3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 $100 off this Sunday at Best Buy


There's been a whole lot of Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) news today, and Best Buy is getting into the mix this weekend with a sale. All of its Galaxy S3 handsets will be discounted by $100 on Sunday, Oct. 14, at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store. Only the "pebble blue" and "marble white" will be discounted -- sorry, no garnet red -- but for $100 off it's hard to argue with the color options.

Best Buy is a reseller of handsets for all four major carriers, and even offers full-priced and unlocked models as well, giving you plenty of choices. Between this and the recent spate of Galaxy S3 sales in the UK, there's never been a better time to pick up an S3 on the cheap.

Source: BestBuy

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini UK pricing and availability


Samsung's just announced its new mid-range device, the Galaxy S3 Mini, and now we have the first confirmation of the UK SIM-free pricing for the phone, courtesy of Clove Technology. Clove lists the Galaxy S3 Mini for pre-order for £298.80 inc. VAT (£250 exc. VAT, around $400), and says the phone will launch in white and blue variants, just like its big brother.

The £298 price tag is in line with what we we've hearing about European Galaxy S3 Mini pricing from pre-release leaks.

So far there's no word on exactly when the Galaxy S3 Mini will begin shipping. However, Vodafone UK have confirmed that they'll be carrying the device, which they say is coming "soon."

Anyone tempted by a solid Jelly Bean-powered mid-range handset at this price? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Clove Technology, Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy S3 Mini


It's been rumored and leaked, but now it's official -- Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S3 Mini (Galaxy S III Mini), a device that shares its software and chassis design with the Galaxy S3, and packs reasonably powerful mid-range internals. Described as a "compact version" of the S3, the Galaxy S3 Mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

Key specs include a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) SuperAMOLED display and a 5MP rear camera, along with 8 or 16GB of internal storage and microSD support. That's a far cry from the beastly hardware inside the Galaxy S3, but if it's priced right, it could perform well in mid-range territory (incidentally, there's no official word on prices or availability yet). If nothing else, it's the first such device to ship with Jelly Bean, which is an important Android milestone.

Check past the break for more images, along with today's full press release and spec sheet.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD for October 18 launch


If you've been waiting for a launch date on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon, wait no longer! Verizon has announced that both variants will be available in stores on October 18 for for $199 and $299 on contract, respectively. As you might expect, the DROID RAZR HD MAXX has a bigger batter which allows for a whooping 32 hours of regular usage, while all of the other specs remain the same. 

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
  • 4.7-inch 720 display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting
  • NFC-enabled so customers can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam
  • Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR fiber and water-repellent nanocoating
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

You can get a closer look through our hands-on video, or hold out for my upcoming review of the Rogers version pictured above. I can tell you that so far, it's been a beaut of a phone, and is extremely well-constructed. Based on the early looks, is anyone biting? Is the lack of a removable battery a deal-breaker?Anything you'd like to know about this bad boy from my review? 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Appeals court overturns Galaxy Nexus injunction


A U.S. appeals court has overturned the injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Nexus, according to reports. Apple won a preliminary injunction blocking sales of Samsung's Nexus in June, after a California district court ruled that the device infringed upon an Apple-owned search patent. Samsung was later granted a stay against the injunction, allowing sales of the device to continue.

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which granted the stay, ruled that the California court "abused its discretion in entering an injunction," according to reports from Reuters. The ruling is significant not only because it allows sales of the Gnex to continue in the long term, but also because it represents a setback for Apple in its on-going patent struggle against Samsung (and by association, Google).

With rumors of a new LG-built Nexus hotting up, and the Galaxy Nexus reaching the end of its shelf life, it's unlikely to make a massive difference to either company's bottom line. Nevertheless, it's an important victory for Android.

Source: Reuters

More: The Galaxy Nexus Ban: This, too, shall pass

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3 years ago

Sprint confirms talks of Softbank investment


Sprint today confirmed that they're discussing a "substantial investment" by Japan's Softbank and that "such a transaction could involve a change of control of Sprint". Nothing has been nailed down just yet, but that's still a very spicy possibility. Here is Sprint's statement in full.

"Sprint (NYSE: S) today confirmed that it is currently engaged in discussions with Softbank regarding a potential substantial investment by Softbank in Sprint. Although there can be no assurances that these discussions will result in any transaction or on what terms any transaction may occur, such a transaction could involve a change of control of Sprint. Sprint does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached."

An anonymous source told Reuters that the figure for a majority stake was somewhere in the area of $12.8 billion. While I doubt that an investment from Japan would mean that Sprint would necessarily get some of the super-sweet devices that are released over there; in fact, some Japanese media see this deal as a good way of getting American phones into Softbank stores.

I'm curious to see what kind of strategic direction Softbank would take Sprint in. Sprint was looking at making a counteroffer on MetroPCS, but failing that maybe outside investment is necessary to speed up LTE coverage expansion. How do you guys think a Softbank-controlled Sprint would differ from the current set-up, if at all? 

via: Reuters

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3 years ago

Samsung GT-i9260 Galaxy Premier revealed in leaked image


And no, it's not a Nexus

As Samsung prepares to launch the Galaxy S3 Mini in Germany today, we have news of another unannounced handset, the Galaxy Premier. The phone, also known by its model number GT-i9260, was previously rumored to be a re-vamped Galaxy Nexus, owing to its hardware similarities, and the closeness of its model number to the Nexus's GT-i9250. But as you can see from the leaked image above, obtained by German site MobileGeeks, it is in fact a mid-range TouchWiz device, just as we'd speculated on the Android Central forums.

The Galaxy Premier's hardware specs aren't a million miles away from the Galaxy Nexus, though. Inside there's a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, a 1.5GHzdual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera and 8 or 16GB of internal storage, backed up by a microSD card slot. On the software side, it's running the (almost) latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean alongside Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX.

As with any unannounced device, take this leaked info with a pinch of salt until we see something official. Nevertheless, it seems the mystery of the GT-i9260 is well and truly solved at this point.

Source: MobileGeeks

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3 years ago

Shamelessly defend criminals in Devil's Attorney game for Android


Devil's Attorney launched on Google Play today, putting the players in the shoes of Max McMann, a defense lawyer whose wordplay can baffle any jury and tear apart the case of any prosecutor out there. Through the game, you pick from a variety of available cases, such as restaurant owners selling hot dogs of questionable origin, or male strippers caught impersonating police officers.

Once chosen, you go to court, enjoy a short (and often hilarious) back-and-forth with the plaintiff, and get to work. Every turn, you have a certain number of action points to spend on a variety of abilities which can reduce the credibility of various parts of the opposition's case, including evidence and witnesses. Once you're out of action points, the prosecutor damages your case with whatever they have left. As soon as you reduce the credibility of every element of the prosecution's case to zero, you win and get paid. That money then goes towards kitting out your apartment with lavish furniture to increase your materialism, vanity, and decadence ratings, which each provide new and unique skills in the courtroom. 

If Saul from Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it's that skeezy lawyers can be easily portrayed as loveable scamps, and in that spirit, Devil's Attorney does extremely well. The distinctly 70s vibe certainly magnifies the cheese-factor, and the excellent voice acting does its part too. I never really got into the Phoenix Wright games, but for $2.99, I think I'm going to end up spending a lot of time with this one.

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3 years ago

Comparing the LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint


While MobileCON 2012 won't be known for any major announcements or shakeups, it did give at least one company a spotlight to shine on its upcoming flagship powerhouse. LG , on hand for the final night here in San Diego, continued its marketing push with a blowout to celebrate its upcoming Optimus G, the superphone we've seen both in South Korea and in New York. Official for both AT&T and Sprint, we're now getting a closer look at the device that LG is banking on to put them back in the game.

We got our hands on both models at a launch party last night, and while both carry the Optimus G moniker, you'll notice in the photos as well as the video some very distinct differences-- take note: this is not a Samsung release.

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3 years ago

New Zagat app now available on Google Play


Google-owned restaurant ratings guide Zagat has just put out version 1.0 of its Android app on the Google Play Store. A free download for devices running Android 2.2 and above, Zagat allows you to browse restaurants nearby based upon ratings, cuisine type or features. The app also has the ability to add your own ratings and reviews, and even make reservations at certain restaurants.

Coverage is limited to a selection of U.S. cities at the moment -- the full list can be found on the app's Google Play Store listing -- so international readers may want to skip this one.

Also note that the new Zagat for Android now signs in through Google+, so you'll need a G+ account to get started with this app. To get downloading, hit the Google Play link up above, and be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly hiring staff for Nexus call center, to open late October


Google is recruiting Android enthusiasts to staff a "Nexus call center," according to reports from Geek.com. Google is said to be using a third-party company to recruit from campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area, in time for the next Nexus launch.

An advertisement doesn't mention Google by name, but an ad mentioning a "confidential client" in the Mountain View area, which recently launched an Android tablet doesn't leave much to the imagination. Geek.com reports that it's sources say Google is aiming to have this Nexus call center fully staffed and trained by the end of the month.

A dedicated Nexus call center for its upcoming flagship phone would help Google to bolster its customer service credentials, an area that's been singled out for criticism when earlier Nexus devices launched. It's also adds more weight to recent reports of an LG-built Nexus being announced, and possibly launched, in late October.

Source: Geek.com

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3 years ago

LG Nexus crops up once again in higher-quality pics


Another day, another LG Nexus (aka Nexus 4, aka Optimus Nexus) leak. This time it's from Belarusian tech site Onliner.by, which scored some high-res, higher-quality shots of the device now almost certain to be Google's next flagship phone. The shots show the same LG-E960 device sighted in earlier leaked pics, with a Galaxy Nexus-like front and LG "crystal reflection process" back. Same on-screen buttons, same LG and Google branding around the back.

There are a few visible details that weren't shown in previous leaks, however. You can clearly make out the two-tone trim, with a shiny metallic front and darker matte back, along with an iPhone-style microSIM located under the volume rocker.

The site also confirms the list of specs we've heard from other sources -- a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1280x768 display, 8MP rear camera and 8GB of on-board storage. On the software side, it's running Android 4.1.2, just like the handsets in earlier leaked images.

The quickening pace of leaks certainly suggests we're about ready to see this thing announced. The latest unconfirmed reports suggest an announcement -- and possibly even a launch -- at the end of the month could be on the cards.

More pics after the break.

Source: Onliner.by

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3 years ago

Google rolls out new mobile homepage


Google has started rolling out a new version of its mobile homepage, featuring an expandable menu on the left, which visitors can use to access a range of the company's mobile services. Similar to the official Google+ and YouTube apps for Android, the latest iteration of Google.com for mobile features looks to add more functionality without cluttering up the screen too much. The new menu can be activated by tapping the new button in the top left corner. From there you'll be presented with a list of all Google's mobile services, including Search, Images, Maps, YouTube and Google+, which gets a prominent placement up top.

In addition, there's a redesigned top bar with an area for Google+ notifications, and a shortcut to post to Google's social network. So it seems likely this is part of Google's continuing push to move traffic from Search and other services onto Google+.

The new homepage isn't showing up for everyone yet, and whether you see it or not may depend on the device you're running. For example, our Sony Xperia T running ICS shows the new homepage, but our Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean does not. We imagine Google will continue to roll out the new design to more users and devices in the days ahead.

More: Google.com

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 M2 builds released


The CyanogenMod team sends word that they've released the second "M" -- milestone or monthly -- build of the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 ROM. "M" builds of the popular custom firmware are described as "essentially stable" and "ready to use as your daily driver", compared to the more common but less stable nightly builds. Fittingly, M2's release comes around a month after M1 landed.

M2 builds are still rolling off CM's servers, but right now the ROM is available for all three Galaxy Nexus variants, as well as numerous Galaxy S2 and U.S. Galaxy S3 phones, among others. The newest builds of CyanogenMod 10 are available via the CM updater, as well as via ROM Manager.and the get.cm download site.

For the full list of supported devices in this latest version of CyanogenMod, check the source link below. And when you're up and running, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated with pages support


The Google+ app for Android has just been updated to version 3.2, bringing a few notable features. First and foremost, "Google+ Pages" owners -- like businesses -- can now view, post and comment from mobile. Also in this update is a new "find people" feature -- which is pretty self explanatory -- and the ability to access photos from posts with one tap. Viewing photos was a bit of a pain in the previous version, requiring a series of taps to eventually get to it full screen, so this is a good improvement.

You can grab the app if you haven't already from the Google Play Store link above. We've got a couple screenshots of the UI for you after the break.

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