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MWC 2018 is coming, so what should we expect?

One of the largest tech shows, the Mobile World Congress 2018 will soon open its gates. Starting February 26, tech giants like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and Nokia will gather in Barcelona to unveil some of the latest advancements in mobile tech.

MWC’s main focus is on smartphones, so what new and exciting mobile models are expected to make an appearance during the event? Continue reading below to make an idea of what’s coming in the upcoming weeks.

Samsung

Samsung will make a comeback at MWC 2018, after last year when it chose to skip the trade show and unveiled the Galaxy S8 during a separate event at a later date.

Well, this year Samsung will soon take the stage in Barcelona to unveil the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The company already confirmed the Unpacked event for February 25, through the invitations send to the media.

So a day before MWC 2018 officially kickstarts, Samsung will take the wraps off the new phones. We expect the devices to be an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8. The design is poised to stay pretty much the same, although Samsung has thankfully moved the fingerprint scanner to occupy the central position under the camera.

There’s also going to be a new Snapdragon 845 under the hood keeping the lights on, paired with either 4GB of RAM (for the Galaxy S9) or 6GB of RAM (in the case of the Galaxy S9 Plus).

As teased by Samsung’s own invite to the event, the two phones will be “all about the camera”, although only the Galaxy S9 Plus will benefit from a dual-camera arrangement, while the Galaxy S9 will take advantage of a single lens on the back.

Also expect the phones to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG, as well as IP68 water & dust resistance and wireless charging.

Sony

After launching the mid-range Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra and the low-end Xperia L2 at CES 2018, Sony is expected to concentrate on the premium category during MWC 2018.

Since Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium during last year’s event, the company might as well stick with tradition and pull the wraps off the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro during the trade show next month.

According to recent leaks, the phone might arrive with a large edge-to-edge 5.7-inch 4K display and a reflective mirror-like back. Apparently, the device will have the fingerprint scanner built into the display and take advantage of a Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as 6GB of RAM, dual-cameras on the back, 128GB of storage and front-facing speakers. It’s also said the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro will also be the first Sony phone with a dual-camera setup on the back (18-megapixel + 12-megapixel sensors).

A 3,420 mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance and Android 8.0 Oreo are also said to be in the cards. And also an exorbitant price tag, one that will easily surpass the Galaxy S9’s.

Huawei

Rumors are conflicted when it comes to Huawei. The company has sent out invites for a press conference scheduled for February 25, 2018, during which some suspect Huawei will unveil the P20 flagship.

However, other sources claim the Chinese tech giant will be delaying the P20 announcement, because it wants to give the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships more time to shine. Yet, we shouldn’t have to wait long for the triple lens camera flagship to make an appearance, as some sources claim the phone will be launched shortly after the Barcelona event.

As for MWC 2018, Huawei could have plans to unveil new tablets, smartwatches, and laptops during the trade show.

Nokia

Nokia made a big splash at MWC 2018 last year with its comeback handsets, so in 2018 the company promised to deliver something “awesome” during the event. According to recent reports, the Finnish company, now under HMD patronage is expected to launch the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 on the Western market. Both these models already made a debut in China.

Additionally, HMD and Nokia might arrive in Barcelona with the intentions to debut the Nokia 9 – a new flagship which has been the topic of countless rumors in the past. Recent leaks have also revealed the possible existence of a high-end device carrying a total of five cameras reminiscent of the glorious Lumia 1020.

New budget models like the recently leaked Nokia 1 or Nokia 4 might also be in the cards during the Barcelona event.

LG

Last year LG’s G6 was one of the biggest smartphone announcements at MWC 2017, but this year there’s a very high chance its successor will not make an appearance in Barcelona. LG for its part says the flagship will launch “on schedule”, but gives no further indication of the exact date this is supposed to happen. The company’s statement merely states that the launch of the G7 will happen “when the time is right”.

The good news is that even with the G7 delayed, LG might still have a new phone to show in Barcelona. According to a recent report coming out of The Korea Herald the company will introduce a new version of the V30 dubbed “V30+‘α’” which should come with enhanced AI features built around the Google Assistant.

HTC

HTC fans who were anticipating seeing HTC unveil a new flagship during the Barcelona tradeshow will most likely be disappointed.

According to rumors circulating online, the Taiwanese company may instead hold a separate event after MWC, possibly in March or April during which, it might unveil the HTC U12.

Leaks so far seem to suggest the phone will come with a modern bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio with 4K resolution and a Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.

ZTE

While ZTE is expected to launch the successor of the popular Axon 7, the Axon 9 sometime this year, the company is probably going to focus on the mid-range category at MWC 2018.

The yet to be released, Blade V9 model was recently spotted going through the FCC, fact which fueled speculation that the phone is set for a Barcelona launch.

The device should make a debut with a 5.7-inch 2:1 display at 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 450, dual-cameras (16-megapixel+5-megapixel), 13-megapixel front-facing snapper and a 3,200 mAh battery + headphone jack.

Motorola

Speaking of mid-rangers, last year at MWC, Motorola unveiled the G5 and G5 Plus models from this category.

Well this year, the company might come to Barcelona to unveil the successors of these phones. The G6 (not to be confused with the LG G6) and G6 Plus are expected to offer 18:9, 1080p resolution on 5.7-inch and 5.93-inch displays and Snapdragon 450 and 630 processors respectively.

This year a third model in the form of the G6 Play might be released. Info is pretty scarce on the said model, but according to leaks, it might arrive with a 5.7-inch display and a large 4,000 mAh battery.

ASUS

Based on a recent certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, ASUS might be preparing to launch the Zenfone 5 and in all possibility, we might actually get to see it at MWC 2018.

We don’t have any additional details to share about the Zenfone 5, but given that the Zenfone 4 offers a large battery, dual-cameras and an affordable price tag, we expect its successor to follow the same lines.

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MWC 2018 is coming, so what should we expect?

One of the largest tech shows, the Mobile World Congress 2018 will soon open its gates. Starting February 26, tech giants like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and Nokia will gather in Barcelona to unveil some of the latest advancements in mobile tech.

MWC’s main focus is on smartphones, so what new and exciting mobile models are expected to make an appearance during the event? Continue reading below to make an idea of what’s coming in the upcoming weeks.

Samsung

Samsung will make a comeback at MWC 2018, after last year when it chose to skip the trade show and unveiled the Galaxy S8 during a separate event at a later date.

Well, this year Samsung will soon take the stage in Barcelona to unveil the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The company already confirmed the Unpacked event for February 25, through the invitations send to the media.

So a day before MWC 2018 officially kickstarts, Samsung will take the wraps off the new phones. We expect the devices to be an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8. The design is poised to stay pretty much the same, although Samsung has thankfully moved the fingerprint scanner to occupy the central position under the camera.

There’s also going to be a new Snapdragon 845 under the hood keeping the lights on, paired with either 4GB of RAM (for the Galaxy S9) or 6GB of RAM (in the case of the Galaxy S9 Plus).

As teased by Samsung’s own invite to the event, the two phones will be “all about the camera”, although only the Galaxy S9 Plus will benefit from a dual-camera arrangement, while the Galaxy S9 will take advantage of a single lens on the back.

Also expect the phones to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG, as well as IP68 water & dust resistance and wireless charging.

Sony

After launching the mid-range Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra and the low-end Xperia L2 at CES 2018, Sony is expected to concentrate on the premium category during MWC 2018.

Since Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium during last year’s event, the company might as well stick with tradition and pull the wraps off the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro during the trade show next month.

According to recent leaks, the phone might arrive with a large edge-to-edge 5.7-inch 4K display and a reflective mirror-like back. Apparently, the device will have the fingerprint scanner built into the display and take advantage of a Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as 6GB of RAM, dual-cameras on the back, 128GB of storage and front-facing speakers. It’s also said the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro will also be the first Sony phone with a dual-camera setup on the back (18-megapixel + 12-megapixel sensors).

A 3,420 mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance and Android 8.0 Oreo are also said to be in the cards. And also an exorbitant price tag, one that will easily surpass the Galaxy S9’s.

Huawei

Rumors are conflicted when it comes to Huawei. The company has sent out invites for a press conference scheduled for February 25, 2018, during which some suspect Huawei will unveil the P20 flagship.

However, other sources claim the Chinese tech giant will be delaying the P20 announcement, because it wants to give the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships more time to shine. Yet, we shouldn’t have to wait long for the triple lens camera flagship to make an appearance, as some sources claim the phone will be launched shortly after the Barcelona event.

As for MWC 2018, Huawei could have plans to unveil new tablets, smartwatches, and laptops during the trade show.

Nokia

Nokia made a big splash at MWC 2018 last year with its comeback handsets, so in 2018 the company promised to deliver something “awesome” during the event. According to recent reports, the Finnish company, now under HMD patronage is expected to launch the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 on the Western market. Both these models already made a debut in China.

Additionally, HMD and Nokia might arrive in Barcelona with the intentions to debut the Nokia 9 – a new flagship which has been the topic of countless rumors in the past. Recent leaks have also revealed the possible existence of a high-end device carrying a total of five cameras reminiscent of the glorious Lumia 1020.

New budget models like the recently leaked Nokia 1 or Nokia 4 might also be in the cards during the Barcelona event.

LG

Last year LG’s G6 was one of the biggest smartphone announcements at MWC 2017, but this year there’s a very high chance its successor will not make an appearance in Barcelona. LG for its part says the flagship will launch “on schedule”, but gives no further indication of the exact date this is supposed to happen. The company’s statement merely states that the launch of the G7 will happen “when the time is right”.

The good news is that even with the G7 delayed, LG might still have a new phone to show in Barcelona. According to a recent report coming out of The Korea Herald the company will introduce a new version of the V30 dubbed “V30+‘α’” which should come with enhanced AI features built around the Google Assistant.

HTC

HTC fans who were anticipating seeing HTC unveil a new flagship during the Barcelona tradeshow will most likely be disappointed.

According to rumors circulating online, the Taiwanese company may instead hold a separate event after MWC, possibly in March or April during which, it might unveil the HTC U12.

Leaks so far seem to suggest the phone will come with a modern bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio with 4K resolution and a Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.

ZTE

While ZTE is expected to launch the successor of the popular Axon 7, the Axon 9 sometime this year, the company is probably going to focus on the mid-range category at MWC 2018.

The yet to be released, Blade V9 model was recently spotted going through the FCC, fact which fueled speculation that the phone is set for a Barcelona launch.

The device should make a debut with a 5.7-inch 2:1 display at 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 450, dual-cameras (16-megapixel+5-megapixel), 13-megapixel front-facing snapper and a 3,200 mAh battery + headphone jack.

Motorola

Speaking of mid-rangers, last year at MWC, Motorola unveiled the G5 and G5 Plus models from this category.

Well this year, the company might come to Barcelona to unveil the successors of these phones. The G6 (not to be confused with the LG G6) and G6 Plus are expected to offer 18:9, 1080p resolution on 5.7-inch and 5.93-inch displays and Snapdragon 450 and 630 processors respectively.

This year a third model in the form of the G6 Play might be released. Info is pretty scarce on the said model, but according to leaks, it might arrive with a 5.7-inch display and a large 4,000 mAh battery.

ASUS

Based on a recent certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, ASUS might be preparing to launch the Zenfone 5 and in all possibility, we might actually get to see it at MWC 2018.

We don’t have any additional details to share about the Zenfone 5, but given that the Zenfone 4 offers a large battery, dual-cameras and an affordable price tag, we expect its successor to follow the same lines.

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Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


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Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


Pocketnow

Google I/O 2014: What to expect

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Now we’re in June, our attention naturally turns to the event scheduled for the 25-26th of the month, and with Google I/O 2014 only a few weeks away, what has the company got in store for us?

We take a look at some of the more likely headlines that we think the rumours have been solid enough to predict, those that could and would be nice to happen, to those which we probably won’t be seeing Google announce at their Keynote.

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Google I/O is usually reserved for major operating system releases as it’s the perfect chance to showcase the new features and also demonstrate the new API’s and system-level components to developers. Codenamed ‘Moonshine‘ internally at Google, but expected to be called Android 5.0 Lollipop staying true to the dessert inspired naming convention, the next version of Android seems all but due given that Android 4.4 KitKat was released back in October 2013 and we’ve been in the 4.x naming convention since Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. It seems only fitting that the next release of Android finally sees us into the 5.x numbering scheme with a major update to support Android Wear.

However, with Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of Android, going on record saying Google I/O was “not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system”, you have to wonder if Android 5.0 will be on the agenda, and for that matter any products at all. Likelihood 6/10

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What a better way to mark a new major version of Android than two new tablets? We’ve already heard a device codenamed Flounder appearing on various leaked documents which is heavily believed to be a new Nexus 8 tablet, but what about Google’s other tablet, you know the one that hasn’t been updated since October 2012?

We expect that Android 5.0 will be heavily geared towards optimisations for tablets and Google is stalling the next Nexus 10 to showcase the new optimised software with an updated version of the 10-inch device. HTC are expected to be the manufacturer of choice for the Nexus 10 2014 edition with LG looking to put their mark on the Nexus 8.

It seems almost certain given the leaks we’ve seen that a Nexus 8 will appear at Google I/O, with hints that a free one might be given out to the attendees. As for the Nexus 10, it would appear Google are holding out for perfecting the optimisation of Android for tablets, which although moving forward over the last few versions of Android, is nowhere near where it needs to be. Likelihood 8/10

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Whilst a new Nexus phone device will happen in 2014, unfortunately it won’t happen at Google I/O. The last Nexus 5 phone was released in November 2013 with the Nexus 4 October/November 2012, and it looks like Google will be sticking with the pre-holiday shipping window of the Nexus 5 2014 edition. Likelihood 2/10

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This is one that could really go either way, as rumours have pegged Android TV as something that exists but Google will be very wary of how much of a flop their Nexus Q was. Rather than attempt hardware and software, Android TV will take a leaf out of it’s name and instead offer a platform for hardware manufactures to use, much like Android Wear and the Android OS.

Whilst the Google Play Store has all the ingredients it needs to offer a media-rich offering for TV’s, Android TV will most likely be delayed by licensing deals with the cable companies. It wouldn’t make sense for Google to make a Chromecast competitor; the Android TV will most likely overlay TV guides and information for content, taking the TV experience one step further to work in unison with, or potentially replace, your cable box. Likelihood 5/10

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Google has already teamed up with a number of car manufacturers including Audi, Honda and Hyundai to integrate Android into a handsfree media entertainment console at the center of your car. However, we’ve seen very little of what Android has to offer when it comes to the car, expect a brief look at their implementation at Audi during CES 2014.

Expect to see a heavy focus on Android in the Car at this years Google I/O 2014, with potentially even some demos of how far the Open Automotive Alliance has come since CES 2014. Likelihood 8/10

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This is expected to be the big focus of Google I/0 2014. With the platform in its infancy, and many manufacturers already gearing up their smartwatches for the platform, expect to see a big developer push to get supported apps ready for the platform. In addition, it is extremely likely that now Google has had time to polish off the edges of Android Wear, that we could see a live demo on Android Wear and potentially even a prototype device.

Whilst Android Wear is a given focus for the developers conference, could Google surprise us with undercutting every manufacturer and releasing a Nexus smartwatch running Android Wear? Very possible. Much like their Nexus brand of phones and tablets, it makes every sense for the company to offer up a Nexus smartwatch, and also beat everyone else to market. Likelihood 10/10

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We’ve heard varying reports when it comes to Android Silver: some are actually calling this the next Android 5.0 release, whereas others believe the Android Silver program will be a high-end locked down heavily Google influenced and controlled line of smartphones and tablets. However, we’ve been hearing that Android Silver isn’t expected to land until early 2015 so believe that it’s separate to Android 5.0 and will instead form the beginning of an elite line of hardware that meets Googles specifications, update cycle, and experience, to be used in their retail presence to advertise the Android brand. Likelihood 4/10

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A big part of Android 5.0 is an app codenamed Google Babble which aims at unifying its various chat services which include Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Google Drive and Chat on Google+. The aim is to enable VoIP calls in the Hangout app using your Google Voice number, as well as amalgamating its various other chat services into a single app.

If not part of Android 5.0, then this one seems like a dead cert anyway. Google has already blended SMS into the Hangout app, and it seems a unified app is simply the way Google want to go. Likelihood 9/10

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Google’s entry into the home automation market was canned with mentions of Android@Home from their at-the-time partners website disappearing overnight, and the companies declining to comment.

Speculation was sparked again when Google acquired NEST, prompting thoughts that Android@Home was back in business. This isn’t the case, and it makes no sense to try and rebrand NEST. The footprint they have in the home automation market will for the foreseeable future be represented solely by NEST, and Google I/O will certainly not bring any developments to that.  Likelihood 1/10

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Is Glass ready for the mainstream? Google teased wide availability of the Google Glass with their one-day event where anybody could order a Glass in the US, but was this a retail experiment to gauge interest in the device, or simply a way of shifting stock? Whilst it doesn’t look likely that Google will already have another hardware to their Google Glass to 3.0, perhaps we will see an update to the wider availability of the Glass program for the Glass 2.0 at Google I/O. Likelihood 3/10

Think we’ve missed anything that you have a feeling will make an appearance at Google I/O? Drop us a comment in the section below.


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Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


Pocketnow

Google I/O 2014: What to expect

ag google io

Now we’re in June, our attention naturally turns to the event scheduled for the 25-26th of the month, and with Google I/O 2014 only a few weeks away, what has the company got in store for us?

We take a look at some of the more likely headlines that we think the rumours have been solid enough to predict, those that could and would be nice to happen, to those which we probably won’t be seeing Google announce at their Keynote.

bannerfans_11591730

Google I/O is usually reserved for major operating system releases as it’s the perfect chance to showcase the new features and also demonstrate the new API’s and system-level components to developers. Codenamed ‘Moonshine‘ internally at Google, but expected to be called Android 5.0 Lollipop staying true to the dessert inspired naming convention, the next version of Android seems all but due given that Android 4.4 KitKat was released back in October 2013 and we’ve been in the 4.x naming convention since Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. It seems only fitting that the next release of Android finally sees us into the 5.x numbering scheme with a major update to support Android Wear.

However, with Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of Android, going on record saying Google I/O was “not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system”, you have to wonder if Android 5.0 will be on the agenda, and for that matter any products at all. Likelihood 6/10

bannerfans_11591730 (1)

What a better way to mark a new major version of Android than two new tablets? We’ve already heard a device codenamed Flounder appearing on various leaked documents which is heavily believed to be a new Nexus 8 tablet, but what about Google’s other tablet, you know the one that hasn’t been updated since October 2012?

We expect that Android 5.0 will be heavily geared towards optimisations for tablets and Google is stalling the next Nexus 10 to showcase the new optimised software with an updated version of the 10-inch device. HTC are expected to be the manufacturer of choice for the Nexus 10 2014 edition with LG looking to put their mark on the Nexus 8.

It seems almost certain given the leaks we’ve seen that a Nexus 8 will appear at Google I/O, with hints that a free one might be given out to the attendees. As for the Nexus 10, it would appear Google are holding out for perfecting the optimisation of Android for tablets, which although moving forward over the last few versions of Android, is nowhere near where it needs to be. Likelihood 8/10

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Whilst a new Nexus phone device will happen in 2014, unfortunately it won’t happen at Google I/O. The last Nexus 5 phone was released in November 2013 with the Nexus 4 October/November 2012, and it looks like Google will be sticking with the pre-holiday shipping window of the Nexus 5 2014 edition. Likelihood 2/10

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This is one that could really go either way, as rumours have pegged Android TV as something that exists but Google will be very wary of how much of a flop their Nexus Q was. Rather than attempt hardware and software, Android TV will take a leaf out of it’s name and instead offer a platform for hardware manufactures to use, much like Android Wear and the Android OS.

Whilst the Google Play Store has all the ingredients it needs to offer a media-rich offering for TV’s, Android TV will most likely be delayed by licensing deals with the cable companies. It wouldn’t make sense for Google to make a Chromecast competitor; the Android TV will most likely overlay TV guides and information for content, taking the TV experience one step further to work in unison with, or potentially replace, your cable box. Likelihood 5/10

bannerfans_11591730 (4)

Google has already teamed up with a number of car manufacturers including Audi, Honda and Hyundai to integrate Android into a handsfree media entertainment console at the center of your car. However, we’ve seen very little of what Android has to offer when it comes to the car, expect a brief look at their implementation at Audi during CES 2014.

Expect to see a heavy focus on Android in the Car at this years Google I/O 2014, with potentially even some demos of how far the Open Automotive Alliance has come since CES 2014. Likelihood 8/10

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This is expected to be the big focus of Google I/0 2014. With the platform in its infancy, and many manufacturers already gearing up their smartwatches for the platform, expect to see a big developer push to get supported apps ready for the platform. In addition, it is extremely likely that now Google has had time to polish off the edges of Android Wear, that we could see a live demo on Android Wear and potentially even a prototype device.

Whilst Android Wear is a given focus for the developers conference, could Google surprise us with undercutting every manufacturer and releasing a Nexus smartwatch running Android Wear? Very possible. Much like their Nexus brand of phones and tablets, it makes every sense for the company to offer up a Nexus smartwatch, and also beat everyone else to market. Likelihood 10/10

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We’ve heard varying reports when it comes to Android Silver: some are actually calling this the next Android 5.0 release, whereas others believe the Android Silver program will be a high-end locked down heavily Google influenced and controlled line of smartphones and tablets. However, we’ve been hearing that Android Silver isn’t expected to land until early 2015 so believe that it’s separate to Android 5.0 and will instead form the beginning of an elite line of hardware that meets Googles specifications, update cycle, and experience, to be used in their retail presence to advertise the Android brand. Likelihood 4/10

bannerfans_11591730 (7)

A big part of Android 5.0 is an app codenamed Google Babble which aims at unifying its various chat services which include Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Google Drive and Chat on Google+. The aim is to enable VoIP calls in the Hangout app using your Google Voice number, as well as amalgamating its various other chat services into a single app.

If not part of Android 5.0, then this one seems like a dead cert anyway. Google has already blended SMS into the Hangout app, and it seems a unified app is simply the way Google want to go. Likelihood 9/10

bannerfans_11591730 (8)

Google’s entry into the home automation market was canned with mentions of Android@Home from their at-the-time partners website disappearing overnight, and the companies declining to comment.

Speculation was sparked again when Google acquired NEST, prompting thoughts that Android@Home was back in business. This isn’t the case, and it makes no sense to try and rebrand NEST. The footprint they have in the home automation market will for the foreseeable future be represented solely by NEST, and Google I/O will certainly not bring any developments to that.  Likelihood 1/10

bannerfans_11591730 (9)

Is Glass ready for the mainstream? Google teased wide availability of the Google Glass with their one-day event where anybody could order a Glass in the US, but was this a retail experiment to gauge interest in the device, or simply a way of shifting stock? Whilst it doesn’t look likely that Google will already have another hardware to their Google Glass to 3.0, perhaps we will see an update to the wider availability of the Glass program for the Glass 2.0 at Google I/O. Likelihood 3/10

Think we’ve missed anything that you have a feeling will make an appearance at Google I/O? Drop us a comment in the section below.


AndroidGuys

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


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Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


Pocketnow

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press shots show more of what we expect

Samsung’s newest tablets really haven’t been kept under wraps too well. The tablet line, which is expected to be unveiled on June 12, consists of both 8.4 and 10.5-inch models (perhaps more), the latter of which has leaked multiple times. New alleged press images look to confirm what we’re already expecting to see unveiled.

The front of the device shows the same TouchWiz launcher we’ve become used to, atop a build of Android 4.4, KitKat. The rear shows the same perforated look as the one on the Galaxy S5.

To recap the specs quickly, we are expecting a 2560×1600 display (at 10.5 inches on this model), 8MP rear-firing camera, and octa-core Exynos 5 SoC. A fingerprint scanner will also most likely be present, and there should be both LTE and WiFi models available for purchase.

This tablet, along with its 8.4-inch sibling, are expected to be unveiled at a June 12 Samsung event in New York City. We will bring you news from the event as we learn more about the devices.

For more press renders, be sure to check out the source link right down below.
galaxy tab s 10.5 press shot courtesy of @evleaks

Source: @evleaks


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