Some of our readers have been reporting that Motorola is sending out emails to select members of the Motorola Feedback Network to try Jelly Bean for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX. An excerpt from that email is posted below.
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR Maxx on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new Jelly Bean software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR MAXX on Verizon, please excuse and ignore this email.
This leads us to believe that a Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX is just around the corner, and with everyone looking for all the new features the latest Android OS has to offer, it couldn’t be happening at a better time.
It has been a very busy year for LG as they have flooded their Mobile World Congress booth with a total of eight smartphones on display. The most recent devices are the F series, which include the the Optimus F5 and the Optimus F7, which are both solid mid-range devices but the F7 is the most powerful of the pair sporting a 4.7-inch 720p LCD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-Megapixel camera, and a decent sized 2540 mAh battery. This announcement came right after the debut of LG’s L series refresher, which inludes the Optimus L3 ll, L5 ll, and L7 ll, all lower-end devices, and unlike the aforementioned F series, are only 3G capable.
Last week we heard that the Samsung Galaxy S IV might be unveiled on March 14 and guess what hit our inbox early this morning? You guessed it. Samsung wanted to tell us that they have a little event in New York City on March 14th called Unpacked. We are very familiar with Samsung Unpacked events as they are always reserved for the latest and greatest from the Android powerhouse. Now the Galaxy S IV isn’t mentioned specifically, but don’t you worry, that “Next Galaxy” will definitely be the Galaxy S IV and we will be there to get all the juicy details so stay tuned.
NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i processors were demoed today at MWC in Barcelona. NVIDIA’s new processors have been said to be more efficient with battery life while simultaneously delivering supreme performance for future smartphones and tablets. The Tegra 4, based on ARM’s latest Cortex A-15 platform, was benchmarked at 4,166 using the Geekbench 2 benchmark. To put things into perspective Google’s flagship 7-inch tablet , the Nexus 7, scored a 1,536 which is far from bad compared to the current array of tablet.
The Tegra 4 chip also takes advantage of the emerging 1080p screens that we are seeing on tablets and smartphones, producing elements like accurate shadow detailing, smooth and high frame rates and high definition graphics capabilities. While ordinarily this might take a toll on battery life, the Tegra 4 works to save around 25 percent battery life on devices running the processor.
The Tegra 4i processor was also shown at MWC and while not much was said about the processor in terms of benchmarks, it has been noted that the 4i is meant for mid-range tablets and smartphones. It features a quad-core CPU, but less GPU cores than the Tegra 4, while delivering 2.3GHz clock speeds.
Lenovo has announced three new Android tablets at Mobile World Congress 2013, including a pair of 7-inch devices and a 10-inch tablet. Lenovo’s new entry level tablet is the A1000 powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot capable of holding another 32GB of memory, and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The other 7-inch device is the A3000 packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and able to hold up to 64GB of total memory between internal and external sources. Lenovo says an HSPA+ version will be available. Stepping up in size, Lenovo also announced the 10-inch S6000. The S6000 will have a cellular option available like the A3000.
In addition to the news regarding their new tablets, Lenovo also announced Lenovo Mobile Access. This is a new cellular service that will be pre-loaded on Lenovo tablets. Consumers will be able to instantly access the Internet using the service. Lenovo does not provide any information as to how much data or time will be available, but consumers will be prompted to either renew or select a different provider when the initial batch of service expires.
Lenovo indicates the devices will be available in the second quarter of 2013. Hit the break for the full press release from Lenovo. Read more
The YouTube app for Android was updated recently and along with it came some long overdue features. One of these features includes more Google+ integration that allow users to +1 videos from within the app itself. You can now pause and skip videos in your queue via the notification tray. Last but not least, the full screen button bug is fixed. If you haven’t already, click the Play Store link below and update your YouTube app now.
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ZTE’s Grand S smartphone may feature some premium specs, but it will at least feature a fairly reasonable price that won’t break the bank too much— well for those living in China at least. According to mobile division lead He Shiyou, the smartphone will be priced somewhere between ¥3,000 to ¥3,500 (about $481 to $561 USD), which can be considered an absolute steal considering the device has features such as a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and a whopping 13MP camera. As exciting as that tidbit of news is, there’s no word on whether or not the same pricing will apply to other markets outside of China. Here’s hoping that we do end up seeing the Grand S having a low price because after all— the low, low pricing will certainly help the brand get some added exposure out in places like the States that it is looking for and all.
Today at MWC, HP announced its entry into the 7-inch tablet market with the HP Slate 7. The Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a 1024 x 600 display, features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage with a micro-SD card slot for expandable storage. The Slate 7 also features a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front along with Beats Audio. To top it all off, the device weighs 13 oz all together.
What do you guys think of HP’s entry into the 7-inch tablet market? Check out the press release below and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out our complete MWC coverage here.
Recent reports from Korea suggest that LG is planning to manufacture its own processors for its upcoming LG Optimus G2. This comes from a telephone conversation from an anonymous LG official in Korea:
LG Electronics is going to mass-produce the Odin processors by using finer 28-nanometer level processing, applying high-k metal gate (HKMG) technology. The processors will be used in LG’s next flagship Optimus smartphone ― the Optimus GII ― which will probably be unveiled in this fall’s IFA trade fair
Huwaei just made the Ascend P2 official, which is of course the follow up to last year’s Ascend P1. It will feature a 4.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) Infinity Edge display at 315ppi, a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13 MP BSI rear-facing camera with HDR, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 2,420 mAh battery, and Android 4.1. It comes in at 8.4mm thick and is touted as the fastest LTE phone on earth with up to 150Mbps utilizing LTE Cat4. Just like all Huwaei phones, it will feature their own Emotion UI on top of stock Android.
We probably won’t see this one hit the U.S., but for those of you in Europe, you should be able to get your hands on one during the 2nd quarter for roughly €399 ($526). Hit the break for the full presser.
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