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2 years ago

HTC Proto device renders leak, now where's that phone headed?

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What you see above are pictures of the potentially forthcoming HTC Proto, a low- to mid-range device slated to be the potential successor to the HTC One V. Right off, the Proto looks to sport more of the design language found on the One X and One S, with rounded corners and black casing, dropping the "chin" off the front. Around back, you see a smooth soft-touch looking surface and Beats Audio branding. Expected specs on this device are a 4-inch 480x800 (WVGA) screen, 1GHz dual-core snapdragon processor and a 5 megapixel camera.

Speculation is that this device may see a debut at IFA 2012, but we're not so sure. Also, it's a big world out there, and it's not uncommon to see a small, regional launch of a new low-range device. Be sure to follow all of our IFA coverage closely to see what's coming from HTC and happening in all things Android.

Source: The Verge

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2 years ago

T-Mobile announces the no-contract Concord with Android 2.3 for $99

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Want some Android on T-Mobile without the hassle of a two-year contract, a current operating system or 4G data? Then the T-Mobile Concord's your new choice. It'll run you $99.99, sports Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 3.5-inch display and has a 2-megapixel camera.

Manufactured by ZTE, basic specs include:

  • 3.5-inch Capacitive Touch Screen with Multi-touch
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera with Camcorder
  • Five Customizable Home Screens
  • Android™ 2.3.5 Operating System,
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology, v3.0 including stereo audio
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
  • GPS for navigation and location-based services
  • Video and Audio Streaming
  • Google Play™ store with access to hundreds of thousands of Apps
  • Full HTML Browser for PC-like Web Browsing
  • 2GB micro SD memory card included

It'll be available Aug. 26.

More: ZTE

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2 years ago

Android 4.0 finally hits European Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX

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After what seems like an eternity, Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners in Europe are finally receiving their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA. Following a successful soak test, the build being pushed out is version 672.180.41. The download weighs a whopping 375.8MB, so you'll probably want to leave this one to Wifi rather than HSPA. As both RAZR and MAXX run the same firmware, the update file is also identical

Once the update is applied, RAZR owners can look forward to a redesigned UI based upon the Android 4.x design language, as well as new lock screen enhancements and much improved performance. We tore down the RAZR ICS firmware when it first landed on Verizon's version, the Droid RAZR, in June, so check out our hands-on article for more info on what's changed.

Anyone seeing ICS on their GSM RAZR this afternoon? Hit the comments and let us know.

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2 years ago

SIM-free Galaxy Nexus gets a price drop in the UK

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There maybe rumors on the horizon of a new Galaxy Nexus, but in the meantime you may want to pick yourself up a bargain from Expansys. They have dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 16GB (sim free) to £299.99. That's not quite as reasonable as the US price of $350, but it's still pretty cheap by UK standards.

Without wanting to sound biased, you can do a lot worse than this device. Its specs may not be on par with the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3, but it has a lot going for it. The big advantage for Android lovers is the fact that it supports Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. In addition, you will get yourself a 4.65 Super AMOLED display, a 5MP camera with LED flash & full HD video at 1080p. A familiar spec list by now. The Gnex's hardware is more than capable of handling Jelly Bean, and the whole experience is smooth and fluid. Why not treat yourself?

Source: Expansys

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2 years ago

Optimus Vu could come to Verizon as LG Intuition

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We already know a Verizon-branded 4G LTE Optimus Vu is on the way, and now a leaked internal screen suggests the device will go to market as the "LG Intuition." The image above, obtained by Droid-Life​, suggests an on-contract price of $199.99 for the LG's 5-inch square slab, or $549.99 if you were to buy one outright. 

So far the specs of the "Intuition" are something of a mystery. We think it's unlikely that Verizon will stick with the Snapdragon S3 that comes in the Korean and Japanese Optimus Vu, but equally they can't use the Tegra 3 chip found in the European version, as that doesn't have built-in LTE support. Perhaps a bump up to Snapdragon S4 could be on the cards? We certainly hope so, as the Vu will need all the help it can get to go up against Samsung's soon-to-be-announced Galaxy Note 2.

For more on the LG Optimus Vu, check out our review.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Budget-oriented Xperia J appears in leaked render

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Another week, another Sony Xperia leak. Today it’s the turn of the budget-focused Xperia J, which has appeared in official render form on Taiwanese site ePrice. According to pre-release rumors, the Xperia J will sport internals similar to the Xperia Tipo (that is to say, pretty basic internals), but on a larger 4-inch FWVGA screen. In today’s image the J is definitely channeling some of last year’s Xperia Arc, with a curved back and angular buttons -- in fact, from the back, it's the spitting image of the Arc.

This isn’t the first 2012 Sony phone to resurrect the Arc’s design, though. The Xperia GX, out now in Japan, sports a similar chassis design, as does the Xperia TX, which should be unveiled within the next week. We’ve always had a soft spot for the Arc design, so imagining all these little Arcs rolling off the production line makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The Xperia J (along with others, including the TX) is expected to appear for the first time at Sony’s IFA 2012 press conference in Berlin next Wednesday. We’ll be live from Germany to bring you full coverage of all Sony’s new devices.

Source: ePrice, via: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and the Galaxy Rush

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Boost Mobile has announced the addition of two new Android devices to their prepaid lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, and the Samsung Galaxy Rush. The Galaxy S ii 4G looks pretty familiar with a 4.52-inch display, dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, and Wimax connectivity. It's pretty safe to say that this is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Thankfully, the name has been shortened but the features haven't. It still remains a popular phone on Sprint, and should be a big hit for folks looking for prepaid value, checking in at $370 dollars retail.

The Galaxy Rush is a bit more of a mystery, as all Boost is saying is that it's an "affordable Android 4.0 smartphone available late September for $149.99" with a 3.5-inch screen and front and rear cameras. Samsung makes many budget models in their Galaxy line, and this looks to fit right in.

Both phones can be activated on Boost's no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan, which has a "shrinking payments" feature. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and data. 

The Galaxy S II 4G will be available starting Sep. 6, and the Galaxy Rush will follow later in the month. Read through for the full press release.

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2 years ago

US Cellular makes the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G available today

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If you are a US Cellular customer who happens to be in the market for a new Android device featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard you will want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. Officially available as of today, this phone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1GHz processor under the hood. With a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP on the front the device is certainly capable of capturing your memories as they take place. The QWERTY keyboard offers five rows of separate keys, which is sure to help you answer those texts, emails, or shoot out a quick tweet without any delays. Additionally the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G is also a 4G LTE device, so if US Cellular offers 4G LTE in your area you will now be able to take advantage of that.

The pricing of the device is a bit odd, but still reasonably priced. If you are in a 4G LTE market, or a market that will be live by the end of 2012 the device will run you $129 after the $100 mail in rebate currently available. If your area is not in the immediate 4G LTE plans the device will run you $179 after the same $100 mail in rebate.

Source: US Cellular

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2 years ago

Sprint announces Ice Cream Sandwich bugfix for the Epic Touch 4G

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If you are currently sporting a Sprint Epic Touch 4G on the Sprint network and love Ice Cream Sandwich, but are experiencing some bugs, you will be happy to know a fix is on the way. Today Sprint announced that it will be rolling out an update (in stages) to address battery life issues, and hopefully others as well. The update will bump the device up to version S:D710.10S.FH13 (MR 4), so if you have yet to receive the update be sure to check manually. Notice any changes that aren't listed, be sure to hop into the forums and let us know!

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums; thanks, JayWill72!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 available on 1saleaday for $499.99

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Daily deal site 1saleaday.com has a pretty good offer available if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) for use on AT&T's LTE network. For a penny under $500, you can get this unlocked AT&T model, in either blue or white, for about the next 10 hours (at the time of writing). It still isn't cheap, but it's probably the best deal you'll see on an unlocked superphone right now.

So if you've been holding out for a good price on the AT&T LTE model of the Galaxy S3, your chance to buy awaits at the source link below. If you're on the fence, check out our AT&T Galaxy S3 review.

Source: 1saleaday

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2 years ago

HTC One V hits Cricket on Sept. 2

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HTC and Cricket Wireless are teaming up to launch the One V on the network starting next Sunday, Sep. 2. The One V, which we reviewed back in April, is HTC’s leading entry-level device, bringing to the table a striking industrial design with an HTC Legend-style aluminum chin. On the inside, the One V is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 512MB of RAM, with a 5MP camera around the back. We noted in our review that the One V packs one of the most impressive entry-level smartphone cameras around, thanks to HTC’s ImageSense tech.

On the software side, you’ve got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by a basic version of HTC Sense 4.0, as well as music playback enhancements through Beats Audio.

Cricket’s not saying how much it’ll be charging for the One V when it launches, but based on the rest of the carrier’s smartphone offerings, the One V looks set to become something of a hero device for Cricket in late 2012. Any Cricket fans out there? Let us know in the comments if you're tempted by HTC's latest aluminum-clad beast.

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2 years ago

Sense 4.1 and Android 4.0.4 reportedly hitting European HTC One S

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Reports are coming in from around the web that the European version of HTC's One S is receiving an over-the-air update to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3) and HTC Sense 4.1. The update to software version 2.31 weighs in at 157MB, and is hitting unlocked handsets today. Sense 4.1 is said to improve performance throughout, while introducing a coupe of new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown. And as we saw in recent One X updates, the new software version also lets you remap the multitasking key, if you prefer to use it as a menu button. Early reports also suggest the usual combination of bug fixes and stability improvements.

If you’re rocking an unlocked European HTC One S, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your OTA is ready. Branded versions of the One S, including the T-Mobile U.S. variant, will likely see their updates pushed out in the weeks ahead, after they’ve been properly certified. (Fingers crossed, One X owners -- hopefully your update won't be far behind!)

Source: XDA, The Verge

More: HTC Sense 4.1 preview

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2 years ago

ZTE Blade III outed by Finnish retailer

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The ZTE Blade III hasn’t been announced by its manufacturer yet, but one Finnish retailer has already jumped the gun and revealed promotional images of the phone, along with a full spec sheet. The images on Verkkokauppa.com show a curved, white design reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to the listed specs, the phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 512MB of RAM. On the front there’s a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT display, and around the back there’s a 5MP camera.

So nothing earth shattering, but ZTE will be hoping that the handset’s design, along with the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, will be enough to coax European buyers into parting with their €199.

It seems the phone’s not far off release, so we’ll be on the lookout for the ZTE Blade III at the IFA show in Berlin next week.

Source: esphoneblog, Thanks, Jonne!

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2 years ago

A quick look at Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC ThunderBolt

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Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC ThunderBolt. Whodathunkit, eh?

Here we have a very quick look at that leaked Android 4.0.3 ROM put forth by Team BAMF for what either is the best phone of the past year or so, or the worst, depending on your point of view. What you see here is ICS, of course, and it's got Sense 3.6 atop it. That's complete with all the bells and whistles you would expect, including HTC's excellent lockscreen customizations, quick settings in the notification pull-down, and HTC's other reworkings.

And you know what? It runs surprisingly well. We're not going to pass final judgment on that just yet -- this is an unofficial leak, after all, so let's wait until Verizon actually pushes the thing. But so far, we're pleasantly surprised, and we have a feeling you will be, too.

More: Team BAMF

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2 years ago

LG rumored to be prepping new high-end 'Optimus G' for global launch

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LG’s Optimus 4X HD may have only just landed on European store shelves, but already it seems the Korean company may be preparing a new high-end smartphone for multiple territories. Korean news site Asia Today reports that the device is currently codenamed “Optimus G,” and that it’ll come with 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.7-inch screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. On the software side, reports indicate a combination of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and LG’s Optimus UI 3.0.

Asia Today reports that LG is positioning the phone as a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S3, and if the reports of quad-core Krait lurking inside are true, the "Optimus G" should certainly give Samsung’s flagship a run for its money in benchmarks.

Eagle-eyed readers will remember that this isn’t the first quad-core S4-based LG phone we’ve heard whispers about. The Sprint LG Eclipse has cropped up a few times over the past month, most recently at the FCC. The jury’s out on whether this is the same device, but the hardware specs certainly look familiar.

Despite the fact that IFA 2012 -- a major tech show -- is just around the corner, our understanding is that LG won’t showcase any major new phones in Berlin next week. So if these rumors do turn out to be accurate, we’ll likely have to wait a little longer to get our first glimpse of the Optimus G.

Source: Asia Today, via: TechRadar

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