If you’re looking to get your hands on the Nexus 4, T-Mobile has an offer that is hard to refuse. For a limited time only, the Nexus 4 is available for $49.99 on a new two-year contract for new customers. As an added bonus, the $35 activation fee is waived and T-Mobile is throwing in a free car charger. While you do save money upfront, it’s worth mentioning that you will pay more in the long run.
Depending on your data plan, buying the Nexus 4 on-contract means you’ll pay $79.99 per month or more over 24 months. However, if you opt to shell out $299 or $349 for the Nexus 4 directly from the Google Play Store, you can pay as low as $30 per month for one of T-Mobile’s off-contract Monthly4G plans.
Analysis of International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker data indicates smartphone shipments will exceed regular feature phone shipments in 2013. This will be the first time ever on an annual basis that smartphones will own the majority of the worldwide market if IDC’s projection of smartphones grabbing 50.1% is accurate. According to IDC’s analysis, three factors have pushed smartphones to the verge of market dominance. Falling prices for smartphones, a wide “strata” of smartphones, and continued improvements to data networks, especially carrier rollouts of 4G wireless, are all contributing to growth as they make smartphones a more attractive choice for buyers. IDC is forecasting that by 2017, over two-thirds of all phones shipped worldwide will be smartphones.
Remember that rugged Galaxy X Cover 2 leak we saw not too long ago? We’ve got word on the device’s official release date and pricing. According to Sammobile, you’ll be able to get your hands on the device started March 7th for 319 euros, or $414.96. Not too bad for a device that’s waterproof and dustproof and runs Jelly Bean on top of that.
As a reminder, the Cover 2 features a 4-inch TFT display, 5-megapixel back camera, 0.3 megapixel front camera and 4 GB of internal storage. It’s not a high-end device, but it fills that rugged market very nicely. Anyone plan on picking one of these up?
According to a tip delivered to web site PhoneArena.com, Samsung may be preparing a purple version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III to be available through Sprint. The tipster claims to have grabbed a screenshot from one of Sprint’s web portals that provides details of updated handsets scheduled for upcoming launches. Included in the list is a “Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Purple.” It appears the device will be released on April 12th though no other details like pricing have surfaced.
No images have surfaced of this purple device and no official word has been released by either Samsung or Sprint.
Sony is hoping to catch more of the smartphone market share this year in the hopes of placing itself as the third largest brand for mobile devices. As of Q4 2012, Sony was ranked fourth in smartphone market share at 4.5 percent of the market and sitting just behind Huawei with 4.9 percent of the market. Sony’s mobile business head Kunimasa Suzuki spoke at a roundtable briefing in Tokyo and says that they’ll alter smartphone development for each different market. This indicates cheaper, less premium smartphones for more developing countries.
Sprint has made 4G LTE available to even more customers with faster data speeds now available in nine new markets. Here they are:
- Columbus, Indiana
- Elkhart/Goshen, Indiana
- Hammond, Louisiana
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Statesville, North Carolina
- Altoona, Pennsylvania
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Temple, Texas
- La Crosse, Wisconsin
4G LTE for these Sprint customers is live as we speak and even if you don’t have a 4G LTE enabled smartphone, you should see an improvement in 3G thanks to network improvements.
HTC has always been one of the leaders when it comes to fit and finish on smartphones, so it’s always interesting to get a peek into the process. With the little time I spent with the One, it’s safe to say that it’s the best quality phone I have ever held in my hand. They showed us a short video at the event in NYC about the design and what it takes to make such a phone, and it’s finally available for all to see.
The video features Creative Director Daniel Hundt as he talks about coming up with a “zero gap construction” body. Jethro Liou, Senior Director of Manufacturing Design also talks about the electro-chemical metal etching process as well as how they used a diamond cutter to create a chamfer around the edges.
It’s definitely a breakthrough phone, but will it sell? We will get that answer later in the year, but for now, it’s time to just admire the beauty. Hit the break for the video.
Uh oh— it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II may have security flaw. While operating a G-Note II with Android 4.1.2, Terence Eden, recently discovered that the homescreen can actually be accessed by pressing the “Emergency Call” icon, followed by the ICE button and finally pressing the physical home key for several seconds. Although the homescreen does appear for a short period, it is enough time for any hacker to actually click and open one of the homescreen apps— which is especially bad if one of the homescreen apps performs an action at launch (think of a direct dial widget that can make phone calls for example). All of this can certainly cause major issues for owners that may end up with their devices falling into the wrong hands.
Unfortunately Samsung has yet to comment, but we’ll be sure it will want to patch this
potentially major little snafu as soon as possible.
Last week we saw a Galaxy S IV (SCH-i959) variant show up in AnTuTu benchmarks, but with a quad-core CPU. It is widely believed that Samsung will utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 for quad-core variants, but there is also belief they will utilize the new Exynos 5 Octa in at least the international version. This latest benchmark is believed to be the international version (GT-i9500) and it has the Exynos 5 Octa. It came in at 24,894, which is pretty impressive, but is actually lower than what the SCH-i959 showed, which was 26,250. There’s no question the CPU is important, but what about the rest of the specs? Hit the break to find out.
We have no doubt that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will be one hell of a device, but will it have some similarities as its predecessor? It sure seems to be the case as more details are surfacing about the upcoming device. Notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin claims that he has not only seen the device, but it will feature a few characteristics that was previously seen in the Galaxy S III. Murtazin claims that while at MWC, select members of the press got to see the secretive device and saw what is a plastic-type build— as opposed to a more premium build found in competing devices. Additionally, while the device will likely feature topnotch performance, the carrier-branded version out in the States will likely feature a Snapdragon chip compared to Sammy’s in-house chip on the international versions— just like with the Galaxy S III.
Murtzain also alludes to some of the noteworthy specs of the device, while hinting the device will be ready for primetime upon its imminent release. The device will come with a 4.99-inch 1080p display, the aforementioned Exynos or Snapdragon chips, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facer and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
Naturally these leaks may all be hearsay, but it is certainly tough to dispute Murtazin’s claims. At least we won’t need to wait too much longer for this puppy to come out already.
source: Mobile-review (translated)
Leave it to Samsung to generate buzz and pandemonium for its Next Big Thing. It recently released its very first Galaxy S IV trailer which introduces Jeremy Maxwell who not only gets to be the protector of a mysterious Unpacked Galaxy S IV box, but he even gets a peek at how special Sammy’s next blockbuster will truly be.
Feel free to have a gander of the trailer for yourself and don’t forget— we’ll be at Unpacked next week giving you all all the juicy details and coverage you can handle.
ASUS has always been one of the best manufacturers of Android tablets, but they’re also one of the best for updates. Today is no exception as the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 will be the first tablet (non Nexus) to get the Android 4.2 update. The best feature of Android 4.2 is multiple user accounts, which allows each user of your TF300 to keep their own settings, apps, and app data.
The update will take place today in the U.S. via over-the-air followed by other regions throughout the month. The TF300 is one of the most successful tablets for ASUS, so it’s not surprising it would be the first to get this update. ASUS won’t stop there as they plan on updating the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMo Pad Smart 10″, and MeMo Pad to 4.2 during the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full presser.
[Update] We believe this is going to be version Android 4.2.1
It’s not Jelly Bean, but Verizon has announced a significant software update for it’s LG Intuition. The new update, VS95011B, includes enhancements to Google and other device applications. Here is what you can expect with this sizable 204MB update:
DEVICE FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS
- E-mail viewing has been enhance through the incorporation of Split View. If you are familiar and comfortable with “preview pane” in e-mail, you will love this new view addition. Split View allows the user to “split” their message and their e-mail list. As you move down the list you can view each e-mail in a split pane. This allows the user to make short work of a full inbox without having to move back and forth from the list to the message over-and-over again.
- Messages can be added to an attachment while forwarding an e-mail via Sync & Connect
Do you wish you had the convenient toggles found on Jelly Bean devices? Instead of waiting for the Jelly Bean update or rooting your device, you can simply install Quick Settings. Quick Settings is an app from mDroidd, a regular contributor on the xda-developers forums, which emulates the toggle settings in Jelly Bean on older devices running Android 2.3 or later.
Koushik Dutta has been on a roll lately. First he created Carbon Back Up. Afterwards he released a beta of his Superuser app. The beta has now graduated and is available for all rooted users in the Play Store. Besides proper multi-user support and being open source, the app has the following features:
* Multiuser support
* OPEN SOURCE (https://github.com/koush/Superuser)
* Pin protection
* Manifest permission support
* Per app configuration
* Request timeout
* Proper Tablet UX
For those of you root users that want a superuser app by a trusted name in the Android development world, hit the break for a download link. Enjoy!