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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 video hands-on and initial review

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With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hitting select UK stores imminently, it's time for us to go hands-on with the finished product. We first tested out the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA in Berlin in late August, and it's taken just over a month to finalize the device. The original Samsung Galaxy Note has proved a surprising success over the past year. With the second-gen Note being bigger and more powerful than ever, Samsung will be hoping its efforts are reflected in even stronger sales this time around.

Check out our first hands-on video with the final, retail Galaxy Note 2 after the break, along with a quick overview of the device.

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4 years ago

Here's open webOS OE running on a Galaxy Nexus

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The folks at WebOS Ports have released a video of open webOS booting and running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus today, hours after HP announced the code release. As we understand it, the device boots up and Wifi is working, but the core function of things like cellular radios, sensors, and the like aren't yet active. Nor is any soft of graphics acceleration, as you can see from the video.

I'll say this right now -- don't discount this because it looks laggy and, well, sucky. The folks behind the project have had access to the code in beta form for a while, but it tales a lot of time (and the right device) to make something like this happen. When it's ready for public consumption, even at an alpha level, I'm sure the people at WebOS Ports will be there to share and help out. In the meantime, be sure to hit up webOS Nation to keep tabs on how this one plays out.

Source: WebOS Ports; via webOS Nation

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4 years ago

Texas Instruments not leaving mobile after all

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There was some talk that Texas Instruments would be getting out of the mobile game a few days ago, but a TI rep has clarified the company's position just a bit. Mobile is still in the picture, but they're looking to make their products suitable for automotive, industrial, enterprise communication, vision, and robotics fields as well. TI also reported that the first OMAP 5 consumer products should be hitting shelves in early 2013. 

It's good to hear that TI isn't completely abandoning mobile, even if it means they won't be focusing on it in as specifically as before. I've seen some really impressive OMAP tech demos at TI's booth at the last two Mobile World Congress events, and it would be a shame to lose out on that innovation and see it head towards other sectors. On the other hand, with Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, and Nvidia all in the mix, the smartphone and tablet processor market has become quite competitive. 

OMAP 4 is still at the heart of Amazon tablets and a handful of other devices. Any big OMAP fans out there that are looking forward to version 5? Have you developed a preference for any particular type of processor? 

Via: GSM Arena

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 comes to C Spire Wireless

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C Spire Wireless, the regional carrier that covers the southeast, is finally getting some Samsung Galaxy S3 (see our review) love. More carrier availability means more S3 users, so this is great news for all of you on C Spire.

The S3 comes at a time when C Spire is really pushing their 4G LTE service. It is the second device that can support the higher speeds on the network and they have said they will be aggressively be expanding it this fall.

The S3 can be had in either Marble White or Pebble Blue on the 16GB model. It will cost $199 with a 2-year contract online or at any C Spire retail location.

If you're a C Spire customer, are you picking one up?

Source: C Spire

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Go and U get ICS update, Sola's includes Glove Mode

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A recent Ice Cream Sandwich software update to the Sony Xperia Sola has enabled full use while wearing gloves. The phone's major selling point has always been its Floating Touch sensor, which enables users to interact with the phone without even having to touch the screen. Sony has been touting the gloves-on capability of the Xperia Sola since its announcement back in March, so it's a little confusing why it has taken so long for the feature to go live, but there you have it. Along with the Xperia Sola, Sony has also started rolling out ICS updates for the Xperia Go and Xperia U, which include a few extra features.

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

Glove Mode is activated depending on how you unlock your phone, so there's minimal manual fiddling back and forth (though there's also a manual toggle if you prefer). The only major difference here is that instead of normal Floating Touch, where hovering over the screen would produce a different set of actions, they're treated as regular, honest-to-goodness screen taps. Those taps also provide visual feedback similar to what's currently available in developer options. It would be nice if icons and UI elements were enlarged to reflect fingers fattened by big mitts, but this is a good start. 

As a Canadian that has spent more than enough time fiddling with a phone in sub-zero temperatures, this is a pretty sweet feature and easily a selling point for those of us in colder climes. Be sure to check out the video demo below. Any Xperia Sola owners in the house excited about the update? Any of y'all pick up the Xperia Go or Xperia U that have been itching for an upgrade from Gingerbread?

Source: Sony Developer World

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4 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q review

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It's not every day that a phone makes you want to put on a suit and tie. And pants. That's one of the perks of this job -- we can review any phone, at any time, and any stage of undress we see fit. And same goes for the Sprint Motorola Photon Q, we suppose. It's a mix of features that business types have been clamoring for on sprint for some time now, with features that any aspiring Android nerd demands.

And that's the Photon Q.

We'll save you a little trouble here, if you'd like. What Sprint has in the Photon Q is a 4.3-inch display, a killer 5-row keyboard and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's it's quite the combination, especially for business types. Piqued your interest yet? Let's continue.

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4 years ago

Samsung and AT&T announce Galaxy Note 2, Tab 2 10.1, two mid-range LTE devices

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AT&T and Samsung made a hefty joint announcement this morning which includes the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Rugby Pro. They don't say anything about pricing or availability for any of these, other than that they'll be landing "in the coming months". That's not particularly helpful, but them's the breaks. At least we're pretty sure that we'll see the Galaxy Note 2 in November.

We're already plenty familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2, but let's take a closer look at these other two LTE devices, starting from the left. 

Samsung Galaxy Express

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 5 megapxiel rear camera

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

  • Mil-spec 810g rugged and waterproof
  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video

That's some decent mid-range stuff all around. Sure, it's not quite as flashy as the upper-end Galaxy Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1, but it's always nice to have a rugged phone that doesn't entirely suck. Anyone biting on these two, or are you going to hold out for the upper-end devices? 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available day early from branded store in UK

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Samsung has announced that their new Galaxy Note 2 will be available a day early (this Sunday) from their officially-branded Samsung store in the U.K. This is good stuff for anyone that happens to leave close to the one in Westfield Stratford City, but no surprise seeing as Samsung did something similar for the Galaxy S 3. The UK Brand Store will also be hosting some competitions on launch day whereby participants have a shot at winning a free Galaxy Note 2. The rest of the UK will proceed to get access to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 through various retail channels on October 1, while those of us in North America will have to wait until November to get our version. 

We spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at IFA and walked away duly impressed. Anyone needing a refresher can take a look at the specs. 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

I'd be curious to see if any other official Samsung Brand Stores are offering the same promotion. Anyone near the one in the UK intending to check out the launch day festivities this weekend? 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note 2 to be released in India

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The star of the recent IFA 2012 show in Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, has just been outed for release in India. At a recent press event -- where the Galaxy Note 2 was also confirmed for release in the country -- Samsung promised to deliver the Galaxy Camera for release prior to Diwali. While sounding pretty vague, Diwali is to take place this year on November 13, so eager Indian early adopters shouldn't be waiting too long to get their hands on the device. No pricing has been confirmed at this time. 

The Galaxy Note 2 however, is set for release next week at a price of INR 39,990 (£468, $756) which puts it in the realms of pricing for the European market, perhaps slightly cheaper. Initially the Note 2 will be available from Samsung Smartphone Cafes and Samsung Plazas, with other retailers and carriers offering it at a later date. 

via AndroidOS.in (1) (2)

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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR i to begin shipping in the UK from October 1.

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Right from launch day we'd heard early October would be the release timeframe for Motorola's new RAZR i. Now, at least one British retailer has narrowed that down further, and confirmed the device will begin shipping on October 1. 

Clove Technology are set to receive stocks of the device imminently, and have taken to their official blog to confirm that they will be shipping the new Intel powered RAZR i this coming Monday. At £342 we still feel it's a little on the pricey side, but there is a lot to like. It sets the ball rolling in the Motorola/Intel partnership and we're excited to see where things go from here. 

If you're interested in purchasing a RAZR i, be sure to check out our full review first, before parting with your hard earned. 

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ pictures leak out, looks just like a HTC One X

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Well, then, what do we have here. At first glance, this is nothing more than a black HTC One X. However, according to the guys over at Pocket-Lint, this is in fact the much rumored HTC One X+.

Having been rumored, and leaked, but not yet officially announced, the HTC One X+ is expected to be an upgraded version of the current HTC flagship device. Visually, aside from an updated Beats logo, the One X+ is identical to the regular One X. The difference is supposed to be internal -- a bumped up Tegra 3 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the key rumored upgrades. 

As ever with leaks, we'll hold off full judgment until we see an actual device. We have to say though, we're excited for Jelly Bean on a HTC device. If the rumors are true, it has to bode well for current HTC One X owners eagerly awaiting that update. 

Source: Pocket-lint

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4 years ago

ZTE Engage coming exclusively to Cricket

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The ZTE Engage, a mid-range Ice Cream Sandwich device, is coming exclusively to Cricket for $249.99 without a contract on Tuesday, October 2nd. The Engage takes advantage of Cricket's new Muve Music service, which lets users choose a plan that has the service built-in to the cost and offers unlimited downloads to the device. For the service, a 4GB MicroSD card is built into the device specifically for the downloads. Overall, the device has specs that you would expect for the price:

  • 4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion processor at 1.4GHz
  • Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
  • MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
  • Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery

There are three plans available for the device -- all without contract. Starting at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data (1GB of full-speed data) per month. A $10 bump to $60 gives you 2.5GB of full-speed data per month, and $70 offers 5GB. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ spied in O2 (UK) sales flyer

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The rumored HTC One X+ just got a step closer to reality, as it's has made its way into a brochure for the UK carrier O2. What we're seeing looks delightful, fir an updated 1.7GHz CPU (likely Tegra3 based), 64GB of on-device storage, HTC stellar camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

Here in the states we've see a version come through the FCC toting AT&T's LTE radio bands, but the rumored specs don't quite match up as we've been hearing that it is a 32GB model. There's a good chance AT&T has decided to cut the storage in half like they did with the original HTC One X, but we can still hope it's a case of bad info and we'll be seeing a 64GB version on this side of the pond. 

With enough evidence to call this one legit, it's about time for HTC to come forward and tell us what we want to hear and announce this one. New Windows phones are cool and all, but we want some Android!

Source: GSM Arena

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4 years ago

Samsung bringing 'the next big thing' to NYC on Oct. 24

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Hmmmmm. Samsung's bringing "the next big thing" to New York City on Oct. 24. What ever could it be?

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4 years ago

Sony launches Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual in the U.S.

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Following on from its recent Xperia Acro S announcement, Sony Mobile USA has revealed that it's to launch the Xperia Tipo -- its current entry-level model for Europe -- alongside a new dual-SIM variant, known as the Xperia Tipo Dual. Both phones share the budget-oriented internals of their European cousin, which is to say there's nothing too fancy inside. The Tipo is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2-inch HVGA (480x320) display. There's also a 3MP rear camera, though as we discovered during our review, image quality is far from ideal.

It's not every day you see a dual-SIM smartphone launched in the U.S., as these are usually more popular in developing countries. Sony points out that you could run personal and works SIMs in the same device, although the specs indicate that the Tipo only supports 3G/HSPA data on AT&T and European bands.

It does come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so Tipo owners at least have a relatively recent version of the OS to play with. The Tipo is available to order from Sony's online store today for $179.99, while the Tipo Dual can be pre-ordered for $189.99.

Presser's after the break. For more on the Xpera Tipo, check out our recent mini-review.

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