Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE to hit Sprint stores later this month

A newly leaked internal document suggests Sprint could be prepping another mid-range Samsung smartphone, but this time to debut on its fresh LTE network. Ironically dubbed the Galaxy “Victory” 4G LTE, it sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It’s also rumored that the device will feature a somewhat underwhelming 480×800 display, though a 4-inch screen could potentially justify the lower resolution.

The document in question shows the handset as being part of Sprint’s September promotions program, which means representatives will earn $3 in commission for every Victory smartphone sold. An exact release date is unknown, but with the GS III earning $7 in commission, reps will be less inclined to recommend it to customers with a bigger budget.

The fact that Samsung is continuing to release phones without even the slitest hiccup is a good sign, considering its ongoing patent war with Apple. Let’s just hope this device doesn’t get caught up in the crossfire.

Source: Android Central
Via: Phandroid

Amazon to limit announcement this week to 7” Kindle Fire devices

Despite all the rumors of a larger device coming from Amazon, source are now indicating this week’s announcement regarding their Kindle Fire will be limited to two 7-inch models. The information obtained by c|net indicates Amazon will introduce a slightly revamped version of the existing Kindle Fire and a new, higher-end model of the Kindle Fire. In anticipation of the announcement, Amazon has reported the existing Kindle Fire is now soldout.

The new model is expected to have a faster processor, a camera, some physical buttons for volume control, an HDMI port, and increased internal storage. Both models are expected to benefit from a slight overhaul of the user interface. As far as a larger model goes, it may still be in the works, but don’t expect to see it later this week.

source: c|net

Apple patent lawsuit targets more Samsung devices including Samsung Galaxy S III

You may have thought things were over for Samsung after last week’s loss to Apple in the highly-covered patent lawsuit between the two. Surely the $1.0+ billion judgment and ensuing stock losses for Samsung are enough to drive them out of the smartphone and tablet markets. For all the hype, last week’s jury verdict in favor of Apple was just one battle in a war. Even Apple recognizes this. Rather than sitting on their laurels and waiting for Samsung and the rest of the world’s Android manufacturers to slink off in defeat, Apple was back to work in a San Jose federal court filing documents on Friday. This time, it is a request to add more devices from Samsung to a case filed back in February 2012 alleging a variety of patent infringements. The original lawsuit covered 17 devices that had been produced between August 2011 and the filing. The new request adds four more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III. Nor word or response from Samsung yet regarding the latest filing.

source: Reuters

Edge-to-edge screen to be revealed by Motorola next week?

As we reported a couple weeks ago, Motorola has an event planned for next week on September 5th in New York in conjunction with Verizon Wireless. We have surmised that both Motorola DROID RAZR HD and a Motorola DROID RAZR M devices will be released. Bloomberg is now reporting that a source familiar with plans for the event has indicated one of the devices to be unveiled will be a Motorola smartphone with virtually no bezel, effectively giving it an edge-to-edge screen. If true, this will make it unique in the smartphone market. Whatever the new device is, as Bloomberg notes, this will be the first high-profile Android device release for Motorola since being acquired by Google earlier this year.

Looking back through some photos that have leaked of the DROID RAZR HD, there is some similarity with the latest image above. Could the DROID RAZR HD or even the rumored DROID RAZR MAXX HD sport the bezel-less screen? Would such a feature be something you would be interested in?

source: Bloomberg

Samsung Smart TVs to launch later this year with Google TV

Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.

Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.” 

Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.

Source: Engadget
Via: Phandroid

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL hits Germany in October

Remember “the world’s fastest phone”? We got our first hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D1 Quad XL way back at Mobile World Congress in February, though its actual existence has yet to materialize. However, a new regional launch is finally set to bring the elusive handset to German store shelves in October.

While the phone may have gained a 1 in its name, it still features the same impressive specs. The Ascend D1 Quad XL houses Huawei’s very own 1.2GHz K3v2 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage, which can easily be expanded via MicroSD. Additionally, the 4.5-inch behemoth sports a 2,600mAh battery, which is rated at 500 hours of standby time thanks to Huawei’s battery saving technology.

Availability is slated for the end of October in both matte black and ceramic white colors. While there’s no word on which carriers (if any) will be receiving the handset, it will be sold off-contract for €499 (£395/$625). For the full low-down be sure to check out the official press release below.
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Google’s End of Summer Sale offers top-tier Play Store apps for just 99 cents

Google is going all out with its End of Summer Sale. Developers have teamed up with the search giant to offer some incredible deals on some of the hottest apps and games inside the Play Store. Top titles like Max Payne and Crystal Defenders, as well as Modern Combat 3 and N.O.V.A. 3 have been slashed down to just 99 cents for the special occasion. There’s also a healthy slew of productivity apps available, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the apps included in the sale as well as direct links to the Play Store after the break. Yes, you’re welcome.

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