Look up. Yeah, that’s not an ad on our site… that’s a screenshot of an ad for the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S III, snapped by an Android Central reader doing online research on Samsung’s latest. The important thing to notice is that the ad has the phone sporting an Exynos quad-core processor as well as LTE. This goes against what we’ve been hearing about the North American version of the phone, which is rumored to use a Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip instead due to incompatibilities between the Exynos and LTE.
If this is true, it could be possible to use a Rogers version of the phone on AT&T since they share the same HSPA and LTE bands. Of course, at this point we don’t know anything for sure, including whether only the Canadian S III will go quad-core, or whether all North American versions will get it. Or this could all be wrong and no quad-core/LTE version exists at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.
source: android central
The last LG phone I spent some time with today was the Optimus 3D Max. This is the follow up to the Optimus 3D, and there’s a possibility that it could hit AT&T as the LG Thrill 2. HTC abandoned 3D in 2012, but LG still sees a niche for this type of product. I will say I wasn’t so much impressed with the actual display, but more the quality of 3D video that it was capable of filming. Nearby there was a LG 42-inch 3D TV showing a 3D video that was filmed using the 3D Max. I was impressed.
The Optimus 4X HD was yet another device that LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress. After a few months, it decided to visit the U.S. and show off a little. It sports a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on if this beast will ever be offered in the states, but we’re hoping.
LG unveiled the Optimus Vu at Mobile World Congress a few months ago. I had a chance to get my hands on it today at CTIA. This is LG’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The specs include:
- 5 inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 4:3 aspect ratio
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 32GB internal memory
- 2,080 mAh battery
- 8 MP rear camera
- 8.5mm thick
I have to admit, it’s intriguing, but it seems too big for everyday use. I’m still hoping we see this beast in the U.S. Let’s hope it’s not wishful thinking. Hit the break for our hands on.
Doro has been making phones for a long time, and over the last couple of years they’ve been concentrating on the Senior crowd. They showed off their first Android phone called the PhoneEasy 740 at CTIA, and I spent a little time with it. It runs on Android 2.3, but it’s completely forked. It has a completely different design that is more geared towards those that want a smartphone, but are totally intimidated by the whole thing. The phone itself has a 3.2-inch (480 x 320) display that slides open to a numeric keypad. At first glance you would think it’s a feature phone, not a smartphone. The rest of the specs aren’t built to impress, but then again it’s more than enough to satisfy the demographic. It has 650 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi.
I have to give a big thanks to the guys at XDA, as they have done it again. Kennethpenn has posted a very simple way to root your HTC One X and the HTC One XL. With a few easy steps you will be on your way to enjoying the sweet rewards that come with rooting your device. Custom ROMs, no bloatware, and improved battery life just to name a few. With that being said, I must remind you, rooting your phone voids your warranty, and all the blame is solely on you should something go wrong.
If you’re still reading this and want to know more, click on the source link below for all the instructions. I would also like to thank sparkym3 for the exploit and crisis187 for being a brave tester. We want to know in the comments below, how many of you plan to try this?
When AT&T was asked why the carrier took so long to respond to Android updates on their smartphones, CEO Randall Stephenson responded with “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard.” This seems to imply that Google had the bigger hand as far as when a current update is pushed to devices. Naturally, this caused the search giant to be somewhat confused. And while we could naturally see why an update might take some time to reach carrier devices with different technologies, skins and other variables, we’re thinking AT&T is just looking to pass the buck here. With expected confusion, Google’s spokesperson responded with the following:
“frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to”
So, it doesn’t appear that the answer was ultimately answered here but rather deflected and passed on to Google’s court. We’ll see if someone from AT&T’s camp can clear the matter up for us and get the ball rolling on some of these devices still running Froyo.
source: Pocket Now
The Huawei MediaPad 10 tablet is another device that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few months ago, but decided to take a little trip to the U.S. for a short visit at CTIA. It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS display, Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps & LTE support, and Dolby surround sound. It is only 8.8mm thick and weighs 598g. It will be available internationally in the 3rd Quarter and as for the U.S., no details yet.
Huawei introduced the Ascend D Quad at Mobile World Congress a few months ago and it’s now stateside for a short visit at CTIA. We hope it will come back to the U.S. with a carrier, but no news yet. Specs include:
- Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
- 4.5-inch HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
- 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
It will be available in quarter 3 globally, and yes, we’re hopeful for the U.S. Hit the break for the quick hands on
The HTC One V is the more mid-level device of the One Series. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1.0 GHZ processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. It still packs all the same great camera features like its older siblings, the One X and One S, and of course Sense 4.0 and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be available in the Summer on Cricket and possibly another carrier. No pricing yet.