ZTE announces the Grand X LTE, their first single-chip smartphone

ZTE just announced the Grand X LTE. Yes I know another Android phone so what makes this one so special? Well this one only needs one chip. It sports the Qualcomm MSM8960, which makes it their first single-chip phone. It’s something ZTE takes seriously, but I doubt anyone will run out and buy it for this reason through.

Anyways, the rest of the specs aren’t too shabby as it comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear camera that supports 1080p, a front-facing camera supporting 720p, a 1900 mAh battery, and of course Android 4.0.

We don’t know about pricing, but as far as availability goes, it should hit Europe and the Asia Pacific in the third quarter.

Full press release after the break:


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SanDisk Announces Extreme Pro microSD Cards, “The Worlds Fastest Mobile Memory Card”

Have you ever wished you could increase the read/write speed of your Android device’s microSd card? Well you can, by replacing your existing memory card with the “worlds fastest mobile memory card” from SanDisk. Just announced today, SanDisk’s Extreme Pro microSDHC cards boast the fastest speeds available for your portable device and reportedly support read speeds up to 95MB/s and a write speed of 90MB/s. The cards are available now in both 8GB and 16GB configurations and sell for $59.99 and $99.99 respectively. You didn’t think the worlds fastest speeds were going to come cheap, did you?

If this sounds like just the thing you have been looking for, head to the source link below to place an order. Before you spend that kind of cash, make sure you use the site’s compatibility checker to be sure your device will support the speedy little cards.

Full press release after the break

source: SanDisk


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Google, ASUS Set To Unveil The 7-Inch Nexus Tablet At Google I/O, Expected To Be Priced At $199

 

Well folks, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing Google’s Nexus tablet a reality. We were among the first to tell you that Google planned on introducing its tablet at Google I/O next week, but now we have some additional details adding to this excitement. According to DigiTimes, the Nexus tablet will drop in at 7-inches, feature a WiFi-only connection and will only feature a front-facing camera for a budget-friendly price of only $199. Software-wise, we won’t know what OS the device will come preloaded with (though speculation points directly at Jelly Bean)— but DigiTimes confirms the device will feature Google’s own Chrome Browser. While we already see plenty of signs that ASUS would have a hand in the Nexus tablet’s development, it is also believed that Quanta Computer will be playing a part in the manufacturing of the device.

It looks as if Google is full steam ahead too with bringing Nexus tablets to stores. DigiTimes adds:

“The 7-inch Nexus tablet PC already started shipping in June and is estimated to be available in the retail channel in July with the device’s total shipments expected to reach at least three million units in the second half of the year”.

Well folks, if DigiTimes is correct, it looks like we’ll be seeing something special very soon. We’ll find out soon enough as Google and Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih are slated to announce the tablet at Google I/O next week.

source: DigiTimes

LG says no to tablet development in favor of smartphones

The tablet market for Android has gotten out of control with so many choices that it’s going to be awful tough to stand out in the crowd if you’re an Android manufacturer. LG recognizes this and is taking a step back with tablet development.

“We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” Ken Hong, a spokesman for Seoul-based LG, said in an e-mailed response to queries.


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AT&T, T-Mobile GSIII ICS Open Source Files Now Available

For those of you wanting to tinker with the ICS source files for the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III, I have some good news for you. Samsung just dropped the source for the SGH-I7474M and the SGH-T999V, and can be downloaded through the links below. It’s nice to see that Sammy is keeping their source codes up to date and is offering them before the devices actually launch. I wonder if this means the Verizon version of the source is just around the corner?

via: Android Police
source: AT&T GSIII Source / T-Mobile GSIII Source

 

WSJ: Google accelerates plans to launch its own Siri-like competitor

It was last Fall when Apple unveiled their voice assistant called Siri. Then last week, Apple announced a new and improved Siri for iOS 6. So far there still hasn’t been an answer from Google and the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has accelerated it’s plans to launch its Siri competitor.

We already knew Google has something up their sleeve called Majel. That could just be an internal codename or the final name, but Google definitely wants to answer Apple on this one. Of course Google already has voice actions baked into Android, but mainstream consumers really don’t know about it. With Siri’s popularity, consumers need something to identify with. Samsung even came up with their own, but really didn’t name it. They just called it S Voice. I think naming the assistant is a tad corny, but ultimately it makes sense for the average consumer.


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Sprint’s LTE network shows promise, but still needs more work

I know a lot of Sprint customers are wondering when LTE is coming and more importantly, will it be any good? PC Mag was able to do an exclusive test in the Atlanta, Georgia area using an LG Viper and compared them to AT&T and Verizon.

They found Sprint’s network to be much faster than it’s curent WiMAX network, which isn’t shocking, but not as fast as AT&T and Verizon. This is mostly due to the fact that Sprint is using 5MHz channels rather than the 10MHz channels used by AT&T and Verizon. With Sprint they were able to get average download speeds between 9 and 13Mbps. This compares well in the cities where AT&T uses 5MHz channels, but not where they use 10MHz. For peak download speeds, Sprint hit 26.5Mbps down and compares well with AT&T’s 5MHz cities like Raleigh, which resulted with 27.8Mbps down. Sprint did compare well with Verizon’s 10MHz cities, but that is a result of a greater customer base for Big Red.


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Sprint HTC Evo 4G LTE Users Currently Locked Out Of Google Wallet

For the past few weeks, users of the new HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint have been unable to get Google Wallet working. It would hang at the “adding prepaid card” dialog and eventually timeout with a message to try again later. This was verified to be an Evo LTE issue only since modifying the device’s build.prop file to identify it as a Galaxy Nexus would fix the issue.

Lately, however, Wallet changed its behavior and began displaying an error message that seemed more ominous, telling users “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier.” The app is then basically dead in the water.

There are currently two rumors as to why this is happening. The first is that Google is working on a fix and this new error message is simply a stop-gap measure until the fix is ready. After all, it’s better to tell the user the app won’t work than to just hang and let the user wonder what’s going on. The second rumor is that Sprint is blocking Google Wallet since they plan to launch their own NFC payment solution called Touch. We’re hoping it’s rumor #1 and NOT rumor #2. I don’t like the idea of different payment systems for different carriers.


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