Unboxing of the HTC One V [Video]

We’ve all heard plenty about the HTC One Series, especially the One X and the One S. There is another handset in the series, though, called the One V. The website Netbook News has located the budget handset for sale in Taiwan, on Chunghua telecom. It cost 10,000NT, which is around $325 USD, off contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

The One V is considered low end because it has a SLCD2 screen with 420 x 800 pixels resolution, along with a 3.7-inch display. It will be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, along with HTC’s Sense UI. The One V has a uni-body aluminum shell, just like the HTC Legend. It will contain a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. The microSD card slot will let you expand the memory up to 32GB. You can expect a 5 MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0. It will also have the new HTC ImageSense software so you can do nifty things like shoot pictures while you’re filming a video, or use the camera in low-light situations. This handset uses a regular-sized SIM card slot, while the other One series phones need a Micro SIM.

Check out this video to see the HTC One V get unboxed, as well as a gaming test with Shadow Gun and Temple Run. Several benchmark tests are run as well, such as vellamo, quadrant, antutu, sunspider, and nenamark 1 and 2. Let us know what you think about this HTC offering in the comments.

source: Netbook News



HTC no longer will bundle Beats headphones with future smartphones

In an attempt to separate itself from the many Android manufacturers, HTC’s latest partnership with Beats Electronics has developed the Beats Audio software making the music-listening experience much more enjoyable and customizable for a small amount of their current Android users. To help create awareness, HTC had decided to bundle Beats headphones with the purchase of certain HTC Android phones, such as the HTC Rezound. Now HTC’s Martin Fichter has stated to CNET that “an accessory like the headphone doesn’t factor in when someone is buying a smartphone.  If they want a Beats headphone, they’ll buy it directly.” In other words, for the time being HTC is no longer planning on providing Dr. Dre earmuffs with future Android offerings. This move will indeed be saving the company heaps of money and let’s face it, the majority of serious music listeners will most likely have already purchased some fancy cans of their own. Let’s not forget that HTC will still continue to support Beats Audio technology and incorporate it in their future handsets. Anyone bummed about this news? Will this really keep some of you from buying awesome phones like the Evo 4G LTE? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments below.

source: CNET

Max Payne Mobile coming to Android on April 26

From the ones who brought gamers everywhere hits like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto, popular game developer Rockstar Games aims to bring the familiar hit Max Payne to Android users everywhere with Max Payne Mobile. Experience the classic PC Max Payne that has been optimized for Android and iOS devices. The game is said to support HD graphics, high resolution textures, Social Club connectivity and user-customizable controls. Rockstar Games has stated that they will soon release a list of compatible Android phones ready for their April 26 release. Seeing as how Grand Theft Auto III for Android is currently $4.99 in the Play Store, we can assume that Max Payne Mobile will follow suit. Whether you feel the price, if any, will be worth it or not, one has to applaud the level of quality and standard that Android gaming and development has acquired within the last year.

source: Rockstar Games

LG developing a “thinking smartphone” for their future Android offerings

Over the last year or so, LG has really made some strides in their manufacturing and development of Android. You won’t have to look very hard to find a LG Android phone with fairly decent specs and hardware. However in this industry, it’s important to incorporate features and functions that will help separate oneself from the pack. HTC has their Sense UI and Beats Audio, Apple has Siri and a few Android rip-off features and now, LG will present a “thinking smartphone”. Managing Director of LG Mobile Communications Kwon Bong-suk has recently announced the company’s plan to bring personalized intelligence into their future Android offerings. An example used describes a scenario where you have set your alarm for 6 a.m. While you sleep, the phone uses GPS to keep track of road conditions and decides that because of an unusual amount of traffic on that day, it will have the alarm go off at 5:30 instead, allowing you to make it to your destination on time. Where was this phone during my college years?! There are no more details at this time as to when we can expect to start seeing this exciting new feature. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to provide all the latest Android news and updates.

source: iNews24

Update for Google Play Books adds new features for Froyo and Gingerbread users

Google has just released a new update for their popular Google Play Books app that will add a little finesse for those of you still rocking Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. Version 2.4.3 will bring a new UI along with 3D page-turn animations. Some other nifty tweaks include new home screen shortcuts for single books, the screen will now stay on during text-to-speech (TTS) and the in-book search function will now work offline. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.



Play Store Download Link

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX “soon”

If you remember our previous story, Best Buy had leaked that an update to Ice Cream Sandwich might be available on April 4th for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. It seemed like this leak might be accurate when we heard that there was a build of Android 4.0.3 that was leaked and then pulled for the DROID RAZR.

But, here we are at April 4th, and nothing is stirring, even for the Motorola Feedback Network members.

Some people have sought out Motorola on Twitter to see if they could find out the truth of the matter. In response, Motorola Mobility announced that the DROID RAZR MAXX will indeed receive ICS, but there is no official release date. They’ll be giving out more details soon.

What do you think Motorola means by “soon”? Today, tomorrow, or next month? Let us know in the comments.

source: Motorola Mobility on Twitter

HTC One series is launching on UK networks

The big launch day for the HTC One X and One S is coming up fast in the UK. You can buy the phones in any brick-or-mortar store for the main UK networks starting tomorrow, April 5.  If you can’t wait that long, several networks are allowing preorders today.

Here are the details of each UK network provider and their plans for the One X and One S:

  • ​Orange: the One X and One S are coming soon.
  • Three: you can order both online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. With unlimited data, the One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S costs at least £32 per month. Another option is paying £99 upfront, and then paying from £27 per month for the One X, or from £24 per month for the One S.  All of Three’s contracts are 24-months long.
  • O2: for delivery tomorrow, O2.co.uk now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available “online only”. There are several 18 and 24-month deals to choose from, but you’ll have to choose one of the most expensive to avoid any up-front fees. The best value are O2’s “On & On” deals. With these, you get a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of increasing the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. Finally, O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go for £479.99.
  • ​Vodafone:​ you can pre-order the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The S is £36 per month, and the X is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will score a pair of urBeats headphones and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
  • T-Mobile: matches Vodafone’s prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data if you choose the “full monty” plan. The phones will launch online and in stores tomorrow, according to the network.
Are you picking up either the One X or the One S in the UK? Let us know in the comments.

source: Android Central

Sprint’s first LTE smartphone, the LG Viper 4G, starting pre-orders on April 12

It is now official, ladies and gentlemen. Sprint’s eco-friendly titan, the LG Viper 4G, will be the carrier’s first device available to offer Sprint’s new LTE technology courtesy of their recent Network Vision initiative. We got our first glimpse of the LG Viper 4G back at CES in January. The phone will boast a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2 dual-core processor, 5 MP camera and will ship out with Gingerbread Android 2.3. LG also threw in some Google Wallet love as well as NFC capabilities so not to make the phone feel too outdated right out of the box. Manufactured from recycled materials, the LG Viper 4G will cost you $99.99 with a 2-year contract. These specs coupled with a great price should certainly turn a few heads. So who wants one of these green powerhouses? Pre-orders begin on April 12 for new and existing customers. Hit the break for the official release details.

TSF Shell Launcher brings new features with update 1.4.0

One of the many examples as to why Android is so great is the limitless amount of apps and home replacements available in the Google Play Store suited to customize and personalize your mobile device. Since Android’s early years, there have been great home replacement launchers such as PandaHome, aHome and Launcher Pro that have paved the way for some of the more recent ones like the incredibly elaborate TSF Shell Launcher. The development staff of TSFUI have truly created something different that practically gives your current OS a serious fashion makeover. A visually stunning UI coupled with the ability to greatly personalize widgets and customize homescreens has been the main attraction for many users. Now with version 1.4.0 TSF Shell Launcher brings some new features and some long-awaited fixes. Hit the break for the complete list and download links.

Xperia S has display issues after heat exposure, Sony admits

Following complaints from Xperia S users, Sony has acknowledged that some of the phones have developed a yellow tint to the screen after being exposed to increased temperatures. While Sony says the problem is only in a limited number of handsets, the yellow color may appear if the phone is exposed to temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Sony also stated that the manufacturing process has been corrected so this won’t happen in the future.

If you have a phone that has already developed a yellow hue, Sony encourages you to contact your local customer service center. Sony promises they will fix the phone at no cost to the customer.

It’s a shame that there is a problem with the Xperia S‘s screen, since that is its best feature and selling point. The 1280 x 720 pixels resolution HD display is well-known for its beautiful images. Nonetheless, Sony is addressing the issue and ensuring it will be fixed.

source: CNET UK


Two day old LG Lucid already set to receive software update

Here is some interesting news for you new LG Lucid owners out there. Verizon and LG are now pushing out a software update for the Lucid just two days after its release this past Thursday. This is not entirely uncommon as the Galaxy Nexus had an update pushed out just moments before its actual release on Verizon back in December. The support page states that the update will disable the Enhanced Caller Name ID app that comes preloaded on the phone. I don’t know about you but that app sounds like it would be a great feature, so why would they choose to remove its function? It sounds like there were probably some serious issues with the app and rather than attempt to repair the bugs in an update, they voted to squash it immediately, no pun intended. Are there any Lucid users out there who have experienced any noticeable problems within the last couple of days? If so, this may now be the fix. Click on the source link below for update options.

source: Verizon

Advertisements popping up in notification bar on T-Mobile Android phones

Some angry T-Mobile Android users are venting in the forums about the latest My Account update that seems to now included pop-up ads in the notification bar. Customers have reported recently receiving ads for Yahoo Sports and T-Mobile Web2go. For many, the notification bar is designated for important information only, such as missed calls, voice mails and messaging alerts.  To now have random spam thrown in the mix is a bit annoying to say the least. There appears to be no option to discontinue this feature at this time leaving many customers feeling deceived and trapped. Phone carriers sending a free SMS message with promotional info is nothing new. However, if the new trend is to display ads in the notification bar similarly to how ads are plastered across the top of the screen in many free apps, then things may start getting ugly on a global scale fairly quickly. Let us know what you think in the comments.

source: TmoNews

Sprint to pull the plug on production of future WiMax devices

Sprint has been fairly busy lately preparing for its LTE network launch along with finalizing the finishing touches on their recently announced LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G. If you’ve been wondering whether Sprint was going to continue supporting WiMax, well the answer is yes and no. Earlier today, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, Bob Azzi announced that Sprint will not launch any additional WiMax devices going forward and will mostly focus on the deployment of its new Network Vision initiative which involves combining their 3G, 4G and iDEN network towers into one single, more efficient super tower. The new project is estimated to reduce the cost of providing voice and data by 50%. Now do keep in mind that Sprint does intend to continue maintaining current WiMax towers for the foreseeable future in an effort to support the millions of subscribers that have already invested in a WiMax device. With that in mind, there’s no need to throw your Evo 3D out the window just yet.

source: Electronista

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile

Here’s some exciting news from the T-Mobile device support pages. HTC’s Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G have been announced to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. No release date was provided nor any other details but I’m sure Sensation and Amaze users are feeling pretty great right now. Be sure to stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to deliver the latest news and updates.

source: T-Mobile Support 1, T-Mobile Support 2

New info suggests possible mid-May launch for the Samsung GT-i9300

Okay Android boys and girls, it looks like we have some more leaked info that we’ll tack up on our rumor board. A few days ago we reported that an anonymous user had taken a photo of the supposed GT-i9300, otherwise rumored to be the model number for the highly anticipated Galaxy S III. According to another tipster, the GT-i9300 will be released to the public in mid-May. Unfortunately it won’t be the GS III, but you didn’t expect it was going to be did you? Apparently the name or code-name of the the phone that is scheduled to ship out is listed as the Samsung Galaxy M. Now if you all recall back in August, Samsung had announced a new naming method for their future smartphones and the letter “M” is meant to be for “magical” (mid-tier) devices. So this is not the GS III that fans everywhere are yearning for. One thing is for certain, mid-May is only a month and a half away so we will find out more about the real GS III soon enough.

source: GSM Arena