Conflicting reports question Windows Phone 8 upgrade plans

By on April 18, 2012 at 7:40 AM.

Conflicting reports question Windows Phone 8 upgrade plans

Following reports of a Windows Phone developer evangelist claiming that every Windows Phone 7.5 device currently on the market will receive an upgrade to Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Phone 8 operating system, doubt has been cast over the accuracy of his claims. In an interview with Portuguese technology news site Zwame, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva stated that all current devices would eventually be updated to the “next major version” of Microsoft’s mobile platform. A subsequent report from The Verge contradicts Silva’s claims, however, and cites an anonymous source in stating that devices running Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 “Apollo.” Microsoft would not clarify its upgrade plans. “We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases.” More →

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Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

By on December 20, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

Samsung’s popular Galaxy S II smartphone and its supersized Galaxy Note handset are both scheduled to get official Android 4.0 updates in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung on Tuesday announced that the pair of smartphones would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich within the next three months, and it listed a number of other devices that will be updated at some point thereafter. Android 4.0 upgradable devices include the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The South Korea-based vendor said it will announce Ice Cream Sandwich update details for those devices as it works out the particulars with various carrier partners. More →

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A month with the iPhone 4S

By on November 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

A month with the iPhone 4S

It has been a month since Apple released its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. A month since it crushed sales records. A month since consumers got their first hands-on experience with Siri, the intelligent assistant that may help change the way we interact with consumer electronics moving forward. A month since we had to fight the urge to dry heave upon seeing “The S stands for ____” in every third headline across various tech blogs. We reviewed the smartphone in October and called it “the best phone Apple has ever made,” and while the phone might look exactly like its predecessor, we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. After all, Apple’s year-old iPhone 4 and two-year-old iPhone 3GS were the best-selling cell phones in the U.S. last quarter, so age doesn’t seem to be much of an issue among consumers. More →

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Next iPad to launch in March, ‘real’ iPad 3 coming in Q3 2012

By on November 3, 2011 at 10:40 PM.

Next iPad to launch in March, ‘real’ iPad 3 coming in Q3 2012

Apple is preparing to launch a slightly upgraded iPad 2 in March of 2012, DigiTimes reported on Thursday. The new iPad is rumored to be thinner and is said to offer better battery life than the current model. It is unclear what Apple will call the device launching in March, but the company reportedly has plans to launch a “real” iPad 3 during the third quarter of 2012. Samsung, Sharp and LG are said to be working on a new Retina Display for the next-generation iPad, which may also pack a faster A6 processor, but rumors of manufacturing issues have suggested it may take Apple longer than originally planned to introduce a model with that equipment. A report last month from Ticonderoga Securities suggested that Apple is planning a cheaper iPad model that will debut early next year ahead of an iPad 3, which won’t launch until the second quarter. More →

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Android 4.0 coming to Nexus S, other Gingerbread phones

By on October 19, 2011 at 7:30 AM.

Android 4.0 coming to Nexus S, other Gingerbread phones

Google on Wednesday confirmed that its next-generation Android operating system will soon become available as an update for the Nexus S and other Gingerbread phones. Engadget reports that Google executives Gabe Cohen and Matias Duarte have both confirmed that an update is already in the works for Google’s previous-generation Nexus smartphone, and the same process being used to update the Nexus S from Gingerbread “theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.” Google took the wraps off  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Wednesday morning during an event in Hong Kong, and the new version of its popular mobile platform features a host of improvements over Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The company also unveiled the Galaxy Nexus smartphone alongside Samsung, the device’s manufacturer. More →

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Samsung to tweak Galaxy smartphones, dodge European sales ban

By on October 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM.

Samsung to tweak Galaxy smartphones, dodge European sales ban

Samsung will upgrade its Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace smartphones in the Netherlands in an effort to get around an injunction that prevented its local subsidiaries from selling the devices. In August, a Dutch judge banned Samsung’s Netherlands-based companies from selling the aforementioned smartphones after ruling it guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents. However, the judge also said Samsung had until October 14th to make changes that would allow it to bring the phones to market. “We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue,” Samsung spokesperson James Chung told Reuters. “They will be shortly available for sale.” Samsung is locked in similar legal battles with Apple in the United States, France, Australia and Japan. More →

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Sprint ends Premier program in bid to save unlimited data plans

By on September 29, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Sprint ends Premier program in bid to save unlimited data plans

Sprint has reportedly started to send out letters to its Sprint Premier customers alerting them that it is ending the program. The letters indicate that December 31st, 2011 will be the final day of availability for Premier benefits, and Sprint’s New for You Upgrade Program will take the Premier program’s place.”To allow us to continue to offer you the value of unlimited data plans and cutting-edge devices, we’ve had to make some hard decisions,” Sprint said in the letter. “We want to let you know that the Sprint Premier program is coming to a close. This decision was not an easy one for us but one we feel is necessary at this time.” Sprint’s Premier website has been updated to reflect the closure of the program, and Premier subscribers can follow the read link below for additional details. More →

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Verizon’s free Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade process begins tomorrow

By on September 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM.

Verizon’s free Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade process begins tomorrow

Motorola XOOM owners who want to take advantage of the promised 4G LTE upgrade can finally begin to do so beginning Thursday. Once a customer signs up to receive the upgrade, Verizon Wireless will send the shipping instructions along with a box. The option is free and Verizon Wireless said changes to data plans are not required. Verizon also advises that XOOM owners back up their devices before sending them in for the upgrade. The process is expected to take six business days. Verizon Wireless also announced on Wednesday that it will begin to sell the Motorola XOOM with 4G LTE pre-installed for $499.99 starting October 13th. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Planning on picking up an iPhone 5? Better sell your old iPhone now

By on September 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM.

Planning on picking up an iPhone 5? Better sell your old iPhone now

Regardless of any potential delays, shortages or other impediments, Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone models will fly off the shelves following launch. This is a given. As Apple’s announcement approaches and Apple fans get ready to upgrade, however, some may be in store for a rude awakening. Current iPhone users looking to part ways with an old model in favor of a shiny new handset have likely already missed the boat if they were hoping to sell their iPhones to help recoup money spent on a new iPhone. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung may unveil upgraded Galaxy S II LTE next week

By on August 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM.

Samsung may unveil upgraded Galaxy S II LTE next week

The IFA trade show in Berlin kicks off on September 1st and Samsung has already made it known that it will have a big presence there. We’ve heard that it will announce the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7, the Wave 3, and the GALAXY Note but now Sammyhub suggests there could be more in store. Samsung could be preparing to take the wraps off of an upgraded GALAXY S II smartphone that could be the world’s first 4G LTE/WCDMA/GSM handset. The phone may also sport a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1,850 mAh battery and a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The rumor of NFC support definitely has us wondering if this will launch in the United States as the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Nexus Prime, which is rumored to hit Verizon as a 4G LTE phone. More →

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Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade begins next week

By on August 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade begins next week

Motorola has started to email XOOM customers to alert them that it will begin to upgrade the XOOM with support for 4G LTE next week. According to Droid-Life, Motorola will start with business and government customers during a “pilot program” first and then will begin updating XOOMs owned by the general public. Customers will need to file an upgrade request before Motorola mails a package containing a pre-paid FedEx box and instructional material. Motorola suggests backing up the data on your XOOM before sending it in and said the process should take approximately three business days. Read on for an image confirming the details.

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Motorola XOOM to finally get 4G LTE upgrade starting in September

By on July 27, 2011 at 7:50 AM.

Motorola XOOM to finally get 4G LTE upgrade starting in September

Motorola will finally make a 4G LTE upgrade available to owners of its XOOM tablet beginning in September. The tablet ships with an embedded EV-DO modem for 3G connectivity on Verizon Wireless’ network out of the box, but Motorola had promised that an upgrade to 4G LTE would become available this past May. Motorola has not been clear on the cause of the delay, but the company began sending emails to XOOM owners telling them to expect the update in September. Applying the 4G LTE upgrade requires that a new modem replace the old one in the XOOM, and Motorola will need customers to ship their tablets out for up to a week in order to have the upgrade applied. The process will be free of charge for XOOM owners. More →

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Analysts raise Apple stock price target ahead of earnings

By on July 19, 2011 at 9:20 AM.

Analysts raise Apple stock price target ahead of earnings

Apple will release its fiscal third quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon and analysts have boosted the stock price target in anticipation of a solid quarterly report. The iPhone maker’s shares hit a record high of $373.80 at the close of the day on Monday. BGC analyst Collin Gillis has boosted the price target of Apple’s stock from $390 to $430. “We are more positive on the outlook for share acceleration in the second half as it is reasonable to expect multiple hardware refreshes combined with the back-to-school and holiday shopping quarter,” Gillis told Reuters. A group of analysts recently predicted that Apple will report that it sold between 15 and 20 million iPhones during the quarter, with the average estimate falling at 16.9 million iPhones sold. Apple is expected to “report earnings of $5.84 per share on revenue of $24.9 billion,” Reuters said, citing Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. More →

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