Verizon’s Galaxy S3 was a bit behind on features and updates, but according to a newly released support document, that’s about to change. The Verizon variant is slated to receive an update to build number VRBMD3. It’s a Jelly Bean update that (finally) includes multi-window functionality. Of course, it’s not only a multi-window update, as you’ll see other features such as S Beam’s Auto Share Shot, improved hotspot reliability, carrier billing in Google Play, the Best Shot mode in the camera, and a long list of other fixes and enhancements.
The update isn’t live yet, but since the support documents are up, it shouldn’t take too much longer. Hit the link below to check out the full changelog.
Keeping with the trend of smartphones aimed at Chinese women, Lenovo has announced the S820, a sleek red device with soft curves and a smooth velvet finish. Unlike recent offerings from Oppo (namely the MeituKiss and the Ulike 2) this device is a bit more gender neutral than the previous S720, even if Lenovo are targeting it almost exclusively at women. Hit the break for a video of the phone in action and a gallery of its gorgeous body.
If a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with only WiFi isn’t good enough for you, the opportunity to buy an LTE version could be coming soon. The FCC just put their blessing on a version that is packing an 850 / 1900 GSM radio along with LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17. These should work on AT&T’s network.
Now FCC certification doesn’t mean that it will definitely be released or that AT&T will announce a carrier version, but if you’re wishing for an LTE version, there is reason to hope.
In a piece in Focus Taiwan, analyst Laura Chen of BNP Paribas Securities Taiwan Ltd talked about HTC’s successes in the first half of the year and praised their plans for the second half, revealing some details in the meantime. While this isn’t official information, Chen seems to know what she’s talking about as a lot of her information fits perfectly with earlier rumors, all but confirming a June release for the HTC M4 and a fall release for the new version of the HTC Butterfly (currently called the Butterfly S).
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini will be unveiled officially on June 20 in London, but we will probably know just everything there is to know by then. Take for instance, the leaked screenshot above that gives us the complete spec rundown. There really isn’t anything that is surprising since we already knew it’s a budget-version of the flagship S4.
The 4.3-inch display will be Super AMOLED and have a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. Remember, this resolution debuted with the DROID Bionic!! Other major specs include a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP camera, and Android 4.2.2. Put this one in Easy Mode folks, and you will have the perfect phone for Grandma!!
Apple head Tim Cook was interviewed yesterday at the D11 Conference and he had some interesting things to say about their main competition. The explosive growth of Android came up, and he doesn’t seem worried. He said, “Winning has never been about making the most” which if you’re reading between the lines, that means quality is more important than quantity. To further clarify, he said, “Arguably, we make the best PC, but we don’t make the most.” On the other hand, he said that they made the best music player and did make the most, but it wasn’t that way from the start.
Cook went on to explain that things aren’t always the way they seem. For example, tablet market share might be fairly close, but when it comes to the web market share there’s no contest, at least for North America. The iPad controls 80% of the web traffic and if you look at worldwide data from both smartphones and tablets, iOS controls nearly 60% of the market.
And while we’re on the topic of the HTC One finally appearing on more retail outlets, it appears that we have some additional colors of the device on the way as well. Pocket-lint claims that inside sources confirmed that blue and red variants of the smartphone are on the way and will arrive in the coming months, joining the already existing silver and black variants of the smartphone. Considering that we’ve already seen the red variant of the smartphone, this new tidbit of news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise really— though we’re hoping HTC doesn’t tease us for too long and will unleash the new colors sooner rather than later.
There’s no word yet on what storage capacity the new colors will come in, nor do we have an idea of how much each will cost– but we’ll be sure to give you all the deets as we hear them.
We know that many of you T-Mobile customers have been itching for that HTC One smartphone for some time now, but as with other wireless carriers— there have been some minor shipping and stocking delays, so you may not have had a chance to grab the device just yet. Fortunately T-Mo has been working to get its stock filled up and is seemingly ready to offer the popular smartphone to its customers in the immediate future. According to the gang at TmoNews, sources at T-Mo believe that the wireless carrier will re-launch the device next Wednesday, June 5th, at various T-Mo locations nationwide. This means that customers will finally be able to get their hands on the intriguing device featuring a quad-core processor, gorgeous display, UltraPixel camera and Beats Audio, among other things at long last.
The device should run customers about $100 for you UNcarrier plan holders— so it certainly makes the device just a wee bit more appealing than it already was before. If you’re a T-Mo customer and are in the market for a new phone, will you grab one?
Earlier today, we showed you the new Google Chrome Experiment game “Roll It” which virtually lets you play SkeeBall on your phone through your PC. “RACER,” which we first saw at Google I/O and has now launched, might be even cooler. “RACER” lets up to five smartphone or tablet users virtually race cars on a track that is built depending on how many users are playing.
“RACER” is built on HTML 5, so any device with Chrome (iOS or Android) can play. To set up, all you need to head to the source link, sync up your devices, and you’re ready to race. Gameplay is incredibly easy, and quite fun – the only thing you need to control is pressing on the screen to accelerate. The color on the top of the display indicates which car the device is controlling.
You can check out yourself through the video and source link after the break. Enjoy, and happy racing!
As all four of the big US carriers board the 4G LTE train it would be only a matter of time before a comparison study involving them came to be. While Verizon has the upper hand in the LTE market with roughly 95% of its 3G network covered with LTE speeds, AT&T is quickly rolling out its LTE service. They’re doing that while maintaining their quick 4G services as well. However as carriers focus on their LTE services the use of 3G networks are still prevalent. So the handoff between 3G and 4G networks is important.
A Galaxy Note II was used to measure the LTE speeds while an iPhone 4S was used to measure 3G speeds as both those devices are offered on all four networks. Hit the break to see how everyone ranked.
We’ve seen tablets explode in popularity in just the last year or two, and as of right now, it doesn’t look like anything is going to slow down that momentum. According to IDC, in 2013, tablet shipments will pass portable computer shipments worldwide. This is partly thanks to tablets 58.7% growth year-over-year, and partly due to the PC market’s apparent slump in the past few quarters. IDC’s report credits much of this ecosystem change on tablets’ abilities to meet most core users’ needs while maintaining a lower price point. The average selling price of a tablet is expected to dip to a low $381, while the ASP of a PC in 2013 is around $635. For most users, it makes more sense to spend half the money when a tablet can handle all of your daily tasks. After surpassing laptop shipments, IDC expects tablets to take the crown from total PC shipments in 2015.
Tablets will only continue to get faster, more usable, and more affordable, and while I don’t think the PC will ever go the way of the dinosaur, I think it’s pretty clear the direction the average consumer’s computing is going to go.
Verizon’s next network update is expected to more than double internet speeds, upgrading the service to Verizon’s Advance Wireless Service spectrum.
Although the service is not yet active, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has components that will be in use when using AWS airwaves— the phone will require a software update to activate the connection to the AWS frequency. The service is scheduled to launch in major cities, including New York City, starting in the next few months.
Verizon’s AWS airwaves will increase the capacity of its LTE network— Verizon execs say that the expansion is necessary to keep pace with increased network traffic. LTE traffic volume is expected to be 6 to 7 times greater in three years than it is today.
Earlier today we told you about how ASUS was teasing us in preparation for Computex 2013, and now it seems as though it’s Acer’s turn. The video teases two new tablets, both under green cloth, which can “do more than just use apps and surf the web.” You can speculate all you want on what you think these new devices may be, but we’ll just have to wait until next week for official confirmation. Check out the video after the break.
Spotify has finally answered the pleas of its users to add landscape support to its hugely popular Android application. Starting today, the company will begin a staged rollout of the update, so you’ll have to keep checking to see if you got the update. This is a great addition to the app as they now face increased competition from Play Music All Access. Check out the link to the Play Store after the break.