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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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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX gets another ICS leak, bumps to 6.6.214 this time around

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Thought all of the fun was going to slow down once the Ice Cream Sandwich update became official for your Droid RAZR MAXX? Leave it to the fine folks of the Android community to ensure that the fun never ends, and here we are back with yet another ICS leak for you to play around with. This time it bumps the device up to 6.6.214, and while there is no official change log with it, rumors are that this is the supposed battery fix. Anything that is supposed to help with battery performance is worth looking into, and if you are feeling brave you can flash this on your device in just a few easy steps.

As always, you will want to proceed with caution, and there are risks involved here. While this may end up being an official update at some point, right now it is a leaked software, and with that comes the chance of a brick or other issues. Head into the forums for some additional information, and instructions of how to update your device if you desire to do so!

Source: DroidRAZR; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Jelly Bean feature: Camera app tweaks for easier photo management

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean introduces a couple of new features in the stock camera app, with the aim of making it easier to sort through and prune all those photos you've been shooting with zero shutter lag. Currently only available on the Galaxy Nexus (the Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera), the Jelly Bean camera app adds a new animation when photos are being taken, which acts as a visual hint at a new swipe gesture that's been added. Flick to the left at any time, and you'll be able to scroll through all the photos you've taken. From there, you can crop, rotate or share, just like in the gallery app. Alternatively, pinch to zoom out, and there's an expanded view from which you can swipe upwards to discard unwanted photos. And at the front of this photo stream is the live feed from your camera, which can be tapped to go back to shooting stills.

We're not going to pretend the Galaxy Nexus has the best smartphone camera out there -- indeed, that 5MP sensor is looking a little long in the tooth when compared to the latest HTC and Samsung offerings. But nevertheless, it's good to see Google addressing one of the main problems caused by shooting images in rapid succession -- the sheer volume of photos you can quickly find yourself with. Check out our video above for a walkthrough of all these new features, or hit the link below to check out our other Jelly Bean feature articles.

More: Check out more Jelly Bean features

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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S III getting another update

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Don't get your hopes up folks, it's not Jellybean but there will be an OTA update rolling for the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III over the course of the next four days. Unfortunately Sprint hasn't provided too much information about the update other than the fact that it is a "Google Security Update". What exactly that means we are unsure, but hopefully it addresses any bugs or lingering issues that you may have noticed in your time with the device. If you have not already, be sure to check for the OTA update, and if you don't have it today don't freak out -- they plan to have it to 100% of the devices over the next four days.

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android 4.0.4 update now appearing

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With Samsung pushing out Android 4.0.4 to various other versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like they snuck in the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket as well. You'll need to fire up Kies (there is also an update available for it) in order to take the update down and of course, backing up your device is first is certainly suggested but that's a minor hassle in order to get Ice Cream Sandwich on your device. No telling right now if it's a slow roll out or a free for all but it shows up as build IMM76D.UCLF6. If you manage to find it there waiting for you, go ahead and get it loaded up then drop by the Android Central forums and let us know how things are running for ya!

Source: Android Central Forums, XDA

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2 years ago

Verizon: Galaxy S III officially pushed to July 12

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Those of you looking to make a long trek to a Verizon store tomorrow need to change your plans. The carrier has officially announced that the in-store launch of its Samsung Galaxy S III has been pushed back 48 hours, to July 12. 

Preorders are still shipping, though the carrier's website now says to expect delivery by July 19, but we're willing to bet you'll see yours ship sooner.

Either way, it's a disappointing delay for a highly anticipated phone, but at least not everyone's left out in the cold.

More: Verizon Galaxy S III forums

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2 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich update coming, with extra sprinkles

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We go hands-on with the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Galaxy Note, with Samsung Premium Suite

AT&T will soon be pushing out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and we got a chance to have an early look at the update, with it's own Value Pack of features. The Note was (to everyone's surprise) a very popular device, and Samsung has followed in the footsteps of their last popular device's ICS update -- leaving the UI much the same as it was with Gingerbread. Like the Galaxy S II, Touchwiz is basically unchanged. Nobody really expected Samsung to change the basic UI on a phone in the midst of it's lifespan, and that's a decision we can understand even if we don't like it very much.

The good news is that we do like it very much. All the features you know and love about the Note are still there, as they were, with the API changes and ability to run the latest apps built-in. Updates to the Google apps and others like Chrome for Android make the Note better, and the ICS features like Android Beam and Face Unlock are along for the ride. If you just can't accept TouchWiz, having ICS allows you to install Nova Launcher to get the stock feel. ICS improves the speed and stability of all the software, and those changes do come with the update. 

Along with the ability to run the latest apps and all the under-the-hood changes that come with Android 4.0.4, Samsung has tossed in what they're calling a Value Pack or Premium Suite. Consisting of a revamped S Memo app and the S Note app we've seen and heard was coming to Samsung's future tablets, it's two great pieces of software that you won't be calling bloat. S Memo's great home screen widget make it an app that's easy to use when you need to jot something down quickly, and the extra power that comes with S Note make it one of the best note taking apps we've run across. Check it out in the video and gallery after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony launches Xperia Unleashed campaign in UK, win stuff by finding tiny bots

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As announced last week, today sees the launch of Sony Mobile's "Xperia Unleashed" promotion, which challenges Xperia fans in the UK to track down tiny robots in order to win Sony swag. The story goes something like this -- the tiny Xperiabots seen in this ad have escaped, and instead of devouring the world at a microscopic level until all that remains is a a fine grey powder, the 'bots have chosen to hide out in Manchester and London with QR codes on their backs. These codes can be redeemed for an assortment of prizes, including Xperia NXT phones, Sony TVs and tickets  to DJ sessions, movie premieres and gigs.

Fortunately you won't need to search the length and breadth of the country, as Sony's helping fans out by pinpointing certain Xperiabots on a Google Map. The manufacturer also promises further hints across its social networking channels as the month progresses.

Source: Sony Mobile blog

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2 years ago

Samsung releases source code for the Galaxy S III on Verizon

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The Android community has been a bit upset at the fact that the Verizon branded Galaxy S III comes with a locked boot loader, and while this doesn't change that it is sure to make a few happy. Samsung has given up the source code for the Galaxy S III on Verizon, so if you are one of those that likes to build from code, or just poke around and see what is in there this will be of interest to you. 

If for some reason you are interested in comparing this source code to that of the AT&T or T-Mobile versions, you can grab them here, and check those out as well.

Source: Samsung Open Source (search for sch-i535); via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Android 4.0.4 update for Galaxy S II available for some territories

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Cast your mind back to the original Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II, and you'll recall that version was based upon Android 4.0.3. Now it seems Samsung's 2011 flagship is getting another update to push it up  to the more recent version 4.0.4. According to reports from SamMobile, the new 4.0.4 firmware has been finalized and is to start rolling out over-the-air and through Kies, starting with unlocked Russian handsets.

The new "XWLPM" firmware for the Galaxy S II (international version, GT-i9100) was built just a few days ago on July 5, and includes a new radio firmware, too. Keep watching Kies, and that software update menu, to see when your device is ready to be updated. Or if you're feeling brave, and absolutely must have that extra 0.0.1 version bump, you'll find an ODIN-flashable version over at the source link.

Source: SamMobile

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