Low-range Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo slated for May launch

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To say that Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is ‘diverse’ is a huge understatement. More evidence of Samsung overtaking every level of the smartphone lineup is the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo. As the name suggests, this little fella will be pint-sized. It’ll come in two versions: with and without dual SIM capability. This new device is very similar to the Pocket Plus as well as last year’s Galaxy Pocket which raises a little bit of confusion.

The Pocket Neo is said to launch with a 3-inch display (320 x 240) with QVGA resolution and a 2 megapixel camera. Again, these vitals are not much different, if at all, from the Pocket Plus or last year’s Pocket for that matter aside from the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The only color offering rumored at launch for the Pocket Neo will be silver, at least initially. We’re thinking maybe since it’s very similar to the Pocket Plus, that maybe the Neo is being targeted in emerging markets.

source: SamMobile

Sprint Devices Soon Officially Compatible on Boost and Virgin Mobile Networks

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Sprint seems to be getting into the ‘green’ movement. The nation’s third largest carrier announced a new program they’re calling “Bring Your Own Sprint Device.” Their hope is to lessen the large amount of phones that get deposited into landfills each year by offering customers with idle Sprint phones the ability to use those devices on Virgin and Boost Mobile.

Along with the nod to the environment, this plan will also help budget conscious customers by offering more options on the pre-paid front. As to which Sprint phones will be compatible with Boost and Virgin? It hasn’t been announced as of yet, and there will definitely be a list of requirements that each device must meet. We’ll provide an update as soon as that official list of devices is published.

source:  Sprint

AT&T Sony Xperia TL Jelly Bean Update Available Now

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The Jelly Bean 4.1.2 footprint just got a little larger over night. Reports from XDA members began coming in last night that the AT&T Sony Xperia TL is seeing the 4.1.2 upgrade. These upgrades do appear to be coming via PC Companion however, rather than OTA. From the posts, users are reporting a more fluid user interface and a more reliable WiFi connection. These features are of course in addition to all the standard Jelly Bean features such as Google Now and Project Butter. Additionally there are a few camera tweaks included in the update, including an HDR feature, however burst mode was not added. Go grab it if manually downloading your updates via PC Companion are your thing. Otherwise let us know when you see that OTA update or if you can access the update from your About Phone software update option.

source:  XDA

FCC Investigation Ensues After Cell Phone Unlocking Ban

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By now we’re sure you’re all well aware that it’s now illegal to unlock a device for use on another network. Well, enter the FCC into the fray. They have stepped up to look out for our best interests, so it appears. The FCC will begin their investigation on whether this law is actually harmful to market competitiveness and thus hindering innovation.

Prior to the ban that went into effect on January 26, users were free to unlock their devices for whatever reason they wished. Now that same act will result in legal ramifications. FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, mentioned that he’s not quite sure of his authority in this situation, but he did say that he will try to use his platform to reverse the decision. Let’s hope Mr. Genachowski chalks one up for the good guys.

source:  TechCrunch

T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE on the horizon?

At this point, nothing surprises us when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy lineup of devices and its variants. This latest rumor comes by way of the Bluetooth SIG database. It looks like we’ll soon see the SGH-T999L Galaxy S III on T-Mobile’s network if the screenshot above holds true. At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to what exactly the “L” stands for or introduces in the model number. Of course the first thing that comes to most of our minds is LTE. Is T-Mobile readying Samsung’s flagship phone with LTE compatibility? We do know that in 2013 they plan on rolling out their LTE service, so what better way to introduce that than with a shiny new Galaxy S III wielding LTE? Hopefully we’ll find out more about the mysterious “L” model soon.

source:  Pocketnow

Samsung GT-I9500 talk surfaces again

Talk of the Samsung GT-I9500 device isn’t really anything new. Way back in March, we saw this model number pop up on a Tizen developers’ device. However, a tipster over at SamMobile has confirmed that there will in fact be two variants of the 9500 model: the aforementioned GT-I9500 and the GT-I9505. Exactly what these devices will end up being is still anyone’s guess. The tipster was able to procure the full model numbers of both of these variants, but even he doesn’t know exactly what they are. Common sense would tell us that the Galaxy S II being the 9100 and the S III being the 9300 would mean that the as-yet announced S IV (i.e. 4) would naturally be the 9500 with the 9505 possibly being an LTE version. However, apparently the number ‘4’ is an unlucky number in Korea, so who knows what they have up their sleeve. This talk will certainly heat up as we approach January’s CES, and we’ll be there to provide any updates.

source:  SamMobile

ZTE Nubia Z5 Quad-Core, 5″ 1080p Device Drops Today In China

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Nubia Z5 other than than the ‘December release date’ update back in early November. All of that changes today as the release of the ZTE Nubia Z5 has officially arrive in China. It looks like the early leaked information was correct regarding some of the specs including the device rocking a 5-inch, 1080p display and a 13MP rear camera. We now know that it’ll also have 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and also Dolby Digital Plus sound to go along with that 1.5Ghz quad core processor.

In the leaks of the device last month, it was being shown side-by-side against an iPhone 5. The pictures were – not too sneakily – comparing how thin the Z5 was compared to the very thin Apple device. As it turns out, it was for good reason. This quad-core beast is only 7.6mm thin which is the clubhouse leader in the 5-inch display market.  What’s even more remarkable is that it still managed to squeeze in a 2300Mah battery all while weighing in at 126g. I know, how much right? We’re looking ¥3,456, or about $550 for the aluminum version and a bank-breaking ¥7,890 (about $1,260) for the titanium edition. There’s no official word on international availability yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

source:  Engadget

MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller Gaining Support From Top Game Developers

Sometimes a good idea comes around but there’s not much consumer buy-in, possibly bad marketing, or there is poor developer support. I think most of us can admit that the way mobile games have come along in the past 12 months or so that a proper controller is needed to get the most out of games now. The only problem is the whole idea is moot unless the developers jump on board. Well it looks as if that momentum is gaining a bit – at least regarding the MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller from PowerA.

Two recent AAA games that released with MOGA controller support were Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Gaining support from the best developers is usually critical in pushing ideas forward, while almost making other games’ compatibility ‘mandatory’ just so another game doesn’t have an automatic advantage over it.

This is good news for us as consumers and gamers. The full list of games that have already launched, updated, or will soon be updated with MOGA support are:

  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
  • BATTLE BEARS ROYALE
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Dead Trigger
  • Wild Blood
  • NFL Pro 2013
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Tiki Kart 3D
  • Expendable Rearmed
  • The Bard’s Tale

Here’s to hoping that this list continues to grow.

source:  Canadian Online Gamers

Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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Spacetime Studios In Giving Mood, Updates Arcane Legends MMORPG

‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.

Sprint Sums Up 2012 LTE Rollout, Lists Additional Cities Rolling Out Soon

It’s been quite a busy year for Sprint, namely building out their LTE network, not to mention that little acquisition. Now that 2012 is winding down, Sprint is reporting that there are 49 total markets now with LTE service, and more than 150 on the horizon. Additionally, 70 markets have seen improved 3G service including better signal strength for both voice and data. In their latest presser, they also revealed 36 more markets that’ll see LTE light up ‘in the coming months.’ Hit the break for the full list.

Run Jelly Bean 4.2.1 on your Kindle Fire

As mentioned in this space before, it never ceases to amaze what the developers over at XDA can cook up. One dev’s latest feat is actually getting Jelly Bean to run on the ‘outdated’ 512MB RAM equipped Amazon Kindle Fire. As with a lot of hacks, there are some features missing (at the time of this writing) such as Swype keyboard, USB camera support, and photo sync.

However, you do get the benefits of Google Now along with a straight port of basically the exact ROM being pushed to Nexus 7 and 10 users. The process itself is very much like flashing other ROMs on other devices, so those that are familiar with it will feel right at home. If you need to brush up on your rooting skills, you can check our guide and dictionary to assist. Click the source link below for the full list of instructions.

source:  XDA

AT&T 4G LTE Goes Live In Four More Cities

Fast indeed just got a little faster for AT&T customers in four more cities across the U.S. LTE is now live in the following cities:

  • Tucson, AZ
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Springfield, MA
  • Green Bay, WI

Do you live in one of these areas or an area surrounding it? If so, let us know what kind of speeds you’re getting now that sweet LTE service is live in those areas.

Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge