LG says no to tablet development in favor of smartphones

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The tablet market for Android has gotten out of control with so many choices that it’s going to be awful tough to stand out in the crowd if you’re an Android manufacturer. LG recognizes this and is taking a step back with tablet development.

“We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” Ken Hong, a spokesman for Seoul-based LG, said in an e-mailed response to queries.

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AT&T, T-Mobile GSIII ICS Open Source Files Now Available

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For those of you wanting to tinker with the ICS source files for the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III, I have some good news for you. Samsung just dropped the source for the SGH-I7474M and the SGH-T999V, and can be downloaded through the links below. It’s nice to see that Sammy is keeping their source codes up to date and is offering them before the devices actually launch. I wonder if this means the Verizon version of the source is just around the corner?

via: Android Police
source: AT&T GSIII Source / T-Mobile GSIII Source

 

Sprint HTC Evo 4G LTE Users Currently Locked Out Of Google Wallet

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For the past few weeks, users of the new HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint have been unable to get Google Wallet working. It would hang at the “adding prepaid card” dialog and eventually timeout with a message to try again later. This was verified to be an Evo LTE issue only since modifying the device’s build.prop file to identify it as a Galaxy Nexus would fix the issue.

Lately, however, Wallet changed its behavior and began displaying an error message that seemed more ominous, telling users “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier.” The app is then basically dead in the water.

There are currently two rumors as to why this is happening. The first is that Google is working on a fix and this new error message is simply a stop-gap measure until the fix is ready. After all, it’s better to tell the user the app won’t work than to just hang and let the user wonder what’s going on. The second rumor is that Sprint is blocking Google Wallet since they plan to launch their own NFC payment solution called Touch. We’re hoping it’s rumor #1 and NOT rumor #2. I don’t like the idea of different payment systems for different carriers.

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Oppo Finder, The World’s Thinnest Smartphone Now Available For Preorder In China

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Those of you waiting to grab the world’s thinnest smartphone will finally have the chance to do so… well in China at least. No I’m not talking about the ZTE “Athena” or that Huawei Ascend P1 silly– I’m talking about the Oppo Finder smartphone. Starting today, those of you living in the Chinese markets will be able to preorder the device for 2,498 yuan or $393 USD. Sounds like an attractive price, but I’m sure many of you are itching to know what you get exactly for that price, right? Well the smartphone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, an 8MP camera (with 1080P video recording) plus 1.3MP front-facing camera and a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich— all squeezed into a 6.65mm frame that happens to be the world’s thinnest (for now).

Interested parties will want to head on out to www.oppo.com ASAP— the preorder window will close at 11:59pm on June 24th.

source: Oppo Finder
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HTC Europe Gives First Official Statement On One X WiFi Issues; Also Casually Mentions That Tegra 3 Versions Are The Only Affected Models

by Roy Alugbue on
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It’s no secret that HTC One X smartphone has a well-known issue with keeping a WiFi signal. While many of the One X owners out here have complained and subsequently gotten a seemingly reliable fix, owners elsewhere in the world are still having to deal with this nagging and rather irritating glitch. HTC Europe has (finally) taken notice and given out an official statement for owners of the HTC One X smartphone:

“After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.”

Looks like HTC is now fully aware and is taking the necessary steps to help the minority of owners who seem to be the most affected by the glitch, except there’s a teeny catch. According to Android Central, an HTC spokesman has mentioned that only the Tegra 3 variants of the smartphone are affected by the WiFi defect. That means if you own the AT&T HTC One X or the HTC One XL versions, you should not be affected by any sort of WiFi issue. On the other hand— another thing to mention is that it seems that many of the Tegra 3 versions of the smartphone out there seem to be working fine, so it’s not quite certain as to how many phones out there are truly affected. One thing’s for sure though— if you have either version of the smartphone and you suspect you might be affected by this WiFi bug, contact HTC customer service immediately and hopefully everything will be resolved for you. In the meantime, we’ll continue to keep you all posted with any further developments regarding this developing saga.

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New Samsung CEO Doesn’t Waste Any Time And Calls For Software Improvements

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There’s no doubt that Samsung has established its position as one of the top smartphone manufacturers, but being on top means it can’t be stagnant. In keeping up with ever-evolving technology and advancements, new Sammy CEO Kwon Oh-hyun took some time to address his new company and it’s ummm… potential software-related shortcomings. Oh-hyun states:

 

“a particular focus must be given to serving new customer experience and value by strengthening soft capabilities in software, user experience, design and solutions.”

 

To dumb everything down: he’s basically saying that he wants to improve the overall look, feel and capabilities of its software. This should come as no surprise as users can point out the latest TouchWiz software which looks rather bland to say the least— despite the fact it’s skinned over Android 4.0. In fact, he probably believes the software on Sammy devices in general are behind, despite the fact Sammy has cutting-edge technology on its devices. Oh and don’t forget… Sammy does have some aces in the hole too such implementing software for its NFC tags, it’s own IM client and of course that possible social networking service we seem to keep hearing about.

Whatever it is the new CEO is envisioning, let’s all hope we see the fruits of his labor sooner than later. After all, Sammy needs to do whatever it takes in order to keep its position on top.

source: Wall Street Journal

Verizon Galaxy Nexus down to $149, End of Life could be looming

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The Galaxy Nexus debuted on Verizon for an expensive price of $299 back in December of last year. Like all phones, the price always drops after the early adopters are bagged. It dropped to $199 back in April and now it’s going to $149. As prices drop on phones, it always means the end of life is closer.

As further evidence, in Best Buy inventory systems there is an “X” for the supply code. This means it can’t be re-ordered and usually spells the end of life.

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LG Optimus L5 makes its debut later this month in Europe

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The Optimus L Series is nearly complete. The Optimus L5 is going to finally make its debut in the UK, Germany, and France in the coming weeks. There’s really nothing about this device to get too excited about, but it should please the consumers coveting mid-range phones. It will also hit the Middle East, CIS, Asia, Central and South America with dual SIM capabilities. No word on North America, but they do mention that NFC “Tag & Play” will be available in Europe and North America for mobile commerce and peer-to-peer sharing so they must have something in mind.

Full specs include:

  • 4.0-inch HVGA display
  • Cortex A5 800MHz processor
  • 4GB Internal Storage / Micro SD support (up to 32GB)
  • 5.0 MP rear camera – AF with LED Flash
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Size: 118.3 x 66.5 x 9.5 (mm)

Full press release after the break:

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S III as the first SAFE for Enterprise phone in the U.S.

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It’s one thing to sell the most Android phones to consumers, but Samsung wants to make sure they are the Top Dog in Enterprise as well. We heard about SAFE earlier in the year. It stands for Samsung Approved For Enterprise and the Galaxy S III will be the first Samsung phone in the U.S. to get the SAFE designation. With the Galaxy S III and SAFE, you get support for 338 IT Policies, which includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and support for Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. As BYOD (bring your own device) is adopted more throughout the Enterprise community, phones such as these make things a lot easier for IT departments.

To me the presser below implies that there will be separate models with the SAFE branding, but it’s not the case. All Galaxy S III’s will have the SAFE capabilities and that means you can buy it from any of the five major carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular). To further entice sales, Samsung is offering a Trade-In Program called SAFE2SWITCH to make it easier for users to make the switch to what is now the most popular Android phone in the world.

Full press release after the break:

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More evidence of the Google Nexus 7 tablet emerge from EXIF data

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I’m not sure we need anymore evidence of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, but a photo showed up on Picasa with EXIF data suggesting it came from a Nexus 7. This isn’t the first time we heard the name “Nexus 7,” but we’re still wondering if it’s a codename or the actual name. The picture itself isn’t revealing. It’s of a ceiling and has a resolution of 1280 x 960 which suggests it came from the front-facing lens.

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