Are you on AT&T, but fancy owning a mid-level smartphone instead of say a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well great you’re in luck as it appears Ma Bell has a modest Pantech device on the way called Magnus. Thanks to notorious leaker evleaks, we have a clear image of the device— also known as Batsu or model number P9090— operating on what looks to be a
needlessly customized version of at least Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least. In addition to the on-screen display with the trademark 3 soft keys, the device seems to have a small likeness to the Pantech Flex smartphone, though the display on the Magnus seems to be a smidge bigger and is highlighted by the usual AT&T tramp stamp. Additional details like the processor speed, RAM and storage size are not available at the moment, but now that the cat’s been let out the bag, we suspect we’ll get more details about this puppy sooner than later.
source: evleaks Twitter
Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S III handset is not only popular with consumers, it is increasingly popular with carriers who want to offer a high end device for use on 4G LTE networks. The latest carrier to offer the Galaxy S III is Cricket, which announced it will be available starting on Black Friday, November 23rd, for $549.99 with no contract. Buyers can opt for a data plan for as little as $50 per month for 2GB of data.
In conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy S III joining their device portfolio, Cricket also released a list of additional locations with 4G LTE service. The new markets include Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas. These join the existing 4G LTE service areas of Las Vegas and Tucson.
If you are interested in getting a Galaxy S III on Cricket, visit one of their retail stores or www.mycricket.com for updates on availability.
source: Cricket Communications, Inc.
Looking to pick up a Droid DNA when it launches on Verizon November 21st? Wirefly has a deal up that’ll net you this superphone for $150 if you preorder through them. For comparison, the Droid DNA will run $199 directly from Verizon. For the incredibly high-end specs of this phone, that’s a steal. That’s $150 for a 5-inch, 1080p screen, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Jelly Bean right out of the box. Tough deal to pass up, especially if you’re eligible for an upgrade this holiday season.
Anybody going to be picking up one of these later this month?
Perhaps you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on purchasing a Nexus 7 until you found just the right deal to satisfy your thinning wallet. Well, it appears OfficeMax is holding an incredible sale on the 32GB Nexus 7, offering the device for just $219.99 + tax with free shipping.
Currently, the only way to receive the discount is by placing your order via telephone. You’ll also need to use the coupon code indicated within the instructions below. As of the writing of this post, the deal is still valid, though there’s no telling just how long it will last. If you’re interested, jump past the break for the how-to.
Verizon employees are getting some special treatment once again, some of us are still seething over the awesome employees-only red and black Razr Maxx from last year, and now Verizon is laughing at us yet again. Rumor has spilled that more special edition red/black DROIDs are on their way to those on Verizon’s payroll for the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Interestingly enough a special red DROID DNA as well as Windows Phone 8X are also mentioned. No word on whether they will be locked to employee specific usage such as the last round was, so be careful before you try bidding $2000 on Ebay for one of these puppies.
While it seems like there are more than enough Twitter clients in existence, new ones seem to pop up on a fairly regular basis. Echofon for Android is a good example as it went from an alpha release only a month ago to being available in the Google Play Store today. Echofon is not really a new Twitter client as it has been available for a long time on Apple platforms, both desktop/laptop units and mobile devices as well as Windows-based PCs. The expansion to include support for Android devices is a significant new direction that may make it especially attractive for users who are moving from an iOS device to an Android based device.
Been fancying the new gesture-enabled keyboard that debuted with Android 4.2? There’s no need to fret; the stock AOSP keyboard is now available to download in the Play Store. The keyboard replacement brings all the same features you’d expect to receive if you were running it on an Android 4.2 device, including Swype-like typing.
Currently, the keyboard is officially supported on devices running Android 4.1 and above, though some users are reporting that they have been able to install it on earlier builds of Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, the developer hopes to backport the new AOSP keyboard to Gingerbread devices, but of course there are no guarantees. Snap the QR code or hit the Play Store download link below to get in on the action.
Play Store Download Link
In what appears to be a regular HTC One S in one photo is in fact a white 64GB One S beast rocking Android 4.1 out of the box that we mentioned last month. It looks like Taiwan is the lucky country to land this beast, at least initially. Along with 4.1 out of the box, this device also rocks the latest version of HTC Sense (4+). Not to mention that mammoth storage weighing in at a hefty 64GB. All other vitals are the same as the One S we know and love as far as RAM, processor, and display. No word on any other countries landing this bad-boy. Pricing will come in at 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or about $616 or €485.
source: Unwired View
Mobile payment giant Square Inc. has announced today that it is now processing $10 billion in transactions annually, thanks to its widely adopted mobile payment infrastructure. Just a few weeks back the company made it known that it was raking in $8 billion annually, equating to a $2 billion increase in less than a month.
Similar to Google Wallet, users are required to have an application installed, whereas brick-and-mortar retailers must have the company’s physical checkout system to conduct transactions. Interestingly, it’s being reported that this figure doesn’t include payments processed by Starbucks, whom the company struck a major deal with earlier this year to install its systems in 7,000 stores.
Taking into account the amount of money that flows through Starbucks stores each day, it’s entirely possible Square could see its yearly processing figure double.
Source: Square (Twitter)
Jet Set Radio, the 12-year-old Sega Dreamcast title, has seen numerous adaptations on several platforms. Today we learned Sega plans to release the Android, PlayStation Vita and iOS versions later this month. Vita users will get fist crack at it on November 20th. Android and iOS users will have to wait a little longer for a November 29th release. Not quite the summer release Sega had promised back in July, but if it’s the faithful port of the original Dreamcast, I doubt too many people will mind.
Hit the break for the game trailer.