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3 years ago

T-Mobile sold about 600,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s in Q2

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A little bit of Android news out of this morning's T-Mobile earnings call, following its Q2 earnings announcement: The carrier mentioned some pretty strong sales for the Samsung Galaxy S4. And while it lagged behind the iPhone by a few hundred thousand units, it's still right up there.

This was not a quarter that was defined by any one device. As we said, we sold about 900,000 iPhones, which is terrific, a great success. We also sold about 600,000 Galaxy S4s.

It's tough to extrapolate to the other operators, but figure decent sales one way or the other.

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ Android 4.2 + Sense 5 update rolling out in Asia

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BlinkFeed, video highlights and more in biggest update yet for the One X+

HTC has finally updated one of last year's high-end handsets, the One X+, to the latest version of its Sense software and the newer Android 4.2.2 OS. The new update brings the One X+ in line with the most recent HTC user interface, with the BlinkFeed home screen experience, automatic video highlights in the gallery app and an updated music app with visualizers. That's in addition to standard Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets and Daydreams.

According to reports from XDA and VR-Zone it's only unlocked devices in Asia that are receiving the update at present, but Europe and (eventually) the U.S. should follow before too long. (And we're sure you'll be able to find a custom ROM or two out there if you can't wait.)

The hefty 484MB over-the-air package now going out will update Asian HTC One X+ devices to software version 2.17.709.12.

The One X+ roll-out follows the HTC Butterfly's bump up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 last month.

Source: VR-Zone, XDA

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3 years ago

Top LG G2 threads on the Android Central forums

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The LG G2 is official, and hopefully by now you've had the chance to check out all of our hands-on coverage. In the past day or so, activity has been picking up over on the LG G2 forums, where prospective G2 owners have been sharing their thoughts.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the top discussions so far —

More: LG G2 discussion on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to O2 UK

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With the LG G2 now officially announced, we're starting to hear details of which carriers around the world will be stocking the device. Three UK was the first UK network to announce that it'll carry the G2 yesterday, and now O2 has confirmed to Android Central that it will offer LG's latest. An O2 spokesperson told us the G2 will be coming to O2 UK "later in the year," but couldn't reveal any specifics on availability or pricing.

We've reached out to the other major UK networks, and we'll keep you posted with any G2 launch info they provide.

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3 years ago

Leaked Sony teaser supposedly shows upcoming 'Honami' handset

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Sony 'Xperia i1' could be unveiled at pre-IFA press conference

It seems Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Sep. 4 (the same day Samsung's doing its thing), and one device that's likely to make an appearance is the Japanese manufacturer's upcoming flagship handset, know by its codename "Honami." The device, which is also rumored to go to market as the "Xperia i1," will reportedly pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, a five-inch-plus display and a 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens.

We've already witnessed plenty of leaked photos of the Honami, but this latest image supposedly comes directly from Sony in the form of a teaser for its IFA press conference. Leaked through Chinese forum Digi-Wo, the image outs the Sep. 4 announcement date, and shows what seems to be the right edge of the handset. There's the trademark rounded power button in the center, a volume rocker below it, and what might be a SIM tray further up. And like Xperias Z and Z Ultra, it looks like the Honami will be offered in a purple color option too.

The original poster claims that a Chinese release will be taking place soon after the Berlin announcement; hopefully the rest of the world will enjoy a similarly speedy retail launch. Whatever happens, we'll be live from IFA next month to bring you full coverage of all Sony's announcements.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Verizon shows off logo with new smartphone attached

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Verizon wants us all to know that they too will be carrying the G2 sometime "soon". They also want you to remember that you're using Verizon, and just in case they have dolled up the phone like something Richard Petty would drive.

It shouldn't affect the performance, and we know a place where you can buy a case that makes it all go away.

Source: @Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Close-up look at that new 'stepped battery' on the Moto X and LG G2

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Two trips to New York City in two weeks — one for Motorola, and another for LG, and one common theme: Why waste space inside the phone when you could fill that void with a little extra battery volume.

Enter the "stepped battery," and it's a simple enough idea. Instead of a single, rectangular-shaped battery, you've got one with a small "step" — and little bit of a hump that gives you a little more juice.

We got an up-close look at LG's "stepped" battery this morning at the G2 launch event, and you can see exactly what they're talking about. LG's using a 3,000 mAh stepped battery in its G2, and the bulge is subtle — maybe not even a full millimeter in thickness — but it's there. And spread it out over a decent size area, and suddenly you gain a bit more capacity.

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3 years ago

LG G2: A multitude of on-screen buttons, just not multitasking

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LG has — finally — moved to on-screen buttons with the LG G2, giving up the ghost (for now) on the capacitive buttons of old. That provides for some flexibility for how things work in addition to making things a little easier on the hardware side.

By default, you've got three buttons — back, home and menu. Yes, an on-screen menu button. Not recent apps.

You do get the option to move things around a little bit, as well as add a fourth button, which either can be a shortcut to QuickMemo, or it can quickly pull down the notification shade. (As for multitasking, you can "slide" between apps with a three-finger gesture as part of something LG calls "Slide Aside.")

As the image above shows, you've got the following permutations:

  • Back-Home-Menu
  • Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-Shade
  • Shade-Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-QMemo
  • QMemo-Menu-Home-Back

Interesting and confounding at the same time.

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3 years ago

Sprint to carry LG G2 'later this year'

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The LG G2 will be available with Sprint's unlimited data plans

In the midst of this morning's LG G2 news cornucopia, Sprint sent out a press release to let everyone know that they will also be carrying the G2, and they still offer unlimited data. While we assumed the former was the case when LG announced that all four major US carriers would be selling the G2, and that the latter was still true until we see customers marching on Kansas with pitchforks and torches, it was nice of Sprint to drop the reminder.

You can read the full statement from Sprint Product Chief Fared Adib after the break.

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3 years ago

LG G2 hands-on

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We’re live in New York where LG has formally unveiled its highly-anticipated G2 flagship, which is set to hit 130 countries and the four major US carriers within the next eight weeks. LG knows just how fierce the smartphone market is, and it seems to have pulled out all the stops — this is undoubtedly the Korean company's most impressive smartphone yet. More than just a sequel to the Optimus G, the G2 marks a shift for LG — as it ditches the Optimus moniker for its flagship line, LG is keen to rebrand itself as a major competitor to the current market shapers.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to carry LG G2, Optimus F6 and Optimus F3

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be carrying the all-new LG G2, as well as the Optimus F6 and F3. All three phones will be available with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. Additionally, the three smartphones will be compatible with both T-Mobile's fast 4G HSPA+ and advanced 4G LTE networks.

While everyone is excited about the newly announced G2, the Optimus F6 and F3 look to be fine offerings in their own right. The F6 offers a 4.5-inch screen with great performance in a value-minded package, and the 4-inch F3 is T-Mobile's most affordable Android-powered LTE smartphone at zero down and just $10 monthly. The Optimus F3 is available starting today at T-Mobile retailers and on the web.

What we don't know, and the information we all want, is pricing on all three phones and a street date. The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

LG finally makes the G2 official

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LG has been teasing the new G2 on and off for over a month, and today as their presentation in New York kicked off they went ahead and made it official. The new handset looks to offer innovation with things like an edge-to-edge design, Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, and of course the rear-button design.

The specs are no slouch, either:

  • Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • Colors: Black / White 

We're still having a little one-on-one time with the G2, but wanted to pass along LG's news. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Three UK

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The LG G2 event in NYC is only just getting started, but already Three has become the first UK network to announce that it'll range LG's next big thing. The carrier's preview video confirms what we've already learned from pre-release reports — a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 4G LTE support.

No word on release dates or pricing just yet — Three says it'll launch "soon."

More: Our LG G2 event liveblog

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3 years ago

LG G2 launch event liveblog

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Sure, a picture may be worth 1,000 words, but we can do better. LG is unveiling its new G2 Android smartphone on Wednesday in New York City, and we're here in the Big Apple to get up-close and personal with the Korean manufacturer's latest.

Our liveblog kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT (probably a tad early), so ease on past the break and join us. And we've got our usual chatroom set up as well, so you can gab alongside us.

See y'all Wednesday morning!

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3 years ago

HTC announces mid-range Desire 500 for the UK

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4.3-inch WVGA display, quad-core CPU, 8MP camera, coming later this month

HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.

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