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2 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD priced and dated for the UK, no Optimus 3D Max coming with it

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Of the many LG phones announced at MWC, one that definitely stands out is the Optimus 4X HD. The 4.7-inch, Tegra 3 behemoth is truly something to behold. We really liked it during our initial hands on, and naturally the next question is -- when can we get one? UK pricing and availability has been released today, as Clove Technology have confirmed that they will be stocking the device. 

Clove's pre-order page is up now, and the 4X HD will set you back £456 inc VAT. The downside is that at present they're saying the device won't be available until June. 

During their meeting with LG though, Clove managed to establish that the LG Optimus 3D Max is not destined for UK shores at this time. The original Optimus 3D never really took off over here, so it's perhaps not a device that will be missed by the British crowd. 

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2 years ago

Isis mobile payment system to launch mid-2012, lists Chase, CapitalOne, and Barclaycard as partners

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Isis Mobile Wallet, the service backed by AT&T, T-Mobile US, and Verizon has announced new launch partners and it's long awaited trial launch date. New financial partners Chase, CapitalOne, and Barclaycard join Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for the  trials in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah which are expected to begin sometime in mid-2012. Isis isn't sharing much past that, as they say the nationwide rollout will follow the trial with no further details.

Isis partners will allow users to program both credit and debit cards into the mobile system, which gives it another leg up on Google Wallet. Add in the fact that Isis has carrier backing and pre-approval, and chances are that this will be the mobile NFC-based payment system we'll see on our devices when and if it catches on, at least in the US. That doesn't mean Google Wallet will disappear, but being available and being relevant are two different animals.

This doesn't mean that Isis is inherently bad, though. It may turn out to be an excellent product, and I'm excited to give it a try. We have to remember that Google Wallet isn't open and lovable, it is a for-profit venture from Google, much like Isis is a for-profit venture for its backers. When it comes to finances, few things are open and best for the consumer. The best product will be defined by the users and that's the one that will win out. 

The full press release follows the break.

via BusinessWire

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2 years ago

StumbleUpon for Android - Updated with new widget, Google+ sharing and home screen improvements

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StumbleUpon has announced the latest update to their popular Android app and with this release, they've gone ahead and done some house cleaning on the app and added in a bunch of new features that are deeply integrated with Google services.

  • Android Beam (NFC): Users of the StumbleUpon app for Android can now share any content they discover on StumbleUpon to other NFC-enabled devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. This will make sharing content discovered through StumbleUpon seamless and fun.
  • Action Bar: The StumbleUpon app will now feature the native Android Action Bar, enabling users to explore the Web via the familiar Android navigation interface.
  • Resizable Widget on device home screen: The StumbleUpon app for Android will now be accessible directly from the device home screen. Users will be able to preview StumbleUpon-recommended content directly from the home screen of their device without having to launch the StumbleUpon app.
  • Sharing to Google+: The StumbleUpon app for Android will now include a sharing button to Google+. In addition to sharing to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and email, Stumblers can now easily share content they discover through StumbleUpon with their connections on Google+.
  • Sign in with Google: With the new app, users will be able to sign in to StumbleUpon through a Google log-in with any mobile device and on the desktop.

Aside from the new features added, StumbleUpon also updated the homescreen experience for the app, making it easier then ever to get logged in and not only finding but sharing the content you enjoy the most. The updated version is available in the Android Market right now, full press release and download link can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Chrome for Android Beta now available in 20 new countries

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We're live at the Eric Schmidt keynote at Mobile World Congress, and Hugo Barra, Director of Product Management, for Android, has announced that Chrome for Android Beta is now available in 20 new countries, bringing the total to 32. Unfortunately, you'll still need Ice Cream Sandwich to use it, which limits the adoption just a bit. Here's the full list of available countries:

  • Argentina
  • Hong Kong
  • Norway
  • Australia
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Austria
  • India
  • Russia
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Singapore
  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Korea
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • United States
  • Germany
  • New Zealand

 

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Panasonic Eluga Power

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Following on from the Eluga, Panasonic will launch its first high-end smartphone for Western comsumers, the Eluga Power. This device takes the design language of the original Eluga, and builds on it with a 5-inch HD buttonless display, a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We got to play with a very early prototype unit today at Mobile World Congress, and despite some understandable software quirks, we were pretty impressed by what we saw. We've got first impressions after the jump, along with our hands-on video.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Panasonic Eluga

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A long-standing player in the Japanese smartphone world, Panasonic has recently announced its first smartphone for Western markets, dubbed the "Eluga". With a thin and light frame, a qHD OLED display and dual-core 1GHz CPU, the Eluga looks like a solid contender in the mid-range Android space. Panasonic's also brought over a couple of features which are common to Japanese phones, but rare in their international counterparts -- dust and water-resistence.

Join us after the break for our first look at the Panasonic Eluga from Mobile World Congress, including a quick video tour of the device.

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2 years ago

Panasonic unveils the Eluga Power at Mobile World Congress

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We knew Panasonic was coming to Mobile World Congress to unveil something special but the details were rather slim. Their first break for the European market came way of the Panasonic Eluga and now they've unveiled the Panasonic Eluga Power.

Features include:

  • A 1280x720 HD, 5.0 inch LCD screen with a 9.6mm thin frame.
  • Slim form factor – 136x70x9.6mm.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.
  • International standard IP57 water and dustproofing.
  • NFC – allowing for contactless payment and data transfer.
  • Main camera with 8MP autofocus and 1080p Full HD video recording, including auto scene recognition and 8x digital zoom, as well as a front-facing camera.
  • Superfast charging – 50% charge takes just 30 minutes, and 80% takes 57 minutes (provided it starts charging from a 10% charged status).
  • 8GB of internal memory, with Micro SD Card Slot supporting a further 32GB.

Hard to say how well Panasonic will do with either device, the Eluga and the Eluga Power but we're guessing this won't be the last we hear of them if they're looking to keep things moving. Full press release can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Panasonic Eluga Gallery

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace II hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace line has proven to be a solid piece of mid-level fare outside the United States, and the follow-up -- the aptly named Samsung Galaxy Ace II looks to conitnue in that vein. There's no mistaking that you're not handling a phone from Samsung's top shelf. Whereare the Galaxy S II and Google's Samsung Galaxy Nexus scream sex appeal, the Galaxy Ace II is decidedly middle class. And that's not a bad thing.

The 3.7-inch WVGA display is competent enough, and the 800 MHz processor pushes the Android 2.3 build along quite smoothly. The UI is sparse. Actually, it's boring. But, again, we're talking bread and butter, not steak tartar. It's loaded with Samsung's suite of apps, and it's got GLONASS for GPS, if you're into that sort of thing. 

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Fujitsu's Android prototype with ICS, Tegra 3 -- and LTE

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Fujitsu is excited about its newest Android phone -- which we first heard as a faint whisper -- and rightfully so. It's got a beautiful high-resolution 4.6-inch LCD display and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus it's got an external antenna, which always excites those of us from North America.

But the feature -- pair of features, actually -- that you really need to pay attention to is the fact that it's an LTE device with a Tegra 3 chipset. If you've been going through life thinking the two can't co-exist because of some sort of hardware incompatibility, get that out of your system now. Tegra 3 and LTE can (and will) play nicely together.

As far as the rest of the Arrows prototype goes, it's a mix of new beauty and old design. It's got a trio of physical buttons for menu, home and back. It's also got the 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB ports covered by clunky doors. But that's all done for a reason -- this sucker's waterproof and dustproof.

Another notable spec is the 13.1-megapixel camera that has an ISO of 25600. Wowzers.

We've got more hands-on video and pics after the break.

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