Droid Razr Maxx Now Only $199 from Verizon Wireless

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Last week we mentioned the possibility of Verizon dropping the Droid Razr Maxx price by $100 based off of some new marketing material that emerged. Well folks, looks like the price change has already gone into effect as the device is now listed on the VZW website for only $199.99 on a new 2-year contract or $169.99 plus a $30 upgrade fee for current Verizon customers. Currently the reigning champion in the LTE battery life arena, now is the perfect time to snatch up this 3300mAh power house.

One thing needs to be mentioned, though, if you are the type of person who likes to have the latest and greatest it’s safe to say that this discount is a sure sign of a new Motorola device just around the corner. As it went with the OG Razr, as soon as the Razr went on sale the Razr Maxx was released shortly thereafter. Therefore, this Razr Maxx discount could possibly lead to the announcement of the Razr HD but that is purely just speculation at this point. Anyway, regardless of what’s next, the Razr Maxx is still a pretty sweet device but if you are still on the fence about it be sure to read our full review and extensive battery test. If you have already made up your mind then click through the source link below for more information.

source: Verizon

 

LG Spectrum Update coming, Still no Ice Cream Sandwich

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All of you LG Spectrum owners will soon have an update available for your Android device. This latest update version, VS920V6 is on deck to be pushed to your Verizon Wireless handsets. Unfortunately you won’t yet be seeing that sought after Android 4.0 update just yet. But the laundry list of updates in this version are worth noting. You will be graced with plenty of bloatware updates, updates to Google Play, Gmail, Talk and YouTube, and more. The file size is 127mb, so you could be spending some time updating depending on your network coverage of course.

So if you just can’t wait for that notification icon to pop-up, you can manually check for updates by going to the following location on your Spectrum: Menu Key > Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for Updates. Once that is complete you can douple check your software version by checking the ‘About Phone’ section: Home screen > Menu > Settings > About phone. You should see that you’ve been updated to firmware version VS920V6.

Happy Updating!

source: verizon

 

 

T-Mobile Bringing Another BOGO with Magenta Deal Days Next Weekend

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One of the things I love about T-Mobile is that if you’re interested in purchasing a new smartphone on the network but want to get it for a great deal you never have to wait too long for T-Mo to break out a buy one get one deal.  Between May 18th and May 26th you can snag several devices as part of the offer such as the T-Mobile MyTouch & MyTouch Q, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Blaze 4g, Exhibit II 4G and the HTC Amaze 4G for you and a loved one perhaps? Of course, the deal is only valid for a new two year agreement on the network and will most likely require a mail in rebate.  We’re still digging a little to find out whether or not the One S is going to be a part of the offer as well as whether or not one has the option to upgrade if you’re currently on the network already.  Stay tuned.

source: TmoNews

 

 

Vodafone Shows The World The First Peek Of Upcoming HTC Desire C Smartphone Through Leaked Press Shot

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Ladies and gentlemen, the newest addition to the HTC Desire family has just been outed officially. Vodafone of Portugal has revealed the HTC Desire C through a “leaked” press shot in its May catalog. As you can see, this gorgeous black slab of Beats Audio-powered goodness features a 3.5-inch screen, a 600MHz processor, 4GB of internal memory, a 5MP camera, a rumored 1,230mAh battery and yes– a heaping scoop of Android 4.0. Now that we see the smartphone in plain view, it shouldn’t be too long before we see it arrive in stores.

source: GSM Arena

Fujitsu Creates Device To Turn Ordinary Smartphone Camera Into 3D Camera

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3D phones unlike 3D televisions have been a dud to say the least. While we suspect the 3D phenomenon in smartphones will die off slowly but surely, Fujitsu is aiming to generate interest in 3D technology for smartphones cool again by creating a device that converts a standard smartphone camera to a 3D camera. The method behind how the device works is pretty simple too. Basically the device uses a series of mirrors to split the field of vision of your phone’s camera in two, which creates the same sort of dual separation that’s done by a pair of image sensors in proper 3D cameras. While that lets a normal 2D camera capture all the data needed to create a 3D image, the technique requires a good deal of image processing to extract full-frame pictures from the compressed, distorted output of Fujitsu’s device and then combine the pair to form a finished, 3D picture, ready to be viewed on an external 3D display.

The device itself is definitely intriguing, but is a bit impractical for now. The device comes in at 57 x 14 x 14 mm, so it’s heftier than a typical smartphone and it’s something that the average person wouldn’t carry around most of the time. But it’s still a great alternative for creating 3D photos, so the hope is we’ll see a renewed adoption or growth of 3D technology.

We’ll get to see the device in full detail once Fujitsu demonstrates the technology at the International Symposium of Consumer Electronics in June.

source: pocketnow

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Is Detailed, Makes Samsung’s S Voice Look Even More Impressive

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As our smartphones become well, smarter— there’s a need for the smartphone technology to evolve as well. Among the cooler features of most smartphones is voice and speech recognition. Some of the most recognizable speech and recognition companions include Apple’s Siri, Cluzee or Samsung’s upcoming S-Voice. While voice and speech recognition is part of the norm among smartphone users, most people aren’t concerned or interested with how the voice and speech utilities work because hey— people know it’s complicated and really just care about the utilities functioning correctly. That’s why it’s up to companies like Sensory Inc. to show the average consumer how really complicated features are made into simple products like recognizable speech and voice utilities. The underlying goal for Sensory Inc. is to simply make voice recognition smarter. The company specializes in voice recognition, speech recognition and music synthesis— and has had its technology featured in Samsung smartphones, car stereos and even in NASA’s Mars Polar Lander.

Sensory is trying to revolutionize voice and speech recognition by creating TrulyHandsfree, which looks to evolve our interactions with our smart devices. Ponder this: we have our various devices from televisions to smartphones which recognize our voices through different user profiles, but switching between profiles can be a bit of a hassle— so couldn’t changing between profiles be simpler? Sensory promises every aspect about speech and voice recognition will be simpler with TrulyHandsfree. Essentially devices that use Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree technology will be able to listen to and identify who is speaking to it– similar to how you recognize the voice of someone who is calling you. Moreover, the technology may someday make things like passwords, pattern unlock and fingerprint sensors obsolete. An example of this is a smartphone user saying “Hi Galaxy” to wake or unlock up his or her Galaxy S III smartphone as opposed to having to enter in a passcode lock key or swipe your finger. Neat isn’t it?

TrulyHandsfree is a technology that’s here already and ever-evolving. Sensory claims its technology has already set a high standard— a 95% accuracy rating which is solid, but there’s some room for improvement as you already know. It’s currently featured in Sammy’s S-Voice technology for now— but here’s hoping it will be featured in more and more smartphone in the years months to come.

source: The Next Web
via: Android Authority

 

The Galaxy S III doesn’t have a Super AMOLED HD “Plus” display, but it’s being tested now on the GT-I9500

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There’s no question there was a lot of disappointment in the air when Samsung announced the Galaxy S III with just a Super AMOLED HD display without the “Plus” in it. By not having the “plus” means PenTile and that makes everyone nervous. So where is the Super AMOLED HD Plus display? Apparently it’s in the GT-i9500, but don’t get excited yet. The GT-i9500 isn’t even an Android device, it’s a Tizen developers phone also codenamed the Frazer. Samsung just handed out the device during the Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Plus display just wasn’t ready for prime time or maybe it was and price was an issue. Either way, I’m sure it will be on the next Samsung flagship, possibly the next Nexus.

For those of you that are wondering why Samsung would test it on a non-Android device, they did the same with the Super AMOLED display. It showed up on a Bada phone before it did on Android.

source: sammobile

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III arrives compliments of T-Mobile UK

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The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available on all major networks in the UK, but if you’re a T-Mobile UK customer and favor the Full Monty plan, you’re in luck. The GSIII will be priced at £49.99 (up front) with a monthly charge of £36 for 24 months. If you’re not familiar with the Full Monty plan, it offers unlimited data, texts, and mobile to mobile calls (same TMo network). You also get 2,000 minutes for other network calls. Unfortunately they didn’t offer up any other plans, but hopefully they will do so for those that don’t need all the bells and whistles.

source: T-Mobile UK

 

 

ASUS Padfone 2 4G show up and coming via Leaked Slides

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On the coattails of the yet to be released worldwide ASUS Padfone, comes the Padfone 2 (4G). Yes, although the original Padfone hasn’t released, possibly due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 shortage, somehow we can still get a look at the future and see what ASUS has planned for an encore. The ASUS Padfone 2 is somewhere around the corner. This Padfone is a one-of-a-kind with it’s device-ception (Get it? A device with-in a device with-in a device). I will now apologize for the Inception movie reference. Hit the break for more on this and a couple leaked slided for your enjoyment.

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