LG and Qualcomm will show us how to ‘live without boundaries’ on September 19th

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Looks like next Wednesday is going to be a busy day. HTC already has an event scheduled for that day and now LG and Qualcomm are sending invites to the press for an early morning event on the same day. The presser clearly states, “Live without boundaries.” We can only assume this will be the Optimus G, which will most likely be called the Eclipse 4G LTE here in the U.S. and is destined for Sprint and possibly AT&T. Incidentally, LG has an event in Korea the day before which should result in the unveiling of the international version.

 

Navigation via Google Maps now available in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and more

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Today brings good news for those in MENA countries. Google is officially rolling out Google Maps with Navigation to those in  Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, the app requires Android 4.0 and higher, which means a sizable amount of users will be left out.

More often than not, Google launches its portfolio of software and services in limited markets, denying Android fans everywhere what they want need. It’s great to see Google finally bring one if its prime services to another batch of major markets. To celebrate the occasion, Google has put together a short video.

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Source: Android Police

Motorola shows off Droid RAZR MAXX HD in new commercial

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Motorola has already made it clear that the Droid RAZR MAXX HD won’t be launching until closer to the holidays, but the company has gone ahead and released its first TV spot for its new handset. The manufacturer touts it as having an “edge-to-edge display”, which seems like a bit of a stretch considering the Droid RAZR M has much less bezel. There’s still no word on an exact date for availability, but our guess is that it will make its debut around Thanksgiving. Either way, you can watch the official video below.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for Sprint

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While Apple may have held it’s big announcement yesterday, that isn’t stopping Sprint and Samsung from trekking onward. Today, the duo has teamed up to announce the long-rumored Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, a budget priced smartphone that manages to pack a serious punch.

Priced at just $50 ($100 before mail-in rebate), the handset features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4-inch display and NFC connectivity. In terms of optics, the device sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear, along with a 1.3-megapixel sensor on the front. Like other smartphones from Sammy, the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will feature TouchWiz exclusives like S-Beam and All Share Play. For the full low-down, catch the official press release after the break.

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Rogers set to launch more LTE cities throughout Canada by October 1st

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Rogers Communications in Canada announced via their RedBoard blog today that they are getting ready to light up more locations throughout Canada with LTE service. Rogers has plans to cover 60% of the Canadian population with LTE service before the end of 2012. In a step to reaching that goal, Rogers plans to launch the service in the following locations no later than October 1st:

  • Kingston
  • Edmonton
  • Quebec City
  • Oakville
  • Burlington
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • Cambridge
  • Barrie

Rogers indicates that most customers experience speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps on their LTE network, which offers a maximum theoretical speed of up to 100 Mbps. They claim they offer the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada and more will be added to their lineup.

source: RedBoard

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak thinks Apple v. Samsung will be overturned

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While Steve Wozniak had a public appearance in Shanghai, he held an interview fielding questions about the company he co-founded, Apple. He spoke about topics related to the newly unveiled iPhone 5 and the the Apple v. Samsung trial. In relation to the latter Wozniak was very clear that he hates all the litigation;

“I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

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Jimmy Kimmel proves that consumers don’t know the difference between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S

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My wife get’s mad at me when I say that the average consumer is clueless when it comes to technology, but it’s true. She thinks I’m saying that people are dumb, but it’s not about that. Technology is so rapid nowadays that the average Joe just doesn’t have the time to read up on things like our readers and myself do. Sometimes I even feel behind the curve. It’s actually one of the reasons why Apple is so successful with the iPhone. It’s a decent product with the simplest of simple UI’s.

As you all know by now, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 yesterday, and Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know what people thought of it. His crew hit the streets to ask, but since the iPhone 5 isn’t available, they actually showed them the iPhone 4S. It’s hilarious listening to the comments that people make as they actually thought it was the new iPhone. I have to be honest though as I am positive you could show people the Galaxy S II and tell them it was the Galaxy S III, and you would get the same exact results. Hit the break to check it out.

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Motorola Atrix HD receiving minor OTA software update

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As owners of the original Atrix 4G wait patiently for their upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has begun rolling out a minor software update to the Atrix HD. While it’s not Jelly Bean, version 77.12.22 does manage to address a slew of bugs that were apparent in the handset’s previous build. The camera should now handle low-light situations better, and users shouldn’t experience problems with Spotify pausing when changing songs.

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eBay For Android Gets Pretty

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Like many people, I do a little buying and selling on eBay from time to time, so it would stand to reason I would have the eBay Android app installed on my phone and tablet. Using the app was always easy, but… how can I put this nicely… it looked like what an app would look like if it were made in the 90′s. Yeah, not at all modern.

But today eBay brought themselves back into this century with the release of version 2.0. The new modern look is clean, simple, and very usable. The face lift is not the only thing eBay added. They also added eBay Motors support, bidding history, and more. Hit the break for the full changelog and a screenshot.

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Chrome for Android receives a stability and security update

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Is Chrome for Android your choice when it comes to a browser for your Android device? If so, it has received a nice maintenance update today that improves stability along with some security updates. The version is called M18.1 and includes, but not limited to:

  • Location preference now integrated to system level Google apps location setting.
  • Youtube videos controls now work in full screen mode; videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock
  • Fixes to make third-party IMEs work better with Chrome

Head on over to the download link or QR code and give it a shot if you haven’t already!

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