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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to show at Mobile World Congress in February

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is all of, what, four months old, but we're already starting to laugh our asses off see rumors regarding a possible successor. The Korea Times, citing unnamed "company officials" and "local parts suppliers," says we'll see the Galaxy S4 unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, with it hitting shelves by the end of March

Oh, and they say it'll be slightly bigger (5 inches) and more powerful than the Galaxy S3 (get out) and will have LTE capability (you're kidding us).

Other than a possible screen size and unveiling at MWC, there's not much in the story we wouldn't expect. Faster, better, taking on Apple, blah, blah blah. Been there, done that, will do it again next year.

It's also a little early to start with the Galaxy S4 rumors, and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this turn out to not happen until later in the year. Regardless, we'll be in Barcelona one way or the other.

Source: Korea Times

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3 years ago

LG brings the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East

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LG this morning announced that it's bringing the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia. Here in the States, we know the Optimus True HD LTE as the LG Nitro HD, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, and of course the 4.5-inch IPS HD display at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Source: LG

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE heading to Singapore, packs Jelly Bean out of the box

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Back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we went hands on for the first time with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE. OK, so it's a Galaxy S 3, and it has LTE, nothing too extraordinary. However, what we did find on that demo unit was a fully loaded, fully working build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We'd seen leaked builds -- and gone hands on of course -- but Berlin was the first time we'd seen it out in the wild. 

Now, over in Singapore, Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy S 3 LTE from the end of September. Good news for them, but better news for everyone else is that the LTE S 3 will come out of the box running Jelly Bean. Which, is extra good news for potential buyers of the British LTE version on EE -- which it seems will come in the lovely shade of Titanium Grey -- as it further shores up talk of the device having Jelly Bean at launch in the UK. 

The Singapore S 3 LTE will be the quad-core Exynos based version, complete with 2GB of RAM. This is of course different to the US version which packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 under the hood. 

Oh, and do you have room for some more potential good news? Seems Samsung Singapore also announced the Jelly Bean update for the non-LTE version in October. It isn't surprising though, we know it's pretty much ready for release, we're just waiting on Samsung to flip the switch. 

via CNET Asia (1),(2)

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3 years ago

Samsung would rather you buy a Galaxy S3 than an iPhone 5

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Samsung has proved several times before that it's not afraid of directly attacking bitter rival Apple (and on occasion its fans), so it should come as no surprise to see the company's latest print ad taking aim at the recently-announced iPhone 5. With the tagline "it doesn't take a genius," Samsung pokes fun at Apple's retail stores (ironically, a setup it's trying to imitate itself), before telling us that "the next big thing is already here." Most of the ad space is taken up with a direct -- though highly slanted -- feature and specification run-down from both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.

We'll be the first to admit that the comparison is far from fair, and the iPhone 5 has a lot more going for it than "a totally different plug." Then again, this is an advertisement. Samsung wants you to buy a Galaxy S3, not an iPhone 5, and it's taken a characteristically direct approach to deal with the threat of Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. It's not subtle, and it won't change the minds of die-hard fans, but that's not its purpose. Its purpose is to put the Galaxy S3 on the radar of consumers considering picking up an iPhone 5 on Friday, and that's something we think it'll succeed in doing.

Sure, it's slanted and biased, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, a fair comparison between the two devices wouldn't make for a very good full-page advertisement, would it?

Source: Business Insider

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3 years ago

SIM-free Sony Xperia T reportedly not available until 2013

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Some possible bad news this morning for anyone hoping to pick up Sony's new flagship phone, the Xperia T, on its own without a contract. The phone is expected to become available on-contract through UK mobile networks and independent retailers later this month, but buyers looking to pick up a SIM-free Xperia T may be out of luck. According to TechRadar, UK retailer Expansys isn't expecting to be able to stock the Xperia T on its own until as late as January 2013.

The site reports that "talks with Sony revealed the handset will be only available on contract first, direct from networks and from a couple of high street retailers,” with January 2013 pegged as a likely release date for the SIM-free option. That would mean anyone looking to pick up an Xperia T to use with an existing service plan could be in for a long wait. However, we should remember that this report comes from a retailer, rather than directly from the manufacturer, so it should be taken with a pinch of salt until confirmed.

We've reached out to Sony Mobile for confirmation of the Xperia T's off-contract availability, and we'll keep you updated with any info they provide.

Source: TechRadar

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3 years ago

First TV commercial for LG Optimus G surfaces

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Despite the fact we haven't yet seen or held the LG Optimus G, the roll of promotional material for the device continues. Following teasers, and pieces focusing on the camera technology, we now get to see the first television commerical for the new LG flagship. All 16 seconds of it, and it's in Korean. But, we get another quick glimpse of the phone itself, and it also hints at 4G LTE capabilities too. There's no mention of a release date either, but at the moment that's probably to be expected.

LG is throwing a US event next week, where we're fully expecting to see the Optimus G finally get into our eager hands. Until then all we can do is watch on and wonder. 

Source: LG (YouTube)

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR V review

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The Motorola RAZR V has been available in Canada for a few weeks now on Bell and WIND Mobile. For the most part, it comes off as a pared down version of the American Droid RAZR with the LTE stripped out, which isn't particularly attractive with the RAZR HD LTE coming out on Rogers shortly, but's it's easy to justify anything so long as it has a reasonable pricetag. The Motorola RAZR V sports a familiar form factor and software elements from the original Android-powered RAZR, including the Kevlar backing and Smart Actions.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR M Developer Edition now ready

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The Developer Edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M is now available to order for those looking for an unlocked bootloader. Google and Motorola were rather vocal about their developer support at the launch event last week, and it's great to see them making good on the sentiment so quickly. Motorola already offers bootloader unlocking utilities for a few of their other devices at their landing page here

The civilian-issue Motorola Droid RAZR M hit stores just yesterday. You can check out our in-depth review for the full tour, but here's the short version. 

  • 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED Advanced display
  • Dual-Core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM MicroSD Storage
  • Rear Camera:  8MP; Front Camera: VGA; 1080p HD video recording
  • DLNA, NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.0.4
  • 2000 mAh battery

Developers and tinkerers alike are welcome to buy the developer edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M over here for $549.99. Just remember, there's no warranty on that sucker. Any devs in the house considering grabbing one of these? 

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Google Wallet no longer working on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus users have had a long and shaky history with using Google Wallet on their devices. Now it seems that some entity -- be it Verizon or Google -- may have finally pulled the plug on this one. Users in our forums are reporting that the Google Wallet app is no longer working on their devices and is unable to be updated or installed in the Google Play Store. We're not sure at this point why the app is pulled or whether it will be coming back, but hopefully we'll hear something more definitive soon.

We recommend you go check out the thread in our forums where users are reporting their findings. There's a good chance some ingenious hackers will find a way around this soon enough: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forums: Google wallet problem.

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3 years ago

International Xperia Ion receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Back at IFA in Berlin a couple weeks ago, we got a look at a yet to be released version of Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Xperia Ion. It looks like the official release wasn't far behind that build, as the international version of the Ion has started to receive its update. Only the LT28i models are seeing it at the moment, but hopefully this is a sign of things to come for those of you with the Ion running on AT&T's network here in the states.

Also, if you're one of those Sony types -- or just appreciate hard working designers -- and somehow missed our great piece by Alex with the Sony design team, it's definitely still worth a look.

Source: Xperiablog

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T's visit to the FCC hints at T-Mobile launch

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The Sony Xperia T, which was unveiled at IFA a few weeks ago, may very well be headed to T-Mobile after its FCC filing has revealed support for pentaband HSPA+ networks, but no LTE. Of course, AT&T is still a possibility, but so far we've only seen official announcements across the UK on Vodafone, Three UK, and O2, where we're expecting it to launch soon. As a quick reminder, the Sony Xperia T is shaping up to be a pretty sweet piece of hardware. Here are the specs.

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 13 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 7 hours talk time, 450 hours standby

For a closer look, be sure to check out our hands-on video with the Sony Xperia T, or dive into the user manual released by the FCC

Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Incoming Verizon Galaxy S3 update brings fixes, remote diagnostics

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The Verizon Galaxy S3 is slated to get s software update that will bring bug fixes along with Verizon "remote diagnostics" application that will let the carrier fix your phone from afar should you break something. (Not that any of our readers would ever do that.) No, it's not Jelly Bean, yet. You'll still have to wait a little while for that one, and, no, we don't know how long. (But being that we're talking about Verizon here ...)

Anyhoo. Here's the full changelog for version IMM76D:

  • Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
  • Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam.
  • NFC (TecTile) tagging issue resolved to ensure pre-programmed text messages are accurate
  • “No SIM” pop up issue has been resolved.

No word on when it'll start rolling out, but you can assume it will be "imminent," "soon," or any other nondescript term.

Source: Verizon (pdf); thanks to everyone who sent this in

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE coming to Sprint on Sept. 16

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Although we've seen the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE pop up several times now in training material and various other leaks, Sprint and Samsung have now officially announced the device. Arriving on Sunday, September 16 the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will lighten your bank account by only $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

For that money, you'll be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2 GHz dual-cCore Qualcomm processor, 4-inch touchscreen display as well as a 5MP shooter on the back and a 1.3MP shooter up front. Other features include NFC along with Google Wallet compatibility and the usual TouchWiz components such as All Share and S-Beam. You can jump below for the full press release.

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3 years ago

LG and Qualcomm holding U.S. event on Sept. 19, Optimus G unveiling likely

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After a few weeks of teasing the Optimus G, it seems LG's ready to unleash its latest quad-core monster phone. The company's sending out invites press to "live without boundaries" at a joint Qualcomm-LG event to be held in New York City next Wednesday, Sept. 19. LG and Qualcomm's joint shindig will take place within hours of HTC's big announcement in the same city, where we're expecting new Android and Windows Phone devices (we'll be at that event, too.)

Though a combination of leaks and official teaser videos, we've learned that LG will deliver a phone with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 768x1280 True HD IPS display, a 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- quite a tantalizing device. We'll be live in New York next Wednesday to bring you full coverage of the Optimus G's U.S. debut.

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ shows up at FCC with AT&T LTE

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We had heard rumblings of a new version of the HTC One X last week, and things are a little closer to reality as the FCC has passed certification for what appears to be the One X+. The documents show full support for AT&T's LTE network, so that at least gives us a direction to look in. 

Here are the rumored specs we've heard so far. 

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM: 32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

While the HTC One X+ is shaping up to be a modest update, LTE is always a nice addition. Anyone One X owners considering an upgrade, or is it not worth it just for LTE? Is that fancy NVIDIA chip tempting anybody?

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

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