Google’s Andy Rubin and ASUS’ Jonney Shih talk about the Nexus 7

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All Things D had a chance to sit down with Google Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin and ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih to talk about the Nexus 7. From the beginning, the target was $200, and it had to be high-end as set by Google. There was one issue, they gave ASUS 4 months to make it.

The effort was known as “Project A-Team” inside ASUS and during two occasions they had to add another 20 people to the project. They obviously worked closely with Google which gave them a 24-hour development cycle.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Value Pack Update On The Way For LG Optimus Vu In Korea

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Sure LG has a Galaxy Note competitor that is a no-show out in the States and was supposed to release Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago for the device, but at least it’s finally made good on its promise to deliver the latest necessary update in the form of a Value Pack… well for the device in Korea at least. The Value Pack update that’s currently on the way includes Android 4.0 along with improvements to its UI and productivity apps like its cool note taking software. There’s a nice video which highlights the exact features of the Value Pack, which you can find below, though if you don’t speak Korean, we’d recommend you brush up on it before trying to understand everything.

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source: LG
via: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning Sunday July 1st

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We’ve reported that the Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III’s were essentially being delayed for many due to a low number of inventory. Now the latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving at Sprint on July 1st. Here is the official statement from Sprint:

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.

Better late than never, right? Clearly both T-Mobile and Sprint have been overwhelmed with pre-orders and the general demand of this phone and have done their best to accommodate as many people as they can. Hopefully you all have been patient and eager to finally get your hands on this phone!

source: Android Central

Sony Xperia S ICS update issues acknowledged by Sony Mobile

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Last week Sony Mobile announced they were rolling out updates to their Experia S line of smartphones so users would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. Once the upgrade process started rolling out several people began reporting problems. Sony acknowledged these initial issues with the Android 4.0.4 ICS updates and commenced working to address them. They asked users to “stay calm” pending additional information.

On the Talk Sony forums, Sony now reports all updates will be “re-released.” Users can continue to check periodically to see whether their phone recognizes the new update as being available or wait for Sony to issue a new announcement regarding the re-released updates.

Although it is unfortunate that Sony is experiencing these problems rolling out the ICS update, it is good to see them keeping communication channels open and updating their users on progress towards a resolution.

source: Xperia blog

Google announces the Nexus 7 tablet with Jelly Bean, Built and optimized for the Play Store

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The Nexus 7 is official folks. It has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, a 12 core GPU, front facing camera (assuming 1.2MP), 9 hour battery while watching HD video, Bluetooth, WiFI, NFC, and of course it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It weighs 340 grams, is 10.45mm thick, and as expected, it’s built by ASUS. It utilizes NVIDIA’s new low-cost KAI platform that we wrote about previously.

The home screen shows all your content like magazines, and of course you can open any magazine or book and continue where you left off. Within magazine titles, you can look at just the text, but you can also view the pages as they were supposed to with full pictures, and you will have the ability to swipe up or down to expand the text.

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Deal Of The Day: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 Smartphone Available For $599.99… For Today Only!

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We know many of you on GSM-based carriers are interested in owning the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, but are reluctant to grab the smartphone on-contract with your respective wireless carrier. Well you’re in luck because we’ve got you covered today. Daily Steals is offering the unlocked Galaxy S III (I9300 variant) smartphone for a mere $599.99. That means many of you will have yet another reason to splurge on the sweet quad-core Exynos processor and of course S-Voice, if that strikes your fancy.

While the smartphone is unlocked, remember it’s GSM-only, so those of you on CDMA-based carriers (Verizon, Sprint, etc.) are out of luck. Hit the source link for additional details— but you may want to hurry as there’s only 14 hours left at the time of this writing.

source: Daily Steals

Sense 4.0 UI Successfully Booted On Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone

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Own a Samsung Galaxy S II, but hate TouchWiz and wish you could see HTC’s Sense UI on the device instead? Well great you’re in luck as there is an official sighting of Sense actually booting up on a Galaxy S II smartphone. The dev team Sense4All had their hands on the breakthrough project and successfully fired up Sense 4.0 on the smartphone. That’s right folks: not sense 3.0, not 3.5 and certainly not 3.6—- Sense 4.0! XDA reports it isn’t quite certain what works and what doesn’t work just yet… though it’s clear that data and phone service are not working just yet.

The good news is that the dev team involved is just scratching the surface of the project. Getting the smartphone to boot is among the hardest part of the project and from here it would be a matter of ironing out any additional bugs and whatnot. Naturally the ROM is only accessible from developers for now, though additional developers are welcome to chip in and help. Here’s hoping the team comes through and successfully gets this port functioning so the rest of us normal folk can try it out.

source: XDA

HTC Introduces The HTC Connect For DLNA-Enabled A/V Systems

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HTC is out to ensure its customers have the easiest means possible to connect its smartphones to A/V units by introducing its HTC Connect certification for select A/V receivers. Here’s how it works: A/V manufacturers such as Pioneer will release units bearing an HTC Connect logo and then HTC smartphone owners will be able to connect their phones to the A/V units via a DLNA-based connection. HTC also mentions the possibility of extending the connections beyond DLNA to Bluetooth and maybe even NFC or car audio/video eventually too.

HTC isn’t waiting around to refine this technology either. It currently is developing a major software update for its One Series of smartphones and plans on releasing it in the coming months. Additional details are lacking for now, but you can bet HTC will provide more info as we get closer and closer to seeing its Connect certification a reality. Hit the break for the full presser from HTC.

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AT&T Motorola Dinara passes through Bluetooth SIG

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Stories of the fabled Motorola MB886 have been travelling the tech websites for the best part of a year now. The rumours have been heating up more recently with a leaked press image and a cameo at the FCC hitting the headlines within the past couple of weeks. The MB886/Dinara has successfully made it a hat-trick for June as it has today been approved by the Bluetooth SIG. Surely an indication that an announcement from AT&T is imminent?

Watch this space as we bring you further news on the Mystery Motorola device as it breaks. In the meantime you can check out the bluetooth certification below.

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Problems with quad-core CPU to delay Huawei Ascend D Quad again

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Back in February, Huawei announced the introduction of the Ascend D Quad, a high-end smartphone, scheduled to be available in April 2012. With an impressive list of features, Huawei claimed it would be the fastest smartphone in the world. In March, it was reported production would be delayed until June with July delivery dates. News is now coming out that yet another delay has struck Huawei. Production is now expected to commence in August with delivery probably not occurring until September.

The delay is traced to Huawei’s own production of their quad-core chip. Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO Yu Chengdong indicates production of the quad-core chip “has encountered some technical problems which caused the delays in production.” » Read the rest