LG to stray from Windows Phone and solely focus on Android

LG has been in the cellphone game for as long as anyone else and their Android offerings from this past year have provided a nice boost to their global market share. Their development has been mainly divided between Android and Windows Phone, yet LG has not been very impressed with the results from their WP venture. “The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure“, LG explains.

The company has now stated that for the foreseeable future, they will solely focus on Android handsets and take an indefinite hiatus from WP. This seems to be good news for us Android lovers, however one must ask if this is indeed the best move for the company? At this time, LG would be the only major Android manufacturer that solely works with Android OS. Thankfully, LG’s repertoire of technology stretches to everything from HD TV’s to high efficiency washer and dryers, so putting all of their eggs in the Android basket shouldn’t make or break them. For such a large company, it just seems surprising to limit itself to Android only. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: phonearena

AT&T HTC One X only has 16 GB of storage versus European counterparts

Many AT&T users are excited about getting their hands on the upcoming HTC One X that will be available on the carrier in a little over a week. As some of you have already figured out, the AT&T version of the One X isn’t entirely like its European cousins. The Euro One X has 32 GB of internal storage, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a few smaller upgrades that are lacking in the AT&T version. To be honest, AT&T’s One X is actually more like the international HTC One XL which is a dual-core, 16 GB, LTE version of the One X. However, HTC Australia states that their One XL also has 32 GB of storage on board, leaving many to wonder why AT&T couldn’t include more storage after all.

So why is AT&T’s One X different from all the rest? Truthfully because it’s not a One X at all, but a One XL that has been misbranded for obvious advertising benefits. However, that’s not the only reason why their One X has less storage. AT&T, like other companies, has conducted research in the past to find that 16 GB is more than enough storage space for the majority of their smartphone users. That, coupled with the fact that T-Mobile‘s recently released HTC One S also comes with 16 GB of storage and is currently $199 on contract makes the plot thicken.

So in an effort to keep the price competitive, it seems AT&T made the decision for less storage while keeping the best intentions of their customer’s wallets in mind. You can’t really knock them for trying to look out for you, can you? Then there’s always Sprint‘s Evo 4G LTE with micro SD card support for up to 32 GB of additional storage, which is perfect for those of you that are soon to be off contract and need a bigger trunk for your junk.

source: pocketnow

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Gets Some ClockworkMod And CM9 Nightly Treatment

 

While Sprint owners can enjoy all that pure ICS goodness on the newly released Galaxy Nexus, they have yet additional reasons to be excited for the device: the arrivals of CM9 Nightly and ClockworkMod Recovery. The ClockworkMod Recovery, which is the gold standard in ROM management will be available in touch and classic flavors, while the CM9 Nightlies will offer up users daily dose of new Android 4.0 code. Keep in mind though that as exciting as the CM9 Nightlies release is for users, keep in mind the codes may not have been tested and do not have any changelogs, so owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus may encounter a significant bug or two (or three or four).

So you’ve seen enough and ready to get into some CM9 or ClockworkMod action? Great— make sure you hit the source link below for full details and the download links.

source: CyangenMod | ClockworkMod
via: Android Police

GameStop now accepting Android trade-ins at select locations

Some good news for all my fellow gamers and dreamers out there. The toy store for all ages, GameStop, has just announced that they will now be accepting Galaxy Tabs and Nexus devices for trade-in credit and resale at select locations. In the past, GameStop has always been great about having special trade-in deals and discounts to help get customers into the latest new releases, all while offering an extensive collection of lightly used games as a cheaper alternative for the fiscally aware. GameStop plans on expanding its current Android collection to more devices in the near future and expects to roll out Android trade-ins to all locations sometime in Q4, just in time for the holiday season. I wonder if they already have a slightly used Sprint Galaxy Nexus for sale? Doubtful.

source: gadgetexperts

Samsung Shows Some Love To The TI-OMAP-Based Galaxy S II I9100 By Giving A Heavy Scoop Of Android 4.0

It’s been a while since Samsung first released the coveted Android 4.0 update for its Galaxy S II smartphone… well– certain Galaxy S II models that is. Apparently the TI-OMAP-based I9100 model wasn’t lucky enough to get the original update in March, only some teases in the meantime. Well Sammy has officially decided to show some love and push the official update out to the I9100. As of now, the update is limited to I9100 devices in only a few countries, but there is hope the update will roll out globally within the next few weeks.

If you’re an owner of the TI-OMAP-based version of the I-9100, the time to enjoy that delicious Ice Cream Sandwich goodness is finally at hand!

source: GSM Arena

LG opens multi-screen cloud service tomorrow

Who needs another cloud service? Well in case you’re looking for one, LG is launching a new one tomorrow in beta, dubbed LG Cloud, and if you happen to own a LG Smart TV, you might actually like it. LG’s new service will stream photos and videos and will work on Android phones, desktop computers, and LG Smart TV’s. The app will be available in the Google Play Store and LG Smartworld store, and once installed, it will sync data across all devices.

“Most companies today only see the cloud as a storage device or in the case of YouTube or Flickr, only for one type of content,” LG Home Entertainment president and CEO Havis Kwon said today in a statement, adding that “tomorrow’s consumers don’t want to go to one cloud for music, another cloud for video, another location for photos and yet another cloud for their office files.”

LG Cloud is open to all with an Android phone and will come with 5GB of storage for free, but if you purchase an LG Smartphone or LG Smart TV, you will receive 50GB for 6 months. If don’t own either device, but need more space, they will sell it to you. At this time the pricing wasn’t disclosed.

source: cnet

 

 

Samsung and Apple could settle their differences in May

Apple and Samsung have battled and battled, and yes, battled in the courtroom for a while now. It would be nice if they called a truce. Now with Tim Cook in charge I guess it’s a possibility now as he doesn’t feel like going thermonuclear war on Android the same way Steve Jobs did. According to Foss Patents, the two smartphone giants are scheduled to meet on May 21 and 22 for mediation to settle this war once and for all. Nothing is guaranteed, but this is a start. I say lets end this war and get on with innovation.

source: foss patents

Huawei Looks To Future: Investing Captial For Development Of Touch-Free Devices And Infinite Cloud Storage

 

We all should know about the Huawei brand by now. If not, perhaps the thought of the thinnest smartphone around should help refresh your memory. The Chinese brand is apparently obsessed with making sure it becomes one of the major innovators of the smartphone land by increasing its research and development budget by 20% to $4.5 billion that will bring “disruptive technology” to consumers— essentially unusual advancements. What unusual advancements, you ask? Huawei North America’s Research & Development General Manager John Roese poses this thought to the masses:

“What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands? So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.”

Imagine the possibility of having a smartphone that recognized gestures and movements without the user actually having to touch the device— kind of like how the Microsoft Kinect works. That type of technology has Huawei executives thinking and dreaming big. To pull of this type of concept and technology would require Huawei devices to feature some serious internal firepower, so naturally it would need a device featuring the latest and greatest technology. That’s why Roese makes it important to note the Huawei devices featuring the technology would need powerful graphics processing and dual front-facing cameras. Smartphones would likely not be capable of that type of technology in the beginning, so Roese also notes Huawei is likely to build it into tablets first.
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Samsung Galaxy S III to sport a 4.8 inch screen?

Fear not dear readers, the launch of the Galaxy S III is only 4 days away, and finally the rumours will stop. Until then though, expect the excitement to reach fever pitch for what is beyond doubt the most hotly anticipated Android phone of all time. I seem to be reporting a lot of leaks, rumours and would be exclusives and it looks like today is no different.

The good folks over at Know Your Mobile received the above image, proclaiming to be the Galaxy S III, from an anonymous tipster. What perhaps makes this latest leak a little more interesting than some of the others is that the phone is pictured measured up against a ruler showing that the device measures 130mm and the screen 4.8 inches. The design of the phone in this image looks like a cross between the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II, not necessarily a bad thing I hasten to add! Aside from the visible hardware home button, there’s not much else can be taken from the still.

The good news is that there’s only a few more days of drama before the next Galaxy is finally revealed to the world. Perhaps we’ll have the first “official” leak of the Galaxy S 4 by the following weekend!

source : Know Your Mobile

LG Optimus True HD LTE Expanding Reach To More Countries

The really-long-named LG Optimus True HD LTE has already launched in Korea, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. LG is now expanding the reach of this device to Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The handset includes a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 True HD IPS display, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Wait. What? Yes, the LG Optimus True HD LTE will arrive without the latest version of Android, though an update to Android 4.0 will be coming sometime in the future.

source: pocket-lint