And here we have what probably is our first real look at what's believed to be the hardware for the upcoming LG G3, as seen in a leak to GSM Arena. Unsurprisingly, the volume and power buttons remain on the back, just below the camera lens. (Hey, LG wasn't named "most innovative device manufacturer of the year" for nothing.) Interesting, though, is the sensor to the left of the lens. Possible that it's some sort of secondary camera, much like what HTC is doing in the HTC One M8? Or is it a speaker? We'll see.
Vestel probably isn't a brand many of you will be familiar with, but speaking at the IFA Global Press Conference in its native Turkey, CEO Turan Erdogan, delivered some candid reasonings behind his company's expansion into smartphones for the first time. In short, they can't afford not to be in that market anymore.
While Sony continues to struggle to get its Xperia phones directly into U.S. carrier stores, there's good news for American Sony fans wanting to pick up GSM unlocked versions of the company's latest Xperia Z2. Engadget reports that the Japanese firm has confirmed its intention to sell the Z2 on its online store in the U.S. at some point "in the near future."
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot new Android phone of the moment, with waterproof credentials, a new soft-touch plastic rear and a highly capable 16-megapixel camera. But one major sticking point for Android purists is Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. Though it's been pared back, flattened and de-bloated in its latest revision, TouchWiz remains a polarizing UI. And some of us just prefer the simpler look of vanilla Android.
Fortunately, thanks to Google rolling out many of its own Android apps freely on the Play Store, it's easier than ever for GS5 owners to switch to a setup closer to stock Android. Head past the break to find out how.
Traditional data plans have been a mainstay of the smartphone experience for some time, but Amazon could be changing things up with their own smartphone and an Amazon Prime Data service on AT&T. Amazon Prime as a service has been evolving, and today offers free Kindle borrowing, free two-day shipping on qualifying items, and more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes for streaming — all for $99 a year. The Amazon phone, however, could bring data service to the mix with Prime Data.
OK, all you patient Verizon Droid DNA owners. As promised, Android 4.4.2 KitKat is here. You'll actually get a couple of updates — the first is a mere 18MB — so you've got a few reboots ahead of you. Head into our Droid DNA forums for more.
The lowdown on what Airview can do for you and how you use it
Airview isn't new to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it's a really useful feature that you may or may not be aware of. In simple terms it allows you to get a preview of certain types of content without having to actually touch the display. Simply hovering your finger over the screen will activate the Airview windows.
It's pretty neat, it can be pretty useful and it's extremely easy to use. Head on past the break to see how.
Samsung's latest partnership with Swarovski will bring to market a "crystal collection" edition of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. A teaser posted on YouTube by Samsung Mobile Korea reveals that the blingtastic handset, the back of which is smothered in Swarovski crystals, will arrive in May in Samsung's home market.
It's unclear whether the "crystal collection" GS5 will see wide availability internationally, however the limited edition crystal-backed Galaxy Note 3 did make its debut in New York a couple of months back, so there's hope yet for fans of sparkly things.
Samsung's original Galaxy Beam, which incorporated a miniature pico projector, didn't make much of a splash when it launched globally back in 2012. But it seems Samsung's not done with this quirky smartphone design just yet, as a successor has today appeared on its Chinese site with support for the China Mobile network.
Following similar updates by some of the U.S. carriers, the first software upgrade for the HTC One M8 has started to arrive in Canada. We're seeing an update to version 1.55.631.4 on our Rogers M8, which adds the new power-saving feature alongside "camera and gallery feature enhancements."
The AT&T HTC One M8 has been hit with a glitch that has, at least temporarily, taken away the bonus 50GB of Google Drive storage that come with the device. HTC Advantage is one of the nicer services that come with the device; it includes benefits like free cracked screen replacement, HTC backup and hands-on help. Users also get an additional 50GB of storage on Google Drive for two years. Well, that is as long as you're not on AT&T.
See if Samsung's latest can beat out Google's 6-month old entry
Every time a new phone is released touting drastically improved camera hardware and software, we naturally jump at the opportunity to put it through its paces. We've done just that with the Galaxy S5, and it's clear that the phone can produce some great shots in the right conditions. Sometimes the best way to see how a phone's camera performs is to put it head-to-head with another familiar device, and we've done that twice now with the Galaxy S5 versus the iPhone 5s and the HTC One M8.
Those are the latest leading flagships from Apple and HTC, so what about Google? The Nexus 5 at $349 unlocked has more than a handful of owners out there very impressed with the camera prowess of the latest phone from Google, and I tend to think it's camera has gotten a bad rap over the half-year since it was launched. It's time for a good 'ol fashioned camera comparison, folks, this time between the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5. Let's shed some light on this comparison and see which one picks up the highest marks.
If you're rocking a Moto G but are sorely missing the Drive Mode enjoyed by its big brother, Moto X, an update is in the works. Motorola's Punit Soni, in a live hangout this afternoon, said it's in the works.
AT&T has continued teasing the Asus PadFone X with a video, despite the conspicuous absence of an actual release date. They're highlighting the screen mirroring capabilities of the tablet/phone pair, as well as the smartphone's high-speed, low-light-sensitive 13 megapixel camera.