The image obtained by PhoneArena lists the following specs for the rumored device --
Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
2GB of RAM
4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
0.35 inches (9mm)
Eagle-eyed readers will note that's a little thicker and a little heaver than the international HSPA+ version, so it could well be the case that we're dealing with a whole new device here, rather than a typo or error on the carrier's part. No word on LTE connectivity yet, though Exynos 4's lack of built-in LTE would make this unlikely. In any case, we'll be watching with interest (and maybe a little bit of envy) to see whether Korea does eventually get the best of both worlds with its version of the Galaxy S III.
So, we finally have an Intel powered Android smartphone in our hands. Having gone on sale earlier in the week, we went and got hold of one so we can take a proper look at just what's what.
We got a quick hands on at the launch event in London, at which the San Diego impressed upon its first public outing. Yes, it runs Gingerbread, yes it's 'only' a 4.03-inch display, and yes it's "only" a single-core 1.6GHz processor. But Intel is making big shouts over what they can do, so naturally it falls to us to put those claims to the test. The full review will be coming over the course of the next week or so, but in the meantime we've put together a slightly more in depth hands-on with the device. First impressions are good, there might just be something to this Intel thing.
Evernote has been on a roll as of late rolling out updates to already existing apps and adding new ones to the mix. The latest to land on Android is Evernote Food. If you're a food lover, it's something you might want to take a look at. It's based on the same concept as Evernote itself but as the name implies it revolves around food that you've enjoyed.
Out at a great restaurant and want to share it with others? Snap a pic and have it uploaded to Evernote food and share the details with others with the included function of adding titles, tags and even location as it has Foursquare integration built right in. The app itself looks great especially after you start adding your own items to the mix.
Evernote Food is available on the Google Play Store right now but if you're looking to get a better look at the app in action or see how it can fit into your daily use, there is video below of the app in action for you all to check out.
Been having issues with Facebook for Android logging you out or just outright crashing seemingly for no reason? If so, time to grab the latest version that is now appearing in the Google Play Store. As noted in the change log, this one should solve those issues, though we're not going to make any promises. You'll find the update in your apps list or you can just grab it from here.
If you're on Verizon and have yet to see 4G LTE go live in your area then you'll want to check out the latest list of locations Verizon has now announced. As of June 21, a whole slew of what could be considered smaller areas are set to get some 4G LTE love:
The Triangle, North Carolina - Expansion
Burlington, North Carolina
Jacksonville And New Bern, North Carolina
Idaho; Eastern Oregon
In addition to the areas listed, Verizon has noted their roll out of 4G LTE is rapidly happening throughout Florida including Panama City and more than 40 communities throughout Palm Beach, Alachua, Volusia and Flagler counties.
Looks like the somewhat tardy "pebble blue" Galaxy S III is finally starting to see broader availability, after the first stock began arriving in Europe and Australia a couple of days ago. Today Vodafone UK has notified its pre-order customers that it's now fulfilling orders for the 16GB version of the delayed device. The network adds customers who pre-ordered before 7pm on May 29 will start receiving their phones from tomorrow, June 8. Unfortunately, the news on the 32GB version, which in the UK is exclusive to Vodafone, isn't quite so rosy --
We have now received stock of the pebble blue 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII, all customers who pre-ordered this device before 7pm on Tuesday 29 May will start to receive their phones from tomorrow (8 June).
We’re continuing to work closely with Samsung to secure stock of the 32GB pebble blue Samsung Galaxy SIII as soon as possible, and will update this thread as soon as we have more information.
Nevertheless, some movement on a delayed product is better than none. If you've got a pebble blue S III on pre-order, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you've been getting on.
Motorola Droid Bionic owners are beginning to receive an official OTA update from Verizon, said to improve Bluetooth volume, Visual Voice Mail, and LTE connectivity. Version 5.9.905 doesn’t bring with it any drastic changes, but maintenance updates are never anything to scoff at. The forums are lighting up with folks who are already seeing the update push to their devices, though as always, it may take longer for some than others. Sit tight and be sure to yell out below when you get your spoonful.
Been waiting for the latest Angry Birds Space update to roll out on Android? Of course you have. You already beat all the levels and have been playing through them repeatedly while you wait for the Utopia update to arrive. Now is your time to shine though, you can now update and get yourself 10 new levels to plow through courtesy of the folks at Rovio. Make sure you gather up some snacks for when you are playing though, Utopia is a junk food inspired level so you may get kind of hungry while bouncing birds off of jelly trampolines.
A mid-range phone packing LTE for Sprint's as-of-yet-unlaunched network - is it worth the investment?
The LG Viper 4G LTE is an interesting phone. (For starters, that name is long. It'll hereto be referenced as simply the LG Viper.) It's not an ultra-high end, mind-blowing, earth-shattering, missile-launching superphone, but it wasn't built to be. It also combines some of the latest features a phone the the Now Network can have, like NFC (paired with Google Wallet) and LTE radios for when Sprint's LTE network goes live.
And it's all targeted towards parents. That's not to say you need a kid to buy one, but if you have one, well, LG made this phone for you. It's reasonably sized, tough, and still powerful enough to do most of what you could ask of it.
To echo sentiments expressed before, it's absolutely crazy to think the specs on this phone are mid-range at best. I still remember a time when a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor was the hottest thing on the market, so don't immediately write off the LG Viper for specs like that. Come showtime, it performs.
Join us after the break and we'll have a nice, thorough look at how LG's LTE offering stands up against the rest.
In news that sounds more exciting than it actually is, British mobile networks O2 and Vodafone have announced an agreement to combine and share their existing 2G, 3G and (eventually) 4G network infrastructure. The country's second and third-largest network operators plan to create a nationwide "grid" upon which each company's network will run. Unlike competing operator Everything Everywhere, formed by a merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK, Vodafone and O2 will continue to operate separate, competing networks in the UK. It's important to note that this is absolutely not a merger of the two networks -- such a deal would never be allowed by British regulators.
The most interesting part of the deal concerns the roll-out of 4G LTE services on the two networks. Voda and O2 say the agreement to build a grid underpinning both networks will allow them to deploy 4G services more quickly than would otherwise be possible. Again, the networks themselves will remain separate, and the operators will continue to deliver competing services and price plans. The only differences, the companies say, will be in how quickly we see 4G sites being lit up following the (much delayed) 800MHz/2600MHz spectrum auction.
To oversee all this, a new 50/50 venture between O2 and Vodafone will be formed to manage the newly-consolidated infrastructure. This will consist of 18,500 sites, which the companies say represents a 40% increase for both networks. O2 will oversee "design, management and maintenance" of the sites making up the new grid in the east of the UK, while Vodafone will take up these responsibilities in the west.
So what does this mean? Again, this isn't a merger of two mobile networks, as we saw when T-Mobile and Orange formed Everything Everywhere a few years back. O2 and Vodafone (and their customer-facing networks) will remain separate, this is merely an expansion of their existing network sharing agreement. As such, there'll be no Everything Everywhere-style cross-roaming agreement to allow Vodafone customers to roam on O2, or vice-versa. Instead, the sharing will be done at the infrastructure level on both networks.
If all goes to plan, it'll mean better reception for those in areas with poor O2 coverage, but a strong Vodafone signal, or vice-versa. And in the future, it's hoped it'll help both operators establish 4G LTE networks covering more of the country more quickly -- up to 98% of Brits by the end of 2015, according to estimates.
Vodafone and O2 are currently in talks with British communications regulator Ofcom, and hope to press ahead with their new network sharing plans later in the year, assuming everything's approved.
Although the device has been available on their "budget" brand Koodoo Mobile for a while now, TELUS themselves are preparing to launch the HTC One V come June 8th. As we learned in our review of the device, HTC has gone back to their roots with the HTC One V making it an entry-level throwback to the HTC Legend and we mean that lovingly. With it, you'll be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM and finally 4GB of built-in storage should you decide to pick one up. Right now, TELUS pricing looks a little something like this:
1-year contact: $229.99
2-year contract: $189.99
3-year contract: $29.99
Those numbers are of course subject to change until the official announcement comes from TELUS but they seem quite reasonable all things considered. Make sure you check out the full review we did up if this one is on your radar and we'll be sure to let you all know when it goes official.
Development continues apace for Flipboard for Android, as the app has been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2. The latest version is a relatively minor update, bringing bug fixes and a handful of new features to the digital magazine app. Sharing via Android's built-in "share" API is a welcome addition, and we're always partial to the occasional performance improvement, though we've experienced no slowdown in the app so far.
Here's the full change log for Flipboard version 1.8.4 beta 2 --
Added sharing via other applications
Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
Improved stability and performance
Samsung Galaxy S III owners and beta participants on other phones can grab the 2.5MB update to the latest version by firing up the app as usual -- you should get an update notification like the one in the photo above.
While we're currently awaiting the Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III here in the UK and across Europe, it seems our Australian friends don't have to wait much longer. Ausdroid is reporting that various stores they spoke to across Canberra had in stock the missing 16GB Pebble Blue version.
Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns all had stocks, while Telstra and Virgin Mobile were set to receive theirs soon. In the UK, retailers such as Clove Technology originally said they expected to receive the Blue versions from this week. This can only be good news worldwide for any of us that have been holding out waiting for old Pebble Blue.
If any of you have received notification, or even received yours yet where ever in the world you might be, hit us up in the comments or head on down to the Android Central Forums and show it off.
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