Before October started, the rumor mill was surprisingly pretty silent about the next Nexus handset from Google. Thankfully, October had a explosive start in terms of Nexus rumors with the specs of the LG Optimus G based Nexus from Google leaking out.
Today, a bunch of blurrycam pictures of the LG Nexus handset has hit the Internet showing off the device running Android 4.1.2. The pictures of the LG E960 dubbed mako first made its way on XDA forums, before Android Central and other blogs got some more pictures of the device. In some pictures, the phone is inside a case probably to keep its design away from the prying eyes.
The pictures confirm that the next Nexus from LG will sport a non-removable battery, a 4.7-inch screen with 1280×768 resolution and on-screen navigation buttons. The handset looks like a mash-up of Galaxy Nexus and the Optimus G, and to me, looks pretty sleek and sexy. It is not clear from the pictures whether the back of the phone is made of glass or glossy plastic, though.
The FCC documents suggest that the LG Nexus will support only AT&T’s 3/4G LTE bands in the United States. Hopefully, Google will also release a penta-band version of the LG Nexus handset especially since the MD915 modem inside the handset is perfectly capable penta-band baseband.
Don’t forget to hit the sources below for more pictures.
Via – The Verge, Baraholka
Up until now, Motorola Droid RAZR owners have got a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to quite a few leaked ICS firmware. Owners of the fatter sibling of the RAZR, the Droid Bionic, patiently waited for their turn and silently regretted purchasing the Bionic.
Anyways, someone over at Motorola has finally rewarded the Droid Bionic owners with an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leak for their handset. Early flashers of the build report the performance of the ROM to be “buttery smooth”. Apart from this, the ICS build looks pretty similar to the early Droid RAZR leaks. The leaked firmware might not be the final ICS update for Bionic owners, but it is pretty darn close. Motorola, unlike Samsung, has also kept ICS relatively Blur-free, except for some colored icons.
There is a strong possibility that Motorola will start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX owners on June 27th. Droid Bionic owners should expect to get their fair share of Ice Cream Sandwichlove soon after.
Via – Droid-Hive
Motorola had promised to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid RAZR sometime in late Q1 or early Q2. However, there are just a couple of days left before April ends and Motorola misses its promised roll-out timing. Motorola is the only Android device maker that still has not updated any of its phone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, other than LG.
A couple of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware did leak for the Droid RAZR back in early March, but they were clearly a work-in-progress. Today, the folks over at DroidRzr.com have managed to get their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Droid RAZR, which is a ‘near’ final build. The build could have very well been the final build, but it has some minor bugs, due to which Verizon will not release it to the general consumers.
Anyways, interested Droid RAZR owners should head over to DroidRZR forums for the download link and installation instructions. Please make sure you have the latest OTA update (v6.12.181) installed, otherwise you won’t be able to install this leaked ICS update.
Via – Droid-Life
Back at CES and MWC, Sony announced a trio of new phones, which form a part of its Xperia NXT line-up. However, its flagship phone, the Xperia S, did not really felt like a true 2012 flagship handset. Not only did it sport an older generation Qualcomm S3 dual-core processor, its main selling point – the 12MP camera – was nothing to write home about. Most importantly, the Xperia S runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a strict no-no for a 2012 flagship handset.
However, ever since Sony has taken over Ericsson’s share, the company’s CEO has shown some serious promise about the company’s future. It looks like Sony is working on releasing a new flagship device sometime in early Q3 of this year, codenamed “Hayabusa”. According to rumors, the “Hayabusa” will sport a 4.55-inch 720p display, and will be powered by the next-generation Qualcomm S4 Pro processor that packs in an Adreno 320 GPU.
If the device indeed uses the S4 Pro SoC, then expect it to be stacked against the Galaxy S III which is expected to trump all other Android phones in benchmarks. The camera at the back of the device is rumored to be a 12/13MP backside illuminated sensor, all packed inside a slim 7mm body with a 2000+mah battery.
If the rumored specs of the device is true, and Sony manages to release the handset sometime in early Q3, it might just be able to bounce back in the stiff competition among Android handset makers.
Via – Phandroid
As the Galaxy S III unveiling date is coming closer, so are the rumors getting thick. Today’s rumor is about the GPU performance of the Galaxy S III.
The folks over at Phone Arena found the benchmark scores of the Galaxy S III GPU on GLBenchmark left by an unknown tester. The benchmark scores of the handset absolutely blow its competition out of the water. This includes NVidia’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s S4, two of the biggest competition to the next Exynos SoC. The handset even managed to beat the iPhone 4S PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU in quite a few handsets as well.
It is still unknown as to what GPU the SGS3 will use, but rumors indicate the Exynos 4412 SoC will pack in the same ARM Mali-400MP GPU as found in the Galaxy S2, except that it will be clocked higher. This higher clock speed will lead to about a 50% performance boost, on paper at least! Considering the Galaxy S III used in the benchmarks is still a prototype unit, there is a very high possibility that the retail device will perform even better!
Readers interested in checking out the benchmark scores should head over to Phone Arena for the appropriate screenshots.
Most of the Android handset manufactures have already released their next-generation Android phone fully-loaded with a dual or quad-core processor, a massive screen, oodles of RAM and a stellar camera. However, the most anticipated Android handset of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S III, is yet to be unveiled by the Korean company.
Over the last few weeks, quite a few rumors about the S3 have popped up over the Internet, and all of them have been squashed by Samsung promptly. Now, in the last couple of days, two new alleged pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S III have surfaced on the Internet. Both the images were found on Reddit, and the person who leaked the second photo stated that his friend who worked at Samsung actually sent him that image.
Below are the two images I am talking about -:
The person who leaked the second image also states that the SGS3 will come with a 12MP camera, 2GB of RAM, a ceramic back, and an Exynos 4412 SoC that consists of a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked anywhere between 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz and an ARM-Mali-T608GPU. The tipster also states that the handset will pack in a massive 2250mAh battery, and will provide users with an option to use either the stock Android launcher or the TouchWIZ launcher.
Frankly, both the images above look pretty much fake to me. In fact, the second image looks like a slightly bigger version of the Galaxy S II to me with the stock Android launcher. Eldar Murtazin, who has been pretty consistent with his facts about the SGS3, also said that both the above images are fake.