While our friends overseas already has their hands on the HTC One X smartphone, we here in the States are unfortunately stuck playing the waiting game for the AT&T version of the HTC One X— which is set to be played a little longer on top of that. While AT&T is still mum on the device’s release date, an anonymous user gave us all the heads up that famed retailer Best Buy will be delaying preorders by a few weeks. The new anticipated release date from Best Buy is now May 6. That’s right folks… May. Feel free to express a disappointing sigh everyone.
Good things comes to those who wait, right gang? Here’s hoping AT&T doesn’t lag too much and will give us that concrete April release date in the coming weeks.
You can’t help but be jealous of the fact some folks get coveted items before the masses. Such is the case with the lucky French blog HTC-Hub who managed to get their hands on the mouthwatering HTC One X smartphone and share their unboxing video with us. As you can see, the box is a bit on the unusual and cramped side– but gorgeous nonetheless. In addition, they are incredibly delicate with the thin device and the put its gorgeous 4.7-inch display in clear view for our eyes to see.
Ready for more yet? Hit the break to check out the unboxing video of the sweet phone.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zite from our own Stacy Bruce. Zite is yet another news/magazine app that’s been around on iOS for a while, but finally found its way into the Play Store. All if these news/magazine apps have their gimmick and Zite’s is that it’s a “personalized magazine.” It automatically learns what you like so it will deliver the news, articles, blogs, and video you know you want. You can even sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader account to give it a head start. Unfortunately it’s only optimized for phones so no tablets yet. Hit the break for download links.
We already know that the LG Optimus Net is coming to Sprint and Virgin Mobile in the U.S. Both carriers will be calling it the LG Optimus Elite. What we didn’t know was how different they would look from the device that spawned them. Pocketnow is showing off a pair of new renders for both the Sprint and Virgin Mobile versions. These pictures show a slightly less rounded shape overall and more standard-looking capacitive buttons.
These phones are purely mid-range, with NFC being the only standout feature. The rest of the specs are fairly ho-hum: 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA screen, 5 MP camera with flash. These are probably $100 handsets at best, which make them very enticing for the cost conscious, non-power user.
The Sprint version should arrive soon, followed by Virgin’s in early May. Check out the pictures after the break.
In a page right out of the Android openness handbook, Sony released an official beta of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 today for anyone who owns an unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Seems like Sony decided to get feedback from beta testers on how games perform on the device with ICS. Making this update available so openly comes at a cost, however, in the form of some pretty serious sounding disclaimers and caveats.
You must unlock your phone using our Unlock boot loader service, and agree to all the legal and warranty conditions that apply. Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone, any warranty from your operator or both if you unlock the boot loader of your phone. Sony Mobile can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unusable functions or loss of personal data associated to the beta ROM being flashed to the phone.
They go on to drop this little bomb:
Also, if you unlock the boot loader, you will not be able to download and install the final Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade for Xperia™ phones.
So be warned, getting in early has its risks, though I believe Sony is just trying to cover their butts with this strong wording. Plus, there are methods of re-locking your boot loader, so you can most likely get back to a stock state and install the final release when it comes out, but I’m just guessing.
If you’re good with all this and know what you’re doing, then get your ICS on by downloading the beta from the source link below.
source: sonymobile blog
Sprint has been fairly busy lately preparing for its LTE network launch along with finalizing the finishing touches on their recently announced LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G. If you’ve been wondering whether Sprint was going to continue supporting WiMax, well the answer is yes and no. Earlier today, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, Bob Azzi announced that Sprint will not launch any additional WiMax devices going forward and will mostly focus on the deployment of its new Network Vision initiative which involves combining their 3G, 4G and iDEN network towers into one single, more efficient super tower. The new project is estimated to reduce the cost of providing voice and data by 50%. Now do keep in mind that Sprint does intend to continue maintaining current WiMax towers for the foreseeable future in an effort to support the millions of subscribers that have already invested in a WiMax device. With that in mind, there’s no need to throw your Evo 3D out the window just yet.
So what do you do if you’ve totally screwed up your system software on your GSM Nexus device? You need to flash a factory image to get back to stock, and as luck would have it, Google has released the official 4.0.4 (build IMM76D) factory images for the international GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus and the European and T-Mobile unlocked Nexus S. Flashing these files will leave your phones as if they were brand new and completely updated.
Flashing a factory image requires that you are not shy around a command line and fastboot, so it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re brave and own one of these Nexus devices, download the images at the source link below.
source: google groups
It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.
Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet.
Here’s some exciting news from the T-Mobile device support pages. HTC’s Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G have been announced to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. No release date was provided nor any other details but I’m sure Sensation and Amaze users are feeling pretty great right now. Be sure to stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to deliver the latest news and updates.
source: T-Mobile Support 1, T-Mobile Support 2
A few days ago we showed you an exclusive screenshot from Google’s pet project, Google Drive, that showed 2GB of free storage. At that time our tipster mentioned something about getting up to 5GB of storage instead of the pictured 2GB but they didn’t really divuldge anymore information other than that. I had a theory that maybe this extra space was to be based on referrals or some other incentives, but as it appears now I was completely wrong. It seems that each and every person who opens a Google Drive account will be given a total of 5GB of free storage. Not 1, not 2, but 5GB right out of the gate as you can plainly see below in the latest screenshot obtained by our tipster. Pretty exciting, no? We also hear that we’re still on track for a release the week of April 16th so luckily we don’t have to wait much longer before we know all there is to know about Google’s upcoming cloud based service. We will definitely keep you posted if our inside source decides to reveal any more information.