3 years ago

Fresh rumors on next Samsung Nexus, new HTC Facebook phone offered by Digitimes


Let's offer a little context right off the bat -- Taiwanese tech rumor site Digitimes has an at-best patchy record when it comes to reports on unannounced devices. So naturally we'd recommend taking these latest Samsung and HTC rumors with a hearty pinch of salt.

First off, it's reported that Samsung has once again been chosen by Google to produce its next Nexus handset -- the follow-up to the Galaxy Nexus that's expected to appear in late 2012. ​Digitimes ​says that Samsung's position as the leading Android smartphone manufacturer means Google will continue to co-operate with it on future Nexus phones, leveraging "its ability to control the supply of key components", according to the site's sources. This is the first rumored (and of course entirely unconfirmed) information we've heard regarding the 2012 Nexus, which would be the third Google flagship phone to come out of Samsung. The phone would presumably be the reference device for the next version of Android, said to be codenamed "Jelly Bean."

In other news, ​Digitimes​ also reports that HTC and Facebook are preparing to team up on another Facebook phone, which will come to market "in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest." The two companies co-operated on the HTC ChaCha (Status) and Salsa last year, though neither device was met with much success. The new phone, which is said to be running Android, "will have a platform exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions available on the social networking site", according to the site's sources. That's pretty vague, but based on the direction Facebook's taking its official Android app, we wouldn't be surprised to see Facebook integration baked into the native camera and messaging apps, at the very least.

So there you have it -- two rumors, both completely unconfirmed. We'll have to see how things pan out in the months ahead, but we wouldn't be too shocked if either of these turned out to be legit. We've seen some pretty aggressive expansion out of Facebook recently, and we're sure no-one would be surprised to see yet another Samsung Nexus.

Be sure to give us your take on this latest batch of rumors down in the comments.

Source: Digitimes

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3 years ago

HTC One S available today on T-Mobile


Today's the day, folks! The HTC One S is now available on T-Mobile here in the U.S., making it the first phone from the HTC One line to launch here in the states. (The HTC One X is coming May 6 on AT&T, and the EVO 4G LTE -- essentially Sprint's One X -- is coming eventually, with preorders beginning May 7.)

If you're on the fence, here are the broad strokes: It's ridiculous thin, especially considering that it's a 4.3-inch phone. It's light. It's got a power processor. It's got Sense 4, which we like a lot. And it runs on T-Mobile's 42 Mbps network. Aww, hell, just read our complete T-Mobile HTC One S review. It'll make your day a little brighter.

Buy now: T-Mobile HTC One S
More: HTC One S forums

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse outs 'Samsung Galaxy S3' with tiny teaser pic


Last week we saw the the first retailer listing for the Samsung Galaxy S3 over on Amazon Germany, and today the plot thickens with a new stub appearing on Carphone Warehouse's "coming soon" page. The independent retailer lists the device, currently acknowledged by Samsung as the "next Galaxy", alongside a diminutive preview shot that's so tiny and generic it's impossible to tell whether it's an official render or not. If nothing else, it has its buttons in the right place for a Samsung phone -- you can clearly see a power button on the right and volume rocker on the left.

What's also intriguing is the slow gravitation we're seeing towards the "Galaxy S3" name rather than anything else. Over the past few days we've seen references to that name exactly -- Galaxy S3, not S 3 or S III -- leak out on Amazon, the official "Unpacked" app in the Google Play Store, and now CPW. Despite rumors that Samsung may attempt to ape Apple's naming scheme with a "new Galaxy S", we think the S3 name makes more sense in terms of branding. A "new Galaxy S" is too confusing for consumers upgrading from the S II, considering how schizophrenic Samsung's Galaxy branding already is across its phone and Tab lines. And a "Galaxy S III" with three as roman numerals isn't as instantly recognizable -- your brain takes a few more seconds to process those pesky three lines and differentiate "III" from "II".

Whatever the case, we're still in rumor territory with regards to much of what we "know" about this device. And we're not expecting that to change until the Galaxy S3, or whatever it's called, is unveiled in London on May 3.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Did you set up your Google Drive?


All the rumors and murmuring came to an end today, as Google unleashed Google Drive on the world. Some of the rumors were right, some not, but in the end anytime someone wants to give us more, we'll take it. I hope in the end Google gets things a bit more unified, but that's another story. I'll use it, so I set mine up.

Did you? Let us know in the poll!


Did you set up your Google Drive today?

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3 years ago

Coachella, through the eyes of the Samsung Epic 4G touch


By all accounts folks that went to Coachella had a blast. Music, food, beverages, X, you name it -- it was there. So was AC member ramonm2 and his trusty Epic 4G Touch, and he has an entertaining tale about the funs times, and more importantly, how his Android phone helped him out and held up to a day in the desert. Check it out!

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3 years ago

Another 'Next Galaxy' dummy unit appears, throws Android style guide to the wind


Ladies and gents, I present to you the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Except it ain't. It's another bit of secrecy in the never ending chain of Samsung Galaxy Next S III tales, and this one from the Taiwanese forum mobile01 truly takes the cake. The casing, yellow friction tape and all, is clearly not the finished product and the monstrosity of a navigation bar across the bottom makes me hope the view on the screen is faked as well. Don't get me wrong -- I'm a fan of buttons, including the coveted menu button, but forcing it off to the wrong side as in the above screen is not only against the Android style guidelines, but it's a giant mess for app development waiting to happen. At least HTC's offerings would look right when (if) apps get updated with the ICS UI. But this? There's no rhyme or reason.

I want to see this phone as much as the next guy. I'm excited to see what Samsung counters the HTC One series with, but if this is it I'm going to have to say no thanks Samsung. That's why I'm not buying it.

Source: mobile01 (since pulled); via The Verge

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note shows its gigantic self - with ICS


The rumors and speculation that a T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note is out there lurking around can be confirmed tonight. TmoNews got a set of leaked pictures of the 5.3-inch Note sporting T-Mobile branding, T-Mobile bloatware apps, and -- get this -- Ice Cream Sandwich. Other than the model number of SGH-T879, and the fact that it's running Android 4.0.3, it's still a mystery, and there's no telling which processor is inside or when to expect this one to get official -- if ever at all. As Phil reminds us, the life of a carrier smartphone is full of twists and turns.

We hope this one pans out and this isn't just a one-off or a test unit that never sees the light of day. You can bet everyone has feelers out and if there's more to be known, it will get known. In the meantime, hit the link and check out a slew of pics.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 OTA update pushing out now


If you own a Motorola Droid 4 and haven't already received notice of the OTA update, you will definitely want to check for updates right now! Unfortunately this isn't ICS, but this update does bring a couple of great enhancements along with it, including improved battery life. Beyond just the battery life enhancement they have also done the following

  • Enhanced loud call end and connect tones over Bluetooth
  • Power On function has been fixed
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements made to reduce touch screen lockups, device sluggishness, and blank screen lockups
  • Keypad backlight only launches when needed
  • Successfully receive Visual Voice Mail notifications
  • MotoCast widget can be added to the homescreen and thumbnail view
  • Improved text message delivery when using the Messaging application
  • Improvements to WiFi connectivity
  • Reply With Quote

Pretty good update for you Droid 4 owners, so be sure to check it out, and let us know in the forums how it works out for you!

Discuss more in the forums!

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3 years ago

Ask AC: The T-Mobile HTC One S uses Carrier IQ?


Thermalx, in our T-Mobile HTC One S Q&A, writes,

I thought carriers had about stopped with the whole Carrier IQ thing. But according to this T-Mo doc, the One S has Carrier IQ, any thoughts on that? Personally I'm not swayed much by it as I'll get CM9 as soon as it's available.

Ah ha! A good question, and one I'd meant to cover sooner. As part of our Ultimate Sense 4 Guide, we'd done a separate post on Privacy and the Tell HTC Experience Log. That covers analytics and other data that that Sense itself can collect. But it's not necessarily on your phone, and it's not necessarily the only analytics tool a carrier is using. 

When you first go through setup on the T-Mobile (US) HTC One S, you'll be asked whether you want T-Mobile to be able to collect diagnostics information. The section reads as follows:

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR launches in Costa Rica


Motorola sends word that its current international flagship device, the RAZR, has launched in Costa Rica. As you'll recall from our review of the Verizon version back in November, the RAZR sports a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera in a super-thin 7.1mm chassis. The device launches with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it's due an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the months ahead, and we've already spotted a few leaked builds.

The RAZR is due to go on sale on major Costa Rican carriers from the first week of May. Check past the break for today's full press release from Motorola.

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3 years ago

Panasonic Eluga on sale in the UK, available for £369.99 SIM free


First seen at Mobile World Congress, the Eluga is Panasonic's first real attempt to break into the international Android market. The 4.3-inch, dust resistant, Gingerbread phone has been available in Japan for a few weeks now, but right on cue the predicted April launch for Europe has arrived with news of its availability in the UK. 

Online retailer Expansys are offering the Eluga for £369.99 inc VAT, and are showing as in stock. While it may not be breaking any records, the Eluga is a solid mid-range device with an Ice Cream Sandwich update promised for the Summer. Before handing over any of your cash though, don't forget to check out our hands on from Barcelona

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Nikon releasing wireless DSLR dongle, allowing control of your camera from your Android device


Heading to market in late May, camera manufacturer Nikon are launching a wireless dongle that will enable control of your DSLR from your Android device. Quick wireless transfer of your photos is also on the menu, bringing a whole new world of quick photo sharing with it. Imagine, sharing high res, professionally shot photographs through Instagram, Facebook or Google+ without the pain of transferring between devices. 

The dongle will also open up your Android device as a live display and remote shutter for your camera. This sounds like a pretty useful feature, and seeing a company like Nikon embrace mobile technology is refreshing. Initially the dongle will only be compatible with the Nikon D3200, and will cost $60. 

Source: Nikon; via Droid-Life

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S launches tomorrow - we've got your answers today!


Just a quick reminder, boys and girls, that the T-Mobile HTC One S (you've read our full review, right?) goes on sale tomorrow, April 25. If you're still on the fence, our own Phil Nickinson is hosting a Q&A in the forums right this very second!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile Canada launches signup page for upcoming HTC One S release


The HTC One S is "coming soon" to Virgin Mobile Canada, and in exchange for your email address, the carrier will notify you as soon as the device launches.  In addition to news as it happens, submitting your email address between now and May 17 will earn you a chance to win one of two S smartphones. As per contest rules, the retail value of the prize is set at Cdn $600, a possible hint at what Virgin will be charging.

Officially speaking, the carrier hasn’t gone official with a release date or pricing, though we’ll keep our ears tuned to the great white north for more information. Virgin Mobile’s signup page can be found at the source link.

Source: Virgin Mobile Canada; via mobilesyrup


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3 years ago

Google gets back into the phone sales business, offering Galaxy Nexus for $399


The rumors were true -- Google once again is selling unlocked smartphones on its own, with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus going for $399 in the Google Play Store.

The phone Google's offering is an unlocked pentaband GSM device, same as what many of us had imported previously. The "pentaband" part means that it'll work on AT&T and T-Mobile 3G/4G networks. And because it's unlocked, you can take it out of the country and pop in another carrier's SIM card without needing an unlock code.

Google's tried selling phones before, starting with the original Nexus One in early 2010. That ended poorly, with customer support issues dogging Google, HTC and T-Mobile (which at launch was the only carrier to officially support the N1). Google finally shut down the phone store in May 2010 and said the Nexus One would come to retail stores. That didn't happen. Later, the remaining Nexus One stock was offered as a developer device.

So what happened? Google's Mario Queiroz told us at Google IO in May 2010 that "The web store as a direct distribution model is really a very small part of the overall Android strategy. With the Nexus One we had the objective of bringing to market a very technologically sophisticated phone, which we did, which really set a new bar for quality. And I think you've seen a lot of the phones in the market today, that have come to market in the past few months, have been influencing, in many ways ... by what the Nexus One was able to do."

Sweetening the deal is that Google Wallet -- which for some time has been official only on the Sprint Nexus S, and now on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus -- is preloaded on this GSM device.

For our part, this is the way Google should sell Nexus devices. Unlocked GSM versions, able to work on networks worldwide. And, of course, it's what some are calling the one "true" Nexus because you're able to build for it directly from the Android Open Source Project, with no pesky CDMA licensing restrictions  keeping that from happening. (We don't quite subscribe to that "True Nexus" theory ourselves, though.)

Devices in Google Play right now is open only in the U.S. But Andy Rubin, in a blog post this morning, says it'll be coming to more countries. The obvious follow-up question is this, though: Google won't be stopping at selling phones at Google Play, will it?

Buy now: Galaxy Nexus at Google Play
More: Google Mobile Blog

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