Sony Mobile Announces the Xperia GX and SX In Japan

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Alas, Sony Mobile has not been hiding but actually working.  The company has just announced two new devices to hit the market, the Xperia GX which is a high-end device and the mid range Xperia SX.  The GX is a 4.6-inch 720 x 1196 display handset sporting a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU (possibly the Snapdragon S4).  In addition, there’s 16GB’s of on-board memory, LTE radios, a 13mp camera with an Exmor sensor and full HD recording capabilities.  The device is being dubbed as an Xperia Arc successor and will come with a matte texture finish for its exterior.  The SX is being touted by Sony Mobile as the lightest LTE phone to date, weighing in at a mere 95 grams.  The device will also house a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU but sport a smaller 3.7-inch 540 x 960 qHD display.  There will be 8GB’s of internal storage and an 8mp camera instead of a 13mp sensor.  The device will also come with some Japanese specific specs such as an infrared port for quick data transfer as well as a mobile wallet and mobile TV.

The new devices will come jam packed with new features such as rich media applications like the Walkman app sporting clear stereo and clear bass technologies as well as VPT surround sound with a manual equalizer.  We take it this is Sony’s attempt to compete with Beats Audio technology.  Of course, and as expected, both devices will launch with ICS 4.0 on board and will sport a number of photo and sharing applications for sharing content with all of your favorite social networks.  Expect the devices to launch this summer of which the GX may actually make it into the states if not both shortly after their release.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Press release after the break.

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE Available May 18th from Sprint for $200

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We’ve had some recent news concerning the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Such as a leaked ‘The Getting Started Guide’ which details use of the new Android 4.0 device. As well, we noted that pre-orders were opened up for customers on May 7th. Finally, today Sprint has announced that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available for purchase on May 18th for $199.99. That’s just next week! So if you’ve been one of the few that have been able to hold off on buying a new device such as the recently released Galaxy Nexus, I’m betting you could wait just a mere week to pick up this great new Android phone. For a refresher on this phone, check out the TalkAndroid Hands-on from last month.

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Sprint Announces New Security Suite called Sprint Guardian

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We all feel a little safer when we have some protection. Whether in our car, in our home, throughout our daily lives. Well Sprint has expanded that security that we all need. The Now network has announced that it is releasing a new security suite called Sprint Guardian. These mobile security solutions will bring together Sprint, Safely, and Lookout. Though this new suite parents will have peace of mind knowing they can keep track of their children and know that they are being safe with their mobile phone. Based on location tracking and limiting texting times a parent can know that their kids will not be texting while driving and also be able to check their location at any time. A few of these feature are known as, Sprint Mobile Controls, Sprint Drive First, and Sprint Family Locator.

I can tell you that my being a Sprint customer and the father of a 13 year old going on 20, this offering by Sprint is quite welcome. Although there is a pretty good chance my son will not be so fond of it. Tough luck kid! :) Want to see the whole press release and all the features and pricing of Sprint Guardian? Hit the jump.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III at CTIA and an iPhone user gets Samsunged [Video]

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That’s right, Samsung brought the Galaxy S III stateside for a little visit for CTIA. Before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a U.S. variant, it’s the same global version that was unveiled last week in London. They did tell me that we will definitely see this beast on the fastest LTE network and HSPA+ networks in the U.S. by this Summer. For now check out the hands on and make sure you watch till the end because someone decided to embarrass themselves by pulling out their iPhone. They actually took pictures of the Galaxy S III with it. She was having a hard time admitting she was Samsunged, but she knew she was. Hit the break for all the action…

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Hands on with the Toshiba Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13 tablets [Video]

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Toshiba is looking to make a splash this year with some exciting (pardon the pun) tablets. After last year’s Thrive series, they can only go up. This years offerings offer higher quality aluminum construction with some beefier specs like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All 3 tabs also include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed specs on each tab, checkout out announcement post. Toshiba brought all three to CTIA to show off, and so far I’m really impressed at what I saw. The Excite 10 is already available now and the Excite 7.7 and Excite 13 (pictured above) will be available in June. Hit the break to see all three in action.

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LG LS970 Quad-Core 4.7″ LTE-Enabled Beast Sprint-Bound? [Rumor]

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The folks at BriefMobile were leaked a screenshot of a new quad-core device by LG sporting a 4.7-inch HD screen and LTE, and it looks like it might make its way to Sprint. Here’s what they know:

  • The device is the G (LS970), with “G” being the internal code name. Yes, that would make this the LG “G”.
  • It is 4G LTE-capable, probably for Sprint since they are the only carrier that uses LG’s “LS###” product codes.
  • It will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, most likely a TI OMAP5 since the OMAP5 is slated to be in mass production by Q4 this year, right around when this phone should be coming out. Also, this would be one of the first LTE devices with a compatible quad-core processor.
  • The screen will be a 4.7-inch HD display, most likely a True HD IPS720p display.
  • The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (duh!)

The screenshot shows a very small thumbnail, which is most likely a placeholder, but could be fairly representative of the “G” as it looks similar to the Nitro HD with a larger screen.

All in all, it looks like a promising high-end device, but I can’t help but feel it’s just a tad too late to the game considering the Evo 4G LTE‘s imminent release.

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AT&T Also Launching Family Data Plans soon

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In a move that mirrors rival Verizon, AT&T will also be offering family data plans later this year. At CTIA 2012 this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told CNET that he’s “very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” though no specific dates were announced at this time.

Historically, de la Vega had serious doubts about such plans due to the complexities of billing and implementation. He seems to have had a change of heart, however, most likely as a response to Verizon’s similar announcement in February. Now we have to see which carrier actually rolls out their plan first.

Family data plans allow for higher capacity data plans that can be used over multiple devices with single account billing. This will presumably help spark sales of more devices to each household.

Make sure to check out all CTIA news here!

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LG LTE2 Camera Details Emerge, Voice Activated Shutter, HDR, and ‘Time Machine’ Features

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A few days ago we watched as a couple of powerful handheld devices were unveiled. I imagine the Galaxy S III sticks out in your mind but what about the other powerhouse from LG? Remember the LG Optimus LTE2? Yeah, the one with 2GB of RAM. Thanks to Kuccblog, we now have a few more juicy details surrounding the camera of this upcoming device.

We already know that the LTE2 has features such as a 4.5-inch TrueHD IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich, wireless charging, and a 2150mAh battery but we are now hearing about camera features that can compare to the likes of the HTC One series phones and the GSIII. Using the ICS camera API, the LTE2 will have very little shutter lag and a “Time Machine” mode that will allow the user to take a burst of pictures with the ability to pick out the best shot from the bunch. Also, the LTE2′s 8MP camera will have a voice activated shutter feature as well as preset filter options such as the popular HDR mode.

Due to hit Korean markets at the end of the month, there is still no word on whether the LTE2 will make its way over to the states. One thing’s for sure though, if LG times it right they could have a strong Galaxy S III competitor on their hands regardless which markets they will meet head-to-head.  Be on the look out for this bad boy as I am sure we will be hearing more about this device in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some of the mentioned camera features after the break. » Read the rest

HTC One X Camera Shutter Remotely Controlled By Bluetooth Headset

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What’s this? Apparently the shutter on the camera of the HTC One X (and perhaps the whole One series) can be controlled remotely by some Bluetooth headsets. That’s a pretty cool trick. Someone from ePrice, a Chinese tech forum, has posted a video of a few different Bluetooth headsets remotely taking pictures through a One X.  The button combinations differ between headsets, so if you’re going to try it with your gear, make sure to try double and triple-clicks on each of the buttons. Who knows, you may get lucky! If you do, let us know in the comments which headset worked and what the button combo was.

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Apple and Samsung trim down their lawsuits

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Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop some of their current claims in the California courts. Apple has dropped half of their patent-infringement claims without prejudice, meaning they can refile those claims at a later time. Samsung even dropped five of their claims bringing their total down to just seven. No word on whether Samsung is holding on to their five claims for a later trial but one would think they probably will.  Both companies are doing this in compliance with the judge’s orders in hope to make a July 30th trial date. It is believed that reducing the number of claims will make it easier for judge and jury to hear the case.

This has been an ongoing process for Apple, Samsung, HTCMotorola, and almost everyone associated with Android. I could list more links for you but I’m sure you get the picture. These lawsuits aren’t going away anytime soon folks, but rest assured knowing that Talk Android will be here to keep you up to speed as the details unfold.

source: All Things D