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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG L-Series Android smartphones - L3, L5 and L7


When it comes to style, you've either got it or you don't. And wth its new L-Style series of Android smartphones, Korean manufacturer LG has a trio of phones looking to turn heads.

It's two thirds of the way there.

The LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 bring three levels of smartphones in terms of hardware and software prowess. Sounds good on paper -- a smartphone for every walk of life, right? Here's how LG puts it:

L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.

And that's pretty much true with the L-Style, save for the baby of the bunch. The L5 and L7 are obviously cut from the same cloth, with 4- and 4.3-inch dislays, respectivey. Both are have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with high-resolution displays, and both would be at home in our pockets out of the box. The LG L3, however, is an undersized, low-resolution (QVGA) Android 2.3 device that looks oddly out of place next to such high end fare.

All three phones feature a custom user interface that certaily is more stylish than what we've come to know from LG. Some of that is Ice Cream Sandwich, of course -- the launcher has applications and widgets separated -- and some of that is LG's doing as well. Menus are nicely skinned, and options are easily accessible.

We've got some hands-on pics and video with the LG L-Series devices after the break.

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad Gallery

4 years ago

Huawei introduces the Ascend D quad, dubs it the World's Fastest Smartphone


Three new phones in the Huawei D series, including first quad-core handset

Huawei has been making some moves the past little while and now they've gone ahead an announced their latest series of Ascend devices that will be coming in April to China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012.

The Ascend D quad series of devices comes from Huawei and carries some pretty impressive specs to go along with it. They would have to be if Huawei is going to be putting a tag line such as the World's Fastest Smartphone on it.

  • Huawei's K3V2 1.2GHz Ascend D quad /1.5GHz Ascend D1 quad-core chip and power management system.
  • 720P high definition touchscreen (PPI 330)
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology
  • 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities

In total, there is three devices in the series -- Ascend D quad, Ascend D quad XL, Ascend D1, each with their own set of specs that slightly differ than the other. can check out the full press release past the break to get a full run down of the models in the series and stay tuned for a better look. We're sitting in with Huawei right now at BCN.

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4 years ago

Orange UK gets a little excited, unveils HTC One X early


By now, the HTC One X isn't exactly a secret any more. The device has leaked plenty of times already ahead of any official announcement but we can add another leak to that mix. It seems Orange UK got a little excited and already posted the device along with the specs to their site. Guess there is no doubt about them picking the device up now is there?

Source: Orange UK; via: Cool Smartphone, Thanks, Luke!

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4 years ago

Samsung outs Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet in Barcelona


Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet! We're at Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona where Samsung has unviled its oversized version of the already oversized 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. No official announcement has been made last we looked, but this one just went up in the past 24 hours or so -- it wasn't here when we swung by the Plaça de Catalunya on Saturday morning.

It's pretty clear to see we've got a 10.1-inch tablet on our hands, with another version of the S Pen. We can't quite tell from the billboard itself whether the Galax Note 10.1 is sporting Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we'd be willing to bet on the latter. And you can see the telltale signs of Sammy's TouchWiz improvements, which we've loved on its previous tablets.

Stay tuned for the official announcement on this one.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Mobile World Congress edition


Welcome to Barcelona and Mobile World Congress. And things are already pretty insane. And we're not just talking tapas here. Though if you want to talk tapas, I can go on for days. And if history repeats, probably will for a week or two once I get home. My wife's already prepared for me to eat only (and, yes, many) small portions of meat and cheese for days.

But enough about the food. 

Saturday was a travel and decompression day for many of us here. Arrive in the early morning after flying through the night. Find your apartment or hotel, get settled in, and head out on the town. Eric from Phonescoop got about 30 or so of us together Saturday night. Great to see friends old and new. And, somehow, we made it home.

But enough about the drink.

Let's talk about about the news of the past week, and what we're about to see here in Spain.

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4 years ago

Yet another look at what LG's brought to MWC


We're still a full 24 hours from the official start of Mobile World Congress. But as you've no doubt read over the last week or two, LG Mobile's already announced its array of smartphones, which you see posing here in front of the Firea de Barcelona.

Look closely, folks. That's one-two-three-four-fix-six-seven-EIGHT smartphones of varying size, scale and capability.

LTE and quad-core are the crux of LG's offerings this year, with the massive 5-inch LG Optimus Vu and its 4:3 display (that's it on the left here), as well as the Optimus 4X HD and its quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It's tucked into that gaggle of phones in this picture here, along with the new "L-Style" phones, including the Optimus L3 L5 and L7. And the Optimus 3D Max is floating around as well. Plus LG's recently announced the Optimus LTE Tag and the Optimus 3D Cube. That makes eight.

Stay tuned this week as we give these phones the what-for.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Tab 2 in a 10.1 version


Gearing up for Mobile World Congress, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) this evening, to go along with it's 7-inch sibling. The Tab 2 (10.1) has a 1280x800 display, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and runs Ice Cream Sandwich. Unlike it's predecessor, it also comes with a slot for an external SDcard. Coming in both 16GB and 32GB versions, in both a wifi and HSPA+ 21 configuration. TouchWiz is also on board, as is a healthy 7,000mAh battery. No word on pricing, but Samsung says this one will go on sale this March in the UK. We'll find out any further details direct from Samsung when we meet with them this week. The full press release is after the break.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Beam official, with Gingerbread and 15 lumen pico projector


Samsung is putting out press releases this evening, and to start with we have the all new Galaxy Beam. The Beam runs Gingerbread on a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal storage and a 15 lumen pico projector that will crank out an HD image up to 50-inches wide. It's worth noting the official product specifications list the Beam as having 6GB of RAM, but we're sure that's simply a typo. We'll verify with Samsung while we're talking to them in Barcelona. Hit the jump for the press release.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

The official Temple Run for Android still isn't out, anything else is just malware


A lot of excited Temple Run fans may have thought the day had finally arrived this morning. Despite having previously confirmed that an announcement would be made via their Facebook page, probably the most convincing fake of all showed up today in the Market. 

The 'developers' were shown as being Imangi Studios, the actual developers of the iOS smash hit. All seemed well, until you actually installed the app. Reports were flooding in suggesting that no levels would be available for another four days. Of course the alarm bells should at this point start ringing and anyone who had downloaded this should uninstall immediately. Imangi -- the real Imangi -- took to Twitter to try and get the word out. Thankfully the malicious app has been removed from the Market. 

To try and calm down the fever pitch that anticipation has reached for Temple Run, Imangi have offered some further information on the release -- you guessed it, on their Facebook page. Everything is a scam, until they say otherwise. They have promised to deliver at least a weeks notice prior to launching in the Market, which rules February out of the equation. The message is clear though folks, you might be excited for the game, but there are some horrible people out there who will stop at nothing to take advantage of that. However, hit the source link below to head over to the official Temple Run Facebook page. After all, that's where everything will be revealed. 

Source: Imangi (Facebook)

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4 years ago

Who to follow from Mobile World Congress


We know you love to keep up to date on all the latest and greatest Android news, and that is why you are here, right? Well as you know some of the Android Central folks have made the long trek to Barcelona to bring you all of the latest updates as they come pouring in from Mobile World Congress. While we will be posting as much as we possibly can on the blogs, following them on other social networks can give you a sneak peak of what's to come, and some extra behind the scenes action. Whether you prefer Twitter or Google+, give these guys a follow, or a circle, and let's get ready for the mayhem to take place.

Of course, keep it locked here for all of our coverage of MWC 2012. Let the madness begin.

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: Mobile World Congress 2012 kickoff


Phil, Simon, and Alex have splashed down in Barcelona and are ready to assault Mobile World Congress 2012, Mobile Nations style, and bring you back absolutely everything Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, (and even iPhone and iPad if they can find it!). Listen in!

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4 years ago

HTC One X specs leak - 1.5GHz Tegra 3 and dual-shutter cam with dedicated image chip


We expect to see the HTC One X tomorrow in Barcelona, but if these leaked images from Greek site FullGSM are the real deal, we can discuss the specs today. And there's a lot to discuss! The leaked product sheet lists all sorts of goodies that HTC fans have been waiting for. The One X is expected to ship with HTC's version of Android 4.0, and the Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 SoC is confirmed here as well. All the basics are covered, things like Bluetooth 3.0 and a full array of motion sensors, and we see that NFC is on-board and that the One X is said to be Google Wallet compatible. Maybe the most interesting thing is the new camera hardware. The 8MP shooter comes with a "smart" LED flash, a backside illuminated f2.0 aperture, a 28mm wide angle lens, a dedicated HTC Image chip and a dual shutter module to allow taking pictures while filming 1080p video. This one should take beautiful pictures in any lighting conditions. Here's the bullet-point highlights:

  • 4.7-inch Super LCD2 at 720p resolution
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 CPU
  • 32GB storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1800mAh battery
  • Wireless HDMI via HTC Media Link unit
  • DLNA
  • Pogo pins
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Beats audio

You can check out the full list of specs on the product sheet, and a handful of pictures after the break. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when see everything HTC has to say at Mobile World Congress.

Source: FullGSM

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4 years ago

Cloud storage apps - what are they and how do they work?



Dropbox and have been in the news recently, updating their apps and giving away tons of free space, so it's understandable that a few of us are wondering what the heck they're all about. Sure, you know you get Gigabytes of space, and great looking apps, but what exactly do they do, and how do they work? We're about to tell you! I'll focus on Dropbox here, because that's the service we use here at AC. I'm not recommending it over any of the others, but they are all similar and we've already got all our stuff uploaded there and we're too lazy busy to switch. 

Dropbox is storage space, reserved for you, on a computer somewhere in San Francisco. Other services, like or Ubuntu One may be in different cities, but they all are in big fancy data centers where nerdy people type in the command window all day and night to keep things running smoothly. They aren't just old Windows machines sitting in a basement somewhere, they are dedicated places designed to hold lots and lots of data. They routinely make backups, and have excellent uptime -- your data is going to be there when you need it to be there. They also use things like SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and AES-256 encryption to make sure nobody can peek at your files without your login credentials. Your stuff is safe in these types of cloud storage centers. Things like file encryption and obfuscation are best left for another day, so we're not going to discuss that type of security -- just don't do anything illegal, OK?

Most of these companies offer a set amount of storage space for free, and have yearly plans for folks who need more. The amount is different from service to service, so be sure to read those terms before you sign up for one. This storage is yours, to put any files you want there, so you can get to them from any Internet connected device anywhere on Earth. You can do this at the company's website, or more importantly for this conversation, through a program on your smartphone or computer.

The program on your computer is usually set up to sync a folder with your online account. Inside this Dropbox folder are all the other folders and files you've placed in the cloud, and they stay synchronized -- change a file on your computer and it uploads the changes to your cloud account, and those changes are available from anywhere. You can also share these files or folders with other users of the same service, which means someone can make a change to a file and it will sync to their cloud account, through Dropbox, and into the shared folder on my computer. That makes collaboration pretty easy, and we share folders and files a lot here at Smartphone Experts (You should see Bla1ze's lolcat pictures!).

Things are different on our smartphones. We don't normally have tons of free space to sync everything, so it's a bit more selective. The data about each folder and file in your online account is sent to your phone when you start up the app, and you can see everything that's there without having to download it all. When you need a file, you can choose to download it to your phone's memory somewhere and access it through your phone. You can also upload files, which will then sync to your cloud account and any connected computers you may have. 

As you can see, there are all sorts of ways this could be useful. I have a folder in my Dropbox with names and phone numbers I may need in an emergency. If something happens, and I end up losing my smartphone while I'm out somewhere, I can still have access to them from any computer with a web browser. My wife likes to keep her shopping list in a shared folder, and either of us can add something to it from anywhere. Bla1ze likes to share his lolcats. I think just about anyone would find these services useful, and if you aren't using them yet you should give them a try. Links to Android apps for the three mentioned in this post are below, give one of them a shot!

Dropbox for Android | for Android | Ubuntu One for Android

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4 years ago

Live from Mobile World Congress!


Greetings, boys and girls, from beautiful Barcelona, Spain! We're live at Mobile World Congress. That is, we will be live starting Sunday afternoon (U.S.) time when things get going -- namely Huawei, HTC and and Sony, among others. Mobile World Congress officially kicks off Monday morning at the Fire de Barcelona -- the lovely venue you see before you here (as shot from atop the renovated Arenas de Barcelona).

A quick reminder that for those of you in the United States, Barcelona is between 6 and 9 hours ahead, depending on your time zone. Your best bet? Wake up early and keep your eyes glued to our Official Mobile World Congress 2012 Page™. (Sponsored by copious amounts of tapas, cervezas and smartphones.) Also be sure to check our our comprehensive Mobile World Congress Preview for a look at everything we now (and everything we think we know) is coming this week.

Thanks for coming along for the ride, and stay tuned for Greatest Android Coverage in the World -- from Mobile World Congress!

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