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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Axiom hitting U.S. Cellular for free on contract

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We caught a look at leaked press images 2 weeks ago of a device -- the Galaxy Axiom -- that looked to be a rebranded Galaxy S3 Mini destined for U.S. Cellular, and now it looks like the rumors were correct. The device has a 4-inch WVGA (that's 480x800) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera and is running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz. Like a few recent phones from U.S. Cellular, it also has 4G LTE connectivity, which won't do you much good unless you're in a few choice markets where it has been deployed. It's also one of the rare devices to ship with Google Wallet support baked in.

Apparently the price varies by location, but we're seeing it for just $0.01 with a contract, or $399 without. Take a look at the source link below if you're interested in picking one up.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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4 years ago

Meizu launches MX2 with quad-core processor and Jelly Bean for $399

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Meizu is a name you probably haven't heard of before if you live outside of China, but they're an up-and-coming OEM that's trying their best to offer some compelling smartphones as of late. This device, the MX2, is a follow-up to their previous flagship model, the MX. The specs get bumped up heartily this time around, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor (a Samsung unit), 2GB of RAM, 4.4-inch 800x1280 (347ppi) display and 8MP BSI camera.

At first glance, the software doesn't look much like any Jelly Bean you've ever seen before, even though this is indeed based on Android 4.1. Meizu makes its own heavy customizations to Android and ships something that's got a lot of unique flare. It will be somewhat familiar to anyone who has used an MIUI custom build on a device, and has offered many features on previous versions of Android that just hadn't existed before on a stock device. If the manufacturer is going to customize Android, they might as well go all the way, and make no apologies about what it is.

The Meizu MX2 is hitting China for $399, $479 and $639 for 16, 32 and 64GB of internal storage starting in December. We don't think this will hit many other markets any time soon, but willing users will surely be able to get their hands on one from importers.

Source: Meizu; Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Dear Google ...

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We would please like to buy a Nexus 4. 

Sincerely, Android Central.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 app controls pool of 'liquid pixels' in promo video

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Samsung has shown a history of creativity in its Galaxy Note marketing -- recall the video of a real live Elephant playing with the original Note that cropped up earlier in the year. The company's latest ad for the Galaxy Note 2 takes is a little different, but no less impressive. Samsung has teamed up with creative consultancy Steak Studio to creative a piece of "interactive water art" based around the 5.5-inch, stylus-toting smartphone.

A specially designed app for the Note 2 wirelessly connects to an electronic assembly under a pool of water, which consists of a grid of 408 connected fish tank pumps. With everything wired up, this brought to life a screen of "liquid pixels," which allowed users to draw patterns, shapes or messages using the Note 2's S Pen and have them appear in the pool.

Samsung says the entire project took 10 days to create from start to finish, using over 3,000 manually-fitted connections.

Check out the video after the break. Samsung recently announced the sale of its five millionth Galaxy Note 2, putting it well on its way toward its sales target of 20 million units.

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4 years ago

HTC One X Jelly Bean update arrives in more countries

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This will be old news for those of you in Asia, but the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the international HTC One X -- that's the one sporting HSPA+ data speeds and a Tegra 3 CPU -- has today begun pushing out to more countries.

According to reports from Twitter, XDA and elsewhere, One X devices with the CID (customer ID) of HTC_044 have started receiving the Jelly Bean update as of this morning. Territories included in this latest wave of updates seem to include South America and Eastern Europe, amongst other locales.

The update also includes the latest version of the manufacturer's UI software, dubbed HTC Sense 4+. A minor update over the previous version 4, Sense 4+ adds in new camera capabilities and re-vamped Gallery and HTC Watch applications.

One X owners will first receive a small over-the-air update to prepare the device for the Jelly Bean update, followed by a larger 365MB OTA that includes the new Jelly Bean ROM.

If you're getting Jelly Bean on your One X for the first time today, let us know how you're getting on (and where you are) down in the comments.

Source: XDA, Twitter; via: HTCSource

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4 years ago

Google: Nexus 4 available for purchase in U.S. at noon PST today

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Google has just sent out e-mails saying the Nexus 4 will resume sales in the U.S. today at noon Pacific time. And, well, that's all there is to it.

The Nexus 4 originally went on sale Nov. 13, but Google's retail side of things didn't fare too well. Some folks got orders in, and we've seen a couple of waves of shipments, mostly recently a day ago. But the phone has remained unavailable for purchase for many days now. Today, that changes. Fingers crossed, folks.

As a reminder, there are two versions of the Nexus 4. Here are directly links to them at Google Play:

Still on the fence about the Nexus 4? Be sure to read our comprehensive Nexus 4 review, and swing by our Nexus 4 forums if you've got more questions.

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 back in stock on T-Mobile USA site

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After swiftly selling out on the carrier's website just a few days ago, it seems T-Mobile USA is back with more stock of the desirable LG Nexus 4. As before, the phone is being sold for $199 on a two-year service plan with Tmo.

The LG-made Nexus phone has been quick to sell out via many online retailers, including Google's own Play Devices store. Previously, Google had directed would-be Play Store buyers to T-Mobile, however shortly after that notice went up Tmo's stock was also depleted.

T-Mobile is offering the 16GB version of the Nexus 4, which sold for $350 during the brief time it was available through Google Play.

In more good news for Nexus 4 customers, it seems the Google Play Store is also expecting more stock this week.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Lenovo launching P770 in China with Jelly Bean and massive battery

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Lenovo isn't a name you hear thrown around when talking about smartphones very often. The only product most people in the U.S. have been exposed to is their tablet offering, the Ideatab, and even that's a stretch. One place where the company has managed to amass some mind and market share in mobile is China. Lenovo has just announced its latest offering, seen above, as the P770. The spec highlights are as follows:

  • 3500mAh battery
  • 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) screen
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Given the past experiences Lenovo had trying to break into Western markets, we doubt we'll see anything similar to this hit the states. Its still interesting to see another player throwing its hat in the ring in China, which is a huge developing smartphone market.

Source: Lenovo; Via: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Another Nexus 4 batch expected to ship out this week, says Google

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Many of our hearts sank when the e-mails started rolling out indicating that there would be a three-week delay in shipments of some "backordered" Nexus 4 handsets. Now many users are seeing a more encouraging e-mail landing in their inbox, informing them that their devices are expected to ship this week. Credit cards will be charged and tracking numbers sent once the devices finally get out the door. That said, we're still lacking actual dates. But we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This falls right into line with the three-week timeframe we heard before, so let's hope that this batch triggers availability in the Play Store again. Maybe this round we'll see orders stay up for more than 15 minutes. There are lots of eager potential buyers that want to get their hands on a Nexus 4.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

LG 'Optimus G2' rumored for May launch with 1080p screen

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LG's Optimus G isn't even available in some countries yet, but already it seems a successor could be in the works. Reports from Korea's MK Business News suggests that the "Optimus G2" (said to be a provisional name) could be scheduled for launch as early as next May. Key upgrades are said to include a a 5-inch, 1080p display, up from the 4.7-inch 1280x768 panel in the original, and a 2GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU. LG will reportedly pit the G2 against the successor to Samsung's Galaxy S3.

But here's the kicker -- the article also claims the "Optimus G2" will come with Android "Key Lime Pie" on-board. KLP is the widely-expected codename for the next major iteration of Android, presumably either version 4.3 or 5.0. We'd be very (very) surprised to see a fresh version of Android so quickly after 4.2, especially considering the short interval between the two flavors of Jelly Bean.

Nevertheless, as a Nexus partner, LG would have privileged access to code ahead of time, which might help it get devices running newer versions of Android to market more rapidly than other OEMs. Stranger things have happened, but we're still inclined to take this part of the story with a large pinch of salt.

The 5-inch screen size and 1080p resolution look set to become the new standard for high-end phones in 2013. HTC has already launched the Droid DNA on Verizon in the states, while Sony's next high-end device, "Yuga," is rumored to sport a similar display. Likewise, Samsung is rumored to be hard at work on a 4.99-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED panel for use in future phones.

Whatever form it takes, the Optimus G's successor will find itself among plenty of competition.

Source: MK; via: TechCrunch

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4 years ago

Samsung shows off device stress testing in promo video

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Its no secret that Samsung likes to use shiny, extremely flexible plastic materials for its devices. It can unfortunately lead to a device that feels somewhat "cheap" in the hand, but the tradeoff is some serious longevity when it comes to surviving every-day use. Some of us don't treat our phones very gently, and a device's ability to make it through a few bumps without breaking can be a feature for many.

Samsung has just released a video showing off various methods they use to stress test their devices, including mashing on a Galaxy Note 2 home button over 200,000 times, putting a device under simulated rain and even simulating sitting on devices repeatedly. Yes. It's a butt. Get over it. The video is narrated in Korean, but you'll enjoy the visuals nonetheless. You can skip along to about the 0:50 mark to get to where the good parts start. Take a gander after the break.

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

Galaxy S Relay 4G receiving small update via Kies

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The Galaxy S Relay 4G from T-Mobile has only been available for a couple of months now, but it is already receiving a maintenance update. The update will bring the device up to firmware version T699UVALJ1 and is listed to fix two issues on the device. The first is fixing an issue with Media Hub playback, and the second is backend improvements to pinch-and-zoom throughout the software.

The update is unfortunately only available via Samsung Kies desktop software, and not OTA (Over The Air). For such a small update, we really wish they would just push it out without users having to go through the desktop process.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

White Sony Xperia T available SIM-free next week

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The Sony Xperia T (or the Bond phone, as it's sometimes known) has been with us for a short while now, but in order to get the white version in the UK, you'd have to go through O2.

If you've been waiting to get the white variant SIM free, then your wait is over, as Clove Technology will have this new silky white version in stock next week. The device will set you back £378 including VAT, which for what you're getting is pretty good value in our opinion.

Clove is taking pre-orders right now, and if you missed our full review of Sony's new flagship Android device you can catch that here.

You can also catch a quick reminder of the Xperia T specs below.

Source: Clove Technology

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4 years ago

Facebook statement casts doubt on European HTC 'Deluxe' launch

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With recent rumors and leaks surrounding a possible global version of the Droid DNA (aka HTC J Butterfly), many in Europe have been hoping they too might be able to pick up the device in the lead up to the holidays. But if a recent Facebook post by HTC Germany is to be believed, Europeans wanting to buy the 5-inch, 1080p monster may be out of luck.

Responding to a fan question about the rumored device, HTC Germany hit back with what seems a fairly conclusive statement. Translated, it reads --

"The Deluxe will unfortunately not come to Europe."

Deluxe, of course, being the widely-rumored name (or codename) for the global version of the device.

We should also mention that a global version of the DNA/DLX has yet to be officially announced, and that all the rumors we've heard until now have focused on Asia -- specifically China and HTC's native Taiwan -- rather than Europe. It'd also be somewhat unusual for HTC to launch such a device in Europe at this time of year. Typically, the company saves its big European devices for Mobile World Congress, which takes place in February.

Regardless, the Facebook remark should be taken with a pinch of salt, as manufacturers' social media reps don't have a spotless record when it comes to accuracy. So it looks like just we may just have to wait and see where else the DLX crops up in the weeks ahead.

HTC declined to comment on today's developments, saying telling Android Central it "does not comment on rumor or speculation."

Source: Facebook, via: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 16GB available on Daily Steals for $499

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While many people still have backordered Nexus 4 devices waiting to be shipped, deals site Daily Steals is offering the unlocked 16GB version for a cool $499. The "list price" is a severely inflated $799, although we all know they're listed for $349 on the Play Store. We're not sure if this site got their devices from LG with a bulk discount, or somehow snatched up some when they were briefly on sale from Google, but we doubt they have that many in stock.

As is usually the case with these, they're probably going to sell out quick, so be sure to jump on one of these if you just can't wait any longer to get that sweet Nexus into your hands. If it's any consolation, you'll likely save some money when compared to the prices on eBay right now.

Source: Daily Steals

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