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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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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets a new range of colors

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Samsung this morning announced four new colors (OK, three new colors and the black one we already knew about) for the Galaxy S3. Officially, what you see here is "Amber Brown," "Garnet Red," "Sapphire Black" and "Titanium Gray."

The new colors, Samsung says, follow in the "designed by nature" theme that's surrounded this phone from the outset. Each of the colors is said to "take their inspiration from the Earth's richest materials." (Jerry's hoping for a beer-colored phone already.)

Samsung stresses, however, that the availability of colors will depend on your country, retailer and carrier.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G is officially official

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Well, that didn't take long. Following the leak we saw just a couple days ago, LG has released information regarding the launch of its latest superphone, the Optimus G. The finalized pictures look just about the same as the leaks we saw, which we'd assume considering how quickly the release has come. It's always good to know for sure what you're getting though. The Optimus G is looking to be quite a speedy phone -- assuming LG can step up its software game -- with specs that are top of the line:

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS 768x1280 display
  • 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh capacity battery
  • 13MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

LG is saying the phone is set to release in Korea, LTE in tow, next month. A full global launch is expected by the end of the year, hopefully with the appropriate LTE bands for each market as well.

Be sure to follow our continuing IFA coverage as we cover all of the latest and greatest in the Android world.

Source: LG Newsroom

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3 years ago

RAZR M 4G LTE leaks out full details, has 4.3-inch qHD display

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What we're seeing above are leaked images of the latest offering from Motorola and Verizon, the RAZR M 4G LTE. Coming out just ahead of Motorola's Sept. 5 event, the device seems like a logical progression from the original RAZR on Verizon, with a less distinguished camera hump and some familiar design features -- like on-screen buttons -- of recent Motorola devices. Other specs are as follows:

  • 4.3-inch 540x960 (qHD) Super AMOLED display
  • dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

We'll be following the story and let you know when we get more information, such as pricing and release dates, as soon as they become available. 

Source: Engadget

 

 

 

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3 years ago

TELUS, Bell and Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 updates now available

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TELUS, Bell and Rogers have had the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update in testing for a while now and today, they've finally gone ahead and made it available to everyone. if you have a variation of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from any of those Canadian carriers, you should be able to go ahead and check for OTA updates and find the software waiting for you. Having loaded an international version on my own Galaxy Tab 10.1, it's a pretty nice update. Drop by the Android Central forums if you're looking to discuss it more.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stellar shows its mid-range face at Best Buy

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  The Samsung SCH-i200 Jasper had been teased earlier this summer as a mid-range phone due for Verizon. It has now slipped its way quietly into Best Buy Mobile as the Galaxy Stellar with nary a peep from Verizon nor Samsung.   The Samsung Galaxy Stellar boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, LTE connectivity, a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. While those specs hardly conjure up the descriptor of "stellar", it is back-to-school season, and there are plenty of kids looking for something with LTE and a forgiving pricetag.    Anyhoo, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is available over here for $449.99 without a contract. Other leaks suggest that it'll be available for $99.99 with a two-year agreement on Verizon. That leak also says there's going to be some kind of "Starter Mode", presumably to help new folks learn their way around a smartphone, and pimps out availability of Amazon apps for some reason. Anyone looking for a cheap phone with LTE and ICS?   Source: Best Buy; via Android Police

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu 2 with infrared announced for Korea

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While we're still waiting on the Optimus Vu in North America, LG has gone ahead and announced a second one in Korea. Details on specs for the LG Optimus Vu 2 are scarce, but the big selling point is the infrared sensor with a dedicated Q Remote app to control home entertainment systems.

Infrared is a pretty cool feature, and I definitely enjoyed using the one built into the Sony Tablet S awhile back. Still, LG isn't showing anything other than screenshots; it's entirely possible that the Optimus Vu II will at least look like (if not have most of the same guts as) the original Optimus Vu. 

The LG Optimus Vu 2 is due to land in Korea next month - who even knows if we'll see it elsewhere in the foreseeable future. Anyone really hankering for an IR blaster in their phone? 

Source: LG

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3 years ago

LG Intuition press shot leaks, hints at September 15 release

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Verizon's LTE-enabled version of the LG Optimus Vu is showing more signs of life. Aside from the $199 pricetag that we already know about, some fresh images of the device have bubbled up. Although it's far from a guarantee, the home screen weather widget suggests a launch day of September 15 - a sensible time to get the back-to-school rush and LG has announced that the Vu would have a global launch in September, but pencil that date in your calendars lightly.

While the specs of the U.S. variant haven't been confirmed, the one that has launched across Japan and Korea has a  a 5-inch 768 x 1024 touch display, 8 megapixel camera (plus secondary 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front), 32 GB of local storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

As far LG handsets go, most eyes are on the upcoming Optimus G and its gapless display, which we're likely to see sooner than later with IFA right around the corner. Have any of you guys been hurting for a version of the Optimus Vu on Verizon, or will it be worth holding out for the Optimus G?

Source: DroidDog

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3 years ago

Latest Galaxy Note 2 leakage suggests two colors at launch, early October release

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We’re just over two days away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 announcement at IFA 2012, but we still know almost nothing about the upcoming phone/tablet hybrid. Nevertheless, some small details are starting to leak out as the public unveiling approaches. The latest of these comes from SamMobile, which has a pretty good track record with Samsung leaks.

The report, which seems to have come from a retailer spreadsheet, lists the official branding as “GALAXY Note II,” alongside the model number GT-N7100 (the original note was GT-N7000). Also reported are two color variations -- “ceramic white” and another marked as TBD (to be determined), though black would be a good bet in our opinion.

According to the site’s sources, the Note 2 will appear during week 40 (Oct. 1-7), alongside a new “titan grey” Galaxy S3. This also coincides with when we’re expecting to see the elusive black Galaxy S3 land on store shelves, so it’s possible that “titan grey” is the official marketing name for this new S3 color.

Of course, we’re still operating within rumor territory here, so we’ll maintain a healthy skepticism until we see the Galaxy Note 2 for ourselves later this week. Keep it locked to AC for live coverage from Berlin as it happens!

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Google reacts to Samsung trial: Most claims 'don't relate' to core Android OS

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"We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

The dust is still setting following Friday's $1.049 billion ruling against Samsung in its patent trial with Apple., and now Google is weighing in with its own official statement  The short statement, sent to The Verge, distances Android itself from the patents Samsung was found to be infringing, saying most don't relate to the "core Android operating system." That's true of features like bounce-back scrolling in the original Galaxy S, but of course there are a few notable exceptions, such as tap-to-zoom. Google also brings into question the validity of other patents, saying they're being "re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office."

There's also a comment on the fast-moving nature of the mobile world, and Google says that all involved in the industry are "building upon ideas that have been around for decades." Of course, we already know Google's not much of a fan of software patents in general. The company's public policy director recently remarked that they're "not helpful to the marketplace."

Here's today's statement from Google in full.

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

Source: The Verge, via: iMore

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3 years ago

LG confirms display specs of upcoming device, as well as claiming 'longer battery life'

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The tale of the forthcoming LG 'Optimus G' superphone continues, only this time, it's the Korean OEM that is telling it. Following up from the recent leaked prototype of the device, LG has released a statement today confirming certain details that had previously been leaked, and new details of the gapless display it shall house. 

As it happens, the Snapdragon S4 Pro powered device will definitely have a 1280x768 True HD IPS+ display, coming in at 320ppi. Theres some science that goes along with it, but the rub of it is -- it's better than AMOLED and consumes less power.

The gapless display is an in-house technology developed with LG Innotek. Its G2 Touch Hybrid display will be bound for the device, and is "a unibody unit that eliminates the gap between the glass and the LCD panel as found in traditional touchscreens." Sounds a little like the display on the HTC One X, which is by no means a bad thing.

LG is also promising greater battery capacity, without compromising on size or weight and the powerplant has been designed by LG Chem. It promises to run 60% more efficiently than similarly sized batteries, meaning more power for longer. 

The 'Optimus G' is  certainly shaping up to be a full in-house affair, with several different arms of LG getting involved to create a device that they say will be a "game-changer" for them. They're sure trying to create some pre-launch buzz, whether it lives up to it though, only time will tell. 

Source: LG Newsroom

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