Live from Nokia’s MWC 2012 press conference!

By on February 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM.

Live from Nokia’s MWC 2012 press conference!

In less than one quarter with just two smartphones on the market, Nokia managed to take the top spot among Windows Phone vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011. Microsoft’s mobile platform still accounts for just a small fraction of Nokia’s smartphone sales, but the Finnish vendor is in the early stages of a transition that will eventually see Symbian devices eliminated from its portfolio. The Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 started things off, and Nokia revealed the Lumia 900 during the Consumer Electronics Show, a flagship device that BGR exclusively reported will launch on AT&T next month at a very aggressive $99.99 price point. Nokia is rumored to have at least two new devices that will be unveiled during today’s press conference — the entry-level Lumia 610 and a high-end camera phone expected to be the international version of the Lumia 900 — and we’re on hand to bring you all the news as it breaks. Hit the jump for our live coverage of Nokia’s press conference, which is scheduled to begin at 2:30 a.m. EST / 11:30 p.m. PST (8:30 a.m. local time in Barcelona). More →

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Photoshop Touch for iPad now available for $9.99

By on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Photoshop Touch for iPad now available for $9.99

Adobe on Monday announced the latest addition to its iOS software lineup. The company’s Photoshop Touch app for the iPad hit Apple’s iOS App Store a little early over the weekend before being pulled, but now Adobe’s highly anticipated image editing software is back for good. While the iPad version of the app isn’t nearly as robust as Photoshop for Windows and OS X, Photoshop Touch does feature a number of advanced capabilities similar to those found in Adobe’s desktop software, including layer support, a variety of editing tools and even the ability to extract objects from within an image. “People will be amazed with what they can create on the iPad using Photoshop Touch,” David Wadhwani, SVP of Adobe’s Digital Media Business Unit, said in a statement. “Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.” Photoshop Touch for the iPad is available in Apple’s App Store immediately for $9.99. Adobe’s full press release follows below. More →

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HTC One V hands-on

By on February 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM.

HTC One V hands-on

Rounding out the trio of smartphones HTC unveiled at its Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference on Sunday is the HTC One V, an entry-level smartphone that picks up where the HTC Legend left off. This will be the most affordable One-branded smartphone HTC launches in the first half of the year, and while the specs don’t hold a candle to the One X or One V, this is absolutely a phone that will go far among budget-conscious consumers in Europe and other regions where the phone will be released. Check out our hands-on photo gallery below, and hit the break for the rest of our early impressions.

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Hands on with the HTC One S

By on February 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM.

Hands on with the HTC One S

The chaos of day 0 at Mobile World Congress is finally winding down, and HTC’s action-packed press conference is now behind us. The obvious star of the show was the HTC One X, but there’s no denying that its mid-range counterpart packs a massive punch as well. We just spent some time putting the HTC One S through the paces and first things first: this smartphone is amazingly thin. At 7.9 millimeters, it’s the thinnest smartphone HTC has ever built and it really is amazing that the company managed to pack such high-end specs into a device this slim. Check out our hands-on photos in the gallery below and hit the break for the rest of our initial impressions.

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HTC One X hands-on

By on February 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM.

HTC One X hands-on

It’s finally here… the flagship smartphone we’ve all been waiting for… HTC’s One X. BGR first revealed details surrounding HTC’s high-end One X back in November, and the wait has been grueling but it’s finally behind us. This sleek smartphone is every bit as beastly as we all knew it would be, and then some. Starting with the 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display that features 720p HD resolution, this is easily one of the best screens we’ve ever seen on an HTC phone. The quad-core Tegra 3 appears to be an absolute monster, and we didn’t even come close to tripping it up during our hands-on time with the phone. Check out our photo gallery below, and hit the break for more.

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Live from HTC’s MWC 2012 press conference!

By on February 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Live from HTC’s MWC 2012 press conference!

HTC has a lot to prove at this year’s Mobile World Congress trade show. The Taiwan-based smartphone vendor had a huge year in 2011, firmly establishing itself as one of the leaders in the smartphone space. Toward the end of the year, however, stiff competition from Apple and Samsung caught up with HTC and the company ended 2011 with a whimper instead of a bang. HTC has promised that change is coming, however, and it looks like the vendor plans to deliver. BGR exclusively revealed details surrounding the mid-range HTC Ville and the high-end HTC Edge/Endeavor last November, and at that time we said both smartphones would be unveiled at Mobile World Congress. Will HTC indeed take the wraps off these two sleek smartphones on stage at today’s event? Does the vendor have any other devices in store at this year’s show? HTC’s press conference is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST (8:30 p.m. local time in Barcelona), so hit the break for all the news as it unfolds. More →

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Sony Xperia P hands-on

By on February 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM.

Sony Xperia P hands-on

We’re here in sunny Barcelona, Spain on day 0 of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show — yes, several companies couldn’t even wait for day 1 to hold their press conferences — and Sony’s media event has just wrapped up. In case you missed it, Sony unveiled two devices at this year’s show, one of which was the sleek new Xperia P smartphone that will launch in the second quarter. The handset’s design is reminiscent of earlier Xperia handsets, but like the other members of the “Xperia NXT” family, it features a clear strip near the bottom of the phone that adds a variety of unique lighting features to the device. The phone’s 3.5-inch display leaves a bit to be desired compared to market leaders like Samsung, and colors weren’t nearly as vivid as they are on phones like the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus. The Xperia P will also launch with a dual-core 1GHz processor while the competition is rolling out devices with NVIDIA’s 1.5GHz quad-core chipset, and the difference is noticeable; the Xperia P isn’t laggy per se, but moving around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich feels a bit slow compared to some other phones. We weren’t able to spend much time with the Xperia P — or any time at all with the Xperia U — but check out a few photos in the gallery below and tune in for HTC’s press conference, which is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m.

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Sony announces Xperia P and Xperia U: Android 2.3, dual-core, 3D image capture

By on February 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM.

Sony announces Xperia P and Xperia U: Android 2.3, dual-core, 3D image capture

We’re reporting live from Sony’s Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference where the company has just taken the wraps off its new Xperia P and Xperia U smartphones. The Sony Xperia U features a 3.5-inch Reality Display, 1GHz dual-core processor, and five megapixel camera capable of 2D and 3D image capture. Sony’s Xperia P rocks a 4-inch “White Magic” display that Sony says offers up twice the brightness of a regular screen while still being perfectly viewable outdoors in direct sunlight. Other features include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording, NFC, HDMI-out, and aluminum case. Sony promises an Android 4.0 upgrade sometime after launch

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Live from Sony’s MWC 2012 press conference!

By on February 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM.

Live from Sony’s MWC 2012 press conference!

Mobile World Congress doesn’t officially get started until tomorrow, but a handful of technology giants couldn’t wait that long to kick off the show. Among them is Sony, formerly Sony Ericsson, and it looks like the struggling smartphone maker could have quite a show in store for us this year. Sony Ericsson posted a €247 million loss in the fourth quarter as its smartphone market share continued to decline. Now that the former joint venture is wholly owned, Sony is planning a renewed attack on the smartphone space that will likely be fueled by Ice Cream Sandwich and deeper integration with Sony’s wide range of consumer electronics devices. We’re certainly in store for a few new Xperia phones at today’s event, but will they offer the differentiation Sony needs to make a dent in today’s market? Sony’s press conference is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST (7:00 p.m. local time in Barcelona), so hit the jump for all the action as it breaks. More →

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LG Optimus 3D Max hands-on

By on February 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM.

LG Optimus 3D Max hands-on

We spent some time with LG’s Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu here at Mobile World Congress earlier on Sunday, and now we’ve got another one of LG’s new Android smartphones on hand. This time it’s the Optimus 3D Max, and there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that this new smartphone is definitely an improvement over the original Optimus 3D it replaces. The bad news is that it will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread while the rest of LG’s high-end lineup enjoys Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor in the Optimus 3D Max does a good job of jumping around LG’s Optimus UI, lackluster though it may be, and the dual 3D cameras on the back of the device weigh in at 5-megapixels a piece. The 3D implementation still isn’t much more than a gimmick to us, however, and there’s no way we would opt for this handset over the much more impressive Optimus 4X HD. Those willing to make do with Android 2.3 because they love having 3D features on their smartphones may feel differently though, so check out our hands-on images in the gallery below.

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LG Optimus Vu hands-on

By on February 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM.

LG Optimus Vu hands-on

During today’s LG media preview event here at MWC, we got a chance to spend a bit of hands-on time with a few of LG’s new 2012 devices. Among the three handsets unveiled today was the Optimus Vu, which is LG’s answer to the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note. This not-quite-tablet, not-quite-smartphone sports an impressive spec sheet, with a 5-inch XGA display sporting a 4:3 aspect ratio, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a massive 2,080 mAh battery. Oh, and did we mention this sexy beast is only 8.5mm thick? In use, we found the device to be surprisingly fast and responsive, and the included stylus seemed more or less functional in operation. It’s definitely not as elaborate as Samsung’s “S Pen” but it does the job, if a stylus is your thing. We’re also not huge fans of LG’s UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least it’s an improvement over older versions of the UI. Check the hands-on gallery below!

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HTC One X full specs revealed: Quad-core processor, Super LCD2 display, ICS and more

By on February 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

HTC One X full specs revealed: Quad-core processor, Super LCD2 display, ICS and more

HTC’s flagship smartphone for the first half of 2012 is anything but a mystery; BGR exclusively revealed details surrounding the device nearly four months ago. Marketing renders of the high-end flagship phone were leaked yesterday by Greek site FullGSM, and now the site has added a full list of specifications to its cache of One X images. Highlights — and there are plenty of highlights to be found — include a 1.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display with 720p HD resolution, 32GB of internal storage, “25GB for 2 years from Dropbox,” 1GB of RAM, Google Wallet-compatible NFC support, what looks to be an amazing 8-megapixel camera with dual shutters and an f2.0 aperture, and so much more. Full specs follow after the break, and we’ll undoubtedly learn more during HTC’s press conference later tonight. More →

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Nokia Lumia 610 specs and pricing leak ahead of official announcement

By on February 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM.

Nokia Lumia 610 specs and pricing leak ahead of official announcement

BGR sister site BGR India has managed to get its hands on preliminary details surrounding Nokia’s upcoming entry-level Windows Phone, the Lumia 610. Reports suggesting Nokia would unveil the wallet-friendly Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress first emerged last week, and now we know the handset will feature a 3.2-inch display, a 3-megapixel camera and “Windows Phone Tango,” an updated version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system thought to be aimed at emerging markets. We’ll have to wait for Nokia’s press conference early Monday morning to learn more, but BGR India also noted that the handset will cost approximately Rs 11,000 (or about €175) before subsidies when it launches in India, which will definitely make it the most affordable Windows Phone on the market. More →

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