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Alleged photos of parts of iPhone 5 S are making the buzz over the net. It appears that someone got hold of photos of the home button and the vibration component of the much-awaited iPhone 5 successor. There are also some similarities with how the home button looks but the circuits are a little different.


Interestingly, the serial numbers on the photos of the home button flex for the iPhone 5 and the alleged 5 S are quite close to each other. For this reason, it seems like this is a fairly plausible rumor.


Some information about the future iPhone 5 S report that the handset's home button will feature a fingerprint scanner but this leak "debunks" that old rumor (if it's even possible to kill a rumor with another rumor, tsk).


Other rumors also report the possibility of a low-cost iPhone and one that might have the fingerprint scanner as earlier reported. We'll know in a few months if any of these were true.


Source: appleinsider


For a while now, Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 have leaked physical mockups, display components, front covers, and schematics all over the web. However, the physical reconstructions and diagrams simply do not do the potential design of the redesigned smartphone justice.


At this point to presume that the countless next-generation iPhone mockups we've seen in photos and on video are a close likeness to the actual 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch "iPhone Air" Apple plans to debut later this year.


These models are said to be made using actual schematics that were leaked from Foxconn several months ago, so they may be accurate down to the millimeter - though one recent report claims that there is a huge flaw in the designs that comes as the result of a misunderstanding of the schematics.


Based on recent reports and earlier part leaks, designer Mark Pelin has created a set of iPhone 6 design renders that might just be the clearest and nicest looking view of the potential phone. You can see thesome of the images below





 


Kind of sad for HTC, seeing it's earning drop quarter after quarter.  Taiwan's largest smartphone maker HTC, posted its lowest quarterly profit on record after the delay of its newest flagship phone caused revenue to miss the company's target.


The net income for HTC in the first quarter was just $2.8 million, a painful 98% drop compared to the year ago quarter. Still, any profit is better than a loss, so it's not all bad. Revenue for Q1 2013 was $1.4 billion, down 37% over the year ago quarter (which saw $470 million in net income).


HTC lost early momentum for its HTC One handset in February as a shortage of camera components forced it to delay shipments in key markets by as much as a month. Hopes for revenue rebound this quarter may be limited as the new device becomes widely available less than a month before Samsung's new Galaxy S4, which goes on sale in the U.S. on April 26.


Recently Facebook announced the Facebook Home device - the HTC First - which targets the social network's 1+ billion people with a Facebook-made launcher called Home.


Source: Bloomberg

 




A smartwatch device patent has been discovered in South Korea, with concept images apparently revealing that the device could pack a flexible display of some sort.


According to SamMobile, the patent found with the Korea Institute of Patent Information mentions SM-V700 model number for the smartwatch, which is the same model number we've seen in recent Samsung Gear smartwatch rumors. The Gear name is yet to be confirmed though.


Registered on May 31, the model number SM-V700 is mentioned again in the patent filing, and the images show what seems to be a concept design that may or may not make it to the actual product, though the final design should be something similar. You can make quite a few things, such as the placement of the power button, USB port, speaker/mic, and capacitive back and menu buttons, though again, these could just be part of the concept and may be placed differently.

 




Samsung features a new dual SIM Google android smartphone: the actual Galaxy Trend II, which comes as the successor to the Galaxy Trend II that was released back in April.


The Galaxy Trend II, which runs Android 4.1 and sports activities a Four inch screen, the new Galaxy Trend 3 runs Google android 4.T2, and features a 4.3 inch display. The phone comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, MicroSD card assistance, and a One,800 mAh electric battery.


The Galaxy Trend 3 is available in China now, in a white color version. Samsung China's recognized website is showing four designs, but they appear to be the same feature-wise.


It's not clear if the Galaxy Trend III will be launched in other markets. However it probably will sooner or later, since the older Trend 2 - initially sold just in The far east - continues to be recently released in India.


 






Chrome for Android has just been updated and according to Google, it is faster and is more suited to use on small smartphone screens. Furthermore, it has released Octane benchmark results that show a marked 25% improvement from the last update. The new Chrome for Android is also based on the latest V8 JavaScript engine.


To confirm that Chrome for Android is now better, Ars Technica has performed three separate benchmarks on the Octane, Kraken and the SunSpider just to downplay the point that Octane results could be "partial", since it is also owned by Google. The results were stable and it showed that indeed, Chrome for Android is now ahead of the old version as well as the default Android browser. However, it still does not support Flash, which many users are really looking into. But surely, Google must have reasons for not supporting Flash and we only have to wait and see what they have in store for the users. Meanwhile, you can download your latest Chrome for Android over at Google Play.


Source: arstechnica

 


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