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4 years ago

Incoming Verizon Galaxy S3 update brings fixes, remote diagnostics

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The Verizon Galaxy S3 is slated to get s software update that will bring bug fixes along with Verizon "remote diagnostics" application that will let the carrier fix your phone from afar should you break something. (Not that any of our readers would ever do that.) No, it's not Jelly Bean, yet. You'll still have to wait a little while for that one, and, no, we don't know how long. (But being that we're talking about Verizon here ...)

Anyhoo. Here's the full changelog for version IMM76D:

  • Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
  • Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam.
  • NFC (TecTile) tagging issue resolved to ensure pre-programmed text messages are accurate
  • “No SIM” pop up issue has been resolved.

No word on when it'll start rolling out, but you can assume it will be "imminent," "soon," or any other nondescript term.

Source: Verizon (pdf); thanks to everyone who sent this in

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE coming to Sprint on Sept. 16

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Although we've seen the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE pop up several times now in training material and various other leaks, Sprint and Samsung have now officially announced the device. Arriving on Sunday, September 16 the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will lighten your bank account by only $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

For that money, you'll be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2 GHz dual-cCore Qualcomm processor, 4-inch touchscreen display as well as a 5MP shooter on the back and a 1.3MP shooter up front. Other features include NFC along with Google Wallet compatibility and the usual TouchWiz components such as All Share and S-Beam. You can jump below for the full press release.

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4 years ago

LG and Qualcomm holding U.S. event on Sept. 19, Optimus G unveiling likely

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After a few weeks of teasing the Optimus G, it seems LG's ready to unleash its latest quad-core monster phone. The company's sending out invites press to "live without boundaries" at a joint Qualcomm-LG event to be held in New York City next Wednesday, Sept. 19. LG and Qualcomm's joint shindig will take place within hours of HTC's big announcement in the same city, where we're expecting new Android and Windows Phone devices (we'll be at that event, too.)

Though a combination of leaks and official teaser videos, we've learned that LG will deliver a phone with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 768x1280 True HD IPS display, a 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- quite a tantalizing device. We'll be live in New York next Wednesday to bring you full coverage of the Optimus G's U.S. debut.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ shows up at FCC with AT&T LTE

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We had heard rumblings of a new version of the HTC One X last week, and things are a little closer to reality as the FCC has passed certification for what appears to be the One X+. The documents show full support for AT&T's LTE network, so that at least gives us a direction to look in. 

Here are the rumored specs we've heard so far. 

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM: 32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

While the HTC One X+ is shaping up to be a modest update, LTE is always a nice addition. Anyone One X owners considering an upgrade, or is it not worth it just for LTE? Is that fancy NVIDIA chip tempting anybody?

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Tripit adds push notifications for travel alerts

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Tripit -- which continues to rank as one of our top must-have Android apps for anyone who travels -- received an update of note this morning. For Android phones, it'll now push notifications when you have travel alerts (if you have Tripit Pro). That's a big deal. Also, it's now easier to add or edit trips directly on your phone. And for tablets, there are new share/add/edit buttons on the Action Bar, along with some bug fixes.

And if you're still fumbling through e-mails at the airport, looking for your itinerary, stop. Download this now.

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4 years ago

SouthernLINC to get the Motorola XT626 in November

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For you folks down here in my neck of the woods on SouthernLINC (represent!), you've got a new Android smartphone coming your way in November. According to this screen shot, you'll have the Motorola XT626 to look forward to in a couple months. It looks like SouthernLINC will be positioning it as a cousin to the Titanium, though it'll obviously be missing the QWERTY keyboard. It'll launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and otherwise looks to be the same as the XT626 "Double V" that's been out for a while now, with IDEN capability, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor and 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, an 8MP front-facing camera with a 1.3MP rear shooter, FM radio, microSD card and other bells and whistles.

What we don't yet have is pricing or an actual launch date, so stay tuned.

More: Motorola; Thanks, anon.

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD update brings camera, battery and Wifi tweaks

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The first over-the-air update for Motorola and AT&T's Atrix HD is now rolling out, bringing the high definition handset up to software version 77.12.22. There's nothing too exciting contained in this initial OTA, and the software is still based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, there's a decent selection of fixes to make this a worthwhile upgrade for Atrix HD owners -- Wifi and battery performance has been enhanced, as have the camera's low-light capabilities. In addition, there are some new AT&T apps, and security enhancements from "the latest Google security patches."

You can find the full changelog at the source link below. If you're rocking an Atrix HD, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your device is ready to pick up today's OTA. Once you're done, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

Intel completes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port

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Intel has a short and shaky history of putting its chips into smartphones, one that will hopefully go a bit farther into the future now that it has completely ported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Intel has to go through this porting process because Android is traditionally made for ARM processors, which operate differently from Intel's. Before this port was complete, Intel devices were only capable of running either Android 2.3 or 4.0. While no one at Intel was willing to give a timetable on when current 4.0 devices will be updated to 4.1, we can hope that the process goes smoothly. Intel's "Medfield" Atom processors seem to be a pretty good option right now, but we'll see how they do in the future against the onslaught of great ARM chips out there.

We're already hearing rumors that the Motorola RAZR M will be coming to the UK with Intel inside. Motorola and Intel have also reminded us that they're taking us to the edge on September 18th. Guess we'll see what they have up their sleeves soon enough.

Source: PCWorld

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD vs. the iPhone 5

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So we've already thrown down the gauntlet comparing all aspects of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) and the iPhone 5, and again between the HTC One X and iPhone 5. Just last week, Motorola took the wraps off of its latest offerings, with the Droid RAZR Maxx HD being the cream of the crop. Surely its a worthy follow up to the extremely popular RAZR line, but how does it fare when put up against the latest from Cupertino? Read along and find out.

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4 years ago

HTC One X vs. the iPhone 5

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Next up is the showdown between HTC's flagship One X and the iPhone 5. Much like the Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III), it's more than just differences in the tech specs, as Android has provided a great base for HTC to deliver a first-class experience that rivals what Apple has to offer.

It's best if you read the previous post showing the comparison between the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, and there are a lot of similarities.

See the numbers, and our thoughts after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. the iPhone 5

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Now that the dust is settling, it's time to start the comparisons! We're pretty big Android fans around here, and we've got to talk about how the iPhone 5 matches up to Samsung's Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) -- both on paper and the whole "ecosystem" thing. We're not going to try to sway anyone either direction (we think having a choice is great), we just want to lay out all the data we have so far.

Read on, let's get to it!

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4 years ago

UK retailer slashes HTC One S price, now £314.99 SIM-free

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HTC is due to launch new products at an event in New York City next week, and that means retailers are keen to discount stock of existing handsets. One of these is the excellent HTC One S, which we reviewed back in April, and which can now be yours for £314.99 from Exansys in the UK -- around £100 less than the launch price. To sweeten the deal, the retailer's throwing in a free Krusell screen protector, too. The version on offer is the black "ceramic metal" model, which is treated using the unique micro-arc oxidation process.

There might be newer, shinier handsets on the horizon, but the One S remains a great phone, and represents good value at just over 300 quid. In the months since its release, we've yet to come across an Android phone with better build quality. More at the source link below.

Source: Expansys, Thanks, Chinmay!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, S Advance apparently skipping ICS, going straight to Jelly Bean

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Leading 2011 Samsung phones like the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note may already be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but many mid-range handsets remain on version 2.3, Gingerbread. Today brings good news for owners of two such devices, the Galaxy S Advance and Galaxy Ace 2, as according to a Facebook statement, both devices will be skipping ICS and jumping straight to the latest version of Google's OS.

A post on Samsung Bulgaria's Facebook page, spotted by GSMArena, states that an update from Gingerbread to Jelly Bean will indeed be available at some point in the future, moving both phones up two major platform versions. We'd take this with a pinch of salt until updates actually arrive, as statements like this aren't always 100 percent official. Nevertheless, we've already seen evidence that Samsung's working on Jelly Bean for its budget tablets, so it's not too surprising to see budget smartphones also getting the upgrade treatment.

However, with Jelly Bean still yet to arrive on phones like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note, Ace 2 and Advance owners may have a long wait ahead of them.

Source: Samsung Bulgaria Facebook, via: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Another LG Optimus G promo surfaces, promises world beating camera

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LG continues to try and wow the world ahead of the launch of their latest superphone, with yet another promotional video. This time around, the camera on the forthcoming LG Optimus G is the center of attention, with some bold claims being made by the Korean OEM. 

We're promised a 13MP rear shooter -- although in some markets, this will be reduced to 8MP -- with world beating image quality for smartphones. The ultra slim camera module was developed in house by LG Innotek, and has one of the largest pixel counts on a smartphone to date. As we've said before though, mega pixels mean nothing if the image quality is poor. 

An emphasis on new technologies, and "state of the art" comes across through the video, with the overall design of the phone itself not being compromised for the sake of a huge camera. Instead, it is the camera that has undergone a transformation. 

Features such as time machine camera, smart shutter and voice activated shooting are also mentioned. All around, the Optimus G is shaping up to be a goliath of an Android smartphone, and the more we learn the more excited we are to finally, one day get our hands on it. Whether or not the "worlds best" moniker holds up though, well, that's a story for another day.

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4 years ago

Samsung Mobile boss expects 30 million Galaxy S3 sales in 2012, 20 million target for Note 2

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Today might be iPhone day Rex Manning Day, but Samsung Mobile head JK Shin is attempting to make some news of his own with his latest comments to the Korean press. Speaking to Korean news agency Yonhap, Shin indicated that he expects the company's flagship Galaxy S3 phone, currently sitting at over 20 million units, to hit the 30 million mark before the year's end. Such a figure would be unprecedented for any single Samsung smartphone -- even the popular Galaxy S2 topped out at 20 million earlier this year.

Shin also told Yonhap that the recently announced Galaxy Note 2 is expected to shift twice as many units as its predecessor, though this seems to be a long-term target, rather than an aim for the next three and a half months. As the original Note sold 10 million worldwide, the new target, it seems, is 20 million.

With Samsung phones in general -- and the Galaxy S3 specifically -- continuing to fly off store shelves, we wouldn't bet against Samsung reaching either of its lofty goals. Nevertheless, it'll face stronger competition than ever over the next quarter, not least of which from whatever Apple announces in eight hours time.

Source: Yonhap

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