LG teases new 5-inch Optimus Vu Android smartphone [video]

By on February 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

LG teases new 5-inch Optimus Vu Android smartphone [video]

LG recently began teasing a new smartphone that could very well make its debut during the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month. The device, dubbed the Optimus Vu, will offer a 5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and rumor has it the phone will also come equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage, support for NFC, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the Optimus Vu will reportedly run Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. So far we’re not seeing a whole lot to be excited about other than the massive screen, since most of the specs are similar to what we’ve already seen in the LG Optimus LTE phone. We expect LG will have more surprises up its sleeve during the show, however. More →

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iOS apps crash more than Android apps, study shows

By on February 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM.

iOS apps crash more than Android apps, study shows

Apps running on Apple’s iOS devices crash more frequently than Android apps according to a new study preformed by mobile app monitoring company Crittercism. The data, which was collected between December 1st and 15th last year, spans 23 different versions of iOS and 33 different Android versions. The latest version of iOS (5.0.1) leads all others with 28.64% of all crashes, Forbes reports. The OS build is still relatively new, however, so much of the poor performance could be attributed to apps that haven’t yet been properly updated. Even still, there are older version of iOS that have surprisingly high percentages — iOS 4.2.1 was responsible for 12.64% of crashes, iOS 4.3.3 had 10.66% and iOS 4.1 had 8.24%. The chart above, which represents collected from more than 214 million apps between November and December 2011, shows that iOS apps are more likely to crash across all quartiles. A second chart below shows the percentage of app crashes across all OS versions addressed by this study. More →

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Samsung Infuse 4G receives Android 2.3.6 update from AT&T

By on February 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM.

Samsung Infuse 4G receives Android 2.3.6 update from AT&T

When the Samsung Infuse 4G was released last May 2011, early adopters were promised an update to Android 2.3 in the coming months. The device, unfortunately, continued to run Android 2.2 through the end of the year. After much delay, AT&T has finally released an Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update and while it isn’t the latest build available to Android vendors, it will undoubtedly be welcomed by frustrated Infuse users. Those who own the device will now benefit from improved copy and paste functionality, a redesigned keyboard, improved power management, a download manager and new widgets. The update is not being pushed over-the-air, however, so users will need to download the latest version of Samsung’s Kies Mini to upgrade their devices. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus benchmarks surface, may tide users over until Galaxy S III launch

By on February 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus benchmarks surface, may tide users over until Galaxy S III launch

While Samsung won’t be unveiling its highly anticipated Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month in Barcelona, Spain, it should have a number of other devices on hand. BGR exclusively reported in December that Samsung will unveil a new HD tablet at the show next month, and now the “Galaxy S II Plus” smartphone has surfaced once again. First reported last summer, the Galaxy S II Plus is seen as an incremental update to the popular Galaxy S II with a modest spec bump. According to benchmark test results discovered by Techsnapr.com, the Galaxy S II Plus features an upgraded 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and a WVGA display. Other details surrounding the device remain a mystery but with MWC less than a month away, we’ll likely learn plenty more about this smartphone in the weeks ahead. More →

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy S Advance smartphone; global roll-out begins next month

By on January 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S Advance smartphone; global roll-out begins next month

Never afraid of a mouthful when it comes to device names, Samsung on Monday unveiled the Galaxy S Advance smartphone. The new phone is seemingly set to be positioned as a mid-range handset with specs that fall between the original Galaxy S and the updated Galaxy S II line. The Galaxy S Advance features a curved design with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 480 x 800-pixel resolution, a dual core 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HSPA 14.4 support, 768MB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage. The phone will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung has not made any plans for an Ice Cream Sandwich update public. Russia has been named as the handset’s launch market with availability beginning next month, and the phone will then gradually launch in CIS, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China. Availability in the United States has not been confirmed. Samsung’s press release follows below. More →

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LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

By on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

Images and specs of a new LG phone codenamed the “CX2″ were recently leaked. The phone is thought to possibly be the successor to the Optimus 3D and may be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month. Pocketnow, which leaked the image and specs, says the CX2 sports a dual-core Texas Instruments processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a NOVA display capable of displaying 3D content, a 5-megapixel camera capable of snapping 3D photos, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. The phone could launch as soon as this spring, but unfortunately the phone is said to run on Google’s older Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. A second image of the CX2 follows after the break. More →

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Sony Xperia ion with 4G LTE heading to AT&T

By on January 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM.

Sony Xperia ion with 4G LTE heading to AT&T

Sony and AT&T have announced the Xperia ion, a name we saw trademarked last week. The Xperia ion features a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 HD Reality display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a massive 12-megapixel Exmor-R rear camera that can capture 1080p video. Additionally, the device sports LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera that can record 720p video. The smartphone follows in the footsteps of the Xperia Play and comes “Playstation-Certified.” The ion will be released running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, in the second quarter of this year, with an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future. Read on for Sony’s full press release. More →

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Sony Ericsson’s ‘Nozomi’ revealed in hands-on preview ahead of CES debut

By on January 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM.

Sony Ericsson’s ‘Nozomi’ revealed in hands-on preview ahead of CES debut

It looks like Sony Ericsson’s secret has finally been revealed in the form of “Nozomi.” The company has been teasing the previously mysterious and unannounced device for the past week on Facebook. The vendor’s German Facebook page recently revealed another teaser image, clearly showing a sleek and slim RAZR-style smartphone. The Nozomi is set to debut at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, but ITProPortal published an extensive walk-through with the device early Friday morning. The smartphone, which is referred to as the Xperia HD, features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor and a 4.3-inch HD display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The Xperia HD will also sport 1GB of RAM, a massive 12-megapixel rear camera and will be running Android 2.3.7 with Sony’s custom user interface. Oddly enough, it does not include a microSD slot, leaving users with a mere 8GB of internal storage. Read on for an additional image of the Xperia HD and the company’s Facebook teaser photo.   More →

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Motorola announces MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI Android phones

By on January 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM.

Motorola announces MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI Android phones

Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced two new smartphones to launch this spring, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI. Both devices will be available in China, Europe and Latin America, with no word on U.S. launch. The MOTOLUXE features a 4-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1,400 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. The “life proof” DEFY MINI is water resistant, and dust and shock proof. The device also features a 3.2-inch display with a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1,650 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. Both devices will be on hand at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show and will be running Android 2.3 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR skin. Read on for a copy of Motorola’s press release. More →

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Samsung announces the affordable Galaxy M with a Super AMOLED display

By on January 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM.

Samsung announces the affordable Galaxy M with a Super AMOLED display

Following the company’s announcement of the Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its Galaxy M smartphone. The entry-level hadnset features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1GHz single-core processor and 4GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera and a TV tuner. The Galaxy M is similar to the Wave, with a metallic body rather than the usual plastic back found on other members of the Galaxy family. The device will be priced around $500 dollars with no contract and will be available in three color options: Platinum Silver, Blue Black and Lavender Pink. There has been no word on whether or not the Galaxy M will be launch in the United States. More →

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Gingerbread found on majority of Android devices; ICS penetration approaches 1%

By on January 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM.

Gingerbread found on majority of Android devices; ICS penetration approaches 1%

Google on Wednesday released the latest numbers for the software versions that are powering Android smartphones and tablets. Ice Cream Sandwich appears on the list for the first time, with Android 4.0 through Android 4.0.3 now found on a combined 0.6% of devices. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus S is in the process of receiving Android 4.0.3, sort of, while the Galaxy Nexus already has 4.0.2. Google’s tablet-centric Honeycomb operating system is found on just 3.3% of Android devices and Gingerbread currently installed on 55.5% of devices — a clear majority. Froyo (Android 2.2) and Eclair (Android 2.1) have dropped to 30.4% and 8.5% respectively, with Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5) hitting lows of 1.1% and 0.6%. Google collected its latest Android version data during the 14-day period that ended January 3rd. More →

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LG website reveals entry-level Optimus 2

By on January 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM.

LG website reveals entry-level Optimus 2

LG has updated its website to include the follow up to last year’s Optimus smartphone, simply named the Optimus 2. The device features a 3.2-inch display with Android 2.3 and an 800Mhz processor. Additionally, the Optimus 2 sports GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD slot, a 3.2MP camera and a 1,500 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, it looks like the device will run a stock version of Gingerbread. There has been no word on a release date, but the Optimus 2 will most likely be marketed as a budget-friendly entry-level smartphone that may make an appearance at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. More →

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Samsung unveils entry-level Galaxy Ace Plus with familiar design

By on January 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Samsung unveils entry-level Galaxy Ace Plus with familiar design

Samsung on Tuesday announced the Galaxy Ace Plus, an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) device that will make its initial debut in Russia. The Galaxy Ace Plus is equipped with a 1GHz processor, support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA networks, 512MB of RAM, a 3.65-inch display with a 480 x 320-pixel resolution and a 5-megapixel camera. And as Apple and Samsung continue to battle over design and technology patents around the world, the Galaxy Ace Plus also features a shape, style and bezel that are eerily similar to Apple’s 42-month-old iPhone 3G. Following its initial launch in Russia, the Galaxy Ace Plus will launch in China, Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Latin America, CIS and Europe later this year. Samsung’s full press release follows after the break.
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