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3 years ago

LG makes Korean Optimus G Pro with 5.5-inch display officially official

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Some official information was released just earlier today on the larger Optimus G Pro headed to Korea, and now LG has spilled the beans on the new version of the device. This Optimus G Pro, which from the press images has quite a striking design, will come with the aforementioned 5.5-inch 1080x1920 display on the front and a slightly redesigned back. The back plate is using a similar square pattern from the original Optimus G, but with a curved glass covering that LG says creates a "2.5D" effect.

As for the internals, we're a little low on specifics at this point. LG is saying that device will have a quad-core processor along with the new, larger HD display and doesn't give much more information beyond that. LG is giving a release window of late February for the device in Korea, and until then we can at least drool over these great press images. We'd expect to get a look at the device come MWC in a couple weeks as well.

Source: LG (Translated); Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z kernel source code published ahead of phone launch

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The Sony Xperia Z isn't due to be available globally until the end of the month, but being the good, GPL-abiding OEM that it is, Sony Mobile has already published the device's kernel source code. The code, which will only really be of use to custom ROM developers, weighs in at 203MB, and can be found at the Sony open-source archive linked below.

With the phone as yet unavailable for those outside Japan, we doubt there'll be too much development activity going on over the next couple of weeks. But it doesn't hurt to have code ready and waiting for when devices start to make their way out -- especially as so many manufacturers lag behind with their open-source duties.

For more on the Xperia Z, check out our hands-on coverage from CES 2013.

Source: Sony Open-Source Archive; via: XDA

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Flow beta updated with fresh round of bug fixes

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The SwiftKey Flow beta test continues with another release for phones and tablets today. Version 4.0.0.99 includes a new round of bug fixes, including behavior fixes for the Google Chrome Beta, various crash fixes and a new Turkish layout. Here's the full changelog for your perusal --

  • Fixed crash on changing keyboards
  • Fixed force close on clicking update language
  • Fixed other crashes
  • Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems
  • New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow
  • Added Turkish layout
  • Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome
  • Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese
  • Memory usage of settings app reduced
  • Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client
  • Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator
  • Microphone key disabled in fields that don’t support voice input
  • Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices
  • Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them
  • Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing
  • Replaced ‘learnt’ with ‘learned’ in personalization page (US English)
  • Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)

There's still a handful of known issues in the current beta build, so you might want to take a look over them at the source link before installing for the first time. That's also where you'll find download links for both phone and tablet versions of the keyboard.

SwiftKey Flow remains the keyboard of choice for many of us here at AC, despite its beta status. Hopefully we'll see it graduate to Google Play soon.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Motorola Solutions launches Android-based AME 2000 with secure wireless communications

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Motorola Solutions -- that's the other Motorola that wasn't bought by Google -- has announced the launch of AME 2000, a secure platform including an Android handset, aimed at federal agencies. Using Moto's Assured Mobile Environment tech, AME 2000 combines an off-the-shelf smartphone with additional hardware and software to enable secure voice and messaging services, as well as secure VPN connectivity over mobile data or Wifi.

The AME 2000 includes Security Enhanced Android -- the NSA-approved custom version of the OS designed with high-security use in mind. In addition, it features Motorola's CRYPTR hardware security module for microSD security.

Moto hasn't released an exact spec sheet for the phone itself, but based on the images published, it looks like we're dealing with a RAZR-class device running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Regardless, if you want to get down into the details of the security features provided, you'll find that over at the source link.

It's by no means the first time we've seen Android used in high-security devices. Just over a year ago it emerged that U.S. government and military officials were to be outfitted with secure Android-based phones, and in 2010 General Dynamics was said to be looking at Android for use in "next-gen wearable" computers.

Source: Press Release

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3 years ago

LG confirms 5.5-inch 1080p display for Korean Optimus G Pro

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As has been rumored recently, the LG Optimus G Pro is indeed heading to South Korea, with a 5.5-inch display in tow. The device, which first appeared in Japan with a 5.0-inch screen, was reported to be heading to LG's home market with a refreshed spec sheet in the past week -- and we'd even seen some leaked photos to back up these claims.

LG's promotional site for the G Pro doesn't reveal much beyond the screen size and resolution, so we'll have to wait on confirmation of other changes like the larger battery and microSD support. However, the device in the image above certainly looks a lot like what we saw in last week's spy shots.

As for whether the Optimus G Pro will eventually extend its reach outside of Asia, that's something we'll likely find out at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks.

Source: LG; via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Three UK's 'Ultrafast' Galaxy S3 now available - DC-HSDPA now, LTE later

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As promised, Three UK has just launched its "Ultrafast" Galaxy S3 variant online and in stores. Coming in the familiar marble white and pebble blue color options, the new model is essentially a Galaxy S3 LTE (check out our review). That means its hardware supports DC-HSDPA (the fastest flavor of 3G) as well as 4G LTE. Three's putting both technologies under its "Ultrafast" banner, hence the naming of this device, and the carrier tells us an over-the-air update will switch on LTE by default when it launches its 4G network.

The Ultrafast Galaxy S3 sells for £449.99 on Pay As You Go, and it's also available on two-year £34-36 per month contracts, which include "All You Can Eat" data. If you're buying on contract, you'll need to stump up a £29 up-front fee.

Source: Ultrafast Galaxy S3 on Three

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3 years ago

Vertu announces $10,000 Android phone - titanium and sapphire on the outside, Ice Cream Sandwich within

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Vertu, perhaps best known as a purveyor of ridiculously expensive Symbian phones, has turned its attention to the Android smartphone market with a new device, dubbed the Vertu Ti. In keeping with what you'd expect from this kind of brand, the Ti is pegged as a luxury device, as is reflected by its €7,900 ($10,000) price tag.

On the inside, the Vertu Ti isn't all that remarkable -- there's an unnamed 1.7GHz dual-core processor running the show, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, as well as a 1.3MP front-facer, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 64GB of storage and pentaband DC-HSDPA connectivity. Even less remarkable is the year-old skinned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powering the software side of things.

But Vertu's banking on its build quality and unique materials to set it apart -- the chassis is constructed out of titanium, and the screen is fashioned from sapphire crystal -- apparently designed to be more durable than the average plastic phone. What's more, customers get access to Vertu's "concierge" call service to help out with things like "local advice and restaurant booking." (Think of it as a little like Google Now, except with humans.)

We'll be honest here, we doubt anyone reading this will actually stump up the $10,000 to purchase a Vertu Ti, but the fact that this kind of manufacturer is embracing Android goes to show the wide appeal of the OS. If you've got ten grand to burn, the Vertu Ti is available for sale now at the manufacturer's website.

Source: Vertu; via: BBC

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3 years ago

LG announces Optimus L series II device family

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We've heard about a refresh of the LG Optimus L-style phones coming, and LG just made things official. There aren't many surprises here, as all three of the phones look to be mid-range devices, and based on dual-SIM specification, we assume they are destined for central and eastern Europe. 

First out of the gate will be the Optimus L7II, which debuts in Russia this week. It's a 4.3-inch (WVGA; IPS) Jelly Bean powered phone, with 768MB of RAM and an 8MP camera. The dual-SIM specification already mentioned is on board, and it's all powered by a healthy 2460mAh battery. On the software side, the L series II devices include LG's unique features like QSlide and QuickTranslator. 

Releasing at a later date, the Optimus L5II will be a 4.0-inch version with a 1700mAh battery, and the Optimus L3II will feature a 3.2-inch display and a 1540mAh battery. We'll know more about these soon, as LG plans to display the new L series II devices at Mobile World Congress later this month.

You can find LG's full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon's Droid DNA to be updated with bug fixes

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Verizon's HTC-built Droid DNA will soon be receiving a software update with a few important bug fixes, as the carrier has just posted word on its Droid DNA software support page. The new version 2.04.605.2 710RD comes with a sizeable changelog, including references to fixes for the mobile hotspot function, headset audio quality and Bluetooth --

  • User can load videos on HuluPlus
  • Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made
  • Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made
  • Bluetooth connectivity and volume level for specific models have been improved
  • Enhanced reliability and stability of the Contacts List have been made
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity has been improved
  • Improvements to default browser for zooming capability have been made
  • Incoming messages display with the correct timestamp
  • Enhanced Recent Apps functionality has been improved

We've had first-hand experience of mobile hotspot jankiness on the DNA, so hopefully this update will provide relief for this and other lingering issues with the phone. If previous Verizon updates are any indication, this new DNA firmware should start pushing out in the days ahead. When it does, the update file will weigh in at 103.5MB.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Motorola makes Platinum Droid RAZR M officially official

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We saw a new color of the Motorola Droid RAZR M pop up for sale on best Buy's website last week, and now Motorola is confirming its existence. The device is the same internally as the original colors of the RAZR M, but externally it's got a shiny new coat of platinum (c'mon, it's silver) paint. The front is still black, but the sides and buttons have been changed.

You can pick up the new color of the Droid RAZR M for $49.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract, and it seems to be a Best Buy exclusive at least for now. Motorola says that "quantities are limited," so check the source links if you're interested in picking one of these up.

Source: Motorola; Best Buy

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3 years ago

Is this the HTC One? New image hits Twitter

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This morning notorious Twitter leaker Evleaks posted the above image, claiming it is the forthcoming HTC One. The new flagship from HTC, formerly known as the "M7," looks in this render to be an attractive, if unconventional handset -- its shell seems to share a few design similarities with the BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5. HTC Sense also seems to have undergone a bit of a transformation, as evidenced by the new icon style and home screen layout.

If you've been following the recent M7 leaks, you might recognize this design as being very similar to one of the first leaked images to emerge -- an in-software render also sourced by Evleaks. What's a little perplexing, though, is the apparent lack of any multitasking button, replaced in this shot by HTC's logo. 

With the Feb. 19 announcement event looming on the horizon we shouldn't have to wait too long to see what HTC has up its sleeve. (And in the meantime, the usual "pinch of salt" advice concerning leaked images applies, despite Evleaks' solid track record in this area.) But if the image is indeed real it, looks to me like HTC could be heading in the right direction.

Source: @Evleaks

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3 years ago

O2 Tracks app offers UK Top 40 playback, for a price

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If you follow obscure app-related news, you might remember that Samsung, MusicQubed and the Official Charts Company launched a UK Top 40 app last summer for owners of certain Samsung devices. That promotion's now come to an end, and this time around it's O2 that's partnering with the Charts Company with its own Top 40 app, fittingly dubbed "O2 Tracks."

When you first sign up there's a complementary free trial period -- 8 weeks for O2 subscribers, 2 weeks for anyone with another operator. After that, O2 customers can subscribe for £1 per week, while for others it's £5 per month. The music itself is delivered through a bright blue, O2-themed interface, with extra tabs for tawdry "celebrity news and gossip," if you're into that sort of thing.

Like the old Samsung app, tracks are downloaded to your device at regular intervals rather than being streamed, so any worries about data usage shouldn't apply here. For what it's worth, O2's app looks relatively well designed and clutter-free, but we doubt it'll be tearing anyone away from the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music anytime soon.

In any case, if you want to give it a try, O2 Tracks is available on Google Play at the link above, or for other platforms at the source link down below.

Source: O2 Tracks; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Fresh LG leaks fuel reports of Korean Optimus G Pro; new L-style phones spotted

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We're less than two weeks away from heading off to Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress, and we're starting to see more reports of what LG might have to unveil at the show. Last week we saw leaked images suggesting the Optimus G Pro might make its way to the U+ carrier in LG's native Korea with a tweaked spec sheet, and now fresh leaks suggest the device could be headed to all major Korean operators.

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3 years ago

Evleaks: 'HTC M7 coming to market as simply the HTC One'

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Well here's an interesting rumor to end the week on -- notorious Twitter leaker @Evleaks is claiming that HTC's upcoming high-end handset, codenamed M7, will come to market as simply "HTC One." Not One X II, not One Y or One Z, just HTC One.

The M7 codename leaked out late last year, and in the absence of any official branding, it's been the only name we've had to refer to the upcoming HTC flagship. The use of "HTC One" would keep things simple, while not putting to waste the brand awareness that HTC's built over the past twelve months. (Also remember that HTC CEO Peter Chou was caught leading chants of "HTC One!" right after "M7!" at a recent company party.)

Evleaks has a good track record when it comes to pre-release leaks and rumors, but we'd still take this with a pinch of salt until we hear the official word from HTC on Feb. 19.

In the meantime, how would you feel about picking up an "HTC One" later this year? Share your thoughts on the possibility down in the comments!

Source: @Evleaks on Twitter

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3 years ago

T-Mobile drops on-contract Nexus 4 price to $49 until Feb 18

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T-Mobile is dropping its on-contract pricing for the Nexus 4 all the way down to $49.99 for the next 10 days. In conjunction with an online-only discount the latest Google handset can be yours, provided you're willing to sign up for 2 years on a Classic Plan, for $150 off what it was sold for previously. This still involves a $50 mail-in rebate (please, stop that) but even that's worth the hassle at this price. We're not sure what the motivation is here from T-Mobile's point of view, but we're not complaining.

Although we still strongly consider you look into buying the Nexus 4 full price from Google Play and heading to T-Mobile with a Value Plan or prepaid option, if you're stuck buying phones subsidized on contract (such as in a Family Plan situation), there probably won't be any better time than now to pull the trigger on this device.

Source: T-Mobile; Via: TmoNews

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