If you’re an accessory fiend and you really want the “official” stuff, Google has you covered. They just released three brand new accessories to go along with your Nexus 4. You can grab a wired headset with microphone for $19.99, a Micro USB cable for $9.99, or a Power Adapter for $15.99. All appear to be in stock and should arrive at your doorstep within 3 to 5 business days. More images and Play Store links after the break.
Not too long ago Sprint began updating its version of the Optimus G to Jelly Bean, and AT&T looks to be following suit. It’s almost a month late, but hey, better late than never. AT&T hasn’t officially announced the update, but many members on the carrier’s own community forums are beginning to receive the update, so it’s definitely happening. The update comes in at 336 MB and brings your device up to Android 4.1.2, Build E97020j. Anyone receiving that coveted update on their Optimus G yet?
source: Android Central
Last week we told you that AT&T would be opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 on April 16th and would be coming with a $249.99 price tag. However AT&T wasn’t clear on whether or not that price tag would be for the 16GB or 32GB model. Well today they ended up shedding some light on the matter. The 32GB model will come with the $249.99 price tag and the 16GB will be $199.99. AT&T hasn’t given an official date for when the phone will be actually available but at least you’ll have some options when you pre-order. Paying an extra $50 for 16 more gigabytes may be worth it but you could always use that extra $50 for an SD card. Either way, it’s nice to have options. Which one are you buying?
The Galaxy S 4 will be the most successful phone for Samsung this year, but there is still a huge market for entry-level phones. They just announced the Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo, which will end up in emerging markets. The only glaring difference between the two phones is the CPU. The Galaxy Star comes in at 1GHz, while the Pocket Neo comes in at 850MHz. You will also find a digital compass on the Pocket Neo as well. Both phones feature a 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expandable memory, 2MP rear camera, dual-SIM capability, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
A new report from Digitimes says Samsung has set a goal to sell 500 million handset devices in 2013. This is a step up for Samsung given that they sold 420 million handset devices in 2012. The report also stated that BOE, a China-based panel maker, is supplying Samsung with a rate of 10 million panels per month for its entry-level and mid-range handset devices. Samsung is shooting for the stars, and depending on the success of their newly announced Galaxy S 4, they may very well reach their goal.
Just yesterday we saw pictures of the Facebook Phone’s hardware, but the software is what’s really exciting, right? Thanks to @evleaks and courtesy of 9to5 Google, we’ve got our first glimpse at what the custom Android skin is going to look like.
In the first picture you can see what’s likely to be an app drawer, complete with standard Google apps. There was some speculation that Facebook might pull an Amazon and cut ties with Google completely in the software, but that’s obviously not the case. Aside from the Google apps, we have the expected Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram apps. On the top of the app drawer, there are shortcuts for posting status updates, photos, and check ins on Facebook.
According to reports, Samsung is working on a new generation Galaxy Ace device to succeed the Galaxy Ace 2 released last year. The third generation in the Ace line will have a 4.0-inch display, a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal storage and will run Android Jelly Bean. No information on a processor is available yet, but some are guessing it may carry a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. Samsung is expected to release the new Ace device in four colors – Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, Pure White, and Wine Red – sometime in June. The device’s model number is GT-S7272.
While many people are waiting and watching for news about flagship devices from the major manufacturers, work continues on devices for other strata in the market. Today Vietnamese retailer Mai Nguyen posted information about a new device from Samsung, the Galaxy Win (I8552), expected to launch in May 2013. The Galaxy Win will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor driving a 480×800 4.7-inch screen. The device will run Android 4.1.2, has a 5MP camera, supports up to a 32GB microSD card for additional memory, and is dual-SIM capable. The device does not have 4G capability. No information on pricing, carriers or markets was provided. Hit the break for a couple more images of this new Samsung smartphone.
The Galaxy S 4 is one of the most high end phones money can buy in terms of sheer processing power, but it’s hard for any one device to hold that title for long in the quickly evolving mobile industry. This time, it looks like Lenovo and Intel are the ones looking to outdo Samsung. Lenovo’s latest 5.5 inch phablet, the IdeaPhone K900, packs a zippy dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail+ CPU clocked at 2 GHz. And, according some AnTuTu benchmarks, it actually edges out Samsung’s Exynos 5 (octa-core) processor. Of course, at that point, you wouldn’t really notice much difference in real world usage of either device, but it goes to show that more cores don’t necessarily mean a better processor.
The K900 features a full HD 5.5 inch screen, Intel’s Atom Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 2500 mAh battery, but no micro SD card slot. Are any of you surprised that Intel’s processor did so well in benchmarks?
source: Phone Arena
Verizon has a new mid-range device coming soon and will offer the LG Lucid 2 for free on a new two-year contract. We reported the news yesterday and instead of the Lucid 2 being available in retail stores starting April 4, customers will only be able to order online with the phone making its way to physical stores in the coming weeks. The LG Lucid 2 is actually the Optimus F5 and for an entry-level smartphone, offers very reasonable specs.
- 4.3-inch IPS display at 960 x 540 (256 ppi)
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 64GB
- 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,460 mAh battery
Well, if Facebook was trying to hide their phone before the April 4th announcement, they’ve officially failed. We’re getting our first look at the fabled device that’s going to run Facebook’s unique software courtesy of @evleaks on Twitter, and it’s apparently going to be called the HTC First. It is neither HTC’s first phone, nor Facebook’s first attempt at a phone, so I don’t completely understand the naming scheme, but I’m no marketing expert, so maybe I’m just missing something here.
Weird names aside, the First looks like a pretty slick, although generic, device. We can see a volume rocker on the side, a power button on the top, and three buttons along the bottom bezel, presumably a back, home, and menu button, in that order. The rumors say the phone will sport a 4.3 inch screen, and from this render, I’d say that looks pretty accurate. Either way, we only have a few days left before the official announcement. Anyone excited to see this phone in person?
We’ve already seen AT&T announce that they’ll start taking preorders for the Galaxy S 4 on April 16th, but if you’re just a really, really skeptical person, we officially have some information about AT&T’s version of the device from an FCC filing. A Samsung device with the exact same dimensions as the S 4 and AT&T’s LTE bands has gotten approval, so unless AT&T and Samsung have another 5-inch device lined up to show us, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is the S 4.
Are any of you picking up an S 4 on AT&T this month?
Just a short while ago we reported on AT&T’s announcement that they will start selling the HTC One on April 19th. Sprint is hot their heels as they too have announced the availability of the HTC One on the 19th for the same $199.99 price for a 32GB version with a two-year contract. Sprint also indicated they will start accepting pre-orders online this Friday, April 5th, at www.sprint.com/htcone. Hit the break to read the full press release.
Considering the Optimus G Pro has warranted a ton of praise from both the press as well as customers out there, it should come as no surprise that LG has officially hit a milestone with the device. The Korean manufacturer announced it has sold 10,000 on its initial February 21st launch. Oh and for good measure, LG confirmed that Optimus G Pro sales topped over the coveted 500,000 unit mark during the first month of the release. It looks like customers out in Korea really took a liking to the beefed up specs including the 5.5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon chip, 2 gigs of RAM and full LTE capabilities.
Now all we need is an American variant to officially hit the States and we’ll be in business.
As part of its initiative to introduce some topnotch voice call capabilities, AT&T has confirmed it will roll out some improved network capabilities for its customers. First off the bat is the Ma Bell offering full HD Voice service for its customers later this year. AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne asserts that “HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy“. The reasoning, you ask? AT&T certainly lacks the call quality and clarity that its competition has, so it is in the wireless carrier’s best interests to ensure that its call quality is topnotch.
Additionally, AT&T will showcase even more features for its customers. Rinne confirmed that AT&T is currently working on “advanced LTE”, which does things to reduce interference and bond together traffic from various frequencies which you guessed it— will presumably help to improved things like its upcoming HD Voice service.
Look for both the “advanced LTE” and HD Voice to arrive sometime later this year.