With incredible awe and wonder, we’re all still on “Edge” as to what the heck HTC has up their sleeves for MWC this year. As news continues to trickle down the pipeline, according to several other sites, some possible nomenclature has surfaced for these devices. “One X”, “One S” and “One V” look to be possible HTC names to hit some anticipated devices in Barcelona this year. Pocketnow reports that the HTC One X will be the name given to the previously mentioned “Edge” and/or “Endeavor”. And the boys over at SlashGear are claiming that the previously announced Ville will be dubbed the One S. We’re also being told that when it comes to writing the names out, HTC will add the “X” and “S” as superscript in the titles, further showing it to be HTC’s branding. And our friends over at Pocket-lint are claiming that the third handset on HTC’s roster will be called the “One V” and is reported to be a music centric device like the Rhyme. Sources state that the V will house a 3.7-inch display, Android’s ICS 4.0 and a 1 GHz CPU most likely by Qualcomm.
source: The Verge
These days, matching and bubble popping games are a dime a dozen. They’re all pretty much the same. So when I decided to try RuniK, I already had an opinion of the game before I even installed it. Fortunately, my snap judgment was way off base. RuniK is one of those rare games that gets everything mostly right, and keeps you coming back for more.
The Samsung Galaxy SII is an absolutely fantastic phone as it is right now. With a dual-core processor running at 1.2/1.5GhZ (depending on your carrier), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus screen to tap away at, the Galaxy SII could very well be a top Android contender for a little while longer.
However, the long speculated Galaxy SII V2 has appeared on a German retailer Cyberport’s website. Although the updated specs found on the website aren’t anything to really write home about, the phone does include a 1.2GhZ Texas Instruments OMAP dual-core processor as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA support. Although only a marginal update in specifications, if you live in Germany and were planning on purchasing a GSII, this might be enough to put off a purchase until it’s released. You can pre-order the device from the retailer’s website, and it’ll run you about €469.90, €10 more than the current iteration of the GSII.
Unless Samsung ninja stealthed another 7-inch tablet under our noses it appears that the Galaxy Tab 2 has passed FCC inspection. According to some keen observers it appears that this sequel to the original has the same backing as the recently introduced tab. While the GT-P310 (Plus) schematic disguised the new GT-P3113, under careful inspection it was revealed that the Tab hides a Broadcom radio module with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Slated for an initial UK release in March this device is moving right along as it should. Who knows maybe with the FCC approval we could see the release of this Ice Cream Sandwich Tab sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping!
With Samsung doing very well with their letter-based naming scheme, HTC is looking to the same. It only makes sense because how many different names can you come up with? It’s the perfect way to simplify things since they recently announced a cut back on the number of phones they will release this year.
We’ve already told you about the official names of the Endeavor and the Ville. which will be called the One X and One S when they get unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Months after the October announcement that Sony Corporation would be purchasing Ericsson‘s share in the company. Well roughly four months later the T’s have been crossed and the I’s have been dotted and Sony now owns Ericsson’s shares. Even after it was announced that it was close to completion at the end of January it looks like the final transactions are now just finishing. It was reported that as of yesterday, Central European time, the transaction to acquire Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile communications has been completed.
Sony Ericsson is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. Now that the acquisition has been completed Sony plans on renaming the subsidiary to Sony Mobile Communications. This move will continue to integrate the mobile phone business as a vital aspect of its electronics business. The aim will be to accelerate a convergence of Sony’s lineup of network enabled electronics. This will include smart phones, tablets, TVs, PCs and so on.
It will be interesting how integrated everything will be come and to see what Sony Mobile Communications has in store for the world now that Ericsson is no longer. The first Sony phone without the Ericsson brand, the Xperia S, has debuted and if this is any indication of the new subsidiary’s path, we are in for some great things.
The Samsing Galaxy Note is supposed to receive Ice Cream Sandwich sometime between March and May, but a leaked ROM is giving some a taste of it now. This ROM is only good for the Chinese variant (GT-I9220). It does not work with the International version (GT-N7000) or the AT&T version that releases this weekend.
This is definitely an Alpha build so expect a lot of bugs, but we hear the camera and Bluetooth are working. We also expect a release for the International version soon so stay tuned.
Want to win one of five LG Spectrums being given away by Verizon and LG in promotion of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D? Rules are easy, simply download the free Darth Maul Me app from the Android Market, take a picture of yourself and use the app to Darth Maul yourself. Next, you must be following @verizonwireless on Twitter and you need to tweet that picture you just created with the app. You must include @verizonwireless and #DarthMaulMe in your tweet in order for your entry to be valid. The contest ends in 4 days (Feb. 19) and they will be randomly picking a winner every day (since it started yesterday there are only four left). The window of time for entry each day is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (EST), but you can enter as many times as you want within that period. Pretty easy. To get started, grab the free app from the Android Market, and if you want to read up on the full contest rules, go here. Good luck!
Gigabyte is hoping to attract fans of dual-sim smartphones with the GSmart G1355. It’s not a high-end phone by any stretch of the the imagination, but it does come with a 4.3-inch WGA (800 x 480) display. Again not high-end, but with most dual-sim phones packing smaller screens, this is a nice touch. Unfortunately, the rest of the specs get worse: 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1GB of storage, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, HSDPA, 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. At 168 grams, this isn’t going to be light either.
It should be out in a few weeks, but no official details. I would imagine we will see it at Mobile World Congress in about 2 weeks.
Did you know that there is a technology standard called Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), that allows a mobile phone to use your Wi-Fi network to place your calls? It comes in very handy if you can’t get a decent signal inside your home or office. We reported over a year ago about T-Mobile’s plan to add something similar to UMA which was direct WiFi calling and it looks like they’re standing by their word. The difference between UMA and regular calls over WiFi shows itself in that unlike UMA, your call does not hand-off to the network should you leave your WiFi connection. Once you’re out of range with your router, the call drops. In addition, unlike UMA which was free, WiFi calling still counts towards your plan’s minutes.
In response to a post on TheVerge about IP calling, Josh Lonn, Director of Product Management for T-Mobile, posted a message in their forums clarifying T-Mobile’s position on the technology. In his post he mentions that “… in the future you will continue to see T-Mobile include Wi-Fi Calling as a feature on the vast majority of our smart phones. As a pure play wireless company, we will continue to leverage and embrace the power of IP communications to bring seamless, cost-effective connections to consumers across networks and devices.”