Samsung Opens Branded Store Inside London’s Phones 4U Store

Remember that mysterious Samsung display in the window of the Phones 4U flagship store in the UK? It read “Samsung” in big letters with “coming 30/03/12″ under it. Some believed that it was going to be the launch of the Galaxy S III, but we had our doubts, and eventually we learned that it would turn in to Samsung store within a store. Today being the day of its launch, the new Samsung store has opened its doors to the public and our pals from Endgadget stopped in for a closer look.

Taking over the whole second floor of London’s Oxford Street Phones 4U retail location, Samsung’s latest retail endeavor aims to compete with the Apple store located just around the corner. As you can see in the images below, Samsung has created a place for customers to go to try out all the newest flagship devices without all the carrier muddled nonsense. No ever-changing ads or contract pricing, just an unfiltered Samsung experience. They even have an accessory wall for all the latest official extras you can get for your new Galaxy device, and  apparently Samsung has trained the staff to be knowledgeable in everything Samsung. So if you live in the Oxford area you should stop by to check it out and let us know what you think! For the rest of you, jump past the break to experience the store via more photos.

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Advertisements popping up in notification bar on T-Mobile Android phones

Some angry T-Mobile Android users are venting in the forums about the latest My Account update that seems to now included pop-up ads in the notification bar. Customers have reported recently receiving ads for Yahoo Sports and T-Mobile Web2go. For many, the notification bar is designated for important information only, such as missed calls, voice mails and messaging alerts.  To now have random spam thrown in the mix is a bit annoying to say the least. There appears to be no option to discontinue this feature at this time leaving many customers feeling deceived and trapped. Phone carriers sending a free SMS message with promotional info is nothing new. However, if the new trend is to display ads in the notification bar similarly to how ads are plastered across the top of the screen in many free apps, then things may start getting ugly on a global scale fairly quickly. Let us know what you think in the comments.

source: TmoNews

T-Mobile Uses Facebook To Highlight Reasons For ICS Update Delay For HTC Sensation 4G Smartphone


We know that the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is all set for the upcoming Android 4.0 + Sense 3.6 UI update, but there has been an unexpected delay in the prep process. According to T-Mobile’s Facebook page, HTC has sent the ICS ROM to T-Mobile, but apparently the ROM did not pass T-Mo’s gold standard of quality checks. T-Mobile has since sent the ROM right back to HTC for further testing and are hoping the bugs and kinks will be worked out sooner than later before the official update is released to customers. Here’s T-Mobile’s specific statement:
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Samsung Galaxy Beam Goes Up for Pre-Order in the UK

We got a chance to see the Samsung Galaxy Beam during this years Mobile World Congress and now the 15-lumen  Android projector is available for pre-order in the UK. Although official pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, you can get dibs on one of these bad boys for £442.80 including VAT ($590) from Clove UK. Based on a rumor we recently reported, the Galaxy beam is slated for release sometime next month.

The Galaxy Beam sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5MP camera, 2000mAh battery, Gingerbread 2.3 and of course– the projector rated at 15 lumen’s. Hit up the source link to get your pre-order on.

source: Clove UK


Leaked Official Bell Document Highlights All Devices Getting Android 4.0 Starting In April

We’ve seen various confirmations of devices getting the coveted Android 4.0 update this year from wireless carriers throughout the U.S., but what about our neighbors to the north? While most Canadian mobile users still do not know of when they will receive the ICS update, Canadian wireless carrier Bell has gone ahead and confirmed it will be pushing out the update to several select devices. While Bell specifically highlights “support for some features vary by manufacturer”, it’s provided a specific list showing the concrete dates of updates for the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II – April 2012
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – April 2012
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – May 2012
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE – June 2012
  • HTC Sensation – June 2012
  • HTC Raider – June 2012
  • LG Optimus LTE – July 2012

If you’re on Bell and own one of those devices, be prepared for an enhanced Android experience.

source: Mobile Syrup


AT&T HTC One X Release Date Pushed Back To May 6th

While our friends overseas already has their hands on the HTC One X smartphone, we here in the States are unfortunately stuck playing the waiting game for the AT&T version of the HTC One X— which is set to be played a little longer on top of that. While AT&T is still mum on the device’s release date, an anonymous user gave us all the heads up that famed retailer Best Buy will be delaying preorders by a few weeks. The new anticipated release date from Best Buy is now May 6. That’s right folks… May. Feel free to express a disappointing sigh everyone.

Good things comes to those who wait, right gang? Here’s hoping AT&T doesn’t lag too much and will give us that concrete April release date in the coming weeks.

source: AC

HTC One X Gets Unboxed Ahead Of Schedule


You can’t help but be jealous of the fact some folks get coveted items before the masses. Such is the case with the lucky French blog HTC-Hub who managed to get their hands on the mouthwatering HTC One X smartphone and share their unboxing video with us. As you can see, the box is a bit on the unusual and cramped side– but gorgeous nonetheless. In addition, they are incredibly delicate with the thin device and the put its gorgeous 4.7-inch display in clear view for our eyes to see.

Ready for more yet? Hit the break to check out the unboxing video of the sweet phone.
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Personalized magazine Zite finally comes to Android

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zite from our own Stacy Bruce. Zite is yet another news/magazine app that’s been around on iOS for a while, but finally found its way into the Play Store. All if these news/magazine apps have their gimmick and Zite’s is that it’s a “personalized magazine.” It automatically learns what you like so it will deliver the news, articles, blogs, and video you know you want. You can even sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader account to give it a head start. Unfortunately it’s only optimized for phones so no tablets yet. Hit the break for download links.

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Pictures Surface of LG Optimus Elite For Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA


We already know that the LG Optimus Net is coming to Sprint and Virgin Mobile in the U.S. Both carriers will be calling it the LG Optimus Elite. What we didn’t know was how different they would look from the device that spawned them. Pocketnow is showing off a pair of new renders for both the Sprint and Virgin Mobile versions. These pictures show a slightly less rounded shape overall and more standard-looking capacitive buttons.

These phones are purely mid-range, with NFC being the only standout feature. The rest of the specs are fairly ho-hum: 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA screen, 5 MP camera with flash. These are probably $100 handsets at best, which make them very enticing for the cost conscious, non-power user.

The Sprint version should arrive soon, followed by Virgin’s in early May. Check out the pictures after the break.

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Sony Xperia PLAY Gets Ice Cream Sandwich Beta

In a page right out of the Android openness handbook, Sony released an official beta of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 today for anyone who owns an unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Seems like Sony decided to get feedback from beta testers on how games perform on the device with ICS. Making this update available so openly comes at a cost, however, in the form of some pretty serious sounding disclaimers and caveats.

You must unlock your phone using our Unlock boot loader service, and agree to all the legal and warranty conditions that apply. Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone, any warranty from your operator or both if you unlock the boot loader of your phone. Sony Mobile can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unusable functions or loss of personal data associated to the beta ROM being flashed to the phone. 

They go on to drop this little bomb:

Also, if you unlock the boot loader, you will not be able to download and install the final Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade for Xperia™ phones. 

So be warned, getting in early has its risks, though I believe Sony is just trying to cover their butts with this strong wording. Plus, there are methods of re-locking your boot loader, so you can most likely get back to a stock state and install the final release when it comes out, but I’m just guessing.

If you’re good with all this and know what you’re doing, then get your ICS on by downloading the beta from the source link below.

source: sonymobile blog