While speaking to Korean news agency, Yonhap, Samsung’s head of mobile JK Shin said that he expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 30 million by year’s end. That’s a pretty big deal when you consider the Galaxy S II peaked at 20 million. The Galaxy Note II will also show amazing growth as compared to the original. The original moved 10 million units, but the new version will double that by hitting 20 million. JK Shin doesn’t expect that to happen this year though, but it would still be amazing. If you’re doing the math, that’s 50 million units between the two phones.
Smartphone cameras are evolving just as fast as any other part of a device’s hardware, and LG has taken to YouTube to show off its latest feat. The Korean manufacturer uploaded a video yesterday, detailing the impressive optics behind its latest flagship handset.
LG is touting the “world’s best image quality” for its Optimus G smartphone, thanks to an “array of state-of-the-art technologies”. The company claims the optics utilize the world’s smallest pixel size, along with a Blue Glass filter to provide clearer images with less noise. Hyeong-cheol Moon, LG’s Director of Optical Solutions, also explains how the design team managed to fit such a large sensor into an 8.45mm shell. To see the science behind the technological wizardry, check out the official video after the break.
When the Sony Xperia T is finally available in the U.K., buyers will have the opportunity to grab a unique version of the new smartphone. Dubbed “The Bond Phone”, U.K. carrier O2 has announced they will be the exclusive source for a Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T. Already named the official phone for the next Bond film, this move takes Sony’s marketing of the device to yet another level as fans prepare for the release of the 007 thriller.
Samsung hasn’t offered the most timely updates in the past, with some customers still waiting for Android 4.0 to hit their Galaxy S II handsets. This can’t be blamed entirely on ole’ Sammy, though, as carriers tend to be the ones who delay updates. However, in the spirit of keeping its customers happy, the Korean manufacturer announced today that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”
Considering the news comes directly from Samsung, it’s most likely that the update will roll out to international handsets first. As always, individual carriers will have to approve the update before it is allowed to be sent out OTA. There’s no word on the exact day in October the update will be available, though that’s probably for the best seeing as Samsung has struggled to meet its deadlines more often than not.
This news comes after EE (Everything Everywhere) revealed that it would be bringing the Galaxy S III to its new 4G network. EE’s version of the device will come pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, so users won’t have to worry about waiting for a pesky update.
At the IFA conference last month, Sony announced multiple new devices including the Sony Xperia V. This phone introduces a new type of touch screen technology which will combine the lens and sensor to give a “direct touch experience.” Traditional touchscreens on other smartphones have three layers: lens, sensor and display. Cutting out one of the layers gives images one less layer of glass and glue in order to travel through to provide cleaner, closer images. With the touch sensors being on the top lens layer, it gives the illusion of touching the image. There are also logical benefits to the new touchscreen technology such as the lack of an extra layer, which will make the phone thinner and lighter.
You can get a better idea of the technology once you hit the break for a video of the Sony Xperia V.
With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.
Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.
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As we reported a couple weeks ago, Motorola Mobility and Intel have an event coming up on September 18th in London when we expect a public announcement regarding Motorola’s first phone to use Intel’s Medfield chip. Use of Intel chips in Motorola phones was announced at the beginning of 2012. It is not clear what else Motorola and Intel may be planning to announce. The invite that was issued uses the text, “Let us take you to the edge” in promoting the event. That marketing position is now being reinforced with a video teaser released by Motorola on YouTube. View the short, seventeen second video below.
If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S III, then you might want to head over to Amazon Wireless because you can grab either the Verizon Wirlesss, AT&T, or the Sprint version for $99. Unfortunately that’s for new contracts or lines only, but if you happen to be upgrading, it will only be $50 more. Just hit the source link below to get started.
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Sony’s next flagship device, the Sony Xperia T, is rumored to hit the shelves October 1st. There has been a few rumored release dates including one for later this month, so this is not set in stone quite yet. People should rightfully be excited about this new Sony phone which was shown off at IFA 2012. It will have a 13 megapixel camera, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 processor and a 4.6″ screen.
If you live in the UK, the mobile network Three announced they will be selling the Xperia T “soon”. For those in the United States, there is no official release date, but because of the outed AT&T branded Sony Xperia T, it’s safe to say it should be available before the end of the year. Are you going to the get this phone when it’s finally released?
Yesterday a new AT&T phone was leaked, and that phone has officially been announced by AT&T as the LG Escape. The Escape is a 4G LTE budget phone, that packs a punch. Boasting a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor, 2150 mAh battery and a 4.3 inch IPS screen, the Escape looks to be one of the better mid-range phones on the market.
The Escape also introduces the new Browser Toolbar which allows for easier functionality while browsing the web. It also has the ability to leave personal memos on any screen shot that can be shared with friends and family. The Escape is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and will be available on September 16th for a very competitive price of $50. Hit the break for a quick demo video and the full presser