One of this years most highly anticipated phones has just payed a visit to the office of Bluetooth certification, gaining its approval and moving one step closer to launch. Dawning the model numbers GT-I9300 and GT-I9300T, according to the Bluetooth SIG these versions of the Galaxy S III are headed Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. It is safe to say that this group of countries should expect to see a launch in the end of May because during the GSIII announcement in London, Samsung told us that we can expect to see an international rollout on May 30th. Those of us here in the sates will most likely have to wait until June and possibly even later (you know how carrier testing can push back release dates). Either way, this is one minor stepping stone before a device gets released and its timing leads me to believe things are right on track.
So who is ready to get one of these bad boys? Is there anything that is preventing you from wanting one? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Bluetooth Sig 1 / 2
One of the most coveted things about CyanogenMod 7 was the ability to customize the heck out of the ROM. This included the much loved Theme Manager which until now was absent from the CM 9 Nightly builds. So once again users of this ROM will be able to change colors of just about everything. However rather than have it in a Theme Chooser app it’s now in a place that makes much more sense: the Settings Menu. Lockscreen shortcuts have been added as well so you can access your favorite apps straight from the lockscreen.
If you’re on another ROM and feel that you are missing out, worry not. One of the developers of AOKP made it known via Twitter last night that their ROM will be seeing theme manager support here soon. You can always check the CM 9 Nightly page to see if your device is supported and if it is enjoy theming it until your heart’s content. As if that wasn’t enough we also have a video of said theming in action after the break. Enjoy!
And the beat goes on here at CTIA for mobile networking giant T-Mobile. They roll in with some big news starting with its announcement regarding its new partnership with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens to assist in rolling out the upgraded $4 billion 4G network courtesy of generous Uncle AT&T. With the new collaboration all set, T-Mobile reaffirmed its intentions to formally rollout its LTE network based of the AWS Spectrum by 2013. While the LTE network is still a year away at the earliest, T-Mobile doesn’t plan on sitting idle in the meantime— it still has its mean and lean HSPA+ 4G network to enhance and expand— so markets such as Little Rock, Springfield, MO, and Madison, WI are next in line to receive the oh-so fast 4G service. With that in mind, T-Mobile plans on additionally expanding its HSPA+ network on 1900MHz bands, which would allow T-Mobile customers to use a greater range of non-Android devices including Android’s biggest competitor. T-Mobile also took some time to pump up its Bobsled VoIP service by adding its cracked the 1 million-mark for customers and continuing to highlight T-Mobile customers have a means of calling and messaging customers for free via WiFi.
Hit the break for additional information regarding T-Mobile’s 4G announcement.
We just saw Amazon slash the price of the AT&T HTC One X smartphone, but now Walmart has decided to undercut AT&T as well by offering the smartphone at a meager $158 on-contract. That means those of you looking for a great smartphone have yet another reason to look at this puppy featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Android 4.0 + Sense 4.0. Remember gang— this is currently the best smartphone available, so to find it at a lower price is always welcome news to our eyes and ears.
Your move AT&T?
source: Android Central
The next smartphone is the Rise smartphone, which is identical to the Hydro— except it features a full QWERTY keyboard. So inside, you’ll still find the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch screen and Android 4.0. Kyocera believes that there is a niche and need for the Rise because the:
“Kyocera Rise is the ideal device for those underserved consumers for whom a touchscreen isn’t enough and who demand the familiar tactile feedback of a keypad. With both Hydro and Rise, people have spoken loud and clear about what they want, and we’ve listened”.
Each device features an CDMA/EV-DO radio, it’s likely the device will operate on Sprint— especially considering Sprint and Kyocera seem to have a history of releasing budget-minded devices. Want more details about the device? Make sure you hit the break to see the full presser.
Google Wallet and its use of NFC (near field communication) has been growing as a quite convenient use for quick and easy payments. MasterCard has decided they’d like in on the business and has created their own payment service called PayPass. They took the opportunity early on at CTIA time to launch an event of this new system. They are striving to bring one-click payment options with your NFC-enables mobile device whether you’re out shopping at your favorite stores or online.
MasterCard is shooting to launch the new payment service around Q3 of this year. That just around the corner. On another note, which may excite developers, they are also going to open up the API so third party app developers can incorporate this payment system into their applications. This tech is definitely on the rise. This is what we all want, simple, easy and fast, and a system like PayPass can bring us just that. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Looks like we have more eye candy on what could be Sony’s next flagship Android device. The phone we’ve been talking about the past couple months is the Sony LT29i Hayabusa. What will make this a high-end device are the rumored specifications. It is said to sport a 4.55″, HD reality screen, powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro with an upgraded GPU, Android 4.0 ICS, 13MP camera w/HDR video, a thin profile at 7mm, and a nice size battery. As you’ll be able to see in this photo, the green unmistakable Xperia logo is present. The front you’ll see that the screen is nice and large with no visible physical buttons which leads us to believe they will be on-screen. Info received early this year suggests that we could see this LTE device in July.
As with any highly anticipated device, the rumors abound, we are flooded with blurry photos, specs that could seem too good to be true, and launch date that keep us wanting more. So we’ll keep bringing our readers news on this near future Android phone as we receive word.
Lenovo has announced plans to invest $800 million in a new facility focused on mobile products. Lenovo has yet to make a big splash in mobile and wants to get in on the lucrative action by employing several thousand workers at the new location in Wuhan, China, which will focus on building mobile devices for both China and overseas. Lenovo’s Intel-powered K800 smartphone is due at the end of the month and Lenovo wants to keep the momentum going.
Click the source link for the full press release.
Our review of the Sony SmartWatch was luke-warm, but the device does show some promise with its extensibility and SDK. Most of the issues I have with the watch can be fixed with software, and anything Sony can do to get developers to take to their platform helps add value to this $150 toy.
Sony seems to understand this and today open-sourced two of its extensions to the developer community. The first is the music player extension, which will allow devs to build on Sony’s music controller app. The second is called 8 Game, a tile-sliding puzzle, which can serve as the basis for further game development.
This is a good start, Sony, but don’t let it end here. Nothing kills a platform faster than too few apps, and us SmartWatch owners want more… more apps, more games, more functionality. Nothing would make me happier than to write an update to my review in a few months time saying how much better the SmartWatch has become due to a thriving ecosystem.
Devs, hit the source link to get started… and whip me up something awesome, please.
source: sony developer world