It’s been a busy morning for the budget-minded manufacturer ZTE. First they announced the Blade III‘s availability in Finland for release this month, followed by a launch in Sweden in October. They’ve now followed that up with the announcement of the Anthem 4G available from MetroPCS which will be the first 4G LTE Android smartphone from ZTE available in the United States. The device will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, will sport a 4.3″ WVGA display, and feature a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Anthem 4G from MetroPCS can be had “in the coming weeks” for $219 after rebates, while the LTE plans range from $40-$70 per month. We’ll keep you posted if a solid release date is announced. Hit the break for the full press release.
I recently reviewed MyBackup Pro, which is an essential app for all Android users. Whether you root your device or not, backups are important, and MyBackup Pro gets the job done with its support for both the local SD card or online cloud backups. The makers of the app, Rerware, just released a BETA build to test their new servers. The good news is that since they need 500 people for the testing, you can grab this BETA build for Free exclusively from TalkAndroid. MyBackup Pro’s normal cost of $4.99 is already a great deal, but how can you turn down Free?
Hot off the heels of AT&T Galaxy S III owners getting a minor utility update, Galaxy S III owners on Sprint’s Now Network are being treated to a new update as well. Sprint announced the new update will bring the software version to L710VPL13. Not– it’s not the addition of Jelly Bean, but it will at least include the following:
- Inclusion of SWYPE keyboard
- Improved LTE connectivity
- SMS Messaging improvements
- EAS sync improvements
As always, the updates will be released in stages. This means some users will either get the update notification pushed to their phones or will find it by manually checking for a software update; others will need wait a bit before finding the update available for their phones. Happy updating!
source: Sprint Community
A couple of months ago we told you about a new Bluetooth controller from Power A called the MOGA. They said it would be available in time for the holidays and they delivered. They just announced that it will be in stores on October 21st for a price of $49.99. This is the first full featured controller to become available for mobile devices. The controller features dual analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, four action buttons, and standardized start and select buttons. The best part is that it has a holder for your device to make gaming truly on-the-go.
They are offering the MOGA SDK for developers so they can provide that console-gaming experience for their users. To make it easier for users to find games, they are offering the MOGA Pivot App, which will make it easier for users to browse all the enhanced games. A number of top developers are already committed to publishing games that are compatible with the MOGA. They include Gameloft, Atari, Namco Bandai, Sega, Remedy Entertainment and more. Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises HD, Asphalt 7: Heat HD and Dungeon Hunter 3 as well as Remedy’s Death Rally already have support and are compatible with the MOGA.
“Gamers are already walking around with phones with exceptional screens and fast chips,” said Eric Bensussen, president of PowerA. “For under $50, they can clip that phone into the MOGA controller and finally get console quality gaming experiences anywhere.”
The MOGA Mobile Gaming System will come with the free downloadable MOGA PivotTM App and a soft case. Also as a limited time offer, you will get two free games: Sonic CDTM and PAC-MAN by Namco.
More pictures and the press release after the break
ZTE has announced its newest smartphone called the Blade III— yes that same Blade III we mentioned to you we menitoned to you sometime last month. This smartphone will be featured as more or less a budget offering as it has a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB, a 4-inch screen and 5MP camera. Not the most impressive device on the planet, but at least it will be loaded up with a heavy dose of Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. For now, the device will launch in Finland this month, followed by Sweden next month and cost a measly 1499 SEK ($230 USD).
You’ll find more details once you hit past break.
T-Mobile Galaxy S III owners are about to be treated to something special. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is set to make Marvel’s The Avengers available to all owners, starting September 25th. The virtual preload will be available through Samsung’s Media Hub and can be shared to a compatible TV via the AllShare Cast feature and AllShare Cast Wireless Hub. Best of all— customers won’t need to worry about any overages or data caps should they choose to stream or download content that supports the AllShare Cast feature or AllShare Cast Wireless Hubs and are on T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.
In addition, there’s no better way to enjoy the blockbuster film being available than with T-Mobile making the AllShare Cast Hub accessory available to all customers starting September 24th. T-Mobile customers definitely have it pretty good sometimes, don’t they? Hit the break to see the full press release.
With Google and Dropbox already utilizing automatic photo uploads, it’s not shocking that Facebook wants to join the party. Facebook is now testing this same type of service. It will be much like the Google+/Picasa version in that all your pictures will upload to your account, but not shared unless you choose to do so. It appears that only select Android users actually have this feature. It’s called Photo Sync and they even have a help page setup. To check to see if you have it, go to your Timeline on your mobile app (Android only), tap Photos, and if there is a Sync button you’re in luck. If you don’t, then sit back and wait to see if Facebook ever releases this to the masses.
sources: TheVerge / Facebook help page
There’s no denying that Dyzplastic’s Series 3 Android collectible figurines are going to be awesome. They just announced that they will be available for order starting September 24th at 11:00am EST with shipments starting on the 26th. You should also see them pop up in comic and Android specialty stores a few days later.
They also unveiled the 7th figurine, which is called Clear. This is a 2 for 1 as there’s a mini figurine inside the larger figurine that you can access via the pop-off head. The mini one even includes a built-in keychain attachment. For a good look at the other 6 figurines that were revealed, click here and here. Hit the break for one more image.
Yesterday Google released an update to the Google Maps for Android app to make it more useful. Perhaps the biggest change involves syncing between mobile devices and the desktop browser version of Google Maps. When signed in to Google Maps with web history enabled, you will get search and directions history synced to your mobile device. On your smartphone or tablet, just go to My Places within the Google Maps app and click on the “Search” or “Directions” tab to access a history of the places you have searched for. Besides syncing with your desktop, the app saves your search history making it easier to access places and businesses for which you’ve already completed a search.
As in previous versions of Google Maps for Android, if you have established locations such as “home” or “work”, you can just type these in the search box on your mobile device to call them up. All of these changes are designed to make it easier and quicker to find directions while on the go.
source: Google Lat Long Blog
Any of our Canadian readers out there excited for the LG Optimus G? Looks like you have a reason to be as the device has now been confirmed for some of Canada’s biggest wireless carriers. Bell, Rogers and TELUS have all confirmed that the Optimus G will be available for their customers sometime in Q4 of this year.
I know LG doesn’t exactly have the best rap when it comes to updating their devices, but there’s no doubt that they make some high quality products. I just hope they decide to stay true to their updates this time around. If you’ve forgotten what the Optimus G offers you, here’s a quick list of its specs:
- Chipset: 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- Quad-Core and LTE
- Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
- Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
- Memory: 32 GB
- RAM: 2GB DDR
- Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
- Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
- Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
- Weight: 145 g
- Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC
Will you be getting this device once it hits your carrier?