Now this is a great way to start off the holiday weekend! Sources from the highest level of the government have leaked the supposed release dates for Magenta’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and myTouch by Huawei.
- Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB Metallic Blue – June 20th
- Samsung Galaxy S III 32GB Metallic Blue – June 20th
- T-Mobile myTouch (Huawei Phoenix) – July 11th
- T-Mobile myTouch (Huawei Buddy) – July 11th
- Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB Ceramic White – July 11th
- Samsung Galaxy Note – July 11th
If these dates are legitimate, T-Mo customers can look forward to getting the magnificent GSIII in metallic blue in less than a month. Let’s hope this all pans out in what looks to be a killer summer for T-mobile.
Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Play’s upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been canceled, leaving the PlayStation-certified smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that compatibility and stability issues with the Play’s gaming features are to blame.
Other 2011 Xperia phones are still on track to receive the upgrade to ICS, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Active. These devices will begin receiving an optional 4.0.4 update through the PC Companion app starting next week.
Existing Xperia devices already running 4.0.3 will be getting an update to 4.0.4 around the same time frame. These devices include the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray, and Xperia Neo V.
Late June is the date for the Xperia S to get ICS, and the Xperia P and Xperia U should receive it in Q3.
source: sony blog
Ever since Samsung announced S-Voice, an exclusive voice-activated virtual assistant for the Galaxy S III, people have been scrambling to try to install it on other devices. S-Voice is actually powered by Vlingo, which has its own voice app in the Play Store that has been around for quite some time.
Now, Vlingo has released Vlingo Labs, a beta version of their latest virtual assistant that provides much of the same functionality as S-Voice minus the device restrictions. Labs is where Vlingo will test new features, such as being able to wake up Vlingo with a spoken word, SMS/search/voice calling dictation, and truly hands-free operation. These features, when fully fleshed out and tested in the Labs app, will then graduate to the full Vlingo app.
Vlingo Labs looks and acts a bit more like Apple’s Siri, bringing Android closer to parity with iOS’s much heralded voice assistant.
Labs only supports U.S. or Canadian devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Download it from the Play Store link or QR code below.
Play Store Download Link
The HTC Evo 4G LTE was finally released from customs jail, and it’s making its way into Sprint users’ hands. For those users who want to root right away, you’re in luck. XDA developer Zedomax has put together everything you need to root and unroot the Evo 4G LTE, including instructional videos. This method does not unlock the bootloader with S-OFF, but you still get root, and that opens up a lot of possibilities. This will give you full root with the SuperSU app and busybox.
Google’s Project Glass has been getting quite a bit of buzz lately even though it is still in its “project” phase. We have already seen a few Google execs wearing the glasses (or would it be glass?) in public and a few have even posted example photos on Google+. Speaking of posting on Google+, the company also recently posted a short 15 second sample video showing us what 720p video looks like when recorded via the wearable tech. We have included the video after the break for your viewing pleasure and as you will see the quality is pretty damn good.
Yesterday the LG LS860 “Cayenne” leaked, which is a QWERTY slider destined for Sprint. At the time it seemed like a Viper with the addition of the slider, but it appears to be a little better. We thought it would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, but it appears it will come with the Snapdragon S4, which puts it in line with the AT&T HTC One X, Sprint EVO 4G LTE, and most likely all U.S. Samsung Galaxy S III variants.
Mobile advertising platform company Millennial Media has just released their Mobile Mix Report for Q1 that includes data on mobile devices, manufacturers and operating systems as well as global technological trends. According to the report, Android is the leading operating system today. This news comes as no surprise given the fact that the Android OS comprises of 59% of smartphone market share.
What is also interesting is that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab appears to have the number two spot in tablets, beating out Amazon’s Kindle Fire and coming in behind Apple’s iPad. The report appears to be measuring advertisement activity within the devices to assess trends among each category. Being that Google is the king of ads, we can see how the Galaxy Tab, having been around for a good bit, would be at the top of the tablet category.
Other honorable mentions include Samsung being the number two manufacturer and mobile gaming saw an increase of 10% from last year. Hit the source link below for more details on this unique collection of data.
Originally Bump was great for sharing photo, apps, contacts, and other information from phone to phone. I used it a number of time, and for me it always worked great. Although I haven’t used it in a long time, I may give it another shot with this new feature they are offering. Bump is now giving users the option to share only photos with your desktop pc. ‘How does this work?’ You may ask. Well you’ll need to have the application installed on your Android device, head over to the Bump website on your desktop pc, choose the photo’s you’d like to move, and hit the spacebar on your computer and magic! The photos are now on your pc. If you feel like giving it a shot, let us know how it goes for you.
Play Store Link
NVIDIA is looking to capitalize on the success of the Tegra 2 chipset from last year. There were 15 smartphones that sported it, and this year’s Tegra 3 will be on 30 according to NVIDIA GM Mike Rayfield who spoke at their annual investor meeting yesterday. He also emphasized that most of these phones will be cheaper as in 13 of them have a transfer price (not retail price) of under $300 as compared to zero last year.
The problem that has been a thorn in NVIDIA’s side has been LTE compatibility. It was the reason for the delay of the DROID Bionic last year. Yes nobody will admit it, but I firmly believe it. This issue has helped Texas Instruments, whom Motorola went to, and certain Qualcomm, who both Samsung and HTC went to for U.S. releases. Well the good news is they are making progress. They announced that its first LTE modem, the Icera 410, has been certified for AT&T’s LTE network which we reported yesterday. They also introduced its successor, the Icera 500. They didn’t give much details about the 500, but they did say it would be paired with the upcoming “Grey” processor. The Grey SoC won’t show up until next year, but the Icera 410 will arrive later this year. I’m thinking the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 that just hit the FCC with AT&T LTE radios on board.
We have caught a glimpse of the up and coming tablet from ASUS, dubbed TF300TL. The standard tablet from ASUS is know to be Wifi enabled, but we’ve yet to see one 3G/4G capable until today. The FCC has recently listed a 10-inch ASUS TF300TL. Based on the FCC E-filings we see the frequencies for the makings of a HSPA 3G (850MHz/1900MHz) and LTE 4G (700MHz/1700MHz) that would lead us to believe that this tablet could be an offering of AT&T in the near future. There are no indications as to when this Transformer Pad will pass thru the FCC, but we’ll keep our ear to the ground and relay any breaking news to our readers.
Side note since we’re on the subject of ASUS: Including today, there are 6 more days left for your chance to enter Week 3 of our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway courtesy of ASUS, NVIDIA, and Talk Android.