Pantech Marauder to launch on Verizon on Aug. 2nd

Following up on our earlier report regarding the Pantech Star Q, today Verizon announced availability of the device as the Pantech Marauder. Targeted at first-time smartphone customers, the device features a dual-interface option – Starter Mode or Standard Mode. Starter Mode features four homescreens with preset widgets, including a quick dialer enabling users to make calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode is a normal Android interface.

Besides the dual-interface options, the phone also offers dual-keyboard options with both the Android powered virtual keyboard on the screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From a hardware standpoint, the device offers a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, support for a 32 GB microSD card, and 4G LTE capability.

The Pantech Maruader will be available starting on Aug. 2 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement. More details are available in the press release after the break.
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Samsung’s Music Hub is now available in the U.S. for certain Galaxy S III owners

It didn’t take long for Samsung to reap the benefits of their recent acquisition of mSpot as they launched their new Music Hub service for international Galaxy S III users a few months ago. Today Samsung is announcing that it’s finally available to U.S. users. Music Hub is the first all-in-one mobile music service because it features a cloud locker, millions of songs that you can stream or purchase, the ability to make customized radio stations, and get personalized recommendations. It’s kind of like what you would get it Google Music married Slacker Radio.

The cloud locker is actually a lot like Apple’s cloud matching service, but Samsung will store all your unmatched music. What it does is scan all your music and match all your stuff to their database at 320kbps. If they can’t match it, the song will upload to your locker of which you get 100 GB of storage (for unmatched songs). Samsung offers a desktop version of the Music Hub software that will scan all your music and upload those unmatched tunes. It will also automatically scan or upload any new stuff you add to your collection just like Google Music. It will even upload your playlists, and from what the reps told me, it will handle iTunes and WMP playlists. That is already better than Google Music as it’s only compatible with iTunes playlists.


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New Samsung Galaxy S Duos resembles the Galaxy S III but not the specs

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562 is the latest dual-SIM offering and this newer version sports the “inspired by nature” look of the Galaxy S III. Unfortunately the specs won’t quite impress, but they really don’t have to since it’s not all that necessary for the market segment. It will sport a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, VGA (640 x 480) front camera, and 4GB of internal storage. On the good news front, Ice Cream Sandwich is on board. Right now we don’t have any details on when, where, or how much, but there seems to be a plan for a launch in India by the end of the summer.

source: engadget

Samsung’s designs from 2006 were similar to the iPhone but well before Apple released it

Samsung and Apple are going head to head this week and we’ve shown you trial briefs from both companies (Samsung / Apple). The bottomline in this case is that Apple feels Samsung copied them. The bottomline to me is that it’s really a joke that they are spending all this money to “fight over rectangles” as quoted by Samsung’s Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham.

Furthermore, Samsung will show the court the designs above, which were possibilities for the Summer of 2006, well before the iPhone was released in 2007. In fact one of these ended up being the Samsung F700, and believe it or not, Apple went after Samsung for it only to retract when they learned it was designed before the iPhone. Then there is the whole discussion on if Apple copied Sony. This is all one big joke and the attorneys are laughing all the way to the bank. Hit the break for another image, but this time it’s Samsung’s proposed OS. Look similar?


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Models In Italy Get Android 4.0 Update

 

As you’re already aware, Samsung initiated the Android 4.0 rollout to many of its devices. As some of their smartphones and especially their tablets have seen a taste of ICS, others have yet to see the update— and that’s why Sammy announced the rollout of ICS to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-P7500). While this is indeed exciting news, please keep in mind that the update is for P7500 users in Italy only at this time, but the hope is that the update will soon be rolled out to owners of the device in other markets.

If you live in Italy and own the tablet, you can use Samsung KIES or OTA for this update— but make sure the WIFI is on if you plan to update via OTA. Those of you GT-P7500 owners in other markets just sit tight, the update should be on its way sooner than later.

source: SamMobile

 

Sony LT29i Smartphone Gets Hands-On Treatment

 

You all remember that sleek Sony LT29i “Hayabusa” smartphone we told you about? Well, there are more details beginning to leak out for the mysterious smartphone. The gang at ePrice got hold of an engineering prototype of the LT29i and shared some detailed photos which highlight some of the smartphone’s features. For starters, you’ll note it’s somewhat similar in design to Sony’s also elusive LT30p smartphone— though the LT29i has more rounded corners. In addition, we have a better idea of the LT29i’s 720p display and solid viewing angles that are certainly comparable to other premium smartphones like the HTC One X. Among other items featured are an illuminated Xperia logo and the smartphone’s NFC chip

Now that we have a better idea of how the smartphone looks like and operates, it shouldn’t be too long before it’s finally released. All Sony needs to do now is change up the dated Sony Ericsson logo on the front and we’ll be in business. Hit the break and source link for additional shots of the smartphone.


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Xperia Tipo Headed to O2 and Orange in the UK

Entry-level smartphones have a proper place in the today’s market, they allow for anyone on a budget to become connected to the world and are great for kids. The Xperia Tipo is Sony’s latest device for the entry-level market and is set to launch on O2 next month. The Tipo was announced last month and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich and Sony’s UXP NXT software.

The Xperia Tipo is fun-sized, coming in at 3.2-inches, sporting an 800MHz CPU, a 3.2MP rear camera, and a 1500mAh battery, which Sony claims is capable of more than 24 hours of usage. The internal storage is split up between 768MB for applications and 2.5GB for media, of course, you can expand this via a microSD card. We have no official word on pricing but it is expected to sell for £100 on Pay As You Go, or possibly free on a two year contract. Orange lists the phone as “Coming Soon” on pay monthly.

source: Android Central

Archos 97 Carbon Now Available and On Sale!

The Archos 97 Carbon tablet is available! …*crickets* Okay, I know it’s not the Nexus 7, but hey, at least it’s in stock! Archos has a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 9.7-inch IPS display at 1024 x 768 resolution. You can purchase the tablet online for $229 after a $20 discount with free shipping.  The only saving grace over the Nexus 7 is the bigger screen. Hit the break for the full spec list and link to purchase, use code MAC45Z to save $20 at checkout.
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T-Mobile Samsung Sidekick 4G finally Retired but the Sidekick Line Might Live On

A spokesperson confirmed that the Sidekick 4G by Samsung has been “retired,” but the spokesperson added, “It doesn’t mean we are discontinuing the T-Mobile Sidekick line.”

I was never a big fan of the sidekick, although, my wife loved hers, at least until she dropped it in water. Who knows, I might be interested in a rebuilt sidekick if the specs were amazing. What about you?

source: Phone Arena

Strategy Analytics: US Android Market Share Falls Four Points to 56% for Q2

As a huge fan of Android it hurts me to be writing this article, but I press on. According to Strategy Analytics, Smartphone shipments, as a whole, fell 5% annually to 23.8 million units in the United States during the second quarter of 2012. Hit the break to see what Alex Spektor, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics had to say:
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