We have yet to see the Samsung Galaxy S II hit the U.S., but there continues to be new little brothers of the device hitting elsewhere.
An upgraded version of the Galaxy S has appeared for pre-order on Vodafone’s UK web site. Trending to be more a reboot to the SGS, it’s almost identical physically (aside from the chrome rim around the bezel), has a faster 1.4 Ghz single-core, and a larger 1,650mAh battery on the inside (though no upgrade to a flash on the back). Its look is a little cleaner for those considering the Galaxy R which could be a deciding factor.
Everyone might not be hungry for a dual-core processor, but with the SGSII similar in price, it’s hard to see people stepping backwards to yesterday’s hardware.
According to Meizu CEO Jack Wong, an announcement concerning the MX, their new 4 inch Android smartphone, will be given at the end of September.
The MX will be released in two different flavors – a 16GB dual-core version and a 32GB quad-core speed demon. Wong also confirmed that the MX will still have a removable back cover but the mini-usb socket once intended for the phone will be changed to a micro-usb.
Based on the pre-launch pattern of Meizu’s M9 phone last year, the original estimate of this quad-core powerhouse being launched by the end of the year still looks good.
Although its exact identity is yet to be confirmed, the Samsung SGH-i927 sure seems to fit the bill as a Galaxy S II variant for AT&T and some of the specs we reported last month (with a slew of pictures), have come to fruition in the specs listed today by the FCC.
Listed features include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, front-facing camera, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and it will run on Android 2.3. LTE radios are unlisted and likewise, the inclusion of HSPA+ radios remain unknown.
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Straight from the support community we get word of an update to the T-Mobile branded G-Slate. This new update will take the tablet specific Android OS, Honeycomb from 3.0 to 3.1. All customers will be notified of the update OTA over a period of time. T-Mobile says it will be delivered in a “staggered fashion”. See below all the enhancements and feature that Honeycomb 3.1 will offer:
- Google Videos – A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
- Recent apps list expanded – The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
- Home screen resizable widgets – Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
- USB accessory support – Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.
In addition to the enhancements, this software update is expected to improve the following:
- Force close issues in the Google Talk and Music applications
- Improved browser and widget responsiveness
When you receive this update and install, let us know how it’s working for you.
Now that you have your lovely HTC Sensation, you are probably waiting for the latest version of the Android OS. Your in luck, at least if your in Europe, as of right now. We’ve heard from Eurodroid that there’s been a report that an un-branded Sensation has just received the Android 2.3.4 update over-the-air. Once updated you’ll see the software version jump to 1.45.401.2 after the 41mb install.
This HTC Sensation is nothing to sneeze at. Boasting specs such as: 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU, Dual cameras, and now the coming of Android 2.3.4. So keep watch for the notification telling you to install the update. If you do install, as always let us know in the comments, and give us your thought on it.
Here we have the Motorola Fire. This device is slated to hit the UK around the end of September. As you can tell this is a full QWERTY Android 2.3 phone. Looks much like the Motorola DROID Pro. Unfortunately, it’s not got the specs of the DROID Pro. This phone comes packed with Gingerbread, an 800MHz processor, a small 2.8-inch display, and 3 mega-pixel camera. So obviously this Motorola Fire does not stack up well to the DROID Pro. Even another possible relative of the Fire could be the Motorola Titanium which just arrived last month, built for the rugged and tough corporate world.
Now check this out. This Fire is to come with Motorola’s new ‘Switch UI’. The phone maker hasn’t officially release the name of its new user interface, but looks like Clove may have given us a sneak peek. What ever the case Clove is saying you can pre-order this device now via their website.
Shortly after it’s debut on US Cellular, smartphone giant HTC is bringing us the same popular slider on an entirely different network. As of now, Cellular South is distributing the 3.8-inch device at just $99 on two-year contract, enabling even those on the tightest budges to join the Android family. Shipping with Android 2.2, an 800 MHz CPU, and 3g speeds, the phone is obviously dated, but very much still viable. Any Merge owners out there? How does does the modest hardware fare compared to today’s phones?
The above image shows us that T-Mobile is making a change with the 200MB data plan in that they will no longer throttle when a customer goes over the limit, but instead charge for overages. This is a complete change in T-Mobile’s data policy of never charging for overages. This is the lowest data plan, but you have to wonder what lies ahead.
T-Mobile is doing this “in order to remain competitive.” As of August 13, customers on the plan will be grandfathered, but all others will now be charged .10cents per MB over the 200MB limit. The good news is there is a limit on the overcharge, and that is $30 if you are the Classic Plans or $35 on the Value Plans. Customers will receive a warning message when they have hit 180MB and 200MB.
For now there are no other changes to the higher data offerings, but time will tell. Let this be a warning that something might be looming.
Pictures were recently leaked of a Motorola smartphone that bore a strong resembelence to its current Atrix model. The following week further information surfaced that gave the phone a “name” – The Motorola Model MB865. The MB865 appeared to be a high end device that could potentially be the replacement for the similar looking Motorola Atrix.
AT&T is stepping into the LTE waters this summer with its inaugural LTE service starting in five select markets in the south and Midwest. Earlier this year, it was heard that they planned to expand to twenty markets by the end of 2011 and would be releasing 20 4G devices during that period (though they did not break down the split between LTE and HSPA+). Those expectations appear to have been overly optimistic as an AT&T executive has clarified what we can expect.
Anyone looking for a reason to jump onto Sprint or know someone who’s contract is about to end? RadioShack wireless is currently offering the Motorola Photon 4G for only $99 with a 2-year contract and free shipping. For a new device loaded with a 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU , Gingerbread, and a 4.3 inch qHD display, this is an awesome deal.
If a new contract isn’t in the cards for you, Motorola is running a contest called “Lightning Hour” for a chance to win one on Twitter. The contest will be running everyday through the end of August.