We heard back in December that U.S. Cellular was planning on adding the Samsung Galaxy S II to its lineup, and now it’s a reality. They just officially announced that it will be available soon for $229.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. Not a bad deal, but unfortunately it won’t be compatible with their upcoming LTE network. If you want LTE, we’ve already heard about another Samsung device baring model SCH-R930, which could release as soon as April. Back to the Galaxy S II, as you know, there are a number of U.S. variants with different specs. The U.S. Cellular version will include the 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor.
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Today, LG announced a trio of new smart phones and ultimately the meaning behind the recent mysterious “L” messages. In what appears to be a refreshing attempt to follow in the footsteps of HTC and Samsung, ‘L’ is going to be the simplified moniker for the new line of smartphones from LG. The three L-Style phones that were announced today span across hardware specs and retail price points. It appears that the L-Style devices wont strictly be limited to either budget or high-end models.
L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.
The larger of the three devices announced today is the 4.3-inch LG Optimus L7. The device will run Ice Cream Sandwich while the processing power is still unknown. The styling of the device will somewhat resemble the blunt edges as seen on LG’s Prada Phone 3.0 and will contain a leather textured back and metallic accents.
The next device unveiled is the mid-size, mid-range L5 sporting a 4-inch display. Like the L7, this device will also run Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a 1,500 mAh battery. The styling will also be similar to the L7 with metal accents and a leathery feel to the battery door.
The LG Optimus L3, the final and smallest of the three phones announced, will have a small 3.2-inch display and instead of sporting Android 4.0 it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Not much else is know about these new L-Style devices as it appears LG wants to leave the further details to be unveiled at MWC next week. We will let you know as soon as we hear more. Press release after the jump.
MWC is finally here next week and Panasonic is out to reveal more at the event, but first it wants to tease us a little. According to Pocket-lint, Panasonic is set to unveil a new device. The mysterious device will be a premium toy— perhaps more premium than that sexy Eluga smartphone and feature a dual-core processor, a bigger screen, front-facing camera and have a display featuring a Panasonic-designed technology. One other noteworthy feature is the smartphone will also utilize Panasonic’s Lumix technology in some sort of way.
Word on the street is a second mysterious device may be launched, which will be a tablet. There are little details and information about this except we do know that it won’t be a Toughbook tablet or similar to their other attempts at making tablets. Pocket-lint reports the device will be more consumer-orientated. This likely means Panasonic is finally ready to take a bigger bite into the Android pie.
Samsung just announced the followups to the Galaxy Ace and the Galaxy mini. Of course they are appropriately named the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy mini 2. They continue the trend of catering to users with active lifestyles who want something affordable.
The Galaxy Ace 2 (top left) features a 3.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a 800MHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera with auto focus and flash, VGA front facing camera, 4GB of internal storage, 1,500mAh battery, HSPA+ at 14.4Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, USB 2.0, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Galaxy mini 2 (top right) features a 3.27-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 3MP rear camera with fixed focus, 4GB of internal storage, 1,300mAh battery, HSPA+ at 7.2Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, USB 2.0, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Shortly after the announcement, Three in the UK announced they would be carrying both devices. Samsung plans on releasing the Galaxy Ace 2 in the UK from April and the Galaxy mini 2 in France from March with a global rollout soon after.
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When we last reported on speculative details of Google’s upcoming Android 5.0, it was rumored that Jelly Bean would be further optimized for tablets by adding some elements of Chrome OS. This sparked off the assumption that dual-booting with Windows 8 would be possible.
We are now learning that what actually might be included is a native docking mode, similar to Motorola’s Webtop, which launches a custom desktop-like interface when the device is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In his latest column for mobile-review, Eldar Murtazin writes that the dual-boot rumor from last week “remains a hypothesis from the realm of fantasy…” and that this may have been confused with a native docking mode similar to what Motorola was doing since the first Motorola Atrix.
Google’s Chrome has been a popular and innovative browser since its introduction in 2008. We finally got a taste of Chrome for Android with the beta version, which was released this February. In an interview with CNET, Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Google’s Senior VP, spoke on the future of Chrome for Android. Even though Chrome for Android is only available for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which amounts to around 1 percent of Android users, the browser has been downloaded between 100,000-500,000 times. Pichai says this healthy start is just the beginning, and there will be huge improvements over the next year. He then outlines some of the areas that are already good about Chrome for Android, and what can be improved:
People generally find it fast. They generally love sync [in which Chrome on a personal computer works shares settings with the Android version]. The tab stack [which lets people switch among browser tabs] people call out and say is visually slick.
For areas for improvement, people want an ability to see the desktop version of sites. That’s a common request. Second is full screen. Both fully make sense. We just want to do them correctly and well.
Third, there have been some questions about Flash [Adobe Systems' browser plug-in]. Following their road map, they clearly said they’ll not support Flash for mobile in the future. They’re investing a lot in HTML5. I don’t expect that to be a major issue, but we will address full-screen and the ability to see desktop versions [of Web sites]. And we’ll definitely bring it to many countries.
From a business standpoint, Pichai plans to expand the Chrome Web Store, which currently has quite a bit of free content. This won’t always be the case, as the store will eventually have more paid apps. Pichai hopes to turn the million of installs the Chrome Web Store has every day into profit.
How do you feel about the expansion of the Chrome Web Store, the added functionality of full desktop versions on websites, and full screen browsing? Shout out in the comments.
via: Android and Me
Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.
NVIDIA and ZTE just announced the ZTE Mimosa X, which is the first smartphone powered by all NVIDIA processors, the Tegra 2 and the Icera 450 modem. It will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4.3 qHD (960 x 540) display, 5MP rear camera, front camera, and 4GB of storage expandable to 32GB. The Tegra 2 is a dual-core processor and the Icera 450 supports HSPA+ at 21Mbps.
“The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market.”
We can expect to see “super multimedia capabilities” from the ZTE Mimosa X. This includes the advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), Dolby sound, DLNA, HD video record and play, dual microphones, and built-in gyroscope.
During CES this year we told you about Moneto, an NFC MicroSD card that gives NFC capabilities to the NFC-less. By using a microSD card with an NFC chip built in and its tailor made app you can use your phone to pay for purchases much like other NFC wielding phones. They first gave a 4-6 month timeline before we’d see these available but it appears thats the folks at Moneto are ahead of the game slightly. They have released compatible versions for the Galaxy S line of phones ranging from the Fascinate and I9100 to the Epic 4G. It’s safe to say that more phones will see support in the future.
They’ve also released an app into the Android Market that will allow you to make use of this NFC kit. If you are a Galaxy S variation owner you can head on over to the Moneto web site via the source below to purchase the kit. Currently you can get a 1GB MicroSD card, booster sticker, prepaid debit card, and $10 pre-loaded on the account for $29.95. If you’re interested you can hit the break below to download the app that will help turn your phone into a mobile wallet. As both LG and Sony are doing their own NFC gigs it’s safe to say that NFC is here to stay. If you’re still waiting for an upgrade and are dying to get NFC then this is the way to go. Enjoy!
Need to feed your fashion phone fever? Well the good folks over at T-Mobile UK might have exactly what you’re looking for. We brought you the news back in January that T-Mobile UK was planning to release the succinctly titled, Prada phone by LG, some time in February. Well it’s in stock and up for grabs right now at the online store.
As a quick reminder, the Prada phone is a mid-range, Android Gingerbread, fashion phone with a unique Prada designed UI and casing. In terms of tech-specs, the Prada boasts a 4.3″ WVGA screen, the phone is powered by a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP processor and 1GB of RAM, there’s 8GB of on-board storage and an SD card slot. In keeping with most fashion phones, the Prada phone offers high quality optics packing a 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.3MP front facing camera ideal for perfecting your Hollywood smile. Video capture is an impressive 1080p at 30fps.
The phone is available free of charge on T-Mobile’s newly announced, game-changing ‘Full Monty‘ plan. What could compliment your new fashion accessory better than a truly unlimited, throttle-free data plan? Head on over to the T-Mobile UK website to find out more.
source : T-Mobile UK