Archive for the ‘Rumors’ Category

iPod Touch 4 front faceplate seen on camera with…front facing camera.

*Front facing camera slot*…that is. A camera has been rumored for future iPod devices many years running, with each successive iPod release featuring…you guessed it…no camera. But it finally looks like pixel capturing technology will be coming to Apple’s cellular-less iPhone in the refreshed 4th generation. That is, if this leaked image showing a claimed 4th gen case is to be believed. As you can see, at the top there’s a center-aligned cutout precisely the size and shape a camera lens would need if it were in fact included.

Besides the front facing camera, a recent image leaked from a supposed iPod Touch 4th gen case manufacturer shows a rear-mounted cutout for another camera as well. From 0 to 2 in one generation? Hey, it’s possible. I’m just hoping they give us more than 64GB of storage. We’ll find out soon enough. Over the last few years, September has been “iPod month”. Will the tradition continue?

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HTC Glacier a T-Mobile bound, dual-core Snapdragon speed demon? Project Emerald?

Salt shaker time!!!

Right now, the things that get mobile junkies going is talk of either the tried and true 1GHz Snapdragon processor or the rather new 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU. Both are incredibly fast, with the latter also featuring a dedicated GPU chip. The former however is starting to grow a bit long in the tooth. With that said, some online benchmarks have popped up that show a reported “HTC Glacier” speeding past the rest, with a GLBenchmark 1.1 score of 1,432 frames. When compared to the other phones in the test, it’s pretty obvious to see something hot is being packed under the hood. Rumor has it that it’ll be the first dual-core Snapdragon phone running at 1.2-1.5GHz and is supposedly part of the often talked about “Project Emerald”.

Though, if we’re to be completely objective, we’ll point out that the Samsung Vibrant’s score isn’t too far off the supposed HTC Glacier. And that’s just with the Hummingbird CPU. Perhaps the Glacier isn’t using a dual-core after all and is instead making use of a slightly higher clocked, single-core Snapdragon? Of course, I’d much rather boast about the dual-core. I’m sure plenty of you out there in interweb land would also.

For now, this is pure speculation as the HTC Glacier hasn’t been announced, nor have any other details been found. But the strong evidence detailed by AlienbabelTech that links a T-Mobile “Senior Interaction Designer”, Mike Bibik, and these snappy speed tests all point to at the very least, an upcoming T-Mobile device that is very fast. Whether or not this is part of or is Project Emerald is anyone’s guess at this point. All we can do now is queue the timer. Let the waiting game begin…
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RIM registers “blackpad.com”. Please God don’t let that be the official name…

Rumors of an iPad competitor by Canadian-based Research In Motion just got a lot more serious tonight with the discovery of “blackpad.com”. Registered by RIM on July 8th, 2010, the new domain name signals that a tablet from the longtime BlackBerry maker is in fact approaching. For now however, the hardware itself is still wrapped in a shroud of mystery. But it doesn’t take much to assume a large touchscreen, snappy processor, and some tweaked version of the BB OS will ship.

One thing that I hope does change is the name — if it is taking after the registered domain name that is. “Black Pad” sounds kind of…um…stupid. I’d hope RIM has something a bit more unique and original. But such deep thought is best left to another day. Instead, take it a bit easier, relax, kick back, and speculate the night away…

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T-Mobile HSPA+ sign up page now live.


No, it’s not news on a shiny new HSPA+ device. But it is something that will lead to that. T-Mobile USA now has a live signup page for HSPA+ information regarding the network and upcoming supporting hardware. If the silhouette on signup page is a legit image of the first HSPA+ phone, one could guess that it’ll be touchscreen only, judging by its svelte outline and all.

But further digging into the page’s source code reveals something very interesting — the name “Vanguard”. Those keeping track will know that the “Vangaurd”, an HTC-built device, has also taken on the names “Vision”, “G1 successor”, “Blaze”, and “Unicorn”. Plenty of titles and plenty of mystery. The leaked HTC Vision shots that have been floating around show a pretty decent looking device. On top of that, if Android 3.0 drops on the first HSPA+ device (as it has been mentoined), we’re looking at quite a back to school gift (wink wink…). Looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer. All I can say is if HSPA+ is indeed a feature of the upcoming HTC Vision, count me in!
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Android 3.0 caught on camera?

It’s certainly not much to look at. Though if that little “3.0″ in the Android Version section turns out to be the real deal, the Android nerds out there could literally explode with excitement. Of course, such subtle things as version numbers are easily faked. Some other food for though — some Linepack benchmarks and browser statistics metrics from several Android websites also showed future versions of Android out and about, albeit in deep cover. Of course, just like the Android version number, linepack benchmarks and browser identifier strings are also easily manipulated.

For what it’s worth, the owner of the image above sent the picture to Phandroid and capped it off with some rather ominous text: “stay tuned for more”. It could mean we’ll see some real (as in real revealing) images of Android 3.0/Gingerbread very soon. The other less welcome outcome could be a multitude of disappointment when nothing happens and we all find out these are fake. I’m hedging on optimism. What about you?
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Galaxy Q specs leaked?

Samsung is raging a fast and furious takeover attempt with their Galaxy S handset. That handset just so happens to have a footing in one of each of the four major US wireless carriers. A massive release is certainly a way to make a name for yourself. Then again, so is giving consumers options when it comes to hardware. Introducing, the Galaxy Q.

The name isn’t official, nor is the spec list. Speaking of which, this upcoming Galaxy device will be a sort of “mini-S”, as it features a smaller 720 x 480 3″ S-AMOLED display and candybary-like body. While the physical dimensions may be smaller, the internal hardware appears to be just as brawny as its bigger “S” variant. The 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 16GB of onboard storage, improved 8mp (rear) and 1.3mp (front) cameras and inclusion of Android 2.2 (Froyo) signal another serious contender from Samsung — if you like small, candybar phones that is.

I’m more of a slider type of guy. Though if the onscreen keyboard is good enough (ala iPhone) I could be wooed into forgoing the physicality a slider provides. Looks like we’ll need to stay on top of this one. Anyone interested?

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Update: Samsung UK sending disgruntled iPhone 4 users brand spankin’ new Galaxy S hardware?

Usually when the words “Free giveaway” and Twitter are mentioned, it’s either a very rigged opportunity or complete scam altogether. But a budding giveaway compliments of Samsung Mobile UK are proving to be very real. Apparently, people who have been voicing their iPhone 4 frustrations have been contacted by @samsungukmobile stating that a iPhone 4-to-Galaxy S trade in is in store free Galaxy S is in store. Yes, you read that right. A FREE Samsung Galaxy S in exchange for without having to even send in your iPhone 4.

It really seems too good to be true. The account only has 148 followers and less than 100 tweets at the time of writing — a tad low for an “official” Twitter account for a major electronics company. Though a quick scan of the Twitter account reveals plenty of admissions by followers having already received their replacement phones. Wired UK has apparently confirmed the claim with a member of their publishing house that it’s legit. We’ve fired off our own email (and tweet) to @samsungukmobile and will update everyone when we know something a little more concrete. Stay tuned…

Update

We have yet to hear back from Samsung UK, though Gizmodo has had better luck. A rep for the manufacturer said this:

“Recently there has been a real increase in online activity from consumers dissatisfied with some of our competitors’ products. We decided to contact a cross section of individuals to offer them a free Samsung Galaxy S as a replacement, as we’re confident that once people have the phone in their hands, they’ll see how impressive it is for themselves.”

So there ya go. Free Galaxy S’s for the time being. Seeing as how you don’t even need to send in your iPhone 4 means this will probably end sooner rather than later. Best get on it!
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Update: New Microsoft logos leaked?

Some new logos of Microsoft’s have leaked out this afternoon. Well, “claimed” new logos. They’re a tad blurry. Though, any self respecting leaked image/object wouldn’t be caught dead in the clear, now would it? Nope. So we’ll make do with these fuzzy renderings for now. I have to say, they’re certainly better than past logos and icons of Microsoft products. Anyone excited to possibly be seeing these plastered all over upcoming Microsoft products?

I’ll throw in my two cents and note that the Xbox logo is a little chaotic. You? Hop inside for larger shots…

Update

No new logos. A bit late on this one — According to Microsoft, these were just used for keynote purposes to “showcase flexibility”. However, their tagline has changed to “Be What’s Next”. Shame, really. New logos are always fun to look at. Oh well, continue along…
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The iPhone isn’t the only game in town: AT&T orders 8 million Windows Phone 7 handsets.

While AT&T may be synonymous with “iPhone”, rumors of an impending end to AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity as well as the nearing of Windows Phone 7′s official release further bolster a new rumor circulating today. It goes something like this: AT&T has just put in and order for 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices. 8 million is a lot of hardware, especially for Microsoft’s mobile division. As of late, shipments of Windows Mobile handsets are at laughably low levels.

The tipoff over the buyout comes from Altimeter analyst Michael Gartenberg. Do take the news with a grain of salt for now however as again, 8 million handsets is a large gamble that AT&T may or may not actually be taking. Not to mention, there aren’t any other specifics such as the manufacturers of the supposed 8 million handset order nor are there any details as to if this is one time buy or a purchase that involves a years worth of orders. Not to mention, the fact that the rumor hedges solely on a single Tweet also calls some extra scrutiny into question…
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