A tech enthusiast site called TechHog recently leaked an image of what it says is the upcoming third Nexus-branded smartphone from Google. Though the site’s post has since been pulled, the photo shows a phone with a buttonless design built by HTC and a form factor that slightly resembles that of the iPhone 3GS. If Google wants to ditch the Android menu keys on its next Nexus device — which would presumably run Ice Cream Sandwich, likely eliminating the need for the typical Android menu keys — we’re all for it, but we’re not so sure this particular image is even real. Hit the jump for a zoomed-in portion of the photo that shows a jagged border typically seen when a Photoshopper isn’t careful enough with the clone stamp tool — just one of several problems that leads us to believe the image is not authentic. More →
New images of what is claimed to be Apple’s next-generation iPod touch have surfaced, though even the sites revealing the images are extremely skeptical of their authenticity. The most notable observations are a new home button design and the increased storage capacity of the purported fifth-generation iPod touch. Somewhat in line with our exclusive report from earlier this year, the device pictured lacks Apple’s current home button used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Instead, it appears to showcase a capacitive home button. An image of the device’s About screen also reveals 128GB of internal storage, which would be a 100% increase compared to the current model. While there is not yet any conclusive evidence that these images are real or fake, the storage reading is a bit suspect. An iOS device with 128GB of storage should display a capacity reading somewhere between 115GB and 120GB, not 126.5GB as the images show. Hit the jump for a few more pictures of the device.
Following earlier reports revealing an unannounced buttonless HTC smartphone due to be launched by Verizon Wireless, images of a second unnamed Android phone have been published. This new smartphone appears to be more in tune with HTC’s current higher-end models, suggesting that it may launch as a flagship device. The device was spied on a commuter train in Taipei and details are extremely scarce. The smartphone runs Android, as evidenced by the four touch-sensitive buttons beneath the display and the visible on-screen menu bar, and it appears to have a front-facing camera for video chat. Beyond that, the phone is a mystery. Hit the jump for two more images of the unnamed handset. More →
What do you get when you mash an iPhone 3GS and an HTC DROID Incredible together? Apparently, you get a peculiar new Android smartphone headed to Verizon Wireless — provided you rip out the iPhone’s home button and smooth over the wound, that is. Prior rumors of buttonless HTC devices gained some credibility on Thursday as photos of an unreleased HTC device were published on a Chinese forum. Verizon branding and a sizable touchscreen are visible on the device, as is a contoured rear case and a dual-LED flash beside the rear-facing camera. Additional details are scarce for the time being, though the handset will supposedly run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch. Hit the break for an image of the back and thanks to everyone who sent this in. More →