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4 years ago

LG Venice leaked for Boost Mobile, as ZTE Warp Sequent goes on sale

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Those crazy tipsters at @evleaks are back once more, and today they bring word of a mid-range LG device heading to Boost Mobile. What we see here is supposedly the LG Venice, aka, a renamed LG Optimus L7. Otherwise -- as ever -- we get nothing but the name and an image. Given recent leaks from these guys though, we'd be surprised if this wasn't in stores in the not to distant future. 

The L7 itself packs a respectable spec list for a mid-range smartphone. Part of LG's style series, it brings with it a 4.3 inch display and Ice Cream Sandwich overlayed with LG's Optimus UI. 

In other Boost Mobile news today, the ZTE Warp Sequent is now available from the carrier. Costing just $199.99 off contract, the Warp Sequent looks a lot like the ZTE Grand X while packing different specs. Differences include the processor -- 1.4GHz processor, type not known, in place of the Grand X's Tegra 2 -- and just three capacitive buttons unlike its European counterpart. The same 4.3 inch display remains, as does the 5MP rear camera and stock Android 4.0. 

Sources: @evleaks, Boost Mobile

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4 years ago

Archos 101XS now available across Europe

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Archos' latest tablet offering, the 101XS, is now available to buy from the company's European websites. In UK money, the 10 inch, Ice Cream Sandwich toting tablet will set you back a penny under £300, but the price does include the keyboard dock. 

The 16GB 101XS is a marked improvement on previous Archos tablet offerings, and while launching with Ice Cream Sandwich, a Jelly Bean update has been promised before the end of the year. Considering the stock nature of the software on-board the device, there's no reason to doubt this. If you're tempted by a new 101XS, be sure to check out our review

Source: Archos

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4 years ago

Padfone 2 set for announcement on October 16

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ASUS just mailed out invites to events in Milan, Italy, and Taipei Taiwan for a Padfone 2 announcement on October 16. We don't know much about the Padfone 2, but some sketchy benchmarks have been floating around suggesting that we'll see a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor in there.

The original Padfone was a bizarre Voltron of mobile gadgets, with the phonebeing devoured whole by the tablet, which was in turn docked with a keyboard, and was accompanied by a stylus that doubled as a Bluetooth headset. Sheer madness, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, etc. etc. Check out our hands-on from Mobile World Congress for a closer look. We can only assume that the next generation will follow a similar form factor with a few refinements (thinner, faster), but who knows what else they'll add on top of that; maybe dual-booting to Windows when docked with the keyboard. Crazier things have happened. 

Do you guys dig the form factor? How weird could ASUS get with the next Padfone while still being in the realm of feasibility?

Source: Notebook Italia

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4 years ago

ZTE Anthem 4G brings a mid-range option to MetroPCS

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MetroPCS announced a new addition to their lineup this morning with the ZTE Anthem 4G. The Anthem 4G represents a solid mid-range device that can access MetroPCS's higher speeds on its LTE network.

The ZTE Anthem 4G sports:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2GHZ dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Yeah, we're disappointed that another phone is released with Gingerbread, but the customers targeted by this device probably don't care.

The Anthem 4G can be had 'in the coming weeks' for $219 (plus tax after mail-in rebate) and 4G plans range from $40 - $70/month, including a $55 unlimited data plan.

So if you're in the market for a budget phone on MetroPCS that can handle 4G speeds, you may want to consider the Anthem 4G.

Source: PR Newswire

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4 years ago

The Bard's Tale brings medieval debauchery to Android

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The Bard's Tale has found its way to Android today, and is available in Google Play and soon in the NVIDIA Tegra Zone for  $5.99. 

The action RPG provides 20 to 30 hours of gameplay, which drags a nameless rogue to unwillingly defend mankind against nefarious evils. He has a hard time getting there, but thanks to the occasional incentives of coin and cleavage, plus back-up from creatures summoned through song, he seems to get by. 

If you're sitting on the fence about this one, we're working on a review which will be up real soon. From what I've played so far, the dialog is hilarious and sells the game pretty much on its own. Anybody play the original game on PC or console? How about the old Interplay version from 1985 (which, by the way, is bundled with the game)? 

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4 years ago

Official Dick's Sporting Goods app comes to Android

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An official Dick's Sporting Goods app has hit the Google Play Store. Dick's Sporting Goods is the largest U.S. sporting retailer, so it's great to see an app finally released. I know that when I have sports clothes to buy, I seek out a Dick's Sporting Goods, so I'm happy to be able to shop right from my Android device.

The app is well designed and offers a lot of functionality. If you shop at Dick's quite a bit, by now you're familiar with the ScoreCard, which is their rewards program. With the app, you can manage your rewards and track the points that you've accumulated. You can also scan your area for the nearest store to you, shop right from the app and view the weekly ad. You can also scan items to see what others are saying about them.

It's been a long time coming, but a Dick's Sporting Goods official app is finally available. The app is well designed too, so if you shop for sports gear often, definitely check out this app. 

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4 years ago

NTT DoCoMo launches lightest Android tablet ever

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Today, NTT DoCoMo launched the NEC Medias Tab UL N08-D, which weighs a scant 249 g. By comparison, other 7-inch tablets like the Kindle Fire HD weigh in the neighborhood of 400 g. Even the Nexus 7 is a relatively tubby 345 g. Apparently the NEC Medias Tab UL pulls this off by using a kind of carbon fiber that's used in modern aircraft construction. The Medias Tab UL isn't too thick, measuring a mere 7.9 mm on the profile. The specs don't even seem to suffer for all of this lightness, either:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 LCD display
  • 8 megapixel Exmore R back-lit camera plus secondary 2 megapixel shooter on the front
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 75 Mbps downlink

There are a few cool software features too, like a web browser that lets you actively view two tabs at the same time, and an "HD haptics" vibration feedback mechanism that's applied to just about every on-screen element.  

Anyone in Japan can find more info and information purchasing over at NTT DoCoMo. For the rest of us, how important is weight to your choice in tablets? Does an obnoxiously light device appeal to you, or do you prefer having a little bit of solid heft to your gadgets?

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4 years ago

ZTE announces Blade III, confirms Nordic debut

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Chinese manufacturer ZTE has released a wide range of smartphones this year, and it's showing no sign of slowing the page of its product launches. Today the company's announced the ZTE Blade III, the latest member of the blade family, and pegged it for launch first in Scandinavia. Like many of ZTE's products, the Blade III is aimed at the budget-to-mid-range market, and comes equipped with a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, backed up by 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Those aren't mind-blowing specs, but at least it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. On the outside, the Blade III sports a curved chassis similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

ZTE says the Blade III will launch in Finland in September and Sweden in October, priced at 1499 SEK ($230) SIM-free. UK availability has yet to be confirmed, but launches in more territories are apparently planned before the end of the year.

We've got today's press release in full after the break, along with the complete spec list.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T drops by the FCC with AT&T LTE support, we feign surprise

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You already knew the Sony Xperia T was headed to AT&T, right? The phone's cropped up a couple of times before sporting AT&Ts "globe" branding, and today brings further evidence, as the device has appeared at the FCC with support for AT&T-friendly LTE bands. The international Xperia T, due to launch next week, doesn't feature LTE support at all, and it looks like the AT&T version has undergone some minor changes in order to enable 4G connectivity. As we pointed out in earlier leaked renders of the AT&T Xperia T, the back is split up into segments, most likely to help out with antenna performance.

There's no word on exactly when the Xperia T will be arriving on AT&T, but given the half-year wait Sony fans endured for the Xperia Ion, we're not holding our breath.

Source: FCC, via: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD slashed to £300 by UK retailer

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Everybody loves a bargain, right? How about this one then. UK online retailer, Expansys, has slashed the price of the LG Optimus 4X HD to just £299.99. All in, that's a saving of around £170 on the intial launch price of the device. 

The reduced price only applies to the black version, sadly, and will be an EU model 4X HD with a UK 3-pin adaptor. No matter. While the 4X HD may about to be usurped in the ranks by the forthcoming Optimus G, the 4X HD still packs top of the line specifications for a 2012 Android device. 

Packing a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7 inch IPS 720p display, removable 2150mAh battery, NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich, at this price point the Optimus 4X HD is a real steal. 

Source: Expansys, More: Hands-on with the LG Optimus 4X  HD

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4 years ago

Acer officially launches the Iconia Tab A110, with Tegra 3 and Jelly Bean

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The Acer Iconia Tab A110 first debuted back at Computex, in June. Back then, the 7-inch device was running Android 4.0, propelled along by its Tegra 3 processor. Slated for a Q3 release, we heard following the show that the A110 would in fact be bumped up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before it hit the shelves. True to their word, it's Q3 -- just, the device has been bumped to Jelly Bean, and a formal release has been announced. 

The A110 is already up for pre-order with at least one UK based retailer, priced at £180. For the money we get -- besides Jelly Bean and Tegra 3 of course -- 8GB on board storage, expandable via microSD card, 1GB of RAM, a 1024x600 display, a 3420mAh battery, HDMI out and a 2MP front facing camera. 

The A110 will of course be going toe-to-toe with Google's own, Nexus 7. Both tablets have key features which could win over the crowds. The Nexus 7 of course will receive it's updates directly from Google, has a better screen, and is cheaper for the comparable model. The A110 has a microSD card slot, which on its own may be enough to sway some towards the Acer offering. 

With this, the Nexus 7, and Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD, the 7-inch tablet space is really beginning to heat up. There is no concrete release date provided by Acer for the A110's availability, but you can catch the full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Google Nexus 7 looks set to launch in India in November

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Let's face it, Android fans around the world want to be able to get their hands on the Nexus 7. And rightfully so. Google has hit a sweet spot with the Nexus 7 in terms of value for money. The list of official markets that can purchase the Nexus 7 is still pretty slim, so the news that the device is expected to become available in India is welcome. 

The good folks over at AndroidOS.in recently attended a press event thrown by ASUS India, where they were told to expect the Nexus 7 to arrive there in November. Originally, the Nexus 7 was expected to ship in October in India. Google still needs to work on providing their content services globally, but getting the Nexus 7 into hands is a good place to start. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update coming to some Xperia Ion users on AT&T

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Showing up quickly after the international Xperia Ion started to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update, the AT&T model of the same phone has started to show up in SuS -- Sony's PC companion software -- for some users over in the XDA forums. The AT&T model, LT28AT, is being pushed up to software build 6.1.c.1.105 which brings all of the features and visual cues associated with ICS. We won't know for sure what other fixes or changes are included in this update until AT&T spills the beans officially.

We'll see if the update starts to roll out to more users in the next couple days, and hopefully it'll start to come out over OTA rather than relying on Sony's PC software. Check your own device and let us know in the comments if you're seeing the update.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks Terry!

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4 years ago

Sony opening the PlayStation Mobile store on October 3.

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First unveiled back at E3, we now have more information on just when Sony's new PlayStation Mobile store will be coming to market. Sony has given a firm release date of October 3, and the store will be initially available in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. More countries are set to follow at a later time. 

We're not just going to see re-hashed PSOne content in the PlayStation Mobile store either. Instead we're promised "PlayStation like content" with 30 all new titles available at launch, created by third-party developers and Sony alike. 

Additionally two further OEM's were added to the PlayStation Certfified list -- Fujitsu and Sharp. While neither of these two companies are particularly well known in the western world for their Android devices, both have good presence in Japan. Both join the likes of HTC, ASUS and Wikipad in the ranks of PlayStation Certified devices. 

For developers, the PlayStation Mobile SDK will become available across 11 different countries, starting in November. You can find the full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to offer Marvel’s The Avengers as a free download for Samsung Galaxy S3 owners

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If you're a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 owner looking to take in one of the hottest movies of the summer, you're in luck. Starting on Sept. 25th, T-Mobile will be making Marvel’s The Avengers available as a free download to all new and existing T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 owners.

The virtual preload will arrive via the Samsung Media Hub application on your device and from there it can be directly downloaded or streamed to various devices that support the AllShare Cast feature or AllShare Cast Wireless Hubs with no fear of blowing any data caps if you're on T-Mobile's Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

In addition to that news, T-Mobile has also announced the Samsung AllShare Cast Hub accessory will be available online and in stores on Sept. 24th for only $99. If you're looking for the full press release, you'll find it below. Overall, that's a nice unexpected treat for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 owners.

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