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The Sony Xperia A recently paid a visit to the FCC, with the documents giving us a bit of an idea about what we should expect from it, and some pictures too.
The interesting part is that some of the documents, including the user manual and some pictures, have disappeared since from the FCC site. You can see the smartphone, which seems to continue the design line of the Xperia Z, in the image below.
According to the documents, the LTE smartphone should come with a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution, and the user manual mentioned a 13-megapixel camera, as well as 16GB of storage space.
Another interesting thing is that the device features a removable battery, which is a 2300mAH one. You can see the battery slot in the image below.
Although the battery is removable, the user manual also mentioned water and dust resistance (IPX5/7), like the Xperia Z has.
The user manual comes with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo’s logo on it, calling the device the SO-04E. Since the Japanese carrier is planning to announce its summer phone lineup on May 15, the Xperia A will almost certainly be part of the announcement, so we should know a lot more details then.
Until the announcement comes, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z comparison.
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For all that we do know about Google Glass, we’ve not seen a lot of app development yet. It hasn’t been long since the mirror API was released for Glass, so we’re not surprised at the lack of forthcoming info. Glass is also a long way from retail, so again… no rush.
Leave it to developers to come up with the right stuff to add, though. For Mike DiGiovanni, the most glaring omission from Glass was a lock screen. Interestingly enough, Glass doesn’t have one. Perhaps this was an oversight by Google, or perhaps they just didn’t see a need to have one on device that is being sent to a limited audience of dedicated developers and early adopters.
Even with a limited user base, there is still a need for security. Not that those who have or will be getting them plan on taking them off, maybe ever, but that doesn’t stop a thief or curious friend. Glass may be an accompaniment to your Android device, but your info is still there. Contacts, videos, pics… that’s all private, and should be protected.
The video below shows a very basic lock screen function for Glass. It seems to be reliant on the touchpad, not gesture based. Maybe this can be manipulated to encompass both touch and gesture at some point, we’re not sure. What we are sure of is that you shouldn’t wear Glass to a baseball game… someone may try to steal third.
Samsung is getting closer to commercializing the first devices featuring a plastic-based (flexible) display. According to a report from the OLED Association, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be on show at the IFA 2013 Berlin show in September, and its plastic screen could be one of the phone’s most talked features.
According to OLEDA’s research, the screen of the Galaxy Note 3 will be made out of a thin plastic material that is not only shatterproof, but also lighter and thinner than current glass substrates.
The screen of the Note 3 is supposedly going to be similar to the Youm displays showed off at CES back in January. However, that doesn’t mean that the Note 3 will necessarily feature a curved screen like the prototypes we’ve seen so far. The screen is more likely to maintain a flat shape.
Whilst the screen of the Note 3 is said to be around half an inch larger than the Note 2, a plastic substrate would make it much thinner and lighter than its predecessor. According to a diagram by the OLEDA, a plastic-based screen would be half the weight of a glass-based OLED panel and an amazing less than a third the weight of a similarly sized conventional LCD display. Needless to say, moving to plastic would enable massive weight reductions, potentially enabling manufacturers to pack heavier batteries without making phones cumbersome to hold.
However, there’s a warning in the report that makes us wary. OLED A doubts that Samsung will be able to deliver full HD RGB resolution on plastic, and, even if it is, low yields are likely to limit the number of units that Samsung is going to be able to sell. The Note 3, while not as popular as the Galaxy S4, is likely to sell tens of million of units, making it crucial for Samsung to ensure a steady supply of displays. Therefore, it’s possible, says the report, that Samsung will only sell the plastic-based display version of the Note 3 in certain markets, offering versions with a conventional, glass-based display in most markets.
With about five months until IFA, Samsung still has time to iron out the kinks. All eyes will be on the Koreans to see if they can kick-start the next revolution in mobile displays.
When it comes to device protection we basically have two sides, those who go all out and those who prefer to stick with the bare phone and hope for the best. Speaking personally, I have been on both sides, but I have also been on the side of scratching my display and since then — I come to realize that spending a few bucks to protect a few hundred dollar smartphone sounds like a good idea.
That being the case, we recently spent some hands-on time checking out the Spigen SGP Ultra Crystal Steinheil screen protector for the HTC One. With this, those few bucks are actually .99 and the good news is this protector is available for sale at this very moment. Simply put, those picking up an HTC One now have an option to consider from day one.
This one is touted as being an “enhanced optical hard coated film.” More to the point here, what you will be getting is a single sheet of hard coated 4H that protects your display. The application process is simple and to the point and nicely, without the need of a special spray. Just peel and stick and you are protected.
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Since we reported last week that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a lock screen bug, which lets users take a sneak peek of the home screen and cause limited potential harm, another blogger has discovered more exploits that are possible despite a lock screen protecting the phablet.
An Indian blogger named Ganesh first found the issue and wrote a detailed post about it. To summarize, any user simply needs to select an item listed in the information ticker. The device then prompts the user to enter the passcode to unlock the device. However, by tapping Emergency call button, the device displays the Emergency dialer window but with the Popup Browser open and fully usable. Ganesh claims that any attacker can visit webpages that has stored your personal data. Furthermore, through the browser, the attacker can also see what is in the clipboard.
Naturally, Note 2 users need not worry about this problem unless their device is stolen and has its lock screen’s information ticker enabled. The problem can also be avoided by selecting a full screen Internet browser as the default app for launching links.
On a lighter note, Samsung is well aware of the issue and is planning to release a security patch. A company rep told CNET in an email the following statement:
Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority. We are aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility.
In the meantime, users can download the Lookout Security & Antivirus app. Its latest update protects Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3 Mini devices from the bug that bypasses their lock screens. It is especially useful for the S3 since its bug can actually disable the lock screen and thereby provide complete control over the device.
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HTC and Verizon have always been pretty tight, making the carrier’s apparent reluctance to pick the new One up quite bizarre. However, Big Red was a while ago rumored to be prepping an exclusive version of the new HTC flagship, named Droid DNA Plus or DLXPLUS, which would have explained a lot.
Only the DNA Plus didn’t come. And with the One almost confirmed to land on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of March, we started to think it was never real. Or is it?
Well, according to a newly uncovered Bluetooth SIG listing, an HTC6445LVW is being worked on and likely headed to Verizon, based on the “VW” in the model number. We have no sure way to know what kind of device this is, but given last year’s Droid DNA is known internally as the 6435LVW, we’re guessing it can only be a follow-up of some kind.
Now the question is will this be similar to the Droid DNA or the One. Previous speculations had it pegged for the latter, meaning it could come with a 4.7-inch Full HD panel, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 4 MP ultrapixel camera, 16 GB of on-board memory, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.0.
We’re definitely not ruling out the other theory though, so Verizon’s DLXPLUS could pack more or less the same hardware in a slightly larger 5-inch body. But if that’ll happen, wouldn’t setting the DNA and DNA Plus apart become a much too difficult task for Big Red potential customers? Oh, well, it’s not like the exact same thing didn’t happen last year with AT&T’s One X and X+. When will HTC learn, right?
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The lock screen of your smartphone that supposedly keeps confidential info from prying eyes turns out to be not so reliable after all. A bug has been discovered that lets users take a sneak peek of the home screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Worse, a similar bug completely allows bypassing and gain control of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Mobile enthusiast Terence Eden first discovered the Note 2 bug and posted a complete exposé of the issue on his personal blog, after learning that South Korean smartphone giant Samsung does not have a dedicated disclosure team. Several types of lock screens, specifically Pattern Lock, PIN, Face Unlock, and even the most secure Password, are affected. Eden even went on to say that “there is no way to secure your phone.” To confirm his theory, you can follow the steps below and invoke the bug on your own device.
- Lock the device using the affected security types mentioned above.
- Turn the screen on.
- Tap Emergency call.
- Tap the ICE – emergency contacts button on the bottom left.
- Press the Home button.
- Quickly tap on an app/widget displayed on the home screen. For example, a direct dial widget allows calling a person without unlocking the phone.
I successfully replicated the bug myself using my Note 2 (model number GT-N7100) running on the latest Android 4.1.2. Pressing the Home button while the emergency contacts are displayed gives me a short glimpse of my phone’s home screen. Depending on what widgets or apps are present on the active home screen, the bug can be relatively harmless or – as Eden puts it – an attack that is of limited value and scope. Nonetheless, even using a different launcher or a 3rd party lock screen does not help protecting the device against the emergency dialer bug.
Only a few days after Eden revealed this security flaw, another smartphone owner disclosed a similar bug affecting Galaxy S3 devices. Sean McMillan posted on the Full Disclosure mailing list a summary and steps on bypassing the lock screen, described below:
- Tap Emergency call on the lock screen.
- Tap the ICE – emergency contacts button.
- Press the Home button once.
- Immediately press the power button after performing step 3.
- If the bug has occurred, pressing the power button the second time directs you to the home screen.
McMillan notes that recreating the bug is not sure to succeed every time. It may take a few tries for the method above to work, sometimes taking even more than 20 attempts. But once successful, the lock screen is disabled until the device is rebooted. He further notes that turning automatic screen rotation on seems to increase the likelihood. He also used three Galaxy S3 devices with the model number GT-I9300 and kernel version 3.031-742798, running on Android 4.1.2.
Unlike the Note 2 bug, this flaw in the S3 lock screen is a major issue, disturbingly one that Samsung has not yet bothered to address, at least publicly. Perhaps they are still busy fixing the previous copy-paste clipboard bug.
Fortunately, not every Android-powered device is affected by the flaw, only ones running on Samsung’s customized software. Is your Galaxy device affected? Leave a comment below.
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The name of Zopo probably didn’t ring any bells with even the most fanatic Western-based tech aficionados a month or two back, but in just a couple of weeks the Chinese have managed to get themselves on the map big time.
And they didn’t even need to release a gadget. Instead, they teased a wacky 5.7-incher with a 32 MP camera a couple of weeks ago and then let some details slip on a 5-inch Full HD beast.
The latter, known as the ZP960, sounds almost as exciting as the ZTE U935 that leaked a few hours ago. The new guy will be a tad pricier, but at 1,799-1,999 Yuan (5-8), it’s far from expensive. In fact, it’s still half of what top-tier 1,080p phones go for in the West.
Like ZTE’s newest 5-incher, Zopo’s finest will be powered by Mediatek’s low-cost quad-core MT6589 processor. That’s not exactly on the bleeding edge when it comes to raw speed, but it’s slightly snappier than Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 and we have fond memories of that particular SoC.
The MT6589 chip is also going to be paired with 2 GB of RAM, so multitasking is definitely not to be an issue. We’re hearing pretty great things about the rest of the specs, which include 32 GB of on-board storage, a 13 MP rear-facing snapper and a 5 MP (sic) front-facing cam.
There’s also going to be dual-SIM support on the thing, while the only question regarding software is whether there’ll be Android 4.1 or 4.2 to butter up the interface. As for design, the images you can see around are apparently not real snapshots of the phone, but still faithful renders of how the big guy will end up looking. And it is quite splendid, no doubt about that.
Unfortunately, Zopo might have needed to cut a major corner to end up with such a slim device – battery. Rumor has it the “ticker” will be a meager 2,000 mAh unit. And to think the ZP960 will be made available globally via Zopo’s official website. So close to a home run…
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One of my big gripes with BlackBerry 10 is that you can’t (yet) set a separate lockscreen and homescreen wallpaper. You get to choose one and it shows for both, which isn’t the best solution. I’d love to be able to pick one wallpaper for my homescreen and a totally different one for my lockscreen. Enter Lockscreen Wallpaper. The new app from Bellshare lets you specify a separate wallpaper for your lockscreen to give you that extra bit of customization.
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Fancy up your lock screen with Lockscreen Wallpaper for BlackBerry 10
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How many phones did LG announce at Mobile World Congress this year? It’s OK if you don’t know the answer, because let’s be honest with each other for a second, nothing in LG’s portfolio really stands out. Despite that, let’s try and run through everything: You’ve got the new L series II devices, the L3II, L5II, and L7II, then you have the two F phones, the F5 and the F7, and let’s also not forget about the LG Optimus G Pro, which was announced once in Japan, once in America, and now yet another time in Europe.
One would think that’s enough phones, but nope, there’s more! According to Unwired View, what you’re looking at above is the unannounced LG Optimus LTE III. It has a 720p screen (unknown size), 4G LTE support (obviously), and a design that looks like a cross between the second and third generation Galaxy S phones from Samsung.
Hell, LG even created a flip cover accessory, just like Samsung has, in order to make this new device look that much more important.
When will the LTE III be formally announced? Eh, do you even care? There are six other LG phones for you to choose from. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that the F7 (above) is the exact same phone as the Optimus LTE III. Seriously, just look at the two devices and try to spot the differences, because we tried, and we failed.
Why are we so down on LG? Because we’re tired of seeing them create clones of Samsung device. Tired is actually the wrong word, we’re disgusted every time LG announces a new phone and we download the press images only to discover that we’re looking at a device that looks like a 12 to 18 month old Samsung Galaxy.
Come on, LG, you’re better than that!
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