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2 years ago

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 coming to the UK in early February, yours for £429.99

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It's already available in parts of Asia, and now we have details of when the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be launching in the UK, and for how much. On its official blog, online retailer Clove says it'll begin shipping the device from the week commencing Feb. 6 (that's going to be a busy week), and if you want one, the SIM-free price is a surprisingly reasonable £429.99.

As we said said in our hands-on feature, the PRADA 3.0 is a well-designed handset with decent specs, however it's tied to a quirky monochrome UI that we think may be something of a polarizing feature. To find out more about the phone, check out our write-up, or take a look at our hands-on video after the break.

Source: Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Android Central 83: On the eve of CES, Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the rebirth of Google TV

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Audio-only stream below

We're back for a quickie just days before the start of CES in Las Vegas. Plus, the Sprint Galaxy Nexuxs leaks out, and Google TV apparently has a little life left in it after all. 

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson LT26i 'Nozomi' gets leaked again ahead of inevitable CES unveiling

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Ready for yet another Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" leak? Following on from the slew of images that worked their way onto the web in November and December, some new photos of the upcoming SE device have appeared on ITProPortal today, seemingly confirming much of what we already knew from earlier leaks.

To recap, inside the LT26i (or Nozomi, if you prefer codenames), you've apparently got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, the same sort that powers the HTC Sensation XE, along with 1GB of RAM. Software-wise, there's Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, skinned with a new version of SE's Xperia UI. On the outside, there's said to be a 720p Bravia Engine display, tucked inside a chassis of similar size to the Arc S, albeit a little chunkier around the back. The rear camera is said to be an impressive 12MP Sony Exmor R sensor, a step up from the 8MP camera of the Arc and Arc S. Interestingly, ITProPortal refers to the device as the Xperia HD, rather than the Xperia Arc HD, which we've heard from other sources.

For its part, Sony Ericsson has been dropping some pretty serious hints that it'll be showing off its new hotness at CES 2012 next week. So, only a few more days and we should be able to get our hands on this and other CES-bound devices on the show floor in Las Vegas. Maybe then we'll find out what's going on with that weird transparent cut-out section along the bottom of the phone.

Source: ITProPortal

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2 years ago

Sandisk Memory Zone exiting beta, 350k downloads and going strong

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We first saw Sandisk's Memory Zone application back in September when they launched it in beta out into the big wide world of the Android Market. 350,000 or so downloads later, they're ready to end that beta process. 

Sandisk let us know that as of Monday, the application will be officially exiting beta. Their last update a few weeks ago brought Facebook integration with it, which allows you to upload content directly from your cloud services to Facebook. Additionally it also syncs your Facebook photos to the SD card on your phone. 

So on Monday we should be seeing an update, and who knows we may even get more new features to go with shedding the beta tag. If you've yet to take a look at this, then why not check out our review and hit the break for the download link. 

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2 years ago

US Cellular LTE rollout begins soon - with a tablet in March and a phone in April

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US Cellular is getting serious about their LTE rollout, and today they let a little more information trickle out on their official Twitter account:

4G LTE is almost here! A tablet will be available by the end of March, and our first Smartphone will be ready in April.

We've no clue exactly what the phone or tablet will be, but we're betting both are Android-powered.  US Cellular's 4G LTE network will launch in cities in Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas in early 2012, and the rollout will continue throughout the year.  4G for everybody may soon be a reality.  For more information, hit the link below. 

More: US Cellular; via @USCellular

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2 years ago

Rogers and Telus to begin carrying the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting Jan. 13

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Following up on some previously leaked release dates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Rogers, Samsung Canada has brought forth some new info for not only Rogers customers but TELUS customers as well.  As of Jan. 13th -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available from both Rogers and TELUS ending Bell and Virgin Mobiles exclusivity on the device.

Sadly, no pricing information was announced but that will presumably come from the carriers when they make their individual announcements -- if they even do so. All seems a little weird for Samsung to go ahead and unveil the release dates with no carrier follow up.

Source: Samsung Canada

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2 years ago

HTC's Q4 earnings slip 2.49 percent from 2010

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but HTC is doomed. DOOMED! Because after months and months and months of ridiculous growth, things slipped a tad in the fouth quarter of 2011. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer brought in revenues of  NT$101,419 million, down 2.49 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010. That's it. Hang up your smartphones now, folks. It's all over. Let's go home.

Or, let's see what 2012 has in store and not freak out just yet. Your choice.

Source: HTC

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2 years ago

Cobra bringing more Android-related accessories into vehicles at CES

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Cobra Electronics, probably best known for its radar detectors and vehicle security systems, is bringing a couple new pieces of Android kit to CES next week in Las Vegas.

First up is the Cobra Tag G5. It's an improvement on what you see above -- a "smart" key fob with companion app that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. If they get too far away from each other, an alarm sounds. It uses the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) standard for an expected life of at least six months when connected to a phone. (Ed note: Whoa.)

And then there's the Cobra JoyRide for Android. It pairs up Cobra's charging accessory and is basically a car mode app. It'll initiate phone calls or voice commands, share road hazard information and live police info, serve as a music app and launch other applications.

We'll be on the ground in Las Vegas to check it all out. See our complete CES coverage here.

Source: Cobra

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2 years ago

(Former?) AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note accessories maker: Nothing to see here!

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The accessories manufacturer that prematurely confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note is coming to AT&T has since retracted said leak. According to a new release from Anymode, the previous statement that it was "recently named [an] OEM vendor for many of [Samsung's] Galaxy Note accessories" was released in error and "the information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung, nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it."

Here's the full statement:

RETRACTION OF EARLIER CES ANNOUNCEMENT

JANUARY 6, 2012 --The January 5, 2012 CES Media Alert titled "Anymode Introduces First Accessories for Samsung Galaxy Note" contained inaccurate information pertaining to AT&T and the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung , nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it.

The issuing party apologizes for the publishing of the inaccurate information and any inconvenience it may have caused. 

Interesting, indeed. Is there a rogue PR rep running the streets, spilling beans by day and fighting crime by night? Has anybody checked Wikileaks latety?

And does this retraction mean we won't see an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note? Oh, we're pretty sure it's out there. Does that mean we won't be seeing any Anymode accessories? Confidence is high. Repeat: Confidence is high.

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2 years ago

This is what the white Galaxy Nexus looks like

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This morning UK retailer Clove gives us our first proper look at the white Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with some real, official promotional images. You might notice it's a bit different to the picture that was doing the rounds previously -- turns rival retailer MobileFun fudged things yesterday and used a fan render on their site rather than an official photo.

In any case, what you see above is in fact what'll start shipping in the UK during the week commencing Feb. 6. Clove's asking price for the white Nexus is £500 (~$780), which is about the same as you'll pay for the black version in the UK right now.

Source: Clove

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