The rumored LG VS870 has officially passed through the FCC today, indicating an imminent launch. The device is expected to be irritably similar to the LG Escape that launched on AT&T last year, offering a quality cheap alternative for smartphone buyers on a budget. The FCC filing shows support for Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks, as well as approval from the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) which could mean Qi wireless charging may be in tow. There’s no word on a release date, though we’d expect it to see it arrive fairly soon considering the already-available Lucid’s rapidly aging hardware.
Yesterday in a report on global smartphone sales during the Christmas holiday period, we learned that one of the top three smartphones given as a gift was the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. We have another holiday coming up in less than a month that usually involves some gift-giving, Valentine’s Day. Verizon may be hoping to capitalize on the holiday by making the Motorola DROID RAZR M available in pink. The new color should be available online and in stores starting January 24th.
DigiTImes is citing unnamed industry sources as saying Samsung will incorporate new pixel layouts with increased resolution for AMOLED panels. The new design layout uses a hexagon and diamond-shaped pixel layout allowing for resolutions above 440 pixels per inch. The iPhone 5’s Retina Display is 326PPI. The same sources said the new panels would be used in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. Although we’re excited to see Sammi’s new flagship sport a top of the line display, we should point out the HTC Droid DNA already has a 440PPI display so it’s not exactly an industry first.
Quick recap of recent Galaxy S IV rumors: It could be unveiled in March, with an Exynos 5 Octa processor, 5-inch 1080p display and an S Pen! I’d like to say to take these rumors with a grain of salt but I’m too damn excited and not-so-secretly wishing for them to all be true!
We have seen a number of screen shots from the upcoming Sense 5.0 UI, but one thing that was absent in all of them was the HTC classic flip clock. All the images up until now showed a more minimalist version (pictured below). The assumption was that HTC was going to get away from it for the first time in many years, but lovers of the iconic flip clock can rejoice because it looks like it will be back again. HTCSource just received the image above to solidify it.
In a new story published yesterday, The Huffington Post delves into the history of Siri, Apple’s voice-assistant that seems to be ubiquitous to the iPhone experience since the 4S came out. One of the interesting bits of information from the article deals with how the technology almost ended up on all Android phones that were going to be sold by Verizon. Read more
The day has finally come for all of you Galaxy S II owners that have been patient and waiting for all that Project Buttery goodness: the Jelly Bean update is starting to roll out to the international variant (GT-I9100) of the popular smartphone. SamMobile reports that the Jelly Bean update brings the Android version to 4.1.2 and build JZO54K, while bringing a whole host of improvements. One of the major things to note is Samsung completely left the
horrible old UI and has implemented the Nature UX interface— which is the same as that found in the Galaxy S III. In addition to the newfound fluidity and speed of the UI, additional features include items like S Cloud support, new widgets, a new lock screen and of course, Google Now.
While the update is finally out in the wild, only owners of the international flavor of the smartphone can grab it at this time. This means that those of you on those carrier-branded models will need to wait just a little while longer. Don’t fret though— the update should be ready sooner than later for you folks. In the meantime— if you’re an owner of the international variant of the smartphone, feel free to check for the update at this time via Samsung Kies or OTA.
Q4 2012 was one heck of a time for Google. We saw the launch of some awesome devices… which resulted in some high demand and much pandemonium— and now it has some pretty solid earnings to show for the great year. According to Google head honcho Larry Page:
“we ended 2012 with a strong quarter. Revenues were up 36% year-on-year, and 8% quarter-on-quarter. And we hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time last year – not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half. In today’s multi-screen world we face tremendous opportunities as a technology company focused on user benefit. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Google.”
The reported revenues and free-flowing pipeline of funds were apparent at Google for Q4. The Mountain View giant reported consolidated revenues of $14.42 billion for Q4 which was an increase of 36% compared to the Q4 2011. What’s even more astonishing is that Google only accounted for its core advertising, search and mobile business when coming up with the $14 billion revenue total— if Motorola Home business was included, consolidate revenues would have grown to $15.24 billion dollars.
Yep, you read that right. Despite having a record breaking 2.1 million subscribers for Big Red in Q4 2012, totaling over 98 million customers, Verizon posted a $4.23 billion loss. Now, losing a few billion dollars is never a good thing, of course, but Verizon is a postpaid wireless carrier, so most of their profit comes over the two-year contracts customers sign to purchase their heavily subsidized phones, so this is certainly not the end of the world for them. And the best part of this report is that we get a peek at smartphone trends. Read more
The HTC M7 has been the source of many rumors and leaks lately, and now we have another big one for you. According to sources close to the matter, the M7 will be carried on three of the four major US carriers: Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. There is no evidence yet on whether T-Mobile will be seeing HTC’s next super phone, but it is possible that we could see a full four-carrier launch as HTC tries to take on Samsung’s Galaxy S III series which launched across all four US carriers about six months ago.
The M7 is poised to be a top contender in the crowded smartphone market, as it is rumored to pack a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display (with a mind-boggling 468ppi), a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to have a “simple and clean” UI. The M7 is rumored to be released at MWC next month, so hopefully we’ll see the US variants coming a short time later. Any of you planning on picking up the M7 when it releases?