LG Nitro HD to get Ice Cream Sandwich on July 31st

Not sure how many of you own the LG Nitro HD, but AT&T just reported that it will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update on July 31st. In addition users will also have access to LG’s new Optimus 3.0 UI, which allows users to unlock the phone by swiping anywhere on the screen, using your own photos as icons or shortcut images, and the addition of a “Download” category in the menu for easier organization.

Hit the break for the changelog.

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Samsung thinks it’s irrelevant on if they copied Apple because Apple copied Sony

Lets face it, all this legal news has gotten way out of control and I was over it months ago, but I have to admit, it’s starting to get interesting again. With Samsung and Apple set to battle it out next week, we’ve seen trial briefs from both Samsung and Apple, but as part of Samsung’s trial brief there was a mention about Sony and this quote:

For good measure, Apple seeks to exclude Samsung from the market, based on its complaints that Samsung has used the very same public domain design concepts that Apple borrowed from other competitors, including Sony, to develop the iPhone. Apple‘s own internal documents show this. In February 2006, before the claimed iPhone design was conceived of, Apple executive Tony Fadell circulated a news article that contained an interview of a Sony designer to Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ive and others. In the article, the Sony designer discussed Sony portable electronic device designs that lacked “excessive ornamentation” such as buttons, fit in the hand, were “square with a screen” and had “corners [which] have been rounded out.”

In 2006 two Sony product designers, Takashi Ashida and Yujin Morisawa, were interviewed by BusinessWeek. They were asked about design philosophies and how or if the iPod influenced their own designs for their new Walkman player. This very article was circulated internally to Apple executives and of course Steve Jobs saw it. Supposedly he ordered Apple designer Shin Nishibori to come up with a similar looking device.

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Samsung Launches Team GB Galaxy S III Smartphone For London Olympics


In the spirit of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London tonight, Samsung has unveiled a special edition model Galaxy S III smartphone. The model will be dubbed “Team GB” and will have replaceable backs on the Pebble Blue and Marble White models. Following the special edition Galaxy Note, the special edition Galaxy S III will feature the GB flag on the Pebble Blue model, while featuring a GB lion on the Marble White model. Each color will be available exclusively through Carphone Warehouse for free from £28 per month contracts, with tariffs available on Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Talk Mobile and Three networks.

You’ll find more details once you hit past the break.

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Madfinger to Reward Folks who Paid for Dead Trigger, New Content Coming Soon

Where you one of the many who paid for Madfinger’s Dead Trigger before they decided to make the game free a few days ago? I bet your pissed, huh? Well, you’re not alone my friends and Madfinger wants to make it up to you by giving you some new and exclusive content. The new add-on will come within the next update and will be given out to early adopters only, the ones who paid $.99 for the game. No word on what the update will include or when it will be pushed out, but it’s sure nice to know that Madfinger wants to make things right. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get a new “high roller” level or something. :-) We’ll keep you posted.

source: Twitter
via: Phandroid 

International Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Local Search Feature Back In Latest Update


It was a bit of an unnerving week for owners of the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300) smartphone. Following an update that removed the local search feature from the smartphone earlier in the week, Sammy came out and claimed the removal was merely “inadvertent”, and would reinstate the feature within days. Well the Korean giant has followed through and pushed through a 5MB update which is restores the feature. The update brings your software version to XXBLG8, while the baseband is updated to XXLG8. So much for that whole legal thing having an impact on the smartphone.

Now that the I9300 model is back to being awesome again, any chance Samsung gives the U.S. variants some love again?

source: Android Central

Samsung Posts Record $5.9 Billion Quarterly Profit on Smartphones

The very first Samsung Android phone I used was the Samsung Behold II. I won it from a contest and I was beyond excited to power it up when it arrived at my doorstep. Well, after about a week, sadly, my excitement was short lived. It constantly froze up on me, music wouldn’t load properly and the onscreen keyboard lagged and was inaccurate. Fast forward, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been released and due to it’s popularity, retailers are selling through them at incredible rates. 
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Jelly Bean Update All Set To Be Rolled Out To Owners Of The Motorola Xoom WiFi


Good news for you Motorola Xoom WiFi owners in the U.S. If you recall, there was a certain soak test indicating a significant update was on the way for select Xoom WiFi owners. The update was then pushed out a few days ago to the lucky few and subsequently went off without a hitch. The soak testers were asked in a follow-up questionnaire if they felt the update was ready to be rolled out to the masses. Apparently it looks like most (if not all) of the testers felt the update was ready for the masses because reports are coming out that the Android 4.1.1 update is in the process of being rolled out.

Naturally if you’re a Xoom WiFi owner out here in the States, you’ll want to head on over to the Settings menu and check for that coveted system update. If you are a lucky son of a gun and get to download that buttery goodness, please do tell us how it works out for you.

AT&T Adds Four New Cities To Its 4G LTE Network And Expands Coverage In Three Others

Looks like every major U.S. carrier is competing to get their LTE networks up the fastest, which is great for those of us in the States. The latest is AT&T, which just launched LTE in the following four cities:

  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Worcester Area, MA

In addition to these new markets, AT&T is also expanding their LTE coverage in Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. Of course, Verizon is currently top LTE dog in the U.S., but AT&T is at least consistently rolling out coverage in major cities. Sprint and T-Mobile have some catching up to do.

source: at&t

Sprint Adding 4G LTE To Four More Cities By Labor Day

Sprint announced today that four new cities will be getting 4G LTE by Labor Day. So if you’re lucky enough to live in one the following cities, you should have a much speedier network by September 3rd.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Manhattan/Junction City, KS
  • Sherman-Denison, TX

These cities are in addition to the original five (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio) bringing Sprint’s upcoming LTE coverage to 9 cities so far.

Still waiting for LTE to come to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sprint! My Evo 4G LTE is feeling a little pokey on 3G.

Hit the source link for the full press release.

source: sprint

Samsung Scores Another Hit Against Apple In Germany, Galaxy Nexus And Galaxy Tab 10.1N Still On Store Shelves

Watching the epic legal battles between Apple and Samsung is like watching a boxing match, each side scoring hits of their own, round after round. This time it’s Samsung scoring a solid uppercut in the German courts, which upheld a previous February ruling that invalidated Apple’s patent relating to “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.

So what does that mean? It means that the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N will continue being sold in Germany. The 10.1N is on a legal roll in Germany, where a couple days ago in Dusseldorf it won against Apple’s complaint about the look of the device, though the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was not so lucky. Samsung, of course, is very happy with these decisions, but the silence from the folks in Cupertino is deafening. Makes you wonder what Apple’s next attack plan is and whether they will score the next left hook.

source: macworld
via: engadget