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3 years ago

Official Nexus 4 wireless charging orb appears at Norwegian retailer, Feb. release slated


With the announcement of any official Nexus accessory comes the certainty of months of speculation as to if, when and where it'll eventually be released. So was the case with the Nexus 4's official Qi-based wireless charging station, first shown on launch day back in November, and increasingly elusive since that time.

Today the official orb-shaped charger has shown up for pre-order on Norwegian retailer Dustin Home, priced at 739 kr (around $114 U.S.) That might sound like a lot of cash for a charging orb, but we suspect that won't be indicative of U.S. pricing when it officially arrives in the States. (It's also worth remembering this price will include Norwegian VAT at 25%.)

Dustin Home has an estimated shipping date of Feb. 12, so you'll be waiting a while if you decide to get your order in early. There are cheaper alternatives available, as the Nexus 4 will work quite happily with any Qi-compatible charging mat. But if you're holding out for something a little more stylish, the mid-February shipping date suggests that wider orb availability may be upon us sooner rather than later.

If you're interested in using wireless charging on your Nexus 4, have you already picked up a mat, or are you holding out for the official charging orb? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Dustin Home; via: Reddit

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3 years ago

LG Mobile France director talks Nexus 4 supplies, Optimus G Euro launch


Nexus 4 production ramping up over the next month; Optimus G to hit Europe in March

There's been a lot of back-and-forth over the past couple of months about exactly what's been behind the delays in getting the Nexus 4 back in stock on the Google Play Store. Before the holidays Google UK's managing director blamed "scarce and erratic" supplies for some of the issues experienced by Play Store customers. But in recent days LG has told the Korean press that they've had no issues with supplies at their end.

Today, an interview with LG Mobile France director Cathy Robin could give us our clearest indication of what's actually going on behind the scenes with supplies of the LG-made Nexus phone. Speaking with French outlet, Robin says "the supply problems are not solely related to LG." Apparently Google presented LG with Play Store sales forecasts based on the performance of previous Nexus phones, but these turned out to be far exceeded by actual demand for the device. Despite these issues, she insists things are going "very well" between LG and Google.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.2 'shortly after launch'


The Xperia Z will be first Sony phone to launch with Jelly Bean when it arrives in late February or early March, but out of the box it'll run Android 4.1 rather than the latest version 4.2. While the 4.2 upgrade isn't a big deal for "skinned" Android handsets, some of us like to be on the latest OS version, and in a recent online Q&A session, Sony fielded a question about future 4.2 upgrades for its new flagship device.

The good news is that a 4.2 update is scheduled for shortly after launch, but unfortunately that's as specific as Sony's being with timeframes at this point --

"Xperia Z launches on JB 4.1, but will receive 4.2 shortly after launch. As always, we’ll share more info on this over the coming weeks on the blog."

Unlike the jump from 4.0 to 4.1, Android 4.2's features are mostly UI-specific changes to stock Android, meaning they'll be less visible on a phone that's running a customized version of the OS. Regardless, Sony's commitment to a quick 4.2 upgrade will come as welcome news to fans of the platform. Here's hoping the company can deliver on its pledge of a speedy update.

Source: Sony; via: Ausdroid

More: Why you shouldn't worry about Android 4.2 updates

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia ZL spotted in red ahead of international release


The Sony Xperia ZL may be coming to market in more than just black and white if these photos of a deep red model are to be believed. We had a look at the black and white versions of the Xperia ZL back at CES in Las Vegas and really enjoyed the quality of the handset, but the red version was nowhere to be found. The photo above is reportedly a prototype model handled at a South East Asia launch event, and word is that we shouldn't expect this for a worldwide launch like the other colors. The design is apparently identical, save for a back plate that's smooth rather than textured.

This is a touch confusing considering the white and black models were shown off so extensively at the major launch event in Las Vegas. Sony may have some final tweaking to do on the red model before it's ready for a consumer release, or it may be holding the third color as a special edition or regional device. Red version aside, we have no firm pricing or release date for the Xperia ZL (or it's brother, the Z) anywhere in the world. If you happen to be holding out for the device to make an appearance in the states, you may want to prepare to have it imported from overseas.

XperiaBlog has a good handful of pictures of the red Xperia ZL, if you're so inclined, at the source link below.

Source: XperiaBlog; Via: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

HTC One SV now available from Cricket for $369 sans contract


Cricket has officially put the HTC One SV (read our review) up for sale on its website, bringing this little red beauty to willing customers for $369 without a contract. This decidedly mid-range priced device with some high-end flare is an interesting prospect for Cricket customers looking to stick with their carrier and have a quality handset. The One SV has a 4.3-inch WVGA display (read how Jerry feels about that,) Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.2GHz, a 5MP camera and that undeniably HTC "One" design wrapped around it. The device is running Android 4.0 and packing Cricket LTE support as well if it's live in your area, with no increase in your monthly bill for the faster data speeds.

If you happen to live in a market that Cricket offers service in, you can get your hands on the device at the source link below. Pricing is set at $369 retail, but online we're seeing $40 in discounts for a final price of $329 -- again without a contract. Cricket's plans are competitive as well, starting at $50 per month with unlimited talk, text and data (1GB of LTE.)  

Oh, and did we mention that our One SV review is up?

Source: Cricket

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3 years ago

4.2 update for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is live on Google's servers, ripe for the picking


The Android 4.2 update (JOP40D) for the Sprint flavored Galaxy Nexus is now live and hosted by Google. We've not yet seen any reports of an OTA, but adventurous types can manually download the update and install it with one of the various methods you'll find in the Galaxy Nexus forums. To get the roughly 100 MB update package, just click this link and save it somewhere on your computer. As mentioned, this package is direct from Google and won't contain any funny business. Then visit the forums if you need help getting it installed.

We have no idea when the OTA will start to roll out, but we've been watching for it for a few days since a leaked version was discovered at SXTP Developers. Since it's there for anyone to grab, we have to think that the OTA is close. If you see it, be sure to holler. 

Your move, Verizon.

Via: XDA-Developers. Thanks, Charlie!

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3 years ago

AT&T's Atrix 4G is prepping for a software update


Motorola and AT&T are looking for a few people to soak test an unknown software update for the Atrix 4G. Here's where everyone get's excited and thinks OMG it has to be Ice Cream Sandwich, and we answer OMG no it doesn't have to be Ice Cream Sandwich. Let's not get our collective hopes up just yet.

We do know that invitations to participate in an early preview of a new software release are going out to folks with an AT&T branded Atrix 4G, who also happen to be in good standing at the Motorola Owners' Forums. In the past, these tests (known as soak tests) have ran the gamut from full-on OS updates to minor bug fixes. All updates need testing, and this is how Motorola does it. 

If you meet the qualifications, and have expressed interest in testing updates, keep an eye on your inbox for the message. We'll know more when the test gets underway, and you guys will be the first ones we tell. The test of the email is after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

HTC 'M7' render leaks out


There’s rightfully some excitement online today about a newly leaked render claiming to show what’s next from HTC -- a high-end Android smartphone known by the codename “M7.” The image comes from UnwiredView via @evleaks, which has a good track record of bringing leaked images like this into public view.

The shot seems to show the front face of a phone with rounded corners, the standard assortment of ports and sensors, and an unusual front-facing speaker setup -- or an even weirder earpiece and microphone arrangement. It looks more than a little odd. Yes, it looks a lot like an iPhone.

But to understand what’s going on with this render, it’s worth underscoring where it actually came from, and looking briefly at the history surrounding these kinds of leaks. Unlike many leaked renders, it wasn’t created to show of the device to the public and press. Consider these sentences from the original post:

"The render is apparently part of a short animation clip instructing new owners on first-time SIM card installation. However, the lack of branding and other details (distinct screen borders, for instance) suggest that this is not the exact design HTC is expected to debut at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.”

As an early leak, this is great stuff. But it's worth remembering that while this render might well come from an early version of the M7 ROM, it's not necessarily a lock for what the phone will look like. And there's precedent for this sort of thing, where early renders end up looking nothing like what's announced.

Let's have a look back.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile now offering the Nexus 7 with SIM through Google Play; Nexus 4 in all retail stores soon


T-Mobile just hit us up with some new info regarding the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Here 'tis:

  • Nexus 4: Availability has been expanded to additional retail stores (so call yours to check), and it will be in all stores 'in the coming weeks." It'll be available again at T-Mobile's website starting Jan. 23.
  • Nexus 7: You can now get a 32GB version with a T-Mobile HSPA+ SIM card starting, well, now. Hardware is the same as the "AT&T version" that popped up yesterday, only this one says "T-Mobile" and doesn't come with a $100 credit on your bill. (We're double checking on any data plan requirements and will update.)

We still have absolutely no idea when you'll be able to buy an unlocked Nexus 4 through Google Play. Hopefully availability at T-Mobile's website next week points to general availability, but at this point who the hell knows ...

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3 years ago

AT&T starting to push Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update OTA


After 6 weeks of availability only through Samsung Kies desktop software, the Jelly Bean update for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S3 is finally available over the air, as noted by the folks in our forums and confirmed to us by AT&T. (Engadget also has received separate confirmation.) Users were pretty confused as to why AT&T chose to only offer the Android 4.1 update via its desktop-based Kies program when it came out at the start of December, but the carrier has finally decided to make an OTA available for users that haven't updated -- and our guess would be a majority of users haven't. The update is still only available for download via a Wifi connection, but this is still a far better way to push out the update than with Kies. We're still scratching our heads wondering what AT&T was thinking the first time around.

Has your phone notified you of the update yet? Head to the forums and join in on the discussions with other users who woke up to a software update notification this morning.

Source: AT&T Galaxy S3 Forums

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3 years ago

Updates start to push for Samsung's Exynos exploit


Sprint Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 getting fixes so far

When word dropped in December about an exploit to the kernel used with some Samsung Exynos chipsets, Sasmung promised an update "as quickly as possible" to plug the hole. Looks like fixes are starting to push out. Here's what we're seeing so far:

Other devices affected include the international Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note and Note 2, certain tablets using Exynos 4, Galaxy Player models, Galaxy Tab 2s and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

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3 years ago

Sony highlights design and connectivity in Xperia Z promo video


Based on our impressions last week, we'd say the Xperia Z is the most promising Sony phone since the original Xperia Arc. It's a 5-inch, 1080p device packing Qualcomm's latest quad-core Snapdragon S4, 4G LTE data and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, contained within a sexy glass chassis. If you missed out on the recent CES unveiling, Sony's published a two-minute promotional video covering the major features of the phone -- from the usual Bravia Engine and HD Reality Display nonsense to more tangible stuff like the design, the 13MP camera and connectivity with other Sony gadgets.

You'll find the video embedded above. When you're done, don't forget to check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia Z from Las Vegas.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend D2 now available on China Mobile


As was revealed at last week's CES unveiling in Las Vegas, the Huawei Ascend D2 is ready to go on sale in China. The China Mobile version of the 5-inch, 1080p-screened smartphone went on sale today for 3,990 yuan ($642) direct from Huawei's outlet, which is giving away a free 5200mAh external battery with each device.

A word of warning to importers, though -- this is the dual-SIM CDMA (yes, CDMA with a SIM) version, so if you want to use it overseas you'll need to hold out for an unlocked GSM version.

The Ascend D2 replaces last year's Ascend D Quad series, and packs a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a new stainless steel-based chassis that Huawei touted at great length at CES. What's more, it's water-resistant too, as Huawei boss Richard Yu demonstrated by pouring a jug of water over the thing at last week's presser. On the software side, you're dealing with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, skinned with Huawei's MIUI-like Emotion UI.

For more on the Ascend D2, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage, and video, from CES 2013.

Source: Vmall; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Rugby Pro Jelly Bean OTA rolling out now


AT&T is pushing out a Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Rugby Pro (remember that one?) that should be hitting devices starting today. Running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, this durable mid-range device usually wouldn't be considered for an update to Jelly Bean, so we're glad that Samsung and AT&T haven't forgotten about it. In addition to the regular host of Jelly Bean improvements -- like Google Now and Project Butter -- there are a couple of specific additions here. The update will bring a new camera UI with live filters and a pause/resume video recording option, a new "blocking mode" that lets you block calls, notifications and LED lights for a certain period of time, and new keyboard options with the inclusion of the Swype keyboard.

The update is rolling out OTA (Over The Air) starting today, but can only be downloaded over Wifi. If you're not near a Wifi connection, you can also sideload the update via Samsung Kies software if you're so inclined.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

HTC One SV now available from EE in the UK


Announced by EE shortly before the holidays, the HTC One SV is now available on the British 4G LTE carrier, with on-contract prices starting at £36 per month. That'll get you unlimited calls and texts, and 500MB of data per month. If you're after a more generous data allowance -- and on LTE, you really should be -- the alternatives include 1GB at £41 per month, 3GB for £46, 5GB for £51 or 8GB for £56.

As the only LTE carrier in the UK, EE's prices are considerably higher than the 3G competition, although the One SV does have the advantage of being free on all the network's price plans, whereas the higher-end One XL demands an up-front fee of between £30 and £150.

We've just reviewed the One SV on Cricket in the U.S., and found it to be an exquisitely-designed little device, albeit one packing mid-range hardware and lacking the latest version of Android. That means you'll have to make do with Ice Cream Sandwich for the foreseeable future if you pick up a One SV.

More info on pricing can be found over at EE's site, linked below. Also be sure to check out our full review for additional details on the phone itself.


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