Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon prepping two new Kindle Fire tablets with improved build, metal casing

By on June 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Amazon prepping two new Kindle Fire tablets with improved build, metal casing

Amazon is working on not one, but two new Kindle Fire tablets that will launch in the coming months. Earlier reports suggested that Amazon will announce a new addition to its Kindle Fire lineup late next month and while we cannot speak to the timing of Amazon’s upcoming announcements, BGR has confirmed that Amazon is indeed finally readying the launch of its 10-inch tablet. More →

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Apple to introduce TV SDK at WWDC

Apple to introduce TV SDK at WWDC

By on June 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

Apple TV SDK

We have heard from a source that Apple will be introducing a TV SDK at WWDC next week. This would enable third-party developers to create software for Apple’s TV products. BGR reported late last month that Apple has plans to demonstrate an all new TV operating system during its WWDC keynote next week. For more information, head to our WWDC 2012 article.

UPDATE: Apple did not introduce a TV SDK at WWDC this year, though we’re told “it’s coming.”

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Samsung Galaxy S III confirmed for July 9th launch on Verizon Wireless

Samsung Galaxy S III confirmed for July 9th launch on Verizon Wireless

By on June 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM.

Galaxy S III release for Verizon set for July 9th

Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, went up for preorder on a number of U.S. carriers (like, all of them), but it’s been tough to pin down an actual launch date. We have confirmed that Verizon Wireless will be making the Galaxy S III available on July 9th.

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Apple to demo new TV OS at WWDC in two weeks

Apple to demo new TV OS at WWDC in two weeks

By on May 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM.

Apple iTV OS demo scheduled for WWDC

BGR has learned from a trusted source that Apple is planning to demonstrate a brand new version of the Apple TV operating system next week at WWDC. This new OS is said to be much more feature-complete than the current OS that runs on the Apple TV, and is apparently the one that Apple’s upcoming HDTV will run. Yes, that one.

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Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app with 3D mapping is coming this summer, and we have photos

Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app with 3D mapping is coming this summer, and we have photos

By on May 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM.

Apple Maps for iOS 6 with 3D this summer

Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for a few years, and it appears as if the company is finally ready to release a new Maps app for iOS, sidestepping Google’s mapping data for its own. BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.

The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner. A photo of this feature can be seen in our gallery.

Apple is now putting the finishing touches on its 3D mapping functionality, and it is currently being tested in build 10A3XX of iOS 6.

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Microsoft set to release Office for iOS and Android tablets in November

Microsoft set to release Office for iOS and Android tablets in November

By on May 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM.

Microsoft Office iPad Android

BGR has learned from a reliable source that Microsoft is currently planning to release the company’s full Office suite for not only Apple’s iPad, but for Android tablets as well. The company is targeting November of this year for both launches. Additionally, our source has seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad first-hand and has said that it looks almost identical to the previous leak from The Daily a few months back, despite the fact that Microsoft flat out denied that the app was authentic. It is also plausible that Microsoft Office will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch rather than only the iPad, as we’re told the loading screen in the app clearly said “Office for iOS” and not just iPad. More →

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on; meet the elusive BlackBerry Colt

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on; meet the elusive BlackBerry Colt

By on May 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on

RIM made an unprecedented move earlier this week when it gave away pre-production BlackBerry 10 hardware to developers, but it was a smart one. In order to develop for a brand new operating system and help grow develop support for a new platform, you need to be able to test on real hardware. Since this isn’t the phone that RIM will launch in the fall, there’s no issue letting the public see the hardware, right? Well, there’s more to the story.

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Samsung Galaxy S III screen pictured again

Samsung Galaxy S III screen pictured again

By on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S III photos

We’re only a day from the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but that doesn’t mean the leaks are done. One of our contacts sent us a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S III’s boot screen as it is turning on, but wouldn’t allow us to post photos of the actual device. Maybe next time! Samsung is set to unveil the highly anticipated Galaxy S III during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

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Is this the Samsung Galaxy S3?

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S3?

By on April 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM.
Samsung Galaxy S III photo

We received a photo of what looks like it could be Samsung’s upcoming flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Although it isn’t confirmed at this point, this is one of the most compelling images we have seen so far. We’ll know in a couple days if this is the real deal but compared to all the decoys we’ve seen, we definitely hope the flagship smartphone Samsung unveils next week ends up looking like this instead. This phone also matches up exactly with what we have reported, something many people have continued to miss — the Galaxy S3 will have a physical button in the center beneath the display.

UPDATE: Looks like this image was sent to a few different sites around 3:00 a.m. this morning…

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Verizon’s Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap

Verizon’s Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap

By on April 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

Verizon launching iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, Motorola RAZR HD in Fall

While Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year. BGR has exclusively learned details about most, if not all of Verizon Wireless’s flagship smartphone launches for the remainder of 2012, and things are definitely looking good for Verizon subscribers in 2012. All the details follow after the break. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III launch details reveal multiple models, official device of 2012 Olympics

Samsung Galaxy S III launch details reveal multiple models, official device of 2012 Olympics

By on April 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM.

As we get closer to the official announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy S III, more information is beginning to surface. In addition to our exclusive reports on the device’s specifications and materials, we have now learned new details surrounding Samsung’s launch and marketing push for its new flagship handset. We have been told that there will be a huge international roll-out for the Galaxy S III, and the sleek new smartphone will be the official device of the 2012 Summer Olympics — this is one reason we’re told Samsung is hosting its unveiling event in London. In addition, there could be simultaneous launch events in New York City, Seoul and Dubai according to our source. We are also told that the Samsung Galaxy S III will come in two color options, one in blue and black, and a second in white. There will be 16GB and 32GB models as well, and additional specs include a 1080p HD display, a quad-core Exynos processor and integrated 4G LTE. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III to feature ceramic and metal case, physical home button

Samsung Galaxy S III to feature ceramic and metal case, physical home button

By on April 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM.

We exclusively reported that the Samsung Galaxy S III will feature a ceramic case, but looking at Samsung’s Unpacked event invitation that went out Monday morning, it appears that there could be another material in play as well. It looks like it’s a brushed blue metal, possibly aluminum or stainless steel, but it could also be a brushed blue plastic — Samsung smartphones have made use of plastic cases with a brushed finish multiple times in the past. Lastly, we have heard from a trusted source that the Galaxy S III will feature a physical home button in the middle of the device under the display, and it won’t use the on-screen navigation buttons Google introduced in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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