The long wait is finally, almost, at an end for users of LG's Optimus line as they have today released details of the European rollout of their much awaited Gingerbread update for the "three premium smartphones" in the lineup.
It's important to remember that the dates provided by LG, refer specifically to unlocked, unbranded versions of the devices. Those bought from carriers may have to wait a little while longer. The good news though, is that for the Optimus 2X, the update starts from November 1. The Optimus 3D, and the Optimus Black will follow shortly after, followed by a global rollout. No specific dates have been provided though for outside of Europe.
The dates are:
LG Optimus 2X - From Nov. 1 for open models in Europe
LG Optimus 3D - From week commencing21st Nov. 21 for open models in Europe
LG Optimus Black - From week commencing Nov. 28 for open models in Europe
The witching hour is upon us, and that means time is winding down to enter the Mobile Nations Halloween contest. Be it sexy, like this, or scary, like what you see above, we want to see you in your Halloween finest.
What will you win? Let's just say it'll definitely be worth your while. We've got full details after the break. Now send your pics to email@example.com. Good luck!
Verizon has announced that the Gingerbread update is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The original Tab is often forgotten with the onslaught of tablets that have been released afterwards, but it remains a favorite among many Android fans. This news is great for Tab owners on Verizon who have been wondering if they would ever see another software update for the device.
The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will bring:
Improved security for the PIN method. When using the PIN, the device will no longer request a symbol as a numeric entry
Improved word selection and copy functionality
A 'View Data Plan' icon so that users can adjust their plans accordingly
Verizon Data Service feature will allow users to see how much data they have used so that they won't go over
A new download manager app
The ability to use the front-facing camera as a camcorder
Widgets will resize to reflect landscape and portrait mode more accurately
Support for Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid plans
Google security patches
The update is currently listed as 'Coming Soon' on Verizon's website, so as soon as we hear it go live you'll know too. For more, check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab Forum.
Samsung and AT&T this morning announced the carrier's first LTE smartphones -- the Android 2.3.5-powered Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.
In addition to sporting Gingerbread (and we'd fully expect it to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich next year), the Skyrocket has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 480x800 reolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camer with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board stoarge, and a microSD card slot.
It'll be available Nov. 6 for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
The HTC Vivid is rocking a 4.5-inch qHD display at 540x960. It's got a 1.2 GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. It'll be available for $199 on contract.
AT&T's LTE network is in its infancy, having gone live in just five cities so far -- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. But with the launch of the Skyrocket, AT&T's expanding its LTE markets to Boston; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Athens, Ga.
AT&T's got two data plans from which to choose: 200MB for $15 a month (an additional 200MB costs another $15), or 2GB for $25 a month, with a extra 1GB costing another $10. You can add 4GB of mobile hotspot data for an addition $45 a month.
A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV -- apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit -- but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.
Will it finally launch the era of Android-connected television? We'll just have to see, and we'll still have to wait a few months for new hardware. (And owners of the Logitech Revue will have to wait until later for their update. Sigh.)
It's good to be HTC, no? The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer released its Q3 2011 earnings this week. It shipped some 13.2 million phones, nearly double that of Q3 2010 and some 9 percent higher than the second quarter of 2011. After-tax profits were up 68 percent over a year ago to $18.68 billion.
A couple of areas HTC continues to focus on, it said in its earnings release, are China, and LTE. It's expecting further growth in LTE handsets in the United States (Verizon's got LTE now, and AT&T's in the midst of rolling it out), as well as Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. HTC also reaffirmed its commitment to the entry-level market, citing the HTC Wildfire as a top-seller.
And speaking of growing, HTC has 2,000 stores in China, and a factory in Taoyuan will be completed early next year and could increase production by 40 million phones a year.
For anyone who ever lives in, or has ever visited London, you'll know that hailing a cab can sometimes be tough. It's never quite as easy as it looks on TV, and sometimes can be quite treacherous. Now though, a group of enterprising London cab drivers are ready to launch a new service which makes it as easy as two taps on your smartphone.
The service, known as "Hailo" goes live tomorrow in the Android Market for free, and will allow its users to call nearby taxis without taking their lives into their own hands. So far 2,000 drivers have signed up to be part of the service.
The app will locate you via the phones GPS system, and any free drivers nearby will be able to accept the fare. You will then be able to see the drivers name, vehicle registration, how far away they are, and even pay a fare with your credit card.
Hey, guess what. If you've been trolling around the Android Central Forums for the past day or so -- hey, it's Halloween weekend, but it's still the place to be -- you no doubt know by now that there's been a Samsung SCH-i515 -- you know that as the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus -- lurking in some source code on Sammy's site. You'll also realize that it's really not that big a deal, since it's a pretty plain render of the Galaxy Nexus with a 4G symbol in the status bar -- and not even the "4G LTE" symbol we've come to expect on Verizon phones. But, hey, it's just an image, so we're not all that worked up over it. But what the hell. It's Sunday night. Enjoy.
Nascar fans rejoice! Right out of the gates following the recent Google TV update announcement they have launched their own Nascar.com Live app into the market.
Promising access to HD on demand content as well as all manner of information on your favourite drivers, teams and circuits the first racing app for Google TV is squarely aimed at enhancing the fans experience of watching Nascar racing. The apps "live mode" pairs up with the TV broadcasts picture-in-picture feature to bring you additional content while you watch.
Check out the full press release and market link after the break.
If the internal procured by MobileSyrup are correct, Rogers subscribers will have a pair of hot new phones to check out next week -- the Galaxy S Glide is slated for a Nov. 3 launch, and the MotoRAZR shows up the next day on Nov. 4. The Glide packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.2 GHz processor, and a full sliding qwerty keyboard, and our Canadian office (hey Chris!) is itching to have a play with it. The RAZR is super thin (7.1mm), has a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP, 4.3-inch AMOLED, and the Rogers version may be bootloader unlockable direct from Motorola. They both look like real winners, and should see lots of fans on both sides of the 49th parallel.
Gmail, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa, are all massively popular cloud services, but all requiring their own applications to allow you to access your data. This is where Jolicloud, the portable desktop steps in, as they aim to bring their communal cloud access platform to the mobile space.
For anyone not familiar, presently Jolicloud is basically a home for all your different cloud services, to be accessed from one place. The current offering is available as a web app, and also as an entire OS in the form of Joli OS. I've tried the OS, and while the range of cloud services that can plug into it is pretty wide, as a desktop OS there's no real need for it as Google Chrome has it covered for me. As a mobile offering, if done correctly, it becomes a whole different ball game.
Task switching on Android is pretty simple, and slick in the case of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. The point remains though that you have to jump from your Gmail app, to your Dropbox app, and then over to your Flickr app. Jolicloud's principle is to remove task switching, and have everything accessible from one app, similar to the Flipboard social networking application.
Currently still in beta in its early stages, there will soon be an Android application available for both phones and tablets that will provide access to the service over wifi and cellular data. There is no date as yet for the launch of the app, but applications for invites when the beta opens up can be found by hitting the source link below.
With Halloween coming up so quickly we decided to treat you to a little bit of fun with a Halloween themed round up for this week! So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorite Halloween flavored apps!
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