A rumor started flying earlier this week that OnePlus, makers of the crowd-pleasing but hard-to-find OnePlus One, would be introducing a tablet at some point. The "OnePlus Tab" appeared in an alleged screenshot of the OnePlus site, suggesting that a tablet was at least being developed. We reached out to OnePlus for comment on the rumor. Here's what they had to say:
The 'OnePlus Tab' rumors are false. We have no plans to make a tablet in 2014. We are putting all of our energy into the OnePlus One for the remainder of 2014.
Evan "Evleaks" Blass later retracted his leak, saying that a OnePlus representative claimed the screenshot had been photoshopped.
Earlier this year, both Evan 'Evleaks' Blass and The Information's Amir Efrati claimed that the upcoming Android Silver program would replace the Nexus line of developer phones. Blass went so far as to say, "There is no Nexus 6. Farewell, Nexus." Both of those reports would seem to be contradicted by our own exclusive reveal of the HTC Volantis, a new Nexus tablet. Now we've got even more claims that the Nexus hardware line isn't going anywhere soon, this time right from the proverbial horse's mouth.
Over at ReadWrite there's a telling interview with Dave Burke, Google's Head of Android Engineering and the Nexus program.
In an interview with Sundar Pichai, head of Chrome and Android at Google, Businessweek managed to extract a truly exciting tidbit: the next major version of Android will be demoed at Google I/O ahead of its fall release.
“I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner”
This is a marked change from business as usual at I/O. Google hasn't demoed a version of Android far ahead of its release since Andy Rubin showed off an early incarnation of Honeycomb three-and-a-half years ago at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. And Honeycomb, for all its experimentation and innovation, was widely-regarded as a flop.
We don't have news about whether a Nexus phone exists, but we do have information related to HTC's Volantis (or Flounder), an 8.9" Nexus tablet. The information provided to us indicates possible specs, features, and pricing, as well as an early look at the form factor, though the images we have don't appear to be final renderings of the device.
Google I/O is next week, and among other things, the official Google developer conference has often served as an introduction for new Nexus hardware. But with the rumors of the "Android Silver" program floating around, which is said to completely replace Google's manufacturer-agnostic developer hardware line, we couldn't help but wonder if any of Google's OEM partners were working on new Nexus devices. We asked Ken Hong, Global Communications Director of LG, to shed some light on the subject. Here's what he told us:
We’re not really sure what the status of the Nexus program is. We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation about its future but that’s a Google decision, not LG’s.
Mobile rumor master Evleaks is at it again, showing off what appears to be a press render of the Samsung "Galaxy F." The photo shows a phone that looks very much like a slightly larger Galaxy S5 with a metal (or at least metal-looking) rear cover, in a "perfect golden" white-on-gold color scheme. The pulse oximeter beneath the rear camera indicates that this is a high-end Samsung phone, possibly a premium alternative to the Galaxy S5 or a replacement for the next Galaxy Note.
'Galaxy F' rumors have been flying from less reliable sources for some time, with some claiming that it will be the even higher-end flagship also known as the "Galaxy S5 Prime." It certainly seems similar, though not identical, to a phone claimed to be a pre-production Samsung flagship from last month, and other sites are circulating photos of a Samsung phone purported to be the Galaxy F, which is roughly the size of an S5 with noticeably slimmer screen bezels.
We've seen a leaked shot of the Xperia Z2 bearing Verizon's markings, and now it's the Xperia Z2 Tablet's turn. @evleaks has shared an image depicting the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with the carrier's branding centrally located square on its back. You know it's Verizon's because its logo is larger than the manufacturer's.
At 6.4mm, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is very thin, and at 425 grams, it's very light. The device comes with a 10-inch 1920 by 1080 display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of RAM. This all makes it quite the high-end slate for Big Red customers to keep their eye on once it appears in a more official capacity.
My, my, but it is difficult to keep a device properly under wraps these days. The latest leak for LG's 2014 flagship G3 comes courtesy of the company's own Dutch website, spotted by Netherlands enthusiast site Portable Gear. LG took the promotional page down almost immediately, but not before keen eyes managed to record pretty much everything about the upcoming phone. Spoiler alert: reading the following won't leave you many surprises for tomorrow's event in London.
In terms of specifications, the G3 follows LG's pattern of bigger and badder for each new hardware generation. The semi-official specs match some of the ones that have been leaked before, but not all.
Between a bevy of leaks and no small amount of official previews, LG won't have much to tell us at its press conference next week that we don't already know. The latest official glimpse at the upcoming G3 flagship is the video below, which shows off the "QuickCircle" case, the latest incarnation of a flip case with a touch-through preview window. The idea isn't new, but the shape is: the QuickCircle case uses a large radial display area for basic phone functions.
We've even seen a glimpse of this circular case before: LG's official teaser video showed hints of a circular display, and Evleaks showed off some screenshots of the phone running in "case mode." Like the S-View cases from Samsung and other, similar case-phone interactions, the QuickCircle case will let you perform standard functions like music control or accepting and rejecting calls without "opening" the phone and powering on the full screen.
The Nexus 5 isn't exactly the latest and greatest smartphone anymore, but it seems like the phone won't be getting a follow-up, so perhaps it's not such a bad buy for the time being. If you were holding out for a good deal on the 32GB model and demanded a specific color, today may be the time to pull the trigger. eBay Daily Deals has the 32GB Nexus 5 in all three colors for $384.99 shipped, and there's no sales tax anywhere but the state of New York.
If you reside in California, this will save you around $65 over Google depending on your county sales tax (if there is one), for example.