I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like this year’s Nexus just wasn’t kept as quiet as last year’s. I also don’t think the anticipation is as high. Maybe it’s because it’s going to be made by LG or maybe it’s the fact that it probably won’t have LTE capability. Either way, there won’t be too much left for Google and LG to unveil this Monday, at least on the Nexus 4. Now the press render has leaked and you can clearly see that it resembles the Galaxy Nexus, which we already knew. You can also see the back has “Nexus” instead of “Google” and the pattern resembles the original Nexus live wallpaper. Last but not least, you will notice the time in the notification area is in the middle.
At this point I’m not sure of what else could leak regarding this phone, but we will still have fun on Monday as we should finally get our hands on it as well as hear about some other Nexus devices.
AT&T announced their third quarter financial results this morning, indicating they experienced record sales for Android devices. Sales of smartphones for the quarter rang up to 6.1 million devices, 1.3 million more than for the same period last year. AT&T indicates smartphone sales represent 81% of their device sales and almost 64% (about 44.5 million) of all wireless customers now have smartphones. AT&T also reports that 89 percent of their smartphone subscribers are on a FamilyTalk, Mobile Share, or business plan. AT&T seems to be quite happy about the success of the new Mobile Share plans, reporting 2 million subscribers opting for one of the plans in the first five weeks of availability and higher than anticipated uptake for higher-data plans than expected. They report a third of their Mobile Share customers are opting for plans with 10GB or more.
Breaking down the smartphone buyers a little more, AT&T indicates that of the 6.1 million devices sold during the quarter, 4.7 million were iPhones. They do report that 18% of those were new to AT&T, or about 850,000. It is not clear how many iPhone 5 devices were simply replacing older versions versus a customer moving to that platform from something else, but AT&T did indicate that Apple’s inventory constraints resulted in “the vast majority” of iPhone 5 devices going to existing customers. The remaining 1.4 million smartphone devices were other devices, but AT&T does indicate they had a “record sales quarter for Android and Windows smartphones.” Another point AT&T noted in their discussion is that more than 40% of their smartphone customers use a 4G-capable device.
If you own an NFC-equipped device like the Galaxy S III, then you’ve no doubt utilized the interesting TecTiles technology at some point, which definitely needed some improvements and all. Well Samsung has worked behind the scenes and presented a new TecTiles that’s better than ever. TecTiles 3.0 now allows users to write multiple actions to one tag (as opposed to having one action for each tag), customize your profiles and even create a private TecTile that only a specific smartphone can read. The update is pretty extensive and lengthy– so if you’re interested in checking out the specific details, hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
Owners of the American version of a particular device may be seething at this time— but if you’re an owner of a carrier-branded variant of the Galaxy S III, try not to be too angry: owners of the unlocked model in the UK can now look forward to the 284MB Jelly Bean update being pushed to their devices or via Kies Desktop software. Reports indicate that in addition to the latest version of Android (as of now), TouchWiz has been updated to include a “blocking mode” and “easy mode”— both of which offers better overall management of the device. If you live in the UK and own the unlocked variant of the device— head on down to your settings -> About Device -> Software update to get the latest update today. Oh and try not to rub it in the rest of our faces, pretty please?
source: Android Central
Well guys, it’s now October 24th and you know what that means? T-Mobile is now the first American carrier to release Samsung’s next powerhouse in the Galaxy Note 2. You can order the device online for a hefty price of $369.99 on a new 2-year agreement. Here’s an array of specs you should expect on the Note 2:
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display
- 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 2GB RAM
- microSD slot for storage expansion
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.9MP front camera
- 3100mAh battery
- Available in both HSPA+ and LTE
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 9.4mm thick
- 180 grams
Also keep in note that this will have LTE bands for T-Mobile’s future implementation of 4G LTE. So you can bet this phone is as future proof as it gets! Will any of you guys run out and grab this device?
The latest OTA update for AT&T’s HTC One X broke the current methods for rooting the device, but of course it never takes the folks over at XDA too long to find another work around when it comes to rooting. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.
Of course, as with anything that has to do with rooting, this procedure is can be harmful for your device so please read up before you attempt to do this! Check out the source link if you’re interested!
In a bit of a change of pace as far as “leaks” go about new devices, this one comes to us courtesy a big box retailer. In this case, Best Buy has established the product page for the LG Spectrum 2 smartphone. It is not clear whether this is some mistake on the part of Best Buy or a sign that they are getting a jump on Verizon. The product page confirms many of the hardware specs we thought would be present in the LG Spectrum 2. These include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch, 1280×720 HD display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and 4G LTE capability. This is not surprising as the Spectrum 2 is mostly a rebadged LG Optimus LTE II. Read more
Starting tomorrow owners of the LG Spectrum will be able to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and I think the only thing that can come to mind for these owners is FINALLY. From the original leak of the update back in May to finding out Saturday that Verizon has finally approved the update, Spectrum owners have been patiently waiting for the Ice Cream Sandwich experience. Well starting tomorrow the wait will be over and owners can rejoice in the improvement that is Ice Cream Sandwich. It may sting to know that they are getting this update well after Jelly Bean has been released and with the anticipation of Android 4.2 growing, but better late than never right?
Full HD displays seem to be the next logical step in mobile device advancement. While HTC is one of the only manufacturers with an upcoming, listed device sporting such high resolution, Samsung and LG look to get in the game soon. Not surprisingly, according to “industry sources,” Samsung and LG will launch devices with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. With the boost in resolution comes a nice boost in ppi. We’ll be looking at over 400ppi with these devices. That will obviously yield a gorgeous display. At this point, we can only speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate the displays. Will we see the Galaxy S IV rocking full HD? The rumored timeline certainly makes sense.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will land on all major U.S. carriers in time for the holidays, and if you’re an AT&T customer, they just announced that you can grab yours on November 9. It will be priced at $299 and pre-orders will start on October 25th. It will carry the same specs as the international Galaxy Note II, which include the whopping 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) display, quad-core Exynos processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note II will be the second quad-core LTE phone to hit AT&T, while the LG Optimus G will be the first because it will debut one week earlier. The upcoming HTC One X+ will be the third. It’s going to be one speedy holiday season.
Full press release after the break: