We’ve previously reported about the various rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 floating around. Today, an exclusive tip that was given to GSM Arena has the Note 2 confirmed to have a 5.5″ Super AMOLED screen with the phones design taking a kin to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Interestingly enough, even though the screen is slightly larger than the predecessor, the width and the form factor of the Note 2 will actually be slimmer than the first one. That’s definitely good news to hear and I’m eager to see the first pictures of it in the wild sometime in the near future.
According to the source, Samsung has also decided to move the release date of the Note 2 to September, rather than the original rumor of October. The main reason I can see them doing this is to get this bad boy out before the release of the iPhone 5. Samsung hopes to take away some thunder of Apple’s next juggernaut. The rest of the phones specifications are still rumored to be an 8MP camera with an improved sensor, as well as 2 GB of RAM, along with a new Exynos 5250 chipset, featuring a dual-core ARM-15 processor.
Any readers out there even more excited about the Note’s successor?
source: GSM Arena
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
Japanese blog Blog of Mobile has discovered some information and photos of a new Lenovo phone working its way through the Chinese regulatory process. The phone is identified as a “K860” and appears to be on the way to being deployed as the Lenovo LePhone.
Specifications for the Lenovo unit suggest it will be based on a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 cpu running at 1.4 GHz. The device appears to possess a 5.0-inch HD screen running at a 1280 x 720 resolution, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and 1 GB of RAM. The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to Blog of Mobile, the device should be available in Chinese markets in August 2012.
source: Blog of Mobile
Today, T-Mobile USA and Assurant Solutions announced the availability of a new mobile device protection program for T-Mobile customers in the United States. The program, called Monthly4G Handset Protection (MHP), includes coverage for accidental damage, water damage, loss, theft, and mechanical or electrical malfunction after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. According to T-Mobile’s VP of marketing Mike Katz:
“There has been increased consumer demand for no-annual contract wireless plans and our Monthly4G plans are being adopted in record numbers -– with our prepaid business doubling over the past year. We want to provide these customers with security and protection options like we do our postpaid customers and are happy to launch MHP with Assurant Solutions. They have tremendous expertise in developing mobile protection solutions for global carriers, and we are confident that this program will add significant value to the T-Mobile customer experience.”
Any of our T-Mobile users out there interested in this new handset protection? You can learn more about Assurant Solutions in the press release after the break.
The sleek looking HTC One V is now available on Virgin Mobile in the US. It may be an entry level phone, but it’s packing the beautiful Ice Cream Sandwich firmware with HTC’s Sense UI. The build quality looks superb and has that wonderful design that reminds me of the HTC Legend. The One V is available for a contract-free price of $199 which is not too bad at all for the quality of a phone you’re getting. Any Virgin Mobile users out there thinking of picking this up? You can also check hands on video of the One V at CTIA to help you make your decision.
source: Virgin Mobile
During yesterday’s presentation Google showed off Project Butter, one of the most important improvements of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s many technical terms that Google explained on what it really is and what changes it makes within the kernel. For the general public and to put it into layman’s terms, it basically makes every UI transition on Android much smoother and buffers everything much faster. The speed improvement is throughout the whole OS and even works in conjunction with every app you use. This was a breath of fresh air and something that Android, even on ICS, needed.
Sure LG has a Galaxy Note competitor that is a no-show out in the States and was supposed to release Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago for the device, but at least it’s finally made good on its promise to deliver the
latest necessary update in the form of a Value Pack… well for the device in Korea at least. The Value Pack update that’s currently on the way includes Android 4.0 along with improvements to its UI and productivity apps like its cool note taking software. There’s a nice video which highlights the exact features of the Value Pack, which you can find below, though if you don’t speak Korean, we’d recommend you brush up on it before trying to understand everything.
Yesterday the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was available for download, but it was only for the Galaxy Nexus devices that were given away to attendees at Google I/O, which happens to be the takju GSM version. We knew the development community would be super fast and make it available to all and they delivered.
XDA developer bigxie posted the GSM version and all you have to do is download the ROM (below), wipe, and flash via ClockworkMod Recovery. He even posted a root fix with an updated radio that you can flash with ClockworkMOD.
We’ve reported that the Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III’s were essentially being delayed for many due to a low number of inventory. Now the latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving at Sprint on July 1st. Here is the official statement from Sprint:
Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.
Better late than never, right? Clearly both T-Mobile and Sprint have been overwhelmed with pre-orders and the general demand of this phone and have done their best to accommodate as many people as they can. Hopefully you all have been patient and eager to finally get your hands on this phone!
source: Android Central
Last year Google completely redesigned the YouTube app for their Android 4.0 ICS update. Today they’ve unveiled yet another redesign for their upcoming new firmware Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The app looks wonderful and fluid. Google has given their YouTube app uniformity with their other apps such as the new re-designed Google+ app. The main page gives you a “card” like system of your subscriptions and you can scroll down for new videos. To access your main menu and everything else, you just simply swipe to the right and you are brought to the main tabs. I love the update, it’s elegant and all of the important aspects are now easier than ever to access. You can download the new update via the Google Play store with links after the break: