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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich arrives on the Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G

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Hot on the heels of this morning's Sprint HTC EVO 3D Ice Cream Sandwich update, it looks like the Android 4.0 update is also rolling out for the EVO Design 4G. Promised around the same time by the carrier a couple of weeks back, the EVO Design update consists of the same cocktail of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6, and the OTA package weighs in at just over 256MB. The update's arrival follows the launch of ICS for the international EVO 3D and HTC Raider, earlier this month.

So you've got a slightly polished up version of HTC's custom UI, in addition to standard Ice Cream Sandwich features we've become familiar with over the past eight months --

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Sprint EVO Design 4G owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether their update to ICS is ready. If you're rocking an EVO Design, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with ICS.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Rogers rolling out update for the HTC One X, corrects WiFi issues

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Although there has been a few updates to the international and AT&T versions of the HTC One X, Rogers in Canada has been taking their time pushing things out but finally, a new update has arrived. Showing as version 1.94.631.3 and coming in at 67MB this update according to Rogers will fix some WiFi connectivity issues as well address Media Link improvements. If you've got a Rogers One X, you can hit that software update button and grab the download.

Source: RogersBuzz

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3 years ago

Verizon aims the Pantech Marauder at first-time smartphone buyers

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Verizon this morning announced the Pantech Marauder, a 4G LTE Android smartphone aimed at first-time buyers. It'll launch Aug. 2 for $49 after a $50 rebate.

Specs aren't going to knock anyone out of the water -- it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera. But the Marauder has a trick up its sleeve -- it's a dual-more device. There's Standard Mode, which provides "a general smartphone setting" and the traditional Android experience. Or if that's a bit  much for you, there's Starter Mode, which features a dialer on the home screen.

We've got another pic and the full details on the release after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D finally getting its Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Top o' the morning, folks! It looks like the Sprint HTC EVO 3D has begun getting its update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That's according RockLight from ye olde Android Central forums, and other folks are seeing updates as well. We're not quite being inundated with reports of updates yet, so this could just be the initial trickle, or perhaps folks are just sleeping in, or gave up and went the custom ROM route already. Looks like folks are waking up and seeing this one across the board. The timing's right, as Sprint had said to expect it by early August.

As a reminder, here's what's new:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

So, be on the lookout for a 300-megabyte or so update, and try not to let your HTC Rezound-toting friends see you gloat too much.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, RockLight!

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3 years ago

ZTE teams up with Professor Green for Facebook video contest

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As part of its continuing promotional deal with British rapper Professor Green, Chinese phone-maker ZTE is launching a new Facebook video contest, where fans have the chance to win £1000 in cash and a new ZTE Grand X handset. The winner will also get a two-day "filming experience" with the good Professor, and close pal and cameraman Rufus Exton.

Fans are challenged with producing a 20-second ad for the Grand X, incorporating a Professor Green track, the phone itself, and its slogan -- "a world of entertainment in your hands." ZTE is partnering with online creative collaboration Talenthouse for the competition, which it recommends to "film-makers, video editors, motion graphic designers and anyone keen to break into TV/ film production."

The deadline for entries is Monday, Sep. 3. Winners and runners-up are due to be announced just over three weeks later on Sep. 25. There's more info in ZTE's presser after the break. Also check out our hands-on preview with the ZTE Grand X from the launch event earlier this month.

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3 years ago

Sony still 'actively investigating' Jelly Bean for all devices

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​Info suggesting no 2011 Xperias would get Jelly Bean was given "in error."

In a statement on its official product blog, Sony has reassured Xperia smartphone owners that it's still in the process of investigating which of its devices will receive updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The statement follows earlier reports, originating from one the company's own Facebook pages that 2011 Xperia handsets like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Mini Pro would not be getting updated.

The manufacturer said --

"During a Q&A session last week on our Sony Mobile GB Facebook page, a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.

"We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned."

So that's that. For what it's worth, only one Android manufacturer, HTC, has so far made a public statement on which of its phones will be getting Android 4.1. So Xperia owners will have to wait it out while the company works out its Jelly Bean plans. In any case, with so many 2012 Xperias still on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, we think the company's immediate priority will be getting those devices onto ICS.

Source: Sony Xperia Product Blog

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3 years ago

Galaxy S Duos is an entry-level dual-SIM phone wrapped in an S3-like chassis

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Popular in developing countries, dual-SIM phones allow users to use multiple pre-paid networks on a single handsets, which can be useful where coverage on each individual network can be spotty or unreliable. Over the past six months, Samsung has released a few of these handsets in Indian and other countries, notably the Galaxy Ace Duos and Galaxy Y Duos. Now it's bringing a brand new design and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the table in its latest dual-SIM phone, the Galaxy S Duos.

Specification lists and official renders for the Galaxy S Duos have emerged from a variety of sources around the web, showing a Galaxy S3-like exterior with ICS and the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX. On the inside, things are a little less mind-blowing, with a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 5MP rear camera. Nevertheless, it's sufficient for basic smartphone tasks, and that's what you'd expect form such a device. The big deal here is the premium design and the inclusion of ICS, a rarity in this kind of handset.

Details of pricing and availability have yet to emerge, but we'll keep you posted with any further info, but bear in mind any release outside of India and Central Asia is fairly unlikely.

Source: mobilephone.co.in; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia GX/SX Japan launch dates confirmed as international 'Hayabusa' leaks once again

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After a short delay, carrier NTT Docomo has cofirmed that Sony's new handsets for the Japanese market, the Xperia SX and GX, are due to launch next week. The 4.6-inch Xperia GX, the new Sony flagship, will arrive on Docomo next Thursday, Aug. 9, while its 3.7-inch sibling the Xperia SX is due a day later, on Aug. 10. Pre-orders for both phones will begin later this week -- Aug. 2 for the GX and Aug. 3 for the SX.

Meanwhile, the international version of the Xperia GX, known only by its codename and product number, LT29i "Hayabusa," has leaked out once again in a series of unauthorized shots. We've seen so much of this phone pre-release, and there's really nothing of note to say about this latest set of pics, besides pointing out the obvious design cues it shares with last year's Xperia Arc -- right down to its button placement, in fact. The photos, which first appeared on ePrice, also show the Hayabusa's 4.6-inch 720p "Reality" display comparing favorably against the HTC EVO 4G LTE's SuperLCD2 panel.

Elsewhere, a selection of sample shots from the Hayabusa's 13MP rear shooter have also emerged on Taiwanese site ​ePrice. ​The images demonstrate marked improvements in image clarity, and show significantly less noise than the 12MP sensor found in the Xperia S. We're fully expecting the LT29i Hayabusa to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin in late August.

Source: NTT Docomo, XperiaBlog, ePrice

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3 years ago

ZTE Flash for Sprint leaked with 4.5-inch screen and LTE

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Hot on the heels of the recently released Grand X, it looks like ZTE is pairing up with Sprint to launch a new LTE handset, the Flash. As far as specs, it seems to tick all the boxes: a 4.5" 720x1280 display, dual-core 1.5 Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 12.6MP camera. There are just a couple shortcomings at first glance though, mainly the rather small 8GB of storage and 1780 mAh battery, which don't compare favorably to recent top tier handsets like the Evo 4G LTE and Galaxy SIII.

We'll only know for sure when Sprint drops the official release date and pricing on this one. It could be a real contender, and more high-end device competition can only be a good thing.

Source: Talk Android

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3 years ago

Hey Samsung, where the hell is that Verizon Galaxy S 3 developer phone?

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With the Galaxy S 3, Samsung has built a phone that everyone and their brother seems to want. It's big, it's beautiful, it's fast, and it's hacker-friendly everywhere except Verizon Wireless. We all remember the outrage when it was discovered that the bootloader on the Verizon model was protected, and Samsung was quick to tell us they would be releasing a "developer" edition with an unlocked bootloader "soon". That's more sets of quote marks than I care to see or use when talking about unfettered hardware. 

A couple weeks back the dev model showed up on Samsung's website with the same "coming soon" tag (look, more of those pesky quote marks), but since then nobody has said a word. This is pretty important to hardcore Android fans, so I would hope it's equally important to someone at Samsung HQ. For us, Android on our phones is like Linux on our desktop -- something we can tweak to our liking and break any old way we want to break it. That's probably why Verizon wanted a locked model (make no mistake, I'm sure Verizon was behind it) to begin with. 

That plan has pretty much backfired, as even with the locked and encrypted bootloader folks have managed to hack the living crap out of the Verizon Galaxy S 3. You can't defeat a determined Android nerd, let alone hundreds of them. But that doesn't matter. We want freedom to tinker as promised. We never forget a promise. Let's hope Samsung hasn't forgotten either. 

Of course, it's possible that Big Red has changed their mind about allowing a wild and free Galaxy S 3 all over their LTE network. We're poking around to see if that's the case. But it's more likely that the "coming soon" tag has a different meaning to the folks in suits than it does to the rest of us. Samsung, don't wait to do the right thing until it's so late nobody cares about it any longer. As mentioned, we never forget. We want to love you. We want to praise the way you remember the development community that you used to love back. Don't forget us.

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3 years ago

Casio G’zOne Commando getting a software update

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The Casio G’zOne Commando hasn't been forgotten by Verizon, and should be seeing a software update shortly to address some bugs and patch up a bit on the security side. There's no mention of a version update, so we're pretty sure it will still be on Gingerbread, but bug fixes and the like are always welcome. The change log reads as such --

  • Speakerphone successfully turns off after a Push to Talk call is completed.
  • Improved device stability decreases power cycles during a Push to Talk call.
  • Mobile IM application has been removed from the device.
  • Desk Cradle application has been updated with the latest bug fixes.
  • Android partner security bulletin has been applied to the device. 

The new security patch is a great thing, and the removal of the Mobile IM app probably is, too. When nobody uses your "value-added" apps, it's time to strip them out. No word on when to expect this one, but if you're rocking the Mil-Spec G’zOne ( I love typing that name) be on the lookout. Hey Verizon -- Rezound next, please?

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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3 years ago

Samsung India starts offering the 32GB Galaxy S3

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We know how much you kids crave storage, and so for prospective Galaxy S3 buyers in India we bring good news. Until now, only the 16GB variant of the latest Samsung flagship have been available in the country. But, Samsung India is changing all that with the release of the 32GB version.

In stock now over on Samsung India's website, the 32GB Galaxy S3 is available in both the Metallic Blue and Ceramic White colors. Pricing is set at Rs.41500 (£476/$747) which is on the hefty side, but then we are talking a premium device and more available storage, and isn't a massive amount more than the 16GB S3.

Source: Samsung India via Sammyhub

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 'retires' the Sidekick, don't confuse it with a discontinuation though

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For years, T-Mobile had great success with the Sidekick line of devices. That is before the smartphone market really blew up. Their most recent effort with the line can't be called a success, despite the fact they teamed up with Samsung to create the Android 2.2 powered Sidekick 4G with all sorts of (at the time) updated customizations.

Perhaps that's the reason T-Mobile is sending the brand into retirement as confirmed to Phonescoop. Yep, it'll be a while before we see another Sidekick branded device come onto the market. However; T-Mobile was quick to point out they're not discontinuing the line. Instead, just giving it a little rest and relaxation. Go on; pretend to be surprised in the comments.

Source: Phonescoop

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note review

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The timing for the Samsung Galaxy Note on T-Mobile may seem a little odd, but that doesn't necessarily detract from the oversized Android smartphone.

Reviewing a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note for the third time is a difficult task. All the good points have been pointed out, and the not-so-good points have been argued to death, and no matter what you think, you know something bigger, stronger, and faster is coming shortly. OK, maybe not bigger in this case, but the fact remains that no matter what we think of it, the next new shiny is right around the corner. Welcome to the world of Android, and an AC editor's nightmare.

The Galaxy Note is a little easier though. It's simply not the average Android smartphone. The size (what a big, gorgeous display), seems to polarize users, with some thinking it's ridiculous, and others ready to throw money until one is in their hands. This not only gives bloggers something to talk about, but a unique experience that's refreshing to review -- even almost a year after it was first introduced. 

What do I, an admitted fan of smaller phones, think of the T-Mobile Galaxy Note? Read on.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note price and availability: $249 on Aug. 8

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Yeah, we know that T-Mobile's take on the Samsung Galaxy Note is already officially official, but now its really super-duper official, and we've got all the gritty details. The magenta network is launching the Note on Aug. 8 for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate (c'mon, stop it with those) and an industry-standard two-year contract. If you elect to go with one of T-Mobile's Value Plans, it'll cost you $199.99 up-front, and $20 installments thereafter until the handset is paid off.

As far as specs, it's pretty much the same Note we've seen before, with a gigantic 5.3-inch 800x1280 screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and the addition of a 42mbps HSPA+ radio for T-Mobile's "4G" network.

Interested in knowing every bit of information possible about the Note? Of course you are. Be sure to read our full review, and check the official press release after the break.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom

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