Looks like it’s time for T-Mobile customers to rejoice once again. T-Mobile usually tends to make a splash for their late summer to fall device line-up. Last year they introduced the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II, this year it seems as if something very big is due for the Magenta carrier. Confirmed through various sources, a beefed-up version of the HTC One X will be coming to T-Mobile later this fall and the specs will be nothing short of amazing. The rumors of this phone have certainly come a long way when we initially covered this device earlier in the year. It was first assumed the device would be dubbed as the “G4x” to further accompany T-Mobile’s “G” brand line of stock Android phones such as the HTC G2 and LG G2x.
With its recent FCC certification and leaked renders, it’s only a matter of time till we see the second edition of the Spectrum on Verizon Wireless. It’s now in the Verizon CelleBrite system (VS-930) so it’s just that much closer. The Spectrum 2 will sport a 4.7-inch True IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, and 8MP rear camera. We still don’t have a release date, but we will let you know as soon as more details are leaked.
Google I/O 2012 was definitely one to remember as all Google I/O events were. Google put together a highlights video showcasing the entire 3 day event, and it’s only 3 minutes and 41 seconds long. Everything is covered like Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7, the Nexus Q, Chrome, Google Glass, and I think there was some skydiving if I remember correctly. Of course if you missed any news, you can always hit up our Google I/O coverage. Hit the break to watch.
Next week Samsung and Apple go at it in the courts again. I know, what else is new? Anyways, the Wall Street Journal posted some excerpts from Samsung’s trial brief. Of course Samsung’s argument is that they didn’t copy Apple’s iPhone one bit and that they were working on the next generation of mobile phones in the Summer of 2006, months before the iPhone was announced. These designs were based on market trends for increased screen sizes. They certainly weren’t going to scrap everything and change just because of the iPhone.
As to patents, Samsung said, “Indeed, Apple, which sold its first iPhone nearly twenty years after Samsung started developing mobile phone technology, could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung‘s patented technology.” Hit the break for some of the highlights.
If you were intrigued by the thought of getting your hands on the Pebble smart watch that we previously reported on, a mix of good news and bad news came out of the project yesterday. The good news is that a new color option is now available – orange. Selected based on voter’s choice, orange joins black, white and red options.
The bad news is that the availability of the Pebble devices has been delayed. The Pebble team indicates that due to popular demand, they have had to transition from ramping up for production of 1,000 devices total to 15,000 devices on a weekly basis. This additional demand means they will not meet their target of shipping in September. Even worse, they do not provide a new estimated availability date, so the delay is indefinite.
As consolation, the Pebble team did provide some information on their work to ensure the device moves from R&D to manufacturing and assembly. They indicate they are in the Engineering Verification stage with samples produced of the entire product before moving on to Tooling, when everything is finalized in the production facility.
As many of you know by now, Adobe Flash isn’t supporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but there is a solution and it’s very easy. There are actually two solutions depending on which device you have. For anyone running Jelly Bean on anything other than the Nexus 7, you can simply side load the APK and enable some plugins. For those of you with the Nexus 7, you will also need to install the stock Browser since the default Browser, Chrome, doesn’t support plugins. Hit the break for all the instructions and download links.
In case you didn’t know the future is now, Samsung is out to remind you of just that. In addition to having major influence for the Olympics, the Galaxy S III is now an official keycard at London’s Stratford Holiday Inn hotel during the Games. Samsung spearheaded a collaboration with the hotel to equip 40 rooms with a technology that allows the smartphone to do just about everything: check in and out, order room service, unlock doors and control the TV without moving. Quite impressive indeed.
Before you all try to hurry up and scramble to grab a room at that hotel’s location, keep in mind that the service will not be available to all– only VIPs for now. Of course you can try and convince one of those lucky individuals to allow to shack up with them so you can utilize the cool feature and technology— though we wouldn’t recommend it.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Huawei officially announced the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite which will be stocked with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Whether we can expect an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not in the future, we don’t know. When it comes to tablets, Huawei isn’t a company that really comes to mind. The tablet does look interesting and with the features that’s been released so far, I’m a little bit curious.
Starting this Friday, July 27th, Carphone Warehouse will carry the Nexus 7 tablet. Like many retailers, they will only offer the 16GB version, which happens to be sold out in the Google Play Store. You can purchase it outright for £199, but for those of you that need a constant connection, you can take the Nexus 7 for free along with a MiFi for a monthly charge of £20.50. As far as how much data they are offering, they didn’t disclose it in the presser.
Full press release after the break:
Think Jelly Bean will only be limited to chipsets such as Snapdragons and Tegra-based chips? Well think again— Android newcomer Intel has confirmed its Atom processors on both phones and tablets will eventually support the newest Android OS. An Intel spokeswoman confirmed that:
“Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors”.
So there you have it. Hopefully this will be the first sign of seeing the the last of the dated Gingerbread 2.3 on current and future Intel Atom-based devices, but ummm you know— the current and future Atom-based devices need to get Ice Cream Sandwich first.
source: The Verge