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4 years ago

Orange and T-Mobile UK Galaxy S II ICS updates confirmed


As the world awaits Samsung's next big thing, it's worth remembering that some Galaxy S II owners are still waiting on their upgrade to the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the update has already rolled out for network-branded Galaxy S II's on O2, Three and Vodafone (as well as unbranded phones), Orange and T-Mobile UK have so far lagged behind.

But today both carriers provided more info on when users can expect their updates -- Orange expects the update to go out over Kies tomorrow, while Tmo's is scheduled for Sunday, April 22.

There's still no word on ICS updates for the many U.S. variants of the Galaxy S II, though recent leaks seem to show progress being made towards stable ICS builds.

Source: TechRadar

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4 years ago

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 demand to outstrip supply


Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chip will be powering some of the most anticipated Android devices of the next few months, including the HTC One S and AT&T's HTC One X, not to mention the ASUS Padfone and rumored devices from Sony. But in its recent Q2 earnings call, the chipmaker admitted that supply of the S4 chips may be unable to meet demand until the end of the year, meaning that device manufacturers may have to look elsewhere for alternative silicon. The lack of supply is likely due to difficulties with the 28nm manufacturing process used to build the S4 chips, which have been reported over the past couple of months.

Speaking in the earnings call, Qualcomm President and COO Steven Mollenkopf said the company was working with its customers (manufacturers) to swap-in alternative Qualcomm chipsets, though he admitted "we do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue as well."

While this probably won't impact S4 devices currently on the market, or about to go on sale, it may cause OEMs to think twice about using the chips in devices due to come to market later in the year, particularly where LTE connectivity isn't essential. In the mobile device space, Qualcomm faces competition from the likes of NVIDIA, Texas Instruments and Samsung, not to mention Intel later in the year.

via BBC News

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Would you switch carriers for a phone?


We ask a lot of hypothetical questions in our nightly polls. Back when they first started, we decided that the main focus is for us to get to know each other a little better, and that leads to a lot of what-if kind of situations. Like tonight's, where I'm asking if the right phone could make you switch carriers.

Imagine the HTC One X, or the "next" Galaxy phone, or another up and comer we haven't heard about yet. One you really, really like. Now imagine that you're told it won't come to the carrier you're currently using. What would you do? Would you pass on it, hoping to have a better selection next time around, or do you pay any ETF, port your number and jump ship?

I'm a T-Mobile customer, but I could leave for Sprint or AT&T, which both have excellent coverage around here. But I wouldn't, partially because I like my cheaper monthly costs, and because I like the way T-Mobile treats customers who bring their own phones. I'll happily use whatever device suits me best until it's time to buy a new one. But I can see the draw, because I have considered it once or twice and thought about leaving for AT&T -- over a phone. In the end I didn't, and don't really regret it.

What about you guys? Would you leave or stay if you found out your carrier wasn't ever going to get the phone you just had to have? Answer in the poll., and tell us why in the comments.

Would you switch carriers to get the right phone?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile introduces the HTC One S live from New York


T-Mobile threw a little get-together high above New York's Meatpacking district tonight, and we were there to catch a glimpse at the star of the show: the HTC One S. The carrier was celebrating the launch of its cut of the One line, the 4.3-inch mid-leveler packing the same dual-core S4 processor and 8 MP camera as its big brother, the One X. We've already put the S though its paces these past few weeks, but we couldn't help fawning over it again tonight. While the screen isn't top of the line, the size, Sense 4.0+ Ice Cream Sandwich, and camera have us downright smitten. And while the S was the guest of honor, T-Mobile included some other goodies for its guests, including a look at its new ad campaign (yes, Carly was there) and a live performance from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 

You can check out our hands-on with T-Mobile's HTC One S here. It'll be available next week, April 25, for $199 on contract. Hit the break for some shots from tonight's gathering.

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4 years ago

HTC One S review (T-Mobile US)


HTC's not making it easy for us. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is doing its best to convince us that the HTC One S, despite being the "middle" phone in the HTC One line — between the One X and the One V — in fact is the best phone in the bunch. And, truth be told, we're wavering.

You've read our complete HTC One X review. We've done the HTC One V. And we've already reviewed the Euro version of the HTC One S. (And I've had that one for a number of weeks, too.)

Point is, we're not unfamiliar with these phones. And neither are you after the thousands of words and (what feels like) hours of video we've brought you.

What follows is our T-Mobile HTC One S review. It has a lot in common with its European counterpart, and we'll highlight what those of us in the states have to look forward to.

This phone is a little slice of sexy. Never thought we'd call a 4.3-inch smartphone little, but the HTC One S is a mere 7.8 mm thick, and it makes it feel smaller than it really is. Has a powerful processor and great design, and an excellent camera. It's running the most recent version of Android with some nice customizations from HTC.

The non-removable battery and lack of a microSD card will be a nonstarter for some. The display, while not bad, isn't as good as its big brother in the HTC One X. Can get pretty hot under a heavy load.

If you're in the market for a new smartphone on T-Mobile, you need to check out the HTC One S. It's got a great design, it's got great hardware, and the software is top of the line. And it can nearly replace your point-and-shoot camera.

Inside this review

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S hands-on


You can never get enough of a phone this nice. Have a peek at Phil's hands-on with the T-Mobile edition of the HTC One S, and start counting your pennies in preparation for the April 25 release date. Like the all the phones in the HTC One line, this looks to be one of the year's best from HTC.

It would look even better in Jerry's pocket!

Visit the HTC One S forums

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4 years ago

Samsung 'GT-i9300' sighted in Brazil, probably not the Galaxy S III


Update: Sources for The Verge have denied that this model is the Galaxy S III, saying it's "not even close to the final design," and adding "no leaks of the final design have been accurate."

Original story: If you've been following the stories of rumored devices within Samsung's 2012 line-up, you may be familiar with a phone with the product number GT-i9300. When we first caught a glimpse of this device in late March, it was rocking a buttonless setup, with software-based on-screen keys in the style of the Galaxy Nexus. But if the latest set of leaked images from ​Gizmodo Brazil​ are to be believed, then the phone may have grown a set of physical buttons over the past month. Photos have leaked today claiming to show the front and back of the device, and aside from the different button setup, they match last month's leaked pics pretty closely. Note the front-facing camera position and the trim around the device's corners.

The images are reportedly from a manufacturing source, which claims the GT-i9300 is a high-end product, with a 12MP rear camera (with dual-LED flash) and a high-quality display. It's also reportedly thinner than the Galaxy S II, but slightly heavier, with a larger screen. Whether it's Samsung's next flagship phone -- under the Galaxy S III name or some other branding -- remains to be seen.

As we discussed yesterday, we still know almost nothing about Samsung's next-gen plans. But all will be revealed at the launch event in London on May 3, and we'll be there to bring you full coverage of whatever's unveiled.

Source: Gizmodo Brazil; The Verge

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4 years ago

HTC One S for T-Mobile gets more official, coming April 25


If you've been waiting for news about T-Mobile's HTC One S, you're in the right place -- they have just announced availability and pricing of the sleek new phone, and the good news is that it's not months away. The One S will be available at T-Mobile stores nationwide starting April 25, and it checks in at $199 with a new agreement. 

The One S looks to be one of the sexiest phones HTC has ever put out, being super thin, with great specs and Sense 4.0. HTC knows that the road to the top of the Android food chain isn't easy, but with devices like this and the rest of the HTC One line they are on the right track. The review is coming shortly, but in the meantime have a gander at the press release, after the break.

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4 years ago

ZumoDrive going the way of the Dodo; get all your files before June 1


Motorola has announced that they will be shutting down ZumoDrive, effective June 1, 2012. We're not too surprised here, as when Motorola bought out Zecter (ZumoDrive's parent company) they weren't shy about wanting the tech to integrate the streaming abilities with their own software. They've accomplished this, and also invite everyone (well, everyone with a Motorola phone or tablet) to move on over to MotoCast

You'll want to be sure to get all your data out of ZumoDrive before June 1, and they are making it fairly easy with the "ZumoDrive downloader tool", which you can run and suck everything out of the cloud and onto your computer hard drive. Data not downloaded by June 1 will be "securely erased" and gone forever, so this is something you'll want to take care of. 

If you are a ZumoDrive user, and have a Motorola device, you'll probably be best served jumping into MotoCast. For those who aren't using Motorola hardware, this may be a great opportunity to see what Google Drive is all about. See the official announcement after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC One S appears on the T-Mobile website, shares off contract price with all


For those of you looking to get your hands on the HTC One S as soon as it hits T-Mobile, you can now plan ahead for the pricing if nothing else. The HTC One S has now turned up on the T-Mobile site and has shared its off contract pricing with everyone. $600 and you can call the HTC One S yours, what do you guys think? Picking it up with no contract or grabbing something else? If you're still on the fence, give our HTC One S preview a look.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX software updates finally ready to roll out


Being a Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR MAXX owner has certainly had its ups and downs for the past little while. A bunch of false starts for software updates have occurred, but now it looks like Motorola and Verizon have managed to get things squared away for the better.

If you check out the Verizon support pages you'll find information for the 6.12.181 software update readily available for viewing, which means the actual updates could roll out pretty much anytime now.

No, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, but we're sure you'll agree some updates are better than no updates at all. The change log is the same for both devices, so jump on past the break to get a detailed list

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

AT&T introduces new data plans for GoPhone customers


Want to get into the world of smartphones without getting tied down to a monthly contract? AT&T GoPhone is one of many prepaid options out there, and now AT&T has announced some new data plans set to arrive on the prepaid service from April 22nd --

  • 1 GB - $25
  • 200 MB - $15
  • 50 MB - $5

GoPhone customers who subscribe to either the $50 Unlimited Talk & Text nationwide plan or the $25 Unlimited Text with 250 minutes nationwide plan are eligible to add the services, which are priced to offer twice as much data as earlier rates.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2X gets another Gingerbread update


There's an update waiting for you in the LG Mobile Support tool if you have a T-Mobile G2X, but relax -- it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. V21Y brings the G2X to Android version 2.3.4, swaps out the baseband for a newer version, and adds Google+ to the ROM.  Early reports say that battery life has been improved, but that great LG camera app is still nowhere to be found. 

Other than that, it looks to be a small version bump from 2.3.3 to 2.3.4, and was "released" with no fanfare. We still don't know when (or if) the G2X will ever see an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, and that makes us sad. Anyone who has one will tell you it's an amazing piece of hardware, simply held back by buggy radios and software. 

If you're feeling brave, and have a stock G2X (or can take the time to roll back to stock), plug in and check for updates and give it a try. 

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Bell to be the exclusive carrier of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE


If you'll all remember it was quite a while ago now that Samsung announced the Galaxy S II HD LTE. It appeared on some retailer websites and then it ultimately ended up in the hands of AT&T as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. Now it is making its way to Canada where it will be a Bell exclusive. Here's what Canadian buyers can expect --

  • Fast network access: 4G LTE, HSPA+ 42 Mbps, EDGE/GPRS quad band
  • Best in class display: 4.65" (118mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, optimized HD interface, and HD content support
  • Powerful performance: 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 4G LTE download speeds, 1850mAH Li-ion battery, Android 2.3 OS, WiFi and Bluetooth capable (ICS will be available)
  • Form factor: 9.27mm thin
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; 16GB (eMMC); micro SD slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 8 MP AF rear camera; full HD 1080p video recording;  2 MP front camera
  • Browser: Android Browser: HTML 5.0

Bell hasn't laid out any pricing for the device as of yet, but those interested in picking one up can sign up for updates on Bell's website. They'll have more info in the "coming weeks" for customers but until then though, you can check out their full press release beyond the break.

Source: Bell

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4 years ago

HTC One X launches May 6 on AT&T, priced $199.99


Pre-orders for the LTE-powered One X begin April 22

AT&T has announced that its version of the HTC One X will launch just under three weeks from now, on May 6, with pre-orders for the device starting this Sunday, April 22. The phone will sell for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, which is in line with other leading AT&T phones.

AT&T's One X packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, compared to the quad-core Tegra 3 powering the international version. The change is due to Tegra 3's lack of built-in LTE support, however the dual-core Snapdragon S4 is nothing to sniff at, and we've been impressed with the performance it's delivered in other phones like the HTC One S. Aside form the change in processor, AT&T customers can expect the same One X experience we described in our full review -- same gorgeous 720p SuperLCD2 display, same 8MP ImageSense camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by HTC Sense 4.

For more on the One X, take a glance over our definitive review. And if you're on AT&T, hit the comments and let us know whether you'll be picking one of these up on May 6.

Source: PRNewswire

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