T-Mobile to release LG G2X, G-Slate on April 20th, suggests rumor

By on March 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM.

T-Mobile to release LG G2X, G-Slate on April 20th, suggests rumor

According to blog TmoNews, T-Mobile will release the G-Slate tablet and G2X smartphone next month on April 20th. The blog notes that the two LG devices should be given firm release date on the nation’s fourth largest provider next week at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, FL. The LG G2X will be a T-Mobile branded Optimus 2X and the G-Slate is the Honeycomb device we saw announced at CES back in January. We know the G-Slate will be sporting an HSPA+, 4G radio, but details on the G2X are still unknown.

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Samsung brings Galaxy Player to U.S.

By on March 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

Samsung brings Galaxy Player to U.S.

At the company’s 2011 product lineup event today, Samsung announced the U.S. availability of the 4-inch and 5-inch Galaxy Player. First spotted at Mobile World Congress last month, the two devices closely resemble the European Galaxy S smartphone currently in market. The duo will look to capture both the mind and market share of those consumers who would otherwise be looking to purchase Apple’s iPod touch or Microsoft’s Zune. Both devices will run Google’s Froyo (Android 2.2) operating system — upgradeable to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) — and will sport Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA support, 8GB of on-board storage, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, and microSD card slot (support for up to 32GB cards). The 5-inch model will have a WVGA TFT-LCD display while the 4-inch model will boast a 4-inch Super Clear LCD screen. The burning question we all want the answer to, when can we buy one and how much will they cost, was not disclosed in the announcement. Hit the jump to read the official press release. More →

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Rite of passage: Honeycomb commemorated with statue at Google HQ

By on February 28, 2011 at 9:39 PM.

Rite of passage: Honeycomb commemorated with statue at Google HQ

Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is officially official. The gang in Mountain View have taken to the front lawn to commemorate the latest and greatest iteration of the Android mobile operating system, Honeycomb. The statues comes complete with an Android robot and honeybee — this statue seems to have a little more flair. If you’re in the area, the Honeycomb effigy is located in front of Building 44 on Google’s California campus. More →

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HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S getting Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2

By on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S getting Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2

In a statement to blog SlashGear, HTC let it be known that it intends to bring four European handsets up to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in Q2 of this year. Three Desire models — the Desire, Desire HD, and Desire Z — along with the recently announced Incredible S will be getting Google’s latest and greatest mobile code. It’s nice to see HTC pushing out updates to some new, and more importantly old, handsets. Here is the company’s official statement.

“We are excited to announce that the Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S will receive the Gingerbread update in Q2.”

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LG Optimus 3D hands-on [video]

By on February 14, 2011 at 7:54 AM.

LG Optimus 3D hands-on [video]

Today is officially the first day of Mobile World Congress and for our first stop on the show floor, we decided to hit up LG (great booth placement, right by the entrance). LG had a host of goodies to showcase, but the device we decided to spend the most time with was the company’s yet-to-be-released smartphone, the Optimus 3D. The new, Android 2.2 handset boasts a 4.3-inch, 3D screen that does not require glasses and, to be honest, looks quite nice. The device features a dedicated 3D button which will bring you to LG’s 3D-interface — giving you access to the camera and guide along with all the 3D content on the device. We could belabor you with more details, but a picture (and video) is worth 1,000 words, no? Hit the jump to check out a quick our clip and a gallery of the LG Optimus 3D.


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Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on

By on February 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on

You may have been following our live blog of Samsung’s “Unpacked: Part I” event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If you did you would know that, much to the chagrin of most of the event’s attendants, it sort of dragged; we heard the same things repeated over and over again by various members of Samsung’s team. However, after we’ve had some hands-on time with the star of the show, the Galaxy S II, we think we know why it got such and exhaustive introduction: it’s a really, really great smartphone. Sammy has obviously invested a large amount of time and energy into the next Galaxy S, and you can really feel all that effort and energy when you pick up the device. It’s incredibly light, incredibly thin, and incredibly responsive. The TouchWiz UI has gotten a serious makeover that makes it much more appealing than its previous iteration. Customization options, social networking hook-ins, it’s all there. Not to mention some of those high-end specs: dual-core processor, Wi-Fi direct support, HSPA +21 Mbps radio, 1080p HD recording and playback at 30fps, and hardware accelerated encryption — just to name a few. Oh, and who could forget that 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen… you really have to see it to appreciate it. In short: the phone is gorgeous, feels solid, and responds just like you want it to. Will the Galaxy S II make its way to the U.S. in a non carrier-bastardized form? That’s the $1,000,000 question. Sammy is hosting another event tomorrow evening where it may reveal more details about its strategy for the United States — if we’re lucky we may even get a timetable. Until then, hit up our hands-on gallery and let us know what you think!

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets official

By on February 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II gets official

Well, it wasn’t exactly a surprise, but the Samsung Galaxy S II is officially official. Samsung isn’t beating around the bush with the naming on this bad boy — it’s the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S, and from the specifications, it sure looks like it. The device features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, is powered by Samsung’s dual-core Orion CPU, has an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, and runs atop Gingerbread 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0. The Galaxy S II is incredibly thin at just 8.49mm thick — though there is that slight hump at bottom of the phone. Full press release after the break!

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DigiTimes: HTC launching tablet in March, to be called Flyer

By on January 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM.

DigiTimes: HTC launching tablet in March, to be called Flyer

Warning: DigiTimes report being cited, approach with caution. Now that we have that out of the way… the Taiwanese blog is reporting that HTC will launch an Android 2.3 tablet device, code named Flyer, in March — ahead of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom. The publication notes that users will be able to upgrade the device to Android 3.0 after it is officially released by Google. The report cites “handset component suppliers” and goes on to say that “HTC is expected to launch the two other tablets in June running on Android 3.0.” We’re not sure how much water this report holds, but one thing is a certainty… HTC isn’t going to be sitting on the tablet sidelines forever. More →

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant 4G rears its head, Android 2.3 in tow [Updated]

By on January 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM.

T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant 4G rears its head, Android 2.3 in tow [Updated]

We’ve heard rumors about the existence of the Samsung Vibrant 4G, but now we have crystal clear proof. One of our trusted ninjas has sent us the above image that shows off Sammy’s next generation Vibrant handset, complete with front-facing camera, and a bonus surprise… Android 2.3. Our source, who said they had substantial hands-on time with the device, described it as “smooth” and “stupid fast.” The device will pack a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio to take advantage of T-Mo’s self-proclaimed 4G network along with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. You may notice that the device pictured above is not skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Unfortunately, we hear the good people at Sammy are working on an Android 2.3 compatible version of the interface as we speak… bollocks. Android 2.3 is, however, great news for T-Mobile users considering this device. Hit the jump for a higher resolution image and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: The legitimacy of this image has come under quite a bit of scrutiny. A few things we wanted to add: this source has — in the past — demonstrated access to unreleased Samsung hardware, this source is standing by the image and will try and get additional images to substantiate, and the source doesn’t, to our knowledge, have any impetus to lie. That being said: take the above image with a grain of salt, as it could be — as others have pointed out — a Vibrant with a camera-mod and Android skin installed. More →

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Android 2.3 getting music synchronization service?

By on January 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM.

Android 2.3 getting music synchronization service?

Here’s an interesting find. Blog GizmoFusion has been sent an image of Android 2.3, Gingerbread, displaying an interesting option, “Sync Music.” The option is visible in the Google Account options, indicating that the Big G may have some type of music synchronization service, that will be linked to your Gmail account, in the works. While it isn’t all that hard to get music files onto an Android handset, the process certainly could use some streamlining — cloud-based services are always a bonus. Hopefully, Google will clue the Android-loving world in on what they’re working on soon, but until then… it’s anyones guess. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S2: Super AMOLED Plus, NFC, Gingerbread?

By on January 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S2: Super AMOLED Plus, NFC, Gingerbread?

Things we definitively know: Samsung will be introducing the successor to the Galaxy S next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Things we don’t definitively know: what the handset will look like, what it is named, and what kind of specs it will have. All that, however, hasn’t stopped Korean newspaper ETnews from weighting in with its opinion. The publication claims that the above image is indeed the Samsung Galaxy S2 — name subject to change. The report states the that device will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core processor, and NFC chip; the device will also run on Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We’re not too sure on the authenticity of the image, but the specification predictions aren’t all that outlandish (especially considering what the Nexus S has in it and some of the dual-core phones we saw at CES). It’s all speculative for now, but your friends at BGR will be in Spain next month to report on all the hotness as it happens. More →

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LG announces Optimus Black handset, ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’

By on January 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM.

LG announces Optimus Black handset, ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’

Today at CES, LG announced the latest addition to its Android handset lineup, the Optiums Black. Measuring just 9.2mm thick, the Optimus Black packs a host of high-end features, including: Wi-Fi Direct, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 700 nit NOVA display, and UI gestures. The set will ship with Android 2.2, but the press release promises “Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability” — it is also being billed as the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” More details are sure to come in the next few minutes, as LG is getting ready to kick off its CES keynote. In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the fairly vague press release. We’ll be updating this post with more details about the Black as they are made available. More →

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Images of Sony Ericsson’s Hallon surface?

By on December 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Images of Sony Ericsson’s Hallon surface?

According to rumors attached to the above photograph, what we are looking at is none other than Sony Ericsson’s Hallon handset. It is widely thought that Sony Ericsson will introduce several high-end handsets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February. The device pictured has a front-facing camera, convex top, and is running an unknown version of Android (some outlets are reporting that the Hallon is running Gingerbread but it is difficult to clearly discern whether we are looking at Android 2.3 or a Sony Ericsson UI skin). The handset also features a top-mounted micro-USB port, similar to the one present on Galaxy S handsets. The Hallon will purportedly bear the model number MT15i; a model number that some have seen in their website user agent logs. With CES and MWC on the horizon, you can expect to see a barrage of new Android handsets from OEMs in the coming days and weeks. Who’s excited? More →

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