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HTC’s UK Twitter Account Confirms The New HTC One Is Coming

Mobile World Congress is less than two weeks away, and HTC confirmed a few weeks ago that they are having an event on March 1st. Now, their UK Twitter account is confirming that we will indeed see a new HTC One.

There’s obviously no information about the phone shared, but it does at least confirm that a new HTC One is indeed coming soon.

Source: HTC UK via Android Central

MWC 2014 recap: Android hits, misses, surprises and snubs

The Mobile World Congress, along with the association that organizes what’s generally regarded as the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, dubbed GSMA, are weird.

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This year’s trade fair was barely wrapped up, and the GSMA announced the winners of the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards, among which you had a one-year-old Android smartphone, and a four-month-old tablet whose creator didn’t even bother to put together a booth in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, the “most innovative device manufacturer of the year”, LG, came to Catalonia with a pair of handhelds it chose to unveil earlier this month, plus a slate of staggeringly lackluster low-end, low-cost phones. Innovation at its best, eh?

So, what happened with honoring the actual show’s exhibitors? The gadgets that debuted on the Barcelona stage this week? Apparently, we’ll have to wait a full year to see if the GSMA deems them worthy of any accolade.

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Or we can commend them ourselves. And bash those that deserve it. Also, how about we single out the OEMs we expected more from at MWC 2014? Here it goes:

MWC 2014 – Android hits

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

To be clear, the Z2 and Z2 Tablet are knockouts just by comparison. They’re not breathtaking, revolutionary, or incredibly innovative, since they share a lot of common ground, almost too much with their predecessors.

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Still, as Sony’s main competitors either snubbed MWC, or came to the show unprepared, the Z2 duo has no real challenger for the “best smartphone” and “best tablet” crowns. Now if only the Japanese would also know how to price and market them to unlock their true potential.

HTC Desire 816

They tried the “hero” approach, failed, and are now back to square one: trickling out various devices to cater to diverse needs and budgets. You know, the Galaxy strategy. Only for once, HTC looks to have actually put some thought into a non-flagship phone.

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Instead of downsizing and making sacrifices all around, they’ve cut costs in a few departments, but not drastically. Nothing’s dramatically reduced at the Desire 816, yet rumor has it the plastic 5.5-incher shall cost no more than $300. Jackpot!

Samsung Gear Fit

Okay, calling a wearable gizmo right now a hit might be a bit of a stretch. Also, technically, the Gear Fit doesn’t run Android. Or Tizen. It’s something in between, simpler, more elementary, with less bells and whistles.

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But dat curved AMOLED display! And the battery life! The price! This is what people want from wearables, Samsung, not overpriced, jumbo-sized “smartwatches” they need to charge every frigging five hours.

MWC 2014 – Swing and a miss

Samsung Galaxy S5

There, I said it. The “next big thing” is, in my book, the biggest disappointment of MWC 2014. Sure, it’s not far behind Sony’s Xperia Z2 on paper, but since when is being a close second good enough for Samsung?

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The design is off (way off), the 2 GB RAM underwhelming, the camera upgraded but not enough, the battery less than stellar, and, oh, did I mention the crappy design? What’s that, a Galaxy S5 “Prime” with everything but the kitchen sink on it is coming in May? Great, but right now, this is Samsung’s spearhead. And it’s blunt.

ZTE Grand Memo II LTE

Ugh, not again. I mean, did ZTE really learn nothing from its unfortunate CES experience last month? Apparently not, or else they’d have thought twice before taking to the Barcelona stage for the intro of a 6-inch 720p phablet with Snapdragon 400 power… in 2014.

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MWC 2014 – Biggest surprises

Nokia X, X+ and XL

I know, I know, Nokia’s first foray in Android (-ish) land was well documented for months, with concrete evidence, photos, online listings and all, yet there were still people doubting they’ll go through with it. Also, three AOSP-based phones right off the bat? We did not expect that.

Now, is the X family a pleasant surprise, or a bomb waiting to explode? It depends on how you feel about Android being butchered skinned, and Microsoft’s services as an alternative for Google. I for one think all’s fair in love, war and technology, so honestly, I’d give these fellows a whirl just out of curiosity.

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My biggest beef with them? Designs. It’s unacceptable for a 5-inch smartphone to tip the scales at 190 grams, no matter how dirt-cheap it is. And besides, the X, X+ and XL are not even that cheap if you compare them to, say, Motorola’s Moto G.

MWC 2014 – Snubs

What happened with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 slates? Did the Koreans fear they’d maybe steal Galaxy S5’s thunder? Or would two flops have been simply too much for one event? And sorry, I can’t help dissing LG one more time.

In theory, no, they weren’t MWC’s biggest clowns, as they brought the G Pro 2 and G2 Mini to the expo. But their “news” was the F70/F90 duo. Again, “most innovative device manufacturer”? Hilarious.

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Other Android players traditionally active at shows like CES and MWC that were unusually quiet this week include Lenovo, Asus and Acer. Well, sure, Lenovo did showcase a trio of budget-conscious smartphones and a sleek, “multimode” 10-inch tablet.

But somehow, I feel they could have done better. Like, maybe take advantage of Samsung’s mishaps, and roll out a genuine high-end handheld contender. Asus and Acer? Guess they’ve started realizing the low-cost tablet market is flooded, and now they’re out of ideas.

Bottom line, this clearly wasn’t the greatest Mobile World Congress ever. But with HTC’s All New One announcement looming, the Galaxy S5 Prime around the corner, and possibly LG’s G3 too, who has time to think about that? Oh, and don’t forget Project Ara. Or the Nexus family’s swan song(s).

Samsung Announces Unpacked 5 Event At Mobile World Congress

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Looks like Samsung is first out of the gate to announce their Mobile World Congress (MWC) event’s date. On Twitter, Samsung announced that their Unpacked 5 event will be taking place on Monday February 24th at 8 PM CET.

This event takes place on coincidentally the first day of MWC in Barcelona, Spain.  That’s nice, considering Samsung has lately been scheduling their events a few days before the press shows.

This event is rumored to be where Samsung shows the long-rumored Galaxy S5. Rumors say that the Galaxy S5 will be revealed here and then possibly released before April. Samsung has been purportedly unhappy with how the Galaxy S4 performed in the market, so that might be why they want to launch the S5 before April.

So it’s now only (at the time of this post) a little over two weeks until MWC. Many more rumors will undoubtedly be talked about as we get closer to MWC, and not just for Samsung, but other manufacturers as well. Who else is excited for this year’s crop of flagships?

Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Star on exhibit in 2013 Mobile World Congress

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The MWC (Mobile World Congress) is always an interesting event since brilliant smart phones from all over the world are showcased here. It is a forum to launch new phones, applaud innovation and introduce cutting edge technology. The MWC also sees the unveiling of new and entry level phones with a lot of potential.

Samsung is planning to introduce its new offering, the Galaxy Star, in this event. The Star is a low cost Android Smartphone with a supposed 3 inch screen and QVGA display. The phone is purported to run Android’s latest – 4.1 JellyBean and comes with 4GB inbuilt memory, expandable up to 32GB with a micro SD slot. Connectivity is through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. The phone also features GPS, Micro USB and a 1200mAh battery so it has a pretty long run before it need to be charged. From the looks and design, the Star seems to be an OS upgrade from the previous Samsung Galaxy Y series. Surprisingly, the new phone has been christened after the original Star phones that Samsung had previously unveiled as its entry level touch screen series. Though Samsung has not revealed any more detail, including its price, judging by its looks and specs, the phone will be priced between the low and the mid range slots. Good features for a budget phone, especially Android OS that is a pleasant surprise for consumers.

The company may not choose to present its entry level Galaxy Star and high end Samsung S4 in the same MWC event. According to rumors, Samsung will host another event to unveil the S4, a fantastic new upgrade to the Galaxy S3.

Interesting exhibits in the Mobile World Congress this year, from the leading players in the industry all over the world.

Samsung Drops Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 In Favor Of 8- and 10.1-inch Tablets

Earlier, it was rumored that Samsung would be releasing a new 7-inch tablet purportedly called the Galaxy Tab 3. The device, as per speculations, would supposedly have an affordable price that would allow the South Korean electronics giant to compete better against devices like the Google Nexus 7.

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More recent reports, however, suggest that Samsung is no longer interested in selling such device. According to an article published by Sam Mobile, which is often a source of accurate information about upcoming Samsung devices, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, which had been codenamed Santos, will no longer hit the market. There would have been three models of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, according to the Sam Mobile report, including the GT-P3200 or the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, the GT-P3210 or the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi, and the GT-P3220 or the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE.

In place of the 7-inch slate, Samsung may release the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The decision, however, is still dependent on whether or not the Galaxy Note 8.0, another upcoming tablet, will be successful in terms of sales. The Galaxy Note 8.0, which carries the codename Kona, will be available in three models, namely the GT-N5100 or the Galaxy Note 8.0, the GT-N5110 or the Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi, and the GT-N5120 or the Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE. This tablet is expected to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress next month.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which share the codename Santos, will come in Wi-Fi and LTE models, as well.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus, codenamed Roma, will be available in the following models: GT-P8200 or the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus, GT-P8210  or the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Wi-Fi, and GT-P8220  or the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus LTE. Another device codenamed Vienna will have three models as well, but these, along with its official name, are still unknown at the moment.

Sam Mobile cites a “Korean tipper” as its source for the above information.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Features Speculation

Technological advances in the mobile industry is increasing by leaps and bounds that every several months we get to see new smartphone models with unique features. Mobile manufacturers always have a signature model which they make as their flagship device and Samsung currently has the Galaxy S3.  This was unveiled in May 2012 and has since then sold more than 30 million units making it the company’s bestselling smartphone so far.

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Now that the year is almost ending a lot of people are eagerly anticipating the next flagship model of Samsung which will be the Samsung Galaxy S4 and expected to be released next year. Although no official details are released by the company yet we do have some information regarding this device.

Here’s what we have gathered so far on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Display

The upcoming flagship model will sport a 5 inch Super LCD 3 display that has a very impressive 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (445ppi) and will be coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. This is way better than what the Samsung Galaxy S3 is using which is a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720×1280 pixels (306 ppi). It is also even better than what Apple’s iPhone 5 is using which is a 4 inch display with 640 x 1136 pixels (325ppi) and coated with Corning Gorilla Glass.

While a lot of people would want to see this device use the new flexible display it appears that we won’t be seeing this new technology on the Samsung Galaxy S4. The South Korean company has reportedly said that it will not be using the flexible display on the S4.

Camera

The device is rumored to use a 13 MP camera sensor. This is a considerable increase from the 8 MP used by the S3 and the iPhone 5.

Processor

Here’s where we are getting conflicting reports. The main speculation is that this device will be using a 2 GHz quad core Cortex-A15 processor other people however say it may use an 8 core processor making it the first device in the world to use it. The current flagship model of the company uses a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 while the iPhone 5 uses a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.

RAM

The device is said to come with 2 GB of RAM which will give you that needed speed when multi-tasking between several applications.

Other Features

It will definitely come with support for 4G LTE and NFC. What still don’t know if it will be running on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Official Unveiling

Samsung has hinted that they will be making the official announcement of the S4 in the upcoming Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain this coming February 25-28 2013.

Our Take

The speculated specifications are already pretty impressive to us. What we do want though is for this device to have an excellent battery life. If Samsung could make this device last a whole day of normal usage without needing a recharge then we’re sold to it.

New Huawei MediaPad In The Works?

China-based Huawei seems to have a new version of their MediaPad 10 FHD 10-inch tablet that will be released in the near future. According to a report from NotebookItalia, there have been at least three different models numbers that have surfaced at the WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG sites. The models have all received WiFi certification, S10-201W, S10-201U and S10-202U. Of course, with any device that surfaces like this, details always minimal. It does seem like the 201U and 202U versions will perhaps have antennas for 3G and 3G/4G connectivity. Details are a bit sketchy, but this is likely a possibility.

What we know so far is that the tablet has been dubbed the MediaPad 10 Link, and the devices do appear to have the MediaPad 10 FHD’s 10.1-inch IPS LCD HD display. NotebookItalia was able to compare images of the new device with the MediaPad 10 FHD and had found some different variations in the cases. Again, information is a bit sketchy here, but I’m going to go ahead and guess that the China-based company is possibly trying to bring some low-cost alternatives to the table here. That would make sense since a lot of companies are moving forward with cheaper tables (e.g. Kindle Fire, iPad Mini, Nexus 7). We’ll just have to wait and see. We might even be able to get more information during CES 2013 as well, maybe the Mobile World Congress even?

This tablet definitely sounds interesting, but I personally don’t think the company has been able to achieve a whole lot of popularity with their tablets. Unless they can pull something crazy off, I doubt we’ll be seeing a huge push on these from the company.

source: Talk Android

 

Beats Audio Coming To All HTC Sense 4.0 Devices

Sunday was one helluva day for HTC at Mobile World Congress. They announced their HTC One line of Android phones including the HTC One X headed to AT&T and the HTC One S headed to T-Mobile. HTC announced that their new flagship line of phones was headed out to 140 carriers globally, Verizon and Sprint are not among them.

If you’ve recently received a new HTC Android device, say in the past couple of months, and you’re sad that you aren’t going to be able to partake in the One series line up, this news may cheer you up.

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Fujitsu To Enter European Market And Possibly US As Well

Fujitsu had a pretty large booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show, despite the fact that their hardware isn’t currently available in the U.S. or Europe. Well, according to our friends at Androidpit, that’s all about to change.

Fujitsu will reportedly be showing off a new line of smartphones at Mobile World Congress next week. We’re not clear as to whether they will all be Android phones, however they already have Android smartphones and a water proof Android tablet available on Japan’s biggest carrier DoCoMo.

The Japanese manufacturer has released a picture of the very interesting looking Android phones above. There’s nothing to suggest that Fujitsu would bring anything but high specced devices. Their Honeycomb tablet had a lot of great features, like a split keyboard with drawing pad in the middle, and of course water proofing.

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LG Officially Unveils Optimus Vu As Tablet/Phone

**UPDATED 11:54AM

Possibly in hopes of stealing some of Samsung’s thunder with a Sunday release of the Galaxy Note, LG officially showed off the Optimus Vu. At 5 inches.

The Optimus Vu will have a more formal release next week in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. It’s supposed to debut alongside a re-up of their Optimus brand of smartphones and LG’s new Optimus logo.

Spec wise, the Vu actually comes in very close to the Galaxy Note. First there’s the a 5″ display. The resolution is 1024x 768. It comes in at 8.5mm thick. The Galaxy Note comes in at 9.7mm thick. Both devices are 4G/LTE compatible.

The processor on the Vu is 1.5ghz dual core. We’re not sure but we’ve heard it’s a TI OMAP processor. It has 32gb internal memory and 1gb of RAM. There is an 8 mega pixel rear shooter and a 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera (the Galaxy Note’s front facing camera is 2 mega pixels).

Like the Galaxy Note, the LG Vu will come out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and get upgraded to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, later.

source: PCworld

 

**Updated at 11:54AM We had incorrectly reported the VU at  5.5″ this has been corrected. Thanks Shapiro

Opera To Show Off New, More Social, Browsers At MWC

Opera is one of the largest third party mobile browsers. They have been in the mobile browser game since the Blackberry days, so eons before competitors like Dolphin Browser and even Firefox.

Opera has issued a press release letting everyone know that they’ll be showing off a new Opera Mini and a new Opera Mobile Browser at Mobile World Congress next week.  Opera has over 160 million users world wide. They’re hoping to make their new browser products more social.

The Oslo based company has also hinted at the release of other products in the mobile space; “which will democratize the area by bringing it to not just smartphone users”.

Whatever their official announcement is, we’ll bring you all the live action on Thedroidguy.com and on TDGN on Slacker and AOL Radio.

source: Pocketnow

Multiple HTC Phones Go For Wi-Fi Certification Ahead Of MWC

By this time next week while all our readers are dreaming of sugar plum fairies, (Oh wait it’s not Christmas).  We’ll be preparing to fly out to Barcelona Spain for the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. It’s going to be like Christmas time for many a mobile tech journalist, and millions of mobile technology fans.

The rumors continue to swirl for just about every major OEM. We’ve heard rumors about Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE, Nvidia and more. Now, after Friday morning’s report of 3 Samsung devices going for Wi-Fi certification, our friends at Androinica have uncovered some HTC devices looking to get their Wi-Fi stripes.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Leaks Before Mobile World Congress

As we get closer and closer to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain at the end of this month, more and more phone news leaks out. This time it’s Samsung and the Galaxy Mini 2.

The original Galaxy Mini didn’t come to the United States, and it’s not likely we will see the Mini 2 either however the rest of the world will.

The Galaxy Mini was an entry level Android device. The Mini 2 will also be in the entry level range. However, Samsung has beefed up the screen size and added a faster processor. The new version of the Galaxy Mini will feature a 3.3″ TFT screen. The processor has been upgraded to 800mhz.

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Nvidia Preparing Another Quad Core First For MWC, Maybe More

Invites just went out to press attending Mobile World Congress (Team TDG Included) from Nvidia. As you can see the invite promises more “quad core firsts”,  which makes us think Nvidia and their hardware partners are going to launch multiple devices out of the world’s largest mobile trade show.

The quad core powered Asus Transformer Prime is out already, albeit hard to get, however everyone who has picked one up has reported that it’s blazing fast. You can also check out the Transformer Prime at many GameStop locations around the country.

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