3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stellar shows its mid-range face at Best Buy



  The Samsung SCH-i200 Jasper had been teased earlier this summer as a mid-range phone due for Verizon. It has now slipped its way quietly into Best Buy Mobile as the Galaxy Stellar with nary a peep from Verizon nor Samsung.   The Samsung Galaxy Stellar boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, LTE connectivity, a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. While those specs hardly conjure up the descriptor of "stellar", it is back-to-school season, and there are plenty of kids looking for something with LTE and a forgiving pricetag.    Anyhoo, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is available over here for $449.99 without a contract. Other leaks suggest that it'll be available for $99.99 with a two-year agreement on Verizon. That leak also says there's going to be some kind of "Starter Mode", presumably to help new folks learn their way around a smartphone, and pimps out availability of Amazon apps for some reason. Anyone looking for a cheap phone with LTE and ICS?   Source: Best Buy; via Android Police

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu 2 with infrared announced for Korea


While we're still waiting on the Optimus Vu in North America, LG has gone ahead and announced a second one in Korea. Details on specs for the LG Optimus Vu 2 are scarce, but the big selling point is the infrared sensor with a dedicated Q Remote app to control home entertainment systems.

Infrared is a pretty cool feature, and I definitely enjoyed using the one built into the Sony Tablet S awhile back. Still, LG isn't showing anything other than screenshots; it's entirely possible that the Optimus Vu II will at least look like (if not have most of the same guts as) the original Optimus Vu. 

The LG Optimus Vu 2 is due to land in Korea next month - who even knows if we'll see it elsewhere in the foreseeable future. Anyone really hankering for an IR blaster in their phone? 

Source: LG

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3 years ago

LG Intuition press shot leaks, hints at September 15 release


Verizon's LTE-enabled version of the LG Optimus Vu is showing more signs of life. Aside from the $199 pricetag that we already know about, some fresh images of the device have bubbled up. Although it's far from a guarantee, the home screen weather widget suggests a launch day of September 15 - a sensible time to get the back-to-school rush and LG has announced that the Vu would have a global launch in September, but pencil that date in your calendars lightly.

While the specs of the U.S. variant haven't been confirmed, the one that has launched across Japan and Korea has a  a 5-inch 768 x 1024 touch display, 8 megapixel camera (plus secondary 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front), 32 GB of local storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

As far LG handsets go, most eyes are on the upcoming Optimus G and its gapless display, which we're likely to see sooner than later with IFA right around the corner. Have any of you guys been hurting for a version of the Optimus Vu on Verizon, or will it be worth holding out for the Optimus G?

Source: DroidDog

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3 years ago

Latest Galaxy Note 2 leakage suggests two colors at launch, early October release


We’re just over two days away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 announcement at IFA 2012, but we still know almost nothing about the upcoming phone/tablet hybrid. Nevertheless, some small details are starting to leak out as the public unveiling approaches. The latest of these comes from SamMobile, which has a pretty good track record with Samsung leaks.

The report, which seems to have come from a retailer spreadsheet, lists the official branding as “GALAXY Note II,” alongside the model number GT-N7100 (the original note was GT-N7000). Also reported are two color variations -- “ceramic white” and another marked as TBD (to be determined), though black would be a good bet in our opinion.

According to the site’s sources, the Note 2 will appear during week 40 (Oct. 1-7), alongside a new “titan grey” Galaxy S3. This also coincides with when we’re expecting to see the elusive black Galaxy S3 land on store shelves, so it’s possible that “titan grey” is the official marketing name for this new S3 color.

Of course, we’re still operating within rumor territory here, so we’ll maintain a healthy skepticism until we see the Galaxy Note 2 for ourselves later this week. Keep it locked to AC for live coverage from Berlin as it happens!

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Google reacts to Samsung trial: Most claims 'don't relate' to core Android OS


"We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

The dust is still setting following Friday's $1.049 billion ruling against Samsung in its patent trial with Apple., and now Google is weighing in with its own official statement  The short statement, sent to The Verge, distances Android itself from the patents Samsung was found to be infringing, saying most don't relate to the "core Android operating system." That's true of features like bounce-back scrolling in the original Galaxy S, but of course there are a few notable exceptions, such as tap-to-zoom. Google also brings into question the validity of other patents, saying they're being "re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office."

There's also a comment on the fast-moving nature of the mobile world, and Google says that all involved in the industry are "building upon ideas that have been around for decades." Of course, we already know Google's not much of a fan of software patents in general. The company's public policy director recently remarked that they're "not helpful to the marketplace."

Here's today's statement from Google in full.

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

Source: The Verge, via: iMore

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3 years ago

LG confirms display specs of upcoming device, as well as claiming 'longer battery life'


The tale of the forthcoming LG 'Optimus G' superphone continues, only this time, it's the Korean OEM that is telling it. Following up from the recent leaked prototype of the device, LG has released a statement today confirming certain details that had previously been leaked, and new details of the gapless display it shall house. 

As it happens, the Snapdragon S4 Pro powered device will definitely have a 1280x768 True HD IPS+ display, coming in at 320ppi. Theres some science that goes along with it, but the rub of it is -- it's better than AMOLED and consumes less power.

The gapless display is an in-house technology developed with LG Innotek. Its G2 Touch Hybrid display will be bound for the device, and is "a unibody unit that eliminates the gap between the glass and the LCD panel as found in traditional touchscreens." Sounds a little like the display on the HTC One X, which is by no means a bad thing.

LG is also promising greater battery capacity, without compromising on size or weight and the powerplant has been designed by LG Chem. It promises to run 60% more efficiently than similarly sized batteries, meaning more power for longer. 

The 'Optimus G' is  certainly shaping up to be a full in-house affair, with several different arms of LG getting involved to create a device that they say will be a "game-changer" for them. They're sure trying to create some pre-launch buzz, whether it lives up to it though, only time will tell. 

Source: LG Newsroom

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3 years ago

LG E973 Optimus G leaks out and it 'really flies'


We've already heard rumors of a forthcoming 'superphone' from LG, and indeed the Korean OEM has recently started their own teaser campaign to carry it a little further. The so-called Optimus G is set to be a Snapdragon S4 Pro toting, 2GB of RAM housing behemoth, and the folks at AndroidMX claim to have got their hands on it. 

The LG E973 as described by its label, is a 4.7-inch device with a 1280x768 IPS display, the Adreno 320 GPU, Android 4.0.4 and yes, that 2GB of RAM and the mighty quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro. Having had the chance to play with it, the androidmx guys simply say that it "really flies." We can only imagine. It is worth noting that what we see here apparently isn't final hardware or software, so there is still a possibility LG will change it up some before release -- Jelly Bean, maybe? 

The speculation is that we will see the Optimus G unveiled officially at next weeks IFA show in Berlin, Germany. We're not so sure, however. While LG will be present at the show, they have previously informed us that they will not be showcasing any new smartphones in Berlin. Given the prototype nature of what we see here, we're likely to have to wait a little longer.

Source: AndroidMX (translated) via Pocketnow


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3 years ago

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 leaks out


With all the Jelly Bean leaks happening for the International Samsung Galaxy S3 we were starting to wonder if and when it would leak for a U.S. carrier. Wonder no more though as an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean build for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 has now popped up. In order to get it loaded up, you'll need to be running a stock device and then flash the Jelly Bean build over top of it.

  • Download and install stock (if you are not already on stock rom) This is needed as a base. The update will otherwise fail
  • Download OTA
  • Apply zip in recovery menu
  • Enjoy Jelly Bean 4.1.1

There hasn't been a lot of user feedback as of yet, so like always, you'll have to proceed with some caution. If you do manage to get it loaded up though, drop by the Android Central Forums and let us know how things are running. All that said; if you're not sure about doing all of this it's best to wait or ask in the forums for some further clarification on to go about getting it done.

Source: XDA; via: Android Central Forums; Thanks, Zylograth!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD review


I’ll start the review with what might come as a shocker to those that know me -- I love the Motorola Atrix HD. I love the way it feels, the way it runs, the changes Motorola has done with Ice Cream Sandwich in the non-Blur OS, and the overall design of the phone clicks with me. It’s not perfect, but then again, what phone ever released is? There's also the initial feel of the phone, which isn't a great experience because of the materials chosen. When the pros are weighed against the cons though, I’m left with a device I would not be afraid to recommend to anyone.

With the release of the RAZR and RAZR MAXX late last year, Motorola let everyone know that they think the age of thick and bulky Android smartphones is over. The Atrix2 and Bionic were the last of a dying breed, to be replaced with sleek devices made with exotic materials like Kevlar, weighing in at next to nothing. It’s a trend we’ve seen all the major Android OEMs follow, and while there’s something to be said for the sturdy feel of half-inch thick phone in your hands, we’re all pretty much on-board with the new thin styling. Click through the break, and see what I think about the Atrix HD.

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3 years ago

LG teases 'second-generation' quad-core phone with Snapdragon S4 Pro


LG has all but confirmed rumors that it's working on a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered LTE smartphone, with the launch of a new campaign of Korean language teaser videos. The first video, which is pretty impenetrable if you don't speak Korean, indicates that the new Optimus smartphone will indeed run a quad-core S4 Pro chip, which LG touts as being much faster than the quad-core competition. Also touched upon is the S4 Pro's advanced Adreno 320 GPU, which delivers faster graphics performance than the current crop of chips, including the Adreno 225 GPU used in dual-core S4 chips.

There's nothing to show of the actual phone yet, but LG is clearly hoping to make a splash with this quad-core beast in the fourth quarter, and we'll be watching with keen interest.

Source: LG (Korean), via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Yet another Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean build leaks as Unpacked event looms


Owners of the international Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) shouldn't have too much longer to wait for their Jelly Bean update. As we exclusively revealed on Tuesday, the Android 4.1 update is due to land next week, shortly after the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany. But if you can't wait that long, there's yet another leaked build doing the rounds this morning. This version, dubbed XXDLH7, has been leaked as an over-the-air (OTA) update package for the UK unlocked S3, from the last public ICS build (XXBLG8 system with XXLH1 baseband).

No word on just what's changed from any of the previous three leaked Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean builds, but considering how close we are to the expected launch date, we imagine things should be pretty stable in this version. Rumors even abound that today's leaked build is the final Jelly Bean OTA, though we haven't been able to confirm this.

If you can wait, we'd recommend you sit tight until next Wednesday, where all should be revealed at Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin. If not -- and if you're familiar with manually installing OTA packages -- then hit one of the source links below to grab your update.

Source: XDA, SamMobile

More: Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update coming next week

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3 years ago

Samsung sheds light on Galaxy S3 design process in new video


If you watched Samsung's unveiling of the Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) at Earl's Court, London back in May, you'll know that the manufacturer made quite a bit of fuss about its new nature-inspired design language. And today, Samsung has created a short video presentation showing how its design team went about incorporating this "inspired by nature" theme into its latest flagship smartphone. In bringing its latest flagship to life, Sammy says it drew inspiration from  the gentle, curved lines found in the natural world.

In the five-minute video, Samsung designers and execs explain -- in broad terms, and with a fair amount of flowery language --how the S3 differs from other Samsung smartphones. One designer remarks that the overall shape of the phone was inspired by pebbles on the beach, while the company's VP of mobile design says it wanted a more emotional connection between phone and user.

Elsewhere in the video, we get down to the technical details involved in creating a curved design without subtle imperfections, as well as the challenges involved in bringing the S3's software to life.

We know not everyone around these parts is a huge fan of the Galaxy S3's physical design, or some of the design decisions it's made in the TouchWiz Nature UX, but whatever your opinion of the phone, this video is worth a look. It's a chance to take a peek behind the scenes, and understand how the S3 came to become the phone we're now familiar with.

You'll find Samsung's full Galaxy S3 design story video embedded after the break.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)

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3 years ago

HTC Proto device renders leak, now where's that phone headed?


What you see above are pictures of the potentially forthcoming HTC Proto, a low- to mid-range device slated to be the potential successor to the HTC One V. Right off, the Proto looks to sport more of the design language found on the One X and One S, with rounded corners and black casing, dropping the "chin" off the front. Around back, you see a smooth soft-touch looking surface and Beats Audio branding. Expected specs on this device are a 4-inch 480x800 (WVGA) screen, 1GHz dual-core snapdragon processor and a 5 megapixel camera.

Speculation is that this device may see a debut at IFA 2012, but we're not so sure. Also, it's a big world out there, and it's not uncommon to see a small, regional launch of a new low-range device. Be sure to follow all of our IFA coverage closely to see what's coming from HTC and happening in all things Android.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces the no-contract Concord with Android 2.3 for $99


Want some Android on T-Mobile without the hassle of a two-year contract, a current operating system or 4G data? Then the T-Mobile Concord's your new choice. It'll run you $99.99, sports Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 3.5-inch display and has a 2-megapixel camera.

Manufactured by ZTE, basic specs include:

  • 3.5-inch Capacitive Touch Screen with Multi-touch
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera with Camcorder
  • Five Customizable Home Screens
  • Android™ 2.3.5 Operating System,
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology, v3.0 including stereo audio
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
  • GPS for navigation and location-based services
  • Video and Audio Streaming
  • Google Play™ store with access to hundreds of thousands of Apps
  • Full HTML Browser for PC-like Web Browsing
  • 2GB micro SD memory card included

It'll be available Aug. 26.

More: ZTE

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3 years ago

Android 4.0 finally hits European Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX


After what seems like an eternity, Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners in Europe are finally receiving their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA. Following a successful soak test, the build being pushed out is version 672.180.41. The download weighs a whopping 375.8MB, so you'll probably want to leave this one to Wifi rather than HSPA. As both RAZR and MAXX run the same firmware, the update file is also identical

Once the update is applied, RAZR owners can look forward to a redesigned UI based upon the Android 4.x design language, as well as new lock screen enhancements and much improved performance. We tore down the RAZR ICS firmware when it first landed on Verizon's version, the Droid RAZR, in June, so check out our hands-on article for more info on what's changed.

Anyone seeing ICS on their GSM RAZR this afternoon? Hit the comments and let us know.

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