LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

By on March 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM.

LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

LG may soon be chasing HTC in the phones-with-massive-displays market. According to some leaked images and specs, LG has a new phone codenamed “Optimus Big” up its sleeve. The Optimus Big — as its name implies — sports a large 4.3-inch screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, a T-DMB TV tuner, and LG’s super bright and sharp NOVA display. Little else is currently known about the phone, although we can tell from the images that it at least sports a forward-facing camera for video chats. It also very likely runs some flavor of Android and appears that it could swallow the iPhone in one bite. If this thing ever makes it to the United States, and we doubt it will, we hope it comes amped up with some 4G and dual-core goodness. More →

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Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM.

Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

We’ve just been given some info on Apple’s next iOS release, 4.3.1, and from what we have been told, it will contain minor bug fixes. Here are the changes from iOS 4.3:

  • Baseband updates for the 3GS and iPad (original)
  • Fixed memory hang that results in memory corruption when reading large files from USIM filesystem
  • Fixed problem with NTLM authentication in apps and on websites
  • Fixed issue with the Springboard and 3rd party apps not recgonizing the gyroscope on the iPad 2
  • Fixed iPad 2 jailbreak vulneratbility

That’s all we’ve got for the new iOS release. No word on whether or not it will also finally bring Apple’s updated OS to Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4.

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Verizon HTC ThunderBolt unboxing

By on March 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM.

Verizon HTC ThunderBolt unboxing

We just received our HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon Wireless and we’ve dug through the very black and red packaging to pull out a 4.3-inch 4G Android device — and we even photographed it. In all seriousness, the HTC ThunderBolt is one feature-packed handset, and it’s the first one to run on Verizon’s new 4G LTE network which spits down hyper-fast speeds. We already spent some hands-on time with the unit, but some more quick first impressions? We’re really digging the styling, it looks great in person. The screen is very attractive — it looks beautiful — colors are super rich, and text is very crisp. The device is reasonably thick, and pretty large, though that’s obviously due to the internals and that amazing 4.3-inch display. We’ll be putting the HTC ThunderBolt through our review process ASAP, but in the meantime, make sure to check out some unboxing photos of one of the most anticipated handsets of the last few months.

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iOS 4.3 to be released at 10AM today; personal hotspot supports 5 connections?

By on March 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

iOS 4.3 to be released at 10AM today; personal hotspot supports 5 connections?

One of our sources has just let us know something pretty interesting. There has been a lot of talk surrounding Apple’s personal hotspot feature, specifically it’s capability of only supporting 3 wireless connections (as opposed to 5 like many other devices). Well, we have been told it’s all left to the carrier to decide. If a carrier requests it, five devices will be supported, but by default, it’s three.

Oh, and we’ve also been told iOS 4.3 will be available for download publicly at 10AM PT today. Fire up iTunes and get your update trigger-finger ready!

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iPhone’s personal hotspot will only support 3 connections over Wi-Fi

By on March 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM.

iPhone’s personal hotspot will only support 3 connections over Wi-Fi

To Apple’s credit: it has consistently said that its Personal Hotspot feature would “support five connections.” It did this without ever actually specifying what type of connections those were. According to support documentation on the iPhone maker’s website, those utilizing the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3 will be allowed to share their phone’s internet connection with up to five devices, however, only three of them can be over Wi-Fi. Yes, it seems the other two connections will have to be made using Bluetooth and USB respectively. Most of the tech world assumed — present company included — that the five connected devices in question would all be suckling from the iPhone’s data connection via Wi-Fi. Which is, obviously, not the case. We can’t say we remember the last time (if there ever was a time) that we had five devices connected to a cellular hotspot device, but that’s just us. Is this a deal breaker for anyone? More →

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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 Gold Master to developers

By on March 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 Gold Master to developers

Just one day after its official unveiling, Apple has made iOS 4.3 Gold Master, build 8F190 (called it!) available to developers. The code adds support for mobile hotspot creation, third-party AirPlay access, along with a host of other improvements. The update is available to those with Apple Developer accounts and supports iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch models. Those of you with developer accounts, enjoy!

Thanks, @CDeeRON!

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Apple announces availability of iOS 4.3, March 11th

By on March 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM.

Apple announces availability of iOS 4.3, March 11th

After a month long stint in beta-land, Apple’s latest iteration of iOS — version 4.3 — has been rubber-stamped and pronounced ready for public consumption. Demoing the new code at the company’s iPad 2 event today, VP of Engineering Scott Forstall showcased several of the updates new features, including Wi-Fi hotspot creation, a new Photobooth app, and Home Sharing (streaming audio and video from your computer to your iOS devce). iOS 4.3 will be available on March 11th to all iPad, iPhone (GSM), and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation) owners. Hit the jump for the full press release! More →

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Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

By on February 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM.

Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. Maybe we’ll see this release unify the Verizon iPhone OS-wise as well? We’ll probably see this in the wild next week if we had to bet…

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HTC Pyramid: dual-core, 1.2GHz handset headed to T-Mobile?

By on February 3, 2011 at 7:22 AM.

HTC Pyramid: dual-core, 1.2GHz handset headed to T-Mobile?

The existence of this next handset is very much a rumor, but it’s a rumor that is almost too good to ignore. Blog AndroidandMe, quoting a “regular source who has provided accurate information about several Android announcements in the past,” is reporting that HTC’s first dual-core, Android handset will be a T-Mobile offering by the name of the HTC Pyramid. Aside from a 1.2GHz, dual-core, Snapdragon processor (MSM8260), the handset will also boast a 4.3-inch qHD display and should be available sometime in May. We’re going to do some digging of our own and see if we can confirm this tasty little rumor with our own sources. We’ll be sure to report back with what we find. More →

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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 3 to developers

By on February 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 3 to developers

Right on schedule, Apple has released iOS 4.3 beta 3, build number 8F5166b, to developers through its online developer’s portal. The code is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’re in the throes of downloading the new bits as we speak. You do the same and be sure to let us know what you find.

Thanks, CDeeRON!

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Apple releasing iOS 4.3 beta 3 today; build 8F5166b?

By on February 1, 2011 at 7:59 AM.

Apple releasing iOS 4.3 beta 3 today; build 8F5166b?

One of our Apple sources has just let us know that the company’s iOS 4.3 rampage isn’t slowing down. We have been told there will be yet another beta build posted for developers, wearing the build number 8F5166b, at some point today. This would be the third build of iOS 4.3 in just three weeks… perhaps signaling how quick the company is moving to get point-upgrade finalized.

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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 2 to developers

By on January 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 2 to developers

It looks like Apple has seeded iOS 4.3 beta 2 to developers. Just last week, the company released the first beta of its popular mobile operating system into its developer portal. The new beta adds Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for GSM iPhones amongst other things. If you have an Apple Developer account, go have yourself a download and be sure to let us know what you find.

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta 1 to developers for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

By on January 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta 1 to developers for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

It looks like we won’t have to wait until March for some iOS 4.3 action after all. Just moments ago, Apple made iOS 4.3 beta 1 available through its developer portal. iOS 4.3 has become famous over the last few days as it is rumored to include a Wi-Fi hotspot feature for the GSM-based iPhone — you may notice that the build number of this release looks familiar. We’re in the process of downloading the 682MB update as we type and will be sure to report back with any goodies we find.

Thanks, CDeeRON!

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