Videotron Offers Samsung Galaxy S III Preorders To Customers For $99.95


Mobile carrier Videotron of Quebec, Canada is all set with offering Samsung Galaxy S III preorders to its customers starting today. But Videotron is looking to distinguish itself from other mobile carriers in a major way. While most Canadian carriers offer up the Galaxy S III smartphone for an average price of $149.99 to $159.99, Videotron is looking to one-up its competition by offering the 16GB model of the device for only $99.95 on a 3-year contract. As attractive of an offer as that is, there’s definitely a catch: the offer is only available for a limited time only and is subject to change without notice.

The offer is now live and while it will be short-lived, you gotta admit that it sure is a tantalizing offer. Hopefully customers in that region will take notice and jump on the offer before it’s too late.

source: Videotron Mobile
via: Mobile Syrup

Samsung releases 15 training videos for the Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is definitely not your average Android phone. What separates it from the pack is not the screen or the processor, it’s the software. Samsung has added so much like S Voice, Group Cast, Gestures, S Beam, and so much more. While you’re waiting to receive your pre-order (in the U.S. and Canada at least), hit the break for 15 videos showing you the ins and outs of the many features that Samsung developed for this bad boy. Of course, if you live overseas and you already have one, you still might learn a thing or two because there is a lot of new stuff for sure.

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Three UK Introduces Euro Internet Pass, Gives Subscribers A Reason To Tweet How Awesome Their Holiday Is

Remember how we told you about how those of you in Europe would be getting relief from bill shock in the near-future? Well mobile carrier Three UK has brought immediate relief and introduced a standard rate for internet usage on mobile devices while being on holiday thanks to the new Euro Internet Pass. The EIP will cost £5— or $8 per day and will allow people to tweet, post and send anything and everything of their heart’s content. The EIP only applies to Three UK subscribers who plan on being on vacation within the European Union only, so it’s important to note that otherwise you could possibly rack up a high roaming bill while emailing or tweeting.

We know many of you Three UK customers are excited, but before you go out and add the EIP to your existing mobile plan before your holiday, why not hit the break to see more details?

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Sony Mobile reveals two new Xperia Android Handsets to be Available Q3 of 2012

Sony Mobile presents a couple new handset today that have a quite sleek, clean design and full of color. Sporting the Xperia name, they’ve now unveiled the miro and tipo Android smartphones. Both of these devices include “deep integration of Facebook” and should be available around the world the third quarter of this year. Sony Mobile went as far as to let the Facebook users choose which phones should be announces next, And below is the result.

The Xperia miro, being the higher end device of these two offering comes with a 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch 320×480 TFT display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA shooter as well. Included is an internal storage capacity of 2.9GB, expandable via a microSD slot up to 32GB, Sony xLOUD experience, and deep integration with Facebook. All running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Xperia tipo also powered by Android 4.0 is slightly smaller with a 3.2-inch display and smaller 3.2-megapixel camera (front-facing camera is absent). You’ll get the same audio experience from Sony xLOUD, and the same internal storage of 2.9GB expandable to 32GB.

These are definitely a couple of good looking devices. No prices have been announced as of yet, but based on the specs they could turn out to be budget friendly. Once we get more information, we’ll pass it along. Check out the presser after the break for the full deets on the latest Sony Mobile offering.

source: sony mobile


Apple’s Request To Block Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Denied By Judge

Fresh off its success of postponing the impending arrival of the HTC One Series, Apple moved its crosshairs squarely at Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone— except this time the Cupertino giant is unsuccessful of delaying Sammy’s imminent launch. Their request for a court order blocking and delaying the June 21st launch of the Galaxy S III was denied by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. Koh’s reason for denying Apple’s latest request? Koh’s calendar is already overloaded and she literally has no time to hear Apple’s request.

While Apple can always appeal the latest ruling, this latest decision has a major impact on Apple and its competitors. For Apple, this decision shows it won’t always have a favorable ruiling in order to have an edge in the marketplace for its devices. For its competitors— namely the Samsung Galaxy S III, it paves a clear path for Apple’s biggest fear: “Samsung’s Galaxy S III phone is set to launch in the U.S… and Apple fears blockbuster sales”.

Apple has not yet announced what its next move will be, but you can bet it will come sooner than you think. Considering the mass pandemonium and hype surrounding the Galaxy S III, it will likely not want to wait very long.

source: Reuters

Ice Cream Sandwich Wins Gold Prize For Best Platform Experience at 2012 User Experience Awards

Matias Duarte and the team behind the Android user experience should be very proud tonight. Not only was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich nominated for a UX award at the Parson’s School of Design’s 2012 User Experience Awards, but ICS took home the Gold Prize for Best Platform Experience!

Many people who have tried Android in the past remark on how it never felt quite finished or as professional as Apple’s iOS. Matias Duarte, formerly of webOS fame, was hired by Google to add the UX polish that was needed to bring Android to another level. Mission accomplished. Us Android fans already know how big a leap ICS was to the usability of the OS, and now it is being officially recognized.

A clip reel put together by androiddevelopers was shown to the audience at the 2012 User Experience Awards, showing some of the videos Google made for ICS as well as a few glimpses of early design ideas and inspiration. Check it out after the break… and congrats, Android UX Team!

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Pre-Order Your US Cellular Galaxy S III Now!

US Cellular was the third carrier to announce they would be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S III. They then announced pricing and pre-order details, and finally the day has come. Starting today, June 12, pre-orders can now be placed online at US Cellular’s site.

The 32GB version will be coming in Marble White, and the 16GB version will also come in white as well as Pebble Blue. Looks like when all the mail-in rebate math is done, the 16GB version will run $199 on-contract, and the 32GB will go for $249.

I’ve really got to hand it to Sammy. So far, six U.S. carriers will be carrying their latest flagship phone, and all are being released within the same time frame. Even Apple hasn’t accomplished that feat.

Hit the source link to get your pre-order on!

source: us cellular

DROID RAZR HD Exposed Again By EXIF Data On Picasa

Apparently, a Motorola employee uploaded a series of photos to Picasa with the EXIF data pointing squarely at the DROID RAZR HD, Motorola’s upcoming late-summer sequel to the DROID RAZR for Verizon. This isn’t the first time this handset has been exposed by Picasa. This time, the EXIF data shows a 13MP shooter with an aperture of  f2.4, and of course the DROID RAZR HD name. The pictures have since been removed, which makes me think they were legitimate, but without the files it’s hard to say for sure.

The specs of this device are also rumored to include a dual-core, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU,  1196×720 display with on-screen navigation buttons, and a 3,300 mAh battery.

Who’s waiting for this one?

source: droid life

The Countdown Clock for Sony’s Next Xperia; Enter For Your Chance To Win One

If you go into Sony’s Xperia Facebook page you’ll see a giant banner with the countdown clock for their next Xperia phone (which we expect to be the Sony LT29i Hayabusa). By now, it should be just a little over a day left till the clock runs down. Also, if you follow the directions and click the “Fast-forward” button, you’ll uncover simple instructions for a chance to actually win the device. All you’ll need to do is enter your name and e-mail as well as answer a simple question and you’re all set. I’ve actually never used a Sony Android phone before so I’m not quite sure what to expect with this one, but the more the merrier!

source: Sony Fast-forward 

Build your own Android PC with the Via Technologies APC

Do you have $49, a bit of tech savvy and a creative mind? If so then how does building your own Android based PC sound! VIA Technologies‘ Neo-ITX bare-bones Android PC provides you with everything you need to get started, all you need to do is provide the power supply, any additional accessories and a case.

The miniature chipboard runs Android 2.3 and comes equipped with a 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB internal storage. Connectivity is covered too with an HDMI port, four USB ports, an ethernet port and VGA output. Naturally, as with any PC, you can connect a keyboard, a mouse, speakers and a microphone.

The APC is currently up for pre-order and is due to ship early in July however due to high demand it is currently sold out. You can always register your e-mail address on the website if you’d like to be notified as to when there’s new stock. Click the link below to get going.


Source: VIA Technologies