mind that these are unconfirmed leaks, and some or all of the slides may well turn out to be fakes. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that 5G Mod...

    Sources: Droid Life (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 11-13-2017 07:00 AM
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    It's not due for its official unveiling until this Thursday, but here's an early peek at the 5-month refresh of the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T. That's it on the left. The photo is from a gallery published by ZDNet's German office, since taken down. Here's their explanation, with a little help from Google Translate:

    ZDNet.de received a review sample of the OnePlus 5T without being asked. It contained no cover letter—only a review guide was included in the shipment. The editors had no knowledge of an embargo date. An NDA was not agreed in writing or orally.

    Late Friday evening two e-mails reached the editorial office with the request to take the article offline, asking for reporting on the OnePlus 5T from November 17th only. The editors have decided to meet this request.
    So ZDNet's gallery is gone, but savvy tech blogs have already saved copies of the photos and re-hosted them—like Android Police, for example.

    The big news about the new phone is its new 18:9 screen, 1080 x 2160 pixels @ 401 ppi. Thanks to much smaller bezels (and a fingerprint sensor moved to the back of the device) the display fits into a shell only slightly taller than the current OnePlus 5. Everything else about the 5T seems to be the same; it's got the same Snapdragon 835 processor, the same 6 or 8 GB of RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage, the same headphone jack... And unfortunately the review units are still shipping with Android 7.1.1 Nougat rather than Oreo.

    Thankfully, the price of the new model is also expected to stay in the range of the current OnePlus 5, which in this age of ultra-premium flagships can only be a good thing.

    Source: ZDNet Germany via Android Police

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    by Published on 10-25-2017 07:00 AM
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    The #HYPE is back, apparently...

    It all started two weeks ago, when GizmoChina posted a render of what they claimed was the OnePlus 5T. Folks were skeptical, and rightly so. Last year's OnePlus 3T took advantage of the Note7 debacle and shoehorned some better specs into the already-excellent OnePlus 3; if this leaked render was to be believed, OnePlus was now planning to put the same processor from the 5 into an entirely new body.

    It doesn't make any sense, yet the wild speculation continues, fueled even further by the fact that the current OnePlus 5 is out of stock in many markets, including Canada and the United States.

    That original render was eventually dismissed as an Oppo device (the F5), but then a few days ago another render surfaced with OnePlus trim and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor—you can see it for yourself at TechnoBuffalo. That same day, someone leaked the teaser image that you see above to Android Authority.

    And now SlashLeaks has an AnTuTu screen grab with specs:

    Model number: A5010
    OS: Android 8.0
    Processor: Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540 GPU
    Screen resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
    Cameras: 20MP + 20MP
    RAM / ROM: 8GB / 128GB

    For reference, the current OP5 has 16 and 20 megapixel cameras for standard and portrait shots.

    I guess if you're a OnePlus fan who's been holding out for a tall display then you won't have to wait until the summer of 2018 for your next phone. But all I can think of is how many angry OnePlus 5 owners there will be come November, when the 5T is expected to make it début.

    Sources: Android Authority, GizmoChina, SlashLeaks, TechnoBuffalo

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    by Published on 10-06-2017 07:15 AM
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    Okay, so with this year's iPhones and Pixels officially made official the year's collection of ultra-premium smartphones is now complete. Or maybe not. If sources are correct, there is one more Android-powered Nokia on the way.



    Here's a render of the Nokia 9, in polished blue. The phone is believed to have an edge-to-edge display just like Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+. This is what it would look like in polished blue.



    And this is what it would look like in polished copper. The back of the device is also 3D glass, so wireless charging will be supported.



    The renders are based on this leak of the phone's display panel, along with some rumoured specs:

    Snapdragon 835 Processor
    5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display, 534 ppi
    4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB storage
    Dual 13 MP rear cameras with Zeiss optics, OIS, PDAF
    13 MP selfie cam with PDAF
    Dual SIM or microSD support
    IP68 certified
    Android 8.0
    Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Steel, Tempered Blue
    €750 EUR / $875 USD / $1,100 CAD

    Aside from not actually being announced yet, there might be additional issues affecting your enjoyment of this high-functioning phone. One would be the limited availability in the Americas (if at all) and another would be Nokia's so-far disappointing policies towards bootloader unlocking and publishing software sources. If the company wants a foothold in this part of the world, catering to the whims of the XDA crowd wouldn't be a bad way to do it. It certainly worked for OnePlus.

    Sources: GSMArena, GizmoChina

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    by Published on 09-20-2017 06:45 AM
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    October 4th will apparently be the date for the official unveiling of Google's second-generation Pixels, but thanks to Droid Life we've got an early look at colour options for both models—and their price tags, too!

    Pixel 2

    The Pixel 2 will be available with either 64 or 128 GB of storage, and will retail for $649 and $749 USD respectively. Google will offer financing plans for each—either $27.04 or $31.21 USD per month over 24 months.

    Colours are as follows:



    "Kinda Blue"



    "Just Black"



    "Clearly White"

    Pixel 2 XL

    Also sold with either 64 or 128 GB of storage, the larger Pixel 2 XL will set you back either $849 or $949 USD. Financing options are $35.38 and $39.54 USD per month for 24 months. There will be just two colour options for this one:



    Black



    White

    I myself am not a Pixel guy; you can blame Google's entirely unnecessary vendor partition for that. But with timely software updates and what's likely to be one of the better Android cameras it's easy to see the Pixel's appeal.

    Anyone here planning a Pixel 2 purchase?

    Source: Droid Life (1) (2)

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    by Published on 08-22-2017 06:45 AM
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    Google has so far released two Pixel-branded Chromebooks—the original in 2013 and a refresh in 2015, pictured directly above. According to Android Police, there will be a new Chromebook Pixel announced alongside the new Pixel phones later this year. Perhaps this one will be available for purchase in Canada? Please...?

    This third iteration of Google's own high-end notebook may or may not be an evolution of Project Bison, an Andromedia-powered notebook/tablet convertible with the following specs:

    12.3 inch screen
    8 or 16 GB of RAM
    32 or 128 GB of storage
    Optional Wacom stylus (sold separately)

    The existence of Project Bison was leaked to Android Police last fall; since then a new name has started popping up in the commits on Google's Chromium code review—this device, referred to as Eve, also seems to be a convertible with a Wacom digitizer. It could be the continuation of Project Bison, or something entirely new.

    For what it's worth, Bison was thought to retail for $799 USD. That's significantly cheaper than the first two Chromebook Pixels, and more in line with 2015's Pixel C tablet.

    Sources: Android Police, Chrome Unboxed

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    by Published on 08-21-2017 07:00 AM
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    I'm having a hard time believing that this is in any way official artwork for the next version of Android, but I can't fault the source—Evan Blass rarely, if ever, get's this stuff wrong. If he's right, expect Android Oreo to be made official by the end of the day.

    It would be the first confectionery co-branding since Android KitKat, almost four years ago. That version of the platform introduced the Android Runtime as a technology preview which would eventually replace the Dalvik Virtual Machine; Oreo's most welcome feature will likely end up being Project Treble, a reworking of the OS as a modular base to enable more efficient OEM customizations and (hopefully) faster software updates for end users.

    Google has scheduled a web event to coincide with the solar eclipse rolling across the USA later today. Their livestream will start broadcasting at 2:40pm Eastern Time, so we won't be in the dark about the next version of Android for much longer...

    Sources: @android, @evleaks

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    by Published on 08-11-2017 07:30 AM
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    If you say so...

    Wareable scored a nice little scoop with some exclusive renders of Project Higgs—aka the Fitbit smartwatch—which they insist is the final design for the product. I use the term "design" loosely here, because I think this thing is as ugly as hell, only slightly less hideous than Fitbit's existing Blaze.

    Note that the Fitbit logo takes up a full fifth of the front face.



    The back of the watch has a deliberate protrusion to better lock on to your heart rate. Wareable is speculating that the blue light at the bottom is a pulse oximeter for measuring blood oxygen levels. Whatever the case, it looks super-uncomfortable.

    The strap looks like it has a proprietary connection but can at least be swapped out. That's a good thing, as Fitbit's straps have a tendency to break. A lot.



    There will apparently be three available colour combinations, none of which will do anything for its looks. You'll only ever want to wear this for a night out if that night out is at the gym.

    Mind you, this derision and disdain is coming from a self-professed smartwatch design snob; what do you think of Fitbit's smartwatch?

    Source: Wareable

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    by Published on 08-08-2017 06:30 AM
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    Yesterday this photo of a developer unit was leaked to GSM Arena. It's believed to be the Pixel 2—the smaller, HTC-made device (codename: "walleye") with the 4.95 inch screen, rather than the LG-made Pixel 2 XL ("taimen") with the 5.99 inch display.

    With all the stickers and tape the back of the unit honestly doesn't look like much; fortunately, the anonymous leaker also supplied a photo of the front of the phone.



    Sorry, make that two phones... The bad news: the massive chin and forehead of the original Pixels have been carried over, but this time around they are at least partly justified by front-facing stereo speakers, a feature last seen two generations ago on the Huawei Nexus 6P.

    And now the really bad news: multiple sources, including Evan Blass, are reporting that there will be no headphone jack on either of this year's Pixel phones. Because #courage...?

    Sources: GSM Arena, Venture Beat

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    by Published on 08-01-2017 07:00 AM
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    Looks like that Thai dude was legit after all...

    Photos of Samsung's Galaxy Note8 that surfaced on Facebook in mid-July have been corroborated by Evan Blass, the most trusted leaker out there. He tweeted the photo above at 3:30am Eastern Time last night, confirming that this year's iteration of Samsung's famous phablet will be its first phone with a dual camera setup. And unfortunately, like the S8 and S8 Plus, the fingerprint reader will be almost directly beside it.



    After tweeting a press shot of the front of the phone yesterday afternoon, a Twitter follower whipped up this handy side-by-side comparison with the Galaxy S8. It might not be 100% accurate in terms of scale, but at least shows the differences in design.

    The Galaxy Note8 is expected to be made official on Wednesday, August 23rd at an event in New York City.

    Sources: @evleaks (1) (2), via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-31-2017 07:00 AM
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    Samsung's Galaxy Active line seems to be quite popular with Android users, enough so that unlocked versions of the exclusive-to-AT&T devices are readily available on Amazon and eBay. And it's pretty easy to see why: who wouldn't want a flagship smartphone with a bigger battery and more durable casing?

    A ruggedized version of this year's Galaxy S8 was inevitable, and we now have an early look via a leaked training manual to Android Police. The specs:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    5.8" Super AMOLED QHD display, Gorilla Glass 5
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage plus microSD
    12 MP F1.7 rear camera / 8 MP F1.7 selfie cam
    4,000 mAh battery
    IP68 + MIL-STD-810G durability
    Android 7.0 Nougat

    The older version of Android may disappoint some, and here's something likely to annoy everyone: the formerly-reprogrammable "active" button will now only launch Bixby.

    The Galaxy S8 Active is expected to be available in two colors, Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold (American spelling deliberate for our friends on AT&T). The price has yet to be confirmed, but the phone's launch is imminent, possibly as early as August 1st.

    Source: Android Police

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    by Published on 07-28-2017 07:30 AM
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    Evidence of Nokia's comeback as an Android OEM continues, with a new report of some 500 design patents transferred back to the company from the former owner of its smartphone business. The most recognizable of the bunch would have to be the user interface from the Lumia camera app, seen above.

    The trademarks associated with the app—PureView, PureMotion, etc.—remain the intellectual property of Microsoft Mobile Oy; the patents, however, were apparently triggered by the sale of some other assets by Microsoft to a third party last year. This leaves Microsoft's mobile business with about 200 design patents remaining. Sure would be a shame for those to go to waste.

    With the Lumia camera UI back under the Nokia banner and the renewed partnership with Carl Zeiss, Inc., the Nokia 8 that's due next month might give this year's Pixel some stiff competition in the camera department!

    Source: Nokiamob

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