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Here’s a closer look at the Chinese phone-maker’s incoming premium smartphone, the ZTE Nubia Z5. While we’re already expecting quad-core internals, a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-inch screen, it’s nice to finally get a look at that Italian design broadly outlined by ZTE at the device’s unveiling in October, even if they are a touch familiar. The company aims to have the device out in Asia next month, when we should hopefully have a full spec sheet and more details on what sort of software is hiding beneath that glossy white shell.
ZTE Nubia Z5 ‘high-end smartphone’ shows off back and circular camera detail originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As RIM gradually inches towards the eventual launch of its new mobile OS, the company’s now pinned down a concrete date for BlackBerry 10‘s full unveiling. It’s the other side of 2012 and will happen “simultaneously in multiple countries around the world” on January 30th. No specifics on those lucky territories just yet, but RIM’s official blog states that we’ll hear availability (hopefully both prices and dates) for two new BB10 smartphones at the event.
There’s no full press release just yet, but you can see what CEO Thorsten Heins has to say about it after the break.
Update: The press release is now out — we’ve added it below.
BlackBerry 10 launch event to be held on January 30th originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Federal filings aside, what we’re staring at here is the first look at Samsung’s initial US-bound Windows Phone 8. The ATIV Odyssey’s certainly not going to be confused for the
Galaxy S III ATIV S we’ve already taken for a test drive, and while there’s not much to compare this early leaked render with, it appears to be a slightly chunky 4G smartphone that’ll be heading to Verizon this December. Samsung’s not letting us peek at the spec sheet just yet and presumably Big Red’s still busy with other things at the moment, but we’ll let you know more when we hear it.
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone 8 leaked with Verizon branding originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It’s not folding all of its apps back into one, but Facebook has now rolled out an updated version of its main iOS app that incorporates some features first seen in its standalone apps. That includes the ability to swipe left anywhere in the app to see who’s available to send a message to, as well as the ability to add the friends you message the most to the top of your favorites — both features drawn from Messenger. You’ll also get the new “upload flow” from Facebook’s Camera app that promises to let you share multiple photos faster, and the ability to send Facebook Gifts directly from the app (although that remains a US-only feature).
Facebook updates iOS app with features from standalone Messenger and Camera apps originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple may have just learned a lesson about all-or-nothing gambles. Judge Crabb has dismissed the company’s lawsuit against Motorola over fair royalties for standards-based patents after the firm said it would only accept court-dictated payouts to Motorola of less than $1 per iPhone. To say that Crabb isn’t eager to be used as leverage for a discount is an understatement — she flipped from leaning towards a trial just days earlier to preventing Apple from suing over the same dispute unless it wins an appeal. The decision doesn’t represent the first time the Cupertino team has had a lawsuit tossed this year, although it comes as Motorola has faced its own share of legal setbacks; the two parties are still very much in a stalemate. All we know for certain is that any royalty decision will have to come through either a (currently unlikely) settlement or through a separate trial.
Judge dismisses Apple lawsuit versus Motorola over standards-based patents originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
European LTE deployments might just be getting started, but the European Commission is already trying to head off any bandwidth problems at the pass. The organization has ordered that 120MHz of normally 3G-only spectrum around the 2GHz band has to be reusable for LTE and other 4G networks by June 30th, 2014. Once the airwaves loosen up, the Commission sees its home continent having an advantage over an LTE-happy US: it expects to have as much as 1GHz of spectrum available for 4G, or potentially twice as much as what Americans might claim. Officials are also mulling plans to repurpose extra slices of 2GHz spectrum that haven’t even been used for 3G and could offer that much more headroom. While an edge over the US in bandwidth might not last after policy changes, it’s hard to complain if the EC move leads to future smartphones whose downloads stay speedy.
European Commission clears 2GHz bands for LTE use by 2014, claims 4G pipes wider than the US originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Last week we got the chance to spend a few minutes with James Bruce, ARM’s Lead Mobile Strategist, to chat about the company’s past, present and future. We discussed the recent Cortex A50 announcement and ARM’s broad history — including key products like the Nokia 6110 and how the company’s chip designs have “changed how people compute and lead their digital life” over the past five years. We also talked about the scalability and flexibility of the ARM architecture, from embedded systems to smartphones and tablets to servers. So what’s in the pockets of one of the most important people in the chip world? A Nexus 7 and a global Galaxy S III, it turns out. Go ahead and watch the full interview above.
The Engadget Interview: ARM’s Lead Mobile Strategist James Bruce (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
There ain’t much here we haven’t seen before, but look — it’s a video. The thoroughly leaked LG Nexus 4 — which was likely scheduled to be formally unveiled today if not for Hurricane Sandy — has shown up in a 107 second video hosted up by Swedroid. We’re guessing that select international sites briefed on the handset weren’t hearing any of that “delay” stuff, and have instead let loose on the material they had access to. The hardware itself is no surprise, boasting clean lines and a minimalistic motif that looks a hair thicker than we had envisioned before. Android 4.2 looks right at home, though — as if you haven’t seen enough of that in the Nexus 10 leak. Head on past the break and press play, won’t you?
Nexus 4 leaked on video, Android 4.2 gets exposed alongside new LG hardware originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Microsoft is busy officially revealing all the bits and pieces that make up Windows Phone 8, and one of them is its new lock screen. Powered by Live Apps designed for Windows Phone 8 like Facebook, it lets apps directly update your lock screen with new photos and information. Exec Joe Belfiore is, as usual, excited about it, pointing to the “surprise” now waiting every time he picks up his phone. If pics from your last vacation popping up every time you turn your phone on doesn’t get you going ,just imagine sports scores or other relevant info you’ve picked pushed straight to the front, just a button press away.
Gallery: Windows 8 Lockscreens and Apps
Microsoft unveils new lock screen for Windows Phone 8 powered by Live Apps originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Orange was one of the vanguards of high-quality cellphone calls, having kicked off HD Voice with a Moldovian launch back in 2009. The premium chatter has always stopped at the border, however — even two Orange customers couldn’t see the improvement if they were in different countries. The carrier is bridging that gap with claims that it’s the first to support improved voice on the international level: starting today, Moldovans and Romanians on Orange can give each other a ring and expect the extra-smooth calling they’re used to from local conversations. We don’t yet know if and when other countries will hop on the bandwagon. We’ve reached out, but it’s possible that any upgraded links between other countries will come only from case-by-case negotiations. Those in Bucharest might want to track down any relatives in Chișinău for a quick chat in the meantime.
Orange begins first HD Voice calls between countries, decides clarity knows no borders originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you missed Best Buy’s early pre-order showing of the Lumia 920 (which soon disappeared) then you might be interested in stumping a headier amount for the same handset, off-contract. Negri Electronics is now listing the device at $699, but minus those monthly payments to AT&T. The online retailer has the yellow iteration, while it’s also stocking the Lumia 820 free from contract restrictions — and in red — for $599. The site is sticking resolutely to that pre-order label on both, however, with no mention of a possible delivery date just yet.
Nokia Lumia 920 pre-orders reappear: $699 off-contract at Negri Electronics originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Everyone knows that Nokia’s Lumia 820 and 920 are slated to arrive in November. But how soon into the month? Going by Vodafone Germany’s assertions, both of the devices will come just as some of us are nursing our Halloween candy hangovers — that is, November 1st. While neither Nokia nor Microsoft has confirmed the timing independently, it lines up with a brief mention of a similar date at retailer MediaMarkt and would follow just two days after the big Windows Phone 8 event where Nokia is likely to take center stage. Provided Vodafone isn’t just being optimistic, it gives us hope that the North American launches of the advanced Lumias won’t be far behind.
Vodafone Germany expects Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 on November 1st originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
64GB Samsung Galaxy S III appears on Italian retailer’s website, marks the start of a selective rollout
It looks like Samsung is making good on its promise to produce a 64GB Galaxy S III in the second half of the year, but it’s going to be a lottery on if you can get one. Rather than releasing the handset worldwide, it’s picking and choosing the regions which will get the benefit of the capaciously endowed smartphone. A listing has appeared on Italian retailer ePrice, with the 64GB unit setting users back €800 ($1,040). The company’s confirmed that the listing is legitimate, but also that its UK and US divisions haven’t announced plans to bring it to the UK or US — so perhaps it’s time to claim Italian citizenship if you’re desperate for that much storage.
64GB Samsung Galaxy S III appears on Italian retailer’s website, marks the start of a selective rollout originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
While it’s not as complex as one of the region’s twisty crime dramas, the story surrounding the Galaxy S III Mini has taken another turn. Retailers in Europe’s northernmost countries are now listing such a device with the codename GT-I8190 in blue and white, with or without an NFC chip, for $540 and $560, respectively. Given that the company is planning an announcement about a “little sensation” on Thursday, it’s certainly less likely that we’ll see the Galaxy Ace III turn up.
Nordic retailers list a Galaxy S III ‘Mini,’ insider info or wishful thinking? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A network outage that leaves folks without data for a few hours is one thing, but some Sprint problems today are causing some bigger issues than usual in one part of the US. Alaska Airlines is reporting flight delays at several airports, including Portland International Airport, as a result of the outage that is says began at 7:30AM Pacific time when a fiber cable was cut in Wisconsin. The AP is further reporting that Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden says the airline expects to have a full resolution by 5PM local time, and that it may have a partial solution by noon. The reports that we’ve received from Sprint users also suggest that the outage is largely confined to the Northwest.
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Sprint network outage leads to flight delays with Alaska Airlines originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
HTC has released its third quarter financials, with the same trend continuing from the last quarter: lower net revenue. The company said it gained NT$70.2 billion total ($2.4 billion), with pre-tax net income at NT$4 billion ($137 million), a nearly 50 percent drop from the $250 million it earned last quarter. All that is a far cry from its salad days last year, and the company will have to hope that its new Windows Phone 8X launch along with a new flagship One X+ will reverse its fortunes.
[Image credit: Wikipedia]
HTC announces Q3 2012 financials, net profit down again to $137 million originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Here at CEATEC, the Japanese display maker is showing of its latest portable screens. Although the vivid 1080p displays were scurried away in the corner of Sharp’s stand, we managed to grab a few photos of its 443 ppi — likely smartphone-bound — tech. From these prototype samples (the screen will go into production later this month), it’s looking pretty good, with Sharp‘s thinnest GS-Silicon technology reducing the layers between the LCD display and our eyes. Although we were told not to touch, viewing angles were also impressive — we could see ourselves gazing at YouTube clips on this screen in whichever smartphone it ends up on. Sharp weren’t talking manufacturers just yet, but you can take a closer look in our gallery below.
Sharp’s new 443 ppi 5-inch smartphone displays on show at CEATEC 2012 (eyes-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Since our last podcast, Myriam and Joseph have been to all corners of the world, and Brad rode “it’s a small world” at least five times (which is almost the same thing). But we’re back from our extensive travels and ready to discuss the last week of mobile news — and there’s a lot for us to cover, so join us for today’s podcast as we go through it all!
Shared data’s not for everyone, which is why AT&T’s continuing to augment its prepaid offerings with additional GoPhone options. Announced today, the carrier’s new $65 monthly plan is geared specifically towards smartphone users, combining unlimited talk and text with a 1GB allotment of data. And in tandem with this new package, the operator’s also releasing the Fusion 2: a white-labeled Android device that’s slated to retail for $99 — no contract strings attached. Both are set to launch this October 7th, so if you’re commitment-averse and in need of a new device, this could be the plan for you. Hit up the break for the full presser.
AT&T to offer new $65 GoPhone monthly plan starting October 7th originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Acer’s sleek CloudMobile smartphone was slated to launch on September 5th in the United Kingdom, but unexpected delays caused the handset to be MIA for nearly a month. Today, however, the first-class, 4.3-inch device looks to finally be ready for UK prime time — and, unlike in some cases, here it’s still running Android behind that 720p, IPS display and the 1.5GHz, dual-core CPU. The Acer CloudMobile’s priced at £290 (about $470) SIM-free, and retailers such as the one linked below appear to be taking orders as we speak. Better late than never, right?
Acer CloudMobile available in the UK at long last, is priced at £290 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sony announced on Monday that it will introduce a new line of external batteries for smartphones and tablets. Shipping in capacities of 3,500 to 7,000mAh, these external juice boxes weigh around 198 grams and measure 130.6mm by 12.9mm, making them about the size of a modern smartphone. Charging devices via USB, Sony claims that these portable pick me ups can be recharged up to 500 times and can charge most smartphones in an hour and a half. If toting another smartphone-like device around doesn’t sound ideal to you, Sony will also be releasing smaller “stick-type” (think flash drives) external batteries in assorted colors. Both battery types are set to launch this fall, with prices ranging from 2,300 yen ($30) to 7,000 yen ($90). Wouldn’t it just be easier to sell a marginally thicker phone with world-class battery life? A boy can dream…
Sony announces new line of slim external batteries for smartphones and tablets originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Has anyone else noticed a surge in locations getting newly-minted LTE of late? Sprint has, and it’s joining the bandwagon with a further five areas from today. Users in Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas, Waukegan-Lake in Illinois and Barnstable-Hyannis in Massachusetts will be able to slurp down Big Yellow’s new service soon, if they can’t already. The company has also revealed that Chicagoans, Angelenos and New Yorkers will be getting 3G service thanks to the company’s Network Vision program, as it continues to swap out its aging Nextel hardware for something a little more futuristic.
Sprint brings LTE to parts of Kansas, Illinois and Massachusetts originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.