Headlines

3 years ago

LG's smartphone offerings for the rest of 2011 leaked and rendered

6

LG has jumped into Android in a big way, releasing phones this year that cover everything from the entry level in the popular Optimus One line, to the future generation hardware configuration of the Optimus 3D.  Now the folks at PocketNow have gotten their hands on the rest of LG's 2011 roadmap, and as expected Android rules the roost.  Besides the LG Fantasy, a Windows Phone 7 offering that George over at WP Central has a look at here, some follow-ups to existing phones have emerged, as well as a couple things that sound pretty darn nice.

The LG Prada K2, scheduled for a holiday 2011 release, packs a dual-core punch in a 4.3-inch NOVA LCD display, checks in at 8.8 mm thick, and runs Android 2.3.  It also features front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 8MP respectively) and 21 Mbps HSPA+ data speeds.  With its case design inspired by Prada, this should turn more than a few heads when it shows up -- fingers crossed for a U.S. release.

The LG Univa appears to be the Optimus One replacement.  It checks in squarely in the entry-level range with an 800 MHz single-core CPU, 3.5-inch HVGA display, DLNA support and runs Gingerbread.  At 11.9 mm thick, the Univa looks like it might bring a nice bit of style to the entry-level.  Look for it in Q4.

The LG Victor is another entry-level handset, with a little more punch.  Its 1GHz CPU and 3.8-inch OLED display pair up with Gingerbread, Wifi direct, and front and rear cameras (VGA and 5MP).  This one is supposedly coming this quarter, so look for info soon.

The LG Gelato is one we've seen a couple times before, but it appears there will be an NFC version as well, as the LG Gelato NFC is scheduled for a Q4 release.  The specs hold true to the Sprint version with an 800MHz CPU and 3.2 inch display, but the addition of NFC should make a few happy.

The LG E2 looks like LG's entry in the huge low end market, and should make for a great first smartphone or a pre-pay device.  Details are sparse, save for a "sub-gigahertz" processor and and a basic camera.  Pair this one with the right price, and you have a recipe for success -- especially in developing countries across the globe.

Finally, we have the LG K.  We don't even have a render for this one, and very few details.  Supposedly to have a 4.5 inch display and a true 720p screen, PocketNow thinks this will be the LG P930.  We think it will be awesome.

There are no pictures for any of these devices yet, but you can see some unofficial type renders from the folks at PocketNow, so be sure to hit the source link to see a series of cgi black slabs.  We'll be on the lookout for more information about these.

Source: PocketNow

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sprint rolling out Nexus S 4G update on July 25

10

Since its release, Sprint customers have had quite a number of complaints about the Nexus S 4G and have been patiently awaiting an update that they hoped would fix some of these issues. Earlier this month we saw that the update was delayed, but Sprint has come out and confirmed that the update will begin rolling out on July 25, only three days away.

These enhancements should increase 4G data speeds and signal strength for users. The software update also improves Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality and adds TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This should come as warmly welcomed news by all Nexus S 4G owners, and while the update is scheduled to start on July 25, it will be a staggered roll out as usual, and should reach everyone's device within three weeks from then.

Source: Sprint

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

First CyanogenMod nightly builds available for Galaxy S II

7

Good news for Galaxy S II owners looking for a bit of custom firmware action. Samsung's excellent flagship device has taken its first step towards being fully supported by CyanogenMod, with early Galaxy S II nightly builds of the popular custom ROM now rolling out. The nightlies are based on the CyanogenMod 7.1 branch, which in turn is based on Android 2.3.4.

As ever, these builds are considered highly unstable and are likely to contain bugs and missing or broken functionality. Still, if you're rocking a shiny new Galaxy S II and fancy a change from TouchWiz, then you can grab the latest nightly for your device through ROM Manager, or the source link below.

Source: CyanogenMod

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D now available from Three UK

0

Following the phone's SIM-free launch a couple of weeks ago, the LG Optimus 3D is now available directly from British network Three. The phone is yours for free on any of Three's 24-month contracts, which range from £35 to £40 per month, or on Pay As You Go for £449.99. Not a bad price considering the tech that's packed inside this thing -- a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, a 4.3-inch 3D display and dual 5-megapixel cameras for recording your own 3D content. Unfortunately it's running Froyo out of the box, but a Gingerbread update is expected in the next couple of months.

We've been getting to grips with the European Optimus 3D over the past week, and we'll have a full review written up for you you guys very soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our write-up of an earlier prototype unit from Google IO.

Source: Three Media Centre, Three Store

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

3

Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Droid Bionic ... 'Coming soon'

18

At this point it's just a matter of time before the Motorola Droid Bionic turns up for sale and available to all -- however, Verizon still appears to be swaying on the side of caution and maintaining as much secrecy as humanly possible. What you see above is a new Verizon display unit that is clearly missing a unit. That space, looks like a like it could house a device with a 4.3-inch display much like the Droid Bionic has doesn't it? In any event, we're still stuck in "wait and see mode" here.

Source Droid Forums; via: Android Central Forums; Thanks, Anthony!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Three customers getting unbranded HTC Desire Gingerbread update

10

Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --

Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version

The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.

Source: @ThreeUK

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Poll: Would you buy a Nexus S this far into the year?

41

Asked this on Twitter earlier today, and let's put it to you folks: We're more than halfway through the year, and chances are we'll see a new Nexus device -- whatever it may be -- by the end of the year, if Google keeps up with previous schedules. (Though we have no assurances that it will.)

So the question is this: With the possibility of a new Nexus device in the next five or six months, are you willing to shell out for a Samsung Nexus S? It's a mere $99 on contract, but $529 outright.

Is now a good time to buy a Nexus S?

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Gingerbread leaked for the T-Mobile G2; same build as the version mistakenly released last month

2

Remember the snafu last month where T-Mobile was shipping out warranty-replacement G2s running Gingerbread? Well, some crafty tinkerers have extracted the build and made it available for all to download. This 2.3 update is the same exact version as the one T-Mobile mistakenly shipped out, so though it isn't "official," rest assured that it is the build that big T is working with. No, you don't need root, but yes, there are some bugs that still need squashing, so as always, download at your own risk. Hit the source link to grab the update from T-Mobile's support community.

Source: T-Mobile Support Community

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Try on jeans, get a 'free' phone

37

We're going to suspend disbelief here for a moment and imagine that some of you have girlfriends, and that these girlfriends on occasion shop at a store called Wet Seal, which apparently sells "cute teen clothing." (Note to self: Don't ever let your daughters grow up.)

Anyhoo, they might soon be asking about a promotion in which they can get a free Android smartphone for trying on a pair of jeans (and they'll likely be wondering where you're hiding the camera).

Here's the deal: Yeah, they (or you) can get a "free" phone in exchange for trying on jeans. It's free insofar as you still have to sign up for a two-year voice/data plan. So if that's a good deal for you, then go for it. But remember, free ain't quite "free."

Sources: Wet Seal, press release

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

T-Mobile getting the Wildfire S on Aug. 3 for $80 on contract

10

The HTC Wildfire S is coming to T-Mobile this fall. The Wildfire S -- read our review of the European version -- sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and is running Android 2.3. It's got a 5MP camera on the back.

It'll be available starting Aug. 3 for $79.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. It'll be available in white at T-Mobile stores, and also in black at Walmart and Sam's Club.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google reportedly in talks to purchase alternate patent suite from InterDigital

17

As the patent world turns ... The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, this morning reports that Google is in talks with InterDigital Inc. about acquiring the "technology developer and licenser" in the wake of its failed bidding for that Nortel patent suite.

The WSJ story says IngerDigital owns around 8,800 patents regarding transmitting wireless data, noise-cancellation and other technology for cellular phones and networks.

Source: WSJ; More: Google and patents

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Lucky Android Central reader gets his Motorola Photon a little early

11

What's 4.3 inches of Tegra 2 power, chock full of on-board storage, and sitting in Android Central reader Shawheim's pocket?  Why the Motorola Photon, of course.  It looks like he was lucky enough to come across someone selling a unit on the web, and like any self-respecting Android geek he jumped.  He was kind enough to post a handful of pictures and some initial thoughts in the forums, and while I don;t want to spoil anything, he says "its a BEAST!"

It's coming for the rest of us on July 31, but in the meantime we can all hang out in the Motorola Photon 4G forums and patiently wait.  Be sure to visit and check out all his pics!

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Shawheim!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sneak peek at the Droid Does Motorola Droid Bionic page points to a $299 price tag

110

 

Update: Not that anybody out there screaming this is a fake asked us, but this might shed a little light on things. Haters gonna hate.

Original: Well, well. What have we here? We've been handed what our tipster says is an early version of the Droid Does page for the Motorola Bionic. We're told it's set to go live the first week of August. Specs aren't any different than we've seen, but it's the price that's really standing out -- $299 on contract. That's gonna hurt. But we've been there before, haven't we.

Specs are said to be what we've already been told -- 4.3-inch pentile touchscreen at qHD resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1GHz, 1GHz DDR2 RAM clocked at 1066 MHz, that whole Motorola Webtop thing, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera. We also get its height and weight statistics -- 2.66 inches wide, 4.95 inches tall and 0.52 inches thick, weighing 5.56 ounces. (Let's hope they fix that whole length-width-height thing before launch.)

So, that's what we've got. Last-minute changes to this sort of thing aren't unheard of, but we're certainly getting closer to launch, it seems, and remember that leaked screen from Sam's Club pointing to Aug. 4. Stay tuned, folks.

More: Droid Bionic forums; Thanks anon!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Rogers Samsung Infuse 4G gets priced at $150 by Future Shop

5

Rogers has been on a roll as of late when it comes to updating their Android line-up of devices. Last night in Toronto they held the launch party for the Samsung Infuse 4G and today, Future Shop has outed the pricing of the soon-to-be released device. $149 is what you'll be looking at should you decide to agree to a new 3-year contract but if contracts aren't really your thing, then you'll be looking to hand over $550.  That said; keep in mind the Samsung Galaxy S II is starting to arrive at Bell and Virgin Mobile retail shops all across Canada and only costs $50 more off contract.

Source: Future Shop; via: Mobile Syrup

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages