Presumed Galaxy S5 lock screen animation effect appears

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Korean sources have posted what they hint will be the lock screen effect, coming with the Galaxy S5 on Monday.

The animation seems to be up and running on a Galaxy S4 handset, and is a departure from Samsung’s current Ripple or Flare lock screen effect choices. Nothing can guarantee this isn’t just a custom animation that has arrived with the KitKat update on the SK Telecom version of the S4, though, or just a sideloaded ROM of sorts.

Still, the S5 is likely to feature a new version of TouchWiz, and a new lock screen might be in tow indeed. There will apparently be new, flatter iconography, similar to the one that arrived with Samsung’s tablet-oriented Magazine UX.

An alleged screenshot from the S5 seemingly confirms the new style, too, and the lock screen effect you see below might be a part of it as well.


Purported Sony Xperia Z2 D6503 Sirius video hints at Xperia UI changes

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Sony’s alleged successor to the Xperia Z1, thought to be codenamed Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’, has now been shown off in an purported video.

The alleged video of the yet-to-be-announced Sony Xperia Z2 is two-minutes long, and supposedly showcases the new Xperia UI running Android 4.4 KitKat. The camera interface shown in the video also features the option to record videos in 4K.

Previously leaked screenshots of the camera settings showed off the ability to record 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and a 15.5-megapixels manual mode.

The video comes just after the recently sent media invites for the official Sony MWC event scheduled for February 24, where the Japanese giant is expected to launch its next flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2, and the successor to the Xperia Tablet Z.

The purported Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ video was first spotted by GSMarena, and we cannot confirm the authenticity of the video as of now.

Last month, an XDA developer’s forum member had posted a bunch of alleged live images of the rumoured Xperia D6503 ‘Sirius’. The same XDA developer also published leaked UI screenshots of the Xperia D6503, which showed the alleged Sony device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Later, a report in January, accompanied by purported screenshots, pointed to numerous Xperia UI changes that are expected to be skinned on top of Android 4.4 KitKat when the device ships. Some of the features said to be included are 4K recording, Timeshift video, smart backlight control, the presence of two home launchers, USB DAC audio support, and more.

The revealed specifications of the alleged Sony Xperia D6503 ‘Sirius’ so far include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974-AB) chipset clocked at 2.3GHz with Adreno 330 GPU; 3GB of RAM; 5.2-inch full-HD display; a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Nokia Lumia 920 jailbroken by Chinese hack team

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Chinese security company Sinestd has published a video and description detailing what could be the first sight of a jailbroken Lumia 920 handset. According to the publication, the alleged jailbreak is developed by the Chinese hacker team “poandsoul”. The hackers won’t be making the method public yet, as to “prevent rampant piracy”. Indeed, an easy option to install apps outside the marketplace can seduce a lot of users over to the “dark side”.

According to the team, jailbreaks for different WP8 devices will be announced in “subsequent messages”, but no other details are available at this time. The hackers make it clear that their goals are a Cydia-like open app store to emerge for Windows Phone, and “putting piracy to a resolute end”. Although we like their intentions, we are still scratching our heads in regard to how “poandsoul” are going to stop piracy by blowing the platform wide open and facilitating an unofficial app marketplace. Still, the team acknowledges that a jailbreak is “a double-edged sword”, and hopes that a person who truly loves Windows Phone is not going to install cracked applications. Sadly, it’s going to take more than just hope to save Microsoft’s island from the pirate ships.

The video itself shows a Lumia 920 with three-column Live tiles, which so far have been exclusive to WP-devices with 1080p displays – the Lumia 1520, and the unannounced Lumia 929. Interestingly, this option was part of the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 beta for all WP8 handsets, until it got removed in a later build. As this piece of functionality probably can’t be restored without some tinkering with the code in the final WP8 GDR3, it’s safe to assume that the video and jailbreak are genuine.

Samsung Redwood Z9005 Tizen smartphone spotted in purported hands-on video

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The much-anticipated first Tizen smartphone from Samsung, thought to be called the Redwood Z9005, has been purportedly revealed thanks to a hands-on video that surfaced online.

Tizen Experts has posted a hands-on video showing Samsung’s rumoured Tizen smartphone, the Redwood Z9005, which quite obviously appears to be a pre-production unit. The hands-on video reveals does reveal the phone’s overall design however. The smartphone is seen running Tizen OS version 2.2 with build number Z9005XXMI3, which according to the site is still under development.

The reviewer also claims that the Samsung Redwood Tizen smartphone was recently sent to developers in India. The 10 minute long hands-on video shows the smartphone in action and reveals different features such as how the toggle of the smartphone features a scrollable status bar with icon animations, looking quite similar to Android and even Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

The notifications toggle of Redwood also shows a clear all button, which is again similar to the Android smartphones. Other interface similarities with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI are further showcased in the video. Finally, the hands-on also shows the device coming with 12.15GB of inbuilt storage (user-accessible).

There were rumours about the delay in the rollout of Tizen based devices, but it seems Samsung might release its first Tizen smartphone soon.

Previously a report suggested that Samsung’s SM-Z9005 Tizen smartphone would come with an HD display, Snapdragon chipset. However, the screen size was not revealed and it was also not clear if it would be a dual-core or a quad=core processor.

A pre-release version of ‘Tizen 3.0’ was also leaked in September this year, running on the Samsung Galaxy S4, which gave a look at the alleged user-interface of the Tizen OS.

Earlier this month, Systena unveiled the Tizen tablet build kits, which was the first Tizen-based tablet to be available in the market; however, it was specifically aimed at developers in Japan.

First Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on appears

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Samsung’s curved Galaxy Round phone got announced today, and immediately got a hands-on treatment, showcasing how the phone looks apart from the press renders, and delving deeper into the usage modes made possible by the curved display.

It gets sized up with the Note 3, looking very much alike, save for the stylus silo, and, of course, the bendy nature of the Galaxy Round. Fumbling around the interface looks as typical as on any Android phone, and the user demonstrates once again the Roll and Gravity effects Samsung made possible with the curved phone.

Anyone willing to guess what are those bendy things shown at the end? They look like a prime candidate for LG’s new Curved Battery technology that might be going into the G Flex handset, and the into indeed says LG, but we give up on the other hieroglyphs there.

Google Nexus 4 successor makes another appearance in leaked images and video

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Google has been tight-lipped about its alleged Nexus 4 successor since a while. However, the device has made multiple appearances on the Internet via FCC filing and image leaks.

Thanks to 9to5google, the alleged Nexus 4 successor has again been spotted in new live images and a video. The site has posted some images of a pre-production unit of the next Nexus smartphone that reveals the front and rear panel. The rear panel of the device houses a large camera sensor at the top right side. The front is majorly dominated by the display with no physical buttons. The new images of the device match the leaks we have seen as of late. The site has also posted a video that does not reveal much except the lockscreen of the alleged device.

Additionally, Spigen, a case and accessory manufacturer for various smartphones including Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones has listed a case for the next-generation Nexus smartphone on Amazon. The listing offers a potential insight into the launch date and on how the handset might look.

Earlier, the alleged Nexus 4 successor was revealed in pictures by FCC filing. The photos offered glimpse of the externals and internal components of the same phone that was spotted in the Android KitKat statue unveiling video in the hands of a Google employee. While the phone in the pictures did not sport the Nexus branding unlike the previously spotted phone, it had the same large camera lens and LED flash. The back of the phone appeared to sport a rubberised matte finish.

Previously, @evleaks suggested that the rumoured LG branded D820 devcie was just a CDMA variant of the flagship, but later backtracked saying that he was wrong.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Hands-On (Courtesy: Phonedog)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (with 64 GB available in select markets), 13-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz. The phone brings a number of software enhancements, along with the a faux leather back that gives it a notebook feel.

A big thanks to Phonedog team.