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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition goes on sale for $600

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So, we've already seen today that Verizon has made available the trio of Droid RAZR devices -- the M, HD and HD MAXX if you're counting -- but let us not forget about that other RAZR device. That's right, alongside the regular RAZR devices going on sale is the Developer Edition. The contract-free, bootloader unlockable developer friendly RAZR HD is also available for purchase. It isn't cheap though, at $599.99 you'll be parting with a fair amount of your cash. 

It's a far cry from the release of the Developer Edition Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon too. The wait for the S3 went on so long that the regular one had been cracked open before it ever had chance to get into peoples hands. That made us sad, but the speediness of the Motorola release makes us happy. If this is the one you've been waiting on, hit the source link below and go get one. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

LG Lucid gets ICS upgrade starting Friday

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The LG Lucid is finally getting upgraded to Android 4.0. Verizon will start pushing the OS upgrade to users in phases, starting tomorrow. If you’re impatient, you can trigger the download from your computer, according to Verizon.

The mid-range device sports a 4-inch screen (just WVGA resolution only, however) and is powered by a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor. Its main plus is being able to support 4G LTE, and in spite of its March 29 release date, has been stuck on Gingerbread till now.

The LG Lucid retails for $449.99 at Verizon, or $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Three UK pushing out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean rollout continues, and this time we bring news of a British update pushing out. UK carrier Three is starting to push out Android 4.1.1 for their Galaxy S3 owners via an OTA update. The bigger story here perhaps is that Jelly Bean is rolling out to a carrier branded device, ahead of the unlocked versions. This pretty much never happens, so kudos to Three for making it happen. 

The update weighs in at a hefty 286MB, so you're going to want to be connected to WiFi before pulling the trigger. If you've yet to see an update notification, now would be the time to head into your settings and start tapping like mad on the "System Updates." Go on, we'll wait while you go check. 

If you've already seen the update drop, be sure to hit up the comments below with your thoughts. 

via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

AT&T LG Optimus G review

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There's no doubt - LG's here. But will the Optimus G be here to stay?

When was the last time you were excited about an LG phone? It has been a while since the handset maker had both buzz and substance on its side; upon entering the Android market, LG lost a bit of its luster, and pitted against such fierce competition like Samsung and Apple, LG began its descent into the brink of obscurity. Enter the Optimus G. With its latest flagship model (and accompanying marketing blitz), LG hopes to regain its fair share of the spotlight, and reestablish itself as a major player in an increasingly crowded market.

Its strategy is simple: stuff a smartphone with the biggest and best specs, pump dollars into its marketing budget, and one-up nearly every other flagship on the market today. But will the strategy pay off, and will the Optimus G catch the eye of AT&T customers? After a week with the phone, I’m ready to make a prediction.

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3 years ago

Hands on and a quick unboxing of the HTC Desire X

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This isn't our first time we have spent with the HTC Desire X, however we do now have in our possession a review unit that HTC kindly sent me today.

Although in comparison to some of the more recent HTC Android devices released the Desire X is pretty low down the line in terms of being near the top of the range - but that is where it is designed to sit. It is a low cost, mid range handset but still packs a pretty mean punch.

Powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM and a 4-inch WVGA SuperLCD display the Desire X will suit many people down to the ground. With the familiar Sense UI present (now version 4.1), customers upgrading from an older HTC device will still find the Desire X familiar yet refreshing. Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich the Desire X may not be as up to date as some 'top of the range' phones but the general public probably won't know the difference and ICS runs smoothly and seamlessly on the handset.

Combined with a 5MP camera and the ability to capture photos while using the video camera, the Desire X will more than likely be one of those devices where a consumer walks into a phone shop and spots it on the shelf and automatically thinks how nice it both looks and feels.

We will of course have a full review of the HTC Desire X coming soon but in the meantime I hope the above video will keep you going if you are looking to purchase the device.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD, and RAZR MAXX HD now available on Verizon

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Motorola's latest batch of devices launched on Verizon today. Starting at the lower end is the Droid RAZR M, with a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display and 2,000 mAh battery for $99.99 on a two-year contract. It's followed up by the Droid RAZR HD, which has a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 screen and a 2,530 mAh battery starting at $199.99. If you want to go really big, there's the Droid RAZR MAXX HD which bumps up the battery to 3,300 mAh and adds another 16 GB of local storage, though it will cost you $299.99 plus the commitment. All of them have a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity.  

If you're thinking of hitting up the Verizon online store and picking up any of these, be sure to check out our Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M reviews first. Any takers, or is the lack of Jelly Bean at launch a deal-breaker? 

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3 years ago

Sony confirms HD voice support on Xperia T

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If you've been using a Sony Xperia T in the couple of weeks since its release, you may have already noticed this. Nevertheless, Sony Mobile has today confirmed on its official product blog that its new high-end phone for Europe, the Xperia T, supports the HD Voice standard for higher-quality voice calls over the mobile network. The feature is fully functional on the Xperia T, but it's not currently mentioned anywhere on the official Sony specification page.

To get the most out of HD Voice, both callers will need HD Voice supported handsets and mobile networks. In the UK, Three and EE (Orange + T-Mobile) currently support the standard. But with all the pieces in place, the difference in call quality can be quite striking, as we've noticed during our time with the Sony Xperia T.

As data use increases, there's a general trend away from traditional voice calls on mobile handsets. But if you still find yourself making lots of calls, it may be a feature worth looking for in your next smartphone.

Source: Sony Mobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 and Ace Duo get Carbon Trust certification

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Samsung has announced that it's boosted its green credentials by obtaining Carbon Trust "PAS 2050" certification for its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Ace Duo smartphones in Europe. PAS 2050 is a standard for measures greenhouse gas emissions of devices throughout their lives.

Samsung had previously gained PAS 2050 certification for its Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note devices. However, the manufacturer notes that the S3's carbon footprint is some 14 percent lower than the S2, owing to fewer raw materials being used in its construction and the inclusion of a more efficient charger, as well as lower emissions during the manufacturing process.

Here's your obligatory "inspired by nature" quote --

“At Samsung, our philosophy is to ‘design for humans’ and be ‘inspired by nature’. So by design our products are not just smart and easy to use, they also strive to achieve the highest environmental standards,” said Bill Skeates, Head of Sustainability, Samsung Electronics Europe. “Yes, our customers want to own a great smartphone, but they also want to be responsible consumers, and the GALAXY SIII helps them to do both. Measuring the carbon footprint helps us to understand the environmental impact of our mobile phones and identify where we can continue to improve.  Samsung aims to calculate the carbon footprint for all of its mobile flagship devices.”

We've seen some smartphones boasting their eco-friendly credentials before -- remember last year's Samsung Replenish, for one. But would a more environmentally friendly smartphone sway your purchasing decision? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

ASUS Padfone 2 heading to the UK in early 2013

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The original Padfone from ASUS didn't really take off as they may have hoped, and in the UK it never received an official release. As such, we might expect the successor, the imaginatively named Padfone 2, to also skip by British shores. Apparently, not so. 

According to the folks at Techradar, an ASUS spokesman confirmed to them that the UK in fact would see an official release of the Padfone 2 early next year. There wasn't a whole lot said besides that, just that we would hopefully be seeing some further details before this year is out. 

On paper, the Padfone 2 is an enticing prospect. A quad-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE support, a HD Super IPS+ display and a 13MP rear camera is enough to open anybody's eyes. We're still not convinced by the whole phone-tablet hybrid though. The price is high -- as you would expect for both a phone and a tablet -- but what we'd really like to see, is just the phone released on its own. Yes, that would contradict the whole Padfone concept, but we can dream. 

And, as an added bonus, if you're intrigued by the Padfone 2, ASUS has posted the entire press conference from Milan, Italy, for you to watch through at your leisure. You'll find it just a few clicks down, after the break. 

Source: Techradar

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3 years ago

Phones 4u selling brown Samsung Galaxy S3 in the UK

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UK phone retailer Phones 4u has started to carry the Samsung Galaxy S3 in amber brown. It will sell the brown version alongside the stock “marble white” and “pebble blue” versions, but the brown is a web-exclusive, it says. Phones 4u’s S3 is the international quad-core Exynos version, with 16Gb of internal memory.

Consumers can get the device for about £49 with a £26-per-month, 2-year contract with Orange. Other options include a 2-year plan with Vodafone for £37 a month, and the device is yours for free.

In the US, Verizon announced black and brown flavors of Samsung’s superphone last week, in the dual-core Snapdragon version that the country's telcos have been carrying.

We’ve known about the various colors for a while now. Samsung announced the brown, “garnet red”, “sapphire black” and “titanium gray” in late August. In some countries, these have gone on to be carrier or retailer exclusives.

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3 years ago

Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD, Atrix HD get root method

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Motorola Droid users rejoice! xda-developers forum user Dan (@djrbliss) has managed to root the Motorola DROID RAZR MAtrix HD, the Photon Q, and the upcoming RAZR HD with an exploit called MotoFail2go. The RAZR i appears to be included, although the developer notes that additional hacking might be needed, involving replacing some of the binaries with x86 versions if your attempts fail.

The entire root process looks like a one-click operation, with the exploit requiring you to press some buttons along the way. You’re going to need a Windows PC for this, the latest Morotola USB drivers along with the Motofail2go_windows.zip exploit.

As always, back up before you proceed.

Source: xda-developers forum

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu available unlocked from Expansys for £349

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The LG Optimus Vu has popped up on Expanys for £349 (approximately $564). This is basically the same version that we reviewed, except it has a Tegra 3 processor rather than the Snapdragon S3.

AT 5-inches, the Vu is a Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 competitor. It also costs much less than the Note 2, which can also be had from Expansys for £529 (approximately $854).  There are reasons for the cheaper price, however. We've mentioned a few aspects of the Vu that we've had issues with, such as the 4:3 aspect ratio, lack of slot for the stylus and lackluster camera performance.

Nevertheless, if you've been waiting for an opportunity to purchase an unlocked LG Optimus Vu, Expansys can help you out.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Samsung reminds us the U.S. Galaxy S3 will get Jelly Bean, can't say when, though

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New TouchWiz features confirmed for U.S. Galaxy S3 update

If you were after a vague, unspecified timeframe for your Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update, look no further than today's announcement from Samsung, which indicates that the update will be rolling out to U.S. S3 models "in the coming months." In a press release today, the manufacturer reveals that the eagerly-anticipated update will land at some point in the future between "the coming weeks" and "the coming years." In any case, at least it's on still its way to the U.S. (The update is, of course, rolling out right now in Europe.)

Also revealed is a list of new TouchWiz features in the U.S. S3 Jelly Bean update. We've already covered many of these on the international Galaxy S3 models, but these include new Android 4.1 features like Google Now and "Project Butter," in addition to new TouchWiz additions like blocking mode for added notification and contact control, resizeable Pop-up Play windows and an optional "easy mode" for the launcher. New AllShare functionality will be added too, including wireless mirroring through the AllShare Cast Wireless Hub, and one-touch NFC pairing on supported Bluetooth devices.

We've got the full breakdown of new TouchWiz features after the break.

More: Hands-on with new TouchWiz features in Jelly Bean Galaxy S3 update

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T coming to Canada in November

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Sony has confirmed that Bell, Rogers, Mobilicity, and Videotron will all have the Sony Xperia T on sale in Canada come November.  We've begun putting the international version of the Xperia T through the paces, if you're interested in a closer look, but here's the short version. 

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for razor sharp clarity
  • 13 MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second
  • Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
  • PlayStation™ Certified
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Battery: 1850mAh (embedded) - 7 hours talk time, 450 hours standby

The Xperia T will be hitting Canada with all of the usual James Bond branding to coincide with the upcoming Skyfall movie. There's no mention of pricing just yet, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. And hey, good on Mobilicity for getting such a swanky phone. I wonder if TELUS is going to get it? They aren't mentioned by name in the press release, but that doesn't necessarily rule them out. Canadians, are any of you interested in the Xperia T?

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3 years ago

HTC J Butterfly video round-up

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Japanese carrier AU is set to launch what's arguably the highest-spec'd Android handset we've seen to date, the HTC J Butterfly. With 4G LTE support, a beastly quad-core Snapdragon CPU and a whopping 5-inch 1080p SuperLCD3 (yes, three) display, there's little more you could want from a smartphone. (Well, OK, maybe a bigger battery.)

It's unlikely we'll see this exact handset outside of Japan -- although a Verizon version has long been rumored for release later in the year. Nevertheless, hands-on videos are starting to crop up around the web of the original Japanese version, and so we've collected some of the best for your perusal. Check 'em out after the break.

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