3 years ago

AT&T Xperia Ion officially receiving Android 4.0 update


We noticed just shy of a week ago that some users were reporting that an update was available for their AT&T Xperia Ion. AT&T has spilled the beans now, and announced officially that the Ion has an Ice Cream Sandwich update ready to go. Along with the entire host of usual Android 4.0 improvements such as an improved lock screen, redone browser and new home screen folders, AT&T notes that the update will "provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds" on the device.

This update won't be coming OTA (Over the Air) to your device, so you're stuck downloading Sony's PC companion software to download and apply the update (seriously, just push it OTA please). Check out the source links below to see the official statement from AT&T, as well as the Sony support page to hep you setup the software for the update.

Source: AT&T Consumer Blog, Sony Support

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3 years ago

First tentative Samsung Galaxy Camera UK pricing appears


Arguably the most interesting Android device to appear at last month's IFA 2012 show in Berlin was the Samsung Galaxy Camera. As the name suggests, it's an Android 4.1-based 16MP point-and-shoot camera with a bunch of sharing and content creation goodies from Samsung, as well as 3G and 4G connectivity.

Today we have the first tentative UK pricing and release information for the device, courtesy of British online retailer Clove Technology. Clove says it's expecting its first Galaxy Camera stock from late October, and lists the device with a price tag of £400 inc. VAT (£333 ext. VAT, which equates to around $500). That's a lot of cash for a point-and-shoot, and for that kind of money you could be well on your way to a micro four thirds system. It seems Samsung's hoping its added smartphone muscle will convince Brits to part with a few extra pounds this October. Nevertheless, we'd hope for some fairly substantial discounts on the camera towards the holiday season.

We should point out that this is a pre-order price, and as such, it's subject to change (hopefully downwards) as the release date approaches. Let us know what you think of this potential price point for the Galaxy Camera down in the comments -- is it worth the cash to be an early adopter?

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S gets Android 4.0.4, Sense 4.1 update


T-Mobile USA's HTC One S is receiving its biggest software update yet today, bringing the aluminum-clad handset up to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3) and HTC Sense 4.1 (from 4.0), according to reports from the Android Central forums. It looks like Tmo's One S is getting the update that was originally pushed to European One S phones just over a month ago, meaning owners can look forward to improvements in phone performance, and a couple of new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown.

According to the changelog in the forums, the update also improves Bluetooth performance, and fixes Wifi connectivity issues that've been affecting some One S users since launch. The update file weighs in at 150MB, so you'll probably want to make sure you're on Wifi before taking the over-the-air package.

For the full list of changes in today's updates, hit the source link below. If you're already running the new software on your One S, be sure to let us know what you think.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 3 announced for metroPCS


MetroPCS has announced that they'll be offering Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S 3, starting in October. To kick things off, they have a contest going where participants have a shot at winning a free device. If you're unfamiliar, here's a quick run-down of the specs on the Samsung Galaxy S 3. 

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos chip @ 1.4 GHz / U.S. versions have Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at 1.5 GHz
  • HSPA+ 21 and LTE versions
  • 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED 720x1280 screen
  • 8MP / Front 1.9MP camera (720p video recording)
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM / U.S. and Canadian versions have 2GB of RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • Accelerometer, Notification light, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Gyro, NFC, Barometer
  • 1080p video playback
  • Various multimedia codecs supported
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 133 grams

Be sure to check out our full review for an in-depth look and see some hands-on video. 

The big carriers have been selling the Samsung Galaxy S 3 for a couple of months now, but there are bound to be at least a few of you that prefer this regional carrier. Anyone interested in picking this one up? Head on over to MetroPCS to sign up for the Samsung Galaxy S 3 giveaway. 

Thanks Josue!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches in South Korea on SKT, LG U+ and KT


Samsung has announced the South Korean launch of its new 5.5-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2. By now we're all familiar with the Note 2's impressive spec sheet -- a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 720p non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED display, 4G LTE connectivity. Today the device launches across all three main South Korean carriers -- SKT, LG U+ and KT, where it'll be available in "marble white" and "titanium grey" colors.

The South Korean launch marks the start of the Galaxy Note 2 World Tour, as the device spreads its reach across the globe. Samsung says it'll offer the Note 2 across 260 carriers in 128 countries, including all major U.S. and European networks.

The next stop for the Galaxy Note 2 is London, where it makes its UK debut on Oct. 1. For more on the Note 2, check out our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Translated)

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3 years ago

Google Maps Street View dives under the waves


Do you ever have that moment where you're scuba diving in the south Pacific, and you're wondering "Was I supposed to turn right at the coral reef to get back to the resort, or keep swimming straight?" It happens to me all the time. Luckily Google, as ever, has us covered. The Google Maps team has just released a handful of new Street View locations that are underwater. Various spots along the coast of Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii can take you down to see some of the wonderful aquatic landscape, wildlife, and flora in the region. You can find some of the more spectacular shots in Google's Street View gallery for the ocean

Looking at stuff like this, it's hard to imagine how iOS or Microsoft intend to outpace Google's progress in the mapping world. Sure, the underwater Street View is more for sightseeing than anything else, but the lengths Google is willing to go for completeness are pretty crazy. 

Any divers in the house? Ever wish you had a waterproof phone with you? 

Source: Google Lat Long

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available online, SIM-free, for £415 in the UK


So much for all that fuss about limited Sony Xperia T SIM-free availability. UK-based online retailer Unlocked Mobiles is now offering the Sony Mobile flagship for sale, stand-alone and unlocked for just £414.98 inc. VAT. That's a surprisingly reasonable price tag, considering the phone comes packed with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.6-inch, 720p HD Reality Display and 13MP rear camera.

Unlocked Mobiles claims it's the first online retailer the UK to offer the Xperia T SIM-free, so if you'd rather not venture into your nearest Phones4U store, then you may want to check out what they're offering. The Xperia T is a sleek piece of kit indeed, and not every Sony flagship goes on sale £100 cheaper than the competition..

For more on the Sony Xperia T, check out our hands-on coverage with Sony's 2012 range at IFA.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles

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3 years ago

International Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean open-source bits now available


With the Jelly Bean update hitting some international Galaxy S3 (GT-i9300) phones, Samsung has released its Android 4.1 kernel source, and other open-source bits for the device. The code isn't directly useful to regular Galaxy S3 owners, but it should help community developers get more stable custom ROMs for the device. That means better ROM options for everyone, which can only be a good thing.

ROM developers can grab the S3 Jelly Bean source code from the Samsung open-source repository below.

Source: Samsung open-source repository, Thanks, @android_indian

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ makes first unofficial appearance


A T-Mobile-branded HTC One X+ has made its first appearance appearance on Twitter in a wholly unofficial manner. Though we don't get much more than this brief glimpse, we've heard previously about a handful of specs.

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM:32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

Keep in mind that this is all well within the realm of speculation for the time being, but so far, things are looking pretty solid. The only other upcoming HTC device really on our radar at this point is the Droid Incredible X,, which may be finding its way to Verizon

In any case, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly exciting about the front face of this device. I'm curious to see the other side, if only to get a sense of what kind of camera is on there. Any T-Mobile customers itching for a fresh HTC phone? 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile announces the LG Venice, a 4.3-inch device with Ice Cream Sandwich


Boost Mobile has announced a new addition to their lineup, the LG Venice. The Venice will represent an attractive choice to customers who prefer a no contract phone, especially because it has decent specs for the price. While not equal to the top of the line phones, they're nothing to scoff at either.

The Venice boasts:

  • 4.3-inch screen (with Gorilla Glass)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • LG Optimus 3.0 interface
  • 5MP camera
  • 720p video recording

The Venice will cost $219.99 and remember that Boost Mobile offers all of their devices with no contract. They also offer a $55/month unlimited plan. It will be available starting Oct. 10 at Boost Mobile retail stores, certain independent retailers and online. In late October, you'll be able to pick one up in select nationwide retailers.

The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Play celebrates 25 billion app downloads with 25 cent app promotion


Google has announced that its Google Play app store has delivered its 25 billionth app download, up from the 20 billion figure quoted at Google I/O in June. To celebrate, it's launching another app sale, where this time you'll be able to pick up a selection of popular titles from developers like Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic and Full Fat for just 25 cents over the next five days. In addition, Google is promising special collections of content in the near future, including "25 movies you must own, 25 banned books and 25 albums that changed the world."

Google Play, which launched a little under four years ago as the Android Market, as grown considerably in the past year, adding movies, TV, music and magazines, and becoming a fully-fledged content platform. And in under twelve months, it's gone from a total of 10 billion downloads to today's 25 billion milestone. The total app count now sits at 675,000, up from 600,000 in June.

Right now we're not seeing any 25 cent apps on Google Play on our devices, but we'll keep you posted when they start to appear. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you spot any bargains.

Source: Official Android Blog

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3 years ago

Samsung: Galaxy S3 already updated with USSD exploit fix, reviewing situation with other phones [updated]


Update, 7:40am EDT: Samsung tells us it's "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the situation with on the Galaxy S2 and other affected phones. Our own testing, and reports from readers, suggests that devices like the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note remain vulnerable to the USSD exploit.

Original story: Yesterday we reported on a particularly nasty security vulnerability in some Samsung smartphones, which could lead to a factory reset being triggered upon visiting a website containing malicious code. Phones confirmed to be affected included the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Ace. Our testing on various Galaxy S3 models was inconclusive, though. Some models seemed vulnerable, while others were immune.

This morning, we have official confirmation from Samsung that Galaxy S3's around the world should indeed be protected from this exploit, assuming they're running the latest software update.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update.

We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service."

Like Samsung, we always recommend keeping your phone up-to-date with the latest firmware. So if your Galaxy S3 phone is up-to-date, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Of course, there's nothing in that statement about Galaxy S2-class devices, which our own tests, and reports from readers, have shown are still very much at risk from this latest vulnerability. We're sure Samsung will be hurriedly preparing updates for those devices, now that this exploit method is out in the open. Nevertheless, we'll update you with any new info they provide on the Galaxy S2 or other phones.

In the meantime, if you're still concerned that your Samsung phone may be vulnerable to the USSD bug, you can check our quick, easy USSD vulnerability test to see if you're protected or not.

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3 years ago

O2 UK to sell upcoming HTC flagship phone without charger


If you're anything like us, you'll have plenty of wall chargers left over from devices you've long since parted company with. Observe above, the battered husk of our two and a half year-old HTC Desire charger, still in service today. Knowing that many older chargers are still in use, O2 UK and HTC have decided to take a radical step to cut down on waste, and presumably save a bit of cash at the same time. 

The two are to offer an upcoming, unnamed HTC flagship device with a microUSB cable, but no charger, in an effort to improve their green credentials. The operator claims that 70 percent of all phone buyers already have a "relevant charger" at home. And according to a report on UK tech site Pocket-Lint this morning, O2 and HTC are serious about this latest endeavor.

"I have a simple vision for O2: we want to take chargers out of boxes full stop," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2. "Right now, O2 with HTC has to go it alone on this matter - we both believe in it passionately enough that we can’t wait for the industry as a whole to join us in this crusade. That said, we hope that we will be able to pave the way for others to follow us as this has to be a collective effort if we are to achieve the bigger aim of eliminating chargers sold with every new phone in the UK."

We're all for cutting down on unnecessary waste, but from our perspective, the most interesting thing about this story is that it tacitly confirms that we're due a new HTC flagship in the weeks ahead, and that O2 will offer it. The fact that the device itself is unnamed suggests it's yet to be announced -- possibilities include the rumored One X+ and One X 5. We'll be watching with interest to see what devices emerge from HTC and O2 as 2012 draws to a close.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

Barnes and Noble introduce 7" Nook HD and 9" Nook HD+


Barnes and Noble has made the 7-inch Nook HD and it's bigger brother the 9-inch HD+ official this evening. They're quick to mention that the Nook HD is the lightest and highest resolution mid-size tablet on the market, and that the HD+ is the world's lightest full HD tablet with it's 1920 x 1280 resolution at 256 ppi. In fact, they're really talking up the screens on both the units, saying they offer reading and entertainment "like never seen before."

The Nook HD checks in at $199 for the 8GB version, here are some other specs of note:

  • 1440x900 243 ppi laminated display
  • 11.1 ounces in weight
  • 1.3GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Comes in "Snow" or "Smoke"
  • $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB version

The Nook HD+ takes things up a notch:

  • 1920x1280 256 ppi laminated display
  • 18.2 ounces in weight
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • $269 for the 16GB version, $299 for the 32GB version

Both devices feature the Barnes and Noble store, with over 3 million books, HD magazines, catalogs and newspapers, as well as thousands of apps. They will also feature the newly announced B&N video streaming service which should launch this fall.

The Nook HD and Nook HD+ are available for pre-order for U.S. customers today at Barnes & Noble, and will be available for pre-order next month in the UK. Hit the break for the full press release.

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