While Apple may have held it’s big announcement yesterday, that isn’t stopping Sprint and Samsung from trekking onward. Today, the duo has teamed up to announce the long-rumored Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, a budget priced smartphone that manages to pack a serious punch.
Priced at just $50 ($100 before mail-in rebate), the handset features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4-inch display and NFC connectivity. In terms of optics, the device sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear, along with a 1.3-megapixel sensor on the front. Like other smartphones from Sammy, the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will feature TouchWiz exclusives like S-Beam and All Share Play. For the full low-down, catch the official press release after the break.
Google released a press release today claiming that Google Wallet usage has doubled ever since the app added support for all credit and debit cards. Google Wallet is a service provided by Google that allows owners of android phones with NFC capabilities to keep all their card information secured on their phone to use at any retailer that uses NFC technology and supports the service.
Another reason the use of the app has improved so much is the move to Google’s secure cloud. This allows for individual banks to make a much easier set up process for their customers. In addition the cloud let’s users turn off the connection to Google Wallet at anytime from their computer in the event of theft.
Source: Google Commerce Blog
A new HTC device going by the model number PM63100 has shown up in the FCC database. According the documents available, this new smartphone will have LTE capability, just as we suspected based on information slowly leaking out about the device over the past month. The model number corresponds to an HTC device that appeared on the GLBenchmark site back in July that was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7GHz. Many think this new device will be the HTC One X+, a revision of their current flagship device the HTC One X. According to some specs that were released last week by an XDA forum member, the HTC One X+ will carry 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. Based on the LTE bands identified in the FCC documents, it appears the device may be headed to AT&T, though we have also reported it should show up in T-Mobile’s lineup as well.
Rogers Communications in Canada announced via their RedBoard blog today that they are getting ready to light up more locations throughout Canada with LTE service. Rogers has plans to cover 60% of the Canadian population with LTE service before the end of 2012. In a step to reaching that goal, Rogers plans to launch the service in the following locations no later than October 1st:
- Quebec City
Rogers indicates that most customers experience speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps on their LTE network, which offers a maximum theoretical speed of up to 100 Mbps. They claim they offer the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada and more will be added to their lineup.
While Steve Wozniak had a public appearance in Shanghai, he held an interview fielding questions about the company he co-founded, Apple. He spoke about topics related to the newly unveiled iPhone 5 and the the Apple v. Samsung trial. In relation to the latter Wozniak was very clear that he hates all the litigation;
“I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”
Now that the new DROID RAZR members are out in the open, all eyes are pointed towards Motorola’s upcoming Intel-powered beast and thanks to the FCC, we may have our first clue of what the device may be. A mysterious XT890 smartphone wandered through the FCC hallways and highlights a device that has GSM/WCDMA bands— which give it the clear indication it would be an AT&T-branded smartphone “if” it were released out here in the States. In addition, the mysterious smartphone will feature dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth certifications, which opens the door for NFC possibly being featured in the smartphone.
No other details for now, but we suspect we’ll see more information very soon…
My wife get’s mad at me when I say that the average consumer is clueless when it comes to technology, but it’s true. She thinks I’m saying that people are dumb, but it’s not about that. Technology is so rapid nowadays that the average Joe just doesn’t have the time to read up on things like our readers and myself do. Sometimes I even feel behind the curve. It’s actually one of the reasons why Apple is so successful with the iPhone. It’s a decent product with the simplest of simple UI’s.
As you all know by now, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 yesterday, and Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know what people thought of it. His crew hit the streets to ask, but since the iPhone 5 isn’t available, they actually showed them the iPhone 4S. It’s hilarious listening to the comments that people make as they actually thought it was the new iPhone. I have to be honest though as I am positive you could show people the Galaxy S II and tell them it was the Galaxy S III, and you would get the same exact results. Hit the break to check it out.
Is Google playing the role of a big bully? That’s what Chinese internet company Alibaba is claiming. As the Chinese alternative to Google grows and exerts influence on the mobile world (well, in China at least), Alibaba is not being shy about providing a better mobile user experience than Android does. Well, its confidence and bold goals is already affecting the creation and production of the smartphones in a big way. Alibaba alleges that Acer recently cancelled the CloudMobile A800 smartphone due to Google threats of revoking Acer’s Android license for its products. The key feature of the CloudMobile A800 is it operates on Alibaba’s Aliyun operating system— which happens to be a direct competitor of the Android OS. Here’s Alibaba releasing a blunt statement regarding its touted Aliyun OS, compared to Android:
“We believe that by introducing the Aliyun OS we are giving consumers and hardware makers more options which is the foundation of a healthy and strong market. We think that it should be left to the market to decide”.
Google presumably has the top market share in the Chinese market, but it certainly is troubling to hear allegations from competing brands claiming Google is trying to more or less have a monopoly. After all, there are other brands vying for world takeover and all, so if this is true— Google must tread careful water on future Android partners deciding to create for other mobile operating systems. Let’s see if Google and/or Acer has a response for the claims made by Alibaba.
source: The Next Web
We previously thought that the Galaxy S Relay 4G would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip, but T-Mobile confirmed that it will actually have the Snapdragon S4 chip. The improved technology should make the phone more appealing to T-Mobile customers looking for something in Samsung’s Galaxy line. The rest of the specs are the same as previously reported with a 4-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and NFC capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be in stores on September 19 for $150 after the rebate. Does the improved technology make you want this phone more? Does it even make a difference?
As owners of the original Atrix 4G wait patiently for their upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has begun rolling out a minor software update to the Atrix HD. While it’s not Jelly Bean, version 77.12.22 does manage to address a slew of bugs that were apparent in the handset’s previous build. The camera should now handle low-light situations better, and users shouldn’t experience problems with Spotify pausing when changing songs.
Be sure to check out the official list of bug fixes and instructions on how to update after the break.