New image reveals HTC’s rumored Proto smartphone

Earlier this month, we heard about the HTC Proto — a supposed refresh of the company’s budget-oriented One V smartphone. Today, the device has re-emerged in a set of leaked press photos. As it stands, the device appears to have lost its unique chin styling that was apparent on the One V, opting for a more rounded and curvaceous look. Rumored specs include a 4-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel shooter, and a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor all stuffed into a 9.62mm body.

As with anything unofficial, be sure to take this rumor with a hefty grain of salt. However, with IFA 2012 just around the corner, it’s entirely possible that we could see HTC introduce a new lineup of One devices. The event kicks off next week, and we’ll be bringing you the latest news.

Source: The Verge

T-Mobile unveils contract-free Concord for $99

If you’re the type of individual who becomes easily frightened by the thought of signing up for lengthy wireless service contracts, T-Mobile may have some relief for you. The nation’s number four carrier has announced the Concord, a $99 off-contract smartphone running Android 2.3 on a 3.5-inch display.

Some of the key features include:

  • 3.5” Capacitive Touch Screen with Multi-touch
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera with Camcorder
  • Android™ 2.3.5 Operating System
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology, v3.0 including stereo audio
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
  • GPS for navigation and location-based services
  • Google Play™ store with access to hundreds of thousands of Apps
  • Full HTML Browser for PC-like Web Browsing
  • 2GB micro SD memory card included

Kindle Fire successor to be announced September 6th

Amazon’s first attempt at an Android-based e-reader turned out to be a wild success, so it makes sense for the company to give it another try. Today, the online retailer sent out invitations for a press event on September 6th in Santa Monica, California. Details of the event are still unknown, though it is expected that Amazon will unveil the next iteration of Kindle Fire tablets.

Earlier this year, we reported that the company was preparing to release a 10.1-inch version of its Kindle Fire tablet to more closely compete with offerings from Apple and ASUS. In addition to the 10.1 version of the tablet, Amazon is expected to roll out an updated version of its popular 7-inch model. Although, without any official word, it appears we’ll just have to wait until September 6th to get the full low-down from Amazon.

Source: BGR

Motorola’s bootloader unlocking tool not coming to older devices

Motorola announced today via Twitter that the company would not be offering its bootloader unlocking tool to users with older devices. According to the manufacturer, handsets like the Droid Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X2 are not “currently in the plan“, meaning owners of these devices will be left out in the cold. Currently, the service only supports the Xoom, Photon Q 4G LTE, and the European RAZR Developer Edition.

No mention was made about the possibility of the original RAZR or RAZR Maxx receiving the special treatment, though it seems highly unlikely that anything other than the company’s newest hardware will gain access. However, with the Droid RAZR HD on the horizon, there may be an alternative.

Source: Twitter

Optimus Vu headed to Verizon as LG Intuition

We previously heard rumors claiming LG’s square-shaped Optimus Vu would be heading to Verizon this quarter, but new evidence has solidified our suspicions. A leaked internal document suggests that the Optimus Vu will be making its way to Big Red as the LG Intution. If the leak is accurate, the device will be priced at $199 with a new two-year commitment or $549 off-contract. Add this to the fact that a similar device has already passed through the FCC with support for Verizon LTE, and the evidence is overwhelming.

Verizon has yet to release a product to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note, and the LG Intuition could certainly fill that hole. However, the Galaxy Note 2 event is just a week away, and if the rumored specs turn out to be true, Verizon could be in for a heap of trouble.

Source: Droid-Life

Sony Xperia J leaks ahead of official announcement

Sony’s had trouble keeping wraps on its upcoming Xperia handsets over the past few weeks, and today is no exception. A new leak suggests the Japanese manufacturer could be prepping a low-end device for the global market.

According to the folks over at Mobile-Review, the Xperia J (ST26i) is a budget handset featuring Android 4.0 and a 4-inch display, though the screen is described as offering poor color reproduction, excessive glare and low viewing angles. Sony’s industrial design is also apparent, with the company opting for three capacitive buttons rather than on-screen soft keys.

Google Play gift cards now official, arriving in the coming weeks

After being first spotted in the latest Play Store update, Google finally confirmed our suspicions. Google Play gift cards are officially launching in several retail stores across the United States. Initial locations include Target, RadioShack and GameStop. The official page suggests you’ll be able to redeem your codes for apps, music, books, TV shows and movies. However, cards cannot be used for purchases of hardware, in-app subscriptions or accessories. Gift cards will be available in $10, $15, $25 and $50 denominations.

PopCap announces sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, Available in 2013

The incredibly popular Plants vs. Zombies franchise is set to receive a sequel in 2013, according to PopCap. Earlier today, the game studio announced that the follow up to the original PvZ is slated to launch in “late spring of 2013”.   The new game will add an array of fresh features, settings, and situations that are “designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world.

Plants vs. Zombies has proven to be one of the most successful games to ever launch on mobile devices. If you haven’t had the luxury of playing, Plants vs. Zombies offers a unique take on the classic tower defense genre. Instead of setting up a wall of cannons or machine guns, you must defend your backyard by using a plethora of plants. Unsurprisingly, the game can become excessively addicting at times, disappearing hours of your day at a time. If you haven’t had the chance to play the original, it’s currently available in the Google Play Store. Either way, you can catch the full press release after the break.

Rogers announces Android 4.0 update schedule for select devices

Software updates can be a dreaded nuisance for any smartphone owner, but when carriers openly share information, it tends to make things more bearable. Rogers has decided to take this route by sharing an Android 4.0 update timeline for numerous devices. Included in the list is Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, as well as multiple Xperia handsets.
  • HTC Raider – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • HTC EVO 3D – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Sony Xperia Arc S (LT18a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Arc (LT15a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Mini Pro (SK17a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Motorola Razr (XT910) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Late August

MIUI Jelly Bean ROMs now available for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.

Samsung teams up with James Franco in new Galaxy Note 10.1 commercial

Samsung  released its first official Galaxy Note 10.1 commercial, and it’s a doozy. The 2-minute plus trailer features James Franco going about his “normal” everyday life, showing how useful the Note 10.1 is for such a busy multitasker. Apparently cooking, pillow fighting, treating illnesses and owning a tiger is all easier with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 at your disposal. Be sure to check out the full video after the break.

Sony’s Xperia SL now official, features dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3

We’ve already seen Sony’s Xperia SL in the wild, but today the Japanese manufacturer has finally made the elusive smartphone official. An exact release date isn’t announced, though the device is now listed on the company’s official website as “coming soon”. The Xperia SL serves as an updated version of Sony’s Xperia S handset, but don’t let that designation fool you. The SL packs an array of impressive specs, including a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260) processor, 4.3-inch screen with 1280 x 720 display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat, as well as a 12.1-megapixel rear camera with 16x digital zoom and pulsed LED flash. For those who are concerned with style, Sony has made the Xperia SL available in four unique color variations, including silver, black, pink and white.

Details are still scarce, however, we expect to hear much more about the smartphone at the company’s IFA press conference on Sunday, August 26th. There’s bound to be more devices announced next week, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest news.

Via: Engadget
Source: Sony

Motorola files new patent case against Apple, seeks import ban on iPhone and iPad

While Samsung is still part of an ongoing battle with Apple, Motorola has decided to step up and join the fight. Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a new case with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday, claiming some features on Apple’s products infringe on it’s patents.

After having it’s entire case against Apple dismissed earlier this summer, Motorola has now requested an import ban on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPad touch and Mac computers, claiming infringement on seven of its intellectual properties. Interestingly, the allegedly-infringed features include Apple’s Siri voice-recognition software, as well as e-mail notifications, the music/video player and location reminders.

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive officially acquired by ‘newly-formed company’ with ‘substantial funding’

Yesterday, it was reported that the popular cloud-based gaming hub OnLive had allegedly laid off a majority of its staff and planned to file for bankruptcy. OnLive remained quiet for several hours after the initial rumor became widespread. When asked about the potential folding of the company, OnLive’s director of corporate communications refuted the claim by saying “we don’t respond to rumors, but of course not.”

Lenovo unveils K860 LePhone, packs 5-inch display and quad-core Exynos

After reporting a record-breaking quarter for profits, Lenovo isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon. Today, the Chinese company officially unveiled the K860 LePhone, a slightly-bulky powerhouse of a device.

The newest iteration in the LePhone lineup brings a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, a Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB of RAM and a 5-inch (1280 x 720) display. In addition, users will get a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video chat and an 8-megapixel shooter on the back with support for continuous 100-frame recording and 1080p video. The device will launch with Android 4.0.4 and there’s no word on whether or not we’ll see an update to Jelly Bean in the near future. However, for those worried about battery life, Lenovo has opted to include a beefy 2,250mAh cell to feed the power-hungry K860. There’s still no official word regarding pricing or availability, but we’ll keep you updated.

source: Engadget