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3 years ago

US Cellular getting the LG Splendor (US730), as outed by product page

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Behold, the LG Splendor for US Cellular. This unannounced phone has been outed by a now--pulled LG product page and still-alive product brochure, as spotted by an eagle-eyed SmartPhenom. It looks to be a decent device, with a 4.3-inch display at 800x480 resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's all powered by a Qualcomm MSM8655 processor running at 1 GHz. Battery's listed at 1700 mAh. There's 2 GB of on-board storage, and the Splendor will take a microSD card as well. Top of the line? Nah. But it should be a decent addition to USCC's lineup if and when it's announced.

Source: LG Splendor brochure (pdf); via SmartPhenom

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE gets a few more details

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We've received a few more specs for the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, an upcoming (but as yet unannounced) Sprint Android smartphone whose existence we revealed on Saturday.

Until now, all we had was the name, the suffix of which obviously (and obtusely) points out that it'll run on Sprint's fledgling 4G LTE network. Thanks to a tipster, we can now nail down a few more details:

  • The Galaxy Victory will have a 4-inch display. That's decidedly smaller than the Galaxy S3 with its 4.8-inch display. No word yet on the technology behind the display. 
  • It'll be running Android 4.0, with TouchWiz atop it. No surprise there, and we'd expect it to be announced (and eventually launch) with one of the updated versions of Ice Cream Sandwich. As for a possible upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before launch? We wouldn't bet the farm on it. But then again it's not like we have any dates for the phone in the first place.
  • The Galaxy Victory will have NFC on board. the Android Beam feature inherent to Ice Cream Sandwich will be there as well, as will Samsung's own S Beam, which uses NFC to initiate a Wifi-direct connection to another S Beam-enabled device, like the Galaxy S3. (Figure this will be a standard feature in new Samsung phones at this point.)
  • Judging from the renders on the pages sent to us, it'll be lacking a physical home button, and it appears to have four capacitive buttons below the display. 
  • It'll have Google Wallet at its disposal.

That's still pretty thin. So we've got a 4-inch Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with NFC, Google Wallet and TouchWiz, and it looks like it'll only have capacitive buttons. All in all, a mid-range 2012 Samsung smartphone, we gather. But let's hold off any sort of real judgment until this thing's official and in our hot little hands, we suppose.

We've got more screenies after the break for your perusal. 

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Lenovo's new Ideatab Android tablets at IFA 2012

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Lenovo has unveiled three new Android tablets at IFA 2012, in Berlin, and we've had the chance to try them out for ourselves. All three tablets run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with some additional UI customizations from the manufacturer.

First up is the 10-inch Ideatab S2110, a keyboard-and-tabet dock set similar to the ASUS Transformer series. Inside the S2110 is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU running at 1.5GHz, backed up by 1GB of RAM. That's billed as a "premium entertainment tablet," and as such packs HDMI output capable of pumping out images at up to 1080p resolution.

Next come the Ideatab A2107 and A2109 -- mid-range offerings aimed at a lower price point. The A2109 is based around NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, while Lenovo wasn't disclosing the CPU inside the A2107. Both devices sport a more curved chassis with smoother edges, though the software is consistent with the Lenovo's larger tablet. We noticed a few performance and stability issues with these two tablets on the show floor, but we'll put that down to the presence of pre-release hardware and software, and we imagine both will be polished up before the eventual release.

We've got hands-on video up top and more photos of all three products after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL

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When we first got wind of the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL, it was an afterthought at the company's Mobile World Congress press conference. Aside the D Quad, which shipped with a 1800 mAh battery, the Ascend D Quad XL would offer a more substantial 2600mAh. At that show, however, only the D Quad was present -- the D Quad XL was nowhere to be seen.

But at IFA 2012 this week, the newly-renamed (we'll leave it up to you to work out why) Ascend D1 Quad XL was proudly displayed at the Huawei booth for all to see. The software it was running closely resembled what we'd seen on the original D Quad back in February -- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by a proprietary Huawei UI layer (though not the Emotion UI we've seen emerge in recent weeks). On the inside, you'll find the same hardware powering the show -- Huawei's own quad-core 1.4GHz CPU, which has still yet to see the light of day in a released product.

All in all, it's a thicker, bulkier version of the D1 Quad, and one which should see you through a few more hours of regular use. We've got hands-on video after the break, along with a few more photos.

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3 years ago

Leaked materials show Samsung Victory 4G LTE coming to Sprint this month

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According to this Sprint internal employee promotion, the Samsung Victory 4G LTE should be on the shelves at your local Sprint store sometime in September. News that Samsung will be pushing out a bunch of mid-range Android phones has been kicking around for a week or so, but here's the first official looking word from a carrier about one of them. The supposed specs are a Qualcomm S4 with a 480x800 display and NFC, so it should be more than capable.

What we know for sure is that Sprint reps will get an extra $3 for selling you one in September, and they can't do that unless they are in stock. We'll be waiting for an official announcement.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week - Eternity Warriors 2, Chicken Bandit, ESPN Fantasy Football and more!

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We've got another great lineup of apps for your enjoyment this week. It's the first day of September and these apps will help you start it off right. In this batch there are a few great games, an app to manage your fantasy football team and one to keep your phone secure when you're out of the house. Give these picks a try and while you're on an app downloading spree, go ahead and check out the "End of Summer Sale" in the Google Play Store.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Intel-powered ZTE Grand X IN

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We first saw the ZTE Grand X in July in London, where the Tegra 2-powered smartphone was billed as a mid-range gaming-focused handset. Fast forward a couple of months, and we've come across a new variant at the Intel booth at IFA 2012 in Berlin. The ZTE Grand X IN closely resembles its Tegra 2-powered brother, except lurking inside this model is an Intel Atom Z2460 CPU, making it one of the few Intel-powered Android 4.x handsets out there.

The only cosmetic difference is the "Intel Inside" badge on the device's rear -- aside from that, it's identical to the version we saw in England in July. On the software side, it's still running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with only a few custom additions from ZTE. The software remains mostly stock on the Intel-powered version, though obviously some of the Tegra-powered extras are absent on this model.

Check out our hands-on video above. The ZTE Grand X IN should ve hitting store shelves sometime in Q3.

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3 years ago

Weekend project: Build Mozilla's Boot to Gecko for your Android smartphone

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I'm not a coder. I barely know Git from Got, and I can't recall how many times I've wondered why adb won't work, only to discover I forgot to turn on USB debugging -- again. I've got Linux on a box here, but I only ever use it when I'm in the mood to throw a half-dozen questions at Jerry in the span of five minutes.

Also, I don't have a neckbeard.

So what in the wide, wide world of sports am I doing downloading Xcode on my MacBook Air (never mind that until this spring I'd been a Windows guy all my life), syncing from Git repos, compiling code and flashing an operating system I've consciously ignored up until now -- especially given that I've spent 24 hours dealing with a sick child, worrying about an ailing friend, and preparing for a probable hurricane, largely ignoring my actual job?

I, apparently, have a problem with flashing. And so that's how I recently found myself putting Mozilla's fledgling operating system, also known as "Gecko," on the Samsung Nexus S. 

Welcome to the Boot to Gecko project.

Like I said, I'm not a coder. But I do like to mess with things. And I managed to do this, as my young daughters like to say, all ... by ... my ... self. And you can, too.

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3 years ago

Lloyd goes to Berlin via China

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We all know that Lloyd is a well-traveled individual, but we were nevertheless surprised to see him stalking the halls of IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, moonlighting for a Chinese tablet manufacturer. We've seen our trusty mascot adorn unauthorized ads and shop signs before, but never on such a scale. Electronics firm Hopeful enlisted the help of a five-foot-tall Lloyd at its IFA 2012 booth, where it was showing a handful of Android tablets.

We'll be having a few words with Lloyd when he gets back from Berlin. In the meantime, if you want real, AC-approved Lloyd swag, we've got plenty of that over in the store.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite

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Over at the Huawei booth at IFA 2012 in Berlin, one of the new devices on show is the new MediaPad 7 Lite. We first heard about the tablet back in July, when Huawei themselves announced the device. Specs were a mystery back then, but with the device now pretty much ready for launch, we went hands on to get a feel for this new, mid-range tablet. 

Up front the MediaPad 7 Lite sports a 7 inch 1024x600 IPS display, while powering everything from beneath is an ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor. The tablet comes running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and reminds us of the old HTC Flyer with it's two-tone silver and white, metal meets plastic rear. Perhaps more curiously though, the MediaPad 7 Lite has a 3G cellular voice function. Data, SMS and MMS are all possible from the tablet. Rounding out the specs are a pair of cameras, 3.2MP on the rear, 0.3MP on the front. 

Overall the MediaPad 7 Lite isn't going to set the world on fire, but it isn't meant to either. It isn't the slowest experience in the world, although we did experience a few moments during our brief hands on time. Android purists will be happy also, as it seems that it's pretty much stock ICS on this thing. 

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite will begin shipping from now across selected markets, continuing through September. Aside from Russia, there is no word on European availability at this time, nor for the U.S. 

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3 years ago

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD to begin shipping in September

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Having been first announced back at Mobile World Congress, the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD -- much like the Ascend D1 Quad XL -- has faded into almost total obscurity. Fast forward six months to IFA 2012 in Berlin, and the tablet is back, and is ready for release. 

Powered by Huawei's own K3v2 Cortex-A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor, the MediaPad 10 FHD packs a gorgeous full HD 1920x1200 IPS display with a 16:10 screen ratio, and Dolby audio technology. Huawei also promises a keyboard dock add-on for the tablet much in the same vein as Asus' Transformer Pad series.

The MediaPad 10 FHD is available now in China, and will begin shipping in selected European and Middle-Eastern markets in September. No word as yet on any UK or U.S. availability. The full press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Spotted at IFA: The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL 4G LTE

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When we got our first look at the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity back at Mobile World Congress, we were promised a 4G LTE version to go alongside the Wifi-only tablet, and today at IFA 2012, we got our first look at the 4G-powered Infinity at the Vodafone booth.

On the outside, there's little to separate the 4G LTE version from its cheaper Wifi-only sibling -- same design, same connectors, same delicious full HD 1080p IPS screen. Interestingly, although the original Infinity's been upgraded to Jelly Bean in some territories, the pre-release TF700KL on the show floor was still rocking Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The internals have been switched around a bit too -- instead of the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU in the Wifi version, the LTE model features a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4. As we've seen in other devices, this doesn't make a huge difference -- the 4G Infinity is just as nippy as the vanilla TF700.

The big difference here is connectivity -- 4G LTE support enables super-fast speeds on-the-go, and testing the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL at Vodafone's booth, we averaged around 50Mbps down and 10Mbps up, though in some cases transfer speeds reached as high as 80Mbps down and 35Mbps up. That's probably a long way off what you'll see on real-world 4G networks, though it certainly does highlight the potential of the technology. That technology comes with a hefty price tag, though, as the TF700KL will cost a whopping €819.90 when it launches in Germany.

We've got a few more photos of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL 4G LTE after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Intel powered Orange San Diego

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When we first reviewed the Intel Atom powered Orange San Diego back in May, one of the biggest drawbacks to the device was Gingerbread. While the experience with the device was on the whole reasonably pleasurable, there's just no getting away from how outdated Gingerbread has started to feel. 

All that is about to change though for Intel devices. The ZTE Grand X IN was announced earlier this week running Android 4.0, and at the Intel booth today at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we found an Orange San Diego also running Ice Cream Sandwich. Furthermore, an Intel representative told us that the update will begin pushing out sometime during September, although couldn't be more specific than that. What Intel did say is that from their side, all the hard work is done, and the software build is complete. 

But there's more. As you can see here -- and from our hands on video after the break --  the San Diego is running on stock ICS. And, aside from the slightly odd screen resolution of the San Diego -- another of our less favored points -- tainting the appearance a little, it seems to run really nicely. It's smooth, it's snappy, and it's impressive to see that Intel is now starting to make a real push forward. 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note now targeted by Apple lawsuit

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Apple has amended a lawsuit they filed back in February against Samsung, and is now including four new devices to the original 17 they say violate their patented technology. The additions are the Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III), the Verizon specific Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Note 10.1. These devices will join the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, the Galaxy S II, the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, the AT&T Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus, the Illusion, the Captivate Glide, the Exhibit II 4G, the Stratosphere, the Transform Ultra, the Admire, the Conquer 4G, and the Dart on the smartphone side, and the Galaxy Player 4.0, the Galaxy Player 5.0, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.

The patents Apple is claiming are being violated are:

The "Data detector" patent was successfully used against HTC to block the One X and EVO 4G LTE from import back in December 2011, while the others have been met with limited success around the globe.

The battle between these two is far from over folks -- last weeks news was just the beginning. Expect more as this develops further.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

IFA 2012 Day 1 wrap-up

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Guten tag! We're fresh off the floor for the first official day of IFA 2102 and wanted to take a few minutes to round all the news up in one easy-to-read post in case you missed any of it. IFA is an exciting show for Android fans everywhere, as it shows us all what's in store for the second part of the year. What started as a consumer electronics show for the European market has turned into a global showcase of new technology for all of the world to see. 

As a follow up to their lavish presentation from Wednesday, Sony got a little more intimate and talked at length about their design principles and strategy. We were there, and Alex has a great synopsis of the meeting -- be sure to have a look. Also, don't miss seeing what a GINORMOUS Sony Windows 8 tablet looks like when put next to something a bit more normal-sized. 

We also heard a bit about the British release of Sony's new gear from Three UK and Carphone Warehouse. Don't forget us on this side of the pond, Sir Howard!

Samsung still had a lot to say about the new Galaxy Note 2, with a booth full of accessories and news about an all-new SDK to take advantage of the S-Pen. Moleskine is taking advantage of the SDK's new features and was happy to give us a demo. Looks outstanding! 

Of course, Samsung's Galaxy Camera was again the star of the show. It's new and trendy, and we expect Samsung to want to show it off. Which they did, in a handful of colors. We got to go hands-on with the camera UI, and even have a long, hard look at sample images from the 16MP sensor. Not too shabby.

Samsung wasn't finished though, as they showed off a Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3), in black, with LTE, running Jelly Bean. That should get some excitement going.

Some other companies weren't about to let Sony and Samsung have all the fun though, and we saw an up-close and personal look at the HTC Desire X, got some hands-on time with Huawei's new Emotion UI, and even got to plaster our fingerprints all over a shiny white LG Optimus L9. And this was just day one.

Stay tuned to AC for everything you ever wanted to know about IFA 2102 and all the news from the event as we bring it to you like nobody else can. We'll be back with more tomorrow!

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