LG sent invites to their press event during Mobile World Congress, and if there is anything we can take from this it’s that LG has more to offer than just the Nexus 4. You can clearly see the giant 4 to the left of the invitation which indicates, if anything, that there will be 4 new devices from LG at this years Mobile World Congress. While there have been many rumors surrounding what devices may be shown, many sources have been pointing to two main ones.
The first of these rumors is the possibility of a new device line being dubbed the “F” series which many speculate to be a line of 4G-LTE capable devices that are set to be in the “affordable” price range for consumers. The second half of this rumor is the possible refresher (upgrades) to the current “L Series” line of devices that were shown at the last year’s MWC. Possible upgrades may include a faster processor or maybe a bigger battery.
If you’re gushing over Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4, then boy do we have some news for you. For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering the Nexus 4 16GB model for $49 after a mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract. This is by far one of the best deals available for the Nexus 4 considering Google sells the same device contract free from the Google Play store for $349. That’s a $300 discount.
Keep in mind that this deal is meant to attract individuals coming to T-Mobile for the first time and not so much those looking to upgrade. This deal lasts through February 18th, 2013 and is available as a web-only offer so head on over to T-Mobile and take advantage of this once in a lifetime deal.
The guys over at Mobile Tech Videos have a service that will grant you S-OFF status for the HTC Droid DNA. S-OFF is required to write to certain partitions on the device and achieve true-root privileges. The S-OFF granting service is similar to the process, called JTAG, they use to unbrick phones. It’s $45 bucks plus shipping and you’ll have to do without your phone for a few days. Check out the video below of the not-so-simple process.
Via: Droid Life
Source: Mobile Tech Videos
Remember that video of HTC’s year end party where the crowd was yelling M7? Something a lot of people didn’t pick up was that they also yelled HTC One. It appears that just might be the official name of the M7. We always assumed M7 was just a codename, but then we were wondering a little bit when “M7″ showed up in inventory systems for Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone. We also knew that HTC wants to simplify their naming scheme to create a solid brand like Samsung’s Galaxy and Note series.
This latest rumor is courtesy of @evleaks, which has a pretty good track record at this point. Of course we won’t know for sure until February 19, but it really does seem like the best name at this point. They could go with HTC Two or HTC One X2, but HTC One is just more classy. What do you guys think?
In an effort to distinguish its wireless networks from its competition, Three UK has formally launched the “Ultrafast” Galaxy S III smartphone. The phone is easily distinguished from its HSPA+ sibling because of the simple fact that it features full DC-HSDPA and LTE capabilities. So essentially, users of the device will be treated to even faster data speeds when using the device compared to those using plain ol’ 3G. Aside from the faster modems— the device will be like other typical Galaxy S III models by coming in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, feature a quad-core processor and an awesome 8MP camera. The device will cost a pretty penny as it will run customers about £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £29. Conversely, customers can go for the Pay As You Go for £449.99 plus a top up and go for one of the many all-you-can eat data plans.
Three UK is pretty excited about this, so why not just hit the break and check out the full presser.
Google’s latest powerhouse has formally reached a major milestone. While certain fans out there have been critical about its availability, the Nexus 4 smartphone has officially reached the 1-million sales mark. While some have done their best to give an educated guess at how many devices were currently lurking out there in the wild, some crafty XDA users took some time to go to the forums to do some more digging and using a Turkish device’s IMEI number, actually found out that the Turkish device is actually the 999,998th Nexus 4 was officially sold:
“Ladies and gentleman, we just reached the millionth device!
(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)
ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY
Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.”
This is a pretty neat achievement considering Google & LG have each had their fair share of stocking issues and continue to create massive pandemonium and demand for the device. In addition— it appears LG wasn’t too farfetched when it gave those lofty sales’ goals and all. Let’s just see how much the Nexus 4 sales numbers climb once Google & LG gets their acts together and finally have the device in consistently.
source: XDA Forums
You have probably heard references to the fact that today’s smartphones contain way more computing power and capability than what was available to the world’s space programs back during the heyday of the space race. That saying is close to getting a test when the Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) launch the British-built Strand-1 satellite into space later this month. At the heart of Strand-1 lies a Google Nexus One smartphone which the project team hopes will be able to take over full control of the satellite at some point during the six-month mission.
What do you get when an avid LEGO and Android lover wants an Android figure? Make a LEGO BugDroid of course. A great man by the name of GLHTurbo over at LEGO’s CUUSOO site had a great idea for combining his two passions into one and created the first of its kind LEGO BugDroid. When we first announced the story of this campaign all that was needed was 10,000 willing individuals that would buy it. Notice I said “would” because no money was needed to start this project, just the pure support of the community would be enough. Well we are glad to report that GLHTurbo has hit that mark. As of yesterday, ( February 7th) the 10,000 supporter mark was hit and LEGO is now going to look over the project. If all goes well, they will start creating these BugDroid kits for sale. Not bad for a completely free start up program right?.
As if that was not enough, LEGO will also pay 1% royalties on every BugDroid sold to GLHTurbo. While I am sure that was not his motivation behind LEGO BugDroid, it is well deserved and I hope he makes even more Android-related products that I can throw my money at. So best of luck to GLHTurbo and check back here soon as we will keep you up to date with the results of LEGO’s inspection and let you know if it becomes a reality.
Motorola took a pretty heavy hit yesterday when a judge in Seattle, WA ruled that 13 patent violation claims made by Motorola were invalidated on the grounds that the claims were too vague and too weak. The patents in question this time around involved several H.264 video encoding patents and were claimed in an attempt by Google and Motorola to seek $4 billion dollars in damages from Microsoft. Microsoft disputed these claims by counter-claiming that Google and Motorola refused to present an answer under FRAND licensing.
Reports on market share have been steadily coming in from all the major players and they all seem to agree that Android is kicking butt. Now it’s time for Canalys to report their findings, and it appears they are in agreement. For the 4th quarter 2012, Android handsets accounted for 69% of the 216.5 million smartphones that were shipped worldwide. In the other not so shocking news, Samsung grew roughly 78% from the previous quarter to a market share of 29%. When it comes to comparisons, everybody always wants to know how Apple’s doing. In terms of iOS, the market share was 22.1% and in terms of smartphone share, it was 22.1%.
It should be noted that although Android’s numbers are good, they are actually down from 74% in the previous quarter. At the same time Apple grew from 15% to 22.1%. Apple’s growth is expected since they released the iPhone 5 in the later part of the year.