Samsung Galaxy S5 could include head tracking

Samsung could be planning to follow up the eye-tracking technology it introduced in the Galaxy S4 with new features in the Galaxy S5 that will keep track of the position of your entire head.

A newly published European patent application from Samsung details a method for controlling a smartphone through what basically amounts to head tracking with a front-facing camera. And while there's no indication in the document or from Samsung itself when or where we might first see this tech put in place (many innovations get patented but never become publicly available), intomobile points out that the application was filed in July, not too long after the release of the Galaxy S4, so it could be part of an R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a successor.… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo photo leaks online

Samsung's alleged Galaxy Note 3 Neo or Note 3 Lite may have gotten its first public exposure courtesy of a leaked photo.

Tweeted by Sammobile on Friday, the image reportedly displays the Note 3 Neo side by side with the regular Note 3. The two phones look alike except the Neo is slightly smaller.

Beyond the model number, SM-N750/5, Sammobile's tweet didn't serve up any details about the phone. But a story out Wednesday from blog site GSMArena claimed to have the specs via an unnamed tipster.

The Note 3 Neo may resemble the full Note 3Read more

Nokia's Android operating system pops up in leaked image

Evidence that Nokia is working on an Android phone is mounting. First, we got a glimpse of the hardware, codenamed Normandy, and today we're getting a first look at the software and operating system that will run on this rumored device.

The first images of the company's Android user interface were leaked by frequent Twitter tipster @evleaks. The images show a series of three design mockups of a what appears to be heavily-modified version Android on a Nokia device, but it's not clear that this operating system is in fact Android.

Cell phone manufacturers often modify the &… Read more

Apple's rumored iWatch delays due to manufacturing issues?

Screen technology, battery issues, and corporate shuffling may be some of the reasons for the delay in the release of Apple's expected iWatch. While all product development hits snags, a report from The Information points to these "bumps" as some of the possible setbacks in the company's rumored smartwatch development.

Apparently, Apple hasn't yet definitively decided on what kind of screen technology to use due to battery issues. However, this is common with lots of smartwatch manufacturing since the wearable's real estate is much smaller than a smartphone or tablet.

According to The Information, … Read more

iPhone scores 100,000 China Mobile preorders -- analyst

Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C snared around 100,000 preorders from China Mobile customers in just two days, at least based on estimates from an analyst with Wedge Partners.

On December 22, Apple announced an agreement with China's largest mobile carrier to offer the two new iPhones starting January 17. A tally of 100,000 preorders certainly sounds like a good start. But the number could have been higher, according to analyst Brian Blair, who spoke with AllThingsD.

China Mobile is home to almost 760 million subscribers, so 100,000 is but a tiny fraction of the total … Read more

Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 clues pop up on FCC site

Samsung's purported Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet may have just gotten its first bit of public exposure.

A series of FCC documents published on Thursday point to a new device from Samsung with the model number SM-T320. A diagram shows a Wi-Fi-enabled device with a rear camera. One of the documents reveals other details, including a diagonal size for the device of 240 milimeters (9.4 inches), while another document dubs it a "portable tablet."

The exact screen size isn't spilled in the FCC material. But import information from the Indian agency Zauba spotted by … Read more

Apple reportedly acquires maps company, note-taking app

Apple acquired two companies in the areas of mapping and note-taking, according to a post 9to5Mac published Monday.

Following a trail of Internet breadcrumbs and citing unnamed sources, the first company mentioned in 9to5Mac's report is BroadMap, which specializes in managing and analyzing mapping data. It's an area that Apple has struggled with in the past -- the tech titan found out the hard way that its mapping feature was not up to snuff. Apple likely acquired Broadmap in the first half of 2013, said 9to5Mac.

The second company is Catch, an Evernote competitor that was acquired by … Read more

T-Mobile's 'Project Houdini' rumored to shoulder your ETF

Can T-Mobile unshackle customers from rival carriers' early termination fees? That could very well be behind T-Mobile's latest secret initiative, "Project Houdini," according to TmoNews.

A source close to the blog says that T-Mobile's project will give switching customers up to $350 in credit for leaving another provider. Reportedly, the deal would be aimed at families with up to five lines of service. What's more, it would not matter if each line had its own contract end date.

The tipster says new customers would receive instant credits for trading in their current smartphone. Once a … Read more

Samsung said to unveil Galaxy Pro tablets in early 2014

Samsung may be targeting a new lineup of Galaxy Pro tablets for the first quarter of 2014.

Based on a tidbit from an unnamed insider, SamMobile said on Friday that Samsung is prepping three Pro tablets as well as a lite version of the Galaxy Tab 3. The pro lineup would include the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

All three tablets will be available in Wi-Fi and LTE variations and offer a color choice of black or white, said SamMobile. The 8.4 and 10.1 editions … Read more

iPhone 5C sales may affect China Mobile deal -- analyst

Apple and China Mobile are close to signing a deal to launch the iPhone, says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but sluggish sales of the iPhone 5C may alter the terms.

Speculation has run rampant that the two companies had already inked a deal, especially after the iPhone 5S and 5C appeared on preorder pages for China Mobile. But the carrier's chairman, Xi Guohua, said this week that nothing has been finalized though the two have been talking about a partnership.

That deal is close to being signed, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said yesterday in an investors report obtained by … Read more