US Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G Now Available Online For $179

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US Cellular now has another 4G LTE handset available to customers, the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. The Metrix 4G is now available online for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, but if you purchase the phone in an LTE capable market (or a market that will have LTE by the end of the year), then the device will only cost you $129. If don’t live in an LTE capable market, but live relatively close to one, it may be smart to take the quick drive and save yourself a quick $50. As for the specs of the phone, here’s what you can expect:

  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1GHz processor
  • A 4.0-inch touchscreen
  • A  5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
  • A front-facing camera

While it’s no Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s still a more than capable device that will give you 4G LTE speeds. You can read the full press release after the break.

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Optimus Vu headed to Verizon as LG Intuition

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We previously heard rumors claiming LG’s square-shaped Optimus Vu would be heading to Verizon this quarter, but new evidence has solidified our suspicions. A leaked internal document suggests that the Optimus Vu will be making its way to Big Red as the LG Intution. If the leak is accurate, the device will be priced at $199 with a new two-year commitment or $549 off-contract. Add this to the fact that a similar device has already passed through the FCC with support for Verizon LTE, and the evidence is overwhelming.

Verizon has yet to release a product to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note, and the LG Intuition could certainly fill that hole. However, the Galaxy Note 2 event is just a week away, and if the rumored specs turn out to be true, Verizon could be in for a heap of trouble.

Source: Droid-Life

Vizio Co-Star gets ripped apart, finally reveals dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM

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Remember the Vizio Co-Star Google TV box? Much of the specs for the device remained undetermined, but thanks to the folks at ifixit, some important specs are finally revealed. Here’s what you can expect from the Co-Star:

  • Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
  • Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 2 Gb DDR3 SD RAM (1GB total RAM)
  • Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 32 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash

For $99 bucks, this definitely isn’t too bad for the hardware that you’re getting. Has anyone out there purchased one of these? If so, tell us your experience with the device.

source: ifixit

Samsung vs Apple Patent case slowly coming to a close as jurors begin deliberations

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With testimony finally being finished for both sides just a couple of days ago, jurors for the Samsung vs Apple patent case have now begun deliberation, thus this lengthy clash between the two titans is now starting to come to an end. This federal trial has lasted over 3 weeks (seems longer, doesn’t it?), and now this multi-billion dollar patent infringing case rests in the hands of 9 people (7 men and 2 women). Remember, Apple is trying to prove that Samsung ripped off the designs of the iPhone and iPad with their successful Android devices such as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With so much money at stake, not to mention the implications this has in the mobile industry market, we should not expect a quick decision from these jurors anytime soon. According to Professor Mark P. McKenna of the University of Notre Dame Law, “This case has huge implications, it could result in injunctions against both companies.”

I know most of you are probably wondering how these jurors will make such a huge decision that could massively affect Samsung. First off, the judge has to read a 109 page set of instructions intended for the jury, as as they make their decision, jurors must fill out a 20 page form that includes dozens of “check-off” boxes. According to experts, this 20 page form that the jurors must fill out are “crazy” and “incredibly complicated.” Needless to say, these jurors have a lot of work ahead of them. Secondly, the jurors have several smartphones and tablets at their disposal in the jury room to further help them from determining whether certain patents were indeed infringed upon or not.

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Humble Bundle for Android 3 adds 4 new games into the package

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Remember Humble Bundle for Android 3? It initially launched with donators receiving 4 games: Battlefield, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem and Spirits. If you think that wasn’t great enough, 4 more games are being added into the bundle! The new games are Osmos, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, World of Goo, and EDGE. These 4 titles were actually available in the previous Humble Bundles, so if you missed out on the previous ones, now is a great time to get them. If you’ve already donated and got this bundle before today, need not worry as these titles will automatically be added for you and you can download them any time you wish.

Nothing beats an already sweet deal getting sweeter, right? If you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle and how it works, check out our previous post which further explains how it works and how to get it.

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Gen10 XS Tablet Line Announced by ARCHOS, Introduces ‘Coverboard’ Feature

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If you remember, we previously showed you a brief glimpse of ARCHOS’ new Gen10 tablet earlier this month. Today, ARCHOS has officially unveiled the new Gen10 XS line of tablets which is the successor to last year’s G9 tablets. First out of gate to carry the Gen10 XS name will be the 101 XS, which will be their flagship tablet and come with a 10.1 inch (1280×800) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, 16GB of storage and a near-stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. The 101 XS is also to expected to get improved software as ARCHOS also says that the Jelly Bean update will be released sometime in Q4 2012.  The 101 XS also has a slim profile as it weighs only 21 ounces and measures .31 inches thin which is almost 12% lighter and nearly 40% thinner than last year’s 101 G9.

The tablet will also feature some noteworthy innovation too. The main draw to this tablet will no doubt be what ARCHOS is calling the “Coverboard”, which is a magnetic keyboard that acts as the tablet’s protective cover when it’s not in use as well as a stand when viewing media. As you’d imagine, this Coverboard is proprietary and docks with the tablet giving it a full-keyboard experience yet customized for Android 4.0. The Coverboard will be a standard feature on all Gen10 XS tablets providing protection while only adding .2 inches to the tablet’s size.

The 101 XS will be available for purchase in mid-September for $399.99 with two other models (97 XS and 80 XS) to follow later in 2012, though no pricing information on the other two models is available at this time.  You can read the full press release when you hit past the break.

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HTC One V arriving at Cricket on September 2nd

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Cricket customers can start expecting the HTC One V next Sunday, September 2nd. The One V is HTC’s entry level phone and is the lowest tier of their 3 One series of phones. The One V packs a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera at the back and powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all skinned by HTC’s Sense 4.0.

Sadly, Cricket has yet to announce the price of the device. Any Cricket fans out there interested in this device? You can read the full press release after the break.

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Android 4.0.4 Update Hitting Dutch and German HTC One S Phones

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Reports are coming out of Germany and the Netherlands of an over the air update for the HTC One S, which show the device getting bumped up to Android 4.0.4 and HTC’s Sense getting bumped to version 4.1. This update brings a number of bug fixes, and since it reduces Sense’s footprint, things should be a little speedier.  It also comes with a couple of new features such as the EA Gamebox gaming hub and something described as “a remote control unit to repair by HTC,” which is likely a diagnostics tool.  It’s still unclear as to when other One S users around the world can expect to receive the update, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Gameloft’s Wild Blood Trailer Released, Coming to Android ‘Very Soon’

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Gameloft just released the first gameplay trailer for Wild Blood which will arrive on Android “very soon.”  This will be the first Gameloft title based on the Unreal Engine and the bloody action-packed trailer surely doesn’t disappoint.

This second trailer is a follow up to the teaser trailer that popped up a few weeks ago. Don’t forget Gameloft has another Unreal Engine-based game in the works called, March of Heroes, but it won’t be released until sometime after Wild Blood gets released.

Gameloft gives some clues about the game on its official Facebook page and the gameplay trailer reveals a new hint about the story if you watch closely. Hit the break to check it out.

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ZTE Blade III Leaked By Finnish Retailer, Includes Modest Internals & Android 4.0

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You may not have heard of the ZTE Blade III, but thanks to Verkkokauppa.com, you’ll know that it’s the real deal and on its way to European markets. The website recently revealed promotional images of the phone and highlighted it will feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch WVGA display, 5MP camera + FFC and of course, Android 4.0. It’s also reported the device will run customers a modest €199.90.

Now that the phone has been outed, it shouldn’t take ZTE too long to come out and release an official statement regarding the device.

source: Esphoneblog
via: Android Central