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Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code emerge from alpha, bring slew of new features

Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code emerge from alpha, bring slew of new features

Sure, an early version of Tizen 2.0 Magnolia may have first emerged last September, but now the SDK and source code have dropped the “alpha” designation for a proper release. After a few months of incubation, the open source OS has been laden with enhanced support for HTML5 and a beefed up Web UI framework that enables full-screen and multi-window features. Developers can now leverage new hardware APIs for Bluetooth and NFC support, and access a device’s call history, calendar and messaging “subsystems.” Support for background applications, text-to-speech and IP Push have also made it into the operating system along with reference applications including the likes of a calendar, gallery and phone app. In addition, a native IDE and a spruced up web development environment have been released with the latest code. Hit the source link for the full skinny and appropriate downloads.

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Alcatel prepping One Touch Scribe HD phone with quad-core MediaTek chipset

If you remember the MediaTek MT6589 that we recently took for a spin, you might recall that it holds the curious designation as containing the world’s first quad-core Cortex A7 1GHz+ CPU. Interestingly, we’ve just learned that this snappy, efficient chip will be included in Alcatel’s upcoming One Touch Scribe HD smartphone. Alongside that announcement, the company has confirmed to us that it’ll soon debut the One Touch Idol Ultra, which counts as its thinnest smartphone to date, along with a modular tablet that’s dubbed the One Touch Evo7 HD. Not to stop there, Alcatel also promises that a mobile hotspot known as the One Touch Link W800. Other details remain elusive, but we’re hopeful that we’ll learn more in a few days time.

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S3 gets Android 4.1 update

Just as T-Mobile’s network is graced with its first Android 4.2 device, another is dipping its hand in the Jelly Bean jar. TMo’s Samsung Galaxy S3 (SGH-T999) is now receiving its update to Android 4.1.1. While it isn’t the latest version of the Jelly Bean software, users can still expect plenty of enhancements, including Google Now and the performance-enhancing Project Butter. As part of tweaks to Samsung’s TouchWiz UX comes an improved pop-up play experience with resizable second window.

The official designation for the new software version is T999UVDLJA/JRO03L. It will reach users as an over-the-air update, but can also be installed directly using Samsung Kies. T-Mobile is the second US carrier to deploy Jelly Bean for their Galaxy S3 handsets, following Sprint’s launch of the OS refresh last month. The remaining US service providers are expected to roll out the update in the coming months.

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3G Nexus 7 surfaces at FCC, hints at more to come October 29th

According to a report from earlier this week, Google’s October 29th press event will bring us more than just the LG Nexus 4, which was all but confirmed via a retailer’s website earlier today, and Nexus 10 tablet, which saw its user guide leak only hours ago. It was also claimed that we would see a 3G version of the Nexus 7, a long-rumored addition to the Nexus tablet lineup and one that has often been associated with the release of a model with 32GB of internal storage.

We have seen plenty of evidence for the 32GB Nexus 7, but nothing has quite confirmed the existence of the 3G model. That was until an FCC filing surfaced for a ASUS tablet with model number ME370TG. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s worth noting that the original Nexus 7 received the official designation ME370T before receiving Google’s numbering scheme of NEXUS7ASUS-1BXX, where the XX is replaced with the device’s storage capacity.

The tablet in question is shown to carry a 3G radio, but little else is revealed. It’s impossible to say at this point whether it will also house 32GB of internal storage, or if the two models will be presented as separate compliments to the Nexus lineup. What is looking more and more certain is that we will see some combination of the two introduced next Monday. Only a few more days now until what might amount to Google’s biggest event this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Premier pictured, not a Nexus device

There had been rumors that a device running around under the name Galaxy Premier would be Samsung’s followup to last year’s Galaxy Nexus, mostly due to the closeness in model numbers of the two devices. The Galaxy Nexus launched as the GT-i9250, and the Premier has been assigned a designation of GT-i9260. It seems like the relation has more to do with hardware than it does branding, as the Premier indeed appears to be based off the initial Galaxy Nexus design.

The Premier will feature the same 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with a 720p HD resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, and 8MP camera. Even the outward appearance of the device appears to be a mashup of the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy S3. But where the Premier differs from the Nexus is the inclusion of the TouchWiz UX over a Jelly Bean base. This definitely will not be a Google Experience phone.

Still, the premier should offer a nice mid-rangey option for those looking for something more affordable than the GS3. We’re still awaiting an official announcement from Samsung.

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Hands-on with Nokia’s Asha 308 and 309 (video)

Handson with Nokia's Asha 308 and 309 video

They’re not the most compelling of devices, but for smartphone first timers, they should do just fine. Officially announced today, Nokia’s updating the Asha Touch line with the 308 and 309 — two new members of the Series 40 family that’ve moved past the feature phone designation and into smartphone territory. Priced at an affordable $99 (off-contract), this dual- and single-SIM pair are near identical with 3-inch WQVGA displays, 2GB of microSD storage (expandable to 32GB) and a 1,110mAh battery. We just happened to be onsite at the company’s HQ in Espoo for the reveal of the diminutive devices, so follow on after the break for our first impressions.

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Hands-on with Nokia’s Asha 308 and 309 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google updates Jelly Bean factory images for Nexus S and Nexus S 4G

Google has today provided an update to a couple of Jelly Bean factory images in their online database for Nexus devices. The global Nexus S (soja) received an update to Android 4.1.1 version JRO03L while the Nexus S 4G (sojas) saw its own Android 4.1.1 image with designation JRO03R.

There was no change in version for the GSM Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, and the LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus remains without an official Jelly Bean build, which is certainly a disappointment for Verizon users waiting patiently for an update to their pure Google Experience device.

[via AndroidPolice]


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User Agent Profile pops up for the Samsung GT-i9260, could be Galaxy Nexus followup

More rumors are swirling about a followup to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus after a User Agent Profile was discovered for a device bearing what would seem to be the appropriate model number. Labeled as the GT-i9260, the assumption has been that the device logically follows the GT-i9250, the designation of the original Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The UAP doesn’t offer too many details, but does suggest the phone will have a 720p display and sport and ARM11 CPU of unspecified spec or speed.

Interesting to note is that the GT-i9260 model number has been associated with at least one other upcoming Samsung phone, the midrange Galaxy Premier. The rumored specs for that device don’t come close to what has been tipped for the possible Galaxy Nexus 2 (or Galaxy Nexus Plus). Initial rumors pointed towards the device remaining fairly consistent with the first Galaxy Nexus, featuring upgrades to the camera and processor.

There is little doubt that a new Nexus device is coming from Samsung at some point. In fact, rumors have pointed towards Google launching a lineup of new Nexus phones from several manufacturers simultaneously. If we use the standard set forth by previous Nexus phone releases, a year between handsets would be the benchmark, making this holiday season the time to watch for the GT-i9260 and other Nexus kin.

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Enterprising XDA Member Finds Hints That The Galaxy Note II May Be Coming To Sprint As SPH-L900

galaxy note iiWhen the first Galaxy Note launched, everyone was reasonably skeptical. Was the world ready for such a large phone? Turns out, yep. So now, it would be expected for more carriers to want in on the action. Cue Sprint, stage left. One curious XDA member started poking around in some Sprint documents and found reference to one “SPH-L900.” We know SPH is a designation Sprint uses for its Samsung phones (Galaxy Nexus is SPH-L700, Galaxy S III is SPH-L710, etc.), but the L900 is brand new. The specs, however, match those of the Galaxy Note II.

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  • Exynos4412 processor
  • 1280×720 resolution
  • Android 4.1.1!

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Sony’s Xperia SL now official, features dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3

We’ve already seen Sony’s Xperia SL in the wild, but today the Japanese manufacturer has finally made the elusive smartphone official. An exact release date isn’t announced, though the device is now listed on the company’s official website as “coming soon”. The Xperia SL serves as an updated version of Sony’s Xperia S handset, but don’t let that designation fool you. The SL packs an array of impressive specs, including a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260) processor, 4.3-inch screen with 1280 x 720 display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat, as well as a 12.1-megapixel rear camera with 16x digital zoom and pulsed LED flash. For those who are concerned with style, Sony has made the Xperia SL available in four unique color variations, including silver, black, pink and white.

Details are still scarce, however, we expect to hear much more about the smartphone at the company’s IFA press conference on Sunday, August 26th. There’s bound to be more devices announced next week, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest news.

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ASUS TF500T surfaces in FCC filing, might be next Transformer tablet

A mystery tablet from ASUS has appeared at the FCC with model number TF500T, a designation that suggests it could be a new tablet in the coimpany’s Transformer line. Other members of that product family use a similar numbering scheme, including the budget-oriented Transformer Pad (TF300) and pricier Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700). In this case we have extremely little to go off of in terms of features of the TF500, but its model number suggests it could fall somewhere between the two concerning specs and pricing, possibly making this one a sequel to last year’s Transformer Prime.

As far as what the FCC listing does reveal, the tablet will feature WiFi, HDMI, and a microphone. Other than the Nexus 7, ASUS hasn’t shown off a new tablet since Mobile World Congress, so we’d say a new tablet geared towards a holiday launch makes sense. Given that timeframe it again seems likely we may be dealing with a successor to the Transformer Prime.

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Samsung’s 11.8-inch 2560×1600 Tablet Confirmed In Apple Lawsuit Documents

gtab thumbWe’d heard that Samsung was planning an oversized tablet with an incredible screen resolution, but after said 11-inch Galaxy Tab failed to appear at both CES and Mobile World Congress, the Android world moved on to bigger (though not necessarily better) things. In today’s opening salvo of legal back-and-forth between Apple and Samsung, the tablet was revealed as part of the latter’s strategy for 2012. The slightly larger 11.8-inch, 2560×1600 tablet has no designation beyond “P10″, but it looks like Samsung definitely intended to release it when the document was created last year.

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This is a confirmation of Samsung’ intentions, but not its future.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note is officially official

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T-Mobile has sent out a press release letting us know that the Samsung Galaxy Note will be coming "in the coming weeks", confirming the Tweet that went out this morning. The 5.3-inch T-Mobile Galaxy Note will feature HSPA+42 speeds, and be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon like it's counterpart on AT&T. It's also shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich, and features the same great S-Memo application we saw last week

T-Mobile specific features are Wifi calling, a 5-device mobile hotspot capability, and S.A.F.E. (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) designation, which means a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities, IT policy support, AES256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange, and integrated VPN support. You can read the full press release after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S III unlocked GSM model may be coming to Best Buy

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From the "stranger things have happened" files, there's a couple pictures of a supposed Best Buy computer screen showing order details for the Samsung Galaxy S III – with the same model designation as the unlocked international version. According to the screens, Best Buy is making shelf space for the Pebble Blu i9300, which is the same model number as the version sold internationally, and the screen notes it is an unlocked GSM version. Of course, the quantity is at zero with none on order, so we're not 100-percent sure what it is we're looking at. We've put some feelers out and have come to find that Best Buy has sold GSM unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II phones in major markets and online, with the same i9100 tag as the ones sold elsewhere in the world. As we find out more, we'll forward it along. In the meantime, hit the Galaxy S III forums to see the original post and join in the discussion.

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Verizon branded HTC device clocks in at GLBenchmark

A Verizon labeled HTC device recently showed up on the GLBenchmark site and the numbers and specs are impressive to say the least. The model number for the device is HTC6435LVW and the production designation is dlx.

The scores posted reveal a CPU that clocks in at 1.5GHz. On the graphics front, the device hit 121.1Fps on the Egypt  Offscreen 720p test and 110.5Fps on the Pro test. For comparison, the HTC One X clocks in at 64.8Fps and 94.8Fps on those same tests respectively. These numbers suggest use of an MSM8960T chipset with the Adreno 320GPU, basically a supercharged version of the chips found in most phones manufactured today.

The chips are powering a device with a screen resolution of 1794 by 1080. At that size, this may be a 5″ screen running at 1080p. According to sources the phone is loaded with Android 4.0.4 and will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

source: GLBenchmark
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LG to premier quad-core L9 chipset with September smartphone launch

It’s no secret LG has been quietly building a quad-core processing platform of their own, but new rumors hint that we could get our first taste of what the Korean tech maker is cooking come September. Little is known about the new chipset other than its ARM architecture, but even then we are left wondering exactly what we will get. LG has licenses for both the older Cortex-A9 and the latest Cortex-A15 processing architectures, but it is unknown upon which LG is basing their plans. Perhaps the name of their in-house CPU provides a hint. Dubbed L9, the number designation suggests an A9 base, but we can’t say for sure.

What is known is that the system-on-a-chip will be coupled with a high-motor GPU and implanted in an upcoming LG handset to launch this September. The phone is said to feature an HD IPS display similar to that found in the Optimus 4X HD and a camera rated at 10MP or higher. Other details are not surprisingly scant.

[via GSMArena]


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Is this Google’s ASUS-made Nexus 7 tablet?

Google branded, ASUS made,  quad-core Tegra 3 for under $200, and you’re looking at it — supposedly. PhoneArena received what is reportedly our first look at what could launch as the Nexus 7 tablet. From the front the slate looks like a blown-up smartphone with a speaker located in a handset’s normal earpiece location (not a typical position for a tablet) and an array of sensors with front-facing camera. The reverse shows off the two-tone stylings we have grown accustomed to from previous ASUS releases.

Word from the insider leaking the images is that the tablet does indeed feature quad-core processing (this has been debated back and forth over the past few months) and is planned to launch with Android 4.1, which is believed to be the designation for the next iteration of the OS, Jelly Bean. We could be getting our first taste of both Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 at Google I/O at the end of the month. Rumors still point to a summer release for the tablet.

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T-Mobile myTouch Q makes its mark on the FCC

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Talk about being tardy to the party: a month after its keyboard-less twin, the Huawei Ascend G312 QWERTY has finally received approval from the FCC. While this particular name may not sound very appealing to the average US customer, perhaps its other designation — the T-Mobile myTouch Q — will. Indeed, this is the 2012 iteration (the slide-out keyboard version, at least) of the carrier’s annual series, and it sports quadband GSM / EDGE and 850 / AWS / 1900 / 2100 HSPA+. Most of the specs are already known: you can expect to find a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.4GHz MSM8255T chip with 1GB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage and room for microSD expansion. If you’re a fan of the myTouch series — or even hardware keyboards in general — you likely won’t have to wait too much longer.

T-Mobile myTouch Q makes its mark on the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 May 2012 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint’s Galaxy S III Also Confirmed By Bluetooth SIG, That Makes Four Out Of Four US Carriers

Sam-Galaxy-S-IIIMere hours ago, we got confirmation that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) approved a Verizon-bound version of the SGSIII. Now, we’re seeing a similar listing for what is likely a Sprint variant of the Galaxy S III. The device appears in SIG’s listing with the model number SPH-L710, which has been rumored to be the designation of the Sprint-branded variant.

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The model number is only one character off from the Sprint-branded SGSII (SPHD710), so we’re pretty confident this implies that the Galaxy S III will be heading to Sprint, which is the last of the four major US carriers to receive confirmation.

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Sprint’s Galaxy S III rounds out major carrier tour of the Bluetooth SIG

First we saw T-Mobile and AT&T’s variants, then Verizon’s. Now Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III is putting a cap on the Bluetooth SIG’s look at the four major US carrier editions of the upcoming smartphone. The phone is listed with model number SPH-L710, one character off from the SPH-D710 designation of the Sprint Galaxy S II.

The listing doesn’t provide any additional info that we didn’t already know, but it confirms that the four largest US carriers will indeed carry the GS3. When that will occur and at what cost has yet to be announced.

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Verizon purportedly giving DROID 4, RAZR and Rezound ‘global’ designation via software update

Verizon purportedly giving DROID 4, RAZR and Rezound 'global' designation via software update

There’s one major drawback that jet-setters and globetrotters utilizing one of Verizon’s current LTE handsets must deal with, the lack of a GSM radio frequency. It’s true, while CDMA and LTE have carved out a place for themselves here in the States, when the rubber literally meets the road (or tarmac), it’s a GSM world we’re living in. With that in mind, it appears as though Verizon is planning to make several of its current smartphones a bit more cosmopolitan by enabling the “global” capabilities already embedded within. Blog Droid-Life is reporting that new in-store collateral for the DROID 4, RAZR and Rezound contains the tagline, “Coming Soon: Use in an additional 185 countries.” The new proficiency should be made available via a software update pushed out by Big Red, although some of you may have already taken matters into your own hands. No word on what the precise definition of “soon” is, but we’ve reached out to Verizon for comment and will update this post with any relevant information provided.

Verizon purportedly giving DROID 4, RAZR and Rezound ‘global’ designation via software update originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 May 2012 12:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung begins Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Galaxy Note

Android 4.0 has started to rollout to international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note. Reports are coming in from some users who have received notifications to install the update as an over-the-air download. In Germany, the update is available for download via Samsung’s Kies software. The software is tagged with build designation XXLPY and brings the Note to Android 4.0.3.

The Ice Cream Sandwich push will likely take a few weeks to reach all users in all regions. For those with carrier-branded versions of the device, it gets a bit harder to predict when both Samsung and network providers will deem the update ready for deployment.

[via SamsungHub]


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T-Mobile tipped to get Galaxy Note

Though we can’t say for with any kind of certainty, it appears that T-Mobile may be the recipient of Samsung’s Galaxy Note. According to some transmissions and office memos from vendors, it seems likely that this will happen.

Using the nomenclature of SGH-T879 the new device has the earmarks of a T-Mobile tablet since SGH-T8x9 is usually the designation for their tablets. Of course we are only going on speculation but there is not another Samsung device that carries a screen resolution of 800×1280 and it would be unlikely that they would create a whole new unit just for T-Mobile. Another clue to the possibility of this being a Galaxy Note is the bluetooth doc that links the SGH-T879 as variant of the SGH-i717… An AT&T nomenclature for the Galaxy Note. This comment, however, has suspiciously been removed from postings.

Some other clues to lead us to this conclusion about it being a Note and not a Galaxy 10.1 Tablet: The designation SGH-T879; Resolution of 800×1280 which is normally a smart phone orientation and pixel count; SGH-T879 is designated a phone by the Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi Alliance; The user agent string in captured post above lists like the AT&T Galaxy Note, known also as the SGH-i717.

Even though these are all just speculations with a dash of hope, one thing is certain, there is a new device coming to T-Mobile. Is it going to be a replacement for the current tab by a Galaxy 10.1″, maybe. However, with the wording used by the Bluetooth Sig and the Wi-Fi alliance in calling it a phone, it lends to the very good possibility that it will in fact be the Galaxy Note and it will be for T-Mobile. We should also note, no pun intended, that Samsung made T-Mobile devices are registered with the FCC using the SGH-Txx9 titles.

[via TmoNews]


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Samsung rolls out Ultra High Speed microSD cards destined for LTE phones and tablets

Samsung rolls out Ultra High Speed microSD cards destined for LTE phones and tablets

While so far the Ultra High Speed Class 1 memory card designation has been reserved for SDXC and SDHC cards, Samsung just announced new microSD cards that support the faster interface as well. Currently being produced in 16GB sizes, they have maximum sequential read speeds of up to 80 MB/s, four times that of the high speed cards it introduced last year. There’s no word on the write speeds but Samsung is already busy calling its next shot, planning to offer cards with even more storage in the future. Of course, you’ll need compatible devices to make these new cards worth it, we wonder what kind of Advanced LTE smartphones might be in store from Samsung soon

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Is this image of the Samsung GT-i9300 our first real look at the Galaxy S III?

Again, we’re going to say probably not. While the image indeed shows a Samsung handset running Android 4.0, for whatever reason it just isn’t screaming “next-gen successor to the Galaxy S II” to us. PhoneArena reports that the picture shows the Samsung GT-i9300. The model number has been associated with the Galaxy S III as it seems to follow logically the pattern set out by the first two Galaxy S phones. The problem is, Samsung’s numbering scheme has gotten a bit sketchy with recent releases. True, the Galaxy S was the GT-i9000 while the Galaxy S II was the GT-i9100.

But then came the Galaxy Nexus with its GT-i9250 model number and a recent sample photo has suggested the Galaxy S III could even have the GT-i9500 designation. Regardless, whatever we are looking at here comes off as something a bit more mid-range than what we expect from the Galaxy S III. It doesn’t jive with any of the previously leaked images claiming to be Samsung’s next flagship model (not that any of those leaks are to be believed either).

So if it isn’t the Galaxy S III, what is it? It’s definitely a new handset built for ICS, but other than that we have little to go off of. Unless it is the Galaxy S III, in which case color us a bit disappointed as we eat our words.

[via PhoneArena]


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Nokia Lumia 800 update reportedly triples battery life

Nokia Lumia 800 update reportedly triples battery life

Earlier this week in Refresh Roundup, we wrote of a Vodafone-branded update for the Lumia 800 with a designation of 1600.2487.8107.12070. Among the enhancements, the new software version was said to provide longer battery life — a welcome improvement, no doubt — but we could’ve never guessed the significance of the gain. The folks at WPCentral recently forced the update onto their own phones and, get this, they assert the new software has nearly tripled(!) their battery life. While our heads are still spinning at the assertion, they claim the improvements are in part due to better management of the screen’s brightness and cite an approximate discharge of 70mA when idle. Meanwhile, reports in the forums of xda-developers claim that battery drain is in the neighborhood of 80mA and 90mA when idle — not quite as stunning, but still a huge improvement in comparison to the approximate 150mA discharge with the previous version. While your mileage may vary, this latest update could prove to be a true godsend for Lumia 800 owners.

Nokia Lumia 800 update reportedly triples battery life originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Mar 2012 23:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung updates 5-inch Galaxy Player 70 with dual-core CPU and 5MP camera

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After announcing the Galaxy Player 4.2 last week, Samsung is updating another member of their media player family. The 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Player 70 (Galaxy Player 5.0) has been given a ‘Plus’ designation after receiving a dual-core processor and 5MP camera in South Korea. A few region-specific apps have also been added to the fray, including Kakao Talk for messaging with other Galaxy Play 70 Plus and smartphone users alike. It doesn’t sound like the device receives a bump in OS version throughout the process. We won’t get an Ice Cream Sandwich media player just yet. The Samsung Galaxy Player 70 Plus will be available in 16GB and 32GB models selling for 399,000 won and 469,000 won respectively.

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First Look: HTC One V [MWC 2012]

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The HTC One V might be the lowest specced of the three HTC One devices announced at Mobile World Congress, but it might also be the one that holds a place closest to our hearts. An update on a “retro” design, one HTC rep described the V designation as standing for vintage. So what exactly is retro or vintage about a modern mobile device? It’s all in the chin.

We might not consider a device like the T-Mobile G1 or HTC Legend (pictured above) as vintage — perhaps the better term is old school — but its design harkens back to a look that HTC has moved away from in its recent unibody devices. Though a subtle outward curving chin is present on most handsets, the sharp, exaggerated protrusion of yesteryear has faded away. Its back in a big way with the stylishly updated One V.

The One V sports a 3.7-inch display and features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdrgon processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Its specs don’t really compare to the high-powered One X or One S, but the One V is meant as a lower-priced option. What it does provide is access to HTC Sense 4 and Ice Cream Sandwich, which includes system-wide Beats Audio and camera improvements including a super fast shutter speed and a redesigned UI.

HTC didn’t have a model on hand with a working software build so we weren’t able to dive too deeply into that side of things, but on appearance alone the One V is a great looking and great feeling device that should please Android fans that have been around since the beginning.


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HTC One S and One V rumored to join One X at Mobile World Congress

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HTC could be rethinking their entire device naming scheme, choosing to go with the name/modifier motif deployed by other manufacturers such as Samsung and LG. Yesterday we learned that the HTC Endeavor could launch as the HTC One X, and new sources claim there will be an HTC One S and HTC One V at Mobile World Congress as well. The One S is said to be the device leaked as the HTC Ville, while the One V will be a 3.7-inch handset not unlike an HTC Rhyme with Beats Audio and Android 4.0. As was suggested previously, the letter designation is said to appear as a superscript to the ‘One.’

It sounds like HTC is trying to conjure up their own version of “Galaxy” or “Optimus,” which means we could still see these phones under other names on specific carriers, especially in the US. A push towards simplifying naming procedures should  not only help unify HTC’s Android lineup.

[via TheVerge]


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The limited edition Droid RAZR you can never have

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Verizon employees are being given the opportunity to own a smartphone that most will never get their hands on, a limited edition Motorola Droid RAZR. The phone not only comes in an exclusive red and black deco and a free dock, but it is being offered for only $99. Verizon is also providing employees with the chance to purchase a limited edition 32GB Droid RAZR MAXX  for $199. Both special handsets come engraved with “Limited Edition” and a number designation. We’re sure a few will become available via sites such as eBay and Craigslist, but the savings most certainly won’t be passed along to the common man. Anyone out there going to try to track one of these down?

[via Android and Me]


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