As part of their mega-LTE Android announcement this morning at CES, AT&T announced the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony's first LTE device. It's got a 4.6-inch 720p display, a whopping 12MP camera that can come awake from standby and take a picture in 1.5 seconds, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Shipping with Gingerbread sometime in 2012, we expect this one to be on the fast track for Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ion is also a Playstation certified device, so it will have access to the Sony Entertainment Network. This looks to be one of the hot devices from CES, and we've only just begun. Hit the break for the full press release, and the link below for Sony's product page (with a video).
Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Burst just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T have released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.
Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that the Motorola Droid 4 is coming to Verizon. And now it's official. But just like yesterday, and the day before that, we still don't actually know when it's coming. Or how much it'll cost.
What we do have are specs:
4-inch display at qHD resolution
Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich
16GB of storage
4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access
After Huawei'ssong-and-dance this morning at CES, the press got some quality hands-on time with the company's newest flagship device, the Ascend P1/P1S. The P1S is the thinnest smartphone on the market today (the P1 has an LTE radio and therefore is a bit fatter -- you'll see in some comparison shots in the gallery), and it's a fact that is immediately recognizable. The device is impossibly thin and light, and truly has the potential to live up to its promise and propel Huawei into the thick of the US smartphone market. Hit the break for my full impressions.
Huawei kicked off CES right this morning by introducing its Ascend P1 S, the world's new king of thin. It's officially the world's thinnest smartphone, though the P1 model is slightly thicker due to its LTE connectivity. Richard Hu, Chairman of Huawei devices, was on hand to make his company's intentions quite clear: Huawei is a major player in the smartphone market, and with its Ascend P1, it can compete with the big names here in the States. Hit the break for more photos from the event.
Update: Sprint has gotten in touch to let us know that the 16GB was posted in error, and in fact their version of the Galaxy Nexus will come with 32GB of internal storage.
Following their recent 4G LTE announcement, Sprint has a new landing page which now reveals one of the first devices to run on its shiny new network -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Sprint's not offering up full specs or pricing just yet, but the site says it'll feature the Google Wallet functionality that's been conspicuously absent from other Galaxy Nexus models thus far. There was also no confirmation of the bump up to a 1.5 GHz CPU that was suggested by a leaked online ad late last week.
Besides that, it's presumably the same Galaxy Nexus we know and love, on Sprint!
Following its press conference earlier today, LG Mobile has announced the LG Spectrum, which will be headed to Verizon wireless starting next Thursday, Jan. 19. Essentially, it's Verizon's version of the LG Nitro HD. It comes equipped with a 4.5-inch 720p IPS display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz. On the software side, you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, prettied-up by LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of an Android 4.0 update in the first half of the year. The Spectrum is also bundled with ESPN's ScoreCenter app, as well as Netflix HD. And, as you'd expect, it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.
We'll be back with some hands-on coverage of the Spectrum later today. In the meantime, we've got a couple more pictures of the device, along with the full spec and feature lists, after the jump.
If you're rocking a T-Mobile US HTC Wildfire S, you were probably disappointed when you found out that HTC didn't include supported firmware to unlock the bootloader on this particular model with their recent round of updates -- I know I was. Turns out it was a pretty easy fix, and with a bit of trickery you can use the official tool to unlock the bootloader, then have a bit of fun hacking the extremely pocketable Wildfire S. After the procedure, you're pretty much off the standard update path so be sure this is what you want -- there's no turning back. That being said, everything seems to be working just like it was before I unlocked it, including Wifi calling and 3G. If you love your lil' Wildfire S but can't stand the limited application space, have a look at the link.
Lenovo, the world's number two computer manufacturer, has announced a duo of new Android products -- the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and the S2 smartphone. Checking in at less than 1.5 pounds, the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet has the following specs:
The Lenovo S2 smartphone claims to be running a secure version of the Linux kernel (such things do exist) that protects personal data. We'll have to wait to see that in action, but in the meantime here's the specs:
You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD. The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved. This means some of it will be malware -- them's the breaks and there's not much that can be done about it. Paranoid users will just not install any third party applications, savvy users will research every piece of code they install, and normal users can use a mobile security app like Kaspersky Lab's latest offering, Mobile Security Lite.
It has the malware scanning you hear so much about, but it also has some other -- possibly more important -- features baked in. SMS and call filtering are a must have for some (including yours truly) and anti-theft tools are almost a must have when we keep so much personal information on our Android phones. Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite offers both in addition to malware scanning, which makes it worth a second look. Many of us use apps that block random callers and texts, and having a solution baked in to an all-in-one security app is a great idea. Add in the ability to track your phone via GPS, and remote lock and wipe it when you find out it's not in your pocket or purse where it belongs, then make it free -- that's a recipe for success.
We're going to have a closer look at this one, and if you're looking for a mobile security solution you should as well. Find the download link and press release after the break.
Then the "Value Pack" ROM leaked out, and here we are.
It's Android 2.3.6, firmware XXJVU, built December 29, 2011. Feature-wise, it has some new goodies:
Galaxy Note Lockscreen
Galaxy S2 Photo Editor
Better camera that can snap stills while shooting video
If you're on the hacker update path, hit the links below and get your "not a value pack" ROM. If you're not the hacker type (and we wouldn't blame you) there's no telling exactly what -- if any -- update you'll be seeing.
Here's another nice look at the Sprint Epic 4G Touch in white thanks to a couple of insiders, and this one shows us the software these white beauties will be shipping with. If anyone was still holding on to the idea that we'd see a new version of the software (possibly one of the recent leaked builds, I don't think anyone expected Ice Cream Sandwich just yet), I'm the bearer of bad news. The white version ships with the same EK02 build that went out OTA last month. The good news is that the Hardware version isn't new, so at least there's not an oddball version floating around when this one lands Sunday.
There's a screenshot from the about screen minus the reflections after the break, and a handful of shots showing off how hawt the white E4GT looks. Thanks to the ninjas for sending these in, and thanks to everyone on Google+ who helped verify the numbers.
We've heard (and seen) plenty about the Sony Ericsson LT26i "Nozomi" already, but one upcoming SE device that has so far only existed as a set of leaked specifications is the MT27i "Pepper", a mid-range phone that seems to share some design cues with its big brother.
Today the first photos of the Pepper, which is being called a successor to the Xperia Neo, have emerged over on XperiaBlog. There's plenty of blurry-cam action going on, but you can still get a reasonable idea of how it's supposed to look. It's smaller than the Nozomi, but it shares the more grown-up, angular look of that phone. Spec-wise, XperiaBlog says it'll sport a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with a 3.7-inch WVGA854 display and a 5MP camera with 720p recording. If true, the camera specs are a little disappointing, representing a downgrade (in terms of numbers, at least) from the excellent 8MP Exmor R in last year's Neo.
For the full set of blurry-cam shots, head over to the source link. Sony Ericsson is promising to show off some new handsets at next week's CES, so there's every chance that we'll see more of the Pepper in the near future.
And you know what? Now that the phone's out, none of this matters. Old news.
And never mind that for all intents and purposes, we've already thoroughly reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, thanks to Alex Dobie's stellar look at the unlocked GSM version that's been available in Europe for some time and for importing to the States. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is new to those of us in the United States, and new in the sense that it's a 4G device with a bit of hand-holding from Verizon in the software department, we're hardly looking at an all new phone from the GSM model.
So here's where we stand: Read on for our complete Verizon Galaxy Nexus review. I haven't yet really weighed in on my thoughts about the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. So I'm going to forgo some of the usual spec talk (again, read Alex's GSM Galaxy Nexus review if you haven't already) and concentrate more on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus differences, and my thoughts on Android 4.0 and how it all fits together.
And with that, we present our Verizon Galaxy Nexus review.
It's a Nexus, so it's got the full weight and attention of Google behind it. I'll get upgrades before other devices. The screen is gorgeous, as is Ice Cream Sandwich.
The camera is woefully disappointing. The speakerphone is all but unusable on phone calls. There are some Ice Cream Sandwich UI hiccups.
If you have to have the latest and greatest version of Android, this is the phone to get. If you have to have a phone that's easily hackable, this is the phone to get. If you want the best overall hardware? Might want to look elsewhere.
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