Sony announces Xperia VL; Exclusive to Japanese market

Sony has announced a new Android handset dubbed as the Xperia VL exclusive to the Japanese market. The device is set to be launched before years end and will come with an LTE chip for fast speeds. Here’s what else you can expect with the Xperia LV:

  • 4.3″ HD Reality Display screen, powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • 13 MP fast-capture camera with new shooting modes; Superior Auto feature, enabling low-light snapping and Picture Effect that lets you preview snaps using different effects
  • High levels of dust and water resistance
  • Sony’s signature tune-tech, including ClearAudio+ mode that lets you effortlessly enjoy audio quality
  • Sony’s media applications (WALKMAN® application, Album application and Movies application)
  • Ships running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • NFC enabled
  • Arc design

For me it’s disappointing that Sony chose to launch this phone with Android ICS rather than Jelly Bean, especially since it’s not evne launching until later towards the end of the year. Either way the phone seems like a great mid-range Android phone and a great portable media device.

source: Sony Mobile


Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD all receive root method

As with any other Android device, root is eventually achieved. The Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD have all received root thanks to XDA user djrbliss. The process that exploits root in these devices is called Motofail2Go and is a virtual one-click root process.

You’ll need a Windows PC, Motorola’s latest USB drivers and the program itself. If you’re brave and willing to give this a shot then head on over to the source link for instructions and more information regarding this rooting process.

source: XDA

AT&T Optimus G available Nov. 2 for $199, pre-orders start tomorrow

LG’s hottest and newest flagship device in the LG Optimus G will be available on AT&T starting November 2nd with pre-orders starting tomorrow. Here’s a small list on what you can expect with this device:

  • 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

While LG doesn’t exactly have the best track record with its customers, the Optimus G will definitely be a device to be reckoned with. Preliminary reviews of the device are showing great things, especially when it comes to its IPS display.

Anyone out there willing to give LG another shot with the Optimus G?

source: AT&T

Microsoft drags Google along in their patent dispute against Motorola Mobility

Microsoft’s current dispute against Motorola Mobility in Germany has taken a turn as they have now dragged Google into the mix. In the past, companies have always taken Google’s Android vendors to court, but never Google themselves. Microsoft has taken that step as the patent in question defines a method for a mobile device to obtain a map from one database, call up resource information such as the location of a hotel from a second database, and overlay the two sets of data.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, they decided to bring Google into the mix because “It became necessary to add Google to this particular case because Motorola maintains that it lacks sufficient information about actions occurring on Google’s servers.

In response, Google’s Deputy General Counsel Allen Lo said in an emailed statement: “We want to focus on innovation, not litigation, but we’ll vigorously defend against any amended complaint Microsoft files.

What do you guys think of Microsoft not just taking Motorola to court, but Google themselves as well?

source: rueters

Sprint announces 22 new LTE-enabled cities

Today Sprint has unveiled a whopping 22 new LTE enabled cities. These cities are:

  • San Francisco, CA, San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
  • Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
  • Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
  • Emporia, KS
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Joplin, MO
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
  • Lexington Park, MD
  • Marion, IN
  • Napa, CA
  • Naples-Marco Island, FL
  • Ottawa-Streator, IL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
  • Warsaw, IN

Anyone living in any of these cities notice LTE speeds on their LTE enabled device yet? If so, let us know what speeds you’re getting!

source: Sprint

Mobilicity lists Samsung Galaxy Note II up for pre-order, will launch October 30th and will give $50 discount

The Canadian company Mobilicity has listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 up for pre-orders and will launch on October 30th. As an incentive for customers to pre-order their Note 2, they’re currently offering a $50 discount for the first 1,000 customers. There’s some fine print to it as you’ll have to sign up for their “automatic monthly payments” program. Here’s the full email response for when you pre-order:

Thank you! We have received your pre-order registration request for the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone at Mobilicity. You are on the list of consumers eligible to be the first Canadians to get this smartphone when it launches in Canada on October 30, 2012!

You can also receive a $50 hardware credit on the Samsung Galaxy Note II from Mobilicity if you are one of the first 1,000 people to purchase and activate your Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone on Mobilicity’s unlimited network and sign up for automatic monthly payments by November 6, 2012!

Here is your confirmation number:

Please keep this confirmation number handy and stay tuned for more information. We will email you more details on how to take advantage of this special launch promotion by October 20th.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to launching the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone, and providing you with a smart mobile experience.

Thank you!

Will this extra incentive entice any of you Mobilicity users to place your pre-orders on the Note 2?

source: Mobile Syrup

Details of ISIS Mobile Wallet emerge

ISIS is a Mobile Wallet application that was created by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The product will initially launch on October 22nd in the selected markets: Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX. ISIS aims to be similar to Google Wallet as you’ll be able to turn your smartphone into a virtual wallet and use it in combination with your NFC-enabled device to pay for your purchases. Here’s some more details about ISIS:

  • Virtual Cards:  As expected, Isis will hold virtual versions of credit cards, an Isis Cash Card (prepaid card), store loyalty cards, and a section for special offers and promotions.
  • Bonus Cash:  When you first activate Isis, there will be a $10 bonus card for you to use. If you want even more cash, you can upgrade the Isis Cash Card to “reloadable” status which will land you an additional $15.
  • Security:  If your phone is lost or stolen, you can call Verizon and they will freeze Isis from working.
  • Merchants:  Isis will work at merchant locations that use Visa PayWave, MasterCard Paypass, Discover Zip, American Express and Google Wallet.
  • NFC-SIM Cards:  From what we have been told, Verizon will use new NFC-SIM cards on their Isis approved devices. We aren’t sure why they aren’t satisfied with simply using the on-board NFC chip, but this likely creates an additional level of security. It’s also a level of security that they can have intense control over, I would assume.
  • Devices:  The official “Isis ready” device is the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. As you will recall from this morning, the device is set to receive an update to make it Isis ready. Additional devices will be made available at a later time, but you should note that not all NFC phones can support Isis. If you live in a trial market and purchase an Incredible 4G LTE on or after October 22 (launch day), it will be activated with a new NFC-SIM card. If you already own an Incredible 4G LTE and live in a test market, you will be able to obtain an NFC-SIM to replace your current SIM.
  • Incredible 4G Purchase + $50 in Cash:  From October 22 to November 20, you can buy an Incredible 4G LTE and receive a $50 Visa Pre-Paid card. From what we understand, you will have to activate Isis and submit a rebate form in order to get the card.

What do you guys think about ISIS? Do you think it can compete with Google Wallet or do you guys see now use of this because of the availability of Google Wallet?

source: Droid Life

Droid Incredible 4G LTE update brings ISIS, global roaming, remote diagnostics and more

Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE has received a nice upgrade that benefits customers who travel internationally as the addition of global roaming support has been added.

ISIS, Verizon’s mobile payment system has also been added into the update along with Verizon’s remote diagnostics tool, improved 4G connectivity and more.

The update isn’t quite ready for mass consumption yet, so keep your eye out for further updates as to when the update will be available for you.


Google’s Eric Schmidt acknowledges the “Apple vs Android” battle while leaving Microsoft out

In a recent interview, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt clearly identifies Android and iOS as the only two top competitors when it comes to the mobile market and even calls it as the industries “defining contest.” With a small jab, Schmidt also claims that Google and Android are currently winning the battle and points out that there are four times more Android phones than iPhones and with 1.3 million activation’s per day, the company should reach a billion total by the end of this year. Quite mind boggling don’t you think? Especially for the early adopters as myself that were there since the beginning of this wonderful OS. Eric also couldn’t help but take another jab at Apple with their decision to go away with Google Maps and replace it with the far less superior iOS Maps. Eric was stated saying that Apple is now discovering that “maps are really hard,” opining that “Apple should have kept our maps… They’re better.”

Schmidt also pointed something out that I think Apple clearly needs to realize. While Schmidt likes to see Android on top, he admits that this intensifying rivalry between the two platforms does nothing but benefit the consumers at the end of the day.

In an interesting take, Schmidt also stated what he thinks are currently the top 4 companies in what he calls the “gang of four.” He states that Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google are the top 4 companies at the moment because they are all different and are all “making enormous investments.” When questioned as to why Microsoft wasn’t on the list, Schmidt said it was “intentional” because Microsoft has not brought any “state-of-the-art products” to the market as of late.

What do you guys think about Schmidt’s top 4 company list? I’d also suggest we take some time to reflect on the fact that Android is nearing its 1 billionth activation! I think it’s quite an impressive feat in such a short amount of time. So with this, I’d like to hear your guys’ Android story. How did you get into Android and when? Also, what Android device made you fall in love with the OS? It may or may not be the first Android device you owned. Let us know in the comments!

source: The Verge

EA teases new Need for Speed: Most Wanted game with new video

Need for Speed, quite possibly the most popular game in its genre is making its way yet again to the Android platform in the form of Most Wanted. If you’re not familiar with this franchise, Need for Speed offers realistic dynamic physics-based collisions, cop takedowns, and realistic visual damage. Need for Speed: Most Wanted will also feature plenty of real world cars to drive, but let’s face it, we all know we end up crashing these cars just for fun either way.

This franchise has always been one of my favorites ever since I was young, so I’ll definitely give this a shot on my Android device. Electronic Arts has released a short teaser video of the game in action that you can check out after the break!

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