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4 years ago

Sprint CEO outs the Motorola Photon Q during earnings call


Sprint has yet to officially announce the Motorola Photon Q, which we first showed you from a leak in our forums earlier this summer, and which has already made it through the FCC. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse this morning during the company's second-quarter earnings call said the phone is coming "very soon." It'll sport 4G LTE data and also serve as a GSM world phone outside the United States, in addition to having the five-row QWERTY keyboard you see above.

Unknown is whether it'll launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, as seen in the test device above, or whether it'll get a bump to Jelly Bean before release. We'd bet on the former, with an upgrade to the latter.

We'd expect an official announcement is in the works now, too.

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4 years ago

Samsung launches Olympic flip cover for Galaxy S3


The Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) is the official phone of the Olympic Games, so it stands to reason that that device would get some love as the 30th Olympiad gets underway. Samsung's a big sponsor of the games in London, and so with the festivities about to commence in the UK's capital, the manufacturer is launching an exclusive Olympic accessory in the host city.

Today sees the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Special Edition Olympic Games Flip Cover, which allows you to protect the front of your S3 with a soft cover, while adorning the back with London landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Gherkin. The Olympic flip cover will be made available at "Samsung PIN" pop-up stores around London, including at shopping centers and near Olympic venues.

If you're not in London, or just don't care for the Olympic branding, you can also pick up the regular Galaxy S3 flip cover from

Source: Yahoo Korea

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4 years ago

Sony LT30p 'Mint' leaks ahead of expected IFA launch


Like it did last year with phones like the Xperia Arc S and Ray, Sony Mobile is expected to launch a second wave of smartphones for the second half of 2012, most likely starting with an announcement at the IFA show next month in Berlin. This year, one of the like candidates for Sony's second-half flagship is the as yet unnamed LT30p or "Mint," to give it its codename. We've seen plenty of info on this device leak out already over the past few months (including a trip to the Bluetooth SIG which revealed its specs in full), but now we have the first leaked photos of the phone itself, thanks to an unofficial preview over on ​Mobile-Review.

The site's pics reveal a phone closely resembling a flattened Xperia GX. In fact, this has to be one of the most unassuming designs we've seen from Sony in some time. It's basically a large black slab with a soft touch rear panel and a slight "chin" to the front, similar to the Xperia Sola. Android purists, however, will be pleased to see the inclusion of on-screen buttons rather than capacitive or physical keys. Other notables include a non-removable battery, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and the inclusion of Sony's WhiteMagic tech for improved daylight visibility.

The unauthorized preview also yields a full spec list, which almost exactly matches what's been previously rumored -- a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU inside, a 720p display, 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it's claimed that the "Mint" will feature a 4.3-inch screen, compared to the Xperia GX's 4.6-incher. Based on this -- and the slightly less ambitious design -- we'd place the Mint slightly below the expected LT29i Hayabusa in Sony's H2 2012 line-up. That phone's expected to launch with similar internals, only with a 4.6-inch display and a more curvaceous design, similar to last year's Xperia Arc.

For the moment, though, this is speculation. We'll know for certain when Sony shows off its new stuff at IFA in Berlin on Aug. 29.

Source: Mobile-Review; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

HTC releases AT&T One X kernel sources


HTC has (finally) released the kernel source for the AT&T One X, bringing themselves into GPL compliance and giving independent developers a chance to build out custom kernels. Normal folks won't need to download this one, but soon enough we'll be enjoying the fruits of dev labor and get all our flashing on. Custom kernels can make the biggest difference when flashed, and for many folks part of having an Android phone is the fun of squeezing every drop out of them.

If you're a kernel developer, or aspiring to be, grab it at the source link below.

Source: HTC Developer; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

HTC to build another Facebook phone in 2013, says Bloomberg


Despite failing to set the world alight with 2011's ChaCha and Salsa, HTC and Facebook will collaborate once again to bring another Facebook phone to market next year, according to reports from Bloomberg. ​Details on the purported device are scant at the moment, but the report, which cites the usual "people with knowledge of the matter," indicates a mid-2013 release, after the launch was apparently pushed back from the end of 2012.

The site doesn't mention Android specifically, but we'd be surprised if Google's OS wasn't involved in some way or other, given the history of collaborations between Facebook and HTC. Bloomberg​ says the phone will run a "modified" operating system, which suggests to us that we may see a forked version of Android, similar to what Amazon's done with the Kindle Fire. For the less technically inclined, that means a version of the OS built upon the open-source code, and most likely excluding any Google apps.

Android followers will remember that last year's HTC ChaCha (aka AT&T HTC Status) and its Europe-only sibling, the Salsa, weren't met with much success. So it's possible we'll see the two companies adopt a different strategy this time around. With Facebook getting more involved in the app space, it'd make sense for the Facebook phone to be heavily invested in this, rather than something like Google Play.

In any case, it seems the rumored device is still the best part of a year away from completion, so it's possible we'll see more changes throughout the course of development.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Non-Jelly Bean update for Sprint Galaxy Nexus reportedly due tomorrow


Like the Verizon version, it looks like Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due for at least one more over-the-air update before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrives. According to ​TechnoBuffalo​, which obtained the internal screenshot above, Sprint is set to launch the update to build no. L700.FG01 tomorrow, July 26.

According to the leaked image, the new software version will include changes to the on-screen signal strength indicator, as well as support for Sprint TV and some changes to the default Wifi and LTE settings. Both will be set to "on" as standard in the new firmware, which is to be expected as Sprint's recently-launched LTE network begins to grow.

Assuming the software roll-out goes ahead as planned, Sprint Gnex owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > System updates tomorrow to pick up the latest firmware.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note stops by Samsung's site with ICS and 42Mbps HSPA+


The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note has been more or less official for a week or so now, after being unceremoniously confirmed in a tweet from the carrier. And now the Tmo Note has made an appearance on Samsung Mobile's website, alongside a complete spec list and some promotional shots.

On the outside, it's the same North American Galaxy Note we've already seen on AT&T and the Canadian networks -- same 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, same chassis design, different carrier logo up top. Of course, this version is lacking LTE support, though, and instead totes T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ "4G." It's also pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which recently rolled out to the AT&T Note.

A launch is promised "in the coming weeks," but with a possible Galaxy Note 2 expected to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin next month, the late launch might leave Tmo loyalists feeling short-changed.

Thinking of picking up the T-Mobile Galaxy Note? Let us know down in the comments.

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4 years ago

Half of mobile gamers use phones and tablets as primary home entertainment console


A recent survey of U.K. and U.S. mobile gamers by PopCap shows that around 50% of respondents preferred their phone to PC, console, or dedicated handheld gaming console (like a  PSP or Nintendo DS). Tablet owners ranked a bit higher with 57%. Despite the portability that tablets and smartphones offer, 69% reported to play on their phones at home on the couch (78% among tablet owners), 41% while watching TV (52% for tablet owners), and 57% while in bed (51%). 10% of the 602 American respondents had played mobile games while in a place of worship, driving a car, and/or while watching a movie at a theater. The survey's sample size was a little over a thousand-strong - take that as representative or not as you will.  

With stuff like Ouya coming out of the woodwork, I'd be interested to see just how much Android manages to displace the traditional console gaming industry and which players are savvy enough to get with the times. So far, EA has done a great job of adapting to and addressing the mobile market, meanwhile Nintendo has been vocally against the app store model.

Will players really take to switching to mobile full-time, though? I know I've definitely spent less time on my Alienware since getting really involved with mobile games, but what about you guys? Is your Xbox getting jealous of your tablet?

Source: Information Solutions Group

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 becomes hotel room keycard, TV remote and AC controller


Who needs a plastic keycard to let you into your hotel room when you can have a Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). As the primary sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Samsung is getting involved in a big way. This latest collaboration sees them providing the official smartphone of the Games to 40 VIP rooms at the Holiday Inn London Stratford. 

The phones come with a custom application built in, and allow guests to express check in and out, change TV channels, activate the in-room air conditioning, order room service and even let themselves in to the hotel room in place of a keycard.  Oh, and since it is a phone, you'll be able to use it to actually call people too. For the full run down head on over to the source link below. 

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Motorola Mobility brings the RAZR V XT885 to China


Motorola Mobility has announced that it's releasing the RAZR V XT885 in the Chinese market. Just a couple of weeks ago, the phone was announced for Canada, and now China represents the latest part of the rapid expansion for the RAZR line.

The RAZR V XT885 comes with a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is 8.35mm thin. It's also sporting on-screen buttons, similar to what's found on the new AT&T Atrix HD.

The Motorola RAZR V will be available throughout mainland China for RMB 3,298 (~$515). Check the full press release after the break for more details.

Source: Motorola Mobility


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4 years ago

Samsung kills local search on international Galaxy S3 in 'stability' update


There's a new over-the-air update rolling out for the international Samsung Galaxy S III (aka Galaxy S3 GT-i9300) this evening. The OTA message identifies it as a "stability update," but what it also does is remove local (on-device) search functionality in the phone's built-in Google Search app. The new version -- XXBLG6 -- is a relatively recent build, having been cooked just a few days ago on Jul. 20. A new baseband version, XXLG6, is also included, but we haven't noticed any other changes thus far.

Following legal action by Apple, which temporarily resulted in the Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S., Samsung has taken to pre-emptively disabling the ability to search within on-device data (like contacts and applications) on some U.S. Galaxy S3's. However, the decision to kill local search on the unlocked international model -- which isn't sold in the U.S. -- is a little perplexing, not least because Apple has yet to challenge Sammy over local search in the EU or UK, where the GT-i9300 is sold.

What's more, marking this solely as a "stability" update seems a little underhanded, as users aren't being informed that the latest OTA disables functionality which was included with their original purchase. Nevertheless, local search is now gone on the international Galaxy S3, a decision which makes Samsung's leading smartphone a little less smart. We're sure folks are working on hacking local search back in as we speak, just as we're sure Apple will pursue some other tactic in its efforts to block the S3 from sale.

If you're down with preemptively crippled search functionality, you can grab the 27MB OTA package through Samsung's software updates menu on the phone, or through the Kies desktop app.

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4 years ago

Roaming in Europe - the definitive UK network guide


In the past, traveling from the UK to mainland Europe could've landed you with a massive, unforeseen roaming bill. The EU recently imposed roaming price caps on European carriers, though, and as such, the major UK networks have been stepping up with a range of new roaming deals offering everything from inclusive minutes and data to reduced per-minute rates and even unlimited data in certain cases.

But there information from each individual carrier is often tricky to track down, and it's not always easy to know which network offers the best rate for your individual needs. That's why we've scoured the 'tubes for all the latest roaming rates and deals from the UK's leading mobile networks, and put them all in one place, along with a little guidance on which network might have the best roaming package for you.

If you're making the trip from the UK to Europe this summer, you'll definitely want to check out our definitive UK network roaming guide after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE review


The Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a solid phone on Verizon with a ridiculously long name.

It's easy to dismiss Verizon's new Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It's easy to look at the specs on paper, glance over at the HTC One line, shake your head and move on. After all, DInc 4G LTE, in addition to having a ridiculously long name that reads more like a spec list than anything else (seriously, Verizon -- stop it), isn't a member of the HTC 2012 Cool Club, whose ranks include the One X, One S and One V.

The Incredible (we're going to call it that from here on out -- have we mentioned how ridiculous its full name is?) lives in a sort of middle region. It's an obvious successor to the DInc 2, which we reviewed last year. But for as good as its hardware is, it's missing a few features that would otherwise put it on the top shelf. On the other hand, in shines in a few places where other phones don't as well.

So keep on keeping' on for our full Droid Incredible 4G LTE review.

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4 years ago

Xperia Go survives ice cream, football and the wheels of a car


With more ruggedized smartphones coming to market comes the opportunity to test them in a variety of visceral and cringeworthy ways. Last year we saw the Sony Xperia Active to head-to-head with a stanley knife and the wheels of a Jeep and live to tell the take, and this year its successor has been put through its paces in a similarly grueling ordeal.

German site A1​ decided to test the Xperia Go's rugged chassis and IP67 water and dust resistance to its limits by pitting it against an increasingly tough series of challenges -- first strapping the phone to a soccer ball football and kicking it around a field, next dunking it in ice cream, before burying it in sand and then running over it in a car. Finally, Sony's latest, toughest smartphone was cleaned off with a high-pressure fire hose. Sure enough, just like the Xperia Active before it, the Go looked none the worse at the end of its ordeal.

Check out the video in its entirety above.

Source: A1; via: Clove

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4 years ago

UK regulator confirms 4G spectrum auction plans, bidding expected in early 2013


British telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed its plans for the auction of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum for deployment of 4G LTE services in the UK. In a statement published today, Ofcom said it expected the auction process to begin before the end of this year, with the bidding process getting underway by early 2013. It added that it anticipated that the first 4G services on these newly-auctioned bands should start being rolled out before the end of next year. 4G services on these frequencies should see some 98 percent of the UK population being covered by LTE in the next five years, as winning bidders will be legally required to meet certain minimum coverage levels by 2017.

Ofcom has also decided that consumers interests are best served by having four strong players in the 4G world, and as such it's set aside a minimum amount of spectrum for a fourth player in addition to O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere (Orange + T-Mobile). This spot is widely expected to be filled by the smallest major network provider, Three (Hutchison 3G UK), but Ofcom isn't ruling out the possibility of a new entrant taking this spot.

For its part, Everything Everywhere still plans to attempt 4G roll-out on its existing 1800MHz spectrum before the year's out. If successful, it'd give Orange and T-Mobile UK up to a year's head-start on other networks, which would have to wait for the early 2013 auction process to complete before deploying 4G on 800MHz and 2600MHz.

The perennially delayed 4G auction process, originally intended to begin in 2009, has seen the UK fall by the wayside as countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. already have fully functional 4G LTE networks. At this stage we'll just cross our fingers and hope that the auction process isn't subject to any further delays, which might push 4G network roll-out further into 2014.

Source: Ofcom

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