As the holiday season quickly approaches, most wireless carriers are gearing up major promotions and sales in order to entice customers and T-Mobile is no different. According to Brief Mobile, T-Mo is all set to announce major price drops for many of its most popular devices like the One S, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. All in all here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will see a price change as early as tomorrow:
- HTC One S: Will drop from $149.99 to $99
- Samsung Galaxy Note II: Will drop from $369.99 to $249.99
- Samsung Galaxy S Blaze: Will drop from $99.99 to $49.99
- Samsung Galaxy S II: Will drop from $149.99 to $79.99
- Samsung Galaxy S III: Will drop from $279.99 to $129.99
This certainly isn’t a bad way to usher in the holiday season, so it will be exciting to see how many customers T-Mo can woo with the sweet prices of its popular devices.
source: Brief Mobile
Those of you who are constantly flashing ROMs onto your device, but fearful of losing those precious apps are in luck as Titanium Backup has just received a major update, making the best backup solution even better. The update brings the version to 5.7.0 and brings a host of nifty features like support for Android devices without touchscreen, removes unneeded permissions and finally gives users the option to create flashable .zip files of their backed up apps in the PRO version– making the restoration process just a little bit simpler. Oh and best of all— the new version is compatible with Android devices version 1.5+, so virtually all Android users will be able to take advantage of the cool app.
The latest version is available in the Play Store now but keep in mind– the PRO version is listed for $6.58, so it isn’t exactly cheap. Still, Android users will likely overlook that considering Titanium Backup gives them a solid peace of mind and all.
Still haven’t nabbed yourself Google’s Nexus 7 tablet? This may be an incentive for you to finally grab one. For a limited time, RadioShack is offering $20 off on one item that exceeds $125, in which the Nexus 7 does. Just enter in the coupon code “RMN20″ and you should be able to purchase it for $229 plus taxes.
Head on over to the source link, and don’t forget the coupon code! We don’t know how long this code lasts, so buy now if you’re interested.
Would you be surprised if I said Apple is trying to sue Samsung over their Galaxy Note 10.1? No? Didn’t think so. Apple told a judge in California that Samsung infringes patents on the Samsung Note 10.1, and even wanted to add Android 4.1 into that lawsuit. Now, to be fair, this is in reaction to Samsung suing Apple over LTE patents in the iPhone 5, but even after Samsung is making clear strides to differentiate their phones and tablets from Apple’s products, Apple still continues to litigate.
Anyone watching the worldwide smartphone market knows that over the years the devices have become more and more adept at moving data. This has resulted in carriers working on 3G, and now on 4G, networks to keep up with demand from consumers. We have also seen the major carriers take different paths to meeting the demand for data. AT&T and Verizon are moving to shared data plans while Sprint and T-Mobile continue on a path of providing unlimited data. A recent study by FierceWireless and NPD Connected Intelligence may shed some light on how these strategies are panning out.
Earlier today we reported on plans by HTC and Verizon to hold a joint event in New York City on November 13th. Details are scant, but there is lots of conjecture out there that this could be an announcement of the new HTC DROID DNA. Consistent with the flurry of leaks and rumors about this new device, tonight we have a new render of the device that has surfaced. You might notice some red accents in the speaker and on the power button, which appears to be centered. Hopefully we will see next week how accurate this render is at the HTC/Verizon event.
A recent study conducted by Strategy Analytics suggests that roughly 60% of all smartphone users in the United States would chose to customize their own plans, rather than succumb to those that are offered by national carriers. This bit of information isn’t all that surprising considering most US carriers overcharge for their severely limited plans. As we’ve seen from prepaid carriers like Simple Mobile, it doesn’t cost much to offer unlimited data, texting and calling, yet some networks are charging nearly $100, while others won’t even allow customers freedom from restrictive limits.
For comparison, 56% of subscribers in the United Kingdom would prefer the ability to customize their plans, while 76% of Chinese users voiced their request for customization. From this information, it appears as though there is definitely an untapped market that could potentially be very appealing for consumers. So, if given the opportunity, what kind of plan would you choose?
Motorola’s Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint is now receiving a much welcomed OTA software update. No, it isn’t Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, the incremental firmware upgrade bumps the version number to 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10 and brings some enhanced functionality along with several important bug fixes.
- Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
- Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
- Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
- Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbo
- Seamless international text messaging
- Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
- Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
- Improved MMS functionality
Yesterday we reported on Samsung posting open source code for their Galaxy Tab 2 devices and AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s developers have continued their work today, making available the code for the new Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Those interested in grabbing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code for the device can head over to the Samsung Open Source Release Center to find their copy. With this code now available, we expect it will not be long before the modders start releasing tweaks to the firmware, new ROMs based on the code, or even incorporating some Android 4.2 features for use on the Galaxy S III Mini.
source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Android Police
Rhapsody, the streaming music app, has released an update to it’s Android app. You’ll now find personalized recommendations on the home screen based on what you’ve listened to in the past. A UI overhaul and performance improvements to offline playback are also included with this latest update. Additionally, you’ll find full screen album art, swipe to skip, shuffle and repeat features, and queue enhancements as part of the update. All of the old features that you’ve gotten used to and like are all still there. I personally don’t use Rhapsody, but do we have any readers that do? What are your thoughts?