Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to Sprint?

A forum member on XDA claims to have confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note II is coming to the Sprint network. rwilco12 posted earlier today that he was reviewing some Samsung RDF’s on the Sprint web site when he discovered a new one for an unannounced device. An RDF is a document that describes the development and design specs for a device. According to the RDF some of the features the device in question will have include:
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HTC announces the One SC for China with an updated design

At the beginning of the year, HTC promised us that they would release less phones this year, but for some reason they seem to be continuing the trend of offering many variants. We already heard about the One X+, now it’s time for the One SC. So far it looks like the One SC will only be for China. What makes this phone unique is the asymmetrical design on the back. As you can see in the image, the HTC logo is sideways and sits to the right in a ridged area. The Beats Audio logo is also sideways and to the bottom left. Last but not least, the camera lens is at the top left surrounded by a gray finish. I actually think it’s kind of cool, but unfortunately the specs aren’t impressing me all that much:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) screen,
  • Dual-core 1.0GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD for up to 32GB of extra storage
  • 5MP rear camera f/2.0
  • 1800mAh battery
  • 8.85mm thick, 116g
  • Sense 4.0 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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HTC One X+ specs outed by XDA member

We’ve been hearing about a possible follow up to the HTC One X, dubbed the HTC One X+ for a month or so now. Well an XDA developer with the Twitter account @Football4PDA tweeted the specs. He said that it will sport a Tegra 3+ AP37 1.6GHz quad-core / 1.7GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 1800mAh battery. We can also expect it to come with Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Last but not least, it will be 9.3mm thick and weigh in at 129 grams. Although HTC’s event on September 19th will probably be a heavy dose of Windows Phones, it’s likely the One X+ will be exposed as well.

The other important thing to note is that the Tegra 3+ will make it compatible with LTE. That is something I’m excited about. What I’m not excited about is the battery size and that it’s only 1GB of RAM. Since none of this is official, I will await further judgement.

source: twitter
via: engadget


Amazon Will Use The New Kindle Fire’s Lock Screen for Ads But You Can Opt Out

A top selling point for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD‘s is the low price. The web giant stresses this fact because Amazon knows they won’t make most of their money by selling devices, but by selling things in their massive online database of consumer goods through their devices. To get their customers to see those goods, Amazon will use the lock screen of the new Kindle Fires for advertising Amazon Special Offers.

This is not a new tactic for Amazon as they have used a similar model for the Kindle E-readers, but this will be the first time they use this business model for a Kindle Fire. On the e-readers there are options to pay so that you do not have to look at the ads every time you turn on your device. It looks like they will do something similar for the Fires because a rep from Amazon has confirmed that users will be able to opt out of the ads. Whether this option will be free or similar to what is offered on the e-reader side is unclear. Most likely the latter. Either way it’s still a pretty good deal for the price point.

Source: Business Insider

Mysterious HTC device shows up in Verizon’s inventory system

Over the past couple months we have been tracking a new HTC device only known by its model number, the HTC 6435. This device first showed up in July when some GLBenchmark scores were discovered. The GLBenchmark data indicated the screen was running at a 1794 x 1080 resolution, leading some to speculate this would be a 5-inch device. The device appears to run on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor with an Adreno 225 GPU. Earlier this week, some images leaked of a new HTC device that some theorized was the 6435. Based on some visual cues, like red side rails, the new device appeared to be headed to Verizon.

The newest bit of information concerning the HTC 6435 is a listing that has shown up on Verizon’s inventory system. Sources believe this indicates the device is 2-6 weeks away from being available to the public. With a press event scheduled for September 19th in New York City, the timing seems to work out well for Verizon and HTC to reveal this new device at that event.

source: Android and Me

Amazon Beefs Up OS For New Kindle Devices

With all the shiny new devices announced yesterday, it may have been easy to overlook some of the other announcements Amazon made on a very busy Thursday. Along with the revamped Kindle Fire and Kindle e-readers, and the introduction of the  Kindle Fire HD line, Amazon also made some improvements to their operating system that will help them compete with Apple and all other Android devices.

One new addition parents of younger children will love is Kindle FreeTime. This feature allows you to set profiles for different people and set limitations for what they can get into and how long they use the device. FreeTime also allows you to set time limitations for certain apps, so if you want little Johnny to not just play games but read as well, FreeTime will take care of it for you. FreeTime will let you know it’s working because the screen will light up blue. So no more feeling like you have to watch every little thing your child does with the Kindle, just make sure FaceTime is on and let your child enjoy.

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Sony’s Xperia Tablet S now shipping in the UK

Sony unveiled its revamped Tablet S last week at IFA 2012, and announced that the device would be available beginning September 7th. The manufacturer has kept its promise, as the newspaper inspired tablet is now officially available to purchase in the UK.

Currently, Sony’s official website has two different models that are listed as ready to ship. Customers can select either the 16GB version for £329 ($524), or the 32GB model for £379 ($603). Keep in mind both of these models are Wi-Fi only, with the 3G-enabled 16GB version still up for pre-order for £429 ($683). Additionally, the Tablet S is expected to begin making its way to other regions over the course of the next few weeks.

Source: Xperia Blog, Sony

Kobo to release Arc 7″ tablet featuring Ice Cream Sandwich and Tapestries

Even though Kobo’s last attempt in the 7″ tablet market didn’t go so well, it isn’t stopping them from going after that two-headed monster – the Nexus 7 and the new Kindle Fire. Last November Kobo released the Vox tablet to very little fanfare and while it wasn’t a terrible tablet, it just didn’t offer anything special to separate it from the Kindle Fire or Nook. Well this year is a new year, so maybe they’ll have better luck this year beginning with a name change from Vox to Arc.

The Arc, which is due to arrive in November in 8GB ($199.99) and 16GB ($249.99) versions will be somewhat comparable to the Nexus 7 in some aspects. The Arc 7″ tablet will run on Android 4.0 and sport a 1280 x 800 display. It’ll also come with a front-facing camera and 1GB of RAM, however it will not have 3G capability or GPS. Additionally, the tablet will not have its own app store, but it will provide access to the Google Play Store. While none of these features are particularly cutting edge, Kobo is hanging its hat on one exclusive selling point in what they’re calling “Tapestries.” This feature builds a library of recommended apps, books, and games based on your habits. We’ve obviously seen features like this before on other products as well as third-party apps so we’ll have to wait for a hands-on before any further judgment is passed. Although, the first impression is that it’s not providing anything too revolutionary here.

We aren’t quite sure where this tablet will fit into the hot 7″ tablet market. With the Nexus 7 coming out of the gates strong and the announcement of a cheaper new Kindle Fire today, it’ll be tough sledding for Kobo and their Arc to get a foothold in this market. However, we will find out for sure come November. What are your thoughts on this piece of hardware and it will fit into this crowded market?

source:  gigaom





Amazon announces 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs, along with an updated Kindle Fire

Amazon hyped their press event for today and had Internet sites abuzz with expectation leading up to it, with everyone guessing what they may reveal. It appears Amazon did not disappoint with the introduction of new devices sure to have a major impact on the world of tablet devices. The highlight will almost certainly be Amazon’s introduction of an 8.9-inch version of their tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD.

Running at 1920×1200 resolution with 254 ppi, the 8.9-inch screen is made with a new laminated touch sensor that Amazon promises will reduce glare by 25%. Backing the display is a TI OMAP 4470 processor, 16GB of internal storage, Dolby stereo with dual speakers, dual wifi antennas, a front-facing HD camera, and HDMI out. This top of the line version of the Kindle Fire HD will run $299 and Amazon says it will be available starting November 20th, just in time for Black Friday’s shopping rush. Amazon will also have a 4G LTE model available for $499 and a $49.99 per year data plan. There will be a data cap of 250MB per month and 20GB of cloud storage available.
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