Sony Xperia J leaks ahead of official announcement

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Sony’s had trouble keeping wraps on its upcoming Xperia handsets over the past few weeks, and today is no exception. A new leak suggests the Japanese manufacturer could be prepping a low-end device for the global market.

According to the folks over at Mobile-Review, the Xperia J (ST26i) is a budget handset featuring Android 4.0 and a 4-inch display, though the screen is described as offering poor color reproduction, excessive glare and low viewing angles. Sony’s industrial design is also apparent, with the company opting for three capacitive buttons rather than on-screen soft keys.

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Google Play gift cards now official, arriving in the coming weeks

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After being first spotted in the latest Play Store update, Google finally confirmed our suspicions. Google Play gift cards are officially launching in several retail stores across the United States. Initial locations include Target, RadioShack and GameStop. The official page suggests you’ll be able to redeem your codes for apps, music, books, TV shows and movies. However, cards cannot be used for purchases of hardware, in-app subscriptions or accessories. Gift cards will be available in $10, $15, $25 and $50 denominations.

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PopCap announces sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, Available in 2013

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The incredibly popular Plants vs. Zombies franchise is set to receive a sequel in 2013, according to PopCap. Earlier today, the game studio announced that the follow up to the original PvZ is slated to launch in “late spring of 2013″.   The new game will add an array of fresh features, settings, and situations that are “designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world.

Plants vs. Zombies has proven to be one of the most successful games to ever launch on mobile devices. If you haven’t had the luxury of playing, Plants vs. Zombies offers a unique take on the classic tower defense genre. Instead of setting up a wall of cannons or machine guns, you must defend your backyard by using a plethora of plants. Unsurprisingly, the game can become excessively addicting at times, disappearing hours of your day at a time. If you haven’t had the chance to play the original, it’s currently available in the Google Play Store. Either way, you can catch the full press release after the break.

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Mysterious LG Quad Core LTE Device ‘Optimus G’ Leaked

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The Optimus Vu? That was so yesterday’s news. Today we’re getting wind of a new device courtesy of the Korean site, Asia Today. They claimed to have heard of a new LG quad-core LTE device with voLTE (voice over LTE) capabilities reportedly dubbed the Optimus G.  This bad-boy will rock a 4.7 inch True HD IPS display, run Ice Cream Sandwich, and will have LG’s latest Optimus UI 3.0 sitting on top.  It’s also rumored to include 2GB of RAM and a nice 13MP rear-facing camera although there is no mention of storage. The chipset is also unknown at this time but either the Tegra 3 or S4 SoC chips are obvious possibilities.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Update For 2011 Sony Xperia Phones To Roll Out This Week

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As a follow up to last week’s Xperia P Ice Cream Sandwich rollout, Sony Mobile today announced their 2011 Xperia line of phones will be getting new Android 4.0.4 firmware. Starting this week, the first phones to receive the update are the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray. The Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring the usual enhancements, along with bug fixes, performance tweaks and other improvements. In addition, The Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo L and Live with Walkman won’t be left out as they will be updated in the next few weeks.

The update will come in two ways. If you’re already running ICS you’ll receive an OTA update notification, otherwise if you’re running Gingerbread you’ll need to plug in and upgrade using PC companion or Bridge for Mac. For more information, visit http://www.sonymobile.com/update.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

MetroPCS unveils LG Motion 4G and new $55 unlimited plan

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What’s better than an unveiling of a new 4G smartphone? An unveiling of a new 4G smartphone plus an all new unlimited plan of course! MetroPCS has announced their brand new LG Motion 4G handset for $150. For this device you can expect a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 3.5 inch display, 5 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and of course, a 4G LTE radio.

MetroPCS plans on releasing this device along side their new $55 unlimited everything plan which will only be available for a limited time, so take advantage of this while you can. The plan is fairly simple and straight forward, for $55 you will get unlimited text messages, unlimited voice calling and unlimited 4G data. If you’re currently on a family plan, you can simply add another $50 for each line if you choose to take advantage of this deal. Does this sound good to you thus far? It actually gets better as we’re told once you sign up for this plan, you’re essentially “grandfathered” into it for life (or however long you plan on staying with MetroPCS). This means that you’ll never have to worry about losing this valued plan as long as you stay with the company. Not bad, right?

The device and plan will be available online and in-stores later this week! You can read the full press release after the break.

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Phantom Google Support Page Possibly Reveals Play Store Gift Cards To Be US-Only At Launch and Possible Denominations

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In the words of Keyser Soze, “…and just like that, he was gone.” He, in this case, being the web page that was briefly accessible on a Google Support page.  Don’t try to search for it now, it’s already gone. It appears that Google has removed possible evidence from search indices that supports evidence of a US-only launch of its least kept secret – Play Store gift cards. In addition, the information briefly listed on the page supposedly indicated possible denominations of $10, $15, $25, and $50 gift cards, while also revealing there will be a $2000 limit on your Google Play balance. See the pieced together information from the phantom web page after the break for all the information.

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[Rumor] Xperia Nexus from Sony, Optimus Nexus from LG and Galaxy Nexus II from Samsung might be in the works

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If you remember, several months ago it was reported that Google would offer several Nexus devices later this year, and we reported that they would announce five such devices on Android’s 5th birthday. Since then the rumormill has been quiet except for this morning’s news on a Galaxy Nexus with some minor spec bumps. Just like last year at this time, the rumors started flowing hot and heavy, and it appears we are in for another ride.

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Acer makes it official – Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo set to hit market

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As we reported last week when images from Acer’s web site leaked out, the company has a pair of mid-level smartphones ready for release as they continue to expand their portfolio of devices. It is not clear whether the leak pushed Acer to go ahead and make an announcement, but they went ahead and issued a press release regarding the Liquid Gallant and the Liquid Gallant Duo. The mid-level smartphones will be available for viewing at IFA starting next week. In addition to running ICS, Acer has added a few software tweaks like a modified unlock screen, an improved notification area, and the devices will come pre-loaded with the Swype keyboard. The Liquid Gallant Duo is a dual-SIM phone.

Users who do not need top-of-the-line or bleeding edge phones may find one of these Acer units fit the bill. No details regarding pricing or availability have been released. Read the full press release after the break. » Read the rest

Leaked Screenshot Indicates RadioShack Set To Launch Its Own Wireless Network On Sept. 5th

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Those of you who are fed up with the bigwig wireless carriers and are looking for other alternatives will soon have yet another option to look at and consider. Famed retailer RadioShack has long been rumored to begin its own wireless service and we have the best evidence yet indicating the wireless service is not only on the way, but will be here very soon. The gang at Engadget obtained a key photo indicating RadioShack’s new wireless service will be powered by Cricket Wireless and highlights the standard no-contract jargon along with some exclusives like an 8GB SD card with all Muve Music phones.

No further details for now— though RadioShack should be all but set to launch on September 5th.

 

source: Engadget