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Motorola already has a sequel to the new Droid Bionic in development that may be hints of a familiar design. Nicknamed the Dinara, it would be similar to the Bionic but have a larger, more edge-to-edge, "HD" screen and upgrade to a 13-megapixel camera. The shape would be "much slimmer and lighter" from what Droid-Life understood, but it would use an iPhone-style sealed-in battery to reach the goal.
A purported OEM parts supplier, Global Direct Parts, is already selling what it says are parts of the upcoming Droid 3 smartphone from Motorola. The photos of the screen and top half kits available on the website certainly match up to those leaked of the upcoming handset, and their availability indicates Motorola is ready to sell the device. Unofficially, it's expected to hit store shelves late this summer.
Motorola gave some clues Wednesday that its 'enhanced'Droid Bionic was actually a new phone. An updated fact sheet page has dropped all the specifications but said it would center on an "improved form factor," not just changes to the inside. Little else was confirmed beyond that the phone would use Android and LTE-based 4G.
Motorola has removed the page for the page for the Droid Bionic, which was teased on its website by the image you see below, Droid-Life found. The phone was recently delayed by Motorola until this summer, with the company citing some "enhancements" need to be done. There were also rumors that the device will be cancelled, with the Targa due to replace it.
A handful of teasing images Monday have hinted at what could be one of the very high-end Motorola smartphones due in the second half of the year. The design has some superficial ties to the Droid X but has a thicker, silver back that reportedly holds a larger 1,900mAh battery. Droid-Life was told the touch-only phone would also have a 540x960 (qHD) display, a "multi-core" processor, and a 12-megapixel camera, possibly linking it to either the Targa or the more distant Bullet.
Motorola on Tuesday said it was pushing back the launch of the Droid Bionic to the summer. Missing a widely expected spring release, the company through a spokeswoman explained the dual-core, 4G Android hardware was going to see "several enhancements" that put the Verizon launch back. The improvements came after "compelling feedback" from the CES expo in January, Dow Jones was told.
The upcoming Droid Charge smartphone from Samsung will arrive on the previously anticipated April 28, a Costco inventory image revealed. Whether the recent disaster in Japan will delay the device remains to be seen. Courtesy of Droid-Life, the listing also showed the Motorola Bionic will arrive at Costco on May 12.
Three of Motorola's headlining phones for the next several months have been spotted and should now include a previously unseen ultra-high end phone for Verizon. The Targa would be a full-touch Android phone with LTE-based 4G and would focus primarily on cameras. Along with a front camera, the prototype render given by well-known HowardForums leaker WNRussell shows a bulge holding a possible 13-megapixel camera, although it's unclear whether this was a real specification or just speculation from engineers.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE