While it’s been reported that Motorola’s Verizon-bound Droid RAZR HD had been delayed due to antenna issues, accessories for the device have begun arriving to retail stores. Specifically, Smartseries screen protectors have been spotted for the device, suggesting that a full scale launch may not be too far off. Despite previous rumors of a November release, October 18th seems to be the general consensus as to when the device will actually see a launch. However, as with anything unofficial, we’d suggest waiting for a bit of official news until you get your hopes up.
Just yesterday, Carephone Warehouse’s internal systems revealed the possibility of a 32GB Nexus 7. Today, however, the same variant has been spotted once again, this time within an internal purchasing system for a reseller’s website. It’s listed at $260, though pricing doesn’t seem too accurate, considering the 8GB model is listed at $245, whereas the same device is available from the Play Store for just $199. The reseller indicated that shipments are expected to arrive on or around October 24th, though this doesn’t necessarily mean that a global launch (or even regional availability) will happen on the same day. We suggest you take this with a grain of salt as we wait for some more official news.
Just last week Motorola announced that it would not be upgrading its Atrix 4G and Photon 4G handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, despite earlier promises to do so. A new campaign called Update My Moto has been initiated in hopes that Motorola will release a leak of what has already been completed, or at least a supported Tegra 2 kernel for Android 4.0, so that devs can put together feature filled custom ROMs for the disheartened community.
“In 2012 Motorola announced an upgrade to our devices, Atrix and Photon, to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now they have changed their stance, leaving us with an outdated version of Android.
With this campaign, we are asking for a leak of what was been done already or a compatible Tegra 2 kernel for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. With these files, we can develop a working version ourselves.
You can help us to achieve that. Share this campaign in your blog, social network, show it to your friends or file a BBB complaint. Let’s grab Motorola’s attention!”
No, you don’t have to donate any money and you don’t have to picket outside Motorola’s corporate offices (though that would probably garner some attention). All Julian asks is that you share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And, if you’re as frustrated with this mess as I am, then be sure to hit the source link below.
T-Mobile customers can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not just because the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted with T-Mobile branding, but because the device doesn’t seem to feature the same carrier branded home button as the Verizon variant that we saw last month. While T-Mobile has already confirmed that the Note II would be arriving later this year, a recent FCC filing suggests the launch may not be too far off. Either way, be sure to take a look at some additional images of the Titan Grey Galaxy Note II after the break.
Everything Everywhere has just revealed its plans to launch the United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE network on October 30th. The carrier’s CEO, Olaf Swantee, also announced that the new network will cover ten major UK cities at launch, including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool.
Details remain scarce, as pricing hasn’t been determined just yet. However, this news arrives on the same day as the company released its first slew of LTE-capable devices. And, just yesterday the carrier made it known that it would be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE. Read on for the carrier’s full statement.
LG has announced that its flagship Optimus G handset will be hitting US store shelves in both Sprint and AT&T flavors later this year. This would inevitably make the Optimus G the most powerful smartphone to arrive in America. Both handsets will sport the exact same specs, sans the camera sizes. While Sprint will be receiving the 13-megapixel model, which the company claims will offer “the world’s best image quality”, AT&T is opting for a more modest 8-megapixel shooter. Both 16GB and 32GB models will be available, and the device will come pre-loaded with a 16GB MicroSD card.
Other specs include:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS Display (with Zerogap Touch)
- 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 2,100mAh battery
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
Pricing and availability haven’t been revealed just yet, though you can expect announcements from individual carriers to come in the future. Until then, hit the break to read the official press release.
The United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE carrier, Everything Everywhere, has announced that it will be receiving the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The 5.5-inch beast will join the carrier’s other LTE-capable handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, which are both available beginning today. Customers interested in the Note II LTE, however, will have to wait until October 15th to get their hands on the device.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE will have access to EE’s newly introduced 4G LTE network, there’s no word on when exactly the new service will officially launch. This means users who sign up for a new contract will have to do so under an Orange or T-Mobile plan, and then proceed to switch to Everything Everywhere once its LTE network is ready. Pricing remains a mystery, though its expected to set you back a pretty penny when it’s all said and done.
Barnes & Noble has updated its official Android app today, bringing several new features like improved fonts, zooming for comic books, a full dictionary and a much-needed fix for pre-ordering directly from the application. This new and improved version comes just a week after the company announced its new Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets. So, if you’re a reading junkie and can’t seem to get your e-book fix from Google or Amazon’s offerings, hit the download link after the break.
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A new research study has determined that Android tablets have made a strong impact among adult tablet owners in the US. In 2011, Android tablets occupied just 15 percent of the market share. Here we are in 2012, and the number has grown to an astronomical 48 percent. Of the 48 percent, 21 percent of users own the Kindle Fire and 8 percent own some form of the Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately, this study was conducted before the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 were introduced, leaving us without accurate numbers for either devices. The Pew Internet & American Life Project provided us with the following breakdown.
“Over the last year, tablet ownership has steadily increased from 11% of U.S. adults in July of 2011 to 18% in January of 2012, according to PEJ data. Currently, 22% own a tablet and another 3% regularly use a tablet owned by someone else in the home. This number is very close to new data, released here for the first time, conducted in a separate survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on July 16 through August 7 2012 that found 25% of all U.S. adults have a tablet computer.
The growth in tablet adoption is likely related to the advent of the lower-priced tablets in late 2011. Overall, about two-thirds of tablet-owning adults, 68%, got their tablet in the last year, including 32% in 2012 alone. That has lessened Apple’s dominance in the market. Now, just over half, 52%, of tablet owners report owning an iPad, compared with 81% in the survey a year ago.”
Judge Lucy Koh has reneged on her previous decision to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, and has officially lifted the sales injunction on the device. This change of heart has come after a California Court of Appeals found that the tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress patents.
As expected, Samsung is thrilled with the decision, saying:
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for.”
Apple’s $2.6 million bond could also potentially be issued to Samsung due to the wrongful accusation. While this decision is certainly good news, Apple should undoubtedly be held responsible for Samsung’s inability to sell its product. Besides, that’s what the bond was posted for in the first place. At this point, though, it’s not even that big of a deal, seeing as the company is already selling its third iteration of the device.