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Google Branded Touch Chromebook Rumored To Be Released Early 2013

The Chinese news organization, The Commercial Times is reporting Google will launch its own 12.85-inch touch notebook with Chrome OS in the first quarter of 2013. Yes, that said TOUCH. The news agency says Compal Electronics and Wintek are already working on OEM and touch panel production. The screen will reportedly combine the touch sensor and glass via a process called optical lamination which allows for a much thinner device. New iMacs and some smartphones also use this process to achieve razor thin form factors.

Since Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility there has been a great deal of speculation regarding when Google would produce its own hardware. That speculation along with comments from former CEO Eric Schmidt about Google’s desire to be in the hardware business and you get a sense this might be the beginning of Google hardware. A touch chromebook would certainly place Google in a position to compete with Microsoft’s Surface and maybe even go after Apple’s iMac market.

Source: The Commercial Times
Via: The Next Web

 


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Jelly Bean Updates Roll Out To Unbranded UK, Switzerland, Luxemburg Galaxy S IIIs And Branded Ones In 8 Other Countries

imageThe pace at which Samsung is pushing out Galaxy S III Jelly Bean updates is picking up steam in Europe with the much anticipated arrival of Android 4.1.1 for unbranded UK handsets. The Brits aren’t the only ones getting it today – in fact, the list is quite sizeable. Here, check it out:

  • UK unbranded
  • Switzerland unbranded
  • Luxemburg unbranded (update: supposedly, Belgian S IIIs use the same version too)
  • Denmark (Three)
  • Bulgaria (Mobiltel)
  • Romania (Cosmote)
  • Ireland (Meteor, Vodafone)
  • Czech Republic (O2)
  • Sweden (Tre)
  • Croatia (Vipnet)

Not bad at all – looks like the next platform distribution update won’t be as depressing.

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 Pictured In The Wild – Is That A Branded Home Button?

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Nah, it’s not. Thankfully, there’s no Verizon-esque branded home button. Maybe it was just my eyes playing tricks on me. What we do get to see is a couple of blurry cam shots of the Titan Grey Samsung Galaxy Note pictured in the wild. Word on a recent FCC filing is that the device will come complete with future-proof’d T-Mobile LTE bands, and a much less horrid Pentile arrangement on its display. Both are completely welcomed specs to a device that’s sure to take the world by storm. Seeing as how I’ll be stuck with a T-Mobile for a few more months, I figure I’ll ride this thing out with the world’s biggest smartphone. Who knows, maybe I’ll stick around for another year.

[TmoNews]


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WallaBee becomes the first iOS game to support Passbook

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Developer: Benjamin Dodson  
Price: free   Download

WallaBee today is proud to announce the immediate availability of v1.1.3 of their award winning including support for Passbook on iOS 6. Passbook enables you to store all of your passes, tickets, vouchers, and loyalty cards in one place, and with the new version of WallaBee players will be able to receive Branded Item prizes as Passbook passes.

“We’re really excited about Passbook support” said Simon Wicks, WallaBee’s Business Development Manager. “For our players, Passbook is a great way of issuing vouchers or discount cards that are attached to some of our Branded Items. For businesses, this opens up a whole new way to engage with our audience, particularly as there are so few Passbook-ready apps. We think people are really going to love this integration.”

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HTC Confirms Jelly Bean Update To Arrive On Unlocked One X Smartphones In October, Carrier-Branded Models By Christmas

 

Those of you lucky individuals who own the HTC One X smartphone can now have something to look forward to. While you still may not know of Jelly Bean’s exact arrival, at least HTC is giving the owners an idea of when the update is due to arrive. The manufacturer has confirmed the update will be pushed to the unlocked Tegra 3 models by October, followed by the carrier-branded models (i.e. the One XL or Snapdragon-powered One X models) receiving the update hopefully by roughly Christmas if all goes well.

The HTC Jelly Bean news doesn’t stop there either. You remember how we told you about that supercharged HTC One X+ that’s on the way? Well that device along with the special One XL arriving on EE’s brand-spankin’ new 4G LTE network will come with Jelly Bean shipped out of the box. And before you ask— there’s no news of when One S owners will get Jelly Bean, but if or when we hear news, we’ll be sure to share it with you.

source: MoDaCo


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[Leak] First Images Of The Verizon Galaxy Note II Show Up Online, And It Has Branded Home Button

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We already know that the Galaxy Note II will be making its way to Big Red eventually, and we assumed it would look identical to the international version. And it basically does, according to some leaked images that showed up today. Only, it has Verizon branding in places that no phone should ever have carrier branding of any kind: on the home button. I really hope this is a test design.

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It’s not that anyone should be ashamed that they’re on Verizon, but, personally, I think the huge “Verizon 4G LTE” logo on the back is sufficient branding. Clearly, the folks at Big Red do not share my sentiments.

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Here is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon, Carrier Branded Home Button Included

You are looking at the first images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that is headed to Verizon. Yep, it looks exactly like the international Galaxy Note 2 that we played with earlier this week, but that is to be expected. After Samsung released the Galaxy S3 in one form factor across the globe, we [...]

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Skyfall-Branded Xperia T Exclusively Offered By U.K Carrier O2

When the Sony Xperia T finally become available in the United Kingdom, consumers are going to have the choice to grab a very unique version of the new smartphone. It’s been dubbed “The Bond Phone,” and U.K carrier O2 has announced that they will be the exclusive carrier for the Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T. Already named the official phone for the next Bond film, this move is going to take Sony’s advertising and marketing of the device to the next level as many fans across the world prepare for the release of the 007 thriller.

The Skyfall inspired Xperia T will actually come with various pre-loaded 007 content including ringtones, screensavers, themes, geo-tagged images from various locations that appear in the upcoming film, and some exclusive James Bond packaging. Along with this content on the official Bond Phone,buyers will be able to get the new 007 Legends game for Xbox, PC and PS3 for free.

In addition to this special Bond phone, there are reports from various sources that are surfacing saying that Sony will be producing a white variant of the Xperia T handset. It’s very unclear at this point as to whether this will be connected to any of the Skyfall promotions. There should be more Skyfall promotions coming up in the next few weeks as we get closer to the opening of the movie, so it is very possible that the white variant of the Xperia T could be included in the promotions, but we don’t know for sure yet. Hopefully some of these handsets will be appearing in the United States too, but as of now, information is still pretty scarce.

It would be pretty awesome to have a James Bond themed handset, but with O2 saying that they would be exclusively carrying the handset in the United Kingdom, I have some pretty high doubts that we’ll be seeing it in the United States at all.

source: talk android

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Sense 4.1 and Android 4.0.4 reportedly hitting European HTC One S

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Reports are coming in from around the web that the European version of HTC's One S is receiving an over-the-air update to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3) and HTC Sense 4.1. The update to software version 2.31 weighs in at 157MB, and is hitting unlocked handsets today. Sense 4.1 is said to improve performance throughout, while introducing a coupe of new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown. And as we saw in recent One X updates, the new software version also lets you remap the multitasking key, if you prefer to use it as a menu button. Early reports also suggest the usual combination of bug fixes and stability improvements.

If you’re rocking an unlocked European HTC One S, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your OTA is ready. Branded versions of the One S, including the T-Mobile U.S. variant, will likely see their updates pushed out in the weeks ahead, after they’ve been properly certified. (Fingers crossed, One X owners — hopefully your update won't be far behind!)

Source: XDA, The Verge

More: HTC Sense 4.1 preview

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T-Mobile USA’s Q2 Operating Results Are In: 205,000 Customer Loss, LTE On Track For 2013

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T-Mobile USA has just announced their Q2 2012 operating results and it looks like it’s going to take a lot more than Carly in tight leather to reel customers in. Down 50,000 the year before, the only carrier in the US to not offer the iPhone on its network is reporting a loss of 205,000 customers who have headed for greener pastures.

It’s not all bad news, T-Mobile is still staying proactive, with plans to open up 1,000 retail stores across the US and working on getting their LTE network up and running for 2013 (wonder if they’ll try and call it 5G). When it comes to their current AWS (3G/4G) network, they’ll be expanding coverage to more areas thanks to spectrum they’ll be receiving from AT&T and, if approved, Verizon as well.

Here’s some more highlights:

  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 4.8% year-on-year to $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2012
  • Adjusted OIBDA margin improved 3 percentage points year-on-year to 31% in the second quarter of 2012
  • Total service revenues of $4.4 billion in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2012 and $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 5.2% year-on-year
  • Branded contract churn of 2.10% in the second quarter of 2012; 40 bps decrease quarter-over-quarter and 50 bps decrease year-on-year
  • Net customer losses of 205,000 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 50,000 net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011
  • Branded contract net customer losses of 557,000 in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 510,000 branded contract net customer losses in the first quarter of 2012 and 536,000 branded contract net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011
  • Strong branded prepaid net customer additions of 227,000 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 71,000 branded prepaid net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011 and branded prepaid net customer additions of 249,000 in the first quarter of 2012
  • Branded contract ARPU increased slightly year-on-year to $57.35 in the second quarter of 2012
  • Branded contract data ARPU increased 14.6% year-on-year to $19.16 in the second quarter of 2012
  • Branded prepaid ARPU increased 13.6% year-on-year to $26.81 in the second quarter of 2012
  • 3G/4G smartphones sold increased 31% year-on-year to 2.1 million in the second quarter of 2012
  • Solid progress on key strategic initiatives, including plans to expand network coverage and rollout LTE service in 2013

Not mentioned in the bullet points, but something I’m personally looking forward to is T-Mobile’s refarming of their 2G network, converting it over to 3G/4G. Once fully rolled out, it means you’ll not only be able to use AT&T devices on their network, but international Android devices as well. Couple that with T-Mobile’s palatable pre-paid plans and you have a deal that’s hard to beat.

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AT&T Q2 2012 financial results see 5.1m smartphones sold

We’ve been getting a lot of excellent quarterly financial reports in lately. From Samsung and Qualcomm to Verizon and now AT&T, smartphones and tablets are making a lot of people filthy rich. AT&T sold a whopping 5.1 million smartphones in Q2 of its fiscal year, with 61.9% of its postpaid subscribers using a smartphone. That 61.9% figure jibes quite well with what we’ve been hearing from Nielsen lately, which says that in Q2, 2 out of every 3 people who purchased a phone went with a smartphone over a feature phone.


Those 5.1 million smartphone sales led to AT&T reporting consolidated revenues at $31.6 billion for the quarter, growing 0.3% over Q2 2011. Also of note is the fact that one-third of AT&T’s postpaid subscribers are now using a 4G-capable device. AT&T ended the quarter with 105.2 million subscribers, making an average revenue of $64.93 on each of its postpaid wireless subscribers, which is up 1.7% year-over-year.

Branded computing net adds (which AT&T describes as tablets, tethering plans, mobile hotspots, etc.) hit 496,000 during Q2, bringing the total number of activations up to 6.3 million. Total wireless adds managed to rise to 1.3 million during the quarter, with 320,000 of those being postpaid adds.

So, overall, not a bad quarter by any means for AT&T. As stated above, smartphone manufacturers and carriers enjoyed excellent second quarters (or third quarters, in the case of Qualcomm), and many expect those gains to continue as the year goes on. Stay tuned, because this could be a record-breaking year for more than just AT&T.

[via SlashGear]


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Verizon Branded LG Optimus LTE2 Pictured, Possible Launch in Two Days?

Here is the LG VS930. Previously known to most as the Optimus LTE2, we can now rest assured that LG will not bring a dedicated home button to Big Red. According to Engadget’s source, we can expect the following specs from this device: Android 4.0.4 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 SoC 1GB of RAM 4.7-inch “True HD IPS” display [...]

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T-Mobile and Sprint Already Overwhelmed with the Galaxy SIII Demand Quantities, Will Have Limited Quantities On Launch

A statement released by a Sprint representative via their website has informed us that they are running behind on a number of their Samsung Galaxy SIII pre-orders. While they are still optimistic that they can meet every one of their pre-orders on time, Sprint says there will be a chance that they could be a “day or two late.” Sprint’s 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be available for web sales and tele sales starting June 21, and will be available in stores the following week. Here is the full statement from Sprint:

Due to overwhelming demand and limited supply for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III, we are running a little behind on deliveries. The 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III device will be available in Web Sales and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning on Thursday, June 21. It will be in all remaining sales channels next week.

We are optimistic that we’ll be shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-16GB pre-orders this week and that they will be delivered by June 21 as anticipated. There is a chance, however, that we may be a day or two late. We anticipate shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-32GB pre-orders next week. To check the status of your pre-order, please visit www.sprint.com/myorder.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know that many of you are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans to new and existing customers. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.

To join other customers in discussion, please visit the Samsung Galaxy S III section of our Community.

More information:

Samsung Galaxy S® III 16GB

Samsung Galaxy S® III 32GB

As for T-Mobile, they’re going about this a little differently than Sprint. Rather than staying optimistic that they’ll meet the launch needs much like Sprint, thanks to TmoNews we’ve found out that T-Mobile plans to flat out tell customers that they do not have enough Galaxy SIII’s to meet launch needs. Thus, T-Mobile plans on launching their Galaxy SIII in “two phases” and will only be available in 29 selected markets on launch week starting June 21st. This is still a developing story regarding T-Mobile’s SIII launch, so stay tuned for further possible updates. Here is the statement obtained by TmoNews:

Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Update

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

The top 29 markets are as follows:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC*
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

I fully expected the America launch of the Galaxy SIII to be huge and record breaking so it’s not that surprising to me that the needs are overwhelmingly exceeding the quantity at this point. While I can understand that T-Mobile customers will be more upset that it’s being launched in two phases and in limited markets, I do commend T-Mobile for being honest that they just can’t make the first weeks quantity needs. While Sprint is taking the side of optimism, it might backfire at them if they end up not being able to meet the needs of the pre-order customers, and the ones that will order beginning June 21st. The launch of the Galaxy SIII is indeed exciting and it will definitely be a challenge to be one of the first in America to get your hands on one regardless of what carrier you’re on. It’s still exciting nonetheless, right? What do you all think about how Sprint and T-Mobile are handling this massive phone launch thus far?

Thanks Mike!

source: Sprint, Tmonews


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T-Mobile launching Galaxy S3 in two phases, small-city dwellers will be disappointed


Samsung really knew how to handle things with the Samsung Galaxy S3: Much quicker release, on-time announcement and all American carriers will be selling the same variant. It all seems like great news, but then the carriers start doing their thing. More than bad news, this is a bit of a hiccup, but it should still get many of you a bit upset.

In order to “ensure customers receive the best possible experience,” T-Mobile has decided to split the release of Samsung’s new flagship device in two phases. The highly anticipated device will be in select retail and branded locations right on schedule for June 21st. This is only for the top 29 markets in the US, though, as well as the T-Mobile website. Others will have to wait until the 27th to jump in the action.

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

As one can see, T-Mobile has also given us full price information. This follows our expectations for any new high-end device, but we do wish the full-retail price was just a tad lower. We are sure many of you will still be lining up at your local T-Mobile stores on the 21st. Granted, you live in one of the top 29 markets:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC*
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

If you do not live in (or around) one of these cities, you will simply have to wait until the 27th, next week. Are any of you planning to get the Galaxy S3 on launch date? Will you be able to get it this Thursday, 21st?


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T-Mobile moves to launch Samsung Galaxy S III in 29 markets on June 21st, the rest get it on June 27th

Well there goes my plan for Thursday. It seems T-mobile is going to split the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III into two separate launches. A total of 29 markets, a large chunk of their 4G service areas, will have the Galaxy S III available for purchase in stores. Everyone else, us less cool folks around the nation, will have to wait a few extra days to pick one up on June 27th. Here is the full release from T-Mobile along with the pricing and locations where it will be available on the 21st.

Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Update

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

The top 29 markets are as follows:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC*
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

Isn’t that just wonderful? I will refrain from showing to much of my disappointment. After all, I do live in an area where the 22nd will be the last day the T-Mobile call center is open too. Oh well, I suppose I can wait another 6 days, its nots worth driving 3.5 hours to get one early. What are your thoughts on this? Did you already have plans to hit up the store on the 21st? Did you already put in for some time off to snag one and won’t be able too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Tmonews

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T-Mobile Announces Galaxy SIII Pricing, Plans To Split Release Into Two Phases – "Top 29" Markets Expected To Launch June 21st, Others June 27th

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T-Mobile, in an effort "to ensure customers receive the best possible experience," (a familiar opener to bad news) has decided to split the launch of their variant of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII into two phases. The carrier recently announced that "select Retail and Branded locations" in the top 29 markets will get the device on the 21st, with a limited number of devices available online, and further launches anticipated to happen about a week later on the 27th.

T-Mo also revealed that the SIII will be priced at $629.99 off contract, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, or $279.99 on a Classic plan after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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Thursday Poll: Will You Buy a $199 Google Branded Tablet?

Today’s hottest topic has easily been the $199 Google tablet that will most likely be unveiled at Google I/O next month. We are expecting it to be built by Asus, powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, measure in at around 7″ on the display front, and be sold directly to customers through the Google [...]

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New Updates Rolling out for the Sprint Branded ZTE Optik, Build V55V1.1.0B09

We all jump for joy when we see updates pop up in the status bar on our Android devices, don’t we? Well, that’s what Sprint has brought to all of you ZTE Optik owners out there today. The ZTE Optik 7-inch tablet is Sprint’s very budget friendly Honeycomb sporting device that arrived to the Now network back in early February. Released today was build V55V1.1.0B09. Below you’ll find a list of the the fixes, updates, and enhancements:

  • Google DRM solution
  • Google Music
  • Google+
  • Persistent notification after BT transfer
  • Software version corrected in x-wap profile
  • Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
  • Sim City download issue fixed
  • Response when connected to a computer via USB cable

The update will be rolling out over the next couple of days. If you’re like me, you may need to check and make sure your automatic updates are working.  Just go to Settings>About tablet>System updates>Update Android>Check now and enjoy all the glory that is new updates!

Source: sprintcommunity


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Samsung Opens Branded Store Inside London’s Phones 4U Store

Remember that mysterious Samsung display in the window of the Phones 4U flagship store in the UK? It read “Samsung” in big letters with “coming 30/03/12″ under it. Some believed that it was going to be the launch of the Galaxy S III, but we had our doubts, and eventually we learned that it would turn in to Samsung store within a store. Today being the day of its launch, the new Samsung store has opened its doors to the public and our pals from Endgadget stopped in for a closer look.

Taking over the whole second floor of London’s Oxford Street Phones 4U retail location, Samsung’s latest retail endeavor aims to compete with the Apple store located just around the corner. As you can see in the images below, Samsung has created a place for customers to go to try out all the newest flagship devices without all the carrier muddled nonsense. No ever-changing ads or contract pricing, just an unfiltered Samsung experience. They even have an accessory wall for all the latest official extras you can get for your new Galaxy device, and  apparently Samsung has trained the staff to be knowledgeable in everything Samsung. So if you live in the Oxford area you should stop by to check it out and let us know what you think! For the rest of you, jump past the break to experience the store via more photos.

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source: Engadget

 


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Wall Street Journal: Google Plans an Online Site For Direct Sales Of Google Branded Tablets

It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.

Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet.

There is no word on when Google plans to launch the online store. Google has neither confirmed or denied this. With the purchase of Motorola so close in their grasp, one could speculate, they are keeping it under wraps for that reason. Google will finally be able to build a tablet, or smartphone, exactly the way they want.

Only time will tell how this plays out for Google. They have tried this before and it didn’t go so well for them. It didn’t break them, but maybe they learned from it and now have a better idea as how to go about.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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Wall Street Journal: Google and Asus to Sell “Google Branded” Tablet Directly to the Public This Year

According to new reports from WSJ, there is most definitely a Google-branded tablet coming to market this year. As reported by WSJ’s sources who are “close to the matter”, Asus and Google will be creating and marketing a tablet that will be sold directly to the public via a website, much like the previous Nexus [...]

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Google Adds Play Store Link To Their Toolbars In An Effort To Better Advertise The Newly Branded Android Market

If you’ve been navigating through your regular Google products such as Google+, Gmail, Maps and Documents, you may have noticed a little change to the toolbar.  Google has begun adding their Google Play Store link in an effort to advertise for the newly branded online entertainment extravaganza.  However, for some odd reason it’s not appearing on their home page.  In any event, it’s there now and still doesn’t cause any less confusion than it did before for the many who were confused at the initial re-branding.

 


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[Deal Alert] Negri Offering 16GB Unlocked (But Docomo Branded) Galaxy Nexus For Just $459.50 (That’s About $290 Off)

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If you didn’t quite make it to Daily Steals’ awesome deal a couple of days ago and still want to get your hands on an unlocked Galaxy Nexus at a crazy discount, Negri Electronics has you covered.

The online electronics dealer is offering the 16GB unlocked Galaxy Nexus for just $459.99. It’s worth noting though, that the units being sold by Negri have NTT Docomo branding (meaning a teeny tiny logo near the bottom of the backplate). Negri is also sure to point out that this model is, in fact, of the Yakju variety, and will come with Android 4.0.2….

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[Deal Alert] Negri Offering 16GB Unlocked (But Docomo Branded) Galaxy Nexus For Just $459.50 (That’s About $290 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Should a Google Play Branded Device Be Next for Google? [Opinion]

When Google chopped the Android Market off at the knees to unveil their new all-in-one media store dubbed Google Play, most people’s initial reaction was not all that favorable. In fact, “confused” is probably not even close to being the appropriate word to describe the way most Android fans felt. I argued that it made [...]

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Amazon Stricken With DROID Madness, DROID Branded and Other 4G Verizon Phones On Sale Today

Not to be outdone by Sprint’s Amazon sale today, all of the Motorola DROID phones are on sale, some even going down to the low low price of $.01. For new activations, you can get the DROID RAZR MAXX for $149.99 and the original RAZR for $49.99, both packing 32GB of internal storage. If a [...]

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Mobiado Teams Up With Aston Martin For Branded Grand Touch Luxury Smartphone

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Mobiado is at it again, this time collaborating with Aston Martin to brand their luxury Grand Touch smartphone (a glorified Nexus S) with the car makers logo and design. The — admittedly sexy — exterior is precision CNC machined from a single block of airplane grade aluminum, and comes in either bare metal or black anodized finishes. Another model is also available that uses high-end solid brass with rose/yellow gold if you prefer something a little more… blingy. Just underneath that aluminum or metal surface (in that side crack there) is either ebony wood or mother of pearl (really?) and the screen is housed in sapphire crystal to prevent scratches. These bad boys are sold unlocked for an undisclosed price. Make it a Galaxy Nexus, a little thinner and I think I would take 1 in every color.

[UnwiredView via Electronista]


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Pair Of Huawei Android Devices Headed To T-Mobile To Be Branded “My Touch”

It looks like T-Mobile is preparing to re-up the “My Touch” franchise again. This time with partner Huawei.

Huawei made a huge splash at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona Spain. They introduced a handful of handsets and their flagship model the Huawei Ascend D Quad.  The D Quad is powered by their own K3V2 quad-core chip, made on the same campus as the device itself, meaning that the chip and phone are more integrated then the traditional method of building a phone entirely around a chip.

More after the break

Now if you’re thinking one of these two new devices is that Huawei Ascend D Quad, we’re sorry to burst your bubble. In fact, according to pocketnow.com we’re looking at two lower spec’ed devices that will be exactly the same accept for one will have a slide out keyboard and the other will only be touch screen. This is the same route LG took when they released the 2011 re-work of the MyTouch brand.

Although sales figures were never released, it doesn’t appear that the LG manufactured MyTouch devices did as good as any of the previous MyTouch devices, which until then had been manufactured by HTC. We’re still unclear as to why T-Mobile has changed manufacturers.

If their intention is to give different manufacturers the opportunity to show off their MyTouch flagship brand, the strategy isn’t having nearly the effect of Google’s Nexus brand.

source: Pocketnow

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Google Possibly Entering Tablet Domain With Branded Device

With branded handsets under the Nexus moniker, it’s really only a matter of time before Google considers beginning to dive into the domain of tablets. Its Android operating system runs on tablets fit for contention with Apple’s iPad, so it would be a no brainer for the tech giant to launch a branded tablet. Richard Shim, an analyst with DisplaySearch, seems to think this could happen as early as this year.

According to Shim, the tablet will provide a 7-inch interface, running at 1280×800. For some perspective, the Kindle Fire‘s resolution is only 1024×600. Production is reported to begin in April, with an initial production run of between 1.5 and 2 million units. It isn’t clear on whether Google will market the device as a premium device, or something more along the lines of a competitor for tablets like the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook series. I’m inclined to believe simply on precedent that Google would prefer to provide a premium device as their branded flagship, but the alleged specifications might suggest that Google is planning on overtaking the mid-range tablet class. Only time will tell, before we possibly see a Nexus Tab released into the wild.

source: cnet


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Tony Hawk Own a T-mo Branded Galaxy Nexus

I think that things like this keep the whole “leak and rumor industry” alive. Sometimes, all you have to do is to take a photo of your smart-phone that uses T-mobile radios and at the very same moment someone else will tell you that you are an inspiring messenger! Sounds absurd, I know! But let me tell you a short story that will make you change your mind. I think there is no need to explain who is Tony Hawk. So, this famous fellow updates his twitter account with a picture of his Galaxy Nexus saying “I love T-Mobile”. Nothing special, right? Well, except one tiny detail: T-mobile has no Galaxy Nexus smart-phones in its line. BOOM! Well, of course, maybe it is not the Galaxy Nexus at all or it is a GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus with a T-Mo SIM card in it. But I still tend to believe that Tony Hawk is the first lucky person with a T-mobile branded Galaxy Nexus. Who’s with me?

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Verizon Promo: Buy a DROID RAZR Before 12/25, Receive $50 Off Motorola Branded Accessories

Planned to pick up a DROID RAZR for the holidays? Make sure to check out the impressive set of accessories that play nicely with the device when you do, as Verizon will give you $50 off of them. Well, only Motorola accessories are included in the deal, but that should easily get you into an [...]

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