[Leak] Verizon Wireless to release the LG Spectrum on Jan 19

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We’ve been telling you about the LG Spectrum for a about a month now, and it looks like we have concrete evidence that Big Red will release it on January 19th according to the leaked documents below. This will essentially be Verizon’s version of the Optimus HD or Nitro HD. We’re also expecting this to be one of Verizon’s first LTE global phones.

Full specs include:

  • 4.5″ True HD IPS display, protected by Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
  • 4G LTE
  • Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
  • Android 2.3
  • 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Swype
  • Dimensions:  5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
  • Weight: 4.99 oz.

Sprint’s first LTE device could be the Galaxy Nexus with a 1.5GHz processor

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You have to love when ads leak. This one is from Sprint and it shows off the Galaxy Nexus as their first 4G LTE phone. It showed up on the CNET website shortly after Dan Hesse tweeted that Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio would be the first LTE markets for Sprint by mid-year.

There’s another twist though. One of the ads clearly states that it has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. If you remember, this was supposedly the original plan for the Galaxy Nexus, but they went with a 1.2GHz dual-core instead due to a delay in the TI OMAP 1.5GHz chip. This sounds very plausible now as Sprint probably won’t release their version until later in the year.

Hopefully we will get our hands on this bad boy next week at Sprint’s special event during CES. We will certainly let you know more as soon as we hear it.

[via engadget]

 

 

Marvell Armada 1500 CPU Up to Bat as Google TV Switches to ARM

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Well Google TV moved from x86 to ARM processing and Marvell wants everyone to know that its Foresight platform is what will be powering the next generation of Google TV hardware. Powering the device is an Armada 1500 dual-core CPU that promises PC-like performance but with cellphone-like power management. It will have support for Blu-ray 3D, video encoding/decoding and upscaling. Considering the initial lackluster market response, Marvell Co-founder Weili Dai sees this as an opportunity to fundamentally change content producers and consumer relationships.

This may be a good thing as a there is similar hardware powering the OnLive Microconsole and it may be what’s running Vizio’s Google TV with the inbuilt OnLive capabilities. Besides lower heat production and power requirements the chip will power the device for less money which may mean that we will see cheaper devices, like the Revue, in a lot more houses in 2012. Who knows, maybe CES this year will have some more insight on what we will see from Google TV and what Google TV 2.o and has to offer this year. Hit the break below to see the official press release.  » Read the rest

Got Root? The ASUS Transformer Prime Does Now

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Fast on the heels of the Asus Transformer Prime announcing its bootloader unlocked tool, the device is now also capable of being rooted.  Thanks to Asus finally listening to the masses, they are making available a new root tool to give you all Superuser access.  And thanks to the viperMod Prime Tool, only available for Windows (.exe file) at this time, the impossible has now been made possible. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t impossible as much as it was annoying, but nevertheless, we’ve got root!  However, on a side note, recall that Asus has an ICS update coming this month for the device, so you may want to reconsider rooting the device just now until the update occurs.  Whichever route you take, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via RootzWiki]

Acer Announces HD Iconia Tab A200, Available in January with ICS in Tow

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With the new year upon us, we’re about to see an influx of new tablets and smartphones by the handful. Acer, one of the more affordable manufacturers, has just announced the availability of their next entry to the Iconia Tab line-up, the Iconia Tab A200. The new slate will be available in the US on January 15th and will be available in two different storage sizes, 8GB and 16GB, and will run $329.99 and $349.99 respectively.

As far as specs go, you will get a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that runs Android 3.2 with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display and it’s definitely worth mentioning that an ICS update is due in February. The tablet has no rear facing camera but is equipped with a 2MP front shooter for video chat and has battery life up to 8 hours. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port and Acer’s clear.fi technology will provide DNLA connectivity to other DNLA devices for seamless media sharing. The Iconia Tab A200 is pre-loaded with the Tegra Zone Android app for access to Tegra-optimized games and a six-axis gyroscope will aid in advanced gaming.

I am sure we will get a better look at the device during CES next week so stay tuned for further info. To read the full press report join us after this break.  » Read the rest

Make Lightbox For Android Your Next Photo Capturing, Editing, Enhancing and Sharing Application (Video)

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Photo editing apps are a dime a dozen on the Android Market, however, it’s a little difficult to find a “good quality” application that will allow you to perform a number of operations seamlessly and effortlessly with online services and those you love the most.  In steps Lightbox, a popular photo capturing and editing application that gives you a big bang for your buck, especially because it’s free.  Lightbox allows you to take regularly taken photos and enhance them like never before.  In addition, you can organize and then upload them to a Lightbox community timeline very much like post cards, something that’s setting the service apart from most right now.

Photos you share publicly will also get posted to your very own Lightbox website that other users can follow. You just focus on taking photos, and we’ll automatically create an attractive timeline of photo postcards for you.

You have the option of keeping them private or choosing who gets to see them and have access to them.   There is also an online interface for you to interact with all of your photos.  Lightbox.com offers safe storage for all your important snapshots and thus being in the cloud, you can quickly and easily download them onto any device that supports the application.  If you’re ready to give it a try, hit the break for the download links and to check out more offerings and info from the developer.  There’s also some screen shots and a quick video of how the service works.  Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts about the app below as well.   » Read the rest

White Galaxy Nexus Hitting The UK Next Month

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Digging white devices lately?  Yeah, for some crazy reason, so am I.  It’s always nice to shy away from the everyday black slate once in a while and it looks like the trend is still catching on.  The Galaxy S II overseas and in the states went white not too long ago and now it looks like the Galaxy Nexus will be following suit around February. Next month we’ll see a few different carriers starting out in the UK receive a white G-Nex such as Clove and MobileFun.  Looks like the price will be the same as the black slate for the 16GB model and will be offered for £498.00 on the 6th at Clove and a few days earlier on the 3rd at MobileFun for £519.95.  Are you regretting having purchased the black one now?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 [via Clove & MobileFun]

Motorola MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI coming to Greater China, Europe and Latin America this spring

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Motorola just announced what they are calling “Two stylish smartphones that break boundaries, but won’t break the bank.” The MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI will debut in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting in February. The MOTOLUXE is actually already available in China as the XT615 for RMB 2,999 (US$470 or 355 EUR) and the DEFYMINI will be debut in China as the XT320.

MOTOLUXE (pictured above) features a 4-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen display, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and flash, front facing VGA camera, 1400mAh battery, and Android 2.3. It will be available in licorice or white, and it also features a lanyard slot that has a lighting effect to let you know when you’ve missed a call, received a text or have an email waiting for you.

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Qualcomm Sets January 10th Date To Launch GameCommand On Android Market

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Qualcomm is looking to open up 2012 with a bang. The company has announced this morning they will launch the Snapdragon GameCommand app in the Android Market on January 10, 2012— also known as the opening day of CES (which Talk Android will be at giving you round the clock coverage by the way).

For those of you who don’t know, the GameCommand app is much like Nvidia’s TegraZone, but better. GameCommand will feature more than 100 optimized games for Snapdragon-based phones and tablets. Some of the highlighted games include Fight Game Heroes, Bunny Maze 3D and Desert Winds. Boy oh boy, CES can’t get here soon enough. Hit the break for the full presser from Qualcomm and start salivating over the lineup of sweet games. » Read the rest

Samsung Replenish coming to Boost Mobile on Jan 16 for $99.99

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The Samsung Replenish has already been available on Sprint for the past 8 months, but if you’re looking for a good “no contract” option, you will be happy to know it will make its debut on January 16 on Boost Mobile for $99.99. To refresh your memory, this is an eco-friendly phone which is partially made of recycled plastics. The Replenish is eligible for Boost Mobile’s buyback program (trade in your used phone) and the $55.00 Android Monthly Unlimted plan with Shrinkage (see press release below)

Specs include:

  • Android 2.3 with access to Android Market™
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen and QWERTY keypad
  • 2MP camera with video
  • GPS-enabled
  • Stereo Bluetooth® technology
  • Easy Access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Wireless Web Enabled

Full Press release after the break:

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