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2 years ago

LG continues to tease the Optimus G, making the impossible possible

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Having been teased, and then leaked, and then officially announced, LG is back on the teasing trail again for their latest flagship device. The latest trailer for the upcoming Optimus G keeps one pretty major thing back though -- any actual footage of the phone. Instead, we're promised the "first of an all new redesigned series" and that the impossible will become possible. Leaves us wondering what else we're going to see in the coming months from the Korean OEM.

So, that's all fine and dandy, but our main question remains the same. Can we have the phone already? The Optimus G is -- spec wise at least -- a monster of a phone. That quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, HD IPS display and 13MP camera is sending out good vibes. But, we still need to see it. Please, LG?

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2 years ago

Everything Everywhere to launch new network next Tuesday

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Everything Everywhere, which owns Orange and T-Mobile UK, is to launch its new brand at an event in London next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at an event which is also likely to bring details of EE's upcoming 4G LTE network. Today's invite mentions that the company will be showing off its "new brand and the latest innovation in network technology." That'll be EE's recently-greenlit 1800MHz 4G network, then.

It's also notable that the event takes place just 24 hours before Apple's due to unveil its iPhone 5, which is widely expected to include LTE connectivity.

We understand Orange staff have been briefed that the early stages of a 4G network switch-on will start on the 11th, though details of what exactly that entails, and which cities would be covered are unknown. Regardless, neither Orange nor Tmo currently sells 4G-capable handsets, so that's largely a moot point. For those unfamiliar with the UK mobile landscape, the country still lacks any 4G networks, so if Orange and Tmo did flip the switch next Tuesday, it'd be an historic development.

We'll be live in London on the 11th to bring you all EE's plans as they're announced.

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2 years ago

HTC One SC makes its debut in China with unique design

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HTC has unveiled a new mid-to-high-end smartphone for the Chinese market -- the HTC One SC. Sporting an unconventional design and China Mobile's logo around the back, the One SC include 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA SuperLCD display and 4GB of internal storage. On the software side, you're looking at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's Sense 4 software layer.

From the front, it looks a little like the HTC One X, but HTC's gone to town on the back cover, incorporating a three-tone plastic and brushed metal effect, with Beats branding and a large HTC logo. HTC has previously identified China as an important market, and it looks like it's doing everything it can to build its brand in that country, including highly visible branding on the back of this new device.

The One SC will likely join the two Chinese One X variants, the One XT and One XC, at some point in the near future. Exact release dates and prices have yet to be revealed.

Source: HTC, via: PhoneArena

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2 years ago

Verizon 4G LTE expands to over a dozen new locations

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Verizon has continued their crazy fast expansion of 4G LTE network coverage this week with over a dozen new markets or locations. More LTE markets can only be a good thing, especially if you're one of the millions who recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on Big Red. Here's a full list of the locations that went live this week:

  • Communities near St. Louis, Missouri
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Rochester, New York (network enhancements)
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania
  • Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania
  • Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Jackson County, Michigan
  • Syracuse, New York (network enhancements)
  • Binghamton, New York (network enhancements)
  • Greene County, New York (network enhancements)

With this rate of growth in the Verizon 4G LTE network, it's going to be hard for AT&T to catch up -- and seemingly impossible for Sprint

Source: Verizon News Center

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2 years ago

Vodafone announces Vodafone Red with unlimited calls and texts

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Vodafone UK is to launch a new range of service plans aimed at heavy users, dubbed Vodafone Red. The new plans, which start at £29 per month, offer unlimited calls and texts and between 1GB and 2GB of data. Vodafone Red plans come into effect from tomorrow, Sept. 7, and will be available across Voda's range of smartphones. At the entry-level, £29 per month will get you something like a Huawei Ascend G300, while those looking to take advantage of the Red plan and score a high-performance handset at the same time will be looking at up to £47 per month.

Voda's new plans represent a move in the opposite direction to competing networks T-Mobile and Three. Both rivals offer unlimited data around this price point, along with finite, though large, allowances of calls and data. It'll be interesting to see whether Brits are still interested in call-focused price plans, as subscribers are increasingly turning towards heavier mobile data usage. Nevertheless, Vodafone insists its new price plans offer the "best value ever" for its customers.

We've got more details in Vodafone's press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung sells 20 million Galaxy S3 phones in first 100 days

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It's been just one hundred days since the Samsung Galaxy S3 made its international debut in London, but already 20 million of the handsets have been sold worldwide, according to the manufacturer. In its official blog post today, Samsung notes that the S3 passed this milestone around three times as fast as last year's Galaxy S2, no doubt helped along by a streamlined U.S. launch and an aggressive marketing campaign. The S2, another big seller for the Korean manufacturer, took some ten months to reach the 20 million milestone.

Today's announcement also shows that sales of the device remain strong. It took Samsung 50 days to sell its first 10 million S3 phones, and the company says they're selling at a rate of around 200,000 per day.

As we rapidly approach the final quarter of the year, there's little doubt that the Galaxy S3 will emerge as the best-selling Android handset of the year. However, it's biggest test will come in a couple of weeks, when it's pitted against Apple's next iPhone.

Update: We've got Samsung's press release after the break.

Source: Samsung (Translated)

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2 years ago

Headset controls on the Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean

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Headset controls are something that iPhone users have taken for granted all of these years, with standardized volume up/down and play/pause buttons that work universally if the accessory is "made for iPhone". Poking around on my Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and using the included Samsung earbuds, the in-line mic and button seem to work just as gracefully. Join me after the break for a quick video showing many ways the Galaxy Nexus’ headset can be used.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile launches Galaxy S Relay 4G

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T-Mobile has announced today that it will be even further expanding its lineup of 42mbps HSPA+ devices with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. Following quickly behind the launch of the Galaxy Note, the Relay 4G is decidedly a much different form factor, with a 480x800 resolution 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and full QWERTY keyboard. For software, the Galaxy S Relay 4G is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's usual TouchWiz UI. Here are a few of the high points on the device:

  • 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 5MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • 1GB of RAM
  • T-Mobile WiFi Calling support
  • SAFE enterprise-ready features and capabilities

Though we think some may be getting a little burned out on iterations of the "Galaxy S" branding, this is yet another good mid-range device available on T-Mobile. Take a look after the break at the full press release.

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2 years ago

22 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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The latest Android platform numbers have just been released on the Android Developers site, showing devices running Android 4.0 and above now making up a 22.1 percent share of the Android market. As expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices still make up a majority of the market at 57.5 percent. All other versions under 2.3 now total up to a small but still noticeable 18.3 percent.

Most manufacturers have at least started pushing 4.0 updates to their handsets that launched on 2.3, and nearly all devices are coming to market with 4.0 or 4.1 on board now, which is a good sign. Seeing such a large majority of devices still on Android 2.3 and below really hurts when you know how great the experience on Android 4.0 and 4.1 is, and we can only hope that the share of devices running 4.0 and above can increase faster in the future.

You can see the full granular report of the latest Android numbers - including time series of the market, screen sizes and more - at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Tomorrow's rumored Jelly Bean roll out for Sprint Nexus devices gets more confirmation

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A couple of hours ago we mentioned that some Sprint memos mention Jelly Bean for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G are coming, and we just got this tasty nugget to confirm. It's from internal Sprint system pages and tells us just the news we want to hear -- that Jelly Bean will begin rolling out Sep. 6 -- yes, that's tomorrow.

For the Galaxy Nexus the build will be FH05, and for the Nexus S 4G we're talking JRO03R. Both are versions of Android 4.1, untainted by overlays or OEM changes. If you haven't already hacked the living crap out of your Sprint Nexus device, get ready for your upgrade -- you're going to love it.

If you need some help or advice about getting ready (or rolling back to stock) be sure to head into the forums and get on the right path!

Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums | Sprint Nexus S 4G forums

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR M reportedly coming to the UK with Intel inside

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All of Moto's new Verizon-bound DROID phones ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip inside -- an SoC that's increasingly seen as the standard for high-end smartphones in 2012. However, when the RAZR M lands in the UK, it'll sport a different CPU -- an Intel Atom chip. UK tech blog Pocket-Lint is reporting that the British variant will indeed run an Intel chip, suggesting that the decision to plant an S4 in the U.S. versions may have been made for connectivity reasons. Qualcomm's S4 includes built-in LTE, whereas many competing chips do not. This also fits with the recent news that Intel would be represented at the UK announcement event later this month

The site reports that no changes will be made to the physical design of the phone, meaning the international HSPA+ RAZR M will look just like the Verizon LTE model. That means Brits will get the same ultra-thin bezel that we've seen on the Droid RAZR M.

We've seen a couple of Intel-powered Android phones already, but these have mostly been niche devices, rather than phones from top-tier manufacturers like Motorola, so the appearance of Intel's chips in a leading Motorola smartphone is certainly a big deal. We've reached out to Motorola for confirmation of this, as well as any possible changes to the internatonal RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, and we'll keep you updated with any info they provide.

We'll be live in London for Motorola's international event on Sept. 18, where we're expecting to see the RAZR M, and perhaps some other devices, announced for the UK market. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the U.S. Droid RAZR M.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia T on target for late September release

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While some retailers had previously announced the Sony Xperia T for release in the UK today, the device failed to materialize on store shelves, leaving confusion as to when Sony's new international flagship would become available. We put the question to Sony at the company's summer showcase event in London today, where we were told that a late September release was on the cards. Specifically, Sept. 28 is being put forward as a likely, though not fully confirmed, release date.

It the Xperia T arrives around that time, it'll likely face stiff competition in the form of Apple's next iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2, as well as new devices from HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Nevertheless, Sony will be hoping its unique design, re-vamped software and strong camera credentials will help it win over smartphone buyers later this month.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M hands-on

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The runt of the brand new RAZR litter is the much-rumored RAZR M, a device that's easy on the budget without skimping on many specs. You've got the same super-fast S4 processor as the rest of the RAZRs here, along with ICS (Jelly Bean's coming by the end of Q4, Moto says), 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera and a 2,000 mAh battery. Performance-wise, the M is on par with the rest of the line-- Motorola has made a concerted effort here to offer the same high-end internals as its flagship devices. The main difference here is size: the M's footprint is considerably smaller than the RAZR HD and Maxx HD, engaging consumers who want a smaller phone without sacrificing screen size. And Motorola has succeeded-- Interestingly enough, despite the smaller footprint, the screen is only shrunk by a few tenths of an inch, down from the 4.7 inches on the RAZR HD and MAXX to 4.3 inches. With that comes a lower qHD resolution, though don't let that get you down. This display looks really great, and a welcome sacrifice for the $99 pricetag.

The RAZR M is a refreshing entry by Motorola, and sets a new standard for mid-level devices. Motorola has proven that you can have your cake and eat it too, and an affordable pricetag is no excuse for junky hardware. The M is up for presale today at 5 p.m. Eastern in both black and white, and we're walking home with one, so sit tight for a full review in the coming week. Until then, enjoy some hands-on shots below.

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR HD hands-on

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After weeks of speculation, Motorola finally introduced its latest flagship device today, the Droid RAZR HD, a worthy successor to the phone that has kept the company competitive in the increasingly dense Android market. The RAZR HD is a worthy step-up from its predecessor, boasting a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution that gives just about every phone on the market a run for its money. It's big, it's beautiful, and it will simply blow you away if you're stepping up from a regular ole RAZR. It's just about as good as it gets.

The new RAZR line is incredibly powerful, with a Snapdragon S4 underneath the hood pushing along Ice Cream Sandwich and just the slightest hint of Motorola tweaking. About that ICS-- Motorola had a mixture of demo units today with both ICS and Jelly Bean, and told reporters that Jelly Bean will be available for the entire line by the end of the year. Something tells me that they're rushing to get it onboard before the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx launch, but don't hold your breath. Regardless, even with ICS, this thing flies, and earns its spot in the upper-tier of premium Android superphones.

Compared to the original RAZR, there are certainly noticeable differences but there are also many similarities. You've got Kevlar back for another round, though this time it wraps around the device, instead of being limited to the back panel only. It's got a 2,530 mAH battery that doesn't match the MAXX's 3,300 mAH but will almost surely match Samsung, LG and HTC's competitors. The new RAZR also has a metallic perimeter, ala the iPhone 4S, that adds a certain sense of luxury to the device. It also adds a solid feel, something that's sorely missing from its major competitor, the plastic GS3. Motorola has always focused on quality hardware, but this iteration of the RAZR takes the company to a whole new level. The RAZR line just may be the most premium-feeling smartphones on the market today.

Motorola was tight-lipped on release date and pricing, though we can expect the RAZR HD sometime before holidays in both a black model and an all-white model as seen below in comparisons with the M. Until then, some hands-on photos of the RAZR HD-- along with comparisons with the Maxx and M-- are below.

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on

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We're here in New York where Google and Motorola just introduced the first fruits of its collaboration, the brand new RAZR line. The RAZR Maxx HD is the successor to the wildly popular RAZR Maxx, and a worthy one it is: underneath the hood you've got a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the same chip powering the GS3 and HTC One X. You've also got the Maxx's famous 3,300 mAh battery, which Moto says will get you through 32 hours of normal usage. Motorola's battery technology is unmatched at this point, and it's not about to let you forget it.

But the true upgrade here is the RAZR line's display-- the HD and Maxx HD both have a stunning 4.7 inch Super-AMOLED display at 720p resolition that is right up there with Samsung and HTC in terms of clarity and vividness. I might even go on record and say it bests the GS3 in terms of color saturation, though my opinion may change after extended usage. it's simply stunning, and I don't have enough nice things to say about it.

Compared to the original Maxx, the second generation is a step up in terms of build quality-- the metal border, the slim bezel, the Kevlar coating, and the Gorilla Glass display all add up to one of the sturdiest smartphones on the market. And compared to the RAZR HD, the Maxx's size is nearly identical. While the Maxx feels just a few hairs heavier than the RAZR HD, thickness and dimensions will only be noticed by the most trained of eyes.

The RAZR Maxx HD (right) is negligibly thicker than the RAZR HD.

The models on-hand at today's launch were packing Jelly Bean, though Motorola says the new RAZR line might launch with ICS, with a 4.1 upgrade "before the end of the year." We hope that's not the case, but we'll take it if we have too-- a small price to pay for some of the best hardware Motorola has ever released. Check out some hands-on shots below.

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