Hot off the heels of having a very successful 2012 campaign, LG is set to come into 2013 with a bang by introducing a new flagship device to the masses as early as next week. According to DigiTimes, the Korean manufacturer has developed the Optimus G2 smartphone, which is a full 5.5-inch device featuring a 1080p display and newly minted Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime MSM8974 chip. Although additional details are slim for now, it appears that LG is clearly intent stealing all of the phablet attention as we’re also expecting to see offerings from Huawei and Sony as well.
Ladies and gentlemen– let the next round of the phablet wars begin. Let’s just hope Samsung is ready for what looks to be an exciting battle.
There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.
There’s no additional word on when exactly we’ll see the device unleashed into the masses. But then again it probably shouldn’t be too long of a wait— the device already received FCC certification last year, so it should be on shelves sooner than later.
source: Unwired View
Google head honcho Eric Schmidt is all set for for a visit to North Korea as part of a goodwill mission with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While the country is identified as a potential hotspot oozing with technological and academic talent, North Korea country is mainly known for its almost militaristic-style government and a country with restrictive internet policies. For now, North Koreans currently has access to a built-in intranet, though access to outside content through the internet is currently not available. While Google is not likely to launch a business venture in North Korea, it is likely that the country is interested in Google specialties as email, maps and products and services. But then again, there is the potential that Google may push for North Korea to embrace access to the World Wide Web: Schmidt is no doubt a supporter for granting internet access for any and all people in the world and also believes “the Internet and mobile technology have the power to lift people out of poverty and political oppression”. It’s also possible that we may see the overall expansion of Android into the country as well.
Regardless of what it is that comes out of this meeting, it should be something that should progress the isolated country. We’ll know what happens soon enough as Schmidt and Richardson are due to arrive to North Korea possibly as early as this month.
source: Associated Press
If you’re still dying to grab the Nexus 4 but were unable to due to the influx of orders that crammed Google Play, then you may be in luck as T-Mobile is planning on carrying the device on every store starting this month. Thanks to an image obtained by TMONEWS, we should expect every T-Mobile store to carry the device, presumably for the same $200 on contract price tag.
Will this finally be your chance to nab the elusive device?
In case you haven’t heard, Apple and HTC have reached an agreement that will finally end their ongoing patent battle. The new 10 year agreement will cover all current, pending and future patents. Upon the contract, it’s estimated that HTC will pay Apple between $6-$8 per Android device that they ship.
While that may look bad on paper, HTC China’s President Ray Yam believes the move could actually benefit the company in the future:
“The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year, and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace. The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company.”
I can see where Yam is going with this. With the numerous patent fights against Apple finally behind them, HTC can now focus their resources on “innovating” and making a quality product rather than wasting time and money fighting against a losing battle against Apple. HTC is poised to make drastic changes in this coming year in how they market and create their products. With their over all market share quickly dwindling down and taken over by Samsung, I’m sure they need all the help they can get.
I for one would love for HTC to make a comeback and stay in the game, thus we’ll see how it turns out for them this year.
A few weeks ago we reported that a decent number of Galaxy S III users were finding their phones dead after a random motherboard failure. It was assumed that the problem was hardware related, but according to Dutch site Tweakers Samsung has identified it as a software problem that is affecting only a few 16 gigabyte models of the phone. Samsung has already cooked up a software patch to fix the problem and will be sending out the update in the near future. Hopefully the update goes out before your phone does.
Amidst all their troubles, including plans to cut back on shipments and models, HTC has been generating a small amount of buzz around one of their devices. Leaked specifications for the new HTC M7 device point toward it becoming the new flagship device for HTC, on par with or surpassing the DROID DNA as a successor to the HTC One X. The question remains as to whether HTC will be able to keep moving forward with such a high end device.
According to one rumor, HTC is preparing to announce the M7 at CES 2013 next week. Twitterer @Football4PDA tweeted earlier today that inside information indicated this would be the case. Along with the CES 2013 rumor, @Football4PDA also mentions the device will have screen buttons instead of hardware buttons.
Check back here at TalkAndroid for our coverage of CES 2013 as we track down this elusive HTC device.
As the clock winds down to the start of CES 2013, Canonical announces their latest endeavor – bringing their popular Ubuntu operating system to the smartphone platform. Canonical hopes to entice potential users with features like: Read more
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