MetroPCS adds budget-friendly Coolpad Quattro 4G to its lineup

MetroPCS announced today the availability of the Coolpad Quattro 4G – the first phone with Coolpad Americas as a MetroPCS partner. The device is being described by MetroPCS as a “new, affordable” device for “cost-conscious consumers.” The phone’s specs won’t be setting any records, however that’s obviously not the intent here. The Quattro 4G will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), sport a modest 4-inch display, a 1GHz processor, and a rear 3.2 megapixel camera coupled with a VGA front-facing camera.

The phone will run $149, while the 4G LTE plans begin at $40 a month. Also for a limited time, MetroPCS is also is offering a $50 mail-in rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones purchased. So you could effectively buy two Quattros for $248 after the rebate, which is not too shabby of a deal.

 

source: MetroPCS

Featured Play Store Newbie: Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower [Gaming-Casual]

Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower, by Nevosoft, is the follow up to the very popular Magic Academy: Hidden Castle. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or into enchanted legends, you will want to check this out. You play Irene, a young magician that would like to serve on the Magic Council of the Tirisfal Fortress. The problem is that a priceless treatise is missing and if it falls into the wrong hands, a demon that was banished long ago could be summoned from exile. So far the evidence points to your (Irene’s) sister. It’s up to you to start your investigation and find out who has been tempted by the ancient demon and has started negotiating with the powers of darkness.


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Google Casually Advertises Its Nexus 7 Tablet On Its Homepage

 

In case you need more persuading to grab the superb Nexus 7 tablet (if you haven’t purchased one already), Google has gone ahead and provided a subtle way to get the masses to get out and purchase the tablet. As users log onto its homepage, they are casually greeted by a mini-Flash presentation which shows the Nexus 7 peeking out, while letting customers know “the playground is open”. Leave it to Google to always come up with some sneaky clever ways to advertise its products and services.

Again— if you are interested in grabbing what is hands down the best tablet available in terms of sheer value, you can grab the 8GB version for $199 or the 16GB version for $249 in the Play Store today.

 

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Samsung Announces 4 New Colors For The Galaxy S III Smartphone

 

Samsung has announced four new colors for the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. While we already knew Sammy would have a “Sapphire Black” and “Titanium Gray” version of the smartphone on the way, it has also announced the “Amber Brown” and “Garnet Red” colors as well. Each color is inspired by nature and showcases elegance, intelligence and style. In addition, every color of the phone adopts a pure and clear material called Hyperglaze on the back cover casing which helps to elevate the phone’s aesthetic look.

As exciting as the new colors are, Sammy does stress the availability of the colors will indeed depend on the country and retailer and carrier. Here’s hoping the color of your choice will indeed be available for those of you interested in grabbing the popular smartphone.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich update includes a root checker

As you know Motorola recently upgraded the DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and DROID 4 (international versions as well) to Ice Cream Sandwich, but one thing that we weren’t aware of until today is that Motorola has installed a root checker. In the image of the DROID RAZR (above) you can see a “qe 1/1″, which means the device is currently rooted. If you see a “qe 0/0″, it means it was never rooted, and if you see a “qe 0/1″, it means it was rooted at one time, but not now.

What Motorola will do with this information is unknown, but I guess it’s possible that you could be denied a replacement phone if you’re in need. It would have to depend on the Verizon rep booting into recovery though, and my guess is that most of the reps will never do it. It could also be something that Motorola will use for their own information when examining returns. Either way, it’s better that you know about it now than later. More images after the break.


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Samsung Launches Drive Link App For Drivers

 

Samsung is looking to make things just a little easier for drivers with its Drive Link app— especially for those of us who have the habit of using our devices while driving. Drive Link gives users access to the most popular apps while driving like talking hands-free, navigation and listening to music. In addition, some of the cool Drive Link features includ having the ability to utilize Text-to-Speech technology— which will allow the system to read text messages, emails and stories via a car’s infotainment system or the navigation system utilizing GPS features, allowing the user to select preset, recent or favorite destinations, or search for a specific address.

The innovative app will be available for the international version of the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) smartphone first, followed by other Android 4.0-powered smartphones shortly afterwards. For those of you that care– Samsung has plans to launch the app in 21 countries… none of which includes the US.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

 

Apple-Samsung jury foreman Vel Hogan on the jury: ‘Nobody owned an iPhone’ [Video]

There has been a lot of talk about Apple getting “home field advantage” in the recent Apple vs. Samsung case on patent infringement. Recently jury foreman Vel Hogan sat down with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West”, and said that none of the jury members owned an iPhone. Of course that wasn’t all as the interview was roughly 17 minutes long. You may wonder what evidence seemed the most damaging, and Hogan mentions the fact that Google warned Samsung that their prototypes resembled Apple’s, but Samsung ignored it. He also mentioned J.K. Shin’s internal email that said the comparison between the iPhone and Samsung’s prototypes was that of “heaven and earth.”

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source: bloomberg

 

LG Officially Announces The LG Optimus G LTE Smartphone, Features Snapdragon S4 Pro And Android 4.0 Goodness

 

Well we can’t say that we’re too surprised here. After hearing about a certain LG quad-core device being worked on behind the scenes, it took a few more hints like Qualcomm being all giddy and even a tease from LG to really generate more interest and excitement. Of course, after seeing the device in plain view would naturally cause LG to go ahead and spill the beans on the LG Optimus G. The superphone has features that you would expect in a premium device: a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 13MP camera + 1.3MP front camera, 2,100mAh battery and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS 1280 x 768 display. Oh and the device will feature Android 4.0.

The LTE-powered device will launch in Korea next month, followed by a global launch by the end of the year. All that’s left to see now is how many customers would be willing to take a gamble on the questionable history of the LG brand and go for what will unquestionably be one of the best (if not, the best) smartphones of 2012.

source: LG Newsroom

 

New Jelly Bean ROM Now Available For… The Original Droid?

In November, the original DROID turns three. That makes it officially “long in the tooth” when it comes to smartphones. It’s the phone that really put Android on the map, and for that it holds a special place in many developers’ hearts. One such XDA developer, kfazz, has just extended the life of the DROID by releasing a pretty stable Jelly Bean ROM.

The ROM seems to run quite well. Obviously, the three year old hardware can’t keep up with today’s devices, but Project Butter shows through even on lesser hardware. The only thing not quite working yet is the camera, but give it time.

Hit the break to see a video of Jelly Bean running on the DROID, and head on over to XDA for the download link.


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HTC Proto re-emerges in leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X

HTC’s rumored Proto smartphone has been outed in a set of leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X. The device is slated to take over as the company’s entry-level smartphone, effectively replacing the uniquely-styled One V. In terms of specs, the Desire X won’t break any records, though it seems to pack quite the bang for your buck.

  • 4 inch WVGA (Super LCD)
  • 5-megapixel camera with Auto focus and LED Flash
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Dropbox 25GB for 2 years
  • 1650 mAh battery(removable)
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Sense 4.1