BlackBerry Passport extensive hands-on video leaks

The upcoming BlackBerry Passport is certainly one of the most unorthodox devices currently in the rumor mill. Packing a square screen with a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels, the Passport is probably the last chance for the troubled company to save itself.

The smartphone was already showcased by BlackBerry’s CEO himself, but outside of some live shots and vague specs info we didn’t get to learn much about it back then. Now however, a leaked video shows the BlackBerry Passport in action, demonstrating its UI and some of its cool new features.

A particularly impressive feature is the touch-sensitive three-row QWERTY keyboard that doubles as a trackpad. It gets its time in the spotlight towards the end of the video.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 home-baked app list leaks

gsmarena 001 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 home baked app list leaks

EVleaks is at it again and this time the inside scoop are some interesting APKs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet.

The APKs can give us a good hint at some upcoming features that’ll be avaible on the phone. Some of these seem par the course and utterly mundane: “VoiceNote4t” and “SamsungMusic_20″ are fairly self-explanatory, but there are a few APKs on here that are interesting.

The “SStudio_WQHD” APK suggests that the Galaxy Note 4 will be packing a QHD display. “SHealth3_5″ just reaffirms Samsung’s commitment to its health-tracking software, along with the Korean manufacturer’s commitment to photography as evinced by its inclusion of the “OutOfFocusViewer”, “PhotoStudio”, and “SmartSelfShot” APKs.

There are some enigmatic ones as well, such as “HermesService” and “VRSVC”, which could very well be support for Samsung’s upcoming VR headset.

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Spigen confirms Apple iPhone 6 design in a case listing

Spigen is jumping the gun posting cases for unreleased smartphones yet again. This time, the case maker has uploaded a few of its transparent cases for the iPhone 6. Doing so, the company inadvertently (or not) confirms the design of the upcoming Apple smartphone.

gsmarena 001 Spigen confirms Apple iPhone 6 design in a case listing

Spigen’s leak of the iPhone 6 is just a drop in the pool, as the phone is one of the most leaked pieces of hardware around. Apple is all but confirmed to launch the iPhone 6 with a 4.7″ display with talks of a 5.5″ one joining it as well. The latter, however, seems unlikely, if the latest rumors are to be believed.

The 4.7″ iPhone 6 will make use of a Sapphire display, although it could be limited to just some iPhone 6 models.

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Sapphire display to be limited to some iPhone 6 models

The iPhone 6 will have a sapphire display – this fact has been leaked and rumored countless times before. We’ve even seen the sapphire screen being put to the test, and surviving anything except a car running it over.

But if you thought that all iPhone 6 models will benefit from this technology, you might be in for a surprise.

According to a new report from Asia, there won’t be enough sapphire panels to go around for every last iPhone 6 sold. That means only certain models will get this feature.

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Sony Xperia phones can now move apps to SD cards

Sony began rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based firmware update yesterday for the mid-range Xperia T2 Ultra. It brought the new OS version plus updated system and Sony exclusive apps. What we missed to notice the first time is the awesome function to move apps to the SD card.

gsmarena 001 Sony Xperia phones can now move apps to SD cards

Once you go to application manager in your Settings menu and select an app, you’ll notice the new Move to SD card option. There is even a new column that shows only the apps installed on your microSD card.

This particular feature is priceless for the mid and low-end phones, which come with very limited internal storage and system partition. It isn’t available with the KitKat updates on the Xperia Z top lineup, but as it turns out Sony has different plans for the less-capable devices.

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Alcatel One Touch Pop C2 surfaces in the Netherlands

Alcatel has added a new member to its One Touch Pop family of cheap, low-end smartphones, without actually telling anyone.

So despite not having been officially announced yet, the Alcatel One Touch Pop C2 is already available to buy in the Netherlands.

gsmarena 001 Alcatel One Touch Pop C2 surfaces in the Netherlands

As its name implies, the C2 comes to join the previously outed One Touch Pop C1, C3, C5, and C7 – all of which were unveiled last September.

The new One Touch Pop C2 comes with a 4-inch touchscreen with 480×800 resolution, and a 3 MP rear camera. There’s no front snapper to speak of here.

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Larger iPhone 6 may not be released; good news for Samsung

Apple seems to have addressed consumers’ biggest gripe with the iPhone with its upcoming iPhone 6: screen size. The Cupertino-based tech company allegedly has two smartphones in the pipeline with different screen sizes: 4.7” and 5.5”, which should help to sway consumers away from the bigger-screened Droids on the market.

Should is the operative word, as new reports indicate that there may not be a 5.5” iPhone 6 in the works for a while. This is good news for Samsung, which means that it will still reign as the king in the phablet market with its popular Note series of phones.

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