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3 years ago

ZTE team up with Intel and announce the ZTE Grand X IN

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It only seems five minutes ago we had the ZTE Grand X released and already it is being superseded by another flagship device. The ZTE Grand X IN is powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading which should make the new handset more efficient in the power department whilst still delivering a fast and powerful experience. The majority of the specs look to be on-par with the original Grand X although the camera has had a boost and we now get an 8MP instead of the 5. The shell looks identical and from handling the Grand X I can say it is a pretty solid device for its price point.

Other features include a 4.3 inch TFT 16 million-color display, a 1650 mAh battery and HSPA+ 21Mbps. The device is planned for release in Europe during September and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. There is no word on plans to get Jelly Bean on it so I wouldn't hold your breath for that one however when carriers announce pricing for the ZTE Grand X IN I expect them to be very competitive. The Grand X that launched here in the UK just last month is sitting just short of the £200 mark on pay as you go so fingers crossed the final figure for the IN will be in that ball park.

Catch the press release and full specs below:

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3 years ago

The Desire is back - HTC announces the Desire X

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I wasn't sure we would ever see the Desire brand again from HTC but it is back, this time in the form of the Desire X. Over at IFA in Berlin HTC have announced the new handset which is due for release from September. Specs wise it isn't a match for the HTC One X and I think that the Desire X is more your average consumer handset. That said, it still has a lot going for it. Sporting a 4 inch Super LCD WVGA screen it will be the perfect size for many people. Combined with the familiar Sense UI and Android 4.0 the Desire X should be a crowd pleaser.

Once again HTC have focused on a couple of main features. The 5MP camera hits the spotlight with HTC's ImageChip, a f/2.0, 28mm wide-angle lens, BSI sensor, HDR mode and automatic adjustable flash. Like on the One Series devices, capturing pictures and video can be done simultaneously. Music is the other key feature with the Desire X. Beats Audio is once again on board to ensure crisp, rich music playback. Full press release from HTC is below.

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3 years ago

Three UK to carry newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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One of the biggest announcements of all yesterdays IFA 2012 action -- check out our recap if you missed anything -- was the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The latest iteration of the Note line is sure to be in high demand, and we know there's a lot of folks out there that want to know where and when they can get one. 

During the Unpacked Keynote presentation in Berlin, Samsung announced that the Note 2 will be available in October. But, nothing more precise than that at this time. One of the first carriers to announce they will be carrying the Note 2 in the UK is Three. There are no details from Three on price or when they expect to offer it themselves at this time however. But, considering that Three UK offers some of the best deals on the market with affordable all-you-can-eat data, it may make a compelling companion to the Note 2. 

We're only just getting started at IFA 2012 in Berlin, so stick with AC for all the best as it happens. 

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse to carry Sony Xperia T, expected September

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The Xperia T is the pick of the Sony smartphones announced yesterday at IFA 2012 in Berlin. The 4.6 inch Ice Cream Sandwich device is likely to turn a few heads, and we're starting to get the first information on where and when the Xperia T will be available. 

High Street UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has thrown up a pre-registration page for the Xperia T, announcing their plans to stock Sony's new flagship. While it may launch with Android 4.0.4, Sony has confirmed that an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be made available following the launch of the device. We haven't any detailed timing on that, but it does make the Xperia T even more attractive. 

No pricing information is provided at this time, but Carphone Warehouse expects the Xperia T to be available some time in September. 

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Newly unveiled Sony Xperia J heading to Three UK

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It isn't all that long since the Sony press conference at IFA 2012, but already we're starting to see the first signs of carriers picking up some of the new devices. Three UK has announced their intentions to carry the more budget orientated Xperia J on the network. 

Sadly no pricing or release schedule information is available at this time, only that the Xperia J will be "coming soon." In their own teaser video for the device, Three specifically mentions the 4-inch screen, and that it is the biggest screen available at this price point. Certainly, if it hits the right price point the Xperia J makes a compelling case for a budget buy. 

We've got lots more still to come from IFA 2012, so stay tuned to Android Central for all the best as we get it. 

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia TX hands-on preview

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It's been an epic wait for the Sony Xperia TX, first rumored back in January under the codename "Hayabusa." Today we finally saw Sony's late 2012 flagship in the flesh, and it's brought in a whole heap of welcome changes. First up is ICS out of the box, complete with on-screen buttons to satisfy Android purists. There's also a 13MP BSI rear camera, promising improvements over the 12MP sensor in the Xperia S, and a 4.6-inch 720p HD LCD display, which looks as good as any smartphone screen we've seen. There's a lot to dig into in the latest Sony flagship, and we've kicked things off with a quick hands-on preview video. We'll have more from the TX, and the other new members of the Xperia family, from IFA in Berlin later this week.

More from the day's developments in Germany at our IFA 2012 portal

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on

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We get our first official look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 live at IFA in Berlin!

So, its official. We're live in Berlin at Samsung Unpacked where the next generation Galaxy Note has just been announced. The 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is a definite bump on last years original, and we know there's a lot of you guys out there that have been waiting on this one. We've had a little time to play with the device and see what's what. 

The Note 2 has a 5.5 inch HD SuperAMOLED 16:9 display at 1280x720, a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. Powering the whole show is a pretty sizeable 3100mAh battery, and we also get NFC and Samsung's latest Touchwix Nature UX based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. At only 9.4mm thick and weighing in at 180g the Note 2 doesn't feel as large in the hand as its massive screen would possibly lead you to believe. The overall design of the Note 2 lends very much from the smaller Galaxy S 3, which in turn sets it apart from the 2011 Galaxy Note. 

The Note 2 will be available in a choice of two colors, Marble White and Titanium Grey, and is pegged for a Q4 2012 launch date. There is also support for 4G LTE as well as 3G/HSPA+.

It feels pretty good in the hand, but lets not forget that this is a big phone. A really big phone. As with the original, you aren't likely to be one handing the Note 2 all that often. The key component once again is the inclusion of the S-Pen. For the Note 2, the S-Pen has been redesigned a little. It's now taller and thicker, has a textured button on the side and a rubber tip on the end now which creates a subtly different interaction with the screen from its predecessor.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gallery

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​Here it is everybody, the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Enjoy

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 2!

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We're live at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin, where Samsung has just announced the latest device in its Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 2! The Note 2 is the widely-anticipated successor to last year's original Galaxy Note, and Samsung's improved upon that device with souped-up internals, re-vamped software and a brand new design.

The Galaxy Note 2 sports a 9.4mm thin chassis with a 5.5-inch 16:9 display at 1280x720 resolution. The screen itself is an HD SuperAMOLED panel, similar to what Samsung's included on the Galaxy S3. Visually the Galaxy Note is similar to the Galaxy S 3. The home button, the rear of the phone, the overall shape all strike a resemblance to the smaller sibling. Like its predecessor, the Note 2 sports a Wacom-based pressure-sensitive "S Pen," which has been redesigned. The pen is now taller and thicker, the button on the side now has texture to it, and it has a rubber tip which creates a subtly different action on the screen.  

On the inside, the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad CPU -- the same CPU found inside the S3, only at a higher frequency. That's backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16,32, and 64GB of storage. Samsung will offer the device in both 3G/HSPA and 4G LTE flavors, though for the moment there's no info on which version will be offered in which markets. On the software side, there's Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. And like the original Note, pen-centric apps like S Note have been included to take advantage of the new Note's unique hardware.

Availability has yet to be announced, but we'll update you just as soon as any announcement is made. In the meantime, keep it locked to AC for continuing live coverage of the event, and hands-on reports with more info on the device itself.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs

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Complete specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:​

Looking to get all the latest specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? We've got 'em.

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3 years ago

Live in Berlin: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012

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Join us for live coverage of Samsung's big pre-IFA event

We're live in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung will shortly be holding its second Mobile Unpacked event of the year. If you recall, the first one took us to London, where we first got to see the Galaxy S3. This time around, the company's promised fans a new Galaxy Note smartphone, and so all signs point to a Note successor being unveiled at the pre-IFA event.

The original Note was revealed almost a year ago at Samsung's last Berlin get-together, and after proving a surprise hit around the world, we're about due a follow-up to the big-screen, stylus-toting smartphone. And as we learned last week, we could be in for a few surprises, too.

Here's the best part: You get to be here with us for the entire event!  You'll find all our live coverage after the break, plus keep checking the front page for the major announcements as they land!

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3 years ago

Want Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus?

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I know. It's a silly question to ask. A more appropriate question would be are you willing to jump through the hoops necessary to get it? If so, we have just the guide that will help you get it taken care of. Courtesy of dmmarck in our very own forums, there is now a end-to-end guide to help you along provided you're willing to give it a go. You'll need to take care of some prerequisites but they're not all that hard to follow:

  • Go completely back to stock 4.0.4/IMM76K by using either Wug's Toolkit or my Return to Stock guide.
  • Unlock the device (if you relocked it) and install a custom recovery--either ClockworkMod or TWRP.
  • Flash the IMM76Q package using the custom recovery.
  • Flash the JRO03O update using the custom recovery.

That's the basics, for a more in depth guide with the full details you'll want to click the link below to head on into the Android Central forums. If you have questions or need help, sing out in there and someone will be able to help out for sure!

[OTA] Semi-Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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3 years ago

Live in Berlin: Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference

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Android Central's IFA coverage kicks off with the Sony press conference

Our week of IFA 2012 coverage begins today, as Sony prepares to launch a bunch of new smartphones and tablets at its big press conference. We'll be live from the Messe Berlin exhibition center later today, where we're expecting new devices like the Xperia TX, Xperia T and Xperia Tablet to be publicly unveiled for the first time.

We're in for a whole lot of Sony later today, and you'll get to be here with us for the entire event. -

Check past the break for the live stuff, which kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT -- or right about now!

Remember we'll also be covering Samsung's big Mobile Unpacked event later in the day, where we're expecting to get our first look at the Galaxy Note 2!

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE update brings fixes - and Sense 4.1

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Some good news out of the Sprint EVO 4G LTE camp this morning. An update apparently is rolling out that not only fixes a bit of wonk (that's the technical term, by the way) but also brings the updated Sense 4.1 along for the ride! That should be the same Sense 4.1 se showed you in a little preview on the HTC One X a few weeks ago. The Android version also gets bumped to 4.0.4, but that means it's still Ice Cream Sandwich, and so we'll resume the wait for some Jelly Bean love.

We'll update when we get a more complete changelog. In the meantime, hit the links below to see what everyone else is seeing in the update!

Update: And here's the changelog:

  • Browser no longer randomly closes from bookmarks
  • Bluetooth fix (minor)
  • Latest Version of Google Wallet
  • Latest Version of Visual Voicemail
  • LTE Scanning Improvement

Source: EVO 4G LTE forums 1, 2

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3 years ago

MetroPCS gets the Coolpad Quattro for $149

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MetroPCS this morning announced it's carrying the CoolPad Quattro 4G, a 4-inch Android 2.3 smartphone. The Quattro 4G also sports a 1GHz processor, rear 3.2-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

The phone runs $149, and plans begin at $40 a month. MetroPCS, for a limited time, also is offering a $50 rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones you purchase. (So if you buy two Quattros, the second would cost $99.)

Source: MetroPCS

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