LG and Prada have just unveiled their latest smartphone offering, the Prada Phone by LG 3.0. It's a device that combines high-end smartphone components from LG with a unique Prada-designed chassis and a distinctive, almost-monochrome UI. (Shame the name's so awkward though.)
We got our first look at the phone at today's joint event in London's Mayfair district, so join us after the jump to find out what we thought.
Have an Optimus 3D or LG Thrill 4G (the U.S. version on AT&T)? Here's news you'll love -- Ricardo Cerqueira, an Android hacking mastermind when it comes to high-end LG devices, has released a new version of his "Almost CyanogenMod 7" ROM today. Why the "Almost" tag? Ricardo explains thusly:
This early release is based off the current CyanogenMod code, but unlike CM its components aren't public yet, so you can not build it yourself. Since being able to roll your own is a core feature of CyanogenMod, I prefer to think of this as something close to CM, but not quite CM.
If you're using an LG Thrill 4G, go download it now from the source link. If you're using an Optimus 3D, you'll need to have the Gingerbread baseband installed (unlike the previous version of Almost CM) so you'll need to flash the current stock ROM from the LG Updater tool, then re-root your device. That sounds like a bit of a headache, and it is, but it's well worth it as the new baseband brings along an impressive speed boost from HSPA+ networks.
This should tide us over until CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich gets cranked out for the Cosmopolitan. Go slow, read everything, and be sure to visit the forums if you have any questions.
As if the warm weather, beautiful people, and awesome accents weren't enough for us to be jealous of our friends down under, here's another kick: Australian carrier Telstra is now offering Samsung'sGalaxy Nexus, becoming the latest carrier to scoop Verizon for the device. On the carrier's cheapest $59/month plan, you'll be responsible for a $10/month handset payment; on the carrier's $79, $99, and $129/month plans, the headset payment is included. You can order one at the source link below before December 16 for a guarenteed Christmas delivery, or you can visit Telstra's flagship stores in Sydney and Melbourne to get your hands on Google's still drool-worthy powerhouse.
HTC has released the kernel source and other GPL bits for the Desire S Gingerbread update, and for the various Sensation XL versions across the globe. As usual, average and well-adjusted people have no need for this, but for the true Android Geek and kernel developer, it's time to party. They can use these sources to further customize ROMs and streamline the kernel for better performance, which everyone loves. More importantly, it shows HTC is honoring their commitment and the terms they agreed to when using GPL software, which makes an old *nix nerd warm and fuzzy inside.
If you're in need of these sources, grab them at the link. If you're using a Desire S or Sensation XL, hang tight while the magicians do their magic now that they have the tools.
Yes, folks, the white Motorola Droid RAZR will be available from Verizon on Dec. 15 for $299 on contract. Or, you can get it for $199 if you pony up for a Droid XYBOARD for another several hundred dollars -- and yet another two-year contract.
T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is getting an update today to Android 2.3.5, software version T989VUVKL1. You're getting a trio of "enhancements" (read: bugfixes) with this update, including caller ID, battery and Wifi calling. T-Mobile notes that the update's not mandatory, but we can't think of why you wouldn't want a better phone.
You can get the update over the air, or use the Kies Mini desktop app thingy if you're a glutton for punishment.
Whatdaya get when you slap TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an original Samsung Galaxy S II? Something that looks very much like TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an Original Galaxy S II. The enterprising folks at SamMobile managed to score themslves an early Android 4.0 ICS build for the I-9100 (that's the original international version of the GSII). And just like with thie jump from Froyo to Gingerbread, we're not seeing any huge differences in UI. After all, it's TouchWiz On Top™.
Where you do see a little bit of a dfference is in menus, of course, as well as with features like Face Unlock. Check out the video for the whole thing, and hit the source link if you're up for some experimental flashing.
Feast your eyes on a phone most of us will likely never own -- the LG Prada 3.0 announced late last month. That little slice of sexy is being officially unveiled in London in a few hours (we'll be there, of course), but it's sneaked out of other parts Europe ahead of time. Specs are said to be a 4.3-inch NOVA display at 480x800 resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1 GHz running Android 2.3.7 with a custom UI, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camrea, NFC and a 1540 mAh battery.