Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its newest budget-level device that’s headed straight for Straight Talk and Net10’s wireless networks. The device is called the Galaxy Discover and comes with some modest specs including an 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, 2.7GB of storage built-in and a 3-megapixel rear camera. While those specs leave a lot to be desired— the Galaxy Discover does have one thing most (Samsung) devices don’t— a unmolested Android experience. That’s right friends— the Galaxy Discover comes loaded up with stock Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, which gives a surprising treat to potential customers. Of course the Galaxy Discover probably doesn’t have the specs to run a TouchWiz-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but we don’t think too many potential customers would complain about having stock Android and all.
So while the device is officially out in the open– it is still unclear of when it will be available for purchase for Straight Talk and Net10 customers, but here’s hoping we see the device sooner than later.
source: The Verge
Who said Android manufacturers didn’t deliver on their word? OK, maybe not always on software updates but HTC is living up to its promise of crappy sales. Earlier this week the Taiwanese giant announced it expected this quarter’s sales numbers to be down as much as 17% over the first quarter of 2012. It turned out January wasn’t quite so bad. HTC reported sales revenue of T$15.54 billion ($527 million US) for the first month of 2013. That figure is 5.9% less than the T$16.52 billion for January 2012. So yes, the M7 is big for HTC.
Source: UK Reuters
That’s HTC’s latest attempt at keeping us salivating over whatever their next announcement is going to be, whether that’s the M7 or something completely different. If nothing else, it’s creepy. A heart melding together with a circuit is an odd choice for attracting attention to a smartphone, but it does seem to fall in line with calling something the Droid DNA, (if they release a phone named after a kidney, I’m not buying it, I don’t care how awesome it is) so this might be a trend for HTC in the future. Or it could be something software related, like a living personal assistant along the lines of Siri or S-Voice. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point, at least until HTC wants to fill us in during their event scheduled later this month.
source: Android Community
It looks like LG has some surprises in store for the public in the near-future after generating major buzz from the release of Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4. On its Facebook page, LG released an image of a gift wrapped box with the cryptic tagline: “New Series Will Be Unveiled”, while encouraging us to wait and “see what surprise LG has in store for you this time, with an unexpected distinction”. With the upcoming Mobile World Conference later this February, LG is ensuring their spot in the most anticipating unveiling category.
What do you think LG is going to unveil? Many are looking forward to the office announcement LG Optimus G Pro which sports a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery. Could this be what LG is hinting at unveiling? What might this “new series” entail for LG and consumers?
source: LG Facebook
If this pace keeps up, Galaxy S IV rumors are going to steal all the hype from Mobile World Congress before it even starts. Okay, maybe not, but the rumors are definitely distracting. The latest today comes from SamMobile, who claims to have confirmation from an inside source that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, which gives them just enough time after MWC to send out some invitations and keep the spotlight on their new flagship. After the announcement, the phone will be released at the start of April, which is a little earlier than the mid-April dates we’ve been seeing.
Like always, European and Asian countries get their hands on the S IV first, while American, Canadian, and Australian carriers will sell the S IV later in May or June. There’s also the standard assortment of accessories Samsung offers with their devices that are slated for a week 15 release in the year, which fits nicely with that early April release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you guys are more patient than I am.
Still looking for an LG Nexus 4? If so and you are willing or able to use the T-Mobile network, online retailer LetsTalk has a deal going for the device for new activations. Possibly the best part is that their web site shows the device as being “In Stock” and they have free overnight shipping via FedEx. LetsTalk indicates it takes them 1 to 2 days to process the order in their warehouse, so you could possibly have the device in hand by the weekend if things work out right. On top of the availability, LetsTalk also offers a special coupon code, “TALK4TEN” that gives you an additional $8.50 off the price. With a two-year contract, that brings the total price down to $76.49.
If you are ready to place your order and can live with a T-Mobile two-year contract in order to get the subsidy discount, just hit the source link below.
If you’re a Nexus 4 owner, you may have noticed that the stock images Google usually provides for its consumers had mysteriously vanished from the Nexus images website. Well you’re in luck as the images have miraculously resurfaced on Google’s site.
Although we are uncertain why the image was pulled, we can tell you that nothing has changed as far as we can see. The MD5 hash is the same as before and it is for the most current flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.1 build JOP40D. Please note, however, that the binaries necessary to build AOSP for the Nexus 4 are still missing.
If you’re one who tends to tinker with their devices and want piece of mind to restore your devices, make sure you get your hands on a stock image in case Google decides to pull another disappearing act.
Source: Google Nexus Factory Images
Are you in the market for a new smartphone? If so, you’re in luck with a killer upgrade deal from Best Buy Mobile. Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card incentive to those looking to upgrade their smartphones anytime between now and December 31st, 2013. That’s right, you have the entire year to upgrade your smartphone and still cash in on this deal. With all of the options available like the HTC DROID DNA, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the ever-popular Samsung Galaxy S III currently available on the market, upgrading is an easy decision to make.
According to Best Buy all that is required is a name, email address and phone number to qualify for the incentive. Hurry though as this deal is only open and available through February 9th, 2013. If you plan on upgrading your phone anytime during 2013, now would be the time to grab this deal.
Source: Best Buy Mobile
Motorola RAZR i handsets have begun receiving the highly anticipated update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean today. The new firmware brings the usual slew of new features including expandable notifications, Google Now, Project Butter and Face Unlock.
Mobile security is a big deal on Android devices. While it’s debatable if malware is as big of a problem on Android as security analysts say it is, it’s still very important to keep your devices protected, just in case. Usually, Google does an excellent job of patching most vulnerabilities in their software, the problem is that carriers take way, way too long to get those security patches onto consumer handsets. Activist Chris Soghoian, known for his work with consumer security and privacy, has recently called out wireless carriers on their poor practices with updating these devices.
He’s saying what we’ve all been thinking, but he definitely brings to light some of the less thought about problems of slow updates. Most people complain about being stuck on old software because it’s slower or lacks cooler features, but that outdated software also lacks the updated protection that current software would provide. The antivirus on your computer wouldn’t do much good if it was looking for malware from 2010, would it? He also talks about the stock Android browser, which is one of the more popular browsers simply because it’s preloaded on the device. Unlike Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser you can download from the Play Store, the stock browser lacks constant updates and new malware protection like updateable apps have.
It’s definitely a good read, and definitely a situation that needs to change. Read on past the source to see what Soghoian has to say.
source: Threat Post
This newest Galaxy S IV leak is both awesome and incredibly disappointing. It’s an extremely attractive design with absolute top-of-the-line specs for a smartphone, and it’s also extremely fake. While the bottom stereo speakers on the metal frame would be a fantastic addition to Samsung’s newest flagship, it’s extremely unconventional and very unlike Samsung’s traditional plastic designs. The angles on those speakers and the bottom USB port are weird, to say the least, especially since they’re viewable from the front and the very bottom, and the lighting and shadows are completely impossible. But who knows, maybe Samsung’s figured out how to defy physics with their S IV? We can hope, right?
It’s also worth noting that the Samsung logo uses a weird, non-Samsung font, and Bluetooth 5.0 isn’t a thing. It is possible that this was just an early mock-up at the beginning of the design phase for the phone, and if that’s the case, I hope metal frame, dedicated camera button, and ridiculous specs managed to make it to the end product. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to find out.
Yes folks, this post isn’t a flashback to a year ago. The HTC Thunderbolt is actually receiving the much elusive ICS update for the device. This update upgrades the Thunderbolt to Android 4.0.4 with Sense 3.6. Head to Settings > About phone > Software update to see if your update is ready.
Considering ICS came out almost a year and a half ago, I’d like to say it’s better late than never… But this is as late as you can get. Anyone still using this as their primary device?
It has been confirmed that BlackBerry 10’s Android Runtime Layer will be updated into Jelly Bean with it currently on Gingerbread. If you’re not familiar with this, BlackBerry Z10 owners are currently able to side-load Gingerbrea-based Android applications onto their device. This is certainly a huge thing for the platform as it’s able to take advantage of Android’s ecosystem.
While the news is only confirmed, there’s no timetable as to when the update will be made available for the masses. Until then, stay tuned!
It’s February friends– so that means it’s time for the latest edition of the Android Distribution Chart highlighting what OS it is that us Android folk are using on our devices. Similar to what we saw in the last edition, Gingerbread is still on the vast majority of Android devices, but the overall number continues to decline at an almost free-fall rate. As of the time of this writing, Gingerbread is found on about 45% of all Android devices, down over 2% from the number seen in the previous Distribution Chart. In addition, the number of Jelly Bean devices continue to creep upwards as we are now seeing just a shade under 14% of all devices featuring a variation of Jelly Bean, while Ice Cream Sandwich also creeping upwards to 29%.
So yes friends we can finally breathe a sigh of relief— more and more of our devices are featuring current software (finally). Let’s just hope we see the overall number of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich devices continue to creep upwards before Google’s next dessert arrives.
source: Android Developers
We are all familiar with the many services that are available for streaming, downloading, and viewing movies on your TV or other device. Using a subscription model, MoviePass is trying to bring a similar concept to the viewing of movies while they are still in theaters. MoviePass promises members the opportunity to view all movies in participating theaters with no blackout dates. To support the service, they have released their MoviePass app to the Google Play Store.