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2 years ago

Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G Touch appears poised for Ice Cream Sandwich this week

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Some good news for those of you patiently waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich on the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, which until now has been little more than a "coming soon" line. We just got slipped this screen shot that points to it being released this week, starting Thursday and lasting through July 20.

If you've been rocking any versions of Ice Cream Sandwich to this point, you should be fairly used to the changes. If not, well, they're listed in the pic above. Don't expect too many UI changes, other than settings being rearranged -- after all, it's still running TouchWiz atop it. But the ICS update certainly will be welcome.

We do need to remind folks, however, that Sprint and Samsung don't exactly have the best history when it comes to updates. So until Sprint says it's coming, and until it's actually hitting devices, we'll remain cautiously optimistic.

More: Epic 4G Touch forums; Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

US Cellular now shipping pre-ordered Galaxy S IIIs

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US Cellular has begun shipping their version of the Samsung Galaxy S III to customers who have pre-ordered the device. The tip comes from a lucky Forums member who received an email with the tracking number that listed today as the ship date!

For all you anxious US Cellular customers who have been waiting to get your hands on the newest and coolest Android device (see our review), and you won't have to wait much longer.

If you have received a similar email or even have your phone already, please shout to the Samsung Galaxy S III Forum!

Source: Android Central ForumsThanks Kingtony63!

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2 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy, as of July 2012

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We’ve heard your cries over the past month or so -- the latest next-gen devices from Samsung and HTC are now on the market, so what’s the best Android phone you can buy? With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arriving imminently on the Galaxy Nexus, is that phone once again worth considering, despite its ageing hardware? And what of the other contenders from manufacturers like Motorola, LG and Sony?

You’ll find answers to all these questions and more as we seek out the best Android smartphone, as of July 2012.

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2 years ago

Samsung hails 'record' first day Galaxy S III sales in Korea

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Samsung has revealed that its flagship Galaxy S III sold 50,000 units in its first day on sale in South Korea. The phone, which in Korea ships with a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity, more than doubled the day one sales of its predecessor, the Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S sold 10,000 on its first day in Korea, while the Galaxy S II hit 24,000. The S III launched on SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ yesterday, and the manufacturer said it hit a new record for sales of a Samsung product in a single day.

That 50,000 will go some way towards helping Samsung hit its goal of selling 10 million S III phones worldwide by the end of July. Last year the company sold more than 20 million Galaxy S IIs, some 5 million of which came from its home country.

Source: Samsung (Flickr)

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2 years ago

Motorola announces the RAZR V for Canada

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Motorola really loves their RAZR line, thinking back years ago to the old flip phone, and then more recently to the remodeled device that was quickly outdone by the RAZR MAXX. Today Motorola has announced the Motorola RAZR V, which will be destined for Canada. Coming in at only 8.4mm the device is extremely thin, but being covered in DuPont Kevlar fiber it is also remarkably strong as well. 

In addition to all the normal goodies we are used to seeing, Motorola has also included something very unique called SMARTACTIONS. These smart actions will make using the device even more of a pleasure, and easier on you as well. Your device will now be able to know when you plug headphones in that you want to launch a specific app or playlist, or change some device settings to help save battery when it is getting a bit low. The application can automate many daily tasks, and make things much easier on you, which is always a huge plus. The device is set to launch in Q3 in Canada, and should be available from many of the large retailers. Hit the break for the full release.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD gets officially official on AT&T, for $99 on July 15

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It's big, sleek, slim and covered in Kevlar, and it's just $99 - it's the Motorola HD on AT&T.

You knew it was coming, and here it is officially -- the Motorola Atrix HD on AT&T. Motorola inadvertently outed this one a week ago, but let's have another look at the specs, shall we?

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD ColorBoost display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1780 mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE
  • Smart actions.

All in all, nothing you probably weren't expecting. But the $99 price tag isn't to be ignored. That's pretty darn cheap for a new. In fact, it's pretty much AT&T's version of the Motorola RAZR. Not that that's a bad thing, and the Atrix HD changes things up a little bit by moving to on-screen buttons, which some of us have once again found ourselves in favor of. Webtop? Meh, yeah. It's there. But we'd rather see someone do something with Ubuntu for Android, quite honestly. But for a mere Benjamin, the Atrix HD's probably worth a look.

More: Motorola Atrix HD forums

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2 years ago

ICS update for AT&T Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II Skyrocket available from today

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AT&T and Samsung have announced that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the AT&T-branded Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The updates are based on version 4.0.4, but stick with the old style TouchWiz 4 UI, so you'll have to dig a little deeper to find ICS-specific stuff. Nevertheless, both devices should enjoy a noticeable performance boost on the more recent version of Android.

The AT&T Note also gets a few extra treats along with its ICS update. As we covered in our hands-on preview a few days back, the Note ICS update is bundled with a new "premium suite", including an enhanced S Memo app, a new S Note app and My Story, a new multimedia postcard app.

The updates follow last week's AT&T Galaxy S II ICS release, meaning all of the carrier's S II-class devices have now been brought up to Android 4.0. To pick it up, you'll need to connect your phone to a PC and fire up the Samsung Kies desktop application.

If you like reading press releases, we've got one from Samsung after the break.

Check out our hands-on preview of the Galaxy Note ICS update

More: AT&T

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2 years ago

EVO 4G LTE's Google Wallet fix looks to be coming soon

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If you own a HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint you are probably not happy knowing that you don't have any Google Wallet support at this time, and the most recent update didn't bring you any either. The listing for Google Wallet in the Google Play Store has been updated with an interesting tidbit of information for EVO 4G LTE owners, saying it will remain unavailable "until an OTA update in July." Well, it's July now! And for the next three weeks. So let's just throw one of those "coming soon" lines atcha and be confident that Google will live up to its word here.

Source: Google Play; More: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

How to pronounce Huawei the official way

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It seems that Huawei must be getting slightly ticked off at people incorrectly pronouncing their company name. They have gone so far as to create the above video, where they teach the good people of New York how to say it right.

It turns out I am guilty of saying it incorrectly myself. The official pronunciation is 'WAH-WAY" which will feel a bit odd to native English speakers. Like many I suspect I have been using the 'HOW-WAY' variation, which we now know to be bad and wrong.

Huawei's sales have gone through the roof in recent years -- the company turned over $32 Billion last year which was a 11% increase on 2010. With the Chinese company now selling its own brand devices overseas, it makes sense that it's trying to get consumers better acquainted with its name.

At least now we know. And knowing is half the battle.

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2 years ago

Huawei Ascend D1 goes on sale in China, Russia to follow next month

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Huawei has announced that the Ascend D1, a dual-core, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device, will be launched next month in Russia. This comes a matter of days after the D1 went on sale in Huawei's premier market, China. 

The little brother to the as yet unreleased Ascend D Quad, the D1 is by no means a slouch. Packing a 1.5GHz TI OMAP processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD IPS+ display covered by Gorilla Glass and coming in at just 8.99mm thick, the D1 is a pretty tasty looking mid-range device. Storage is only 8GB though, but it does pack an 8MP rear shooter. No on-screen buttons either, the D1 goes the route of the majority of ICS devices so far, and has the three capacitive buttons instead. 

The D1 is available now on vmall.com, Huawei's online 'shopping mall' for ¥ 2499 (£252/$392). When launched in Russia, carrier LANCK Telecom will be picking it up. Details of availability in other markets is "to follow," and with Huawei's recent efforts to push out into the western market, we may just see the Ascend D1 in other European markets, and possibly even North America to come. The full presser can be found after the break. 

More: Huawei Vmall (translated)

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