3 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE coming Aug. 19 priced $199.99


Pre-orders for the new QWERTY slider begin today.

Just as was rumored, Motorola and Sprint's new Photon Q 4G LTE is confirmed to arrive this Sunday, Aug. 19. The phone will cost $199.99 with the usual two-year service agreement, and boasts some of the highest-end specs you'll find on a QWERTY slider. In anticipation of the launch, Sprint will start taking pre-orders today, and pre-order customers will begin receiving their handsets as early as this Friday, Aug. 17.

In addition to a full physical keyboard, a dual-core CPU and support for Sprint's shiny new LTE network, the Photon Q offers Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with on-screen buttons, an 8MP rear camera and a qHD "ColorBoost" display.  In addition, there's NFC and Android Beam support and HDMI mirroring capabilities.

If you're a fan of press releases, we've got Sprint's after the break, along with the full spec list. Hit the link below for the official Motorola Photon Q pre-order page.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse announces Motorola RAZR MAXX launch


The Motorola RAZR MAXX isn't the newest or fastest Android handset out there, but if you want ridiculous, multi-day battery life out of your phone, it's still a decent option. Today UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse sends word that it's launching the (GSM) RAZR MAXX on British networks O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile. As ever, a wide selection of tarrifs are available, but if you want a free MAXX, you'll be paying at least £20.50 per month.

Like its Verizon cousin, the GSM RAZR MAXX packs a whopping 3300mAh battery, which on 3G/HSPA networks should get you more than a day of use on a single charge. The phone's still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the moment, but an ICS update is due within the next couple of weeks.

Look for a full review of ICS on the international RAZR MAXX on AC in the weeks ahead.  In the meantime, we've got Carphone's press release after the jump.

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3 years ago

Android 4.0 coming to Optimus 2X after all - at least in Korea


If you picked up an LG Optimus 2X last year, you'll already be acquainted with the frustrating experience of waiting for much-needed OS updates. The world's first dual-core smartphone shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo in early 2011, and it's been behind the curve ever since.

Optimus 2X owners had been waiting patiently for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive, only to be told (after months of delays) that the update had been canned, leaving the phone stuck on Gingerbread.

However, it now seems that statement may have been made prematurely, as LG Mobile Korean today took to its official Twitter feed to inform one 2X owner that the update had merely been held up in testing, rather than canceled. Of course, this statement only applies to Korean phones, and the fate of ICS on the Optimus 2X elsewhere remains unknown. Nevertheless, the fact at least one version of the phone is getting ICS surely bodes well for 2X owners elsewhere. That said, owners of the U.S. variant, the T-Mobile G2X, probably shouldn't hold their breath.

Source: LG Mobile Twitter, via: GSMArena

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3 years ago

UK retailer confirms black Galaxy S3, new color due 'in 4-6 weeks'


Following rumors of the handset's existence, we now have confirmation that the international Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) will be arriving soon in black. UK retailer ​MobileFun​ confirms on its blog that it'll be stocking the black S3, alongside the existing blue and white versions.

The retailer is taking pre-orders now, and expects the phones to ship in 4-6 weeks. Pricing for the 16GB model is in line with other Galaxy S3 phones, at £500 inc. VAT.

Rumors of a black Galaxy S3 started to emerge late last week, when Samsung published images of what seemed to be the new color option on its official Facebook page. This was later backed up by a leaked inventory shot from the Carphone Warehouse, showing the black S3 alongside the white and blue variants.

So if that pebble blue S3 isn't doing it for you, you should only have a few more weeks to wait before the black version arrives. Of course, it's worth remembering we're talking about the international model here -- any U.S. availability has yet to be confirmed.

Source: MobileFun blog

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3 years ago

Motorola to lay off employees, close offices and focus on fewer handsets


The Google-owned Motorola Mobility will undergo a major restructuring in the months ahead, according to reports from ​The New York Times​. The paper reports that the Motorola mobile device business, acquired by Google in May, will lay off some 20 percent of its workforce -- including 40 percent of its vice presidents -- and close up shop at one third of its offices. The loss-making manufacturer will also refocus its efforts n creating fewer handsets in general, and fewer low-end devices specifically. As such, Moto told the paper it planned to buy half as many components as a result.

The NYT​ reports that around one third of the 4,000 of the job losses will be in the U.S., while the company will leave unspecified "unprofitable" markets. Similarly, Moto will cut back its presence in India and Asia, and base its research and development efforts in Chicago, IL, Sunnyvale, CA and Beijing, China.

Compared to 2011, the past eight months have been relatively quiet at Motorola, as the company transitions to being a fully-owned Google subsidiary. We certainly welcome the idea of more hero devices and less low-end stuff. However, the mobile device business remains fiercely competitive, and the strategy won't guarantee to lift Moto out of its current slump. Taiwanese phone maker HTC has embarked upon a similar plan this year, with limited success thus far.

Source: The New York Times

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia TX is reportedly the final name for flagship LT29i phone


There's been no shortage of leaked information about Sony's upcoming international flagship, the LT29i (also known by its codename 'Hayabusa'), but one aspect that's remained shrouded in mystery has been the name of the device. That mystery may finally be solved today, however. According to "trusted" sources for XperiaBlog​ the phone, which is a dead ringer for the Japanese Xperia GX, will come to market under the name 'Sony Xperia TX.' The TX name fits into Sony's new letter-based naming scheme, and would clearly position the phone as superior to its mid-range equivalent, the Xperia T (LT30p).

According to the abundance of info that's already leaked out, the phone has a 4.6-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera, along with on-screen buttons and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Design-wise, it's the spiritual successor to last year's Xperia Arc.

The LT29i, or Xperia TX, is expected to appear alongside the Xperia T and Xperia Tablet at Sony's IFA press conference in Berlin on Aug. 29. We'll be there to bring you live coverage of all the day's Android news.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

LG Eclipse makes an appearance at the FCC, just a stop on the way to Sprint


The LG Eclipse specifications may still be placed in the rumor category, but the network it's going to be on is now a matter of public record, as the phone has popped up at the FCC's website today. What we now know for certain is that the phone will be CDMA/EVDO/LTE capable, using Sprint's bands; along with the standard stuff like GPS, Bluetooth, and Wifi (dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz style). The LTE radio operating in the 1900MHz band locks this one as a Sprint LTE exclusive, though we wouldn't rule out LG making something very similar for Verizon or AT&T.

Why anyone would want this to hit their carrier is explained by the rumored specs. Supposedly the Eclipse will be sporting a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Krait, and 2GB of RAM. These specs (and again, there's nothing concrete about them just yet) would make it the winner of the coveted Android monster-spec'ed phone crown. In short, Imagine a Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III) with two times the CPU power.

Of course, software matters. If this one ships with anything short of Jelly Bean (it's rumored for a Q4 appearance) hardware geeks across the Internet will go completely ballistic -- and we will, too. Ball's in your court LG and Sprint. We want you to hit us with a ton of WOW factor here in both the hardware and the software side. 

Source: FCC. Thanks for the tip, Jules!

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G review


Contract-free and prepaid carriers are gaining in popularity. But when prepaid Android devices starting hitting those markets, they tended to be lower-tier phones. But recently we have seen plenty of great devices hitting various prepaid carriers, one of them being the HTC EVO Design 4G, which recently hit Boost Mobile.

Looking to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich in your hands, without breaking the bank monthly, and locking yourself into a new two year agreement? With lower monthly costs and the same high quality, could the HTC EVO 4G Design be your next Android device?

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3 years ago

Black Galaxy S3 appears in Carphone Warehouse inventory, backs up Samsung Facebook pics


Those disappointed with Samsung's initial choice of colors for the Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) may be in luck, as information has emerged suggesting a black version of the popular handset may be on the way. The shot above is part of a set that's been doing the rounds for a few days now. It first appeared on Samsung's Facebook page alongside some promotional blurb for the Olympics, and it certainly looks​ like a black Galaxy S3. However, it's difficult to tell for sure -- if you've seen the pebble blue S3 in person, you'll know that it looks much darker up close than in earlier promo images.

Today, though, further evidence of the phone's existence has cropped up in a leaked inventory system photo from UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse. The shot, obtained by ​Android Police​ lists the black S3 alongside the marble white and pebble blue variants. There's no indication as to when the rumored black version might arrive, however.

With the garnet red AT&T Galaxy S3 in the states (and monstrosities like this pink Galaxy Note), Samsung has proven it's not afraid of throwing out different colored versions of popular phones. And we're sure there are plenty of people out there who'd snap up a black Galaxy S3, given the opportunity. In any case, we've reached out to Samsung for the official word on this, and we'll update this post with any info they provide.

Source: Samsung Facebook, Android Police

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3 years ago

ICS for GSM Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX pushing out to 'select users'


Broader release due "in the coming week", says Moto

Motorola is almost ready to flip the switch on its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the international (GSM) RAZR and RAZR MAXX. The manufacturer took to its European Facebook page to tell customers that the ICS update had begun rolling out "to select users," with a broader release scheduled for "the coming week." Basically, it's a soak test, similar to what Moto does with major updates in the U.S.

In addition to Android version 4.0.4, the RAZR ICS update brings a re-vamped lock screen and launcher, as well as visual changes throughout, bringing the UI closer to more recent Moto phones like the Atrix HD. Check out our hands-on report on the Verizon ICS update for more details.

It's been a long wait for ICS on the RAZR series. The Verizon 4G LTE versions got the update shortly after Google I/O, and GSM RAZR owners have been waiting patiently since their ICS update was confirmed in a promotional video in early July.

If you're among the lucky few to have had your GSM RAZR or RAZR MAXX updated to ICS, let us know how you're getting on down in the comments.

Source: Motorola Europe Facebook

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3 years ago

HTC announces Android 4.0.4 update for international One X


HTC has announced that a new over-the-air update is now rolling out for the international HTC One X (that's the unlocked, HSPA+, Tegra 3 version). This is essentially the same update that the AT&T One X got a few days back, bringing the One X up to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3), and introducing a number of Sense-specific enhancements, including a re-mapping of the 'recent apps' key. Other notables include a new tab-switching button in the browser, white balance adjustment and continuous autofocus in the camera app, and some HTC Media Link improvements in the OpenSense SDK.

HTC says the update will start to filter out to customers today, Aug. 10, so if you're rocking a One X outside of North America, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your OTA is ready.

Here's HTC's full statement on today's update --

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure customers are receiving software updates that improve their user experience, we are pleased to announce our next upgrade for the HTC One X will be released on August 10th.

The primary update will include an upgrade to Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), in addition to an improved Sense experience which will: enable the ability to map menu function to the 'recent app' key (improving visual presentation in non ICS apps like Facebook); improve tab management in the browser with a dedicated tab switching button and enhance camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus.  Furthermore, customers can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and the overall browsing experience. Other improvements include a Single Sign-On for Facebook allowing user access across applications and browsers and upgrades to Beats audio, which reflect our dedication to providing an authentic sound experience.

From a developer perspective, we are expanding SDK support for Media Link and providing a framework for video call applications to achieve improved performance and quality.

If you're updating your One X today, hit the comments and let us know how you're liking the new version.

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3 years ago

Remainder of ICS updates complete before end of August, says HTC


... But that's not necessarily when you'll get them

HTC has taken to its official Facebook page to answer fans' questions about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for previously announced devices, such as the Desire S and Thunderbolt. In a statement repeated across several posts, HTC said --

"We're still working on getting the updates ready. We expect to have updates issues [sic] by the end of August for all devices that have been announced."

That's good news for anyone still waiting on an ICS update for an HTC device, though it's a bitter bill for Desire HD owners to swallow after their update was canned last month.

It's also worth remembering that even if HTC's finished with its updates before the end of August, that doesn't mean that's when they'll start rolling out to handsets. Mobile carriers still need to test and sign off these updates, a process which in the past has taken months to complete.

So it's a promising development, just don't expect a torrent of updates to drop in the next couple of weeks.

Source: HTC on Facebook; via: Android Police

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 stable released, dev focus now on CM10


Following yesterday's premature release on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the stable version of CyanogenMod 9 is now officially official. That means you can go download the Android 4.0-based custom ROM for supporting devices, without having to worry about stability issues with nightlies, beta builds or release candidates -- this is the fully final, fully-supported version of CM9.

In a post on the official CyanogenMod 9, the team said that excluding major bug fixes, the CM9 stable release marks the end of their ICS development efforts. From now on they'll focus on the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10, in addition to maintaining CM7 for older devices. In addition, the focus of nightly builds will now switch to CM10.

The team says today's stable release should be available for most supported devices, with "stragglers" catching up over the next few days. At the time of writing, builds are still in the process of baking, and so only a dozen or so are available right now.

To check if CM9 stable is available for your phone, check the get.cm link below. Now, bring on CM10 and Jelly Bean!

Source: CyanogenMod; Download: get.cm

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3 years ago

Google, U.S. carriers and PayPal join mobile payments standards comittee


The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) announced that it has formed what they are calling the Mobile Payments Committee -- a group of companies working together to create common standards and advance the current mobile payment situation in the U.S. Notable partners include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as other industry partners like Google and ISIS

While the companies are all focusing on competing products, they realize the benefit that comes with getting merchants on board working with regulators to get some standard rules in place. According to ETA CEO Jason Oxman, "The idea behind the committee is to get all the players around the table, ask everyone to take off their company hats and put on their industry hats, and talk about what issues need to be resolved."

We agree. In the end only the companies who can offer what consumers want in a safe and easy to use way will survive, so it's important to get all the rules and standards put in place while the technology is still in the early stages. We don't see any of the participants willing to drop their offerings in favor of another, but hopefully a set of common goals can be used to get mobile payment technology into the public's hands where the best product can win. Waiting until one or more of the partners have pulled ahead will only make it harder to adopt legislation that's fair to all parties.

The Mobile Payment Committee will hold its first meeting in late August, with regular monthly meetings to follow. We've been crowing for some standardization for a while now, so we think this is great news. The full press release is after the break.

Via  MobileBurn

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3 years ago

OTA Update Center brings over-the-air updates to any ROM developer


Nothing pleases Android fans more than a notice that they have an update. Millions of words have been spent on countless blogs and forums discussing OTAs (or the lack of them) and we get a little giddy when we see the notice that one is available. The folks at the OTA Update Center have worked out the supporting infrastructure and methods to offer a free OTA service to any ROM developer, so that hackers and modders can enjoy that fuzzy feeling an update brings as well.

It' not really anything new -- hackers and ROM devs have been doing custom ROM OTAs since the days of the HTC Hero, and we see similar services offered from ROM Manager and Goo.im Manager. The OTA Update Center will work in a similar fashion, where an app will be installed into the system that communicates with the servers to pass out OTA updates to anyone using the ROM. For the end-user, it's a simple and impressive way to keep the OS on your phone up-to-date.

The real difference here is to the developers. They no longer need to host files or insert framework for an FOTA system into their ROM, and instead can use the supplied tool with a few edits. This will get everything up and running with  minimum of extra code, and provide a sort of standard that all developers can follow. We like standards. Developers like standards. Users like things that "just work", and standards allow that to happen easier.

If you're an end user, you'll have to wait and see if your ROM development team decides to use the OTA Update Center. If you're a developer, you should check out the source links and think about giving it a try. Be sure to give us a shout if you incorporate this into your ROM, we'd love to give it a look!

Source: OTA Update Center, via XDA-Developers

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