Those of you out there who are big fans of dual-SIM phones are going to be excited by the outing of LG’s latest upcoming device. The device is identified as the Optimus L7 II Dual and is a follow-up to the L-series of smartphones that were launched last year. LG will equip the dual-SIM device with some noteworthy features including a 4.3-inch IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Jelly Bean running the show. The smartphone will be available by mid-February in Russian markets for about 12,990 rubles (approximately $430 USD)– but there’s no word on if or when the device will be available in other markets worldwide.
I think Sony gets the prize for using just about every letter in the alphabet. I dare anyone to rattle off all the phones they have released in the past two years. My family tree is less complicated than Sony’s chart of phones. It looks like Sony has no intentions of slowing down because word is they plan on adding Xperia SP and the Xperia L to the mix.
The Xperia SP will feature a transparent bar so it will be in the NXT series, and since there is an “S” in the name, it will be similar to the Xperia S. It will feature a 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and Adreno 320 grahics. The codename is Huashan and the model is C530X (C5302, C5303, C5306).
The Xperia L is going to be a lower-end phone. It will feature a FWVGA (854 x 480) display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and Adreno 305 graphics. No word on the codename, but the model is C210X (C2104 and C2105).
Is it unusual to have a big chrome Android figure poking out of a building? Well, if you are lucky enough to be at the GooglePlex— then no… it’s not unusual. Paul Wilcox was casually walking around the Google headquarters and noticed the giant figure sticking out of one of the more prominent areas of the campus. Of course this could be some sort of indication that something major may be coming in regards to Chrome for Android or it could just be Google having some fun as usual. We’re going to go ahead and put our bets on the latter for now.
source: Paul Wilcox Google+
In a few weeks we will finally get our hands on the HTC M7, or whatever they will call, but we are already wondering when it will actually be available. Well Pocketnow was tipped that it will go on sale on March 8th. They could be releasing it in the UK and Europe first, but since they are holding events in both London and New York, I would imagine a U.S. release won’t be far behind.
All the images that we have seen of the M7 have been black, but it’s unlikely they will only offer one color, especially since this is going to be a worldwide launch. Word is that the second color option will be silver/white.
It’s clear that HTC is trying to get ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV launch, but will it be enough? Releasing the phone early is a good idea, but throwing some marketing dollars in the mix probably is an even better idea.
It’s no secret that some of us out there are pretty excited about NVIDIA’s upcoming Project Shield gaming device, but ever wonder how the brains at NVIDIA came up with and developed the idea of a topnotch gaming system? Well wonder no more as NVIDIA took some time to highlight some of the major factors that came into the development of the new toy. For the most part, NVIDIA believed that it was necessary to develop a new gaming device with items it already specialized in and had in-house— such as stuffing its new Tegra 4 chip and using Android-based software to operate the device— something it is quite familiar with since it already features some sort of Tegra-based chip in all sorts of devices. In addition, NVIDIA used its various development and engineering teams who are also avid gamers and implored the teams to develop a topnotch gaming system that would make not only themselves content, but having other gamers content worldwide as well. Once the concept was fully realized, all that was left was for the company to work out minor kinks like assembling the demo units and voila!!— you have the exceptional device presented at CES. Pretty neat, right?
source: NVIDIA Blog
Hot off the heels of a recent Android 4.2 update, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus smartphone is receiving yet another update— bringing it up-to-date with the GSM model. The new software update brings the Galaxy Nexus to version 4.2.1 and build L700GA02 and features a redesigned camera, new lockscreen widgets and a new way of accessing the Notification Shade among other things. Those of you who own that version of the smartphone can feel free to grab the update by going to your Settings and Software Update if you haven’t gotten that welcomed notification yet. So now that the Galaxy Nexus is up-to-date… all it needs now is just consistent LTE coverage in all markets and it will be a complete phone finally, right?
HTC is certainly no stranger to being a friend to the modding community, but it recently laid the smackdown on a custom ROM site that took full advantage of providing custom ROMs and ROM Update Utility (RUU) files to the HTC fans worldwide. The Taiwanese giant apparently sent a cease and desist letter to HTCRUU.com not because of the fact it provided the ROMing community full ROM and restore files, but rather because the website used an HTC domain and official HTC logos as part of its branding:
“The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party”.
So in essence, HTC was being proactive in protecting itself should some of you encounter a mishap or two when utilizing the specialized files and ROMs– after all, it shouldn’t have to bear full responsibility for those different snafus and all. This means that none of you should worry about HTC turning its back on the modding community because after all, it “openly embraces the community that chooses to flash custom ROMs onto their devices. The HTC Unlock Bootloader tool on htcdev.com evidences this support” and “the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem and we have no intention of abandoning them“. Let’s just hope other RUU sites out there are a bit more discreet with its usage of brandings and naming of those oh-so coveted ROM files.
The closer we get to Mobile World Congress, the more leaks we’re going to see, especially something as high-profile as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup. Engadget’s recently discovered three new models of Samsung tablets in their user agent profiles, dubbed the GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. If Samsung follows their standard naming conventions, these will fall into the Galaxy Tab line, but there’s not much else as far as details go. The low end 3200 sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution on its screen, which is pretty lackluster, especially for Samsung. The 5200 showed a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the 8200 packed a Nexus 10 matching 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Some leaked AnTuTu benchmarks for the GT-P8200 suggest it’ll carry a 1.7 GHz processor, would back up that extraordinary screen resolution. Like with all other rumors, though, it’s best to take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. And we fortunately won’t have to wait long to see what Samsung officially unveils next month.
The Blackberry Z10, equipped with the new Blackberry 10 OS, is black, sleek and in a form factor that’s not too dissimilar from the Nexus 4. Operating system aside, many of us have been wondering how the Z10 measures up some of our favorite Android devices.
For starters, its 4.2-inch screen, which would have been among the largest smartphone displays a couple years ago, feels small when compared to the Nexus 4′s 4.7-inch screen and downright tiny next to the Galaxy Note II‘s 5.5-inch screen. It might be unfair to compare its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to the quad-core engines under the hoods of the two previously mentioned Android devices. The demands of the Blackberry 10 OS are not necessarily the same as those of Jelly Bean. The iPhone 5 has received few performance complaints and its A6 dual-core processor is barely pushing over 1GHz. When it comes to RAM, the Z10 is on pretty even footing with 2GB of RAM. Battery life also seems to be on par with the Nexus 4 and this is despite only having an 1800 mAh (removable) battery vs the 2100 mAh battery on the Nexus.
I don’t know too many people who are planning to jump from Android to Blackberry (and by too many people, I mean none) but spec-wise the Z10 looks more like a standard smartphone rather than a superphone and possible savior. For those stuck on Blackberry enterprise accounts, the Z10 looks like a better choice than what you had, but will anyone else give it a try?
Koushik Dutta, developer of popular apps like DeskSMS and Clockwork Mod recovery, has been teasing up with betas of his new app, Carbon. Those betas have expired today, but the official app is now available in the Play Store in two versions, a free and paid app. The app backs up your apps and data to an SD card, or cloud storage if you don’t have enough memory on device to store all of your apps. Rooted devices can just use the application itself, but unrooted users will need a companion desktop application to get it working. Motorola users are left out in the cold on this one, though; there’s a bug in Motorola’s software the breaks Android’s backup features.
The free version of the app is ad-supported and lacks a few features of the premium version, such as Android-to-Android sync and cloud sync. There’s also a scheduled backup feature planned soon for the premium version. If you’re running Android 4.0 or above, hit the links below to try out the app.
Play Store Download Link (Free)
Play Store Download Link (Premium)