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Leaks point to flat Android app redesign coming soon

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Google may be preparing a redesign for Android to debut at Google I/O, and some leaked images indicate we’re in for a flatter look this time ‘round.

The leaked images come from Android Police and show some new icons for several Android apps. The new design seems to bring the icons closer to the icons of their web counterparts, though with some slight differences. If the images prove true, we’re in for redesigned looks for Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Games, Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store.

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Google is allegedly calling this redesign Moonshine, which is a name we haven’t heard before. Recent leaks hinting at a new look said Google was working on something called Project Hera that’s related to the new look, but not directly. It seems unlikely that Google would ship a redesign under the name Moonshine, but we don’t know if the name will change before release.

There are several possibilities for the new Android design according to recent leaks, all of which seem to fit well with the aesthetic of these leaked icons. Every leak seems to point to a flatter design for Android, which seems to be a trend in the wireless industry as a whole at the moment.

If Google is planning a redesign for Android, Google I/O seems like the logical place to announce it. Of course, there’s always the chance it will announce the redesign in a random blog post some day, like it did with Android Wear. Hopefully if/when Google does announce the redesign we won’t have to wait too long for it to rollout.

Are you ready for a new look for Android, or do you prefer the current design?

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Samsung ‘S Band’ leaks anew, still a straightforward fitness tracker

Samsung is bringing another wearable to market, this time in the form of a second fitness band. The S Band has no touch screen, no clock face or readout to note, but looks more like a watch than other wearables. When compared to the Gear Fit, there isn’t much difference. Samsung had an S Band working (and announced) long before today, but it never made it to market.

The information from SamMobile was gained via sales presentation for the device, and shows a wearable which may not be as smart as we’d like. It keeps track of your activity through similar means to the Gear Fit, and also uses your Samsung smartphone to display info to you. Via the S Health app, users of the S Band will be able to find a count of steps taken, as well as calories burned. A sleep monitor feature is also noted, but details on that remain sketchy.

Since it’s tethered to your smartphone, the band will also serve as a simple notification center. We’ll get a little bing or buzz when we get a message or call, and the device can even find your phone. If the devices are ever more than 10 meters apart, they get separation anxiety and start, well, binging and buzzing.

Nothing about this is official, but it doesn’t look to be very exciting. It’s more like a Gear Fit in a new form factor, and is exactly what we expect from Samsung. Like they’ve done with smartphones, they’re just saturating the market with devices to see what works. Availability and pricing are still unknown, but with a sales guide leaking, it’s a safe bet we’d see this roll out with the Galaxy S5 in April.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro for Verizon leaks out

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Looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will soon make its way to Verizon’s LTE network, complete with giant logos.

A new leak from @evleaks shows the Galaxy Note Pro with two giant Verizon logos on the back, just below the camera. There’s not much else to go on from the leak, except that the tablet will definitely come in black on Verizon, and it still looks ridiculously huge.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will start at 0 for the Wi-Fi model, but there’s no price announced for the LTE model just yet. Expect the full price to be closer to 00 given the usual price increases for cellular radios. Verizon may cut the price a bit with a subsidized two-year contract, but it’s tablet subsidies typically only take 0 off the price of the tablet, which isn’t really worth the hassle.

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Because it will have LTE radios, it’s likely that Verizon’s version of the Galaxy Note Pro will use Qualcomm processor instead of the Samsung Exynos in the Wi-Fi model. Everything else should remain the same, however. The tablet will still have a ridiculously huge 12.2-inch display, and will still use the new Magazine UX that borrows some elements of Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Those who don’t want to wait for Verizon to announce the gigantic Samsung tablet will have to wait until the March release of the Wi-Fi model.

Do you plan on picking up one of Samsung’s enormous tablets?


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Nokia Normandy press render reportedly leaks, reveals user interface

Nokia Normandy

That rumored Nokia Normandy Android handset is unofficially popping online more and more often, which means that there definitely is something to it.

While Nokia is yet to unveil this handset that’s said to run a custom version of Android, renown leaker @evleaks has released what looks like a press image for the Normandy via its Spanish Twitter account.

As you can see in the image above, the Normandy is expected to arrive in several colors – assuming the product will indeed hit stores – and we finally get to look at its user interface, which hasn’t exactly been made available in previous leaks. We will remind you though, that not too long ago, the same @evleaks provided a different set of images that show various apps running on the handset (see below).

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Getting back to the freshly leaked image, we’re looking at an app arrangement on the home screen that looks pretty much like Windows Phone’s Metro UI, although it’s not quite Metro UI, is it? We can also see various apps installed on the device, including Plants vs Zombies, and, from the looks of it, this device has dual SIM support.

That said, Nokia is yet to unveil the Normandy, so we can get back to waiting for an official announcement. Anyone looking forward to a Nokia Android device, even if it’s an entry-level device that runs a forked Android version?

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Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) Android 4.3 “final” firmware leaks, rollout possibly this week

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Galaxy Note 2 users, fret no more: your serving of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is finally heading your way.

According to Sam Mobile’s usually reliable insider, the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) may arrive as soon as this week. In fact, there’s a good chance that Samsung will kick off the rollout today, according to the same source, though probably only in a handful of markets to start with.

If patience is not your forte, you can treat yourself with the updated firmware right now. Sam Mobile has what it claims is a “final” Android 4.3 firmware version for the Note 2, that will supposedly be identical, feature-wise, with the version expected to roll out soon. Some bugs may still afflict it, but aside that, the firmware is supposedly “pretty stable”.

So, what does Android 4.3 bring to the still very capable Note 2? The update will refresh some UI elements to match the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, as well as add a few new features, such as Knox and Wallet. As promised, there’s also support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Unfortunately, this supposedly final 4.3 build does not include the new S Pen features introduced on the Note 3, such as Air Command or the improved S Note app, in a rather odd decision on Samsung’s part. If that’s truly the case with the official release, there’s still the possibility to port over some of the Note 3 features yourself.

We’ll keep you posted on the official roll out of the Android 4.3 update for the GT-N7100, so stay tuned.

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LG G2 press render leaks before its official August 7 announcement

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LG’s upcoming flagship device will be made official tomorrow during a special media event that will take place in New York City, but we already have a press render of the handset for you.

As with the blue HTC One version we’ve just shown you, the LG G2 image comes courtesy of @evleaks, whom we more than trust with such leaks.

While we’ve seen a variety of LG G2 image leaks so farincluding a few provided by the same source – and we’re hardly expecting any surprises from the handset, this appears to be the first high-quality press image of the handset that makes its way online.

The device in the image below looks very much like what we’ve seen in previous reports. We’re looking at a rather big edge-to-edge display, and there are no buttons on the front side of the smartphone. Instead, we have two volume rockers and what’s said to be a fingerprint reader on the back of the handset, underneath the camera.


The phone also has a very thin profile, and on the display there’s a clear hint at tomorrow’s event – the hour and date coincide with the announcement of the handset.

Word on the street is that the handset could be launched on August 8, right after it becomes official, but we’ll be able to tell you more details about the G2 in less than a day from now.

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LG G2 leaks in all its glory in video and pics

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We’ve seen some horrendous blurrycam images of the upcoming successor to the LG Optimus G, including a set of leaked slides and a few shots of the device in the wild. Luckily, our days of trying to make sense of fuzzy shots are over, as a collection of high resolution images and video showing the LG G2 made their way online.

Without further ado, here’s the video and the image gallery.

Now, what does this imagery tells us? For once, the leaks concerning the design of the device have panned out. We’re looking at an all-screen front with no capacitive or physical buttons and only an LG logo on the bottom to break the glossy black. LG did a great job maximizing the screen to body ratio, and we think the LG G2 may be leading the charts in this area.

The volume rocker and power button have been moved from their usual location on the sides of the device and can now be found on the rear of the G2, right below the camera. Some rumors suggested that the power button is actually a fingerprint scanner, though the user in the video appears to simply be pressing it.

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Another interesting design touch is the placement of the speakers on the bottom edge of the device, flanking the USB port. Having the speakers there is probably better than having them on the back, though their small size is a bit worrying.

Overall, in terms of design we’re looking at a distinctly Nexus 4 vibe, especially if you only look at the front of the G2, with its rounded corners and tapered glass. The device appears to sport a glossy finish, probably with a “holographic” pattern similar to that on the Optimus G and G Pro. It’s hard to tell because the device in the video is covered with some sort of protective sticker.

In terms of hardware, Engadget, the outlet that got the scoop on the images, says that the leakster confirmed the Snapdragon 800 processor, but little else is known about the LG G2. The rumor consensus seems to be pointing to 3GB of RAM (at least for the Korean version) and a 13MP camera. Software-wise, we only get a glimpse of the lockscreen and a few aspects of the user interface. Interestingly, the styling of the three on screen buttons looks nothing like the presumed leaked screenshots that we’ve seen a few weeks back.

The LG G2 is expected to launch in mid-July in South Korea, with a full international launch to follow on August 7.


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HTC One mini leaks with Ultrapixel camera and more

HTC’s upcoming miniature version of their popular HTC One smartphone has appeared today, and we’re getting a full gallery of images as well as all the details. We’ve been talking about the HTC One mini (aka M4) for some time thanks to leaked details, but today the picture is very clear. This 4.3-inch smartphone rocks 720p, the Ultrapixel camera, and the same beautiful design so check out more below.

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There is still nothing official from the manufacturer, but all signs are pointing to a release very soon. The smartphone has leaked multiple times over the past few weeks, and today’s Mr. Blurrycam photos are the first real-life shots that actually look real. He’s also confirmed countless details that should have many excited for this device.

Just like the bigger brother the Mini rocks an impressive Ultrapixel camera (of the same caliber) beats audio integration, a beautiful brushed aluminum design and same curves we’ve been enjoying from the One. Then he goes on to confirm the 4.3-inch 720p display, Snapdragon dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and even running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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Thankfully for us, this leakster was also nice enough to give everyone a decent little comparison with the smaller handset sitting next to its older sibling. And for that, we thank him/her. The phone overall doesn’t appear much smaller than the original One as a whole, but clearly you can see the difference in the shots.

HTC has yet to make any formal or official announcement, but they could and should be coming sometime soon. According to the leaked details we could see an early August launch, so stay tuned.

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AT&T Galaxy S4 Active press image apparently leaks

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Samsung is yet to unveil its rugged Galaxy S4 version, but the first press image of the Galaxy S4 Active complete with AT&T branding has hit the web.

Famous leakster @evleaks has apparently managed to get his or her hands on the Galaxy S4 Active, and the phone in the following image looks similar to that Galaxy S4 Active (model GT-I9295) that was seen in the wild in Croatia just a few weeks ago (picture above).

In addition to the AT&T logo present on the back of the device, you can also see the Galaxy S4 Active product name, a detail that wasn’t available on that previously leaked red version of the handset.

Speaking of colors, it looks like this is the dark grey model, which should hit AT&T in the near future (model number SGH-I537) assuming this leak is real – there’s always a chance that such images are fake even if they come from a trusted source. The Unlockr reports that the handset would also be available in teal.

The design of the Galaxy S4 Active in this image is pretty much in line with what we’ve seen in that red version. We have a metallic case with bolts on the back and three physical buttons on the front side.

The handset is said to pack a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top.

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The Galaxy S4 Active is yet to become official but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on stage in London, during that June 20 media event. We have no idea though when the handset would be launched in the U.S. by AT&T, or whether other carriers will also pick it up.

Looking at that screen, you can easily spot June 21 as the date, which could hint a potential announcement and/or launch date with AT&T.


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Samsung Galaxy S III 4.2.2 update leaks with GALAXY S 4 features

We saw T-Mobile begin rolling out a Galaxy S III update last week. That update was bringing the handset to Android 4.1.2 with new features to include multi-window, however it looks like that will not be the most recent Galaxy S III update for very long. A Galaxy S III update that is said to still be in the testing phase has recently leaked. This one is Android 4.2.2 with a build ID of JDQ39.

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For now we haven’t heard anything from the carriers and instead this leak has reportedly come direct from Samsung. Assuming the testing phase goes will, this update is expected to come available in June. Of course, that will be initially available for unlocked handsets and carrier specific models will likely be waiting quite a bit longer. Putting the potential wait aside, lets discuss the features which look to include more than a few from the GALAXY S 4.

Android 4.2.2 build JDQ39 for the Galaxy S III should be getting goodies to include new screen modes, voice controls and an updated S-Voice. These are all GALAXY S 4 features with the new screen modes being Adapt Display and Professional Photo. The other GALAXY S 4 feature, the enhanced voice controls will allow the user to control their phone with their voice.

Galaxy S III users will also be getting the lockscreen from the GALAXY S 4. This will include support for multiple widgets, the Ripple and Light unlock effects and the ability to set a personal message as well as change the clock size. Aside from the GALAXY S 4 specific items, this update also adds a few other Jelly Bean goodies. The changelog points towards items to include Daydream as well as a new driving mode, actionable alerts, new additions in the Notification Center, the ability to run Samsung apps in full-screen and a new Smart Switch widget.

The gallery will also see some changes. In this case it looks like users will have the option to choose a white background. Finally, the remaining item here is an updated Settings app. This one will bring a tabbed interface to the settings and should be familiar for those who have used a GALAXY S 4. All said and done, it looks like Samsung has a decent update for the Galaxy S III in the works, not lets just hope the carriers will approve and release it without much in terms of a wait.

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