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3 years ago

Over 25 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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As it tends to do, Google has released a breakdown of what versions of Android devices out in the wild are currently running as of today, October 1. We're now over the milestone of having one in every four Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher -- unfortunately Jelly Bean makes up just 1.8 percentage-points of that right now, but let's not be too down on these numbers. Rounding out the rest of the chart is 2.3 Gingerbread at 55.8 percent, naturally, with all previous versions adding up to just 16.8 percent of active devices.

Android 4.0 and above has seen a pretty quick pickup in adoption since a large number of the world's best selling devices have launched or been updated to it at this point. This is really good news in terms of user adoption, but it also means that app developers have more incentive than ever to start following those "holo" guidelines we seem to ramble on about at times. Be sure to check out the full report at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update available Oct. 3

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T-Mobile has just put up a support page indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (seriously, these names are getting to be a bit much) is going to be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting on October 3rd. The latest software -- version T769UVLF4 -- will bring all of the latest ICS features in addition to a Mobile Hotspot and Email fix. Unfortunately, it will only be available via Samsung Kies and not over the air like the previous update. That being said, we've got to be thankful that ICS is coming to the device via official means.

One interesting thing to note here is that T-Mobile specifically points out that the device cannot be rooted and receive the update. Of course most of us know this, but seeing it pointed out specifically in the support documentation is probably a good thing.

Source: TmoNews; T-Mobile Support

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update leaks for Sprint Galaxy S3

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It's been a little while since we saw the international Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) receiving an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in Poland, and now it seems that the Galaxy S3 on the Now Network is poised to get its own update. A 4.1.1 build for the device has leaked out and packaged up for users to test their luck flashing over at the XDA forums, bearing the build number JRO03L.L710VPBLIF. Both Odexed and DeOdexed versions of the ROM are available, and as is usually the case with leaks like this, users are reporting mixed results using it as a daily driver.

If you're interested in doing some tinkering and want to try Jelly Bean on your Sprint Galaxy S3, hit the source link below. As always, flash at your own risk and do your self a favor by backing up first!

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available from Vodafone UK

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Following recent announcements from fellow UK carriers, Three and O2, Vodafone has made their own announcement regarding the Sony Xperia T. The latest high-end offering from Sony is now available from the carrier for free, on their Red price plans starting at £37 per month. For that, you'll get unlimited minutes and messaging, 1GB of data and 2GB of BTOpenZone WiFi access. 

At this price, Vodafone is slightly more expensive than competing networks, in particular Three. In any case, if you've been waiting for an Xperia T to hit Vodafone, now's your chance. Let us know in the comments below if you're thinking of picking one up. The full presser can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony's Xperia TL finally official on AT&T

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You'll have to excuse us for not acting more surprised to see the Sony Xperia T announced today for AT&T in the United States, as we've seen it wearing the carrier's colors for the better part of a month. But, here it is, reborn as the Xperia TL. You'll recall our hands-on with the Xperia T back at the IFA conference in Berlin last month. Here's a recap on the specs:

  • 4.6-inch "HD Reality Display" at 720 x 1280 resolution with the Mobile Bravia engine
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • PlayStation certified
  • NFC
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come.

Things we don't yet know: Pricing and an availability date. Stick around.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches on Three UK

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 went on sale at selected UK Samsung brand stores last night, but today is the big launch day for most stores and mobile networks. Three is the first to announce the availability of the Note 2 on its network, with on-contract prices starting at £31 per month with a £159 up-front charge for the phone. If you're after a Three Galaxy Note 2 without a contract, you'll pay £499 for the PAYG version.

The Note 2 is available to purchase in Three stores nationwide today, and the network says online orders placed today will be fulfilled tomorrow.

For more on the Galaxy Note 2, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage. We'll bring you a full review later this week.

Source: Three

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3 years ago

Red Samsung Galaxy S3 now in stock in the UK, and at a pretty good price

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If you fancy picking up the Samsung Galaxy S3 SIM-free but want to stand out from the crowd why not consider the garnet red variant? Expansys has the red model in stock, along with the more standard pebble blue version. And it comes with a fairly tempting price tag, too, at £429.99 -- over £100 cheaper than the launch day price.

Getting a top of the range smartphone can be pretty cheap on a contract, but most UK networks want us on a 24 month deal. While this may suit many, Android followers are more than aware that the life span of a 'top of the range' device is pretty short.

The Galaxy S3, as we all, know has fantastic specs, a beautiful large display and with Samsung's continued marketing I can see the device continuing to sell well for some time to come. UK readers -- did you see the Samsung product placement on the X Factor this weekend?

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia AX announced for Japanese market

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Japanese consumers were lucky enough to get their hands on the Xperia GX -- their version of the Xperia T -- long before other territories. Now it seems there's a new, Japan-exclusive handset to get excited about, as Sony today announces the Xperia AX.

The AX is a Japanese variant of the Xperia V, so it's packed with much the same hardware -- a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM a 13MP camera and a 4.3-inch 720 display. It also sports water and dust resistance, the first 4G LTE Sony phone to boast these capabilities. On the software side, it's running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

There's no word on when the Xperia AX will arrive on Japanese store shelves, but with the Xperia V expected before the end of the year, we imagine it won't be long.

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3 years ago

Acer Cloudmobile now available in the UK for £290

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It's been a long time since the pretty stunning looking Acer Cloudmobile was unveiled -- Mobile World Congress in February -- but now, finally, the device is on sale in the UK. Online retailer, Expansys, now has the Cloudmobile in stock for £289.99, a slight increase on their pre-order price after the original expected September 5 date was missed.

Priced firmly in the mid-range category, the Cloudmobile is an attractive offering in this sector of the market. Packing a 4.3 inch 1280x720 HD IPS display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The battery isn't the largest at 1460 mAh, but it is removable, and there is a microSD card slot on board. 

While the whole unveiling, disappearing, re-appearing release saga may put some off, the Cloudmobile still offers excellent value for money at this price point. While launching on Ice Cream Sandwich, it's pretty stock looking Ice Cream Sandwich, right down to the on-screen buttons. Flicking through the user manual for the Cloudmobile, it looks as if there are a few Acer customizations, such as in the lockscreen, but generally it's a pretty stock experience. And, it looks absolutely stunning, let's not forget that. 

Source: Expansys, More: Acer Cloudmobile User Manual

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 video hands-on and initial review

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With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hitting select UK stores imminently, it's time for us to go hands-on with the finished product. We first tested out the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA in Berlin in late August, and it's taken just over a month to finalize the device. The original Samsung Galaxy Note has proved a surprising success over the past year. With the second-gen Note being bigger and more powerful than ever, Samsung will be hoping its efforts are reflected in even stronger sales this time around.

Check out our first hands-on video with the final, retail Galaxy Note 2 after the break, along with a quick overview of the device.

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3 years ago

Here's open webOS OE running on a Galaxy Nexus

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The folks at WebOS Ports have released a video of open webOS booting and running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus today, hours after HP announced the code release. As we understand it, the device boots up and Wifi is working, but the core function of things like cellular radios, sensors, and the like aren't yet active. Nor is any soft of graphics acceleration, as you can see from the video.

I'll say this right now -- don't discount this because it looks laggy and, well, sucky. The folks behind the project have had access to the code in beta form for a while, but it tales a lot of time (and the right device) to make something like this happen. When it's ready for public consumption, even at an alpha level, I'm sure the people at WebOS Ports will be there to share and help out. In the meantime, be sure to hit up webOS Nation to keep tabs on how this one plays out.

Source: WebOS Ports; via webOS Nation

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments not leaving mobile after all

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There was some talk that Texas Instruments would be getting out of the mobile game a few days ago, but a TI rep has clarified the company's position just a bit. Mobile is still in the picture, but they're looking to make their products suitable for automotive, industrial, enterprise communication, vision, and robotics fields as well. TI also reported that the first OMAP 5 consumer products should be hitting shelves in early 2013. 

It's good to hear that TI isn't completely abandoning mobile, even if it means they won't be focusing on it in as specifically as before. I've seen some really impressive OMAP tech demos at TI's booth at the last two Mobile World Congress events, and it would be a shame to lose out on that innovation and see it head towards other sectors. On the other hand, with Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, and Nvidia all in the mix, the smartphone and tablet processor market has become quite competitive. 

OMAP 4 is still at the heart of Amazon tablets and a handful of other devices. Any big OMAP fans out there that are looking forward to version 5? Have you developed a preference for any particular type of processor? 

Via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 comes to C Spire Wireless

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C Spire Wireless, the regional carrier that covers the southeast, is finally getting some Samsung Galaxy S3 (see our review) love. More carrier availability means more S3 users, so this is great news for all of you on C Spire.

The S3 comes at a time when C Spire is really pushing their 4G LTE service. It is the second device that can support the higher speeds on the network and they have said they will be aggressively be expanding it this fall.

The S3 can be had in either Marble White or Pebble Blue on the 16GB model. It will cost $199 with a 2-year contract online or at any C Spire retail location.

If you're a C Spire customer, are you picking one up?

Source: C Spire

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Go and U get ICS update, Sola's includes Glove Mode

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A recent Ice Cream Sandwich software update to the Sony Xperia Sola has enabled full use while wearing gloves. The phone's major selling point has always been its Floating Touch sensor, which enables users to interact with the phone without even having to touch the screen. Sony has been touting the gloves-on capability of the Xperia Sola since its announcement back in March, so it's a little confusing why it has taken so long for the feature to go live, but there you have it. Along with the Xperia Sola, Sony has also started rolling out ICS updates for the Xperia Go and Xperia U, which include a few extra features.

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

Glove Mode is activated depending on how you unlock your phone, so there's minimal manual fiddling back and forth (though there's also a manual toggle if you prefer). The only major difference here is that instead of normal Floating Touch, where hovering over the screen would produce a different set of actions, they're treated as regular, honest-to-goodness screen taps. Those taps also provide visual feedback similar to what's currently available in developer options. It would be nice if icons and UI elements were enlarged to reflect fingers fattened by big mitts, but this is a good start. 

As a Canadian that has spent more than enough time fiddling with a phone in sub-zero temperatures, this is a pretty sweet feature and easily a selling point for those of us in colder climes. Be sure to check out the video demo below. Any Xperia Sola owners in the house excited about the update? Any of y'all pick up the Xperia Go or Xperia U that have been itching for an upgrade from Gingerbread?

Source: Sony Developer World

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3 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q review

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It's not every day that a phone makes you want to put on a suit and tie. And pants. That's one of the perks of this job -- we can review any phone, at any time, and any stage of undress we see fit. And same goes for the Sprint Motorola Photon Q, we suppose. It's a mix of features that business types have been clamoring for on sprint for some time now, with features that any aspiring Android nerd demands.

And that's the Photon Q.

We'll save you a little trouble here, if you'd like. What Sprint has in the Photon Q is a 4.3-inch display, a killer 5-row keyboard and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's it's quite the combination, especially for business types. Piqued your interest yet? Let's continue.

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