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4 years ago

Comparing the LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint

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While MobileCON 2012 won't be known for any major announcements or shakeups, it did give at least one company a spotlight to shine on its upcoming flagship powerhouse. LG , on hand for the final night here in San Diego, continued its marketing push with a blowout to celebrate its upcoming Optimus G, the superphone we've seen both in South Korea and in New York. Official for both AT&T and Sprint, we're now getting a closer look at the device that LG is banking on to put them back in the game.

We got our hands on both models at a launch party last night, and while both carry the Optimus G moniker, you'll notice in the photos as well as the video some very distinct differences-- take note: this is not a Samsung release.

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4 years ago

Google reportedly hiring staff for Nexus call center, to open late October

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Google is recruiting Android enthusiasts to staff a "Nexus call center," according to reports from Geek.com. Google is said to be using a third-party company to recruit from campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area, in time for the next Nexus launch.

An advertisement doesn't mention Google by name, but an ad mentioning a "confidential client" in the Mountain View area, which recently launched an Android tablet doesn't leave much to the imagination. Geek.com reports that it's sources say Google is aiming to have this Nexus call center fully staffed and trained by the end of the month.

A dedicated Nexus call center for its upcoming flagship phone would help Google to bolster its customer service credentials, an area that's been singled out for criticism when earlier Nexus devices launched. It's also adds more weight to recent reports of an LG-built Nexus being announced, and possibly launched, in late October.

Source: Geek.com

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4 years ago

LG Nexus crops up once again in higher-quality pics

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Another day, another LG Nexus (aka Nexus 4, aka Optimus Nexus) leak. This time it's from Belarusian tech site Onliner.by, which scored some high-res, higher-quality shots of the device now almost certain to be Google's next flagship phone. The shots show the same LG-E960 device sighted in earlier leaked pics, with a Galaxy Nexus-like front and LG "crystal reflection process" back. Same on-screen buttons, same LG and Google branding around the back.

There are a few visible details that weren't shown in previous leaks, however. You can clearly make out the two-tone trim, with a shiny metallic front and darker matte back, along with an iPhone-style microSIM located under the volume rocker.

The site also confirms the list of specs we've heard from other sources -- a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1280x768 display, 8MP rear camera and 8GB of on-board storage. On the software side, it's running Android 4.1.2, just like the handsets in earlier leaked images.

The quickening pace of leaks certainly suggests we're about ready to see this thing announced. The latest unconfirmed reports suggest an announcement -- and possibly even a launch -- at the end of the month could be on the cards.

More pics after the break.

Source: Onliner.by

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4 years ago

The LG Optimus G launching on NTT Docomo; tentative launch date of Oct 19

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We saw NTT Docomo dump out their upcoming holiday lineup just a few minutes ago, but they left this nugget out of the general press release -- the LG Optimus G will launch on the carrier, with a projected sales date of October 19.

This particular model will closely mimic the Asian model Phil and his esteemed cohorts had a look at in Seoul last week, with a slightly customized set of software features, high speed Xi-LTE, and a TV tuner for the ultimate in time-wasting. Under the hood is the same quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM we're used to talking about, and the camera on the Docomo model will be of the 13MP variety.

It's apparent that LG is serious about a global push for the Optimus G, and that should make Android fans everywhere happy.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korea); More: NTT Docomo (Japan)

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4 years ago

NTT DOCOMO launches 10 new Android devices including Galaxy S3 and Note 2

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As Japanese carriers love to do, NTT DOCOMO just dropped a huge release of Android devices for the holiday season with 9 smartphones and a tablet. The headline phones that are bound to draw the biggest attention and sales are part of its "next" line, which includes the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The devices physically look very similar to their European and North American counterparts, but as is usually the case the software is a bit tweaked for the Japanese market.

As far as hardware specs go, they're very similar as well. We're looking at the same Super AMOLED 720x1280 screens at either 4.8 or 5.5-inches, an Exynos 4412 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 100mbps LTE networking and both are launching with Android 4.1 on board. One thing found on the Japanese models that you won't really see anywhere else is the One-Seg digital TV antenna -- a staple on Japanese devices.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be launching in November, with the Galaxy S3 to follow in December. More pricing information for these devices and the rest of the expansive DOCOMO lineup -- we recommend taking a look at the sweet Android flip phones -- can be found at the source links below.

Source: NTT DOCOMO; Spec sheet

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 on sale for £399 from ASDA Mobile

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There seems to be no shortage of U.K. retailers putting Samsung's latest flagship Galaxy SIII (S3) on sale lately, and today you can add ASDA Mobile onto that list. Starting at midnight tonight, the giant supermarket will be selling the Galaxy S3 for just £399 via its mobile portal. Its quite the steal if you're in the market for the latest Samsung superphone, especially considering the best of the high-end devices currently on sale from ASDA is only the Galaxy SII (S2).

It's quickly approaching midnight in the U.K., so if you're interested in picking one of these up, go find that credit card and head to the source link below. The price is certainly right, you don't want to miss out on one of these.

Source: Eurodroid; ASDA Mobile

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4 years ago

LG Nexus 4 to launch Oct. 29, says French newspaper

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French national newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that Google and LG will debut the next Nexus smartphone, dubbed "Nexus 4," later this month. According to the paper, the device will make its global debut on Oct. 29, before coming to France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December. If true, the Oct. 29 date could point to an unveiling at Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, as has been previously rumored.

The wording of Le Figaro's article suggests a product launch alongside the announcement on Oct. 29. This would make it the first Nexus smartphone to become available immediately upon announcement since the original Nexus One. It'd also point to the Nexus 4 being released primarily via the Google Play devices store, as that's the only feasible way such a launch could be pulled off. Of course, it's also possible Le Fig just got its wires crossed, and that Oct. 29 is only the announcement date after all.

It's the second time we've heard the "Nexus 4" name today -- this morning the name appeared in a leaked photo from the Carphone Warehouse's inventory system. The name could refer to it being the fourth Nexus smartphone, or its 4.7-inch screen.

So it certainly looks like the next Nexus launch isn't far off. Stick with Android Central for all the details as they emerge.

Source: Le Figaro

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets gesture area care of Open webOS

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Last week the Samsung Galaxy Nexus became some kind of Frankensteinian abomination when the recently open-sourced webOS was shoehorned inside. Already the beast is looking a little better now that the developers have managed to mock up a gesture area at the bottom of the screen. As you can tell in the video, things are still very much a work in progress.

Of course, since the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have any capacitive buttons, the software had to create a row of pixels along the bottom to detect gestures. Presumably, that same row will be usable for the old forward and back gestures eventually, but one thing at a time.

Google Chrome has already borrowed the idea of virtualized border gestures for switching tabs, while others, like RIM, went hog-wild with gesture areas in the PlayBook. While we're busy giving webOS some credit, Touch to Share between the TouchPad and Pre 3 was a solid precursor to Android Beam. Do we have any webOS expatriates in the house? Are there any particular features of webOS that you'd still like to see emulated in Android, or has Palm's operating system already made any mark on the world that it was fated to make? Anyone with a Galaxy Nexus interested in seeing what it's like to use webOS once the software is in a more usable state?

Via: webOS Nation

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4 years ago

Chaos Rings brings classic JRPG action and hefty pricetag to Google Play

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Chaos Rings, a role-playing game franchise created by the venerable Square Enix about two years ago on iOS, has found its way to Android. If you remember the ports of their classic Final Fantasy titles, you'll know that Square Enix has a habit of charging a fair bit for their mobile games, and Chaos Rings is no different with a $12.99 pricetag. That said, reviews for the iOS version have been unanimously good, so at least you're getting quality for what you pay for.

The game's story revolves around a mysterious tournament where pairs of contestants fight for their lives in the imposing and surreal Ark Arena. There are 8 characters to chose from, spread between 5 pairs, each with their own histories and plotlines to unfold. 

On the one hand, it's easy to laugh openly at just about any app trying to get away with a pricetag of more than $10 in Google Play, but on the other, I admire developers that have the moxy to try to stem the race to the bottom in app pricing. Only really big-name publishers can afford to create high-quality apps for bargain basement prices, and even then, they only work if supplemented by ad and in-app purchase revenue. What do you guys think - is the labor that goes into making an application just as valuable as it used to be (as Nintendo would contend), or is the app market so saturated now that old models simply don't work anymore? Is it worth paying a premium up-front to combat the trend in in-app purchasing?

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini render leaks ahead of announcement

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Samsung confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S3 Mini just a few hours ago, and now it seems we have a leaked press render and purported specs to go with it. According to German blog MobileGeeks, which obtained the render above, the S3 Mini will sport a 1GHz dual-core ST Ericsson U8420 CPU, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. That's apparently packed behind a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED display, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sammy's TouchWiz Nature UX. Other notables include a 5MP rear camera and 1500mAh battery.

So it's not quite a Galaxy S3 packed into a smaller shell, as some had hoped, but the Galaxy S3 Mini could be successful in its own right, assuming the price tag isn't too high. Speaking of which, the site reports that the Mini will go on sale from €399 SIM-free in the eurozone, which isn't terribly expensive.

Would you be up for this kind of miniature, mid-range, Jelly Bean-based handset at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

We'll know more about the Galaxy S3 Mini after tomorrow's announcement.

Source: MobileGeeks, via: Slashgear

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4 years ago

'LG Nexus 4' spotted in Carphone Warehouse inventory system

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With each passing day, it's looking more and more likely that LG is indeed Google's manufacturer partner of choice for this year's Nexus smartphone. Yesterday we saw three rounds of leaked photos from the device, known by its codename LG-E960. Today it seems the device has started showing up in one UK retailer's inventory systems.

The shot above was passed to The Verge by an anonymous tipster, who claims it's from the Carphone Warehouse's back-end system -- and it certainly matches earlier CPW leaks. As you can see, it clearly shows listings for an LG Nexus 4 in both black and white. Details of pricing and availability are unfortunately nowhere to be found.

The "Nexus 4" moniker has long been suggested as a name for the upcoming 2012 Nexus, ever since the Nexus 7 made its debut at Google I/O. In addition to shipping with a 4.7-inch screen, LG's Nexus would be the fourth smartphone to bear that name, so it'd certainly make sense on a few different levels. The only other plausible alternative doing the rounds was the slightly clunky-sounding "Optimus Nexus."

But this shouldn't be taken as conclusive proof of the final next-gen Nexus branding. Retailers aren't infallible, and there's no way of knowing if this isn't the result of an over-zealous CPW employee entering info into the system based upon Internet rumors. Nevertheless, it's another piece of the LG Nexus puzzle, and we're sure we'll start to see the full picture emerge in the coming weeks.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

4-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comes to Germany Oct. 11

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Samsung Mobile head JK Shin has announced the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will be available in Germany on October 11. As the smaller cousin to the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3, don't call the Mini entry-level, as Shin says it will be "full form factor". There was no word about the internals, but we're hoping Samsung has found a way to cram everything we see in the full size version into the 4-inch form factor.

Shin says the demand for a 4-inch class device is high in Europe, and we can't help but think many in North America would also appreciate a slightly smaller version. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more on that front as it unfolds.

Source: News 24 (Korean); via The Verge

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4 years ago

AT&T LG Escape hands on

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In its next step towards world domination, LG is here in San Diego showing off its latest wares, including the recently-released, budget-friendly Escape, available now on AT&T. The Escape joins Verizon’s Droid RAZR M as an entry-level device with specs that impress: the 4.3-inch qHD display is nicer than we would have thought, and the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is truly hard to fault. Paired with a full gig of RAM, LTE-connectivity, and a 5MP shooter (sans flash), the Escape is hard to pass up for its $50 price.

I’ve been using the Escape on-and-off for about a week now and while I’ve become really spoiled by Droid RAZR M, which is truly top of the line in terms of performance and design, I have to give credit for creating an entry-level phone that isn’t awful. It’s not going to replace your flagship smartphone, but for those first-time buyers and those with strict budgets, the LG Escape shouldn’t be missed.

I’ll share my full thoughts in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy some photos and a video below. (Note: the hands-on video,  incorrectly states that the Escape is available for $99 on contract, when in fact the price has dropped to $50.)

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4 years ago

First look at T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Fresh off the heels of this morning's announcement, T-Mobile is on hand tonight in San Diego showing off its branded version of the upcoming Galaxy Note 2. This is the same mega-phone we've been seeing for weeks now, with the nice little addition of a T-Mobile stamp right smack dab on the back and some carrier-brand apps preloaded onto the device. T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 2 will be available in Titanium Grey and Marble White, and both look really stunning. Read on for more hands-on impressions.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 hands-on

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Entry level is the name of the game for the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile. We knew that, of course, from T-Mobile and LG's positioning of the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, as well as from the specs on paper. Let's recap:

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 2.69 x 0.36
  • Weight: 4.41 oz
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Display (540 x 960)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • MicroSD storage expansion (up to 32GB)
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 5-megapixel camera w/ LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera
  • 2,150mAh Battery
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/a

Nothing the spec-conscious crowd will write home about, no? But here's the thing: It's a surprisingly solid entry-level device. You can't quite appreciate just how light it is until you grab it. 

In the hand, though, the L9's a ridiculously light device. It's decidedly plastic, but it's a soft plastic. (Kind of like a dry heat, I suppose.) The user interface seemed quick enough, though the device is loaded down in T-Mobile and LG applications. This is a buy-and-drive device, designed to be used out of the box, for folks who don't want to do a whole lot of customization.

The good news is that it's got a removable battery and microSD card. The power plant is respectable, but the four gigabytes of built-in storage most certainly isn't.

We've got a bevy of pics and video after the break.

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