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We have found these leaked iPhone 5S pictures from the web.   These pictures showed iPhones with different colors and sizes. The build material looks plastic adding more evidence to confirm that the next iPhone in the series might have cheaper versions. The cost of the iPhones were always a problem compared with other manufacturers smart phones and this solves that issue.


The first picture (left) allegedly be the rumored cheaper new iPhone. It also appears to have a slightly smaller screen than the current 4" Retina on the iPhone 5.  On the right side (blue) is the more interesting one and is slated as the iPhone 5S (or maybe even iPhone 6).  It's larger than the current iPhone 5 and sports a bigger, almost bezel-less screen with sloping edges. It sports a rather strange-looking cyan color and the front appears to be entirely made of glass.


What do you think folks?

Source: iphoneclub.nl




The well known Consumer Reports reviewed the brand new iPhone 5s and 5c models think while it holds the improved processor, better camera, and new fingerprint sensor in high regard, CR states that Apple can't compare to Android devices that offer larger, sharper displays and higher-capacity batteries.


According to Consumer Reports:


"...battery life was still notably shorter than you are on other phones within our tests, including three from the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the bigger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC."


Looks like Apple will have to take another page from Android's book and abandon its fixation with more compact displays whether it hopes to stay competitive. While hauling out phablets without notice to make a phone call isn't everyone's cup of tea, the numbers don't lie. Bigger might not always be better, but Samsung has been selling more of these devices.

 


 

Samsung Display will showoff two flexible displays at CES 2013 in Las Vegas next month. The first display panel will cater to smartphones that will have a display size of 5.5-inches and 1280×720 HD resolution whereas the second one will be a 55-inch for televisions.

 

Samsung has been developing curving screens for some time, showing off smaller display demos, like the 4.5-inch WVGA screen with about a 200 pixel density that CNET saw at CES 2011. With this demo's increased resolution and screen size, Samsung is clearly keeping pace with today's smartphone expectations.

 

Nonetheless, we're looking forward to getting a first look at them in the coming CES 2013.

 

Source: Cnet

 

 




Samsung Electronics rolls out 5-inch large screen entry-level smartphone Galaxy Grand via three major domestic carriers. Beefing up its large screen smartphone lineup with this latest release of Galaxy Grand, Samsung Electronics has further consolidated the market trend favoring bigger screens. Galaxy Grand boasts premium performance despite reasonable price.


Samsung Galaxy Grand runs on Google Android OS Jelly Bean 4.1 and 1.4GHz Quad Core Processor featuring 8 megapixel camera, NFC, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and others.


The rest of the specs for the South Korean version are as follows:

 

  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5 Inch Display With WVGA 800 x 480
  • 8MP Rear Camera (1080p Full HD) With A 2MP Front Shooter
  • NFC With S Beam
  • USB 3.0
  • 8GB Internal Memory Expandable via MicroSD Card To 64GB
  • Multi-Window
  • 2100mAh Battery
  • 1GB Of RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0


The South Korean version of the unlocked Galaxy Grand will come in at just 350,000 won or US $327.




According to AndroidAuthority, Samsung will implement a Gesture Based Non Contact User Interface Display on its Next Flagship Samsung Galaxy S IV.


Samsung has selected Atmel's new maXTouch Series Touch for Samsung Galaxy SIV, which will provide superior performance with less power consumption, with this technology, instead of reaching over to touch screen, you can operate the phone with gesture controls.


In the past Pantech Vega also used recognition technology developed by eyesight mobile technologies. In this phone, the front camera act as sensor for the gestures, But there was major drawback in this phone as this consumes a lot of power.


This technology will be new in the Samsung Galaxy S4, it opens up a lot of possibilities down the road. Since this hasn't been confirmed by Samsung just yet, this is nothing more than a good rumor, but after hearing this, I really looking forward to actually see the device in person.


See below video on Xperia sola with floating touch.


Source:AndroidAuthority

 




A minor loophole that allows one to bypass the locked screen of the Galaxy Note 2 has been revealed. This could temporarily let you in past the lock screen security, in case you forgot how it goes.


For you to be able to go beyond the lock screen security, hit the "emergency call" button and then tap "emergency contacts". Hold the home button and you will temporarily see the home screen, long enough for you to make a shortcut call on the home screen. This will then render the lock screen security ineffective.


It will revert back to the locked screen if you do not have a shortcut call on your home screen but this can also compromise your email or short messages for as long as it does not go back to the locked screen. Although this is a potential way to breach one's privacy, it is not as worse as other vulnerabilities found in some smartphones and other devices.

 

See video below:

 

Source: Youtube



According to Eldar Murtazin, the Samsung Galaxy S III remains to be quite the popular smartphone in terms of Samsung sales because instead of being left out post-S 4 launch, it will actually receive upgrades and updates.


Samsung is said to be improving the S III, giving it a more powerful battery than the original and a better display screen. No additional information as to how they will make the screen "better," but judging from the way it sounds, it's all good. In addition, the new S III will also have wireless charging capability.


For now, it is safe to say that this will be the Galaxy S III Plus, based on Samsung's penchant for reissuing their old flagships with better specs. Another good news is that the S III will apparently have a better price, which will help reach to a bigger range of customers.

 

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Recently, a lock screen bypass was discovered on some Samsung phones that run on Android Jelly Bean, which includes the Galaxy Note. This poses a security threat for such smartphones and some bloggers have even demonstrated how to get past the lock screen via videos and written tutorials.


Some people who are not too keen with the issue see it as a vulnerability of a phone's security, while others think that it will be too time consuming to bypass the lock screen in this manner.


People from Android Central asked Samsung if they were aware of the glitch and if they were doing anything to patch things up. The company confirms that they know all about it and that they are working on a solution that they can roll out as soon as possible.


Here's the manufacturer's statement in full --


"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."


Source; androidcentral




According to information procured from the OLED Association, Samsung will possibly debut the flexible plastic display on the IFA in Berlin and the Galaxy Note III could be the first device to sport this breakthrough component.


The report from OLEDA also claims that the Note 3's display will be significantly lighter, thinner and more flexible than the one used on the Note 2. It could be the main point of discussion for Samsung on the said event, but this remains to be seen.


Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 3's screen is reportedly comparable to the Youm display screens that were introduced in the CES a few months back. There is no further information whether or not Samsung will release a curved display, though, despite the rumors.


A thinner plastic-based screen will surely make room for a better battery, to compliment the Note 3's processing ability. Also, with a screen size reportedly half an inch bigger than its predecessors, the Note 3 could very well topple the Galaxy S 4's popularity.


Source: oled-a.org


 



According to SamMobile, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 going to have a 5.68-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.8 GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 ‘octa-core' processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 16 / 32 / 64 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It will apparently run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from day one, but we already knew that.


As you can see, we're yet to have a clear picture of what the Galaxy Note 3 will have to offer, even though we see some of the same specs repeated over and over in new reports.  The Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled on September 4, during a special media event in Berlin, Germany.


Here are the specs: SM-N900


  • 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420
  • ARM Mali-T628 MP6
  • RAM unconfirmed
  • 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • No LTE connectivity
  • 16/32/64GB of storage
  • microSD support of up to 64GB
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 3200mAh battery

 


 


Samsung has beaten rival Apple in creating a smartphone with a curved screen. Apple filed for a patent on a device having a wraparound display in March, but nothing has come of those plans by yet. Samsung, however, announced Wednesday that it has created a tool with a curved screen, which is unveiled later this fall.


"We plan to introduce a smartphone having a curved display in South Korea in October," Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing, D.J. Lee, said Wednesday in an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in Seoul, according to Reuters.


Curved displays are the initial step toward creating bendable screens, which may be groundbreaking for smartphones and wearable tech, eliminating be worried about screen cracks and allowing for an array of new shapes. Samsung already has some knowledge about the technology, because it makes curved OLED televisions. Those Televisions cost around $9,000, Reuters reports, which leaves some uncertainty about if the technology can be achieved cheaply enough to create devices that employ it affordable.


Apple Insider reported around the wraparound screen patent Apple declared back in March. The proposed device's screen wraps completely around the phone and would use face recognition to determine which direction a user is viewing the screen. The unit would basically be one silver screen, using gestures instead of buttons to do various functions. Apple Insider also reported that the display would make the creation of 3-D imagery easier, these types of its seamless design, the unit would be more great looking than current smartphones.


The smartphone market will only grow more competitive because it reaches its saturation point, and Samsung knows it must innovate if the company is to keep its add Apple. One key area by which Samsung has beaten Apple is emerging markets, particularly in Asia.


Samsung offers cheap devices running on Google's Android platform that have shown great appeal in emerging markets, where consumers usually have to pay top dollar for devices. But with the release of two new iPhones last week, new research is speculating that Apple will gain lost ground in emerging markets quickly because of the unexpectedly high price of the iPhone 5C.


Now the big questions Samsung faces using the introduction of curved screens are if users will respond well to this type of radical alternation in the shape of the smartphones, and when the technology can be achieved cheaply enough to help make the devices utilizing it accessible.

 



According to shipping records the Galaxy Note 4 will be equipped with 5.7 inch screen just like it's predecessor Note 3 and is price at the same level as Note 3.


This comes to reiterate info from last month's exclusive in which we told you to expect a 5.7" QHD (2560x1440 pixel) panel.


Furthermore, the resolution itself has been confirmed, and by Samsung no less. The SM-N910A already has its own user agent profile listed on the Korean company's website. And sure enough, it's sporting that insane pixel-packed resolution.


The new device should be officially announced at IFA 2014 in early September, and we imagine it will be available to buy not long after that.

 

 




The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is powered by MediaTek's MT6589 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and will run on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It packs in a 2100mAh battery. Micromax Canvas HD come with 5-inch HD IPS screen that supports HD resolution (1280x720) and a colour depth of 16.7 million. This smartphone is expected to be available in the market in the first week of February. The company has not disclosed the exact price for this device but has indicated that it will be retail for under Rs. 15,000.


Micromax A116 Canvas HD key specifications


  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1



Press Release:


Micromax, India's leading handset manufacture today announced its partnership with MediaTek, the leading chipset manufacturers for the launch of their first quad core processor phone -A116 Canvas HD.


Designed for comfort and convenience, the Canvas HD is powered by MediaTek's MT6589 1.2 GHz quad core processor and run on Android Jelly Bean. With an HD IPS screen with a HD resolution of 1280x720 and a color depth of 16.7 million, the phone comes with superb graphics and HD viewing experience. Supported by a 2100mAh battery, it is the ideal phone for the young generation who is always on the lookout for better, faster and savvier smart phones on the go!


Commenting on the launch and association with MediaTek, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax said, "At Micromax, we constantly strive to innovate and develop great technological experiences for our consumers. Today's launch marks our association with MediaTek to bring forth our first quad core phone in this segment, offering consumers a great user experience with latest features and added functionality." He further added, "We are excited with the success of Canvas 2, which has clearly established Micromax as number one player in the new 5" phablet category in India. We are looking forward to similar success with the new phone being unveiled today."


The A116 Canvas HD promises superior quality graphics, multi-tasking and improved application performance. The phone sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and multiple camera settings such as night mode, 4X zoom - to further enhance the superiority of the memorable moments. 3G enabled A116 will help users in faster browsing, downloading attachments and watching streaming videos with excellent quality. The users can download HD quality videos and watch them on their phone without compromising with the quality. Users now can get to keep all their downloaded music by storing them in the phone's external memory which is expandable up to 32GB.


Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager - Business Development at MediaTek, said, "In less than 2 years of launching our first smartphone chipset, MediaTek's shipments in this category have grown more than ten times, with 110 million units in 2012. As the world's first commercialized quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, the MT6589 is an innovative solution that accelerates product development, simplifies differentiation, and offers the best possible experience that mid to high-end smart device owners desire. Micromax shares our core philosophy of pushing the bar on innovation and bringing it within the reach of the masses. We are delighted that India's leading youth mobile brand has chosen MediaTek to power its top-end mobile smartphones."


 



According to DigiTimes, Amazon is going to use a 4.7-inch screen for its smartphone that is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2013, according to industry supply chain sources.


The company was previously considering a 4.3-inch screen but later scrapped the idea after witnessing increased demand for larger size screens among consumers, said the DigiTimes.


Amazon has also reportedly been working on enhancing other specifications of the smartphone. However, the sources did not reveal if Amazon's recent changes to the device were the reason for rumors in the market stating that mass production of the device may be delayed until later in the second quarter of the year or possibly later.


The sources did indicate, however, that while Amazon is looking to a second-quarter release date for the device, it may not be able to release the smartphone on schedule, as production progress at its manufacturing partner, Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), has not been as smooth as expected.


Source: digitimes



If you want to save money and lower the amount that you pay for your smart device, then this might sound quite interesting to you. SmartAds wants to offer $25 to people who would click their ads while their phones or tablets are on lockscreen.


You can dismiss or view any ad for more information and in return, SmartAds pays you for the time you spent browsing through the ad. This internet marketing campaign is not new and it's actually a little surprising that it is just beginning to happen to mobile devices, when it's quite a big industry on the internet. Many companies pay thousands to millions of dollars to get their ads seen and even make a sale.


SmartAds presently has over $1k on Indiegogo and their goal is in fact, to reach $50k to pay ad viewers. People will naturally want better deals with their expensive smart devices and this could be a really effective way to attract people to buy these gadgets and offset what they earn from a few clicks on ad campaigns.


Link: indiegogo




If you don't like how your home screen looks like on top of your phone's UI, you can always look for a launcher to customize it and one of the latest to come out is Chameleon Launcher. Last week, the launcher was introduced and many liked it and there are those who were not impressed as well.


Well, if you are an Android stock fan, chances are that whatever launcher falls on your lap won't impress you, whereas if you like to customize your phone and get those little extra features, launchers are the way to go. There are also those who think that the Chameleon is already quite outdated; it's really a matter of preference.


The Chameleon Launcher will work on devices that run on Android 3.2 or higher and for a little less than $4, you can have a version that works both on a phone or a tablet.


Google Play Store Link


 



The DashClock Widget is one of the most useful, customizable and along with its various functions, there have also been a lot of extensions from various developers, which makes it even more functional and interesting.


Also, Roman Nurik, developer for this useful application, has taken to Google + to show what the Daydream support can actually do. The DashClock Widget is a lock screen widget that many people found quite useful since it combines all the other important widgets that you need to give your device extra functionalities.


Among its improvements are better translation, date localization is more accurate, improved weather due to Wunderground API, improved API and Daydream.


Daydream allows your phone to display whatever you choose when it is on idle mode such as information that you might find useful, while you are not using your phone such as battery life remaining, photos, weather, etc. More and more developers are using daydream to extend a device's functionality, even when you are not actually using it.


Google Play Store Link

 



RoundR serves a simple purpose; To round the corners of your screen. RoundR is licensed under Apache 2.0.


RoundR takes advantage of the fact that regardless of the device's color, the screen is surrounded with a pitch black border, the corners of which are rarely ever touched. RoundR places four small overlays at the corners of the display, to simulate a rounded screen.


RoundR uses Mark Wei's Brilliant StandOut library to display the overlays. The source code for Mark's library (tweaked) & RoundR can Be found here on GitHub.


Source: Google Play Store


 


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