What appear to be unannounced LG and Samsung Android handsets have been spotted online, with product numbers reminding us of Nexus and Galaxy Note devices, respectively.
Well-known leaker @evleaks asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions (D820 and D821), while the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.
The LG D830 has been spotted on LG’s website, and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 has a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) according to the user agent profile, and will have LTE support.
The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on logistics website Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. According to the information available, we’re indeed looking at a mobile phone which will have a screen size between 5.5 and 5.7 inches, and which has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”
However, its model number isn’t similar with the Galaxy Note 3’s model number, rather reminding us of the Galaxy Note 2, whose model number is SM-N7100.
Images for either device aren’t available yet. Furthermore, we’ll add that the fact that these LG and Samsung devices have been spotted online doesn’t mean anything just yet, so we’ll just have to wait for more details.
However, the 32GB model of the handset is not available from T-Mobile. We’ll also note that the white Nexus 5 is also unavailable from the carrier. These models can still be purchased from the Play Store, even though you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get some of them.
If you’ve not already fired up your web browsers and added an iPhone 5s to your collection, it’s now time to get going. Apple has their online store up and ready to take orders and additonally carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T sites are currently having their servers being stress tested.
After announcing the pricing and availability dates earlier this month, the LG G2 is now available online from both T-Mobile and AT&T. While the release is right on time as per AT&T’s schedule, T-Mobile has managed to launch the phone a few days earlier than previously announced.
As a part of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans, the LG G2, you can pick up the highly-anticipated LG flagship from a down payment, followed by monthly installments for 24 months. Of course, you can also pay for the device outright, which will set you back 3.99. T-Mobile will also be giving away for free a LG QuickWindow case, worth .99, with every purchase. You can find out more and pick up the device from the T-Mobile website here.
The LG G2 can be picked up for 9.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T. The company also offers one year contracts, with a device cost of 9.99, and an outright purchase cost of 4.99, which is cheaper than T-Mobile, but doesn’t include any free accessories. Customers can also avail of the new AT&T Next offer, which features no down payment, and a monthly installment of for 20 months. You can find out more and pick up the LG G2 from the AT&T website here.
As a reminder, the LG G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, 2.26 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera with OIS, 2.4MP front camera, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
If you’re unsure of whether the LG G2 is the smartphone for you, don’t forget to check out our detailed hands-on review, along with comparisons between the LG G2 and a few of the current flagships from other device manufacturers, in the playlist below.
We hope you’ve enjoyed iMore’s extensive coverage of today’s iPhone 5s and 5c event, but if you’re wanting to watch the whole thing back, Apple’s got you covered. Over on the Apple Events page you can now view the entire presentation starring Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and of course the new iPhone 5s and 5c.
See the colors. See the fingerprint scanners. See the A7 chip and the cool camera stuff. See it all, right now. What are you waiting for? Hit the link below and get your viewing on!
While AT&T users were lucky enough to get their hands on the Moto X on the 23rd of August, folks on other networks have been left waiting a bit longer. The good news is that Verizon’s version of the Moto X has now launched as well, right on schedule.
At the moment, the only way to land yourself a Moto X through Big Red is by ordering online, as the phone is still slated for in-store arrival in “the coming weeks”. It’s also worth noting that if you are stoked about customizing your device with the MotoMaker, you’re going to have to wait until the AT&T exclusivity wears off, which is rumored to happen in November.
If the lack of customization and in-store availability doesn’t put you off, the 16GB model of the Moto X can be purchased online for 9.99 with contract in your choice of woven black or woven white. The handset can also be purchased off-contract for 9.99.
For those looking to save some cash on the outright price, Verizon’s “VERIZON30” coupon code will allegedly work with the Moto X, bringing the price down by 30%.
So should you pick up the Moto X or not?
If raw power is what drives your purchases, you might be better served by another device. If you are looking for cool ‘extras’ like Touchless Control and Active Display, then by all means, the Moto X could fit the bill.
To get a better idea of what to expect with Motorola’s latest flagship, check out our video review below:
So what do you think, interested in picking up the Moto X or not?
Early this month, we got a glimpse of ASUS’ plans for mobile world domination and one of those involved a new FonePad hybrid. That device might be arriving soon, as an online retailer has put up a page accepting pre-orders for one variant of the upcoming ASUS FonePad HD 7.
ASUS unveiled the first FonePad at the Mobile World Congress last February. The device is a cross between a tablet and a phone, offering complete telephony functionality, including calls, on a 7-inch form factor. We were able to get a short hands-on experience with the original FonePad and couldn’t quite decide if we were prepared to say goodbye to phones that we can stow away quickly in our pocket in exchange for a tablet and a phone in one device.
However, ASUS obviously believes there is such a market for this kind of device as it has been rumored to be working on a successor. And last week, we got word about its hardware. The FonePad HD 7 seems only a slight upgrade from the first model, now running on a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 at 1.6 GHz. It also sports a slightly higher 3 megapixel rear camera. Other than that, most of the specs remained the same. It will still have a 7-inch 1280
A few days ago, a Redditor found the Flickr page of Brent Couchman, the illustrator responsible for the Google Now backgrounds that we all know and love. However, only three backgrounds were available out of the multitude of variants that exist.
Luckily for those interested in getting hold of the Google Now backgrounds, Google Plus user Atharva Washimkara uploaded a large collection, that he claims contains all the backgrounds that he is aware of.
Browsing through the collection, we’ve spotted “classics” such as Great Plains or Rocky Mountains, but also all localized backgrounds, including London, Chicago, Honolulu, or New York City.
The backgrounds are in large resolution, so you should be able to use them on a variety of devices.
Here’s a sample of the collection:
For the rest of the backgrounds head over to the source.
Where do you see the Earth in terms of Internet connectivity five years from now? If you ask Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt for his opinion, he’ll tell you that in five years, even more people will have access to the Internet one way or another. In fact, Schmidt thinks that every single person on the planet will be online by the end of the decade. This is what he said over Google+ yesterday morning in a widely-talked about post that has since been +1′d over 500 times.
What the Google exec sees is a future where everyone is able to go on the Internet, and probably quite easily, at that. In his Google+ post, he correctly pointed out that “for every person online, there are two who are not.” He then made the bold claim that by the year 2020, “everyone on Earth will be connected.”
There are two ways to look at Schmidt’s statement here in regard to the Earth’s Internet-connected future. First, it could be seen as a sort of pre-announcement for Google’s imminent aggressive expansion in the world ISP market. As one of the biggest Internet-based companies ever, it is in Google’s best interest to ensure that more and more people get the chance to go online. That explains the company’s push for more connected devices in the hands of consumers (i.e. Android smartphones and tablets), as well as its work towards providing better and faster Internet service for everyone (Google Fiber, which is a work in progress).
Schmidt’s statement could also be seen as a type of wishful thinking, if not for himself, then perhaps for everyone else. The Internet is seen by many as the great equalizer, and it truly stands to change the lives of billions of people in radical ways. There’s no telling where Google itself will be by 2020, whether it will be the one to facilitate the major expansion of the Internet or not, but as long as Schmidt’s statement turns out to be true somehow, then it’s a definite win for us all.
But what will it take for the Google chairman’s claim or wish to come true?
Internet usage: A look at the numbers
According to information from the Internet World Stats web site, which collects data on Internet usage from around the world, about 34.3% of the Earth’s entire population are able to go online right now. So it’s still quite a ways from the estimated total world population of about 7 billion people.
How will Internet access spread to billions?
If Google intends to help bestow Internet access to everyone on the planet, it’s going to have to do more than just launch its Fiber Internet service in a few states across the U.S.
Also, let’s not forget that some countries, even though they have the necessary budget or infrastructure for it — or at least they could — still simply do not allow their citizens to enjoy full access to the Internet. Places such as China and North Korea come to mind. This means that Google will also have to continually brush up its diplomatic relations. So far, it’s off to a good start.
There’s really a whole host of things that needs to be done in order to fulfill this prophecy. In Schmidt’s mind, we’re all probably in for an Android-powered Internet-based future. But it’s worth noting that many things could happen in the next seven years.
It took Android less than five years to make it to the top of the world smartphone market. Now with a bunch of new smartphone ecosystems on the horizon, there’s no telling what might happen. Will Android even still be around by 2020? What about Google? And what kind of company will it be? Whatever the answer, one can only hope that “Don’t be evil” is not forgotten.
Those of you thinking of buying an HTC One when it hits stores in the near future should know that the Taiwan-based Android manufacturer has a handy online service called HTC Get Started to help you with the initial configuration of the flagship device.
The service can be tested already, even before actually buying the device, just hit up the second Source link below. Users can get themselves familiarized with the various menus and settings that can be customized when first using the device.
From the start screen, you can choose your language and your appropriate HTC One version – you’ll not that other One-branded devices could be available in the list – and then make your way through different settings.
Naturally, in order to perform the setup, you’ll actually need the phone, so until you’re ready to buy it, get yourself acquainted with the various menus of what appears to be a simple customizing procedure.
Depending on what menus you select, you’re going to experience the HTC One’s user interface specific to that action on the virtual HTC One screen found on the right side of the page.
In addition to feed settings, you can also choose what apps to have preloaded on the device, customize ringtones, notification sounds and alarms, setup bookmarks (yes, you can add Android Authority right away to your list,) select the appropriate wallpaper (or upload your chosen one) and lock screen for your handset.
After personalizing the look of your HTC One, you’ll be invited to add various accounts that you may be interested in accessing from the handset, including DropBox, Yahoo, Hotmail, Microsoft Exchange or other email accounts.
Once that’s all over, all you need to do is sign in and have your settings saved and sent to the handset. Naturally, this process is optional. In case you want to customize the handset later, you can always skip these steps. Oh, and if you happen to move to the HTC One from the iPhone, you should know you can import your iOS backup straight to your new HTC handset.
Are you buying an HTC One this year, or are you going to go for something different?