Samsung GT-I9500 talk surfaces again

Talk of the Samsung GT-I9500 device isn’t really anything new. Way back in March, we saw this model number pop up on a Tizen developers’ device. However, a tipster over at SamMobile has confirmed that there will in fact be two variants of the 9500 model: the aforementioned GT-I9500 and the GT-I9505. Exactly what these devices will end up being is still anyone’s guess. The tipster was able to procure the full model numbers of both of these variants, but even he doesn’t know exactly what they are. Common sense would tell us that the Galaxy S II being the 9100 and the S III being the 9300 would mean that the as-yet announced S IV (i.e. 4) would naturally be the 9500 with the 9505 possibly being an LTE version. However, apparently the number ‘4’ is an unlucky number in Korea, so who knows what they have up their sleeve. This talk will certainly heat up as we approach January’s CES, and we’ll be there to provide any updates.

source:  SamMobile

Samsung Releases The Jelly Bean Source Code For Verizon Galaxy S III Smartphone

 

Many of you Verizon Galaxy S III owners are just recently enjoying that awesome Jelly Bean goodness, but there is additional good at hand. Samsung has quietly dropped the latest Jelly Bean source code (version LK3) for Verizon’s popular device– so this brings all of you developers and fiddlers one giant step closer to custom mod glory. Interested parties can find all the juicy deets once they hit the source link below.

source: Samsung Open Source

ZTE Nubia Z5 Quad-Core, 5″ 1080p Device Drops Today In China

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Nubia Z5 other than than the ‘December release date’ update back in early November. All of that changes today as the release of the ZTE Nubia Z5 has officially arrive in China. It looks like the early leaked information was correct regarding some of the specs including the device rocking a 5-inch, 1080p display and a 13MP rear camera. We now know that it’ll also have 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and also Dolby Digital Plus sound to go along with that 1.5Ghz quad core processor.

In the leaks of the device last month, it was being shown side-by-side against an iPhone 5. The pictures were – not too sneakily – comparing how thin the Z5 was compared to the very thin Apple device. As it turns out, it was for good reason. This quad-core beast is only 7.6mm thin which is the clubhouse leader in the 5-inch display market.  What’s even more remarkable is that it still managed to squeeze in a 2300Mah battery all while weighing in at 126g. I know, how much right? We’re looking ¥3,456, or about $550 for the aluminum version and a bank-breaking ¥7,890 (about $1,260) for the titanium edition. There’s no official word on international availability yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

source:  Engadget

Panasonic P-02E Smartphone Outed By FCC Listing

 

NTT DoCoMo customers in Japan will have a new toy from Panasonic to look forward to in the near-future. According to a newly-surfaced FCC listing, details for a mysterious P-02E has been made available for the world’s eyes to see. According to the listing, the newly unveiled device will have NFC capability, an LTE chip and wait for it— a retractable TV antenna. In addition to the newly highlighted features of the smartphone, there have been previous rumors highlighting the new device will have Jelly Bean on-board, a 5-inch screen capable of a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

Of course NTT DoCoMo customers probably won’t need to wait long for this puppy to hit the marketplace from this point, though those of us out here in the States will probably not want to hold our collective breaths anytime soon.

source: Engadget

LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack released on the Play Store a little earlier than expected [Video]

We didn’t expect this title to hit the Play Store until next month, but we certainly can’t complain when things come early. LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack has been released and first reviews seem good thus far. The game seems to have some great graphics and you have to save the city when it’s being attacked. Here’s what you can expect from this game:

-Defend Makuhero City and stop the waves of brains attacking the Hero Factory
-Customise your hero with fantastic weapons and armour
-Select Furno, Bulk, Breeze or Rocka to fight as your sidekick
-Earn game points to upgrade your firepower and defences

You can also check out the video below for further descriptions! QR code and links for download will be available after the break!

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Oppo Releases The Ulike 2, Comes Decked Out With A 5MP Front-Facing Camera

 

Chinese manufacturer OPPO has just released a new device called the Ulike 2. This beast features a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 LCD screen, 16GB of on-board storage and is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. While the device doesn’t sound like anything too exciting, here’s the kicker– the device features a full-fledged 5MP front-facing camera complimented by items like a countdown timer and face slimming among other things. Pretty freakin’ impressive indeed, right?

In case you’re wondering— no, the device won’t break the bank too much. The device is available in Chinese markets for a mere $370 USD. It’s a fairly small price to pay for a device with a better FFC than most other devices, right?

source: Engadget

ZTE Grand X gets spied at FCC, headed to T-Mobile

A few months ago ZTE launched the mid range Grand X over in Europe. Now it seems ZTE and T-Mobile have plans to bring the phone across the pond to the US. The international version of the phone had some decent specs including a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience, a 4.3-inch QHD screen, 512MB of RAM, a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and a 5MP camera, so we expect the US version to have the same. Of course, these aren’t exactly top of the line specs, but this isn’t meant to be a top of the line phone. We’ll more than likely see this released in the next few months with a very reasonable, lower-end price tag. I’m sure there are many people who wouldn’t mind having a phone like this…just probably not our readers.

Source: FCC

LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom