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3 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available Nov. 29

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After a month of preorders, Verizon just dropped word that its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 -- differentiated by that not-at-all gaudy Verizon logo on the home button -- will be available online and in stores tomorrow, Nov. 29.  The 5.5-inch oversized phone with its excellent Wacom S Pen will run $299 on contract. But you also get that Verizon-branded home button for free, so it's really a bargain if you stop and think about it. 

The Note 2 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM. It's also got an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP shooter out front, plus all the usual Samsung software bells and whistles. Plus, Verizon has put its logo on the home button. You won't get that anywhere else.

Source: Verizon
Also: The first Galaxy Note 2 accessory you'll want -- a home button sticker

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3 years ago

Motorola Electrify 2 - US Cellular's best budget-friendly holiday pick

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We’re officially in the thick of the holiday season, and carriers are hoping now is the time you’ll sign away your wireless soul for the next two years for the promise of a shiny new device. But before you head to the mall, take a deep breath and weigh your options closely — just because it’s that time of year doesn’t mean you have to do anything rash.

For U.S. Cellular customers, 2012 just may be the best holiday season so far. Over the past year, the carrier has been steadily adding more high-end devices to its portfolio. If you’re ready to sign a two-year contract, you’ve got plenty of solid choices: The Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3, and the new Motorola Electrify M are all good devices with best-in-class specs. But at $300, $100, and $100 respectively, these three heavyweights might be just a bit too rich for your blood, especially if you’ve got to fill more than a couple stockings this year. But fear not, USC has some budget-friendly options, the best of which being the Motorola Electrify 2.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 get its first CM10.1 nightly build

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If you're already got your Nexus 4 (or if you've recently had one ship) and are eagerly awaiting some CyanogenMod 10.1 love with Android 4.2, the first nightly build has been released. As a quick reminder, nightly builds are the bleeding edge, aren't the same as "stable" builds, and likely have a bug or three. But they're damn cool, too. Have at it at the link below.

Download: CM10.1 for mako; source: +CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK offering handset discounts on PAYG plans for the holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, and that means that the deals keep on coming. Over in the U.K., Vodafone is offering some pretty solid discounts on devices to go along with its PAYG (Pay As You Go) plans. It will be offering the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) for just £399, which is £100 off. The Xperia Miro, a mid-ranger, is just £100 instead of £130. You can also save a few on the Desire C if you're looking for a budget option.

There's also a decent assortment of sales on BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets, you know, if that's your kind of thing. Hit up the source link below to see more.

Source: Vodafone

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus (takju) starts to get its Android 4.2.1 update, manual update available now

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With Android 4.2.1 hitting the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, then the Android Open Source Project, and then the Nexus 7, we've kept one eye open for the venerable Galaxy Nexus. This one gets a little trickier because of the various versions out there, but first out of the gate is the "takju" variant, which is what you've got if you purchased from Google Play (or flashed that factory image, anyway).

The update was spotted by dmapr at XDA, and the usual download and flashing methods apply. Download it, reboot into recovery and sideload this sucker, and you've got today's minor update. Huzzah!

All you other Galaxy Nexus owners, hang tight. Especially those of you on Verizon and Sprint. We're sure an update is coming ... eventually.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for Galaxy Nexus takju; via XDA Developers
More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean OTA for Canadian Samsung Galaxy S3's to start arriving Dec. 3

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*Update* Make that December 3rd. See, this is what happens when Google removes December.

If you're the proud owner of a Canadian Samsung Galaxy S3, you're wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will soon be over. Samsung Canada has now taken to Twitter to let it be known that Jelly Bean OTA's for Canadian variations will begin to roll out starting Monday, December 3rd. Sadly, no carriers were noted in the announcement so there is no telling where it will arrive first but at least we know when to start checking for updates. We'll be keeping our eyes on this one and let you all know when we start seeing them arrive. Sidenote: Samsung says they're still waiting to hear about the Galaxy Note and Galaxy SII update.

Source: Samsung Canada

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Axiom hitting U.S. Cellular for free on contract

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We caught a look at leaked press images 2 weeks ago of a device -- the Galaxy Axiom -- that looked to be a rebranded Galaxy S3 Mini destined for U.S. Cellular, and now it looks like the rumors were correct. The device has a 4-inch WVGA (that's 480x800) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera and is running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz. Like a few recent phones from U.S. Cellular, it also has 4G LTE connectivity, which won't do you much good unless you're in a few choice markets where it has been deployed. It's also one of the rare devices to ship with Google Wallet support baked in.

Apparently the price varies by location, but we're seeing it for just $0.01 with a contract, or $399 without. Take a look at the source link below if you're interested in picking one up.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Meizu launches MX2 with quad-core processor and Jelly Bean for $399

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Meizu is a name you probably haven't heard of before if you live outside of China, but they're an up-and-coming OEM that's trying their best to offer some compelling smartphones as of late. This device, the MX2, is a follow-up to their previous flagship model, the MX. The specs get bumped up heartily this time around, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor (a Samsung unit), 2GB of RAM, 4.4-inch 800x1280 (347ppi) display and 8MP BSI camera.

At first glance, the software doesn't look much like any Jelly Bean you've ever seen before, even though this is indeed based on Android 4.1. Meizu makes its own heavy customizations to Android and ships something that's got a lot of unique flare. It will be somewhat familiar to anyone who has used an MIUI custom build on a device, and has offered many features on previous versions of Android that just hadn't existed before on a stock device. If the manufacturer is going to customize Android, they might as well go all the way, and make no apologies about what it is.

The Meizu MX2 is hitting China for $399, $479 and $639 for 16, 32 and 64GB of internal storage starting in December. We don't think this will hit many other markets any time soon, but willing users will surely be able to get their hands on one from importers.

Source: Meizu; Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Dear Google ...

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We would please like to buy a Nexus 4. 

Sincerely, Android Central.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 app controls pool of 'liquid pixels' in promo video

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Samsung has shown a history of creativity in its Galaxy Note marketing -- recall the video of a real live Elephant playing with the original Note that cropped up earlier in the year. The company's latest ad for the Galaxy Note 2 takes is a little different, but no less impressive. Samsung has teamed up with creative consultancy Steak Studio to creative a piece of "interactive water art" based around the 5.5-inch, stylus-toting smartphone.

A specially designed app for the Note 2 wirelessly connects to an electronic assembly under a pool of water, which consists of a grid of 408 connected fish tank pumps. With everything wired up, this brought to life a screen of "liquid pixels," which allowed users to draw patterns, shapes or messages using the Note 2's S Pen and have them appear in the pool.

Samsung says the entire project took 10 days to create from start to finish, using over 3,000 manually-fitted connections.

Check out the video after the break. Samsung recently announced the sale of its five millionth Galaxy Note 2, putting it well on its way toward its sales target of 20 million units.

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3 years ago

HTC One X Jelly Bean update arrives in more countries

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This will be old news for those of you in Asia, but the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the international HTC One X -- that's the one sporting HSPA+ data speeds and a Tegra 3 CPU -- has today begun pushing out to more countries.

According to reports from Twitter, XDA and elsewhere, One X devices with the CID (customer ID) of HTC_044 have started receiving the Jelly Bean update as of this morning. Territories included in this latest wave of updates seem to include South America and Eastern Europe, amongst other locales.

The update also includes the latest version of the manufacturer's UI software, dubbed HTC Sense 4+. A minor update over the previous version 4, Sense 4+ adds in new camera capabilities and re-vamped Gallery and HTC Watch applications.

One X owners will first receive a small over-the-air update to prepare the device for the Jelly Bean update, followed by a larger 365MB OTA that includes the new Jelly Bean ROM.

If you're getting Jelly Bean on your One X for the first time today, let us know how you're getting on (and where you are) down in the comments.

Source: XDA, Twitter; via: HTCSource

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3 years ago

Google: Nexus 4 available for purchase in U.S. at noon PST today

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Google has just sent out e-mails saying the Nexus 4 will resume sales in the U.S. today at noon Pacific time. And, well, that's all there is to it.

The Nexus 4 originally went on sale Nov. 13, but Google's retail side of things didn't fare too well. Some folks got orders in, and we've seen a couple of waves of shipments, mostly recently a day ago. But the phone has remained unavailable for purchase for many days now. Today, that changes. Fingers crossed, folks.

As a reminder, there are two versions of the Nexus 4. Here are directly links to them at Google Play:

Still on the fence about the Nexus 4? Be sure to read our comprehensive Nexus 4 review, and swing by our Nexus 4 forums if you've got more questions.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 back in stock on T-Mobile USA site

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After swiftly selling out on the carrier's website just a few days ago, it seems T-Mobile USA is back with more stock of the desirable LG Nexus 4. As before, the phone is being sold for $199 on a two-year service plan with Tmo.

The LG-made Nexus phone has been quick to sell out via many online retailers, including Google's own Play Devices store. Previously, Google had directed would-be Play Store buyers to T-Mobile, however shortly after that notice went up Tmo's stock was also depleted.

T-Mobile is offering the 16GB version of the Nexus 4, which sold for $350 during the brief time it was available through Google Play.

In more good news for Nexus 4 customers, it seems the Google Play Store is also expecting more stock this week.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Lenovo launching P770 in China with Jelly Bean and massive battery

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Lenovo isn't a name you hear thrown around when talking about smartphones very often. The only product most people in the U.S. have been exposed to is their tablet offering, the Ideatab, and even that's a stretch. One place where the company has managed to amass some mind and market share in mobile is China. Lenovo has just announced its latest offering, seen above, as the P770. The spec highlights are as follows:

  • 3500mAh battery
  • 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) screen
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Given the past experiences Lenovo had trying to break into Western markets, we doubt we'll see anything similar to this hit the states. Its still interesting to see another player throwing its hat in the ring in China, which is a huge developing smartphone market.

Source: Lenovo; Via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Another Nexus 4 batch expected to ship out this week, says Google

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Many of our hearts sank when the e-mails started rolling out indicating that there would be a three-week delay in shipments of some "backordered" Nexus 4 handsets. Now many users are seeing a more encouraging e-mail landing in their inbox, informing them that their devices are expected to ship this week. Credit cards will be charged and tracking numbers sent once the devices finally get out the door. That said, we're still lacking actual dates. But we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This falls right into line with the three-week timeframe we heard before, so let's hope that this batch triggers availability in the Play Store again. Maybe this round we'll see orders stay up for more than 15 minutes. There are lots of eager potential buyers that want to get their hands on a Nexus 4.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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