New leaks point to US Galaxy S4 Minis, more Megas

AT&T may have just added the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to its lineup, but it's already eyeing Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini, according to a well-connected industry source. AT&T isn't alone either in coveting the smaller, scaled-back version of the Galaxy S4. A series of tweets from prominent smartphone leakster @evleaks show that Verizon, and Sprint could also join the games in selling the Galaxy S4's smaller sibling.

While Sprint appears to have both the black mist and white frost variants, Verizon may only carry the former.

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Vega Note: Pantech dials up a phablet of its own

Pantech, apparently not wanting to miss out on all of the phablet fun, appears ready to unveil one of its own. The Vega Note has a fair number of similarities to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, including the large screen and a stylus.

On paper, the Pantech Vega Note specs suggest the smartphone should be able to run with the pack of top Androids. While its rumored 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and 3,100mAh battery are to be expected in today's flagship experience, the Vega Note could have an edge on the competition with that fingerprint sensor, … Read more

Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab could dual-boot Windows RT

The 2014 line of Samsung Galaxy Tabs could dual-boot Android and Windows RT, according to a new report.

Microsoft allegedly asked both Samsung and Huawei to consider loading the OS onto Android tablets and smartphones as a dual-boot option.

Samsung has reportedly begun development on a 12-inch tablet with a very high-definition display; those who claim to have spent time with the device say it works quite well.

The news comes quickly on the heels that HTC may also be considering integrating Windows Phone into future smartphones alongside Android. Microsoft, obviously desperate to expand its mobile market share, is said … Read more

Samsung Galaxy J, Sony Xperia Z1f leaked for Japanese market

Samsung and Sony are respectively expected to introduce new variants of their flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1, specifically intended for the Japanese market. According to a leaked NTT DoCoMo brochure obtained by RBMen, both phones should join the carrier's roster over the next few quarters.

For all practical purposes, the Sony Zperia Z1 f figures to be a smaller take on the Xperia Z1. The internal hardware components should remain largely unchanged, including the quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and the 20.7-megapixel rear camera.

The smaller, 4.3-inch 720p HD display, however, should prove … Read more

HTC's One Max handset headed to Verizon, suggests leaked image

A big HTC handset, complete with a fingerprint scanner, could be coming to Verizon Wireless, leaked images suggest.

An anonymous, purported Verizon employee over the weekend posted images of what he claims is a flagship HTC handset, known as the One Max, coming to Verizon's network. The poster said the smartphone will feature a large display and come with a fingerprint scanner, similar to the one found in Apple's iPhone 5S. In addition, the One Max's backplate is completely removable.

Rumors have been swirling for the last few months that HTC is planning to launch a new … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

We've got a great selection of video picks for you this week! First up, check out the premiere episode of our brand-new show Googlicious, hosted by Brian Tong. Googlicious will cover the latest news, rumors, tips, tricks, and how-tos and big Google events and announcements. Plus, you can count on a few wacky signature segments like "My First...with Google Glass" and many, many more. In this week's episode we check out the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and look at some of the new specs for the upcoming Nexus 5.

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Nexus 5 said to be 'half the price' of the iPhone 5S

The hype and rumors we're hearing around the upcoming Nexus 5, expected from LG and Google later this month, is that it could instantly become the new Android phone to beat. But the latest whisperings hint that it could also give the iPhone 5S a run for its money when it comes to how much of your money you have to shell out for one.

TechRadar says a "source familiar with Google" has told the site that the successor to the popular but LTE-less Nexus 4 will ship in the latter part of October and cost "half the price" of the iPhone 5S.… Read more

Apple rumored to have bought smart-assistant maker Cue

Less than a day after personal assistant service Cue announced plans to shut down, a new report points to Apple as the reason.

AppleInsider says the mobile service, which launched last June, was snapped up by Apple for a price as high as $35 million.

Seemingly confirming that a deal was made, an Apple spokesperson said it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Cue did not respond to a request for comment.

Cue provided quick information panels, similar to Google Now, which were compiled from e-mail, … Read more

Are these the first Android 4.4 KitKat screen grabs?

Nearly two dozen photos landing online may prove to be our first look at the upcoming Android 4.4 upgrade, also known as KitKat.

Tech blog GadgetHelpLine has shared a small gallery of images alleging to be an early build of Android 4.4. Judging by its impressions of the platform, the next version of Android could be an incremental update with minor tweaks.

For what it's worth, the OS in question was likely an older, perhaps unfinished, build, one that wasn't called KitKat by name. Instead, there are multiple references to Key Lime Pie, which was this … Read more

Rumor Has It: Nexus 5 could one up the Chromecast

This week's show focuses on something that's not Apple related. Imagine that.

A new log that was leaked from what is presumably the Nexus 5 confirms a million things that we already knew about the phone, but also gives us a little more information.

Facebook pulls a Twitter, and tries to convince TV networks that people "liking" TV shows on the site is a boon for ratings. The bottom line for Facebook? More ad dollars, of course.

And finally, Nokia might have a cool little app up its sleeve, called Storyteller.

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