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5 years ago

22 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above


The latest Android platform numbers have just been released on the Android Developers site, showing devices running Android 4.0 and above now making up a 22.1 percent share of the Android market. As expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices still make up a majority of the market at 57.5 percent. All other versions under 2.3 now total up to a small but still noticeable 18.3 percent.

Most manufacturers have at least started pushing 4.0 updates to their handsets that launched on 2.3, and nearly all devices are coming to market with 4.0 or 4.1 on board now, which is a good sign. Seeing such a large majority of devices still on Android 2.3 and below really hurts when you know how great the experience on Android 4.0 and 4.1 is, and we can only hope that the share of devices running 4.0 and above can increase faster in the future.

You can see the full granular report of the latest Android numbers - including time series of the market, screen sizes and more - at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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5 years ago

Tomorrow's rumored Jelly Bean roll out for Sprint Nexus devices gets more confirmation


A couple of hours ago we mentioned that some Sprint memos mention Jelly Bean for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G are coming, and we just got this tasty nugget to confirm. It's from internal Sprint system pages and tells us just the news we want to hear -- that Jelly Bean will begin rolling out Sep. 6 -- yes, that's tomorrow.

For the Galaxy Nexus the build will be FH05, and for the Nexus S 4G we're talking JRO03R. Both are versions of Android 4.1, untainted by overlays or OEM changes. If you haven't already hacked the living crap out of your Sprint Nexus device, get ready for your upgrade -- you're going to love it.

If you need some help or advice about getting ready (or rolling back to stock) be sure to head into the forums and get on the right path!

Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums | Sprint Nexus S 4G forums

Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Motorola RAZR M reportedly coming to the UK with Intel inside


All of Moto's new Verizon-bound DROID phones ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip inside -- an SoC that's increasingly seen as the standard for high-end smartphones in 2012. However, when the RAZR M lands in the UK, it'll sport a different CPU -- an Intel Atom chip. UK tech blog Pocket-Lint is reporting that the British variant will indeed run an Intel chip, suggesting that the decision to plant an S4 in the U.S. versions may have been made for connectivity reasons. Qualcomm's S4 includes built-in LTE, whereas many competing chips do not. This also fits with the recent news that Intel would be represented at the UK announcement event later this month

The site reports that no changes will be made to the physical design of the phone, meaning the international HSPA+ RAZR M will look just like the Verizon LTE model. That means Brits will get the same ultra-thin bezel that we've seen on the Droid RAZR M.

We've seen a couple of Intel-powered Android phones already, but these have mostly been niche devices, rather than phones from top-tier manufacturers like Motorola, so the appearance of Intel's chips in a leading Motorola smartphone is certainly a big deal. We've reached out to Motorola for confirmation of this, as well as any possible changes to the internatonal RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, and we'll keep you updated with any info they provide.

We'll be live in London for Motorola's international event on Sept. 18, where we're expecting to see the RAZR M, and perhaps some other devices, announced for the UK market. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the U.S. Droid RAZR M.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia T on target for late September release


While some retailers had previously announced the Sony Xperia T for release in the UK today, the device failed to materialize on store shelves, leaving confusion as to when Sony's new international flagship would become available. We put the question to Sony at the company's summer showcase event in London today, where we were told that a late September release was on the cards. Specifically, Sept. 28 is being put forward as a likely, though not fully confirmed, release date.

It the Xperia T arrives around that time, it'll likely face stiff competition in the form of Apple's next iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2, as well as new devices from HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Nevertheless, Sony will be hoping its unique design, re-vamped software and strong camera credentials will help it win over smartphone buyers later this month.

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5 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M hands-on


The runt of the brand new RAZR litter is the much-rumored RAZR M, a device that's easy on the budget without skimping on many specs. You've got the same super-fast S4 processor as the rest of the RAZRs here, along with ICS (Jelly Bean's coming by the end of Q4, Moto says), 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera and a 2,000 mAh battery. Performance-wise, the M is on par with the rest of the line-- Motorola has made a concerted effort here to offer the same high-end internals as its flagship devices. The main difference here is size: the M's footprint is considerably smaller than the RAZR HD and Maxx HD, engaging consumers who want a smaller phone without sacrificing screen size. And Motorola has succeeded-- Interestingly enough, despite the smaller footprint, the screen is only shrunk by a few tenths of an inch, down from the 4.7 inches on the RAZR HD and MAXX to 4.3 inches. With that comes a lower qHD resolution, though don't let that get you down. This display looks really great, and a welcome sacrifice for the $99 pricetag.

The RAZR M is a refreshing entry by Motorola, and sets a new standard for mid-level devices. Motorola has proven that you can have your cake and eat it too, and an affordable pricetag is no excuse for junky hardware. The M is up for presale today at 5 p.m. Eastern in both black and white, and we're walking home with one, so sit tight for a full review in the coming week. Until then, enjoy some hands-on shots below.

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5 years ago

Droid RAZR HD hands-on


After weeks of speculation, Motorola finally introduced its latest flagship device today, the Droid RAZR HD, a worthy successor to the phone that has kept the company competitive in the increasingly dense Android market. The RAZR HD is a worthy step-up from its predecessor, boasting a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution that gives just about every phone on the market a run for its money. It's big, it's beautiful, and it will simply blow you away if you're stepping up from a regular ole RAZR. It's just about as good as it gets.

The new RAZR line is incredibly powerful, with a Snapdragon S4 underneath the hood pushing along Ice Cream Sandwich and just the slightest hint of Motorola tweaking. About that ICS-- Motorola had a mixture of demo units today with both ICS and Jelly Bean, and told reporters that Jelly Bean will be available for the entire line by the end of the year. Something tells me that they're rushing to get it onboard before the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx launch, but don't hold your breath. Regardless, even with ICS, this thing flies, and earns its spot in the upper-tier of premium Android superphones.

Compared to the original RAZR, there are certainly noticeable differences but there are also many similarities. You've got Kevlar back for another round, though this time it wraps around the device, instead of being limited to the back panel only. It's got a 2,530 mAH battery that doesn't match the MAXX's 3,300 mAH but will almost surely match Samsung, LG and HTC's competitors. The new RAZR also has a metallic perimeter, ala the iPhone 4S, that adds a certain sense of luxury to the device. It also adds a solid feel, something that's sorely missing from its major competitor, the plastic GS3. Motorola has always focused on quality hardware, but this iteration of the RAZR takes the company to a whole new level. The RAZR line just may be the most premium-feeling smartphones on the market today.

Motorola was tight-lipped on release date and pricing, though we can expect the RAZR HD sometime before holidays in both a black model and an all-white model as seen below in comparisons with the M. Until then, some hands-on photos of the RAZR HD-- along with comparisons with the Maxx and M-- are below.

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5 years ago

Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on


We're here in New York where Google and Motorola just introduced the first fruits of its collaboration, the brand new RAZR line. The RAZR Maxx HD is the successor to the wildly popular RAZR Maxx, and a worthy one it is: underneath the hood you've got a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the same chip powering the GS3 and HTC One X. You've also got the Maxx's famous 3,300 mAh battery, which Moto says will get you through 32 hours of normal usage. Motorola's battery technology is unmatched at this point, and it's not about to let you forget it.

But the true upgrade here is the RAZR line's display-- the HD and Maxx HD both have a stunning 4.7 inch Super-AMOLED display at 720p resolition that is right up there with Samsung and HTC in terms of clarity and vividness. I might even go on record and say it bests the GS3 in terms of color saturation, though my opinion may change after extended usage. it's simply stunning, and I don't have enough nice things to say about it.

Compared to the original Maxx, the second generation is a step up in terms of build quality-- the metal border, the slim bezel, the Kevlar coating, and the Gorilla Glass display all add up to one of the sturdiest smartphones on the market. And compared to the RAZR HD, the Maxx's size is nearly identical. While the Maxx feels just a few hairs heavier than the RAZR HD, thickness and dimensions will only be noticed by the most trained of eyes.

The RAZR Maxx HD (right) is negligibly thicker than the RAZR HD.

The models on-hand at today's launch were packing Jelly Bean, though Motorola says the new RAZR line might launch with ICS, with a 4.1 upgrade "before the end of the year." We hope that's not the case, but we'll take it if we have too-- a small price to pay for some of the best hardware Motorola has ever released. Check out some hands-on shots below.

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5 years ago

All three new RAZRs will also be offered in a developer edition


One of the (almost) overlooked things from today's Motorola presentation in New York was news that Motorola will be offering a developer edition of all three of the new RAZR models announced today. This is great news for tinkerers interested in the RAZR M, the RAZR HD, or the RAZR Maxx HD.

We've heard this from Motorola before, and we're still waiting to see it develop, but there's one major change since the last big Motorola announcement -- Google. Google was very much on hand today, with Eric Schmidt opening the show, and he spent a good bit of time talking about how the two companies were going to mesh together. Hopefully, some of the DIY spirit Google fosters will spill over into Motorola Mobility and we'll see these soon.

For now, there's no word of availability or pricing, but we'll keep our ears on.

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5 years ago

Motorola promises $100 credit towards a new phone if yours doesn't get Jelly Bean


Motorola and Verizon's joint event today in New York kicked off with an awesome announcement: if your phone doesn't get a Jelly Bean update, they'll knock off $100 on your upgrade to one of the new Motorola devices. The details are still a bit sketchy, but it's great news, especially combined with their new developer initiative. Motorola said that they're aiming to roll out Jelly Bean to as many of their devices as possible. Apparently most of the ones launched since 2011 will be upgradeable, while all of the new devices announced today will either be launching with Jelly Bean or will have an upgrade in short order.

Being owned by Google is starting to have some perks, eh Moto? So, would you guys side with Motorola or any other device manufacturer that had a deal like this going on? It certainly eases the pain of staying up to date. 

Check out the Motorola site for more details

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5 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR Maxx HD


Along with the new RAZR HD and RAZR M, Moto showed off the RAZR Maxx HD today in New York. It has the same great internals of the RAZR HD -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED under Gorilla Glass -- but has one pretty major change with the addition of a high-capacity battery that allows for 32 hours of "normal use".

We've got some sweet hands-on time with all the new Motorola devices coming shortly, stay tuned! In the meantime, the full press release is after the break.

More: RAZR.com

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5 years ago

Droid RAZR M announced for Verizon, shipping next week for $99



Today in New York, Motorola and Verizon jointly announced the RAZR M. It's shipping next week, with preorders starting today at $99 on contract. This little number has 1 GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 1 GB of RAM. Jelly Bean is apparently coming by the end of the year. 

Check out Verizon's product page here for a closer look. 

Three are a few video demos after the jump. Doesn't look too shabby, does it?

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5 years ago

You can't have this awesomely two-toned HTC One X


Pop quiz: What's black and white and too cool for you? If you answered the two-toned Cushnie Et Ochs version of the HTC One X, you'd be right. It's part of Fashion Week here in New York, and we got a quick look at it at HTC's Frequencies II event.

There's not a lot to it that you don't see here. It's half black, half white, with a barely (but still) visible seam down the middle. 

Nope, you can't buy one. It's special-made for folks, well, for folks more special than us.

But we do have some more pics for you after the break. Enjoy.

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5 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G may be in line for Jelly Bean this week


A quick heads up for you folks on Sprint: We've gotten word from a reliable source that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are slated to get their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this week. On Thursday, to be exact. And it'll be build FH05 for the Galaxy Nexus, and JRO03R for the Nexus S, to be even more exact.

Here's the e-mail that we've been told is going out:

To Sprint Business Sales

September 5, 2012

Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.


Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!

We're digging around for confirmation, but we can all agree that the update can't come soon enough, especially since Nexus S 4G owners have been able to compile their own official Jelly Bean builds for a month now.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may hit T-Mobile as the SGH-T889


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just recently been announced, and we're already showing signs of life on T-Mobile U.S.A. This screenshot shows a device model T889, which, after a bit of deduction and cross-referencing with UAProf data, suggests that it's the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2. the source of the screenshot says that T-Mobile's version will be keeping the Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, and tap into their 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. We're expecting this bad boy to launch in mid-October in Europe, but there's still no indication as to when we'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on this side of the pond. 

What's all the fuss about? Well, here's a reminder of the Galaxy Note 2's specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from IFA for a closer look. It is definitely a sweet-looking device. Hopefully we'll get some indications of a launch on other U.S. carriers soon. Any T-Mobile customers considering holding out for this one, assuming it lands before the holidays? Maybe give that new unlimited data plan a shot? 

Source: TmoNews

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5 years ago

Software update brings S3 and Note 2 features to original Galaxy Note


The launch of the Galaxy Note 2 might be imminent, but it seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten owners of the original Note. A new over-the-air update is going out today for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), adding a whole host of new features from the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The update, which is still based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces Note owners to features like Pop-up Play, a new Note 2-style 3D gallery app, lock screen and home screen enhancements and ‘S Cloud’ contact back-up, to name but a few. Overall, there are some pretty sweeping changes to the phone’s UI. The inclusion of S Cloud in particular is interesting, as this has yet to be officially unveiled, but was spotted on some of the Galaxy Note 2 demo units at IFA last week.

The update to version XXLRQ is curretly pushing out over-the-air and through Kies to unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany, and we’d expect other territories and networks to follow in the weeks ahead. Some, like the U.S. LTE models, may have a little longer to wait.

Today’s Note update is also good news for Galaxy S2 owners. It’s now likely that phone will get this latest package of software goodies too, regardless of whether Jelly Bean for the S2 ever materializes.

If you’ve got an international Galaxy Note and have received today’s update, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

via SamMobile, XDA; Thanks, @android_indian!

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