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A source known for providing insider information on HTC devices tweeted that the HTC One could get an update in “2-3 weeks”, while a “Senseless” edition might come in late summer.
One of the most popular devices of the moment, the HTC One, is behind the times (and the competition) when it comes to the Android version. The HTC One is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean coupled with Sense 5, at a time when the newest version of Android, 4.2, has been out for almost six months.
Naturally, HTC One users have been clamoring for an update, but the good news is their wish may be granted in as little as two to three weeks.
The info comes from a noted purveyor of insider information on HTC that has a good reputation when it comes to leaks of the Taiwanese company’s handsets. @LlabTooFeR has correctly predicted the HTC First, also known as the “Facebook phone”, and the specifications of the HTC M4, which is said to hit the market as the HTC One Mini.
Now @LlabTooFeR is back at it with info on the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One:
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) May 17, 2013
The tweet refers to this earlier one:
@hawk1902 Definitely not this month, I think this might happen at the end of this summer…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) May 17, 2013
Even more exciting is the reference to a Senseless HTC One, in other words, a One running stock Android, just like the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition” unveiled at I/O. As you can see, @LlabTooFeR is not committing to the info, so it’s hard to say if it’s his speculation or something he knows for a fact.
Though @LlabTooFeR has a successful track record when it comes to leaks, we wouldn’t recommend ingesting this information without the proverbial grain of salt. Even the best connected insiders get it wrong sometimes. We’ve asked @LlabTooFeR for more info on the Senseless One via Twitter and we’ll update this post with his comments.
With that said, we’ve also heard about Sense 5 coming to the HTC J Butterfly by the end of the month, with Android 4.2.2 possibly in tow. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that HTC is preparing a rollout for all its flagship devices, including the popular HTC One.
What will Android 4.2 bring to the HTC One? The most significant updates are the possibility to have widgets in the lock screen, a quick-settings panel in the notification dropdown and a swipe-based keyboard.
As for the HTC One Google Edition, an HTC employee did tease us during the I/O keynote, though an HTC PR boss was quick to shut down the speculation.
And the award for busiest bee in the Android hive this beginning of the year goes to Sony, whose alphabet soup of phones has been spiced up with four new ingredients in less than three months.
There’s the Xperia Z, ZL, SP and L, but if you thought Sony would be taking a breather after these four releases, you weren’t very familiar with how things go in the smartphone market.
According to newly emerged rumors in Sony’s homeland, Japan, the Xperia family might be welcoming three extra members sometime in the summer. The most intriguing is unfortunately also the one wrapped in the thickest cloak of secrecy – a 6.4-incher codenamed “Togari”.
I know what you’re thinking, a 6.4-inch phone would be sick. But hey, Huawei’s Ascend Mate is official and ready to take the world by storm with a slightly smaller 6.1-inch display. And how about the 7-inch Asus Fonepad, advertised as a supersized phone as well?
So it’s not completely crazy to think Sony has a monster like this in the works, but for now we’ll take it with a pinch of salt because the only other detail “known” about it aside from the display size is that it will boast a Full HD resolution.
As for the other two rumored Sony phones, they have a lot more details attached to their names, but they’re also less spectacular. There’s the 5-inch SOL22, also known as “Gaga” and thought to carry the Xperia UL market name, and a 4.6-incher with the model number SO-04E, the codename “Dogo” and the expected market name Xperia A.
The UL might be very similar to the ZL design-wise, while in the hardware department it will slightly step things up with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. The 5-inch screen should be Full HD, the body will be resistant to water and dust, but the battery will be a slightly meager 2,300 mAh unit (compared with the 2,370 inside the ZL).
Finally, the phone that will restart the alphabet for Sony, the Xperia A or Dogo, has been making the rumor rounds ever since last fall. The fellow is to pack a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, a 2,300 mAh battery inside a water and dust resistant body and the display will be either 720 or 1,080p.
If we are to trust the rumors all the way, only the Xperia A will be released globally, while the UL and Togari could remain Japan-exclusives. We don’t really buy that, but then again we’re not sure if the three phones are real to start with. Do you think the trio exists? Do you want it to?
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You probably know the brand Wacom, and you probably know them for tablet peripherals used as computer input interfaces. Wacom targets its tablets mostly at the creative industries, but the company also supplies the underlying technologies for portable devices that require pressure-sensitive input, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series and the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Read also: Break It Down – How Does The S Pen Work?
It seems, though, that there is quite some demand from among Wacom users to build their own standalone tablets, noting that Wacom’s current devices require a host computer to operate. On Wacom’s Facebook page, they hint at developing their own portable tablet line, and the company is actually “working 24/7 on it.”
We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device. It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.
Wacom has shared no other information, although given the choices for operating systems we have today, the standalone tablet will likely run Android. Windows 8 might be an option for Wacom, given how the Surface Pro had been lauded as likewise effective for professional creative work. But there’s one question, of course: price. Wacom targets creative and design professionals, after all. And its latest Cintiq line, which comes with a built-in screen, sells for at least 9. And that’s for a tablet that requires an attached computer to work.
Will Wacom price its tablet competitively? Of course, we can consider that touch-based UIs and technology have gone a long way since Wacom introduced its Cintiq line about six years ago, so that’s bound to drive prices down. But if Wacom will be targeting its tablet toward pros and high-end users rather than consumers, then this should not be much of a concern.
Is anyone excited for a standalone tablet that will let design and creative professionals work while on the move?
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