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A trio of images were just released of an unknown mysterious smartphone from the folks at Motorola. We know they have something in the works, probably with the aid of Google, but so far the details have been extremely light. With Google I/O coming up quick hopefully we’ll learn more soon. The phone is concealed in quite the “blackbox” case, and looks very similar to a Nexus device.
As usual our good friend over on Twitter @evleaks has delivered another quality look at an unannounced smartphone, and now we’ll just need to hope for more details. The device is obviously being concealed so we can’t see the full design elements, but it looks extremely similar to the Motorola XT912A that leaked back in March.
Is this a Nexus? Doubtful because it has Motorola’s logo plastered on the top in a way usually only AT&T offers, and is also riddled with AT&T and carrier bloat like the MyAT&T app. This leads us to believe it could possibly be a Motorola Atrix 3, but really, we’re not so sure at the moment as this just hit the wires.
Is this the Motorola X-Phone? Maybe. Looking at the software on board we can expect Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and all the icons appear to be stock Android, without much of MotoBlur included. Motorola has slowly gone more stock lately now that Google is in charge, and we’ve heard the X-Phone will take a Samsung-like approach and they’ll try to launch it on all carriers, but not quite the same way as a Nexus launch.
As soon as we hear or see more we’ll be sure an update. We could be seeing this at Google I/O, or it might just get announced like any other Motorola phone as of late. Stay tuned!
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After seeing a Google X Phone rumor earlier today, we’re now back with a first render of the handset, which was leaked alongside certain hardware details.
GSM Arena has received the image above from a tipster, and from the get-go we’ll tell you that it looks totally fake. Unless someone wanted us to question the lack of a speaker needed for actual calls or the fact that the time is off by a couple of minutes (check out the first circle and then the status bar,) this looks like a bad photoshopped image so far.
Considering that the picture doesn’t inspire any trust, should we believe the associated hardware details? Unfortunately we can’t answer that question yet, as we have nothing official from Google.
The tipster says that the handset will sport a 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 768 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 4000mAh battery, no microSD support and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean “with very few customizations job [sic] by Motorola.” The handset is also said to come with IP57 certification (water resistant up to a meter for up to 30 minutes) and Gorilla Glass 3 display.
Comparatively, the earlier X Phone rumor said that the handset will come with a 4.8-inch display of unspecified resolution, sapphire protection instead of Gorilla Glass, a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 4000mAh battery. The other rumor also said the phone will come with a carbon fiber black plate and rubber bumper corners.
There are similarities and differences between these two rumors, although that doesn’t really mean a thing since we’re used to see lots of rumors hit the web before a new product launches, with some of them contradicting the others.
Now that we’ve seen the first X Phone render, which can easily be proven fake, we’ll get back to waiting for actual images of the device to leak. We’ll also remind you that an earlier rumor claimed that an early X Phone prototype has already been leaked and previewed, that unnamed Motorola handset found in Vietnam just before the Galaxy S4 announcement.
What do you expect from the X Phone?
Love the Shadowrun series but wish to see it return to its roots, instead of dressed up as a first-person shooter? Every true Shadowrun fan’s wet dream is almost here, and Shadowrun Returns first gameplay preview looks more than amazing.
For those that don’t follow the series (shame on you), Shadowrun has its roots as a pen and paper RPG that later found itself on both the Nintendo SNES and Sega Genesis. Shadowrun Returns is shaping up to be everything Shadowrun fans have been waiting for, in large part due to the fact that Jordan Weisman is leading the indie studio behind the game. If you don’t already know, Weisman is the man responsible for creating the PnP world of Shadowrun. It doesn’t get any more ‘back to its roots’ than that.
Harebrained Schemes is one of the many independent developer studios out there using Kickstarter as a means of funding, and even managed to acquire ,895,722 in total pledges about ten months ago. As you can see in the trailer, they have put the money to good use.
As you can see in the gameplay video, Shadowrun Returns takes place in a world that is sort of a mashup between cyberpunk, high fantasy and dystopian fiction. Orcs, cyborgs and greedy corporations abound. For SNES Shadowrun fans, you’ll also be happy to know that Jake Armitage even makes a return in the game.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Shadowrun, this game is worth getting excited about if you enjoy the turn-based tactical strategy RPG genre. I also see how fans of classic Fallout and Fallout 2 could find a lot to love here as well.
Okay, the game sounds amazing, but when the hell is it coming? While PC and Mac users can already preorder the game for its summertime launch, iOS and Android users will have to wait a bit longer.
Unfortunately no exact timeframe has been announced for mobile gamers, though we can at least hope it comes in time for the holidays. Still, I’d take a guess that this could actually be worth that wait. What do you think?
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A report has surfaced this evening regarding one of many lawsuits and legal spats that Microsoft is involved in, only this time regarding a patent used by Google Maps. So far the details are still flowing in but this interesting report and lawsuit could wind up having Maps banned in Germany at the hands of Microsoft.
According to in-court reports from the guys over at FOSS Patents, Google and Motorola are on the verge of losing a patent lawsuit that could cause some major issues in that region. Apparently Microsoft holds a patent that is described as a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor” and is in direct use by Google.
Reports confirm that after much deliberation Google hasn’t been able to convince the courts otherwise, and the Judge actually ended the most recent proceedings by stating, “He’s inclined to hold Google liable for the infringement” which could see Microsoft win a ban and injunction against Google. This could be bad in more ways than one.
Google would have to cease their Maps in Germany on all platforms. Remove Google Maps from the Google Play Store for that region, disable features that enable Maps to work in their Chrome Browser on the web and mobile, and even cut all services to Germany. Pretty dire situation. Most likely this won’t ever actually happen, and we’ll see some sort of continued lawyer settlement talks or possibly even a licensing fee to be paid by Google.
While no immediate actions will be taking place anytime soon, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and see how it all plays out.
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Look who’s getting a makeover. It has been a while since the last major news feed redesign for Facebook, but the day has finally come. Although Facebook’s look is ‘different’, you probably will find it more than a little familiar.
The new Facebook news feed is all about looking clean while also being very image-centric in design. Facebook is calling the new look “mobile-inspired”, but Google+-inspired is probably the more accurate term here. Of course that’s not really a bad thing.
Google+ has a beautiful design that is much less cluttered than what we’ve come to expect from Facebook. Being fair, that’s how most businesses work. You take what looks good and works well, and you tweak it to the point that you can call it your own.
Outside of making images bigger, there will also be changes that make finding content much easier. For example, if you are only interested in looking at your friend’s photos, there is a photo feed button that will bring all of the pictures up. Interested in checking out the people you are following? There’s a feed button for that, too.
Do you have a bunch of businesses, movies, books and other places on your “liked” list? There will also be a friend’s feed that will filter out all that content for those times when you are only in the mood to take a look at actual posts from people you know.
As someone who uses Facebook occasionally to keep in touch with friends that have yet to move over to Google+, I’m excited to see this new look.
Like most rollouts of this nature, the change will happen gradually. The News Feed for regular web will start rolling out today, with the mobile version to follow in the coming weeks. If you are interested in getting the new look sooner rather than later, Facebook has created a page that allows you to sign up and join a waiting list for the site update.
What do you think of Facebook’s ‘new’ look, excited for it or would you rather things stay as they are?
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They say you have to watch out for false prophets, which might very well be the case with the world’s first alleged Ubuntu tablet. There definitely is more than meets the eye about the Intermatrix U7, a 7-incher supposed to start shipping in October 2013 in Australia.
But let’s start from the beginning. Although we can’t really remember when we first heard about Canonical’s plans for Ubuntu-powered phones and tablets. Anyways, the new mobile OS hit the ground running a few weeks ago with a dev preview available to test on Nexus phones.
Ubuntu for tablets was announced soon after and is due out for developers on the Nexus 7 and 10 “soon”. As for actual releases of specific devices running Ubuntu, we were only given vague ETAs, like late 2013 for phones and early 2014 for tabs.
So where does the Intermatrix U7 fit in this picture? Well, that’s the thing, it really doesn’t. First of all, because it comes from a virtually unknown Australian manufacturer. True, our speculations of a Canonical – HTC partnership might have not proved legitimate for now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing big time OEMs get in the game sooner or later.
Second, Intermatrix says the U7 is to ship starting October 2013, but Canonical was adamant Ubuntu for tablets is still very much a work in progress. The first “official” slates are only expected in 2014, so how could someone like Intermatrix pull off such an early release?
Third and most importantly, U7’s spec sheet is bound to raise some eyebrows. The tab is to come packing a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A9 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage, among others. That’s not bad if we pit it against other 7-inchers around, but it’s not enough to smoothly run Ubuntu.
For one thing, the RAM needs to be doubled in order to meet the official minimum requirements. We don’t know about that A9 chip either, seeing as Canonical only mentioned the A15 and Intel’s x86 platform back in February. We’re not necessarily saying Ubuntu won’t boot on this thing, but we’re pretty sure it’s going to be clunky as hell.
If, and that’s a big if, the Intermatrix U7 is not just a big hoax. Which, all things considered, we think it is. There’s too much that doesn’t connect about it, and, to top it all off, the tab looks a lot like the Android-based Ainol Novo 7 Venus.
But why is Intermatrix doing this if they know they can’t deliver on their promises? Free publicity would be a good guess, but here’s a crazier one – what if the Australians really bought a slew of unbranded Ainol Novos, which they’ll load with an unfinished Ubuntu port come next fall?
However it plays out, we really advise you to not order this thing. It’s not even very cheap, at AU9. Besides, why would you want to turn your back on the green little robot that we like to call Android?
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Samsung recently announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would soon be available in a new color in South Korea. It’s not quite red, but not quite brown either. Whatever, that’s not very interesting. What is interesting is that it looks like the company accidentally inserted a photo of an unannounced tablet in their press images. Take a look at the device behind the chef in the photo above. It’s obviously not the Note 10.1, so what can it be?
Several images of a device that’s allegedly the Galaxy Note 8.0 hit the internet earlier this month. We thought they were fake because they showed a tablet that looked exactly like the Galaxy S3, just blown up for people with gigantic hands. Turns out that the tablet behind the chef actually confirms the leaked images!
Is someone in Samsung’s marketing department going to get yelled at tomorrow? Probably, but consider this: Mobile World Congress is about two weeks away. This “leak”, if you even want to call it that, is just going to give Samsung more attention. We’ll obviously be at MWC reporting everything that’s happening, and at least now we have an inkling as to what we might see at Samsung’s booth.
What other goodies will Samsung announce? We have no idea. We still remember when the Galaxy Camera came out of nowhere. The Galaxy S4 will definitly not be at the show however, so don’t get your hopes up.
Samsung has just done something they haven’t done in what feels like a century or two, they’ve announced a new family of feature phones. That’s right, feature phones. If you want to stop reading this article, feel free, we totally understand.
Now let’s get to the news: This new family of devices is called the REX series. We don’t know if REX stands for anything, but it’s not really important. What’s absolutely terrifying is that one of these REX devices, the REX 90, looks like a GS3 clone. It even has a skin that looks like TouchWiz! As for the specs, it has a 3.5 inch HVGA screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Where have we seen this before? Oh right, the recently announced Galaxy Fame, which is in fact an Android phone. As for the other REX devices, the REX 60, REX 70, and REX 80, they kind of remind us of a mix between the GS2 and the original Galaxy.
So why is Samsung bothering releasing these phones? Probably because of Nokia, who is experiencing quite a bit of success with their Asha portfolio of feature phones. Smartphones are getting cheaper and cheaper every day, but they’re still not as cheap as feature phones.
According to SamMobile, all the phones in the REX portfolio will cost less than 100 Euros. That gives us a clue as to how cheap the Fame and the Young will be when they hit the market.
We’re honestly speechless right now. It’s one thing to dilute the Galaxy brand by releasing the same phone in multiple form factors, it’s another thing altogether to release a phone that looks exactly like your flagship device, except that it only runs Java applications.
Mobile World Congress is in two weeks. We’re definitely going to grill Samsung about this.
Update: And here’s a link to the official press release. All the REX phones lack 3G.