Late last week, Brint Kriebel, a device maintainer with CyanogenMod, made a preliminary build of CM10 available for Galaxy Nexus phones. Kriebel indicates he has been using the build for a couple weeks now as his daily driver on his Verizon Galaxy Nexus and most hardware functions work properly. It is an AOSP build, so Google apps are not included. Being a preliminary build and not an actual release, bugs are expected and should not be reported. If you are interested in trying out CM10 on your Galaxy Nexus, hit the source link for the file. Just be sure to make your backup before you undertake the install.
In case you missed the opening of pre-orders on July 15th, AT&T now has their Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III version available for purchase starting July 29th. The red version joins blue and white versions of the Galaxy S III already available from AT&T. This version sports a red back cover, home button, and bezel with a gunmetal rim running around the edges. Unlike other versions of the phone, the navigation buttons light up in red as opposed to white. This version carries the same $199 price as the other Galaxy S III models. Hit the break for some more images.
Samsung is king of OLED and have gotten much praise over some of their displays, but OLED technology is difficult to make in the higher pixel densities that traditional LCDs can achieve.
But a story coming from Korean site etnews states that Samsung has perfected their techniques to produce OLED screens at up to 350 ppi (compared to the iPhone’s 326 ppi Retina displays). Higher pixel densities mean sharper text and images, which generally translates to better looking device displays.
Hopefully this will mean that Samsung phones will be coming with better screens later this year, and that makes us happy.
via: android central
The UK Product Manager for Sony Mobile, John Cooper, has recently been taking questions from their customers on Facebook. This has revealed that both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro will not be receiving the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Owners of these devices are saddened by this news, but Cooper also states that “they are always developing new phones and making sure that they get the latest updates.”
Last Night, in London, we saw Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III involved in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Now Samsung, a global Olympic partner, has taken us behind the scenes, showing how Olympic staff members and Olympic performers have been using their Android phones. In addition to that, the Samsung Galaxy Note appeared in last nights show in Hyde Park. Olympic organizers, like Head of Ceremonies Martin Green, use the Note to manage day-to-day work preparing for the games. And from the looks of it, Olympic dancers got some shiny white Galaxy Notes for doing what they do best!
Hit the break to check out the behind the scenes action!
ZTE recently announced the Grand X for Europe and the Asia Pacific in the third quarter, but it looks like they have something else up their sleeve for the U.S. in the 4th quarter. The ZTE Flash will debut on Sprint this October and it sports some pretty decent specs such as a 4.5-inch IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12.6MP rear camera, 1MP front facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSDXC slot, 1780mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, Gorilla Glass, and Android 4.0.
Hopefully there’s still a chance that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is onboard by the time this bad boy releases since this sheet was probably printed before Google unveiled it a few weeks ago. ZTE is already putting Jelly Bean on the N880E so it’s a pretty safe bet. These specs do look good, but the question is how good will they look come October?
Back in May we reported some leaked photos of the Sony Xperia J (ST26i) and as you saw back then, the green Sony Ericsson liquid energy ball was missing from the back. Well more photos have surfaced and confirm the green orb is still gone plus there are some fancy new colors (pink and white)
The Sony Xperia J is rumored to have a 4-inch (480×854) display, 1Ghz single-core processor (MSM7627A) and will launch with Android Ice Cream Sandwhich 4.0.4. The camera on the other hand will more then likely be a 5MP sensor with LED flash. Not very impressive I know, but at least there are some cool colors! I suggest this device will be somewhat of an entry level device. Hit the break to see more.
The Mannheim Regional Court has ruled in Microsoft’s favor regarding the FAT patent. What is FAT? FAT stands for File Allocation Table, a legacy file system still widely used, mostly for backward compatibility. The German court has granted a request for a ban on all relevant devices, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, David Howard had this to say.
“Today’s decision, which follows similar rulings in the U.S. and Germany, is further proof that Motorola Mobility is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola Mobility products in those countries and hope they will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.”
According to the FCC, the Samsung SCH-R940 Galaxy S Lightray 4G (yet another mouthful of a name) will be heading to MetroPCS. According to the FCC filings the device will offer a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on its back, a 1.3MP FFC, a 16GB microSD expandable memory slot, 4G LTE connectivity and will likely include a single-core 1.3 GHz processor (likely the first-gen Hummingbird).
Radio Shack has officially confirmed our previous report that the AT&T HTC Once X‘s price will be slashed in half to $99 starting July 29th. This move is likely due to the Samsung Galaxy S III‘s monstrous sales numbers and this could be HTC’s way of attempting to keep up. AT&T is also going to drop the price as well and it’s been reported that they already have, but we just checked online and at the time of this post, it still shows $199.
While the One X is a couple of months older than the S III, it’s still an Android powerhouse and at this price it would be hard to pass up. Any one out there planning on taking advantage of this price?