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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hits U.S. Cellular stores October 26

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U.S. Cellular has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be on store shelves starting October 26 (this Friday), and that tomorrow is the last day for preorder. Those that have already been ordered will be shipping tomorrow.  The timing doesn't come as much of a surprise since Sprint's launch is looking similar

You can get a full look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in our review, but here's a quick run-down of the specs. 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

Anyone interested can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from the U.S. Cellular online store here for $299 on a two-year contract. Anyone buying, or is there another carrier that's more viable for you? 

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3 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 to see Jelly Bean from October 25?

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 owners might want to take a look at this one. Android Central Forums member Skunkape60 shared this image with us all a little earlier today that, if genuine, indicates the Android 4.1 update to the Galaxy S3 will start pushing out from October 25. That's tomorrow then. We've got a build number, a reminder to the stores to update their own devices, pretty much everything. 

It also looks like the Sprint update will bring some LTE related improvements too. It does say that it will be rolling out over the course of a few weeks, so be patient. But, from tomorrow, start checking for those updates.

Source: Android Central Forums, More: Hands on with Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3

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3 years ago

Motorola DROID RAZR HD/MAXX HD review

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Newer. Better. Faster. Longer. It's the updated Motorola RAZR line.

When the original RAZR hit the market last summer, followed shortly after by the RAZR MAXX, a lot of people were eagerly awaiting a true flagship line from Motorola. And the devices were met with success, thanks to Verizon’s aggressive marketing and the MAXX's considerable battery advantage.

Shortly after its release, though, the RAZR was outspec'd and overshadowed, relegating it to mid-tier status behind the likes of HTC’s One line and Samsung’s Galaxy S 3. But good things come to those who wait, and fortunately, Motorola seems to have been hard at work over the past few months. Today, the RAZR HD and MAXX HD are equipped to reclaim their spot on Verizon’s top shelf. But do they have the curb appeal to compete with some of the best Android devices ever made? Find out in our full review of the Motorola RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. For another perspective, be sure to check out our earlier review of the Canadian version

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Go arriving in Canada this November

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The mid-range waterproof Sony Xperia Go will be coming to Canada by way of Rogers-owned Fido this November.  Sony also announced that a snazzy exclusive yellow model available if you're picking one up unlocked from Sony stores, while Fido will have black and white versions available.  

The Xperia Go was originally announced running Gingerbread, but an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich was rolled out a few weeks ago. Who knows if it'll be lucky enough to get Jelly Bean, but it seems like the real selling point for the Xperia Go is its ruggedness. We've seen this thing take a fair bit of punishment, and if it can keep the pricetag relatively low, there may be a lot of value there. Unfortunately, Sony stayed mum on how much it would cost either on Fido or unlocked, but the UK launch over the summer should provide a good idea of what to expect. 

Specs and additional details are in the press release below. Any Fido customers considering picking this one up? 

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC DLX to launch as the Droid DNA?

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We're starting to learn a little more about HTC's upcoming 5-inch offering to Verizon. The HTC 6435LVW already has gone through the Global Certification Forum, we brought you the first pictures of it with Verizon branding this week -- and now it apparently has popped up on Verizon's Minimum Advertised Price listing, named the "HTC DROID DNA." (Remember that DLX has been a codename up until now.) Please, smartphone gods, let that be the official name, and not HTC DROID DNA 4G LTE. We beg you.

And that minimum advertised price is set at $199 -- perfectly fine for what should be a pretty high-end set. The start date for the MAP -- Nov. 20 -- also lines up with the Thanksgiving-esque launch window we've been working under. Still, ain't nothing official until it's official, folks.

We've got the full MAP listing after the break. And note the appearance of Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with a MAP price of $299 (unsurprising) and a launch window of any time now, pretty much like all the other carriers.

If you're looking for more on the Windows Phone 8 info on this MAP listing, our cousins at WPCentral have the full breakdown.

More in our Rumored Devices ForumsThanks, anon!

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3 years ago

LG Nexus 4 renders leak [Update: more]

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Update: Added additional image from @evleaks.

Here it is -- the LG Nexus 4. Some official-looking press renders for the much anticipated fourth-gen Nexus phone has emerged via noted Twitter leaker @evleaks. The images confirm what we've already seen from the extensive Belarusian leak of a few weeks ago, while showing us the final rear chassis design. As expected, "with Google" is gone, and in its place is a big old Nexus logo. In addition, LG's "crystal reflection process" back has dots arranged in a speckled pattern, in a possible nod to the original Nexus One live wallpaper.

The second image released by @evleaks sports a different notification dropdown setup to the first, suggesting that the on-screen image in the earlier shot is likely a placeholder. (Note that promotional shots like this are often assembled from scratch by manufacturers in Photoshop, making on-screen images easy to swap out.)

In any case, it seems this is our clearest look at the Nexus 4 yet. Don't forget we'll be live from New York City next Monday, Oct. 29, to bring you full coverage of Google's new Nexus devices and Android announcements!

Check past the break for the original image, and discuss in the Google Nexus 4 forums.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update hits unlocked UK Samsung Galaxy S3

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After it began rolling out on certain British carriers last week, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has this morning started to hit unlocked handsets. Those whose phones are parts of the "BTU" (British unlocked) region can now grab the 284MB update over-the-air or through Kies.

In addition to bumping Samsung's flagship smartphone up to the latest version of Android, this software update also adds a number of new features to TouchWiz. These include "blocking mode" for better control over notifications, alerts and callers, and an optional new "easy mode" for the home screen launcher, which automatically populates it with useful widgets. And, as it's Android 4.1, you get features like the new Google Search app with Google Now, and performance enhancements thanks to Google's "Project Butter."

If you've picked up your update, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on. If you're still waiting, head to Settings > About device > Software update to see if your Jelly Bean upgrade is ready yet.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 now available

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When we last saw the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2, it was a late night at CTIA MobileCON in San Diego, and the release date was "this fall". We've seen plenty of hints and rumors about just when it would pop up, and it looks like that time is now.

It's a beastly device. a 5.5-inch 720p display covers a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, and a pretty darn good 8MP camera. Combined with the S-Pen and Wacom screen digitizer, the Note 2 is what many folks feel will be the ultimate mobile device. Part phone, part tablet, part artist tool, it's a great mix of features and function wrapped up in a sexy package.

Starting today you can get your hands on one here in the U.S. It comes at a cost, of course, and if you're not familiar with T-Mobile's pricing it can be a bit confusing. The Note 2 will cost $369.99 on a two-year contract, or if you prefer, the full retail will be $649.99.

Check out our hands on and review of the International Galaxy Note 2, and head into the forums to talk this one over!

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR M launching in Japan on October 26

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The Motorola RAZR M -- or, the full screen smartphone as it's often referred to -- is to receive a Japanese launch on carrier Softbank. Due to land on October 26, the RAZR M will take advantage of Softbank's 4G LTE services. Additionally, the first 10000 people to purchase the device will receive a Motorola P4000 Universal Portable Power Pack.

Anyone wanting to try one out before purchasing should head to Shibuya 109 special event space in Tokyo, on October 27, 28 and November 3, 4. Or, be sure to check out our full review of the Verizon RAZR M. Full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum ICS update pushing out now

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Yesterday we got official word that Verizon would soon be pushing the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA to the LG Spectrum, and tonight we have confirmation that it's happening now. 

The update process comes in two packages, with a 26MB package to prepare the phone (it's a big jump from Gingerbread to ICS), then a second 390MB OTA complete with ICS and LG's touch from the Optimus UI. When things are done, you're running firmware version VS920ZV7 and Android 4.0.4.

Since it's a big change, Verizon and LG have dropped a few hints in the OS, specifically about the app drawer layout and finding widgets with the new system. Our tipster tells us "The update is pretty nice so far", and he may just start carrying this device again. Those are the kind of update stories we like to hear! Hit the break to see what we're talking about here.

If you haven't been already, start hammering the check for updates item in settings, then hash it all out in the forums!

Thanks, Tim!

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X gets root method for latest update

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The latest OTA update to the HTC One X on AT&T broke root methods that used to work in the past. Not to be outdone by a simple update, members over at XDA Forums already have another root method for the latest 2.20 firmware version. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.

As is the case with these sorts of things, the usual set of disclaimers apply. Use these tools at your own risk, and rooting your device can have some seriously negative consequences if you're not careful. That being said, we know many of you want to still take a look at this and get your devices rooted. Take a look at the source link below!

Source: XDAThanks, Trevor!

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 outed on Best Buy website

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The original LG Spectrum on Verizon wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but was an important mid-range staple nonetheless. Verizon looks to be following it up with a second iteration, as a Best Buy page has just gone live spilling the beans on the device. The Spectrum 2 will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.7-inch 720x1280 display, 8MP/1.3MP cameras, MicroSD card slot and of course LTE.

The Spectrum 2 really looks to be a bit of a mash-up between the original Spectrum and the Optimus G that we've seen as of late, bringing design cues and specs from each. The price listed on Best Buy is at $649 unsubsidized -- which isn't surprising -- but what will really be interesting is how Verizon prices this with a 2-year commitment.

Source: Best BuyThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Pac-Man wokka-wokkas its way onto Nook

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The upcoming Nook HD and Nook HD+ will be home to the classic arcade game Pac-Man thanks to a recent release on the Barnes & Noble app store. Of course, those already with the original Nook or the Nook Color will also be able to get in on the pellet-chomping, ghost-fleeing action. Original, normal, and easy difficulty modes are available, along with three different control schemes, depending on your preferences. 

Hit up the BN website to buy Pac-Man for $2.99, which is a notch cheaper than the version currently available on Google Play. Any Nook owners out there hurting for some retro games? Anyone remember playing the original arcade games?

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3 years ago

Update: Droidax Powerpack for the Galaxy S3 fixes case design flaw

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Here's a quick update on the Droidax Power Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S3 that we reviewed a couple months ago. In our original review, we noted that the case didn't seem to fit properly up top, and so the phone could potentially come loose -- possibly damaging the microUSB plug on the case, or the port on the phone itself. Either way, that was no bueno.

Droidax has sent us a redesigned top half of the case, and the update indeed keeps things a little more snug. The left-hand side of the phone can still pop out ever so slightly, but the right-hand side kept everything as it should be.

And so with that update, we're ready to recommend the Droidax Power Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S3, if you're ready to spring $49 for the combination case/2300 mAh external battery. 

Check out our updated hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out

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Long-suffering Motorola Droid Bionic owners, your Ice Cream Sandwich update has finally arrived. The Bionic, which has languished on Gingerbread since its release last fall, is today being bumped up to Android 4.0.4 via an over-the-air upgrade.

Reports from the Android Central forums indicate that the Bionic ICS update is now being sent out the masses, following a short soak test.

Unfortunately, it looks like the phone isn't on Motorola's Jelly Bean update roadmap, so Bionic owners will be running 4.0.4 for the foreseeable future. Regardless, ICS is a significant step up from Gingerbread, so Bionic owners will want to grab it right away.

If you're still rocking a bionic, hit the comments let us know how you're getting on with today's update.

Source: Android Central forums

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