LG E730 Optimus Sol leaked [video]

By on August 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM.

LG E730 Optimus Sol leaked [video]

German gadget news site BestBoyZ has gotten its hands on one of LG’s upcoming mid-range handsets, the E730 Optimus Sol. Originally codenamed “Victor,” the device is equipped with a 3.8-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor. The Optimus Sol runs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and is loaded with LG’s custom Optimus user interface on top. It is unclear when the Optimus Sol will hit the market but rumor has it Vodafone will offer the device in black and silver when it finally launches. Hit the jump for two more images and a full hands-on video. More →

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AT&T HTC Inspire 4G Gingerbread update now available

By on August 9, 2011 at 2:01 AM.

AT&T HTC Inspire 4G Gingerbread update now available

HTC began pushing out the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) update to the AT&T HTC Inspire 4G on Monday. Customers will receive notifications to update over-the-air or they can manually initiate the installation process by navigating to Home > Menu > Settings > AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi software update > Check now. The patch also includes an updated Sense application tray, new FriendStream features, fixes for minor bugs and an updated Quick Settings menu in the notifications shade. HTC says Inspire 4G users should notice an improved media experience and better power management as well. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II headed to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint

By on May 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II headed to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint

According to a leaked silicon gel accessory page for the Samsung Galaxy S II, the highly anticipated phone will at least be landing on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in the U.S. The information also reveals the unique names that the phone will receive from each carrier. It will be the Samsung Attain on AT&T, the Samsung Function on Verizon Wireless, and the Samsung Within on Sprint. Oddly, those monikers don’t seem to nearly portray the hardware muscle of the device and we’re surprised to see no mention of T-Mobile. The Galaxy S II sports a dual-core processor, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video, and runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s revamped TouchWiz 4.0 user interface on top. There’s no word when the Galaxy S II will make its U.S. debut, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see a summer launch. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

By on May 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

Samsung sold more than 10 million Galaxy S phones in 2010, and if early figures are any hint, Samsung’s Galaxy S II could turn out to be more popular than its predecessor. On Monday, Samsung announced that 3 million pre-orders for the phone — which will launch in 120 countries across 140 mobile operators — have already been placed. The Galaxy S II sports a dual-core Orion processor clocked at 1.2GHz, TouchWiz 4.0, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. But the real star of its spec sheet is its 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that, during our hands-on with the phone, we found to be remarkably crisp and bright with deep, inky, blacks. We’ve spotted the Galaxy S II passing through the FCC with AT&T frequency bands, so our fingers are crossed for a U.S. announcement soon. More →

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Sprint’s HTC Kingdom 4G Android phone detailed

By on May 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM.

Sprint’s HTC Kingdom 4G Android phone detailed

HTC enthusiast forum 911sniper has gotten its hands on a ROM from the HTC Kingdom, an unannounced Android 2.3.3 smartphone that we now know to be headed to Sprint. We’ve seen the Kingdom in a very blurry image before, but this time several full specs and other details have become available. The device reportedly has a Qualcomm MSM7630 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch qHD display, and a camera capable of recording 720p HD video. The leaked ROM also reveals support for 802.11b/g/n and Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. Sprint has yet to confirm the device’s existence, so we’re not sure exactly when this device will hit the market, but let’s hope it happens soon because it definitely looks like a nice incremental upgrade. More →

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New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC

By on February 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC

Google made its software development kit (SDK) available for version 2.3.3 of the Android OS earlier this month, and Stanford University’s MobiSocial News uncovered a nifty feature that hasn’t gotten much coverage. The new SDK features an API for “insecure Bluetooth socket connections” on both the client and server sides. Coupled with Gingerbread’s widely publicized NFC capabilities, this will allow developers to enable a tap-to-connect feature that lets NFC-equipped Android phones forgo the Bluetooth pairing process. Similar to the functionality HP showed off with its TouchPad tablet and Pre 3 smartphone at the Think Beyond event last week, devices running Android 2.3.3 or later can be connected to each other with a simple tap that will automatically initiate data transfers. Apple is rumored to be cooking up a unique twist for the NFC functionality coming to its next-generation iPhone, so smart functionality beyond mobile payments such as tap-to-share will certainly help Android’s case in the meantime. More →

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