Sony confirmed today that their Xperia SP, T, TX, and V will be receiving Android 4.3.3 “from end Jan / early Feb.” This is a relief for owners who thought they might never get the update, after waiting for it since Sony said it was expected in December. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more precise release dates.
Source: Xperia Blog
The first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution, a smartphone that will dual-boot Android OS and Firefox OS, have leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks. The Revolution will come in black and white, and will be equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery.
There will be three capacitive buttons on the front of the slightly curved device, which will reportedly come at a budget-friendly price. The Revolution is just the latest in a wave of popular dual-booting devices, and it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.
Source: Mobile Geeks
The HTC One X+ is receiving Android 4.2.2 as we post. This will be the last update the device will receive, as we reported earlier. This update includes a Sense 5.0 user interface overhall, which has most of the features from the HTC One besides camera features and BoomSound. This is probably going to be a slow rollout, but you can try manually updating.
Here’s the changelog:
- Android Version: 4.2.2
- HTC Sense: 5.0
- NFC Fixes
- AT&T Address Book Fixes
The HTC One Max looks like it will be joined by another One device with a fingerprint scanner. A case for the upcoming HTC M8, the One‘s successor, has leaked and it shows that there is a cutout for what is likely a fingerprint scanner. Unlike the iPhone 5s, which has its scanner on the home button, HTC opted for putting it on the back.
The HTC M8 is expected to be announced next month with a release date pegged for spring. According to a recent report, it will be called the HTC One+.
Via: Gotta Be Mobile
Back in December, @evleaks tweeted an image of LG’s upcoming Optimus F3Q handset including T-Mobile as its destination. A new image, posted by him again, surfaced today and @evleaks says that this is the final design. Also, he leaked some of the specifications. Inside will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a 2460mAh battery. The 4-inch WVGA display sits in front of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (that is now blue) and the device runs Android 4.1.2. A 5MP camera sits on the back.
If you are a QWERTY keyboard fan, this is likely the best that an Android OEM will put forward anytime soon. Read more
There is probably nothing better an Android fan can hear from someone surrounded by Apple. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, did an exclusive interview with CNBC Wednesday morning on “Squawk Box.” Isaacson started off by talking about Apple’s expansion into China and an anchor asked if it was a bigger move than Google buying Nest. Shockingly, he went on to say the Nest acquisition was bigger.
Isaacson said it “shows an amazingly strong, integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives … the Internet of things is actually real, there are these devices we’re gonna want to have and Google’s going to get ahead of that game.” The biographer followed this up by praising Tony Fadell, one of the men who helped create the iPod, for joining Google. Isaacson said Fadell’s tenure was “when Apple was so innovative.”
The NPD Group and Connected Intelligence released their latest Connected Home Report today showing U.S. smartphone market penetration grew to 62% during the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 52% for the same period in 2012. The data also showed that Apple and Samsung were doing the best job at capitalizing on this growth as the two giants saw their share of the market grow from 57% to 68%. For Apple, the increase year to year was from 35% to 42% while Samsung grew from 22% to 26%. The only other manufacturer that saw positive growth in their share of the market was LG, although their share was still in the single digit range. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and Blackberry all saw their piece of the pie shrink relative to the others. Read more
Sprint announced today that they will make the LG G Flex, the world’s first curved smartphone, available on their network starting on January 31st for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. On that date, the device will be available through their Business Sales, Telesales, and web site. The LG G Flex will be available in retail stores starting on February 7th. A pre-order page has been setup on the Sprint web site and users who place an online pre-order will receive a free Quickwindow Folio case valued at $59.99. Users who wait to buy from a Sprint retail location will also have the option to purchase the device using Sprint’s Easy Pay with a down payment of $149.99 and 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final payment of $20.68. Read more
Fort Myers police has a message for you this afternoon: don’t text and drive.
In a video released by the police department, a driver had been texting and driving and, well, you can see for yourself what happened.
When you’re in the car, for your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road, please put the phone down.
Hit the break for the video:
Users of Facebook’s mobile app for smartphones may know, if they’ve ever ventured beyond the newsfeed view, that the app is packed full of “features.” At their last earnings call in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “in the future, we expect to develop more of these services to help people share” in reference to separate apps like Instagram and Messenger. It appears that Zuckerberg dropped a big clue to the company’s 2014 strategy even though many glossed over the comment when it was made, a move to unbundle some of the buried features in Facebook and turn them into standalone apps. Read more