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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.2 RC2 builds starting to appear for some devices

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As promised last week, fresh release candidate for the Android 2.3-based CyanogenMod 7.2 are starting to appear, bringing the popular custom firmware to a handful of new devices, while bringing the usual mix of software enhancements and bug fixes. A quick glance at the CyanogenMod download site reveals that CM7.2 RC2 builds are now available for a number of popular devices, including the LG Optimus Black, 2X and 3D, and a number of Galaxy S variants.

As the CM team mentioned in their status update last week, development of CM7 is scheduled to continue beyond version 7.3, even as many devices transition to the ICS-based CyanogenMod 9. New additions to the CM stable in version 7.2 RC2 include the HTC Status (aka ChaCha), HTC Wildfire S, LG Optimus Chic, Motorola Photon and Samsung Galaxy 5.

Check the source link for download info.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD arrives in Europe in June

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LG Korea has announced that the company's upcoming international flagship, the Optimus 4X HD, will arrive in select European counries starting next month. The 4X HD, which is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will launch in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Poland in June.

LG's new baby, which we first saw at MWC, before getting our hands on it again last week at CTIA, also sports a 720p IPS display, an 8MP BSI camera, 2150mAh battery and a re-vamped version of LG's UI skin. There's no word on U.S. availability just yet, but unconfirmed rumors have suggested this thing may arrive on T-Mobile as the "G4X" -- a successor to last year's G2X.

You'll find more about the LG Optimus 4X HD in our hands-on report from CTIA.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korean)

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3 years ago

Samsung updates ICS upgrade list to include T-Mobile devices

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Samsung has been rather forthcoming when it comes to telling folks what devices will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The list of eligible devices has been updated a couple times now but one carrier; namely, T-Mobile has remained missing off that list until recently. The newly updated list now features in total, four T-Mobile devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-t989)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (SGH-t769)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (SGH-t869)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SGH-t859)

Not surprisingly, they don't differ all that much from the various other carriers out there but it is nice to see T-Mobile added and that leaves us with the impression Samsung and T-Mobile have at least a general idea of when things will get rolling out to the masses.

Source: Samsung, via: TMo News

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 nightlies now available for the HTC Sensation

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Back in March we let you all know that the CyanogenMod team had set up CM9 source repos for the HTC Sensation (also known as Pyramid) but after that things sort of fell quiet. Here it is now May and we're seeing the first build of CM9 appear for the masses. If you're looking to give it a go, you can head on over to the CyanogenMod download site using the link below but keep in mind, some things may be broken. Coincidentally, all of this is happening now, while we're only a few days out from T-Mobile officially rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to the device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Samsung publishes official Galaxy S III TV ad

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If you were watching Samsung's May 3 presentation closely enough, you might have seen this before -- it's Samsung's (slightly odd, if we're honest) TV spot for the upcoming Galaxy S III, which the manufacturer's uploaded separately for the first time today.  In amongst clips of happy, attractive people jumping around and enjoying their phones, you'll spot a series of broad slogans alluding to some of the major functions of the phone. Apparently the Galaxy S III is the phone that "keeps track of your loved ones," "recognizes who you are," "follows your every move," and "waits until you're asleep."

Sleep tight. We've got the video itself embedded after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X out of stock online

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In what either is good news for sales numbers or bad news for initial inventory numbers, the AT&T HTC One X currently is listed as "out of stock" on AT&T's website for both the white and gray versions. How long that'll remain the case remains unknown (and we're not quite sure how long it's been listed out of stock). The good news is if you're looking to get out, there are myriad options, including the ol' brick-and-mortar route.

But no matter how you go about snagging your AT&T One X, be sure to read our comprehensive review first!

More: AT&T HTC One X (white, gray)

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3 years ago

Some Sprint stores opening at 8 a.m. Friday for the EVO 4G LTE

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Sprint today announced that stores in a number of states will open at 8 a.m. local time for Friday's launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Some stores will have special demonstrations set up. They include:

  • Plano, Texas: 1913 Preston Road, Suite 100.
  • Atlanta: 3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, in the Around Lenox shopping center
  • Miami: 12540 SW 120th Street
  • Boston: 422 Boylston Street, at the corner of Boylston & Berkeley streets
  • ​Redmond, Wash.: Overlake Sprint Store, 148th Ave NE
  • South Denver: 9992 Commons Street, STE 100, Lone Tree, CO, just off E. Lincoln Avenue
  • Washington, D.C.: 1101 South Joyce Street, Suite B15, Arlington, VA 22202
  • San Francisco: 320 Gellert Boulevard, Daly City, CA, 94015 - cross street Hickey Blvd.
  • New York City: 175 Fifth Avenue
  • Los Angeles: 364 S La Cienega Blvd (between San Vicente and 3rd Street)

Sprint's announcing these locations one at a time, so we'll keep an eye out for any additions. We'd also recommend checking with your local store before showing up first thing Friday, just in case.

Source: Sprint PR; more: Sprint store locations
Also: EVO 4G LTE forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G to get ICS update this Wednesday

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T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G owners will have been watching with envy as their phone's international cousin was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months ago. But now it seems the wait may finally be at an end, with T-Mobile announcing in its official support documentation that the Sensation's ICS update will be arriving this Wednesday, May 16.

The update promises the same mix of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6 that we've seen on a number of updated HTC devices over the past few months, with highlights including a re-vamped launcher, face unlock, data usage controls and home screen folders. Sure, it's not quite as pretty as the new-fangled Sense 4 that's bundled on HTC One phones, but it's a significant step up from earlier Sensation ROMs.

This Wednesday, Sensation 4G owners will want to head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to grab the update to the latest version of Android.

And hopefully Amaze 4G owners won't have too long to wait either, with the latest info out of T-Mobile indicating an ICS release "in the coming weeks."

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum gets update to Android 2.3.6

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Looks like LG and Verizon Wireless have released a new software update for the LG Spectrum. Today's update -- version VS920V6 -- brings the Spectrum up to Android 2.3.6 (that's right, still no ICS just yet), and also adds in a few new fixes to the web browser, email and widgets on the phone.

The update is detailed on Verizon's support site and said to be "coming soon." However, posts on the Android Central forums indicate that some Spectrum owners are already receiving it through the carrier's PC-based Software Update Assistant program, a likely precursor to an over-the-air roll-out.

So if you're eager to get your LG Spectrum running a slightly newer version of Android, with all the fixes and tweaks that brings, then you'd best fire up that Update Assistant program.

More: VZW Support; Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Three UK HTC One S v1.78 firmware update now rolling out

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In what has to be record time for a branded firmware update, British network Three has started pushing out its branded version of the 1.78 firmware for the HTC One S. This is the latest software update which began rolling out on unbranded One S phones last week. As we mentioned at the time, this update seems to remove some instances of the pesky virtual menu button in certain Google apps, in addition to fixing the ongoing Wifi wonkiness that's been affecting some HTC One phones.

The update weighs in at around 58MB, and includes a brand new kernel and radio too, if you're interested in that stuff. If you're rocking a One S on Three UK, head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to pick up the latest update. 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK reveals Samsung Galaxy S III pricing

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T-Mobile is the latest British carrier to announce pricing details for its subsidized Galaxy S III handsets. Tmo UK is promoting the Galaxy S III on its "Full Monty" plan, which offers unlimited data, texts and T-Mobile to T-Mobile calls, in addition to 2000 minutes to other networks. If that's what you're after in a Galaxy S III price plan, then you'll pay £49.99 up-front, and then £36 per month for the next 24 months. Right now the network's not offering details of any other Galaxy S III plans, but it's likely the phone will be offered with a cheaper monthly bill, in exchange for a higher up-front fee for the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S III will launch in the UK in just over two weeks, starting May 30. All five major mobile networks, including T-Mobile, are confirmed to be carrying the device.

More: T-Mobile UK

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3 years ago

Motorola Motoluxe review

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There's more to Android than high-end devices, as we take a look at Motorola's entry-level Motoluxe

On the European side of the Android world, Motorola hasn't really made the same impact as it has in the US. Moto brings good hardware to the table, yet we live in a Samsung and HTC dominated world. That said, Motorola has been pushing its latest entry-level offering, the Motoluxe, quite hard in the UK.

As the weeks since the device’s launch have passed, we've seen press release after press release detailing yet more European mobile markets receiving it. It even made release in Canada these past few weeks. Motorola is promoting this as a style focused device, starting with a swanky London launch party. Truth be told, though, we're more interested in the device beneath the style. We've spent some time getting to know the Motoluxe over the past couple of weeks, and in our honest opinion, it isn’t all that bad. The important thing to remember is the market that this device is aimed at, and for those people it’ll do just nicely.

We'll take you through it after the break. 

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3 years ago

ASUS Padfone video reminds us it's a phone, tablet, laptop and stylus

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One of the more memorable moments of this year's Mobile World Congress involved ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiling the multitude of components that make up the ASUS Padfone. The Padfone, if you'll remember, starts off as an Android 4.0 phone, which you can then plug into a tablet dock to transform into an Android tablet. Then, in typical ASUS transformer style, adding the keyboard dock gives you an Android laptop. And then there's the capacitive stylus which also doubles as as a headset. Because hey, why not?

We got to meet the Padfone a couple of months back in Barcelona (and we've got words and video to prove it), but today ASUS has published one of the promotional videos first unveiled at its MWC press conference. There's a complete rundown of all the Padfone's features, along with specs and details of exactly how much batter life the entire package delivers. Connect the phone to the tablet, then the tablet to the keyboard dock, and ASUS says you'll get up to 102 hours of use.

There's no word on any official release date just yet, but we've got the video embedded after the break to whet your appetite.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S III 'C Pen' stylus and other accessories appear for pre-order

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If you were watching our coverage of the Galaxy S III launch event, you'll already be familiar with the wealth of accessories that were announced alongside the phone, and shown backstage in the sprawling demo area. We even gave them a full write up, and snapped some photos. Today a few of these accessories have appeared for pre-order over at UK retailer MobileFun, along with preliminary prices and some official promo images. Among the more interesting accessories on show is the "C Pen" -- Sammy's capacitive stylus for the Galaxy S III, which was nowhere to be found in the demo area at the launch event. MobileFun is also listing the official flip cover, Wifi Display Hub and phone holder/battery charger.

As you might expect from official, branded accessories, these don't come cheap. The holder/charger package comes in at £35 (~$56), while the flip cover will sell for £30 (~$48). It's also worth mentioning that you can't buy any of these just yet (for the Galaxy S III that you don't have), as these are just pre-order listings. We're hoping to see many of these on launch day, but we're already hearing from retailers that one of the more anticipated add-ons, the wireless charging accessory, isn't expected until September.

Source: MobileFun

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3 years ago

HTC Desire C sighted once again, apparently coming to Vodafone Portugal

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The HTC Desire C -- aka HTC Wildfire C, aka HTC Golf -- has appeared in a couple of leaks over the past few weeks. First a leaked render started doing the rounds, then last week we got some early photos of the actual phone in the flesh. Now the upcoming entry-level smartphone has been sighted making an early appearance in Vodafone Portugal's product portfolio. GSMArena​ snagged a couple of shots before it was taken down, revealing a design and set of specs that'll be familiar to anyone who's been following the leaks.

Essentially, it's an updated version of last year's HTC Wildfire S. In terms of raw specs, Vodafone Portugal suggests it'll have 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz CPU, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage. Again, nothing to write home about, but this is a definitely a budget device we're dealing with here. We'll be watching with interest to see what price point the Desire C eventually appears at.

Source: GSMArena

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