Kyocera Rise Coming to Sprint August 19th for Just $19.99

Sprint has been moving full steam ahead with their new LTE network, but that’s not stopping them from releasing 3G phones. We recently got our hands on the Kyocera Rise at CTIA, and now the phone has been confirmed to be launching on August 19th for $19.99 on a 2 year contract.

This 3G-only slider features a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a 1,500mAh battery, and will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, the Kyocera Rise will soon gain support for Sprint’s Direct Connect push-to-talk. I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t a powerful phone by any stretch of the imagination, but you know what? Having low-end phones allows for those on a tight budget to get their hands on the Android OS, and that my friends is the beauty of Android.

source: TechnoBuffalo

 

Samsung, Boost and Virgin Mobile all together in New York on August 22nd

 

Looks like Samsung, Boost and Virgin Mobile are planning a get-together for an announcement in New York on August 22nd. Other than the “Join us for big mobile news” sign on the image, nothing else has been said from either party on what this announcement entails. Our guess is an announcement of a new Samsung phone, perhaps their release of the Samsung Galaxy S III? Either way, we’ll all find out in two weeks!

Sprint Offering Free ZTE Optik Tablet With Purchase of Any Smartphone From Aug 12 To Sep 30

 

Owning both a smartphone and tablet is certainly a luxury, sometimes one is hard to attain for someone, much less both. According to sources from Techno Buffalo, Sprint is trying to make that easy for you by offering a free ZTE Optik tablet if you purchase any smartphone along with a 2 year agreement from August 12th through September 30th.

If you’re not familiar with the ZTE Optik, here’s a quick rundown on its specs:

  • 7-inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 resolution)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Remember, it’s absolutely any smartphone, even the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that’s currently available for free with a two year contract. While this is a sweet deal in itself, the kicker is that you also have to tack on a two year data plan on the tablet. Either way, free is always good, right?

source: Techno Buffalo

Motorola RAZR XT910 Android 4.0 ICS update roll-out begins today

 

It certainly is better to be late than never, and that’s exactly what the international Motorola RAZR (XT910) can say considering the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device has finally arrived. Through various sources, the update should be rolling out today and if you haven’t checked already, go ahead into settings to see if the update is available.

Apparently, the hold up to the update is due to T-Mobile as they refused to sign off on the update because they wanted to put their own “customizations” to the ROM (ala the mySense Espresso). While that’s very disappointing to hear, let’s just be happy that it has finally arrived.

If you own an international RAZR and received the update, we would love to know about it in the comments section!

source: GSM Arena

More evidence that a Samsung Galaxy S III in black is on its way

 

Yesterday we reported of a black Samsung Galaxy S III image that leaked on Samsung’s Facebook page, thus assuming that a black Galaxy S III may very well be on its way. Today, more evidence has surfaced on this possibility when an Android Police tipster sent them an image of a Carphone Warehouse’s internal product database that clearly shows “Samsung Galaxy S III Black.”

Obviously this is still a rumor and things could very well change, but signs are certainly pointing towards an imminent release of a black S III. Would a black Galaxy S III interest any of you guys, or has marble white and pebble blue kept you content?

source: Android Police

Samsung releases smartphone sales dating back to June 2010

 

The Samsung vs Apple battle has certainly given us a fair share of courtroom drama. The latest developments has both companies releasing documents of each of their respective smartphone sales dating back since 2007 for Apple, and 2010 for Samsung. While these documents are not exactly significant in the grand scheme of things (reason that these two are battling it out in court), it’s still interesting to look at from a consumers standpoint. It is also important to keep in mind that these numbers represent sales from within the United States and doesn’t account for sales from everywhere else in the world. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III line is also absent from these sales reports.


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HTC Takes To Facebook, Reiterates Thunderbolt, Rhyme And Desire S Are Still On Tap For Android 4.0 Update

 

Today’s a great day for owners of a few older HTC devices. While it was rumored some devices might not get Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC took some time and addressed users on its Facebook page confirming the Desire S and Thunderbolt smartphones would receive the Android 4.0 update by the end of August. In addition to confirming those phones would certainly get the update, HTC also moved up the HTC Rhyme rollout to June-July instead of later in the year… and yes we’re in August already— but the hope is the update will be pushed out within the next few weeks.

So owners of the Thunderbolt, Desire S and Rhyme can now take solace in knowing the second-latest and greatest update is definitely on its way.

source: Android Police

HTC updating HTC One X international version to Android 4.0.4

Owner’s of the international version of the HTC One X should expect to see a new over-the-air update rolling out to their devices. Reports indicate the update is very similar to the update that recently rolled out for the AT&T version of the One X and takes the device up to Android 4.0.4. HTC indicates in their announcement that the update includes improvements to Sense like mapping menu functions to the “recent app” key, better tab management in the browser, and some enhanced phone capabilities. Some memory and stability improvements are included as well. HTC also improved SDK support for Media Link and for the video call framework to help developers. Hit the break for the full statement from HTC.
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State help for HTC requested by Taiwan Central Bank Governor Perng

As reported last week, after peaking in 2011, HTC has experienced a major slide in their financial performance during 2012. The tough times for HTC are taking their toll on the economy of Taiwan which is seeing their exports slowing. July exports were down 11.6% compared to the prior year and July marked the fifth straight decline. While HTC is only one company, their reduction in sales is a major factor affecting Taiwan’s gross domestic product. In response, Taiwan’s Central Bank Governor Perng Fai-nan has asked the government of Taiwan to provide assistance to HTC. According to reports, the Industrial Development Bureau in Taiwan is already looking at some possible assistance packages.

source: Commercial Times
via: Android Central

Google Mobile search gets that Google Now look

I’ve really been enjoying the new Google Now search cards on the Nexus 7, and it’s no surprise that Google is heading in that direction for all their products. They just announced a new makeover for Google Mobile search that incorporates these same cards. Now when you search weather on a tablet or smartphone, you will get a new 10-day and hourly weather forecast that you can interact with. Other areas being updated are finance, currency conversion, unit conversion, dictionary definitions, local times, holidays, and sunrise/sunset times. You will even get a calculator when searching for calculations. For now it’s only available on mobile, but we can expect to see this hit the desktop soon. Head over to google.com on your smartphone or tablet and try it out.

source: Google Insidesearch