OnePlus is the pioneer in bringing flagship grade smartphones at an affordable price and unlike most other Chinese vendors who flood the market with offerings in every price segment, they stick to releasing one or two smartphones per year. This year, OnePlus is rumoured to release a second more powerful version of its OnePlus 3, aka the OnePlus 3T. While there have been no official confirmation regarding the handset, rumors are going haywire. Here's a short overview of what we have heard so far.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC will replace the older SD 820
Upgraded Sony IMX395 16-mp camera sensor with f/1.7 aperture and dual-core autofocus
Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed.
According to Evan Blass (@evleaks), the OnePlus 3T will be priced at $80 more than the original OnePlus 3. If that is indeed the case then the 64GB version of the 3T might just be priced at $480.
Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 3T will see the light of day in December and we tend to agree. A December release would mean a six-month gap in-between both the older OnePlus 3 and the upcoming OnePlus 4. There's also the Holiday season coming up, so December does seem quite likely, provided such a device actually exists of course!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Since launching the flagship One M9 smartphone earlier this year, HTC has been rather quiet. But according to company chairperson and CEO Cher Wang, there's more to come from the Taiwan-based firm later on in 2015, with a slew of new smartphones heading to the consumer market.
There's no doubt that the HTC One M9 is a great smartphone. The M9 ticks most of the boxes one would expect of a flagship device at this point. But with Samsung, the market-leader in terms of top-tier Droids, having really thrown down the gauntlet with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, the One M9 has drawn some flak for being perhaps too similar to last year's One M8.
Given past release cycles, it's seemingly unlikely that HTC will drop another handset this year to equal or best the One M9 or the almost-identical One M9+. But according to DigiTimes, the company's CEO spoke of a "new series" of smartphones in the pipeline during a meeting of shareholders, although whether this will entail as few scattered handsets or an entirely new product line remains to be seen.
Last week, the HTC 850C was leaked, with the accompanying report indicating that it will be of the Desire variety and aimed towards the Chinese market. Given the inclusion of dual SIM slots, it would seem less than likely that the 850C will reach the Western market, and the same could be said of the Desire-esque HTC WF5W, which also emerged a short while ago. With a super-svelte design, though, the WF5W looks promising in terms of a new direction that HTC could take regarding the design of its smartphones, and as such, it'll be interesting to learn of what the company has up its sleeve.
First confirmed News from the Taiwanese giant. HTC will be revealing Two major New Flagship Smartphones on March,1st at the MWC 2015 event. Many expect the company to announce the One M9 and One M9 Plus, as successors to last year's One M8.
The latest leaked press image (via @evleaks) shows two new, never-before-seen HTC smartphones that have similar design traits to other recent phones from the company. They appear to have metal chassis, center-mounted front cameras, and HTC's signature front-facing BoomSound speakers in a similar configuration to last year's mid-range Desire Eye. The only visible difference between the two phones is what appears to be a fingerprint scanner below the HTC logo on one of them. Other leaks have referred to this particular model as the "Hima Ultra" which will be called on the market "HTC One M9 PLUS", the other phone's codename is just "Hima" which will be the regular HTC One M9.
We don't know what the Plus version extra features is yet... It is said this "Ultra" model will have HTC's DuoCamera feature and a fingerprint scanner and may just be destined for the Chinese market. Other specs that have been reported include a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, UltraPixel front-facing camera, 20-megapixel rear camera, and a Snapdragon 810 processor.
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According to the South Korean website, Newsis, Samsung will not be releasing multiple flagship devices throughout the year in 2017, as it has been doing for many years now. Instead, they will concentrate on just one single flagship grade smartphone in the entire year. What this basically translates to is that Samsung will possibly not be releasing a Galaxy Note smartphone in 2017. The move is an obvious effect of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster which will cost the company billions of dollars. This move will ensure that a tight schedule to release multiple high-end smartphones within a very short time frame does not affect the quality of the upcoming devices from the company in any way.
As we know that the Galaxy S8 is coming early next year for sure, it would be a bit disheartening for the Note fans if the report does turn out to be true. On the other hand, this would also mean that the S8 will receive Samsung's undivided love, attention and care for an entire year. We cannot help but feel a bit excited at what the extra care and attention will bring forth with the Galaxy S8. However, could this mean that the S8 would see a delayed release so that Samsung can endow it with extra features and make sure that it's actually safe?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung sales weren't that good latelty, the Korean company is looking to increase its sales rate performance. Kim Hyun-Joon, Samsung's senior vice president of its mobile communications business, tried to ease things with the investors. He said the company is preparing to launch Two new flagship Smartphones, one of them with new materials and another with a large screen. Sound like the Galaxy Alpha.
Now, it wouldn't take long to figure which these devices are, considering that Mr. Kim specified they're coming in the next six months.
This is yet another confirmation, that Samsung is preparing to launch an Android smartphone wrapped in premium materials, and more specifically, metal. In fact, it is rumored to do so with the rumored Galaxy Alpha in just a week or so.
Currently, The highest resolution display in the Smartphones Market is the Quad-HD with Pixel density up to (500 - 700ppi) at max. Samsung is looking on breaking this record once and for all...
According to a confirmed reports from Korea, Samsung partnered with 13 companies and the South Korean government to develop the World's first 11K mobile display with a pixel density of 2250ppi and a resolution of (11264 x 8448), which takes the Smartphone displays to an Insane new level of clarity.
This 11K display needs a super GPU to handle this kind of High-res Graphics. The Korean giant is going to invest $26.5 million into the R&D of this new 11K display. According to the Executive Director of Samsung Display, this might look like "over specification", but the breakthrough would help the Korean industry in the future.
Samsung's goal with this is to implement a "3D effect". Details are scarce, but the way Korean outlet ETNews puts it, such a gloriously high-resolution screen is able to simulate the effect of a 3D screen through some kind of optical illusion. This 11K display panel will be available by 2018 in the company's flagships.
OnePlus has just updated it's one One and only flagship device , the OnePlus One, with a Major OTA update that contains the new CyanogenMod firmware [CM 11S 38R] which brings many new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Notable upgrades in this firmware are the added RAW format in the Camera app, expanded audio codec playback capabilities, better battery life and ANT+ support. The battery life also got a boost, while quite a few bugs got squashed.
Official [CM 11S 38R] Update Change-log for OnePlus One:
- Improves the responsiveness of the touchscreen.
- A new and very cool lockscreen.
- Ability to take photos in RAW format.
- Enhanced audio capabilities (24 bit, 96/192khz-flac/alac/wav files without resampling).
- ANT+ support.
- Added method for users to report bugs directly to Cyanogen.
- Added pause button during video recording.
- Improved battery life.
- Fixed issues with camera exposure compensation stuck in auto.
- Fixed issues with ‘4G Preferred' option not connecting to 3G data.
- Fixed issues with delay in torch activation.
- Fixed issues with unresponsive screen requiring reboot.
- Fixed issues with static in speaker when changing volume while headset plugged in.
- Fixed issues with rotation not triggering when rotated slowly.
- Fixed issues with Quiet Hours / system UI causing battery drain on last day of month.
- Fixed issues with camera not starting when LED torch is already on.
- Fixed issues with Bluetooth volume low on connection.
With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.
This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel
Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture
Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable
Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM
The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
LG broke it's silent about its upcoming flagship, An LG exec. announced that his company won't be unveiling the LG G4 at the MWC 2015 event on March. He explained that the reason behind this decision because they want to spend more time perfecting the new phone, now comes another nugget of info about the upcoming flagship, straight from LG's conference call with investors during the quarterly earnings report.
LG Mobile is apparently planning to make a big product announcement in Q2, which will likely be the G4, as its predecessor, the G3, was announced during a dedicated even at the end of May last year.
The LG exec continued that with the G4, design will continue to differentiate in terms of strategy, leaving us wonder whether he means another innovative placement of the physical keys, or an outright change in housing materials, given that the S6 is widely rumored to be metal-clad, for instance.
We are still waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launch on Sept,3rd. However, it looks like we might a Mid-Range Note beside the upcoming flag-ship, the Rumor saying that Samsung is most likely to release a "cheaper" version of the Note 4 with lower specs to target more audience. What will this Mid-range Note phablet pack ?
Based on info from the GFX benchmark site, up its sleeves. Samsung's Mid-range Note will be codenamed SM-G739F . The phone does come with a 5.5-inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a Quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.
The unnamed model will also carry 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage. There will be a 7MP snapper on back, with a 2MP camera in front. Both will be capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed, out of the box. Outside of the above specs, not much information is available about the phone, including availability and pricing. But we will keep our eyes peeled, and as soon as we know more, you'll know more.
There have been quite a few rumors going around the internet recently about Motorola's next flagship smartphone, the Moto X4. Those rumors found new vigor after an image of the X4 was posted by hellomotoHK on Google Plus. The same post managed to start another rumor about the smartphone as it hinted towards a release date that is set on August 24.
As expected, the image shows us a glass-metal body, with glass in front and metal on the back. On the white model, two black dots can be seen flanking the physical Home button in the middle, which probably also doubles as the fingerprint scanner. The volume and the power buttons seem to be equally spaced on the top-right side of the device.
The circular camera protrusion at the back has been the subject of much speculation, but all we can see from the picture is the Moto logo and the dual tone flash. We agree that the image does indicate that the X4 might house a USB Type-C port, but will have to wait to confirm that one.
Earlier, Android Headlines had reported that the flagship smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED display and will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. We wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be true as the Snapdragon 820 is currently powering most Android flagships in 2016 and the Motorola team is known to use QHD AMOLED displays in their high-end phones earlier as well. We will find out more in the upcoming months, leading to August 24.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
After Samsung launched its Android 6.0 beta program on two of its premier devices from 2015, people were curious whether or not some of the older 2014 models will receive the Marshmallow update. As it turns out, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are just the beta platforms for the Company to consolidate its Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware, but certainly not the only ones who will get the update.
Historically speaking, Samsung always updates its major/flagship devices twice when it comes to big Android version updates. Therefore, the Galaxy S5 for example, should receive Android Marshmallow as its second update is still due. Our previous reports regarding the ongoing work on the Marshmallow firmware for S5 also confirms our educated guess. The Note 4, the Note Edge and the Galaxy S5 LTE-A among others should receive the same sometime in 2016.
Needless to say, the more recent devices launched in 2015 will also get Android 6.0 but the exact time for those updates are not yet clear. Unlike Nexus or Motorola devices, Samsung phones do not necessarily get the fastest updates because the company also needs to customize its own TouchWiz UI on top of the new Android version. The delay might irritate some users, but it is better to get a bug-free, solid version than a faster botched up update in our opinion.
Samsung recently started rolling out the February's security update to all of the unlocked devices of the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5 present across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
This update is exactly like the firmware that Google released for its Nexus series at the very beginning of February. It primarily resolves the 10 security loopholes and 7 major vulnerabilities present in the Android operating system. It also packs a dedicated patch for the buggy Qualcomm Wi-Fi drivers and a solution for a major error that could have facilitated remote access to the smartphone by sending a simple text message.
Sadly, the South Korean tech giant was not able to publish the complete change log for this update as there are issues present in the software which might not have been exploited by hackers till now. They might try to attempt to exploit those security issues before the patch reaches the devices. If you are using one of the devices listed above and interested in finding out whether the update is available for your particular unit or not, then jump into Settings, go to About Device and finally tap Check for Updates.
Ever since Stagefright came into public limelight in 2015, Samsung had taken up a policy to keep all its top-tier handsets updated with the latest security patches on a monthly basis. This was a step by the Korean smartphone manufacturer to ensure that this chink in Android's armor cannot affect its flagships. So far, Samsung has kept its promise and as a result, all the major smartphones under the company's banner usually get monthly security patches.
2015 is behind us now and the January, 2016 is coming to an end, but Samsung still makes good on its promise as January security patches for the S5, Note4, S6, S6 Active, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 are now going live OTA. The update is designed to not only thwart present attacks by hackers, but also has elements programmed into the kernel to prevent attacks that have not yet been exposed.
In fact, the security update won't even have a fully disclosed changelog accompanying it as that would make it accessible to hackers, who can then use that data to penetrate the security system of Samsung smartphones. Nonetheless, Samsung has assured its users that this will fix prime susceptibilities that the aforementioned smartphones may have to remote code execution. Although this is good on Samsung's part, it leaves us with a question, what about the other, cheaper Samsung smartphones and their users?
Android L official launch date is this Month. You might be wondering when Samsung will update it's latest flagship devices for this year like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge... well, the latest reports indicates that Samsung will bring the Android L Update to its flagships devices by the end of this year, probably in late December this year.
Samsung, HTC, LG and many Other companies already building their firmwares on the current Android L developer preview image, by the time Google release the official Android L image, these companies will be almost ready to release an OTA update based on the latest Android L image build.
Android L update for Samsung devices will bring New TouchWiz UI tweaks, performance enhancements, security improvements and new features too. Samsung Galaxy S5 will get a Note4-like UI with the Android L update, which takes multi-tasking to a whole New level.
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