Samsung To Bring 5-Inch Full HD AMOLED Display To CES

Asiae is reporting Samsung will bring a 4.99-inch Full HD AMOLED Display to CES in January 2013. The rumored device is said to have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and massive pixel density around 441 PPI (pixels per inch).  Contrast that with the iPhone’s retina display which boasts a PPI of 326. It’s not the flexible display we’ve been hearing about but I’d be pretty happy with this on the Galaxy S IV or Note III.

Source: Asiae
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O2 UK Nexus 4 Variant Seems To Be SIM-Unlocked After All, Despite O2 Reps Claiming Device Is SIM-Locked

 

It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 launch was a little botched and caused some major angst among Android fanatics, but those in the UK may be able to get some sort of satisfaction— sort of. You may recall that we casually mentioned that O2 UK would be the only carrier to sell the Nexus 4 for a limited time, but it was assumed that the devices sold would be SIM-locked and thus, operate on O2 networks only. However, it appears that at least a few of you who paid a premium pound by buying the device in O2 stores may actually have an unlocked device. Reports are coming in that O2 customers have been able to purchase the supposed SIM-locked devices and actually insert other SIMs from carriers like Vodafone instead. How do we know you ask? Well, customers are reporting they were able to buy the O2 Nexus 4, take the pre-installed SIM card out, swap it with a SIM card of a different carrier and still have full functionality of the device.

Of course O2 UK hasn’t come out with an official statement regarding this find, but if you’re a prospective customer and willing to take a gamble and grab a device before your friends do (albeit at a much higher price), do let us know if this recent find works out for you.

source: XDA Forums

Sharp to capitalize on own large screen with Sharp Aquos SH930W, but early review not so great

This week’s official announcement regarding the release of the DROID DNA from HTC continued a trend we have seen of manufacturers pushing the limits of screen size and resolution. The DROID DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display produced by Sharp is certainly an eye-catching feature of the new handset. Sharp appears to want to be able to get in the market with its own device sporting the top of the line LCD they produce, which is why they are working on a Sharp Aquos SH930W smartphone.
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Sony CVP Of Sales Asserts A New Flagship Phone Designed To Compete With The iPhone 5 And Galaxy S III Is On The Way

 

Sony appears to have some big time ambitions for 2013. According to a Financial Times Deutschland interview, Dennis van Schie who is the CVP of Sales & Marketing asserts that Sony clearly intends on having a flagship that will outdo the likes of both the iPhone 5 and even the Galaxy S III. He asserts Sony “will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III“. This device will likely have current flagship models like the Xperia Ion variant and Xperia TL pale in comparison to this new and upcoming device. Rumor has it that the device will remain on the cutting edge side of things by featuring a Snapdragon quad-core processor, a 5-inch 1080p screen and perhaps a 12MP camera.

Naturally it sucks that owners who purchased a variant of the Xperia Ion and Xperia TL will have to cope with the fact their device is going to be all but forgotten take a backseat to another flagship device instead. On the other hand, it sure is exciting to see yet another 1080p phone on the horizon, isn’t it? Expect to see more details leak out as we possibly see the introduction of the device at the start of 2013.

 

source: Phone Arena

Facebook Gets Updated To Give Users Ability To Share News Stories And Improved Photo Sharing

 

Facebook has gotten a much needed update recently. While the update version will vary with each device, Facebookers can look forward to some much-welcomed features such as the ability to share a news story right from your timeline to your friends and family, an enhanced status update feature and an even better means of photo tagging. All in all, the latest update just makes sharing your life with your family and friends even easier than ever before.

Of course the world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of that native app just around the corner, but every little update helps, right? Hit the Play Store link or scan the QR code to grab the latest update today.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G now available from Boost Mobile in Titanium for $369.99

Leaked earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G in Titanium is Boost Mobile’s newest prepaid handset. The device is essentially a re-purposed Galaxy S II, sporting the same specifications of Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone. The “4G” branding stems from the included WiiMax radios, which Boost Mobile is now borrowing from its parent network, Sprint.

The revamped Galaxy S II is available today from Boost Mobile for $369.99 off contract which, in all fairness, seems a bit outrageous for what you’re getting. If you don’t have your heart set on Boost, there are plenty of other options at more appealing price points. In fact, you could purchase the Nexus 4 off-contract and take it to T-Mobile for as low as $30 per month, so long as you can wait three weeks for Google to restock the pure Android smartphone.


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Chameleon Launcher price dropped to $3.99

Not too long ago we told you about a application for tablets called Chameleon Launcher that started as a Kickstarter project. It was a pretty cool success story, and the UI was, and still is, a refreshing take on how a tablet should work. The not-so-cool part? That $10 price tag.

Well, if you had been putting off buying the launcher because of that high price point, now’s your chance to give it a shot. The price has dropped significantly down to $3.99, which is about in line with several other premium launchers for Android. There’s no word on if this is a sale or the new, permanent price for the app, so you may want to check it out in the next day or two, just in case your tablet needs a little more customization. Anyone going to be trying out this app at its new price?

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Google reportedly in talks with Dish Network on launching new wireless service

 

Google has recently been in talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network about partnering to create a new wireless service, according to people close to the situation. It’s worth noting that they also said the talks weren’t advanced and could ultimately not amount to anything, and Google isn’t the only company that Dish has been talking with, but the possibility of Google entering direct competition with the likes of Verizon and AT&T is pretty exciting.
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HTC DROID DNA already rooted ahead of next Tuesday’s launch

It hasn’t even been released yet, but that hasn’t stopped the incredibly efficient developers over at XDA from rooting HTC’s new superphone, the DROID DNA for Verizon. The phone itself is quite the powerhouse, sporting a 5-inch 1080p HD display (the highest resolution display on a smartphone to date), a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 Processor, a capacious 2020 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and basically every other incredible spec that an Android fan could ask for! Combine the awesome hardware with the great custom ROMs that developers will be pushing out thanks to the newly achieved root, and you have yourself quite the handset!

Surprisingly, you will be able to open the bootloader using the HTCDev tools, unless Verizon puts a stop to it with some sort of update. After that’s accomplished, you flash an unsecured kernel and ClockworkMod recovery via fastboot, and finally flash the root.zip file.

If you’re planning on picking up the DROID DNA when it comes out, make sure to head over to the source link to do some reading before you dive into the wonderful world of root!

Source: XDA