O2 UK To Roll Out Improved DC-HSPA Network Across Major Cities

O2 is ready and primed to have best network in the UK by beginning the first stages of rolling out an improved HSPA network. More specifically— Crave is reporting O2 has begun rolling out DC-HSPA for major cities in the UK (think London, Manchester and Birmingham for example). This new “dual-cell high speed packet access” format will double the topline speed currently found in HSPA+ to a theoretical maximum output of up to 42Mbps, though real world speeds will be much more down to earth than that.

DC-HSPA is no doubt exciting, but there’s still room for growth and expansion– especially as LTE is set to arrive by 2013. For example, while the new and improved speeds offered by DC-HSPA are exciting, there are only a handful of devices which currently support the new network type. As it currently stands, the only devices that currently support the DC-HSPA standard is the new Apple iPad, Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC One X smartphone, so there will be an increased need for more devices that support the DC-HSPA standard. In addition, O2 is the only mobile carrier rolling out the technology for now, though it will grow within the coming months. Three UK will roll out DC-HSPA by this summer, while Everything Everywhere’s Orange and T-Mobile brands will launch DC-HSPA by the 4th quarter of this year. Not to be outdone, Vodafone UK has already had DC-HSPA over the last year or so, though its DC-HSPA speeds are limited to just 28.8Mbps— with no plans to upgrade to 42Mbps in the near future.

source: Clove UK
via: Android Central

Samsung Finally Reveals A T-Mobile ICS Upgrade List, Four Devices On-Board To Receive The Update

Recall the disappointing news last month when Samsung unveiled an update/upgrade list for all devices across all US carriers that were to receive ICS 4.0 with the exception of T-Mobile specific devices?  Well, we bring you good tidings this morning.  Samsung has finally added Magenta to the list and you can expect at least four devices to receive the new OS version.  Sadly, there are still no dates to accompany these upgrades.  Devices include:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-t989)
  2. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (SGH-t769)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (SGH-t869)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SGH-t859)

So, while some of the rumored dates didn’t pan out for ICS 4.0, like yesterday’s rumored GSII update, at least now you can rest assured knowing that if you own one of these Samsung devices, you’re guaranteed the update.

source: Samsung

DROID Incredible 4G LTE confirmed to have a $50 MIR

Last week’s announcement of Verizon’s DROID Incredible 4G LTE brought speculation of pricing and possible release date among the Android community. We can’t put to rest all the rumors floating around but according to a Verizon document the DROID Inc 4G LTE will indeed be sold with a $50 mail-in rebate as part of the deal. I realize that MIR’s aren’t everyone’s favorite topic, but it’s nice to know that customers can expect to get this phone for a little cheaper than the rest of the comparable competition, e.g. T-Mobile’s HTC One S.

The DROID Inc 4G LTE looks to be a great smartphone for Verizon customers who are looking for a phone that is similar to the HTC One series yet is more affordable and comes with additional features like a microSD card slot and a removable battery. Feel free to check out our hands on video from CTIA to see what’s headed to Big Red.

source: Droidlife

LG Optimus 4X HD Set To Land In Europe By June


LG’s latest and greatest piece of gold finally has a confirmed arrival date. The Optimus 4X HD is set to arrive next month and will come fully loaded featuring a Tegra 3 quad core processor, 720P IPS display, an 8MP BSI camera, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.0. LG confirmed the superphone will launch in select European countries including Poland, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the UK to start off with. While there’s no confirmed version for the U.S. (yet), there is word on the street that the Optimus 4X HD will likely arrive as the T-Mobile G4X— the follow-up to last year’s T-Mobile G2X smartphone (aka the Optimus 2X).

You can find more details when you click on the source link. But first, why don’t you check out our hands-on to remind yourself of how awesome the device is?

source: LG Newsroom

Motorola Mobility announces the MOTOSMART MIX XT550 for China

I don’t believe I could name very many people that do not like music. I could name a ton of friends that love music and couldn’t get through the work day without it, myself included. Having a great phone that give you a great musical experience is key. My Sprint Galaxy Nexus does me just fine for pouring sick beats into my ears throughout the workday. Well Motorola has taken the music lovers wants into consideration. At least those living in China.

Motorola Mobility has announced that they have created a music centric android phone. This white, red-trimmed affordable smartphone comes with a 4” touchscreen, Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. On the audio side of the features, it comes equipped with all the tools needed to download and jam to your favorite music. Dolby Mobile audio technology, SRS WOW HD, Sina Micro Music app, high quality headphones and a dedicated music button, rounds out all the specs needed to pump your tunes. For the full presser that’ll give you all the details on the MOTOSMART MIX XT550 hit the jump now.

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Samsung Galaxy S III makes an appearance at the FCC

It appears that the hottest, most highly anticipated smartphone ever has just been spotted having a rendez-vous with officials at the FCC. From the paperwork, it seems to be the same version of the Galaxy S III that was announced in London, ready to rock some HSPA+. There is also a mention of a 2,100 mAh battery that is expected to give users up to 10 hours of moderate use. Not much else is revealed at this time, but there’s a good chance that this version may be headed to T-Mobile or possibly AT&T. Sammy has already announced that we will be seeing the U.S. versions of the GSIII this summer so we shall discover the details soon enough.

source: FCC

HTC Desire C with Beats Audio is official

One day after getting a good look at the HTC Desire C from Vodafone, HTC has made it official. The Desire C is an entry-level phone with a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display. They didn’t release processor details, but we’re expecting 600 Mhz. Other highlights include a 5MP camera, Beats Audio, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Owners will also be part of the Dropbox partnership in which they will enjoy 25GB of free storage for two years.

It will be available in your choice of black, white, or red and will be available next month on Orange, Three, and T-Mobile UK. TMo will be offering it for free for £15.50 per month for two years or if a commitment is not your cup of tea, you can grab it for £169.99 ($270) contract free.

Full press release and “First Look” video after the break.

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Huawei Ascend D1 Passes Through FCC With Quadband GSM and Pentaband HSPA+

Huawei’s Ascend D1 dual-core smartphone, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in February along with its two Ascend D Quad siblings, is the first of the three to pass through the FCC. The documentation confirmed quadband GSM and pentaband HSPA+/WCDMA. This means the unlocked version should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but as to any official carriers, we won’t know until an announcement. The Ascend D1 seems to be on schedule for a Q2 release, but no word on whether its siblings are still on track. Let’s cross our fingers.

source: fcc
via: engadget

Intel Announces 22-Nanometer Merrifield and 6331 Mobile Processors, Due 2013

At last week’s investor relations meeting in Santa Clara, California, Intel announced details on their upcoming Merrifield and 6331 smartphone processors, due out some time in 2013. Both chips use a 22 nanometer manufacturing process, with the Merrifield sporting two Atom cores and the 6331 only one. Merrifield also includes a new GPU design said to provide a more “immersive experience”.

Intel also announced 14 nanometer chips coming in 2014. With Qualcomm and NVIDIA already in the market with their dual-core Snapdragon S4 and quad-core Tegra 3 respectively, Intel is still just trying to catch up. It’s good to see them making strides in the right direction, but is it too late to make an impact? I don’t think so. At the pace that new Android devices are released, there’s probably room for more chip makers to succeed, and competition is good for everyone.

source: semi accurate
via: the verge


Apple Wins Appeal, Pursues Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung

Remember how Apple tried to obtain a preliminary injunction against Samsung to stop them from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and some phones) from being sold in the U.S.? If you’ll recall, Samsung won that battle as the district court denied Apple’s request, questioning the validity of a couple of Apple’s patents. The court couldn’t see how Apple would be “irreparably harmed” if Samsung were to continue selling its products.

Apple, of course, appealed that decision. And it looks like the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has granted Apple another chance at getting that injunction. Three of the four patents in dispute were upheld by the CAFC, but they found fault with the lower court’s ruling that Apple’s tablet design patent was potentially invalid.

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